For crying out loud, the Ita Faji building collapse tragedy which claimed lives, especially of young school children, deserves to be treated with caution and empathy. There are about 18,000 Private Schools in Lagos State both registered and unregistered and there are more than 5million buildings in the State. To pretend not to see what successive governments in Lagos State have done in the area of regulating private schools is a disservice. He leaves no one in doubt that his main objective is to prove, contrary to widely held perception that Lagos State has been on the verge of progressive transformation in the past 20 years. •Ogundeji is Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Alausa, Ikeja
April 22, 2019 03:11 UTC
“EGM has an application of the same name with which you can control your account and trade in the financial markets on the go. “More than any other platform, EGM highlights a trade that seems to be the gold mine of the moment. “There is a thriving competition in the Global financial market that keeps all financial platforms beaking for high profit traders in a digital world. In a race to get more traders on your platform, what you do better than any other platform goes a long way to build a success trail for your reputation. There are many factors that highlight a digital financial platform from the others.
April 22, 2019 03:00 UTC
More than half of professional planners say they have limited influence in housing design and an overwhelming 87per cent want to have more say in this area, according to a new survey.While planners generally welcome the Government’s focus on improving the design of housing developments, only 11per cent think that design trumps other considerations in helping communities accept new development. There is also a demand for the Government to do more to promote the use of design codes and style guides.The survey findings of which will inform the Institute’s efforts to enhance the profile and influence of planning. ‘They will help demonstrate to the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, and the Government, that planners stand ready to tackle the challenges of poor quality design and build of housing,’ said Victoria Hills, RTPI chief executive in Propertywire. ‘The enthusiastic response to the survey shows how much our members care about housing design and want the Institute to do more to help them bring about places that are attractive, functional and of high quality to live in,’ she explained. She pointed out that there are key issues to do with the commerciality and culture of the wider housing market, which take time to change.
April 22, 2019 02:37 UTC
On my watch, the University of Benin has recorded giants strides in so many areas. It may also interest you to know that our academic activities in the University of Benin have taken a giant leap. To this end, my administration remains committed to regular promotion of staff as at when due, conversion and proper placement of staff. It is based on our commitment to a culture of academic excellence which remains unwavering. University of Benin has continued to attain commendable strides in its academic development efforts.
April 22, 2019 02:37 UTC
*Technical Symposia will highlight discussions on most recent cutting-edge technologies and practices in pharma and allied products manufacturing companies. NPME 2019 would be events to update and upgrade the pharma manufacturing technologies on bases of attend- explore- evolve. The Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN) together with their partners – GPE EXPO PVT, jointly organizes NPME 2019. PMG-MAN organised the first pharma manufacturing exhibition in June 2008. These include Nigeria Pharma Manufacturers’ Expo (Nigeria); Kenya Pharma Expo (Kenya); Africa Pharma Expo (South Africa), Arab Pharma Expo (Jordan), PHARMA Pro&Pack Expo (India); Asia Pharma Expo (Malaysia & Bangladesh); Pak Pharma Expo (Pakistan); Nepal Pharma Expo (Nepal) and Global Pharma Expo (India).
April 22, 2019 02:26 UTC
Like in other states of the federation, politicians in Ondo State have commenced the battle to outwit one another in the race for the single ministerial slot meant for the state. To many, the internal wrangling within Ondo APC may bring to fore a replay of what has been obtaining in the state over the years. Daramola, just like those before him, has been a passive player in the politics of the state. The former Speaker hails from Supare Akoko in Ondo North Senatorial District, just like the governor. Some party members frowned at the choice of Mimiko, noting that he is from Ondo in the central senatorial district.
April 22, 2019 02:15 UTC
Fourth seeded Tom Jomby lived up to his billing, as he was the only survivor among the ranked players in the final of the fourth Dayak Championships (ITF World Tennis Tour) at the Abuja National Stadium. Kalenichenko of Ukraine came up strong in the second set, but fell 7-6 (4) in the tiebreak. “I had thought I will catch up and clinch the second set, but Jomby’s big serves and hot shots neutralised my efforts. “I am staying back to participate in the GSL Open,” said the soft spoken Kalenichenko, who is making his second trip to Abuja in the ITF World Tennis Tour. Akindoju said he hoped to see more Nigerian talents featuring in the ITF World Tennis Tour in Abuja, adding that the NTF was concentrating efforts in youth development.
April 22, 2019 02:15 UTC
Capital market operators have been irked by the loss of value put at about N4.5 trillion in the last one year, blaming the government for the slow pace of development witnessed in the nation’ s capital market, which has persisted over the years. The operators who renewed the call on government to urgently initiate intervention measures either directly or indirectly, to help reverse the long reign of bears and revive the market, lamented that government has not invested in such a way that could encourage people to participate in the development projects.According to them, there is no visible evidence of direct or indirect government funding in the development of the market or incentives for institutions responsible for market development by providing the necessary funds and ensuring that they have proper logistics to carry people along. Indeed, the market has been engulfed by persistent sell pressure and investors’ apathy since the first quarter of 2018, after the market had recorded significant upsurge in 2017, with an increase of N4.5 trillion in market capitalisation, which conferred it the third best performing stock exchange in the world then.Specifically, the capitalisation, which stood at N15.55 trillion as at February 28, 2018, now stands at N11.02 trillion as at Thursday, April 11, 2019, representing N4.5 trillion or 41.5 per cent loss. “The way it works, if they buy through them, they can target some companies, buy stocks of these companies and by the time they do this, there will be activity in the market and you see a lot of investors both foreign and local returning to the market.“It would stimulate the market with liquidity. This is when government comes into the market and releases some amount of money into the market to buy stocks and as they are buying, even the foreign investors will know that there are no fundamental issues with the listed firms,” he added.
April 22, 2019 02:15 UTC
Sovereign Trust insurance Plc has said that despite the challenging economic environment in 2018, the company recorded brilliant performance when compared with 2017. The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the underwriting company, Olaotan Soyinka, said the development is a very heart-warming one, considering the level of work that was put in place in 2018. “It is quite interesting to note that the company recorded a phenomenal leap of 167 percent in its Profit Before Tax totaling N540 million, against N202 million recorded in year 2017.He added that the gross premium written in 2018 stood at N10.5 billion compared with N8.5 billion in 2018, representing a 23 per cent increase. In 2018, a total of N4.2 billion was paid as claims against N1.9 billion that was paid in 2017. Net claims expense grew to N1.7 billion from N1.3 billion in 2017, underscoring the company’s claims paying ability, resulting in a 37% net claims expense, while total assets also rose by a marginal five per cent to N11.3 billion in 2018 from N10.8 billion in 2017.
April 22, 2019 01:52 UTC
Adequate funding of teaching hospitals will reduce medical tourism – NMACorroborating the CMDs, the President, Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Francis Faduyile, in an interview with one of our correspondents, lamented the underfunding of the teaching hospitals. Faduyile said the problems of most teaching hospitals in Nigeria were inadequate infrastructure, lack of enough skilled manpower and inadequate funding. Further analysis showed that during the three-year period, the University College Hospital, Ibadan was allocated N37.12bn; LUTH, N20.96bn; Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, N21.19bn; UNTH, N32.09bn; while N24.92 was allocated to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital. Others are OAUTH, N25.59bn; University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, N23.38bn; University of Jos Teaching Hospital, N21.26bn; University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital,N6.91bn; University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, N27.34bn; University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, N21.23bn; Usman Dan Fodio University Teaching Hospital N19.48bn; and Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital, N22.16bn. Also, the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital was allocated N23.94bn; University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, N17.02bn; ATBUTH, N12.15bn; Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, N36.53bn; Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe, N11.09bn; Federal Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, N17.65bn; Federal Specialist Hospital, Irrua, N17.24bn; and the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, N18.37bn.
April 22, 2019 00:11 UTC
According to UNCTAD, some 93 billion cubic metres of water – enough to meet the needs of five million people – is used by the fashion industry annually, and around half a million tons of microfibre, which is the equivalent of three million barrels of oil, is now being dumped into the ocean every year.As for carbon emissions, the industry is responsible for more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. If we carry on with a business-as-usual approach, the greenhouse gas emissions from the industry are expected to rise by almost 50 per cent by 2030.”Despite the grim statistics, producers and consumers of fashion are increasingly waking up to the idea that the industry needs to change. A number of companies, including large volume retailers, are integrating sustainability principles into their business strategies. Examples include the global clothing chain H&M, which has a garment collection scheme; jeans manufacturer Guess, which is involved in a wardrobe recycling programme; and outdoor clothing company Patagonia, which produces jackets using polyester from recycled bottles. Smaller companies are also helping change the environmental landscape of fashion and building sustainability into their whole business model.Among them are the Swiss firm Freitag, which upcycles truck tarpaulins, seat belts and seat belts to make bags and backpacks; Indosole, which makes shoes from discarded tyres; and Novel Supply, a Canadian clothing business, which has a “take-back scheme,” so that the company can reuse and recycle them.
April 21, 2019 21:56 UTC
A yet-to-identified policeman attached to the Zonal Intervention Squad of the Zone 2 Police Command, was on Sunday, alleged to have shot dead a young man at Ifo area of the Ogun State. Tribune Online learnt that the happy trigger cop shot at the victim (name unknown) following an argument between them. He told journalists that the policeman was said to be Zonal Intervention Squad at Obada Oko, in Abeokuta, but under the control of Zone 2. Abimbola, a Deputy Superintendent of Police clarified that the officer was not a member of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as been peddled around. The incident has nothing to do with SARS but men of Zonal Intervention Squad in Obada Oko and they are under Zone 2 command.
April 21, 2019 21:00 UTC
The candidate of the African Action Congress in the 2019 governorship elections in Oyo State, Engr. Akinwale Laosun has congratulated the people of the state and Nigerians, especially Christians on the successful completion of the Lenten season and the opportunity to witness another Easter season. Engr Laosun in a statement on Sunday, urged the people, particularly Christians to emulate the virtues of the sacrificial nature of Jesus Christ who laid down His life for the salvation of mankind. He enjoined the people of the state to show love towards one another and be ready to work for the peaceful mutual co-existence of the fellow mankind and the state as a whole. While congratulating the outgoing Governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi on the successful completion of his eight years as the states helmsman, Engr Laosun also congratulated the Governor-Elect, Engr Seyi Makinde on his victory at the polls.
April 21, 2019 19:18 UTC
Adelani Adepegba, AbujaA British national, Faye Mooney, was among the victims of the attack on Kajuru castle in Kaduna last Friday by unknown gunmen who also abducted three others. The victims were said to have travelled from Lagos to have some fun at the resort when they were attacked around 11pm. Mooney, who worked with a non-governmental organisation, Mercy Corps, was killed alongside Mathew Oguche, a staff member of an international NGO, Safety Organisation. “ Mooney was killed on Friday, 19 April 2019 in an attack at Kajuru Castle, near Kaduna, alongside a Nigerian national, Oguche. We are engaging with the Nigerian authorities, and we understand an investigation is underway.”DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
April 21, 2019 18:56 UTC
Nigerians on Twitter have reacted to National Television Authority’s Veteran Broadcaster Cyril Stober’s retirement from broadcasting. Cyril stober, Vera chiwumba, Emma Okondo, Kehinde Young Harry, Ademola Adeoye, Eugenia Abu … all shaped my childhood memories. Happy #retirement #cyrilstober pic.twitter.com/K5CW99E4dl — Not A Failed Dream (@Justbrainbox) April 21, 2019Cyril Stober speaking meant absolute silence every 9pm. If you did not watch Cyril Stober on NTA or you do not know him, then me and you no be mate. Yesterday was legend Michael Jackson & Beyonce, 2day it’s veteran Cyril Stober & Ebuka.
April 21, 2019 18:45 UTC