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*Buhari to head petroleum ministry for 18 months *Abia’s economic blueprint targets N1.5b IGR

*Buhari to head petroleum ministry for 18 months *Abia’s economic blueprint targets N1.5b IGR

Sabinews Midday News Update for August 10, 2015

Buhari to head petroleum ministry for 18 months

President Muhammadu Buhari is set to head the Ministry of Petroleum for 18 months before appointing a substantive minister for the ministry, The Punch reports.

The President said this while meeting with some members of his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Abuja recently. One of those at the meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity noted that the President said he would use the one and a half years of heading the sensitive ministry to reposition it. Read more

Abia’s economic blueprint targets N1.5b IGR

A plan for new era in Abia State may have begun with improvements on infrastructure and plugging of leakages that would help it realize a target of N1.5 billion in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the next one year.

The state, which has been bedeviled with poor development initiatives, is currently generating N400 million monthly, as well as huge number of ghost workers eating deep into the state’s treasury. Read more

 

 

No partisanship in the war against corruption, Presidency

AGAINST the backdrop of the allegation of partisanship in the fight against corruption against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari by the opposition People’s Democratic Party, ( PDP), Senate Caucus  the Presidency denied the allegation, saying, PDP was merely crying wolf where there was none.

In s statement in Abuja last night, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the Presidency noted the allegation by the PDP Senate Caucus lacked was baseless and lacked merit in all its ramifications. Read more

Shell Must Match Government’s Commitment to Clean Oil Spills

Shell must match the Nigerian government’s new commitment to tackle oil pollution in the Niger Delta by dramatically improving how it cleans up spills, Amnesty International said today.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s announcement on Wednesday of a trust fund to pay for the clean-up of the Ogoniland region in the Niger Delta is welcome, but if Shell’s ineffective clean-up methods are not fully overhauled, its impact will be limited. Read more

Aregbesola Marks One Year of Osun Poll

Osun State Government on Sunday, August 9, 2015, organised a special prayer session in commemoration of one year anniversary of the state governorship election held on August 9, 2014 and won by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The programme was attended by religious groups, some of the chieftains of the party in the state who were allegedly tortured, manhandled, arrested and detained by security operatives in particular and men and officers of Department of State Security Service (DSS) and the military. Read more

Etisalat, Africa’s IHS in Nigeria tower sale/lease-back deal

The Nigerian affiliate of Etisalat has completed the transfer of 555 towers to Africa’s IHS, the second tranche of a sale and lease back deal announced last year, the Gulf’s biggest telecommunications operator said on Monday.

The deal, for which a financial value was not given, is part of Etisalat’s strategy to improve the quality of its network and to accelerate the roll-out of 2G, 3G and 4G coverage in Nigeria, Etisalat said in a statement. Read more

10 die in Hindu festival stampede

A stampede outside a Hindu temple has killed at least 10 pilgrims in eastern India with others injured in the crush of up to 150,000 people, a police officer said.

The stampede at the Baidyanath Jyotirlinga temple in the state of Jharkhand erupted after pilgrims surged towards the building shortly after the doors opened, the officer told the AFP news agency on Monday. Read more

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Myanmar flood death toll hits 100, one million affected

The death toll from severe flooding across Myanmar has topped 100, state media reported Monday, with nearly one million people affected as fears intensify for the country’s crucial rice bowl region.

Floods from a heavy monsoon season have cut through swathes of South and Southeast Asia in recent weeks, claiming hundreds of lives and displacing millions. Read more

Suicide blast hits Kabul airport road

A car bomb exploded near the entrance to Kabul airport on Monday causing casualties among both civilians and security forces, officials said, days after series of suicide attacks in the Afghan capital killed dozens and wounded hundreds.

A security official at the scene said the suicide attack appeared to be aimed at two armoured cars, although it was not clear who was in the vehicles. Read more

 

10 die in Hindu festival stampede

A stampede outside a Hindu temple has killed at least 10 pilgrims in eastern India with others injured in the crush of up to 150,000 people, a police officer said.

The stampede at the Baidyanath Jyotirlinga temple in the state of Jharkhand erupted after pilgrims surged towards the building shortly after the doors opened, the officer told the AFP news agency on Monday.

Those sleeping in the kilometres-long queue were trampled as others pushed towards the doors, SN Pradhan, the additional director general of police in Jharkhand, said. Read more

Niger Delta: Army arrests six after ‘pirate attack’ kills soldiers

The Nigerian military has made six arrests after four soldiers and a policeman were killed in an attack by suspected pirates in the oil-rich Niger Delta on Friday.

Security forces also recovered a cache of arms and ammunition in the raid on their camp, the army said. Read more

Bayelsa 2015: Ijaw Group tells APC to forget guber race

Ahead of the December 5 governorship elections in Bayelsa, a foremost Ijaw socio-political organization, The Ijaw Peoples Assembly(IPA), has asked the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to forget contesting the election.

The group, in a statement Monday in Yenagoa and signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Kambowei Daniels, advised the leadership of the APC not to waste its resources because Bayelsa remains a stronghold of the PDP. Read more

 

Buhari will investigate supply of military weapons

The Presidency says President Muhammadu will launch a thorough investigation into the awards of contracts for the supply of military weapons in the recent past.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this  yesterday while fielding questions on the Channels Television programme, Politics Today. He was responding to a question on whether President Buhari would look into the military budgets.  Read more

No partisanship in the war against corruption, Presidency

AGAINST the backdrop of the allegation of partisanship in the fight against corruption against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari by the opposition People’s Democratic Party, ( PDP), Senate Caucus  the Presidency denied the allegation, saying, PDP was merely crying wolf where there was none.

In s statement in Abuja last night, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the Presidency noted the allegation by the PDP Senate Caucus lacked was baseless and lacked merit in all its ramifications. Read more

Nine killed in IS car bomb attack in Libya’s Derna

A car bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State group has killed nine people and wounded dozens in Libya’s eastern coastal city of Derna, a medical source said.

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“Nine persons were killed and dozens wounded in a car bomb in Derna city” on Sunday night, a medical official in eastern Libya told AFP by telephone. Read more

Phone numbers point to ‘jihadist link’ to Mali hotel siege

Telephone numbers and addresses found on the bodies of four “terrorists” killed in a deadly hotel hostage siege in Mali point the finger of blame at a jihadist group, officials said Monday.

Five UN workers were among the victims when troops ended the protracted standoff with jihadists by storming the Byblos Hotel in the central town of Sevare on Saturday. Read more

US anti-pollution workers turn river orange in toxic spill

Workers from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accidentally triggered a massive release of toxic waste from an old gold mine that sent about three million gallons of polluted water into a Colorado river, turning it orange.

The spill began August 5 when EPA workers were trying to drain water from the mine but accidentally sent the toxic water flowing into a tributary of the Animas River. Read more

Japan set to return to nuclear power after 2-year hiatus

Japan will Tuesday begin restarting its nuclear power programme, officials said, after a two-year shutdown sparked by public fears following the Fukushima crisis.

The restart comes more than four years after a quake-sparked tsunami triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima plant, prompting the shutdown of Japan’s stable of reactors in the world’s worst atomic crisis in a generation. Read more

Lawyer for Pakistan child abuse victims accuse police

A lawyer for the victims of a major child sex abuse scandal in Pakistan Monday accused police of protecting the culprits, as activists warned the case was only the tip of the iceberg.

At least 280 children were filmed being sexually abused by a gang of 25 men who used the hundreds of videos they produced to blackmail the youngsters’ parents, according to Latif Ahmed Sara, a lawyer and activist representing the victims. Read more

21 dead as temperatures soar in Egypt heatwave: ministry

Twenty-one people have died and 66 others were hospitalised with exhaustion as soaring temperatures and high humidity hit Cairo and other parts of Egypt, the health ministry said Monday.

The victims, who all died on Sunday, succumbed as temperatures soared as high as 47 degrees Celsius (117 Fahrenheit), in conditions made less bearable by elevated humidity levels. Read more

Suicide blast hits Kabul airport road, casualties feared

A suicide car bomber struck near the entrance of Kabul’s international airport on Monday during the peak lunchtime period, officials said, warning that heavy casualties were expected.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which follows a wave of lethal bombings in the Afghan capital on Friday as the insurgency escalates after a bitter power transition within the Taliban. Read more

 

Buhari will investigate supply of military weapons

The Presidency says President Muhammadu will launch a thorough investigation into the awards of contracts for the supply of military weapons in the recent past.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this  yesterday while fielding questions on the Channels Television programme, Politics Today. He was responding to a question on whether President Buhari would look into the military budgets.  Read more

 

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