Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Wednesday 6th February 2019

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines, Wednesday 6th February 2019

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Onnoghen in fresh application says CCT chairmans integrity in doubt
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has filed an application before the Code of Conduct Tribunal demanding the disqualification of the CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar.

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Sunday PUNCH had exclusively reported that Onnoghen’s defence team would file an application seeking the disqualification of the CCT boss who has been indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged N10m bribery.

The motion notice dated Monday, February 4, 2019 was brought pursuant to Rule 12(1) and (1A) of the Revised Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2016 and under the inherent jurisdiction of the tribunal.

The motion was signed by Chris Uche (SAN), Chief Sebastine Hon (SAN), Okon Efut (SAN), Chief Ogwu Onoja (SAN), Noah Abdul and George Ibrahim.

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Onnoghen is “seeking an order of this honourable tribunal for the honourable chairman of the tribunal, Honourable Danladi Umar, to disqualify/recuse himself from further participating in the adjudication of this case on the grounds of real likelihood of bias.”

The defence said Umar had “constructively convicted the CJN sought to be arraigned before him without either hearing from him or his being formally arraigned.”

The applicant noted that the CCT chairman directed President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the CJN and appoint Justice Tanko Muhammad without recourse to the constitution or the National Judicial Council.

Onnoghen noted that on January 23, 2019 the CCT boss entertained a motion ex parte which was not moved by any known prosecutor.

The CJN said Umar had a pending case before the EFCC and was therefore subject to blackmail and threats from the executive arm of government which could impair his ability to be a fair arbiter.

He added, “The learned chairman of the CCT (Hon Danladi Umar) is a tainted arbiter by reason of a criminal charge at the instance of the EFCC for receiving bribe money in the sum of N10m in charge number: CR/109/18 in FCT High Court by an organ under the supervision of the Attorney General of the Federation.

“Incidentally, he (AGF) is the prosecutor and complainant in this matter such that with such a sword of Damocles hanging over him, and himself not just recusing himself from a quasi-judicial function, he is himself not likely to be a fair arbiter, but instead more likely to trade in the charges against him in a quasi-plea bargaining in the charge against him and enter summary conviction in this proceedings to please the prosecutor.

“The applicant (Onnoghen) has no confidence in the chairman of the tribunal to do justice fairly between parties in this case as he is a man on a mission to please his masters.”

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PDP candidate in bondage of his thought Sanwo-Olu
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Samson Folarin The All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said his counterpart in the Peoples Democratic Party, Jimi Agbaje, has no vision for the state. He said aside from being confused, the PDP candidate was also in the bondage of his thought. Sanwo-Olu urged residents of Lagos to reject
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Businesses groan as Lagos roads suffer despite high IGR
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Femi Asu Businesses in Lagos State, the nations commercial capital, have been hard hit by the poor condition of roads in many parts of the state, leaving stakeholders such as the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry worried. Last week, a petrol tanker was reported to have fallen at a bad portion of the Lagos-Badagry
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AI, automation to boost hotel revenues by 10% Report
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi A new report by Colliers International, has found that personalisation of Artificial Intelligence can increase hotel revenues by over 10 per cent and reduce costs by more than 15 per cent. The report which was conducted for Arabian Travel Market 2019, stated that hotel operators were expecting technology such as voice and facial
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Nigeria will collapse under Buhari if re-elected Peter Obi
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Tony Okafor, Awka The vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the February 16 poll, Mr Peter Obi, has said Nigeria will collapse if Buhari is reelected. Obi stated this during a roadshow by the PDP in Awka, Anambra State, on Tuesday to seek support for its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar ahead of the
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Should you pay off your debt early
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
When you have extra money available, paying off debt is often a good choice. In addition to the psychological benefits of being debt-free, you enjoy measurable financial benefits. Paying off loans early is not always the optimal strategy, but it is rarely a horrible one, according to www.thebalance.com. To decide what is best in your
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FG seeks fresh investments in savings bonds
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Feyisao Popoola The Federal Government has commenced the auction of its savings bond for February this year. A savings bond is targeted at low-income earners to encourage them to save and earn more income (interest) when compared with their savings account with banks. Savings bonds are tax-free with competitive fixed interest rates to be paid
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Crude oil production by NPDC increases by 57,000bpd
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Crude oil production by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, the flagship subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, has increased by 57,000 barrels per day. The NNPC, in its January 2019 news edition obtained in Abuja on Monday, said crude production by the NPDC increased from 108,000bpd in 2016 to 165,000bpd in
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NNPC, police to intensify fight against pipeline vandalism
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday pledged to work together in a renewed drive to combat the perennial menace of oil theft and pipeline vandalism across the country. The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu, said in a statement issued in Abuja
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CBN finances 568 agric projects with N577bn
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja A total of 568 agricultural projects valued at N577.3bn have been financed by the Central Bank of Nigeria under the Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme. The CACS commenced in 2009 as part of the developmental role of the CBN to the economy to stimulate funding for the agricultural sector. The fund was set
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Unilever boss seals 150m purchase of Graze
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Alan Jope, the new chief executive officer of Unilever, the FTSE-100 consumer goods giant, has clinched the first deal of his tenure by agreeing a cut-price takeover of Graze, the snacking brand sold in thousands of supermarkets. Sky News reported that Jope, who took over as Unilevers boss last month, sanctioned the purchase of the
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Temple of justice profaned
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Lekan Sote If the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, forgot to complete the statutory Code of Conduct forms, then he should not have the responsibility to administer the judicial arm of government, which interprets Nigerias laws, and even deliver death sentences. He reportedly claimed, I forgot to make a declaration of my
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AFEX seeks deeper commodities market
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Feyisayo Popoola AFEX Commodities Exchange Limited has revealed plans to deepen the commodities exchange market through the financial inclusion drive. It said there was a need to deepen financial inclusion in rural communities as commercial banks had little to no presence in the communities, leaving a bulk of the populace unbanked and financially excluded. AFEX,
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Consolidated Hallmark lists 1.1 billion shares on NSE
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Feyisayo Popoola Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc has listed an additional 1.13 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. According to a statement issued by the NSE on Tuesday, the company issued the shares at 65 kobo per share by placement. It said, Dealing members are hereby notified that additional 1.13
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Sirius Petroleum issues new shares
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Feyisayo Popoola Sirius Petroleum Plc, a Nigeria-focused oil and gas development and production company, has announced the issue of 28,571,428 new ordinary shares. According to a statement obtained from the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday, the new shares represent 0.78 per cent of the firms enlarged issued share capital. The statement said the firm was
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Lafarge Africa rewards distributors, pledges support
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Samuel Awoyinfa In a bid to celebrate high performers and support the business growth of its trade partners, one of the leading cement manufacturers, Lafarge Africa, has rewarded its trade partners for excellent performance in the year 2018. The customer appreciation awards which held in three cities namely Gombe, Ibadan, and Enugu, celebrated customers who
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Halogen Security unveils identity management company
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Ife Ogunfuwa Halogen Security Company Limited, a Nigerian Enterprise security risk management solution company, has announced its new identity management and outsourcing solutions company Avant Halogen. The company, in a statement, said that with the emergence of Avant Halogen, Halogen talent risk management had evolved into a full-fledged subsidiary with focus on identity management,
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Farmers, processors seek import restriction on potato puree
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Nike Popoola Representatives of tomato farmers in Kano State have called on the government to expeditiously put some fiscal measures in place to protect local farmers. According to the coalition of farmers, there was an urgent need to safeguard investments by restricting importation of tomato puree among other agricultural produce into the country. In a
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NNPC posts 116% growth in trading surplus
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Tuesday announced a trading surplus of N2.06bn for the month of November 2018. This represents an improvement of 116 per cent over the previous months deficit of N12.66bn. The increase in performance month-on-month was primarily attributed to the improved efficiency of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Companys
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FG, Osun partner to develop gold mining
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Femi Asu The Osun State Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, said on Tuesday that the state had struck a partnership with the Federal Government to develop gold mining in the state. Oyetola, who stated this in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Adeniyi Adesina, said the pilot scheme of the presidential initiative to streamline
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Investors pledge to inject $90bn into Nigerias economy NIPC
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Between January and December last year, the Nigerian economy recorded a total investment commitment of $90.9bn in various sectors of the economy. Figures obtained from the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission showed that the $90.9bn proposed investments were made for 92 projects in 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory. Comparatively, the proposed
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Delta CEO makes US business innovators list
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Alongside household names and innovative thought leaders including Tory Burch and Pharrell Williams, the Chief Executive Officer of Delta Airlines, Ed Bastian, was featured in the February print edition of Fast Company as one of 25 leading American business innovators, the airline said. It stated that the feature recounted common main stage themes from the
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Why more entrepreneurs need to invest in food production
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Jennifer Abraham It is said that the three basic needs of human beings are food, shelter and clothing. This therefore implies that any business vision that builds its niche around any or all of these areas cannot go wrong, all things being equal, that is. The third in the list, clothing is a flourishing area
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Polaris Bank promotes healthy living
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Nike Popoola Polaris Bank has urged Nigerians to adhere to quality eating habit and healthy lifestyle to avoid contracting cancer. The bank said in a statement that it was creating this awareness in commemoration of the 2019 World Cancer Day and demonstration of its unwavering commitment to the fight against breast cancer in Nigeria. The
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Reduce cost of governance, RMAFC urges FG
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Friday Olokor, Abuja The Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission has called for a reduction in the cost of governance in the country. The acting Chairman, RMAFC, Shettima Abba-Gana, stated this in Abuja on Tuesday, during the National Policy and Development Summit jointly organised by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President
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AMCON, ESVARBON strengthen partnership
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Nike Popoola The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, Mr Ahmed Kuru has pledged that the corporation would continue to seek improved collaboration with Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria because of the critical role they play in asset sales. In a statement on Tuesday, Kuru spoke when he received
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Making your small business attractive to customers
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The competition in the business world is stiff, whether it is a large-scale venture or a small or medium-scale enterprise. To stay afloat as an entrepreneur, you need to attract customers and have enough clients who will patronise your products and services. Small businesses contribute massively to the Gross Domestic Product of
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New Mercedes-Benz GLE set to debut in Nigeria
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Mercedes-Benz GLE is marking a new era for the mid-sized sport utility vehicle segment. Years after getting a new identity with a change from the M-Class nomenclature to the GLE, the best-selling Mercedes-Benz SUV continues to set the pace. Weststar Associates Limited, the authorised general distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria, will be
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ASUU conducts referendum on strike
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday conducted a referendum to decide whether to suspend its three-month strike or not. The national leaders of the union on Monday directed its zonal coordinators to meet and conduct the referendum. Over 200 members of the University of Ibadan chapter, who attended the congress
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AirFranceKLM plans US route expansion for Nigerians
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
suspends Port Harcourt route Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi AirFrance-KLM has said as part of efforts to consolidate on its business performance this year, it plans to expand its United States routes for Nigerian travellers. The General Manager, Air France-KLM Nigeria, Mr Michel Colleau, said the airline would commence new destinations which would be of interest to its
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KIA, Cars45 trade 300 vehicles in one year
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Cars45 in partnership with KIA Motors sold and swapped over 300 used cars since the partnership was announced in January 2018, both firms said. They said based on the success of the partnership, they planned to expand into other cities across the country. They noted that they had also concluded plans to accommodate
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Im surprised Dasukis security money was tagged as illicit Obanikoro
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Oladimeji Ramon A former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, has expressed his surprise the Federal Government tagged the money spent by the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, on secret security operations as illicit. Obanikoro said as a result of a petition against him by Dasukis successor, Babagana Monguno, he had been under
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Drama as Ambode presents N852.316bn budget
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Dayo Ojerinde There was a mild drama at the Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday as Governor Akinwunmi Ambode finally presented the 2019 budget to the Assembly. The event, which was scheduled to start at 9am, did not begin until some minutes past 2pm. When the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, asked the clerk if there
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Court dismisses Kashamus appeal
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta The Federal High Court in Abeokuta on Tuesday dismissed an appeal by the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, Buruji Kashamu, to stay proceedings on the matter between the factional chairman of the PDP in the state, Sikirulahi Ogundele, and Independent National Electoral Commission. The presiding judge, Justice
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Panic in Abuja school over molestation of pupils
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja There is tension at the School for the Deaf and Dumb in the Kuje area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, as suspected occultists have invaded the premises and allegedly molested some pupils. Our correspondent learnt that the parent of a six-year-old pupil of the school first raised the alarm after she
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Road crashes claim 187 lives in Bauchi in 12 months
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi No fewer than 187 people were killed in various road crashes across Bauchi State between January and December 2018, Northern City News learnt. The information was contained in statistics of road traffic crashes obtained by our correspondent from the Federal Road Safety Corps, Bauchi Sector Command. According to the statistics, 1,143 people
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How to save mobile data when using WhatsApp
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
One of the limited and scarce commodities in mobile communication is mobile data. Unlike Wi-Fi and Asymmetric digital subscriber line, a mobile data plan gives a limit not to go past, and there is a price for each megabyte you use. According to Lifewire, in some places and for some people, it ends up getting
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ISIS West Africa could disrupt elections, says report
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Samson Folarin with agency reports The activities of a terrorist group, Islamic States West Africa Province, an affiliate of ISIS, could affect the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria, a report has claimed. The Wall Street Journal said ISWAP, which is working closely with its leaders in Niger and Chad, had been fortified with the return
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Reject vote-buying, US ambassador tells Nigerians
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Samson Folarin The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has asked Nigerians to exercise their franchise during the forthcoming general elections and ensure that their votes count. Symington, in a broadcast published on the official Twitter handle of the US on Tuesday, insisted that the elections must be free, fair and credible. While urging
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Dont interfere with political process, Atiku, Secondus warn security agents
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Success Nwogu, Justin Tyopnusu and Armstrong Bakam The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday urged security agents to avoid interfering in the political process of the country. He stated that security agencies were constitutionally saddled with the responsibility of ensuring security of lives and property in the country. Speaking during
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Dont repeat Operation Python Dance experience, Ohanaeze warns Army
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Ogbanna Casmir , Enugu Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has warned the Federal Government and the Nigeria Army in particular against a repeat of September 2017 Operation Python Dance experience where Igbo sons and daughters were allegedly gruesomely killed without consequences. The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, had on
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Nigeria Airways ex-workers campaign for Buharis reelection
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Former workers and pensioners of the defunct Nigeria Airways have called for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari. In a statement signed by their representatives, Mr Lookman Animashaun and Mr Sam Nzene, on Tuesday, they said they were encouraged to seek the Presidents reelection following the part payment of their entitlements by the
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Ortom welcomes Buhari
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
John Charles Makurdi Governor Samuel Ortom on Tuesday urged the people of the state to accord the President Muhammadu Buhari all the necessary courtesy and respect which his office deserved during his visit to Benue on Wednesday. Ortom, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, wished the President a hitch-free campaign
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Defend judiciary to prevent dictatorship, Wike urges Nigerians
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on Nigerians to support the independence of the judiciary to prevent dictatorship in the country. Wike lamented that it would be difficult for any judge to stand firm and give judgment against the interest of the Federal Government. The governor, who made this remark
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Dokubo seeks commitment from Niger Delta youths
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Oladimeji Ramon The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Prof. Charles Dokubo, has lamented what he described as the low commitment of Niger Delta youths to the Presidential Amnesty Programme for the region. Dokubo, who is the coordinator of the programme, said, It is a painful thing that our people do not want
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It takes 10 years for private varsities to make profit Minister
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has advised newly approved private universities to focus on improving standards rather than profit. He observed that it could take as long as 10 years for a new university to make financial gain. Adamu said this in Abuja at the presentation of provisional licences to
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Atikus victory unstoppable with regional leaders endorsement Saraki
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Sunday Aborisade, Abuja Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has commended persons he described as the leadership of respected voices of Nigerias ethnic nationalities for endorsing the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. He described the regional leaders endorsement as an incontrovertible validation of the scientific polls by the London Economist intelligence unit
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Ekiti registers farmers
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti Ekiti State Government has begun the process of registering farmers in the state with a view to generating data about them and the areas of assistance to boost food production. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Oludare Abegunde, urged the farmers to fully key into the state and Federal Government policies on
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Sign Pharmacy Council of Nigeria Bill into law, PSN tells FG
Wed, 06 Feb 2019
Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Sam Ohuabunwa, has called on the Presidency to sign the new Pharmacy Council of Nigeria Bill into law to strengthen action against illegal proprietors of patent medicine stores across the country. Ohuabunwa spoke with our correspondent in response to the Chairman of the Presidential
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