SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 13, 2017
Buhari meets top officials in Aso Rock
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday morning met with some top government officials in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Few minutes after 10 a.m. the car of the Aid-de-Camp to the President, Lawal Abubakar, was driven to and packed at its normal area of the forecourt, by the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa. Read more
2017 UTME: JAMB begins sales of form
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, on Monday, announced its plans to begin sale of forms for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
In series of tweets via its handle @JAMBHQ, the organisation said the sales would begin on Monday March 20.
According to the board, registration fee for UTME 2017 is N5, 500. Read more
Dangote opens coal mine in Tanzania
Business mogul, Aliko Dangote, has opened a coal mine as Tanzania, it has been gathered. The offer would see Dangote Cement Company, in the southeastern town of Mtwara of Tanzania, mine coal for its the comoany’s operations.
Tanzania’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals, at the weekend, handed the 10-square-kilometre plot of land to the $500 million cement factory set up in 2015 by Dangote.
The factory has an annual capacity of 3 million tonnes. Dangote coal miner in Tanzania According to NAN and local media The Citizen, the coal concession was sanctioned by President John Magufuli to allow the company get a reliable supply of coal to fuel its activities. Read more
Delta declares 3-day mourning for late Ogbemudia
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has declared a three-day mourning in the state in honour of retired late Brig.-Gen. Samuel Ogbemudia.
This was contained in a statement signed by the state Director of Information, Mr. Paul Osaho, on Monday, in Asaba. The statement said that the three-day mourning period commenced from Monday, March 13 to Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Read more
Dickson mourns Ogbemudia, says, ‘he was pro-people’
Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, has expressed regret over the death of former Military Governor of old Mid-Western State and later civilian Governor of Bendel State, Dr. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia.
Ogbemudia reportedly died at the 84 on March 9, 2017.
The governor in a condolence message to the Government and people of Edo State, described the deceased as a foresighted and people oriented leader, whose period as Governor of the old Mid-Western State, “practically laid the foundation of growth and progress in the old Mid-Western State”, which comprises the present day Edo and Delta States as well as parts of present day Sagbama and Ekeremor Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State. Read more
Ghost workers: Adeosun wants BVN extended to micro-finance banks
Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, is seeking the support of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in ensuring that Bank Verification Number (BVN) becomes a mandatory requirement needed by account holders in Microfinance Banks (MFBs) to operate such accounts.
She said such step woula facilitate the detection of bank accounts opened and operated for ghost workers by fraudulent syndicates. Read more
Instagram features Nigerian activist
A Nigerian poet/activist, Ugochi Egonu got a special mention on the official page of Instagram for her compelling thought about the best form of activism.
The 17-year-old who resides in Santa Clara, Califonia held that self-love is the most radical form of protest. Read more
Abuja-Kaduna highway is safe, secure – CP
The Kaduna State Police Command, on Monday, said that the Abuja-Kaduna expressway is safe for commuters.
The commissioner of Police, Mr Agyole Abeh gave the assurance in a press statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Aliyu Usman in Kaduna. Read more
Wrestling Classics: Bayelsa makes successful defence of overall title
Bayelsa State has emerged the overall champion of the second edition of the Governor Dickson National Wrestling Classics, which took place at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Samson Siasia Sports Complex, Yenagoa.
Speaking at the event, Governor Seriake Dickson, called for synergy between the state government and the Federal Ministry of Sports, as well as other interested partners in the sub sector for the development of the State’s Sports Academy, Asoama in Kolokuma Opokuma local government area. Read more
Gunmen kill 3 herdsmen in Southern Kaduna
Unknown gunmen have killed two Fulani herdsmen at Unguwan Maiyashi village, Fantsuwam Chiefdom, in Jemaa Local Government of Kaduna State, while another was killed at the Madakiya community of Zangon Kataf LGA, both in southern Kaduna.
An indigene of Ungwar Miayasihi, told Channels Television that the incident occurred at about 4pm on Saturday, when the herdsmen were grazing with their cattle inside a bush. Read more
CBN’S interventions in forex market
With the exception of the state of health of President Muhammadu Buhari and its consequences for the nation, the most topical economic issue in Nigeria is the fall in value of the Naira to the major foreign currencies (particularly the Dollar). From around N190 to $1 in May 2015 when the Buhari government assumed office, the Naira plunged to as low as N560/US$1 in mid-February 2017. It appeared as if the downward trend would never stop, resulting in calls for the resignation or sack of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and the total deregulation of the foreign exchange market or devaluation of the Naira. Read more
Portugal offers to support Nigeria in biotechnology activities
The Portuguese Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Manuel Heitor, say his country would offer technical support to Nigeria in key biotechnology activities that will enhance tropical agriculture and food security.
Heitor made this known, in a statement, made available by the Head, Protocol and Communications, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Mrs Ifeoma Ndefo, on Monday, in Abuja. Read more
I’ll stop commercialised politics in Ekiti – Aspirant
An All Progressives Congress (APC), aspirant, Dr. Makanjuola Akindele Owolabi, has vowed to restore Ekiti dignity, if elected as the governor of the state in the forthcoming 2018 governorship election.
Owolabi made the remark during a courtesy visit to the APC State Secretariat, in Ajilosun, Ado-Ekiti. Read more
NANS ends 3-day prayer for Buhari, demands education subsidy
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has ended its three-day prayer for President Muhammadu Buhari.
The students body, in Abuja, during a thanksgiving service at the Faith Miracle International Church, concluded its prayers on the quick recovery and safe return of the president. The students also canvassed the introduction of subsidy in education sector to check insurgency and rising crime in the country. Read more
Steve Bannon ‘under criminal investigation’ for voter registration fraud
President Donald Trump‘s chief strategist Steve Bannon is reportedly under “an active criminal” investigation for voter registration fraud.
Mr Bannon is being investigated after he registered to vote in Florida while he owned a house in Southern California and regularly stayed in New York and Washington, DC, The Washington Post reports.
He is registered to vote in at a vacant house in Miami, which is due to be demolished. Read more
Florida man sets American-Indian’s shop on fire because he thought owners were Muslim
A Florida man has been arrested after trying to set a convenience store on fire to “run the Arabs out of our country”.
Richard Lloyd reportedly told police he tried to buy a bottle of orange juice at the shop in Port St Lucie but it was not in stock, and was also upset because he assumed the owners were Muslim.
The 64-year-old said he had pushed a bin to the front of the Met Mart building before setting its contents alight, according to a police statement. He told officers he was angry because of what Muslims were “doing in the Middle East”. The store was closed at the time. Read more
China Has One of the World’s Highest Marriage Ages. But One Lawmaker Wants to Change That
A lawmaker in China has suggested cutting the country’s legal marriage age in order to encourage more births, amid an ageing population and the relaxing of China’s stringent family-planning regime.
The country of 1.38 billion people currently enforces one of the world’s highest minimum marriage ages, allowing only men over 22 and women over 20 to wed. Huang Xihua, a delegate to the National People’s Congress convening in Beijing, has recommended lowering the rule to the international standard of 18 for both sexes, Bloomberg reports. Read more
Five Years on Myanmar’s Rohingya Displacement Camps Are Feeling Ever More Permanent
People live, love and die in Baw Du Pha, an encampment for Rohingya Muslims displaced by conflict in western Myanmar nearly five years ago. They used to think they would someday go home, but many have long since given up on that hope. Life in the camp, however, goes on, albeit much differently than before the unrest.
Maung Tha Zan and Minara Begum were married on a rainy Sunday afternoon within the barbed-wire confines of a sprawling cluster of displacement camps, home to more than 100,000 people who, for the most part, are barred from leaving. Read more
Turkey summons Dutch envoy over riot police tactics in Rotterdam
Turkey has summoned the Dutch envoy in Ankara to complain about the actions of Rotterdam police against protesters after a Turkish minister was blocked from visiting her country’s consulate in the city.
Dutch police used dogs and water cannon on Sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters waving Turkish flags. Turkey’s foreign ministry said the intervention was disproportionate and called for legal action against police misconduct. Read more