SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 8, 2017
Taraba govt. to recruit 3,000 professional teachers
Taraba State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Johanes Jigem, on Wednesday, said the government would soon recruit 3,000 professional teachers to address the shortage of teachers in the state`s secondary schools.
Jigem disclosed this at the commissioning of the State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Lodge in Karim-Lamido Local Government Area. He said the recruitment, which was under the “Taraba State Teachers Rescue Scheme,” would provide at least 10 teachers to each of about 262 public secondary schools in the state. Read more
643 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya in 3 months
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Tuesday said 643 Nigerians had voluntarily returned from Libya from December 15, 2016, to March 7, 2017.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Alhaji Muhammad Sidi, the Director-General, NEMA, made the disclosure while receiving a fresh batch of 171 Nigerians who arrived in Lagos. Read more
Kebbi govt to increases Science Colleges to 18
The Kebbi State government says it would increased its Science Colleges to 18 as against five inherited from immediate past administration.
Commissioner for Higher Education in the state, Alhaji Abdullahi Maigari Dakingeri, who made this known in Birnin Kebbi while addressing journalists said the present administration met five of the schools with poor structure. Read more
EFCC Arraigns Suspected Native Doctor For N5.6m Fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, arraigned one Clement Joseph alias Dr. Omale, before Justice O. A. Otaluka of the FCT High Court sitting in Lugbe, Abuja on a 7-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining by pretense to the tune of N5.6million.
Joseph and his accomplices who are currently on the run allegedly connived and fraudulently defrauded one Bola Akintola of the said sum under the pretext of having a mystical power to deliver her of untimely death. Read more
Minister: FG’s Plan for Workers to Own Houses at Advanced Stage
The federal government has said that its plan for public sector workers to own their own houses has now reached advanced stage.
The Minister of State Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Mustapha Baba Shehuri, made this known in Minna Niger State at the commissioning of the Federal Mortgage Bank- Sea Mountain 133 unit housing estate on Tuesday. The federal government has said that its plan for public sector workers to own their own houses has now reached advanced stage.
The Minister of State Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Mustapha Baba Shehuri, made this known in Minna Niger State at the commissioning of the Federal Mortgage Bank- Sea Mountain 133 unit housing estate on Tuesday. Read more
Acting President Visits Sokoto Thursday
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), will visit Sokoto State on Thursday.
This was contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Tambuwal on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, in Sokoto on Wednesday. Read more
Terrorism: NAF jets destroy Boko Haram base
A concealed logistics base used by Boko Haram Terrorists have been destroyed by a formation of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Alpha and F-7Ni jets.
The logistics base was concealed by fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in Sambisa who were tracked by NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to the location where they had gone to retrieve some items before fighter aircraft were called-in for strike. Read more
Delta Assembly Speaker tasks Nigerians on gender balance
The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya, on Tuesday, took assessment of the strides made towards the attainment of gender equality in the country, promising to protect women’s rights through legislative reforms.
In a statement in Asaba to mark International Women’s Day, Igbuya praised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for improving the status of women in the country.
“Delta State is a better place for women and girls. We have more women in the legislative arm and decision making bodies. We are committed to the full empowerment of women in the state” he said. Read more
17-year-old girl seeks divorce from husband
A 17-year-old girl, Fatima Baba, has appealed to the Niger Child Right Protection Agency to dissolve her one-month-old marriage.
Fatima, who is married to 35-year-old Salihu Mohammed, told the agency on Tuesday in Minna, that she was no more in love with her husband, a resident of Shaba Legbo village in Gbako Local Government Area of the state. Read more
Award oil blocks, refineries’ licenses to oil communities – HOSTCOM tells FG
Oil-producing communities, under the auspices of Host Communities of Nigeria, Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM) have called on the Federal Government to immediately allocate 10 oil blocks to its nominees and stakeholders and also award licenses for its proposed ten modular refineries with capacities ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 barrels per day. Read more
Rohr hands Musa captain’s band for Senegal, B/Faso friendlies
Out of favour Leicester City forward Ahmed Musa will wear the skipper’s band when Nigeria take on Senegal and Burkina Faso in two high profile friendly games later in the month.
Musa has fallen out of favour at Leicester City under new coach Craig Shakespeare who is in charge of the team in interim capacity following the dismissal of formerboss Claudio Ranieri Read more
Erico condemns exclusion of NPFL players
Super Eagles’ former assistant coach, Joseph Erico, has described as unfortunate the exclusion of players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in the squad for the national team’s forthcoming international friendlies in London. But he enjoins Nigerians to support the team as they prepare for important qualifying games this year.
Nigeria will meet Senegal and Burkina Faso in preparatory games this month ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Cameroun respectively. Read more
Jose Mourinho confirms Zlatan Ibrahimovic will start against Rostov after being handed domestic ban
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to start against Rostov on Thursday.
The Swedish striker has been handed a three-game domestic ban for elbowing Tyrone Mings during Saturday’s draw with Bournemouth. Ibrahimovic will sit out Monday’s FA Cup clash with Chelsea, plus the Premier League fixtures against Middlesbrough and West Brom. Read more
GOAL OF THE DAY: TEVEZ V STOKE 2011
Carlos Tevez struck an absolute peach of a free-kick in Man City’s 3-0 win over Stoke in 2011.
The Argentine forward curled a delightful effort into the top corner for his second of the game, lifting City to third in the table. Read more
Arsenal target Allegri gives Juventus ultimatum on a new deal
Reportedly wanted by Arsenal, Juve boss Massimo Allegri has issued an ultimatum to his current employer over a proposed new contract.
Italian daily Il Tempo states that the Tuscan tactician has used the Gunners interest in acquiring his services to his advantage, as he tries to negotiate an improved contract in Turin. Allegri is reported as wanting a new four-year deal with the Bianconeri worth around £4 million per season whilst at the same time wanting full authority over all first-team affairs at the club.
Jose Mourinho left absolutely furious ahead of Man Utd showdown with Rostov
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is furious with the state of the pitch that his players will face FC Rostov on in the Europa League on Thursday.
United have flown out to Russia for the first leg of their round-of-16 tie in what is a critical run of fixtures for them in terms of their aspirations of winning more silverware and staying in the hunt for a top four finish in the Premier League. Read more
Tensions fuel boom in Asian defence spending
Asia’s defence budgets are growing. In a difficult environment the potential for friction is increasing, IISS Director-General and Chief Executive John Chipman told experts at the Munich Security Conference. Watch his address and see how:
tensions are raised by North Korean missile tests and confrontation in the South China Sea
militaries have invested in cutting-edge aircraft and more submarines Read more
US businesses warn the UK over loss of access to EU single market
US businesses in Europe have told Theresa May ahead of article 50 negotiations that their decision to invest in the UK, worth £487bn in 2015, has been largely based on the country’s EU membership and access to the single market.
The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) has called for Britain to recognise the limitations of any free trade deal with the US alone, and warns in its annual report published on Wednesday of the dangers posed in building barriers to trade between the UK and the wider continent. Read more
Brazil Tumbles Deeper Into Its Worst Ever Depression
Brazil’s economy has fallen further into its worst ever recession, contracting by 3.6 percent in 2016 and pressure is mounting on policymakers to stimulate growth.
The former Latin American powerhouse recorded a steeper-than-expected decline of 0.9 percent gross domestic product (GDP) in the final quarter of last year, intensifying the economic contraction that has imbued Brazil for eight consecutive quarters – the longest period of decline on record for the country. Read more
Berlin-Ankara tensions: Nazi comparison ‘a red line’ for Germany
Seeking to calm a growing diplomatic storm German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Tuesday that Germany and Turkey must work towards restoring ties, while warning Ankara that any comparison to Nazis constitutes a “red line that cannot be crossed”.
Ankara and Berlin have become locked in a quarrel following a ban levelled by a number of German local authorities preventing Turkish referendum rallies, set to be attended by Turkish ministers, from taking place Read more
IS suspect shot dead in Saudi Arabia
Saudi police have shot dead a suspected Islamic State group member, and an officer was gunned down in a separate incident, the interior ministry said Wednesday.
Officers were called at 6pm (3pm GMT) on Tuesday to an apartment in Riyadh’s al-Rayan district where a suspect was “flaunting his support” for the IS extremist group, the interior ministry said in a statement. Read more