Sabinews Evening News Update for September 8, 2015
Buhari, Obasanjo meet at Aso Rock
President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo met at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.
The two leaders met behind closed-doors for about one hour at the President’s office.
Details of the meeting were unknown at the time of filing this report. Obasanjo declined to speak to journalists when Buhari accompaigned him to his vehicle at 4:17pm. He simply told journalists that approached him: “comot joo.” Read more
Police to arrest unauthourised users of siren
The Nigeria Police Force said in Abuja on Tuesday that it would arrest any person not listed in the categories of persons authourised to use siren in the country.
In 2012, the federal government had listed the categories of persons entitled to use siren.
They are; President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker, their deputies, state governors and service chiefs. Others are: the Inspector-General of Police, General Officers Commanding , Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs), Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), as well as Commissioners of Police. Read more
No going back on tax collection – Fayose
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has expressed support for the reintroduction of Teachers Training College as proposed at the Ekiti State Education Summit on Tuesday.
The Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. Abdul-Ganiyu Ambali, made the suggestion in his goodwill message to the summit in Ado Ekiti. The governor, who reiterated that there was no going back on collection of taxes in the state, said his government would soon convoke a Tax Summit and Landlords Summit. Read more
N2.7tn spent on power since Obasanjo’s govt – Ministry
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Power, Mr. GoodKnows Igali on Tuesday said a total of N2.74tn has been spent on the power sector since 1999.
He also said no engineer was employed in the public power sector for 11 years. Igali said this at the beginning of the Senate probe of the sector. According to him, the absence of proper investment in the sector prior to 1999 as well as acts of sabotage were largely responsible for the problems bedeviling the sector. Read more
Nigerian editors appeal for Donu Kogbara’s release
The Nigerian Guild of Editors has appealed to the kidnappers of newspaper columnist, Donu Kogbara, to release her immediately.
In a statement issued in Lagos, Monday, the group urged law enforcement agents to take “every necessary step” to ensure the safety of Ms. Kogbara. Read more
Nigeria’s UBA cuts 2015 loan growth forecasts as economy falters
Nigeria’s United Bank for Africa (UBA) has lowered its forecast for 2015 loan growth to 5 to 8 percent from 15 to 20 percent as rising regulatory and economic uncertainty increase risks to lending, the bank said on Tuesday.
UBA CEO Phillips Oduoza told an investor call that the top tier lender would maintain a conservative approach to lending for the second half of the year with a view to balancing risk with returns. Loans grew 8.5 percent in the first half. Read more
Ghana suspends sacking of Nigerian traders
Nigerian traders interested in operating in Ghana will no longer be required to raise a minimum capital of 300,000 dollars.
This is according to President John Mahama. This comes after the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry tried to eject all foreigners operating in Ghanaian markets in 2014. This led to the setting up of an inter-agency task force established to enforce the new Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) law 865 which authorizes petty trading as the sole prerogative of Ghanaians. Read more
Enugu Assembly To Tackle Rot In 17 LGAs
Enugu State House of Assembly has resolved to tackle the decay and corruption prevalent in the 17 local government areas of the state through its oversight functions.
Chairman, House Committee on Local Government Matters and Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC), Iloabuchi Aniagu, disclosed this on Thursday at the official inauguration of his committee. Aniagu pointed out that they have a task of delving into the problems that beset the councils, to the point that some of them cannot pay their staff and carry out meaningful development projects. Read more
NANS Seeks Placements For Members At Akure Agric College
The Zone D (South West) chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has appealed to the Provost of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, Ondo State, Dr Samson Adeola Odedina, to make provision for employing its members in the institution.
NANS made the request while honouring Odedina with the ‘Outstanding Leadership Award’ on the campus, recently.The event, which also coincided with the chapter’s zonal convention, held at the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, Ondo State. Read more
Okowa Advocates Synergy Among Security Agencies, Govt
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, called for synergy among security agencies and government at all levels for a peaceful and investment friendly nation.
Okowa made the appeal in Asaba when the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2nd Division, Nigeria Army, Ibadan, Major General Laz Ilo, visited him. Okowa pointed out that for citizens to live in a violence-free, secured and peaceful society, there was the need for collaboration among the various security agencies and government to bring security challenges to barest minimum. Read more
UNIZIK Penalises Eight Lecturers, Pardons Two
The authorities of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka have descended heavily on eight erring lecturers.
Following the recommendations of Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee on investigation on sharp practices, the university has terminated the appointment of one lecturer (names withheld), “for manipulating examination answer script which included frivolous unmerited marks, alterations and mutilation found on an answer script” during the 2012/2013 academic session. Read more
Buhari orders review of Nigeria’s foreign missions
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to review the size and number of Nigeria’s foreign missions abroad.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Amb. Paul Bulus Lolo, spoke with State House correspondents after making presentation to President Buhari on the ministry’s activities.
According to him, Nigeria needs to review the number of its present 119 missions abroad based on Nigeria’s capacity, especially as the economy is looking down. Read more
Court remands student over rape of six-year-old girl
A Makurdi Magistrates’ Court in Benue on Tuesday remanded an 18-year old student, Clement Odike, in prison for alleged rape of a six-year-old girl.
The Prosecutor, Insp James Zungwe, told the court that the mother of the victim reported the matter at the ‘D’ Division Police Station in Makurdi on August 25. The prosecutor alleged that the accused, who resides behind St. Augustine Catholic Church, Demekpe, Makurdi, dragged the victim into the bush. Read more
ICPC seeks information from individuals, CSOs
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission is seeking information on corrupt persons from members of the public and Civil Society Organisations.
Although the ICPC said it would protect the identity of all informants, it also said it would accept anonymous information.
An official of the anti-graft agency, Mr. Ezeh Nwafor, disclosed this while speaking to our correspondent during a workshop organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Enugu. The workshop, with the theme ‘Sharing responsibilities and building effective partnership: Bridging CSOs and state institutional gap,’ was organised under the framework of the European Union funded project ‘Support to Anti-Corruption in Nigeria.’ Read more
The Killer Trucks
The level of carnage and wanton damage of properties as a result of articulated heavy duty vehicle accidents on our roads in the country is on the increase. Every now and then, the media is inundated with news of one heavy duty vehicle mishap or the other. If it is not an oil tanker, it would be a container loaded with heavy cargoes of all kind. These have become common sights on Nigerian roads with scores of innocent people killed almost daily. This is, indeed, worrisome and calls for urgent redress. Read more
Enugu inaugurates committee to check baby factories
The Enugu State Government has moved to check the proliferation of baby factories in the state by setting up a committee on child adoption.
Over the years, several baby factories, where young mothers give birth and, most often, sell their babies, have been discovered in the state, as well as other parts of the South East. The Committee on Child Adoption, which is to address all prevalent illegalities in child fostering and adoption, is headed by the Archbishop of the Enugu Anglican Province and Bishop of Enugu, Most Reverend Emmanuel Chukwuma. Read more
Buhari Plunging Nigeria Into Dictatorship –PDP Governors Forum
Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have alerted that President Muhammadu Buhari is plunging Nigeria into dictatorship.
The governors under the auspices of the PDP Governors Forum stated this on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, after rising from a meeting of the forum held Monday evening in the inner chamber of the Bayelsa State Governor’s Office, Government House,Yenagoa. Read more
Declare your assets, Ekiti APC tells Fayose
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has urged Governor Ayodele Fayose to declare his assets 10 months after its earlier call on the governor to follow his predecessor, Governor Kayode Fayemi, who publicly declared his assets to the applause of Ekiti people.
Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, in a statement said that the call became imperative against the background of earlier calls for the governor to declare his assets, failure of which had fueled speculations that state resources were allegedly being channeled towards private enterprises outside the state by the governor. Read more
Immigration replaces Obua with King, as new PRO
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on Tuesday, in Abuja, announced Deputy Comptroller Ekpedeme King as the new spokesperson of the Service.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that King is to take over from Assistant Comptroller Chukuemeka Obua, who has been redeployed to the Lagos Command.
Until his deployment, King was the second-in-Command at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. Read more