Punch Newspaper Today, Wednesday 14th November 2018

Punch Newspaper Today, Wednesday 14th November 2018

Restructuring: Buhari, Osinbajo deceitful, say Afenifere, Ohanaeze
Wed, 14 Nov 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday came under attack over their separate remarks on the growing calls for the restructuring of the country.

Groups that faulted latest comments credited to Buhari and Osinbajo on the calls include the opposition Peoples Democratic Party; a Yoruba organisation, Afenifere; the Ohanaeze Ndigbo; the Yoruba Council of Elders; and the Transparency International.

Buhari had during an interactive session with Nigerians living in France on Monday taken a swipe at advocates of restructuring, saying they were lazy and let loose.

The President had claimed that those calling for restructuring had been doing so without defining what the restructuring should be.

Osinbajo had also while delivering a lecture to mark the 40th anniversary of a Lagos social club, Association of Friends, in Lagos claimed that the idea of geographical restructuring which is the common notion about restructuring “is not achievable.”

Buhari had said, “There are too many people talking lazily about restructuring in Nigeria. Unfortunately, people are not asking them individually what do they mean by restructuring? What form do they want restructuring to take?

“Do they want us to have something like the three regions we used to have? And now we have 36 states and the FCT. What form do they want? They are just talking loosely about restructuring.

“Let them define it and then we see how we can peacefully do it in the interest of Nigerians.

“They are just saying they want Nigeria restructured and they don’t have the clue of what the form the restructuring should be.

“So, anybody who talks to you about restructuring in Nigeria, ask him what he means and the form he wants it to take.”

But the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, told one of our correspondents that the latest statements credited to Buhari and Osinbajo further confirmed the present administration as a government of deceit and disagreement.

The party chairman said, “Recall that the ruling party itself set up a committee on restructuring. What came out of the committee after the governors and other members of the committee went round the country, collating views of innocent Nigerians who never knew they were being deceived by this deceitful government? Nothing!

“Now, the Vice-President is saying he is in support of state police which his boss has rejected. You can see that the Vice-President is on his own. The disunity in this government reminds us the seed of discord the government has planted in Nigerians.

“But in the real sense of it, does he (Vice-President) support state police? Can he be taken seriously? Let Nigerians decide.”

Also, the Afenifere’s spokesman, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, in an interview with one of our correspondents also said the statements credited to Buhari and Osinbajo meant they were either slow at learning or they were being mischievous.

He said advocates of restructuring had over the years made the issues very clear on what the call was all about.

He added that the development had made it important that future Nigeria’s Presidents and Vice-Presidents should study hard so that they could understand issues around them.

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80% of NAFDACs equipment not working DG
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Dayo Ojerinde The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, has said that 80 per cent of the equipment belonging to the agency has not been working. Adeyeye made the statement on Monday in Lagos while receiving members of the Senate Committee on Health who were on
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IDP fund: Youve questions to answer, Reps tell Osinbajo
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
John Ameh and Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The House of Representatives ad hoc Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness has dismissed the denial by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo that he is not culpable in the alleged N33bn embezzlement in a presidential intervention programme for the North-East. Chairman of the committee, Mr Ali Isa (APC, Gombe State), who
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Muslim-Muslim ticket: I consulted Buhari El-Rufai
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai on Tuesday said he settled for Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, a fellow Muslim, as his running mate in the 2019 governorship election in the state because she is the right person for the job. The governor, who received in audience the people of Sanga Local Government Area at
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Jonathan, PDP attack Osinbajo over debt profile, corruption claims
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Former President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday criticised Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo over his claim that the former President left Nigeria with debt and ruined the economy due to alleged corruption under his watch. The Vice-President had during a lecture entitled, Restructuring and the Nigerian federation, delivered as part
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APC, Atiku disagree over funding of presidential campaign
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Olalekan Adetayo and Kamarudeen Ogundele The ruling All Progressives Congress and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday disagreed over the funding of the former vice presidents campaign. While the APC claimed Atiku and his party are facing serious difficulties raising funds for his campaigns, the PDP candidate said
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Party primaries: We have over 200 lawsuits, says INEC chair
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Ademola Babalola with agency report As a result of the fallout of the recent party primaries, the Independent Electoral Commission has said that it had been dragged to court about 200 times. Chairman of the electoral body, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the disclosure when he delivered a keynote address at the 6th Convocation Lecture of
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INEC declares 2,045 PVCs stolen in Akwa Ibom
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Patrick Odey, Uyo The National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission supervising Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Delta states, Dr Mustapha Lecky, has said that 2,045 Permanent Voter Cards have been stolen by suspected hoodlums in Akwa Ibom State. Lecky made the claim at the commissions secretariat in Uyo, the state capital while briefing
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MTN Nigeria plans mobile money service next year
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa with agency report MTN Group says it will apply for a mobile banking licence in Nigeria and launch the service in the coming year. The Chief Executive Officer of the company, Rob Shuter, made this known while addressing a conference in Cape Town on Tuesday, Reuters reported. We will be applying for a
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Tackle poverty, birth rate to end Boko Haram Emir of Kano
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
One of Nigerias leading and respected Islamic figures on Tuesday renewed calls to tackle endemic poverty and rapid population growth to help end deadly Boko Haram violence. More than 27,000 people have been killed since the start of the insurgency in the countrys remote northeast in 2009 and 1.8 million are still homeless. Nigerias government
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LASG allows hijab in schools
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Government has asked principals and teachers to allow the use of smart hijab. A statement, signed by one O.A. Olukoya, for the Tutor-General/Permanent Secretary, Education District VI, which consisted of schools in Ikeja, Mushin and Oshodi areas of Lagos, said disciplinary actions should be downplayed on the use of hijab
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Britain announces draft Brexit deal with EU
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Britain has agreed on a draft Brexit deal with the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Tuesday, although she must still get it through her cabinet and the deeply divided parliament. The breakthrough after months of acrimonious negotiations came with fears mounting of a potentially catastrophic scenario, in which Britain leaves the bloc
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Police nab robbers with female underwear, clothes, phone
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The police in Abuja have apprehended two robbery suspects, who allegedly attacked a lady in a cab. The suspects were said to have robbed the victim, who was on her way to Nyanya, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory. The police explained that the suspects, whose names were given as
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Customs seize 299 bags of rice smuggled from Cameroon
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Hindi Livinus, Yola The Adamawa/Taraba Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted a trailer conveying 299 bags of foreign rice worth over N5m by a cross-border smuggling syndicate. Parading the contraband in Yola on Tuesday, the Area Comptroller, Adamawa/Taraba Command, NCS, Kamardeen Olumoh, said a manhunt had been launched for the smugglers. He noted
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Roadside Ladipo market auto parts dealers get quit notice
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr. Adedamola Kuti, on Tuesday issued final eviction warning to auto spare parts dealers at the popular Ladipo Market in Lagos trading on its Right of Way. Kuti also served final notices on car dealers on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway during a RoW recovery tour by the ministry. While
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LG boss offers N5m for information on twins abducted while distributing their wedding invites
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
The chairman of Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara, Dr. Awwal-Bawa Moriki, has offered to give N5m to anyone with useful information on twin sisters kidnapped in Dauran town in October. Moriki announced the bounty on Tuesday while speaking with newsmen in Zurmi. News Agency of Nigeriareports that the twin sisters, Hassana and Hussaina, were
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AFCON: Dont be overconfident, former NFF boss warns Eagles ahead of South Africa clash
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Alhaji Sani Lulu-Abdullahi, former President of Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday, tasked the Super Eagles not to be overconfident in their African Cup of Nations match against South Africa. Lulu-Abdullahi told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that with the new crop of players, victory was sure, but charged them to play as a
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ITF trains 30 women in skills acquisition
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Gibson Achonu, Owerri The Industrial Training Fund has trained 30 women in different skills in the second phase of its skills empowerment programme in Owerri, the Imo State capital. The 30 beneficiaries were drawn from the three senatorial districts of the state. They acquired skills in event management, cosmetology, poultry farming, bead making, food processing,
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Coscharis to reward BMW, Ford users
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Coscharis Motors says it has lined up offers for people who drive two of its major brands of cars, BMW and Ford, as the business year runs to a close. According to a statement by the firm, the offers are intended for BMW and Ford loyal customers together with new prospects that are potential brand
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Nnamdi Kanu: Defence team makes a U-turn on Orji Kalus summons
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The defence team of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, has dropped its push to have a former Governor of Abia State Orji Kalu appear before the Federal High Court in Abuja and testify about the whereabouts of the Biafran activist, The PUNCH has learnt. This, it
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Lagos-Abuja fast light rail service underway
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi In a bid to solve the challenges of gridlock and hazards involved in travelling by road from Lagos to the Federal Capital territory, Abuja, work is in the pipeline for a hi-tech transportation system for the route. The fast cable light rail project will cover the distance of Lagos and Abuja in 45
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Dana solicits govts support for domestic airlines
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Dana Air has said that there is a need for the Federal Government to improve on its support for domestic airlines, to enable them grow. The Chief Operating Officer of Dana Air, Mr Obi Mbanuzuo, who made the appeal during the airlines 10th anniversary, said domestic carriers had so much challenges to contend with. He
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Ijinle graduatesll preserve Yoruba tailoring Aregbesola
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Tare Youdeowei The Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has said that graduates of the Ijinle project would preserve Yoruba tailoring and promote entrepreneurship development in the state. He made this known at the graduation of the first stream of 15 trainees who interned with a custodian of the age-old vintage Yoruba tailoring, Mr Kabiru Durojaiye,
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Aviation politics delaying our international flight operations Air Peace
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Air Peace has blamed aviation politics for the delay in starting its flights to long-haul routes, such as London, Guangzhou-China, Houston, Mumbai, Johannesburg, Dubai and Sharjah. The airlines Chief Operating Officer, Mrs Oluwatoyin Olajide, stated that the authorities of most of the international destinations approved for the carrier were either deliberately foot-dragging in processing its
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APBN declares activities to celebrate professional week
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
THE Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria, Lagos State chapter, has commenced its annual professional week. Speaking during a press conference in Lagos, the chairman of the association, Mr Wasiu Akewusola, said the body would use the period to celebrate members whose skills were available for the development of the community and the state. He
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Troops rescue 16 women, children from Boko Haram
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja Troops of the Nigerian Army attached to the Operation Lafiya Dole encountered Boko Haram insurgents in the Ngoshe area of Borno State, during which 16 women and children were rescued from captivity. Our correspondent learnt that the troops of the 82 Division, Task Force Battalion, Ngoshe, in conjunction with members of the
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Senate, executive may clash again over MTNs $8.1bn fine
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Sunday Aborisade, Abuja The lingering face-off between the Senate and the executive arm of the government may soon degenerate again over alleged moves to reduce the fine imposed on MTN from $8.1bn to $800m. Some senators, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent on Tuesday, that the executive, in collaboration with the Central
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Anambra community member sues monarch, others over election
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka There was tension in Eziowelle community in the Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State on Tuesday as a result of a lawsuit against the monarch of the area, Igwe Okonkwo Etusi, and members of the town union. A member of the community, Mr Emeka Akukwe, had dragged the monarch and
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Gombe indigent student begs for financial assistance
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja An indigent student from Gombe State, Abba Muhammed, has taken to the streets of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to beg for financial support to enable him achieve his dream of getting college education. The 23-year-old is seeking admission to study medical sciences at the Gombe State College of Health Sciences and
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Abuja airport recorded 3.36 million passengers in nine months
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja facilitated the movement of 3.36 million passengers between January and September, figures from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria have shown. The statistics showed that 2.6 million people travelled locally while 689,388 passengers travelled through the international wing within the nine-month period. About 1.36 million and 1.30
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Confusion as two speakers emerge in Anambra Assembly
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Tony Okafor , Awka There was confusion on Tuesday at the Anambra State House of Assembly as two speakers emerged after the impeachment of the Speaker Rita Maduagwu. Twenty members of the House had earlier in the day claimed to have impeached Maduagwu over financial impropriety, gross misconduct, incompetence and sundry allegations. The House has
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Ways successful entrepreneurs stay grounded
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Entrepreneurship is described as a challenging but potentially rewarding, career path. In an Orwellian style, we use words like struggle and hustle to describe magical entrepreneurial traits that, in fact, mask more serious and complicated stigmas like depression. In fact, over the last 18 months, the technology industry has seen a number of high-profile suicides,
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NDICs intervention saved defunct Skye Bank depositors N949bn Ibrahim
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The adoption of the bridge bank option, which led to the establishment of Polaris Bank to take over the defunct Skye Bank, was able to save the banking industry of over N949.6bn in depositors fund. The Managing Director, Nigerian Insurance Corporation, Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, said this on Tuesday during a workshop on
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Seven dams, water supply projects ready for inauguration FG
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government, on Tuesday, announced that seven dams, irrigation and water supply projects had been completed and were ready for inauguration. It also announced plans to complete another set of seven water supply projects and 13 dams/irrigation projects between 2018 and 2020. The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, disclosed this
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Govt earned N43.2bn from solid minerals in 2016 NEITI
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The solid minerals sector contributed N43.22bn to government coffers in 2016, the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative announced on Tuesday. In its 2016 audit report of the solid minerals sector released in Abuja on Tuesday, NEITI stated that taxes collected by the Federal Inland Revenue Service accounted for N40.38bn or 93.43 per
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Minimum wage: ASCSN warns FG against disrupting process
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Friday Olokor, Abuja The Federal Government should not play politics with the N30, 000 benchmark agreed as the new national minimum wage for workers because the consequences would be very disastrous, the Association of Civil Servants of Nigeria warned on Tuesday. The warning came barely a week after the submission of the report of the
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Alleged N21.4bn fraud: EFCC re-arraigns ex-NAF chief, Amosu, others
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Oladimeji Ramon THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday re-arraigned a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Adesola Amosu (retd), for an alleged fraud of N21.4bn. Amosu, alongside Air Vice Marshall Jacob Adigun and Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo, was re-arraigned before the Federal High Court in Lagos on 13 counts. The three were
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NECA slams lottery commission over NB closure
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association has kicked against the closure of offices and business premises of Nigeria Breweries Plc across the nation by the Director-General of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Mr Lanre Gbajabiamila. NECA said that Gbajabiamilas action had failed to respect the ongoing suit CA/A/207/2016, NECA & 1 or vs.
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Failure of embryo implantation in In-vitro fertilisation
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Oladapo Ashiru The first baby from In-vitro fertilisation was born in 1978 through the research efforts of Steptoe and Edwards. Since then the process has been improved through numerous technologies, which has modified it to better standards. It has gone through series of research to become what we know it to be today. A lot
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SWIT takes tax education to schools
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh The Society of Women in Taxation has taken its campaign on tax education to Lagos States secondary schools as a way of bridging the knowledge gap in taxation. The campaign, which comes as a debate on tax, will also expose and equip the younger generation to the necessity and importance of taxation to
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Entrepreneurs get Lagos support
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Samson Folarin The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said the state government will continue to support entrepreneurs by providing an enabling environment for them to thrive. He added that such would boost export and improve the nations economy. Ambode spoke on Tuesday in Ikeja at the graduation of 6,099 youths who participated in
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FG to auction N115bn bonds November 21
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Nike Popoola The Debt Management Office has said the Federal Government will auction by subscription N115bn worth of bonds on November 21. In a circular by the DMO on its website on Tuesday, the breakdown of the figure revealed that N35bn five-year reopening bond to mature in April 2023 would be offered at 12.75 per
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Faulty audio system halts Reps session again
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The faulty audio system at the House of Representatives on Tuesday marred the days plenary session. The wireless microphones connected to the seats in the chamber also failed to work. The development forced the lawmakers to adjourned plenary for the second time in two weeks. Our correspondent observed that no fewer than
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Supplementing family income with household agric ventures (3)
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Try to farm some of what you eat As I have said in the two articles preceding this, it is possible to participate in the contemporary agricultural revolution in Nigeria from your balcony, kitchen, or any little space in your compound. I recall a tragicomedy that played out during General Olusegun Obasanjos presidency. He visited
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Environmental policy will curb diarrhoea, cholera outbreak FG
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The National Environment Policy, which is currently being reviewed by stakeholders, will help reduce the spread and outbreak of diseases like cholera and diarrhoea in Nigeria, the Federal Government has said. It also said that NEP would also address sanitation challenges, including open defecation and unhealthy disposal of sewage. The Minister of
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IMF predicts weak revenue generation for Nigeria
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Nike Popoola The International Monetary Funds prediction of a weak revenue generation for Nigeria in the short term may have some implications, according to reports. This is coupled with the Federal Governments recent projections of lower revenue for 2019 than budgeted for 2018. According to a research report by the FSDH Merchant Bank Limited titled
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How to avoid bad cheques
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Cheques are less common than they used to be, but some businesses still have a lot to gain by accepting cheques. According to records, several billions of cheques are written annually, so there are still plenty of people who insist on paying by cheques, according to www.thebalance.com. The challenge for businesses is avoiding bad cheques.
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Osinbajo defends Nigerias $73bn debts
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
John Ameh, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday defended Nigerias $73bn debts despite admitting that the debt profile grew by another $10bn between 2015 and this year. In 2015, the VP said the debt size was $63bn, growing by $10bn to hit $73bn in 2018. However, Osinbajo, who spoke during a town hall meeting with
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Court nullifies suspension of two Ogun lecturers
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta The National Industrial Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, has nullified the suspension of two lecturers at the Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu, Ogun State. The presiding judge, Justice Opeloye Ogunbowale, in his judgment in Abeokuta, submitted that the applicants were not given a fair hearing by either the governing council
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