SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE – MARCH 15, 2019
Ethiopian Airlines opens condolence register in Nigeria
The management of Ethiopian Airlines in Nigeria has opened Condolence Registers at the airline’s offices in Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Enugu. This is for the victims of the ET Flight 302 that crashed on the 10th of March 6, minutes after take-off.
The General Manager of Ethiopian Airlines in Nigeria Firihiewot Mekonnen received the first set of visitors at the office in Lagos. At the Abuja airport, the Managing Director of the Federal Airport Authority (FAAN), Saleh Dunomah was received by the Ethiopian Airlines Sales Manager Abuja, Tilahun Tadesse. Mekonnen thanked Nigerians for standing with Ethiopia and Ethiopian Airlines in this moment of grief.
We will restore dignity of Imo people, says Ihedioha
The governor-elect of Imo State, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has said that his administration will restore the dignity of Imo people, adding that the era of the state being a laughing stock in Nigeria is gone. He also said he would soon set up a transition team with clear terms of reference to liaise with the outgoing government to collate information on the state of affairs of the state. In a world press conference held Thursday tagged “For Imo, A New Dawn”, the governor-elect dedicated his victory in Saturday’s, governorship elections to the ordinary men and women in the state, including the traders, artisans, clergies, labourers, farmers, teachers, students, youths and women of all ages.
INEC promises to work with National Assembly on electoral reforms
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday said it would work with the 9th National Assembly to review and strengthen the nation’s electoral laws. The commission also said it would immediately commence work on the aftermath of the 2019 general elections and roadmap for the 2023 general elections. The commission’s chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said these in Abuja while presenting certificates of return to Senators-elect. Yakubu said the tendency to delay electoral reform particularly the review of electoral framework till close to elections, had most often left the commission with little time to develop processes, including regulations and guidelines.
9th National Assembly: Deft moves begin over Senate Presidency
Some All Progressives Congress senators-elect on Thursday cautioned resident Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the party against sitting on the fence on the issue of the principal officers of the National Assembly. The APC has a majority of 65 senators in the ninth Senate compared to 37 People’s Democratic Party’s members. In the House of Representatives poll, the APC won 211 seats, while the PDP clinched 111 seats. Although the APC leaders have yet to produce a zoning formula, it was gathered that senators-elect, who are interested in the Senate presidency and other positions have started lobbying their colleagues.
Benue rerun: PDP picks Mark, Ortom, Suswam, others as polling agents
Ahead of the governorship rerun election, the People’s Democratic Party in Benue State has announced names of its polling agents and returning officers. The Independent National Electoral Commission had announced March 23 for the supplementary election. Benue is among the six states where the electoral commission said rerun governorship election will hold on March 23. Other states in this category are Kano, Adamawa, Bauchi, Sokoto and Plateau. Ortom, in the first election, scored 410,576 votes while the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Emmanuel Jime, got 329,022 votes.
INEC committee’s visit to Rivers a waste, says advocacy group
A good governance advocacy group, the Rivers Unity House, (RUH) has said the visit of the fact-finding committee of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to Rivers State following the suspension of the gubernatorial election in the state is a waste. Convener of RUH, an advocacy group within the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kingsley Wenenda Wali, spoke Thursday at a live radio programme monitored in Port Harcourt. He said the visit of the committee was a waste of time and resources. Wali said: “I don’t feel comfortable discussing INEC. Let’s say I doubt if INEC is fair. I doubt that very much. They brought themselves into the playing field as active participants but because as a civil servant, I believe that the kind of things should be saying should stoke flame or fire as it were. There are certain things you shouldn’t do as a civil servant but INEC is saying all of that.
NNPC rallies W’Africa against regional energy challenges
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has called for more integration among countries within the West African sub-region towards providing lasting solutions to the region’s numerous energy challenges. NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, made the call at a meeting he and other African oil ministers had with the United States Energy Secretary, Rick Perry, on the sidelines of the 19th CERAWeek Conference in Houston, United States of America. According to a statement from the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, Baru disclosed at the meeting that energy integration across the sub-region was necessary to drastically reduce unemployment and restiveness as well as improve the economies of affected countries.
Nigeria won 700 medals under my reign – Dalung
Nigerian athletes won over 700 medals in various sporting activities in the last three and half years, Minister of Youth and Sport Development, Solomon Dalung, disclosed this Thursday in Benin during the extra-ordinary meeting of the National Council on Sports. “In the past three years I took over as the sports administrator of the country, Nigeria has been able to win over 700 medals in various sporting competitions that we participated in and this is quite historic,” he said. Dalung called on state governors to change their attitude towards sports development in the country by making budgetary provisions for athletes to ease the sufferings of the athletes and officials.
Moses adapting to ‘difficult’ Turkish league
Nigerian winger Victor Moses says he is still adapting to life in the Turkish Super Lig, but the 2018 World Cup star is determined to make impact at Fenerbahce. Moses, 28, switched from England to Turkey in January, penning an 18-month deal with the former Turkish champions after struggling to pin down a regular place under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. The former Crystal Palace star has scored two goals in seven league appearances for Fenerbahce since his arrival at the club.
Pinnick restates Africa’s backing for 48-team World Cup
With the prospect of African slots increasing from five to 10, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has thrown its weight behind the plan to increase the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48-team format. Africa currently enjoys five slots since the Mundial it hosted for the first time in South Africa in 2010. The proposal to increase the World Cup to 48 teams was proposed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and was expected to take effect at the 2026 edition to be co-hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States of America.
Unai Emery believes Arsenal can ‘feel the possibility’ of Europa League triumph after Rennes comeback
Unai Emery says he and his players can feel the opportunity to claim the first trophy of his Arsenal tenure after reaching the Europa League last eight. A brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang either side of Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ first Arsenal goal in Europe saw the Gunners overturn their 3-1 first-leg defeat against Rennes to ensure their name is in the hat for Friday’s draw. Every English side in European competition this season has reached the quarter-final stage, proving just how tough it will be for those seeking a top-four place in the Premier League to ensure they qualify for the Champions League on that front.
Manchester City to be handed transfer ban by FIFA
Manchester City will reportedly be banned from making signings in the next two transfer windows by FIFA for breaking rules related to the protection of youth players and third-party ownership. The club is already being investigated by the Football Association and Premier League for allegations related to youth transfers and financial fair play rules, with the latter also of interest to European governing body UEFA. That investigation could result in City receiving a Champions League ban.
Ethiopia crash may test Boeing’s success in defeating U.S. lawsuits – legal experts
The crash of Boeing Co’s 737 MAX 8 passenger jet in Ethiopia raises the chances that families of the 157 victims, even non-U.S. residents, will be able to sue in U.S. courts, where payouts are larger than in other countries, some legal experts said. Sunday’s crash occurred five months after the same model of the plane went down in Indonesia, an accident that prompted a string of U.S. lawsuits against Boeing by families of the 189 victims. While no lawsuits have yet been filed since the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, some plaintiffs’ lawyers said they expect that Boeing will be sued in the United States. Boeing did not immediately comment.
British lawmakers overwhelmingly back Brexit delay
British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to seek a delay in Britain’s exit from the European Union until at least June. Lawmakers approved by 412 votes to 202 a motion setting out the option to ask the EU for a short delay if parliament can agree on a Brexit deal by March 20 – or a longer delay if no deal can be agreed in time. The vote means the UK may not leave on March 29 as previously planned. Lawmakers also rejected a call for a second referendum. Only 85 MPs voted in favor of a second referendum and 334 voted against. The short delay granted by the motion could last until June 30, if MPs back Theresa May’s Brexit deal in a vote next week. But May has warned that if MPs can’t agree upon a deal in the coming days, she would ask for an even longer extension.
5 Labour MPs quit roles to oppose new referendum vote
Five Labour MPs have quit party roles to defy orders and vote against holding a fresh Brexit referendum. Labour ordered its MPs to abstain on a cross-party bid to delay Brexit to allow a referendum on backing whatever deal is agreed or remaining in the EU. But 41 of its MPs rebelled, with 24 supporting a referendum and 17 voting to oppose one. Stephanie Peacock quit as a whip, saying she had been elected to honour the 2016 referendum result. In her letter to Jeremy Corbyn she wrote: “The people of Barnsley elected me to honour that promise and that is what I did tonight.
Facebook loses chief product officer and WhatsApp head as it pivots to privacy
Facebook, which has been embroiled in a series of scandals and also suffered a major outage Wednesday, is losing two more top executives as it focuses on building a more “privacy-focused social platform.” On Thursday, the company announced that chief product officer Chris Cox and Chris Daniels, who heads Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp, are leaving. The leadership shuffle comes a week after Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that the world’s largest social network is focusing more on private messaging and ephemeral content. In the future, Zuckerberg predicted, Facebook’s users will be posting more in messaging apps than they do on their public News Feeds.