Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines, Wednesday 19th December 2018

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines, Wednesday 19th December 2018

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Gunmen kill ex-Chief of Defence Staff Alex Badeh
Wed, 19 Dec 2018

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A former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Air Chief Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh, has been shot dead.

He was said to have been killed with his driver on the Abuja-Keffi highway. He was 61.

According to a top military source, Badeh was returning from his farm when his vehicle came under attack.

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The source said the ex-CDS was without a military escort expected of his rank because he went to his farm.

It was learnt that the late Air Chief Marshal was rushed to a hospital at the military cantonment popularly called Abacha Barracks, where he was pronounced dead.

A statement by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) also confirmed Air Chief Marshal Badeh’s death.

The statement by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said: “ It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce the unfortunate demise of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh, who died today, 18 Dec 18, from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked while returning from his farm on Abuja-Keffi Road.

“On behalf of officers, airmen and airwomen of the Nigerian Air Force, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commiserates with the family of the late former Chief of Defence Staff over this irreparable loss.

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Fed Govt retains $60 benchmark as oil dips to $58
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
SHOULD oil prices continue to dip, funding next years N8.73 trillion budget may be tough for the Federal Government.Brent declined 2.01 per cent to $58.41 a barrel yesterday on the back of global equity sell-offs and continued concerns that the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)/non-OPEC cuts may not be enough to rebalance an oversupplied marketBut a source within the Presidency said there was nothing to worry over the slide, saying it was marginal.We will still retain the benc
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N488b states cash stuck as lawmakers inflate claims
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
States banking on some big refund for Federal Government projects they executed have been dissapointed.President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the National Assemblys approval for the refund of N488.7 billion to such states.He accused the legislature of inflating debts incurred by the states on behalf of the Federal Government after approval had been given by the executive for reimbursements.In turning down the National Assemblys approval, the President demanded a review of the amount it approved
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The VP debate
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Last week, Channels Television hosted a debate featuring five candidates running for the office of vice-president in the coming elections in 2019. Although the debate did not involve the frontrunners of the five parties that participated, it showcased the important, but slow, shift in our political space towards more issue-centric electioneering. After that debate, doubts about 2019 were further diminished; it might be another two-horse race after all.Prof. Yemi Osinbajo of the All Progressives
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Our Girls; Insecurity; Ibadan/Lagos/Apapa; Ajaokuta
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Our Chibok girls were kidnapped on April 15, 2014. Unfortunately our Dapchi girl, 15, Leah Sharibu is not released and still remains under the threat of death.Boko Haram is still launching vicious and costly surprise attacks in its traditional killing ground almost with lethal impunity and mounting deaths among our gallant military personnel. This is unfortunate and suggests the need for moving more troops into the area which has repeatedly been attacked before.Is it not strange that we shout ab
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Precarious balance
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Nigerias rating as the 3rd most terrorized country is worrisomeAt the moment, there appears to be a precarious balance between the Nigerian state and insurgent forces as regards the war against terrorism in the country. The 2018 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) ranks Nigeria as the 3rdmost terrorized nation on earth coming after countries like Iraq and Afghanistan plagued by war. Nigeria has indeed maintained this 3rdplace terrorism ranking since 2015 despite there being a reported drop in the numbe
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NBA chief Usoro docked for alleged N1.4b fraud
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Court grants him N250m bail Judge rejects request to transfer case to AbujaTHE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arraigned Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN) at a Federal High Court in Lagos, for an alleged N1.4 billion fraud.Usoro was docked before Justice Muslim Sule Hassan on a 10-count charge, bordering on the alleged offences.He pleaded not guilty.Others charged with him are: Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Finance Nsikan Nkan; Accountant-
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Ambode launches health insurance scheme
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday launched the State Health Insurance Scheme (LSHS).It is designed to give the residents easy access to affordable and quality healthcare services.The scheme is mandatory for all Lagosians.The launching took place at the Civic Centre on Victoria Island, Lagos, where stakeholders and technical partners local and international witnessed the registration for the schemes immediate take-off.Dignitaries at the event included PharmAccess Foundation; the N
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Three Islamic clerics, two others nabbed with human parts
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Police arrest fraudstersOperatives attached to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Zone II, Onikan, Lagos have arrested five persons for allegedly being in possession of fresh human heart and body parts.The suspects, including three Islamic clerics, were paraded yesterday by AIG Lawal Shehu.He alleged that the clerics were members of a syndicate that specialised in using human parts for rituals.Shehu said they were arrested around 9:45am on December 10 by Zonal Intervention Squad (ZI
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Oshiomhole: why governors must pay living wage
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole has pitched his tenth with workers on the new minimum wage, reports TONY AKOWE.All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole has said there is no basis for governors not to pay living wage to their workers.He said he would always stand by Nigerian workers on a new national minimum wage.He said refusal to pay a living wage amounted to creating a poverty cycle and a chain of Nigerians who cannot afford goods an
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SGF in last-minute meeting with APC Reps Caucus
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Mustapha regrets call for boycott of budget presentationSECRETARY to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha was locked in a closed door meeting with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the House of Representatives yesterday evening, less than 24 hours before the presentation of the 2019 Appropriation Bill by President Muhammadu Buhari.Mustapha regretted alleged call by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) that opposition members in the National Asse
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Mohammed: improved security, upgraded facilities ll boost tourism
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
MINISTER of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed has said the present administrations efforts at improving security and upgrading infrastructure is a deliberate policy to promote tourism.He stated this yesterday when he received the D-8 Secretary-General, Mr. Dato Ku Jafafar Ku Shaari, when he visited his office in Abuja.Mohammed noted that without the provision of security and critical infrastructure, tourism growth will remain a mirage.He said: Without peace and security, the best tourist attr
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Why Southwest should support Buhari, by Afenifere
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation Afenifere has urged the Yoruba to support President Muhammadu Buharis 2019 re-election bid because of his landmark achievements.It said the Southwest had never had it so good following the juicy federal appointments given to Yoruba sons and daughters.These were contained in a communique by Mr. Awa Bamiji, issued at the end of its national caucus meeting at Senator Ayo Fasanmis House in Osogbo, the Osun State capitalThe meeting, according to Bamiji, also co
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APC youths back Buhari
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
THE National President of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Youth Vanguard, Comrade Kabir Haruna Alfa, has said the organisation will ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari is re-elected in 2019.In statement by the groups National Secretary, Chinedu Mbakwe Obi, Alfa explained that President Buhari deserved another four years to consolidate and finish the work he had started. He appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youths, to vote en masse for the president.Alfa said the development
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Okowa, Ogboru: Who wins Delta governorship poll
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are warming up for next years governorship election in Delta State. Cogent Owhe examines the factors that will shape the exercise.Although many political parties are fielding candidates for the governorship election in Delta State, the contest is a two- horse race between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC). I shall therefore limit myself to highlighting the electoral fortunes of Chief G
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No alternative to Buhari
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode spoke with reporters on the second term ambition of President Muhammadu Buhari, shortly after the peace meeting held with aggrieved aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Lagos State House, Marina.The 2019 Presidential election is fast approaching and with due respect to other candidates, it looks like a two-horse race between the APC candidate and incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari and the PDP Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Can you te
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APC wins bye-election in Lagos
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
APCSowande polled 1,442 votes to defeat his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) opponent Azeez Sunkanmi Taiwo, who got 286 votes.While monitoring the election in some polling units, LASIEC Commissioner in charge of the area, Olusegun Ayedun, expressed dissatisfaction at the low voter turnout for the election.Ayedun said the voters apathy was disappointing despite the fact that the commission sensitised stakeholders for the election.Read Also:2019: APC will not buy votes in NigerHe pointed out that th
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PDP accuses Buhari of attempting to doctor unemployment figures
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of attempting to doctor unemployment figures in the country, to create the impression of massive job creation by the administration.The party was reacting to a directive by the President to the Statistician General of Nigeria, Mr. Yemi Kale, to change the existing data on unemployment.In a statement Tuesday by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the main opposition party condemned what it described as brazen atte
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Atiku, Obi to hold town hall meeting with Aba business community
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alh. Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Mr. Peter Obi will on Wednesday, hold a Town Hall Meeting with the Aba Business Community.The interaction, according to a release by the State Coordinator, Atiku/Obi Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Charles Ogbonnaya will hold at Aba Sports Club by 12:Noon.Ogbonnaya in the release stated that the essence of the Town Hall Meeting was for the Candidate to understand first-hand the c
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Al-Makura donates relief materials, N5m to Tiv community
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa state has explained that he is fully aware of the sufferings of the Tiv people in the state as a result of the herdsmen attacks on them.He stated this on Tuesday at the government house Lafia while distributing 10 trailer-load of relief materials and N5 million cash to 10 Tiv communities in the state who were affected by the Farmers/herdsmen clashes.He said that he is a living witness to the plight of the Tiv people in the state who have suffered in dif
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Well resist attempts to turn Nigeria into two party state- PT
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Trust (PT), Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has said that his party will resist the attempts by some dominant political forces to turn Nigeria into a two party state.The Peoples Trust candidate, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Hassan Ibrahim, said that the party is aware of some subterranean moves by certain forces to strangulate the emerging political parties and turn Nigeria into a two party state.The candidate said any attempt to turn the h
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Alleged exam malpractice: FG re-arraigns Adeleke
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The Federal Government on Tuesday, re-arraigned Senator Ademola Adeleke on seven counts amended charges on examination malpractice.Adeleke was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 22, 2018 Osun governorship election.Adeleke, who is a serving senator and four other defendants were first arraigned on a four-count charge before Justice Edward Ekwo in September.Adeleke and the other defendants pleaded not guilty to the seven count charges following which
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Army pulls five generals out of service
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The Nigerian Army on Tuesday pulled out two Major Generals and three Brigradier Generals out of service at the Nigerian Army Medical Corps in Lagos.The generals that were pulled out are Maj.-Gen. Abimbola Amusu, Maj.-Gen. Patrick Falola, Brig.-Gen. Folorunsho Jegede, Brig.-Gen. O. Akinyode and Brig.-Gen. M. Robbinson.The pulling out parade of the five generals was witnessed by top military officers, both serving and retired.Read Also:AIs damning report angers Buhari, ArmyAmusu, in her valedictor
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Carnival Calabar to host presidential candidates
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The Cross River Government has invited all the Presidential candidates of political parties contesting in the 2019 general elections to take a week-long vacation from campaigns and participate in the annual event scheduled for Dec. 28.The state governor, Professor Ben Ayade, disclosed this on Sunday in Calabar while flagging off the third and last dry run of the 2018 Calabar carnival which has the theme `Africanism.Represented by his Deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu, Ayade said that the carnival has no p
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MultiChoice appreciates Media
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
MultiChoice Nigeria over the weekend held a year-end party to appreciate the support provided by the media throughout 2018.The event which held at the MultiChoice headquarters in Victoria Island, Lagos, also served as a content showcase, taking a retrospective look at MultiChoices 2018 content roster whilst providing some insight into the organisations local and international plans for 2019.Chief Customer Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho said: 2018 was definitely a year to remember f
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Experience 13: What went down
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Twelve years after it debuted, The Experience returned to its usual venue, The Tafawa Balewa Square, (TBS) on Friday December 7 with various gospel ministers both indigenous and foreign including Tope Alabi, Chioma Jesus, Donnie Mcclurkin, Travis Greene, Planet Shakers, Ada, Nathaniel Bassey, Vicki Yohe, Glowreeyah, J. J. Hairston, Mike Aremu, Don Moen, Eben, Kirk Franklin, Tim Godfrey, Onos, Timi Dakolo and Chee, stormed the city of Lagos with amazing performances.Tagged Jesus our Peace, the an
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Aquaman: Dstv fetes Lagos fans with private screening
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
It was a night of grandeur for fans, media, friends and associates who came out in their best to the exclusive private screening of the highly anticipated movie Aquaman held at IMAX Filmhouse Cinemas Lekki, Lagos, courtesy of Dstv, the leading TV entertainment company.The big superhero film based on DC comics character evolves around Jason Momoa, the king of the sea who played the role of Arthur Curry (Aquaman) the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, who finds himself caught between a su
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Sanwo-Olu attends Faaji Agba Eko
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The Lagos State All Progressive Congress (APC) Gubernatorial candidate, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday night breezed in to witness the Faaji Agba Eko concert organised by Evergreen Musical Company Limited.Speaking at the event, Mr Sanwo-Olu promised to take entertainment and tourism as corner stone of his administration when elected. According to him, he is going to work with the entertainment and tourism leading lights to bring Lagos to its prime place. He lauded the efforts of Evergreen Music
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Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Teni, Daddy Showkey for GOtv Boxing Night 17
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Lagos, will on December 28, host the heavyweight clash between music and boxing. The occasion is GOtv Boxing Night 17, which is tagged Boxing Jams Music. Performing live at the show are Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Teni da Entertainer and Daddy Showkey.With its combination of boxing and music, the event, according to Flykite Productions, the organisers, is the ultimate entertainment package for the festive season.Music and boxing are major sources of entertainment. It i
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Fashion outfit rebrands
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Following its quest to dominate both male and female fashion items, popular fashion house, Wear It All Mens Luxury has adopted a new name, Wear It All Luxury.The rebrand comes as a result of the need to exceed customers expectations of what the original mark stands for, while simultaneously moving the brand forward. Wear It All Mens Luxury introduces female shoes and bags in its collection of luxury items. The brand has undergone a significant transformation.Hence, the inclusion.According to the
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Nigerians remittances from UK highest, says World Bank
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Astudy researched by the World Bank has found that Nigerians was the top receiver of cash from the United Kingdom in 2017.Nigeria was ranked the largest remittance recipient in sub-Saharan Africa and the sixth largest amongst lower-middle-income countries.According to the report, Nigerians living in the UK sent 3.27 million back home in 2017.Remittances to sub-Saharan Africa are estimated to grow by 9.8 per cent from $41 billion in 2017 to $45 billion in 2018. Projections indicate that remittanc
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Trade deals in intra-African fair hit $32.6b
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Deals valued at $32.6 billion were recorded at the inaugural Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) which ended in Cairo yesterday, according to preliminary figures released by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank).Afreximbank, which organised the trade fair in collaboration with the African Union and had it hosted by the Government of Egypt, said that the amount represented the value of 100 deals concluded during the fair. That number might rise as it did not include some bilateral deals among
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Dufil shines at ADVAN Awards
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
DUFIL Prima Foods Plc was the cynosure at the Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) Awards for Marketing Excellence (West Africa).It won three of its brands -Indomie, Minimie Chinchin and Power Oil clinched eight of the most coveted awards.According to the organisers, the ADVAN Awards for Marketing Excellence is aimed at acknowledging and rewarding marketing experts that have made outstanding contributions to the profession.The ADVAN Awards for Marketing Excellence, West Africa is a signif
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ARMTI chief seeks agro zones to boost export
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute (ARMTI) Executive Director, Dr Olufemi Oladunnni, has urged the Federal Government to establish and strengthen specific agricultural export zones with linkage to ports and airports to boost agriculture products exports .Speaking with The Nation, Oladunnni said there was need for state airports to link special zones across the country to promote horticultural produce, increase farmers income and reduce wastage of food products.As a strategy to
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NPA moves to decongest Apapa, Tin Can ports
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) has taken steps to reduce the congestion at the Apapa and Tin Can Island ports.In a statement yesterday, it said henceforth, there will be an increase in rent-free period for cargoes housed in the terminals.It added that from the current period of three free days before commencement of rent charges, it will now be 21 free days before commencement of rent charges and this would be for a period of four months.NPA also said there will be an increase in the demurrage
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Weak loan demand biggest challenge facing banks
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The state of the economy plays a big role in how much credit the banking sector can offer to borrowers. Lending is only about 10 per cent of Nigerias Gross Domestic Product (GDP), meaning that 90 per cent of the economy is still unserved in terms of access to credit. Head, Research Coronation Merchant Bank Limited, Guy Czatoryski, speaks with COLLINS NWEZE on what is needed to be done to improve lending and how the insurance industry can boost financial services and GDP growth.Lending is a princ
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Why tech startups are growing in Nigeria
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Nigeria is witnessing an explosion of tech startups. Stakeholders say the startup culture and support network is helping many youths to establish businesses that will further boost the growing economy. They spoke during a hangout for techpreneurs in Lagos, DANIEL ESSIET reports.What is happening in Nigeria, according to Founder, Tech Circle, Oo Nwoye, is an explosion of startups. He said it is time to let the world know theres something happening in the country.Nwoye convened a hangout for techp
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NB Marketing Director, others now Fellows, Marketing Institute
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The Marketing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Emmanuel Oriakhi, and 42 others have been conferred with the Fellowship of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN).The conferment took place during the Fellows Dinner and Awards Night organised by the Institute at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.Similarly, 42 other senior marketing professionals in the country also bagged NIMN fellowship. They include Mr. Wasiu Ola Abiola, Head of Media, Digital, Brand PR and Sponsorship, N
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SON mops up fake lubricants
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has once again, mopped up substandard lubricants in different parts of the country.It said the action became necessary after it discovered through its surveillance activities and extensive survey of the market that most lubricants in the market failed to meet quality parameters of the Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS).Its Director-General, OsitaAboloma, at an enforcement exercise to Swiss Park, a haven known for dealing in substandard lubricants in AS
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Quit smoking if you do
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Dr Anoka Njan, an Associate Professor of Toxicology, is the Secretary-General, Nigeria Society for Toxicological Sciences (NSTS). He speaks to reporters on the outcome of the maiden NSTS scientific conference in Abuja and advised smokers to quit the habit. FRANCA OCHIGBO was there.Whats your assessment of the maiden NSTS conference’In my opinion, it was a great meeting, for which we are grateful to God. However, as the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee and Secretary General of the
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