Sabinews Morning News Update for August 17, 2015
11 States Heavily Indebted to NECO
More revelations have continued to pour out over the indebtedness of state governments to examination bodies in the country.
The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of National Examination Council (NECO), Prof. Abdulrasid Garba, at the weekend revealed that 11 states out of the 36 states owed the council millions of naira involving the registration and conduct of examinations for candidates in some states. Read more
Borno State Initiates Plan to Reopen Public Schools
The Borno State Government has finally put in place machinery to get public schools in the capital, Maiduguri, closed for classes over a year ago as a result of Boko Haram insurgency, opened.
As part of effort to open these schools which are currently accommodating internally displaced persons (IDPs) from all parts of the state, the State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has constituted a 13-man committee to work out the modalities for their reopening. Read more
PMB, Govs, Others Pay Tribute To Late Zanna Mustapha
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Maiduguri extolled the virtues of the late deputy governor of Borno State, Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha, saying his exemplary commitment to excellence and service was remarkable.
Senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement, said Buhari noted this in a tribute to Alhaji Zannah. Read more
APC Releases Details Of Looted Funds, Insists Looters Must Face Justice
The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday released list of looted funds in the country, saying no good leader will ignore such massive looting of the nation’s treasury by public officials.
The party, in a statement issued in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said nothing but the total recovery of the funds will be acceptable to all patriotic Nigerians. Read more
Edo LG Boss Faces Impeachment Over IGR Fraud
The legislative arm of the Ovia South West local government area of Edo State has invited the council chairman, Hon Morrison Ogunorobo and its secretary, Ken Idahosa, to appear before it over a petition on alleged misappropriation of the council’s funds.
In a petition written by revenue consultants, Mr Dan Owegie (JNR) and Mr Harrison Ogunorobo to the council through their lawyers, G. A. Read more
FAAN Issues Seven-day Final Notice to Debtors
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has given all its debtors a seven – day final demand notice to settle their indebtedness on or before August 24.
FAAN warned that at the expiration of this notice, the Authority would take all necessary measures to recover these debts in line with a presidential directive. Read more
Parents reunite with 112 children in Edo IDPs camp
Emotions ran high yesterday as one 112 children at the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp in Benin, Edo State, reunited with their parents.
The parents and their children had been separated for months, some for years, due to the activities of members of Boko Haram group in the North-East states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. Read more
NEMA: More Fake IDPs Troop to Camps, as NHRC Expresses Concern
Amidst several appeals by humanitarian and civil society organisations to the Nigerian government to intervene in the huge challenges facing the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Sunday that the major challenge facing the agency in its work — with respect to the displaced persons, is “knowing who is an IDP and who is not.’’
On its part, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said the security situation in the country had resulted in the displacement of millions of Nigerians, who now take refuge in inhabitable environments with serious threat to their mental and physical existence. Read more
‘Transit Cargoes for Niger, Chad Will Have Multiplier Effect on Nigeria’s Economy’
The current move to allow landlocked countries like Niger and Chad pass their transit cargoes through Nigerian seaports will bring about a lot of multiplier effects on the economy, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Mr. Hassan Bello, has said.
Such transit cargo, Bello noted, can help boost Nigeria’s cargo throughput in the ports, among other advantages. Read more
TSA to check cost of excess liquidity, idle funds in
The new fiscal policy enhancement tool- Treasury Single Account (TSA), may have been described as panacea to increasing cost to the economy, arising from excess liquidity mop up, frequently carried out by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Besides, it is also expected to put in check the assessed round tripping of public funds deposited in various accounts in banks, which unconfirmed reports have put at about N3 trillion. Read more
Naira Card Limits For Overseas Withdrawal Only
Early this year, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) reduced the amount that can be withdrawn at Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) outside the country on naira MasterCard by 66.7 per cent.
The annual limit on the usage of naira denominated cards, which was initially $150,000, was cut down to $50,000, while daily card usage limit was brought down to $300 per person, taking effect from April 13, 2015. Read more
MAN urges govt to accelerate disbursement of N300b real sector fund
As funding challenge continues to confront real sector players, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to expedite action that will facilitate the disbursement of N300 billion Real Sector Fund launched earlier in the year.
Manufacturers in Africa’s largest economy face poor funding access, particularly long-term finance, which prevents them from producing to an optimum capacity and creating sufficient jobs. Read more
Oil and Gas
NEITI to help FG recover $7bn from oil companies
The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, yesterday, promised to assist Federal Government recover the over $7 billion owed the country by oil and gas companies.
NEITI, in a statement by its Director, Communications, Mr. Ogbonnaya Orji, also commen-ded the recent appointments and restructuring in Nigerian National Petroleum Corpora-tion, NNPC, and the decision of Federal Government to set up the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption. Read more
NUPENGASSAN Flays Gale Of Sacks At NNPC
Workers, under the aegis of Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (NUPENGASSAN), have challenged the new GMD of NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to recover the stolen trillions of Naira in the oil and gas sector rather than retiring and sacking innocent workers.
The workers claimed that the fight against corruption should not be turned against workers whom government has sworn to protect. Read more
NERC: Judges, Court Injunctions Frustrating Power Sector Reform
The Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi, has said injunctions against the commission and other power sector operators are frustrating the federal government’s objective of ensuring an efficient and competitive private sector-driven electricity industry.
Amadi claimed that the judges lacked knowledge of the sector’s intricacies even as he accused them of abusing their powers of “judicial review” by handing out poorly thought-out injunctions, capable of defeating government’s objective and discouraging investment in the nation’s electricity sector. Read more
Rwandan club sack Nigerian coach after three days
Rwandan club Kiyovu have sacked newly appointed Nigerian coach, Samuel Amamba, just three days after his appointment to the job for failing to produce valid documents, The New Times of Rwanda has reported.
Kiyovu’s Secretary General, Elie Manirarora, said that the club had terminated Amamba’s contract after he failed to submit the original copy of the CAF B coaching license which he claimed to have obtained from his home country. Read more
Oliseh gets busy as Eagles camp comes alive
The honeymoon seems over for newly appointed Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh who will tonight hit the Abuja camp of the team after ringing the closing bell of the Nigeria Stock Exchange in Lagos today.
The former Eagles captain, who signed a three-year deal with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on July 15 arrived Nigeria weekend and will get down to work today when he meets the 23 home-based players invited to camp ahead of next month’s 2017 AFCON qualifier against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. Read more
Rising Stars players promoted to Sunshine
The Ondo State Football Agency has promoted four more players from the academy team, Rising Stars, to the state’s senior team Sunshine Stars.
The agency explained that the move was to realise the objectives of Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s in the area of discovering and developing footballers at the grassroots. Read more
Egypt adopts anti-terror law critics say may muzzle media
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday ratified an anti-terrorism law which stipulates exorbitant fines, and possible suspension from employment, for “false” reporting on militant attacks.
The government had sped up the passage of the law after the state prosecutor was assassinated in a car bombing in late June, followed by a large-scale jihadist attack in the Sinai Peninsula days later. Read more
Burundi crisis poses ‘catastrophic’ risk for region: AU
The African Union warned on Sunday of potential “catastrophic consequences” for troubled Burundi and the wider region if rivals do not resolve political differences peacefully.
One day after the former head of Burundi’s army during its 13-year civil war was assassinated, further fuelling fears of a new conflict, AU Commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma called for “utmost restraint” by all sides. Read more
Niger steps up fight against cancers stalking women
Niger has stepped up the fight against breast and cervical cancer, using screening and public awareness campaigns to reverse a scourge affecting more and more women in the prime of life.
“The situation in Niger is very alarming,” said oncologist Issimouha Dille. “Breast and cervical cancer are serious public health problems.” Read more
Son of prominent Sudanese religious figure killed in Libya
The son of the late leader of Jamaat Ansar al Sunnah, Abu Zaid Mohamed Hamzah, has been killed in armed clashes in the Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold of Sirte in Libya. Sudan Tribune has learnt that brothers of the ISIS Jihadist Abdul-Ilah in Khartoum have mourned him on Sunday, saying he died of severe injuries before reaching hospital at dawn. Read more
Kenya and Japan to sign Sh3.2bn health sector support loan
National Treasury Cabinet secretary Henry Rotich and the Japan International Cooperation Agency will today sign a Sh3.2 billion health sector loan for the Attainment of Universal Health Coverage, JICA Kenya office has said.
The CS will also sign the exchange of notes programme with the Japanese Ambassador to Kenya, the agency added. Read more
Tunisian woman killed by soldiers looking for armed group
A woman was killed and a man wounded in western Tunisia late on Saturday after soldiers opened fire on their car fearing they were armed, a defence ministry spokesperson told AFP.
The army had earlier received information about a car carrying an “armed group” in the Kasserine region and had dispatched soldiers to find it, the spokesperson, Belhassen Oueslati, said. Read more
DJ murder trial set to continue
The State is expected to continue its cross-examination of murder accused DJ Donald Sebolai at the High Court, sitting in Palm Ridge, on Monday morning.
Sebolai is accused of murdering his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala. Tshabalala was found lying in a pool of blood in Sebolai’s bed at a flat in Soweto in June last year. She had a stab wound running from her pelvic bone to her thigh. Read more
Japan’s economy shrinks by 0.4% in a blow for ‘Abenomics’ growth plan
Japan’s economy shrunk 0.4% in the second quarter of the year, official data showed on Monday, underscoring how the prime minsister’s “Abenomics” growth programme has yet to grain traction.
Weak domestic consumption and slow exports weighed on the world’s third largest economy, which shrank an annualised 1.6%, after posting growth in the previous two quarters, according to the cabinet office. Read more
Uber plans to increase security staff to 100 people -FT
The popular ride-hailing service, Uber Technologies Inc, will increase its security team to more than 100 employees by the end of the year to boost the company’s defenses against data breaches and attacks from hackers, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.
The company, which was recently valued at $50 billion, would hire around 25 additional employees. Read more
Gay marriage bill introduced to Australian parliament
A controversial bill to legalise same-sex marriage has been introduced to the Australian parliament.
The private member’s bill comes amid heated debate among government MPs about whether to change the law or put the matter to a plebiscite. Read more
Wreckage of missing Indonesian plane spotted by search aircraft, police say
A search plane has spotted wreckage from a passenger plane which crashed in Indonesia’s eastern region of Papua on Sunday.
Debris thought to be from the Trigana plane which crashed with 54 people on board in the heavily forested Bintang mountains was sighted on Monday, police chief Yunus Wally told the Antara newsagency. Read more
Thousands in Brazil protest corruption scandal
Brazilians took to the streets of cities and towns across the country Sunday for anti-government protests being watched as a barometer of discontent with the increasingly unpopular President Dilma Rousseff.
Called mostly by activist groups via social media, the demonstrations assailed Rousseff, whose standing in the polls has plunged amid a snowballing corruption scandal that has embroiled politicians from her Workers’ Party as well as a sputtering economy, a weakening currency and rising inflation. Read more
Myanmar ruling party leaders meet before parliamentary showdown
Myanmar’s ruling party leaders gathered for a hastily arranged meeting in the country’s capital on Monday to prepare for a showdown with their ousted party chairman in parliament.
Rivalry between two of Myanmar’s most powerful establishment figures – President Thein Sein and ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) chairman Shwe Mann – came to a head in a late-night drama on Wednesday, when trucks with security personnel sealed off the headquarters of the party. Read more
Chinese media accuse authorities of lack of transparency after Tianjin explosions
Chinese state-run media on Monday lambasted officials in the port city of Tianjin for a lack of transparency over the massive explosions at an industrial site that killed 112 and devastated a vast area.
The editorials and commentary pieces echoed frustrations voiced by Tianjin residents, victims’ relatives and netizens over the slow release of information in the aftermath of the August 12 explosions. Read more