Sabinews Morning News Update for June 28, 2015
Controversy as DSS leaves Presidential Villa
The rivalry between the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Army came to a head on Thursday when the aide-de-camp to President Muhammadu Buhari, an army officer, Lt Colonel Lawal Abubakar, through a memo, disengaged the DSS from providing close body protection for the president as they have always done for many years. It was the climax of the distrust of the DSS operatives by the president’s team since he won the election of March 28.
In the memo, seen by Sunday Vanguard, the ADC claimed that ‘recent events’ which he did not name necessitated the change he was effecting in the security architecture of the Villa especially as it concerns the close body protection of the president. Read more
Buhari’s govt incurs N57bn petrol subsidy debt
The Federal Government has incurred a total sum of N56.784bn in petrol subsidy arrears since Muhammadu Buhari took over as President of the country on May 29, this year.
According to data from the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, obtained from the agency’s website on Friday, the country is said to be incurring petrol subsidy arrears to the tune of N47.32 per day on one litre of petrol. Read more
DPR, NEMSA Move to Avert Fire Disaster in Hazardous Areas
Following a recent huge fire that burnt through a gas station in Ghana’s capital city of Accra, leaving scores of people dead, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and newly constituted Nigerian Electricity Management Services Authority (NEMSA) may have agreed to commence periodic standard checks on electrical installations at petrol service stations in Nigeria.
Some 150 people had died in a recent fire accident at a petrol station in Accra. Although the cause of the inferno had not been officially disclosed but witnesses stated that the fire started in the night as people in the city were trying to cope with two days of heavy rain, which has left many homeless and without power. Read more
Traders protest Boko Haram prisoners’ transfer to Anambra
Commercial activities were paralysed on Saturday in Anambra State following protests by traders across the state.
The traders, who closed their shops as early as 9am in major cities of Onitsha, Awka, Nnewi, Ekwulobia and Agulu, took to the streets protesting what they termed plan by the Federal Government to transfer Boko Haram detainees to prisons in the state. Read more
El-Rufai, 4 other govs meet over dreaded Kamuku forest
Governors of the states bordering the dreaded Ka¬muku Forest of Kaduna, where series of criminal activities have been on¬going for years met yes¬terday with Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to find solution to rising fears of being a future nest for Boko Ha¬ram insurgents.
According to El-Rufai, “the forest which is in the centre of Kaduna, Niger, Katsina, Kebbi and Zam¬fara has been of serious se¬curity concern. So, we need to address it because that forest is capable of breed¬ing future Boko Haram.” Read more
Boko Haram: 277 soldiers languish in Jos detention facility
More than 277 soldiers arrested for various offences in the ongoing war against insurgency by Boko Haram in the North-East are currently languishing at the Maxwell Khobe cantonment, Rukuba Barracks detention facility of the 3rd Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army in Jos, Plateau State.
SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that the soldiers were arrested at various times in the last six months in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, for various offences and are being detained by the Military Police in the barracks. Read more
Lagos SURE-P Office Demolished
The Lagos State government on Saturday demolished the headquartres of the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) Taskforce at the old Toll Gate on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Chairman of the State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences, Hakeem Adedeji, told newsmen that the demolition was carried out on the orders of the government. Read more
Analyst see CBN policy as delay of further devaluation
Central Bank of Nigeria’s policy of curbing access to the interbank currency market for investors wanting to buy foreign currency and importers bringing in a wide range of goods from rice to Indian incense, shows that the apex bank is delaying its decision on a further naira devaluation, analysts say.
The reactions are coming just as CBN on Wednesday last week defended its action, saying the denial of foreign exchange access was to encourage local production, create jobs and cut down the undue pressure on the country’s almost depleted foreign reserves. Read more
Badagry Dry Port Project
The Badagry Ship Repair Marine Engineering Consortium (BSMEC) has emerged as the lead investor for the $1.5 billion Dockyard project being facilitated by Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG). The BSMEC Consortium includes SIFAX Logistics and Marine Services Limited, SIVC Infrastructure, Sahara Group Limited, Japaul Oil and Maritime Services Plc., Energy Nature Limited and GMT Energy Resources Limited. The consortium will finance and drive the successful actualization of the milestone project.
Korean ship builders, Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) will provide technical support while Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) will provide financial consultancy and support. Read more
World Trade Centre Abuja: Further Boost for Foreign Direct Investments
After missing the initial completion date of 2013, the confidence and promise of a new completion date by the promoters of the World Trade Centre (WTC) fuel expectations of increased Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs), writes Olaseni Durojaiye
As the first phase of the World Trade Centre (WTO) towers nears completion, the profile of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja is set to notch some steps higher as the city is set to witness increased inflow of the much sought after Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) from some of the over 150 member-countries of the organisation as well as a changed skyline. Read more
Oil and Gas
NPDC incompetence crimps oil and power output
The widespread incompetence within Nigeria’s national oil company’s (NNPC) up-stream subsidiary known as NPDC is slowing down oil production growth and power output in the country.
NPDC is involved in 38 Concessions (31 oil mining licenses OMLs & 7 OPLs) and claims to be the 5th largest oil producer in the country with output of about 205,007bopd. Read more
Firms, State Dump National Grid for Independent Power Supply
Nigeria is today generating 3,454 megawatts of electricity, which is said not to be enough for Lagos electricity consumers alone. That indicates a huge gap between demand and supply for the essential product.
It becomes more worrisome when reports say of the 3,454 megawatts, 3,373.45 megawatts are released to the people, through the national grid, but only 2,000 megawatts actually get to the final consumers, as over 1,000 megawatts are lost technically, to worsen the power shortage problem in the country. Nigerians are groaning and industries are closing shops. Read more
Oliseh to NFF: Return Eagles to Lagos
Ex-International, Sunday Oliseh has called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to return the Super Eagles to the National Stadium, Lagos.
The former national team captain in an interview with Brila FM , stated that the secret of returning Eagles to their winning ways is by bringing them back home to the fortress of the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos. Read more
Upbeat Rangers Chigozie Egwu Replaces Suspended Etim
Rangers right full back Chigozie Egwu is set to start against Sunshine Stars on Sunday for suspended Etim Matthew and he believes his club will beat the league leaders in front of their fans.
Matthew saw red at Warri Wolves in Rangers last game and Egwu is expected to now play in his place against Sunshine Stars. Read more
A Glass House of Commotion
In the last few days, events that have played out in the Nigeria Football Federation have turned its Glass House office on Plot 2033, Olusegun Obasanjo Way, Zone 7, Wuse, Abuja, to nothing but a comic house of commotion.
Those who live in Glass House don’t throw stones, so says a popular proverb. But for officials of the NFF, ‘hurling of pebbles’ have become a trademark. Read more
Scramble For Plateau UTD Top Post After Board Sack
Several people including Plateau FA chairman Sunday Longbap and ex-youth international Danjuma Isandu are now jostling to lead Plateau United board, which has been dissolved by new Governor Simon Lalong.
Others who want to lead the Jos club are John Ladan and Ali Barde. Read more
The Rise of Migrants Seeking Hope in Europe
In the last few years, Europe has been facing a new reality. An average of 80 migrants a day reach the Italian coastline, with many more unsuccessfully making the attempt. Many times migrants are rescued by the Italian navy and European ships in the Mediterranean. Throughout 2014, 220,000 people have attempted to cross the sea for a better life and more opportunities, but 3,500 of them have perished en route or been turned away.
The majority of these immigrants are Syrians escaping from a war that has lasted for four years. Others are from Eritrea, Congo, and Nigeria, locations where there is political instability. Read more
Tovey named SA technical director
Africa Cup of Nations-winning captain Neil Tovey has been appointed South Africa technical director, the national football association announced Saturday.
The 52-year-old, who has been working as a television pundit and part-time coach, is expected to develop young talent and create a uniform playing style for national teams. Read more
UK Warns Of More Possible Attacks In Tunisia
The Foreign Office has updated its travel advice to UK citizens to warn that further terrorist attacks in Tunisia are possible following the beach resort massacre in Sousse, which left at least 38 dead.
The update was made last night, just hours after Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that his office would review its current advice. Read more
Children at risk from cholera outbreak in S. Sudan: UNICEF
At least 18 people, including two children less than 5 years died from cholera in the recent outbreak in South Sudan, the UN Children Fund (UNICEF) said.
According to UNICEF, the first cholera case was reported on 27 May in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Juba. Since then, 170 suspected cases have reportedly been recorded inside the site and in villages across Central Equatoria State. Read more
Kuwaiti police arrest suspects in wake of mosque suicide bomb attack
Police in Kuwait have arrested a number of people suspected of being behind the suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque that killed 27 people.
The arrests came just hours after thousands of people took part in a mass funeral procession for those killed in the country’s first terror attack in more than two decades. Read more
Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling could have global impact
The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help their cause.
In the Philippines, in India, in Australia and elsewhere, gay rights advocates think the U.S. ruling may help change attitudes, just as American activists — and judges, educators and legislators — had earlier been influenced by the easy acceptance of same-sex marriage in some European countries, where the laws were changed smoothly without much fuss. Read more
Tally of injured rises to 516 in Taiwan water park fire
The number of people injured in a fire at a Taiwan water amusement park rose to 516 on Sunday, government officials said, with more than 180 still in intensive care.
Media reported four mainland Chinese and two foreigners were among those injured after Saturday’s fire, during a party where up to 1,000 revellers were sprayed with coloured powder as they danced to music, seeking to escape the summer heat. Read more
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