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BREAKING: Libyan Mayor abducted, killed: security source

The mayor of Libya’s third-largest city Misrata has been abducted and killed, a security source said on Monday. Mohamad Eshtewi’s body was found dumped in the street after he was kidnapped by unknown assailants after leaving the airport in the western coastal city late Sunday, the source said. The city hospital said it had received […]
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No civilian casualty in Boko Haram attack on food trucks – Army

The Nigerian Army on Monday denied the killings of civilians in an attack coordinated by the Boko Haram insurgents against the World Food Programme trucks on Saturday. The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, gave the clarification in a Short Service Message to newsmen in Maiduguri. Nicholas said that the troops escorting the trucks had […]
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Morocco 2018: Eagles intensify build-up in Abuja

The Super Eagles B have moved camp to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja for the next phase of preparations for the 2018 African Nations Championship taking place in Morocco from 13th January 2018. The first phase of preparations ended in Kano on Sunday with the team emerging victorious at the NPFL Invitational Super Six Tournament […]
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Power: 37 federal varsities using 1,068 generators

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Thirty-seven federal universities in the country are using 1,068 generators as alternative power source, an energy audit of the tertiary institutions has revealed. According to the audit, the generators contribute to noise and air pollution in the universities, as the diesel and petrol engines emit pollutants in the surroundings where they function. […]
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Osinbajo, governors join Buhari to cut birthday cakes

Olalekan Adetayo and Gbenga Odogun Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and some state governors on Sunday joined President Muhammadu Buhari to cut his birthday cakes. The President’s wife, Aisha, also joined them for the event that took place inside Buhari’s official residence at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The President’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, posted […]
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Northern govts, varsities denying Christians jobs, admissions —ECWA

Friday Olokor, Jos The Evangelical Church Winning All has alleged that higher institutions in the North have been denying Christians admissions into professional courses while Christians have also been denied employment on account of their religion. ECWA also expressed concern over the activities of Fulani herdsmen in the country with a call on the Federal […]
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We’ll defend Lagos-Ibadan expressway in 2018 budget —Senator

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Following widespread condemnations from individuals and groups particularly from the South-West, a lawmaker, representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Senator Olamilekan Adeola, has said the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project will be completed “soon.” Adeola, in a statement on Sunday by his Media Adviser, Mr. Kayode Odunaro, said the request by the Presidency to vire […]
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Ex-Ohanaeze president rules out Igbo presidency in 2019

Tony Okafor, Awka A former president of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Dozie Ikedife, on Sunday advised Igbo politicians planning to contest the presidency in 2019 to perish the thought. Ikedife’s advice came a few days after the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, said APGA was considering the Anambra […]
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$1bn B’haram fund: Reps leader says N’Assembly lacks power over ECA, PDP tackles FG

John Ameh, Olusola Fabiyi, Chukwudi Akasike, Success Nwogu and Oladimeji Ramon The Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, said on Sunday that the National Assembly had no legal authority to query state governments on how they chose to spend their money. Gbajabiamila, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress from Lagos […]
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Military budgets N38bn for weapons in 2018

Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Nigerian military has budgeted about N38bn for the purchase of ammunition, fighter jets and helicopters in 2018 as part of its efforts to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East. This figure was obtained from the breakdown of procurements covering the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Navy, […]
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Defection to APC: PDP warns Akala, Folarin

Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Peoples Democratic Party has warned a former governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, and a former Senate Leader, Senator Teslim Folarin, who defected from the party to the All Progressives Congress, that they will be used and dumped by the APC. The PDP urged them to return to the party […]
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Dangote, BUA in war of words over mining site

Akinpelu Dada The war of words between the Dangote Group and BUA Group continued on Sunday with the former accusing the latter of illegally mining limestone deposited in its Mining Lease No. 2541, located in the boundary town of Oguda/Ubo in Okene, Kogi State. However, BUA denied the claim and accused Dangote of attempting to […]
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Five LASTMA officials arrested for extortion

Samson Folarin No fewer than five officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority have been arrested for allegedly extorting money from some motorists in the state. The PUNCH learnt that many other officials of the agency were before a disciplinary committee for various acts of misconduct. The Public Affairs Officer of LASTMA, Mahmud Hassan, […]
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Those planning to replace Buhari are self-seeking politicians – DG VON

John Alechenu, Abuja The Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has said those angling to displace President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 are more or less self-seeking individuals who do not mean well for the country. Okechukwu said this in a telephone interview with The PUNCH in Abuja on Sunday. He explained that […]
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Double registration: I’ll react at the right time, says Bello

Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has broken his silence on the double registration indictment, saying he will speak on the matter at the appropriate time. In a statement by his Director General, Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, the governor said he was “upbeat in the midst of allegation of double […]
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We’ve rescued, rehabilitated 2,000 trafficked Nigerians –FG

The Federal Government’s anti-trafficking agency, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, said it had rescued and rehabilitated about 2,000 Nigerians from traffickers in 2017. The NAPTIP Director General, Julie Okah-Donli, who stated this during a meeting with some social media managers in Abuja, noted that the efforts of the government, particularly […]
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I’ll vie for Anambra governorship again, says Chidoka

Tony Okafor, Awka The candidate of the United Peoples Party in the November 18, 2017 Anambra State governorship election, Chief Osita Chidoka, on Sunday said he would contest the position again. The former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission said his ambition to govern the state had been strengthened and rekindled by the […]
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Mark denies receiving N2bn campaign funds for senators

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja A former President of the Senate, David Mark, has denied receiving over N2bn from the Peoples Democratic Party through a National Assembly account for distribution to members of the chamber. Mark, in a statement on Sunday by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, said as a law-abiding citizen, he had answered an invitation […]
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Ibadan Foundation honours Ajimobi, others

Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, was on Sunday honoured with the Fellows Award of the Ibadan Foundation for his contribution to the socio-economic development of the city and the state. The immediate past President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Nike Akande, who was the chairman on the […]
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Amaechi mourns Miller, Wokekoro

Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt FORMER governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has described the demise of two of his political allies, Chief Nnamdi Wokekoro and Anderson Miller, as shocking. Amaechi explained that he was saddened to hear about the deaths of the duo; Wokekoro (the Ikwerre 1 of Ikwerre Land) […]
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LASG seeks feedback on public hospitals

Sesan Olufwobi The Lagos State Government has urged Lagosians who patronise government-owned hospitals to give feedback to government in order to enhance services. The government also enjoined them to always insist on quality services. The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, stated this at a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Alimosho General Hospital, […]
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Shelve your strike, FG begs PENGASSAN

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja  The Federal Government has appealed to the Petroleum and Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria to shelve its planned strike in the spirit of conciliation brokered between it and Neconde Energy Services Ltd. It said that the appeal was imperative in order to save Nigerians from further hardship during the Christmas season and […]
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David Mark denies receiving, distributing N2bn campaign fund

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Former President of the Senate, David Mark, has denied receiving over N2bn from the Peoples Democratic Party through a National Assembly account for distribution to senators. Mark, in a statement on Sunday by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, said as a law-abiding citizen, he had answered an invitation by the Economic and […]
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Saudi crown prince buys world’s most expensive home

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been revealed as the owner of a French chateau described as the world’s most expensive home, according to a report in the New York Times. The purchase of the vast property west of Paris for $300m would be the latest in a string of extravagant purchases by the […]
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Order monthly inspection of police stations, Falana tells Lagos CJ

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has written to the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke, to designate Chief Magistrates to conduct monthly inspection of all police stations and other detention centres in the state. Falana, in his letter dated December 15, 2017, urged the Chief Judge to grant […]
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[BREAKING] Electricity agency spends N738m to clear goods abandoned for 10 years

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The Transmission Company of Nigeria has spent N738m, representing 13 per cent of its annual budgetary allocation, to clear goods at the port. The TCN said the unnamed goods had been at the port for 10 years. The Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy condemned the agency for its action. The […]
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UN-backed government’s mandate expired, says Libya strongman

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar insisted Sunday that the mandate of the country’s UN-backed government has run out after what he said was the expiration of a tattered 2015 political deal. The UN-brokered agreement signed in Morocco on December 17, 2015 established Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) for a one-year period, renewable only once. Despite […]
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Bitcoin is not money, not universally accepted, financial expert warns

The chairman of Swiss banking giant, UBS, Axel Weber, has said that bitcoin is not an effective means of payment, since it is not universally accepted. He added that the cryptocurrency is not a good measure of value, since prices are not written in bitcoins, and it is not an effective way to store value, since […]
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Double registration: It’s not yet time to respond, Gov Bello says

Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has broken his silence on the allegations that he was registered twice by the Independent National Electoral Commission, saying he will speak on the matter at the appropriate time. The Director General, Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo, said Bello was “upbeat in the midst […]
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I can’t tolerate loss of men, equipment to Boko Haram again, Commandant tells soldiers

Kayode Idowu, in Maiduguri The Commandant of the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East (Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole), Maj. Gen. Rogers Nicholas, has warned that as highly respected soldiers all globally, the troop should no longer allow the “untrained Boko Haram to rubbish them. Speaking to soldiers at the front line on Saturday, Maj. Gen. […]
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75th birthday: Buhari cancels Special Parade

The planned special birthday parade to be mounted by the Brigade of Guards as part of activities to mark President Muhammadu Buhari’s 75th birthday has been cancelled. A source close to the presidency, which confirmed this development in Abuja on Sunday, did not give reasons for the cancellation. The president’s family, led by his wife, […]
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IS claims pre-Christmas suicide bombing of Pakistan church, eight dead

A suicide bomb attack on a Pakistan church claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least eight people and wounded 30 during a service on Sunday, just over a week before Christmas. Two women were among the dead at a Methodist church in the restive southwestern city of Quetta in Balochistan province, said provincial […]
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LASTMA arrests five traffic officials for extortion

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has arrested five of its traffic officials for extorting motorists last week at various parts of the State. The traffic officials are Bamidele Sheu, a level seven traffic officer aged 48 and resident of 68, Oke Popo Street, Lagos Island; Ope Adisa, aged 32 and level 5 traffic officer […]
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$1bn Boko Haram fund: Avoid Jonathan’s error, SERAP tells Buhari

Oladimeji Ramon  A human rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has advised President Muhammadu to be careful not to fall into the same error as his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, as regards the funding and management of information on the Boko Haram insurgency war. The group’s advice came on the heels of the approval […]
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Police arrest three suspected cult members in Cross River

The Police Command in Cross River on Sunday said it had arrested three suspected cult members and recovered two locally made pistols, two live cartridges and one expanded cartridge. The Commissioner of Police, Mr Hafiz Inuwa, said that the suspects were arrested by a team of policemen attached to the Operation Skolombo Special Task Force […]
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Updated: Five killed in suicide attack on Pakistan church

At least five people were killed and 21 injured when two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan during a service Sunday, just over a week before Christmas, police said. Two women were among the dead at a Methodist church in the restive southwestern city of Quetta in Balochistan province, said provincial police chief Moazzam […]
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$550m Ondo power plant: PPA will improve national grid by 550MW

The Power Purchase Agreement between Kingline Development and Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc for construction of 550 MegaWatts plant valued at $550m will boost the confidence of would-be investors in the project. KLD’s Managing Director, Mr Akinnola Fola, said this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Sunday. Fola, who was speaking on the […]
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December 21 election: Catalan separatists’ candidates campaign from prison, exile

With one candidate speaking via video conference from Belgium and another sending dispatches from prison, Catalan separatists are engaged in a highly abnormal campaign ahead of pivotal elections on Thursday. Carles Puigdemont and Oriol Junqueras, the president and vice-president of Catalonia who were deposed by Madrid, have had to resort to alternative ways of campaigning […]
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Buhari travels to Niger with three govs

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday attend the 59th Proclamation of Republic of Niger ceremony in Tahoua, Niger. According to a statement on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President, alongside the Presidents of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger, will participate in the […]
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Bello hails Buhari at 75

Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja Kogi State Governor, Alh. Yahaya Bello has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for his steadfastness in creating a better and more respectable Nigeria. In a congratulatory message signed by the Governor, he said President Buhari remains a shining light and an unbeatable example for transparency and accountability. “I am learning a lot from […]
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For manufacturing sector, recession continues

The manufacturing sector, which fell from a positive outlook to negative during the 2016 recession, rose briefly in the first quarter of 2017, aided by some policy initiatives. However, it plunged back to a negative position in the third quarter of 2017. ANNA OKON takes a look at the situation The story of the rise […]
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No basis for SEC’s forensic audit, says Oando

’Femi Asu Oando Plc has said there is no basis for the institution of a forensic audit of the company by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company said in a statement on Sunday that it had continued in its legal battle with SEC on the regulator’s alleged findings and sanctions following an investigation into […]
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Fuel queues return to Lagos, persist in Abuja, others …as oil workers begin strike today

Kamarudeen Ogundele, Adelani Adepegba, Okechukwu Nnodim and ’Femi Asu The lingering petrol scarcity in many parts of the country grew worse on Sunday in Lagos, Abuja, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states as many filling stations were shut. The closure of the filling stations followed threats by members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff […]
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Naira depreciates to 365/dollar despite CBN interventions

Oyetunji Abioye The naira depreciated marginally by 0.55 per cent at the parallel market week-on-week to close at N365 on Friday. The local currency had closed at 363/dollar last Friday. Currency retailers and analysts said the development came on the back of increased demand was occasioned by activities heralding the Christmas and New Year celebrations. […]
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Green Bond: FG assures investors of proceeds management

Stanley Opara The Federal Government says it will encourage a high level of transparency in the management of proceeds of the N10.69bn Green Bond. It said it was recommended that an issuer’s management of proceeds be supplemented by the use of an auditor, or other third party, to verify the internal tracking method and the […]
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Ogun arrests 12 residents for improper waste disposal

The Ogun State Ministry of the Environment says following several warnings against indiscriminate dumping of refuse on roadsides, medians and flower beds, its officials have arrested over 12 residents for dumping of refuse on median strips. The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, was quoted to have said during a monitoring exercise at Sango Ota […]
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$2.8bn pipeline contract’ll change Nigeria’s energy landscape – Presidency

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency on Sunday said the nation’s energy landscape was set for a major change with the award of a $2,809,522,548.36 gas pipeline contract approved by the Federal Executive Council as proposed by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed […]
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Ecobank renovates Ikorodu medical centre

The Lagos State Government has commended Ecobank Nigeria for renovating and furnishing the main building at the Agbala Pediatric Centre in Ikorodu, as part of the lender’s corporate social responsibility effort directed at women and children. The Chairman, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Dr. Bayo Aderiye, said the contribution by Ecobank would go a long […]
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Heritage Bank gets CBN Sustainable Banking Award

Heritage Bank has won in the inaugural Nigeria Sustainable Banking Award convened by the Central Bank of Nigeria. The lender said in a statement on Sunday that it won the award for “For Sustainable Transaction of The Year in Agriculture” The award, which was in recognition of its success in sustainable development in 2017, was […]
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Providus Bank, MasterCard provide World Elite card to customers

Providus Bank says it has launched the World Elite MasterCard offering in Nigeria, providing affluent consumers and frequent travellers with a range of priceless travel benefits and lifestyle privileges both at home and abroad.  The lender described it as the first launch of World Elite MasterCard in the sub-Saharan Africa. In a statement on Sunday, […]
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Nigeria, others need commodity-price surge to avert debt crunch–IMF

The sub-Saharan Africa faces a potential debt crunch unless commodity prices improve and boost the pace of economic growth, the International Monetary Fund has said. The Washington-based Fund said the region’s median government debt level would probably exceed 50 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product this year from 34 per cent in 2013, while […]
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Bitcoin ETF providers see new hope for approval

Fund managers seek U-turn by regulators after start of cryptocurrency futures trading. Bitcoin mania has reignited a race to launch an exchange-traded fund in the US that would track the volatile cryptocurrency. According to Financial Times, approval for such an ETF would be a U-turn for the Securities and Exchange Commission, which in March refused […]
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Teaching children about banking

Elementary students can learn how banks operate and the types of services they provide. Academic lessons enable you to introduce concepts such as saving, budgeting and investing. Some students get an allowance or they receive money on birthdays and holidays, so it’s never too early to start teaching them about simple banking concepts. As a […]
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NSE weekly equities’ turnover hits N51.5bn

Stanley Opara A total turnover of 1.852 billion shares worth N51.523bn in 23,863 deals, were traded last week by investors on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.  However, a total of 3.316 billion shares valued at N36.451bn had exchanged hands the penultimate week in 29,771 deals. The financial services industry (measured by volume) led […]
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SON’s technical panel to review cement standard

The Technical Committee of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria has begun a review the NlS 444-1 Standard. The committee came up with a review of the standard and classified cement into three grades and stipulated their exclusive uses to guide against misapplication and adulteration. The existing cement standard restricts the use of the 32.5 grade […]
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Town planning framework still unstructured, says NITP

The President, Nigerian Institute of Town Planning, Luka Achi, has said the institutional framework for physical planning at all levels of governance is inadequate and unstructured. Achi said many states of the federation had yet to domesticate the Nigerian Urban and Regional Law of 1992 as amended, and develop instruments such as master plans and […]
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CIIN reviews professional exam syllabus

 Nike Popoola The Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria is set to commence the implementation of its upgraded professional examination syllabus. The President, CIIN, Mrs. Funmi Babington-Ashaye, said this during the institute’s graduation and fellowship awards ceremony in Lagos. She said, “I wish to inform you that the challenges facing the industry in this dispensation not […]
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Firm begins estate for Osun indigenes abroad

Femi Makinde, Osogbo A property development company, Thirty Three Nigeria Limited, has commenced the construction of 46 detached and semi-detached duplexes at the Government Reserved Area in Osogbo, the Osun State capital. The Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Kunle Omisore, said at a ceremony to commence the project that the company would build […]
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‘Investors should pay attention to property maintenance’

Maureen  Ihua-Maduenyi The Business Development Manager, Provast Limited, Mr. Segun Olabode, says investors in real estate should place emphasis on efficient management and maintenance of their existing stock of properties so as to enjoy maximum returns on their investments. Olabode, who is an estate surveyor and valuer as well as a facility manager, spoke at […]
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NCRIB to set 10-year development plan

The President, Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, Mr. Shola Tinubu, has said the council plans to have a 10-year development plan. He said this during the members’ evening event that was sponsored by AIICO Insurance Plc in Lagos. He said, “The intention of this administration is to bequeath a 10-year development plan to the […]
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PPL to commence enhanced pension payment

One of the Pension Fund Administrators in the country, Premium Pension Limited, has said it is set to commence the payment of enhanced monthly pension to its retirees – customers with effect from this month. A statement obtained on Sunday from the Head Corporate Communication, Premium Pension Limited, Aliyu Ali, said it was in line […]
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Developer unveils Yuletide promo for Empire Residences II

Luxury real estate developer, Deluxe Residences, has unveiled a promotional package for its newest development, the Empire Residences II in Victoria Island, Lagos. The company stated that the promo, which was launched last week, had as the star prize, an all-expenses paid trip to Dubai over the holiday season for subscribers who paid a N20m […]
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AHCN plans data collection on mortgage, real estate off-takers

Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Association of Housing Corporations of Nigeria has said that in the first quarter of 2018, it will begin a pilot scheme of the Home Ownership Off-takers Affordability Survey Data Base with the creation of a verifiable working database of about 1,000 workers per selected state. The association said with its partner, Value […]
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AMG gets quality management certification

Maureen  Ihua-Maduenyi The Alpha Mead Group says two of its business units, Alpha Mead Development Company and Alpha Mead Facilities and Management Services Limited have been awarded the Quality Management System certification, ISO 9001:2015. According to the group, the new certification positions AMDC as the first real estate development company in the country certified to […]
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LASBCA urges engineers to report safety violations

Maureen  Ihua-Maduenyi The Lagos State Building Control Agency has urged engineers to help solve the problem of building collapse in the state by reporting safety standard violations on construction sites. The General Manager, LASBCA, Olalekan Shodeinde, made the appeal when the leaders of the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria paid him a courtesy […]
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Nigerians explore business opportunities in Vietnam

Anna Okon Nigerian businessmen have visited Vietnam to seek opportunities to import waste treatment equipment and environmentally friendly waste disposal machineries from the country, while exporting wood, cashew nuts, minerals, oil and gas and technology to it. A business delegation of members of the Nigeria-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry also sought investment partners for […]
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Insurer, others attribute health care challenges to poor accountability

Experts in the health care sector, risks management, insurance and regulatory authorities have said lack of transparency, accountability and poor corporate governance remain the bane of Nigeria’s health sector. A statement obtained on Sunday indicated that they said this at the third edition of the clinical risk and governance summit hosted by Conrad Clark Nigeria […]
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IoD seeks improved corporate governance to attract investments

Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Institute of Directors, Nigeria, has called on the Federal Government to improve the level of corporate governance in public and private sector institutions in order to encourage investors to bring in fresh funds into the country. It said there could not be substantial improvement in the investment inflows into the country […]
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Linkage assures shareholders of better returns

Linkage Assurance Plc says it is embarking on a new phase of growth that will guarantee better returns on investment for its shareholders. While speaking at the 24th annual general meeting of the company in Lagos, the Chairman, Linkage, Dr. John Eseimokumoh said this is part of the strategic initiatives of the new management to […]
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NCF calls for more efforts on nature conservation

Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The President, Board of Trustees, Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Chief Philip Asiodu, has called for more commitment to nature conservation in the country. Asiodu made the call at the NCF’s Annual General Meeting, adding that Nigerians had a responsibility to renew and strengthen their commitment to the cause of conservation. He said, “The environmental […]
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Insurance agents urged to be enterprising

Insurance agents have been urged to be enterprising to boost their productivity and succeed in the challenging economy. The underwriting companies have also been urged to ensure that their insurance agents are licensed by the National Insurance Commission. The immediate President, Association of Registered Insurance Agents of Nigeria, Gbadebo Olamerun, said this in Lagos during […]
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How $2.8bn pipeline contract will change Nigeria’s energy landscape -Presidency

contract involves construction of 614km Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano pipeline FG adopts contractor financing option contractors to be repaid over 15 years Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Presidency on Sunday said the nation’s energy landscape was set for a major change with the award of a $2,809,522,548.36 gas pipeline contract approved by the Federal Executive Council as proposed by […]
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Fury warns Joshua

Tyson Fury has warned heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua that if his demands are not met then he can forget about their £50m all-British showdown, according to Daily Mail. Fury has not fought since that famous night in Dusseldorf when he dethroned Wladimir Klitschko to capture the world titles over two years ago. But the self-proclaimed […]
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Porto win race to sign Eagles midfielder

Festus Abu Portuguese Primeira Liga giants Porto have reportedly won the race to sign Nigeria’s Oghenekaro Etebo from   their struggling rivals Feirense during  the January transfer window.  The box-to-box midfielder, who  has slipped down the pecking order at the Super Eagles since Wilfred Ndidi broke into the first team after  making a  £17m move from […]
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Gotv boxing: Organisers promise security

’Tana Aiyejina Organisers of GOtv Boxing Night 13 Flykite Promotions have assured fans  adequate security at  Landmark Centre, Victoria Island Annex, Lagos, venue for the event on December 26. Flykite Promotions’Chief  Executive Officer Jenkins Alumona said the event had  not recorded  any  violence since it began in 2014. He said, “We take security very seriously. […]
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Pillars, Bulls out of FIBA ACC

Idris Adesina Nigeria’s two representatives Kano Pillars and Gombe Bulls are out of the 2017 FIBA Africa Champions Cup in Tunisia after losing their final group matches. However on Monday, they face each other in the one of classification matches to decide the ninth to 12th placed teams. Pillars lost 95-86 to Ugandan side City […]
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Nigerian women wrestlers shine in South Africa

Idris Adesina Nigeria ended  the 2017 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in South Africa on Sunday with  one gold, two silver and one bronze. Five wrestlers Kemasuodei Dressman, Winnie Gofit, Blessing Oborududu, Aminat Adeniyi and Soso Tamarau represented the country at the competition. African champion  Dressman won Nigeria’s only gold at the championships, which began on Friday  […]
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Brazilian star Kaka announces retirement

Former Brazilian World Cup champion Kaka announced his retirement as a player Sunday, suggesting that a management career at his old club AC Milan could be on the cards. “I am preparing to continue in football and to have a different role, but I will no longer be a professional player, an athlete,” the 2007 […]
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Lukaku, Lingard strike as United beat West Brom

Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard gave Manchester United a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday as Jose Mourinho’s men kept their faint title hopes alive. Lukaku put United ahead at the Hawthorns and Lingard netted with the aid of a deflection to double the visitors’ lead before half-time. But what looked […]
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Barca reach agreement with Griezmann

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has met with the family of Atletico Madrid’s star forward Antoine Griezmann ahead of a possible summer move, sports daily Mundo Deportivo reported on Sunday. The French international, who has been Atletico’s top scorer for the past three seasons, has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in […]
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Ruthless Man City won’t let up – Jesus

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has warned his side’s rivals that the Premier League leaders won’t become complacent as they surge towards the title. Pep Guardiola’s team were at their swaggering best on Saturday, crushing Tottenham 4-1 to extend their Premier League record winning streak to 16 games. City have looked unstoppable for several months […]
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PENGASSAN insists on nationwide strike Monday

OKECHUKWU NNODIM The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria on Saturday insisted that its planned industrial action will commence on Monday. The group however, noted that it was ready to discuss with the government and other concerned organisations on the strike. According to PENGASSAN, nothing has changed since it issued a statement […]
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1.5% Nigerians owe banks N5trn, says AMCON

ADE ADESOMOJU About 1.5 per cent of the Nigeria population are said to owe banks the sum of N5trn. The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, Mr. Ahmed Kuru, and a judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Mohammed Idris, said this in Abuja on Saturday. They spoke […]
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South Africa’s ANC party wrestles over choice of new leader

Thousands of delegates from South Africa’s ruling ANC party hunkered down Sunday to choose their next leader in a vote widely seen as a decisive moment in the country’s post-apartheid history. The front-runners in the tight race are former minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is President Jacob Zuma’s ex-wife, and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, a wealthy businessman. With […]
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$1bn Boko Haram fund tears senators, reps apart

JOHN AMEH, OLUSOLA FABIYI, KAMARUDEEN OGUNDELE, LEKE BAIYEWU and IFEANYI ONUBA Strong indications emerged on Saturday that there would be stormy sessions during Tuesday’s proceedings at both chambers of the National Assembly over the decision by the Federal Government to withdraw $1bn from the Excess Crude Account, to fight insurgency. Principal officers of the Senate […]
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Dad wouldn’t have supported Biafra agitation — Sam Mbakwe’s daughter

Patience is the first daughter of a former Governor of Imo State, the late Sam Mbakwe. She speaks with GIBSON ACHONU about her father’s life and political career Tell us more about yourself. I was a Commissioner for Industry and Non-Formal Sector in Imo State. Currently, I am the member representing Okigwe in the Imo […]
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Controversy over law graduate’s insistence on hijab for bar ceremony

A Nigerian Law School graduate, Amasa Firdaus, who was refused her call to bar for failing to remove her hijab, has said her defiance was to challenge the status quo. The incident, which took place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Friday, has generated intense debate on the Internet. Firdaus, who spoke to TheCable […]
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Buhari @ 75: President rejects military parade, to celebrate with family

OLALEKAN ADETAYO President Muhammadu Buhari will be marking his 75th birthday on Sunday (today) without any fanfare, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt. Our correspondent learnt on Saturday that the President had cancelled the usual military parade by the Presidential Guards Brigade. It was learnt that while the birthday could be described as a landmark, it was […]
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APC’s stainless kitchen can accommodate more cooks –Tinubu

OLUFEMI ATOYEBI The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, on Saturday said the party was on the path to becoming the only party in Oyo State after welcoming a former Governor of the state, Adebayo Alao-Akala, and other politicians to the APC. The other politicians who defected to the party included a […]
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We can’t talk about Buhari, Atiku travel ban – US

BAYO AKINLOYE The United States Government has explained why it will not deny or confirm an allegation by a former vice president,  Atiku Abubakar,  that President Muhammadu Buhari was barred from entering the US for 15 years. Speaking through the Department of State, the American government also said it would not discuss the reasons Atiku […]
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Desperate search for oil in North due to restructuring fear — Ekweremadu

Ihuoma Chiedozie Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has said the ‘desperate search’ for oil in the Lake Chad, Sokoto and River Benue basins was prompted by the fear of restructuring. Ekweremadu said this while presenting the third edition of the Adada Lecture Series, organised by the Association of Nsukka Professors, at the University of Nigeria, […]
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I joined politics to fight a CBN policy — Senator Dada

The National Assembly member representing Ogun West Senatorial District, Senator Gbolahan Dada, discusses his profession and politics with LEKE BAIYEWU Why did you dump your banking career for politics? I did not want to join politics initially. What brought me into politics was as a result of a policy introduced by the Central Bank of […]
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Man kills neighbour over bonfire

PETER DADA A 70-year-old man, Kayode Omotore, has been killed by one of his neighbours. The incident happened on Friday in Ilu Tuntun, Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State. Omotore was said to have been hacked to death with a machete by his assailant over a disagreement. The deceased’s wife, Johana, was also attacked […]
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Paris Club refund: FG releases final tranche to 27 states

IFEANYI ONUBA The Federal Government On Saturday confirmed the release of the final tranche of the Paris Club refund to 27 state governments. The Director, Home Finance, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Siyanbola Olubunmi, confirmed the release of the fund to the 27 states, while speaking at the end of the Federation Account Allocation Committee […]
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Don’t contest in 2019, Fayose advises Buhari

KAMARUDEEN OGUNDELE Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek a second term in office. Fayose said Buhari should quit now that the ovation is loudest. The governor stated this in his congratulatory message to Buhari on his 75th birthday. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu […]
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West Africa under Boko Haram, al-Qaeda siege — Buhari

OLALEKAN ADETAYO President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday admitted that West Africa was constantly under the threat of dreaded terror groups such as Boko Haram, AQIM and Al-Qaeda. He added that regional leaders were being daily inundated with saddening news of human trafficking being carried out by trans-border syndicates. Buhari stated these in his welcome address […]
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Buhari, a rare statesman — Jonathan

OLUSOLA FABIYI Former President Goodluck Jonathan has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a statesman who has earned a special place in history. Jonathan said this in a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, in Abuja, on Saturday, to congratulate Buhari on his 75th birthday. The ex-president said, “I wish to, most sincerely, congratulate […]
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Tears as Boko Haram victims speak at Sokoto confab

…dons debate acceptance of repentant insurgents Adeniyi Olugbemi Emotions ran high on Saturday in Sokoto  State when some victims of Boko Haram in the North-East narrated their ordeals. Many of the participants at the ongoing 28th National Conference of the Muslim Sisters Association of Nigeria were left in tears after the victims shared their experiences. […]
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Army sets up panel over soldier’s killing of truck driver

The 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Benin City, Edo State, has set up a Regimental Board of Enquiry into circumstances that led a soldier to allegedly kill a man for refusing to bribe him at a checkpoint. A statement on Saturday by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Capt. Mohammed Maidawa, made available to the News […]
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PDP leadership victimising Kashamu –South-West group

PETER DADA A group, the South-West for Good Governance, has called on the new National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, to reinstate the suspended senator representing Ogun-East senatorial district, Buruji Kashamu. Kashamu was suspended by the then National Caretaker Committee of the PDP for one month. However, the group said the senator’s […]
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