Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines Monday 17th June 2019.

Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines

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Osun governorship poll: Supreme Court hears Adeleke, PDPs appeal today
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Supreme Court will today (Monday) hear the appeals by the Peoples Democratic Party and its governorship candidate in the September 2018 governorship election in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, challenging the victory of the Governor of the state, Adegboyega Oyetola and his All Progressives Congress at the poll. Adelekes lead counsel, Dr
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Rohr predicts difficult opener against Burundi
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Johnny Edward Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has identified Burundi as the biggest threat to Nigerias chances of qualifying from Group B at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Nigeria face Burundi in their opening game in Alexandria on Saturday before games against Guinea and Madagascar on June 26 and 30 respectively. Rohr
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Ndidi: Flattered by Man Utd link
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Leicester City star Wilfred Ndidi has admitted he is flattered to be linked with a big money move away from the King Power Stadium, but insists his focus is currently on Nigerias bid to win the Africa Cup of Nations. The midfielder was an ever-present for the Foxes in the Premier League last season, and
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Health sector needs increased budget, group tells FG
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Friday Olokor, Abuja A health sector policy think-tank, known as the Silver Lining for the Needy Initiative, has called on the Federal Government to increase its budgetary allocation to the health sector in Nigeria. The SNLI urged President Muhammadu Buhari to bring on board his cabinet, a Minister of Health who is knowledgeable and understands
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IBM expands quantum computing programme to 16 varsities
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Ife Ogunfuwa IBM has announced the expansion of its quantum computing efforts to Africa in a new collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University) in South Africa. As part of the partnership, a statement from the company said, IBM would collaborate with 16 universities across the continent to train students and professors on
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CBN and the free-floating naira
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Henry Boyo The report in the Tuesday, June 11th edition of the Daily Independent Newspaper, entitled, Free-floating the naira is disobeying the law CBN, made an interesting reading. In the report, the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele, engaged stakeholders at an interactive session in Lagos on why he had rebuffed the incessant
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The iJAMBa cut-off mark tragedy
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
The current method of education is faulty Simisola Ogunleye There can be no good sounding in the recent announcement of very low cut-off marks in Nigerias most important grading examination, the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. The entire occasion reminds one of the Yoruba word, ijamba, which sounding like JAMB, the acronym of the Joint Admissions
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Gombe residents to get prepaid meters from July 5
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Chima Azubuike, Gombe The Jos Electricity Distribution Company has said that it is ready to start rolling out prepaid meters to residents of Gombe State from July 5. The JEDCO Regional Manager in charge of Gombe State, Sani Hamza, who said this in a telephone interview with Northern City News on Sunday, urged the residents
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Firm inducts 126 farmers, charges Nigerians to invest in pineapples
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Etim Ekpimah The First Massive Achievers Limited has inducted 126 farmers, who underwent both practical and theoretical courses in various forms of agriculture. The MAF, which claimed to have trained thousands of Nigerians since its inception in 2007, added that the graduands had fulfilled all the requirements for the award of the firms certificate. The
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Ekiti, Ondo, Yobe budget N5.7bn for travels, N2.5bn for agric
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Despite talks about the need to diversify the economy away from the dependence on the oil sector, the agriculture sector suffers low budgetary allocation across all states, ANNA OKON writes In their 2018 budgets, three states, Ekiti, Ondo, and Yobe, allocated an amount in excess of N5.7bn to travelling and training expenses while allocating N2.5bn
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NSIA grows assets under management to N617bn
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Dayo Oketola The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority has grown its assets under management to $1.9bn (N617.69bn). The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, NSIA, Mr Uche Orji, said that as of the end of 2018, the NSIA had assets under management of $1.9bn (N617.69bn). NSIAs assets under management were N533.88bn in 2017, N420.93bn in 2016,
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Discos debt to transmission company hits N231bn
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The indebtedness of power distribution companies to the Transmission Company of Nigeria has risen to N231bn as of March 2019. Nigeria has 11 Discos. The electricity generated by power generation companies is transmitted by the TCN to power distributors, who then distribute the product to final consumers. Discos collect funds from power
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Instant bank transfers rise to N41.48tn in five months
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Ife Ogunfuwa The value of transactions via the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System Instant payment system rose to N41.48tn in five months of this year as banks, fintechs and telecommunications companies intensify efforts to deepen financial inclusion. This is a 36 per cent increase in the value on the transactions compared with N30.448tn transactions in the
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Smart becomes AIO vice president
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Nike Popoola The Chairman, Nigerian Insurers Association, Mr Tope Smart, has been appointed as the vice president of the African Insurance Organisation effective June 12, 2019. Smart, who is also the Group Managing Director,NEM Insurance Plc, had been a board member of AIOs executive committee. The announcement was made at the recently concluded AIOs 46th
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Nigeria needs law to reduce air pollution Aminu-Kano
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Director -General, Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano says Nigeria needs stringent anti-pollution laws to curb the release and spread of dangerous pollutants into the air. According to Aminu-Kano, more polluted air is being released in the country due to the lack of a proper recourse to safe agricultural practices, deforestation, fumes
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Cocoa farmers beg govt to construct roads in rural areas
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Peter Dada, Akure The Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria has called on the federal and state governments in the country to make rural roads in cocoa-producing states in the country motorable, to ease transportation of the produce to the market. The group lamented that the poor and inaccessible road networks was one of the major
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Expert decries power firms default on bank loans
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Femi Asu A former Executive Director at the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, Mr Kola Ayeye, has decried the default on bank loans by electricity generation and distribution companies in the country. Ayeye, who is the Managing Director of Growth and Development Asset Management Limited, stressed the need for the Central Bank of Nigeria and
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How to stay safe with mobile banking
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Nike Popoola Help protect yourself and your information with these quick and easy tips. Banks pride themselves on protecting their customers accounts and information, whether at a branch or using a mobile banking app. When banking on-the-go, there are things you can do for added security, like setting a four-digit pin or not logging in
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Customers to avoid in a small business
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja It is common for most small business owners to see any customer as a good customer. But this may not be exactly correct. Also, many small business owners believe it is important to grow their client base and keep their customers coming back. However, experts say some customers are just more trouble
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Environmental pollution: Group seeks transition from firewood to gas
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Friends of the Environment says there is a need for more Nigerians to embrace the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas, if the plan to reduce air pollution and further cut down on the carbon footprint coming from firewood must be actualised. The group made the call at a campaign to mark the 2019
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Money matters for fathers
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Nimi Akinkugbe Fathers Day is globally celebrated in June; it is a day dedicated to the celebration of fathers. A father has a huge role to play in the family; a lifelong responsibility that comes with significant financial implications, as there are so many demands on their resources. Here are some tried and tested tips
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Chinese goods top Nigerias import list at 26.4%
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Nike Popoola China led the United States of America in goods imported to Nigeria, accounting for 26.4 per cent of total imports in the country between January and March 2019. According to figures from the National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria imported goods worth N979.30bn or 26.44 per cent from China in the first quarter of
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FG urged to drive growth with tech
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Nike Popoola The Federal Government has been urged to deploy technology as part of efforts to achieve a rapid economic growth. The Chief Executive Officer, Kainos Edge Consulting, Dr Adedoyin Salami, said this while delivering his keynote lecture at the Risk Management Association of Nigerias 19th annual lecture with the theme, Economic recovery and development;
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Gas explosion: P/Harcourt Mall safe, says management
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The management and owners of the Port Harcourt Mall has commiserated with all the injured people in the gas explosion of June 12, 2019. In a statement signed by the Mall Manager, Mrs Chioma Okorie, the management said it had undertaken an extensive analysis of the situation alongside other agencies of government and
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Investors lose N169bn as earnings season draws near
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Femi Asu Investors lost N169bn in value at the close of trading on the Nigerian Stock Exchange last week as the earning season for the first half of the year is expected to begin soon. It was a four-day trading week as the Federal Government declared Wednesday as a public holiday to mark the Democracy
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ICC Nigeria, Gates Foundation task FG on food security
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Anna Okon The Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce Nigeria, Babatunde Savage, has urged the Federal Government and stakeholders to devise a means of feeding the nation now and in the years to come, warning that failure to do this would result in food security issues. He issued the plea during the 20th Annual
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CIBN, others to brainstorm on Nigerias infrastructure devt
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Nike Popoola The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria has said there is a strong indication that the economy may be heading towards further growth. In a statement, the institute said it would assemble erudite scholars and core professionals from banks and other institutions at a public forum in Lagos, to examine some critical issues
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Lagos pays 297 retirees N821.56m
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Nike Popoola Lagos State Government said it presented Retirement Benefit Bond certificates worth N821.56m to 297 public service retirees. A statement said, while welcoming the retirees at the 63rd retirement benefit bond presentation ceremony in Lagos, the Director-General, Lagos State Pension Commission, Mrs Folasade Onanuga, explained that there were two benefit options available under the
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WILAT condemns indiscriminate disposal of plastic waste
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
The Women in Logistics and Transport has raised the alarm over the increasing rate of plastic pollution in the oceans, calling for proper disposal and recycling of plastic waste to protect the marine environment. WILAT Board of Trustees member and Chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria, Vicky Haastrup, who made the call during a
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LAPO promises to reduce poverty among women
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri LAPO Micro Finance Bank has promised to drastically reduce the poverty ratio among Nigerian women through continuous launching of financial enhancement programmes. The financial institution said with more Nigerian women having access to funds to do businesses, the countrys poverty ratio would decrease. The Managing Director of the bank, Godwin Ehigiamusoe, said
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Firm targets affordable housing delivery
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Deputy Managing Director, Propertymart Real Estate Investment Limited, Abimbola Arasi, says there is a need for real estate developers to focus on reducing the countrys housing deficit. Arasi, who spoke at the handing over of allocated plots of lands to subscribers of Fairmont Hilltop Estate in Alagbado, said the companys target was
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Agric insurancell boost financial inclusion NAIC CEO
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Nike Popoola The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, the Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation, Mrs Folashade Joseph, has said that agricultural insurance will complement the efforts of the Federal Government on financial inclusion in the country. Joseph, who spoke to journalists at the just concluded 46th African Insurance Organisation in Johannesburg, South Africa, noted that, while the
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Insurers Committee lists seven policies for protection
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Nike Popoola The Insurers Committee has said that there are seven statutory insurance policies which the country has provided to ensure protection of individuals and corporate entities. The policies are motor third party insurance, employee group life insurance, healthcare professional indemnity, insurance of public buildings, insurance of buildings under construction, aviation third party insurance; and
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NYSC ll communicate to corps members on N30,000 allowance DG
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The National Youth Service Corps has promised to communicate to corps members whenever the payment of the new allowance of N30,000 begins. The NYSC Director-General, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, stated this during the NYSC Freedom of Information Desk Officers Workshop held in Abuja. The DG on Friday noted that the scheme had
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Wukari Council boss confirms killing of eight in Taraba
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo The Caretaker Chairman of Wukari Local Government Council in Taraba State, Daniel Adi on Sunday confirmed the killing of eight people in his local government between Tuesday and Sunday. Adi, in a telephone interview with our correspondent said three people were killed in Tsokondi, three in Rafinkada and two at the outskirts
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Public secondary schools turned into hideouts by hoodlums as facilities rot
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Niyi Odebode, Tare Youdeowei, Ada Wodu, Sampson Itode, Patrick Odey, Peter Dada, Adekunle Peter, Adeniyi Olugbemi, Bola Bamigbola, John Charles, Tunji Bosun, Chima Azubuike, Casmir Ogbonna and Ademola Babalola Public secondary schools in many states in the country are facing challenges of deteriorating infrastructure and environments that are not suitable for learning. The PUNCHs investigations
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Suspected herdsmen attack commercial bus, abduct three women in Enugu
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Ogbonna Casmir, Enugu There was panic in Enugu as suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked a commercial bus carrying traders, mainly women returning from the market along Agbani-Ugbawka road in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State and abducted three young women. Our correspondent gathered that the herdsmen numbering over 20 first robbed the traders before
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Boko Haram attacks troops in Borno, Buratai heads for UK
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja Boko Haram terrorists and suspected Islamic State West African Province fighters have attacked troops location in Damasak, Borno State, injuring unconfirmed number of soldiers. This is just as the Nigerian Army said on Sunday that the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, was expected in London, the United Kingdom on
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JABU expels students over Indian hemp, others
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Peter Dada, Akure Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji Arakeji, Osun State has reportedly expelled no fewer than 100 students over alleged offences contravening the rules and regulations of the institution. Some of the offences allegedly committed by the affected students included the use of drugs and India hemp and non-payment of school fees, among others.
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Ogun leads in drug addiction in South West
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Committee 2018 survey has ranked Ogun State as the worst in the prevalence of drug abuse in the South West. The survey revealed that the South West region, which comprises Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Oyo, Lagos and Ekiti states, had no fewer than 4,382,000 drug
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Why we suspended school feeding programme in some states FG
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Special Adviser to the President on Social Investments, Mrs Maryam Uwais, has explained why the Homegrown School Feeding Programme of the Federal Government was suspended in some states. There had been reports of poor quality food, insufficient and irregular supply of food, as well as late disbursement of funds by the
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NCDC conducts risk assessment on Ebola
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Dayo Ojerinde The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said it has conducted a preliminary risk assessment on Ebola Virus Disease and that the overall risk of importation of disease to Nigeria from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda is low. This was contained in a statement signed by the Director, Prevention and
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One in three Nigerians lacks access to drinking water UNICEF
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja The United Nations Childrens Fund has said that one in three Nigerians does not have access to basic drinking water services, adding that on the average, each of the people living in rural areas of the country has access to only four litres of water daily. UNICEF specialist on sanitation, Bioye Ogunjobi,
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Fathers Day: Atiku pays tribute to security operatives, prays against poverty
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Success Nwogu, Abuja Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, urged Nigerians to acknowledge the sufferings and sacrifices of security officers who are fighting terrorists, bandits, kidnappers and other security threats to Nigeria. Atiku, who is the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate in the February 2019 election, in a statement by his media adviser, Mr
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Fathers Day: Osinbajo urges men to honour women
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
John Ameh, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday urged men to honour women and stop treating them as subordinates. He spoke in Abuja after a service to mark Fathers Day at the Aso Villa Chapel. The VPs mother, Mrs Olubisi Osinbajo; the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege; and the Secretary to the Government
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Flooding: Edo cautions residents, clears more drains
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe Following heavy rainfall in parts of Edo State, the state government has called for caution among residents, urging them to be careful when moving in the rain and hazy weather. In a statement by Special Adviser to Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, the government noted that officials
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June 12: PUNCHs triumph in 25-year legal battle
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Punch Editorial Board In a landmark judgement that emphasised the primacy of the rule of law over the display of crude force and naked power by the government, the Supreme Court of Nigeria on Friday reaffirmed the damages awarded to PUNCH Nigeria Limited by the lower courts over the invasion and sealing off of its
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Insecurity: Osun to engage vigilante groups, hunters
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo As parts of effort to tackle insecurity, the Osun State Government has said it will engage the services of vigilante groups and local hunters to provide security for the residents. Speaking on Saturday on the sidelines of the installation of the immediate past Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Dr
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Man bags six months in prison for stealing kolanut
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti A Chief Magistrates Court sitting in Iyin Ekiti has sentenced a 36-year-old man, Ige Omotosho, to six months imprisonment for stealing a bag of kolanut. Omotosho was convicted on two counts of forcible entry into a farmland and stealing a bag of kolanut worth N10,000. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adefumike Anoma,
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