Sabinews Morning News Update for November 5, 2015
Buhari approves N413billion oil marketers’ subsidy claim
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Wednesday said the Federal Government has approved the payment of N413 billion to oil marketers as outstanding payment for subsidy claims.
“It is our belief that with the outstanding payment due to Oil Marketers now assured, the marketers and other downstream players will join hands with the NNPC to guarantee that the nation remains wet with petroleum products all year round,” the Corporation said in a statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Ohi Alegbe. Read more
Robbers dare Ambode, rob Lagos motorists again
Armed robbers on Wednesday attacked motorists along the ever-busy Awolowo Road and Onikan areas of Ikoyi, Lagos, making away with valuables such as mobile phones, handbags, wristwatches and money.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the robbery took place shortly after Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said on his official Twitter handle that he had ordered the police to increase its presence on busy roads in the state. Read more
5 die of measles in Niger
Five deaths occurred among 109 cases of measles recorded between January and October 2015 in Niger State, says Dr. Aliyu Yabagi Shehu, Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHDA.
According to him, the five deaths were of children aged between nine months to five years, following denial of access by their parents during measles vaccination days. Read more
NDLEA Impounds two vans with cannabis in Ogun
Men of Ogun State National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have impounded two purposely-built bullion vans and a Ford bus loaded with bags and parcels of suspected Cannabis Sativa popularly known as Indian hemp.
The State Commander, NDLEA, Ogun State command, Mr. Bala Fagge, while briefing journalists about the arrest and seizure, said the two vans, Nissan and Mitsubishi brands with number plates FKJ 731 XQ and LSR 837 XR respectively, were impounded at Ijebu Igbo area of the state after the suspects who had abandoned the consignment when the NDLEA operatives were closed in on them. Read more
Detectives escape lynching, as land speculator raises kidnap alarm
Two policemen attached to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCID, narrowly escaped lynching by a mob on Monday, after a 42-year-old land speculator reportedly raised a false kidnap alarm to evade arrest.
The detectives got more than they bargained for in Ijede area of Ikorodu, when a mob attacked them after the woman raised the alarm. Read more
Lagos teachers grumble over new promotion policy
A wave of resentment is sweeping through Lagos public schools, threatening the commitment and performance of teachers.
Many of the teachers are embittered by the recent promotion exercise by the state government. They faulted the exercise, which they claimed had ruptured their morale and could jeopardise quality teaching of school children in the state. Read more
Civil servants want Jonathan’s illegal appointments reversed
Public workers under the aegis of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse all the alleged illegal recruitments conducted during the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan or risk trade union dispute.
They also demanded an increase in their salaries, in line with what they described as “the declining value of the naira.” Read more
DSC to commence operation in 2017 – Okowa
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the multi-billion naira Delta Steel Company (DSC) in Ovwian- Aladja, Delta State, will commence operations by January 2017.
This is one of the fruits of the recent visit to India by the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, who was on the entourage of President Muhammadu Buhari for the Indian/Africa Business Summit. Read more
As the Pendulum Shifts from NITEL to NTEL
Last week, NatCom Development and Investment Limited, the consortium that bought Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) and its mobile arm, MTel, through a guided liquidation process, and now trading as NTEL, eventually announced its telecoms service rollout plans.
Making the announcement and unveiling its strategies, NTEL said it would roll out in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt this month, as a first phase before extending the services to other states, towns and villages across the country. Read more
FG pledges support for basic education
Federal Government has assured of its continuous support to ensure effective basic education delivery at the grassroots in the country.
It also noted the need to de-politicise appointment to the office of Education Secretary to ensure better basic education service delivery in the nation, which he said does not augur well for the sector. Read more
ASUU flays KWASU’s suspension of union members
Suspension of six executive members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Kwara State University, KWASU chapter, by its Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, for participating in union activities, has been condemned by Ibadan zone of the union.
Zonal Coordinator of the union, Prof. Segun Ajiboye, gave the condemnation in a statement issued yesterday and made available to journalists in Ibadan, Oyo State capital. Read more
Senate urges Buhari to Probe SURE-P
George Oji Senate yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately put a machinery in motion to probe every penny spent on the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, and other poverty alleviation programmes of the past administration.
The Senate also turned down the request by some Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, senators to compel the President to commence the payment of monthly N5,000 stipends to unemployed youths in the country in line with his campaign promises. Read more
Edo moves to recover $31m from ex-governor
Edo State Government has uncovered $31 million allegedly siphoned from the coffers of the state during the administration of a former governor of the state and directed the Attorney-General to commence legal processes to recover same.
This was part of the decision reached at the end of the State Executive Council, SEC, meeting held in the state capital, yesterday. Read more
NPC commences preparation for 2016 Census
The National Population Commission (NPC) has commenced training of its staff for the First Phase of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) aimed at producing incontrovertible figures in the proposed 2016 census.
In his opening remarks at the ceremony, which held in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, Chairman of the Commission, Chief Eze Duruiheoma said, “the EAD project constitutes the foundation on which the entire proposed census architecture stands.” Read more
50,000 Nigerian girls die annually of abortion complications –NMA
More than 50,000 Nigerian girl-children die annually due to complications relating to wrong and poorly done abortions across the country due to lack of education available to the Girl-Child Education and awareness.
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Ebonyi State chapter disclosed that majority of the victims were young school girls who fell victim of pressures relating to adolescence stage as well as lack of sensitisation. Read more
Soldiers destroy five more Boko Haram camps
Troops of the Nigerian Army have destroyed five additional camps said to have been used by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.
In a statement yesterday night, Army spokesman Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman said a woman, suspected to be an active member of the group, was arrested during the operation. Read more
World Bank, FG launch equity scheme
The World Bank, in conjuction with the Federal Government of Nigeria, has launched a grant scheme to support micro, small and medium scale entrepreneurs in the country.
The bank has committed over N165 billion to this project, which it is believed would yield fruits.And among those that will benefit are young Nigerians who are already in business and those who are aspiring to set up their own business, but must register with the up-coming programme of business innovator in December. Read more
CBN Initiates EPIS to Encourage Cashless Transactions
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced Electronic Payment Incentive Scheme (EPIS) to encourage the use of debit cards in line with its cashless policy of the apex bank.
Senior Manager Banking and Payment System of the CBN, Mr. Omileye Ifeoluwa disclosed this in Akure, Ondo State in a presentation at the CBN Fair held at the BTO Event Centre. Read more
Oil and Gas
Hundreds of WRPC contract staff protest unpaid salaries
Over a thousand contract staff of Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, WRPC, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, disrupted activities of the company in a protest over non-payment of salaries.
The protest, which commenced as early as 6am yesterday, made ongoing repairs at the premises impossible, prevented vehicles from going to and fro the yard, leading to heavy traffic congestion at the ever busy Refinery Road and NPA Expressway in Ekpan, Delta State. Read more
Q3: Conoil grows assets to N96bn
Despite the tough operating environment, Conoil Plc, one of the nation’s major oil marketing companies, has declared a pre-tax profit of N1.8 billion, just as its assets soared to N96 billion during the third quarter of the year.
This is contained in its nine-month results, for the financial period which ended on September 31, submitted to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday. Read More
Assembly probes Agip for oil spill in Rivers community
The Rivers State House of Assembly has ordered investigation into a petition brought before it against the operations of Nigerian Agip Oil Company in Owube community, Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.
A lawmaker representing Ahoada West Constituency, Mr. Okpokiri Nwanaka Okpokiri, had on Wednesday, submitted a three-page petition, asking the House to intervene in the deplorable situation of the Owube community damaged by oil spill in the area. Read more
Atlantic basin oil glut puts pressure on Nigerian crude
A heavy glut of crude oil in the Atlantic basin kept differentials of Nigerian crude oil under pressure on Wednesday, with more than 60 million barrels of November and December cargoes available for purchase, Reuters reports.
Differentials of competing light sweet crude oil from the North Sea were also weak and high freight costs made exporting to the Americas and Asia less attractive. Read more
FIFA U-17 s/final cracker: Nigeria, Mexico in titanic showdown
It will be a Titanic battle when Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets battle Mexico in a FIFA U17 World Cup semi-final today.
Nigeria are looking forward to successfully defend the World Cup and continue their superiority over Mexico, who were runners-up in the last edition in UAE two years ago. Read more
Chess: Foreign players due for NB Open
About ten foreign players will participate in the 38th edition of Nigerian Breweries Plc-sponsored International Open Chess Championship starting on November 9 in Lagos.
Director of Media and Communications of the Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF), Mr. Femi Solaja, who made this disclosure in Lagos yesterday, said the federation had finalized arrangement to facilitate participation of the foreign players. Read more
Weightlifting awaits NSC for Olympic qualifiers
A board member of the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF), George Aluo, has appealed to the National Sports Commission (NSC) to approve its trip for an Olympic qualifier in Houston, U.S.
Aluo, the chairman of the Media Committee of the federation, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that the qualifier would hold in Houston, Texas, from Nov. 20 to Nov. 28. Read more
36 dead in S Sudan air crash: Red Cross
At least 36 people were killed on Wednesday when a plane crashed shortly after taking off from South Sudan’s capital Juba, rescue workers said.
Police and rescue workers pulled bodies of men, women and children out of the wreckage of the Russian-built Antonov An-12 cargo plane, which smashed into a farming community on an island on the White Nile river, seconds after taking off. Read more
German to Take Up UN Libya Post
Veteran German diplomat Martin Kobler will take over mediating stalled Libya peace talks in the coming days, the United Nations said on Wednesday, replacing U.N. envoy Bernardino Leon.
Leon is set to head a United Arab Emirates (UAE) diplomatic academy, a role expected to involve training envoys of one of the Arab countries most involved in the Libyan crisis. Read more
UN chief urges end to deadlock over disputed Western Sahara
The United Nations chief on Wednesday urged Morocco and Western Sahara’s Polisario Front independence movement to end an impasse fuelling a four-decade dispute over the North African territory.
Morocco took control of most of Western Sahara in 1975 when colonial power Spain withdrew, prompting the Polisario Front to wage a guerrilla war lasting until 1991, when the United Nations brokered a ceasefire and sent in a peacekeeping force. Read more
Over 400 arrested for poaching in Mozambique since 2014
The Mozambican police have arrested 434 people for poaching since 2014, local media reported on Wednesday.
Nearly 160 poachers were arrested in 2014, and the number of arrests has increased sharply this year with 276 poachers arrested so far, state-owned news agency AIM said, citing the Mozambican government spokesperson Mouzinho Saide. Read more
Bomb by Islamic State likely caused Russian plane crash – security sources
Evidence now suggests that a bomb planted by the Islamic State militant group is the likely cause of last weekend’s crash of a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, U.S. and European security sources said on Wednesday.
Islamic State, which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria and is battling the Egyptian army in the Sinai Peninsula, said again on Wednesday it brought down the aeroplane, adding it would eventually tell the world how it carried out the attack. Read more
20,000 Britons stranded after UK suspends Sharm el-Sheikh flights
The UK has suspended flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh and is advising against all but essential air travel to the Egyptian resort, after the government said there is a “significant possibility” that a Russian plane was brought down by an explosion.
It’s estimated 20,000 Britons are currently in Sharm el-Sheikh. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says “emergency procedures” for additional screening and security measures at Sharm el-Sheikh airport will be put in place to ensure holidaymakers will be able to get home – but these won’t be in place until Friday at the earliest. Read more
Police arrest suspect in stabbing of Spencer Stone, French train hero
A man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing of one of three Americans who helped thwart a heavily armed attacker on a Paris-bound train, California police said Wednesday.
Spencer Stone was stabbed three times in the upper torso on October 8 as he was leaving a bar in Sacramento, the US state’s capital. He underwent two hours of surgery. Read more
Taiwan’s Ma says U.S. positive on meeting with China’s Xi
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Thursday that plans for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping had drawn positive feedback from the United States.
More than 70 percent of those polled last month by Taiwan’s top policymaking body on China approved of the historic meeting with Xi, Ma told a news conference. Read more