Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Wednesday 2nd January 2019

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Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Wednesday 2nd January 2019

ASUU talks tough ahead of Friday meeting with INEC
Wed, 02 Jan 2019

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ahead of its Friday’s meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission, has said that its ongoing seven-week strike is in the national interest.

The National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who stated this in an interview with The PUNCH in response to the call on the union to call off the strike, said nobody had the monopoly of national interest.
He added that the strike would not be called off until the Federal Government acceded to the lecturers’ demands.

There have been calls on ASUU to end the strike in the interest of the nation and to enable university students and the National Youth Service Corps members to work as ad hoc electoral officers during the February and March general elections.

As a result of the strike, many public universities have not rounded off the 2018/2019 session, thus their final year students have not gone for the NYSC.

The calls for the suspension of the strike became heightened last week when INEC raised the alarm that the face-off between the Federal Government and ASUU constituted a serious threat to the 2019 general elections.

The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, had pleaded with ASUU to suspend the strike in national interest and for the sake of democracy.

He had in an interview with The PUNCH said the commission had convened a consultative meeting involving its Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, national commissioners and ASUU leadership on January 4 (Friday) concerning the ongoing strike.

According to him, the meeting would focus principally on the issue of the role and involvement of ASUU members in the 2019 general elections.
Okoye said, “The national interest, the interest of our democracy and the reputation of Nigeria demand the immediate resolution of the issues that led to the strike and we so urge. It is next to impossibility for members of the NYSC to provide all the ad hoc staff needs and requirements of the commission and over 70 per cent of the ad hoc staff requirement in some states of the federation is drawn from students of federal tertiary institutions.

“Hence, the lingering strike by ASUU will no doubt have serious impacts on the preparations for the conduct of the 2019 elections. We therefore call on ASUU and the Federal Government of Nigeria to quickly and genuinely resolve the lingering impasse that has led to uncertainty in the education sector.”

But while confirming the invitation of INEC to the meeting, Ogunyemi said ASUU did not declare the strike with INEC, adding, “It is what they (INEC) will tell us that will inform our response.”

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CMD laments influx of fake drugs into AIbom
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Patrick Odey, Uyo The Chief Medical Director of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Dr Emem-Abasi Bassey, has warned residents of Akwa Ibom State against buying off-the-counter drugs, adding that recent events in the country had put the health sector in serious threat. Bassey, who gave the warning while speaking with journalists in Uyo, said
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National ID card: Angry apprentice tears enrolment slip
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Chairman, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr Samuel Nwanosike, has said his administration has employed over 1,900 youths within the area to help in the fight against crime. Nwanosike explained that those employed would give information to security agents, adding that such information would help the police and
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Rivers LG recruits 1,900 informants to tackle insecurity
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Chairman, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr Samuel Nwanosike, has said his administration has employed over 1,900 youths within the area to help in the fight against crime. Nwanosike explained that those employed would give information to security agents, adding that such information would help the police and
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Ex-commissioner blames ministry officials for PHarcourt building collapse
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Sampson Itode, Port Harcourt A former Commissioner in the Rivers State Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning, Dr Tammy Danagogo, has criticised some of the top officials in the ministry for dereliction and compromise in the discharge of their duties. Danagogo accused the current commissioner and directors in the ministry of playing a major
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Eight New Year resolutions to grow your savings
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
When it comes to money, setting New Years resolutions for yourself is easy, but committing to and following through with those resolutions is a completely different story. This is why it is important to set realistic and achievable financial goals for yourself. There is hardly a quicker way to shove those New Years resolutions aside
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Stock market investors lose N1.89tn in 2018
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Feyisayo Popoola Investors in the nations stock market lost a whopping N1.89tn last year amid instability in the market. 2018 began on a positive note as the Nigerian Stock Exchange All-Share Index recorded a nine per cent gain in the first quarter of the year, amid growing interest from foreign investors following the introduction of
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NCC on telecoms operators illegalities
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
OPACITY, illegalities and a weak regulatory milieu have combined to define telecoms operations in Nigeria. Apart from enduring substandard services, subscribers have also been groaning under the weight of excessive and unapproved charges, which the regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission, has just estimated at billions of naira. This is a colossal loss to customers. Having
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NSE expels Diamond Bank, two others from corporate governance index
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Feyisayo Popoola The Nigerian Stock Exchange has removed Diamond Bank Plc, Continental Reinsurance Plc and NEM Insurance Plc from its Corporate Governance Index. The NSE, in a statement on Monday, said the removal took effect on January 1, 2019. It said the Index Governance Committee of the Exchange resolved to remove NEM Insurance following the
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Towards ensuring credible 2019 elections
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Jide Ojo Happy and prosperous New Year 2019 to every Nigerian especially my numerous readers across the world! In fact, its a new dawn for Nigeria as its an election year for the country; the sixth general elections in this Fourth Republic. Its about six weeks to the February 16 date when the national elections
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Our airports need independent power generation
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi For better airport facilities, seamless travel experience and increased revenue, the government needs to allow airports in the country to generate their own electricity, an aviation expert, Mr Herbert Odika has said. Odika told journalists that airports would continue to remain stagnant if power supply remained epileptic with generating plants consuming more than
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2019 Budget: Concerns, nuts and bolts
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Uche Uwaleke Regarding the 2019 appropriation bill recently presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to a joint session of the National Assembly, a major concern stems from the fact that it is already running behind schedule. Given the preoccupation of the lawmakers with political activities, it is unlikely that the proposals will receive an urgent attention
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Suicidal missions aided by some parents
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Suicidal cases as a result of depression seem to be making the news frequently, and require a considerable level of attention, as a number of lives keep crossing the cold valley of death. Unlike poverty, that most times leaves the stomach crying and begging for food, depression is a battle of the mind, where anything
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2020 Porsche 911 Carrera gets revised engine
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Luxury car maker, Porsche has revealed that its 2020 911 Carrera S is getting a new body, a heavily revised engine and other technologies. Motortrend.com quotes the head of Research and Development of the company, Michael Steiner, as saying that the core philosophy behind the design and development of the eighth-generation Porsche 911 was simple.
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Airport workers cooperative invests N200m in property
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Airport Fire and Safety Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited says it has commenced the payment of over N200m for its landed property at Lusada, Agbara Ogun state. The group stated that the move was an attempt to improve the status of its members and help them become homeowners. It added that it had
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Cars45, NATA partner to boost car sales
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Ife Ogunfuwa Cars45, a car buying and auctioning platform for Nigerian used cars, has partnered with the Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association to render sales and advisory services to buyers. The deal, according to the partners, is borne out of their goal of enhancing the used cars industry in Nigeria. Cars45 acknowledged NATA as a key
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33 killed in Malis hunter-farmer conflict
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Traditional Dogon hunters massacred 33 Fulani herders in central Mali on Tuesday in the latest clash between the warring communities, a lawmaker and a security source told AFP. There were 33 deaths, civilians, and others wounded in the assault on Khoul Hogo Peul village, MP and chairman of the national defence committee Karim Keita told
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EPL: Kane keeps Tottenham in title hunt with Cardiff romp
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Harry Kane got himself into the record books again as Tottenham Hotspur started 2019 in style outclassing Cardiff City to prevail 3-0 on Tuesday. Kanes third-minute opening goal is the fifth successive New Years Day he has scored in the Premier League, equalling a record held by Andy Cole and Steven Gerrard. Christian Eriksen and
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One killed as suspected rival cult groups clash in Badagry
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
A bloody clash between suspected rival cult groups left one person dead on New Year Day in Badagry, Lagos State, reports the News Agency of Nigeria. Sources told NAN that the deceased, simply identified as Shefiu, was shot dead around Senior Boys Joint along Soglo way early on Tuesday. NAN gathered that the deceased, who
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Emery finds it hard to put case for Gunners defence
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Arsenal manager Unai Emery was happy with his teams attacking play after Tuesdays 4-1 victory over Fulham but admitted their defending has plenty of room for improvement. The score suggests a straightforward win against a Fulham team who performed as poorly on the road as they usually do but it was exactly what Emerys men
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BREAKING: Trump congratulates Brazils President Jair Bolsonaro on inauguration
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
US President Donald Trump congratulated Brazils new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro as he took office Tuesday for a four-year term at the helm of Latin Americas most powerful nation. Congratulations to President @jairbolsonaro who just made a great inauguration speech the U.S.A. is with you! Trump wrote on Twitter. Details Later (AFP)
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Russia misses Moscow doping lab deadline
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Russia faced up to the possibility of renewed sporting sanctions on Tuesday when the World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed the country had missed a December 31 deadline to hand over data from its anti-doping laboratory in Moscow. I am bitterly disappointed that data extraction from the former Moscow Laboratory has not been completed by the date
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Djokovic wins first match of 2019 in just 55 minutes
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Novak Djokovic took just 55 minutes to claim his first win of the 2019 season, brushing aside Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-2 in the Qatar Open first round on Tuesday. READ ALSO:Former French Open champ Ostapenko dumped out of Shenzhen In a one-sided match, the world number one showed he was intent on maintaining his form
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