Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Monday 24th December 2018

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Monday 24th December 2018

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Yuletide: Lagos assures residents of LAKE Rice availability
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
The Lagos State Government has assured residents of the availability of LAKE Rice during the Christmas and New Year festive periods. The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Oluwatoyin Suarau, said the home-grown rice had been available for purchase since Saturday, December 22, 2018, in all approved designated sales centres, outlets and shops across the state. Among
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APC campaign office burnt in Enugu
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Clifford Anuyua The Enugu State Police Command has commenced investigations into the fire that broke out at George Ogaras Campaign Office in Enugu. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizui, said in a statement that the fire occurred in the early hours of Saturday. Ogara is one of the politicians claiming to be authentic
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Ex-Senate leader slams National Assembly over budget session row
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja A former Senate Majority Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), has criticised the leadership of the National Assembly over the rowdy session experienced when President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2019 Appropriation Bill. Speaking with journalists in Abuja, Ndoma-Egba, who is the All Progressives Congress senatorial candidate in Cross River State, said the development was
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Candidate faults Adamawa gov on even development
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Hindi Livinus, Yola The governorship candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria in Adamawa State, Abel Behora, has accused the administration of Governor Jibrilla Bindow of not prioritising even development in the state. He said the focus on road construction by the Bindow administration undertaken at the detriment of other critical sectors has further caused
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Curry, Durant lift Warriors over Clippers in NBA thriller
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Stephen Curry scored the last of his 42 points on a driving layup with a half-second remaining Sunday and reigning NBA champion Golden State edged the Los Angeles Clippers 129-127. Kevin Durant added 35 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors (23-11), who won for the eighth time in 10 games despite the Clippers hitting
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StarTimes ON introduces data-saving technology
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
StarTimes has launched a new brand, StarTimes ON, for its online video streaming service. This is described as a video encoding technology that saves between 20 to 40 per cent data on its app. The data saving is realised by adopting our self-developed and worlds leading video encoding technology, Operation Director of StarTimes ON, Ariel
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ABB to diversify investments in Nigeria
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Multinational corporation, ABB has said it would focus more on its investment in Nigeria to create more opportunities for indigenous engineers. ABB Nigeria specialises in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids. ABB Nigerias Country Managing Director, Hany Abd-Elazim, at the unveiling of the companys office in Ogba, Lagos, said
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Allianz Group urges insurers to prepare for fresh challenges
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Nike Popoola The Allianz Group has urged global insurers to be prepared for fresh challenges as its records has revealed that there were 94 total losses reported around the shipping world in 2017, down four per cent year-on-year (98) the second lowest in 10 years after 2014 It stated in its report on 2018
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2023 presidency: Nigeriall remain in darkness until South-East leads Ohanaeze
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Ohanaeze Ndigbo,the apex Igbo socio-cultural body, on Sunday said Nigeria would continue to wallow in abject socio-political, economic and developmental blindness until an Igbo man becomes the President. It said anything done in Nigeria without the active cooperation and participation of the lgbo would always crumble. The spokesman for the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Uche Achi-Okpaga, said
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Opposition parties fault Lai Mohammed over fulfilled promises claim
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Opposition political parties have faulted a claim attributed to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, that the government of the All Progressives Congress has fulfilled all the promises it made to Nigerians. Mohammed had while speaking with State House correspondents on Friday argued that the government had met all
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Depositors groan as banks get richer with illegal charges
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
While many money disputes between banks and their customers are never reported, latest records have revealed that between January and June this year, 1,439 displeased depositors reported their banks to the Central Bank of Nigeria over illegal charges and unresolved complaints regarding total claims of N20.5bn, $163,479, 2,889.98 and 32.82, NIKE POPOOLA reports For many
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Oshiomhole is a noisemaker, says Okorocha
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has described the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, as a noisemaker. Oshiomhole had on Saturday said the APC would report to the Independent National Electoral Commission, governors and candidates who were distorting messages about the party. He had also berated some
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NSCDC arrests suspect as Immigration boss family escapes robbery
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja Family members of the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, escaped a suspected robbery attack along the Gujungu-Yalo Road in Taura Local Government Area of Jigawa State. The incident was said to have occurred late on Saturday. The family members were said to have been on their way to Hadejia from Kano via
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Christmas: Foundation lifts FCT community with medical supplies, foodstuffs
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
John Alechenu, Abuja A non-governmental organisation, When in Need Foundation, has donated medical supplies worth several millions of naira to two clinics in the Ushafa community in the Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory. The medical supplies include hand gloves, anti-malaria drugs, surgical gowns, syringes and drip stands. The supplies were handed over
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Katsina govs wife seeks greater action against drug abuse
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina The wife of the Katsina State governor, Hajiya Hadiza Masari, has charged women in the state to join the crusade against drug abuse. She gave the charge after inaugurating projects worth N35m executed by the state Ministry of Women Affairs, in Katsina on Sunday. As women and mothers, we have special roles
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Army constitutes five military courts to try erring soldiers
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that it had constituted five general military courts to try and punish soldiers found to be guilty of human rights abuse and other acts of indiscipline and misconduct. Speaking during a briefing held in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen
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The choice before Lagos in 2019
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Olaolu Oladipo As dictated by the norm, the electorate in any democratic environment are saddled with the task of delegating authority to some select group to preside over their affairs. The periodic rituals which have come to be known as election to various political offices take place within a prescribed period of time. In keeping
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Fayemi approves appointments into Odua boards
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has approved the appointment of some prominent residents of the state to serve on the boards of Odua Investment Company Limited, owned jointly by governments of the South-West states. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Yinka Oyebode, in Ado Ekiti
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Atiku claims Buhari not interested in credible elections
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
PDP rejects extension of IGPs tenure Femi Makinde and Success Nwogu The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said President Muhammadu Buhari, who is also the candidate of the All Progressives Congress is not interested in ensuring free, fair and credible elections in 2019. The PDP also alleged that the
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Task before presidential committee on drugs
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
The declaration of a state of emergency on drugs and substance abuse by President Muhammadu Buhari is highly commendable. The craze for substance abuse in the country at present is worrisome and has reached a level where a presidential intervention is inevitable. This welcome development is one legacy that will continue to speak in favour
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AD presidential candidate has stepped down for me Olawepo-Hashim
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The presidential candidate of the Peoples Trust, Mr Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, on Sunday said the presidential candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, Eniola Ojajuni, has stepped down for him. Olawepo-Hashim said this in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Hassan Ibrahim. He said the development came as discussions with over 20
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NYSC certificate: IPAC splits over Ogun APC gov candidate
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta Some members of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, Ogun State chapter, on Sunday disagreed with other members of the council who gave the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun, an ultimatum to either produce his National Youth Service Corps discharge certificate or face a legal battle. The dissident parties, which included the
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DSS summons ex-militants over planned protest
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja Former militants on the platform of the Niger Delta Ex-Agitators Leadership Forum have been invited by the Department of State Services following their threat to stage a protest over what they described as neglect by the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs/Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles
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FG hikes cost of resident permit card to $2,000
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Federal Government has hiked the cost of the Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (Green cards) to $2,000, shocking foreign residents who wished to obtain the document. The new price was effected last week without warning by the Ministry of Interior, a development that reportedly caught many foreigners unawares. Our
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NHIS crisis: Probe panel submits report today
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja The committee set up to investigate allegations of fraud against the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, will submit its report to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on Monday (today). The Chairman of the NHIS Board, Ifenne Enyanatu, had on October 18,
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Boko Haram: Military chiefs visit North-East, assess troops
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Chief of the Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, along with the three service chiefs have left for Maiduguri, Borno State, to assess the troops performance in the ongoing Boko Haram anti-insurgency war in the North-East. The Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Commands spokesperson and Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu,
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FG to release N4bn for professors, Perm Secs pensions
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
The Federal Government is set to release N4bn to kick-start the payment of full salaries as minimum pensions for some categories of retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme as mandated by the Pension Reform Act 2014, NIKE POPOOLA writes Some retired professors and public office holders under the Contributory Pension Scheme who are not earning
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APC inaugurates campaign committee in Gombe
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
The All Progressives Congress in Gombe State has inaugurated its campaign council and nine different committees for the victory of the party in the 2019 general elections. Inaugurating the Council on Sunday in Gombe, the leader of the party in the state, Sen. Danjuma Goje, called on the council to work hard for the victory
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How AI-enabled phone can enhance your life
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Research has revealed that 33 per cent of smartphones will be enabled with artificial intelligence by 2020. You dont have to wait three years to experience the future though. This year saw the release of the first on-device artificial intelligence phones, one of which is the Huawei Mate 10. Artificial intelligence looks set to change
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Tips for safe banking during festive season
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
During the festive season, there is a need to empower people with information to ensure that they bank safely, according to https://www.sanews.gov.za. SABRIC says fraudsters take advantage of the fact that consumers receive bonuses, spend more money and are generally more relaxed because they are in holiday mode. The festive season typically sees an increase
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Pains as cybercriminals steal bank customers savings
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
With the increasing adoption of electronic payment platforms, fraudsters are still managing to bypass security systems of financial institutions to steal customers savings. IFE OGUNFUWA examines the tactics being used by the cybercriminals I wanted to use the remaining money in my account to make part payment of the third term school fees of my
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Stock market rises slightly, analysts expect more gains
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Feyisayo Popoola The nations stock market closed on a positive note last week as a result of buying pressure witnessed in most sectors. The market recorded gains on three trading days of the week as the All-Share Index and the market capitalisation of equities listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange appreciated by 0.33 per cent
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Starting a home-based fish farming
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Feyisayo Popoola Fish is a very healthy and nutritious protein, which is popular around the world. According to Wikipedia, industrial fish farming provides almost half the seafood around the world and this is expected to increase. Fish is a nutritious protein source that is also rich in nutrients like omega-3 Fatty acids that improve our
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Xmas: Glo assures Nigerians of quality services
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa Globacom, the grandmasters of data, has assured Christians and other Nigerians of uninterrupted services and lots of goodies on its network to make the Yuletide more memorable and exciting. The telecommunications company, in a goodwill message on Sunday, congratulated the Christian faithful for being alive to celebrate another Christmas and urged them to
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Build homes for the aged in LGAs, FG told
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Simon Utebor The Chairman, Lekki Residents Association, Lagos State, Mr Kayode Otitoju, has called on the Federal Government to consider the plight of the aged by building elderly peoples homes across the local government areas of the country. Otitoju, a former Commissioner for Information and Culture in Ekiti State, made the call on Saturday during
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Edo indigenes applaud govts investment in Emotan Gardens
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
MaureenIhua-Maduenyi Edo indigenes in the Diaspora have commended the state government for its investment in a housing project, the Emotan Gardens Estate. According to a statement by the state government, the indigenes who came into the state for the Yuletide and Igue celebrations, have described the Godwin Obasekis 1,800-unit affordable housing development in the state
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Cement body commences process to reduce carbon dioxide emissions
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Global Cement and Concrete Association, a group which represents cement and concrete producers from around the world, has published its first six sustainability guidelines. The GCCAs membership, which includes Nigerias Dangote Cement Plc and LafargeHolcim, accounts for about 30 per cent of the worlds cement production capacity. According to the association, the
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Parents want abolition of PTA levy in Kano schools
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Ted Odogwu, Kano Parents of pupils in Kano State primary schools have called for the abolition of the Parent-Teacher Association levy in the state. They claimed that the N50 PTA levy and other charges, such as the N100 examination fee and compulsory purchase of brooms, were contributing to the increase in the number of out-of-school
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Kaspersky warns of biometric data leakage in 2019
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Ife Ogunfuwa Kaspersky Lab has predicted a leakage in the biometric data stored by financial institution in 2019. It warned that countries in Africa and Middle East region would witness the first attacks through the theft and use of biometric data. The cybersecurity company, in its report titled 2018 Financial Insights and Predictions for 2019,
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Ways to control holiday spending
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Think you cant get through the holidays without spending a fortune’ Read on for some tips on how to make the next season a spending holiday, rather than getting wrapped up in holiday spending. Set limits for total holiday spending Give your credit card and your mind a holiday by limiting what you buy to
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DPR says no fuel price hike, sanctions 158 stations
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan The Department of Petroleum Resources, Ibadan Field Office, has said petroleum products supply to filling stations have reached 87 per cent within its jurisdiction. The DPR Operations Controller, Mr Oluyemi Olaonipekun, disclosed this in Ibadan on Sunday at the end of the year party organised for members of staff by the agency.
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Lagos in talks with Echostone for compact storey buildings
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Lagos State Government says it is discussing with Echostone Nigeria Limited to deploy its construction technology in developing storey buildings for residents of the state. Stakeholders in the built environment have for some time now been clamouring for more investments in vertical buildings as a way of maximising scarce land in the
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Ajimobi supports widows
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
The wife of the Oyo State governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, has urged women in the state to help the under-privileged in the spirit of Christmas. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ajimobi made the call in Ibadan on Sunday at an event she organised to give Christmas gifts to orphans and widows in the
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I dont fear Buhari, I fear only God Amosun
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Saturday said there was no truth in the media report (not THE PUNCH) that quoted him as saying he fears President Muhammadu. To put the record straight, I never said I fear President Muhammadu Buhari. I only said I fear God. I dont fear President Buhari,
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Obiano acquires helicopters, drones to fight criminals
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has commenced aerial battle against criminals in the state to ensure hitch-free Yuletide in the area. A statement by the commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C-Don Adinuba, asked the people of the state not to panic about the heavy presence of helicopters and other
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Rivers residents hail Wike for providing free bus
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Chukwudi Akasike and Sampson Itode COMMUTERS and residents of Port Harcourt have hailed the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for providing buses to convey passengers free of charge within the Port Harcourt metropolis in commemoration of Christmas and New Year. A trader along Creek road market, Chinaturu Precious, expressed happiness, saying, When I heard the
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Gaming company deploys technology to boost lottery
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
A new gaming company in Nigeria, Bingo9ja, is looking to change how people view lottery gaming in Nigeria by using a cutting-edge technology to make the games available to all gamers across board. The firms said it would deploy blockchain technology to change how people played the lottery in Nigeria, with ground operations starting this
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Christmas not for merrymaking alone FCT residents
Mon, 24 Dec 2018
Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory have urged Christians not to be carried away by merrymaking during Christmas but to reflect on their lives, their neighbours and the nation. A cross-section of those interviewed by the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja said Christmas should be a period for reflection. A member
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