Today’s News Update ( 20th September, 2023)

Diphtheria outbreak: Death toll rises to 520 in Kano

The Director General of Kano State Primary Healthcare Management Board, Dr Muhammad Mahmud has said that about 520 children are suspected to have lost their lives following the diphtheria outbreak in … 20th September 2023

Nigeria shouldn’t be importing petrol, says Delta gov

The Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, has urged the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders to work towards revitalising the nation’s refineries, insisting that Nigeria has no reason to… 20th September 2023

Why House committees increased from 109 to 134 – Speaker

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Abbas Tajudeen, has said that the increase in the standing committees of the House from 109 to over 134 was to allow for better legislative oversight of th… 20th September 2023

I’ll find solution to oil, gas challenges, says Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday assured international investors that he is poised to solve the challenges in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry having worked in the sector himself. Consequently, he sai… 20th September 2023

UN raises alarm over 1,200 child deaths in Sudan

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Refugee Agency, and the World Health Organisation have warned about the worsening health situation caused by the Sudan crisis. The UN agencies… 20th September 2023

Zelensky set for first in-person Russia showdown of war

Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, is set to go face to face with Russian officials for the first time since his country was invaded, as the UN Security Council meets Wednesday for a poten… 20th September 2023

Why I beat up woman commissioner — Ondo APC chair

A ward chairman of the Ondo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Olumide Awolumate, has explained the reason a fight occurred between him and the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and… 20th September 2023

Tinubu’s victory: Atiku, Obi file 86-ground appeals at S’Court

Barely two weeks after the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal affirmed the victory of President Bola Tinubu in the February 25 polls, the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party a… 20th September 2023

Lead by example, COAS urges mid-level commanders

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, has charged mid-level commanders of the Nigerian Army to lead their subordinates by example in the ongoing effort to combat security challenges bedev… 20th September 2023

Farmers hail govt’s food security initiatives

The beneficiaries of the Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support project in Lagos State have commended the state government and the World Bank on their various ini… 20th September 2023

Ogun Assembly confirms nine Commissioner nominees

Ogun State House of Assembly on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of nine commissioner-nominees out of the ten recently screened following the withdrawal of the nomination of Mr. Oshunbiyi Tunde by Gov… 20th September 2023

Delta police ban vehicles with tinted number plates

The Delta State Police Command, on Tuesday, banned vehicles with covered or tinted plate numbers on all roads across the state in its efforts to tackle insecurity in the state. The state Commissioner … 20th September 2023

NDLEA to host 31st African anti-drug conference

Delegates from 54 African countries and 15 observer nations will next week gather in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, for the 31st meeting of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies, Afri… 20th September 2023

Nigeria maritime transportation under-developed- Operators

A former Secretary General of the Gulf of Guinea, Ambassador Adenike Ukonga, has said the maritime transportation in the country and the West African sub-region is underdeveloped. Ukonga said this on … 20th September 2023

Boy with missing intestine dies

Twelve-year-old Adebola Akin-Bright, whose small part of his intestines was missing while undergoing treatment has died. The PUNCH learnt that he died on Tuesday evening at the Lagos State University … 20th September 2023

Lagos begins consultations on 2024 budget

The Lagos State Government has begun consultations on the budget preparation process, an annual application to get inputs, requests, and submissions from stakeholders, ahead of the 2024 fiscal year. T… 20th September 2023

Isese: Kwara court rejects bail plea of Tani Olorun

A Kwara State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ilorin, on Tuesday, again turned down the application to admit Abdulazeez Adegbola, also known as Tani Olorun, to administrative bail. The Presiding Magis… 20th September 2023

Yoruba Obas insist on Obasanjo’s public apology

A group comprising royal fathers from Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Kwara, and Kogi States has insisted that the manner in which ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo ordered monarchs present at the p… 20th September 2023

Nigeria losing huge funds to illicit trade — ICPC Chair

The Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, has said that, like many African countries, Nigeria loses huge amounts of resources to Illici… 20th September 2023

NiDCOM petitions Egyptair over Nigerian’s death

The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Tuesday, demanded justice from the management of Egyptair on the death of a Nigerian, Remilekun Meshioye, who boarded the airline… 20th September 2023

Dangote refinery imports crude as NNPCL swaps oil for loans

•Dangote expects crude from NNPCL November, begins operations October •$3bn crude-for-loan deals, others put pressure on local supply The Dangote Petroleum Refinery is currently importing crude oi… 20th September 2023

Foreign airlines’ trapped funds hit $783m — IATA

The International Air Transport Association has said that as of August 2023, Nigeria accounts for $783m of airlines’ blocked funds. This was contained in a statement by the trade association which s… 20th September 2023

Cardoso: Inflation, debt management, forex top manufacturers’ demands

Taming the country’s rising inflation, addressing the issue of forex scarcity and tackling Nigeria’s rising debt are some of the key issues manufacturers have asked the newly nominated central ban… 20th September 2023

Dana Motors to launch CNG vehicles by year-end

Dana Motors Limited, the exclusive distributor of Kia vehicles in Nigeria, has revealed plans to introduce Compressed Natural Gas vehicles into the Nigerian market by the end of this year. The firm sa… 20th September 2023

N7tn needed to reconstruct South-East roads – Umahi

The Minister of Work, Senator Dave Umahi, has disclosed that over N7tn is required to reconstruct Trunk “A” roads in the South-East. The minister made this disclosure while inspecting some of the … 20th September 2023

Local airlines will expand to UK, Europe, says NCAA

Nigerian airlines would soon commence flights to the United Kingdom and other European countries following the Third Country Operator certificate obtained by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority for t… 20th September 2023

Nigeria, others need $3tn to finance development goals — IMF

The International Monetary Fund has said that Nigeria and other emerging markets and developing economies need $3tn annually through 2030 to finance their development goals and the climate transition…. 20th September 2023

Wema Bank boss gets recognition

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Wema Bank, Moruf Oseni, has been awarded the ‘BusinessDay Top CEO of the Year’ accolade. A statement said this was in recognition of his except… 20th September 2023

‘Imported food prices rise by 89% in four years’

Inflation on imported food has risen by 89.23 per cent between August 2019 and August 2023, findings by The PUNCH have shown. This was according to data obtained from the consumer price index reports … 20th September 2023

Technicians warn against thermostat

Automotive experts have raised concerns about the growing trend of the removal of thermostats from vehicle cooling systems. They warned that the practice could have adverse effects on engine performan… 20th September 2023

FG issues licence for 500MT autogas plant

The Federal Government on Tuesday intensified the push for gas usage in automobiles and domestically by issuing an Approval To Construct licence to Noretek Energy Limited for the construction of 500 m… 20th September 2023

Embrace continuous development, NAICOM urges insurance practitioners

The Commissioner for Insurance, National Insurance Commission, Mr Sunday Thomas, has urged insurance professionals on continuous training to keep up with current realities in the business environment…. 20th September 2023

NCC changes landline numbering format to 10-digit

The Nigerian Communications Commission has announced a new numbering format for fixed lines (landlines) in the country. According NCC, this is in keeping with its responsibilities under the enabling l… 20th September 2023

Kreston OUC rebrands, promises improved services

Accounting firm, Kreston OUC, has announced its rebranding into Ecovis OUC, following its alignment with global consulting firm, Ecovis, which has its origins in Europe. In a statement signed by the m… 20th September 2023

Daikin launches proshop in Rivers

Daikin has announced the launch of its first Proshop in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. In a statement, the firm said the new Proshop, which was launched in partnership with Integrated Home Concepts Limi… 20th September 2023

i-invest promotes equity investments among youths

Digital investment platform, i-invest, has moved to empower Nigerian youths to boost their participation in the equity market. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the i-invest expressed worry that over … 20th September 2023

Parthian Partners to empower 100 graduates with entrepreneurial skills

Brokerage firm, Parthian Partners, has disclosed plans to empower over 100 graduates with entrepreneurial, career-building skills across the nation. This is the third edition of the annual training. C… 20th September 2023

Naira fall, crude price may push diesel to N1,100/litre-Marketers

The cost of Automotive Gas Oil, popularly called diesel, is heading for N1,100/litre as a result of the continued depreciation of the naira against the United States dollars, oil marketers said on Tue… 20th September 2023

Multinational companies’ exits mount pressure on NGX

The spate of multinational companies exiting the Nigerian equity market is causing concerns among market players. They worry that the trend is a disincentive to Foreign Direct Investment into the coun… 20th September 2023

Henkel trains 1,000 pupils in science

Henkel Researchers Initiative, the manufacturer of WAW and Nittol detergent in partnership with the Girls and Women’s Technological Empowerment Organisation, has empowered over 1,000 primary school … 20th September 2023


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