Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines Thursday 21 March 2019

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines

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Gay Nigerian reverend to be ordained by Church of England
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Eniola Akinkuotu Popular gay Nigerian cleric, Jide Macaulay, will in June be ordained an Anglican priest by the Church of England. Macaulay revealed this on his Instagram page on Wednesday where he also posted a copy of his invitation letter. He wrote, It is a delight to share this news, I am to be ordained
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PDP NEC meeting: No evil doers will go unpunished, says Dogara
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, in Abuja on Wednesday, said those who rigged during the 2019 general elections would not go unpunished. He said the country was becoming a bad reference point in bad behaviour in the comity of nations. Dogara spoke at the 85th Emergency National Executive
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UI school hijab crisis most challenging period for me, says ex-UI DVC
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan The immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), University of Ibadan, Prof. Adeyinka Aderinto, has described the hijab crisis which rocked the International School of the institution as the most challenging period of his tenure. Aderinto, who bowed out after finishing his two-year term of office, stated this at the reception held in
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Run-offs: Abdulsalami panel meets parties, INEC as police tighten security
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
John Alechenu, John Ameh, Friday Olokor, Olaleye Aluko, Tobi Aworinde, John Charles, Adeniyi Olugbemi,James Abraham and Tobi Aworinde The police have beefed up security in Sokoto, Kano, Benue and Plateau states ahead of the supplementary polls scheduled for Saturday. Also, the National Peace Committee led by a former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, met
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Rowdy session as Senate condemns militarisation of 2019 polls
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Sunday Aborisade, Abuja The Senate amidst a rowdy session on Wednesday condemned the alleged use of the military in the conduct of the 2019 elections. This followed a motion by the Peoples Democratic Party member representing Kogi West in the chamber, Senator Dino Melaye, who chronicled infractions allegedly perpetrated by the military during the elections.
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LAWMA says poor roads affecting its operations
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Jesusegun Alagbe The Lagos Waste Management Authority has lamented that the deplorable condition of roads in Apapa is affecting its operations in the area. It also raised the alarm over the continuous degeneration of quality of life via the collapse of public hygiene and waste management services in the area. In a statement on Wednesday,
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Fayemi extends free health services to prisons
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti The inmates of the Federal Prisons, Ado Ekiti and civil servants at the Ekiti State Secretariat on Wednesday benefited from the Free Health Mission of the Governor Kayode Fayemi administration. The team of the Free Health Mission, known as Ulera Ekiti, led by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Folake
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Group condemns Akeredolus plan to create LCDAs in Ondo
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Peter Dada, Akure A group has rejected the proposal by Ondo State Government to create local council development authorities, saying the governor should conduct a local government election instead of creating LCDAs. The state governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu on Tuesday announced the creation of the LCDAs across the state, saying it would bring the government
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Atiku meets southern, MBelt leaders, says justicell be done
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday met behind closed doors with leaders of the Southern and Middle Belt Forum in Abuja. The meeting, which was held at the residence of a former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark, also had the leaders of Afenifere
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Ogun APC chieftain petitions IGP over attack
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Tare Youdeowei A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, Chief Bode Mustapha, has petitioned the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, over alleged vandalism of his office building. Mustapha, in the petition dated March 18, 2019, titled, Vandalism of my office, said he offered the building located along Moshood Abiola Way, Abeokuta,
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Stay away from CBT centres, JAMB warns parents
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Tare Youdeowei The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has warned parents against following their children to Computer Based Test centres, which it said may hamper the successful conduct of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. This was made known on Tuesday by the Lagos State JAMB Coordinator, Mr Babatunde Bamisoye, during the matriculation of new
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Dangote Refinery to empower youths in host communities
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Femi Asu Dangote Petroleum Refinery & Petrochemicals Company has inaugurated a vocational training scheme that will instill necessary skills in young men and women from the Ibeju-Lekki area of its operation. The company said the initiative was part of efforts aimed at making youths from its host communities employable. The Executive Director, Capital Projects, Dangote
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PDP wins Dogaras state constituency in Bauchi
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mohammed Musa, has been declared winner of the Lere/Bula State Constituency in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State. The council is one of the three local government areas that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, represents. The results of the
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Ortom says his second term ambition not worth loss of life
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
INEC replaces two electoral officers in Benue Success Nwogu, Makurdi The Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, has said that his re-election does not warrant the loss of anybodys life. He, therefore, warned against violence in the state during Saturdays supplementary governorship election. Ortom, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Benson Abounu, spoke on
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Im still a PDP member, says Agbaje
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Mudiaga Affe The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Mr Jimi Agbaje, on Wednesday said there was no truth in reports suggesting that he dumped the party after the just-concluded elections. Speculations were rife on Wednesday that Agbaje might have dumped the PDP and had yet to make known his next
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Improving your sales performance in business
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Passion is vital in business for it drives the entrepreneur as he works hard to succeed in his endeavour. However, the entrepreneur who sells products or renders services needs to improve his sales performance no matter how passionate he is about his venture. Sales job is all about meeting new customers, listening
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UNIZIK students get scholarship
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Tony Okafor, Awka China has awarded scholarships to 48 students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State. The scholarships were awarded to the students on Wednesday by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Zhou Pingjian, at the auditorium of the institution. Speaking on the occasion, Pingjian said, Education is the key element in Chinas development.
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Anambras ex-CJ joins APGA, one week after retirement
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Tony Okafor, Awka Justice Peter Umeadi, who retired about a week ago as the Chief Judge of Anambra State, has joined politics. Umeadi, on Wednesday, declared his decision to join the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance in the state. He said he took the decision in order to support the state Governor, Willie Obiano, in
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AMCON seeks reintroduction of Failed Bank Act
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Nike Popoola Worried by the resurgent huge toxic loans in the banking sector, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, Mr Ahmed Kuru, on Wednesday, called on the Nigerian authorities to revisit the Failed Bank Act so that operatives in the banking sector would be made to account for their actions. Kuru
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Blame game rocks power sector five years after privatisation
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
The nations power sector is still in crisis with operators trading blames, more than five years after privatisation, FEMI ASU writes When the Federal Government handed over the nations electricity generation and distribution companies to private investors in November 2013, it was widely expected that the power sector would turn the corner in a few
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Ahmed, Saraki, gov-elect, emir mourn Etsu Patigi
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Tunde Oyekola Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed; governor-elect Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq; Senate President Bukola Saraki; Emir of Ilorin Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari; and Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Ali Ahmad, have mourned the death of Etsu Patigi, Alhaji Ibrahim Umar. Umar died on Tuesday night in an Abuja hospital after a brief illness. In a statement
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Court nullifies firms C-of-O on Ikoyi property
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Oladimeji Ramon The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division has nullified the Certificate of Occupancy given by the Federal Government to Sunnyvale Nigeria Limited in respect of a parcel of land situated at Plot 25, Block 6, Ikoyi Foreshore, Lagos. The appellate court, in a lead judgment by Justice Ugochukwu Ogakwu, on March 6, 2019, restrained
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NCDMB lauds Samsung for FPSO construction in Nigeria
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board has commended Samsung Heavy Industries, a Korean shipbuilding giant, for transforming Nigeria into a hub for fabrication and integration of Floating Production Storage Offloading unit in Africa. The Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Mr Simbi Wabote, described SHIs investment in Lagos as a major breakthrough in the implementation of local
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My absence from Senate denied Kogi oil producing status ex-Air chief
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Sunday Aborisade, Abuja A former Chief of Air Staff, now senator representing Kogi East , Isaac Alfa, has said that his long absence from the Senate denied Kogi State the opportunity of being listed as an oil producing state. Alfa, a Peoples Democratic Party member, was inaugurated in 2015 but was sacked a few months
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Fayoses trial: I lied to EFCC to help a friend, says Lebanese contractor
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Oladimeji Ramon The N2.2bn fraud trial of former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose progressed on Wednesday with the prosecution fielding four additional witnesses. Among the four witnesses were three Lebanese Goshen Joseph; Joseph Mechleb and Maroun Mechleb who are working in Nigeria as building and construction engineers. Mechleb, who was fielded as PW10,
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BEDC urges consumers cooperation on enumeration programme
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Adekunle Peter, Benin The management of BEDC Electricity Plc has urged all customers in its franchise states to support the ongoing enumeration exercise. The states are Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti. The Chief Transformation and Strategy Officer, BEDC, Mr Ernest Edgar, in a statement issued in Benin, Edo State, said the exercise was in compliance
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Technology can solve health challenges, says Sterling Bank CEO
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Dayo Ojerinde The Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank Plc, Mr Abubakar Suleiman, has said harnessing opportunities in technology can be used to solve challenges in the Nigerian health sector. At a press briefing on Wednesday to announce a digital health summit in Lagos, Suleiman added that the country could no longer continue to solve
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NSE places Diamond Bank shares on full suspension
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Feyisayo Popoola The Nigerian Stock Exchange has said the ongoing merger scheme between Access Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc would result in the delisting of Diamond Bank from the daily official list of the Exchange. The NSE, on Wednesday, placed the shares of Diamond Bank on full suspension, following the final approval of the
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First Bank holds walk ahead of anniversary
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Nike Popoola As part of activities to mark the 125th anniversary of First Bank Nigeria Limited, the bank organised a 125km relay walk across the country and its overseas subsidiaries. The Chairman of First Bank Plc, Mrs Ibukun Awosika, stated that the 125km relay walk gave the bank an opportunity to look forward to the
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Okorocha: SDP candidate commends INEC, wants supplementary election
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri The senatorial candidate of the Social Democratic Party in Imo West, Henry Unaeze, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission for not issuing a certificate of return to the state governor, Rochas Okorocha. Unaeze told journalists in Owerri, the state capital, on Wednesday that the process that produced Okorocha as senator-elect for
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Airtel opens discussion on NSE listing
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Everest Amaefule, Abuja There were indications that the Airtel Nigeria may have opened discussion with the Nigerian Communications Commission and the Nigerian Stock Exchange on the listing of its stock on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. A meeting held at the headquarters of the Nigerian Communications Commission in Abuja on Wednesday had the henchmen from the
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US sanctions, OPEC deal to push oil prices higher Analysts
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Supply cuts by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries and United States sanctions against Iran and Venezuela will push the oil market into undersupply and boost the cost of crude in coming months, Morgan Stanley forecasts. The investment bank previously said oil prices were more likely to fall after Brent crude topped $65 a barrel
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Police warn as leadership crisis looms in Ogun NURTW
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta Ogun State Commissioner of Police Ahmed Iliyasu on Wednesday warned the National Union of Road Transport Workers in the state against violence. This came 24 hours after the state chairman of the NURTW, Akeem Adeosun, alleged that a faction of the union was planning to forcibly take over garages in the state
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US, Nigeria intensify efforts to tackle piracy, others
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Femi Asu The United States and Nigeria have stepped up efforts to curb illicit maritime activities including piracy in the Gulf of Guinea with the ongoing 2019 Obangame Express in Lagos. The International Maritime Bureau, in its global piracy report released in January, said it recorded a marked rise in attacks against ships and crews
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NIPSS boss grilled over planned purchase of N72m cars
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The House of Representatives Committee on Governmental Affairs on Wednesday grilled the Director-General of the Nigeria Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Jonathan Jumah, over the plan to acquire two cars in 2019 with N72m. The management of NIPSS and the Administrative Staff College appeared before the committee to defend their proposed
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Finance hindering automotive industry growth Cars45
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Chief Financial Officer, Cars45, Mr Jide Adamolekun, has said the automotive industry will grow if financing improved. Adamolekun stated this on Wednesday when he led other members of staff of Cars45, an online marketplace to buy, sell or swap a car, on a courtesy visit to Punch Place, the headquarters of Punch
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Unique soft skills employers desire in new hires
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Soft skills are the ways in which employees relate to and interact with other people. And they are more valuable to employers than you might think. Seventy-seven percent of employers surveyed by CareerBuilder reported they were seeking candidates with soft skills and 16 per cent of the respondents considered such qualities more crucial than
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Bad roads not cause of accidents on highways Fashola
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Injuries and avoidable accidents that occur on highways are not always due to bad roads as claimed by road users, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said. According to him, road accidents are largely due to speeding and the recklessness of drivers, as no driver speeds on a
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47,000 applicants jostle for 1,000 teaching jobs in Delta
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Ochei Matthew, Asaba The Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Chiedu Ebie, has said few days after the announcement of 1,000 vacancies for teachers into primary schools, over 47,000 candidates have applied for the positions. The teachers to be recruited, according to the commissioner, will teach English language and science subjects. Ebie
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Jaiz Bank expands operations, opens new branches
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja Jaiz Bank Plc has opened five additional branches to move its branch network from 34 to 39. The new branches are located in Funtua, Katsina State; Zaria, Kaduna State; Iwo Road and Saki both in Oyo State and Osogbo in Osun State, a statement from the bank stated. According to the bank,
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Business owners fault blocking of PHarcourt-Aba road
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt SOME business owners in Rivers State have lamented the decision to prevent motorists from using Port Harcourt-Aba road where the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission is located. Motorists have been barred from the road by police who have mounted roadblocks at the Waterlines and GRA junction end of
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Air Peace to take decision on 737 Max order after Boeings investigation
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, on Wednesday, said the airline was waiting for the outcome of Boeings investigation on the 737 Max aircraft before taking a decision on its order. Air Peace had last year ordered 10 Boeing 737 Max for its operations but the crash
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Okija fire kills pregnant mother, two kids in Anambra
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Tony Okafor, Awka An inferno on Wednesday killed a woman and her two children in Okija in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State. A source said the woman who was three months pregnant was burnt beyond recognition with her two children in their family house in Umuoffor village, Okija. The deceased, Nwazuru Okeke, and
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Adeleke v Oyetola: Osun APC, PDP members embark on fasting and prayer
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo Some members of the All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party have embarked on fasting and prayer to ensure a favourable judgment by the Election Petitions Tribunal on PDPs Ademola Adelekes petition against Adegboyega Oyetolas election as Osun State governor last year. The tribunal sitting in Abuja on Tuesday informed both parties
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Edo Assembly issues arrest warrant on Chinese business man
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Adekunle Peter, Benin For alleged refusal to honour its call, the Edo State House of Assembly has issued a warrant of arrest on the Managing Director of Rongtai Aluminum Company, Mr Chen Shijing. The summons and warrant of arrest followed the consideration of a preliminary report of the Committee of the Whole on a petition
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Lessons from the New Zealand, Utrecht terror attacks
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Two young political leaders in the world are exhibiting exemplary leadership at a time of adversity. Hit by a terror attack last weekend, in which scores of people were brazenly slaughtered, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealands prime minister, not only refused to bow to the white supremacist sentiments of the killer, but responded in a way
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Okorocha sues INEC
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, has sued the Independent National Electoral Commission before the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order compelling it to issue to him a certificate of return as the senator-elect for the Imo West Senatorial District. INEC had refused to issue him the certificate of return
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FG to cut stakes in JV with Shell, Chevron, others
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Experts hail move, say its overdue Dayo Oketola, Femi Asu and Okechukwu Nnodim The Federal Government plans to cut its stakes in joint oil ventures with international oil companies to 40 per cent this year, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, has said. The government is pushing ahead with efforts to
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PDP petitions NJC over judges ruling on Bauchi results collation
Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Olusola Fabiyi, Olufemi Atoyebi,Ade Adesomoju and Hindi Livinus The Peoples Democratic Party has petitioned the National Judicial Council over what it called the violation of the constitution and Electoral Act by Justice Ekwo Inyang of the Federal High Court by sitting on a matter that it said ought to have been handled by the election
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