SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR MAY 19, 2017
Ebola: No Screening Points, Machines At Seme Border – Report
Screening points, detecting machines, hand sanitisers and other measures to prevent an Ebola outbreak in the country have yet to be provided at the Seme border.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the World Health Organisation (WHO) alerted the world of an outbreak of Ebola disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Several measures have been put in place at major airports in Nigeria to prevent and curtail the dreaded disease, but no such action was seen to prevent the disease at the border. Read more
Senate Orders Lottery Commission DG Out Of Office
The Senate yesterday banned the Director General of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila, from going to his office until he is confirmed as stipulated by the constitution.
The Red Chamber said Gbajabiamila must, henceforth, not be seen within the vicinity of NLR within the vicinity of the office of the DG until he is confirmed and an appointment letter is given to him”. Read more
Nigerian arms scandal resurfaces in US court
The controversial arms procurement deals under the immediate-past administration of Goodluck Jonathan have become a subject of litigation in the United States, where a national of Niger Republic, Hima Aboubakar, and a US arms dealer, Ara Dolarian, are locked in a legal battle involving a $246m contract.
The $246m order at the height of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2014 was for the supply of weapons and equipment, including helicopters, bombs and ammunition. Read more
Lopsided recruitment: Federal Character Commission may sue DSS
There were strong indications on Thursday that the Federal Character Commission would sue the Department of State Services unless the agency submitted its nominal roll.
The FCC has also insisted that the DSS should respond to the query it issued to the security agency over its lopsided recruitment. Read more
How Mohammed Abacha, Malabu lost OPL 245 to Shell, Agip –FG
The Federal Government has faulted a suit by Malabu Oil and Gas Limited, which is challenging the allocation of the highly lucrative oil block, the Oil Prospecting Licence 245, to Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited and the Nigerian Agip Exploration Company Limited.
The suit was filed before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court in the name of Malabu Oil and Gas Limited by Mohammed Abacha, a son of the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha. Read more
MSF Fingered In ‘Secret Backing’ Of Boko Haram
High level security sources have fingered the Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Doctors Without Borders, operating in the North-east, where the organisation’s Brussels Operational Centre is currently based in Maiduguri, in an allegation that it is clandestinely involved in fuelling the Boko Haram conflict.
LEADERSHIP Friday findings reveal that the MSF has been refusing to allow the Nigerian Army verify that it was actually distributing food and medicine as it claimed whenever it left Maiduguri into rural areas and did not inform the authorities. Read more
Local operators, flying doctors partner ambulance services
Air ambulance services in the country have received a boost with the partnership between some local airlines and Flying Doctors Nigeria.
The partnership, which allows patients and team of doctors on commercial flights, aims to enhance emergency response and save lives that could have been lost due to inadequate medical facilities and specialties in some parts of the country. Read more
America’s snub of the AU should spur regional powers into action
In April 2017 US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stood up one of Africa’s most powerful people, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki. Tillerson invited Faki to Washington for a meeting, then backed out at the last minute. Former US ambassador to the AU, Reuben Brigety, called the Secretary of State’s snub the dumbest thing in the world, adding that 21st century Africa has a bigger voice in global politics, which could cost US presence in Africa. Read more
NCC sets New KPI for QoS, Telecoms contribution hits 15trn
Nigerian Communications Communications (NCC), said telecoms sector contributed about N15 trillion to the Nigerian economy since the liberalisation of the industry sixteen years ago.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman (EVC) stated this in Lagos, said the industry according to the latest report from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), contributed nine per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in quarter one of 2017. Read more
Court fixes July 5 for hearing in Malabu Oil suit
A Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday deferred hearing on the preliminary objections to the suit filed by Malabu Oil and Gas Limited against the Federal Government.
The suit was put off by the court following the inability of the plaintiffs to serve court processes on one of the major defendants in the suit, Shell. Read more
Election an APC coup, says NCP
The National Conscience Party (NCP) in Lagos has expressed reservations about the ability of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) to conduct a free, fair and credible local government election on July 22.
The party, after several failed efforts to make LASIEC come to term with it and other opposition parties on issues pertaining to the its preparation and composition towards the election, said it was left with no option but to drag the umpire to court for a redress. Read more
Bank Customers To Pay N17.54bn As Card Maintenance Charges
Bank customers in Nigeria will pay not less than N1.462 billion to banks as card maintenance charges every month totaling N17.544 billion in a year beginning from May 2017, as the revised Guide to Bank Charges take effect from this month.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had revised the card maintenance charges in the new guide which was released last month from N100 annually to N50 monthly. This means every debit or credit card holder will pay N600 annually as against the N100 being paid previously. Read more
One dead, 17 rescued, scores trapped as building collapses in Lagos
A three-story building under construction at Richard Abimbola Street, Ilasamaja, Lagos, collapsed, yesterday, killing one and trapping over 20 construction workers. Seventeen persons were rescued alive at about 7.15p.m., with rescue work still ongoing at press time. Most of the workers were reportedly foreigners. The lifeless body of one of the workers was brought out from the rubble at 7.55p.m. Read more
Minister: govt is committed to youth employment
The Federal Government is committed to its youth empowerment programmes. It is also considering adopting capacity to create jobs as one of the criteria for offering contracts and assistance.
Budget and National Planning Minister Udoma Udo Udoma, who gave the indication at a forum with members of the 25th Regular Course on Policy, Strategy and Leadership of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Abuja, said unemployment was giving the Federal Government great concern. Read more
General Electric to assemble gas turbines in Nigeria
GENERAL Electric (GE) has completed work on its $100 million gas turbine assembly plant in Nigeria. The plant which is expected to come on stream next year will boost electricity supply in the nation. Chief Executive officer of the company, Mr. Lazarus Angbazo, who confirmed the development in Lagos, yesterday, said GE wants to support the development of Nigeria’s gas reserve which is largely untapped, adding that the U.S. company has invested in some local power plants.
NPA’s unaudited accounts stall release of 7% surcharge for port development
THE 2016 unaudited accounts of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is currently stalling the release of the 7.0 percent surcharge paid on imports for the development of the ports. Disclosing this in Lagos, the Managing Director of the authority, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, said that the account of the agency was last audited in 2015 adding that the 2016 audit was yet to be done.
Air Force immortalises fighter pilots killed in Mali battle
The Nigerian Air Force, yesterday, immortalised two of its Alpha Jet fighter pilots, late Squadron Leader BB Ado, and Flying Officer AJ Layelmenson, who lost their lives during a military operation to stop terrorists backed-rebels from over running the administration of Mali in 2013. The Alpha jets they flew were said to have crashed during the African-led International Support Mission to Mali, AFISMA. Read more
Aisha Buhari lays foundation for 50-bed clinic in Daura
Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, yesterday, laid the foundation for a 50-bed clinic in her husband’s home town, Daura, Katsina State, for women and children’s healthcare. Speaking during the foundation laying at the premises of the General Hospital, Daura, Aisha Buhari said the clinic is to cater for the less-privileged and indigents. The clinic was built on the platform of Aisha Buhari Foundation and her pet project, Future Assured programme as part of her contribution to reduce maternal and child mortality in the country. Read more
CBN unveils 36 items approved for forex
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday realised a list of 36 items considered valid for foreign exchange access.
In a circular dated May 17, 2017, signed by the Director, Trade and Exchange Department of CBN, W. D. Gotring, the bank said it was in response to the misconception emanating from its May 3, 2017 circular on items valid for forex allocation, stressing that the 41 items remained banned.
But stakeholders affected by the policy have reacted to the bank’s decision.
Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) yesterday said the concession by CBN for 36 items now included for foreign exchange would further lift the manufacturing sector out of the present economic doldrums. Read more
Lagos and the need for even national development
WHILE much has been said about the diversification of Nigeria’s economy from petroleum, very little has been mentioned about its diversification from Lagos.
About one in every eight Nigerians lives in Lagos, a sprawling metropolis near the southwestern extremity of Africa’s most populous country. Not only is Lagos the economic epicenter of Nigeria, but also virtually every sector of the country’s economy is rooted there: commerce, manufacturing, finance, banking, insurance, healthcare, real estate, information technology, entertainment, media, hospitality, tourism, fashion, arts and sports. Read more
Ubah Committed Economic Sabotage, NNPC Tells Court
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) thursday informed the Federal High Court in Lagos that the reason why oil magnate, Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah, is being detained by the Department of State Security (DSS) is because he committed economic sabotage, by diverting petroleum products kept in his custody.
The corporation through its lawyer, Mr. K. T. Turaki (SAN), stated this while urging the court to strike out the motion on notice filed by Ubah seeking an order for his release from the custody of DSS. Read more
Naira rises to N375/$ in parallel market
The naira yesterday rose to N375 per dollar in the parallel market in response to increased dollar supply and decline in demand. Vanguard survey reveals that the parallel market exchange rate which had been stable at N385 per dollar since last week yesterday dropped to N375 per dollar, due to inflow from CBN dollar sale to bureaux de change. Read more
Ambode Charges Nigerians to Unite for Economic Growth, National Prosperity
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, thursday said economic growth and prosperity of Nigeria depends on the oneness of its people irrespective of their ethno-religious backgrounds. Ambode added that the former military Governor of the defunct Western Region, Maj.-Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo (rtd), worked tirelessly for the unity of South-west state before he passed on March 8.
He said this at a commendation service in honour of late Adebayo held at Archbishop Vining Memorial Church in Ikeja, describing him as an elder statesman who worked tirelessly for the progress of Yoruba and unity of Nigeria. Read more
Oil spill: Community threatens NPDC
LEADER of Ikara Community in Edo State, Chief Williams Lambert, yesterday threatened that aggrieved youths of the community could lay siege to Nigeria Petroleum Development Corporation, NPDC, over its perceived deliberate act to ignore an oil spillage that occurred in 2014. Speaking at the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions investigative hearing on the matter, Lambert said: “I have acted like a responsible citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria but if this continues, I will unleash my youths on NPDC for denying my people water to drink, attacked by unknown diseases and yet they refused to appear before this committee. Read more
NNPC finalising $6bn worth of oil-for-product swaps
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is in the final stage of signing $6bn worth of deals to exchange more than 300,000 barrels per day of crude oil for imported petroleum products, Reuters quoted sources with direct knowledge of the process as saying.
The NNPC called for tenders in January for the lifting of crude oil in return for the delivery and supply of petroleum products under the direct sale of crude oil and direct purchase of petroleum products model. Read more
NNPC concludes $6bn oil swaps deal
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), is in the final stage of signing $6 billion worth of deals to exchange more than 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil for imported gasoline and diesel.
The contracts, which come three months later than expected, include three more pairs of companies than last year, reflecting Nigeria’s increased reliance on NNPC for fuel imports.
Nigeria’s lack of local refining capacity means that it relies on imported petrol, kerosene and other petroleum products, and the oil price crash and militant attacks on Nigeria’s oil industry have starved independents of dollars for fuel imports. Read more
Supply Chain Risk – Managing the weakest link
The continued dependence on crude oil exports as a primary source of foreign exchange earnings makes the Nigerian economy vulnerable to domestic and external shocks from the oil and gas sector. By 2020, the government of Nigeria plans to have made significant progress towards achieving structural economic change and having a more diversified and inclusive economy. This will involve a major strategy to diversify the economy from oil as a major revenue earner to other areas like agriculture and solid minerals. Read more
Why Nigeria is in recession, by Soludo
Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Prof. Chukwma Soludo, has blamed ‘unprecedented borrowing’ during ‘unprecedented boom in oil prices’ by the last administration as one of the reasons the nation slipped into avoidable economic recession.
Soludo also lamented that instead of spending money to oil the engine of the economy, the Treasury Single Account (TSA) implemented by the Federal Goverment locked up huge funds that should runiing the economy.
He said reliance on oil has done more harm than good to to the country. Read more
Eagles, Togo Friendly Confirmed for June 1
After what appears like a controversy on the possibility of the Super Eagles playing the Hawks of Togo in an international friendly, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) thursday confirmed June 1 as date for the tune up match aimed at getting the senior national team ready for the AFCON 2019 qualifier against South Africa.
NFF’s Director of Communication, Ademola Olajire, confirmed that the match with the Hawks would hold at Stade Municipal de Saint Leu La Foret, in Paris at 7.30pm on the first day of June. Read more
Edo Queens, U13 Clash for Amaju in Benin
As part of the programme of events for the grand reception for Amaju Melvin Pinnick by the South-south Congress of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) today in Benin City, a novelty match between Edo Queens and the state’s Under-13 male side has been scheduled to precede ceremony at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
Edo FA Chairman and Media Committee Chairman of the South-south Congress, Frank Ilaboya, said in a statement that the match is between Edo Queens, the top women side in Edo State and the state’s Under13 male side that was being groomed by late national team Coach, Amodu Shaibu. Read more
NFF confirms Corsica, Togo friendlies for Eagles
The Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed that the Super Eagles will play two international friendly matches, against the Senior National Teams of Corsica and Togo respectively, before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in Uyo next month.
Chief Coach Salisu Yusuf will lead a contingent of goalkeepers trainer Alloy Agu, home –based professionals Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Alhassan Ibrahim, Stephen Odey and Sikiru Olatubosun and backroom staff to Paris on 22nd May, from where they will travel to Corsica. Read more
Chelsea 4-3 Watford, Premier League: Tactical Analysis
Chelsea used ground passes to play through Watford’s press, drawing them in to the ball to open up space for the spare man to play forward passes in midfield.
Starting with Watford’s high pressure moments, Chelsea found success early on when Hazard dropped back to receive and hold the ball (Mariappa following him high, before passing him onto Behrami) then switch it to Azpilicueta who could receive the ball free on the right and break the press. From there, Watford’s shape was broken and Willian could make outside diagonal runs to get behind the backline and take the ball into the box. Read more
Chelsea make £55m transfer bid for 24-year-old – report
Chelsea have made a £55m summer transfer bid to sign Marco Verratti from Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports in the British media.
Chinese football has bright future, says FIFA official Zhang Jian
The new role could provide an avenue for the convergence of Chinese football and the global football culture. Furthermore, it could prove a crucial early step for China to someday host a FIFA World Cup, said newly elected FIFA council member.
Earlier this month, Zhang, the current senior vice president and General Secretary of the Chinese Football Association, was elected to the FIFA council at the 27th AFC Congress 2017 in Manama, Bahrain. Read more
Klopp: Liverpool will sign quality in search of silverware
Jurgen Klopp insisted Liverpool will invest in quality players as they prepare for European football next season, while he said there is no alternative to winning trophies at Anfield.
Liverpool have been ravaged by injuries in the Premier League this season, with stars Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Jordon Henderson and Joel Matip all spending time on the sidelines. Read more
Germany squad named for FIFA Confederations Cup
Australia’s FIFA Confederations Cup opponents Germany have announced their squad for next month’s tournament in Russia.
Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi, Liverpool’s Emre Can, Manchester City’s Leroy Sane and Barcelona’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen have all been named in the squad.
There are seven uncapped players in the squad for the 2014 World Cup winners, with the likes of . Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller left out Read more
Japan cabinet approves bill to allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate
Japan’s cabinet approved a bill on Friday that would allow Emperor Akihito to step down, paving the way for the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries.
The 83-year-old emperor, who has had heart surgery and prostate cancer treatment, said in rare public remarks last year he feared age might make it hard for him to fulfil his duties. Read more
Chelsea 4-3 Watford, Premier League: Tactical Analysis
The wives of some of the most prominent victims of Xi Jinping’s crackdown on civil society have stepped up their campaign for justice, backing calls for US sanctions against Chinese officials involved in allegedly barbaric cases of torture and abuse.
Addressing a congressional hearing in Washington on Thursday, the women, whose husbands were among the key targets of a Communist party offensive against human rights lawyers, detailed the physical and psychological trauma inflicted by China’s so-called “war on law”. Read more
US accuses China of ‘unprofessional’ intercept of radiation sniffing plane
Two Chinese SU-30 aircraft carried out what the US military described on Thursday as an “unprofessional” intercept of a US aircraft designed to detect radiation while it was flying in international airspace over the East China Sea.
“The issue is being addressed with China through appropriate diplomatic and military channels,” said Air Force spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Lori Hodge. Hodge said the US characterisation of the incident was based on initial reports from the US aircrew aboard the WC-135 Constant Phoenix aircraft “due to the manoeuvres by the Chinese pilot, as well as the speeds and proximity of both aircraft”. Read more
Erdogan: Turkey will not take part in Raqqa offensive
Turkey will not participate in an offensive on Raqqa, an ISIS stronghold in Syria, because the US-led coalition will include Kurdish militia fighters, who Turkey considers terrorists, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
Erdogan made the comments Thursday while addressing Turkish businessmen in Istanbul after returning to Turkey from a Tuesday visit to the White House. Read more
U.S. Launches First Direct Strike on Pro-Regime Troops in Syria
The United States launched an airstrike against pro-Syrian forces who advanced inside a “de-conflicted zone” Thursday even though Russia urged them not to, the U.S.-led coalition said.
There was no immediate word on casualties in the strike northwest of the coalition base at Al Tanf in the southern part of the country.
The airstrike appears to be the first publicly known direct confrontation between U.S. forces and fighters loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. While U.S. forces have engaged with ISIS fighters — including a month ago at Al Tanf — they have not previously been reported to have directly engaged with elements of the Syrian regime or militias allied with it. Read more