SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 6, 2018
Buhari to receive Prince Charles Tuesday
President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to receive Prince Charles and his entourage at the State House, Abuja by 2p.m Tuesday. The Prince last visited Nigeria in 2006 during former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s tenure. He is expected at the Villa with, Princess Camilla, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright and others. The Prince during his visit in the country is also expected to engage in peace-building activities including addressing the farmers – herders clashes. The visit was aimed at strengthening the ties between Nigeria and Britain as members of the Commonwealth. Prince Charles took over as the head of the Commonwealth of Nations last April, succeeding his mother Queen Elizabeth II.
Relief for Nigerians as Labour Suspends Strike
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Federal Government yesterday succeeded in averting what could have been a complete lockdown of the economy over the disagreement on minimum wage for workers. The protracted negotiation between the government and the workers’ representatives saved the day, leading to the suspension of a nationwide strike that would have begun at midnight today. At 10.30 p.m, there were unconfirmed reports that airport workers union had already announced stoppage of international flights.
Ike Ekweremadu, Wife Survive Assassination Attempt
Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, his wife Nwanneka Ekweremadu and son Tuesday survived an assassination attempt at his Apo Quarters in the country’s capital, Abuja. “The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, his wife, and son escaped an assassination attempt at about 4 am on Tuesday,” Uche Anichukwu, special adviser on media to the Deputy President of the Senate disclosed in a statement. One of the yet to be identified gunmen who discreetly evaded the security has been arrested by the police in Abuja after their invasion into Ekweremadu residence.
Buhari Sends 2019-2021 MTEF to Senate, Seeks Approval
President Muhammadu Buhari has transmitted the 2019-2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper to the Senate for consideration and approval. President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, read Buhari’s cover letter on the document to members at the plenary on Tuesday. The MTEF/FSP, when approved by the legislature, will form the basis for the 2019 Appropriation Bill.
Buhari Names Abike Dabiri as Diaspora Commission Chairman
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Diaspora Commission. President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, read Buhari’s letter to members of the chamber at the plenary on Tuesday in which the President sought legislative approval for the appointment. Dabiri-Erewa, who is currently the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, was a member of the House of Representatives.
Army, Police Have Killed 492 Shiites — Falana
Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission demanding a probe into alleged killings of about 492 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, also known as Shi’ites, by both the Army and the police since 2014. In his petition dated November 2, 2018 and addressed to the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Mr. Anthony Ojukwu, Falana gave seven days ultimatum to the commission to accede to his demand.
Why FG, ASUU Agreement Would Be Difficult – Education Minister
Nigeria’s education minister, Adamu Adamu, has said it would be difficult for the federal government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to agree for a suspension of the ongoing indefinite strike action due to crashing oil prices. Adamu who was addressing reporters in Abuja stated that the well-being of the education sector of the country was solely dependent on oil-generated revenues of the government. “I must say that this is difficult to reconcile with all the efforts and positive achievements we have been able to make. Let me begin by saying that the issues necessitating this strike date back to 2009 when the then government of late President Umaru Musa Yar Adua signed an agreement with the ASUU on funding of the federal universities in the country,” Adamu said.
How 2019 Might Be Free-For-All in Cross River State
Zoning and performance have once against taken the front burner in political discourse in Cross River State as the incumbent governor, Senator Ben Ayade, continues his search for a second term in office. Different interest groups are making frantic efforts to justify their positions regarding how best to resolve the voting preferences in next year’s general election in the state, with some postulating different arguments for and against zoning and performance. However, one thing is clear, besides the Calabar-Ogoja accord of the seventies which has since crumbled like packs of cards, the state has never had any written agreement or an understanding that the governorship position should be zoned to any particular senatorial zone in the state.
Sanchez Gives Man United Options at Juventus
Alexis Sanchez has endured a torrid start to his Manchester United career but hinted at better things to come with an impressive display in a central role ahead of the Champions League match against Juventus. The injured Romelu Lukaku missed the 2-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday and Marcus Rashford started on the bench as Jose Mourinho opted for a three-man forward line, with Anthony Martial and Juan Mata deployed either side of Sanchez. The former Arsenal man was instrumental in United’s first-half equaliser, setting up Martial, and will be disappointed to have been substituted towards the end of the game.
Embattled Bayern Hunt Thiago Replacement
Bayern Munich are struggling to fill the creative hole left by Thiago Alcantara’s injury as they host AEK in the Champions League on Wednesday trying to secure a last 16 berth with trouble brewing for head coach Niko Kovac. Bayern can reach the knockout stages if they beat the Greek champions AEK at Munich’s Allianz Arena and Benfica lose at Ajax in the other Group E match. However, Bayern have been struggling for creativity since Thiago tore ankle ligaments ten days ago and Joshua Kimmich, usually a right-back, has struggled to replace him in the central midfield role.
Bill Gates Backs China’s Toilet Revolution
As one of the world’s richest men and most active philanthropists, Bill Gates usually has his hands full. Just not with poop. So it came as a surprise when the founder of Microsoft brandished a jar of human waste at a forum on the future of the toilet in Beijing on Tuesday. The stunt was an effort to draw attention to a problem affecting developing countries around the world: not enough toilets. “In places without sanitation you have got way more than that,” Gates said, pointing to the faeces inside the clear canister resting on a table.
Khashoggi: ‘Saudi Team Must Have Acted On Orders’
A 15-man Saudi team that flew to Turkey before the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the slain Saudi journalist, must have been acting on orders, not necessarily from King Salman, Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said. Cavusoglu, however, said that it was Saudi Arabia’s responsibility to tell Turkey what happened to Khashoggi’s body. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist critical of the Saudi Government and its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Saudi officials initially insisted that Khashoggi had left the consulate, then said he died in an unplanned “rogue operation”.
Iran Vows to ‘Break’ Sanctions as U.S. Reimposes Ban on Oil
Iran’s leaders lashed out at Washington on Monday as the Trump administration raised economic sanctions to their maximum level, saying the latest punitive actions called for countermeasures to pressure the U.S. in return. The acrimony pointed to a sharp elevation of tensions between Washington and Tehran as the Trump administration put into effect a ban on oil imported from Iran and listed more than 700 Iranian banks, companies and individuals under sanctions in the latest phase of a pressure campaign.