Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Friday 21st December 2018

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Friday 21st December 2018

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INEC: ASUU strikell affect preparations for 2019 polls
Fri, 21 Dec 2018

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The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday raised the alarm that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities would affect its preparations for the 2019 elections.

ASUU, had on November 5, 2018 begun an indefinite strike over the failure of the Federal Government to implement three areas in the Memorandum of Action it signed with the union on September 14, 2017.

The lecturers’ grouse with the Federal Government included its failure to carry out the Forensic Audit of the earned academic allowances of the lecturers since 2017 and the payment of N20bn out of an agreed N220bn annually and underfunding of the public universities.

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Briefing journalists before ASUU started the ongoing strike on November 5, its National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said all entreaties made to the Federal Government to honour the agreement with the union fell on deaf ears and they had no alternative but to begin the strike.

Ogunyemi alleged that the government was not interested in public universities as the children of the top politicians and rich men in the society patronise private universities at the detriment of public institutions.

Both sides have met four times without resolving the crisis, thus forcing students of public universities, who constitute the majority of INEC ad hoc staff during elections, to stay at home.

On Thursday, a National Commissioner for INEC and Chairman of its Information and other Education Committee, Festus Okoye, expressed concerns about the effect of the ASUU strike on the 2019 elections during the opening of a one-day seminar on media gender sensitive reporting.

The event, which was organised by INEC, was supported by the United Nations Women and the Canadian Government.

The commission said that it would deploy over one million ad hoc staff made up of lecturers in federal tertiary institutions, members of the National Youth Service Corps and students of federal tertiary institutions in the elections.

The categories of ad hoc staff to be used during next year’s elections would serve as Returning Officers, Collation Officers, Supervisory Presiding Officers, and Assistant Presiding Officers.

But Okoye expressed fear that the elections could be impacted negatively if the strike was not urgently called off.

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Certificate scam: Reps call for Obono-Oblas sacking
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The House of Representatives has called for the sacking of Chief Okoi Obono-Obla as the Special Adviser on Prosecutions and Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel. While asking the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to investigate and prosecute Obono-Obla, the lower chamber of the National Assembly urged the schools the presidential
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JAMB begins sale of UTME form Jan 10, bans cybercafs
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Tare Youdeowei The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board has said that it will commence sale of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination form to candidates on January 10, 2019. This was made known during a meeting between JAMB and Computer Based Test centres at the University of Lagos, on Thursday, where the Registrar of JAMB, Prof.
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Amosuns preferred gov candidate begins campaign, APM adopts Buhari
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Femi Makinde and Tunji Bosun The governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement in Ogun State, Mr Abdulkabir Akinlade, on Thursday started his campaign in Abeokuta, the state capital. Akinlade, who is the preferred candidate of the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, recently dumped the All Progressives Congress following the decision of the partys National Working
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I remain Ogun PDP gov candidate, Kashamu insists
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The senator representing Ogun East, Mr Buruji Kashamu, on Thursday insisted that he remains the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State despite the December 18 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Ibadan, Oyo State. He said the Ibadan appellate courts judgment was being misinterpreted to mean that the
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Imo APC threatens to drag Oshiomhole to court for contempt
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The State Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress in Imo State on Thursday threatened to institute a contempt case against the partys National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. The state chairman of the party, Daniel Nwafor, said this while addressing journalists at the APC secretariat in Owerri, the state capital. Nwafor said Oshiomhole,
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We have no preferred presidential candidate ACF
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna The Arewa Consultative Forum on Thursday said it had no preferred presidential candidate for the 2019 elections. The forums acting Chairman, Alhaji Musa Kwande, said this when the presidential candidate of the Peoples Trust, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, visited the ACFs secretariat in Kaduna. Kwande said the ACF would be father to all the
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Civil society groups endorse Sanwo-Olu
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Oluwatobi Akindele About 70 civil society groups in Lagos State have endorsed the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for the 2019 elections. The groups said their decision to endorse the APC candidate was based on the outcome of the integrity test conducted on all the governorship candidates in the state.
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Accord Party governorship candidate steps down for Agbaje
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Samson Folarin The Lagos State chapter of the Accord Party on Thursday endorsed the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Jimi Agbaje, for the 2019 elections. At a ceremony held in Lagos, leaders and members of the Accord Party said were ready to work with Agbaje to unseat the ruling All Progressives Congress. The
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Opposition parties vow to end APC rule in Oyo
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan More opposition political parties in Oyo State on Thursday vowed to end the All Progressives Congress rule in the state in 2019. The opposition parties include the Accord Party and the Socialist Party of Nigeria. They said the reign of the ruling party, which started in 2011, would not be allowed in
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Police school begs for more infrastructural facilities
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Peter Dada, Akure The Police Secondary School, Akure, the Ondo State capital, has appealed to the education unit of the Nigeria Police Force to provide more infrastructural facilities to the school. The Commandant of the school, Mr Peter Augustine, said the it needed more classrooms, hostels and vehicles. Augustine made the appeal when the Force
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Ansar-Ud-Deen College gets girls hostel
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Ansar-Ud-Deen College, Isolo, Lagos State, has constructed a 250-bed female hostel as part of efforts to provide a better and conducive learning atmosphere for its pupils. The project, which was facilitated by the Board of Governors of the school, was unveiled on Thursday at the school compound. Speaking during the commissioning, the Principal, Mr Tajudeen
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FG releases N71.3bn Paris Club refund to UBEC
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Federal Government has released the sum of N71.3bn from the Paris Club refund to the Universal Basic Education Commission for the provision of much-needed infrastructure in public primary and secondary schools across the country. The UBEC Executive Secretary, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, stated this in Abuja during a briefing on Wednesday. Bobboyi
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Osun, Kaduna enroll 27,000 out-of-school children
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja About 27,000 out-of-school children have been enrolled in public schools in Osun and Kaduna states under the EduMarshals intervention programme in partnership with the state governments. Our correspondent learnt that under the EduMarshals programme, which started in Osun State in 2017 and in Kaduna State in 2018, some marshals were also appointed
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Power and how Fashola adds insult to injury
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Tunji Ajibade I have waited in expectation of something new from the power minister, Babatunde Fashola since he arrived office late 2015. My idea of new is simple: Im convinced the so-called privatisation of the power sector of 2014 wouldnt take us to where we desire, so I expect a fundamental change in policy. Not
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NBS data show were making progress Buhari
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Everest Amaefule, Eniola Akinkuotu, and Success Nwogu President Muhammadu Buhari says the recent data reeled out by the National Bureau of Statistics show that his administration is doing well. Buhari said this on Wednesday during a Gala Night organised by beneficiaries of the governments Anchor Borrowers Programme held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.
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2018 capital project releases to hit N1.1tn Dec 31 FG
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, on Thursday, said that by the end of December this year, the Federal Government would have released about N1.1tn for the implementation of 2018 capital projects of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the government. She said this in Abuja at the public presentation of the
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OPEC cuts Nigerias oil production quota to 1.68 million bpd
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Femi Asu Nigeria is expected to cut its crude oil production by 3.04 per cent to 1.685 million barrels per day for the first half of next year, as part of efforts by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries to reduce oversupply. OPEC and 10 non-OPEC countries agreed earlier this month to cut oil production
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AfCFTA: Buhari to receive committees report in January
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
John Ameh, Abuja Nigeria would decide its fate on the controversial African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement in January 2019 after President Muhammadu Buhari would have received the report of the Presidential Steering Committee he set up to look into the AfCFTA. The Presidency disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday. The AfCFTA seeks to remove
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Reps probe Nigerias debt profile
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the rising debt profile of Nigeria, especially with the conflicting figures issued by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and other government authorities. The resolution was reached at the plenary on Thursday following the adoption of a motion moved by Mr Yusuf Tajudeen, entitled, Need to Investigate
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70% of lubricants in Nigeria are substandard SON
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Anna Okon The Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Osita Aboloma, has disclosed that over 70 per cent of the lubricants in the market failed the quality parameters of the Nigerian Industrial Standard. Worried about the influx of substandard lubricants into the Nigerian market, the agency announced that it was collaborating with manufacturers and dealers of
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Making streams of income from child care centres
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja A day care centre provides a temporary, but secured place where children aged between five months and eight years can be cared for while their parents study, attend appointments or carry out other tasks. It is also a place where babies interact with one another and develop the ability to express themselves
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Ecobank denies overstating financial statements
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Ecobank Transnational Incorporated has said that the allegation that it overstated its financial statements is false. The bank, in a statement on Wednesday, said the financial statements carried different exchange rates at different times. It said the deterioration of the naira in 2016 led to the creation of different windows for various segments
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When to open savings accounts
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
If you have extra money lying around after you get your bills paid, what do you do with it’ One common option to consider is a savings account. A savings account is a long-term, fundamental money management tool that can help you meet numerous financial needs. It also means you are placing your money somewhere
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Investors gain N35.8bn as oil stocks rebound
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Oil stocks listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange rebounded on Thursday as the NSE Oil/Gas Index emerged the highest gainer with a 3.09 per cent increase. The index, which slid by 2.99 per cent on Wednesday, reversed the losses it made with an extra 0.19 per cent gain due to bargain hunting in
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NSE, Nasdaq sign new trading agreement
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The Nigerian Stock Exchange has announced a partnership with Nasdaq to leverage matching engine technology for its equities and fixed income markets for an additional five years. The NSE, in a statement on Thursday, said it would continue utilising Nasdaqs SMARTS Market Surveillance technology to monitor its market for manipulation, including spoofing and
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Media Fuse introduces consumer connection tool for media owners
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Anna Okon A leading multinational media and digital marketing communications company, Media Fuse Dentsu Aegis Network, has launched an independent proprietary tool, Consumer Connection System to help media, brand owners and advertisers connect better with consumers, targeting them efficiently while optimising advertisers budget. According to the Chief Executive Officer, MFDAN, Emeka Okeke, CCS is the
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NAICOM cancels State Insurance Producer policy
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Nike Popoola The National Insurance Commission has cancelled the State Insurance Producer policy. NAICOM disclosed this in a circular on Withdrawal of State Insurance Producer Operational Guidelines, which was released by the commission on Thursday and signed by the Director, Policy and Regulation, Agboola Pius. Part of the circular read, Pursuant to the powers conferred
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Heritage Bank backs AFRICANMED to curb capital flight
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Nike Popoola Heritage Bank Plc has said it has entered into a partnership with AFRICANMED and the Chinese community in Nigeria, with the aim of developing the countrys health sector and bringing down the rate of medical tourism by Nigerians. In a statement, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Bank, Ifie Sekibo, who disclosed this
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Food, beverage firms canvass recycling of polyethylene waste
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Food and beverage companies have emphasised that the recycling of waste, especially those of food and beverage packaging like polyethylene terephthalate, is vital in environmental preservation. Speaking under the aegis of Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance, the firms also stated that the value chain in the recycling process had the capacity to
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FHANll support banks to bridge financial gaps CBN
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Nike Popoola The Director, Development Finance Department, Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Mudashiru Olaitan, has said that the finance company sub-sector operates within the middle tier of the financial system and is supposed to focus on the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises segment by complementing banks in bridging financing gaps and meeting the financial needs
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Create time for self-development, Lagos HoS tells workers
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Head of Service, Folasade Adesoye, has asked civil servants in the state to create time for self-development. Adesoye noted that the public service of the future would be innovative and technology-driven, adding that workers must prepare themselves by acquiring necessary information and education. A statement on Thursday said she spoke
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Boko Haram chief arrested in Lagos
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Samson Folarin A Boko Haram leader, identified only as Umar, has been arrested in Lagos. The PUNCH learnt that Umar was arrested by the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team on Thursday. A member of the team, who broke the news on Instagram, claimed that the suspect was the most wanted leader of the insurgents,
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LASIEC decries voter apathy in council bye-election
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission has decried the low turnout of voters during a bye-election into Ward C (Owode Orile) in the Bariga Local Council Development Area. The Chairman of the commission, Justice Ayotunde Philips (retd.), said LASIEC observed a high rate of voter apathy during the bye-election, adding that many eligible
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FG faults AI report on farmers, herdsmens killings
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Federal Government has debunked the claim by the Amnesty International that it refused to arrest and prosecute those responsible for the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country. The clashes, according to the report released by the Amnesty International, had led to the death of 3,641 persons in the
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Lassa fever hits Plateau
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
James Abraham, Jos Three persons have been hospitalised at various hospitals following a fresh outbreak of Lassa fever in Plateau State Findings by correspondent on Thursday revealed that the outbreak was first noticed at the Jos University Teaching Hospital when a patient was admitted. It was leant that the patient, an engineer, was later taken
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BHaram still uses Nigerian girls as human bombs UNICEF
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The United Nations Childrens Fund has said that the Boko Haram factions still use girls in the North-East as human bombs. UNICEF stated this in its countries report, which was released on Thursday. It noted that after the Boko Haram terrorists attacked the Federal Government Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, in February
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FG seeks developers to build houses for 55,000 workers
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, on Thursday said the Federal Government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with estate developers but needed more to build housing units for 55,000 civil servants. Oyo-Ita said this in Abuja on Thursday during the official opening of two estates which
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AGF, Malami, distances self from Dasukis continued detention
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, has distanced himself from the continued detention of the immediate-past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, by the Department of State Services. The AGF denied culpability in Dasukis continued detention in his response to a suit filed by an Abuja-based
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Weve raised N1.2bn for Buharis campaign Rice farmers
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Adelani Adepegba and Tobi Aworinde The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria and Fertilizers Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria said they have raised N1.2bn to support the re-election campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari in next years presidential election. The groups stated that the money was realised through individual donation of N100 each by their members.
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Provide proof of the source of your $8.4m, Ajudua tells Bamaiyi
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe An alleged fraudster, Fred Ajudua, through his counsel, Olalekan Ojo (SAN), on Thursday asked a former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi, to provide proof of the source of the $8.4m he was allegedly defrauded of by Ajudua. Ojo made the request at the resumed hearing of the trial before a Lagos
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Budget drama: Lawmakers who booed Buhari lack home training, says Kogi gov
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
John Ameh, Abuja The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has attacked senators and members of the House of Representatives, who booed President Muhammadu Buhari when he presented the estimates of the 2019 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly in Abuja. Recall that the presentation of the N8.8trn estimates was intermittently
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Trader Moni approved by NASS, not vote buying Osinbajo
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday said that the ongoing Trader Moni programme being implemented by the Federal Government and the Bank of Industry to empower petty traders, was not a vote-buying measure employed by President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2019 general elections. Speaking after an inspection of the Command
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2019 budget speech: Budget of continuity
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Continued from Thursday In line with our commitment to creating a fairer and more inclusive society, I am pleased to update you on our efforts in this regard. Specifically, Through the N-Power scheme, 500,000 graduates have been employed to date; The National Home-Grown School Feeding program is feeding 9,300,892 pupils in 49, 837 schools in
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Interpol issues arrest warrant for Allison-Madueke as FG commences extradition process
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The International Police have issued an arrest warrant for former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke following a request by the Federal Government to the agency. An impeccable source stated that the necessary charges had been filed and attached to the extradition request by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation. By this
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Osun kingship crisis: 21 hospitalised, police promise thorough investigations
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, on Thursday, expressed hope of amicable settlement of Edunabon kingship matter, even as he assured the people of a thorough investigations into the cause of the crisis. It was gathered that 19 people were injured in the clash involving some men loyal to the
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Oyetola mourns foremost lawyer, Tunji Abolade
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo The Osun State governor, Mr Gboyega Oytetola, on Thursday mourned the death of foremost lawyer, Chief Solomon Tunji Abolade, who passed on at the age of 87 years. Chief Abolade, an indigene of Ikirun in Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state, was a leading voice for the creation of Osun State
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Court stops NAssembly workers planned strike
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Sunday Aborisade, Abuja Justice Sanusi Kado of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria has restrained the leadership and members of the Parliamentary Staff Association from embarking on strike or engaging in acts that could lead to the closure of the National Assembly. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives,
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2019: Akarigbo, others endorse ADC gov candidate
Fri, 21 Dec 2018
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta The Akarigbo and Paramount ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, and other traditional rulers from the Remo division in Ogun State have endorsed the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Gboyega Isiaka. The monarchs gave their endorsement at a meeting of the Remo Traditional Council held in Sagamu on Thursday where
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