September 24, 2018

* Farida Waziri was hired to attack me – Jonathan (Nation) * JAMB announces date for 2018 UTME (Punch)

*   Farida Waziri was hired to attack me – Jonathan (Nation)   *  JAMB announces date for 2018 UTME (Punch)


Farida Waziri was hired to attack me – Jonathan (Nation)

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to claims by the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) Farida Waziri, that she was sacked because she refused to back down on a suspect during the oil subsidy scandal. Mrs Waziri had in an interaction with journalists in Lagos reacted to shocking revelations about corruption that took place under Jonathan’s watch, saying she would have been traumatised by now, given the ongoing revelation of alleged grand corruption that took place under the last administration. “I’m only glad that those things didn’t happen under my watch as the EFCC Chairman because it would have been too traumatic for me. Read more

JAMB announces date for 2018 UTME (Punch)

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board said on Wednesday morning that the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in 2018 would hold on March 9 to March 17, 2018. The JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, announced this during an ongoing stakeholders’ meeting, saying that the dates were chosen “taking into cognizance the dates of other public examinations.” The board said the mock examination would hold between January 22 and 27, adding that the application fee remained N5000. Read more

Morocco U-20 girls arrive Nigeria today (Nation)

Players and officials of the U20 women national team of Morocco will arrive in Lagos in the early hours of Wednesday, for Saturday’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup second round, second leg qualifier against Nigeria’s Falconets. learnt that the delegation from Morocco would then be flown to Benin City, venue of Saturday’s clash, on Wednesday evening.  The first leg in Sale penultimate Sunday ended in a 1-1 draw, with the winner on aggregate to qualify for the final round of the African qualification series. Read more

258 more Nigerians return from Libya (Guardian)

Eight days after 149 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya, another batch of 258 on Tuesday came back home from the North African country where they had been stranded en route Europe. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the returnees were brought back aboard a Libyan Airlines aircraft with Registration Number 5A-LAU. The Airbus 330-200 aircraft touched down at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 8.45 pm. Read more

Kano plans kids’ festival to boost tourism – Official (Nation)

As part of plans to boost tourism activities, revenue and Gross Domestic Products ( GDP ) of the state, the Kano State Government says it has concluded plans to hold kids’ festival between January and February 2018. Mr Alli Talli, Deputy Director, Kano State Ministry of Tourism, Commerce and Industry made this known in Lagos on Wednesday. He said that the second edition of the planned festival would focus on educating, enlightening and exposing children to Nigerian culture in general and Kano traditions/culture. Talli said that the forthcoming festival would be memorable, adding that the state government had showed commitment to make it a big event. Read more

New blood pressure guidelines lower hypertension threshold to 130/80bp (Thisday)

New guidelines have lowered the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults, a new report published by Yahoo News has shown. With the new guidelines, millions of Nigerians who once considered themselves high blood pressure-free, now fall under the category of those that are hypertensive and would have to immediately make lifestyle changes. Read more

Lagos Assembly urges Ambode to clamp down on fake job advertisers (Nation)

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday urged Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to work with security agencies to check the spate of fake job advertisements in the state. The call followed a motion moved by Mr Abiodun Tobun (APC-Epe I) at the Assembly on the security challenges emanating from such fake adverts that were pasted on street walls in the state. Tobun prayed the House to call on Ambode to direct the Commissioner of Police, Department of State Security ( DSS ) and the State Neighborhood Safety Corps to curb the activities of scammers who defraud job seekers. “This motion is borne out of conviction Read more

Senate approves $5.5bn foreign loan as external debt rises to $15.4bn (Thisday)

The Senate Tuesday approved the request by the executive to raise $3 billion from the international capital market (ICM) through a Eurobond or Diaspora Bond issue or a combination of both to refinance maturing domestic debts, and raise another $2.5 billion from multilateral donor institutions to fund the capital component of the 2017 budget. The approval coincided with the latest data released by the Debt Management Office (DMO) Tuesday showing that Nigeria’s debt stock hit N20 trillion as of September 30, 2017, with the foreign component accounting for 23.04 per cent or N4.694 trillion ($15.40 billion) of the total debt stock. Read more

Osinbajo tasks D-8 countries on industrial cooperation, others (Punch)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday called on ministers of industry, trade and investment from the developing eight countries to fashion out workable strategies that would boost the level of industrial cooperation and economic integration among them. He said this while declaring open the sixth D-8 Ministerial Meeting in Abuja. The D-8 was established in 1997 to primarily promote industrial and other economic activities in the global economy using the same platform to fast-track the position of member countries’ activities. Read more

Education graduates to undergo one year internship soon – FG (Nation)

The Federal Government ( FG ) would soon start a one year internship programme for education graduates to improve teaching quality in the country. Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, Registrar of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria ( TRCN ) disclosed this during a meeting with stakeholders from the North Central zone in Abuja on Tuesday. Ajiboye said this was part of the proposals put forwards at the special Federal Executive Council meeting on education on Monday. Read more

2018 budget: FG targets N311bn from asset sale, privatisation (Punch)

The Federal Government is aiming to generate of N311bn from privatisation of public properties and the sale of national assets next year to partly finance the 2018 budget. This is contained in the 2018 budget proposals submitted last Tuesday to a joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, during a public presentation of the 2018 budget proposals in Abuja on Tuesday, stated that the sum of N306bn was being expected from privatisation proceeds, while the balance of N5bn would come from the sale of government assets. Read more

FG justifies oil exploration in North, to reinvest proceeds from JV assets (Thisday)

Despite its campaign for economic diversification, increasing global shift towards alternative and cleaner energy sources, and futile attempts in the past discovering oil in commercial quantities in Northern Nigeria, the federal government Tuesday justified the continuing search for oil in the Northern part of the country. Several analysts have continued to question the justification for the over $3 billion reportedly sunk into oil exploration in the North by the current administration, in spite of its clamour for economic diversification as well as the global reality of the diminishing significance of the commodity in a couple of years. Read more

Kwara LG poll: PDP shuns signing of peace accord (Nation)

The Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) has shunned the signing of a peace accord between political parties participating in local council election in Kwara. It can be recalled that 17 political parties signed the peace accord on Tuesday. The peace accord was initiated by the Security Consultative Committee for the 2017 Local Government election in Kwara, headed by the Police Commissioner, Alhaji Lawan Ado. The newly elected Chairman of PDP in Kwara, Chief Iyiola Oyedepo on Wednesday said that event coincided with the party’s congress. Read more

Nigeria’s debt grows by N8tn in two years (Punch)

Nigeria’s total debt stock rose by N8tn between September 2015 and September 2017, according to statistics provided by the Debt Management Office. The DMO said the country’s total debt stock as of the end of September this year stood at N20.37tn, while the figure at the same period in 2015 stood at N12.36tn. This means that within a period of two years, the country’s total debt exposure rose by N8.1tn. In terms of percentage increase, the country’s total debt rose by 64.81 in the period. Read more

CBN sells dollars at 305/dollar on spot market (Punch)

The Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday sold dollars at N306 for the second time, after maintaining a level around 305/dollar on the official spot market for two months, traders said. The move was minor, to signal a change in foreign exchange policy, traders said, according to a Reuters report. The bank last sold dollars at N306 on the spot market in September and had sold the currency as low as 306.65 in July. Dollar shortages had gripped the economy as crude sales, Nigeria’s mainstay, plunged at the start of an oil price rout in 2014. Read more

New vehicle sales drop by 80% (Punch)

The total number of new vehicle sold in Nigeria may not exceed 10,000 units at the end of the year, dropping from 50,000 units before the introduction of a new automotive policy in 2013. Local automakers and dealers stated this in Lagos on Tuesday and gave low purchasing power due to the economic crunch, scarcity of foreign exchange and high interest rate as some of the factors responsible for the 80 per cent drop. They spoke at the 2017 symposium of the Automobile and Allied Services Group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry held under the theme, ‘The Nigeria auto policy: The current drivers’. Read more

ICAN inducts 1,519 new members (Punch)

The 53rd President of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria, Mallam Isma’ila Zakari, has called on the 1,519 newly inducted members of the institute to be open to learning by enrolling for the Mandatory Continuing Professional Education programme of ICAN. Zakari made the call at the 60th induction ceremony held at ICAN Centre, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos recently. He said, “The skills acquired today risk losing their relevance far more quickly than in the past. Read more

‘Kwara Open will soon become West Africa’s top golf championship’ (Guardian)

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed believes the Kwara Open Golf Championship will soon become Nigeria’s number event if Sterling Bank continued to support it. Speaking at the end of the Kwara Open, which attracted players from across West Africa, an elated Governor Ahmed also said he was happy over the honour accorded him as the Vice-president at the Kwara Open. He praised Sterling Bank for helping to deliver a successful competition. Read more

Aguero now better –  Argentine FA (Nation)

Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, who collapsed in the dressing room at halftime before they lost 4-2 to fellow World Cup qualifiers Nigeria after taking a two-goal lead, has now recovered. The Argentine Football Federation (AFA) said in a statement that Aguero, who scored in the first half of the friendly, was taken away for routine examinations but added: “The player is well”. His English Premier League club Manchester City said the 29-year-old Aguero had been cleared by doctors to return to England as planned after he suffered what they called “a dizzy spell”. Read more

Ibrahim Gusau moves to block ‘impeachment’ at AFN Congress (Guardian)

The president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Ibrahim Gusau may have put in place strategic plans to counter ‘impeachment moves’ by some aggrieved board members in their congress holding tomorrow in Abuja. The AFN has been embroiled in crisis since the sports federations’ polls, which saw Gusau emerging president in the June 13 elections. Some board members have accused Gusau of running a one-man show. Today is arrival of members, while the congress holds tomorrow. The Guardian learnt yesterday that the aggrieved board members were not relenting in their plans to ‘terminate’ Gusau’s regime tomorrow. Read more

Olukayode, Odoh, win Elizabeth Wuraola Ojo Memorial Championship (Guardian)

Daisi Olukayode of the Smokin Hills Golf Club, Emmanuel Odoh of Minna Golf Club and Deaconess Sophia Mary Ahuoiza Makinde of the golf session of Ikoyi Club have emerged the winners of the 14th Elizabeth Wuraola Ojo Memorial Golf Tournament, which ended last weekend at the Smokin Hills Golf Club, Ilara Mokin in Ondo State. Olukayode, playing handicap 26, battled through the hash weather and enduring topography of the Smokin Hills Golf Course to capture his first amateur men’s title at the tournament by posting a gross 90 and a net score of 64. Read more

Former Argentine football official commits suicide (Punch)

A former Argentine football official committed suicide Tuesday, the same day he was accused of bribe-taking in the FIFA corruption trial that opened in New York this week, Argentine media reported. Jorge Delhon threw himself under a train in a Buenos Aires suburb on Tuesday, the newspapers Clarin and La Nacion reported on their websites. A sports marketing executive, Alejandro Burzaco, testified Tuesday that Delhon and another man, Pablo Paladino, took in millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for rights to broadcast football games, according to the reports. Read more

Grace allowed to leave as Mugabe held hostage (TheZimbabwean)

It is understood that President Mugabe has negotiated an exit package with General Constantine Chiwenga to allow his wife Grace to leave the country.  She will find no problem finding a place to stay as the Mugabe’s own homes in Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Africa and Dubai. Read more

Moscow says Venezuela has not asked for help beyond debt deal (Reuters)

Venezuela has not requested any help from Russia beyond a debt restructuring deal that has already been agreed between the two countries, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday. Russia and Venezuela are to sign an agreement on Wednesday restructuring around $3 billion in debts to Russia, a source familiar with the negotiations told Reuters last week. Read more

Hungary summons U.S. envoy over media funding plan (Reuters)

Hungary’s foreign ministry has summoned U.S. envoy David Kostelancik over a plan to fund rural media outlets in Hungary, which Budapest considers a “political intervention” ahead of an election due early next year. The United States said on Monday it would devote $700,000 to fund rural media outlets in Hungary to help train and equip journalists in defence of an independent media it sees subject to growing pressure and intimidation. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has increased media control by legal changes, regulatory steps and takeovers of outlets by business sector associates. Read more

UAE, Turkey sign $20m bomb deal (MEMO)

The United Arab Emirates has signed a deal with Turkish Makina ve Kimya Endüstrisi (MKE) to purchase MK-82 and MK-84 bombs, an official with the UAE defence ministry said yesterday. The agreement was signed during the third day of the Dubai International Airshow 2017. Major General Ishaq Al-Baloushi, head of Defence Manufacturing and Capabilities Development at the Ministry of Defence, said in a press statement that the deal was worth 74.29 million dirhams ($20.2 million). The UAE Defence Ministry said on Monday that the value of its military deals increased to 9.79 billion dirhams ($2.67 billion) on the second day of the Dubai International Airshow. Read more



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