Sabinews Morning News Update for August 29, 2015
Buhari Directs CBN to Pay Tuition Fees of Ex-Militants
President Muhammadu Buhari, has directed Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele to ensure the outstanding tuition, stipends and allowances of all amnesty beneficiaries were paid without further delay.
This is as the European Union (EU) has strengthened its partnership with the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, under which the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) is domiciled, to seek ways of ensuring that the programmes meets up with its mandate. Read more
NNPC shuts down Warri refinery over crude oil shortage
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, stated that it has shut down the Warri Refineries due to operational challenges.
Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Mr. Ohi Alegbe, who disclosed this, noted, however, that the refinery is expected to be reopened for operations on Tuesday. Read more
72 Hours to Speed Limiter Enforcement
In about seventy two hours or less from today, the Federal Road Safety Corps will commence full enforcement of the compulsory use of speed limiting devices meant to address the increasing speed related road traffic crashes in the Country. Excessive speed remains the number one causative factor accounting for about 50percent of reported road traffic crashes in the Country. The sept 1,2015 enforcement date was agreed by the FRSC and its strategic partners who appealed for a shift in the enforcement date from June 1, to September 1,2015 to enable them embark on adequate awareness as agreed during a one day stakeholders Forum held in Abuja. Read more
Ohanaeze Youths, Adegboruwa, Abaribe Slam Buhari over Lopsided Appointments
The youth wing of Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) on Friday slammed President Muhammadu Buhari over the lopsided appointments he has so far made since assumption of office, saying that it had become crystal clear that Buhari “was pursuing ethnic agenda”.
Also, former Senate Committee Chairman on Information, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, slammed Buhari over the perceived concentration of appointments in the North, saying Buhari was presiding over “his own country.” Read more
Kwara, Imo Move to Pay Outstanding Salaries of Civil Servants
The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has directed the immediate payment of the outstanding two months salary to civil servants in the state.
Also, the Imo State government has acknowledged receipt of the bail-out fund and Governor Rochas Okorocha met with workers and leaders of the organised labour in attendance and set up committee to work out modalities for its disbursement. Read more
20 Feared Dead in Ebonyi Road Accident
About 20 persons were reported dead in a fatal motor accident in Ezillo along Abakaliki-Enugu expressway on Friday afternoon.
An eye witness said that the accident involved two commercial buses, traveling on opposite direction on the ever-busy express road. Read more
Fire Guts Saraki’s Residence as Senate Begins Power Sector Probe
An earlly morning fire on Friday morning gutted a portion of the Maitama, Abuja home mansion of Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The fire which broke out at about 9.40am at the magnificent edifice sitting on a large expanse of land at Lake Chad Crescent in highbrow Maitama District, Abuja began with a heavy smoke oozing out of the gymnasium section of the sprawling residence. Read more
Nimasa Introduces New Medical Certification
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has introduced new Seafarer’s Medical Certification Documents in compliance with extant requirements of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 and Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping (STCW) 1998 as amended.
Presenting the documents to stakeholders in Lagos recently, the Acting Director General of NIMASA, Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro stated that the current effort at better compliance was one of the key areas in which the Agency played its role of domesticating International Maritime Laws and Conventions that help to keep maritime activities and the marine environment safe. Read more
PPMC Counts Achievements Amid Controversies
The perceived lapses of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have attracted public outrage in recent times, especially with regards to the Crude for Petroleum Products Exchange Agreements, otherwise called crude oil swaps, and Offshore Processing Agreements (OPAs), entered into by the company and some oil traders between 2011 and 2014. Read more
Ambode vows to take Lagos youths off streets
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State yesterday said his administration will introduce strategies to take the teeming unemployed youths off the streets of Lagos.
Meantime, Ambode approved the appointment of Mr. Ayo Agbesanwa as the Director General, Lagos State Sports Commission. The governor who disclosed this while commissioning the newly reconstructed multi- purpose Onikan Youth Centre, Lagos Island Local Government, lamented that priority attention had not been given to the nation’s youth over the years. Read more
SGF: How Fashola was schemed out
President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to go outside the permutations of political enthusiasts to appoint key officers of the administration was a fallout of the endless squabbling and the fait accompli that was forced on him by political opponents of his favourite for the post, former Governor Tunde Fashola.
The disappointments by political stakeholders from the south nonetheless, the appointment of northern minorities and Christians into key positions by the Buhari administration is meanwhile receiving mixed welcome from the Northern minorities. Read more
Financial crisis: Govs declare war on ghost workers, pensioners
As the country’s financial crisis deepens as a result of the oil slump, governors have taken the need to block all revenue leakages more seriously now than ever and have declared war on ghost workers and pensioners in their states.
Worried about the difficulty in paying workers’ salaries, the governors have resolved to weed out ghost workers and dead pensioners who are believed to be costing their states several millions of Naira. Read more
EFCC invites ex-Oyo Speaker, others for alleged fraud
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission has invited former Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly under former Governor Rasidi Ladoja, Adeolu Adeleke, and 31 other lawmakers to Lagos over fraud related to the sale of the state shares.
The shares worth1.5bn was alleged to have been sold by the government of Ladoja but Adeleke in his reaction said the state government of Governor Abiola Ajimobi was behind the EFCC action. Read more
Total blames Rivers oil spill on sabotage
Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited has blamed the oil spill discovered on its Obagi-Rumuekpe export line on sabotage.
The General Manager, Onshore Production, Dr. Abdulah Inuwa, said a joint assessment team, which included the Rivers State Ministry of Environment, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency and the Department of Petroleum Resources, agreed that the spill was caused by third party interference. Read more
India’s import of Nigeria’s oil hits record high
Import of Nigerian crude oil by India hit a record high of 20.373 million barrels in April, helping to reverse the drop in Asia’s imports of the nation’s crude, a new report by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has shown.
Import from India, which recently replaced the United States as the single largest importer of crude oil from Nigeria, has declined in recent months, falling to 7.765 million barrels in March. Read more
Nigeria’s Osonuga Flies To Space
A Nigerian, Freeman Osonuga, has been shortlisted as one of the lucky human beings to travel to space. A Medicine and Surgery graduate from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Osonuga was selected through the Rising Star programme, which launched at the One Young World Summit 2014 in Dublin. Read more
Bundesliga overtakes EPL in UEFA ranking
For the first time in 15 years, the Bundesliga has edged past the English Premier League in UEFA’s coefficient rankings.
Germany’s top flight is now only behind Spain’s La Liga in the list of the most successful leagues in European competition across the five-year cycle between 2011/12 and the coming 2015/16 season, UEFA has said. Read more
Oliseh picks Aggreh, Ezenwa for Tanzania clash
Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, has selected Sunshine Stars duo of IkechukwuEzenwa and Prince Aggreh among the six home-based professionals to face Tanzania in next week’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dar es Salaam.
Other players on Oliseh’s list are Solomon Kwambe of Warri Wolves, Austin Obaroakpo of Abia Warriors, U-23 team player Mohammed Usman and Sharks’ Chima Akas. Read more
AfroBasket: D’Tigers seek revenge against Senegal
Nigeria men’s basketball team, D’Tigers, will seek to avenge their 2013 AfroBasket ouster when they face Senegal in one of the semi-finals of the ongoing 2015 AfroBasket Championship in Rades, Tunisia.
Senegal eliminated Nigeria at the quarterfinal stage in Ivory Coast two years ago, leaving Nigeria to finish seventh in the tournament. D’Tigers have yet to win the AfroBasket in their history. Read more
Egypt Launches English-Language Blog in Response to ‘Inaccurate’ Press
The Egyptian foreign ministry has launched an English-language blog that aims to counteract “inaccurate” reporting on the country by the foreign press.
Launched earlier this week, Egypt MFA Blog: Egypt Connects “provides a tool to supplement formal channels of information and to circumvent the labyrinthine editorial policies of the mainstream international media,” Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry wrote in a welcome note on the blog, which is run using the blogging site WordPress. Read more
New claims of rape by UN peacekeepers in Central Africa
United Nations (UN) officials have received disturbing new allegations that peacekeepers in the Central African Republic raped three young women — the latest in a series of recent claims against the UN mission there.
The new allegations came a week after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon fired the head of the UN’s mission to the country, declaring “enough is enough”, after a string of accusations of child sex abuse and other misconduct by the troops. Read more
Angelina Jolie’s controversial Ethiopian film granted for release
A controversial movie executive produced by Angelina Jolie has finally been granted a US release date a year after an injunction banning its broadcast was lifted.
Difret, which tells the story of a female lawyer fighting the Ethiopian tradition of girls being abducted for marriage, wowed critics when it was first unveiled last year and scooped the prestigious Audience Awards at both the Berlin International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. Read more
South Africa to impose tariffs on steel imports from China
South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies on Friday approved recommendations to impose a 10-percent import tariff on some Chinese steel imports.
The minister’s approval is based on the recommendation by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) for the tariff increases following its own extensive investigation, the Department Trade and Industry (DTI) said. Read more
South Sudan violence flares despite deal
South Sudan’s army and rebels have begun fighting again in northern Unity State, two days after President Salva Kiir signed a long-awaited peace deal, a government spokesman says.
It was difficult to ascertain which side started the fighting, presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said. Read more
Libyan drownings, lorry of corpses drive up migrant toll
Austria said on Friday 71 refugees, including a baby girl, were found dead in an abandoned freezer truck, while Libya recovered the bodies of 105 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe.
Almost 100 more were missing and feared dead. Read more
Social media finds Syrian refugee, provides dad a new start
It was almost another tragedy.
But with a boost from social media, an anonymous pen seller in Beirut, Lebanon became a Syrian refugee success story. Read more
Venezuela extends border closure despite Colombia’s protests
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Friday broadened a crackdown on Colombian migrants and border smugglers that has drawn strong rebuke by Colombian leaders and international organizations.
Speaking at a rally in Caracas, Maduro expanded the state of emergency and border closure he called last week to more cities on the western edge of the socialist South American country and said he would send an additional 3,000 soldiers to the area. Read more
Obama reassures Jewish groups on U.S.-Israel relationship
President Barack Obama reassured U.S. Jewish groups on Friday that the U.S.-Israel relationship is strong, despite differences over the nuclear deal with Iran, and called for more talks between the two governments on security cooperation.
“As soon as this particular debate is over, my hope is that the Israeli government will immediately want to rejoin conversations that we started long before about how we can continue to improve and enhance Israel’s security in a very troubled neighbourhood,” Obama said during a webcast focussed on the international nuclear agreement. Read more
U.N.’s Ban defends China parade trip after Japanese concern – Xinhua
Chinese state news agency Xinhua said on Saturday U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has defended his trip to Beijing next week to watch a military parade marking the end of World War Two following concern from Japan.
Thousands of Chinese troops will march through central Beijing on Thursday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the war’s end, overseen by Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin. Read more
More arrests in bloggers’ killings in Bangladesh
Police in Bangladesh announced Saturday they have made additional arrests in the killings of secular bloggers by suspected Islamic radicals that have raised concerns about the government’s ability to protect the freedom of speech.
The Criminal Investigation Department arrested two brothers in connection with the killing in May of blogger Ananta Bijoy Das in northeastern Bangladesh, said Special Superintendent Mirza Abdullahel Baqui. Read more