SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 22, 2015
FG declares Dec. 24, 25, 28 public holidays
The Federal Government has declared Dec. 24, Dec.25 and Dec. 28 public holidays to mark Maulud Nabiy, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, respectively.
The Minister of the Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Thursday in Abuja in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Bassey Akpanyung. Read more
Why Buhari’s 2016 Budget is a big fraud – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the N6.8 trillion 2016 federal budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday as a big fraud and executive conspiracy tailored towards mortgaging the future of the nation. Read more
Petrol sells for N300 per litre in Jigawa
As fuel scarcity bites harder in Hadejia, Jigawa, the price of a litre of petrol has risen to N300. Many petrol stations in Hadejia had no product to sell at the time of this report. Petro is only available at black markets where it sold at N300 per litre, well above the N87 approved pump price. Read more
Sciences: Reps order review of education programme
The House of Representatives has mandated the Ministries of Education and Science and Technology to urgently develop a new curriculum to check the unimpressive enrollment of students in science courses.
The lawmakers said they were deeply concerned that more people were graduating in Humanities and the Arts than the Sciences, adding that the trend must be reversed through development of a new programme. Read more
Ghana bans first class travel for govt officials
Ghana’s President John Mahama has banned public officials from first class air travel in a renewed effort to cut wasteful spending.
The ban has come into effect as the country implements an IMF aid deal to revive state finances, the government said on Tuesday. Read more
Sack threat: Osun health workers threaten strike
The Nigerian Medical Association has said the association will mobilise all doctors in the state to embark on strike should Governor Rauf Aregbesola carry out the threat to sack the striking doctors in the state.
The Chairman of the NMA in Osun State, Dr. Suraj Ogunyemi, who said this at a press conference in Osogbo on Tuesday berated the state government for issuing a threat to sack doctors who he said were on strike because they had not been paid since June. Read more
Read full text of Buhari’s 2016 “Budget of Change”
2016 Budget Speech: “The Budget of Change”
His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari
President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
A Joint Session of the National Assembly (on December 22, 2016)
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Ekiti CJ orders release of 28 awaiting trial inmate
Ekiti State Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola has ordered the release of 28 awaiting trial inmates from the Federal Prison in Ado
The Chief Judge gave the order after reviewing cases of the 284 Awaiting Trial Inmates in detention during his visit to the prison. Read more
Gunmen Kill 3 Policemen In Rivers
Three policemen, including an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) lost their lives in the early hours of Tuesday during a gun battle with gunmen at the residence of Pastor Jerry Needam, the special adviser on Media and Publicity to the chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, in Woji Estate, Port Harcourt. Read more
Taliban’s Helmand offensive poses tough challenge for Ghani government
Heavy fighting continued Tuesday in southern Helmand province as Afghan troops, stretched thin by scattered Taliban attacks in other regions and beset by internal problems, tried to beat back an insurgent offensive that threatened to swamp one of the country’s most strategically important areas. Read more
French police foil attack in Orleans – Interior Minister
French police have prevented two men from carrying out an attack on police and army personnel in the central city of Orleans, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Tuesday.
Two Frenchmen, aged 20 and 24, Read more
U.S. appeals court says gov’t cannot censor offensive trademarks
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday struck down a provision of a federal law that barred the registration of offensive trademarks because it violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., vacates the refusal by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register the name of the Asian-American rock band, The Slants. It could also affect the decision by the agency to cancel the trademarks of the National Football League’s Washington Redskins. Read more
India toughens law for young criminals after outrage over rapist release
The changes made to the existing juvenile law reduce the age from 18, and follow anger over the release of a minor convicted in a fatal 2012 gang rape who served the maximum sentence of three years in a reform home.
The man, now an adult, was released on Sunday. He was short of his 18th birthday when he and five other men brutally raped a 23-year-old young woman on board a moving bus in the heart of the capital New Delhi. Read more
Platini vows to fight ‘injustice’
Michel Platini told AFP in an interview Tuesday that he is determined to fight for the FIFA presidency and to clear his name after being banned for eight years.
Here is the text of his interview:
Question: How do you feel after the ban? Read more
Tunisia extends state of emergency for two months: govt official
Tunisia extended for another two months Tuesday a state of emergency imposed after a deadly November bus bombing claimed by the Islamic State group, the presidency said.
President Beji Caid Essebsi has “decided on an extension of the state of emergency over all the territory” of the country “until February 21, 2016”, a statement said. Read more
Blatter to use ‘all legal steps’ to clear name – lawyers
Sepp Blatter is ready to take “all legal steps” to clear his name after he was banned from football for eight years by a FIFA court over ethics violations, his lawyers said on Tuesday.
“President Blatter is eager to present his arguments to the appeal committee,” his Zurich-based lawyer Lorenz Erni and Virginia-based counsel Richard Cullen said in a joint statement. Read more
Kagame accepts to run for third term
RWANDAN President Paul Kagame yesterday lived up to the ‘‘expectations’’ of his people by accepting the offer to stay on in power for a fresh seven-year third term till 2024.
In a state of the nation address while opening the 13th Umushyikirano National Dialogue Council meeting in Kigali, Kagame expressed gratitude to those that participated in the recently held referendum which okayed an amendment to the constitution that could pave the way for him to extend his tenure after 2017. Read more