Sabinews Midday News Update for July 21, 2015
APC govs oppose Fayose as NGF deputy chairman
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that it will oppose the choice of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State as deputy chairman of the Governors’ Forum.
A source close to an APC governor in one of the North Central States said the choice of Fayose by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was ill considered and unacceptable to the party.
The source said the APC was wary of the controversial governor and would not accept Fayose for such a sensitive position, asking the PDP to find a suitable replacement. Read more
Nigeria to start production of canned fish
Chief Rotimi Onibale, National Secretary, Catfish Farmers Association of Nigeria (CAFAN) on Monday said the association would soon start the production of canned catfish in the country.
Onibale, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan, said that research was ongoing to ensure that Nigeria started its own production of canned fish. “Our association is in the process of research to start the production of canned fish in Nigeria and we hope to implement it fully this year because it has been long overdue. Read more
Anambra: The leeches are back
AN Igbo adage says that, “Onye amara ebe mmiri siri maba ya adi ama ebe onoro madobe ya”, meaning, he who does not know where rain started beating him, doesn’t know where it stopped. For a state like Anambra we had the misfortune of having people of questionable character dominated her affairs in the past.
But God intervened using Dr. Chris Ngige to rescue the state and subsequently Mr. Peter Obi who as governors ensured that the state’s resources were well managed and husbanded for the benefit of all. Read more
Why Nigeria Lacks Quality Graduates – Ogundare
A Professor of English, Prof. Niyi Osundare, of the University of New Orleans, USA, has said that lack of responsible mentor in the tertiary institutions was largely responsible for the fall in the quality of the students they produce.
Osundare, one of the foremost poets in Africa, said the poor state of affairs in Nigeria’s university system was worrisome.
He spoke in Ibadan at a luncheon organised by the Chairman of Kakanfo Inn, Dr. Lekan Are, in honour the literary giant. Read more
House leadership: Gbajabiamila group rejects Dogara’s proposal
The group loyal to Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila in the House of Representatives, APC Loyalists’ Group, has rejected Speaker Yakubu Dogara’s latest zoning proposals on principal officers.
The group, in a letter it wrote to the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, asked the Chairman to ignore the Speaker’s proposal. The letter, dated July 18, was signed by the spokesman of the group, Mr. Nasir Zangon-Daura Read more
Kwara APC’s Disquiet over New Cabinet
The choice of those that would make up the new cabinet of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has taken the front burner in the state’s chapter of the All Progressives Congress, writes Hammed Shittu
After the successful outing of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded general election in Kwara State, the leadership of the party has returned to a drawing board so as to fashion out the way on how to appoint members of the party that contributed immensely towards the success of the elections in their respective 193 wards that make up the state. This, the leadership of the party believes, would go a long way in setting a new and positive agenda for the state executive council and party. Read more
Lawyer Faults Speaker Over Call for Price Control of Fuel
Chairman of OTL Africa Downstream, Barrister Emeka Akabogu, On Monday faulted the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon.Yakubu Dogara over his call for price control for petroleum products in the country.
The Speaker was quoted recently as saying that by law in this country, the price of petroleum products must be controlled, and that the only legal way subsidy can be removed is to either amend or completely repeal the Price Control Act. Read more
The War On Street Trading in Lagos
Last week the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, revisited the 2010 environmental law that prohibits street trading and begging when he directed the State’s Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and other Special Offences, to carry out full enforcement of the law in the metropolis. In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State government, Mr Tunji Bello, he noted that not only did the traders constitute environmental nuisance, but posed security threat to citizens. Read more
Buhari Seeks Obama’s Help To Recover $150b Loot
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is asking President Barack Obama to help locate and return $150 billion believed to have been stolen by corrupt officials.
Buhari, who is meeting Obama during a visit to the U.S. capital, made the call in an opinion article published Monday in the Washington Post. “The fact that I now seek Obama’s assistance in locating and returning $150 billion in funds stolen in the past decade and held in foreign bank accounts on behalf of former, corrupt officials is a testament to how badly Nigeria has been run,” he wrote. “This way of conducting our affairs cannot continue.” Read more
Edo state hunts for talent in reality show
Daniel Eromosele, Senior Special Assistant on Culture and Tourism to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo, said the State established a reality show project to reduce crime in the state.
Eromosele said on Monday that the project was aimed at providing youths with talents to seek opportunity and platform to break into the limelight. He said that apart from that, the project would also take some youths off the streets. He said that the project would leverage on entertainment as viable platform for the promotion of sustainable peace among youths. Read more
S’Sudan cholera outbreak spreads, deaths rise to 39
Cholera in war-torn South Sudan has spread to another state, with at least 39 dead since an outbreak was declared last month, the World Heath Organization said Tuesday.
A total of 1,212 cholera cases including 39 deaths have been recorded, according to WHO figures, with the highly contagious infection spreading from the capital Juba in Central Equatoria to neighbouring Jonglei state, one of the worst-affected areas by the 19-month civil war. Read more
Indian villagers behead woman over ‘witchcraft’
A 63-year-old Indian woman has been dismembered and beheaded by machete-wielding villagers who accused her of practising witchcraft, police said Tuesday.
Seven people have been arrested over the death of Moni Orang, a mother of five who was seized from her home in the northeastern state of Assam on Monday after local priests said she was casting spells.
“The attackers armed with machetes and other crude implements descended on the village and took away Moni Orang from her house and then brutally killed her,” senior police official Manabendra Dev Roy toldAFP. Read more
Burundi Presidential polls open amid blasts, gunfire
Polling stations have opened in Burundi’s controversial presidential elections with Pierre Nkurunziza widely expected to win a third consecutive term.
Shortly before voting started on Tuesday, at least two people – a policeman and a civilian – were killed, according to witnesses, in a string of explosions and gunfire in the capital Bujumbura, the epicentre of three months of anti-government protests. Read more
Cameron unveils plan to tackle extremism
The UK prime minister has launched a five-year plan to defeat “Islamist extremism”, saying it is time to counter an ideology that has attracted so many young people to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group.
In a wide-ranging speech on Monday, David Cameron also announced new powers designed to put those who radicalise young people “out of action”, together with plans to allow parents to cancel their children’s passports to prevent them from travelling abroad to join a radical group. Read more
UN endorses Iran nuclear agreement
The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution that will clear a path for international sanctions crippling Iran’s economy to be lifted.
Representatives of all 15 countries on the Security Council voted on Monday by raising their hands.
“The draft resolution has been adopted unanimously,” Murray McCully, foreign minister of New Zealand, which holds the current presidency of the Security Council, announced after the vote. Read more
Pentagon chief meets Israel PM to discuss tensions over Iran deal
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday to try to ease tensions over the Iran nuclear deal, as the Israeli leader urged lawmakers in Washington to reject the hard-won agreement.
The two men greeted each other with a long handshake before entering the meeting that lasted nearly two hours, making no comment about the tensions over the nuclear accord that Netanyahu has harshly condemned. Read more
First UN aid ship in 4 months docks in Yemen’s Aden
A ship carrying desperately needed relief supplies docked in Aden on Tuesday, the first UN vessel to reach the southern Yemeni city in four months of fighting, its governor said.
“This is the first boat carrying the UN flag to dock in Aden since the war began” in late March, governor Nayef al-Bakri told reporters at the Aden refinery port. Read more
Burundi’s controversial election: key dates
Burundi, which holds presidential elections on Tuesday, has been in turmoil since April with deadly protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s divisive bid for a third term.
At least 100 people have been killed and scores wounded in clashes between demonstrators and police and ruling party militia. More than 150,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries. Read more
Japan woman arrested over bodies of five newborn babies
A Japanese woman suspected of abandoning the bodies of five of her own newborn babies over the course of a decade was being questioned Tuesday, police said.
Emi Wakabayashi, 34, who lives with her father, younger brother and first son, was initially arrested after police discovered the corpse of a newborn infant near their home in rural Ehime prefecture in western Japan. Read more
India’s Modi appeals for support as parliament reopens
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed on Tuesday for opposition support in pushing through key reforms, as parliament began a new session set to be dominated by corruption allegations against members of his party.
Modi’s right-wing government, which swept to power last year on a pledge to revive the economy, aims to push through a series of reforms during the 21-day session including introducing a new national sales tax. Read more
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