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For today, March 18 2016:

THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER

Senate okays National Assembly’s takeover of Kogi Assembly
This decision was taken following the adoption of an earlier resolution by the House of Representatives which urged the National Assembly to rescue the Kogi House of Assembly from its present political crisis that has prevented it from performing its legislative responsibilities to the state. READ MORE

National Assembly shifts budget passage to next week
In the face of growing uncertainty over the fate of the 2016 budget proposal, the National ‎Assembly has again raised a fresh hope that the appropriation bill may be passed next week. READ MORE

Court bars army from Rivers polls
Ahead of tomorrow’s rerun national and state legislative polls, a Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has restrained the military from deploying its troops to conduct, monitor and supervise the election. READ MORE
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VANGUARD NEWSPAPER

Ahead of re-run polls: Fear, unease as Rivers violence claims 2 soldiers
P-HARCOURT—Ahead of tomorrow’s federal and state legislative elections in Rivers State, tension reached feverish pitch, yesterday, after an Army Major and another soldier were killed in the latest burst of violence. READ MORE

Oil price slump: Nigerian companies’ll survive — Kachikwu
ABUJA — Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, yesterday, allayed fears that the volatility in the price of crude oil in the international market would plunge oil and gas companies and financial institutions in the country into bankruptcy. READ MORE

Ekiti accuses DSS of killing detained lawmaker
Ado-Ekiti—The alleged invasion of the State House of Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, assumed a new dimension yesterday, as the government of Ekiti State disclosed that one of the detained lawmakers, Hon Afolabi Akanni has died in the agency’s custody. READ MORE
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THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER

Tension, killings in Rivers ahead of rerun
Tension heightened in Rivers State on Thursday after a Major in the Nigerian Army and two other soldiers were killed during a shootout with a group of gunmen. READ MORE

We operate patients with lamps, torchlight – UITH doctors
The immediate past president of the Association of Resident Doctors, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital branch, Dr. Oyinlola Oluwagbemiga and his successor, Dr. Ade Faponle, on Wednesday said that due to epileptic power supply in the hospital, doctors have had to use lamps, torchlight and phone lights to treat patients. READ MORE

Detained Ekiti lawmaker debunks rumour of his death
A member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Afolabi Akanni, has debunked the rumour making the rounds in his state that he had died in the custody of the Department of State Services on Thursday. READ MORE
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BUSINESS DAY NEWSPAPER

PwC report reveals growth potential for retail market in Africa
Emerging sub-Saharan African (SSA) economies like Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya are top choice for retail market expansion, despite decline in commodity prices, dwindling revenues and weak currencies. This is based on a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the world largest professional services firm, which shows maximum growth potentials for retail and consumer businesses in 10 SSA… READ MORE

Nigeria loses N2trn to gas flaring in seven years
Lack of political will to effect the policy on gas flaring for the past seven years may have cost the Nigerian economy N2.027 trillion, BusinessDay analysis has revealed. The flaring cost for the country is an average of N289.6 billion annually according to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), and government has shifted the deadlines… READ MORE

Talks on smart cities die amid plans for economic diversification
The SmartCity proposition by government for integration of multiple information and communication technology solution that would make effective management of the country’s assets seems to be fading away from the minds of government, Business Day investigations have revealed. The innovation, which has been on the drawing board since the past five years and in line… READ MORE

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