SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 23, 2017
No padding in 2017 budget– Budget Office
The Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze, says there is no padding in the 2017 Budget as being alleged in some quarters.
He said this at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday while clarifying issues raised concerning the budget. Read more
PDP crisis splits Reps Caucus
The crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has split the party’s caucus in the House of Representatives, with the members holding divergent views on who is the national chairman of the opposition party.
While some of the PDP members recognise Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the national chairman of the opposition party, some others have pitched their tent with chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi. Read more
We have invested over $16b into Nigerian operations – MTN Group
Despite the challenges arising from the N330b fine imposed on it by the telecommunication regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, last year, MTN Group while expressing implicit confidence in its Nigerian operations, has disclosed that the mobile operator has injected over $16 billion into the Nigerian operations. Read more
Samsung to showcase latest tech at annual Africa Forum
Samsung will this week be showcasing the latest range of products at 8th Annual Samsung Africa Forum happening in Cape Town International Convention Centre The event will showcase the latest technologies designed with Africa in mind.
With the expected continuous growth of this market in 2017, Samsung Electronics aims to lead the continent’s development in the consumer electronics space. Read more
UNICEF Decries Low Immunisation Coverage in Sokoto
The Chief of Field Office, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Sokoto Field Office, Mr. Mohammad Mohiuddun, on Thursday expressed concern over the low immunisation coverage in Sokoto State.
Mohiuddun made this known during a a meeting with members of Journalists Against Polio in Sokoto. Read more
Rights Group Write Osinbajo Over Killing Of Boat Driver By Soldiers In Bayelsa
A Human Right Group based in Bayelsa State, the Zuonaki Human Rights Initiative (ZUHURI) has sent a protest letter to the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo over the alleged killing of a 39 years old Boat Driver, Mr. Bolouzimo Tulagha by operatives of the Joint Military Task Force code named Operation Delta Safe.
The deceased Boat Driver, Bolouzimo Tulagha, was shot dead at the Polako community waterside in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the State during a Military security operation against suspected militants and gun runners. Read more
N3.2 bn earmarks for take-off of KWASU’s 2 campuses
The Kwara State Government has earmarked N3.2billion for the take-off of two new campuses of the Kwara State University (KWASU) to be sited in Osi and Ilesa-Baruba.
The state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Alhaji Babatunde Ajeigbe, disclosed this on Thursday during a news conference on the outcome of the State Executive Council’s meeting held on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Read more
2018: Ekiti lawmakers launch ‘Oshoko Mass Movement’ for Fayose, PDP
Lawmakers of Ekiti State House of Assembly have begun a mass movement to support the political agenda and continue the legacy of Governor Ayo Fayose beyond 2018 when he would be leaving office. Tagged: “Oshoko Mass Movement’ (OMM), the pro-Fayose political movement, according to its Director of Media and Publicity and serving lawmaker, Hon. Akinleye Adedayo (aka Dayo Maxima) says the movement is “All about sustaining the Ayo Fayose legacy beyond 2018 and particularly to tell the whole world and in particular, Ekiti people, that wherever Fayose is going in 2018, we are going with him. Whoever Ayo Fayose and our people picks in 2018 for the governorship race, we will support.” Read more
CBN’s forex policy adjustment not sustainable –Experts
Economic and financial experts say it is uncertain that the latest policy action on foreign exchange introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria will work.
The CBN had on Monday announced a new policy decision aimed at boosting forex supply to end-users in order to ease the pressure at the parallel market. Read more
Rivers rerun: INEC report is disservice to police, says FPRO
A member of the Senate representing Kaduna South Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, on Wednesday, took a swipe at the elite in the northern part of Nigeria, blaming them for the high rate of poverty in the region.
He said while there were wealthy northerners, the North still had high poverty rate. Read more
Nigeria lost N217bn to gas flaring in 2016 – NNPC
The country lost at least N217bn last year as oil and gas companies flared a total of 244.84 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas in that period, data from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation have shown.
The latest monthly report from the NNPC showed that 22.32 billion scf of gas was flared in January; 20.38 billion scf in February; 20.11 billion scf in March; 18.7 billion scf in April; 15.8 billion scf in May, and 14.8 billion scf in June. Read more
Stakeholders foil police attempt to stop PDP meeting in Minna
Party faithful on Thursday foiled an attempt by the police in Minna to stop a Peoples Democratic Party stakeholders meeting that took place at the state party Secretariat.
The PDP members from the 25 local government areas of the state arrived at the Secretariat as early as 10 a.m. before the police deployed officers in the venue to stop the meeting. Read more
Jigawa PDP rejects Sheriff, Makarfi
The Jigawa Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party says it will not identify with either the party’s Sen. Ahmed Makarfi faction or Sen. Ali Modu-Sheriff faction.
The state’s PDP Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Aminu Jahun, said in Dutse on Thursday that the state will not support any division of the party in the state or at the national level. Read more
Court to hear Ozekhome’s suit to unfreeze N75m legal fees from Fayose
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday fixed March 2 for the hearing of a suit filed by a human rights lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), seeking to vacate the order freezing his firm’s bank account containing his N75 million legal fees from Ekiti Governor Ayodele Fayose.
Justice Abdulazeez Anka ordered that a hearing notice be issued on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Read more
CAF Election: NFF says Pinnick has mandate to use discretion
Chairman of the Media and Publicity Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande on Thursday cleared the air on the Federation’s mandate to its President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, with regards to the forthcoming election into the presidency of the Confederation of African Football.
“The issue of which of the two candidates the NFF should support came up during our last Board meeting in Abuja, on Tuesday 7th February 2017. Read more
MFM FC Coach, Ilechukwu: Beating Strong Rangers Is Our Priority
MFM head coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu, has stated in clear terms that beating reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enugu Rangers on Friday night remains his side’s priority, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Olukoya Boys, currently fourth in the NPFL log, are desperate to return to winning ways after the 1-0 loss to ABS last weekend. Read more
Javier Mascherano misses Barcelona workout ahead of La Liga crucial trip to Atletico Madrid
Javier Mascherano remains a major doubt for the Barcelona trip to Atletico Madrid on Sunday (26 February) after the Argentina international didn’t appear in the Thursday’s training session with the rest of his available teammates. However, Arda Turan and Sergio Busquets are expected to be available, after the duo missed the last win over Leganes due to injury and suspension respectively.
Mascherano, 32, is yet to play a game since picking up a hamstring injury during the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final clash against Atletico Madrid on 7 February. Read more
FIVE GREAT MAN CITY GOALS IN EUROPE
Sergio Aguero’s first goal in the 5-3 win over Monaco on Tuesday night was Manchester City’s 200th in European competition. Here, we take a look at five other big goals the Blues have scored on the continent.
Francis Lee v Gornik Zabrze – 1970 European Cup Winners’ Cup final
City’s only European success came back in 1970, when Joe Mercer’s all-conquering Blues won the European Cup Winners’ Cup after a 2-1 win over Polish side Gornik Zabrze. Read more
Tillerson seeks to quell Trump immigration furore in Mexico
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are visiting Mexico to repair frayed relations between the two nations.
Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said controversial new US immigration guidelines would top the agenda. Read more
What to expect as Syria peace talks resume
For the first time in six years, Syrian government representatives are meeting in Geneva with the leaders of the armed opposition under United Nations auspices, but hopes of a breakthrough in this round of peace talks are slim.
Israel shoots down Hamas drone from Gaza Strip – military
An Israeli fighter jet on Thursday shot down a drone belonging to the Islamist group Hamas that had taken off from the Gaza Strip, the military said.
The interception prevented “an immediate threat of infiltration” into Israeli airspace and the drone fell into the Mediterranean sea, the military’s statement said. Read more
Hundreds of protesters demand departure of Guinea Bissau president
Hundreds of people marched through the capital of Guinea Bissau on Thursday demanding the departure of President Jose Mario Vaz, a day after parliament rejected a programme submitted by his prime minister.
Vaz appointed Prime Minister Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embalo in November after months of regional talks seeking an end to an 18-month political crisis that has paralysed the institutions of the poor West African nation and stoked fears that drug traffickers might profit from the power vacuum. Read more
Germany overtakes UK as fastest-growing G7 economy
Germany overtook the UK as the fastest growing among the G7 states during 2016. Europe’s largest economy expanded at the fastest rate in five years, showing growth of 1.9% last year.
The expansion pushed Britain into second place among the G7 industrialised nations, after the Office for National Statistics revised down annual UK growth to 1.8%, from an initial estimate of 2%. Read more