SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE DECEMBER 7, 2018
2019 Budget proposal ready for presentation
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Friday approved the 2019 Budget proposal for onward transmission to the National Assembly. The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma briefed State House correspondents at the end of the special FEC session chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari. He was with the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed. According to him, it is now left for the National Assembly to agree on a date when President Muhammadu Buhari can present the document to the two chambers of the National Assembly.
‘Atiku must not use restructuring as campaign gimmick’
Dr. Pedro Obaseki, the President of Midwest Movement, says the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, should not use restructuring as a political gimmick to get votes. Obaseki, a cousin to Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday that only a restructured Nigeria would engender peace, progress and prosperity for the country. According to him, the country needs a presidential candidate that strongly believes in and committed to restructuring of the nation for Nigeria to join the comity of developed nations of the world.
Nigerians have no reason to re-elect Buhari – Senator
Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi, has said that Nigerians have no reason to re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari who is the All Progressives Congress’ presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections. Olujimi, who is the People’s Democratic Party’s senatorial candidate for Ekiti South, said Nigerians should vote in 2019 based on past record and ability to deliver. The senator who was represented by her campaign director, Sanya Adesua, spoke at Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State, on Thursday during the distribution of Mathematics and English Language textbooks to public secondary schools in her senatorial district.
2019: Anambra prophet faults Mbaka on Atiku, Obi
An Anambra State based prophet, Daniel Udoka, has tipped Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi to win the 2019 presidential election. Udoka who spoke with journalists in Awka, the Anambra State capital on Friday, faulted Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu who had on Sunday made a pronouncement that Atiku and Obi might not win next year’s presidential poll. While saying Atiku/Obi would have a landslide victory in the poll, Udoka said Atiku’s government would heal the wounds of the country, adding that it would be better than all past governments. Udoka had in 2017 predicted the victory of governor Willie Obiano in the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State.
Unpaid allowances: NASS staff threatens strike action
National Assembly workers under the auspices of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria on Friday threatened to embark on an indefinite strike if the management of the legislature failed to meet their demands. The Chairman of PASAN, Comrade Musa Bature, gave the warning at a press briefing in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the aggrieved staff had on December 4, picketed the assembly complex, grounding legislative proceedings in both houses for the day. The House of Representatives at its Thursday plenary asked the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, to appear before it to give explanations as to why the PASAN’s funds captured in the 2018 Budget was yet to be released.
The Experience 2018 to kick off in hours at TBS
The most anticipated gospel music event in Africa among Christians and non-Christians, The Experience, billed to hold today at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos would feature a powerful line up of award-winning and renowned indigenous and international gospel artists such as Don Moen, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Timi Dakolo, Travis Greene, Nathaniel Bassey, , Vicki Yohe, Chioma Jesus, Tope Alabi, Eben , Tim Godfrey, Mike Aremu, Glowreeyah, Onos, Eno Michael and Chee. And for the first time at The Experience is JJ Hairston, Planetshakers and Ada Ehi. Averaging a yearly attendance of over 500,000 people at the venue, with millions more watching online from all over the globe, it has grown to become one of the biggest gospel concerts in the world.
Police deploy 500 officers for special yuletide events in Lagos
The Lagos State Police Command said it had deployed 500 policemen to cover various yuletide events slated for Friday, especially, on the Island. The spokesman of the command, CSP Chike Oti, disclosed this on Thursday in Lagos. Oti said the deployment was necessitated by many events coming up on the Island. According to him, the events include the Experience, Adekunle Gold Concert and the Davido Concert, stressing that all notable events were adequately covered, with special focus on Apogbon, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Eko Hotels and environs. Oti said the deployment was done to boost the number of personnel already at various points in the area.
16-year-old student dies in ‘juju’ superiority contest in Ekiti
A secondary school student at the Ado Grammar School, Ado Ekiti, Mathew Favour, died on Thursday following injuries he sustained in a superiority contest with a colleague on the efficacy of their charms. Sources told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the incident occurred in the evening within the school’s premises. The 16-year old was said to have been engaged in a friendly dispute with a colleague over the ownership of a ball before it degenerated into an argument over who had more portent charms. NAN reports that the late Favour, who was in Senior Secondary Class Two before his death, was allegedly stabbed in the chest and later died at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH).
Ozil and Aubameyang among Arsenal players filmed inhaling laughing gas
A video has emerged that appears to show a number of Arsenal stars inhaling nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. Players including Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi feature in the footage, which appears to come from CCTV footage and was published by the Sun newspaper on Friday. In a statement, Arsenal said: “The players will be spoken to about this and reminded of their responsibilities as representatives of the club.” Nitrous oxide, also known as “hippy crack”, is freely available although it is technically illegal to sell it for recreational purposes.
Real Madrid face last-place Huesca in battle of large and little
Luka Modric has been voted the best player on the planet and Real Madrid crowned European champions three times in a row but in Huesca, on Saturday they will meet a team from the opposite end of the ladder. Madrid´s stars gathered in Paris on Monday, dressed in shiny black suits and bow-ties, to watch their midfield magician collect the Ballon d´Or, ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. “He is at his peak,” Real coach Santiago Solari said. “That makes it even more beautiful.” From the Grand Palais on the Champs-Elysees, they head this weekend to northern Spain and Alcoraz, Huesca’s recently-expanded stadium with a capacity of just over 7,000, in a town of little more than 52,000 people.
Klopp banking on Chelsea to slow City charge as Napoli tie looms
Jurgen Klopp will be desperately hoping Chelsea can slow down Manchester City’s title charge this weekend as he balances his Premier League ambitions with a Champions League decider against Napoli. Unbeaten Liverpool is clinging on in the title race — scoring deep into added time against Everton last week and recovering from a goal down to beat Burnley on Wednesday to move just two points behind City. Elsewhere, all eyes will again be on the next instalment in the Old Trafford soap opera, with stuttering Manchester United hosting bottom club Fulham.
Merkel defends legacy as divided party picks new leader
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday offered a staunch defence of her moderate course during 18 years as party leader, as her Christian Democratic Union chose between a loyal deputy and a longtime rival to succeed her. Accepting a lengthy standing ovation from delegates, many tearful and holding “Thanks, boss” placards aloft, a visibly moved Merkel said the party had won four national elections under her by holding fast to its principles. “In difficult times we shouldn’t forget our Christian and democratic stance,” she said.
Mozilla: Why Microsoft Edge’s switch to Google’s Chromium is bad news
Microsoft’s decision to abandon its own EdgeHTML rendering engine and adopt Google’s Chromium is bad news for competition and consumer choice, says Firefox maker Mozilla. Over the next year, Edge will join the army of browsers based on the open-source Chromium project, including Google’s Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, Yandex, Brave and others. While Microsoft hasn’t explained technical details yet, it would appear it will swap out EdgeHTML for Chromium’s Blink engine, and possibly Chakra for V8. Microsoft moving to Chromium leaves just Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari as the remaining Chromium-free browsers to influence future web standards.
O2 and Ericsson Apologize After 4G Service Outage Affects Millions of Smartphones
Cellular network operator O2 on Friday said its data networks had been restored after millions of smartphones across the UK and Japan were taken offline yesterday (via BBC). A statement on its website said the 4G network was finally working again, after having been affected from about 05:30 GMT on Thursday. Earlier, mobile network equipment supplier Ericsson said that an expired certificate was the reason behind the outage, which also created problems in several other countries. Ericsson UK boss Marielle Lindgren said the “faulty software” that had caused the issues was being decommissioned. Both O2 and Ericsson issued a joint apology to millions of customers hit by the disruption. “I want to let our customers know how sorry I am for the impact our network data issue has had on them, and reassure them that our teams, together with Ericsson, are doing everything we can,” said O2 boss Mark Evans. “We fully appreciate it’s been a poor experience and we are really sorry.”