May 24, 2018

*Dangote cuts Nigerian cement price *IGP bans use of commercial vehicles for patrol

*Dangote cuts Nigerian cement price *IGP bans use of commercial vehicles for patrol

Sabinews Midday News Update for September 3, 2015

Dangote cuts Nigerian cement price

Dangote Cement, Africa’s largest producer of the building material, cut prices in its home market of Nigeria in an attempt to boost cement consumption and compete with imports.

The price cuts to its 3X cement brand by 6 000 naira ($30.23) per metric ton will still allow Dangote to achieve strong returns, CEO Onne van der Weijde said in a statement on Thursday. The Lagos-based company is also hoping the lower prices will help increase export sales to neighboring nations, he said. Read more

IGP bans use of commercial vehicles for patrol

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has directed all police commands and formations to stop the use of commercial vehicles for operations and patrol duties.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Force’s Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, in Abuja on Thursday. The statement said that the directive had been circulated to all police formations and commands across the country. Read more

Intensify War Against Poultry Products Smugglers, AFAN Tells Govt

The Federal Government has been urged to step up its war against smugglers of poultry products so as to protect the Nigerian poultry industry.

This call was made recently in an interview by the President, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Architect Kabiru Ibrahim, in his reaction to reports of scarcity of frozen chicken and turkey in the country.  Read more

Doctors Correct Hearing Loss in 64-Year-Old Patient

Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has recorded another medical milestone, as the doctors at the Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) department carried out a successful cochlear implantation on a patient.

The surgical exercise, which corrected total deafness in a 64-year-old patient, was the second of such exercises carried out by indigenous doctors in the hospital and in Nigeria as a whole. Read more

Foundation Urges FG On Inclusion of Reproductive Health in SDGs

As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is winding down to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on September 1st, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Education as a Vaccine (EVA) has urged the Federal Government for the inclusion of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) of young people in the new SDGs.

Key amongst the targets is Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) targets under the health (goal 3) and gender equality (goal 5) goals. Sadly, these targets do not explicitly mention adolescents and young people. Read more

UK-Africa trade corridor to be fuelled by Sub-Saharan ‘sleeping giants’

South Africa tops the inaugural Barclays Africa Trade Index: Openness and opportunity, followed by Nigeria and Kenya. Nigeria offers the greatest trade opportunity for UK businesses, largely due to its population of close to 180m, but Nigeria’s relative level of openness need to be addressed in order to challenge South Africa’s position.

The Index, which measures the opportunity and openness of 31 of sub-Sahara’s leading economies, also identifies a group of ‘sleeping giants’ which, after experiencing significant economic upheaval, are playing catch up and growing at a rapid pace. The ‘sleeping giants’; Ethiopia, DR Congo, Mozambique, Ghana and Tanzania, are expected to provide UK businesses with the opportunity to increase exports three-fold, from US$1.2bn to $3.6bn, over the next five years as economic development continues and consumer spending increases. Read more

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Press group seeks release of abducted journalist in Nigeria

A media rights group called Thursday for the immediate release of a senior Nigerian journalist kidnapped from her home in the restive oil hub of Port Harcourt.

Unknown gunmen abducted Donu Kogbara, a renowned columnist for the independent Vanguard newspaper on Sunday.  The motive for her capture was not clear.

“We condemn the kidnapping of Vanguard columnist Donu Kogbara and call on Nigerian authorities to launch an immediate and efficient investigation,” Peter Nkanga, West Africa representative of the New-York based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a statement late Wednesday. Read more

Medical Council Nabs First Female Fake Doctor

The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) on Wednesday arrested a woman who had worked as a doctor for years using forged documents.

It is the first successful arrest of the first female fake doctor on its record, Daily Trust has exclusively learnt.

Angela Njide Nwosu was arrested on the first day of her new N280,000-a-month job at a newly opened private hospital in Bwari council area after its management demanded MDCN to verify its new staff doctors. Read more

Buhari – Health Workers’ Incessant Strikes Disturbing

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is particularly disturbed by the seemingly endless strikes in the country’s health sector.

The president regretted that the situation had contributed to the fall in the standard of health services available in the country. Buhari was speaking at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday while meeting with top officials of the Ministry of Labour. Read more

Buhari to Nigerian youth: Our anti-corruption campaign “ll secure your future

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured to evolve a country that will secure the future of the Nigerian youth.

He stated that Abuja that the ongoing anti-corruption campaign was a good way to start.

Addressing members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) who marched to the Presidential Villa to pledge their full support for his anti-corruption campaign, President Buhari who was represented by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina promised to make Nigeria a country where the youth would realize their aspirations. Read more

Tusk calls for EU to take at least 100,000 refugees

European Union leader Donald Tusk urged member states on Thursday to take in at least 100,000 refugees to ease the pressure on frontline countries from a growing migrant crisis.

“Accepting more refugees is an important gesture of real solidarity. Fair distribution of at least 100,000 refugees among the EU states is what in fact we need today,” Tusk told a press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Read more

Wales ahead of England in world rankings

Wales have moved ahead of England in the FIFA world rankings for the first time.

Chris Coleman’s side, on the verge of qualifying for their first major finals since the the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, stayed ninth, their best-ever spot, while England slipped to 10th, swapping places with Chile. Read more

I’m not under pressure, says Ikeme ahead of Tanzania clash

Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme on Wednesday assured Nigerians that he was not under pressure ahead of their 2017Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier clash against Tanzania on Saturday.

Ikeme gave the assurance at a media briefing in Abuja ahead of their departure for Dar es Salaam on Thursday. Read more

Wales ahead of England in world rankings

Wales have moved ahead of England in the FIFA world rankings for the first time.

Chris Coleman’s side, on the verge of qualifying for their first major finals since the the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, stayed ninth, their best-ever spot, while England slipped to 10th, swapping places with Chile. Read more

EFCC returns €10,000 to victim of love scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has returned the sum of €10,540 to a Polish victim of internet love scam.

This is contained in a statement signed by Head, Media and Publicity of the commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.

The statement said the victim, simply identified as Jamina, was allegedly duped of €40,000 by the suspect, Gabriel Oseremen Xavi, who operates a fake Facebook account with name Collins page. Read more


Guatemala president resigns amid corruption scandal

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina on Thursday resigned amid a growing political scandal that has seen his former vice president sent to jail and threatened to disrupt upcoming presidential elections.

Perez Molina, 64, submitted his resignation at midnight local time, according to his spokesman, who was quoted by a local newspaper.

The announcement came after a Guatemalan judge issued an unprecedented court order against Guatemala’s head of state as part of a fraud scandal that has engulfed his government. Read more



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