Nigerian Newspaper: Punch Headlines Today, Monday 5th November, 2018.

Nigerian Newspaper: Punch Headlines Today, Monday 5th November, 2018.

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Labour leaders shun meeting with Federal Government
Mon, 05 Nov 2018

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The Nigeria Labour Congress has said it will no longer enter into any negotiation with the government on a minimum wage for workers.

NLC, which is one of the umbrella bodies for workers, made the position of labour known on Sunday, even as it declared that workers would commence a nationwide strike on Tuesday as scheduled.

The General Secretary of the NLC, Peter Ozo-Eson, disclosed this during an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday.

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He said, “The strike is going on. Nothing has changed. The strike will begin on Tuesday. That is the directive that has been given. It will be a total strike.”

Asked if oil workers would join the strike, Ozo-Eson said, “All trade unions in the country have agreed to go on strike and we expect every union to go on strike from Tuesday.”

On negotiations between the Congress and the Federal Government, Ozo-Eson said, “Negotiations have ended. Yes, we have a meeting of the tripartite committee on Monday and we will attend as long as it is to sign the report of what has been agreed. We will sign that so that it can be submitted to the government. We will not change our position.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had on November 27, 2017 approved the appointment of a 30-member tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee for negotiations on a new national minimum wage for the country.

The committee comprised representatives of the government, organised labour and the private sector.
The organised labour collectively demanded that the minimum wage be increased from N18,000 to N65, 000 but all parties were said to have agreed to N30,000 after over a year of negotiations.

However, the government announced N24,000, a move which caused the unions to declare a strike.

The crisis deepened last week when the Nigeria Governors Forum reviewed the minimum wage further to N22, 500.

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Buharis certificate saga, worst national embarrassment PDP
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has described the public opinion that the Presidency allegedly procured a forged West African Examination Council Certificate attestation and confirmation for President Muhammadu Buhari as a huge smear on the nations integrity and the office of the President. The party said that the development had turned Nigeria into
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Lagos council renews bid to take over Ikoyi registry
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State has commenced fresh moves to wrest the control of the popular Ikoyi Marriage Registry from the Federal Ministry of Interior. In a fresh suit filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos, through its lawyer, Roger Adedimeji, Eti-Osa LGA is praying the court to enforce
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Disquiet in National Assembly over non-constitution of board
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
John Ameh and Leke Baiyewu The non-constitution of the National Assembly Service Commission appears to be causing another crisis at the National Assembly, findings by The Punch indicated on Sunday. Our correspondents gathered that the lawmaking body had been without a board in the last two months, following the expiration of the tenure of the
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Stop donating like Father Christmas, attend to Nigerians, Atiku tells Buhari
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to attend to the needs of Nigerians, instead of donating money to other countries. Wondering why a country whose leaders planned to sell its national assets would be donating money, Atiku, in a statement issued by
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APC crisis: Buhari meets Amosun, Akeredolu, Fayemi
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met behind closed doors with three state governors from the South-West. The governors Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) were all from the ruling All Progressives Congres. The meeting was held inside Buharis residence at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. It was
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Leadway Pensure gets recognitions
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
One of the Pension Funds Administrator in Nigeria, Leadway Pensure, has won two major awards for excellent service delivery and most outstanding PFA of the year 2018 at the Nigeria Customer Service Awards and the International Standards Leadership Awards, respectively, for its commitment to customer satisfaction and global best practices. Leadway clinched the award for
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Student Accommod8 unveils new hostels in two universities
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi A purpose-built student accommodation platform, Student Accommod8, has announced the launch of two new student accommodation developments, Sycamore House, a 192-bed development in Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, and Cedar House, a140-bed residence in Pan Atlantic University, Lagos. According to the developer, both residences were opened in October, and each residence has value-added
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ARM exits from OHLs Four Point
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Nike Popoola ARM, a leading asset management and investment firm, says it has successfully exited from Oceanwinds Hospitality Limited, owner of Four Points by Sheraton Lagos Hotel in Oniru, Victoria Island Extension, Lagos. It said in a statement that the hotel OHLs single asset is an internationally branded 234-key hotel, with eight meeting
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Premium default: No compensation for deceased FG workers relatives
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Nike Popoola More than five months after the Group Life Insurance Policy cover of the Federal Government for workers expired, insurance operators have yet to receive renewal premium. According to the operations of the GLIP, premium should be renewed on a yearly basis. When the cover lapses and it is not renewed on time, relatives
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Almond shifts focus to customer protection
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Nike Popoola Almond Productions Limited has said that its forum this year will focus on issues that address insurance consumers as well as the growth and potential in the sector. It stated that the forum with the theme, Relieving customers pain points in insurance through exceptional service delivery, would take place in Lagos in November.
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Insurers, surveyors partner to boost marine business
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Nike Popoola The Nigerian Insurers Association has expressed its intention to support the Guild of Marine Surveyors to attain success and enhance marine business in Nigeria. The Director-General, NIA, Mrs Yetunde Ilori, assured the surveyors of the associations support while speaking on the Role of marine surveyors in marine insurance at the 2018 Guild of
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Annual property price growth in key global cities drops
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
In the last year, the price of homes in the prime property market key cities across the world increased by 2.7 per cent on average, the weakest annual growth for almost six years, new index figures show. According to Propertywire.com, of the 43 cities tracked by the Knight Frank global residential cities index, the strongest
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VoguePay rewards students with cash prizes for tech solutions
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa VoguePay, an online payment processor, has rewarded three student software developers with N225, 000 for developing innovative technology solutions. The firm, in a statement on Sunday, said the three winning ideas received cash prizes of N100, 000, N75, 000 and N50, 000, respectively. It added that for Nigerias software industry to be competitive
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Ekiti PDP Reps disown Olujimi, restates loyalty to Fayose
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Peoples Democratic Partys five House of Representatives members from Ekiti State have expressed their confidence in the leadership of the Chief Gboyega Oguntuase-led State Working Committee of the party. They dissociated themselves from Saturdays meeting of some stakeholders held at the instance of the Senate Minority Leader, Mrs Biodun Olujimi,
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ASUU begins indefinite strike
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Peter Dada, Akure The Academic Staff Union of Universities has commenced a nationwide industrial action following the inability of the Federal Government to respond to their demands. Specifically, the union accused the government of not implementing the Memorandum of Action signed with it, declaring that the strike would be total as all federal and state
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Flood kills two in Onitsha
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
A downpour on Saturday night in Onitsha and environs caused flooding that claimed the lives of a female banker in the area and one other person whose identity could not be ascertained as of press time. The bodies of the victims were washed down to Oduke, Obosi in the Idemili North Local Government Area of
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SERAP gives Buhari 14 days to order Gandujes probe
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu and Oladimeji Ramon Anti-corruption group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the probe of Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, following some video clips on the Internet showing the governor allegedly collecting kickbacks from contractors. The group, in an open letter to the President on Sunday,
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2019: Lagos APC picks Hamzat as Sanwo-Olus running mate
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Gbenga Adeniji The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has chosen a former Commissioner for Works, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, as the running mate to its governorship candidate in 2019, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The Chairman, Lagos APC, Mr Tunde Balogun, officially presented Hamzat on Sunday during a press conference at the party secretariat. The
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Prince Charles to address herdsmen attacks during Nigeria visit
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright, announced in Abuja on Sunday that Prince Charles would engage in peace-building activities, including addressing the persistent attacks of herdsmen on farming communities in Nigeria. The Prince of Wales and his wife, Princess Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall are expected in Nigeria from November 6 to
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Should retirees be allowed to access up to 50 per cent of their savings
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Why not’ In fact, retirees should have access to more than 50 per cent of their savings because the money is theirs. Do you want to tell a man who has saved for his old age how to manage his money’ If you look at the return on investment now, what is paid to retirees,
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NSCDC arrests four for selling adulterated diesel
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Gibson Achonu, Owerri The Imo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested four suspects, who allegedly specialise in illicit sale of adulterated petroleum products. The arrested suspects were identified as Onyebuchi Umunnakwe (36); the driver, Obi Fred (27); conductor, Chinedu Okoh (24); and the motor boy, Godswill Agim (17). The
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FG urged to install tremor detectors in mines
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
The President, Miners Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Sani Shehu, has appealed to the Federal Government to install sensors that can detect earth tremor at various mining sites. Shehu made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday. He said the appeal was because the installation of detectors at
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US politician wants more leadership roles for Nigerian women
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Eric Dumo, California California State Assembly candidate, Christy Smith, has called for more participation of women in politics and leadership roles in Nigeria. The 49-year-old Democrat said that with more womens participation in the electoral process and leadership of the country, equity, justice and integrity would be restored in the system. According to Smith, who
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Workers strike: No need for panic buying of petrol NNPC
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
The Nigerian National petroleum Corporation has assured motorists that it has adequate petroleum products that will serve the nation, irrespective of the proposed strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress. The Corporation gave the assurance in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu in Abuja on Sunday. The corporation had 39 days petroleum products sufficiency
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South Africa minister in leaked sex video rejects calls to quit
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
South Africas embattled home affairs minister said Sunday he would not resign after the countrys public standards watchdog said he lied under oath and following the leaking of a private sex video. Im not going to resign, minister Malusi Gigaba told the privately owned eNCA television channel, but added I will obviously be guided by
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Egypt may soon ban niqabs from public places Reports
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
The debate over a full-face veil ban has ongoing in Egypt for some time already, ever since the Egyptian government took strong, decisive action against political Islam in the wake of the ouster of Islamist President Muhammad Morsi back in 2013. Egyptian lawmaker Ghada Ajami told Egyptian Streets in a phone interview on Sunday that
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Catholics protest preferential treatment enjoyed by Jews in Israel
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Senior Catholic clerics in Jerusalem called Sunday for Israel to repeal a controversial law giving Jews a unique right to self-determination in the country. We must draw the attention of the authorities to a simple fact, bishops and archbishops of the Roman Catholic, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic and Greek Melkite churches said in a joint
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FG will no longer bear cost of service charge for TSA payments AGF
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Henceforth, the Federal Government will no longer bear the service charge cost on all payments to its Ministries, Departments and Agencies, as such costs will be borne by the payer. The Accountant-General of the Federation,Mr. Ahmed Idris, said this in a statement issued by Director, Press, Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Johnson
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Forging documents for UK visa application attracts 10-year ban High Commissioner
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
The outgoing British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, has cautioned Nigerians seeking visas to the UK to avoid presenting forged documents. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeriain Abuja, Arkwright warned that anyone caught flouting the rule would be denied entry into the UK for at least 10 years. I know there is
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Shiites: Group seeks UN intervention, raises concern over 2019
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Oladimeji Ramon An advocacy group, Access to Justice, has called on the United Nations to intervene in Nigerias dire security situation, particularly the killings of protesters, including members of the Shiite sect, by the military. The group expressed concern that if the Shiites crisis was not properly handled it could constitute a major security threat
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IDPs attack ActionAid officials in Niger
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Aggrieved youths at the Internally Displaced Persons camp in Muye, Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State on Sunday attacked officials of ActionAid Nigeria in the community after distributing relief materials to victims of the recent flooding there. A witness, who pleaded anonymity, said though none of the officials was injured, a Hilux van with
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APC calls for probe of Atikus trip to Dubai
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Yekini Nabena, has called on security agencies to probe the recent strategy meeting held by ex-Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party in Dubai. Atiku, who is the presidential candidate of the PDP for the 2019 general elections, met
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Amaechis security team rescues kidnapped victim
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
The security officials attached to the immediate past governor of Rivers State and Transportation Minister, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, on Sunday rescued a kidnap victim along Omoku/Egbeda road in Emohua Local Government Area of the state. The governor, who was on his way to Ubimini Community in the same LGA to address supporters of the All
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Biafra Zionists threaten mass suicide over leaders whereabouts
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu Members of the Biafra Zionists Federation on Sunday threatened to commit mass suicide due to the uncertainty over the whereabouts of their leader, Benjamin Onwuka. Onwuka and some members of the group were arrested on August 20 while trying to occupy the Enugu State Government House, where they planned to declare the
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Ill be Imo gov, nobody can stop me Nwosu
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja The Chief of Staff to the Imo State Governor, Mr. Uche Nwosu, has said he will succeed his father-in-law, Rochas Okorocha, as governor in 2019. Nwosu, who spoke at a press conference in Abuja on Sunday, described as unfortunate comments attributed to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole,
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LASG disburses over N178m to families of deceased SUBEB staff
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Tare Youdeowei The Lagos State Government last Friday disbursed a total sum of N178, 431, 797 to the families of the 57 deceased staff of the State Universal Basic Education Board. Presenting the cheques to the relatives of the deceased in a ceremony held at the SUBEB Multipurpose Hall in Maryland, the Executive Chairman of
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Nigerias greatest resources are her youths, not petroleum US Ambassador
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Dayo Ojerinde The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr William Symington, has said that the countrys greatest resources are the youths and not petroleum. Symington said this on Sunday during his visit to Makoko community. While addressing some of the pupils of Adekunle Anglican Primary School, Makoko, Symington said, If you have oil and you
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Nwude petitions NJC over judges refusal to grant bail
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe An alleged fraud kingpin, Emmanuel Nwude, has written a petition to the National Judicial Council, accusing the judge presiding over his case of being biased and refusing to grant him bail. Nwude, alongside two lawyers, namely Emmanuel Ilechukwu and Roland Kalu, were arraigned on March 2, 2018 before Justice Mojisola Dada by the
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Ortom warns supporters
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
John Charles, Makurdi Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has called on his supporters to stop comparing him with Jesus Christ. The governor who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, was reacting to the inscription on campaign vehicles comparing Ortom with Jesus Christ. Some of the governors supporters have banded campaign vehicles which bears
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2019: INEC writes RECs, bans officials from WhatsApp groups
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The national headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission has sent a letter to all its 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners, informing them that it has stopped its officials from being members of WhatsApp groups. It also said that its officials had been asked not to create any such social media group under
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Seun Egbegbe spends 20th month in prison, appears in court today
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Oladimeji Ramon For failure to meet the N5m bail granted him by the Federal High Court in Lagos, Nollywood film-maker, Olajide Kazeem, better known as Seun Egbegbe, has so far spent about 20 months in prison custody. The erstwhile Lagos socialist has been kept away since February 10, 2017, after he was arraigned by the
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Count us out of plot to unseat Oshiomhole Edo APC
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has told members of the party, who lost the partys primaries, to count it out of the alleged plan to remove the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. It also said that the purported move to oust Oshiomhole was a symptom of unhappiness by aggrieved
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Bayelsa warns motorists against abuse of tinted glasses
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa The Bayelsa State Government has warned motorists against the abuse of tinted glasses and covering of the number plates of their vehicles. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Mr Boma Spero-Jack, gave the warning in a statement in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Saturday. He said it was illegal and
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Airtel Africa constitutes board for planned IPO
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa and agency report Airtel Africa has constituted an eight-member board ahead of its IPO that is expected to take place in London. Airtel Africa said the board was made up representatives from parent and global investors: Sunil Bharti Mittal, Raghunath Mandava, Akhil Gupta, Vishal Mahadevia, Alok Sama, Arthur Lang, Shravin Bharti Mittal and
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Smartphone shipment declines by 6%, affects Samsung, others
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa The global smartphone market has slowed for one straight year with the shipment of Samsung devices suffering a decline, preliminary data from the International Data Corporation has shown. New data from IDCs Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker stated that smartphone vendors shipped a total of 355.2 million units during the third quarter of 2018,
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AXA Mansard joins fight against cancer
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
AXA Mansard, a member of AXA, a global leader in insurance and asset management, said it joined in the observance of the concluded breast cancer awareness. It said in a statement that the breast cancer awareness week was observed around the world in the month of October, as an annual international campaign organised by major
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MTN Foundation spends N1.27bn on scholarships
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The MTN Foundation says it has spent N1.27bn on scholarships awarded to Nigerian Students. In a statement made available to our correspondent on Sunday, the group said in the ten years the programme had been running, more than 6,500 scholarships had been awarded to high performing students studying science, technology, engineering and math-related
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NAMA director inducted as NIMechE fellow
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Director of Safety Electronics and Engineering Services in the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Farouk Umar, has been inducted as a fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The induction ceremony took place in Kano during the institutions 31st Annual General Meeting and Conference. Umar attended Government Science Secondary School, BirninKebbi and
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