Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Sunday 6th January 2019

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines Sunday 6th January 2019

Kwara marginalised under APC government, says PDP
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that Kwara State has not been fairly treated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the federal level.The party added that the APC government had denied the state of its legitimate entitlements in the scheme of things.Kwara State Coordinator, Atiku/Obi Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dr Ali Ahmad, told reporters in Ilorin, the state capital, at the official opening of the state office, adding that as a result the APC candidates at all lev
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Boko Haram: Pilot of ill-fated chopper dies a month into marriage
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
THE pilot of the Nigerian Air Force helicopter that crashed in combat against Boko Haram on Wednesday was only 25 days into his marriage when he lost his life defending Nigerias territorial integrity.The Bayelsa born Flight Lieutenant Perowei Jacob died alongside Flight Lieutenant Kaltho Paul Kilyofas ,the Co-Pilot; Sergeant Auwal Ibrahim, Flight Technician; Lance Corporal Adamu Nura, Gunner; and Aircraftman Meshack Ishmael, Gunner, when their Mi-35M helicopter crashed while providing close air
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NANS denies N150m bribery allegations from presidency
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
The leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) yesterday dismissed as false an allegation by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that it received N150 million from the presidency.The National Public Relations Officer (PRO) of NANS, Mr Adeyemi Amoo, said in Abuja that students should discountenance the ASUU allegation, saying the association was ready to protect the interest of all students.He said President Muhammadu Buhari, who is known in character and style to
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Zakaris appointment: INEC has bowed to Buharis pressure Ezekwesili
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesil, wants the Chairman of the IndependentNational Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mamoud Yakubu, to reverse the recent deployment of Mrs. Amina Zakari, as chairperson of INECs Results Collation Centre in next months presidential election.Ezekwesili, in a statement yesterday said The INEC chairman appears to have bowed to pressure from the Presidency.She described Zakaris appointment as political cor
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Be wary of fake prophecies, Kumuyi warns
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
The General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church Pastor William Kumuyi has charged Nigerians to be wary of fake prophets and their prophecies in 2019.Kumuyi spoke at the churchs retreat at the Deeper Life Conference Centre, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway with the theme Hope: feasting after harvest.Kumuyi said Nigerians should not believe or give their time to fake prophets, who have penchant for false prophecies in the New Year because some of their prophecies over the years have unfulfilled.
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Igbo not against Buhari presidency Umeh
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
The Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial district, Chief Victor Umeh, yesterday described as untrue the impression that the Igbo were against President Muhammaudu Buharis presidency.He said the people of the region were rather pushing for equity and sense of belonging in the political space and commonwealth of the country.Speaking in Awka the Anambra State capital, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) federal legislator commended Buhari for completing the mausoleum of a former presi
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Writing has made me less gregarious
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
Reginald Chiedu Ofodile is an actor, lawyer, poet, playwright and novelist. He is based in Onitsha, Anambra State, where he is mostly involved in the production of plays. He also sketches dramas for stage, radio and screen. He is the author of the famous novel A Night of Content. In this interview with Edozie Udeze he talks about his early years as a writer, what motivates his muse and moreWhat motivates your muse’My instinctive answer would be I dont know. On further reflection, I think,
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The past is prologue: On the passing of Alhaji Shehu Aliyu Shagari
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
The death of a notable statesman cannot be described as fortuitous by any stretch of the imagination. But there is something nationally fortuitous about the passing of the great statesman last week at the ripe old age of ninety two. It affords us an opportunity for what we propose as retro-perspective.Unflappable, cool, calm and self-effacing to the end, Shagari was a class act among the old political class. But he was not anybodys wimp. Soft spoken and cultured, he could also reach for the big
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Fresh S/South headache as Atiku rejigs campaign
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
Presidential candidate returns home to rejig campaign Jonathan, Bayelsa gov clash over partys candidatesThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is facing fresh challenges in the Southsouth, thus slowing down his campaign ahead of next months election.The Southsouth leg of his campaign which was originally scheduled for flag off on Tuesday, January 8, has been put off to enable the party organize a bigger rally.Party sources however told The Nation that
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Amina Zakari on Buhari: Hes not my uncle or cousin
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
Says she wont be distracted by controversy over appointmentNATIONAL Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Hajiya Amina Zakari, yesterday joined in the controversy trailing her appointment as head of the election collation centre and declared that she is not President Muhammadu Buharis cousin as being speculated in some quarters.Im not his niece, I am not his cousin; and, on this job, I was appointed since 2010 by President Jonathan and prior to that, I was appoint
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Shettima: How I funded civilian JTF alone for 6 years
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
The Special Adviser to Borno State Governor on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Isa Gusau, has explained that his principal, Governor Kashim Shettima, has consistently and solely funded over 20,000 Civilian JTF fighters in Borno State in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency since 2013.According to the governors adviser who spoke during an interview with Arise TV in Lagos, the governor is still faced with some political mischief makers under-playing the commitment of the governor to the Bok
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Stop talking about my hair, Shehu Sani warns El-Rufais wife
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
Says stop talking about my hairSenator Shehu Sani is not happy with wife of Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai, Mrs Hadiza el-Rufai.Sani wants her to stop commenting about his (Sanis) hair.The senator, who recently left the All Progressives Congress (APC) after he failed to secure the APC senatorial ticket for another term, asked the governor to caution the first lady over her comments on his (Sanis) hair.In a Facebook post yesterday, Sani said Hadiza el-Rufai always talks about his hair when
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DELE ALAMPASU: My prayers and focus for 2019
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
After missing out of the Super Eagles squad to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, goalkeeper Dele Alampasu is charting a new course for himself and a departure away from Cesarense in the Campeonato de Portugal is certainly on the offing, reports MORAKINYO ABODUNRIN. He sorely missed out of the Super Eagles squad to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 but former junior international goalkeeper Dele Alampasu is looking forward to 2019 with renewed optimism.Regarded as one for the future after he guided th
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Osinbajo, Ajimobi, Oyetola attend Health Ministers sons wedding
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
MINISTER of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, yesterday in Ibadan, played host to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi and his Osun State counterpart, Gboyega Oyetola at the wedding ceremony of his (Adewole) son.According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the solemnisation of holy matrimony between Adedayo Adewole, the ministers son, and Ebunoluwa Oyedele, was held at Agbala Daniel Cathedral, Ojoo, Ibadan.The wedding reception of the colourful ceremony, which attracted several promine
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Ex-NEPA manager dies during sex romp with nursing mother
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
A former Manager of the defunct Nigeria Electricity Power Authority (NEPA) , Ebonyi State district has reportedly died in a hotel in Abakaliki during a marathon sex with his lover, a nursing mother.The nursing mother who resides at Nwojiji Street opposite St. Patrick Catholic Church Abakaliki operates a hair dressing salon at 9 Bende Street Kpirikpiri Abakaliki.The incident occurred in a hotel located along the ever busy Abakaliki/Enugu Expressway said to be owned by wife of an influential polit
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Five surgeons perform Kanos first brain surgery
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
Ganduje visits patientkano witnessed an epoch-making history and a medical breakthrough, when five neuro-surgeons within 48 hours performed the first brain surgery in the state.The feat was carried out at Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu, Kano, on patient Ali Iliyasu, who had been suffering from a brain ailment in the last 26 years, after an accident.The leader of the surgeons who conducted the surgery, Shuaibu Dambatta, a consultant, revealed that the patient had an 11 months appo
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Happy New Year
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
I have had to say Amen to so many prayers that Gods own living saints have thrown my way since this holiday began. It has been like that each year but you wont hear me complain. No sir; I have accepted it as my lot in life to receive your prayersA Happy New Year to you, dear reader. May you see nothing more dangerous than ants crossing your sugar this year. Please say Amen. I have had to say Amen to so many prayers that Gods own living saints have thrown my way since this holiday began. It has b
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In Amurri, Ugwuanyis imprints loom large this Christmas
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
Very rarely do we reminisce about our experience of Christmas in the countryside among kith and kin without a sense of nostalgia. The acute sense of community bred by a rural upbringing, the cold, dry winds of the harmattan plus the excited chatter of children as they flee from masquerades typically make Christmas spent in rural areas an unforgettable experience.As a child, Christmas brought all the idyllic experiences outlined above. But it still came with an endless swirl of red dust that damp
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To Keep China One
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
China must be, will be reunified, said Chinese President Xi Jinping in his speech delivered on January 2 at a gathering in Beijing to commemorate the 40th anniversary of issuing Message to Compatriots in Taiwan. It is a historical conclusion drawn over the 70 years of the development of cross-Straits relations, and a must for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation in the new era, he said.Taiwan, lying off the southeastern coast of the Chinese mainland, is Chinas largest island and forms an
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Agonies of a party at war with itself
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
Less that fifty days to the next general elections, the Ogun state chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is still battling a serious intra-party crisis that pundits say is capable of affecting its chances of doing well at the polls. Dare Odufowokan, Assistant Editor, examines the issues and the personalities involved in the furore.Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, last Thursday officially flagged off his campaign for the Ogun Central Senatorial seat at a massive rally
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Why we dumped Atiku, PDP Bello
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
A couple of weeks back, the Coalition of aggrieved Support Groups numbering over 145, formally withdrew their support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and pledged their support and loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), for the 2019 presidential election. The leader of the coalition, Bello Osaretin, recently spoke with Assistant Editor, Dare Odufowokan, on why they took that decision. Excerpts.YOUR group
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2019 polls: Katsina battles security challenges
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
In Katsina state of northwestern Nigeria, insecurity has emerged as the major threat to next months general election. Unless something drastic is done to stem the growing tide of violent attacks across the state, the 2019 general election may be badly affected, reports Dare Odufowokan, Assistant Editor and Augustine Okezie in Katsina.CURRENTLY, not less than eight local government areas of Katsina state are at the mercy of bandits, kidnappers and other criminals that have been threatening the se
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2019: SDPs intra-party crisis rages on
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
The unending crisis rocking the Social Democratic Party (SDP) over who should fly its presidential banner in the 2019 general elections is not over yet. Rather, the tussle for the ticket is getting messier as the gladiators now head to the Appeal Court to determine the authentic presidential candidate of the party in spite of an earlier court pronouncement on the same issue, writes Dare Odufowokan, Assistant Editor.CHANCES that the Social Democratic Party (SDP) will put up a good showing during
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Elections: Therell be surprises in 2019 Ituen
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
Popular cleric and spiritual leader of the Christ Deliverance Ministries Inc. (CDM) Lagos, His Grace, Prophet Ekong Ituen, has predicted that President Muhammadu Buhari will be re-elected in 2019 on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The seer, who had predicted some national events correctly in the past, in this impromptu chat with Assistant Editor, Dare Odufowokan, also made some other political predictions as regards the next general election. excerpts.YOU have predict
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Why we dumped Atiku, PDP Bello
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
A couple of weeks back, the Coalition of aggrieved Support Groups numbering over 145, formally withdrew their support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and pledged their support and loyalty to president Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), for the 2019 presidential election. The leader of the coalition, Bello Osaretin, recently spoke with Assistant Editor, Dare Odufowokan, on why they took that decision. Excerpts.Your group
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Cross River 2019: PDP, APC trade tackles over vandalised billboards
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
TENSION is brewing in Cross River State following the destruction of billboards belonging to the governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Owan-Enoh, and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), incumbent governor, Prof Ben Ayade. Owan-Enoh in a press briefing last week had alleged that agents PDP led state government, were pulling down his billboards even after making required payments, warning that there will be reprisals if the destruction of his billboards is not stopped. H
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Agonies of a party at war with itself
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
Less that fifty days to the next general elections, the Ogun state chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is still battling a serious intra-party crisis that pundits say is capable of affecting its chances of doing well at the polls. Dare Odufowokan, Assistant Editor, examines the issues and the personalities involved in the furore.OGUN State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, last Thursday officially flagged off his campaign for the Ogun Central Senatorial seat at a massive rally
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Insurgence: United Nation must help West Africa now
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
UNITED Nations should act now to prevent humanitarian crisis in West Africa. Military operations are on in some regions in Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria. Niger, Chad, Cameroun and others. This is the time to avoid humanitarian disaster in West Africa. The war on terrorism in West Africa should be fought on many fronts: diplomatic, intelligence, covert action, economic sanctions, law enforcement as well as military. Diplomacy, intelligence, covert action, and economic sanctions have historically se
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2019: SDPs intra-party crisis rages on
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
The unending crisis rocking the Social Democratic Party (SDP) over who should fly its presidential banner in the 2019 general elections is not over yet. Rather, the tussle for the ticket is getting messier as the gladiators now head to the Appeal Court to determine the authentic presidential candidate of the party in spite of an earlier court pronouncement on the same issue, writes Dare Odufowokan, Assistant Editor.Chances that the Social Democratic Party (SDP) will put up a good showing during
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Sylvia Edem: I havent change my mind on marrying a whiteman
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
After two successful movie productions, rising actress Sylvia Edem, whose recent project deals with issues on the physically-challenged, in this interview with Dupe Ayinla-Olasunkanmi, speaks on her work, social responsibilities, among other issues. ExcerptsHow would you describe this year’This year, I would say, was great, though was a little bit of pot holes. But, I mean, thats life. But in all, I am grateful because I have been able to conquer those obstacles.What attracted you to begin
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YEMI SAX: How my late dad inspired my music
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
Multi-talented instrumentalist and CEO of Sax Records, Adeyemi Adeosun, popularly known as YemiSax, who recently released a 21-track Afrobeat Sax (The Album) has just signed a management deal with Woodberg Management. In this interview with ADENIYI ADEWOYIN, the saxophone maestro speaks on several issues including his plans for 2019. Excerpts.Your career in the entertainment industry spans over a decade. What has been the experience for you as one of Nigerias well-known saxophonist’Really,
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Nollywood actor Akintunde dies
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
Popular Nollywood actor, Gbenga Akintunde, a.k.a. `Burger is dead.Kunle Afod, a Lagos born Nollywood actor and producer, known for his roles in Yoruba movies made the announcement via his Instagram handle @kunleafod.Akintunde, 45, died on Thursday Jan.3, after visiting the hospital to complain of malaria. You called yesterday to confirm if I will still be holding my new year party today and I was called this afternoon that you are no moreBURGER, Afod said.Heard you went to the hospital to compla
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Expect tough Q1, MAN boss warns
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
The President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Ahmed Mansur has lamented that the Nigerian economy is in a very fragile state, advising that Nigerians should not expect much in the first quarter (Q1).Mansur, who spoke to The Nation over the weekend, noted that economic activities would start picking up in the second and third quarter of 2019, stressing that the economy would not witness much improvement in the first quarter as activities would centre on general elections.He cau
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Continental Re expands to Cameroon, appoints Oumar Ba as CEO
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
As part of its expansionist drive, the Continental Reinsurance Plc has completed the incorporation of a subsidiary office in Douala, Cameroon.This status is a key milestone in its strategy of operating through a network of well-capitalised subsidiaries across Africa.Justifying the move, the Dr Oyetunji, Group Managing Director of Continental Reinsurance Plc said: This development reinforces our commitment to the CIMA region and our valued partners. We already have a strong local team on the grou
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First Lady impersonator: Firm opens up on N150m deal
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
Fresh fact emerged at the weekend on the deal that transpired between Amina Mohammed (also known as Amina Villa) the alleged First Lady impersonator and Chicason Group of Companies.The Nation was reliably informed that the suspect, Amina Villa had unknown to the First Lady, Aisha Buhari under the pretext of securing one of the Federal Government landed property up for bid deceived the company into signing off N150 million being payment for the transaction.Confirming this development, in a statem
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Nigerias potentials in safety sector remains untapped
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
Dapo Omolade is the Management Consultant/Chief Executive Officer, Hybrids Group of Companies. In this interview with Daniel Adeleye, he gives a birds eye view of the nations health and safety ecosystem vis–vis challenges bedevilling the industry amongst others. Excerpts:You operate within the nations health and safety ecosystem. What is your assessment of the sector’I can also tell you that our foray into the industry is as a result of what we saw as a vacuum in Nigeria society where safe
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$750b lost to hearing impediment annually, says report
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
Unaddressed hearing loss poses an annual global cost of $750 billion, Kemi Remi-Dairo has said.Citing a report on the severity of hearing impairment, Kemi Remi-Dairo, who is the founder and promoter of the Kemi Remi-Dairo Hearing Foundation, a non-profit organisation which provides medical treatment platform, access to financial/technical support and education on hearing loss, said the group is working with a special team that consists of otology surgeons, audiologists, a speech-language patholo
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Farmers no longer at ease with post-harvest losses
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
Frank Ikpefan in this report, captures the harrowing experiences of farmers across parts of the country who contend with post-harvest loses.Mary Ojo, a peasant farmer in Edo State cuts a frustrated figure. The reason is that she didnt make much sales from the produce she had hoped will turn her fortunes around in 2017. She said she struggled through the cropping season that year tending to her pepper, cocoyam and plantain farm with the expectation of making reasonable returns from her labour.Alt
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Geeta Ashram, Rotary Club lift Kano communities with free eye surgery
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
As part of its corporate social responsibility towards its host communities, Geeta Ashram Nigeria, a charity organisation based in Lagos and Rotary Club of Lagos Island District 9110, have given free eye surgery to thousands of underprivileged in Kano communities.In a statement made available to our correspondent by the media consultant to Rotary Club of Lagos Island District 9110, Aramide Noibe, he recalled that the bodies have been facilitating surgeries since 1999.According to him, Geeta Ashr
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MTN takes health to marketplace
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
In 2016, mortality rate for Nigeria was12.5 per 1,000people, this number keeps rising. Every 10 minutes, one woman dies on account of pregnancy or childbirth in Nigeria, giving a total of 53,000 deaths per year. This means about 800 women die in every 100,000 live births, according to the United Nations Children Emergency Fund, UNICEF. Road accidents on the other hand continue to claim scores of lives and then, there is the the silent killer, stress!Did you know that eighty percent (80%) of mode
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TVC News wins Best TV Station of the Year
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
For its invaluable contribution towards the deepening of Nigerias broadcasting industry, TVC News, a member of TVC Communications, has bagged the NBC Prize for the Best Television Station of the Year at the 26th Nigerian Media Merit Awards (NMMA).To clinch the award, TVC News beat a strong field of competitors, riding on the back of its highly acclaimed professionalism, innovation and customer-centricity.At the awards ceremony, which held at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos on Thursday, Decembe
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Cadbury rewards 30 employees
Sun, 06 Jan 2019
Cadbury Nigeria Plc, one of manufacturers of fast movable consumer goods, has celebrated 30 of its employees that have served the company meritoriously for 10, 20 and 30 years respectively, during its Long Service Awards ceremony, in Lagos recently.In a statement, the Director, Corporate and Government Affairs, West Africa, Mr. Bala Yesufu, said Cadbury rewarded the employees for their long years of outstanding service to the organisation.According to Yesufu, 18 of the awardees are in the 10 yea
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