Nigeria Newspapers: Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines [16 September, 2018].

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Second term bid: Suspense in Lagos as Ambode flies to Abuja to beg Tinubu
Sun, 16 Sep 2018

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The confusion over the reelection bid of Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, failed to clear off on Saturday as the All Progressives Congress national leadership could not secure a firm commitment from its national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on governor’s second term ambition.

The APC leaders, led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who were said to be acting on the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari, met with Tinubu again to prevail on him to “forgive” Ambode his alleged infractions and back the governor to secure a second term.

A source close to the national secretariat of the party, however, told SUNDAY PUNCH that the effort of the leaders could not be said to have resolved the situation as Tinubu did not give Osinbajo and Oshiomhole any specific promise of supporting Ambode for a second term.

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The source stated, “The President asked the vice-president and the national chairman to resolve the crisis amicably so that the governor could get a second term. Osinbajo met Tinubu twice in Abuja on Friday on Ambode’s matter, where he relayed the President’s message and the need to keep Lagos for the APC.

He also told Asiwaju the President would not want the crisis to affect the party in the 2019 general elections.

“The National Leader, however, maintained that there would be wider consultations back home before he would be able to accede to the request. He said the governor’s matter is beyond him alone.

“It is difficult to say what happened during the second meeting with Osinbajo but it appeared the vice-president and Tinubu were able to arrive at a meeting point, which is difficult to clarify.”

It was gathered that Buhari’s foremost concern was that the crisis in Lagos State, which boasts of the highest number of registered voters, if not well-managed, could affect his political calculations for his second term bid.

SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that as the APC leaders battled to save the embattled governor’s second term ambition, Ambode landed in Tinubu’s house in Abuja, where the governor appealed to the former Lagos State governor to forgive him his alleged offences.

Another very reliable party source said, “Yes, it was part of the efforts we are making from this end to save the party from crisis in the state and the nation. The governor came to beg Tinubu in his residence in Abuja to forgive him. I think the appeal helped to reduce the tension and soften the ground for the governor. It is, however, difficult to say if that had ended the crisis.

“Some governors have also called the national leader, pleading with him to save their ‘poster boy’ the humiliation of not getting a second term. Their fears are that such development in Lagos, which is the economic nerve centre of the country, could have negative effect on the fortunes of the party in other states.”

A source in the camp of the Lagos ex-governor, who spoke to SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday, confirmed the meeting between Tinubu and his political godson in Abuja.

“Yes, the meeting held. He (Ambode) saw Asiwaju in Abuja but I cannot give you any detail,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu’s loyalists hold Lagos declaration rally today

It was learnt that Tinubu returned to Lagos on Saturday as preparations for the rally and formal declaration of an APC governorship aspirant in the state, Mr. Jide Sanwo-Olu, were being concluded.

The organisers of the rally, billed for City Hall, Lagos Island, on Sunday, had concluded that 1,000 supporters be mobilised from each of the local government areas in the state for the rally.

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Adeosun jets out of Nigeria, PDP accuses FG of complicity
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
EVEREST AMAEFULE, OLUFEMI ATOYEBI, OLUSOLA FABIYI, ADELANI ADEPEGBA, ADE ADESOMOJU, IFEANYI ONUBA and TOBI AWORINDE The immediate past Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has left Nigeria to London, United Kingdom. Multiple sources at the airport confirmed her departure to our correspondent on Saturday night. Adeosun, who resigned her appointment as finance minister after being []
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We wont be bothered if after death we discover God exists Atheists
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Some atheists in Nigeria talk about their conviction and the resentment they suffer from people who believe in God or gods with GBENGA ADENIJI and WILLIAMS BABALOLA An engineer, Alfred Ayodele, is one of the atheists in Nigeria. He said he started doubting the existence of God when he was in senior secondary school at []
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Presidency asks HSBC to return Abachas stolen funds
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
ADE ADESOMOJU The Presidency on Saturday challenged a multinational banking and financial services company, HSBC, to return the stolen funds it allegedly helped the late Head of State, Sani Abacha; a serving senator and other Nigerians to launder. It said instead of engaging in doomsday prophecy, the financial institution should return Nigerias stolen assets. A []
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Osinbajo tasks religious leaders on integrity
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
ALEXANDER OKERE Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday called on religious leaders to instill the principle of integrity into their followers in order to drive sustainable development in society. Osinbajo also advised them to condemn unexplained wealth, noting that societies that celebrated corruption suffered the absence of true progress. He stated these at a public []
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Ortom, Akume continue verbal attacks over alleged mayhem
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Olusola Fabiyi A former Governor of Benue State, Senator George Akume, has said he regrets supporting the incumbent governor of the state, Dr. Samuel Ortom, in 2015. He spoke in Abuja on Saturday when leaders of the All Progressives Congress in the state addressed a press conference on what they called the dearth of democracy []
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Osun poll, N19bn salary arrears payment not related NLC
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
FEMI MAKINDE The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Osun State, Mr. Jacob Adekomi, has said the release of N19.8bn by the state government to pay arrears of workers salaries and pensions is not an attempt to sway the workers votes. Adekomi gave the clarification in an interview with our correspondent in Osogbo on []
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N500m for LAUTECH
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
The Public Relations Officer of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Lekan Fadeyi, on Saturday, said the Osun State Government had released N500m to the school as part of its commitment to solve some of the financial needs of the institution. The school had been battling the Osun and Oyo state governments, which are []
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Gani Adams father dies at 80
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Pa Lamidi Adams, father of Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba Land, Otunba Gani Adams, is dead. Adams, who passed away at a private hospital in Lagos in the early hours of Saturday, was 80. Gani, in a statement, said his father was survived by many children. Meanwhile, the Aare Onakakanfo has warned politicians against using venues []
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Complete abandoned projects, Ogun ADC tells Amosun
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Tobi Aworinde The African Democratic Congress in Ogun State has berated Governor Ibikunle Amosun for abandoning several infrastructural projects across the state. The state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Abiola Odutola, in a statement, called on residents and indigenes to rise and save Ogun from further socio-economic damage. He said littering the state with []
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Vote buying cant stop without sponsors prosecution INEC
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
OLALEYE ALUKO The Independent National Electoral Commission has said the problem of vote buying and selling will fester unless the buyers and their sponsors are arrested and prosecuted by security agencies. The INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, stated this in Abuja on Saturday while speaking on the commissions preparedness to conduct free, fair and credible []
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Ebonyi N53bn debt incurred on needless projects Ex-SSG
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
CLEMENT NNACHI The immediate past Secretary to the Ebonyi State Government, Prof. Bernard Odoh, who resigned his appointment in controversial circumstances in April, has said projects being executed by Governor David Umahi are not meant to benefit the suffering masses in the state. Odoh, in an interview with our correspondent on Friday, said he left []
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Group laments delay in election tribunals bill passage
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
JOHN ALECHENU The Executive Director, Partners for Election Reforms, Ezenwa Nwagwu, on Friday, said federal lawmakers might be hesitant to pass the Election Offences Tribunal Bill of the Federal Government because of the repercussions for criminality during elections. Nwagwu, in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, noted that setting up an Electoral Offences Tribunal meant that []
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Zamfara crisis: Yari inaugurates elders panel
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, on Friday, inaugurated a 46-member elders committee to reconcile aggrieved members of All Progressives Congress in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some stakeholders had declared the Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Muktar Idris, the governorship candidate of the party for the 2019 election. Six chieftains of []
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I do most of my wifes shopping Bishop Humphrey Olumakaiye
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
The recently-appointed Bishop of Lagos Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Bishop Humphrey Olumakaiye, speaks with KORE OGIDAN on his life in ministry, marriage and other issues Youre currently the Bishop of the Lagos State Diocese of the Anglican Communion. Did you ever imagine you would get to this position when you entered the ministry at []
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When your spouse is unsupportive
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Having a partner who is unsupportive can be the most difficult issue to deal with in a relationship. It is difficult to face life issues alone without the support of the person you love. Below are ways to handle an unsupportive spouse Consider your differences Before you do anything, it helps to take into consideration []
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I was initially sad I was pregnant again after two kids Olaogun
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
A bank worker, Mrs Victoria Olaogun, shares her joys of motherhood with DOLAPO AKITOYE When did you give birth to your son’ He was born on May 15, 2018, in Lagos. Is he your first child’ No, he is my third child. Describe your labour experience. Compared to my previous labour experiences, this was the []
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Flood: FG approves N3bn to mitigate disaster
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
The National Emergency Management Agency has received N3 billion to respond to the looming flood disasters following a red alert issued on Sept.7 by the National Hydological Services Agency. Mr Mustapha Maihaja, Director General, NEMA, made this known on Saturday in Abuja during a meeting of NEMA with stakeholders to assess the reports from the []
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HSBC should refund money laundered for Abacha, others Presidency
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Presidency on Saturday challenged a multinational banking and financial services company, HSBC, to return the stolen funds it allegedly helped the late Head of State, Sani Abacha; a serving senator and other Nigerians to launder. It said instead of engaging in doomsday prophecy, the financial institution should return Nigerias stolen assets. []
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Gunmen kill four in Mexico City tourist plaza
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Gunmen dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire in Mexico Citys famed Plaza Garibaldi, killing four people and wounding nine others including a foreigner, police said on Saturday. The five assailants opened fire with rifles and handguns shortly before 10:00 pm Friday (0300 GMT Saturday) as the downtown plaza was filled with partiers enjoying the September []
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Hundreds flee Cameroons anglophone areas ahead of vote
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Cameroonian authorities Saturday banned the massive exodus from the countrys restive anglophone regions, where violence has mounted ahead of next months presidential election. A humanitarian source in Buea, the capital of the South West Region, told AFP that hundreds of families are in the process of fleeing for safer regions, adding: There is an atmosphere []
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Sex abuse claims rock Dutch Catholic Church
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
More than half of the Netherlands senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed Saturday, further engulfing the Catholic Church in a global abuse scandal. Over the course of 65 years, 20 of 39 Dutch cardinals, bishops and their auxiliaries covered up sexual abuse, []
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Saving children from scourge of pneumonia
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
LIKE all the killer diseases ravaging children, mostly in the developing countries of Africa and Asia, pneumonia has emerged as a major cause of infant morbidity and mortality in Nigeria. A recent report has it that no fewer than 20 children under the age of five years die of the disease in the country every []
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Six Akeredolu aides resign, pick nomination forms
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Peter Dada Six members of the Ondo State Executive Council have complied with the directive of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu that all political appointees, who have obtained nomination forms to contest the forthcoming primary of the party, should resign. The affected political officers included the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Mrs Omowumi Olatunji; Commissioner []
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Fresh defections loom as govs close in on senators’ seats
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
SUNDAY ABORISADE, OLUFEMI ATOYEBI, SUCCESS NWOGU and JUSTIN TYOPUUSU The nation’s polity is set to witness fresh gale of defections as a result of the resolve of more senators to dump their parties after their governors have indicated interest in or planning to take over their tickets ahead of the 2019 elections. Investigations by SUNDAY []
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Imo gov: Nwosu, Madumere, others jostle for APC ticket
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
CHIDIEBUBE OKEOMA No fewer than seven politicians have indicated interest to vie for the governorship ticket of the Imo State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress. Those who have picked the nomination/expression of interest forms were Governor Rochas Okorocha’s immediate past Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu; the impeached Deputy Governor of the state, Eze []
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I wasn’t rushed to UCH ‘Ladoja
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi Former Oyo State governor, Rashidi Ladoja, has denied that he was rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, after allegedly collapsing in his home on Friday. An online news medium had reported that Ladoja collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. The former governor, who spoke through his media aide, Lanre Latinwo, said, []
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63 parties serve INEC notice of presidential primaries
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
John Alechenu Sixty-three out of the Nigeria’s 91 registered political parties have notified the Independent National Electoral Commission of their plans to conduct primaries to elect candidates for the 2019 Presidential elections. Towards this end, the parties have written the electoral body to send observers to witness the conduct of the primaries as required by []
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Poverty responsible for godfatherism
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
ALEXANDER OKERE The governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy in Lagos State, Owolabi Salis, has linked godfatherism in politics to poverty. He said this during an interview with journalists at the international wing of the Muritala Airport Lagos on Saturday, shortly after his arrival from the United States of America. Salis said, ‘Godfatherism is []
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PDP faults EFCC over Adeleke family’s frozen accounts
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Olusola Fabiyi The Peoples Democratic Party has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to immediately unfreeze the private account of its candidate in the September 22, 2018 Osun State governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, and those of his family members, including music star, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido. []
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Traders disagree over form purchase for El-Rufai
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
GODWIN ISENYO Controversy is presently trailing the purchase of nomination and expression of interest forms for Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, to contest the 2019 governorship election in the state. On Monday, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria and four other groups claimed they bought nomination form for el-Rufai to seek reelection in []
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Durotoye gets PACT manifesto as consensus candidate
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
WILLIAMS BABALOLA The convener of YesWeFit Revolutionary Movement, Dr Thomas-Wilson Ikubese, on Friday, presented the group’s manifesto to the consensus candidate of the Presidential Aspirants Coming Together, Mr. Fela Durotoye. Durotoye emerged as the consensus candidate of PACT recently following an in-house election supervised by a former Minister of Education and convener of the Red []
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Defection: APC Reps to determine Dogara’s fate on resumption
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
LEKE BAIYEWU The All Progressives Congress Caucus in the House of Representatives has said it will take a decision on the defection of the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, when the National Assembly resumes. A leader of the APC caucus, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, gave this hint in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH. Namdas, who is the spokesman []
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Nigeria not ripe for youth president ‘ Abiola’s son
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Success Nwogu The son of the winner of 1993 presidential election, Chief Moshood Abiola, Abdulmumuni Abiola, has said the time is not right for a youth to be Nigeria’s president. Abiola told journalists at the maiden national youth summit organised by The Zealous Kwara Youths in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Saturday, that though he was []
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Lagos now one-party state, says ex-PDP chair, Salvador
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Gbenga Adeniji A former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Mr Moshood Salvador, has said the state is now a one-party state with his defection alongside his supporters to the All Progressives Congress. Salvador stated that only the APC and the PDP existed in the state in the past, adding that the []
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Ishaku’s commissioner dumps PDP for APGA
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Justin Tyopuusu The Taraba State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Anthony Danburam, on Friday, officially announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Grand Alliance. Danburam, who was the first Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly in 1992, picked the nomination form of APGA to contest the seat []
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Don’t be too scared to take the first step ‘ Ikenna Okeke
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Ikenna Okeke, 27, is a business operations manager at Alara Multiconcepts Limited. He speaks about his love for business What stirred your interest in business’ The drive to excel in whatever I do has always been a driving force for me. At a very tender age, I longed and yearned for the corporate world. I []
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Nigeria ranks among least performing economies
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa Nigeria and 10 other emerging countries have been ranked among the non-outperforming economies in a new report by McKinsey Global Institute, the research arm of McKinsey and Company. Other non-outperforming economies as identified by McKinsey are Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Philippines, South Africa and Turkey. The research published on Wednesday, []
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Apapa gridlock: Stakeholders seek cancellation of container deposits
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Anna Okon Port users have called for the cancellation of container deposit to lessen the cost of business associated with the current gridlock along the port access routes. Container deposit is paid by importers or clearing agents before moving containers out of a shipping terminal. The deposit serves as a guarantee that the operator will []
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Nigeria’s .ng domain grows by 22% in eight months
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa The registration of Nigerian domain name, .ng country code top-level domain, grew by 22 per cent in eight months to reach 125,814 in August 2018. Analyses of the latest data obtained from the Nigeria Internet Registration Association on Friday showed that the number of .ng domain increased by 22,718 from January to August []
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Schneider Electric, UI plan laboratory
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Femi Asu Schneider Electric has announced a partnership with the University of Ibadan to establish a laboratory to facilitate learning and increase the rate of technology diffusion among Nigerian students. The company said in a statement that the equipment in the laboratory would fill a gap in the educational system and provide a basis for []
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Power sector’s commercial framework not working ‘ Obiaya
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
The Chief Executive Officer, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, Mr Azu Obiaya, in this interview with ‘FEMI ASU says there is a need to address the tariff gap in the nation’s power sector The liquidity challenge in the power sector still persists, and it is unlikely that the government is going to increase the tariff []
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Nigeria’s active oil rigs drop amid regulatory uncertainty
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Femi Asu The number of active oil and gas rigs in the country dropped to 33 last month as the regulatory uncertainty caused by the delay in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill persists. Rig count is largely a reflection of the level of exploration, development and production activities occurring in the oil and []
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CBN’s cybersecurity levy divides telcos, stakeholders
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
The insistence of the Central Bank of Nigeria on implementing the National Cybersecurity Fund has created divergent views among stakeholders, OZIOMA UBABUKOH writes Controversy has trailed the recent directive by the Central Bank of Nigeria to all banks on the commencement of 0.005 per cent levy implementation on all electronic transactions and payable into a []
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Technology, INEC and the 2019 general elections
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. Election fever is already upon us as 2019 is around the corner. Politics and election matters are now the major news items across the country. It is believed that by the end of this month, almost all aspects of our national existence would come to a halt until the elections are []
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Ikeja Electric donates food, clothes to LSRTC
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Ikeja Electric Plc says it has donated essential items, including clothes and food, to the Lagos State Rehabilitation and Training Centre, Ikorodu, to commemorate this year’s International Day of Charity. The Head, Corporate Communications, Ikeja Electric, Mr Felix Ofulue, said in a statement that the exercise was aimed at supporting the concerted effort of government, []
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Andela hires new country director for Nigeria
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Andela, a company that builds high-performing engineering teams by investing in Africa’s most talented software developers, has appointed Omowale David-Ashiru as its country director in Nigeria. The company said on Thursday that David-Ashiru would be responsible for leading Andela Nigeria, ‘a rapidly growing team of 500+ people, and ensuring that the organisation continues to advance []
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If TV commercials could win elections
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Perhaps I should say, If TV commercials were all it took to win elections But its far easier to buy votes. Dont get me wrong, there was a time catchy campaign slogans got potential voters interested in candidates. MKO Abiolas Hope 93 campaign had Nigeria on the march again. More than two decades later, I []
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Demonstrating owners level of accountability
Sun, 16 Sep 2018
Typically, the manner an employer relates to accountability in an organisation is sometimes completely different to that of an employee. You would realise that for the employer or the oga, the stakes are high. They must focus energy on delivering the growth of the business profitably. If nothing else, there are financial obligations to be []
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