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SMEDAN to commence NYSC’s mandatory entrepreneurship scheme

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NYSC mandatory one month entrepreneurship and vocational training will commence this year with the passage of the 2016 Appropriation Bill, the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), has said. The Director-General of SMEDAN, Alhaji Bature Masari, told Newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday that the agency would also seek for additional funding. According to him, this will be ...

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Regime of penalties, fines causes ripples in industry

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Stakeholders call for NAICOM board to check its ROBUST and hard regulatory measures taken by the industry’s regulator – National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) may be causing ripples in the industry. It is not the best of time for operators in view of agitation by practitioners mostly underwriters and insurance brokers against what they regard as incessant heavy fines and penalties ...

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Sub-Saharan Africa becoming notable insurance investors

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125 of surveys of insurance executives and regulators in the Sub-Saharan region estimated growth opportunities for insurance premiums and risk potential in seven key English-speaking markets in East and West Africa namely: Ghana; Kenya; Malawi; Nigeria; Tanzania; Uganda; and Zambia. The risk and opportunity matrix was created by analyzing economic conditions and potential hazards in each of the seven countries ...

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True State Of Communication Infrastructure At Airports

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The Aviation sector has been witnessing so many incidents that claimed the lives of so many air passengers in recent years, although some of them were unofficially attributed to human errors. Understandably, air traffic controllers are no longer taking anything for granted, as they are ready to raise the alarm over any situation they consider not in line with safety ...

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Filling Stations Shut Down in Imo by Petroleum Marketers

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Petrol now sells for N400 a litre in Owerri, Imo State, where most filling stations in the state were closed down yesterday, forcing motorists and other vehicle owners to patronize black marketers, who cashed in on the scarcity of the product to hike prices. This reporter, who went round Owerri town between 7a.m. and 10a.m., particularly MCC Road, Port Harcourt ...

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More Winners Emerges in Lenovo National Promo

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MISS Chika Eya and Pastor Ignatius Ihejirika, ‎two customers, have joined the ranks of lucky wi‎nners of grand prizes of education grants worth N200,000 each in the ongoing Lenovo National Promo, as tech giant Lenovo continues to show its appreciation to its loyal customers across the country. The duo emerged as winners in the second draw of the promo which ...

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Oil slides below $33 as China turmoil rattles investors

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OIL fell below $33 a barrel on Thursday for the first time since April 2004 as a slide in Chinese shares rattled investors already concerned by near-record production and massive stockpiles of unwanted crude and refined products. Oil prices have fallen by about 70 percent since mid-2014, hurting oil companies and governments that rely on crude revenue. China allowed its ...

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 Running on 200m Devices

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MICROSOFT Corp’s latest operating system, Windows 10, is running on 200 million devices in what the company said was the fastest adoption rate of any of its operating systems. Windows 10, which the company released as a free download in July, powers both personal computers and devices like phones. It replaced Windows 8, the heavily criticized system dating from 2012. ...

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E Tranzact leads gainers, as indices rise by 0.3%

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E Tranzact traded higher at the end of yesterday’s transactions on the trading floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. It led other gainers with 4.93% to close at N3.19 per share. Following E Tranzact yesterday was Okomu oil, adding 4.83% to close at N33.00 per share. Dangote Cement, Fidson, Learn Africa added 4.27,4.25 and 3.90% to close at N159.98, N2.70 ...

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Ships Carrying Petroleum Products and Foods Expected

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The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, stated this in its publication; ‘Shipping Position’, a copy of which was made available yesterday in Lagos. NPA explained that the expected ships contained general cargos, buck wheat, containers, fresh fish, containers, bulk rice and petrol. The document said 12 other ships are waiting to berth with various goods at the port. It said eight ...

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MTN Nigeria N1.04trn Fine Saga

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NCC had imposed the N1.04trn fine on MTN for its failure to disconnect its unregistered subscribers in line with the commission’s directive. MTN Nigeria Communications Limited then filed a suit challenging the N1.04trn fine imposed on it while Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss or decline hearing. But not pleased with the sanction, MTN had ...

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Government Set To Privatise Airports

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Rotimi Amaechi Minister of Transport revealed recently, the plan to privatize four airports in the county, to guarantee efficiency, good management and continuous development of relevant infrastructure in the sector. Amaechi said, “As a result of limited resources for capital projects development, government is exploring the possibility of private sector participation towards the realization of the industries’ potentials”. He reiterated ...

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Imo Custom Intercepts 1,300 Cartons of Poultry Products

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THE Nigeria Customs Service (NCS),  Owerri intercepted a truck loaded with one 1,300 cartons of imported frozen poultry products valued at N12.4million. According to the Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone ‘C’, the products confiscated along Benin-Ore Expressway  were concealed with Polymers Vinyl Chloride (PVC) sheets and ceramic bath tubs. The Customs Area Controller (CAC) of the unit, Comptroller Dimka Victor ...

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New Electricity Tariff Trail Mixed Reactions

New Electricity Tariff Trail Mixed Reactions

Federal Government on Monday has triggered various reactions from stakeholders who have placed high expectations on the services of the electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) , the new Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO 2015) regime declared. The Discos, have assured improved electricity service delivery and full compliance with the provisions under the new tariff structure. The Director, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), ...

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World Bank, Seven Energy in $200m Gas Infrastructure Deal

The World Bank and a local energy company, Seven Energy International Limited (Seven Energy), have sealed a gas infrastructure financing deal, the banks’s first engagement in Nigeria’s gas sector. Under the deal, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, MIGA – the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the Bank Group – would be providing a guarantee of $200 million ...

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UBA’s ‘Contactless’ Card Services to Revolutionise Payments System

UNITED Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc is set to rave up activities in Nigeria’s payments system landscape with the introduction of contactless card payment. The contactless cards payment offer UBA customers an easier and more convenient hassle-free way to pay for goods and services. UBA contactless cards holders will experience the next level of convenient payment services; a touch and ...

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Firm urges CBN to Audit CoT charges in banks

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A CALL has been made to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to implement and audit its directive to all banks on reduction of Commission on Turnover (COT), as the charges are currently crippling Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The appeal was made by the Chairman of Builders’ Mart, Ayobami Biobaku, who alleged that CBN has not ...

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Stanbic IBTC Bank Launches Interactive Teller Machine

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STANBIC IBTC Bank Plc, has lunched the National Cash Register (NCR), Interactive Teller Machine (ITM), an innovative product that will allow customers perform full banking activities 24 hours of the day. According to the bank, the ITM will further enrich customers’ banking experience as it enables them perform banking operations such as account opening, cash deposit and withdrawal, cheque deposit ...

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Ghana Gets Power-Generating Ship to Curtail Outages

WORRIED by lingering power supply crisis and its pangs on the populace and economy, Ghana has resorted to a new electricity generating scheme that would add a daily 235 megawatts (mw) to its grid this month and a further 250 mw in January, to address an estimated supply deficit of 500 mw. Already, a power-generating ship was officially welcomed at ...

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Govt to Raise Team Against illegal Mining

Stakeholders seek creation of solid minerals exploration fund The Federal Government may have concluded plans to raise a team to tackle the menace of illegal mining in the country, going by the administration’s plan to revive the taskforce for the sanitisation of operations in the industry. The Chief Executive Officer Mining Cadastral Office, Mohammed Amate, who stated this in Abuja, ...

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