Sabinews Evening News Update for July 30, 2015
Buhari Rules Out Recovery of Bakasi Peninsula
P resident Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, dashed hopes of recovery of Bakasi Peninsula ceded to Cameroun by the Obasanjo administration.
Speaking in an interactive session with Nigerians living in Cameroun, President Buhari said Nigeria would obey the International Court of Justice’s ruling on the Bakassi peninsula. Read more
We are not anti-Buhari – Saraki supporters
The All Progressives Congress Senators from the North, who were among the 81 members of the upper chamber who sponsored the vote of confidence passed on Senator Bukola Saraki and principal officers, on Thursday, denied working against the interest of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The senators stated this at a news conference addressed by the Chairman, Senate ad hoc committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Dino Melaye. Read more
Senate moves to stop waiver on rice importation
The Senate on Thursday recalls that rice policy waiver of the Federal Government was a deliberate attempt to encourage agriculture in Nigeria but regrets the waiver on rice importation in the last five years because of the flagrant abuse that has caused more harm to the nation’s economy.
According to proceedings which was monitored by DAILY POST, a whooping sum of N585 billion was waived between 2011 – 2015, which Senate attributed to conspiracy between Nigeria Customs and Federal Ministry of Finance. Read more
Tompolo describes Buhari as ‘listening President’
Erstwhile Niger-Delta war lord, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a listening leader who is desirous of developing the oil-rich region.
He stated this yesterday while commending Buhari for appointing Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (rtd) as the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. Read more
Osinbajo harps on zero-tolerance for corruption
Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo on Thurday stressed the need for investors and public officers to shun corruption in all their engagements.
Osinbajo asked the Bayelsa State Government to establish culture of zero-tolerance for corruption as a guide for attracting foreign and local investors to the state. Read more
Buhari Calls for Regional Trust, Confidence on Cameroon Trip
Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari, has left Cameroon after a two-day visit that included talks with Cameroon’s president, Paul Biya. Key topics included the Boko Haram insurgency that has spawned much deadly violence and continues to claim lives.
Buhari said he will collaborate with Cameroon, Chad and Niger to stop the six-year Boko Haram insurgency in the shortest possible time. Buhari said there should be trust and confidence among countries that are contributing troops to fight the terrorist group. Read more
FG Launches National Hepatitis Policy
Worried by the rising cases of viral hepatitis, the Federal Government Thursday in Abuja launched a National Policy for the Control of Viral Hepatitis.
The policy was facilitated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) while the country office provided the logistics and technical support to the process. Read more
Ambode welcomes Walmart, seeks firm’s support on job creation
Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured a delegation of Walmart Incorporated that the state is ready to give necessary support to assist the firm in establishing its presence in the state.
The delegation of the firm, a leading global brand in retail supermarket, was led by the President and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart Europe, Middle East, Africa and Canada, Shelley Broade, on Thursday. Read more
Obiano Assures Workers of Regular Salaries
Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has assured the state workforce of regular salaries despite the present economic hardship.
Obiano gave the assurance at the Jerome Udoji secretariat, Awka, the state capital, during the 2015 Civil Service Day celebration. Read more
10 million northern children out of school – BUK alumni
The Bayero University Kano Alumni Association on Thursday expressed concern over the state of education in the country with a call on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the sector.
According to the association, the declaration will ensure that every child in Nigeria is compelled to attend primary and secondary schools in line with global trends. Read more
Siasia says he loves big battles
Nigeria’s U23 team head coach Samson Siasia has expressed confidence that his boys will emerge from the challenges of Pointe Noire with flying colours.
The Nigerians will engage their Congolese counterparts in Sunday’s potentially explosive African Under-23 championship final qualifying match. Read more
Oliseh: Don’t expect miracles
The famous name of Sunday Oliseh has long been mentioned in connection with the Nigeria national team coaching position, and the former Super Eagles star is now in the hot seat just as the Super Eagles are about to begin their quest to not only reach – but make their mark – on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. “For some years now, there have been offers and discussions about me taking over. It has been on the table, but it has not yet happened because the timing was off,” Oliseh told FIFA.com. Read more
I headed a military that lacked equipment & motivation to fight – Badeh
Immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh Thursday confessed that when he assumed office as the CDS, he headed a armed forces that lacked the relevant equipment and motivation to fight an enemy (Boko Haram terrorists) that was invisible and embedded with the local populace.
Badeh made the confession just as he pointed out that the decision of certain countries (which he did not name), to deny Nigeria weapons to prosecute the war against Boko Haram, added to the challenges the military faced. Read more
‘Buhari will determine NCC chief’s fate’
Stakeholders in the telecommunication industry will have to hold their breath regarding the tenure of the Executive Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr. Eugene Juwah, until President Muhammadu Buhari takes a decision on the matter.
NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo, said on Thursday that Juwah’s fate will be determined by the government. Read more
Borno Reps seek re-opening of schools
The House of Representatives, on Thursday, backed the re-opening of schools in major towns in Borno State, where such schools had been converted into temporary homes for Internally-Displaced Persons.
The resolution came after lawmakers from Borno State claimed that it was safe to re-open some of the schools if security would be beefed up around them. Read more
Project helps make school transport safe
A ground-breaking project to help improve the safety of children travelling to school had shown the potential to reduce road-related deaths as well as a marked increase in improved driver education.
This was the finding of the first phase of the 12-month pilot Safe Travel to School programme which was conducted under the auspices of the Medical Research Council (MRC) and which involved analysing over 1.5 million kilometres of driving data. Read more
Scorching heat wave to hit Egypt for five days: EMA
A scorching 5-day heat wave is expected to hit Egypt starting from Friday, the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) announced in a statement Thursday.
The average humidity will increase, causing mist in the early hours Friday, particularly in places near the coastal cities, the statement said. Read more
Lille swoop Zambia defender Stoppila Sunzu
French top flight club Lille have swooped for Zambia’s 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winner Stoppila Sunzu on a season-long loan from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, the club announced Thursday.
The central defender, who scored the winning spot-kick in the 8-7 penalty shoot-out victory over Ivory Coast, previously played in France for Sochaux and links up again with former Zambia coach Herve Renard. Read more
Malawi a model for Africa in liberalising abortion, activists say
Malawi’s use of evidence-based research to build support for a more liberal stance on abortion can make it a role model for Africa, campaigners said, following publication of a bill to liberalise the country’s 164-year-old abortion law.
Abortion is a crime punishable by up to 14 years in jail in Malawi, unless it is required to save a woman’s life. Read more
Egypt raises electricity prices for mid-to-high household usage
Egypt raised electricity prices on Thursday for mid-to-high household usage by an average of 19 percent for the 2015/2016 fiscal year, the electricity ministry said.
The government began raising electricity prices last year as part of a five-year plan to reduce subsidies. Read more
Donald Trump says special relationship between UK and US would improve if he became president
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump says the “special relationship” between the UK and the US would improve if he becomes US President.
He said America would have better relations with the rest of the world under his presidency, adding that he would “get along very well” with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Read more
No pardon for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, says US government
A petition calling for American intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden to be pardoned has been rejected by the US government – two years after it was started.
More than 167,000 people signed the petition – calling for Mr Snowden to be “immediately issued with a full, free, and absolute pardon” – on the government’s official petitions website, We the People. Read more
Turkish prosecutor launches probe against Kurdish opposition leader – media
A Turkish prosecutor launched an investigation on Thursday into the head of the pro-Kurdish opposition over accusations that he “provoked and armed” protesters during demonstrations in the country’s southeast last year, local media said.
The chief prosecutor’s office in the mostly Kurdish province of Diyarbakir opened the inquiry into Selahattin Demirtas, head of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), who has been accused by President Tayyip Erdogan of links to Kurdish militants. Read more
Efforts to contact dentist that killed Cecil ‘unsuccessful’
Efforts to contact Dr Palmer, who killed Zimbabwe’s favourite lion Cecil in a trophy hunt, have been unsuccessful, a US wildlife agency has said.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) said in a statement yesterday it is deeply concerned about the killing of Cecil and is gathering information to assist Zimbabwean authorities in its investigation into the incident. Read more
Burma frees almost 7,000 prisoners including hundreds of foreigners
Burma has freed almost 7,000 detainees, including political prisoners and 260 foreigners, as part of a country-wide amnesty.
A total of 6,966 prisoners were pardoned, including Chinese citizens who were being held in Kachin state for illegal logging – 153 of whom received life sentences in mid-July, according to Chinese officials. Read more
Olympic athletes not worried about polluted waters
Olympic sailors are not worried about getting sick during the Rio Olympics next year in spite of reports that waters where the sailing events will take place have pollution levels equivalent to raw sewage, competitors told Reuters on Thursday.
Tests conducted by the Associated Press found levels of disease-causing viruses as much as 1.7 million times the level that would be considered hazardous on a Southern California beach. Read more
Taliban creator Mullah Mohammad Omar is dead … for the fourth time
Not for the first time Mullah Mohammad Omar, Emir of the Faithful, friend and protector of Osama bin Laden, creator of the Taliban, destroyer of graven images, has died.
In fact, he has died three times before, most spectacularly at the hands of Pakistan’s notoriously vicious – and notoriously slipshod – Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) in 2011. Untrue on that occasion, of course. Read more
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