Nigeria Newspapers: Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines [20 September, 2018].

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Exam fraud: Buhari overrules IG, stops Adelekes invitation by police
Thu, 20 Sep 2018

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday stopped the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, from inviting the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the governorship election slated for Saturday in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke.

The police had earlier invited Adeleke to the Force Headquarters in Abuja for the purpose of arraigning him on charges of examination malpractices, criminal conspiracy, impersonation, breach of duty and aiding and abetting.

A presidential source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak on the matter, told some State House correspondents that the President had directed that Adeleke should not be invited until after Saturday’s election.

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The Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, had in a statement told Adeleke and four others to report to the Special Investigation Panel, Force Headquarters, Abuja, immediately for arraignment in court.

Police summon Adeleke, others for alleged exam fraud

In the police invitation, Adeleke was told to report to the Force Headquarters, Abuja, for arraignment on examination malpractice, criminal conspiracy and impersonation.

He was asked to report to the Special Investigation Panel alongside one Sikiru Adeleke, the Principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau; a worker who facilitated the registration of candidates for the National Examination Council in the school, Mr Gbadamosi Ojo; and a teacher who allegedly facilitated the crime, Mr Dare Olutope.

The Force spokesman in a statement on Wednesday said it had filed charges against the aspirant and his co-accused.

The charges were reportedly filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja under the Examination Malpractice Act, CAP E15, 2004, on Wednesday.

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Gunmen kill Okowas SA on investments in Benin
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri Suspected gunmen have reportedly killed Governor Ifeanyi Okowas Special Adviser on Investments, Mr Sunday Ozege, along the Benin bypass road in Edo State. The incident took place on Tuesday when the deceased was said to be returning to Asaba, the Delta State capital from Benin. Okowa, in a statement signed by his []
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Aboderin resigns from Ajimobi cabinet
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Senior Special Assistant to Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Public Affairs, Deji Aboderin, has resigned his appointment with the state government. Aboderin said he arrived at the decision so that he could focus on his political ambition in the state. He said he would seek the All Progressives Congress ticket []
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Primary: Ambode, Oshiomhole, APC govs in crucial meeting
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Alechenu, Abuja Governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress are currently locked in a crucial meeting behind closed doors. The embattled Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, was also in attendance. He arrived the Imo State Governors Lodge, the venue of the APC governors meeting, at exactly 9:00 pm in a blue agbada. It []
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Ekiti governorship tribunal relocates to Abuja
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has relocated sitting to Abuja over security concerns raised on Monday by counsel in the matter. The tribunal is hearing a petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party over the July 14 governorship poll. In the petition, the PDPs candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, is []
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WAEC confirms Adeleke sat for 1981 exams
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The West African Examinations Council has confirmed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Bwari, Abuja, that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the governorship election scheduled to hold on Saturday in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, sat for its examination in 1981. WAEC stated this in a []
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No warrant for my arrest Senator Uzodimma
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Senator representing Orlu Zone, Imo West Senatorial District of Imo State in the Nigerian Senate, Hope Uzodimma, on Wednesday, denied an arrest warrant issued against him by a Grade 1 Area Court, Kubwa, Abuja, on Tuesday. Denying the news published by many news outlets, Uzodimmas Senior Legislative Assistant, Ralph Nwosu, described []
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Group condemns EFCC, NCS for placing Fasoye on watch list
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe A socio-political group, Change Nigeria Movement, has condemned the placement of Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fasoye, on security watch list by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Nigeria Customs Service, describing it as an open declaration of war against the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria. The group said the action was petty, []
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APCs expensive nomination form frustrating womens ambition Owoola
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A female aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Jumoke Owoola, has accused the party of trying to frustrate the political ambition of the female folk in the party with the exorbitant prices being charged for nomination and expression of interest forms. Owoola, who aspires to be elected into the Ekiti []
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Oil theft: Navy reads riot act to criminals in Niger Delta
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri The Nigerian Navy has again warned suspected oil thieves and other criminal elements in the Niger Delta region to repent, saying that anyone caught in its new strategy will be made to face the full wrath of the law. The Flag Officer Commanding of the Central Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, []
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Lagos mediation centre handled 33,670 cases in eight months Kazeem
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Citizens Mediation Centre, an initiative of the Lagos State Government to resolve disputes amicably between parties, has registered 33,670 matters between January and August this year. The Lagos state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, who said this, explained that out of the number, 18,982 were mediated and resolved, while []
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Dont abandon Leah, Chibok girls, Anglican primate tells FG
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Enyioha Opara, Minna The Primate of The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, has appealed to the Federal Government not to forget Leah Shuaibu and the remaining Chibok girls in Boko Haram captivity. Okoh described the reduced attention to the girls release as not encouraging and expressed the need for the []
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Ubani, others seek FGs intervention in Innoson, GTB dispute
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The immediate past Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Monday Ubani, and others have called on the Federal Government to intervene in the protracted dispute between Guaranty Trust Bank and Innoson Motors, and its owner, Mr Innocent Chukwuma. Based on a complaint by GTB, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had charged []
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NSCDC posts officers to assist Kogi, Niger flood victims
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abdullahi Muhammadu, has deployed disaster management officers in all areas affected by flood in the country, including Kogi, Niger, Delta and Anambra states. The corps disaster managers, it was learnt, would assist victims of the flood in the affected states and also in all []
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Youths and 2019 elections
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
On a Nigerian youths chances of winning the Presidency in the 2019 general election, I must confess that our efforts at waking up the sleeping giants among the youths for the past two decades have not been a waste. I want to advise Atiku Abubakar, Jerry Gana, Sule Lamido, Jonah Jang, Olusegun Obasanjo, President Muhammadu []
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Imo bad roads
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Imo State, created on February 3, 1976, has not had it so bad in history like now. A situation where sub-standard roads are executed by incompetent, quack/unskilled contractors is better imagined than seen. The resultant effect is that the poor roads have led to both economic hardship, loss of revenue/man hours, prevention of human/vehicular movement, []
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Help us, NERC
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Do we still wonder why British Prime Minister Theresa May recently declared that Nigeria has the highest number of poor people’ I run a law office in Ikota Shopping Complex, VGC, Lekki and despite paying my electricity bills, the managers of the complex decided to cut us off power supply when we complained about the []
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Anti-graft war: HEDA, ICPC collaborate on public sensitisation
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Oladimeji Ramon An anti-corruption advocacy group, Human and Environmental Development Agenda, has said it is partnering the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission to sensitise Nigerians to the evil effects of corruption on the country. The Chairman of HEDA, Mr Olanrewaju Suraj, said the collaboration was pursuant to the groups Strengthening Citizens Resistance []
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Avoid endorsing forged documents, CJ tells notaries public
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke, on Tuesday swore in 68 lawyers as notaries public, with a charge that they should protect their names and the image of the country by not affixing their seals on forged documents. The Chief Judge, who noted that cases of forgery were rampant these []
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Lagos gets 24 new customary court judges
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Lagos State Customary Court bench received a boost in its workforce on Tuesday as 18 new presidents and six members were added. The 24 new judicial officers, who took their oath of office in the courtroom of the Chief Judge of Lagos State at the state high court in Ikeja, were charged []
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2019: Chris Giwa declares senatorial bid
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Factional President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr Chris Giwa, has declared his intention to contest for the Plateau North Senatorial seat on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. Giwa made his intention known when he visited state officials of the party at its secretariat on Wednesday in Jos. [READ ALSO]Lagos gov ticket: Ambodes []
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Denuclearization: US ready to negotiate with North Korea, says Pompeo
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed Pyongyangs important commitments made by Pyongyang during Wednesdays inter-Korean summit, adding Washington was ready to begin negotiating immediately to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea by January 2021. In a statement, Pompeo said he spoke with his North Korean counterpart on Wednesday morning and invited him to a []
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Police arrest 10 illegal migrants from Uganda
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Kenyan Authorities on Wednesday arrested 10 Ugandans who were being trafficked to the Middle East in the latest crackdown targeting illegal migrants in the East African nation. Director of Immigration Services Alex Muteshi said the immigrants who were being trafficked by a Kenyan were arrested at a residential estate in Nairobi. The Kenyan trafficker will []
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PHOTOS: Osinbajo visits Abuja market, inaugurates Trader Moni Programme
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, visited the Nyanya Market, Abuja, on Wednesday for the officialinauguration of the Trader Moni Programme. The Trader Moni scheme which is being implemented by the Bank of Industry, allows beneficiaries to get an interest-free loan of between N10,000 and N15,000. Photos:Novo Isioro
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Capturing the wealthy in tax net
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Punch Editorial Board The Federal Governments renewed bid to widen the tax net by compelling the wealthy to pay their taxes appears to be making progress, but only very marginally. For a country desperate to rake in funds to address her massive infrastructure deficit and lift the standard of living of a predominantly impoverished population, []
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Osun poll: TMG deploys 300 observers, says politicians sharing money
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos With about 72 hours to the Osun State governorship election, a coalition of civil rights organisations under the aegis of Transition Monitoring Group, on Wednesday, said it had uncovered ongoing plans by politicians to disrupt the electoral process. The organisation also said it would be deploying 300 citizen observers in the 30 []
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Ban on smartphones unconstitutional, Ekweremadu tells INEC
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has flayed the Independent National Electoral Commission’s decision to ban the use of smartphones inside polling cubicles, describing the move as unconstitutional and unacceptable. Senator Ekweremadu made his position known on Wednesday during a condolence visit to the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, at his country []
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Christian body slams youth wing for endorsing Akpabio
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos The Patriotic Christian Youths of Nigeria on Wednesday criticized the recent endorsement of a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, by a group of Christian youth organisations as their senatorial candidate in the 2019 general elections, describing it as ungodly. The PCYN said the endorsement of Akpabio should be the []
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Ishaku loyalists give Oshiomhole seven-day ultimatum
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo A group, Taraba Network for Peace and Development on Wednesday asked the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, to retract his verbal attack on Governor Darius Ishaku or face court action. At a press briefing in Jalingo, Chairman of the group, Alhaji Haruna Musa, who was flanked by []
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Tinubu, APC mount pressure on Ambode to step down, endorse Sanwo-Olu
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The battle on who gets the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State continued on Wednesday with the party leadership mounting pressure on the incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, to drop his second term bid and endorse his opponent, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Sanwo-Olu came into reckoning in Lagos politics after he obtained []
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Osun poll: DIG to earn N200,000 allowance in 10 days
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Operations, Joshak Habila, who is supervising the security for the Saturday Osun State governorship poll, will earn N200,000 duty tour allowance for 10 days. During the period, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, who would assist Habila, would earn N160, 000 DTA while Inspectors to Chief Superintendents of []
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Saraki, Atiku urge Osun voters to stop APC rule
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Femi Makinde and Dayo Ojerinde The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar have asked the people of Osun State to stop their suffering by voting for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ademola Adeleke, on Saturday. The duo spoke in Osogbo on Wednesday during the mega []
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Election offence: EU trains INEC legal officers, police on prosecution
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto To improve the capacity of the legal officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission and the police to prosecute election offenders, a two-day capacity building training has commenced in Sokoto. The training supported by the European Union Centre for Electoral Support will be the first time the police and INEC officials will []
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Oyetola will deliver on health care ‘ Tinubu
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Deji Lambo The All Progressives Congress candidate in Saturday’s Osun State governorship election, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, will deliver on his health care promise, the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said on Wednesday. He spoke at the Osogbo Stadium during a visit to the venue of the free health mission initiated by Oyetola. The free []
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Benue PDP chairman dismisses defection threats
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
John Charles, Makurdi Benue State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, John Ngbede, has dismissed the defection threat by some governorship aspirants, accusing the aspirants of betraying the party in 2015. Ngbede who spoke to our correspondent said the threat to leave the party if Governor Samuel Ortom was imposed on them was nothing but mere []
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PFN decries desperation for political offices
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Samson Folarin The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Lagos State branch, has decried desperation for political offices in the country, saying people seeking elective positions should be selfless. The Chairman, Bishop Olusola Ore, who spoke at the inauguration of the new executive members of the association in Lagos on Tuesday, urged Christians to participate fully in []
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2019: APC reviews timetable for primaries
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has reviewed the timetable for the conduct of the party’s 2018 primary elections. Sequel to the review, the party’s primary election will begin with that of the President, which is scheduled to hold on September 25th to be followed four days later by []
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Group, lawyer want INEC to guard against vote-buying
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Dayo Ojerinde A socio-cultural group, the Yoruba Leadership and Peace Initiative, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission not to allow vote-buying in the Saturday governorship election in Osun State. In a press release made available to The PUNCH on Wednesday, signed by its General Secretary, Mr Femi Adefemiwa, and the Chairman, Publicity Committee, []
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Primary: APC govs in crucial meeting
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja Governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress are currently locked in a crucial meeting behind closed doors. The meeting which is currently holding at the Imo State Governors Lodge, started close to an hour ago. Although details of the meeting are still sketchy, it was gathered that the governors are []
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Police have become tool of oppression, intimidation ‘ Adeleke
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has condemned the police invitation to him over the allegation of certificate forgery.The candidate spoke through the Director-General of his Campaign Organisation, Chief Lere Oyewumi, at a press conference on Wednesday night. He said the certificate issue had []
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UK, group to monitor $322m Abacha loot spending
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja A civil society organisation, African Network for Environment and Economic Justice, said on Wednesday that it had begun the monitoring of the Federal Government’s disbursement of the $322.5m General Sani Abacha loot recovered from Switzerland. The group said it was working with six other partners with the support of a United Kingdom []
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FG suspends national carrier project indefinitely
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government has suspended the planned commencement of operations of Nigeria Air. Although no reason was given for the suspension, it was gathered that the national carrier project had been put on hold in the interim. The Federal Government, through its Ministry of Transportation, the Aviation arm, had announced in July []
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We don’t predetermine treasury bills’ interest rates ‘ DMO
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Debt Management Office has said that neither it nor the Central Bank of Nigeria predetermines the interest rates at which the government sells the Nigerian Treasury Bills at the monthly auction market. In a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday, the DMO said different bidders attend the []
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1,000 local firms apply for railway contracts
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Rasheed Bisiriyu At least 1,000 indigenous companies have submitted applications for various railway contracts in the 2018 fiscal year, the Nigerian Railway Corporation has said. The contractors prospecting for different railway projects were unveiled on Wednesday during a prequalification/bid opening session held at the NRC head office in Lagos. The Director of Procurement, NRC, Mr []
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FG targets N6bn from 20 silos’ concession
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Government is to get about N6bn from the concession of 20 silos in different parts of the country to private sector operators. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, told State House correspondents in Abuja that the Federal Executive Council approved the plan at its meeting presided over []
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Stock market drops slightly as 13 firms lose
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The Nigerian Stock Exchange All-Share Index dropped by 0.02 per cent at the close of trading on Wednesday after 13 stocks closed in the red compared to 24 that appreciated. Profit-taking in large-cap stocks ‘ International Breweries Plc, FBN Holdings Plc and United Bank for Africa ‘ was said to have caused the []
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Okitipupa oil palm workers protest unpaid salaries
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Peter Dada, Akure Workers of the Okitipupa Oil Palm Company in the Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State have called on Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to intervene in the alleged maladministration of the firm. The workers, who alleged that the state government-owned company was owing them seven months’ salaries, staged a protest and demanded the []
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Gas pipeline: NNPC negotiating with Chinese lenders
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation says it is concluding negotiations on terms of funding and payback structure for the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline project with Chinese lenders. The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, said this at the Nigerian Day during the 30th edition of the Gas Technology Conference in Barcelona, Spain, []
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High tax rates, poor access to finance limiting MSMEs
Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja In order to harness the potential of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sector, there is a need to address the constraints militating against its contributions to the economy, the President and Chairman of Council, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Dr Uche Olowu, has said. He stated this in Abuja in []
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