SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR APRIL 27, 2016
Court adjourns Metuh’s trial to May 16
Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, shifted trial of the embattled National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh to May 16. The matter was adjourned to enable Metuh who was said to have fallen-off a swivel chair on Tuesday, to receive proper medical attention at the National Hospital in Abuja. Read more
Senate working to address B.Sc., HND dichotomy- Garba
The Senate Committee on Tertiary Education says it is working to balance the differences in the degrees acquired at universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in the country.
The Chairman of the committee, Sen. Binta Garba, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday that the committee would ensure a balance in qualifications acquired at tertiary institutions. Read more
Oil Prices Rise on Weaker Dollar
Oil prices extended gains in Asia Wednesday as traders await a report on US stockpiles, and some analysts said the market was set for a rebalancing after touching bottom.The two main contracts — West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent crude — had risen sharply in European trading Tuesday on speculation that Saudi Arabia plans to reduce drilling, fuelling hopes of an easing of the global supply glut. Read more
Lecturers demand management’s commitment
Lecturers from the Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCOPED), Noforija in Epe, Lagos State, have vowed to continue their indefinite strike until the management pays half of the outstanding debts it owes them.
The Union Chairman, Mr Michael Adefuye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos that the payment would stand as a commitment from the management to the lecturers before the strike could be called off. Read more
Masked Gunmen Murder Osun High Chief
A 75-year-old high chief, Chief Moses Elutilo, the Akannare of Ile-Ido Ife, Osun state, was said to have been murdered by some masked men who invaded the venue of a meeting. THISDAY gathered on Wednesday that the deceased had received a call about 8:00am on Monday that there was going to be a meeting about 10:00am at Atagilere plank hall on Ondo road, Ile-Ife, which he was asked tot attend. Read more
Saraki Says Trial Before Umar, CCT Chairman, Questionable
Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki on Wednesday told the Chairman of the Code of conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, who is trying him on false declaration of assets, that he lacked moral justification to preside over his trial.
He insisted at the resumed hearing of his trial that the CCT chairman is under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the same agency that allegedly investigated and filed the criminal charges against him. Read more
Mimiko’s Ex-Commissioners, Former LG Bosses Defect to APC
Two former commissioners that served in the cabinet of Dr Olusegum Mimiko, Mrs Kehinde Momoh and Mr. Tayo Oluwatuyi, were among prominent People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members that defected to the All Progressives Congress(APC) in.Akure, the state capital on Wednesday.
While Oluwatuyi was a former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Momoh was a former Commissioner for Adult, Technical and Vocational Education. Read more
Lagos completes restructuring of N167.5bn bond series
Lagos State Government on Wednesday said it had successfully completed the restructuring of its N167.5billion Programme II, Series 1 and 2 Bonds.
In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinkunmi Mustapha, said the restructuring which was approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week, was achieved through the finalization of a process through which the State worked to reach an agreement with its bond creditors, on accelerating repayment terms. Read more
New Device for Malaria Test Unfolded in Akwa Ibom
The search for effective diagnosis and treatment of malaria in the country has led to the invention of a new device called Deki Reader by an African-American led non-governmental organisation, Africare. This is coming as America Oil giant, ExxonMobil, claimed that it has contributed more than $150 million to tackle the impact of malaria infection in Nigeria.
The new device for malaria analysis brought in by Africare in collaboration with a Canadian technology company, Fio Corporation will be put to use in Akwa Ibom and Rivers communities. Read more
SON to Begin Enforcement on Use of Energy Saving Appliances
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has announced plans to begin enforcement on the use of energy saving appliances in the country, as part way of conserving its energy resources.
This is coming against the background of opinions that Nigeria needs to use only energy-equipment as a way of checking current wastage of scarce power resources. Read more
2,303 prospective corps members begin orientation course in FCT
No fewer than 2,303 graduates from various tertiary institutions within and outside the country, on Wednesday, commenced orientation course for the mandatory one year national youth service in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Mr Omotayo Adewoye, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), FCT Coordinator, said this after the Director-General of the scheme, Brig.-Gen. Sule Kazaure, inspected facilities at the Permanent Orientation Camp in Kubwa, Abuja. Read more
S-East APC demands end to killings by Fulani herdsmen
The South-East leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has demanded an end to the wanton killings of innocent Nigerians and destruction of villages and farmlands by so called Fulani Herdsmen as well as reprisals attacks. In a statement on Wednesday, in Abuja, and signed by spokesman of the South East caucus of the part, Osita Okechukwu, the APC said the killings first in Agatu and recently in Enugu must stop forthwith. Read more
Lagos Jazz festival will put state on world tourism map- Ambode
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday expressed optimism that the activities lined up for the forthcoming Lagos International Jazz Day will go a long way to showcase the tourism potentials of the State to the World. Read more
Yusuf Invites Mikel, Ideye, Iwobi, 23 Others For Mali, Luxembourg Friendlies
Super Eagles caretaker coach Salisu Yusuf has invited 26 players, including Chesea midfoelder Mikel Obi, Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa of CSKA Moscow, Watford’s Odion Ighalo and goalkeeper Carl Ikeme for the forthcoming international friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg in Europe, the Nigeria Football Federation announced on Wednesday. Read more
Netherlands warns no safety ‘guarantees’ for visitors to Turkey
Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders has warned the Netherlands cannot guarantee the safety of citizens travelling to Turkey if they have been critical of Turkish leaders.
The warning, made during a parliamentary debate on Tuesday, comes as the Dutch government is working to lift a travel ban on Dutch-Turkish journalist Ebru Umar who was briefly arrested over the weekend for tweeting comments critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Read more
UK EU referendum explained to young people in new website
A new website is setting out to engage young people in the UK EU referendum, following research which shows some 81 per cent of 12-to-24 year olds feel that they don’t know enough about the EU and how it affects their everyday lives.
The 2014 study completed by Dr Darren Sharpe of the University of East London (UEL) shows that only 7 per cent feel that they know ‘a lot’ about the EU, and just 12% feel that the EU impacts on their lives ‘very much’. Read more
Occupation closes main road in Hebron
Israeli occupation police yesterday closed one of the main roads in Hebron in order to facilitate the movement of illegal settlers during Passover, Quds Press reported.
Local sources told Quds Press that the Israeli police closed Beer Al-Saba’ Street, which passes through the main market in the city centre, in order to facilitate the movement of the settlers from and to a claimed historical site. Read more