Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Sunday 16th December 2018

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Sunday 16th December 2018

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Fayemi, Fayose trade words over attack on ex-gov

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Sun, 16 Dec 2018
ABIODUN NEJO Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and his successor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Saturday engaged in war of words on the alleged attack on him(Fayose) in Ado Ekiti during the wedding ceremony of the daughter of Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe. Fayose accused his successor and the All Progressives Congress of
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Oleyeloogun, Ogundeji stand impeached George
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
The factional speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr Olamide George, who has relocated to Ibadan, Oyo State, with 15 other lawmakers after the reported impeachment, speaks with PETER DADA on the development The Ondo State House of Assembly is known for peace. What is responsible for this crisis’ I wish to state
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We must drop quota system; it doesnt allow people to grow Ibidapo-Obe
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
When the idea to interview Prof Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, on the state of the nations education and other national issues was mooted by the SUNDAY PUNCH, it received an overwhelming yes from everyone at the meeting. But FEMI MAKINDE, who was handed the all-important assignment, had to wait
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Why many govs are scared of LG poll Ekpo, SDP Cross River gov candidate
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party in Cross River State, Mr Eyo Ekpo, speaks with MUDIAGA AFFE on political parties and governance in the state, among other issues ahead of 2019 elections The direct primaries adopted by political parties to pick their candidates resulted in controversies in some quarters. Do you think the outcomes
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Buhari didnt sign PIGB to protect states, LGs Ita-Enang
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Solomon Ita-Enang, speaks with SUNDAY ABORISADE on the electoral bill and why the President declined assent to some bills Why is there a large turnover of rejected bills by the Presidency’ We do not have a large turnover of rejected bills but
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APC to settle aggrieved Lagos members with appointments
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
MUDIAGA AFFEand Ochei matthew Members of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, who are aggrieved with the party over its primaries, may be compensated with political appointments if the party wins the 2019 governorship election in the state. SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that the decision to settle the aggrieved members was sequel to a plea
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Would Buhari concede a close race
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
In his new book, My Transition Hours, former Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan blames former United States President, Barack Obama, for his defeat in the 2015 election. Last week, Muhammadu Buhari, the man who vanquished him, explained that his victory was owed to one thing: Nigerians were tired of the corruption being superintended by Jonathan. Speaking
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BREAKING: Sri Lanka reinstates ousted prime minister
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Sri Lankas sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was reinstated on Sunday, a legislator said, ending a 51-day political crisis in the island nation. Wickremesinghe was sworn in by President Maithripala Sirisena, who sacked him on October 26 and triggered a power struggle that brought the countrys government to a standstill. Legislator Harsha de Silva, who
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Cross Rivers cocoa plantation
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Ada Wodu The Cross River State Government says it will establish 100,000 hectares of cocoa in 14 local government areas of the state to feed its ultra-modern cocoa processing factory in Ikom. The Commissioner for Agriculture, Prof Anthony Eneji, said this during an assessment visit to the factory where equipment was being installed ahead of
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Flour Mills empowers Cross River youths
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Ada Wodu Flour Mills Nigeria Limited has empowered youths in five host communities in Cross River State after they were trained for one year in skills acquisition. The youths were drawn from the host communities of Obutong, Ikot Ekaedem, Essien Town and Abasi Obori in Calabar Municipal Council. During the event, the state governor who
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Bayelsa immunisation
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Samuel Nkemakolem The Bayelsa State Government has said the state is beginning to see the first fruits of the renewed drive to correct the coverage rate of routine immunisation in the state. Speaking at the end of year review meeting of the Expanded Programme on Immunization in Yenagoa, the Commissoner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu,
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We constructed the floodlight at Liberty Stadium David Affe
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
80-year-old David Affe, one of the founding lecturers of the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, shares the story of his life with THEOPHILUS ONOJEGHEN Where and when were you born’ I was born in 1938 at Aghalokpe in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State. How did you know your date of birth’ My father
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INEC raises the alarm over PVCs cloning in Imo
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma The Independent National Electoral Commission has raised the alarm over cloning of Permanent Voter Cards by yet-to-be-identified people in Imo state. The INECs Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Prof Francis Ezeonu, made this known on Friday in Owerri, the state capital, during the unveiling of The Amalgamation of Imo Professional Bodies and
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Quincy Ayodele takes 60th birthday to Dubai
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Olushola Ricketts All is set for the lavish sixtieth birthday celebration of the Chief Executive Officer of Quincy Herbals, Quincy Ayodele, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Being a landmark occasion, the herbal medicine expert has decided to celebrate it in a big way with her family and selected friends. High Society gathered that all the
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Opral Benson steps out
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Olushola Ricketts Iye Oge of Lagos, Opral Benson, can be said to have seen it all. In her younger years, she was a toast of society and enjoyed life to the fullest. But due to old age, the 83-year-old style icon has toned-down her activities. Benson, however, brought out her party shoes to welcome the
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Theres no need to streamline our functions DPR
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Femi Asu The Department of Petroleum Resources has opposed calls by some stakeholders that its functions should be streamlined in order to make the agency more effective and efficient. The stakeholders, who comprised officials from civil society organisations and various government agencies, stated this in a report that captured the findings of an assessment of
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BEDC, TCN collaborate to end blackout in Benin
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Adekunle Peter The Benin Electricity Distribution Company Plc and the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Benin Zone, have formed a synergy to end blackout in Benin metropolis. To this end, the TCN has concluded plans to move a transformer from Irrua to Benin to tackle the power outage in Benin metropolis and its environs, which had
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PENGASSAN wants PIB passed
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Femi Asu The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has highlighted the need for the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill before the end of the current administration. The President, PENGASSAN, Mr Francis Olabode, while speaking at the National Executive Council meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, on Thursday, noted that the PIB
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Shell spends N41bn on social investment in Niger Delta
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited says it has spent N41.10bn on social investment programmes for its host communities in Niger Delta region in the last 12 years. The companys General Manager, External Relations, Igo Weli, who stated this, said the programmes were aimed at raising the standard of living of its
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Buhari, his re-election and fight against terrorism
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Garba Shehu On Monday December 17, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is seeking re-election for a second term of office, will be marking his 76th birthday and, in his own words, Still going strong. His age is no longer an issue in this campaign because by the will of God, not by any design, his
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16 members cannot impeach me as speaker Oloyeloogun
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Mr Bamidele Oloyeloogun, who was reported to have been impeached as the speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly on November 9, tells PETER DADA why he remains the speaker of the assembly You were impeached by some lawmakers recently. Why have you refused to vacate the seat’ There is no impeachment in the
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Pupils on exchange programme protest in Ilorin
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
TUNDE OYEKOLA Students of the 18 northern states who are on exchange programme in Kwara State Government-owned secondary school, in the early hours of Saturday staged a protest against the state government over alleged poor welfare services. The students who trooped out of Government Secondary School, Ilorin as early as 4am, barricaded the Maraba-Sango highway
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Making loans more accessible to small borrowers
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
As part of efforts to make loans more accessible to low-income earners, the Central Bank of Nigeria plans to start a National Microfinance Bank soon. NIKE POPOOLA reports The Central Bank of Nigeria has berated the lending institutions for not being cooperative enough in the Federal Governments efforts to make cheap loans accessible to those
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Businesses with integrity, operational readiness will attract capital Adegbite
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Newly-appointed Norwegian Consul General in Nigeria, Taofik Adegbite, is the Chief Executive Officer, Marine Platforms, an oil, gas and shipping firm. He talks about his appointment and sundry issues with ANNA OKON As the Norwegian Consul General in Nigeria, what are your short and long term plans’ For Norway/Nigerian business partnership, we are looking at
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AfDB funds $410m power transmission expansion projects
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim The African Development Bank is funding four critical electricity transmission lines under the Nigeria Transmission Expansion Programme with a total sum of $410m. According to the Transmission Company of Nigeria, some of the lines, which are currently being constructed, will carry increased megawatts of electricity, as opposed to what obtained in many other
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Nigeria gained 1.89 million new Internet users in Nov
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa Nigerias Mobile Network Operators gained about 1.89 million new active Internet users to reach 109 million in November, the Nigerian Communications Commission has said. The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, while addressing journalists at an industry forum in Lagos on Friday, said that this represented a 1.8 per cent growth from
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Indigenous players decry poor presence in shipping industry
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Anna Okon Stakeholders in the maritime sector are worried about the inability of local operators to participate in the shipping sector. The stakeholders, who spoke in separate interviews with our correspondent, are worried that this is happening despite the opportunities in the industry. Shipping in Nigeria is reported to be a $7bn industry but it
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Theres no need to streamline our functions DPR
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Femi Asu The Department of Petroleum Resources has opposed calls by some stakeholders that its functions should be streamlined in order to make the agency more effective and efficient. The stakeholders, who comprised officials from civil society organisations and various government agencies, stated this in a report that captured the findings of an assessment of
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NCC forms alliance against phone counterfeiting
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Everest Amaefule In order to combat the menace of counterfeit and fake phones and other Information and Communications Technology devices, the Nigerian Communications Commission has formed a working alliance with other regional bodies. Some of the organisations within the alliance include the African Telecommunications Union and the West African Telecommunications Regulatory Association. Director of Zonal
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PENGASSAN wants PIB passed
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Femi Asu The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has highlighted the need for the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill before the end of the current administration. The President, PENGASSAN, Mr Francis Olabode, while speaking at the National Executive Council meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, on Thursday, noted that the PIB
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Shell spends N41bn on social investment in Niger Delta
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited says it has spent N41.10bn on social investment programmes for its host communities in Niger Delta region in the last 12 years. The companys General Manager, External Relations, Igo Weli, who stated this, said the programmes were aimed at raising the standard of living of its
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States will soon access World Banks $750m loan FG
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba The Federal Government has said that 36 state governments and the Federal Capital Territory will soon access the World Banks $750m loan and grant facility. This was made known by the Minister of Finance, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, while addressing the 7th Community of Practice made up of State Commissioners of Planning and Budgeting,
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Leveraging information management systems
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. One advantage that technology has brought to everyone is making life a whole lot easier especially for those who apply it, in one way or the other, to their individual and corporate activities . As a S mall and M edium Enterprise , I can attest to the fact that, software
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We are tired of our colleagues dying of poor medical services at FMC Student
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
What is your relationship with Olaniyi Ashimi’ My name is Ojetunde Samuel. Niyi was my friend, an amazing one at that. We are four in our clique and we were everywhere together. He was studying soil science and land management. He was aspiring to be a pedologist. For how long have you been friends with
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BEDC, TCN collaborate to end blackout in Benin
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Adekunle Peter The Benin Electricity Distribution Company Plc and the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Benin Zone, have formed a synergy to end blackout in Benin metropolis. To this end, the TCN has concluded plans to move a transformer from Irrua to Benin to tackle the power outage in Benin metropolis and its environs, which had
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NPA MD urges terminal operators, others to eradicate port congestion
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Hajia Hadiza Bala-Usman, has called on terminal operators, shipping companies and allied stakeholders to eradicate the present congestion at the nations seaports. The authority in a statement on Saturday signed by Mr Adams Jatto, its General Manager Corporate and Strategic Communications said that, Bala-Usman on Friday held meeting
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Again, FG, ASUU meet Monday to end strike
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
OLUFEMI ATOYEBI The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, will meet the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday (tomorrow) to conclude the negotiation on the suspension of the strike by ASUU, which has entered the sixth week. ASUU had claimed that the strike was informed by the poor funding
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Atiku pledges to revisit Jonathans confab report
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
SUCCESS NWOGU Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said he will decongest the exclusive and concurrent lists in the constitution as part of his plan to restructure the country. Atiku, who disclosed this to SUNDAY PUNCH through his media aide, Phrank Shaibu, also said the report of the 2015 Constitutional
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EFCC yet to apply to AGF for Diezanis extradition
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
ADE ADESOMOJU Weeks after indicating its interest to extradite the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, from the United Kingdom to face criminal prosecution on corruption charges in Nigeria, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has yet to seek the endorsement of the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation for
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Fayemis ex-aide dies of cardiac arrest
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
ABIODUN NEJO Mr Tope Osatoyinbo, a former Senior Special Assistant on Mobilisation to Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi during his first term, died of cardiac arrest on Friday night. Osatoyinbo, who later returned to National Orientation Agency as a career officer after Fayemi lost the 2014 governorship election to Mr Ayodele Fayose, was a senior
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Army lifts ban on UNICEFs activities in North-East
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
OLALEYE ALUKO In a dramatic twist, the Nigerian Army late on Friday said it had lifted a suspension it placed on the activities of the United Nations Childrens Emergency Fund in the North-East, after six hours, quoting certain interventions by well-meaning and concerned Nigerians. The Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Commands Spokesperson and Deputy Director, Army
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Taraba plans mini dams to boost power
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
JUSTIN TYOPUUSU The Taraba State Governor, Mr Darius Ishaku, on Saturday, said his administration was planning to start the construction of small electricity dams to boost power supply in the state. Ishaku said this at the Exco Chamber of the Taraba State Government House, Jalingo, after he was conferred with an award of the Electricity
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Kano seeks interventions for three-million out-of-school children
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
TED ODOGWU The Kano State Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Aminu Wudil, on Friday in Kano, confirmed that the three million out-of-school children in Kano remained a major challenge to the states education sector. He said the state government could not handle it alone, and had decided to stage a week-long basic education
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Stakeholders, FG in final consultation on AfCFTA agreement
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
ANNA OKON andIFEANYI ONUBA Negotiations towards signing the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement are ongoing between the Federal Government and stakeholders in the real sector of the economy, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria has said. The AfCFTA agreement was signed on March 20 in Kigali, Rwanda, by 44 African countries. Eleven countries, namely Nigeria,
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Group pledges support for Sanwo-Olu
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
Mudiaga Affe A group of young professionals, under the aegis of Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and Kadri Obafemi Hamzat Ambassadors, has pledged support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The group, led by Ms Damilola James, in an interactive session with Sanwo-Olu on Friday, said the emergence
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PDP working on political solution to Ogun gov candidate crisis
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
FEMI MAKINDE The Peoples Democratic Party has said it is talking to Senator Buruji Kashamu to drop his governorship ambition and support Ladi Adebutu, who is the Ogun State governorship candidate recognised by the party for the 2019 governorship poll. The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Diran Odeyemi, who gave the indication
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Igbo youths plan to adopt presidential candidate January
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
MUDIAGA AFFE and EDWARD NNACHI The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council says it has not endorsed any of the presidential candidates for the 2019 election, promising to unveil its favoured candidate in January next year. The President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, Okechukwu Isiguzo, who spoke with SUNDAY PUNCH, said the region would vote based
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Metele: Presidency, Atiku clash over Buharis absence at soldiers burial
Sun, 16 Dec 2018
John Ameh andSuccess Nwogu The absence of President Muhammadu Buhari at the burial of 19 soldiers, who were among the victims of Boko Harams attack on a military base in Metele, Borno State, has become another subject of conflict between the Presidency and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. While
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