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Buhari appoints Akpabio coordinator presidential support committee
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
President Buhari has appointed former Senate Minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio as the National Coordinator of the Presidential Support Committee Pastor Mfon Okon, the Akwa Ibom state Coordinator of the committee, who disclosed on Thursday, in Uyo said four indigenes of the state have also been appointed into the committee. They include Lady Valerie Ebe, []The post Buhari appoints Akpabio coordinator presidential support committee appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Borno APC warns against unapproved Buhari campaign
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The Borno State All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned those it describes as ‘Abuja politicians’ planning to hold a presidential campaign rally for President Muhammadu Buhari in the state without its approval to steer clear to avoid violence. ‘I heard some mischievous Abuja politicians calling themselves Borno indigenes planning to come to Borno to launch []The post Borno APC warns against unapproved Buhari campaign appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Nigeria needs Buhari more than ever in 2019 ‘ Masari
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, yesterday, said Nigeria needs President Muhammadu Buhari to continue beyond 2019 more than ever going by the solid foundation laid in his first term in office. Speaking at the commissioning of some power projects in the state, Masari said what the president has laid must not be allowed to []The post Nigeria needs Buhari more than ever in 2019 ‘ Masari appeared first on Daily Trust.
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He lacks moral right to seek re-election ‘ PDP
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PPCO) has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to explain to its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and Nigerians how he ‘soiled his hands in the alleged corrupt acquisition of Etisalat Nigeria and Keystone Bank Plc, worth N1.032 trillion. The PPCO demanded that Buhari should come out clean on how his []The post ‘He lacks moral right to seek re-election PDP appeared first on Daily Trust.
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PRP has better blueprint to develop Bauchi ‘ Pate
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The governorship candidate of Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) in Bauchi State, Prof. Mohammed Ali Pate, says the party has a better plan to develop the state than the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and other parties. He disclosed this while speaking on the chances of the party in the forthcoming governorship and other elections in []The post PRP has better blueprint to develop Bauchi ‘ Pate appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Secured environment key to election success ‘ INEC
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, says a secure environment is a major factor to free, fair and credible elections. Prof. Yakubu said this yesterday in Abuja while declaring open a three-day Elections Security Personnel Training of Trainers Workshop for INEC State Training Officers (STOs) ahead of 2019. The INEC []The post Secured environment key to election success ‘ INEC appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Politicians approach us for PVC purchase, Oyo REC cries out
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Barrister Mutiu Agboke, yesterday, revealed that some politicians in the state had approached the commission for purchase of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs). He, however, kept mute on the identity of the party and individuals who approached his staff for the purpose. Agboke []The post Politicians approach us for PVC purchase, Oyo REC cries out appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Dogara: My constituents behind my success
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara has said that patience and perseverance of his constituents gave him the opportunity to serve them and the country. He disclosed this while speaking at a ceremony organised in his honour by Gubbiya community of Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State. He said the people of []The post Dogara: My constituents behind my success appeared first on Daily Trust.
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APP, CUPP sue Buhari over IG tenure
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The Action Peoples Party (APP) and the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) have dragged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over the purported moves to extend the tenure of the IG. Also dragged to an Abuja High Court in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1570/2028 are the Nigeria Police Council (NPC) and []The post APP, CUPP sue Buhari over IG tenure appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Masari flags off re-election campaign tomorrow
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Governor Aminu Bello Masari will tomorrow launch his re-election campaign in Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State. The Chairman of Masari Campaign Council and Secretary to the State Government, Dr, Mustapha Inuwa, who addressed a press conference yesterday, said the campaign team would go round all the 34 local government areas of the state. []The post Masari flags off re-election campaign tomorrow appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Kano flyovers between needs and wants
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Following his return to the Kano state Government House in 2011 after an 8-year interruption, former Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso embarked on massive construction of flyovers in Kano metropolis ushering in an era in the state’s pursuit of infrastructural development befitting its tumbin giwa slogan. As the construction took shape adding features of a standard modern []The post Kano flyovers between needs and wants appeared first on Daily Trust.
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The futility of greed
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Ionce talked about the ‘iniquity of greed’ with a Nigerian I met in London sometime in the 1980s. The meeting place was at the then African Concord House, owned by the late Chief MKO Abiola, where I had more or less established a perennial presence not least to read Nigerian newspapers. Those of the internet []The post The futility of greed appeared first on Daily Trust.
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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Seven decades after its adoption, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) remains a beacon of hope for the world, sending out an unequivocal message that an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, and that no abuse of human rights can be allowed to continue without challenge. While illiberalism and authoritarianism is on []The post The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70 appeared first on Daily Trust.
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UNILAG trains 50 girls on coding, android dev’t skills
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
About 50 secondary school girls of Lagos International School have been empowered with coding, web application development and android development skills. The girls aged 11 to 16 years presented their projects on web design and android applications at the graduation ceremony of the Young Coders Application Development (YCAD) programme which held at the University of []The post UNILAG trains 50 girls on coding, android dev’t skills appeared first on Daily Trust.
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APC impoverishes masses ‘ PDP youth leader
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The youth leader of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the FCT, Comrade Zaka D. Sunday, has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of allegedly impoverishing the masses instead of improving on their living standard. Sunday, who stated this at a summit/harmonization meeting of the coalition of the FCT PDP support groups in []The post APC impoverishes masses PDP youth leader appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Abuja town planning institute gets new chairman
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Abuja chapter, has sworn Tpl. Garba Jibril, as its new chairman. The new chairman expressed concern that over 90 per cent of the cities in Nigeria lack proper master plans and most of them were developed without any such plan. He said state governments do not abide by []The post Abuja town planning institute gets new chairman appeared first on Daily Trust.
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NGO donates sewing machines, foodstuff to IDPs in FCT
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
A Non-Governmental Organisation, Dukes Transnational Care Initiative, has donated three sewing machines and foodstuff to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in Durumi, Abuja. While delivering the gifts, the programme coordinator of the organisation, Regina Korinjoh, said the gesture was part of the NGO’s contribution to the welfare of IDPs. Korinjoh said the NGO was into the []The post NGO donates sewing machines, foodstuff to IDPs in FCT appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Cleric warns against desperate search for wealth
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
An Islamic scholar, Ustaz Ismail Abdulaziz, has advised teenagers to guide against the temptation of searching for wealth through unlawful means because of desperation to live an ostentatious lifestyle. Ustaz Abduaziz spoke yesterday in Abuja at the formal opening ceremony of a five-day Holiday Training Course (HTC) organised by the FCT chapter of the Organization []The post Cleric warns against desperate search for wealth appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Gunmen kill unknown motorist in Ekiti
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Tension gripped residents of the Ajilosun area of Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, yesterday when unknown gunmen shot and killed an unidentified motorist in the area. It was gathered from eyewitnesses that the incident occurred about 6.15am when the man, said to be driving along the Ado-Ikere highway, was shot in front of the []The post Gunmen kill unknown motorist in Ekiti appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Haven Homes holds Xmas party for celebrities
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Haven Homes, Lekki, Lagos, recently hosted top Nigerian celebrities when it held its Estate Christmas party in Lagos. The annual event was organized for the estate’s residents to promote friendship among them. The event was anchored by MC Pencil, and performances were led by celebrity co-residents like 2face, Ay Comedian, Dr Sid, Tiwa Savage and []The post Haven Homes holds Xmas party for celebrities appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Missing tricycle: Rider in trouble
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
A 24-year-old commercial tricycle rider, Confidence Ikpe, was yesterday arraigned before the Igbosere chief magistrate court over the theft of a tricycle valued at N860,000. Ikpe pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing. If found guilty, he risks a three-year jail term. The police alleged the accused conspired with some other []The post Missing tricycle: Rider in trouble appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Lagos MSSN trains students on coding at vacation camp
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The Islamic Vacation Course (IVC) camp organised by the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) in Lagos this year introduced a digital hub for secondary school students to learn coding. The Amir of the MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit, Dr Saheed Ashafa, said this was one of the initiatives to encourage Muslim youths to be []The post Lagos MSSN trains students on coding at vacation camp appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Abule Egba pipeline fire: Police arrest four suspects, declare prime suspect wanted
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The police have arrested four suspects for their alleged involvement in the NNPC pipeline explosion that destroyed over 100 houses and 50 vehicles at Abule Egba area of Lagos penultimate Tuesday. Also, the prime suspect, onePrince Adedipo Dauda Ewenla, whom the police alleged to be the gangs ring leader has been declared wanted. Lagos State []The post Abule Egba pipeline fire: Police arrest four suspects, declare prime suspect wanted appeared first on Daily Trust.
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DR CONGO: Election: Tear gas fired at protesters
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Tear gas has been fired in Democratic Republic of Congo at protesters angry that several opposition strongholds have been left out of Sunday’s polls. Electoral officials have postponed voting in three cities until March, citing insecurity and Ebola concerns. But with the new president due to be sworn in next month, it appears the votes []The post DR CONGO: Election: Tear gas fired at protesters appeared first on Daily Trust.
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MADAGASCAR: Ex-leader Rajoelina wins presidential run-off vote
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
A former leader of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, has won the country’s presidential run-off vote, electoral authorities say. He won nearly 56% to defeat another former president, Marc Ravalomanana.Both candidates had previously promised to accept the result. However Mr Ravalomanana who was ousted by Mr Rajoelina in a coup almost 10 years ago has []The post MADAGASCAR: Ex-leader Rajoelina wins presidential run-off vote appeared first on Daily Trust.
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CHINA: Ex-intelligence chief jailed for life
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
China’s ex-intelligence chief Ma Jian has been sentenced to life in prison for crimes including taking bribes and insider trading, a court says. Ma had been put under investigation in 2015 and expelled from the Communist Party one year later. He pleaded guilty and would not appeal, a court in the north-eastern Liaoning province said. []The post CHINA: Ex-intelligence chief jailed for life appeared first on Daily Trust.
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INDONESIA: Flights rerouted as volcano alert level raised
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The alert level for Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano has been raised to the second-highest level possible, after a series of eruptions. All flights around the volcano have been rerouted and a 5km (three-mile) exclusion zone has also been imposed. Indonesia’s disaster management agency (BNPB) said the alert level had been raised from level two to []The post INDONESIA: Flights rerouted as volcano alert level raised appeared first on Daily Trust.
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S/KOREA: Alumni reunite to celebrate achievements
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Nigerian graduates of Korean Universities and K-culture supporters gathered in Abuja recently to discuss various programmes they had executed in recent times and their proposals for next year. The 2018 K-culture supporters and Alumni Day was organized by the Korean Cultural Centre, Nigeria (KCCN). K-culture supporters comprised of Nigerian personnel in culture and arts who []The post S/KOREA: Alumni reunite to celebrate achievements appeared first on Daily Trust.
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SAUDI ARABIA: King demotes Foreign Minister in reshuffle
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has appointed a new foreign minister as part of a major cabinet reshuffle, according to Saudi state media. A royal decree named Ibrahim al-Assaf as new foreign minister, demoting outgoing chief diplomat Adel al-Jubeir to the position of minister of state for foreign affairs. Thursday’s shake-up is the first since the []The post SAUDI ARABIA: King demotes Foreign Minister in reshuffle appeared first on Daily Trust.
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ISRAEL: Israel urged to reconsider settler home approvals in West Bank
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
France on Thursday called on Israel to reconsider recently issued approvals for more than 2,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, saying they would violate international law. Israel’s Higher Planning Committee approved 2,191 new housing units in Israeli settlements on Dec. 25 and 26, though no building permits have been issued yet. ‘France condemns []The post ISRAEL: Israel urged to reconsider settler home approvals in West Bank appeared first on Daily Trust.
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SYRIA: UAE to reopen Damascus embassy after seven years
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The United Arab Emirates is set to reopen its embassy in Damascus which has been closed for seven years on Thursday, according to officials. The UAE recalled its ambassador from Syria in 2011 after the start of a popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, which escalated into a brutal civil war that has []The post SYRIA: UAE to reopen Damascus embassy after seven years appeared first on Daily Trust.
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SUDAN: Journalists strike in support of protests
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
A network of Sudanese journalists has started a strike in the wake of deadly protests sparked by an increase in bread prices, while opposition groups have called for further rallies. Angry crowds have taken to the streets in the capital Khartoum and several other cities since December 19, leading to a crackdown in which a []The post SUDAN: Journalists strike in support of protests appeared first on Daily Trust.
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GERMANY: Army floats plan to recruit foreigners
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Seven years after Germany scrapped conscription, its defence chief has said employing EU citizens is ‘an option’ to fill expert posts. Army general inspector Eberhard Zorn said the forces had to ‘look in all directions in times of a lack of qualified personnel’, such as doctors and IT specialists. The armed forces have been beset []The post GERMANY: Army floats plan to recruit foreigners appeared first on Daily Trust.
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How we successfully tackled yellow fever in Edo- CMD Obaseki
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Prof Darlington Obaseki said the hospital has successfully tackled the outbreak of yellow fever in Edo State. He said the hospital achieved this with the provision of vaccines free-of-charge and the deployment of community health personnel to curtail the ailment in several []The post How we successfully tackled yellow fever in Edo- CMD Obaseki appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Digital television, corruption and anti-graft agencies
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
One of the greatest challenges in the war against corruption is the development of corruption and sloppiness within the agencies charged with the struggle such as the anti-corruption agencies themselves the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as well as the police and judiciary. []The post Digital television, corruption and anti-graft agencies appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Experts hinge 2019 stock market performance on external, internal factors
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Some financial experts have identified the outcome of the general elections, direction of monetary policy and US-China trade tension as factors that would shape the stock market in 2019. They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews in Lagos that stock market performance in 2019 would be shaped by both external and []The post Experts hinge 2019 stock market performance on external, internal factors appeared first on Daily Trust.
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AMCON seizes Egbema, Omoku power projects from Rockson over delay
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The Managing Director of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Mr Chiedu Ugbo, says the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has taken over Egbema and Omoku power plant projects from Rockson Engineering Limited over delays in completing them. The two plants are part of 10 gas-fired power plants being built under the National Integrated []The post AMCON seizes Egbema, Omoku power projects from Rockson over delay appeared first on Daily Trust.
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We have 25m litres of petrol reserved to avoid scarcity- DPR
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it has over 25 million litres of petrol in its reservoir to ensure steady supply this festive season. Addressing a press conference in Kaduna, the Zonal Operations Controller, Kaduna zone, Isa Tafida, said in the past the country faced shortages at this period due to disruptions in supplies []The post We have 25m litres of petrol reserved to avoid scarcity- DPR appeared first on Daily Trust.
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NPA intensifies efforts at fixing ports access roads
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says it is keen on fixing all access roads to all the country’s sea ports. This, according to the agency, became imperative due to the negative impact that traffic gridlock occasioned by bad roads is having on the nation’s ports and by extension the economy. In 2018, []The post NPA intensifies efforts at fixing ports access roads appeared first on Daily Trust.
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We won’t prosecute multiple accounts holders ‘ SEC
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Nigerians have been told not to fear prosecution but take steps to regularise their multiple subscription accounts in order to obtain the benefits of their investments in the capital market. Acting Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Uduk stated this in an interview in Abuja. Uduk said such investors should not entertain []The post We won’t prosecute multiple accounts holders SEC appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Shell targets 300mcf/d of gas from domestic market
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) say it is targeting 300 million standard cubic feet of gas per day from Assa North Gas Development Project in Imo State when it comes on stream. The gas is expected to be treated at SPDC JV’s gas processing facility and distributed through the Obiafu-Obrikom-Oben pipeline network. []The post Shell targets 300mcf/d of gas from domestic market appeared first on Daily Trust.
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ALLIANZ ratings reaffirm capacity for specialty insurance
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The global insurance giant, Allianz, has reaffirmed capacity to bear special risks across continents following the release of their 2018 international ratings. The global insurance giant received the best in class insurer financial strength ratings AA (‘Very Strong’) from Standard & Poor’s, A+ (‘Superior’) from A.M. Best reassuring clients of financial security. Chris []The post ALLIANZ ratings reaffirm capacity for specialty insurance appeared first on Daily Trust
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Oil sector: The good, the bad of 2018
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
With crude oil price at $69 per barrel in January 2018 against the budget price of $51 per barrel, Nigeria’s economy witnessed a turn-around of sorts in its crude oil output as production was sustained at 2.2 million barrels per day for most part of the year due to relative peace in the Niger Delta []The post Oil sector: The good, the bad of 2018 appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Pensioners in the 2019 federal budget
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
The 2019 budget proposals presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018, has accommodated the interest of pensioners and the elderly in the country in general. This assertion is based on and supported by what the President said at paragraph 57 of his budget speech. In that paragraph the []The post Pensioners in the 2019 federal budget appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Key issues that shaped contributory pension scheme in 2018
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Key issues shaped the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) in Nigeria in 2018: rise in the value of pension assets under management, the introduction of the Multi-Fund Structure, new guidelines for Micro Pension Plan and increased surveillance to check non-remittance of pension contributions by employers. Checks also showed that it was not all rosy for the []The post Key issues that shaped contributory pension scheme in 2018 appeared first on Daily Trust.
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2018 annual Jos Polo tourney gallops off today
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
All is set for the 2018 annual Jos polo event which will gallop off today, with about 26 teams across the country at the Jos polo field in Plateau State. The event which is mainly sponsored by NASCO group is aimed at promoting the game of polo to become a powerful factor for unity, peace []The post 2018 annual Jos Polo tourney gallops off today appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Rafinha hints at Bayern Munich exit
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Brazilian right-back Rafinha has hinted that he will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season, telling SporTV that he is ‘at the end of the cycle’ with the German champions. The 33-year-old, who has played four times for his country, wants to return to Brazil. ‘I’ve always wanted to come back to Brazil, []The post Rafinha hints at Bayern Munich exit appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Man Utd, City, Crystal Palace battle Arsenal for Nigeria’s Omidiji
Fri, 28 Dec 2018
Three Premier League clubs are set to battle it out with Arsenal to sign Nigeria U15 international Lateef Omidiji Jnr. Allnigeriasoccer.com understands that Manchester United, Manchester City and Crystal Palace are now in the running to sign the Go Ahead Eagles center forward. City have long been on the trail of Omidiji and had sent []The post Man Utd, City, Crystal Palace battle Arsenal for Nigeria’s Omidiji appeared first on Daily Trust.
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