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Osinbajo: Buhari needs new term to consolidate his feats
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has urged the people of Oke-Ogun, Oyo State, to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in next months election.He said the President needed another four years to consolidate on his achievements and reposition the country for excellence.The vice-president spoke on the achievements of the administration during his visits to Igbeti, Igboho, Kisi and Saki, where he was received by huge crowds of party members and supporters.Oke-Ogun consists of big agrarian towns and
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Row over INECs commissioner rages
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
THERE seems to be no let-up in the controversy triggered by the appointment of Mrs. Amina Zakari, a National Commissioner with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as the Chairman of theResults Collation Committee.Mrs. Zakari was named last Thursday alongside another National Commissioner, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Ahmed Muazu, who is heading the Electoral Logistics Committee.Since their announcement, the electoral body has been under attack from the opposition Peoples Democratic P
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Trans Forcados Pipeline: Firm states position
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Ocean Marine Solutions Limited (OMS), a leading asset company dedicated to protecting the countrys resources from graft and illegal activities, has decried alleged blackmail, smear campaign and defamatory publications concerning its operations by those charged with the surveillance of Trans Forcados Pipeline (TFP).It also called on the Federal Government to investigate the alleged calamitous mismanagement of TFP and hold accountable those responsible, vowing not to be intimidated by desperate pl
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Gbemiga Ogunleye at 60
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
There is no doubt that the print media is threatened by digital developments. Print media managers need to reimagine and rethink the business in order to survive. But this is easier said than done.Gbemiga Ogunleye, the Provost of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), who celebrated his 60thbirthday on January 5, turned the celebration into a cerebration. A timely lecture by Victor Ifijeh, MD/Editor-in-Chief, The Nation, highlighted the problems of the print media in a digital age. Ifijeh a
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ASUU strike: Ngige begs varsity teacher to have mercy on students
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Labour & Employment Minister Chris Ngige has pleaded with striking varsity teachers to show mercy on students by calling off their strike.The teachers, under auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), began a nationwide strike since November, last year, over some disagreement between the union and the Federal Government.Ngige also declared that Federal Government would pay a minimum wage, adding that things were being worked out by the Committee saddled with that responsibi
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Extradition: EFCC submits Interpol, other documents on Diezani to AGF
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Documents for former Petroleum Resources Minister Mrs. Diezani Alison-Maduekes extradition has been submitted to the Attorney-Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN).Besides a comprehensive investigative report on the ex-minister, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) the document included a Red Alert watch-list by the International Police Organization (INTERPOL), and court judgments on the forfeiture of some prime assets by Mrs. Alison-Madueke.According to a
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Houses, shops razed as hoodlums attack Ibadan community
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
About 20 houses and shops were set ablaze by hoodlums suspected to be cultists in Idi-Arere/Sakapena area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in the early hours of yesterday.The attack, which was believed to have been carried out by members of cult groups in a show of supremacy, led to huge financial losses to the victims.The hoodlums reportedly reside within the community and its surrounding and were also said to have disagreements regularly.Some of the razed buildings include fashion designers s
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Southeast governors onPython Dance III: be professional
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
SOUTHEAST governors yesterday called on the military to caution troops to be more professional in the discharge of their duties.They warned the military to remain apolitical, stressing that any attempt to yield to the temptation of being used to manipulate general elections would be resisted.According to the Governors Forum, the forthcoming elections will go a long way in shaping Nigerias future as one indivisible entity.The military has launchedOperation Python Dance IIIin the zone to assure re
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PDP takes case to National Peace Committee, UN
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation (PPPPCO) has urged the National Peace Committee (NPC) to call President Muhammadu Buhari to order.It calledalso on the United Nations (UN) and other world leaders to call the President to order and save the nation from what it called imminent collapse.At a media briefing in Abuja yesterday, the organisations spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it had become necessary for the NPC, the UN and world leaders to ensure that the coun
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E-payment transactions hit N56.85tr, say reports
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Reports from the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) have indicated that Nigerias electronic payment (e-payment) services, recorded transactions worth N56.85 trillion from January to September, last year.The report, obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday, showed an increase of N16.4 trillion when compared to the N40.45 trillion that was recorded in the corresponding period of 2017.The report showed that most of the electronic transactions were done through the NIBSS Inst
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Women group defends Zakari
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
A CIVIL society organisation, Proactive Gender Initiatives (PGI), has described the allegations against Independent National Electoral Commissions (INECs) National Commissioner, Hajia Amina Zakari, as gender-related violence against women.PGIs National Coordinator Mrs. Esther Uzoma made the remark yesterday in a telephone chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.Some opposition parties and groups had kicked against Mrs. Zakari as chairperson of its National Collation Centre for the fo
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APC, PDP: Who blinks first
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
The general elections will hold between February 16 and March 2. Major political parties have started canvassing for votes across the country. LEKE SALAUDEEN examines the issues that will shape the outcome of the polls.This is a critical election year. It is the sixth election since the inception of the Fourth Republic. According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) time table, the presidential and National Assembly elections are scheduled to hold on February 16, 2019 while th
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Lalong: I deserve second term
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has begun his re-election campaign in Jos, the capital. His media aide, Mark Longyen highlights his achievements and justification for his second term bid.Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has kickeds off his campaign for re-election. Last Fridays event, which witnessed a huge turnout in the history of electioneering campaigns, attracted dignitaries from all walks of life. Prominent among them were the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman,
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Buhari hosts Amosun, Ogun APM governorship candidate at Aso Rock
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday hosted Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun and the state governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Abdulkadir Adekunle Akinlade, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that prior to Sundays meeting with the president, Amosun, accompanied by the APM National Chairman, Alhaji Yusuf Dantalle, had in Dec. 2018, met with the president at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.Amosun, at the meeting, presented a letter of adopt
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With four awards, Burna Boy trumps Davido and Wizkid at Soundcity
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Amidst controversy, Afro-fusion star, Damini Ogulu, also known as Burna Boy has started 2019 on a high note, carting home four awards at the SoundCity Awards which held on Saturday at the Eko Convention Centre of Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos.He won in the categories of Listeners choice, Best Male, Song of the year and in themuch-coveted African Artist of the year category, beating Davido and Wizkid who only got one award each.Though he was not prsent to receive the awards he however, took
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Lumumba commends Nigerias cultural renaissance
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Kenyan activist and public speaker, Professor Patrick Lumumba, has commended the Obijackson Foundation and its founder Dr Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi for promoting African cultural rennaissance through the annual Face of Okija Cultural Festival.Dr Lumumba who delivered a special lecture at this years event said the Foundation is making steady gains in the Okija, building capacity and rewriting the narrative of the community.Africa will not develop with bang, he said.It will develop village by villa
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Linda Ikeja to empower female CEOs
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
In her bid to empower female entrepreneurs in Nigeria, celebrity blogger, Linda Ifeoma Ikeji, has called on aspiring female CEOs for an interaction and dialogue on how to excel their chosen career.Sharing a picture of herself on Instagram, she wrote: Linda Hello ladies, from this Sunday Jan 6th until the last Sunday of February, Id like to meet some of you budding entrepreneurs each week to talk, advice, and see what help you need in your businesses. I want more real selfmade female entrepreneur
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Alibaba to put experiences in book
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Fresh after hosting his signature January 1st Concert on January 1, ace comedian Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome, has said he would be releasing a book, where he would talk about his first experiences.Taking to Instagram, the comedian who is more popularly known as Alibaba said the book which would be published by Toni Kan with forward written by former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku would detail his various first experiences with people, things and places.When was the fir
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Stars in shock over Gbenga Akintundes death
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Prominent Yoruba movie stars have expressed their sadness and shock over the demise of their colleague, Gbenga Akintunde. He was aged 47.Akintunde who is also known as Burger reportedly died after visiting the hospital to complain of malaria on Thursday, January 3, 2018.Burgers death was announced via Instagram by actor and producer, Kunle Afod.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 more, Afod wrote, post
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House of Oduduwa partners Rejuvenee, others for Moremi the Musical
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
In a bid to honour the legacy of Queen Moremi Ajasoro of Ile Ife, the House of Oduduwa Foundation, in collaboration with Rejevenee, among others, brought on stage the life and times of Queen Moremi tagged Moremi, the Musical.The show took place at Terra Kulture in Lagos.Speaking at the event, Vice Chairman, House of Oduduwa Foundation and Ambassador, Moremi Ajasoro Brand, Princess Aderonke Ademiluyi, said the Moremi concept is a franchise of the House of Oduduwa Foundation and a number of projec
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Power, infrastructure should take centre stage
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Members of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) contended with the typical constraints of the business environment in 2018. The high interest rate, weak GDP growth, dearth of infrastructure, particularly power supply, among others, resulted in high production cost and slowed down the manufacturing sectors capacity utilisation. But, operators are optimistic of a better outing in 2019, because of the huge emphasis on infrastructure development, especially power, as well as Nigerias potentially robus
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2019: Issues that will shape economy
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
This year, is unlike any other. It is an election year, carrying along with it, all the trappings and vagaries that accompany such monumental events. They include anxiety, uncertainties, delayed investment decisions and, in some cases, apathy. The general elections, among other issues, will impact the economy this year, reports Group Business Editor SIMEON EBULU Globally, election periods are inauspicious times for businesses, whether micro, or macro. It matters not whether the firms are indigen
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DisCos seek government intervention
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Electricity distribution companies (DisCos) are seeking Federal Governments interventions to make their operations and service delivery efficient, safe and profitable.Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) Managing Director, Adeoye Fadeyibi made the call when the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, visited the company as part of its oversight function at the weekend in Lagos.He urged the Committee, led by its chairman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, to make the governm
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Maritime industry to grow by 5% this year
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Maritime industry stakeholders have projected positive growth for the sector if the Federal Government pays adequate attention to it this year, Correspondent OLUWAKEMI DAUDA reports.The Nigerian Maritime industry has been projected to grow from 2.5 to five per cent this year. This growth, according to stakeholders, will result in hiring more maritime services in the course of the year. The growth period, they said, will cover the 2019 general elections and the post-election era.The projection is
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Strike fever over minimum wage
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Organised labour has said this year will be a challenging one for workers. They refer to issues, such as the minimum wage, unemployment and the debt burden, among others that would spark unrest. TOBA AGBOOLA reports.Minimum WageThere is anxiety in government circles over Labours plan to go on strike. The action is to push the demand for a new minimum wage.The Federal Government has invited workers representatives to a meeting in a move to avert the impending industrial action.Labour is angry tha
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Capital Market: Still uncertain times
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Nigerian equities ended 2018 with full year average return of -17.81 per cent as investors rued political risks and macroeconomic uncertainties. Analysts believe that the general elections will impact on the market, reports Capital Market Editor Taofik Salako.Nigerian stock market traded mostly on the negative side in 2018, closing the year with a negative average full-year return of -17.81 per cent. Aggregate market value of all quoted equities at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) declined by N
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Hurdles for Naira as election approaches
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Next months general elections will have negative impact on the naira exchange rate. This year will also be defined by the take-off of the Payment Service Bank (PSBs) launched last November by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to boost financial inclusion.The PSBs are expected to, within the year, help the apex bank achieve its financial inclusion target. The investorsand Exporters (I&E) Forex window will be sustained by the CBN to keep the local currency stable amid election fears, writes CO
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Fears over policy somersault
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
While developments in the sector have shown signs of hope, rising interest rate and constraints in credit expansion remain major concerns to players, DANIEL ESSIET reports.For analysts, this year is likely to be challenging; one that would test the resilience of economy.This is because of the delays in projects spending, weak credit extension and political uncertainty.According to the analyst, theuncertain political outlook would prove thatpurposeful leadershipis afactorin reducing regulatory bu
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More power, oil, gas output
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
Available fundamentals have shown that the sector will be robust in 2019. With an expected 2.5million barrels per day, there will be more power supply and more oil and gas production, writes EMEKA UGWUANYI.The power industry has, over the years, been replete with excuses, accusations and counter-accusations. Previously, it was due to more than 16 years of neglect by successive military administrations. It shifted to lack of gas supply to thermal power plants the major source of electricity supp
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Infrastructure upgrade, stricter regulations top aviation agenda
Mon, 07 Jan 2019
There were many challenges in the sectors march to full potential last year; 2019 promises to be better. Suchoptimism, experts say, is not unconnected with the readiness of regulators as well as operatorstounfold new proposals aimedat boosting a regime of infrastructure upgrade, enforcement ofstricter civil aviation regulations and a robust human capital development, writes KELVIN OSA OKUNBOR.Optimism. This captures the hope of stakeholders in the industry in 2019.Already, industry players, regu
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