Sabinews Morning News Update for July 11 2015
Akwa Ibom Dissolves 31 LGs
The Executive Council and legislative arms of the 31 local government councils in Akwa Ibom State have been dissolved by the State House of Assembly.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Aniekan Uko who announced this on Thursday directed the Chairmen of the 31 local government councils to hand over all government property that were in their custody to the Head of Service of each of the Council on Friday, July 10. Read more
Cameroon deports 450 Nigerians
As a proactive measure to guard against a likely attack by the Boko Haram sect, the Cameroonian immigration authorities have deported about 450 Nigerians living illegally in the country.
Those affected were picked up from Kousseri, a border town between Cameroon and Chad where they had initially been sent packing by the authorities in that country. Read more
I did not say Buhari’s Administration worsened insurgency – Ekweremadu
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu explained yesterday that contrary to report, he never said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has worsened Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
He however warned that challenges like terrorism and insurgency, which have wasted lives and property of innocent Nigerians and many of our loved ones are beyond politics and should therefore not be trivalised on the alter of narrow political interest. Read more
NLNG Funds Not Remitted Under Jonathan – Oshiomhole
Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said yesterday that the former President Goodluck Jonathan administration illegally refused to transfer funds remitted to it by the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) into the federation account.
According to him, with the renewed transparency being returned to the system by President Muhammadu Buhari, Edo State would have gotten N10 billion consecutively in four years of the Jonathan administration. Read more
Subscribers Decry MTN’s New Recharge Pin
Subscribers to the MTN network have decried MTN’s silence on its adoption of 16 digits recharge pin which they described as yet another insult to its customers in Nigeria.
Speaking with THISDAY during the week, the president of National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOM), Deolu Ogunbanjo, expressed shock over the development as he was just getting to know as there was no prior notice to its implementation. Read more
‘Ondo Got N2.2b Allocation, Not Bailout from FG’
The Ondo State Government has denied receiving a bailout from the Federal government to pay outstanding workers salary, explaining however, that it only received N2.2b accrued to it from taxes, being part of June allocation from the Federation account.
It put its monthly wage bill at about N4b. Read more
CBN to Lead Revitalisation of Oil Palm Sector
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has disclosed the central bank’s resolve to lead the revitalisation of the oil palm sector in Nigeria in order to provide jobs for Nigerians.
Emefiele, made the pledge after meeting with rice processing companies in Nigeria in Abuja at the weekend. The meeting between the management of the CBN and oil palm value chain stakeholders also agreed on a road map to resolve the challenges in the oil palm value chain in Nigeria. Read more
Increasing Number Of IDPs Threatens Nigeria’s Economy, Says FG
Federal Government has raised the alarm that the increasing number of internally Displaced Persons [IDPs] occasioned by Boko Haram insurgency has become a threat to socio-economic development of the country.
Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Dr. Jamila Shu’ara, who announced this at the post IDP conference advocacy mission in Abuja, said with over 1.5 million IDPs in Nigeria, that the internal displacement has assumed more than humanitarian crisis. Read more
Oil and Gas
Thefts Rise as Nigerian Pipeline Surveillance Falters
The rising number of attacks on oil pipelines is presenting a challenge to the new government of President Muhammadu Buhari as he formulates an expected overhaul of Nigeria’s oil industry.
Buhari is thought to be working on a variety of initiatives to reform how Nigeria’s oil and gas — Nigeria’s biggest industry — is managed. Read more
Fuel crisis looms in Lagos, Delta, Rivers …as NUPENG issues fresh strike notice
Anxiety over the availability of petroleum products has heightened in some states in the southern part of the country as members of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) commence indefinite solidarity strike.
NUPENG members from Warri, Lagos and Port Harcourt zones agreed at a rally in Warri, Delta State yesterday to commence a solidarity strike in protest against alleged infringements on the rights of their members working for Chevron, an oil company in Warri, Delta State. Read more
W’Africa 2015 Summit Charts Power Stability Course for Region
The inaugural West Africa Power 2015 Summit, organised by global Summits organiser IRN, held recently in Lagos, with the aim to discuss the challenges and possible solutions to improving the electricity generation and supply in the West African region, and how to attract more investment.
The Minister of Energy and Petroleum of Niger, Honourable Foumakoye Gado; and the Energy Director of Ministry of Mines and Energy of Togo, Tcharabalo Abiyou, gave an overview of the energy situation in West Africa and shared exclusive insights about the untapped potential of Niger and Togo and the investment opportunities in these countries. Read more
Don’t force Enyeama out of Eagles – Ex-Nigeria keeper
Andrew Aikhuomogbe has warned the Super Eagles could lose the services of Vincent Enyeama if the Nigeria Football Federation decides to impose sanctions against the veteran goalkeeper.
The Egypt-based former Nigeria goalkeeper insists Enyeama deserves some respect from the NFF, saying the federation should not force the Lille custodian into “early retirement” from the national team. Read more
Another Opportunity For Rangers At Zik Stadium
As Enugu Rangers International hosts Lobi Stars of Makurdi in one of the Week 17 fixtures this weekend feelers are that the game should be an opportunity for the Enugu side to bounce back to winning ways in the Glo Premier League.
This is against the backdrop of Rangers Week 16 defeat at Akwa United which the management blamed on poor officiating, just as the result of Week 17 fixtures is expected to justify Rangers form. Read more
Elephants, Wolves Clash In Warri
With less than three games left to wrap up the first stanza of the Glo Premier League Enyimba International of Aba will this weekend clash with Warri Wolves at the Warri Township Stadium in Delta State.
The Week 17 encounter no doubt will be a titanic battle if the pedigree of both sides is anything to go by in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) even as both sides lost their midweek games at the Federations Cup and the Glo League. Read more
Oliseh Won’t Get 5-Year Contract –NFF
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says the incoming Super Eagles Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh will not get a five-year contract.
There has been speculation that Oliseh will get a five-year contract next week. Read more
Boko Haram brutally kills five civilians in Niger
Boko Haram militants slit the throats of five civilians in southeast Niger during a targeted attack by the Islamist group wreaking havoc in the region, according to local authorities.
“Five employees of a Nigerien company had their throats slit yesterday [Thursday] evening in Dagaya, a village near Bosso,” Mayor of Bosso Bako Mamadou told AFP. Read more
Zim’s baby elephants ‘will be kept in free-range setting’ in China
The 24 elephants that arrived in China from Zimbabwe this week will be kept “in a free-range setting” and won’t be used in circus-type performances, a UN-linked wildlife conservation agency said on Friday.
But the park they will live in is only 1.3km square, it has emerged. Read more
Rwandan is kidnapped in Kenya
An investigator who worked on key defense cases at the UN tribunal for Rwanda has been kidnapped in Kenya, amid mounting evidence that Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s intelligence services were behind the abduction.
The kidnapping of Rwandan national Jean Chrysostome Ntirugiribambe in Nairobi has been widely condemned by political activists and defense lawyers at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) where the victim worked for years as a legal investigator. Read more
Donors pledge billions for Ebola recovery in West Africa
International donors have promised billions of dollars to help Ebola-hit countries in West Africa recover from the epidemic. More than 11,000 people have died since the virus broke out in late 2013.
The new funds – a total of $3.4 billion (3 billion euros) – announced at a United Nations conference on Friday, are meant to help Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone rebuild their devastated economies and health systems. Read more
Communist rebel supporters defy government
They could have carried his casket in the shiny black Cadillac. Instead they went for a flatbed truck.
In another time and space, few would dare attend his wake. Instead they came in droves and from the mountains they trekked. Read more
Indonesia’s Bali airport reopens after volcanic eruption
Indonesian authorities reopened the main airport on the popular resort island of Bali on Saturday after its closure on Friday due to a volcanic eruption on nearby Java island, an airport official said.
“We have reopened since 10 a.m. local time (0200 GMT). Flights have resumed,” the airport’s general manager Trikora Harjo said. Read more
China evacuates hundreds of thousands ahead of typhoon
Chinese authorities have evacuated more than 800,000 people and canceled hundreds of flights as a super-typhoon with wind gusts up to 200 kilometers (125 miles) per hour headed toward the country’s southeastern coast on Saturday.
Typhoon Chan-hom is expected to hit land Saturday afternoon between the coastal cities of Rui’an and Zhoushan, south of Shanghai, according to China’s national weather service. It said the typhoon might be the most powerful to hit China since the communist government took power in 1949. Read more
Thousands Await Papal Mass at Caacupe Shrine in Paraguay
When Marta Noella was a girl, she says she was frequently beaten by her strict father. At 14, she was so depressed she planned to kill herself by stepping in front of a car.
What happened next she attributes to a miracle from the Virgin of Caacupe, whose shrine is the most important pilgrimage site in Paraguay and will be the site of Pope Francis’ Mass on Saturday. Read more
Iran and world powers give themselves 72 hours to clinch nuclear deal
Iran and the world’s leading powers gave themselves until Monday to reach a nuclear agreement, their third extension in two weeks, as Tehran accused the west of throwing up new stumbling blocks to a deal.
Both sides say there has been progress in two weeks of talks, but on Friday night British foreign secretary Philip Hammond called it “painfully slow” and he and his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, left Vienna saying they would return on Saturday. Read more
Greek MPs back bailout reform plan
The motion, which sought to authorise the government to use the proposal as a basis for negotiation with international creditors during the weekend, passed with 251 votes in favour, 32 against and eight voting ‘present’ – a form of abstention – in the 300-member parliament.
Those who voted ‘present’ or were absent, as well as two of those who voted against, were members of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ left-wing Syriza party – raising questions about the stability of his government. Read more
Disgraced tycoon says French state defrauded him of €1bn
The controversial businessman and sometime pop star Bernard Tapie is suing the French state for more than €1bn he said was lost when Crédit Lyonnais, a now-defunct public bank, undervalued his stake in the sports clothing company Adidas.
The former football team owner won €403m in 2008 after his case against the bank was sent to an arbitration panel – a move given the green light by IMF chief Christine Lagarde, who was then France’s Minister of Finance. Read more
50 Cent to pay out over sex tape
A New York jury has ordered the rapper-actor to pay 5 million US dollars (£3.2 million) to a woman who said he acquired a video she made with her boyfriend, added himself as a crude commentator and posted it online without her permission.
Jurors made that award yesterday and are set to deliberate next week on possible further, punitive damages in Lastonia Leviston’s invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against the Get Rich or Die Tryin’ rapper. Read more
Airstrikes pierce new Yemen truce following ground fighting
A new truce in Yemen was pierced within an hour as Saudi-led airstrikes hit targets in the capital Sanaa and the southwestern city of Taiz following reports of ground movement and fighting, security officials said.
The U.N.-declared truce that began after midnight Friday is meant to last through the end of the holy month of Ramadan and allow in desperately needed humanitarian aid for millions of people. Read more
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