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APC blasts Atiku, PDP over probe demand
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
The President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation (PMBCO) yesterday slammed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate for insisting that the presidents relations used his influence to acquire Etisalat and Keystone Bank shares.In a statement yesterday, the campaign organisation said it was baffling that despite refutal by Etisalat and Keystone Bank investors, the PDP was still demanding for a probe.The statement signed by the Councils spokesman, Festus Keyamo (SAN) read
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Police burst robbery gang
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
The police have smashed a six-man robbery gang, who allegedly specialised in selling stolen vehicles as scrap at Ladipo market in Mushin, Lagos.The suspects were nabbed by the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT).They are Hycient Lawrence, 25; Ernest Ogaba, 30; Clement Ochei, 38; Afeez Akinsoya, 41; Victor Ineh, 32 and Lucky Mgbejume, 28.A source said Hycient and Ernest were guards at Green Gate Company, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos.They allegedly conspired with the others t
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Islamic teacher held for defiling girl, 5
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
A 43-year-old Islamic Studies teacher, Abdulsalam Salaudeen, has been arrested by the police for allegedly defiling a five-year-old girl.Salaudeen, who lives at 16, Awoyemi Street, off Igando Road, Ikotun, Lagos, was allegedly recorded on video while engaging in the act.He was described as the girls teacher.A good Samaritan last Friday took the video evidence to the headquarters of the Lagos State Police Command.Read also:Can govt issue travel ban without court order’After watching the vide
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Govt, ASUU resumes talks next Monday
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
THE Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are to resume talks on the lingering varsity teachers strike next Monday, ASUUs National President Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, hinted yesterday.He, however, said that the union has not been briefed on the alleged payment of N15.89 billion to universities by the government, two months after it embarked on strike. Ogunyemi spoke in Lagos while reacting to reports that the Federal Government had on the eve of the New Year, releas
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How PDP ll get Nigeria working again, by Obi
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
THE Atiku Abubakar administration will concentrate on project implementation to a measurable level Nigerians would see, feel and appreciate, his running mate Peter Obi said yesterday.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice presidential candidate said the problem with Nigeria was more due to inefficiency in programme implementation rather than policy formulation.Obi, who spoke during a live interview on Channels TV, said: This APC government has for long formulated different, beautiful policies,
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Emmanuel: 2019 elections will mark the end of godfatherism
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has said his victory in the March 3 governorship election will mark the end of godfatherism in the state.According to Emmanuel, the era where people play God in the state was over as the people were determined to stop one man from deciding their destinyThe governor, who spoke yesterday during the 2019 Solemn Assembly at Ibom Hall Ground in Uyo, called on the people to see the next two months as an important one, as they would make critical decision on who w
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Fayemi orders clearing of Ekiti highway bushes over kidnapping
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has ordered immediate clearing of bushes on the major highways to stem the spate of kidnapping and other violent crimes across the state.He urged the residents to always volunteer information to government and security agencies to enable them arrest and prosecute criminals.Fayemi spoke yesterday at an interfaith thanksgiving at Osuntokun Pavilion of the Government House in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, to usher in the New Year.Represented by Deputy Governor Bis
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Fed Govt votes N792m to refurbish aircraft
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
THE Federal Government is to spend N792 million to upgrade one of the aircraft in the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF), details of this years Appropriation Bill have shown.Another N607 million will be disbursed on the ongoing phased replacement of vehicles, spare parts and tyres in the Presidency, CVU (Common Vehicle Unit), security/police escort and State House operational fleets.According to the 2019 budgetary proposal submitted to the National Assembly, the N792, 000, 000 mandatory upgrade and in
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Strike: Fed Govt pleads for more time
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
As part of steps to avert a nationwide strike over the contentious new national minimum wage, the Federal Government will today meet with Labour representatives.Ahead of the meeting, Labour & Employment Chris Ngige has pleaded with workers leadership to be patient with the government.The development followed Tuesdays announcement by Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) President Ayuba Wabba that workers should brace for an indefinite nationwide strike beginning from January 8.It was learnt that th
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PDP desperate for power
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State have accused members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of being desperate for power.They said the February presidential election had exposed PDP office seekers and their supporters, adding that APC would not give them any opportunity.The APC Senatorial candidate for Anambra Central, Sylvester Okonkwo, and another party chieftain, Modestus Umenzekwe, said the PDPs scheme would be in vain.Umenzekwe said the achievements of Pr
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Great expectations for 2019
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
The year 2018 has not been too great for Nigeria. Too many people died needlessly. Too much blood has been shed in the land. The souls of these people are crying to those of us who are still alive and they are saying Never again.The carnage in Zamfara State has gone almost unreported because the print media do not have reporters there. The tragedy in Zamfara is almost inexplicable and inexcusable. It began as a conflict of farmers versus herders but has now morphed into total breakdown of law an
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January blues
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
YEAR 2018 passed away early on Tuesday, yielding way to 2019. With the coming of the New Year, came the well known greetings of Happy New Year and Prosperous New Year and in this age of social media, we saw other ingenious ways that people wished their loved ones well. Of course, every new year begins with January and so we are in the month of Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, from which it derived its name.January is a tough month, especially for workers and parents. It is tough because of so
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And the winners are
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
A NEW year is here.now that the last of the revellers are finding their way back home, the itinerant drummers are calling it a day for their recession to the countryside and businesses are struggling to overcome the hangover of the Yuletide, it is fit and proper to pay tribute to our deserving compatriots.In other words, dear reader, it is time again for the yearly ritual in which Editorial Notebook honours all those whose actions and inactions one way or the other affected our national life in
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Anxiety as Labour gets set for minimum wage strike
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
There is anxiety in government circles over Labours plan to go on strike.The action is to push the demand for a new minimum wage.But the Federal Government has invited workers representatives to a meetingtomorrow in a move to avert the impending industrial action.Labour is angry that the Presidency is yet to transmit the New National Minimum Wage Bill to the National Assembly.Labour has demanded N30, 000 for the least paid worker.The federal and state governments are offering N24, 000 and N22, 5
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Lagos budgets N852.317b for 2019
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
AN Appropriation Bill of N852.317 billion to the House of Assembly for consideration and approval has been sent by Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, it was learnt last night.The estimate is N194b less to last years N1.046 trillion.The Commissioner for Budget & Economic Planning, Mr. Olusegun Banjo, who confirmed the development, said the bill was intended to be read before the 40-member legislature House on December 24, last year.In a statement, Banjo said the governor had sent a verbal
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Army: our weapons superior to Boko Harams
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
THE Army yesterday denied claims that it was using obsolete weapons to fight Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast, asserting that such claims were part of the on-going propaganda campaigns against the military.It said it would keep fighting the insurgents until the battle is won, irrespective of challenges.The response was contained on its social media pages to counter series of videos in circulation alleging that soldiers were bitterly complaining in respect of their welfare and equipment han
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Buhari Campaign threatens to sue ex-VP Atiku
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
PDP seeks probe WITH a threat by the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) to sue the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the battle between the two major contenders in next months presidential poll may soon shift to the courtroom.The BCO yesterday asked the PDP and Atiku to show within seven days proof of their allegations that President Buhari and members of his family own substantial shares in Etisalat Nigeria and Keystone Bank.Relying on sources, Atiku
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Traders count losses after Aba motor park fire
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Traders at the popular Aba motor park in Umuahia North Local Government of Abia State have lost goods, worth millions, after fire engulfed the park yesterday.The cause of the fire could not be ascertained last night. It was, however, gathered that the fire started from a shop used to store Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS).Shop owners described their loss as huge.A sympathiser, Dan, said: The cause of the fire is not known. This is the second time fire would be destroying this park, and it always hap
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Judiciarys role in battle against graft
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Lagos lawyer WAHAB SHITTU, in this piece, highlights the 2018 achievements of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and points out the role of the judiciary in the battle against corrupt men. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission under the watch of its Acting Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has been posting unprecedented record of achievements in terms of convictions of those who are standing trial over corruption related matters.Last year alone, as at December 31, 2018, the EFC
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Sarakis Christmas Day interviews rebroadcast doctored, says minister
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
MINISTER of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed yesterday alleged that the rebroadcast Christmas Day interview by Senate President Bukola Saraki was doctored.In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, the minister promised to make public an unedited interview.Mohammed said available evidence shows that the live radio interview of the Senate President was doctored before it was re-broadcast to remove any reference to the claimed donation of a N10 million to victims of the armed robbery in Offa, K
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Police nab man for allegedly killing two sons
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
The police in Bayelsa State have arrested Mr. Sunday Otasi for allegedly killing his two sons.He was alleged to have forced them to drink Sniper, a pesticide, after accusing them of being possessed.It was gathered that Otasi, 42, who hails from Agbobiri-Okodia in Yenagoa Local Government, took his three sons, Success Otasi, 14, Miracle Otasi, 12, and Godstime Otasi, 10, to a bush along Glory Drive Road at Igbogene in Yenagoa.The suspect was alleged to have tied his children in the bush with the
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Ikpeazu picked to cover Orjis misgovernance
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Former Minister of Labour and Productivity and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Emeka Wogu has said Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu was handpicked by former Governor Theophilus Orji to cover his misgovernance.Wogu, who queried Ikpeazus qualification as governor in 2015, said the governor was never the choice of Abia South, and was not more qualified than other aspirants.The former minister, who contested the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in 2014, said the zoning t
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The politics of age
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Easily given to ceremony than substance, it is no surprise that we seem carried away yet again by the enactment recently of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Act. By we, I refer to citizens of my generation and the millennials, many of whom probably view the development as no more than a tacit official acknowledgement of our own turn to eat.True, there can be no downplaying the import of lowering the age ceiling for the the highest office in the land at a time the geriatric seem reluctant to relinguish t
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We will restore confidence in Enugu, says Eze
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Enugu State, Senator Ayogu Eze, has promised to restore hope and confidence in the people, by embarking on people-oriented programmes and projects, if elected.In his New Year message, titled: It is well with Enugu State, where he asked the people of Enugu to embrace love and peace in 2019, Eze said Enugu State will experience a new lease of life and development as from May 2019.The flag bearer implored the people to be prayerful to en
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Lanlehin: I will fulfill my campaign promises
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
At a huge crowd of supporters, the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Oyo State, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin and other candidates kicked-off their campaigns for the elections.Addressing the crowd Lanlehin said the ADC was in the race to win, describing it as a credible alternative to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).He promised to use the resources of the state to better the lot of the people, stressing that he would run a pe
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Oyo poll: Group urges voters to vote wisely
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Two months to the governorship election in Oyo State, a socio-political group the Oyo Kajola Group (OKG), has urged voters to vote wisely.The group said Oyo State will be better, if men of vision are elected.The group, in a statement in Ibadan, the state capital, said in the 19 years of civilian rule, the state has not witnessed monumental progress, in terms of physical development. It said: its people have been left behind in terms of economic prosperity and well-being, noting that that trend m
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Why I want to replace Igbinedon in House of Reps
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Former Edo State Commissioner for Foreign Investment Dennis Idahosa is the House of Representatives candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Ovia Constituency. He spoke with Osagie Otabor in Benin City, the state capital, on his ambition and other issues. You have flagged off your campaigns. How has it been’It has been wholesome. I am facing a lot of challenges because the election in Nigeria is expensive beyond what we anticipated but in the festive season, God has helped us to
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APC and collapse of party discipline
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has failed to resolve its post-primary crises in some states. Some governors are sponsoring candidates on the platform of opposition parties in their states. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU examines the weakness of party supremacy and collapse of discipline in the ruling party.THE ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is in a fix in some states. The post-primary crises that hit the troubled chapters are taking tolls on their preparations for governors
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Army arrest 71 suspects in Adamawa
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Troops from the 23 Brigade, Yola, deployed to check the sectarian violence between Lunguda and Waja communities in Guyuk and Lamurde local government areas of Adamawa have arrested 71 suspects over the mayhem.The Brigade Commander of 23 Brigade who led the operation, Brig. Gen. Bello Abdullahi, made this known on Wednesday in Yola while handing over the suspects to police for further investigation.Abdullahi said more soldiers had been deployed to the area to contain any further violence, adding
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Indigenous Lagosians endorse Sanwo-Olu
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
The Committee of Indigenous Associations of Lagos State, an umbrella body of all indigenes of Lagos, has set an agenda for the states All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.If he is elected in the next months general election, the Lagos indigenes want the APC candidate to restore the prestige of the state by pushing for a special status for Lagos. They also called for restoration of Lagos environment and incorporation of indigenes in the governance of the s
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Tope Alabi, Chioma Jesus, others thrill at Yadah 2018
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Gospel Musicians, Tope Alabi, Tim Godfrey, Chioma Jesus and Sammy Opkoso were among the those who ministered at Yadah, a musical concert organized by Papa Ayo Oritsejafors The Word of Life Bible Church penultimate Friday.Other gospel musicians who ministered included Jahsan Efele, Asu Ekiye, Doris Dumah, Jenny Igho, Ehi Edwards, Noel Robinson from the United Kingdom, Reggae gospel music Mystro, Buchi, Mairi Adia, who performed under one roof to bring down the presence of God through praise and w
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2019 is liberation year, says Seun Kuti
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
To usher in 2019, Afrobeats scion, Seun Kuti, in his greeting anticipated a flying year to all his fans just as he said the year is one of liberation.Taking to his Instagram account, the singer who defines his style of music as struggle sounds and has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy in the world music category expressed that ensuring freedom is a priority.Happy new year everyone most especially the poor and working class people of this world, Seun, who carried his daughter on his shoulder in th
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Zina Kalu advises youths at carnival
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Zina Orji Kalu, daughter of the former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor kalu, gave a fillip to the annual Ugwueke carnival which held in Ugwuweke community, Abia on Sunday.Organised by Mr.Emeke Okorie, CEO of Twuwantu music, the event saw Miss Zina, a law student, advise the youths to shun bad gangs and vices such as cultism and use of hard drugs and focus on their education.She also urged them to participate effectively in the forthcoming 2019 elections by voting and protecting their votes
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Star wraps up Yuletide celebrations in style
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
After a month of giveaways, sponsorships, partnerships, fun and excitement, Nigerias beer brand, Star, has culminated its celebrations of the festive season with the finale of One Lagos Fiesta on Monday, New Year eve, gathering some of Nigerias biggest music superstars as well as over 100,000 Lagosians.The celebrations started with concerts like Wizkids VIP Experience, Olamide Live in Concert, Burna Live and One Lagos Fiesta amongst others. And through December, the brand built a 58ft Aro Meta s
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Adekunle Gold cries as dad becomes Lagos perm sec
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Singer Adekunle Kosoko, who is popularly known as Adekunle Gold has revealed that he cried when his father was sworn as Tutor General and Permanent Secretary for Education in Lagos.Highlighting the story of how his father studied Fine Arts at the University of Benin and how he practiced on his Instagram account, Gold shared his story.Growing up, I watched my dad worked so hard for too little, Gold wrote.Teachers werent big earners. But my dad, with the help of my mum, provided everything all 4 o
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Oil prices surge 5%
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Oil prices reversed course and turned sharply higher in mid-morning trade yesterday.Brent crude rose $2.60, or 4.8 per cent, to $56.40 a barrel after trading as low as $52.51 earlier. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude rose $2.22, or 4.9 per cent, to $47.63.This came after earlier falling more than $1 a barrel as the worlds top producers pump at record highs and signs of economic slowdown unnerve the market.Traders pointed to signs that Saudi Arabia is beginning to make good on vows to cut outpu
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9mobile promises exciting new year
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
9mobile has promised exciting year ahead and expressed gratitude to its customers and indeed, all Nigerians, for their steadfast support and loyalty last year.Its Acting Managing Director, Stephane Beuvelet, in an end-of-year message, said the management was deeply grateful to customers and other stakeholders for their unwavering support and confidence in the telco amidst the operating challenges in the outgone year.He said the successful recapitalisation of the firm, whose outcome included a se
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Promote new metering plan, expert urges CBN, others
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
THE Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN), African Development Bank (AfDB) and other financial institutions have been advised to work towards the implementation of the new metering introduced by the Federal Government in April, last year.In an interview, the Managing Director, Momas Electricity Meter Manufacturing Company Limited, Mr Kola Balogun, said the metering arrangement, which gave the meter asset providers (MAPs) the nod to supply meters to Nigerians and further reduce the metering gap of 4.1 mil
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NNPC: PSCs account for most of oil production
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Most crude oil produced in the Niger Delta region come from Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs), a report by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed.The NNPC in its monthly operations and financial report for September 2018, explained that between August 2017 and August 2018, the volume of oil produced from PSCs fields were 310,424,845 barrels, while that from Joint Venture Agreements (JVA) were 245,537,573 barrels, indicating a difference of 64,887,272 barrels.On the av
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Stay away, National Park warns poachers
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
The National Parks Service Conservator-General (CG), Alhaji Goni Ibrahim, has advised Nigerians to avoid killing wild animals for bush meats.Ibrahim said such action and poaching contravened international agreement on protection of the wilds which Nigeria is a signatory.Speaking on efforts of the agency, he explained that it is partnering other conservation organisations to ensure protection of the nations biodiversity.He added that the park has raked some revenue for the federal government stre
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N236b subsidy payment saves govt litigation, job losses,
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
The Federal Governmenta approval for the payment of N236billion subsidy to oil marketers has saved the country from litigation and job losses, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Petrocam Nigeria Limited, Mr. Patrick Ilo, has said.Oil marketers said they would close shops and sack workers as they were unable to continue in business, service loans obtained from banks, among others, as a result of the governments inability to pay the arrears of fuel import subsidies put at about N800 billion.The Pe
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Dangote Flour relaunches Semolina, Wheatmeal products
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Dangote Flour Mills has relaunched two products, Dangote Semolina and whole wheatmeal. The unveiling of the two products took place in Kano and Ibadan.Speaking at the unveiling of both products, its Executive Director, Halima Aliko Dangote said the new products come with a taste to treasure as granules are better and fortified with micro granules for superior taste.She said the two products have been fortified with micronutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Niacin, Zinc, Iron, Folic acid and m
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Totals Egina field begins to pump oil
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI) and partners have said the Egina field in the oil mining lease (OML 130), 1,500 metres of water depth and 150 kilometres offshore the southeast coast, will begin production today.According to a report by the Africa Oil+Gas Report, the start-up production is, however, scheduled to start with about 170,000 barrels of oil per day.Egina is Totals second largest deepwater oil project to be inaugurated in Africa and within the space of six months, the field will
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Assist marketers with low interest loan, IPMAN urges
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), yesterday urged the Federal Government to assist banks to grant low interest loans to marketers in order to enable them to import petroleum products into the country.The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is now the sole importer of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) owing to the complaint of the marketers that the product is heavily subsidised and that the Federal Government is not ready to fund the marketers with a fresh P
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Richmond Gate residents celebrate with Tuface, others
Thu, 03 Jan 2019
In the spirit of good neighbourliness and to celebrate the Yuletide, residents of Richmond Gate Estate (RGE) have held their end of year get-together.The event, according to the estates Residents Association Chairman, Mr. Afolabi Oke, is aimed at promoting friendship among residents.Oke explained that in an estate where many residents are top celebrities and VIPs who have excelled in renowned industries, it was important to create a night of music, jokes and entertainment to show love and fester
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