May 22, 2018

* Economy cannot recover with poorly paid workers – Labour leader * Fayose inaugurates presidential campaign

* Economy cannot recover with poorly paid workers – Labour leader  * Fayose inaugurates presidential campaign



Economy cannot recover with poorly paid workers – Labour leader

A labour leader, Mr Isa Aremu, on Monday, appealed to the Federal Government to constitute a national minimum wage review committee without delay to alleviate workers’ suffering.

“There is no way the economy can recover with poorly paid workers,’’ Aremu, General Secretary, National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, said.

The Federal Government had on May 23 said that it would set up a 29- member committee to review the minimum wage Read more

Fayose inaugurates presidential campaign

Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has abandoned his desire to seek reelection in 2018. Instead, he has launched his presidential campaign on Facebook.

Fayose had initially said he would approach the Supreme Court to determine his eligibility to run again for the office of governor of his state because of his inability to finish his first term in office. Read more

Senate probes rice smuggling, says N7tn goods smuggled into Nigeria yearly

The Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, on Monday commenced an investigation into rice smuggling in the country, with a public hearing in Abuja.

Opening the session with “Smuggling – A Threat to Nigeria’s Quest to Self-Sufficiency in Rice Production’’, President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, decried the rising trend in smuggling in the country. Read more

Osun rejects national grazing bill

The Osun State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr.  Surajudeen Basiru, has said the state will head for court should the National Assembly pass the National Grazing Reserve (Establishment) Bill 2016 into law.

The bill, which is reportedly before the House of Representatives, aims to address the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers across the country by establishing the Nigerian Grazing Reserve Commission, which shall have power to, among others, establish one cattle reserve in each state of the federation. Read more

Cross River to boost cocoa production

The Deputy Governor of Cross River, Prof. Ivara Esu, says the state government is targeting to be first in cocoa production and is, therefore, taking the necessary measures to boost the production of the cash crop.

Esu said this on Monday at Ikom during the Tree Crops Development Cocoa Value Chain Capacity Building workshop for cocoa estate managers, farmers and agricultural officers. Read more

Inflation rate drops for fifth consecutive time to 16.1% ─ NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics on Monday released the Consumer Price Index which measures inflation with the index dropping from 16.25 per cent in May to 16.1 per cent as at the end of June.

The bureau in the report made available to our correspondent in Abuja said this is the fifth consecutive decline in inflation rate since January. Read more

Apapa gridlock: NUPENG wants alternative loading depots for tankers

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers on Monday appealed to the NNPC to provide alternative loading depots for petroleum tankers to check the recurring gridlock in Apapa area of Lagos State.

The South-West Chairman of the union, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, said that the recurring gridlock in Apapa was because 90 per cent of petroleum products were stored in various private tank farms in the area. Read more

Edo pensioners barricade Benin road over non-payment of gratuities, pension

Pensioners in Edo on Monday barricaded popular Oba Ovonramwen Square in Benin for several hours over non-payment of gratuities and pension arrears.

The pensioners forced diversion of traffic which resulted in unusual traffic gridlock in adjoining roads.

The pensioners, former employees of the state and local government, chanted solidarity songs and carried placards with inscriptions. Read more

CBN special forex window attracts N2.715tn investments

The Central Bank of Nigeria’s special foreign exchange window for investors and exporters has stimulated investments in the stock market, ushering it into a new era of growth, Stanley Opara writes

The Nigerian equities market has attracted N2.715tn investments owing to the foreign exchange window for investors and exporters introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria on April 21 this year. Read more

FG supports 327,000-tonne iron, steel plant

The Federal Government has announced its support for the establishment of a 327,000-tonne iron and steel plant as part of its plan to diversify the economy away from oil.

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, gave the indication on Friday during a facility tour of Standard Metallurgical Company Limited in Sagamu, Ogun State, where the plant is being built. Read more

‘Group calling for Saraki’s recall not known to APC’

The All Progressives Congress in Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara on Sunday dissociated itself from those calling for the recall of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki from the senate.

Alhaji Suleiman Bala, the APC Chairman in Ilorin West Local Government Area told journalists in Ilorin that the group and its members were not known by the party. Read more

LASG announces restiction of movement

The Lagos State Government has announced the restriction of vehicular movement during the Local Government and Local Council Development Areas elections holding across the state on Saturday, July 22, 2017.

The State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, in a statement on Sunday, said the restriction of movement across the state will be enforced between 8 am and 2 pm on Saturday, July 22, to allow for a smooth conduct of the polls and unhindered participation. Read more

You can’t defeat Wike, Rivers PDP tells APC

The Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State has said that the All Progressives Congress cannot wrestle power from the state Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike in 2019.

A leader of the PDP in the state, Glory Emeh, said the APC would be daydreaming to believe that it would turn the table against the ruling party in the state. Read more

2.9m infants did not get any vaccines in 2016

UN agencies on Monday warned that no fewer than 2.9 million infants did not get any vaccines in 2016.

According to the WHO and UNICEF, the number represents about 10 per cent of babies around the world. The UN agencies warned that no fewer than 13 million infants missed out on immunisation, including the combined vaccine against the potentially deadly diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. Read more

Why Nigerian govt is stopping production of local movies, music, abroad — Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has reacted to criticisms trailing his recent pronouncement on steps being taken by the government to discourage the production of Nigerian movies and music outside the country.

In a chat with PREMIUM TIMES, on Sunday, he said it was to tackle the exploitation of perceived loopholes in the Nigerian Broadcasting Code, NBC. Read more

Commuters groan as BRT lane construction causes gridlock on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway

Motorists and other road users on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway have lamented the hardship caused by chaotic gridlock on the expressway following the ongoing construction of the Oshodi-Abule Egba Bus Rapid Transit lane.

The users, who spoke on Monday in Lagos, said that the road was making life unbearable for users on a daily basis.

They also expressed worries over the reduction of the expressway from five to two lanes as they believe there was not going to be an expansion. Read more

5% remittance of PSC: Unlawfully robbing FAAN to pay AIB – Aviation unions

Two aviation unions have rejected the recent ministerial directive that five per cent of the revenue collected by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria from Passengers Service Charge should be remitted to the Accident Investigation Bureau.

The unions described the remittance as “trying to unlawfully rob FAAN to pay AIB when both are established by law stipulating their source of funding”. Read more

Lekki, VI may lose attraction, say experts

The recent flooding experienced in some parts of the country, especially in Lagos, has raised fears that petroleum products in filling stations’ storage facilities located in the affected areas may have been contaminated.

Real estate experts, including land and estate surveyors and valuers, as well as town planners have said the massive flooding in Lekki, Ajah, Ikoyi and Victoria Island, will lead to a reduction in the appetite of prospective tenants and property buyers. Read more

Nigeria’s D’Tigers to face DR Congo, Mali, Cote D’Ivoire

Nigeria’s D’Tigers have been drawn in Group A of the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 scheduled for Senegal and Tunisia from Sept. 8 to Sept. 16.

According to a report on the website of FIBA-Africa, the competition’s organisers, Nigeria, who are the reigning champions, have been drawn alongside DR Congo, Mali and Cote D’Ivoire.

The official draw for the competition took place on Sunday in Balaclava, Mauritius. Read more

CAF discusses Nations Cup changes

New-look Africa Cup of Nations and CAF Champions League competitions could emerge this week from discussions in Morocco that will include FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

A two-day CAF symposium begins Tuesday in Rabat and officials, coaches and former stars have been tasked with plotting the future of the popular sport in the continent.

On Friday, a CAF executive committee meeting will precede an extraordinary general assembly involving the 55 member associations, where changes could be adopted. Read more

Bayern end bid to sign Sanchez from Arsenal

Bayern Munich boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed they have dropped their interest in signing Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez for next season.

After head coach Carlo Ancelotti last week had his wish granted to sign Colombia’s James Rodriguez on loan from Real Madrid, Bayern have called off their bid to poach Chile’s hot-shot Sanchez from Arsenal. Read more

New Barca coach praises Messi, Neymar

New Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde laughed off the idea of bringing in new players on Monday saying the best signings were the players already in the dressing room.

“I’m more than happy with the way things stand,” said Valverde when pressed on the potential signing of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti. Read more

Ex-Wimbledon star Boris Becker loses £100m to Nigerian oil deal

Forty-nine-year-old Wimbledon legend, Boris Becker, has claimed that he lost a huge part of his £100m fortune in a shady investments in Nigerian oil firms.

According to a top German news magazine, Der Spiegel, the former star was involved in a dubious deal between a Canadian firm and a Nigerian employee of Becker.

It was said that some documents revealed that Becker had major shares in an oil producing and servicing firm in Nigeria, but the deal failed, completely leaving the Tennis star bankrupt. Read more

EU allocates €700m to develop sustainable energy in Nigeria

The European Union says it has so far committed over  €700m for the development of sustainable energy in Nigeria and other ECOWAS countries from 2014 to 2020.

The Head of Cooperation, EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr Kurt Cornelis, said this in Abuja on Monday at a workshop on policy and regulation for clean energy mini-grids and renewable energy in ECOWAS region. Read more

London-bound Medview passengers stranded in Lagos

Scores of London-bound passengers of Medview Airlines were on Sunday left stranded at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

It was learnt that some of the passengers arrived the Lagos airport as early as 10am in order to be checked-in for the 1pm flight to London but could not do so, as officials of the airline were reportedly not on ground to handle the process. Read more

Tribal militia kidnap two priests in DR Congo

Tribal militia forces have kidnapped two Roman Catholic priests in the troubled North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Monday.

Kidnappings are frequent in this eastern part of the DRC, related to communal conflict between the Nande and Hunde tribes on one hand and ethnic Hutus on the other. The two priests come from the Nande ethnic group. Read more

Man Utd Transfers: £50 Million Fee Agreed For Ivan Perisic

Ivan Perisic’s protracted move to Manchester United could finally be concluded this week, according to Nerazzurri (via TeamTalk)

The Croatian winger has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford for most of the summer, but the club has until now been unable to agree a transfer fee with Inter.

The Italians are now thought to have settled on a fee in the region of £50m for the 28-year-old, who has played more than 50 games for the Croatian national side. Read more

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen ‘could play for Barcelona or Real Madrid’

Former Hamburg and Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stig Tofting believes Christian Eriksen could play for either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

The former Danish international thinks his compatriot wouldn’t look out of place in either the Camp Nou or Bernabeu. He believes the Tottenham playmaker has the ability and skill to thrive among players of that calibre. Read more

Dinosaur that looked like a massive bird discovered in Canada

A bird-like dinosaur has been discovered in Alberta, Canada.

The creature, named Currie’s Alberta hunter, stalked the Red Deer River Valley about 71 million years ago, according to a paper published in the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.

It walked on two legs, was covered in feathers, grew to just under two metres long and would have weighed about 60kg. It is thought to have eaten a mixed diet of meat and plants. Read more

Indonesian watchdog names parliamentarian as suspect in corruption case

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency is investigating a member of parliament for allegedly causing state losses of at least 2.3 trillion rupiah (£132 million) during the implementation of a national electronic identity card, it said on Monday.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) identified the politician only by the initials “SN”, which local media took to be Setya Novanto, speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) and chairman of Indonesia’s second-biggest political party, Golkar. Read more

Theresa May urged to intervene on Saudi Arabia death penalty cases

According to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International the group – all of whom are of the Shia community – were put on death row for confessions that followed more than two years of pre-trial detention.

Many of the defendants have since retracted their confessions saying they were coerced using methods including beatings and prolonged solitary confinement, the campaign groups said. Read more

Spike in Venezuelans seeking asylum in U.S. could hit another record

Carlos Sanchez worries constantly about the safety of the family he left behind in Venezuela three years ago.

“What worries me the most is that something might happen to them, like getting robbed or that they get killed for some reason, or that they get kidnapped because they think that because I’m here I have a lot of money,” said Sanchez, 19, who lives in Maryland with his father. Read more

570,000 illegal workers left Saudi under amnesty, 12,000 returned legally

Some 572,488 expatriates have benefited from an amnesty issued by the Saudi government to allow illegal migrants to leave the country without penalty, the government revealed.

The “A Nation without Violators” campaign saw 12,000 expats return to the kingdom legally, the General Directorate of Passports said. Read more

Caitlyn Jenner is considering running for the US Senate representing California

It is no secret the line between celebrity and politics is becoming increasingly blurred in America. Not only is the sitting President a former Apprentice host, WWE Hall of Famer and infamous property tycoon but Kid Rock just dropped a massive hint he will be running for the senate.

Caitlyn Jenner is now following suit and considering running for the US Senate to represent California. Read more

Australian foreign minister takes jab at Trump’s weight after US president tells Brigitte Macron she is ‘in great shape’

The normally steely and contained foreign minister of Australia has put aside her usual fidelity to party talking points for just a moment to respond to Donald Trump’s comments about the appearance of the first lady of France.

Julie Bishop, who also serves as the deputy leader of the country’s right-leaning Liberal Party, said that Mr Trump’s comment that Brigitte Macron was in “good shape” were peculiar. Read more


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