Sabinews Evening News Update for May 26, 2015
FG begins distribution of N5b clean stoves
With three days to inauguration of a new government, the Federal Government on Tuesday flagged off the distribution of N5 billion clean cooking stoves for rural women across the country.
Launching the stoves in the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja, Vice President Namadi Sambo said that the stoves will go a long way to reduce desertification in the country. The stoves, he said, will also boost job creation and reduce smoke related diseases among the rural women. Read more
Oshoala wins maiden BBC female footballer award
Nigeria striker Asisat Oshoala has been announced winner of the maiden BBC Women footballer of the Year award on Tuesday.
Oshoala beat top women stars – Spain’s Verónica Boquete, German Nadine Kessler, Kim Little of Scotland as well as veteran Brazilian star Marta – to win the individual award after raking the highest votes of BBC World Service listeners. Read more
I can’t be a party to Nigeria’s disintegration – Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday said he would never be a part of any action that can lead to Nigeria’s disintegration.
He said the predictions that the country would cease to exist in 2015 could have come true if he had not taken the decision to concede defeat in the March 28 Presidential election. Looking back, he said he was happy he took that decision because Nigerians still have a country to call their own. Read more
Court order on Kashamu, diversionary – NDLEA
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has kicked against a court order mandating it to withdraw its officials from the house of the Senator-elect for Ogun East Senatorial District, Mr. Buruji Kashamu, insisting that it is acting within the confine of the law.
Justice Ibrahim Buba of Federal High Court in Lagos, had on Tuesday ordered tens of officials of the agency to vacate Kashamu’s Lagos Mansion on Oladipo Omotosho Street, Lekki without delay. Read more
Tambuwal bows out, hands over to Ihedioha
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, bowed out on Tuesday, handing over the leadership of the legislature to his Deputy, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, who will round off the tenure of the House on June 5.
Tambuwal, who is the Governor-elect for Sokoto State, will be inaugurated on May 29 (Friday) as governor. Read more
Strike: APC faults Oyo NLC
The All Progressives Congress has faulted the decision of the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Oyo State chapter, to order workers to embark on an industrial action.
The Oyo state chapter of the APC accused the NLC of not following “due process or due consideration” before taking the decision. In a statement issued on Tuesday in Ibadan by its Director of Publicity and Strategy, Mr. Olawale Sadare, the APC expressed shock over the manner in which the state chapter of the NLC declared the industrial action, saying there was ongoing efforts by Governor Abiola Ajimobi to offset the salary arrears. Read more
Protect girls, women from B’Haram, UNICEF urges Buhari
The United Nations Children’s Fund has called on the incoming All Progressives Congress-led government to find a way of protecting girls and women from the onslaught of Boko Haram.
The UNICEF said the number of Nigerian girls and women being used in suicide-bombing attacks was increasing at an alarming rate. Read more
Ex-minister urges new govt to ban rice importation
The new government of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to stop the importation of rice into Nigeria as this will save the country billions of dollars annually.
A former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Engr. Charles Ugwuh, stated that Nigeria should declare a five-year import ban on rice, during which it should concentrate efforts to produce enough to meet national needs. Read more
Contractors demand N750m debt, seal FHA office
No fewer that 50 contractors blocked the main gate of the headquarters of the Federal Housing Authority on Tuesday in Abuja, demanding the payment of an estimated N750m owed them by the agency. The protest, which started at about 12 noon, continued till about 2pm.
The aggrieved contractors sat at the gate and vowed that they would not leave until the management came to address them. Read more
I’ve Wike’s records, Amaechi dares gov-elect on probe
River State Governor Rotimi Amaechi has asked the state Governor-elect, Chief Nyesom Wike, to go ahead with his threat to probe his administration, saying he has Wike’s records as his (Amaechi) Chief of Staff between 2007 and 2011.
Amaechi said this during one of the programmes organised by Committee of Friends to mark the Rivers State governor’s 50th birthday in Port Harcourt on Tuesday. Read more
Don’t bribe policemen for bail, IG warns
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, on Tuesday cautioned the public against corrupting police personnel by giving them bribes or paying for release of suspects. Arase stated that any policeman who demanded bribe should be reported to senior officers for disciplinary action.
Answering questions from journalists during a meeting with senior officers at the Force headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, the IG insisted that bail is still free, stressing that no one should pay for it. Read more
We shall collect back all stolen Kaduna State money, vows El Rufai
Kaduna State governor-elect, Mallam Nasir El Rufai Tuesday vowed that once he assumed office next Friday, every person that stole Kaduna State money must return the loot or would be made to face “impolite” consequences.
El Rufai of tthe All Progressive Change, APC, also said that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has almost taken Kaduna State to the grave. Read more
Remove oil subsidy now, Gov Aliyu tells FG Niger state governor
Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu has called on the federal government to make up its mind and totally deregulate the oil sector by removing subsidy from petroleum products.
Aliyu who made this call at the inauguration of a 3-star hotel constructed jointly by the Niger state Development Company Limited, NSDC, and the State Sure-P said that removal of the subsidy will cut the wings of the Mafias in the oil business and thus give room for free and regular flow of the commodity to all parts of the country without any stress. Read more
Oshiomhole swears-in, suspends new LG chairman
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has sworn in Mr. Alhassan Mohammed as Chairman, Etsako West Local Government Area and immediately suspended him for two months. The new Chairman was sworn-in, following the death, last Friday, of the former Chairman of the Local Government, Alhaji Hassan Kadiri. Read more
Share prices close on impressive note, after weeks of recorded losses
Activities at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Tuesday closed on an upward trend with the market indices appreciating by 0.43 per cent after weeks of equity prices depreciation. The market capitalisation rose by N50 billion or 0.43 per cent to close at N11.653 trillion compared with N11.603 trillion achieved on Monday following price gains by blue chip equities. Read more
IBB Inaugurates Ridge In Kano
Former military President Ibrahim Babangida on Tuesday inaugurated a multi-million naira underpass bridge in Kano metropolis.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bridge, named after Gen. Babangida, was constructed by the State Government at the busy Kabuga-Gwarzo Junction to ensure smooth traffic flow. Read more
160,000 Nigerian Adolescents Are HIV Positive – Report
A report presented by Ms Victoria Isiramen of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), has revealed that about 160,000 Nigerian adolescents are infected with the HIV virus while 11,000 have died from the epidemic.
Making a presentation, entitled, “All In! Ending The Epidemic Among Adolescents,” on Tuesday in Abuja, she said adolescents contribute 70 per cent AIDS death globally , while in Nigeria, adolescents contribute 8 per cent to HIV deaths among the endemic 25 countries all over the world. Read more
Italian Pensioner Found Mummified Seven Years After His Death
Bailiffs who broke into an Italian pensioner’s home after he stopped paying his bills found him mummified more than seven years after the presumed time of his death.
The bailiffs said Flavio Vargiu was found on Tuesday lying fully clothed on the kitchen floor of his home in Sampierdarena, a suburb of Genoa in north-western Italy. Read more
Lagos metro rail transit to cost N456bn, says MD, Infrastructure Bank
Mr Adekunle Oyinloye, Managing Director, The Infrastructure Bank Plc, has said that the proposed Lagos Metro Rail Transit (LMRT) project will cost N456 billion (2.4 billion dollars).
Oyinloye said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday that the project was expected to cost so much because it involved fixed infrastructure – tracks, stations and rolling stocks. Read more
Speakership: Monguno withdraws from race
Mohammed Monguno, member of House of Representatives and Chairman of its Committee on Agriculture, has announced his withdrawal from the race for Speaker of the House.
Monguno (APC Borno), who was a one of the top contestants for the speakership position of house in the 8th National Assembly, announced his withdrawal from the race at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday. Read more
UN@70, empowers Nigerian women
As part of activities to mark the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations (UN) as well as the Post-2015 Development Agenda, over 152 women were trained on how to become better homemakers.
The training on ‘Homemakers Lifestyle and Empowerment Workshop’ organized by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos and Brightlight Studios was themed: ‘A Better Me’.
DPP establishes $8.8m fraud case against Briton
For allegedly committing financial crimes against a Nigerian firm, a British ex-convict, Deepak Khilnani, has been indicted by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Lagos.
The suspect who has since absconded to England after he was granted administrative bail by the police may be extradited to Nigeria to answer the charges against him. Read more