SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MARCH 29, 2016
Why Buhari is yet to sign 2016 Budget
President Muhammadu Buhari will not sign the 2016 Appropriation Bill into law until the National Assembly makes the details of the budget available to him, a top government official has said.
The Senate is currently on Easter break while Buhari will be traveling to Washington, United States for the Nuclear Security Summit on Wednesday and is not expected back in the country until weekend. Read more
Kachikwu apologises, says queues to disappear April 7
Following backlashes which trailed his comments that the biting fuel scarcity across parts of the country would linger till May, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, in a dramatic u-turn on Tuesday, said that the long queues in the country’s petrol stations would disappear on Monday, April 7, 2016. Read more
Rector seeks end to degree/HND dichotomy
The Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Dr. Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi has stated that the Degree and Higher National Diploma (HND) dichotomy has not helped in addressing the unemployment level in the country.
According to him, the discrimination between graduands of universities and polytechnics is unnecessary adding that emphasis should be placed on performance and skills and not certificate. Read more
Court Remands Labourer For Alleged Rape Of His 16-year-old Daughter
A Magistrates’ court sitting in Kano on Tuesday remanded a 55-year-old labourer, Mu’azu Abdullahi in prison custody for allegedly raping his 16-year-old daughter.
The accused, who lives at Kabuga Quarters Kano, is facing charges of rape and incest. Read more
Boko Haram: Over 500 trapped in Gwoza hills at risk
Close to 600 people hitherto trapped in the Gwoza hills by Boko Haram and rescued by the Nigeria Army are at high risk without humanitarian assistance.
Our correspondent gathered from reliable sources that some of the people were rescued from the Zalidva hills in Gwoza Local Government of Borno State are currently squatting with soldiers at a primary school in Pulka, while others are lurking in petrol filling stations without food, shelter and Medicare. More disturbing is the reports that children are dying in droves of malnutrition, hunger and sicknesses, a source disclosed. Read more
FG will prioritise agriculture – Buhari
President Mohammadu Buhari has reiterated the determination of his administration to prioritize agriculture.
Buhari, while declaring open the 8th Bola Tinubu colloquium held at the International Conference Center (ICC) said the cooperation of all Nigerians would however be required to make agriculture the country’s economic mainstay considering the shrinking crude oil price. Read more
Iwobi Beaten To Arsenal Goal Of The Month Award By Egypt Star Elneny
Nigeria international Alex Iwobi came fifth in the Arsenal Goal of the Month poll for March.
The 19-year-old was among eight players in the first – team in the running for the award but lost out to Pharaohs midfield Elneny when the result of the voting was announced by the official website of the Gunners on Tuesday.
Alex Iwobi’s strike against Everton on March 19 earned four percent of the votes in the official Club poll. Read more
North- Central Leaders Seek Stoppage of Saraki’s Trial
Leaders of Thought in the north- central part of the country, comprising Kwara, Kogi, Benue, Plateau, Niger, Nassarawa and Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) on Tuesday called for the immediate dismissal of the on-going trial of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). Read more
Don’t be deterred by unemployment, NSE urges engineers
The President, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Otis Anyaeji, has asked the newly inducted members of the society to be worthy ambassadors by upholding the ethics of the profession in their assignments.
Anyaeji, who spoke in Osogbo during the induction of 157 graduate members and 76 corporate members into the NSE, commended the efforts of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in promoting engineering education in the state. Read more
Japan’s controversial law allowing troops to fight overseas comes into force
Japan’s controversial new law allowing its troops to fight overseas came into force on Tuesday, raising the possiblity of the nation’s first foreign conflict since World War Two.
The new laws mark a significant shift away from the nation’s pacifist postwar constitution and the biggest change in its defence policy since the creation of a military in 1954. Read more
France calls for urgent set-up of Libya unity government
France said on Tuesday it was urgent for Libyan factions to set up a new U.N.-backed national unity cabinet to end factional anarchy and help stop any expansion of Islamic State militants in the North African country.
Libya is caught in conflict between rival factions and their armed brigades, one controlling the capital Tripoli in the west and the other – the internationally recognised government – displaced to the east of the country. Read more
Moscow’s call not to discuss Assad’s fate may halt Syria peace talks – agency
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s future should be the main topic of Syrian peace talks in Geneva, and Moscow’s call not to discuss this aims at undermining the negotiations, Interfax news agency quoted a Syrian opposition figure as saying on Tuesday.
Police detain man who arrives at shul wearing jihadi outfit for Purim
Everyone gets bored of dressing up as Mordechai for Purim but one shul-goer may have taken things a little too far when he arrived for a megillah reading in Paris dressed as a jihadist and wielding a fake rifle.
It came as a shock to the soldiers guarding the synagogue, said a police source, when the man arrived wearing long robes and crying “Allahu akbar” at Chabad Lubavitch synagogue in Vincennes, south-east Paris, on Thursday night. Read more
iOS 9.3: Why Apple update is stopping iPhone and iPad users clicking on links
Thousands of people are reporting that, after downloading iOS 9.3, they are unable to actually follow links to where they point. Some report that they simply do nothing, while others have said that clicking on them causes apps and their phone’s software to break.
The problem appears to be related to the way that different apps make use of Apple’s universal links feature, which was introduced in iOS 9. That feature lets developers tell links to go to their app rather than to their website — clicking on a link to Wikipedia with its app installed will open the article in there, for instance. Read more