Sabinews Evening News Update for October 10, 2015
APC govt completely bereft of ideas – PDP
NATIONAL leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has again lampooned the All Progressives Congress, APC led government, saying it was now clear to Nigerians that the administration was completely bereft of ideas needed to effectively manage the nation.
According to PDP, the action of government in the last five months has led to a sudden decline in the economy, general anxiety, prevailing unhappiness and grumbling among Nigerians across board. Read more
NIS warns public against fraudsters
The Nigeria Immigration Service has warned members of the public to beware of activities fraudsters.
This is contained in a statement issued by the NIS spokesperson, Mr. Ekpedeme King, on Saturday in Abuja. King said the service was not engaged in any recruitment exercise. Read more
Death toll from twin blasts in Turkey rises to 86
The death toll from twin blasts in the Turkish capital Ankara on Saturday rose to 86, while 186 others were injured, the Turkish Health Ministry said.
The explosions hit a train station where several unions, civil society organizations and pro-Kurdish People’s Democracy Party were due to hold a rally, private Dogan news agency reported. The rally aimed at protesting conflict between the state and Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey. Read more
CBN to assist flood victims in Kebbi
The CBN on Saturday said it would provide assistance to farmers in Kebbi affected by the recent flooding in the state, to enable them engage in dry season farming.
A staff of the bank, Mr Paul Eluhaiwe, who led a delegation of the apex bank to Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State to commiserate with flood victims, said the bank would work closely with the government to assist farmers. Read more
Falling Oil Price: Proffer Solution, Okowa Challenges NASS
AS Nigeria grapples with the effects of dwindling oil price, the Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has challenged members of the National Assembly to proffer solution to the situation.
Governor Okowa gave the challenge Saturday October 10 2015 when a high-power delegation from the Senate led by Senator Kabiru Gaya paid him a courtesy visit in Asaba. Read more
NAHCON transports 36,000 pilgrims back to Nigeria
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria on Saturday said it had so far transported 36,269 pilgrims from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, back to Nigeria.
The commission had transported more than 66,000 Nigerians to Saudi Arabia for the 2015 Hajj.
The Director, Public Affairs of the commission, Alhaji Uba Mana, said this while fielding questions from theNews agency of Nigeria in Mecca. Read more
Buhari’s Aide, NGE, others, laud Fashola’s former media adviser at 50
The Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE), on Saturday lauded Mr Hakeem Bello, the former Senior Special Adviser on Media to former Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State as he turned 50.
The Editors gave the commendation at the opening ceremony of a training workshop for 50 journalists sponsored by Bello, to mark his birthday at “The Hub Journalism Clinic’’ in Surulere. In his speech, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Malam Garba Shehu, (an associate member of the guild), said that Bello had all the best qualities of a journalist. Read more
Ebola scare: UCTH closes emergency ward after decontamination
The Management of University of Calabar Teaching Hospital has temporarily closed its Accident and Emergency ward after decontaminating the ward where a patient died of Viral Hemorrhagic fever.
The Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. Queeneth Kalu, made this known when she briefed newsmen on the outcome of the blood samples carried out on the patient in Calabar on Saturday. Kalu said a temporary A&E ward had been set up to attend to patients, noting that those quarantined had also been released and directed to report twice daily for monitoring. Read more
Governors Forum mourns Gov. Umahi`s Mother
The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has described as painful, the death of Mrs Margette Umahi, the mother of Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi, who died on Oct. 6, after a brief illness.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Chairman of NGF, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara on Saturday in Abuja. Read more
Osinbajo In South Africa Urges Christians To Reciprocate Christ’s Sacrifice
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged Christians to reciprocate Christ’s sacrifice on the cross by being righteous and worshipping him.
Osinbajo made the call on Friday night at the Pan African Gathering Conference for 2015 of House of Revival Church, Brakpan, South Africa. Read more
Tribunal Dismisses Umeh’s Petition Against Ekwunife
The first National Assembly election petition tribunal sitting in Awka on Friday, October 9, 2015, dismissed the petition filed by the former national chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and that party’s candidate in the Anambra Central Senatorial election, Chief Victor Umeh, against the declaration of Hon. Uche Lillian Ekwunife.
In the judgment that took the chairman of the tribunal, Mr. Justice Nayai Aganaba, about two and a half hours to deliver the tribunal upheld the declaration of Ekwunife of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Read more
Ministerial Nominees Not Pushover, But digital – Says Ngige
Names forwarded to the Senate for screening by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ngige stated this while reacting to questions from State House Correspondents, after a closed door meeting with President Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He expressed optimism that the nominees would assist the President to deliver on his campaign promises to Nigerians. Read more
PDP’s Defence At Rivers Governorship Election Petition Tribunal
The tendering of the accreditation incident forms used for the Rivers State Governorship Election by the PDP at the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has further proved that the election was peaceful, credible and Governor Wike validly elected. Read more
285m people blind worldwide, says ophthalmologist
A Consultant Ophthalmologist, Dr Abiola Oyeleye, on Saturday said there were no fewer than 285 million blind and severely vision impaired people in the world and that 90 per cent of them live in developing countries, including Nigeria.
Oyeleye, who is also the Lagos State Chairman of the Ophthalmology Society of Nigeria, said in Lagos that an estimated 1.13 million Nigerians above 40 years were blind. Read more
World Bank Group Pledges One-Third Increase in Climate Financing
….At Annual Meetings, institution announces annual funding could total $29 billion
LIMA, Peru, October 9, 2015—The World Bank Group announced it will increase climate financing to potentially $29 billion annually with the support of its members, giving a huge boost to global efforts to help countries tackle the impacts of climate change and move toward low-carbon growth.
Currently, 21 percent of the Bank Group’s funding is climate related. President Jim Yong Kim said today that could rise to 28 percent in 2020 in response to client demand, representing a one-third increase in climate financing. The World Bank Group now provides an average of $10.3 billion a year in direct financing for climate action. If current financing levels were maintained, this would mean an increase to $16 billion in 2020. Read more