SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 3, 2015
2,500 medical graduates may miss NYSC call-up – Reps
The House of Representatives said on Tuesday that over 2,500 graduate doctors might miss participating in the 2015 Batch ‘B’ National Youth Service Corps due to delays created by the Nigerian Medical and Dental Council.
It noted that the graduates, who had completed their internship, had not been issued Permanent Licence by the Council, a prerequisite for participating in the mandatory one-year NYSC program. In a resolution members passed in Abuja, the House noted that while the graduates were not responsible for the delay, the same NMDC had instructed the authorities of the NYSC not to admit any of them into camps without a permanent licence. Read more
Saraki submits list of confirmed ministers to Buhari
The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday personally submitted the list of Nigerians already cleared as ministers to President Muhammadu Buhari inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Saraki arrived for the meeting scheduled for 3pm around 2.55pm and was ushered into one of the halls inside the President’s office. Read more
Sylva mobilises Bayelsa APC members to clear refuse
The Bayelsa State All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva, has mobilised women and youths of the party to evacuate refuse in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.
On Tuesday, the APC rolled out refuse trucks, caterpillars and other earth-moving equipment to carry out clean-up of the various areas where heaps of refuse were noticed. Read more
Reps investigate illegal refineries’ destruction in Niger Delta
The House of Representatives on Tuesday commenced investigation into activities of the Joint Military Task Force in the Niger Delta.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the house is investigating alleged burning and destruction of equipment seized from illegal refinery operators in the area by the task force. Read more
Fayose Lauds Odua Investment for Paying N150m Dividends
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has commended Odua Investment Company Limited for paying N150 million dividends to the five states which own the company. Fayose said the N30 million, which Ekiti got from the money would go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of Ekiti people and impact meaningfully on the economy if well invested. Read more
Re-open All Inconclusive Criminal Cases, Group Urges FG
A group calling itself Osun Progressive Left has appealed to the federal government to re-open every inconclusive criminal case that had been swept under the carpet in the last 10 years. The body also urged the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in the last election in Osun state , Senator Iyiola Omisore, to stop inciting the public against the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in order to achieve peace in the state . Read more
Fayemi’s Ministerial Appointment Means Nothing to us , Says Ekiti PDP’
The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has restated that it was not in any way rattled or suffer any fear with the
appointment of ex-governor Kayode Fayemi as a Minister by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, the party’s Publicity Secretary, Jackson Adebayo, said Fayemi as a governor allegedly plunged Ekiti into a huge debt of N76 billion, saying this is still fresh in the minds of the populace . Read more
Buhari calls Ouattara, congratulates him on re-election
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday night called President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire to congratulate him again on his election victory.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday. Read more
NABTEB unveils online results system
The National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB),has unveiled its Online Batch Results Verification System.
According to the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of NABTEB, Dr. Olatunde Aworanti, the new digital platform powered by Fleet Technologies Limited will ensure faster time for the user to process results verification request. Read more
Hold Shell accountable for oil spills, AI tells FG
Amnesty International has asked the Federal Government to hold Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd., accountable for oil spills in the Niger Delta.
The human rights group said the FG is failing to fulfill its duty to protect the rights of the people living in the Niger Delta, including making sure they enjoy their right to a remedy and proper clean up of oil spills. Read more
UNICEF spends N12bn on Nigeria’s malnourished children
The United Nations Children’s Fund on Tuesday said it had spent N12bn to treat 1.1 million Nigerian severely malnourished children between 2009 and 2015.
The UNICEF Nutrition Specialist from Bauchi Field Office, Mr Rashid Abdulai, made the disclosure at a Zonal Advocacy Meeting on management of severe acute malnutrition in Dutse. Read more
MTN renews operating spectrum, licence with $94.2 m
South Africa’s MTN on Tuesday said the Nigerian regulator had renewed its operations and licence up to 2021 at a cost of 94.2 million dollars .
MTN said that it received confirmation from the regulator that its operating spectrum in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequency bands had been renewed. There were media reports recently that MTN had a 5.2 billion dollars’ fine imposed on it by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for failing to deregister SIM cards in its largest market. Read more
Tribunal upholds Ikpeazu as winner of Abia gov poll
The Abia State Governorship election Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, the state capital has upheld the election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, who was candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the April 11 Governorship election in the State.
The tribunal dismissed the petition of candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Alex Otti. Read more
A’Ibom elders condemn tribunal verdict, stand by Emmanuel
The Akwa Ibom State Elders Consultative Forum has told Governor Udom Emmanuel not to be deterred by the verdict of the election petition tribunal which nullified his victory in the April 11, 2015 election.
The elders, who paid a solidarity visit to Emmanuel on Tuesday, urged him to remain focused on the implementation of his blueprint for an industrialised Akwa Ibom State, in spite of the tribunal’s verdict. Read more
APC DELTA YOUTHS DID NOT PROTEST LITIGATION AGAINST OKOWA.
All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State has slammed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over a publication in the Vanguard Newspaper of November 2, with the caption: “Delta youths protest litigation against Okowa.”
Director of Media and Political Communication of APC, Dr Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe described the publication credited to one Mr. Preye Ekpebide, as not only misleading but further revealed the several deceptive tactics of the PDP in their consistent application of outdated ‘divide and rule’ method of governance in the state. Read more
Chile 2015: Ahmed warns Eaglets against complacency
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State yesterday urged the Nigerian Under 17 National team currently in Chile defending the title they won two years ago not to be carried away by their 3-0 victory over their Brazilian counterparts at the quarter final stage of the competition but psyche themselves up for the successful defence of the trophy. Read more
Mozambique forces in deadly clashes with Renamo: police
Fresh clashes between Mozambican government forces and the main opposition Renamo party resulted in several deaths, police said Tuesday, while denying reports that more than 200 had been killed.
The government has vowed to disarm Renamo, which has refused to accept the results of last year’s elections that returned the long-ruling Frelimo party to power. Read more
Shell, Nigeria accused over oil spill clean up
Shell was on Tuesday accused of making false claims about the extent of its oil spill clean-up operations in Nigeria and urged to take more action to help worst-hit communities.
Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) charged the oil major with failing to implement recommendations from a critical 2011 UN report. Read more
Indian court jails Uber driver for life for rape
An Indian court on Tuesday sentenced an Uber driver to life in prison for raping a young woman passenger in New Delhi, a case that inflamed fears over sexual violence in the capital.
The Delhi court last month convicted Shiv Kumar Yadav of raping and abducting the 25-year-old passenger as she returned home from dinner with friends in December. Read more
Falconets get set for World Cup qualifier against South Africa
Head Coach of the Falconets, Peter Dedevbo, has expressed the players’ readiness to overcome South Africa in the return leg of the U-20 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Nov. 7.
Dedevbo said on Tuesday in Abuja after the team’s morning training session at the National Stadium. “As you can see we are on the verge of finalising our preparations. We are ready. Read more
Why my 105-year-old mum was kidnapped – Sylva’s running mate
Chief Wilberforce Igiri, the running mate to the All Progresssive Congress governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, on Tuesday absolved those behind the kidnap of his 105-year-old mother, Madam Ebifeighe Dikoro.
Instead, Igiri said the kidnappers were victims of the poor youth empowerment and development policies of the ruling People Democratic Party administration in the state. Read more
Some Ministers Will have no Portfolios, Buhari Insists
President Mohammadu Buhari has insisted that there will be no jobs for some of his minsiters.
The president said this on Tuesday when received the list of confirmed ministerial nominees by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki at the presidential villa in Abuja. Buhari said that though the constitution stipulated 36 ministers, the available ministries were not up to that number. Read more