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Buhari, Ajimobi, Akiolu make last-minute moves to save Ambode
Thu, 13 Sep 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari, Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi; and Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, have embarked on a last-minute move to save Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, from an impending loss of the state All Progressives Congress ticket for the 2019 governorship election.

There had been reports that Ambode was no longer in the good books of an APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, which might endanger his second term bid.

But the tension became palpable on Tuesday when two new aspirants under the APC umbrella – Dr Obafemi Hamzat and Jide Sanwoolu – emerged to vie for the governorship ticket with Ambode in the direct party primary billed to come up in two weeks’ time.

Hamzat and Sanwoolu, former commissioners in the state, were said to have claimed to have Tinubu’s backing.

Ambode was also said to have the APC national leader’s backing when he declared intention to go for a second term on Monday.

However, impeccable sources within the ruling party said on Wednesday that the prominent personalities including the President, the monarch and Ajimobi had stepped in to resolve the crisis, noting that the matter would be resolved.

“There are serious moves to end the crisis. Many people, including the President have waded in. And it is not yet too late for the issue to be resolved,” said the source.

“President Buhari, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and Oba Rilwan Akiolu are making efforts to ensure that the matter is resolved and Ambode’s second term bid is not terminated,” the source added.

Another source said there was no problem between Ambode and his political father, Tinubu, but the governor was believed to have drawn the ire of party leaders and key supporters when he allegedly sidelined them from his administration.

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Falana wants soldiers to stop wearing uniform outside barracks
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Oladimeji Ramon A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, has proposed that soldiers should be stopped from wearing the army uniform outside the barracks in order to check some of the criminal activities being perpetrated in the society. According to him, some soldiers, while wearing uniform outside the barracks, provide cover for criminals and []
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Boko Haram: Service chiefs in Borno, deploy 11 fighter jets
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, has relocated to the Boko Haram terrorists-ravaged areas in the Lake Chad region of Borno State, just as the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, is expected on Thursday (today) in order to seek solutions to the incessant terrorist attacks. []
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Stunted economy: APC berates The Economist, HSBC for predicting Buharis defeat
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Niyi Odebode, John Alechenu, Olusola Fabiyi, Olaleye Aluko, Ted Odogwu, Enyioha Opara, Olaleye Aluko and Godwin Isenyo The All Progressives Congress has rejected what it described as doomsday prophecies by two British-based institutions about Nigerias economy and the 2019 presidential election. The APC position was contained in a statement by its acting National Publicity Secretary, []
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2019: Buhari tells Nigerians not to allow PDP to return to power
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
John Alechenu and Olusola Fabiyi President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians not to return members of the Peoples Democratic Party, whom he described as those who brought Nigeria to its knees from 1999-2015 back to power. Buhari said this while submitting his expression of interest and nomination forms to the leadership of the All Progressives []
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Oshiomhole under stress, working for floundering govt Jonathan
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja A former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has said there are indications that the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, is under stress. He explained that the stress could be as a result of workload and that he (Oshiomhole) was also working for what he called a floundering government. []
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EFCC hands over seized houses to VON, PTAD, others
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja As part of efforts to curb governments recurrent expenditure, especially rent, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says houses recovered from alleged looters have been handed over to government agencies for use. The Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, disclosed this during a meeting with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday. Some []
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Primary: Presidential ballot papers to carry aspirants photos, says PDP
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has said that its ballot papers for the conduct of the presidential primary will carry the photographs of all the aspirants. It also said that works were ongoing concerning the compilation of the names of its national convention committee members. National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, []
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2019: Okorocha sacks 13 commissioners, advisers
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State on Wednesday sacked the Secretary to the State Government, George Eche; his Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu; Deputy Chief of Staff, Kingsley Uju; and his Principal Secretary, Paschal Obi. Others affected by the development are the Commissioner for Trade, Investment and Commerce, Emma Ojinere; Information commissioner, []
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Fayose writes EFCC, says Ill report for probe on Oct. 16
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, promising to report at the commissions office not more than 24 hours after the end of his tenure. He said he would make himself available on October 16 at 1pm to clarify issues or answer questions []
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FEC mulls creation of election offences commission
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Executive Council at its meeting on Wednesday approved a fresh bill for the amendment of the Electoral Act and another bill seeking the establishment of a proposed Electoral Offences Commission. This was despite an ongoing controversy between the Presidency and the National Assembly over President Muhammadu Buharis decision to withhold []
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Adeleke to Aregbesola: Dont fund election with N16.6bn Paris refund
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has warned Governor Rauf Aregbesola against diversion of the N16.6bn Paris Club refund released to the state to fund the election of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola. Adeleke said this in Osogbo on []
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Buhari has abandoned talks with Niger Delta leaders PANDEF
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Pan Niger Delta Forum has carpeted the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for reneging on the planned consultations with the Niger Delta people since 2016. PANDEF insisted that the Federal Government was engaging in a monologue with the people of the region rather than dialogue. The socio-cultural group noted that rather than []
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Ambode, role model to youths Boys scout chief
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Commissioner of Lagos State Scout Council, Chief Jonathan Tawose, on Wednesday conferred on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode the Patron of Lagos State Council of Scout Association of Nigeria. He explained that the decision was based on Ambodes leadership qualities and for being a good role model to Nigerian youths. Tawose, who spoke at []
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Benue Assembly suspends three LG chairmen
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
John Charles, Makurdi Benue State House of Assembly on Wednesday suspended three local government chairmen for three months for gross misconduct, financial misappropriation and other offences contrary to local government law. Affected were the Chairman of Ogbadibo Local Government, Mr James Akola, and his deputy; the Chairman of Gwer East, Mr Vitalis Ukwar, and the []
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FG approves $41m for Ilesa water project
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Oluwatobi Akindele The Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has said the Federal Government has approved $41m for the Ilesha Water Project. Aregbesola spoke in Ilesha at a campaign rally to seek support for the Osun State candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, for the governorship election of September 22, 2018. Oyetolas running []
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Terrorism: Immigration service establishes patrol base in Katsina
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja As part of measures to improve border security, the Nigeria Immigration Service has established a patrol base at Jibiya in Katsina State in order to control the influx of suspected insurgents and illegal migrants. The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, said the patrol base would be inaugurated by the Minister of Interior, []
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cs provision on donation to candidates breeds corruption Adedipe
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
In this interview with OLADIMEJI RAMON, Chief Ifedayo Adedipe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, provides answers to some arising legal questions as political activities towards the 2019 general elections gather momentum The opposition Peoples Democratic Party has argued that the group that bought N45m nomination and expression of interest forms for President Muhammadu Buhari to []
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Obaseki meets Edo teachers over strike threat
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has met with members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers in a bid to avert a planned strike by teachers in public schools in the state. The teachers had announced that they would embark on an industrial action on Friday, following the alleged failure of []
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Fayemi warns against alleged N10b supplementary budget fraud
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
The Media Office of the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has reacted to a media report of an alleged N10b supplementary budget fraud allegedly masterminded by Governor Ayodele Fayose with officials of the Ministry of Budget and Ekiti State House of Assembly, warning that the consequences of illegal appropriation of public funds will be []
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UK seeks collaboration between English, Nigerian lawyers
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The United Kingdoms Secretary of State for Justice, Lord Chancellor David Gauke, says he is delighted that his country is set to extend its Legal Services are GREAT campaign to Nigeria. Gauke, while noting that the UK legal services sector was one of the countrys greatest exports, said the campaign was launched to []
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CCD partners Lagos to promote disability law
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Eric Dumo The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities has collaborated with the Lagos State Office of Disability Affairs to sensitise members of the public, especially people with special needs, to the disability law in the state. At the presentation of a new report by the non-profit organisation in Lagos last Thursday, CCD called for the []
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FEC proposes fresh amendment of Electoral Act
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal Executive Council at its meeting on Wednesday, approved a fresh bill for the amendment of Electoral Act and another bill seeking the establishment of a proposed Electoral Offences Commission. This was despite an ongoing controversy between the presidency and the National Assembly over President Muhamadu Buharis decision to withhold assent []
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Buhari: Dont forget Leah Sharibu in captivity
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Punch Editorial Board As the Nigerian government continues its onslaught against Boko Haram, the plight of Leah Sharibu is a poignant reminder that the terrorist group is still undefeated. It is more than 200 days since the 15-year-old was captured along with 109 other schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yunusari Local Government Area of Yobe State. But, []
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2019: Dogara defects, picks PDP forms
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, may have finally defected from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party. Our correspondent gathered on Wednesday night that the embattled speaker had picked the PDP nomination and expression of interest forms to return to the House in 2019. A member []
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Nigeria needs a youthful President, says Saraki
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin Senate President Bukola Saraki has called on Nigerians to stand united and elect a youthful President with an energetic mind to take the country to its desired height. Saraki made the call on Wednesday evening when he met members of the Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party in Benin, as []
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Aspirant sues APC, Oshiomhole over huge nomination fees
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in Delta State, Chief Sunny Ofehe, has filed a suit before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja, asking for an order perpetually restraining the party from continuing with the sale of nomination and expression of interest forms []
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PDP warns INEC against plot to shift 2019 polls
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Olusola Fabiyi and Olaleye Aluko The Peoples Democratic Party has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress to perish the thought of staying in power a day beyond May 29, 2019. The PDP also cautioned the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, not to allow the APC and []
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Omo-Agege tackles Emerhor over re-election bid
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Tobi Aworinde Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has dismissed a threat to his second-term aspiration by Chief Otega Emerhor. The senator, in a statement by his special assistant, Efe Duku, claimed that Emerhor had miscalculated ‘badly,’ adding that his aspiration was ‘an act of political rascality taken too far.’ He said, ‘First, it can only take Emerhor, []
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Nyako, Ladoja, Oyinlola to lead ADC campaign in Osun
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The African Democratic Congress has said that the Osun State campaign committee would be led by the son of a former Adamawa State Governor, Senator Abdul-Azeez Nyako; and former governors of Osun and Oyo states, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Rashidi Ladoja. The party also expressed confidence in its candidate, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, and his []
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NBA tasks INEC on free, fair polls
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Nigerian Bar Association has said it will engage with the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure that next year’s general elections are free and fair. The association argued that free and fair elections were central to the sustainability of the country’s democracy. In the communique issued at the end of its 58th []
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FIRS moves against multiple taxes in LGs
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Nike Popoola As part of its moves to curb multiple taxes, the Federal Inland Revenue Service has urged local government autorities to recognise stickers presented to them from other regions in the country. It stated, ‘To avoid incidence of double taxes, any emblem/sticker obtained in any one local government area in the country should be []
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NIRSAL, others to reduce N2.7tn farmers’ post-harvest losses
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending and other major stakeholders in the agriculture sector are working on a framework that will tackle the bottlenecks in the national haulage system for agricultural products. The model, known as the Secured Agricultural Commodity Transport Corridor, is an innovative system for fixing the []
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Oil price nears $80, Nigeria’s output rises
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Femi Asu International oil benchmark, Brent crude, extended its gains on Wednesday, trading near a two-month high as shrinking oil inventories pointed to an increasingly tight global market. The upturn in oil prices come as the United States’ sanctions squeezed Iranian crude exports and after the US crude oil production in 2019 was forecast to []
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$10.1bn demand makes local listing challenging, says MTN
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Akinpelu Dada with agency reports A $10.1bn demand by Nigerian authorities from South African telecoms group, MTN, makes its planned debut stock market listing in the country ‘pretty challenging and awkward,’ the group’s chief financial officer said on Wednesday. The Central Bank of Nigeria has asked MTN to repatriate $8.1bn sent abroad, claiming the funds []
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Focus on N435.7bn under-recovery, Discos tell NERC
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors has asked the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to focus on the N435.7bn under-recovery by electricity operators in the country rather than being distracted by the activities of the body. In a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday, Chief Executive Officer, ANED, Azu []
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Nigeria’s rising debt profile worries Amina Mohammed
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, has expressed worries over the rising level of Nigeria’s debt. According to Mohammed, who served in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari as environment minister before she bagged the UN job, the country is now back to worrying levels of debt after the administration of former []
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IBEDC blames energy allocation for poor power supply
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Femi Asu The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company has attributed the poor power supply being experienced in some parts of Ogun State to the shortfall in energy allocated from the national grid. The Head, Branding and Corporate Communications, IBEDC, Mrs Angela Olanrewaju, said this in a statement on Wednesday, adding that it had become necessary to []
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Small business owners hail FG on collateral-free loans
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja There was excitement on Wednesday at the Nyanya Market in Abuja as traders hailed the decision of the Federal Government to disburse the sum of N10,000 to each of them. The disbursement is part of the current administration’s drive to empower over two million petty traders across the country through a commercial []
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Value addition business ideas for entrepreneurs (2)
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Jennifer Abraham jenihuomabraham@yahoo.com 08148137781 Astute investors need to pay attention to science in this dispensation while shopping for business ideas. Our many traditional products would create great businesses when they are commercialised using better production processes and technologies. Agricultural production and food processing are areas where Nigeria has comparative advantage that can readily be raised []
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Oil firms’ probe: NCDMB, EFCC to strengthen collaboration
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Femi Asu The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board has announced plans to forge more effective collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for quick investigation of serious infractions by oil and gas companies in the country. The Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Mr Simbi Wabote, was quoted in a statement as saying during a courtesy []
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Starting a social media management business from home
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh Social media started out as a fun way to connect with family and friends, and has now grown into an affordable, vital marketing strategy for businesses of all sizes. Unfortunately, many businesses are overwhelmed by all the tasks that go into managing multiple messages across social media accounts and are hiring experts to []
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Gas explosion: NLPGA seeks greater enforcement of standards
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Femi Asu Against the backdrop of the gas explosion in Nasarawa State on Monday, the Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association has highlighted the need for greater enforcement of Liquefied Petroleum Gas standards and code of practice within the industry across the country. ‘Without this, the proliferation of substandard and undocumented gas facilities/infrastructure will remain a []
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Stock market records highest daily loss in eight months
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The nation’s equities market recorded its highest daily loss in eight months at the close of trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Sell-offs drove the NSE All Share Index lower by a record 3.5 per cent to close at 32,292.79 basis points. The market capitalisation of listed equities []
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FG begins reconstruction of power facilities in Ondo
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Peter Dada, Akure The Federal Government has awarded contracts for the reconstruction of damaged power distribution infrastructure in the Ondo South Senatorial District of Ondo State. It was gathered that the gesture was part of the efforts of the government to end the age-long electricity problem being encountered by the residents of the four local []
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Nigerians seek control of shipping, oil/gas sectors
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Anna Okon Stakeholders in the maritime, local content development and other sectors of the economy have suggested that Nigeria should control the operations of the shipping, oil and gas sectors. Their suggestion is contained in a communiqu issued at the end of a recent maritime seminar in Lagos. Among those at the forum were the []
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India cuts Nigerian oil imports, turns to US
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Femi Asu with agency report India imported less Nigerian crude oil last month on the back of outages in a couple of major streams such as Bonny Light and Forcados. Also, Asian buyers opted to take light sweet United States’ oil rather than Nigerian, Reuters reported on Monday. India’s monthly oil imports from Nigeria declined []
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Board absolves NIMASA of blame in seafarers’ detention
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Anna Okon The Chairman, National Seafarers Welfare Board of Nigeria, Otunba Kunle Folarin, has stated that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency is not responsible for detention of seafarers, but rather has been of immense assistance in ensuring they have better living conditions in line with international best practices. The Chairman, NSWBN, who led []
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NPA targets ISO certification, seamless cargo movement
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
Anna Okon The Nigerian Ports Authority has announced that it is in the process of being awarded the 9001 International Organisation for Standardisation certificate. The Managing Director, NPA, Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman, disclosed this in Lagos while unveiling plans for Nigeria’s hosting of the International Association of Ports and Habours Conference in Abuja. According to ISO, []
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