Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines Friday 3rd May 2019

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines

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Residents protest planned takeover of Lagos community
Fri, 03 May 2019
Samson Folarin Hundreds of landlords, community leaders and business owners on Thursday marched to the Lagos State House of Assembly to protest against a purported Supreme Court judgement which awarded the Agidingbi area to a family. The protesters, who said they were not aware of the suit, threatened mayhem if the state government did not
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LASG asks employers to prioritise workers safety
Fri, 03 May 2019
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Government has asked employers of labour in the state to prioritise the safety of workers to enhance their productivity. The Director-General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, Hakeem Dickson, spoke on Thursday while commemorating the 2019 World Day for Safety at Work with the theme, Safety and Health and the
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WIMBIZ congratulates elected female candidates
Fri, 03 May 2019
Samson Folarin A non-governmental organisation, Women in Management, Business and Public Service, on Thursday congratulated women who were elected in the 2019 general elections. The group said the electoral victory of the women would boost the confidence of other women to vote and run for political offices. WIMBIZ noted that at the end of the
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132 firms bid for NNPC crude-for-product swap contracts
Fri, 03 May 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation announced on Thursday that 132 firms had submitted bids for the 2019 crude oil-for-product swap programme, called the direct sale of crude oil and direct purchase of petroleum products scheme. Under the DSDP scheme, selected overseas refiners, trading companies and indigenous companies are allocated crude supplies in
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NDE supports Ogun youths, farmers with loans
Fri, 03 May 2019
The National Directorate of Employment has said no fewer than 144 farmers and youths in Ogun State have received loans from the agency to boost agricultural production. According to a statement on Thursday, beneficiaries of the loans applied through the three loan schemes being implemented by the NDE in all the 36 states of the
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Egbin laments gas shortage, wants to generate 1,320MW
Fri, 03 May 2019
Femi Asu The nations biggest power station, Egbin Power Plc, has said the lack of adequate gas is putting a damper on its plan to generate 1,320 megawatts of power from its turbines. Egbin power plant has been generating far less than its installed capacity of 1,320MW in recent months. It produced as high as
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PDP attacks Buhari as bandits invade Zamfara girls school, abduct five
Fri, 03 May 2019
Success Nwogu, Leke Baiyewu, Olaleye Aluko, Adeniyi Olugbemi and Olaide Oyelude Some gunmen on Wednesday night invaded the Government Girls Secondary School, Moriki, Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, and abducted five persons including two caterers and three children. Also, security was beefed up on Thursday in Daura and some of its surrounding villages
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Railways: You cant slow us down, FG tells NRC board
Fri, 03 May 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government on Thursday told the newly inaugurated governing board members of the Nigeria Railway Corporation that it (the board) cannot and should not slow down the construction of railway projects by the government. Government, no one would be allowed to slow down the process, as it charged the new board
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Trader-Moni is vote-buying, lacks budgetary backing, Atiku replies Buhari
Fri, 03 May 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, in the February 23 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, have insisted that the Trader-Moni policy of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was a vote-buying scheme that lacked budgetary backing. Atiku and his party described the policy as illegal and corrupt extra-budgetary spending. They stated
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37 million Nigerians get National Identity Number
Fri, 03 May 2019
Nike Popoola The Senior Special Adviser to the President on Information, Communication and Technology, Lanre Osibona, has said that over 37 million Nigerians have been registered under the National Identity Number. As part of the efforts by the government to embark on the digital financial services, he said it introduced the digital identity platform to
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Manufacturers see poor power supply as biggest challenge
Fri, 03 May 2019
Anna Okon Manufacturers in Nigeria have expressed lack of confidence in the power sector. This was revealed by the Manufacturers CEOs Confidence Index for the first quarter of 2019. The Manufacturers CEOs Confidence Index is a quarterly survey conducted by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria to measure the pulse of the manufacturing sector. While presenting
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NSCDC arrests EEDC staff, two others for meter theft
Fri, 03 May 2019
Ogbonna Casmir, Enugu Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Enugu State command have arrested three members of staff of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company for alleged stealing of prepaid meters. The suspects identified as Godswill Nnanna, Odianya Chukwudi and Friday Nnanna were said to have been arrested at EEDC maintenance centre at Independence
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NSCDC arrests EEDC staff, two others for meter theft
Fri, 03 May 2019
Ogbonna Casmir, Enugu Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Enugu State command have arrested three members of staff of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company for alleged stealing of prepaid meters. The suspects identified as Godswill Nnanna, Odianya Chukwudi and Friday Nnanna were said to have been arrested at EEDC maintenance centre at Independence
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Ebonyi/Benue boundary crisis: Gunmen behead peace panel members
Fri, 03 May 2019
Edward Nnachi, Abakaliki Four members of a peace committee set up by both Ebonyi and Benue state governments to end the age-long boundary dispute between the people of Ngbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi and their neighbours Agila, in Ardo Local Government Area of Benue State, were on Thursday beheaded by unknown warlords.
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States grew IGR by N231bn to N1.1tn in 2018 NBS
Fri, 03 May 2019
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The National Bureau of Statistics on Thursday released the Internally Generated Revenue report for 2018, with the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory generating a total amount of N1.16tn. The NBS, in a report posted on its website, said the N1.16tn represented an increase of N231.53bn over the N936.47bn recorded in
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Aviation college aircraft makes a crash landing
Fri, 03 May 2019
Tunde Oyekola A trainee aircraft belonging to International Aviation College, Ilorin reportedly made a crash landing at the airport runway on Wednesday. The Diamond plane No.5N BNH with two pilots on board made an emergency landing at exactly 11:05am without any casualty. It was, however, gathered that the staff of the IAC, including the rector
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Aviation college aircraft makes a crash landing
Fri, 03 May 2019
Tunde Oyekola A trainee aircraft belonging to International Aviation College, Ilorin reportedly made a crash landing at the airport runway on Wednesday. The Diamond plane No.5N BNH with two pilots on board made an emergency landing at exactly 11:05am without any casualty. It was, however, gathered that the staff of the IAC, including the rector
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Nine remanded for cattle rustling, kidnapping
Fri, 03 May 2019
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina Nine men accused of cattle rustling, kidnapping and leaking information to bandits on movement of security operatives have been remanded in Katsina prison. The suspects were identified as AbdulRazaq Lawal, 22; Ibrahim Muhammed, 23; Hamisu Bawa, 40; Lawal Badamosi, 23; Hamisu Musa, 40; Isyaku Usman, 45; Salisu Lawal, 28; Usman Audu and
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Managing stress associated with running small business
Fri, 03 May 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Most ventures that are worthwhile are often associated with some form of stress. The ability to manage such stress and meet the expected targets accordingly is therefore vital. So whether it is a large enterprise or a small business, you should be ready to manage whatever stress that comes your way. An
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How to buy and sell a property at once
Fri, 03 May 2019
Abiodun Doherty <span class=”__cf_email__” data-cfemail=”ed8c8f8482899883898285889f9994ad948c858282c38e8280″>[emailprotected]</span> There are many reasons why people sell their properties. One of the less common reason is to fund another property purchase. The current property might be in a location that the owner no longer desires. A property owner could have purchased a property several years prior as a residential property because the
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178 Reps-elect endorse Gbajabiamila for Speaker
Fri, 03 May 2019
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday held a marathon meeting with some newly-elected members of the House of Representatives behind closed doors. Gbajabiamila later led the members-elect to address journalists. The outgoing Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr Omofiok Luke, who
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Talk is cheap: Popular beliefs that harm Nigeria
Fri, 03 May 2019
Tunji Ajibade;<span class=”__cf_email__” data-cfemail=”8ffbfae1e5e6e0eecff6eee7e0e0a1ece0e2″>[emailprotected]</span>; 08036683657 Many of us use popular expressions and harbour beliefs that we take as the absolute truth. A little scratch below the surface will reveal something different though. Some popular assertions actually make one wonder if we think through what we say, or those beliefs that inform our action. Its where the challenge
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Concession: Reps visit Lagos Trade Fair complex over crisis
Fri, 03 May 2019
Anna Okon Members of the Joint Committee of the House of Representatives Committees on Public Petition and Commerce on Thursday toured the Lagos International Trade Fair complex along Lagos-Badagry Expressway. The tour was part of their oversight functions and fact-finding mission aimed at resolving a petition written by the trading stakeholders at the facility on
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Dont ignore us, S South APC group tells Sanwo-Olu
Fri, 03 May 2019
Mudiaga Affe The South-South Peoples United Forum of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, on Thursday called on the governor-elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, not to ignore it while constituting his cabinet. The group, made up of indigenes of Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta States who are resident in Lagos, said
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Foreign investors withdrew N124.25bn in Q1, says NSE
Fri, 03 May 2019
Feyisayo Popoola Foreign portfolio investors withdrew a total of N124.25bn from the nations stock market in the first quarter of the year. Data obtained from the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Thursday showed that the outflow in Q1 2019 reduced by 28.62 per cent from the N175.47bn recorded in the same period in 2018. A breakdown
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Slovakian firm to manufacture electric car, energy bulb in CRiver
Fri, 03 May 2019
Ada Wodu, Calabar The Cross River Government has concluded plans with a Slovakian firm, Sirieco, to establish electric car assembling plant in the state. The Chief Executive Officer of Sirieco Company Limited, Mr Groidis Peter, disclosed this while he and his team were on an inspection tour of Ayade Industrial Park in Calabar. Apart from
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Eligibility suit: Appeal court hears Adeleke, PDPs appeals May 8
Fri, 03 May 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday adjourned till May 8 the hearing of the appeals challenging a judgment of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, which disqualified the Peoples Democratic Partys governorship candidate in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, from contesting the last election in the state. There are
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Boroffice denies sponsoring governorship aspirant against Akeredolu
Fri, 03 May 2019
Peter Dada, Akure The senator representing Ondo North, Ajayi Boroffice, on Thursday denied media reports that he was sponsoring an aspirant for the 2020 governorship election in Ondo State. Boroffice, who had been elected for third term on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, was said to have shown no interest in contesting for
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Govt can leverage technology to increase revenue Expert
Fri, 03 May 2019
Feyisayo Popoola The Vice-Chairman, Xpress Payment Solution Limited, Mr Awa Ibraheem, has urged the government at all levels to leverage opportunities emerging technologies present to shore up their Internally Generated Revenue and combat fraud and the incidence of corruption in governance. Speaking at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigerias two-day maiden Accounting Technology summit
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Systemic rot in the health sector
Fri, 03 May 2019
Punch Editorial Board Many more Nigerians are falling victim to the systemic rot in the countrys health sector. Inexcusably, hospitals are grossly inadequate, poorly equipped and underfunded. With an acute shortage of personnel, the hope that the sick will get a relief soon is faint. In an investigative series that resonated with the grief-stricken majority,
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Re: What does Nigeria do for its citizens
Fri, 03 May 2019
The observations by Bayo Adeyinka on the above article were brilliant. In the absence of pipe-borne water something that I grew up experiencing as a child on my familys return to Nigeria from Niamey, Niger Republic (our debut diplomatic mission) during General Yakubu Gowons era Nigerians at home and those visiting Nigeria from
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Were committed to providing enhanced services DavoDani boss
Fri, 03 May 2019
Nike Popoola Davodani Microfinance Bank Limited has said that it is committed to providing enhanced services to its customers and helping them to improve their savings culture. The Managing Director, Mr John Ologe, said this during the microfinance banks customer forum and raffle draw event recently in Lagos The Chairman, Mr Austin Isire, and other
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Fresh suit seeks reversal of APCs zoning of NASS positions
Fri, 03 May 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja A fresh suit filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja is seeking an order nullifying the All Progressives Congress zoning arrangement for the principal officers of the soon-to-be proclaimed 9th National Assembly. The suit filed on Thursday by a group, Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International, and an acclaimed aggrieved member of
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A Presidents cherished preferences
Fri, 03 May 2019
Nigeria must be one of a handful of countries in the world today where the leader who is sworn to protect and defend the constitution, and by extension be father to the nation, jettisons his oath of office and regards himself as ultimately fortunate to be favoured by the position of his exalted office. What
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Steel industries face total collapse over increasing smuggling GISMA
Fri, 03 May 2019
Anna Okon The Galvanised Iron and Steel Manufacturing Association on Thursday again raised the alarm that the steel industries in Nigeria will soon collapse as the textile industry did with attendant job losses if the increasing smuggling in the sector remained unchecked by government. An official of GISMA, Alhaji Bello Mohammed, in a statement pleaded
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Mandela of our age
Fri, 03 May 2019
A 56-year-old man, Mr Clinton Kanu, had been behind bars since 1992. His pitiable story was reported on page 4 of The PUNCH, April 29, 2019. Kanus incarceration for 27 years bears semblance to that of Sir Nelson Mandela, a former South Africa President, who spent 27 years in jail before respite came his way.
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N33bn probe: Reps panel ignores PenCom, to present report next week
Fri, 03 May 2019
Leke Baiyewu The House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating the N33bn allegedly missing from the account of the National Pension Commission has said it will lay its report next week. The committee, which is probing into the withdrawal of the money from a PenCom account with the Central Bank of Nigeria, asked members of
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2,000 medical workers leave Nigeria yearly, says NMA
Fri, 03 May 2019
Edward Nnachi, Abakaliki Over 2,000 Nigerian medical workers leave the country annually for developed countries, the Nigerian Medical Association has said. President of the Association, Dr Francis Faduyile, stated this at the Annual General Conference/Delegates meeting of the association in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State on Thursday. He said the drift informed the choice of theme for
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Makinde haunted by electoral promises
Fri, 03 May 2019
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan The Oyo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress says the state governor-elect, Mr Seyi Makinde, has made a U-turn on his electoral promises. The party, which noted that it was too early for Makinde to break his promises, asked him to focus on fulfilling them. The Publicity Secretary of the party,
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Aisha Buhari canvasses digital reading aid for visually impaired
Fri, 03 May 2019
Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has called on private organisations to support the education of people with disability by providing digital reading aid so that they can contribute to national development. Buhari, who spoke during the distribution of digital braille Qurans by the National Orientation Agency and Qatar Charity Organisation
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ICPC finally arraigns NBC DG on N2.5bn fraud
Fri, 03 May 2019
Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja The Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Ishaq Kawu, was on Thursday brought before Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo-Giwa of the Federal High Court, Abuja, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission after several unsuccessful attempts to arraign him and others. Kawu was arraigned along with the Chairman of Pinnacle
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Flooding: Kwara Assembly urges KWSG to clear drainage
Fri, 03 May 2019
Tunde Oyekola, Ilorin The Kwara State House of Assembly has called on the state government to direct its Ministry of Environment and Forestry to embark on the clearing of drainages across the state to prevent flooding. The call was contained in the resolutions the lawmakers made following a Matter of Urgent Public Importance raised by
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Firm petitions Osinbajo, tackles MasterCard over $100m ID card investment
Fri, 03 May 2019
Dayo Oketola An indigenous Information Technology firm, Chams Consortium Limited, has petitioned the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, accusing Mastercard of breach of confidence and frustration of the consortiums National Identity Card Concession project to which it invested over $100m. In a letter to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo by the Chairman, Board of Directors, Chams Consortium Ltd.,
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World Press Day: Buhari advises journalists on ethics, fake news
Fri, 03 May 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted Nigerian journalists as they join their professional colleagues across the globe to mark the World Press Freedom Day. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Thursday, urged journalists to use the day
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Children feast on books at maiden Akada Festival
Fri, 03 May 2019
Tare Youdeowei At the maiden edition of Akada Childrens Book Festival, which was organised by Clever Clogs Books, a childrens book publishing outlet based in Lagos, more than 2,400 guests comprising mostly children surprisingly showed uncommon interest in reading books. Admission to the event, held at the British Council in Ikoyi, was free
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Obiano asks monarch to find ex-lawmakers killers
Fri, 03 May 2019
Tony Okafor, Awka The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has asked the newly- installed traditional ruler of Nimo in Njikoka Local Government Area of the state, Igwe Maximus Oliobi, to find the killers of an ex-Anambra State lawmaker, Anthony Igboka, who hailed from the community. Igboka was murdered at Oye Nimo market square about
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Atiku hails appointment of Madu as minister in Canada
Fri, 03 May 2019
Success Nwogu, Abuja A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has said the appointment of a Nigerian, Mr Kaycee Madu, as Minister for Municipal Affairs in Canada is a proof to the world that Nigerians bring value wherever they go. He noted that Madu was initially elected a Member of Parliament in Alberta, Canada. Atiku, in
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Fiwasaye old girls celebrate school @ 60
Fri, 03 May 2019
Tofarati Ige The old girls of Fiwasaye Anglican Girls Grammar School in Akure, Ondo State, have held a national convention in commemoration of the schools 60th anniversary. The two-day convention which took place in Lagos on Friday, also featured a fundraising dinner with the theme, Giving Back for Global Impact. According to a statement released
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New NYSC DG assumes office today amid Senate probe
Fri, 03 May 2019
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The newly-appointed Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, will on Friday (today) assume office at the NYSC headquarters in Abuja. This is in spite a probe by the Senate over his appointment, which was done by the Army after President Muhammadu Buhari started a 10-day private
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