Today’s News Headlines [20th December, 2023]

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Fake Products: We lost our mother for nothing, son of late NAFDAC boss, Akunyili, laments 

Edozie  Akunyili, son of a former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, late Dora Akunyili, has expressed concerns about the sacrifices his family made… 20th December 2023

Gombe hospitals loses specialists annually to UK, Saudi Arabia

The Vice President II, Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, Dr Kefas Wida-James, has disclosed that no fewer than 10 doctors migrate annually from the Gombe Federal Teaching Hospital in search of… 20th December 2023

FG must restrategise waivers to curb japa syndrome – Waziri

The Chief Medical Director of the IBB Specialist Hospital in Minna, Niger State, Dr. Bala Waziri has bemoaned the mass exodus of medical practitioners  from across the country and the north, especial… 20th December 2023

Israel-Hamas: 60 arrested as protesters storm US capitol

Capitol Police arrested more than 60 anti-Israel protesters on Tuesday for storming into the historic Rotunda and demanding a ceasefire in Gaza. Demonstrators scattered children’s shoes across the f… 20th December 2023

Residents fear cholera outbreak as water scarcity hits Lokoja

Residents of Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, run the risk of being infected with the much dreaded cholera epidemic as public taps dry up for the second week running. Arewa PUNCH visited several areas … 20th December 2023

Kano poll: Hausa youths protest in Ogun

Ahead of Thursday’s Supreme Court judgment on the Kano State governorship election, the Hausa community in Sagamu, Ogun State, on Tuesday, took to the streets to warn against injustice. The PUNCH re… 20th December 2023

Gunmen kidnap A’Ibom judge, driver, kill orderly

Gunmen on Monday kidnapped a high court judge in the Oron Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Joy Uwanna, and her driver. It was gathered that her orderly was killed in the attack which … 20th December 2023

Nigerian don gets UK fellowship

A Nigerian postdoctoral researcher, Dr Ernest Udalla, will join St Antony’s College Ladipo Adamolekun Postdoctoral Fellowship, Oxford in Hilary, 2024. A statement by the university said that the Ada… 20th December 2023

INEC defends Sanwo-Olu’s victory at Supreme Court

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the appeals by the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party challenging the victory of the Lagos State … 20th December 2023

Court grants B’Haram negotiator access to physicians

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, granted former terrorist negotiator, Tukur Mamu access to his doctor.  The Kaduna-based cleric and publisher is facing trial in connection with the terror… 20th December 2023

No reconciliation talks with ASUU, says CONUA president

The Congress of Nigerian University Academics has said it is not in reconciliation talks with the Academic Staff Union of Universities. The President of CONUA, Niyi Sunmonu, said this in a statement o… 20th December 2023

Complete housemanship before relocating, MDCN advises doctors

The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria has advised new medical students against leaving the country without doing their housemanship. The Registrar of the MDCN, Dr Tajudeen Sanusi, gave this advice… 20th December 2023

Budget: Speaker asks committees to submit MDAs defence

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, has said the 2024 budget proposal would be passed on December 30, 2023. Abbas stated this on the floor of the Green Chamber at the resumpti… 20th December 2023

Terrorism: Kanu not broken by S’Court verdict, says lawyer

The embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has finally broken the silence after the Supreme Court verdict of Friday directing that he should be tried for terroris… 20th December 2023

HoS counsels civil servants on diligence

The Lagos State Head of Service, Mr Olabode Agoro, on Tuesday, called on civil servants in the state to be diligent, honest, and more dedicated to their service in the state’s public service. Agoro … 20th December 2023

Embrace healthcare initiatives, LASG urges communities

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Health District III, Dr Monsurat Adeleke, has called for the engagement of communities in health care initiatives within the district and the state at large. Adele… 20th December 2023

Don’t depend on villa for feedback, Fayemi advises Tinubu

Former governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday, urged President Bola Tinubu to look beyond the presidential villa for feedback on the performance of his administration. He also charged t… 20th December 2023

Bandits kidnap Taraba chief, pregnant daughter, 19 others

A second-class chief, his son,  pregnant daughter, police orderly and 17 others were abducted in the early hours of Tuesday in the Pupule area of Yorro Local Government Area in Taraba State. The 21 c… 20th December 2023

Sanwo-Olu opens Red Line rail flyover, projects 500,000 passengers daily

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, unveiled the Lagos Rail Mass Transit Red Line Ikeja Overpass alongside his Kwara State counterpart and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’… 20th December 2023

Motorists lament deplorable 118km Keffi-Nasarawa-Toto federal highway

Residents and motorists plying the 118.01km Keffi – Nasarawa – Toto road in Nasarawa State have called on the Federal Government to urgently rehabilitate the road to reduce the rate of acc… 20th December 2023

113 generals retire, defence minister demands loyalty from armed forces

Protect your database from hackers, IG advises banks

Zamfara man killed for not allowing daughter marry bandit

Allocations to my office stopped six months ago – Shaibu

Makinde fumes over suits against Soun, threatens litigants

Trump barred from Colorado presidential ballot over capitol attack role

e Court verdict: I’m not broken — Nnamdi Kanu

We don’t recognise 27 Rivers House members who dumped PDP — APC Assembly Forum

Imo community to abolish caste systems, other practices Jan 4

Banditry: Gunmen abduct Taraba chief, 2 Police officers, 13 other

Pope’s same-sex marriage blessing: Church’s principles unchanged — Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria

Lalong exits Tinubu’s cabinet, to be sworn-in in senate today

Prevailing naira scarcity unacceptable — Labour

December 20, 2023

‘Oga At The Top’ – Why I wasn’t wearing official kit – NSCDC’s Obafiaye

December 20, 2023

Naira appreciates to N1,225/$ in parallel market

December 20, 2023

Banks need recapitalisation to survive macroeconomic risks — CBN

December 20, 2023

$19bn Dangote Refinery gets another 1m barrels crude oil

December 20, 2023

Trump ineligible to run for president over role in Capitol riot, court rules

December 20, 2023

African trade unions fume over labour rights in Nigeria

December 20, 2023

Niger lawmakers blame upsurge banditry on failed roads

December 20, 2023

Makinde to Soun: You must work for unity of traditional council

December 20, 2023

Customs, mortgage bank partner on 5,009 housing units for officers

December 20, 2023

Telcos to block subscribers without NIN on Feb

Telecom companies in Nigeria have warned all subscribers, who Subscriber Identity Module, SIM cards are yet to be linked with their National Identity Numbers, NIN, to do so before February 28, 2024, or lose the numbers parmanently.

December 20, 2023

No provision for census in 2024 budget — Senate

THE Senate has raised the alarm that there was no provision for the population and housing census scheduled for next year in the National Population Commission, NPC, 2024 budget proposal, which was submitted to the National Assembly for consideration.

December 20, 2023

Economy stunted by poor GDP growth —Statistician-General

Statistician-General of the Federation, Adewale Adeniran, has said the country’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP, growth has been too poor to boost its struggling economy.

December 20, 2023

Akande, Fayemi, Oshun, Ikeazor chart way forward for APC

Former Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has urged his ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to serve as a feedback mechanism between President Bola Tinubu and Nigerians.

December 20, 2023

S/East Security: How Reps are moving to restore peace, rebuild battered social, economic life of the region

FOLLOWING  the security crisis that devastated the South East region and ruined its economic and social life, an organization, Peace in South East Project, PISE-P has birthed to rebuild and give hope to people of the region.

December 20, 2023


Domestic borrowing jumps by 134%, rises to N52tn

ITUC raises concern over rising unresolved industrial disputes

SERAS Africa honours Seplat Energy

AfDB advises PFMA graduates on accountability

Africa must address manpower shortage in project management – Report

SIM-NIN: Consumers ask FG to extend Feb deadline

ICRC plans to sanction erring concessionaires

The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission says it plans to sanction erring concessionaires of public infrastructure when the ongoing amendment of the agrncy’s Act is finalised. The commiss… 20th December 2023

Power generation to drop by 676MW over plant maintenance

The Transmission Company has announced that the Egbin Power Station has been shut down to allow the Nigeria Gas Company maintain a linking gas pipeline to the power plant. It said this would lead to a… 20th December 2023

Positive trading lifts equity market by N464bn

Investors in the Nigerian equity market gained N35bn at the close of the trading session on the  Nigerian Exchange Limited on Tuesday. This signalled an improvement in the figure of gains from Monday… 20th December 2023

Ecovis OUC pledges support for CSR initiative

Ecovis OUC, an accounting firm, says it has extended the joy of the festive season to residents of the Apapa Local Government of Lagos State with the donation of 300 bags of rice and cash through its … 20th December 2023

Directors, fund acquire N841m shares in Zenith Bank

Charks Investment Limited, a firm with influential shareholding in Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, has divested 14,622,000 units of its holding in the company. According to a corporate notice filed wit… 20th December 2023

Better pricing will create market for gas, says NNPCL

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, on Tuesday, said only appropriate pricing for gas in Nigeria would create the required market for the commodity in the country. NNPCL’s Group Chief E… 20th December 2023

LASRRA expands registration database

The General Manager, Lagos State Residents Registration Agency, Mrs Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, says the agency is increasing its reach to more residents in Lagos, to achieve its purpose of providing the… 20th December 2023

Local steel production will reduce vehicle cost – Stakeholders

Experts have urged the government to prioritise local steel manufacturing to reduce the cost of vehicles in the country. Battery and Power Systems Analyst at DM Lustrous Cars Ltd, Victor Ezeali, in an… 20th December 2023

Uber, Travelstart reward riders, drivers

Uber Nigeria has partnered with Travelstart, an online travel agency, to reward drivers and riders. At a recent award ceremony in Lagos, two riders, Joy Nlemedim and Dami Ogun, who recorded the most t… 20th December 2023

Banks need higher capital to support economy – Cardoso

The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Olayemi Cardoso, has said the banks need increased capital to support the economy. Cardoso spoke during Nigeria Sustainability Summit 2023 event at Access Ban… 20th December 2023

Car owners lament as spare part prices surge

Car owners have been grappling with rising spare part prices, putting increased pressure on their finances, JUSTICE OKAMGBA writes The escalating prices of auto spare parts are compounding car owners�… 20th December 2023

DBN, others promote tech for SMEs

The Managing Director, Development Bank of Nigeria Plc, Dr Tony Okpanachi, and other regulators have said there is need to promote technology among businesses to overcome challenges in the operating e… 20th December 2023

Parallex Bank gets annual recognition

A commercial bank, Parallex Bank Limited, has emerged as ‘Reputable Bank of the Year’ at the 2023 Reputable Banks & Fintech Awards held at Westminster Bridge, London, United Kingdom.  Accordi… 20th December 2023

Millionaires emerge in Wema Bank promo

A 23-year-old Yoruba education student at the University of Lagos, Muritadho Opeyemi, emerged as one of the winners of N1m in the 5th monthly draw of ‘Wema Bank 5 for 5 Promo Season 3’, held at th… 20th December 2023

FAAN inducts 201 aviation security cadets

In a move to address the contemporary challenges in airport and passenger management, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has inducted 201 aviation security cadets. Speaking at the passing out p… 20th December 2023

‘Africa records 2% of global passenger traffic’

The Vice President of Africa, Qatar Airways, Hendrik du Preez, has disclosed that Africa’s share in the global travel demographic stands at only 2 per cent, despite having about 17 per cent of the w… 20th December 2023

Operators advise Tinubu on NCAA directors’ recruitment

The Chief Executive Officer of Centurion Security Limited, Capt John Ojikutu (retd), has advised President Bola Tinubu to appoint directors of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority from within the age… 20th December 2023

Zenith Bank ranks among top 100 global companies

Zenith Bank Plc has been listed among the World’s top 100 companies as published by World Finance Magazine. The bank was the only Nigerian company in the exclusive listing. In a statement, World Fin… 20th December 2023

NSSF drives youth empowerment with WeNaija campaign

The Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund, Fejiro Chinye-Nwoko says it is on a mission to guide and empower Nigerian youths by steering their talents towards lucrative avenues. Th… 20th December 2023

Manufacturing loses 8,500 jobs amid policy failures

EDIDIONG IKPOTO writes on how poor policies have led to massive job losses in the manufacturing sector The manufacturing sector, like other facets of the Nigerian economy, is no stranger to challenges… 20th December 2023

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