April 27, 2018

*FG blames army, police, customs for high cost of food *$1b no longer realistic for Ogoni cleanup, says governing council

*FG blames army, police, customs for high cost of food *$1b no longer realistic for Ogoni cleanup, says governing council



FG blames army, police, customs for high cost of food

The Federal Government has blamed the rise in the cost of food prices on what he called extortionist practices of men of the Nigerian Police, Army, and Nigerian Customs Services at the nations various checkpoints and ports.

Members of the joint committee on Agriculture were stunned when the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh made the allegation yesterday during a budget defence session at the National Assembly. Read more

$1b no longer realistic for Ogoni cleanup, says governing council

The Board of Trustees on Ogoni cleanup has described the initial $1 billion earmarked for the project as unrealistic in the face of rising exchange rate of the naira.

The President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Mr. Legborsi Pyagbara, disclosed this yesterday after their meeting in Port Harcourt. Read more

Buhari back anytime from now – Presidency sources

AMIDST increasing concerns over the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari, indications emerged, yesterday, of his imminent return to the country, having reportedly finished with the extended medical tests his United Kingdom-based physicians ran on him.

The latest public declaration that the President is in fine fettle was given by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and Speaker Yakubu Dogara who, in separate tweets, acknowledged that the President is in fine shape. Read more

Nigeria seeks reversal of EU’s ban on beans export

Plans are in top gear by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) to get the European Union EU lift its ban on exportation of beans from Nigeria to its member countries.

The Coordinating Director of the agency, Dr. Vincent Isegbe, who disclosed this at the opening of a two- day training workshop on Plant Health Inspection and Certification of Vegetables for exporters and farmers, said all hands are on deck to ensure that the EU lifts the ban before 2019. Read more

Wike alleges blackmail by FG to drive investors away from Rivers State

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused the Federal Government of using its agencies to blackmail his administration in a bid to drive away investors and cripple the state economy.

Wike expressed this view when the Norwegian ambassador to Nigeria, Jens-Peter Kjemprud, visited him at the Government House, Port Harcourt yesterday. Read more

Presidency stops use of DMI for security in Villa

The presidency may have carried out the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw soldiers drawn from the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) from the Presidential Villa. They have now been replaced with operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Buhari had, on assumption of duty on 29 May, 2015 dislodged the DSS as first-ring security around him and replaced them with soldiers drawn from the DMI. Read more

Why our managers took control of Arik, by AMCON

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) yesterday took over the executive control of Arik Air to save the carrier from collapse due to its heavy financial debt burden.

The airline will now be managed by Capt. Roy Ukpebo Ilegbodu, a veteran aviation expert with more than 30 years experience, under the receivership of Mr. Oluseye Opasanya (SAN). Read more

Ondo assembly crisis and the shape of politics to come

Although it was expected that members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-controlled Ondo State House of Assembly, majority of who got their seats through the influence of the governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, would abandon their benefactor and align with the All Progressives Congress (APC), many did not envisage that it would come so soon.

The expectation is a reflection of Nigeria’s politics where instead of abiding by the tenets of a functional democracy, selfish agenda and personal aggrandizement dictate the pace of the game to the detriment of the polity. Read more

IBM invests $70m, targets 25million jobs in Nigeria, others 

IBM is investing $70 million in building much-needed digital, cloud, and cognitive Information and Technology (IT) skills to help support a 21st century workforce in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and other parts of Africa.

The initiative, “IBM Digital – Nation Africa”, provides a cloud-based learning platform designed to provide free skills development programmes for up to 25 million African youths over five years, enabling digital competence and nurturing innovation in Africa. Read more

Workers, activists protest against poverty in Abuja, Lagos

Workers coordinated by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress and right activists took to the streets of Lagos and Abuja yesterday to protest against what they described as worsening human condition in the country.

The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Kaigama Boboi and civil society organisations marched to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where Acting President Yemi Osinbajo addressed them. Read more

NOUN female employees dies as fire guts building

A senior employee of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) was yesterday killed in a wild fire, which engulfed some blocks of flat at Appolo Estate, Ketu area of Lagos State.

The NOUN worker, whose name was yet to be revealed as at the time of filing this report, was caught up in the fire and burnt beyond recognition. It was gathered that the fire would have done more damage if men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and Lagos Fire Service had not intervene early enough. Read more

EFCC recovers huge cash, assets in 2016, proposes N17.2 b for 2017

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday announced that it recovered N102. 913 billion; $8,296 billion; GBP 29,155; £12,475; 117,004 Canadian dollars; 806.50 DIRHAM; 5,000 FRANCS and 2,000 RUPE as proceeds of crime between January and December 2016.

It has also proposed a budget of N17.2 billion for 2017 fiscal year, projecting to recruit 1,500 cadets into its workforce. The figure is 8.5 per cent less than the N18.8 billion budgeted in 2016. Read more

Senators warn of security threat from telecom firms

The Senate has drawn attention to a national security threat arising from recent activities of some telecommunication firms operating in Nigeria.

At the budget defense session of the ministry of communications, the chairman of senate committee on communications, senator Gilbert Nnaji, alerted that “some of the telecommunication companies have started relocating their Network Operation Centres (NOC) from Nigeria to India”, a situation he said has grave implication on national security, adding that “these centres would be monitored by foreigners from outside the shores of Nigeria”. Read more

World Bank Provides $320m For Community, Social Devt In Nigeria

The  World  Bank has provided $320 million  credit  to assist poor and vulnerable  Nigerians  in  remote  areas  through the Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) .
CSDA has branches in 26 states  of  the  federation and  the  Federal Capital  Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The World  Bank  also late last year, approved $75 million for the North-East region for resettlement of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) .
Task Team Leader of CSDA in Nigeria, Prof Foluso Okunmadewa made these
disclosure yesterday in Ilorin,  Kwara State at the adoption of vulnerable groups’ operation manual meeting of the agency. Read more

Shiites protest in Kaduna, demand release of El-Zakzaky, others

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also called Shiites, yesterday protested in Kaduna against the continuous detention of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and others.

The protesters, who were mainly women and youths, wore black Islamic hijab (veil) carrying placards with different inscriptions. One of the placards reads, “Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, release Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife, obey court order in Nigeria.” Read more

Kaduna refinery loses N2b yearly to illegal tappers of water pipeline

The Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited (KRPC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), loses an average of N2.2 billion annually to illegal tapping of its raw water pipeline from Kaduna River.

The water generates power for the running of the refinery, serves as coolants for its equipment and is also deployed to combating fire outbreaks. Read more

Preserving cultures, promoting music and scouting talents in ‘Your Excellency’ way

Few chores go together like drinking beer and listening to music. In recent time, some festivals — music, cultural and even street jamz — are incomplete without the ‘flow’ of beer. It is a combination so universal, little wonder why brewers like to have their beverages associated with their customers’ favourite bands and artistes. Some even brewed their beers with the style and artistry of these musicians in mind. Read more

Nigeria’s quest for oil in Northeast

Oil wasn’t discovered in the North Eastern part of the country. What has happened is that since 1984 there’ve been exploration efforts in North East Nigeria. To be particular we call it the Bornu or the Chad Basin area. They’ve been drilling wells. They’ve drilled about 23 wells in that region so far. About 2 of the 23 had some minor shows of gas and between 1995 and 1997 when then the deep water aspects of Nigeria were beginning to be developed some IOC companies namely, Chevron, Total and Shell were given certain blocks in the upper Benue trough. Read more

It’s amazing being a first team Gunner at 20 – Alex Iwobi

Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi says it is amazing playing in the Arsenal first team at a very young age.

Iwobi recently reached a sig­nificant career milestone when he made his 50th Arsenal ap­pearance in Saturday’s 3-1 de­feat at Chelsea. Read more

Nigerians in Cameroun give tips on how to beat Lions in Limbe

A Nigerian based in Cameroun, Samson Afejukwu was a regular caller in Super Falcons camp at the mountain and sea view Hotel Parliamentarian Flat in Buea, where the team played its group matches and semifinal tie during the 10th African Women’s Nations Cup, which Nigeria won last December.

Buea, a town with unpredictable weather condition, is in south-west region of Cameroon. It is about 15 kilometers drive to the 20,000 capacity Omisport Stadium in Limbe, where the Super Eagles will play their 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun in September this year. Read more

Nigeria Moves Up 10 Places To 41st On FIFA Ranking, Still 7th In Africa

Despite being absent at the continental mundial hosted by Gabon which ended last week, Nigeria moved up more than nine places into 41st place in the FIFA rankings for February released yesterday night.

The Super Eagles were ranked 51st in January rankings but this month, they moved a staggering nine places up despite their absence at the Africa Cup of Nations staged in Gabon. Even at this leap, they are seventh in Africa behind Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia, Congo DR and Burkina Faso. Read more

Ifeanyi Ubah eyes China money

Owner of NPFL side FC Ifeanyiubah, Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, has revealed he is currently in talks with two Chinese clubs to sell top Nigerian talents to them.

Business mogul Ifeanyi Ubah said he is in football for business and he has identified the Chinese Super league as the biggest outlet for emerging world talents. “We don’t want to be left out of this revolution in world football. We want to sell our players to clubs who find them good enough to play in the Chinese Super League,” he said. Read more

Wenger gives latest Arsenal injury update ahead of Hull City test

Arsene Wenger has revealed that Hector Bellerin will undergo a late fitness test ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Hull City on Saturday.

The Spaniard suffered a concussion during Arsenal’s 3-1 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend is yet to return to first-team training at London Colney. Read more

Porto to sign Oliver Torres for €20m
Porto have exercised their option to purchase Oliver Torres permanently from Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.

Already on loan at the Estadio do Dragao, Torres will arrive from Madrid for €20million ahead of the 2017-18 Primeira Liga campaign. Read more

Making the top four has just become even more vital for Man United

As reported in an exclusive by The Sun, Antoine Griezmann will only make the move to Manchester United this summer if they make the top four and achieve UEFA Champions League qualification next season.

What’s the story?

It’s no secret that Manchester United are interested in signing French superstar Antoine Griezmann but their ability to attract him to Old Trafford has been compromised with these latest revelations. Read more

Britain to limit amount of lone child refugees accepted

Britain’s Conservative government has placed a limit on the number of lone child refugees it will accept into the country, citing fears that people traffickers were exploiting the system.

About 350 children will be allowed in – far fewer than the 3,000 originally expected under the law that had been aimed at helping some of the tens of thousands of migrant children across Europe. Around 200 children have been brought in thus far. Read more

Judges uphold suspension of Donald Trump’s travel ban

ON FEBRUARY 9th, after Donald Trump’s appeal to reinstate his travel ban suffered a unanimous defeat at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the 45th president posted a tweet in capital letters: “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” Mr Trump seems determined to press on with litigation to close America’s borders to refugees and to visa-holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries. But the resounding loss at the Ninth Circuit, in which a judge nominated by George W. Bush joined two judges appointed by Democratic presidents, suggests there are few realistic options for the administration—short of shredding the executive order and drafting it anew Read more

Seven killed in Bali village landslide in Indonesia

At least seven people, including two children, have been killed in a landslide on the popular Indonesian tourist island of Bali.

Two others have been seriously injured in the incident at Songan village on the north east of the island. A national disaster agency spokesman said the landslide hit at about 23:00 on Thursday (1500 GMT), and was caused by heavy rain. Read more

Malaysian aid ship to help Rohingyas arrives in Yangon, meets with protest

A SMALL group of protesters greeted a ship from Malaysia when it docked in Burma on Thursday carrying aid bound for the troubled state of Rakhine, where many members of the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority live.

The ship docked on the outskirts of the commercial hub, Yangon, where it was due to unload 500 tonnes of food and emergency supplies, with the rest of its 2,200 tonne cargo bound for southeast Bangladesh Read more

Peru Judge Orders Arrest of Ex-President in Corruption Case

A Peruvian judge on Thursday ordered the arrest of former President Alejandro Toledo on suspicion of taking bribes from a Brazilian construction company at the heart of a region-wide corruption scandal.

Judge Richard Concepcion accepted prosecutors’ request Toledo be jailed for up to 18 months as they investigate allegations he received $20 million in bribes from Odebrecht in exchange for permission to build a highway connecting Brazil with the Peruvian coast. Read more




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