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Obasanjo inviting Gods anger, says Oshiomhole
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo is inviting Gods anger, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole said yesterday.The APC chair attacked the former president for backing his former deputy, Atiku Abubakar, for president after telling the world that God will not forgive him if he did that.Obasanjo reversed himself after Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese Matthew Hassan Kukah and other clerics reconciled the leaders.Oshiomhole, who spoke while receiving APC women leaders f
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PDP to INEC, security agents: dont help APC to rig
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agents against helping the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig to avoid the wrath of Nigerians.Its National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus spoke in Ilorin during the Northcentral presidential rally of the PDP candidate Atiku Abubakar.Secondus accused INEC of rigging the governorship election in Osun State in favour of the APC.He said: Dont bother about the INEC, they can no lon
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Protest at U.S. Embassy over visa for Atiku
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
Protesters, under the aegis of the Forum of Non-Governmental Organisations in Nigeria, yesterday stormed the United States (U.S.) Embassy in Abuja. They urged American government to deny former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar visa to the U.S.The group alleged that Atiku, who is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in next years presidential election, was allegedly involved in a bribery scandal for which Senator William Jefferson was tried and jailed for 13 years in 2009.The groups c
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NNPC seeks investors on 10b barrels assets
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
A MULTI-BILLION dollar investment opportunity in the nations deep-offshore frontiers was yesterday unveiled at the 10th World Energy Capital Assembly in London, United Kingdom.It was part of the drive by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to raise Nigerias crude oil reserve.Delivering an address at the panel session titled: Spotlight on Africa, NNPC Group Managing Director Dr. Maikanti Baru said: Globally, Nigeria has the highest untapped deep water resource of about 10 billion b
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EFCC charges NBA President Usoro with N1.4b fraud
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a N1.4 billion fraud charge against Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) President Paul Usoro (SAN), at the Federal High Court in Lagos.Justice Muslim Hassan fixed December 10 for the EFCC to arraign Usoro.The anti-graft agency, in a charge marked FHC/418c/18, alleged that Usoro, from Akwa Ibom, converted and laundered the money in connivance with Governor Udom Emmanuel.The charge sheet, signed by EFCC Counsel Rotimi Oyedepo, did not list Em
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Why kidnap attempt on Young Shall Grow Motors boss by Evans failed
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
An Ikeja Special Offences Court in Lagos State heard yesterday why an attempt made by suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike aka Evans, on Chief Obianuju Vincent, the chairman of Young Shall Grow Motors, failed.The narration of the botched kidnap attempt was made before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo by Inspector Idowu Haruna, a member of the Special Intelligence Response Unit of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), who told the court that it failed because the defendants were not
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Gunmen kidnap six Osun College of Tech workers
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
Gunmen on Tuesday evening kidnapped six workers of the Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke.The Nation learnt that during the kidnap, the hoodlums killed one of the victims, while one later regained freedom.The search for the four others has begun.It was gathered that the victims were ambushed on their way home after work at a spot called Eti-Oni, near Agric and Onibonje area, along Ijebu-Jesa Road.The deceased, a non-academic worker, Emmanuel Olaniyi, was shot dead by the abductors when he
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Magu: EFCC suspects 60% looted funds still in Nigeria
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
About 60 per cent of funds looted by former public officers is in Nigeria, it was learnt yesterday.Besides, the $300 million on Jersey Island in the United Kingdom is yet to be repatriated, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu said.He said also that the request for the extradition of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, was not intended to cause a diplomatic row between Nigeria and the United Kingdom.Magu said the EFCC wil
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Oyegun seeks peace in ruling party
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
Former All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun has called for compromise in the crisis rocking the ruling party.He said every effort must be made to establish peace within the party so that the APC will not go into the general elections in next year as divided house.In a chat with reporters at his Abuja residence, Odigie-Oyegun, who noted that the crisis rocking the party was unfortunate, said it was gratifying that the leadership of the party has initiated peace mov
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2019 Budget: Emergency FEC likely tomorrow
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) may hold an emergency session tomorrow to approve the 2019 Appropriation Bill.A reliable Presidency source said the government plans to present the budget proposal to the budget to a joint session of the National Assembly next week.The Presidency has, however, opened talks with the National Assembly leadership on the likelihood of accommodating President Muhammadu Buhari to make the budget presentation next week.The source, who spoke in confidence, said the bu
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Reps to Buhari: implement deals with varsity teachers
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
THE House of Representatives said yesterday that immediate implementation of the previous agreements mutually reached between the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is the panacea to checking incessant strikes in the nations ivory towers.The lawmakers expressed concern over the on-going strike action by members of ASUU, which has paralysed academic activities of most public-owned universities and expressed dissatisfaction with the Presidency over its reluctance to
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UTME: JAMB fixes January for registration, sales of forms
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has fixed January 2019 for the sales of its forms and registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).JAMB Governing Board Chairman Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe stated this at an event to celebrate some workers of the board, who retired in Abuja.He said the board picked next year for registration of UTME candidates because it wanted the reduction in the cost of selling its forms approved by the Federal Government to take effect.Ndukwe ex
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Ngige faults Falanas stance on no work, no pay rule
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
MINISTER of Labour Senator Chris Ngige has faulted human rights lawyer Femi Falanas (SAN) stance on implementation of the No work, no pay policy of the Federal Government.He said every employer has the right to withdraw pay for workers while on strike in accordance with International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions and the Nigeria labour laws.The minister also directed that the ongoing negotiations between the Federal Ministry of Education and the striking Academic Staff Union of Universit
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Lagos commissioner resigns from Exco, APC
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
The Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Oluwo Olawale Wasiu, has resigned as commissioner and member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).Wasiu, who hails from Epe, submitted his resignation as commissioner to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday in his office at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, the state capital.The letter said his reasons for resigning include the conduct of the October primary of the party, which he said had some defects.Describing the primar
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Gunmen kidnap six Osun College of Tech workers
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
Gunmen on Tuesday evening kidnapped six workers of the Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke.The Nation learnt that during the kidnap, the hoodlums killed one of the victims, while one later regained freedom.The search for the four others has begun.It was gathered that the victims were ambushed on their way home after work at a spot called Eti-Oni, near Agric and Onibonje area, along Ijebu-Jesa Road.The deceased, a non-academic worker, Emmanuel Olaniyi, was shot dead by the abductors when he
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Journalists urged to change the African migration narrative
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
Journalists have been urged to change the African migration narrative.At a day Media and Migration training for journalists organised by Africa Positive in collaboration with Africa Media Initiative (AMI) Erich-Brost-Institut and Journalism in a Global Context (JiGC), AMI Senior Special Adviser Eric Chinje, described the migration story of Africa as a sad one.According to him, Africa is richly blessed and should not be running outside to find a better life.Chinje urged journalists to challenge t
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Anambra donates N350,000 to fake blind persons
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
The Anambra Government yesterday donated N50,000 cash and some items to each of the seven persons caught feigning blindness and using underage children to beg for alms in the state.Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs Mrs Ndidi Mezue, presented the donations to them in Awka, warning them to keep off street-begging.Mezue urged them to set up small scale businesses of their choice with the cash donations and improve their lives with the food items.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports th
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Naval officers wives empower over 200 widows, orphans
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
As part of activities marking its 53rd anniversary, the Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) yesterday empowered over 200 widows and orphans with skills and start-up funds.The beneficiaries were said to be wives and children of slain naval personnel, especially those who died in active service.NOWA President Mrs. Theresa Ibas handed over the money to the beneficiaries at the Navy Town in Ojo, Lagos, including 100 earlier trained on skills acquisition sponsored by wife of Vice President Mrs. D
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CUPP adopts Atiku
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has adopted the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as sole presidential candidate for the February 16, 2019 election.According to CUPP, 46 political parties in the coalition, including Social Democratic Party (SDP), adopted the candidature of Abubakar, adding that nine criteria were used to arrive at the decision.The CUPP also dismissed the prediction by a London based magazine, The Economist, that
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Man kills lover, buries her in his room
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
The police in Rivers State yesterday arrested a middle-aged man, identified as Prince Owabie (aka J-boy), for allegedly killing and burying his girlfriend in his room.The victim, Betha Ogbede, was reportedly killed and buried by the accused on Sunday, but the murder was exposed yesterday.The Nation learnt that Owabie was arrested at his home at Rumuepirikom in Obio/Akpor Local Government, where he allegedly committed the crime.Residents alleged that Owabie always beat up the deceased, who lived
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Why PDP cant defeat APC, by Moghalu
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
All Progressives Congress (APC) National Auditor Chief George Moghalu spoke with reporters in Abuja on the reconciliation in the ruling party and other partisan issues. Excerpts:What machinery has the party put in place to manage the fallout of the governorship and parliamentary primaries’Naturally, in any human organisation of which APC is one, interests are bound to clash. There must be disagreements after every major primaries because in every contest involving two or three persons, only
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Council raises campaign team for Sanwo-Olu, others
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
The Chairman of Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area, Apostle Oloruntoba Oke, has inaugurated the councils Independent Campaign Group (ICG), urging members to begin door-to-door and house-to-house campaigns for the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates for next years elections.APC had collapsed all independent groups and established a central Independent Campaign Group (ICG), to coordinate campaign activities for the partys governorship candidate, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, and other can
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How peace can return to Akwa Ibom Assembly
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
Akwa Ibom State All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain Eseme Eyiboh spoke with Correspondent Bassey Anthony in Uyo, the capital, on the House of Asembly crisis and the way out.How would you describe the ongoing crisis in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly’As a former parliamentarian, am a member of legislature for life and whoever loves democracy should like the legislature because the different between dictatorship and democracy is the presence of the legislature. Section 4 Sub 1 of
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Buhari deserves second term
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
A group, the Buhari/Osinbajo Re-Election Group(BOREG), has said that the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari would be a catalyst to guarantee his re-election in 2019.The group unfolded plans to penetrate every part of the state for mobilisation towards the victory of Buhari and his deputy,Prof Yemi Osinbajo.The group comprises of campaign platforms across the 18 local governments as members.It noted the giant infrastructural development and commitment to good governance under President Bu
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2019: Group backs Atiku
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
Nigeria Comrades for Atiku, has promised to mobilise support for the victory of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in 2019.The groups chief organising secretary, Comrade Ilo George, who made the promise during a visit to the Lagos PDP secretariat, said will also make sure that the party flag bearer in the state, Mr Jimi Agbaje is also voted into office in 2019.George said: We will mobilise the grass root to make sure our presidential candidate
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Ngige faults Falana, takes over negotiation with ASUU
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
The Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige has faulted human right lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) on the implementation of the No work, no pay policy of the government, saying every employer has the right to withdraw pay for workers while on strike in accordance with ILO conventions and the Nigeria Labour laws.The Minister also directed the ongoing negotiations between the federal Ministry of Education and the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities will henceforth take place in his office, di
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Buhari greets Chief Mathias at 70
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the media world in celebrating veteran broadcaster, columnist and media consultant, Chief Timawus Mathias, as he turns 70.President Buhari, in a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina, sent warm felicitations to friends, family and professional colleagues of the renowned journalist, who has spent most of his time writing and counselling institutions and governments on the value of effective and integrated communication.Read Als
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NASS may override Buhari on International Maritime Fund Bill
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
The National Assembly may override President Muhammadu Buhari on the International Maritime Fund Bill in the interest of the nation, the House Committee on the Nigerian Navy (NN) said on Wednesday.Chairman of the committee Abdulsamad Dasuki stated this during their visit to the Western Naval Command (WNC) Apapa.Dasuki, who led a 20-man delegation to the WNC headquarters, noted the need for the NN to acquire more platforms to perform its constitutional duties.He said the president failed to assen
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Gully erosion: Residents of Ewu, Ibore communities laud Obaseki
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
as reclamation projects near completionCommunities affected by gully erosion in Ewu and Ibore in Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo State have lauded Governor Godwin Obaseki for his concerted efforts at reclaiming the gully erosion sites in the areas.Governor Obaseki secured commitment from the Federal Government, the World Bank and the European Investment Bank to remedygullyerosion threatening parts of the state, as part of the Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).
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Ekiti raises panel on fresh recruitment
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
To look into irregular appointmentsEkiti State government has set up an executive committee to determine available vacancies in public service.The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has been appointed as the chairman of the committee.This was one of the decisions reached at the State Executive Committee meeting held on Wednesday.According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Olayinka Oyebode, the assignment handed the Egbeyemi-led panel will lead to the commencement of fresh r
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Film screenings, workshops, boat ride, city tour excite ZUFF participants
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
As part of the activities of the ongoing Zuma Film Festival (ZUFF) in Abuja, the second day of the week-long event recorded a huge turnout by film enthusiasts, whetting their appetite for the events that were to follow at different venues in the Federal Capital Territory.The day was enriched with Free Film Screenings, Emerging Talents and Film Masterclass, as well as a guided tour of Abujas rich natural parks and landscape, which was wrapped with a Free Boat Ride on the Zuma Twin Engine Boat on
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Chief Daddy: Dubai Tourism adds verve to glamorous premiere
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
Foremost destination promoter, Dubai Tourism, has further demonstrated its commitment to popularising the Nigerias movie industry popularly called Nollywood.Evident from the opulent premiere of a new Nollywood movie, Chief Daddy which held at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos, last Sunday, the Dubais Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM), partnered notable production company, EbonyLife Films, for the society premiere.Explaining DTCMs support for the movie and EbonyLife Film, Dubai
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ZUFF 18: Spain, Nigeria, Cameroon express similar challenges for women creatives
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
As more and more women continue to make significant impact in the male-dominated motion picture industry in Nigeria, there are indications their potentials are boundless if limitations are eschewed.This was the position of discussants during a Women in Film panel, on Monday, at the ongoing ZUMA Film Festival in Abuja.The forum with the theme, African Women Telling Their Stories: The Challenges and Prospects was one of the most interactive sessions at the festival, as young and older women shared
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Mental illness ‘. How to defeat the storm (Part 2)
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
New cases of depression abound in Nigeria every day. Soon after the publication of this column last Thursday, another strange case hit the headlines ‘ a 20-year-old youth beheaded his father, aged 65. Many radio stations would appear to have recognised that depression and mental illness cases deserve more attention than they had previously received.Read More
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Jobelyn can reverse stroke
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
The CEO/Managing Director of Health Forever Limited, Otunba Olajuwon Okubena, answers the question. Scientists from the Pharmacology Department of the University of Ibadan, led by Dr. Solomon Umukoro,have demonstrated that Jobelyn, a Nigerian herbal product, has the potential to provide succour for stroke patients. This was contained in a recent article published in the journalRead More
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Firm deploys technology to deliver houses in 14 days
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
A property firm, EchoStone Nigeria Limited, has introduced a technology that will facilitate the delivery of houses in the country.Through this technology, the firm hopes to deliver four units of two-bedroom flats in 14 days. Echostone officials said it would help in reducing the three million housing deficit in Lagos State, and the over 17 million deficit across the country.The firm said the technology, which allows for rapid construction, will be deployed in the state beginning with 250 units
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AMCON collaborates to recover N740b
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Mr. Ahmed Lawan Kuru, has promised to support AMCONs Asset Management Partners (AMPs) in its bid to recover its outstanding cash.Specifically, it is seeking the recovery of 20 per cent or N740 billion of the total Eligible Bank Assets (EBAs) of AMCON portfolio of N3.7trillion in the hands of obligors.Kuru spoke in Lagos at the 2018 edition of the AMCON/AMPs Feedback session, which ended yesterday. A
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Kachukwu, Baru, score NCDMB high on Content Act
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
Stakeholders in the oil and gas industry yesterday scored the Simbi Wabote-led Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB) high on its implementation of the Content Act.Among the dignitaries, who gave the commendations, were the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu and the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru.Speaking at the 8th edition of the Practical Nigerian Content Conference titled: Nigerian Content: Dri
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Nigeria needs local content for growth
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (CDMB) will not relent in its efforts to propagate the use of local contents in every aspect of the economy for growth, its Executive Secretary, Simbi Wabote, has said.He said the need became imperative in order to encourage the use of local contents, by successive administrations in the country, urging research institutes and oil companies to play key roles in this regard for the growth of the economy.Speaking during its induction as a fellow me
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Aspen Energy roundtable coming
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
Aspen Energy, an integrated energy consultancy company will host the second Aspen Energy Roundtable in January in Lagos. The event, a platform for thought leadership in Nigerias energy sector, attracts leading operators in the energy sector in the country as well as top policy makers.The theme of the proposed Roundtable is: Gas Business in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities. It will feature deliberations on the full spectrum in Nigeria ranging from the Nigerian gas master plan- the journey so
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EU court faults Africa emergency fund
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
European Court of Auditor has faulted the European Union Emergency Trust Fund (EUTF) for Africa. It said its objectives are too broad to efficiently steer action across Africa, and the European Commission has encountered difficulties in measuring the extent to which the fund has achieved its objectives said auditors.The Fund is a flexible tool for providing assistance in areas such as food, education, health, security and sustainable development.The EUTF for Africa was created as an emergency tr
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Equities sustain recovery with N53b gain
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
Nigerian equities traded on the positive side for the second consecutive trading session as bargain-hunting in large-cap stocks yesterday lifted the market to net capital gain of N53 billion.With 19 gainers to 18 losers, the overall market situation was almost on a tit-for-tat but gains recorded by large-cap stocks such as Dangote Cement and Stanbic IBTC Holdings moderated the market position.Benchmark indices at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) showed average gain of 0.47 per cent, representin
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Ecobank CEO speaks on Fintech in Africa
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Patrick has listed Africas potentials and how the continent can harness opportunities in Financial Technology (Fintech).Speaking at the third National Fintech Conference and Africa Fintech Festival 2018 Edition in Lagos, on the theme: Fintech- Beyond and Hype, he said that Africa, as a whole, has an economy where over 95 per cent of transactions were conducted in cash, hence, offers an opportunity it could harness via digitisation.The conference which kicked o
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Oil may dip to $40, warns Iran
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
Afractured Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is meeting later this week to discuss a deal to cut oil production-yet again-to rebalance the market and lift oil prices that have recently slipped to below most of the cartel members budget-balance points.OPEC needs a unanimous vote to pass decisions such as curtailing production. Yet, Iran-one of OPECs biggest producers but also one of the most sidelined members in recent months-warns that the group is unlikely to reach an agreeme
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Reps mediate in UNILAG, Iwaya land dispute
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
The House of Representatives has intervened in the lingering land dispute between the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and Iwaya-Abete community.The Chairman House Committee on Legislative Compliance, Abiodun Olasupo at a meeting with the parties, said it was to ensure peace and compliance with the agreement in the 1962 gazette of the acquired land.UNILAG was represented by its Vice Chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and the Iwaya-Abete community was represented by the Delfino Anthonio Da-Meranda
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