Sabinews Morning News Update for November 28, 2015
Buhari shocks ministers with austere package
Barely three weeks in office, President Muhammadu Buhari has shocked Ministers with poor salaries and austere allowances. He has also imposed dos and don’ts on the ministers including travel restrictions.
Most Ministers were said to be embarrassed by the perks of office accruable to them in office. The only leverage the Ministers will enjoy is the privilege of flying in a Business Class on trips. Read more
Kogi Supplementary Election: APC Picks Bello
The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has chosen Alhaji Yahaya Bello (Fair Plus) as the party’s new candidate for Kogi State governorship supplementary election slated for next week Saturday.
Bello, who came second in the August 29, 2015 party primaries, will replace the late Prince Abubakar Audu on the APC ticket after the demise of the latter on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at the peak of the collation of the election results. Read more
Buhari approves 30 new judges for Federal High Court
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 30 judges for the Federal High Court on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council.
The new judges, with their states of orign are Justices Yellin S. Bogoro – Bauchi; Rosemary O. Dugbo Oghoghorie – Delta; Taiwo Obayomi Taiwo – Ogun; Ibrahim Watila – Borno; Mallong Peter Hoommuk – Plateau; Isa Hamma Adama Dashen -Adamawa; Hassan Dikko – Kebbi. Read more
S/East traders condemn invasion of markets by Biafran agitators
Traders under the auspices of South-East Amalgamated Market Traders Association (SEAMATA) yesterday said that they support the Biafran movement and would never disown it, but condemned the invasion of their markets by the pro-Biafra agitators.
The President-General of SEAMATA, Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo, in a statement signed with the secretary Mr. Temple Udeh, said that in as much as the traders support the movement for Biafran state, it condemned the attitude of the pro-Biafra agitators/ protesters that was infiltrated by miscreants. Read more
Be fair and balanced, Okowa advises online publishers
Delta State governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has advised social and online media practitioners to adhere strictly to the principles of fairness and balance in their publications.
Okowa made the call on Thursday in Lagos at the formal launch of the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN). Read more
Oil will remain in demand for next 100 years, says ExxonMobil
Statistics presented by oil giant, ExxonMobil, yesterday indicated that oil will still sustain the global energy need for 100 years.
Its General Manager, Deep Water Operations, Oladotun Isiaka, broke the news in his presentation on ‘2015 Energy Outlook series’ in Abuja. Read more
Health minister pays unscheduled visit to National Hospital
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said that the country will establish seven more cancer centres in the next one year.
Adewole, according to a statement signed by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Boade Akinola (Mrs.), spoke yesterday when he paid an unscheduled visit to the National Hospital, Abuja. Read more
Wada drags INEC, AGF, APC to court
Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State and his party – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – have asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare Wada winner of the inconclusive governorship election held in the state last Saturday.
They made the request in a suit they filed before the court on Thursday, which has INEC, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) as 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants. Read more
Sweden, Switzerland To Help Nigeria Develop Power
Sweden and Switzerland have pledged their support for the development of Nigeria’s power and infrastructure sectors.
The Ambassador of Switzerland to Nigeria, Mr Eric Mayoraz, and his Swedish counterpart, Mr Svante Kilander, pledged the support when they accompanied the Managing Director of ABB in Nigeria, Mr Mohammed Hosseiny, on a courtesy visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Read more
Fuel Scarcity To Persist As Only 2 Vessels With PMS Expected in Lagos
There is a strong indication that the current scarcity of the premium motor spirit (PMS) popularly known as petrol will worsen, as only two vessels with 41,700 metric tons (about 56.6 million litres) are expected to berth at the Lagos ports.
According to the shipping data released by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) yesterday covering November 27 to December 2, 2015, out of the 41 vessels being expected, only 2 are laden with fuel (PMS). Read more
FG to offset N10bn premiums owed insurance companies
Respite came the way of Nigerian insurance industry yesterday, as the Federal Government promised to offset outstanding premiums owed the sector as soon as the economic situation of the country improves. Cumulative premium on group life insurance owed the insurance industry by the Federal Government is said to be in excess of N10 billion. Read more
Navy arrests vessel with 400-tanker load of stolen crude in Warri
In what it described as one of its biggest breaks in its fight against oil theft, the Nigerian Navy has arrested a motor transport vessel (MTV) laden with about 4,000 metric tons of substances suspected to be stolen crude oil.
While parading the massive marine vehicle, measuring about 105.6 metres in length, and the eleven crew members yesterday in Warri, the Flag Officer Commanding the Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman and the Command of the NNS Delta, Commodore Raimi Mohammed, said the Navy will not stop in its campaign against maritime crimes until the criminals are all routed. Read more
Egypt, Mali, Nigeria Make Changes To Squads
Three teams namely Egypt, Mali and Nigeria have made changes to their squad lists ahead of the opening matches of the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations Senegal 2015.
The changes were done in accordance with Article 66.2 of the regulations of the tournament which states “A player on the final list cannot be replaced unless seriously injured at the latest twenty-four hours (24) at least before the beginning of the first match of his team. The CAF medical Committee must approve his substitution in writing, after reception and approval of a detailed medical certificate. CAF medical Committee shall write a certificate attesting that the wound is sufficiently serious to prevent the player from participating at the U-23 AFCON and will submit this certificate to the organizing Committee for approval. Read more
Fear haunts besieged Muslim district of Central Africa ahead of Pope’s visit
No money, no food, no petrol. But there is fear. Plenty of it.
It is fear that haunts the dusty streets of PK5, a Muslim neighbourhood in Bangui, the Central African Republic (CAR) capital that Pope Francis plans to visit on Sunday and Monday. Read more
Police officer among three people shot dead by gunman at US clinic
A gunman killed three people including a policeman in a rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in the US state of Colorado.
The killer was arrested after a shoot-out with police during an hours-long stand-off at the Colorado Springs clinic that saw him wound nine other people, including five officers. Read more
Donald Trump suffers his largest drop in polls after week of controversy
Donald Trump’s support among Republicans has dropped 12 points in less than a week, marking the presidential hopeful’s biggest decline since he started leading the field in July, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
Trump is still in the lead, with 31% of people surveyed naming him as their preferred candidate in a rolling poll over five days that ended on 27 November. However, that number was down from a peak of 43% on 22 November. Read more
Facebook makes paid time off for baby leave a global benefit
Less than a week after Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said he would take two months of paternity leave, the social media company announced it is extending its parental leave policy to full-time employees outside the United States.
The policy, which provides four months of paid time off, will be provided to all new parents regardless of gender or location, starting Jan. 1. Employees may take leave at any point up to a year after the birth of their child, Lori Matloff Goler, the company’s head of human resources, said in a Facebook post late Wednesday. Read more
Tens Of Thousands Ugandans Await Pope’s Mass
Tens of thousands of people are streaming into a Kampala sanctuary where Pope Francis will celebrate his first Mass in Uganda honoring the country’s martyrs.
As the sun rose Saturday over Namugongo shrine, pilgrims arriving on foot found spots in the park area where they could follow the Mass as venders sold rosaries, Mass booklets, pope calendars and plastic figurines of the Madonna. Read more
In Uganda, pope honors Christian martyrs, meets youth
Pope Francis is paying his respects to 19th century Ugandan Christians who were burnt alive rather than renounce their faith, the latest group of martyrs from around the world honored by Francis in hopes of giving today’s faithful missionary role models.
Francis will pray Saturday at shrines dedicated to the 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic martyrs who were killed between 1885 and 1887 on the orders of a local king eager to thwart the influence of Christianity in his central Ugandan kingdom. At Namugongo, where most of the martyrs were burned alive, he will celebrate Mass in their honor to mark the 50th anniversary of the Catholics’ canonization. Read more
Pope holds private meeting with President Salva Kiir of warring South Sudan
Pope Francis held a private meeting with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on Friday, pushing for peace in the world’s newest nation that has endured nearly two years of civil war, a Vatican spokesman said.
There were no details on the 15-minute conversation with the president, a Catholic who regularly attends the cathedral in his capital Juba and on occasions addresses the congregation. Several other world leaders have urged Kiir to end the conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people, forced more than 2 million to flee and brought large parts of the population close to starvation. Read more