Today’s Punch Newspaper Headlines 26 March 2019 Latest online news from Africa including breaking news in politics, business, sports and entertainment

Bauchi: Gov Abubakar congratulates Bala Mohammed
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Armstrong Bakam & Friday Olokor, Bauchi The Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar has congratulated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party. The Governor, in a congratulatory message, signed and made available to newsmen in Bauchi on Monday night, through his Special Adviser, Media and Strategy, Ali Ali expressed his satisfaction with the process. He said,
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INEC to issue Sanwo-Olus certificate of return Friday
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission has shifted the date for the issuance of certificates of return to the Lagos State Governor-elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat. In a statement, the INEC spokesperson, Mr Femi Akinbiyi, said the event, earlier scheduled for Wednesday, would now hold on Friday. The event will take
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Renowned poet, Gabriel Okara, dies at 97
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Samuel Nkemakolem, Yenagoa One of Nigerias foremost writers, poets and novelists, Dr Gabriel Okara, is dead. Okara, who is from Boumadi, Bayelsa State, died at the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa, in the evening of Sunday, March 25, 2019. The deceased, who died at the age of 98, was the life patron of the Association
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Firm commends police for improved security in Lagos
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Etim Ekpimah Jubaili Bros Engineering Limited has commended the Lagos State Police Command for improved security in the state. The manager of the Ikeja branch of the firm, Wissam Abouzeinab, said this was because the rate of vandalism of public utilities, especially generators that are installed to provide street lighting to Lagos residents, has reduced.
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Atikus petition against Buhari, good for Nigeria
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Tony Okafor, Awka The Publicity Secretary of the Atiku/Obi Election Council in Anambra State, Okoli Akirika, has said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is challenging the outcome of the February 23 election in court for posterity. He said Atiku would have made the worst mistake in history if he
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FG closes case in trial of illegal firearms importers
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Oladimeji Ramon The Federal Government on Monday closed its case in the trial of five men charged with illegal importation of 661 pump-action guns into the country. The defendants in the charge filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos are Mahmud Hassan, Oscar Okafor, Donatus Achinulo, Matthew Okoye, said be at large, and Salihu
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Google enrols 12 African start-ups into accelerator initiative
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Google has enrolled 12 start-ups addressing African problems into its third Launchpad Accelerator Africa class, as part of its ongoing efforts to support entrepreneurship on the continent. According to a statement on Monday, this third class, which starts on April 1, 2019, involves 12 start-ups from six African countries Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South
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Transcorp Hotels to pay N1.14bn dividend
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
The shareholders of Transcorp Hotels Plc have approved the N1.14bn dividend payment proposed by the company for the 2018 financial year. The company said in a statement that the payment was approved at the Annual General Meeting in Abuja. It said the final dividend translated to 15 kobo per ordinary share, which was a 20
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NSE celebrates Global Money Week
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Feyisayo Popoola The Nigerian Stock Exchange has concluded plans to celebrate the 2019 Global Money Week across its offices nationwide. The NSE said in a statement that the week, which began on Monday, would run through till Friday. It said the theme for the celebration, Learn. Save. Earn, was carefully selected to help children and
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CMC seeks dematerialisation of unlisted firms shares
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Feyisayo Popoola The Capital Market Committee is advocating the dematerialisation of shares of unlisted companies, following the successful dematerialisation of shares of listed companies in the capital market. The acting Director-General, Securities and Exchange Commission, Ms Mary Uduk, during a press briefing on the outcome of the CMC meeting on Friday, said the dematerialisation of
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Govts, private sector to seal $1.2bn investment deal
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Nike Popoola Not less than $1.2bn worth of projects will be sealed by a number of African countries and private sector operators at the ongoing 7th edition of the African CEO Forum in Kigali, Rwanda. In a statement made available to our correspondent on Monday, the organisers Jeune Afrique Media Group and the International
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FG reopens N100bn bond offer this week
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
as N54.1bn OMO bills mature Feyisayo Popoola The Federal Government is scheduled to reopen the APR-2023, MAR-2025 and FEB-2028 bonds for subscription by offering investors N40bn each from the APR-2023 and MAR-2025 bonds and N20bn from the FEB-2028 bond. The FGN bond auction is scheduled to hold this week. The Debt Management Office, on behalf
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GTBank, Unity Bank get CBNs recognition
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Nike Popoola Guaranty Trust Bank Plc won eight of the twelve honours available to banks in the 2019 edition of the Central Bank of Nigeria Electronic Payment Incentive Scheme Efficiency Awards. Unity Bank Plc also won the Efficiency Award as the financial service brand with the Most Extensive Fraud Channel Coverage. In a statement, the
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No gov, House of Assembly petitions yet in Cross River
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Ada Wodu, Calabar The Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Cross River State has yet to receive the petitions from governorship and House of Assembly candidates. The tribunals secretary, Josephine Ekperobe, disclosed this to our correspondent in Calabar, the state capital, on Monday. There is still time for the candidates to file their petitions. We are
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CIBN changes exam dates
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria says its April 2019 diet of the Banking Professional and Certification Examinations earlier scheduled for April 9 to April 11, 2019 has been rescheduled to hold from Wednesday April 24 to Friday April 26, 2019. In a statement, the institute said the timing of the examination had also
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ZOLA Electric, Sterling Bank sign consumer financing pact
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Femi Asu ZOLA Electric, a distributed renewable energy brand in Africa, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sterling Bank Plc, as part of efforts to deepen the penetration and accessibility of renewable energy in Nigeria. According to a statement, the MoU provides an opportunity for more Nigerians to enjoy reliable power supply with ZOLAs
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Ethiopian Airlines still believes in Boeing despite crash CEO
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, says the airline still believes in aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, despite the recent crash of one of its B737 Max, killing 157 passengers and crew on board. GebreMariam stated on Monday that both companies had been partners for many years and more than two-thirds of
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Obsolete equipment reducing FGs revenue from mining sector NIMG
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Governments inability to get the revenue that is expected from the mining sector is as a result of the use of obsolete equipment by artisanal miners operating in the sector, the Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences has said. According to the NIMG, artisanal miners now run widespread operations in
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NEPC moves to address impediments to non-oil export
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigerian Export Promotion Council on Monday met with stakeholders in the non-oil sector in order to address some of the impediments in the sector. The meeting held at the headquarters of the NEPC was specifically targeted at ensuring that Nigerian exports meet requisite international standards. Speaking at the event, the Executive
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Nigeria, others need 20.4 million new jobs yearly IFC
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Femi Asu The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, has said African countries need to create 20.4 million new jobs yearly. The Chief Executive Officer, IFC, Philippe Le Houerou, described visionary leadership and pragmatism as critical for economic integration of Africa. Africa needs 1.7 million new jobs every month. The only
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World Quality Alliance holds International Standards Summit
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
World Quality Alliance, a global quality organisation has concluded its plans to hold the International Standards leadership Summit/Exhibition/Awards on April 2. The International Standard Leadership Summit is a multidisciplinary event that assembles stakeholders to discuss the contribution of international standards to the advancement and development of global trade and commerce. According to a statement, an
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New terminals: Aviation ministry seeks Senate nod for $461.8m loan
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Sunday Aborisade, Abuja The Ministry of Aviation on Monday appealed to the Senate to approve additional $461.8m loan for it to hasten the completion of the new terminals under construction across the country. The minister in charge of the ministry, Mr Hadi Sirika, stated this when he appeared before the Senate standing panel to defend
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Metering is your responsibility, NERC fires back at Discos
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Femi Asu The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has said the obligation to ensure that all electricity consumers have meters remained with the electricity distribution companies under Meter Asset Provider Regulations 2018. This is consistent with their respective licensing terms and conditions and Section 4 (1) of the said regulations that provides that, inter alia, distribution
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NIPOST generates N19.7bn in one year
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Nigerian Postal Service generated a total of N19.7bn from its operations in 2018, our correspondent has learnt. While the postal organisation made about N7bn from its core operations, a total of N12.7bn was generated from electronic stamp duty. The N7bn generated through core postal services was slightly below the N7.04bn which
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Making money as a blogger
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Feyisayo Popoola In recent times, people have resorted to earning a living from different entrepreneurial ventures such as fashion designing, confectionaries, agriculture, among others. However, not many people have considered blogging as an avenue to make money; and those that have attempted it have not succeeded. Blogging is a way to run a business. When
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Revisiting our business environment to encourage entrepreneurship
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Jennifer Abraham Nigeria as a resource-rich nation has no business with poverty and unemployment. However, a difficult and corrupt business environment makes it difficult for entrepreneurs to thrive. I have shared many ideas here on available natural resources in the country and how to tap them; exposing opportunities in diverse sectors of the economy, especially
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Reasons to get a small business credit card
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Today, we live in a cashless society where credit cards have literally become the backbone of business. People no longer have to carry large amounts of money in order to make purchases or even in case of emergencies. There are a lot of reputable companies that offer credit card options that gives you the ability
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INEC server: Secondus kicks as APC wants PDP leaders arrested for illegal access
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council on Monday asked the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Services to invite, interrogate and possibly prosecute leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party over what it described as their illegal access to the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission. The organisations
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PDP, Fayose hail verdict as Appeal Court nullifies Zamfara APC primaries
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
The Court of Appeal in Sokoto, the Sokoto State capital, on Monday set aside a judgment of a high court, which allowed the All Progressives Congress to field candidates in the 2019 elections in Zamfara State A Zamfara State High Court had recognised the primaries held by the APC and directed the Independent National Electoral
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36,000 buildings waiting to collapse, says BCPG
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Building Collapse Prevention Guild on Monday said about 36,000 potential buildings might soon collapse in Lagos State and other parts of the country. According to the President of BCPG, Mr Akinola George, this is because most buildings in Lagos State are not constructed by the people who are properly trained to do
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NYSCs biometric clearance systemll curb corruption DG
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Maj Gen Suleiman Kazaure, has disclosed that the corps has introduced a biometric clearance system to eliminate corruption and compromise by officials and corps members. The DG stated this on Monday during a leadership and anti-corruption sensitisation workshop in Abuja, designed to raise a
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APC must have its way in the leadership of National Assembly Oshiomhole
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
John Ameh, Sunday Aborisade and Leke Baiyewu The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, said unlike what happened in the 8th National Assembly, the party members in the 9th Assembly must chair all committees in the federal legislature. Oshiomhole, who stated this at the meeting with members-elect of the House of Representatives
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Offa robbery: Court grants defence request to examine cause of suspects injuries
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Tunde Oyekola, Ilorin A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Monday granted the prayer of the defence counsel asking for an independent examination of the alleged gunshot injuries sustained by three accused persons alleged to have participated in the April 5, 2018 robbery incident in Offa. Thirty-three persons including nine policemen were killed
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Errors you commit each time you pronounce quit
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
As far as some people are concerned, quit is quit, and there is no big deal in its spelling or pronunciation. After all, it is a word that landlords use freely and regularly when they have cause to send their tenants away. It also surfaces when discussing other forms of relationships like friendship or marriage.
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Mental health approach crucial for combating non-communicable diseases
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Adeoye Oyewole Non-communicable diseases, as opposed to communicable ones, are not contagious since they cannot be transmitted from one person to another. They are usually long term, cause death, dysfunction, and impair overall quality of life. Risk factors such as the persons lifestyle, heredity, and the environment may be responsible for developing these non-communicable diseases.
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Groups threaten to sue INEC over Okorochas certificate
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri Observer groups on Monday threatened to drag the Independent National Electoral Commission to court for withholding the Certificate of Return of the Imo West Senator-elect, Rochas Okorocha. At a press conference in Owerri, Emmanuel Azuike of Women Fest For Better Life Living Initiative, said INEC had no powers to withhold the certificate
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Rivers election violence: Army vows to punish culprits
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Sampson Itode, Port Harcourt THE Nigerian Army on Monday vowed to investigate and punish all the culprits involved in the violence that characterised the March 23, 2019 presidential election in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State. The Armys fact-finding panel led by Maj. Gen. Taritimiye Gagariga disclosed this in Akuku-Toru LGA. It added
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Adamawa court rules on supplementary gov poll today
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Olufemi Atoyebi and Hindi Livinus, Yola An Adamawa State High Court in Yola will today deliver judgment on a suit filed before it with respect to the supplementary governorship election in the state. The Independent National Electoral Commission had fixed March 23, 2019 for the rerun but the court, headed by Justice Abdul-Aziz Waziri, stopped
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Wema Bank faults ICPC report on Ehinderos trial
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Oladimeji Ramon Wema Bank has denied that a former Inspector-General of Police, Sunday Ehindero, got accrued 10 per cent interest on the funds of the Nigeria Police Force lodged in a fixed deposit account with the bank. The bank denied that its official, Mr Aibangbe Maifuwa, who gave evidence in the trial last week, told
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Oyetola reopens shut Osun institutions
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has ordered the reopening of the three tertiary institutions shut on March 18 in the wake of the violent protest in Ilesa. The institutions are the Osun State College of Education, Ilesa; The School of Health Technology, Ilesa; and the Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke. According to
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Ogun SSG resumes work after fatal accident
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta The Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, on Monday resumed office after a month medical vacation which he took after his involvement in a fatal accident. Adeoluwa was flown abroad for medical treatment after a vehicle he was travelling in had an accident on February 22, 2019 along the Abeokuta-Sagamu
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Illness stalls ex-Customs boss N1.1bn fraud case
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Olufemi Atoyebi, Yola The planned arraignment of a former Comptroller of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko, was stalled on Monday due to the ill health of his co-defendant, Garba Makarfi, a former Assistant Comptroller in charge of finance at the Nigeria Customs Service. Dikko, Makarfi and Umar Husseini were billed to be arraigned for
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Rising PoS transaction failure worries bank customers
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Ife Ogunfuwa Many Nigerian bank customers have expressed concern over the recurrent failure of Point of Sales transactions. Findings showed that in most cases when the transactions on PoS terminals failed, bank customers were debited and the transactions were not reverted. Some of the bank customers, who shared their disappointment with The PUNCH correspondent, said
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Three junior ministers quit UK govt over Brexit
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Three junior British ministers quit the United Kingdom government on Monday over Brexit, defying Prime Minister Theresa May to support a plan to give MPs a bigger say over leaving the EU. Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt and health minister Steve Brine resigned, a government source told AFP, while business minister Richard Harringtonannounced his decision
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NACA urges Ekiti agencies to unite against HIV/AIDS
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti The Director, Resource Mobilisation, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Mrs Josephine Kalu, has urged Ekiti State Health Insurance Scheme to cooperate with the Ekiti State AIDS Control Agency ensure the reduction of the HIV prevalent rate in the state. Kalu, who advocated voluntary HIV screening for all citizens, appealed
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Group to offer free medical service
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
The Nigerian Association of Social Workers has said it will embark on several activities, including offering free medical tests and an endurance/fitness walk in Ikeja, Lagos State, as part of activities to celebrate the International Social Workers Day. The theme of this years celebration is International Social Work Day Celebration: Promoting importance of human relationships
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Belgian investors to boost Nigerian tech start-ups
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Ife Ogunfuwa Nigerian tech companies and Belgium investors have collaborated to close the technological gaps and assist Nigerian technology start-ups to grow and reach their maximum potential. The Belgian Minister of Digital Agenda, Philippe De Backer, made the pledge during a pitch and networking session of start-ups at Co-Creation HUB and GE Lagos Garage in
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Rights group raises concern over attack on women during elections
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Friday Olokor, Bauchi A civil rights organisation, Gender and Election Watch Room, on Monday expressed concern over the attacks on women in the 2019 general elections. The group recalled that during the presidential election, some female electoral officials were allegedly raped and violently attacked. The GEW said the violent attack on and shooting of a
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Poor oral health can affect a childs confidence Eshikena
Tue, 26 Mar 2019
Dayo Ojerinde The President of the Nigerian Dental Association, Dr Evelyn Eshikena, has advised parents to take care of their childrens oral health, noting that poor oral health can negatively affect a childs confidence. Speaking during an event organised by Unilever Plc to celebrate World Oral Health Day in Lagos on Wednesday, Eshikena said, The
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