Nigeria Newspapers: Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines [26 September, 2018].

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Gov tickets: APC NWC okays direct primaries for Ogun, Lagos, Kano, Imo, Akwa Ibom
Wed, 26 Sep 2018

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The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress on Tuesday released its approved mode of primaries for 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory for Saturday’s governorship primaries.

According to the list, the direct method, which involves all registered card carrying members of the party; and the indirect mode where elected and statutory delegates take part, will be used.

The APC NWC released the list of approved methods in a statement by the party’s acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in Abuja.

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The states that are to elect their governorship candidates via the direct method are Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Cross River, Edo, Ekiti, Imo and Kano.

Others are Lagos, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Taraba, Zamfara and the Federal Capital Territory.

States that got the nod to pick candidates using the indirect mode are Adamawa, Benue, Borno, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina and Kebbi.

Others are Nasarawa, Oyo, Kogi, Kwara, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto and Yobe.

Before the Tuesday directive of the APC NWC, some state chapters of the party, including Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Imo and Bauchi, had adopted indirect primaries

The Ogun State chapter of the APC had, at a meeting attended by the state executive of the party, leaders and lawmakers on Thursday, opted for indirect primaries.

In Imo, Governor Rochas Okorocha-backed state executive had said it preferred the indirect primaries despite the opposition of stakeholders, including Senator Hope Uzodima.

The requests of state chapters of the party in Adamawa, Kaduna, Oyo and Rivers for indirect primaries were, however, approved by the NWC.

The PUNCH gathered that the NWC, after weighing options available to it, decided to change the methods in some states.

It was further learnt that such was the case in Imo State where the Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha hails from, as the NWC opted for direct primaries.

A highly placed member of the party, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to journalists on the issue, said the decision had to be taken to save the party from implosion.

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Buhari sends Fayemi to woo Omisore for rerun poll
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi and Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday, visited the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Senator Iyiola Omisore, in Ile Ife to woo him ahead of the rerun holding in seven polling units in four local government areas of Osun State on Thursday. Our correspondent []
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DSS detains Aisha Buharis ADC over fraud
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Olusola Fabiyi and Ade Adesomoju The Department of State Services has detained Mr Baban-Inna, who is the Aide De Camp to the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, over an allegation of N2.5bn fraud. The spokesman for the DSS, Mr Nnochirionye Afunanya, told one of our correspondents that the case was handed over []
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Anger as FG recalls N14.9bn Paris Club refund from Benue
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
John Charles, Makurdi Hundreds of workers in Benue State on Tuesday expressed shock over the alleged recall of the final tranche of the Paris Club refund earlier paid to the state government. Two workers were alleged to have slumped as they received the news of the recall of the Paris Club refund. READ ALSO:Swiss police []
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Minimum wage: NLC tells workers to begin strike Thursday
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Nigeria Labour Congress has directed workers to proceed on a nationwide warning strike with effect from Thursday. This followed the delay in negotiations for a new minimum wage by the Federal Government. General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, directed all []
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Jubilation as court nullifies Imo deputy govs impeachment
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma and Gibson Achonu, Owerri Jubilation erupted in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Tuesday, after Justice Benjamin Iheaka declared the impeachment of the Deputy Governor of the state, Eze Madumere, which was carried out by the members of the state House of Assembly on July 31, illegal, inconsequential and of no constitutional backing. []
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Osun election: PDC asks INEC to declare Adeleke winner
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Peter Dada, Akure As stakeholders are waiting for the governorship rerun in Osun State coming up on Thursday, one of the parties that took part in the election, the Peoples Democratic Change, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to declare the Peoples Democratic Partys candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, the winner of the poll. []
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Ortom appoints 13 new special advisers
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
John Charles Makurdi Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Tuesday announced the appointment of 13 new special advisers from various districts in the state. The new advisers are: Mr Sanwua Tarnogo, Jerome Tar, Reverend Samuel Ivartse, Dr Terghter Ayargwer, Austin Okoh, Dr Bem Melladu and Paul Iyajir. Others are Reverend Jacob Ayenyi, Okoh Achegbulu, Jacob []
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Recruitment: FRSC to disqualify applicants with tattoos, others
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, has said that job applicants with tattoos, bow and K-legs will be disqualified from its ongoing screening. Oyeyemi made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria while inspecting the screening exercise at the Ikeja 9 Brigades Military Cantonment in Lagos on Tuesday. In any []
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Lalong signs criminal justice law to tackle killings
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos Henceforth, all criminal suspects involved in the serial killings in Plateau State will be tried in Jos as Governor Simon Lalong, on Tuesday, signed into law the Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2018. The governor expressed optimism that the decision has put an end to the transfer of criminal suspects to Abuja []
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US, EU, UK warn against violence, vote-buying
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja As the electorate in Osun State prepare for the supplementary governorship election on Thursday, the missions of the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States have counselled them to shun violence, intimidation and vote-buying. While commending the people, the security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission for the orderly []
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Osun: No corps member absconded with electoral materials NYSC DG
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Peter Dada, Akure The Director-General of the National Youths Service Corps, Brig. Gen. Suleman Kazaure, on Tuesday, expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the corps members, who worked as ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission in last Saturdays governorship election in Osun State. The DG, however, denied the rumour making the rounds []
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Buhari seeks expansion of UN Security Council, others
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in New York in the United States of America advocated the reconstitution and expansion of the membership of the Security Council of the United Nations, which currently has 15 member states with only five world powers as its permanent members. Advocating a reformed and more equitable UN []
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Citizens determined to build new Nigeria, says Osinbajo
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has said that he is happy that Nigerians are determined to build a new Nigeria despite its chequered political history. He said he was happy this had further reinforced his hope that the country would move forward. Osinbajo spoke in Abuja on Tuesday at the Independence Day []
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Enugu man run over by vehicle seeks justice
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu A man, Jessy Okenwa, who was allegedly run over by a vehicle on the orders of the late Igwe Stephen Nwatu has cried out for justice. The late Igwe Nwatu was on June 11 lynched by a mob, made up of members of Ogbozinne Akpugo, a community in the Nkanu West Local []
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Youre free to withdraw from Osun rerun, APC tells PDP
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
John Alechenu and Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The All Progressives Congress Campaign Council for the Osun governorship election has urged the partys members in the areas where the states election rerun will be held on Thursday to ignore the alleged ranting of the Peoples Democratic Party and turn out en masse to vote for the ruling []
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LPPC restores SAN rank to Ogunba
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee has restored the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria to Mr Kunle Ogunba, nine months after the lawyer was stripped of the title. The LPPC, in a September 20, 2018 letter, said the restoration of the title to Ogunba, was further to the lawyers letter of September 11, []
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AYL commends Emmanuel for paying gratuities owed by Akpabio
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Akwa Ibom Youth League has commended the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration for clearing the 10 years backlog of gratuities of primary and secondary schoolteachers it inherited from the Godswill Akpabio administration. The youth group, in a statement, said the gesture would restore the hope and passion of the citizens in the state []
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LSETF created 15,000 jobs in two years Oyebode
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (ETF), Mr Akintunde Oyebode, on Tuesday said about 15,000 jobs had been created by the fund in the last two years. Oyebode stated this during the visit of some Masters research students to his office, adding that no fewer than 8,000 Micro, Small []
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Flooding: NEMA places 10 Taraba LGAs on red alert
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Justin Tyopuusu Jalingo The National Emergency Management Agency and the Taraba State Emergency management have placed 10 local government areas in Taraba on red alert, following plans by the Cameroonian authorities to release water from the Lagdo Dam. The Permanent Secretary, Taraba State Emergency Management Agency, Mr Nulvaga Danhabu, named the local governments that had []
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Adeosun resignation: Matters arising
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
A heroine in the anti-corruption campaign has fallen in action. All the same, Mrs Kemi Adeosun will be remembered by other warriors being eaten alive, so it seems, and suffering in silence. It is not the Nigerian custom to choose such an honourable path. In the polity today, there are political godfathers with worst skeletons []
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Obi to lead SSRCs Africa programme
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe A New York-based Social Science Research Council has appointed a Nigerian-born scholar, Dr Cyril Obi, to lead its Next-Generation Social Sciences in Africa programme. According to a statement by the organisation, the United States-based scholar who is also the Programme Director of the SSRCs African Peacebuilding Network would build new synergies connecting both []
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NNPC and financial transparency
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
A few days ago, the Nigeria Police Force announced the shocking recovery of $470.4m and N8.8bn allegedly hidden in commercial banks by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company contrary to the Federal Governments policy of Single Treasury Account. In a swift reaction, however, the NNPC has dismissed the police statement as unfounded and that the corporation []
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Buhari speaks at UN, seeks expansion of Security Council
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in New York in the United States of America, advocated the reconstitution and expansion of the membership of the Security Council of the United Nations which currently has 15 member states with only five world powers as its permanent members. Advocating a reformed and more equitable UN []
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Stop move to sabotage KogiPDP, group tells Secondus
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
warns PDP leaders against imposition of candidates A group, Peoples Democratic Party Youth Frontier, has called on the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, and the leadership of the party, to halt what it described as aplot to sabotage the interest of the party in Kogi State. National Coordinator of the []
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APC flays Dogara
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi The All Progressives Congress in Bauchi State has alleged that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, is an ingrate who used the party as a ladder to achieve greatness and dumped it. The Legal Adviser of the party, Rabiu Abubakar, made the allegation on behalf of the party while []
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Parliament: Release Electoral Bill now
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
DISAGREEMENTS between the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari, provoked by amendments to the Electoral Act, seem to have ended with the formers correction of the errors and deletion of controversial provisions noticed in the new bill, for which the President had withheld his assent. But any hope of the bill being assented to quickly []
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I will defeat you in 2019, Tambuwal tells Buhari
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Enyioha Opara, Minna THE Governor of Sokoto State and one of the presidential aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Aminu Tambuwal, said on Tuesday he would defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming 2019 general elections Tambuwal, who said this while responding to questions from newsmen at the PDP Secretariat in Minna, []
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PDP demands Yakubu, Zakari’s resignation from INEC
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
says commission removed Adeleke’s 4,387 votes Olusola Fabiyi and Femi Makinde The Peoples Democratic Party has demanded the immediate resignation of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, following what it called his alleged controlling role in the ‘fraudulent manipulations’ that it said characterised the September 22 governorship election in Osun []
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2019: Soldiers supporting political parties to face court martial, says Buratai
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, has said that a special court martial has been established to try soldiers who are found to be supporting political parties ahead of the 2019 general elections. Buratai said on Tuesday that the military division and field commanders must, therefore, warn officers []
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Osun: Poll, a sign of thriving democracy ‘ Odigie-Oyegun
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has described the inconclusive governorship election in Osun State as a manifestation of a thriving democracy provided by the APC. Odigie-Oyegun, who disclosed this during an interview with journalists in Benin, Edo State, on Tuesday, also allayed the fears []
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BLF alleges fresh plot to impeach Ortom
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos Hopes that the political crisis in Benue State would soon be over dimmed on Tuesday when a socio-political organisation, Benue Liberation Front, raised the alarm, alleging that a leader of the All Progressives Congress in the state planned to cause mayhem. The organisation said the APC leader had also threatened that even []
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Kogi PDP youths ask Secondus to halt sabotage plan
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Youths under the aegis of the Peoples Democratic Party Youth Frontier have called on the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, and the leadership of the party to halt what they described as a plot to sabotage the interest of the party in Kogi State. The National Coordinator of the group, []
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Osun rerun: EU, UK, US call for free, fair election
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
The Missions of the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States have called forpeaceful, free, fair and credible completion of Osun State governorship re-run election on September 28. The missions in a joint statement on Tuesday in Abuja called for support to ensure the success of the process asIndependent National Electoral Commission re-runs []
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Economy may slip back into recession, CBN warns
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
to discuss with MTN, banks over N8.1bn fine Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday warned that weak economic fundamentals currently being shown by the economy were putting the country’s exit from recession under threat. The Nigerian economy exited recession in 2017 after suffering contraction for five []
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Take precautions if you pay by cheque
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Laws relating to cheques are quite complex, but you don’t need to read the statute books in order to take a few simple precautions, according to www.iol.co.za. You can use a cheque for a number of reasons, most commonly to pay someone for a service or a purchase, to settle a debt, or to withdraw []
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Not too late to avert strike, Aremu tells FG
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin A labour leader, Issa Aremu, has said that it is not late for the Federal Government to avert industrial crisis that will occur if it does not address the ultimatum of the organised labour. The organised labour had issued the government a 14-day ultimatum from Wednesday, September 12, with clear demand that []
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FATE Foundation hosts alumni conference
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
FATE Foundation, Nigeria’s leading not-for-profit organisation promoting entrepreneurial development, will hold its third annual alumni conference themed: ‘Building for Scale’ in Lagos today (Wednesday). According to a statement by the foundation, the President/Chief Executive Officer, Coscharis Group, Mr Cosmas Maduka, is scheduled to give the first keynote speech, while the Founder/ Chief Executive Officer, Terra []
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AfDB, Boeing, others ready to invest in Nigeria Air
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Despite suspending the planned commencement of Nigeria Air, the Federal Government on Tuesday announced that the proposed carrier still had ready investors. It stated that the suspension of the proposed national carrier was not due to lack of investors, as international finance institutions such as the Afro-Exim Bank, African Development Bank, Standard []
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Nigeria needs $123.5m to develop industrial minerals ‘ Report
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Nigeria requires about $123.5m to develop minerals needed in industrial production, a report commissioned by the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and the World Bank has said. The report, which was presented in Abuja on Tuesday, stated that Nigeria was importing most of the mineral resources because the ones obtained in []
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Improved macroeconomic conditions not enough for quick growth ‘ Osinbajo
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said that the current improvement in some of the macroeconomic conditions in the country was not enough to guarantee quicker rate of growth in the economy. He said this at the opening session of the 59th edition of the Nigerian Economic Society’s annual conference held in Abuja. []
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Fixing Ambode that aint broke
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Lekan Sote Under military dictator Ibrahim Babangidas convoluted political transition programme, the progressives of the Lagos State chapter of the former Social Democratic Party had fierce dispute on who would be their governorship candidate. Their leader, former Lagos State Governor Lateef Jakande, preferred Prof Femi Agbalajobi, but Dapo Sarumi, from Epe Division as Agbalajobi, offered []
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Stanbic IBTC teaches Covenant University students financial literacy
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Stanbic IBTC Bank, in partnership with the Creative Youth Community Development Initiative, a Wole Soyinka Foundation, has organised a financial literacy forum for students of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State. The bank said in a statement that the forum was organised in a bid to impact financial knowledge on Nigerian youths as the students would []
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Hidden economics in the botched Nigeria Air project
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Uche Uwaleke On a daily basis, thousands of passengers of Ethiopian Airlines waiting for connecting flights on arrival at the Bole International Airport are conveyed by buses at no extra cost to high-profile hotels inside Addis Ababa for a lay over. Many of these passengers continue their journey the following day but not before picking []
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Financial inclusion: Inlaks leads the charge in agent banking
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh In many parts of the world, including Nigeria, agent banking is gaining momentum as a key tool for driving financial inclusion. Agent banking is the provision of financial services to customers by a third party (agent) on behalf of a licensed deposit-taking financial institution and/or mobile money operator. In 2015, the Central Bank []
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An observers intimate view of Osun governorship election
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Jide Ojo One eyewitness is of more weight than 10 hearsays Plautus I was an accredited observer in the September 22, 2018 governorship election in Osun State. I was part of the Nigeria Women Trust Fund team of Independent National Electoral Commission-accredited poll watchers. The NWTF set the pace by deploying an all-female 63 []
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Developed Comex will enhance export market
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Jennifer Abraham The import of a commodities exchange (Comex) and how it will be of benefit to the solid minerals sub-sector was well captured in the aspirations of the botched 2002 National Assembly bill for the establishment of the Solid Minerals Development Commission. The aspirations: ‘The commission shall operate joint venture arrangements with the Organised []
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Nurturing emerging Nigerian two-party system
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
Professor Attahiru Jega, erstwhile Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission and an authority in comparative politics, was spot on when he said that a two-party system only evolves, it cannot be imposed. In a society where everyone is a political scientist, not least because they have read newspapers, the professional intervention by Jega should []
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Firm opens in-flight catering service at Lagos airport
Wed, 26 Sep 2018
A catering firm, LSG Sky Chefs, in partnership with an indigenous firm, Things Remembered, has opened an in-flight catering service facility at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The firm, in a statement on Tuesday, said the facility was designed to produce up to 10,000 meals a day as it was equipped with modern facilities, []
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