Sabinews Evening News Update for August 27, 2015
Buhari names SGF, Chief of Staff, others
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday approved the appointment of Engr. Babachir David Lawal as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
He also named Alhaji Abba Kyari as his Chief of Staff.
The appointments were contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.
Other appointments approved by the President, according to the statement, were Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (retd.) – Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs Service; Mr. Kure Martin Abeshi – Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration Service; Senator Ita Enang – Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate); Suleiman A. Kawu – SSA to National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives). Read more
Buhari will fix Nigeria – Bishop Idahosa
The General Overseer of the God First Mission International, Bishop Isaac Idahosa, on Thursday gave the two-month old administration of President Muhammadu Buhari a pass mark.
He said the President has the capacity to fix Nigeria and make the country great again.
Idahosa, who spoke in Minna, Niger State, during activities to mark the 26th anniversary of his ministry, thanked God for the ministry he started in Minna in 1989 and which has grown into multiple branches across the globe. Read more
EFCC should’ve acted before Buhari’s anti-graft fight – Rep
A Peoples Democratic Party member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Oghene Egoh, said on Thursday that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission failed in its core duty of fighting corruption by waiting for the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari before going after suspected treasury looters.
The lawmaker, who represents Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency of Lagos State, also said its sister agency, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, failed as well. He noted that the foremost anti-graft agencies had gone into slumber only to suddenly wake up to their responsibilities soon after Buhari mounted the saddle. Read more
Diversification of economy, a top priority – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said Nigeria, under his leadership, will work closely with other countries facing the challenge of falling oil prices to rapidly move away from dependence on crude oil exports for economic survival.
He spoke while receiving the new Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Nigeria, Mr. Fahad Abdullah Sefyan, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said President Buhari affirmed his administration’s commitment to faster development of Nigeria’s non-oil sectors and the speedy diversification of the country’s economy. Read more
Experts Demand Probe of NAEC Boss
Atomic energy experts, under the auspices of Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERD) and the Centre for Energy Research and Training (CERT), have called for the probe of the director-general of the National Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), Franklin Osaisai.
The stakeholders disclosed that since the establishment of NAEC, budgetary allocation to the centres had not been done according to due process and as such the principles of accountability and transparency had not been respected by the DG. Read more
Subscribers Groan As MTN Blocks Lines
Millions of MTN subscribers have been made inaccessible as the telecoms service provider locked them out, denying them communication with business partners, friends and relations.
In the last few weeks, MTN has been sending out messages, urging subscribers to visit any of their service centres with photo identification to verify the registration of their sim cards. In such messages it stated: “Dear subscriber, please visit any of our service centres with a valid photo identification to confirm your sim registration.” Read more
Perm Sec: Defence Ministry not Involved in Weapons Procurement in Recent Years
The Ministry of Defence has said that it was not involved in the procurement of weapons in recent years.
Answering questions from journalists after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the activities of the ministry, the Perrmanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Ismaila Aliu said that the president had directed that the ministry be included in the panel set up of to probe weapons procurement. He said: “Procurement of weapons and equipment is the immediate need that the president is going to address. Read more
Benue farmers, Indians compare notes at agric show
A delegation of farmers from Benue and their Indian counterparts on Thursday compared notes on how to boost agriculture at the ongoing India Agric. and Industrial Machine Exhibition in Lagos.
Dr. Ben Melladu, Economic Adviser to the Benue Governor and leader of delegation, said the delegation was at the show to acquaint farmers with modern agricultural and industrial tools. Melladu told the News Agency of Nigeria that Benue industrial and agriculture machine fabricators were ready to partner with their Indian exhibitors if necessary. Read more
Nigerian boxers lack supports that can make them world champion, says Ajose
Former World Boxing Title Challenger, Olusegun Ajose, says Nigerians boxers lack the necessary support and adequate preparations that can make them world champions. The United Kingdom (UK) based-boxer told pressmen in Lagos on Thursday that these inadequacies were responsible for most of the country’s boxers’ dismal performance at the world championships.
“Despite our passion for the country, there is little we can do at the world stage because without the necessary financial support and adequate preparations to win world championships. “The stake is very high at that level; it requires more than passion and love for the country’s boxers to win the world championship and make the nation proud,’’ Ajose said. Read more
What Ikpeazu Told Abians On 24th Anniversary
Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has congratulated his subjects, as the state marked its 24thanniversary on Thursday, August 27, 2015.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Godwin Adindu, the governor commended the people of Abia for their sacrifice and support in nurturing and growing the state to its current level of development. Ikpeazu said that the progress recorded by the state in its 24 years of existence would not have been possible without the devotion and commitment of the citizenry towards the vision of the state. Read more
Court Adjourns Hearing of Osun Judge’s Suit to Sept 3
An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo has fixed hearing of a suit filed by Justice Folahanmi Oloyede against the state House of Assembly for Thursday, September 3, 2015.
Justice Oloyede had filed a motion ex-parte asking the court to grant her permission to institute a legal action against the state lawmakers over their recommendation calling for her sanction by the National Judicial Commission (NJC). Read more
NUC bans 57 illegal Nigerian varsities, probes others
The National Universities Commission
has released a list of 57 illegal degree awarding institutions operating in Nigeria or any of its other campuses in the country.
The Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, warned that certificates obtained from the institutions would not be accorded recognition for the purpose of election and participation in the National Youth Service Corps. The commission also commenced investigation of over eight other illegal institutions which, it said, would face prosecution in court. Read more
Ambode condoles with Gov. El-Rufai over foster father’s death
Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday condoled with Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State over the passage of his foster father, Malam Yahaya Hamza. This was contained in a statement issued by Ambode’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna and made available to newsmen in Lagos.
Ambode, according to the statement, urged Gov. El-Rufai to take solace in the fact that the late Hamza lived a fulfilled life. He noted that Hamza rose to the pinnacle in the Kaduna State Civil Service, where he served as the Secretary to the State Government. Ambode said that he also served as Chairman of the Council of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) from 1997 to 2000. Read more
Govt. happy with contributions of Nigerians in diaspora to national development – Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), said on Thursday that the present administration was happy with the contributions of Nigerians in the Diaspora to national development. He made the remark when some members of the Nigerians in Diaspora group paid him a courtesy visit at the State House, Abuja, Osinbajo added that the Nigerians abroad had demonstrated that the country was united and indivisible and expressed the hope that they would continue in that direction. Read more
Police quiz Ekiti PDP Chair over dud cheque
The Police in Ekiti have quizzed the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State, Chief Idowu Faleye, in connection with the dud cheque issued to pay for the rent of the state secretariat in Ado Ekiti.
He was interrogated by the police from the Special Fraud Unit, Force Headquarters, Abuja, following a petition by the landlord, Chief Ropo Adesanya, to the Commissioner of Police, Etop James. The Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State had received a quit notice from the Landlord, asking it to vacate the state party secretariat in Ado Ekiti for failure to pay its rent. Read more
Economic diversification, my administration’s priority – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the need to rapidly move away from dependence on crude oil exports for economic survival remains top on the priority of his administration.
He promised to work more closely with other countries being affected by the sharp decrease in oil prices to find a way around the situation. A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, quoted the President as speaking, while granting audience to the new Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Nigeria, Mr. Fahad Sefyan, who was in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to present his letter of credence. Read more
Ambode expresses hope on return of Chibok girls
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has expressed optimism that the over 200 Chibok school girls, kidnapped on April 14, 2014, will return safely back home and be reunited with their families.
Ambode spoke when members of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign Group, under the auspices of the Women for Justice, staged a peaceful protest to the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday. He told the protesters that like many Nigerians, he was extremely pained that the girls were still missing for the past 500 days, urging them to continue to pray for the girls to return home safely. Read more
Osun realising dreams of founding fathers – Aregbesola
Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said the state is moving closer to the dream of its founding fathers under his watch.
The governor said this in a statement made available to our correspondent by his media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the creation of the state.
The statement read, ” In about four years under his watch, Osun has inched closer to the dreams of those who laboured for the creation of the state 24 years ago. Read more
Lagos bus conductor arraigned for assaulting traffic warden
A bus conductor, Chidebere Ugogi, was on Thursday brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly assaulting a traffic warden and a food vendor.
Ugoji, 27, whose address is unknown, is facing charges of assault and breach of peace. The prosecutor, Insp. Frank Inah told the court that the accused committed the offences on July 20 at about 7.15am at No. 1, Limson Road, River Valley, Ojodu, a Lagos suburb. Read more
Shell declares force majeure on Nigerian Bonny oil exports
Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigeria operation has declared force majeure on its Bonny Light crude oil exports after shutting down two key pipelines due to a leak and oil theft, the company said on Thursday.
Shell said in a statement it had closed the Trans-Niger Pipeline due to a leak and the Nembe Creek Trunkline to repair damage caused by oil thieves. (Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by James Macharia) Read more
Editors confab begins in Bayelsa as Osinbajo tasks participants
The 11th annual All Editors Conference of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) commenced on Thursday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa, with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo urging participants to help initiate fundamental change in the polity.
In a message to the conference, Osinbajo noted that the media remains a fundamental part of the change communication process and urged Editors to take their responsibility seriously. Osinbajo, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, urged policy formulators to involve the media at all levels of policy formulation stages. Read more
Ambode condoles with el-Rufai over father’s death
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has condoled with his Kaduna State counterpart, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, over the passage of his foster father, Malam Yahaya Hamza, in the late hours of Tuesday.
Hamza, who was a renowned educationist and former Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, died after a brief illness. This was contained in a statement on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna. Read more