SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE FOR MAY 5, 2016
Saraki shuts Senate for one week over PDP congresses
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, adjourned plenary for one week to enable members of the Peoples Democratic Party, in the chamber, to attend the on-going party’s congresses.
The senate did not consider any motion or bill as the number of senators present during the day’s plenary was not up to the required number to form a quorum. Read more
FG sets conditions for partnership on national carrier
The Federal Government has outlined some conditions under which it would go into partnership with any interested party in its desire to re-establish a national carrier.
It stated this while receiving representatives from Airbus, a leading global aircraft manufacturer, who were in Abuja to show the firm’s interest to assist in the development of a Nigerian flagship airline. Read more
FMC doctors embark on strike over salary irregularities
Resident doctors at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, have embarked on a three-day warning strike to protest irregularities in the payment of their salaries.
The President, Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria, Dr. Okoye Chukwunonso, said on Thursdaythat they (doctors) had been receiving only 48 per cent of their salaries for the past four months. Read more
Aregbesola, Ooni Advocate Youths Empowerment Programme
The Governor of Osun, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said the only option open to states to stem the rising tide of criminality is to intensify efforts on adequate engagement of youths through various empowerment strategies.
He also disclosed that his administration would continue to prioritize the welfare of youths, which he described as the foundation of governance. Read more
Corruption: A Jang’s Commissioner in EFCC’s Net, Says Lalong
Plateau state governor, Mr. Simon Bako Lalong, on Thursday said his administration was doing everything possible to recover funds looted from the state treasury by previous administrations,.
To this end, he disclosed that a Commissioner in the Jang administration was already in EFCC net being quizzed for financial misconduct. Read more
FG Expresses Concern over Marginalisation of Girls in Education
The federal government on Thursday in Abuja expressed concern about the increasing marginalisation of, and discrimination against women in education, stating that there is urgent need to foster equity and equal access to education.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, stated this during the graduation ceremony of 7500 non-formal learners, a project spearheaded by UNESCO. Read more
Alleged N1.9 trillion: Why FG terminated George Uboh’s contract
The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has written to President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore the claim by Mr. George Uboh, the chief Executive Officer of Public Alerts Security System that he had discovered the sum of N1.9 trillion stashed away by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and other public agencies in Nigerian banks. Read more
NWC Positions: New Zoning Formula Doesn’t Relegate Us, Says S’ West PDP
Contrary to the insinuation that the South West will be relegated in the national politics with the new zoning formula adopted for the sharing of national party positions in National Working Committee, the Southwest zone of the Peoples Democratic Party has restated that positions would further invigorate the zone rather than being relegated. Read more
Niger Delta Minister Condemns Communal Crises in Cross River
The Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Usani has decried the raging communal wars among communities in Cross River State, saying he was ashamed of the level of violence, barbarism and criminality being committed under the guise of war. Read more
Herdsmen: Act Urgently, Decisively, Edo Monarchs Tell FG
Following the incessant attacks by herdsmen across the country, traditional rulers in Edo North senatorial district of Edo state have called on the federal government to deploy soldiers as backup to areas prone to attacks.
They said this is because the Nigeria Police possess inferior weapons to tackle the herdsmen, a situation which, according to them, resulted in unchallenged attacks in the area. Read more
Militants attack Chevron platform in Niger Delta – navy spokesman
Militants attacked a Chevron platform in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region late on Wednesday, a navy spokesman said on Thursday.
Chris Ezekobe said the attack occurred about 40 nautical miles from the Escravos terminal, around the southern city of Warri. U.S. energy company Chevron Corp did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Read more
President to visit Katsina Monday
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday visit his home state, Katsina.
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State who disclosed this on Thursday said President Buhari’s visit to the state “is not for political reason, but to promote the state’s economic potentials.” Read more
Detained Kaduna journalist, Jacob Dickson regains freedom after 7 days in prison
Detained Kaduna journalist, Jacob Dickson has finally regained his freedom after 7 days in prison.
The embattled journalist who was detained on the order of the Kaduna State government, Nasir El- Rufai, was released on Thursday.
He, however, expressed gratitude to his colleagues and human rights organizations in the country for ensuring his release from custody. Read more
Police drivers to pay for damage of patrol vehicles
The police, on Thursday, said it would compel officers and men of the force, who damaged patrol vehicles through reckless driving to pay for the damage.
The Zone 2 police spokesman, CSP Adebowale Lawal, made this disclosure in a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Read more
114 LG roads: Lagos assures of June completion date
Lagos State Government on Thursday assured residents of the June completion date for the construction of 114 roads currently ongoing across the 20 Local Governments and 37 local Council Development Areas in the State. The State’s Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Muslim Folami gave the assurance at the ongoing Ministerial Press Briefing to herald the first year in office of the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration. Read more
Enelamah seeks review of business laws to boost investment
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okey Enelamah, has urged the National Assembly to review some of the existing business laws to provide the enabling environment to attract more investment into the country.
Enelamah spoke on Thursday when he appeared before the House of Representatives for the ongoing “Sectoral Debate’’ on strategies for the diversification of the nation’s economy. Read more
Protesters set 17 schools ablaze in South Africa
South African protesters torched 17 government schools during violent protests against the redrawing of municipal boundaries ahead of local elections this year, police and education officials said Thursday.
The protests started on Monday night in three neighbouring villages in the northern province of Limpopo when residents blockaded streets with rocks, pipes and burning tyres. Read more
Prince secretly donated tens of thousands of dollars to Afghan orphans, says charity
Prince was famous worldwide for his music and extravagant outfits, but he was also a secret philanthropist in war-torn Afghanistan, quietly donating thousands to Scout masters caring for young orphans, a charity told AFP Thursday.
The pop icon, who died suddenly last month at the age of 57, gave tens of thousands of dollars to Physiotherapy and Rehabilitative Support for Afghanistan (PARSA), an NGO supporting vulnerable women and children, according to its executive director. Read more
Irish foreign minister says no deal yet on new government
The party of Irish prime minister Enda Kenny has not yet secured the support of enough independent deputies to form a minority government, acting foreign minister Charlie Flanagan said on Thursday, denying reports that an agreement had been reached.
Ireland has been without a government for more than nine weeks since an inconclusive Feb. 26 election, but Flanagan said he was hopeful the party could secure the support of the six independent deputies required in time for a vote in parliament on Friday. Read more
Remembering the Holocaust in 5 disturbing charts
Israel is marking its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, in memory of the 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. Here are five charts on the genocide and its impact on the world. Read more
Erdogan’s bid for power sparks Turkey political crisis
The resignation of Turkey’s prime minister, announced Thursday, signals a further consolidation of power in the hands of President Tayyip Erdogan as he seeks to quash political opponents, battle Kurdish separatists, unseat a Syrian dictator and integrate his nation into theEuropean Union.
Erdogan’s government has already taken over critical media outlets, launched corruption investigations against political opponents and promoted a greater role for Islam in the country’s long-secular political affairs. Read more