*APCON demands vetting of political advertisements before publication, broadcast* *Ebonyi workers embark on 3-day warning strike*

*APCON demands vetting of political advertisements before publication, broadcast* *Ebonyi workers embark on 3-day warning strike*

Sabinews Midday News Update for January 22, 2015MIDDAY NEWS


APCON demands vetting of political advertisements before publication, broadcast

The Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) on Wednesday in Lagos reaffirmed its demand to preview all election campaign advertisements for approval before they are aired or published.

APCON’s Registrar, Alhaji Garba Kankarofi, in a statement, appealed to all mass media owners and managers to comply with the directive in order to checkmate any unfounded attacks against personalities through campaign messages. Read more

Nigerian central bank increases forex trading limits for lenders

Nigeria’s central bank increased the foreign currency trading position for commercial banks on Thursday to 0.5 percent of their capital base from 0.1 percent, in a move to shore up interbank dollar liquidity.

Liquidity conditions have deteriorated as the naira has slumped to record lows because dollar inflows from foreign investment and other sources have dried up. Read more

Produce snatched PVCs, A’ Ibom CLO tells INEC

The Civil Liberty Organisation (CLO) in Akwa Ibom State has challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to produce the 4,503 snatched Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) from their owners before February elections or risk protest.

The state chairman of the organisation, Clifford Thomas, said CLO suspects that the act was plotted by INEC and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to weaken oppositions. Read more

Keshi returns weekend, eyes fresh contract

In a last ditch effort to regain his job, out of contract coach Ste­phen Keshi is expected to return from the United States where he had gone on holiday this weekend

Our reliable source dis­closed that the coach may have been jolted by the real­ity that he may lose out on the job if he did not return and open negotiations with the NFF. Read more

Security agencies assure peaceful election

Security and response agencies in the country have assured Nigerians of a peaceful general election come February, promising to remain neutral, professional and apolitical in the discharge of their statutory responsibilities to the nation.

There has been fears that the coming election may trigger off widespread violence especially in parts of the north to the extent a good number of southerners are believed to be planning mass exodus from the region during the polls. Read more

Ebonyi workers embark on 3-day warning strike

Ebonyi State work­ers yesterday embarked on a three-day warn­ing strike to press home their demand for payment of September 2011 salaries and implementation of the 2011 minimum wage by the state government.

Reacting, Chairman of Joint Public Service Nego­tiating Council (JPSNC) in the state, Ikechukwu Nwafor, said the union had on De­cember 23, 2014 given the state government 21 days ul­timatum but to no avail. Read more

172 public schools to benefit from Fashola’s solar project

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday unveiled the first solar-powered electricity at the state Government Model College in Meiran, Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area of the state.

Fashola, while unveiling the project, said 172 public schools across the state will benefit in the first stage of the school solar project. Read more

Cameroon military frees German in Boko Haram custody

The Cameroon military has freed captured German national Nitsch Eberhard Robert from Boko Haram custody.

Robert, a teacher, was captured last July in Nigeria but is now safely in Yaoundé, the country’s capital, according to Germany’s foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefe. Read more

AFCON 2015: In Eagles’ absence, Pinnick soars

Though feeling the pang of the Super Eagles’ failure to qualify for and participate to defend their continental crown at the 30th Africa Cup of Nations finals on-going in Equatorial Guinea, President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has been soaring high in his role as Match Commissioner at the tournament.

There are a number of prominent Nigeria football administrators working at the tournament, including Etubom Paul Bassey (General Coordinator), High Chief Emeka Inyama, Chairman of the NFF Marketing, Sponsorship and Television Advisory Committee (who is working as a Media Officer); Ms Aisha Falode (also working as Media Officer) and Samson Adamu (Assistant General Coordinator). Read more

Obafemi Martins endorses Ambode

A popular Nigerian international, Obafemi Martins, has endorsed the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, saying the Epe-born Chartered Accountant and lover of sports has the best programme for youths and sports as a lucrative vocation in Lagos State.

Martins, who currently plays for the Seattle Sounders FC, said he was impressed with Ambode’s vision as contained in his manifesto, to use the combined sectors of sports, entertainment and tourism to get the teeming youths of Lagos gainfully employed. Read more

Ousted Thai PM Challenges Rice Subsidy Impeachment Case

Thailand’s former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has stoutly defended her government’s money-losing rice subsidy program, seeking to stave off a legislative vote that could ban her from politics for five years.

The 220-member legislature, installed by the military after a coup last May, will vote Friday on whether to impeach Yingluck. Impeachment requires a three-fifth vote of the members, almost all of whom are part of the military or political opponents of Yingluck. Read more

Iraq forces ‘not ready’ to fight Isis

Islamic State (Isis) will not be pushed out of Iraq for another year or two because the country’s armed forces are not ready or equipped to fight back on the ground yet, the foreign secretary has said.

In the runup to a conference in London with the US secretary of state, John Kerry, and Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, Philip Hammond said it would be months before Iraqi troops were sufficiently trained by the international coalition to take on Isis. Read more

Aden ports reopened but rebels still outside presidential palace and residence

Authorities in southern Yemen re-opened Aden’s air and sea ports on Thursday in a sign tensions have eased, but heavily armed rebels remained stationed outside the Yemeni president’s house and palace in the capital despite a deal reached yesterday calling for their immediate withdrawal.

News agencies reported seeing Shiite rebel gunmen outside the house of embattled Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, just west of the capital, Sanaa, midday Thursday, and outside the presidential palace in the capital. Read more

Malta rescues 80 migrants, 20 feared dead

A Maltese patrol boat rescued about 80 migrants in a drifting dinghy off the island early on Thursday, but another 20 people were feared to have perished.

Along with southern Italy, Malta is one of the main points of arrival for migrants attempting the crossing from North Africa into Europe. Read more

Indonesian Divers Recover 6 More Bodies from AirAsia Crash

Indonesian divers retrieved Thursday six more bodies from waters around the sunken fuselage of the AirAsia jetliner that crashed last month.

Divers were struggling against strong current and poor visibility to lift the fuselage and what appears to be the plane’s cockpit from the seabed at a depth of 30 meters (100 feet). Read more




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