Today’s News Headlines [17th January, 2023]

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World Bank N887.8m lifts Kwara’s healthcare delivery

The Kwara State Primary Health Care Development Agency has boosted the 193 Primary Health Centers within the state, with N887,800,000 drawn from the World Bank utilisation funds. Arewa PUNCH findings … 17th January 2024

Abducted Kaduna-Abuja road travellers’ families beg public for N50m ransom

Apparently piqued by the non-committance of the different tiers of the government to their plights, families of victims of the abducted Kaduna-Abuja travellers have resorted to source for ransom fee f… 17th January 2024

Protect environment, LASEPA tells tank farm owners

The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency has called on petroleum tank farms in the Apapa area of the state to comply with the environmental safety rules of the state government. This is contain… 17th January 2024

LAWMA designs waste bins for Ekiti

The Lagos Waste Management Authority says it has begun the fabrication of waste bins for Ekiti State. The Managing Director/CEO, LAWMA, Muyiwa Gbadegesin, in a statement on Tuesday, said the initiativ… 17th January 2024

‘I thought I was dead,’ survivors recount near-death experience as explosion rocks Ibadan

Survivors of the explosion that occurred at Dejo Oyelese Street, Bodija, Ibadan, Oyo State on Tuesday claimed that dynamite used by miners triggered the explosion which led to loss of lives and proper… 17th January 2024

Why LASTMA officers stopped wearing body cameras – Spokesman

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, on Tuesday, said the use of body cameras by its officials on traffic management duty had been phased out with the introduction of the Traffic Management S… 17th January 2024

APC’ll lose Edo gov poll like Kano defeat – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, on Tuesday, told the  All Progressives Congress to perish its thought of reclaiming Edo State in the upcoming September 21, 2024 governorship election. The PDP was react… 17th January 2024

ACF commends Tinubu over Edu’s suspension

The pan-northern socio-political organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum, has commended President Bola Tinubu for the immediate suspension of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Allevi… 17th January 2024

Many feared dead, 15 hospitalised as massive explosion rocks Ibadan

No fewer than 10 persons were feared killed and 15 others hospitalised on Tuesday at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, following an explosion that rocked the Ibadan metropolis. The P… 17th January 2024

Gombe fallen heroes’ widows lament govt’s neglect

No one cares about our plight. No one cares for our children. No one wants to know whether they eat or not. No one is bothered to know if they are surviving or not. These were the words of lamentation… 17th January 2024

Declare me winner of Nasarawa gov poll, Ombugadu urges S’Court

The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, reserved judgment on the appeals filed against the outcome of the governorship elections in Nasarawa and Kebbi states. A five-member panel of the apex court led by Justi… 17th January 2024

16 perm secs’ appointment not based on politics – Fubara

Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, on Tuesday, swore in 16 permanent secretaries, telling them that “this appointment is as a call to duty. It is not a position that you earn politically.” … 17th January 2024

Doctors down tools as police probe Ekiti hospital attack

The Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, Dare Ogundare, has ordered a thorough investigation into the attack by hoodlums on Monday, on Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti and t… 17th January 2024

Ex-VP faults planned handover of P’Harcourt refinery to private operators

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has condemned plans by the Federal Government to hand over the renovated Port Harcourt Refining Company to private operators. The PUNCH reported on Monday that the… 17th January 2024

Ex-minister apologises for ‘kangaroo judgment’ comment

A former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development,  Pauline Tallen, has apologised to the judiciary for describing a court judgment as a “kangaroo judgment”. Her full-page public apology … 17th January 2024

Atiku merger plans will fail, APC tells ex-vice president

To match words with action, the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has commenced consultations with stakeholders from other oppositi… 17th January 2024

Benin receives 215,900 doses of malaria vaccine

The Beninese government has received 215,900 doses of malaria vaccine at the Cotonou International Airport and will begin administering in February. Speaking at the handover ceremony, Beninese Ministe… 17th January 2024

I didn’t shout at Aiyedatiwa at council meeting – Ondo SSG

The Secretary to the State Government, Ondo State, Mrs Oladunni Odu, has denied a media report that she engaged the state governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in a shouting match during a meeting. A social … 17th January 2024

Nigeria has over 2.5 million unvaccinated children – Pediatricians

The Pediatric Association of Nigeria has said more than 2.5 million children in Nigeria are still unvaccinated, giving Nigeria the highest rate of under-five mortality and the highest prevalence of ze… 17th January 202

Deal reached for Gaza hostages to receive medicines

Police arrest three for allegedly forging character certificate

Gunmen kill two Immigration officers in Kebbi

Some unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits on Monday attacked and killed two immigration officers at the Kangiwa border, under Arewa local government area of Kebbi State.January 17, 2024

NEMA blames Ibadan explosion on IEDs

Buhari not bigot, nepotist, those who label him don’t know him – Adesina

Customs sets N1.130trn revenue target for Tin-Can Command

Video: Illegal miners behind Ibadan explosion – Makinde

Tinubu, Wike rise against insecurity, vow renewed action

Okitipupa Oil Palm focuses on re-engineering programme — Chairman

Rivers crisis: Why Wike, Fubara, stakeholders must sheathe swords – Nsuke

Stockbrokers’ Institute renews MoU with CISI, UK

Investors should make projects attractive to attract funds — Report

Divestment: Shell reaches agreement to sell Nigeria’s onshore oilfields at $2.4bn

Buildings destroyed as explosion rocks Ibadan

Ministerial excess, presidential action and Nigerians’ reaction, by Rotimi Fasan

Naira depreciates to N1,295/$ in parallel market

S’Court judgment: Don’t throw Nasarawa into crisis, APC warns supporters, residents

….As apex court reserves judgment on Nasarawa, Kebbi governorship disputes By Ikechukwu Nnochiri & David Odama LAFIA—AHEAD of the Supreme Court judgment on Nasarawa State governorship election dispute between Governor Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and David Ombugadu of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, APC has implored its supporters and residents of the […]

January 17, 2024

All that talk about MTN and Glo, by Okoh Aihe

WHAT should be a normal business dispute between two mobile operators, MTN and Globacom, has provided a fertile ground for pseudo patriots and even ignoramus to spew all kinds of comments that can further poison relationships in the industry. For most of these people, and you will marvel that some of them actually fall into the […]

January 17, 2024

Nigerian soldier commits suicide in Ogun over ‘unpaid allowances’

“His friends said he already showed loss of interest in the army job, complained of corruption in the military and low morale.”

Edo 2024: How far will Akpata’s push for growth, prosperity go?

By Henry Ehizokhale During a recent tour across the 18 LGAs of Edo State, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA and a prominent Governorship Aspirant on the platform of the Labour Party, LP, Mr. Olumide Akpata, sparked conversations by emphasizing the need for a paradigm shift in the way politicians engage with their […]

January 17, 2024

Time to restructure Nigeria is now (2)

It was former President Goodluck Jonathan, among recent leaders of Nigeria, who made sincere efforts to facilitate a restructured Nigeria. In recognition of the fact that the issue was beyond elected lawmakers; that the inputs by the ethnic nationalities and leaders of thought were sine qua non, he convened the 494-member 2014 National Conference headed […]

No witches in Aso Rock  -Ex-presidential spokesman, Adesina

Ex-Oyo deputy gov residence, others damaged in Ibadan explosion

Uzodimma dissolves cabinet

Ibadan explosion traced to illegal miners’ explosives  -Makinde

Two Kwara communities bicker over location of new varsity

Kebbi accuses ex-gov’s aide of sabotaging electricity supply


ICSAN gets new registrar

The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria has announced the appointment of Mr Babatunde Okuneye as the registrar and Chief Executive of the institute.  The appointment was … 17th January 2024

$2.4bn sale: AI asks Shell to compensate N’Delta

Shell, a British energy major, on Tuesday, announced that it had reached an agreement to sell its Nigerian onshore subsidiary – Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, to Renaiss… 17th January 2024

Investors gain N1.8tn as equity market sets new records

The Nigerian Exchange Limited set new records at the close of trading on Tuesday as the benchmark index, the All-Share Index rose by 3.93 per cent to 87,971.09 points, a new high. Similarly, the marke… 17th January 2024

Inequalities affecting social justice, says ILO

The International Labour Organisation has stated that current inequalities hinder progress towards greater social justice for all. The Director-General of ILO, Gilbert Houngbo, said this during a rece… 17th January 2024

HabariPay’s Squad unveils hackathon for young innovators

HabariPay’s Squad, a fintech subsidiary of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, has announced the launch of its first hackathon, “Take on Squad Hackathon 1.0.” for young innovators. According to … 17th January 2024

AGF, Vista plan $50m loans for SMEs

The African Guarantee Fund has signed a landmark partnership agreement with Vista Group Holding to accelerate access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises including women-led businesses in… 17th January 2024

FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria gets new MD

FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc has announced the appointment Roger Adou as its Managing Director, effective January 1. According to the statement from the firm on Monday, the Executive Director of… 17th January 2024

‘Include more training in NYSC scheme’

Foreign exchange experts have urged the Federal Government to include forex trading, risk and financial management into the curriculum of the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Department of the … 17th January 2024

Union Bank pledges seamless service as new management resumes

Union Bank of Nigeria has reassured its partners, customers and critical stakeholders of continued excellent service and seamless operations following the recent appointment of its new Managing Direct… 17th January 2024

Thrillers Travels secures jobs for 50 in Canada

Thrillers Travels, a travel company, has announced that it has presented 50 persons with Canadian work visas signalling the beginning of the fulfilment of the company’s promise to empower a new set … 17th January 2024

24 more African countries join AfCFTA pilot initiative – Report

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement received a significant boost as twenty-four more countries join the Guided Trade Initiative, moving the continent closer to fully integrating into a single… 17th January 2024

Inflation fuelling hardships among workers, says NECA DG

The Director-General of Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, Mr Adewale Oyerinde, has said that the disposable income of an average Nigerian worker has been severely affected by the high rat… 17th January 2024

Massilia Motors gets recognition

Massilia Motors has won the Best Auto TV Commercial award in Nigeria for 2023. According to a statement, the award was in recognition of the commercial created for the Mitsubishi Outlander, showcasing… 17th January 2024

Stakeholders urge Nigerians to explore motorsports

Stakeholders in the automobile and fashion industry have urged Nigerian entrepreneurs to explore the business opportunities in motorsports business. They spoke in  Lagos during the fourth edition of … 17th January 2024

OPay highlights achievements, plans improved security

A leading fintech company, OPay,  has highlighted its achievements in the year 2023 as it unveiled its plans to improve security on the platform, customer service and its corporate social responsibil… 17th January 2024

Pelican director retires

Pelican Valley Nigeria Limited on Monday sent off its Director of Operations, Ifeoluwa Daniel.  Daniel will be stepping down as the director of operations on January 31, 2024, after two years with th… 17th January 2024

Dangote investors gain N514bn after refinery takeoff

Investors in the Dangote Group shares on Tuesday gained N514bn following an announcement that the Dangote Refinery had commenced production. Investors have rushed to Nigerian Exchange Limited to purch… 16th January 2024

Renaissance Africa Energy confirms plan to acquire Shell’s asset in SPDC

Renaissance Africa Energy has confirmed the signing of what it called a landmark transaction with Shell PLC to acquire its entire shareholding in the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Lim… 16th January 2024

FG issues 13 new power generation, distribution licences

The Federal Government through the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has issued 13 new licences for the generation of off-grid and embedded power, independent electricity distribution, as wel… 16th January 2024

Funding challenges slow FG gas transition plans

The huge resources required by private investors to tap into President Bola Tinubu’s initiative to build a gas-powered economy before 2030 poses a major challenge to achieving the target, DARE OLAWI… 16th January 2024

N’Assembly raises works ministry budget to over N1tn

Customs set for salary review – CGC

Bulgaria, Romania unveil short-term Schengen visas April

Emirates to recruit 5,000 cabin crews

NRC to resume train services on abandoned routes

Customs to stop physical examination of cargoes


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