Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines Friday 15th March 2019

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines

Amosun, APM leaders decide next move
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and the leadership of the Allied Peoples Movement are considering options on their next move over the results of the governorship election in the state. Amosun gave the indication on Wednesday while speaking with the partys leaders during a meeting at his private residence in Ibara, Abeokuta.
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Gov poll: CUPP says FG plans emergency rule in Taraba
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Coalition of United Political Parties on Thursday alleged that the Federal Government is working towards declaring a state of emergency in Taraba State. It claimed that the government arrived at the decision because the ruling All Progresives Congress lost the March 9 governorship election in the state to the candidate of
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Ihediohas victory has ended tyranny in Imo
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri A former Secretary to the Imo State Government, Chris Okewulonu, has said that the emergence of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party as the state governor-elect has ended tyranny. According to him, greed, nepotism, lawlessness, land grabbing and suppression would no longer have a place in the state. The PDP chief
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Ill surpass Sarakis achievements in four years, says senator-elect
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Sunday Aborisade, Abuja The Senator-elect for Kwara Central, Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe, has promised to surpass the achievements so far made by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki. Oloriegbe, who defeated Saraki in the just-concluded National Assembly election, said his performance in the Senate within the next four years, would surpass whatever achievements that were
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Osinbajo meets Adamawa, Bauchi govs over supplementary elections
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
John Ameh, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and two of the state governors participating in the March 23 governorship supplementary elections held a meeting on Thursday in Abuja. The governors were those of Adamawa State, Jibrilla Bindow, and Bauchi State, Mr Mohammed Abubakar. The closed-door meeting, which took place at the Presidential Villa, ended at about
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Abia SDP accuses INEC of allocating figures to parties
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia The Abia State chapter of the Social Democratic Party has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission unilaterally allocated figures to various political parties that contested the March 9 governorship and the House of Assembly election in the state. The party said the number of votes said to have been garnered by
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AD candidate vows to challenge Sanwo-Olus victory in court
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Dayo Ojerinde The governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy in Lagos State, Chief Salis Owolabi, has vowed to challenge in court the result of the election that produced Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress as the governor-elect. He said the result of the election was unacceptable to him because of the irregularities
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Multiple fatalities in New Zealands mosques shootings
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
An attack on two crowded mosques during Fridays prayers left multiple people dead, police said, on what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as one of New Zealands darkest days. Witnesses spoke of seeing bloodied bodies, with children also believed to be among the dead, and police warned of extremely distressing footage of the incident circulating
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Nigerias HIV/AIDS prevalence rate drops to 1.4%
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Only 1.9 million Nigerians now live with the disease Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja With 1.9 million persons now living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, the worlds largest black nation has dropped to 4thposition in global HIV prevalence rate, a new survey suggests. The report is contained in the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey, which was organised
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LASG frowns on fake smartphones, advocates consumers rights
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Government has frowned on substandard smartphones and devices in the state, saying manufacturers of goods and services must ensure they deliver wholesome products at all times. The state Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Olayinka Oladunjoye, spoke at a briefing on Thursday to commemorate the 2019 International Consumer Day. The
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Mafia boss shot, killed outside New York home
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
The reputed boss of New Yorks Gambino crime family was left riddled with bullets outside his home on Staten Island, an old-school hit akin to the storied executions of 20th-century mafia dons. The grisly scene saw Francesco Frank Cali shot dead outside his colonial-style red-brick home on Staten Island, police said Thursday. The 53-year-old with
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Europa League: Emery hails Arsenals strength under pressure
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Arsenal manager Unai Emery hailed his sides ability to cope under pressure after they came back from a 3-1 loss in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie. They beat French side Rennes 3-0 on Thursday to advance 4-3 on aggregate to the quarter-finals of Europes second-tier club competition. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck
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Writers association dedicates 2019 international confab to Pius Adesanmi
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Chux Ohai The Association of Nigerian Authors has decided to dedicate the second edition of the ANA/AE-FUNAI Expanding Frontiers of Nigerian Literature International Conference and Creative Workshop to late writer and scholar, Prof Pius Adesanmi, who died in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that occurred on Sunday. ANA, in a statement made available to our
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Stop saying your children are drawing jagajaga Biodun Omolayo
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Chux Ohai The founder of the Omolayo Art Gallery, Mr. Biodun Omolayo, has advised parents not to say or do things that can kill their childrens talents, especially when the talents are just unfolding. According to him, many potential superstars had been stopped by parents who mocked their tender steps instead of paying attention to
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FAMFA Oil inspires schoolchildren to read on World Book Day
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Last Thursday, March 7, was World Book Day in Nigeria, an annual event aimed at celebrating the book as an all-important cultural item all over the world. Lagos-based oil and gas company, FAMFA Oil Limited, grabbed the opportunity offered by the occasion to hold its maiden book reading event at the MUSON Centre in Onikan,
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The art & science of asking
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Fola Ojo <span class=”__cf_email__” data-cfemail=”1c6b75707075797376735c657d747373327f7371″>[emailprotected]</span> It is foolish looking down on slaves. They have a quiet endowment their masters need. It is ignorant to be contemptuous of the poor. They possess some virtues the rich need. Even the dead; Yes; the dead possess some values. Morticians will be out of business if there are no dead. Ask
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Pius Adesanmi: Tribute to a benefactor
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Suraj Jarus Oyewale When, on returning home from my Sunday morning football game, an exercise Im super regular in, on March 2019, I surfed through the social media to see news of a crash involving a Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines plane in Addis Ababa, I did a Facebook post to the effect that I feared a
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NNPC/NPDC takeover of OML 11
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Dr Jekwu Ozoemene, Port Harcourt, Rivers State: There is something to be said about an education that does not prepare its recipients to properly interrogate ideas and issues. This education (or lack of it) is partly responsible for the poverty of ideas, the poor quality of debate/discourse in Nigerias public space and the anti-intellectualism that
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A menaced judiciary
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Sunday Adole Jonah, Department of Physics, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State: I made a vow to myself, in the privacy of my mind, that I will wince in enforced embarrassment the next time I hear jurists address one another as learned colleagues in public and with airs of pomposity that are designed to
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CBN, GTB help me
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Abisola Alero FUNMILAYO, Abeokuta, Ogun State, 08035274679: I had a dispense error on an FCMB Automated Teller Machine since December 2018 and its been declined by the bank. I requested a footage but up till now, my parent bank, GTB Kuto branch in Abeokuta, has been delaying my efforts in getting my money back. I
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Derivatives market: NSE to train compliance, operations officers
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Feyisayo Popoola The Nigerian Stock Exchange has revealed plans to organise a derivatives workshop for officers as part of its commitment to improving the capacity of professionals in the Nigerian capital market. The NSE said in a statement that the workshop was targeted at compliance officers and operations officers of dealing member firms and designed
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UAC appoints new group finance director
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Feyisayo Popoola UAC of Nigeria Plc has appointed Mr Ibikunle Oriola as its group finance director. The firm described Oriola as a seasoned professional with 17 years of experience gained from diverse functional roles covering finance, strategy, risk management and corporate finance. It said in a statement that Oriola had provided strategic finance leadership, driving
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Firm urges FG to reconstitute SEC board
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
A capital market operator, InvestData Limited, has urged the Federal Government to make the reconstitution of the board of the Securities and Exchange Commission one of its top priorities. The Chief Operating Officer, InvestData, Mr Ambrose Omordion, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria while speaking on expectations from the new
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Stock market reverses gains, reverts to losing streak
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Feyisayo Popoola The Nigerian equities market has reverted to its losing trend, reversing gains recorded on Wednesday. Investors lost N56bn as the market capitalisation of equities listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange dropped from N11.694tn on Wednesday to N11.638tn on Thursday. Analysts at Afrinvest Securities Limited said the sell-offs witnessed in bellwethers Dangote Cement
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3Line to drive financial inclusion with digital thrift savings
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Nike Popoola 3Line Card Management, a fintech company, says it is set to launch SUSUBYU, a digital saving product modelled on the traditional informal thrift savings in the first quarter of 2019. In a statement, it said SUSUBYU would allow seamless daily contributory savings into the customers thrift saving account. It stated that, It is
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Stanbic IBTC to provide N18bn facility for Eland Oil & Gas
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Nike Popoola Stanbic IBTC, working with its group brand, Standard Bank Group of South Africa, has partnered Eland Oil & Gas, West Africa with an initial focus on Nigeria, to provide a new accordion facility and increased borrowing base of $50m (about N18bn). In a statement on Thursday, the bank said this was in line
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World Bank closes nominations for president
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Okonjo-Iwealas name missing Femi Asu The World Banks Board of Executive Directors, on Thursday, announced the closing of the period for submitting nominations for the position of the next president of the bank. The board said in a statement that it received one nomination David Malpass, a US national and Under Secretary for
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Climate change: WBank, AfDB pledge $47.5bn for Nigeria, others
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Femi Asu The World Bank and the African Development Bank said on Thursday that they would together commit $47.5bn by 2025 to help African countries tackle the effects of climate change. Despite contributing four per cent of the global greenhouse-gas emissions, more than 65 per cent of Africas population is directly impacted by climate change,
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NCC, NSPM to partner on security printing
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc and the Nigerian Communications Company are exploring areas of partnership in the printing of security documents in Nigeria and beyond, NSPM Plc has said. The Managing Director, NSPM, Alhaji Abbas Masanawa, said this in Abuja on Thursday when he led the top echelon of the
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FGll recreate grazing reserves in Nigeria, says Ogbeh
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, on Thursday, declared that the Federal Government would soon embark on the re-creation of grazing reserves across the country. Ogbeh disclosed this when he received 64 participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course 12 and faculty members of the Institute for Security
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400 travel agencies operating without licences NCAA
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority says not less than 400 travel agencies operating in the country are not registered by the regulatory agency and do not have the requisite local licences to operate. The Director of Air Transport Regulation, NCAA, Group Capt. Edem Oyo-Ita (retd.), said on Thursday that there were only about
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The best ways to pay online safely
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Any time you make a purchase; there is a small risk that thieves can steal your payment information. If that happens, they can use your accounts to buy things, get cash, or pay themselves fraudulently. But you can reduce the risk of unauthorised charges (and time-consuming cleanup efforts) by using the best payment method for
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Knowing when to diversify your business
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja In business, to diversify means to enlarge or to vary the range of products or field of operation of a particular business. However, experts often say that nothing is guaranteed in business, as customers may have a great desire for your products and services today but this may change tomorrow. So to
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Nigeria, US trade hits $35bn
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Nigeria and the United States have been very good partners with about $35bn worth of trade between the two countries, the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, has said. Baru disclosed this during a meeting with the US Energy Secretary, Rick Perry, and some African petroleum ministers, on the
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PZ Cussons advocates gender equality
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, in celebration of the International Womens Day, advocated the need for gender equality in the world. The Chief Executive Officer, PZ Cussons, Mr Christos Giannopoulos, said the company offered equal opportunities to all, irrespective of their gender. He said, The Global Chairperson of PZ Cussons is a lady. As a company
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Nigeria, Sao-Tome and Principe award three oil blocks to Total
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Nigeria and Sao Tome and Principe on Thursday formally granted Total, a French international oil company, the exclusive right to begin exploration for crude oil in three blocks 7, 8 and 11, located within the hydrocarbon-rich Joint Development Zone owned by both countries in the Gulf of Guinea. Total was awarded
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Textile union lauds CBNs ban on sale of forex
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
The General Secretary, National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, Mr Issa Aremu, has commended the Central Bank of Nigeria for banning the sale of foreign exchange to textile importers. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the CBN had on March 5, banned the sale of forex to importers of textiles
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StarTimes unveils next generation of TV
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
StarTimes says it is unveiling its latest product StarTimes Smart TV. The product, according to the firm, is available in two sizes, 50 and 55 inches, equipped with 4K Ultra High Definition resolution with four times as many pixels as HD. The firm noted in a statement, Whereas traditional HD is limited to 1920
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FG implements 140 reforms in three years PEBEC
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Nike Popoola The Federal Government has implemented over 140 reforms in the country in the last three years. This was contained in a report by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council on the Ease of Doing Business 2019 outlook, which was released during the Convention of Business Integrity Limited in Lagos on Thursday. PEBEC stated
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La Casera excites consumers with premium apple offering
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Feyisayo Popoola La Casera has continued to excite its consumers with its premium apple offering at an affordable price. The firm said in a statement that the La Casera Apple soft drink, which was produced by The La Casera Company Plc, was the only soft drink in Nigeria that contained five per cent of real
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ORBDA trains Ogun youths on soap making, others
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Samuel Awoyinfa No fewer than 62 youths in Ogun State have been trained and empowered with start-up tools on soap- making, confectioneries and fish smoking by the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority, Abeokuta. At the three-day training, participants were taken through the processes, making, branding and marketing in the different skills. Speaking at the closing
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Many businesses not prepared for future accounting skills ACCA
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Nike Popoola The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants has said that many businesses are not ready for a future that will require new accountancy skills. In a statement on Thursday, ACCA launched a campaign, which was supported by global studies across the profession on the skills that accountants would need as they headed into the
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Scientists carry out research on roots, tubers, banana seeds
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Samuel Awoyinfa with agency report Some scientists from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, International Potato Centre, Peru and others are presently carrying out research on Roots,Tubers and Banana in order to improve yield. The Head of the research programme, Dr Andrade-Piedra Jorge, who tagged the research RTB Cross Crop Cluster (CC.21), disclosed this
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Golden Sugar gets recognition for safety standards
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Feyisayo Popoola Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc said its sugar subsidiary, Golden Sugar Company, has got recognition for its safety standards and processes. The Deputy General Manager, Golden Sugar Company, Mr Maniatis John, said the company won the Global Food Safety Initiative award in Nice, France. He said that the award was announced during the
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NAQS to unveil Nigerias first national pesticide policy
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service has announced that the countrys first ever National Pesticide Policy has been drafted and will be unveiled soon. It stated that when unveiled, the policy would serve as the framework for regulating the use of pesticides for agricultural purposes across the country. The Director-General, NAQS, Dr Vincent
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African private equity fundraising hit $2.7bn in 2018
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Femi Asu African private equity has remained robust with the total value of fundraising increasing to $2.7bn in 2018 from $2.4bn in 2017, indicating investors ongoing confidence in African PE, the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association has said. The AVCA, in its annual report released on Thursday, said the total value of African
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INEC promises to work with National Assembly on electoral reforms
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Friday Olokor, Bauchi The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday said it would work with the 9th National Assembly to review and strengthen the nations electoral laws. The commission also said it would immediately commence work on the aftermath of the 2019 general elections and roadmap for the 2023 general elections. The commissions chairman, Prof
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Benue rerun: PDP picks Mark, Ortom, Suswam, others as polling agents
Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Olusola Fabiyi and John Charles Ahead of the governorship rerun election, the Peoples Democratic Party in Benue State has announced names of its polling agents and returning officers. The Independent National Electoral Commission had announced March 23 for the supplementary election. Benue is among the six states where the electoral commission said rerun governorship election
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