SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 17, 2018
Ekiti Debt Not N170bn, Fayemi Preparing Ground for Failure – Fayose
The immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has insisted that his administration did not commit the state to any financial institution in form of bonds and commercial loans, describing claim by Governor Kayode Fayemi that the State was indebted to the tune of N170 billion as false and “a way of preparing grounds for his impending failure just as he did when he assumed office in 2010.” Fayose’s media aide Lere Olayinka said in a statement issued on Wednesday that Ekiti State indebtedness was under N60 billion and that the debt was either directly incurred during Fayemi’s first tenure or as a result of the loans restructuring done at the instance of the federal government and the Federal Economic Council.
Only 8 Parties Have Submitted Lists of Candidates, Says INEC
The Independent National Electorate Commission (INEC) has said that only eight of the 90 registered political parties have submitted lists of their candidates for 2019 general elections as at close of work on Tuesday. Speaking at a quarterly dialogue session of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room session with INEC, the chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said that the electoral body expects a very busy time receiving submissions from other 82 parties between Wednesday and Thursday, the last day of the exercise.
Minimum Wage: Organised Labour Holds Crucial Meeting Thursday
The Organised Labour says it will meet on Thursday to take final decision on the new National Minimum Wage for workers, following the delay by the Federal Government to announce its figure. Mr Ayuba Wabba, President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja. NAN reports that Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, had said there was no agreement yet by the Tripartite Committee on the new National Minimum wage figure in the country.
Delta Governor Okowa Presents N367 Billion 2019 Budget To State Assembly
Delta State governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Wednesday presented a budget estimate of N367, 095,083,451 billion for the 2019 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly. The budget christened “Budget of Sustainable Growth” has infrastructural development and education on its priority list. Okowa said N79.6 billion is earmarked for road infrastructure and N26.8 billion for education with an additional N2.5 billion for the purpose of meeting counterpart funding in the education sector in 2019.
Dalung Expresses Shock Over FIBA SG’s Death
The Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has described the death of FIBA Secretary-General and IOC member, Patrick Baumann as unbelievable and shocking. Barrister Dalung who just returned from Buenos Aires, Argentina where the Youth Olympics is ongoing described the late Baumann as a global citizen who had the interest of Nigeria’s Basketball at heart. “Just on Wednesday, I had a meeting with him alongside the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engineer Habu Gumel and the Secretary General, Chief Babatunde Popoola to explore possibilities of growing basketball in Nigeria.
W/Chair Tennis Ranking Tourney Serves off in Lagos
Wheelchair tennis players across the country will slug it out for four days in Lagos as the national ranking tournament serves off today. Head Coach of Nigeria’s wheelchair tennis, Frank Tarmena, said yesterday that no fewer than 120 players from all parts of Nigeria will take part in the tournament which will be used to grade players in the country. The men’s draw for the tournament which is bankrolled by Nigeria Tennis Federation President, Ifedayo Akindoju, will be round of 32 for men; the same for the women’s category. Currently, Alex Adewale is the prime seed for the male while Kafayat Omisore tops the women’s ranking.
I Was Determined To Succeed At Gotv Boxing Night 16, Says Agbaje
The winner of the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial cash prize of N1.5 million at GOtv Boxing Night 16, Taiwo Agbaje, has said that sheer determination gave him victory over Tope Musa in their lightweight fight on Sunday night. Agbaje kept the capacity crowd at the indoor sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos at the edge of their seats with his all-action style that saw him defeat Musa in a challenge contest. He was voted as best boxer by journalists at the event ahead of the similarly impressive Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph and Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu.
Testosterone Rules Put Semenya in Cooler
World and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya’s battle to stop a rule change affecting female athletes with high testosterone levels could see her miss “the bulk” of the 2019 outdoor season. Athletics governing body the IAAF intended to bring in the new rules on 1 November but has put that back to 26 March 2019. It wants to wait for the outcome of a legal challenge from Semenya first. The new rules aim to restrict the levels of testosterone in female runners.
Merkel Warns Of No-Deal Brexit Danger As Europe Meets
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Wednesday that Europe must be prepared for a no-deal Brexit, as EU leaders sought to unblock stalled divorce talks with Britain. Prime Minister Theresa May was due in Brussels to present her take on how to save the talks on Britain’s scheduled exit from the union on March 29. Negotiations are at an impasse over the issue of a legal backstop to keep open the border between British Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, an EU member.
Meghan Markle Pays Stylish Tribute to Princess Diana During First Outing Since Announcing Her Pregnancy
Eagle-eyed royal fans spotted a touching tribute to Princess Diana in Meghan Markle‘s outfit during the first day of royal tour duties in Sydney, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex started the day at Admiralty House before heading to Taronga Zoo and then meeting thousands of royal fans lined up outside the Opera House. Meghan looked stunning in an ivory Karen Gee dress, but it was her jewelry that drew special attention.