US court halts two executions

  The top court in Arkansas has halted two executions that were due to start a series of seven in 11 days. The state’s Supreme Court acted hours before convicted murderers Don Davis and Bruce Ward were due to die, but the Davis decision could yet be reversed. Their lawyers had argued they were mentally unfit to face execution and were denied proper assessment. But there was a victory for the state when a federal court lifted an order that blocked all seven executions. A blanket ruling made on Saturday…

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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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NGO takes girl-child education campaign to Zamfara communities

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), based in Zamfara State, ‘Save the Children,’ has taken its campaign on child protection and the fight against the poor girlchild school enrolment to rural communities. The organisation, which is being supported by Lifestep Project (LSP) from Canada, would train 40 households from the six selected villages in the state towards ensuring the protection of children and equipping the knowledge of community members on how to reduce the risk of abuse of children in their areas. Speaking at the community dialogue meeting with media and other…

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Firm gets GMD, acting DMD, ED

As part of its restructuring, Japaul Oil and Maritime Services (JOMS) Plc has appointed Mr. Kayode Olusegun-Ojo as its group managing director. Also, Mr. Akinloye Oladapo, according to a statement, has been appointed as acting deputy managing director, while Mr. Olubunmi Falua took over as executive director, finance and planning. Olusegun-Ojo started his career with Lafenwa Osiberu & Company as an audit trainee before he joined Aba Ogunsola & Associates. He joined JOMS as the deputy group managing director in November 23, 2015 and was promoted to acting group managing…

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Peak Milk launches new sachet to cushion impact of recession

As a direct response to the yearning of Nigerian consumers, Peak Milk, a brand from the stable of Friesland Campina, has introduced new sachet into the market. The new offering which is found in the markets across Nigeria was introduced to provide alternatives for Nigerians as they go through economic struggles which confront many households. A statement by the management was quoted as saying that” as a brand which cares to listen to its consumers, understands their economic struggles; and knows that everybody cannot afford it hence what informed the…

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Truck Masters show strength in Body Shop

An Ikeja, Lagos based front line auto company, Truck Masters, Lagos, has shown its strength in the area of after-sales services as it recently conducted auto journalists round its facilities and delivered a training session to the journalists. This, the company says, is in furtherance of its mission and core value in developing local skills in automotive industry through sole or joint initiatives for technical training and development in Nigeria. Briefing the journalists at the opening session at Truck Masters headquarters, the company’s Executive Director, Dr. Oseme Oigiagbe said: “It…

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I’m a lover of heels –Tyna

Augustina Enechile Abraham is the CEO of Tytis. She speaks with Deborah Ocheni about her fashion philosophy, love for high heels and more.   What is your personal style? My sense of fashion is simple, decent yet classy. I love to always keep it simple but my simplicity turn heads. When it comes to fashion, would you say your physique works to your advantage? Perfectly! One gift I would forever be grateful to God for is my body. I have the kind of body that introduces me; I can say…

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Edo: Election tribunal upholds Obaseki’s election

The Edo Election Petition Tribunal, on Friday upheld the election of Mr Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as governor of Edo. Delivering the judgment, Justice Ahmed Badamasi-led three member tribunal, dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as lacking in merit. Badamasi held that the petitioners failed in all fronts to prove the allegations as pleaded in their petitions. “The petitioners have failed to prove their case with credible evidence and is therefore dismissed,’’ he said. The tribunal…

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600,000 farmers benefit from e-agric scheme

A new report on an e-agriculture scheme of the Federal Government christened: ‘Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES)’ has showed that no fewer than 600,000 Nigerians benefited from the first season of the scheme in 2016. The report entitled: “Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES) Dry Season, 2016,” highlighted key progress on food security and financial inclusion for farmers across 30 states in Nigeria, through leveraging Information and technology (IT). The programme, which set out to service 500,000 farmer- households in four value chains, accomplished 92 per cent of the targeted subsidized…

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