Ahead of 2015: APC, PDP in battle of wits in Edo
The recent visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to Benin City, capital of Edo State for the South-South unity rally may have set the tone for what should be expected from the two major political parties in the country the; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in next years’s elections into the state House of Assembly and the National Assembly and the 2016 governorship election in the state.
The President also formally received some defectors from the APC led by former External Affairs Minister, Chief Tom Ikimi who left the APC when he could not clinch the national chairmanship of the party. Read more
APC to Rejig Timetable, Guidelines for Primaries
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it will review the guidelines for party primaries as well as readjust its timetable in preparation for the 2015 general elections.
Following disagreements among key stakeholders over the modalities for the primaries, the leadership of the opposition party met last night in Abuja to resolve some of the contentious issues and to see how to build confidence amongst the presidential aspirants. Read more
Lagos targets 25% food production by 2018
As part of efforts to ensure food security, Lagos State government, yesterday, said its target was to meet 25 percent of food production in the state by 2018.
This came as the state government concluded plans to construct a Metropolitan Park at Ajetutun in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of the state. Read more
Abraka people petition Uduaghan over alleged marginalization
The people of Abraka in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State have called on Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to, in the spirit of justice, fairness, sense of belonging and brotherliness, and correct alleged political imbalance in elective positions.
In a statement by High Chief Nath Anho, after a meeting in Abraka, the people drew the attention of the governor to the “marginalisation and drought of elective positions in Abraka,” noting that since 1999, no Abraka person had held either the chairmanship position of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, or represented the constituency at the state House of Assembly. Read more
Mimiko Has No Right to Host Labour Party Convention, Say NLC, TUC
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have said it was inappropriate for the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, who has already defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to host the convention of the Labour Party (LP).
This is as the labour organisations again called on LP members to shun the convention slated for Saturday. Read more
Bayelsa New Governor’s Office to Gulp N33bn
Following the collapse and the subsequent demolition of the Bayelsa State governor’s office, the state government has disclosed that the new office project under construction would gulp about N33.8 billion.
The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, disclosed this to journalists during his inspection of the ongoing projects executed by the Governor Seriake Dickson administration. Read more
S’Africa: We Have Not Received Any Summons over Cash-for-Arms Deal
The South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Lulu Mgnuni, has refuted reports that he has been summoned by the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the botched arms deals which led to the seizure of a total of $15 million belonging to the Nigerian government by South African authorities.
South Africa, in two separate incidents barely three weeks apart, seized $9.3 million flown into the country via a private jet, and again seized $5.7 million in deals that the Nigerian government has insisted are legitimate, thus creating a situation which diplomatic observers say is capable of damaging bi-lateral relations between the two nations if not handled properly. Read more
Nigerian woman in Taiwan with signs of fever cleared of Ebola
A Nigerian woman in Taiwan with signs of fever has been tested negative for the Ebola virus and has been discharged from a hospital near Taoyuan International Airport, health officials said on Friday.
The 45-year-old, who was not identified by name, was sent to the hospital directly from the airport after she arrived on Thursday, Taiwan’s Central News Agency quoted the officials as saying. Read more
Police orderly, 4 others gang-rape 17-year-old girl in Kano
A police orderly attached to the Executive Chairman of Kabo Local Government Council of Kano State and four others have been arrested for allegedly gang-raping a 17-year-old girl at gunpoint.
The Police Corporal, whose identity is being concealed by Kano State Police Command, was said to have conspired with four other persons to carry out the act by using his service pistol to subdue the lady at a location at Shanono, headquarters of Shanono Local Government Area. Read more
East-West Road expansion to cost $1bn —Minister
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Stephen Oru, said yesterday, that the expansion of the East-West Road would cost $1 billion.
He spoke in Calabar during the graduation of the Second Batch of participants of the Identify, Train and Engage Scheme, ITRENS, a youth empowerment programme sponsored by the ministry. Read more
CNN, Al Jazeera lied on Chibok girls’ escape —Badeh
The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, has accused foreign media houses, including the Cable News Network (CNN) and Al Jazeera, of fabricating stories on the abducted Chibok girls during the visit of the crews to Nigeria in May.
Speaking during a workshop on security/media relations in crisis management in Abuja, the Air Chief Marshal said “we know Isha Sesay of CNN, (Nima) Elbagir of CNN and another one from Al Jazeera interviewed the supposed Chibok girls that escaped; they were speaking Hausa and these are girls that were going to write SSCE. Those ones cannot be those Chibok girls,” adding that “they didn’t show us their faces so that we will know. Read more
Sabinews News Update on Economy
IMF: World Economy Needs Smart Fiscal Policies
As the World Bank began its annual Summit in Washington, DC, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday said that fiscal policies could help support job creation.
The IMF while stating this in its newly released Fiscal Monitor, added that designing the right policies would depend on conditions in individual countries. Read more
Auto Importers, SON At Loggerheads Over Vehicle Pre-shipment Inspection
Automobile importers and dealers have opposed the decision of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to subject imported vehicles to pre-shipment verification.
The SON recently appointed three inspection companies to verify Nigeria-bound vehicles before shipping into the country. Read more
N40bn Debt: Unity Bank Issues 2-week Ultimatum To Debtors
At the end of the two weeks deadline for its debtors to pay up, Unity Bank has threatened to submit the names of defaulting debtors to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to have them blacklisted by the apex bank.
The bank has also vowed to publish the names of such debtors and shame them thereby ensuring that they cannot access future loans from other banks in the country. Read more
World Bank Launches New Global Infrastructure Facility for Nigeria, Others
In a bid to plug the infrastructure gap in developing nations, including Nigeria, the World Bank Group Thursday launched a new Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF), which has the potential to unlock billions of dollars for infrastructure in the developing world.
The GIF launch, which took place at the ongoing 2014 IMF/World Bank annual meetings in Washington DC, drew the heads of some of the world’s largest asset management and private equity firms, pension and insurance funds, and commercial banks, who joined multilateral development institutions and donor nations to work as partners. Read more
‘Africa to expand rice production area by almost 50% to become global leader’
Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released Wednesday, by IHS Inc., a global source of critical information and insight.
Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. Read more
Sabinews News Update on Oil and Gas
Reliance on Nigeria gas is ‘mentally retarding’ – NDC MP
Chairman of the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament Dr Kwabena Donkor has torn Ghana’s energy policy to shreds and has criticised the seeming over reliance on Nigeria for gas supply.
At a round table discussion on the challenges facing the energy sector organized by the Institute of Green Growth Solutions the NDC MP was highly critical of the decision to rely on Nigeria for gas. Read more
Ebola-hit Liberia Cancels Nationwide Parliamentary Election
Liberia has suspended its nationwide Senate election after the electoral commission admitted it would not be able to stage the ballot safely, according to a government statement.
The news of the cancellation came as the Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Alfonso Barnuevo, yesterday opposed the temporary ban on flights to Spain from the Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. Read more
Taiwan president calls on China to move towards democracy
Taiwan’s president on Friday urged China to move towards a more democratic style of development, reiterating his strong support for pro-democracy demonstrations in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong.
Ma Ying-jeou used his speech at Taiwan’s National Day celebrations to discuss the island’s own democratic development in remarks that appeared to show Beijing that Taiwan would never give up its own democracy and rule of law. Read more
Japan braced for ‘powerful’ Typhoon Vongfong
Japan is bracing for the arrival of a powerful typhoon, Vongfong, which officials have said will be the strongest storm to hit Japan this year.
The southern island of Okinawa is likely to bear the brunt of the storm when it makes landfall late Saturday or early Sunday. Read more
Miss Venezuela pageant reflects hard times
Mariana Jimenez, a 20-year-old social communications student, has been crowned as the new Miss Venezuela, surpassing 24 other contestants and winning the right to represent Venezuela in the Miss Universe pageant.
As in recent years, the country’s hard economic times were apparent in Thursday night’s austere ceremony. The show went on without the international pop stars and Broadway-like dance productions that used to grace the competition. And it was held in the small studio of the show’s sponsor rather than a large arena. Read more
Flight held after passenger ‘makes Ebola joke’
A passenger’s alleged joke about having the deadly Ebola virus lead a US flight from Philidelphia to the Dominican Republic to be held in isolation on the tarmac after it landed in Punta Cana.
The plane was boarded by specialist medical staff in full protective clothing who appeared to search the plane to ascertain the threat. Read more
Microsoft CEO criticized for suggesting women not ask for raises
Microsoft Corp’s chief executive officer suggested on Thursday that women in technology should not ask for raises but have faith in the “system”, bringing a torrent of criticism and causing the executive to backtrack after the statement.
Satya Nadella, who became CEO in February, was asked how women should get ahead in the tech world at a three-day conference in Phoenix, Arizona, intended to celebrate women in computing. Read more
Sabinews News Update on Energy
Power firms to refund customers who buy transformers, others – NERC
Customers who finance the acquisition of power assets may start getting back their money from the respective electricity distribution companies from December this year, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said.
The affected power assets include electric poles, transformers and other equipment. Read more
FG to issue title documents to PHCN successor firms
The Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs. Akon Eyakenyi, has said the ministry is set to commence the issuance of Certificates of Occupancy to the successor companies of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria in respect of their 635 core assets.
The core assets belong to 11 electric power distribution companies in the Abuja, Benin, Eko, Enugu, Ibadan, Ikeja, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Port Harcourt and Yola zones. Read more
Sabinews News Update on Sports
Uyo Stadium to host Nigeria vs South Africa 2015 Afcon qualifier
Newly constructed ultra modern 30,000 capacity stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State will host the Afcon 2015 final group qualifying match between the Super Eagles and South Africa.
This was confirmed yesterday by the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick in Uyo after an inspection tour of the edifice. Read more
President Jonathan assures Pinnick of govt support
The President and Commander-In-Chief of the the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR on Thursday congratulated the new president of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick on his ascendancy, and assured that the Federal Government would afford even more support to Nigeria football. Read more
Mark Tasks Eagles to Beat Sudan, Restore Nigeria’s Dignity
Senate President David Mark Thursday tasked the Super Eagles of Nigeria to restore the nation’s pride as the reigning African champions by defeating Sudan in tomorrow’s qualifier match in Khartoum.
Mark gave this charge while receiving the new leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) led by Amaju Pinnick along with the Director General of National Sports Commission (NSC), Gbenga Elegbeleye, in Abuja. Read more
Golf is growing in Nigeria, says Iwere
Captain of the Ikoyi Club 1938, Golf Section, Ted Iwere, is confident the game is growing in Nigeria as the tempo can be sustained to close up with other golfing countries.
The MD, Independent Newspapers Ltd (INL), Lagos made the statement over the weekend at the gala night of the just concluded, The Nigeria Cup Golf Tournament in Ikoyi, Lagos. Read more