Electoral Materials To Be Printed In Nigeria
President Goodluck Jonathan has stopped the printing of electoral and other sensitive materials abroad, calling on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to revamp the moribund Nigerian Security, Printing and Minting Company.
The president, speaking during the launch of national e-ID card in Abuja, disclosed that the government cannot continue to spend a huge sum of money to print materials outside. Read more
FG sacks NSPMC mgt, appoints new MD, 2 directors
The board of directors of the Nigeria Security Printing Company (NSPMC) yesterday sacked its management and sent the Acting Managing Director and two executive directors on retirement with effect from Monday September 1.
This came few hours after President Goodluck Jonathan ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to restructure the mint with a view to making it viable. Read more
NLC Demands Better Welfare For Workers
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called for improved working conditions for workers to make them more efficient and productive.
Speaking in Abuja during the commissioning of the Federal Might House developed by the Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU), Federal Council, the president of the NLC, Comrade Abdulwahed Omar said the union must ensure that their members are comfortable. Read more
FG Reiterates Support For Professional Bodies
The federal government has pledged its commitment to support professional bodies in the financial sector to build their capacity to enhance their contributions towards policy formulation and execution. The coordinating minister for the Economy and Honourable Minister of Finance, Dr.Ngozi Okonjo–Iweala announced the commitment during the courtesy visit by Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), led by its president Otunba (Mrs) Debola Osibogun. Read more
Ministry, UNDP train youths ahead 2015 polls
AS the country draws nearer to another electioneering year, the Federal Ministry of Youth Development, with the support of the Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) of the United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP), has organised a workshop for young people in the South-South zone, to develop capacity. Read more
Anxiety greets FG’s postponement of resumption over Ebola
School proprietors and other stakeholders differ over the Federal Government’s October 13 resumption date, Folashade Adebayo writes
The Federal Government’s directive cancelling summer schools and extending school resumption by a month is drawing mixed concerns from many people. Read more
Dangote Pulls out Employees from Liberia
As the West African countries affected by the Ebola virus continue to seek ways to eradicate the disease, Africa’s richest man and Nigerian cement magnate, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has pulled out some of his employees from his cement plant in Liberia.
Dangote also stated that one per cent growth might be shaved off in the region this year. Read more
MasterCard-branded National eID Card Launched in Nigeria
Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) will issue MasterCard-branded identity cards with electronic payments functionality to 13 million Nigerians. This initiative is the largest rollout of a biometric-based verification card with an electronic payment solution in the country and the broadest financial inclusion program in Africa.
The eID card forms a key component of the Nigerian Identity Management System, deployed by NIMC as part of its mandate to create, maintain and operate the country’s first central National Identity Database and provide proof of identity to Nigerians 16 years and older. Read more
Police clampdown on APC members in Niger
Efforts by the police to prevent the opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) from holding its rally for the Niger East Senatorial election in Minna were resisted by party loyalists who demanded to know why they could not use the venue.
Officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force had cracked down on the (APC faithful who were in Minna to rally support for Barrister David Umaru, the Niger East Senatorial candidate of the party for a Bye-Elections slated for on Friday. Read more
2015: Group campaigns for Jonathan in U.S.
Ahead of the 2015 general elections, a pan-Igbo group, South-East Amalgamation for Jonathan/Sambo, has taken its campaign train to the United States (U.S) to galvanise the needed support for the President.
The delegation which has already departed Nigeria to attend this year’s World Igbo Congress convention in the United States, said no stone would be left unturned in ensuring that Igbos worldwhide are mobilised for Jonathan’s re-election. Read more
ITU Secretary-General to Speak at ICT Media Centenary Summit
The Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the information and communications technology (ICT) arm of the United Nations (UN), Dr. HammadounToure, will deliver the keynote address at the Centenary Summit being organised by ICT Media Initiative.
Toure, who has confirmed his readiness to give the keynote address at the summit and awards ceremony, will be in company with the President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who tops the list of distinguished Nigerians that would be honoured for their contributions to the growth of ICT in Nigeria. Read more
Rivers state identifies patients of late doctor
Rivers State Government says the patients of the late Dr. Iyke Enemoah, who died of Ebola have been identified and restricted.
Our correspondent learnt that the late doctor died at the Good Heart Hospital on Evo Road, GRA, Port Harcourt. Read more
Hospital workers protest Ebola victim’s body in teaching hospital’s morgue
University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) workers protested yesterday against the storage in their morgue of the body of Dr. Iky Sam Enemua, who died of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
The displeased employees, who pleaded not to be named, for fear of victimisation, urged the management of UPTH, on the East-West Road in the River State capital, to move the body from the hospital to avoid endangering their lives. Read more
Navy puts personnel on alert in Lagos
The Nigerian Navy has put its men on the alert following intelligence report that the Boko Haram insurgents are planning an attack on government’s installations in Lagos using disabled persons.
To this end, military personnel have been put on guard to screen physically challenged persons especially those using tricycles around security facilities. Read more
Gunmen Attack Army Static Point, Kill Two Soldiers
Gunmen suspected to be members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect, yesterday attacked an army static made up of about six armed soldiers stationed at Wunti-Dada, a suburb of Bauchi State capital, killing two soldiers.
One of the sect members was however killed in the encounter. Read more
Oduah under pressure to vie for Senate
FormerAviation Minister, Prince Stella Oduah, is under pressure to contest for the Anambra North senatorial election under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In support of her aspiration, Women of Anambra North Senatorial Zone, comprising seven local government areas, have inaugurated Local Government coordinators for the Oduah support group. Read more
OYO raises workers’ salaries
The Oyo State Government has announced an increment in the salaries of civil servants in the state.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi made the announcement while addressing workers who were on queue to board the free Ajumose buses at the Government Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, on Thursday. Read more
Sabinews News Update on Economy
FG Completes Due Diligence on Lekki Port Project
The Federal Government of Nigeria(FGN) has completed due diligence (DD) on the Lekki port project thereby raising hopes on the actualisation of the first ever multibillion naira private/public partnership in that sector of the economy.
The completion of the DD is coming after earlier doubts on the fate of the project following bickering by major shareholders over their equity participation in the facility. Read more
Automobile Assembly Operations begin at VoN
The new automotive policy of the Federal Government is beginning to yield result, as Stallion Automobile Group, owners of VoN Automobiles has started churning out Ashok Leyland commercial buses, Hyundai and Nissan range of vehicles from its assembly plant along the Laogos-Badagry Expressway.
The company has about 400 staff. Read more
Digital payments vital to economic growth- World Bank Report
Gates Foundation and Better Than Cash Alliance urge governments to embrace digital financial services, offers concrete action steps
Integrating digital payments into the economies of emerging and developing nations addresses crucial issues of broad economic growth and individual financial empowerment, according to a new report by the World Bank Development Research Group. Read more
Youths Advised on Import/Export Business Opportunities
The Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Mr. Hassan Bello has enjoined youths on how to be successful in export and import business.
He said Nigerians who wish to engage in the import and export business should seek guidance and enlightenment and get adequately equipped before venturing into the murky waters of international trade. Read more
Citibank Nigeria commemorates 7th micro entrepreneurship awards
Citibank Nigeria Limited commemorated its seventh Citi Micro Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony, recently, at the Sheraton Hotel Abuja. The event held as part of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) eighth Annual Microfinance Conference and was organised in partnership with the CBN as well as the Growing Businesses Foundation (GBF). This year, Citi honoured 17 micro-entrepreneurs from across the country for their business innovativeness. Read more
Sabinews News Update on Oil and Gas
NUPENG Resumes Strike, Accuses Chevron of Dishonuoring Agreement
The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) yesterday said it was resuming the strike it suspended early in July this year.
The NUPENG members had been spoiling for war over alleged improper retrenchment of its members by the management of American oil giant, Chevron Nigeria Limited, claiming that the company had refused to bend despite intervention by the Federal Ministry of Labour. Read more
Locust plague descends on Madagascar capital
A thick grey swarm of locusts engulfed Madagascar’s capital on Thursday, sending children scuttling and causing florists to burn tyres in panic.
A bank of ravenous insects clouded the sky over Antananarivo, with countless thousands raining down dead on to the streets. Read more
West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the UN health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced a US$490 million (S$611 million) strategic plan to contain the epidemic over the next nine months, saying it was based on a projection that the virus could spread to 10 further countries beyond the four now affected – Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Read more
Libya’s interim government resigns under pressure
Libya’s toothless interim government, led by prime minister Abdullah al-Thani, announced late on Thursday it had tendered its resignation to the elected parliament, days after a rival Islamist administration was created.
The interim government, operating in the east of the country to avoid the Islamist militias which have a strong presence in Tripoli, said it “presented its resignation to the elected parliament”, which is based in Tobruk, 600 kilometres east of the capital, also for security reasons. Read more
Volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea causes flight diversions
A volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea on Friday sent smoke and ash spewing high over the South Pacific island nation, leading some aircraft to alter their flight paths.
Mount Tavurvur on East New Britain Island erupted hours before dawn, a bulletin from the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said.
There have been no reports of injuries. Read more
Sabinews News Update on Sports
Giwa Emerges NFA New Board Chairman
A faction of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) congress has elected Chris Giwa as the new Board Chairman of the association, alongside 11 others as board members.
The congress, at the association’s General Assembly on Tuesday in Abuja, elected the club proprietor following an election which had 29 of the 44 voting members in attendance. Read more
Giwa’s ‘Election’ A Sham – Adamu
A board member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and an aspirant for the vice-presidency in the forthcoming elections into federation’s executive committee, Alhaji Shehu Adamu, has dismissed last Tuesday’s congress, which returned Chris Giwa as the new President. Musa called the proceedings a sham. Read more
CAF Reinstates Mba as Match Commissioner
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Referees Consultant, Linus Mba, who was axed by CAF in the thick of Nigeria’s problems with FIFA has been ‘reinstated’ with a match.
Next weekend, the FIFA Referees’ Advisor will travel to Kumasi as Match Commissioner when Ghana host Uganda in the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier. Read more
NSC Offers to Pick Keshi’s Bills for Congo, S’ Africa Matches
The National Sport Commission (NSC) has indicated its readiness to offset Stephen Keshi’s bill to handle the Super Eagles for the Africa Cup of Nations 2015 qualifying matches against Congo and South Africa if the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) refuses to pay, Sports Minster, Tammy Danagogo, disclosed last night.
Though Keshi has been holding talks with NFF negotiators about a new contact after the parties fell out after Brazil 2014. Read more
Sports Minister Pledges Support for New NFF Exco
The Minister/Chairman, National Sports Commission, Tammy Danagogo has expressed his readiness to work with the newly constituted Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Speaking during a courtesy call on him by the new NFF Board on Thursday, Danagogo expressed confidence in the ability and capacity of the new Executive Committee of NFF to take Nigeria football to new heights. Read more