Firm tackles maternal, infant deaths in six states

Not satisfied with Nigeria occupying second position of countries with record of high maternal and infant mortality rate in the world, leading mobile telecom firm, MTN has launched ‘Yellow heart’ aimed at tackling high maternal and infant mortality rate in Nigeria. The six states – Oyo, Ogun, Niger, Kaduna, Cross River and Abia state have been enlisted in the pilot scheme scheduled which kick off from November  1 and to be concluded on March 30, 2018. The Chairman, MTN Foundation and Nigeria’s former Minister of Health, Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi announced MTN initiative…

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Firm offers hopes at Lekki Free Trade Zone

A real estate firm, Buildcon Global Services Limited, is offering opportunities to subscribers to own landed property in the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ), the fast-growing business hub of Lagos State. Besides, the firm has commenced its new project, the Pracht Court, located in Ajah, Lagos for would-be subscribers.  Chief Executive Officer of Buildcon Global Services Limited, Mrs. Bukunola Gadzama, explained that the success recorded at the company’s Pracht Gardens Estate, located in Ikota, Lagos, motivated the company to embark on Pracht Court. According to her, a four-bedroom terrace home is…

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Firm, others sensitise SMEs’ owners on financial, liability issues

  For businessmen on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), it is a dream come true as a law firm, Okhai Akhigbe & Co (OAC), at the weekend held a legal workshop that would open up their business to complexities of legal matters with a view to helping them learn the legal rope. The workshop which was entitled SME Legal Clinic focus on the essential ingredients SMEs need to grow healthy business legally. Experts from different field of business, banking, law, divulge business secret and goals of actualizing business opportunity. The…

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Firm, council to discuss challenges at town meeting

Ships and Ports Communication Company has concluded plans to hold a town hall meeting to discuss the challenges facing Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) in the last 10 years. The forum which is jointly organised by the CRFFN and the company will also commemorate the 10th anniversary of the CRFFN Act on Tuesday. In a statement at the weekend, the coordinator of the event, Shulammite Olowofoyeku, said the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, would open the event with a key note address. The town hall…

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Documents show Prince’s painkiller habit

  Numerous opioid painkillers were found at US singer Prince’s home shortly after his death last year, unsealed court documents show. Some of the pills discovered at Prince’s Paisley Park estate in Minnesota had prescriptions in the name of his friend and bodyguard. But the documents do not offer evidence about the source of the fentanyl that killed the singer on 21 April 2016. Medical examiners have concluded that he died from an accidental overdose. No-one has been charged over the death of the 57-year-old singer. The court documents were…

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NSA probes N15bn recovery

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Mohammed Monguno (rtd), has begun an investigation into the recovery of about N15 billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This is as President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to submit a report on the recovery. The EFCC had, last week Wednesday, recovered $43.4 million, £27,800 and N23.2 million totalling about N15 billion from a private apartment at the Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos. New Telegraph was informed…

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Malabu probe: Reps backpedal on Jonathan’s invitation

Barely a week after the House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee investigating allegations of corruption, malpractices, and breach of due process in the award of oil prospecting licence (OPL 245) better known as Malabu oil scandal, said it planned to invite former President Goodluck Jonathan, there are indications that the committee will no longer insist on the appearance of the former leader. New Telegraph reliably gathered that the ad hoc committee, led by Hon. Razaq Atunwa (APC, Kwara) may have considered the implications of the invitation of the former president…

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Eight die, 24 injured in Lagos, Ogun

Eight people lost their lives yesterday while about 19 others were injured in auto crashes in Lagos and Ogun states. Five people were burnt to death yesterday while five others were injured at the popular Barracks Bus Stop, Surulere when a Volkswagen commercial bus known as Danfo caught fire while descending from the popular National Stadium Bridge on Funsho Williams Avenue. Pedestrians and other sympathisers could hold back tears watching the gory scene of the mangled and burnt bodies of the victims which littered the road. A child, three women…

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Fuel theft: Senate calls for major shake-up in NNPC

The Senate has advised the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to go beyond the sacking and redeployment of a few officials involved in fuel theft and other sharp practices in the industry. The upper legislative chamber gave the advice in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by its spokesman and chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Aliyu Sabi. The Senate tasked the NNPC to initiate a comprehensive restructuring of its operations which currently allowed officials and other firms to appropriate national resources for their personal use, thereby contributing…

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Local oil firms walking a tight rope

Indigenous firms are the worst-hit by myriads of challenges bedeviling the oil and gas industry. ADEOLA YUSUF reports on how many of them are running into bankruptcy     Aiteo, an indigenous oil firm, made the headlines penultimate week; basking in the euphoria of its new status as the biggest Nigerian- owned oil firm in terms of production, hitherto known by many as the petroleum product trading firm, it announced the production of the largest share of the 313,602 barrels per day output from indigenous companies. The firm’s management cannot…

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