Sabinews Evening News Update For May 24, 2015
Fayose lifts curfew on Ado-Ekiti
Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti on Sunday lifted the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on Ado-Ekiti on May 22, following a civil unrest.
The governor stated this in his broadcast to the people of the state in Ado-Ekiti. Read more
Edo workers suspend warning strike, resume Monday
Workers in the Edo State Civil Service have suspended a three-day warning strike over the alleged deduction of eight per cent from their May 2015 salaries as pension contribution. The workers, under the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, have also been directed by their respective unions to resume work on Monday.
The employees had last week threatened to embarked on the warning strike on May 25 over the deductions which they said were contrary to the Edo State Contributory Pension Scheme Law of 2010. Read more
GTB appeals N5.2bn judgment
Guaranty Trust Bank said it has lodged an appeal against the judgment of an Abuja High Court directing it to pay one of its customers, Dr. Ted Edwards, a sum of N5.2bn.
The bank, through its lawyer, Chief Anthony Idigbe (SAN), is contending that the trial judge, Justice Valentine Ashi, erred in law when he assumed jurisdiction over the case and held the bank liable for breaching a banker-customer relationship and entered judgment against it. Read more
Support local league before Arsenal bid, fans urge Dangote
Football lovers in the country have urged Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, to buy into one of the local league clubs in order to help the growth of football.
According to some of them, all that some of the clubs need are massive injection of funds to help them grow like some in the developed leagues such as the English league. Read more
FG will tackle challenges in health sector – Minister
The Federal Government says it is making proactive efforts to resolve challenges in the health sector. The Minister of Health, Dr. Khaliru Alhassan, announced this when he inaugurated Berith Specialist Hospital in Suleja.
Represented by the Director of Hospital Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. David Atura, the minister said every Nigerian must enjoy quality health services irrespective of their income level. Read more
Burundi opposition leader murdered, activists vow intensified protests
Thousands of Burundian activists mourned a murdered opposition leader at his funeral Sunday, vowing to intensify their protests against a bid by the president of the central African nation to seek a third consecutive term.
Opposition leaders also said they were suspending talks with the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza after Zedi Feruzi, the leader of the Union for Peace and Development (UPD), a small opposition party, was gunned down in the capital on Saturday. Read more
Fuel crisis could shut down our services , MTN warns
Nigeria’s biggest mobile phone operator MTN has warned that its network faces shutdown due to fuel shortages that have crippled the nation.
The company, the biggest subsidiary of the South Africa-based MTN Group, said it needed a “significant quantity of diesel in the very near future to prevent a shutdown of services across Nigeria”.Read more
Buhari must get his act right in three months – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday said Nigerians have a ” new opportunity” in the in – coming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari to make the country work for the better again.
He spoke at his Abeokuta private residence on Presidential Hilltop Estate, when women leaders in the Southwest visited him.
Obasanjo who noted that the new opportunity is God – given, said the “good things” about the next administration is that the man that would head it – Buhari, is neither “a green – horn nor a novice” in governance. Read more
We Want Lagos National Stadium Back – Stakeholders
Some former National athletes have expressed misgivings over the rot at the National Stadium, Lagos. The land on which the stadium was built according to accounts, was a former Railways sports ground. The stadium with an initial 55,000 capacity was built in 1972 in time to host the 2nd All Africa Games in 1973. Read more
LCCI Calls For Deregulation Of Oil And Gas Sector
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Sunday called on the incoming administration at the federal level to deregulate the oil and gas downstream sector.
This is contained in a statement issued and signed in Lagos by the President of the chamber, Mr Remi Bello, on the current fuel scarcity and power supply situation in the country. Read more
Kashamu’s Attempted Arrest: NGO Calls For Due Process
A non-governmental organisation, One Child One Teacher Africa (OCOTA), has expressed concern about Saturday’s attempted arrest of Senator-elect Buruji Kashamu by operatives of the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Lagos.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by its Media Consultant, Mr Richards Jude, the organisation said that it detested the manner in which the agency approached the attempted arrest. Read more
Yola Electricity Distribution Company Has Not Withdrawn -NERC
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says it has not received from the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) any information indicating the withdrawal of Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) from the privitisation arrangement.
According to Mr Steven Andzenge, Commissioner, Legal, Licencing and Enforcement of NERC, the company still covers Yobe, Borno, Adamawa and Taraba for electricity distribution. Read more
Prices Of Food Stuff Rise In Warri
Prices of stable food stuff have increased in Warri, Delta commercial city, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
A survey conducted by NAN on Sunday in the popular Igbudu Market revealed that price increase affected rice, beans, yam, garri onions and groundnut oil. Read more
NUJ Presidential Candidate Promises To Train Journalists
A presidential candidate in the forthcoming Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Delegates Conference, Mr Waheed Odusile, said certification and training of journalists would be part of his programmes, if elected.
Odusile made the promise in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Suunday in Uyo. Read more
Church reels after Ireland’s huge ‘Yes’ to gay marriage
The once-dominant Catholic Church in Ireland was trying to come to terms Sunday with an overwhelming vote in favour of gay marriage, saying it needed a “new language” with which to speak to people.
As jubilant “Yes” supporters nursed their hangovers after partying late into the night following Saturday’s referendum result, the faithful attended mass to hear their priests reflect on the new social landscape in Ireland. Read more
NUGA seeks N200m for world varsity games
The President, Nigerian University Games, Prof. Stephen Hamafyelto, has asked the Federal Government and corporate organisations to assist NUGA ahead of the 2015 World University Games slated for Gwangju, South Korea, between July 3 and 14.
The NUGA President said NUGA needs at least N200m to put the about 99 athletes in shape for the World University Games. Read more
I stepped on many toes – Chime
Enugu State governor, Sullivan Chime, on Sunday admitted that he stepped on many toes in the course of his eight-year stay in office. Every serious government must step on many toes, according to the governor.
Chime, who spoke at a valedictory thanksgiving mass at the Holy Ghost Cathedral, Enugu, however explained that he stepped on the concerned toes in order to succeed in his quest to transform the state. Read more
Saudi Shiites refuse to be provoked by suicide bombing
They are angry and grief-stricken, but Saudi Arabia’s minority Shiites refused on Sunday to be provoked by a deadly mosque bombing that authorities called an attempt to promote sectarian strife.
King Salman vowed punishment for anyone linked to the “heinous crime,” which left 21 people dead. Read more
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