Access Bank commissions remodelled Oniru road networks

As part of efforts to ensure a hitch-free movement around the Victoria Island – Lekki Axis, Access Bank PLC on Thursday, 24 September, commissioned its Oniru road project with the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in attendance. Having moved its corporate Head Office from in Danmole Street, Victoria island to Oniru, Access Bank undertook a feasibility study on how to best to make for ease of movement. In line with this, the Bank has created new concrete-based road networks in the Oniru area, improving and expanding the existing…

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30 persons injured 23 houses burnt in Lagos gas explosion

About 30 persons were injured in a gas explosion that occurred at Iju Ishaga, Lagos State on Thursday. It was learnt that 15 vehicles and 23 buildings were destroyed. Among the buildings affected are X and Y Event Center, a church, and a plank market. An eyewitness, Ikechukwu, said, “We just heard a loud sound around 03.30 pm and we suddenly began to see smoke. The explosion is massive and we are not sure of the casualties, but many people are injured.” The spokesperson for the Lagos State Emergency Agency,…

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COVID-19: Nigeria gets local cure

THE Plateau Research Committee on COVID-19 on Friday announced its development of a herbal cure for coronavirus. The committee chairman, Professor Noel Wannang, broke the news during an engagement with local government chairmen and traditional rulers in Jos. He said the team had concluded phase one which was the safe test of the drugs and “has been proven to be safe for consumption”. “The research team has come up with a herbal cure for COVID-19 which Plateau State was the first to develop in Nigeria; we developed the COV PLA-1,…

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FIRSTBANK ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF MRS. OLUWANDE MUOYO AS NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider, today announced the appointment of Mrs. Oluwande Muoyo as a Non-Executive Director. Mrs. Muoyo joined the board of FirstBank from FBN Holdings Plc., the parent company of First Bank of Nigeria Limited.  Speaking on her appointment, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, CEO, FirstBank said, “We are excited to welcomeMrs. Oluwande Muoyo to the FirstBank Board. She brings to the Board her depth of experience which spans over three decades in various leadership and strategic positions across the private and public sectors. I…

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Smart Money Woman: FirstBank Partners Arese Ugwu for new TV series

First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its partnership with Arese Ugwu for the TV adaptation of her best seller, Smart Money Woman. The weekly show – in its first season – is billed to premiere on Africa Magic Showcase on Wednesday, 23rd September 2020 at 9:30pm. The Smart Money Woman is a programme that shows the experiences, sacrifices, struggles and vigour of women in society as they carry out their day to day activities in spite of the gender imbalance in the society, especially in Africa.  The series is…

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AIB’s shocking revelation on Opebi crashed Helicopter

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Monday released the preliminary report of the accident involving a Bell 206B Helicopter operated by Quorum Aviation Limited which crashed into residential buildings in Opebi area of Lagos on August 28, 2020. According to the AIB report, the helicopter had no fuel left in the fuel tanks after the crash. Though the report indicated that the chopper was fitted with a long range extender fuel system, it, however, did not have capacity for fuel jettison. Experts say the chopper could have crashed on account of…

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Sekibo seeks impactful role in banking to aid speedy economic recovery

In the quest to aid speedy economic recovery and impactful service delivery to stakeholders caused by macro-economic headwinds and Covid-19, banking sector’s players have been charged to maximize the opportunities by re-strategizing its roles that will address emerging risks. The MD/CEO of Heritage Bank Plc, Ifie Sekibo made the call during the 47th Quarterly Meeting of the Association of Chief Audit Executives of Banks in Nigeria (ACAEBIN) with the theme “Elevating Internal Audit’s Role in the Face of Emerging Risks and Opportunities” held virtually on Microsoft Team’s platform, which was…

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Fidelity Bank’s medical outreach to IDPs excite governor’s wife

Wife of Taraba State Governor, Anna Darius Ishaku has commended Fidelity Bank Plc for providing a three-day free medical outreach to 829 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kona community, Jalingo Taraba State, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. The Hope Afresh Foundation organised the outreach in collaboration with employees of the bank who, driven purely by altruistic values and an innate desire to make the world a better place, pulled their resources together to offer free qualitative healthcare to the people.  The first lady applauded the Bank…

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Idris, Emir of Zazzau, laid to rest

The remains of the late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who died on Sunday, has been laid to rest in the ’emir’s palace’ of the ancient city of Zaria, Kaduna State. Idris, who died at age 84, was buried beside past monarchs(emirs) from the Zazzau Emirate Council. The funeral prayers were led by the Chief Imam of the Zazzau Emirate Council, Alhaji Dalhatu Kasimu, in the palace at 5. 35pm in accordance with Islamic rites. In attendance were the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasiru El-Rufa’i, Secretary to the State…

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Edo Decides: Obaseki cruising to victory as collation continues

Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party has recorded more votes from the results of the 13 Local Governments declared so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission. Although 17 political parties have fielded candidates for the election, it is a two-way race between All Progressives Congress and PDP. Incumbent Governor Obaseki of PDP ran against APC standard-bearer Osagie Ize-Iyamu. Obaseki was elected on APC’s platform in 2016 but defected to the PDP after being denied the ticket owing to intra-party squabbles. The PDP scored 240,935 while APC had…

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Wike pays N30m bounty on Bobisky’s arrest

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has redeemed his pledge of N30 million being a bounty placed on the arrest of a notorious criminal and kidnapper, Honesty Digbara, popularly known as Bobisky. The State Commissioner for Police, Joseph Mukan, disclosed this to journalists during a briefing at the State Command. Mukan described Wike as a promise keeper and assured that the command under his watch will continue to do its best to ensure the State is crime-free. “I am glad to inform you that today (Thursday) His Excellency redeemed that pledge…

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Edo Decides: 1.7m voters to elect next Edo Governor

No fewer than 1.72 million persons are eligible to vote in the September 19, Edo governorship polls while 483,796 eligible voters will not participate. This is according to a document obtained from the Independent National Electoral Commission titled, ‘Delimitation of Edo State’. The document shows that the identified ineligible voters in Edo failed to collect their Permanent Voter Cards. The document further showed that as of August 2018 there are 2,210,534 registered voters in the state, However, only 1,726,738 collected their PVCs. It also indicated that the election will hold…

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THE VOICE NIGERIA SEASON 3: Refining Crude Music Talents

This feature article by Segun Kasali takes a look at how The Voice Nigeria Season 3 is discovering raw music talent in the country and nurturing them into music superstars in the nearest future. The challenges of cost of production, cost of promotions and especially identification with renowned music record label, amongst others, have been identified as among the many challenges confronting upcoming artistes while making efforts at showcasing their talents. Asides the talent showcase of the craft, music plays a pivotal role at providing employment opportunities for key players…

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“May his type never come our way again” –Rejoicing Unilag lecturers after Babalakin resigned

Lecturers of the University of Lagos rejoiced over the resignation of Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN) as the Chairman of the Governing Council and Pro-Chancellor of the institution. Speaking through the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, UNILAG branch, Dr Dele Ashiru, the lecturers described Babalakin’s exit as “a welcome development”. Ashiru, in an interview with The Punch, said, “It (Babalakin’s resignation) is a welcome development. We thank the visitor to our university, through the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, for putting an end to tyranny, authoritarianism, and dictatorship…

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Ekiti APC crisis gets messier as party moves to expel Gov. Fayemi’s opponents

The crisis rocking the Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress became messier on Tuesday as the state chapter of the party set up an eight-member disciplinary committee saddled with the responsibility of hearing the reasons some members of the party were violating the National Executive Committee’s resolution on litigations. Those listed as defaulters of the rule are mostly stalwarts of the party in the state who have been having a running battle with the state governor, Kayode Fayemi, they are Presidential Political Adviser, Babafemi Ojudu; son-in-law to Senator…

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FIRSTBANK’S CEO, ADESOLA ADEDUNTAN, BAGS FORBES BEST OF AFRICA AWARD

Nigeria’s leading financial inclusion services provider, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Dr.  Adesola Adeduntan, has been honoured with the Forbes Best of Africa Award. The award presentation was held on Friday, 11 September 2020 at a virtual event by Forbes in conjunction with the Foreign Investment Network (FIN). The online roundtable discussion themed “Harnessing the financial resources and social capital of philanthropy to making a lasting impact” was supported by the World Philanthropy Network and featured a keynote address by former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun…

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In Kaduna, its Rape, forgo your genitals as el-Rufai signs anti rape law

Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has signed the Kaduna State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020. According to a statement by the governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, the amendment also updates the penalties for the offence of the rape of a child. It noted that these new provisions include the punishments of surgical castration and bilateral salpingectomy for male and female convicts of child rape, and death. In addition, the statement stated that such convicts would be listed in the Sex Offenders Register to be published by the…

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FBN Insurance Brokers sensitises SMEs on Risk Management and Cyber Security

FBN Insurance Brokers Limited, a subsidiary of Nigeria’s leading financial services group, FBN Holdings Plc, has announced a webinar to sensitise SMEs on risk management and cyber security. Spearheading discussions at the webinar are seasoned experts on insurance brokerage, cyber security and risk management. The event is themed Risk Management and Business Continuity amidst COVID19 and scheduled for 10:00am on Thursday, 17 September, 2020.  To participate in the event, click here to register.   Olumide Ibidapo, MD/CEO FBN Insurance Brokers will speak on Risk Management; Harrison Nnaji, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), FirstBank will drive conversation…

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Heritage Bank, FAMO provide succour for 300 private school teachers, SMEs

As part of efforts to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 on the education sector, Heritage Bank Plc in partnership with Honourable Fatima Mohammed (FAMO) foundation has provided succor to over 300 affected private school teachers and small medium enterprises (SMEs). The challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, have continued in the shutdown of schools for months leaving the private school teachers without any means of livelihood and no source of income. To this effect, in alleviating the challenges, Heritage Bank and its partner supported over 300 Private School Teachers and small businesses…

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Sterling Bank pioneers work-study programme for secondary school leavers, offers scholarship

As a Financial Institution that is committed to enriching lives and impacting the society, Nigeria’s agile and forward-looking Sterling Bank PLC continues to set the pace by creating valuable opportunities for different categories of citizens.  In a continued effort to secure a knowledge-based future that is diverse, Sterling Bank has recently launched the “Grow With Sterling Initiative”. The initiative which finds its roots in one aspect of the Sterling HEART Sectors- Education, seeks to contribute to the educational development of young Secondary School Leavers. Understanding that an investment in knowledge pays the…

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Unical gets 1st female VC

A one time commissioner for Women Affairs in Cross River State, Professor Florence Obi, has broken a 45-year jinx to emerge as the first female Vice-Chancellor-elect of the University of Calabar, Cross River State. Obi of the faculty of education who is presently a Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of administration emerged top after a rigorous screening exercise involving 12 other candidates. Obi will take over from Prof. Zana Akpagu, whose tenure ends on November 30, 2020. The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council, UNICAL, Senator Nkechi Nwaogu, who announced the emergence…

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“Access Bank remains committed to creating value for shareholders” – Wigwe, Access Bank Boss

Following the recent announcement of its financial results for the half-year ended June 30 2020, the Group Managing Director of Access Bank PLC, Herbert Wigwe has assured all stakeholders of the Bank’s commitment to offering greater share value. “Leveraging investments in digital banking post-merger, we have seen a growth in our retail banking business, as evidenced by the growth in customer sign-on, transaction volume and value, and increased adoption of our digital channels. While the other half of 2020 will remain challenging, digital banking has become more essential than ever in…

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FirstBank enhance staff development as 3rd SMDP graduates

First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s leading financial inclusion services provider,  has graduated 12 successful candidates in the third edition of its Senior Management Development Programme (SMDP). The graduation ceremony held virtually, via the Zoom video conferencing platform on Wednesday, 2 September, 2020. The Senior Management Development Programme (SMDP) is FirstBank’s intensive modular programme for a select group of senior managers to principal managers who are proven leaders in their respective functions and have been identified as central to the Bank’s succession plan. Prior to the 2020 programme, 40 exemplary staff…

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Tension in Auchi as Police release suspected attacker of PDP chieftain

Palpable tension has gripped Auchi and environ following the release from Police custody one Salami Abibu, the prime suspect in the case of the gang that attacked a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Isa Ja Usman and some members of the party recently in Auchi. According to reports made available to National Infinity, Abibu also known as Abomi, was reportedly arrested on Tuesday and handed over to the police at Agbede police station and was transferred to the Auchi Area Command headed by Ms. Oki Rita Emesim. Based…

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Fayose battles Oyo Gov., Seyi Makinde over control of S/West PDP

The former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has warned the Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde, against tampering with the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti and other South-West states. Fayose insisted that the Oyo governor has no right to interfere in the local politics being played in each South-West state despite being a zonal leader of the party. The former governor said this on Wednesday when he led the National delegates of PDP including the chairmen of the party in Osun, Ekiti, Lagos to Abeokuta, the Ogun…

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Suswan raises alarm over Gana’s ‘murder’

A former governor of Benue State, who is representing Benue North-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Gabriel Suswan, has asked the Federal Government to set up a judicial panel to unravel the killing of the late Terwase Agwaza alias Gana by soldiers on Tuesday. The deceased was killed by some soldiers on September 8 on his way to Makurdi, the state capital, to formally surrender himself to Governor Samuel Ortom. But reacting to the incident in a statement titled, “A time to heal”, in Abuja, on Wednesday, Suswam…

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How top tax consultant died in Lagos boat mishap

A Deputy Senior Partner at Price Waterhouse Coopers, Tola Ogundipe, is dead. The PUNCH learnt that the victim went missing on Saturday while boating on his own on the coast near Lagos. The boat was said to have been found on Sunday before the Marine Police discovered his corpse on Monday. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the incident, said the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered a discreet investigation into the death. Price Waterhouse Coopers, in a statement on Tuesday signed by the Country…

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James reunites with Ancelotti at Everton for £22m

Everton completed the signing of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid on Monday, reuniting the Colombian playmaker with manager Carlo Ancelotti for a third time. The Premier League club are reported to have paid £22 million ($29 million) for the 29-year-old, who was top scorer at the 2014 World Cup. James’s performances on the world stage earned him an 80 million euro ($95 million) move to Madrid six years ago and he shone in his first season in the Spanish capital under Ancelotti’s management. However, he fell down the pecking order…

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International Literacy Day 2020: FirstBank set the pace with innovative e-learning solutions

By Eche Munonye Covid-19 brought a huge challenge to education and literacy, First Bank of Nigeria Limited responded with a Rosetta stone of innovative e-learning initiatives that have far-reaching effects Since 1967 that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have been celebrating International Literacy Day to promote the importance of literacy and education, every September 8 had witnessed book gifting, book reading and related activities are undertaken by the UN body and its coalition of partners. But this year is a departure as such enshrined activities are…

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OGUN opens schools, staggers school hours

Ogun State Government has announced Monday, 21 September 2020 for the reopening of schools in the state for the first term of 2020/2021 session in addition to the earlier resumption of students in SS3 who are currently writing the West African School Certificate Examination.In a Press Statement issued in Abeokuta by Kunle Somorin, his Chief Press Secretary, Governor Dapo Abiodun announced that this second phase of the reopening of schools is extended to all classes in primary and secondary schools, Technical and Vocational Colleges, and Tertiary Institutions. However, as part…

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Union Bank states position on Lokoja branch closure by KIRS

Lagos, Nigeria, September 06, 2020: Union Bank Nigeria Limited has said it will respond to the closure of its Lokoja Branch by the Kogi State Internal Revenue Service through the appropriate channels in an effort to ensure fair and proper assessment, and subsequently, prompt resolution of the situation and reduce the inconvenience to customersAccording to the statement, “As an institution with a proven track record of responsible corporate citizenship, it takes civic obligations seriously. For the benefit of our customers, the press, and members of the general public, we wish to…

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FCMB in Mega trouble as Magu’s Pastor demands N5bn for false report

Pastor Emmanuel Omale, the General Overseer of the Divine Hand of God Prophetic Ministry, Abuja, has slammed a N5bn suit on First City Monument Bank (FCMB) for breaching banker-client and falsely alerting the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) of a suspicious credit inflow. According to court documents, Omale is demanding N5 billion in exemplary, aggravated, special and general damages. “The defendant negligently breached the fiduciary duty of care it owes the claimants by its false automated report to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit of a suspicious credit inflow of N573,228,040.41…

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Ex-Super Eagles’ defender, Babalade is dead

Former Super Eagles defender Ajibade Babalade died today in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, after suffering cardiac arrest. Babalade, 48, The PUNCH learnt, died while being rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, in the afternoon. The hard-as-nails retired defender was a squad member of the Eagles that won bronze at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal. He started his professional career at Stationery Stores of Lagos in 1990, before several stints at 3SC, helping the Oluyole Warriors reach the final of the CAF Champions in League in 1996. He…

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£700m, not family pressure is keeping Messi at Barca

Barcelona super star, Lionel Messi, has insisted that the £700m release clause in his contract with FC Barcelona is what was responsible for his decision to stay back at the “club of my life.” Although there were pressure from his wife and children, whose reaction to his planned exit from the club he described as ‘brutal’ Messi said, “I thought and we were sure that I was free. The president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I stayed or not and now they…

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Nigeria gets relieve over P&ID As UK Court Grants FG’s request

Nigeria has secured a landmark victory in its pursuit to overturn a $10 billion judgement awarded against it in a case against Process and Industrial Developments (P&ID). In the judgment delivered on Thursday, Ross Cranston, a judge of the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales, granted Nigeria’s application for an extension of time and relief from sanctions. TheCable understands that the case will either go back to arbitration based on the new evidence or both parties will now settle out of court. “It is not my function at…

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TURNING THE 49TH PAGE: Reflections on my birthday By Ifeanyi Ubah

By Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Ubah Today is another beautiful day and an ultra special one for me. Today is a great reminder of how thankful I should be for all the blessings that the Almighty God has brought my way. As I turn 49 and celebrate my last birthday in the 40’s age bracket today, this occasion certainly deserves a moment of sobriety and deep reflection as I have always envisaged birthdays as a day to reflect on one’s ultimate purpose of existence on earth which should be to better…

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GTBank posts ₦109.7bn PBT in 2020 half year audited results

Guaranty Trust Bank plc has released its audited financial results for the half year ended June 30, 2020 to the Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges. The half year result reflects GTBank’s leading position as one of the best managed financial institutions in Africa. The Bank’s loan book grew by 8.1% from ₦1.502trillion recorded as at December 2019 to ₦1.624trillion in June 2020 and customer deposits increased by 18.5% to ₦3.001trillion from ₦2.533trillion in December 2019. Profit before Tax closed at ₦109.7billion, representing a decrease of 5.2% over ₦115.8billion recorded in…

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FG gives directive on schools’ reopening

The Federal Government has okayed the reopening of all schools as the nation goes into the next phase of the management of Coronavirus pandemic. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, disclosed this on Thursday during the body’s briefing. The briefing came after the PTF submitted its Seventh Report to President Muhammadu Buhari, with the Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, saying all the proposals by the team were approved by the President. Aliyu, who spoke during a briefing at…

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Anger over fuel pump price as Reps minority leader, Elumelu spank FG

The minority caucus in the House of Representatives has condemned the increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) from N148 to N151.56k per litre. The Petroleum Product Marketing Company, on Wednesday, announced that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation retail outlets would now sell petrol for N151.56k per litre, while the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria had directed its members in the South-West to sell at N162. The Minority Leader of the House, Ndidu Elumelu, in a statement issued on Wednesday and titled, ‘Reps Caucus Demands Halt…

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Sterling Bank holds Agriculture Summit Africa 2020 September

Sterling Bank Plc, Nigeria’s leading commercial bank, has announced that this year’s Agriculture Summit Africa (ASA) will hold from September 23rd to 24th, 2020, with the theme “Fast Forward Agriculture: Exploiting The Next Revolution.”   The statement by the bank also announced Mastercard Foundation, Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and IDH – the sustainable trade initiative as headline sponsors for the third edition of the Summit. Other partners confirmed to be supporting this year’s event include Flour Mills Nigeria PLC., NIRSAL and Nourishing Africa.   The emergence of Mastercard Foundation and…

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Heritage Bank to stimulate economic growth with youth empowerment schemes

As part of its further response to deal with the global economic challenge occasioned by COVID-19, Heritage Bank Plc has reiterated commitment to deepen its support to young entrepreneurs in Nigeria to grow their businesses either as start-ups or prospective business owners. This, the bank said, is in line with its culture as timeless wealth partners, which would impact positively on the nation’s socio-economic development. The MD/CEO of the bank, Ifie Sekibo stated that Heritage Bank was mindful of the devastating impact of the pandemic to the nation’s economic system,…

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FirstBank chair, Awosika is ‘surprise cast’ in Afolayan’s Citation

Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has made her debut in a movie produced by award-winning, and proudly Nigerian movie producer, Kunle Afolayan. The movie, Citation, is created to correct one of the greatest ills – rape and sexual molestation – which affect the educational system and indeed societies around the world.  Mrs. Awosika plays the role of the dean of a university faculty, overseeing the senate hearing panel of a female postgraduate student (Moremi), played by Temi Otedola, who has been a victim of sexual harassment. The movie…

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NFF top shot dies

The top hierarchy and rank-and-file of the Nigeria Football Federation have been thrown into deep mourning following the death on Saturday evening of the Federation’s Head of ICT, Mr. Tolulope Abe. Abe passed on at the National Hospital, Abuja as a result of complications that arose after a surgery. He was 48. Highly dedicated, diligent, energetic, savant, proficient and goal-driven, Tolulope Abe exemplified hard work and industry, and was loved by all for his sapience, dynamism, sense of duty, productivity and humility. NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, was at…

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Ademokoya launches AKAD

AKAD RECORDS is a music discovery company, dedicated to discovering, supporting, and promoting visionary African artists from around the globe. Its pioneer act, Lil Dee has been signed to the record label while the new company also aims to sign one of the hottest producers around. CEO of the company, Akinwale Ademokoya offers a sneak peek into what this new record label has to offer; with the release of the hot new single by its artiste Lil Dee titled “OWO” featuring Jaywon. As a Management Company, Akad Records will make its mark…

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Access Bank, Wigwe emerge winners at 2020 African Banker Awards

Access Bank PLC and its Group Managing Director, Herbert Wigwe, were recognised as winners of the ‘Agriculture Deal of the Year’ and ‘African Banker of the Year’ categories at the 2020 African Banker Awards. Access Bank was awarded for its role in helping Olam develop their rice operations in Nigeria by using a model hinged on Sustainability. On the other hand, Wigwe was recognized for his efforts in leading Nigeria’s Private Sector COVID-19 response, encouraging other corporate climate change conscious business entities across the country to support the Federal Government…

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Applicants can now print Admission Letters, Others as JAMB lift embargo

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has lifted the suspension on the printing of admission letters, and inter-university transfers among others. The organisation said with the development, “all requests for printing of admission letters, inter-university transfers, condonement of illegitimate admissions and other processes for previous years which had been hitherto suspended would now be restored from Monday, August 31 2020.” The Head of Media and Public Relations in JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made the announcement in a statement in Abuja on Sunday. He said, “To ensure that candidates who took…

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Sanwo-Olu opens Lagos Schools Sept.14

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the reopening of tertiary institutions effective September 14 while primary and Secondary Schools will reopen on 21st. “I am pleased to announce that our tertiary institutions will be allowed to reopen from September 14, 2020, all our tertiary institutions,” the governor announced during a briefing on Saturday at the State House, Marina. Schools in the country had been shut in March as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. But the Federal Government announced the resumption of graduating pupils…

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Polaris Bank names Ike as acting CEO

The board of Polaris Bank Limited, the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, and the bank’s shareholders have appointed Mr Innocent Ike as the acting managing director/ chief executive officer of the bank effective September 1, 2020. The bank’s Company Secretary, Babatunde Osibodu, disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘Polaris Bank announces the appointment of Innocent C. Ike as acting managing director/CEO,’ on Saturday. It stated that the outgoing Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Polaris Bank Limited, Mr Tokunbo Abiru, will be proceeding on his retirement, having successfully completed his two…

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Prez. Buhari mourns as Attah Igala joins ancestors

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock at the demise of Attah Igala, Michael Oboni II, who died on Friday. Buhari spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President extended his condolences to the deceased’s family and the Kogi State government. The statement titled “President Buhari mourns Attah Igala, Michael Oboni II” read, “President Muhammadu Buhari expresses profound commiserations with the family, friends, and associates of His Royal Majesty, Attah Igala, Michael Idakwo Ameh Oboni II, over the transition of the Paramount Ruler of Igala…

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Covid-19: Lagos Biobank handles over 5,000 private testing requests

Lagos Biobank, a digital platform developed by the Lagos State Government to meet the increasing demand for Covid-19 testing following the decentralisation of testing in the state, has handled more than 5,000 requests from individuals since inception.Supported by Sterling Bank Plc, the Lagos Biobank platform was launched by the state government to ensure equitable access, accelerated testing and improved case management for all in the state in a bid to harmonise data from public and private testing centres in the state while also regulating the billing of patients paying for…

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