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National interest and the rule of law, Dan Agbese

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

“Our apex court has had cause to adopt a position on this issue in this regard and it is now a matter of judicial recognition that where national security and public interest are threatened or there is a likelihood of their being threatened the individual rights of those allegedly responsible must take second place in favour of the greater good Read More

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Proudly Nigerian pilgrim

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

From Ibrahim Muhammad in Misfalah Makkah, Saudi Arabia The fear of Almighty Allah culminate in honest deeds and merciful acts towards a fellow human beings; and this is the cardinal pillar in which five pillars of Islam stands upon. Amidst supplications, prayers, worship and struggling to fulfill the spiritual retirements of hajj, Nigeria pilgrims in this year hajj has display Read More

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NAHCON’s effort at piloting affairs of Nigerian pilgrims By Fatima Sanda Usara

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Ever since the Hajj season began its descent, activities at the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria headquarters in Ummul Jood, Makkah, reached a crescendo. Visitors to the office tripled as did its schedule. A line-up of marathon meetings and debriefings laid in waiting for staff after grueling Muna tasks. Fortunately, executives and staff of the Commission are witnessing the first Read More

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U-21 African Volleyball: 8 AYG champions to lead Team Nigeria

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Team Nigeria to the 2018 U-21 Men African Volleyball Championship, scheduled for Abuja, Nigeria, will feature eight members of the Nigeria male volleyball gold medallists at the 2018 African Youth Games that recently ended in Algeria. The U-21 national team head coach, Mr Elishama Elam dropped the hint during an interview with sports reporters at the Murtala Square, Kaduna camp, Read More

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Pinnick charges People’s Elephant to go all the way

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has commended Enyimba for securing ticket to the quarter finals of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup. The People’s Elephant waited for the late minutes before scotring the lone goal against Congolese side, CARA Brazaville on Wednesday that shot them into the top of their group. Needing a win in the top-of-thetable Read More

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Enyimba good to win Confederation Cup –Anyansi

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Enyimba chairman Felix AnyansiAgwu believes winning this year’s CAF Confederation Cup will complete ‘The People’s Elephant’ success on the continent and so the high premium placed on the competition. Wasiu Alalade hit the back of the net as Enyimba earned a stoppage-time win over Club Athletique Renaissance Aiglon (CARA), in Wednesday night’s last Group C match in Aba. “We’ve won Read More

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Apapa Customs nets N210.2bn in 7 months

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Apapa Area 1 Command, has collected N210.2 billion revenue between the period of January to July, about 6.9 percent up from N196.7 billion in same period of 2017. The amount including N343.4 million collected on exports during this period. The outgoing Area Controller of the command, Jibrin Musa, made this known last week while handing Read More

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Shipowners fault NIMASA’s claim of registering 4,255 vessels

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Nigerian Ship owners Association (NISA) has faulted the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) over the status of 4,255 vessels registered under the Nigerian ship registry. According to a data obtained exclusively by SHIPS & PORTS DAILY, NIMASA said it registered a total of 4,255 Nigerian vessels with a gross tonnage of 5.3 million between 2004 and 2018. Read More

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Customs probes P/Harcourt military uniforms, items seizures

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Col. Hameed Ali, (Rtd), has set up a panel to investigate the recent military uniforms, items seizures made by the agency in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State. Customs CG, Hameed Ali The panel has Assistant ComptrollerGeneral (ACG), Sanusi Umar, as chairman. Col. Ali charged the panel which was inaugurated in Abuja, yesterday, to conduct a very Read More

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Maritime’ll lead economic diversification – Buhar

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the maritime sector is being repositioned play a leading role as to take a leading position as one of the viable alternate sources of revenue for the country. President Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, at the unveiling of a book by the Executive Director, Finance and Administration of Read More

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NSE trading maintain downward trend as ASI drops 0.77%

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Equity trading on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) closed for the second consecutive day on a downward trend with the All-Share Index dropping by 0.77 per cent. The index shed 272.27 points or 0.77 per cent yesterday to close at 35,086.67 against 35,358.94 on Wednesday. Also, the market capitalisation shed N99 billion or 0.77per cent to close at N12.809 trillion Read More

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N5.8bn sanction: Don hails CBN’s action

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Head of Department, Banking and Finance Department, Nasarawa State University, Prof. Uche Uwaleke, has commended the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for welding the big stick against four Nigerian banks and telecommunications company, MTN. In a message made available to Blueprint, Prof. Uwaleke insistd that by sanctioning the affected banks, the CBN has demonstrated that Nigeria’s financial markets have Read More

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MTN faults CBN on illegal repatriation of $8.1bn

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

MTN Nigeria, yesterday faulted the Central Bank of Nigeria over claims that it connived with four Nigerian banks to repatriate $8.1billion from its Nigerian operations to offshore investors. “MTN Nigeria strongly refutes these allegations and claims. No dividends have been declared or paid by MTN Nigeria other than pursuant to CCIs issued by our bankers and with the approval of Read More

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Oil rises on Iran sanctions, lower U.S. fuel inventories

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Oil prices rose on Thursday, extending gains on growing evidence of disruptions to crude supply from Iran and Venezuela and after a fall in U.S. crude inventories. Benchmark Brent crude oil was up at 77.74 dollars. U.S. light crude was 40 cents higher at 69.91 dollars. Iranian crude exports are likely to drop to a little more than 2 million Read More

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FMBN disburses N46.9m housing renovation loans to AMAC staf

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), yesterday, disbursed N46.9 million to 49 members of staff of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), under its Home Renovation Loan (HRL) scheme. Mr Ahmed Dangiwa, Managing Director of the bank, while presenting the cheques in Abuja, urged more civil servants to key into the scheme because of its low interest rates and Read More

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UK: Car insurance premiums fall for first time in 2 years

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The average price paid for motor insurance has recorded its first quarterly fall in two years, according to insurers. Despite the drop, average costs during the first quarter of 2018 were the highest that the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has ever seen at this time of year. The ABI’s latest Motor Insurance Premium Tracker found the average price paid Read More

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Jaiz Takaful assures prompt payment of customers

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Jaiz Takaful Insurance Plc has commenced operations in Nigeria with the promise that all policy holders would be paid at the end of every fiscal year either through claims or profit sharing. Managing Director, Jaiz Takaful Insurance Plc, Mr. Momodou Musa Joof, stated that Takaful, a Sharia-compliant insurance practice is open to both Muslims and Christians, and it guarantees Read More

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AIICO, WEMA poised to deepen insurance penetration

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

AIICO Insurance Plc., says it has concluded plans with Wema Bank to increase access to retail insurance products in Nigeria leveraging on the bank’s robust and efficient retail distribution network. This is on the heels of the recent endorsement by both the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) and The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). AIICO, a leading life insurer in Nigeria, Read More

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AIICO gets NAICOM approval to insure agric business

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has given approval to AIICO Insurance PLC to underwrite agricultural business in the country. The company said it is taking strategic position to be a major playe r in offering Agriculture Insurance in a bid to deliver the much needed protection to the different players in the agricultural value chain. The firm said it is Read More

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CSOs, CITAD seek girls’ day schools in Yobe

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Civil Society Organisations in Yobe state in collaboration with the Centre for Information Technology and Development have called on Yobe state government to establish government girls’ day secondary schools in major cities of the state. The call was made yesterday at a town hall meeting held at NEYIF Damaturu, with participants drawn from CSOs and the media across the state. Read More

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NYSC veritable tool for national development – Abubakar

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has been described as a veritable tool for national cohesion and development. Bauchi state Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, made this assertion yesterday during the swearing in ceremony of the 2018 Batch ‘B’ Stream II joint orientation course for corps members deployed to Bauchi and Gombe states held at Wailo Camp, Ganjuwa local government. Represented by Read More

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Lamido advocates ‘proper’ federation, national unity

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Former governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has advocated for proper federation, unity of Nigeria and harmonious coexistence among ethnic nationalities. Lamido, who is a presidential aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made the advocacy when he paid a courtesy visit to Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom at the Government House, Makurdi. He said he Read More

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Jigawa investing in youth through N- Power, feeding programme – Badaru

August 31, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Jigawa state Governor, Alhaji Muahmmad Badaru Abubakar has said his administration has invested heavily on youths and children through N-Power aprogramme and school feeding introduced by the federal government and other numerous social investment projects. The governor made the remarks on the occasion of the swearing in ceremony of Batch ‘B’ Stream 2 corps members in the state at the Read More