Sabinews Midday News Update for May 12, 2015
Gen Ransome-Kuti, 29 others to face court martial
Authorities of the Nigerian Army has ordered 30 senior officers to proceed to the Army Headquarters Garrison in Abuja to face a judicial panel allegedly over their conduct and performances in the war against Boko Haram insurgents.
An internal army memo dated March 11, 2015 has it that the officers are to be court-martialed for various offences. Read more
Kerosene now costs N200 per litre in Yola
Following the scarcity of kerosene in Yola, Adamawa, the commodity is now selling at N250 per litre.
A survey conducted by NAN in Yola on Monday showed that the development had forced many residents to rely on firewood for cooking and other domestic needs. According to the investigation, the commodity is scarce in most filling stations in Yola metropolis and its environs. Read more
Another major earthquake hits Nepal
A major earthquake has struck eastern Nepal, two weeks after more than 8,000 people were killed in a devastating quake.
The latest earthquake hit near the town of Namche Bazar, near Mount Everest, the BBC reports. The United States Geological Survey said it had a magnitude of 7.3. An earthquake on April 25, centred in western Nepal, had a magnitude of 7.8. Read more
China provides $300,000 to flood-hit Madagascar
The Chinese government provided $300,000 in cash for victims of cyclones in Madagascar, an official ceremony for the donation was held at Madagascar’s Prime Minister Office on Monday.
Following a mix of rainstorms and cyclones from January to March, the capital Antananarivo and its surrounding area was flooded, dozens of people were killed, more than 60,000 were affected while more than 30,000 had to flee their homes. Read more
Power capacity hits 6000mw as Jonathan commissions FCT substation
President Goodluck Jonathan disclosed yesterday that the nation’s electricity generation capacity has increased to 6000MW just as he commissioned a 330/132/33kv transmission substation in Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The substation, executed by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP), is meant to boost the wheeling of generated power to FCT and environs. Read more
NSE prescribes ABUAD Engineering template for education in Nigeria
The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has declared Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD’s) engineering programme as a template for engineering education in Nigeria.
The declaration is predicated on the quantum of the modern, sophisticated and state-of-the-art equipment and teaching facilities from the US, Spain, England and Germany as well as the quality personnel of international repute manning the university’s engineering programme. Read more
APC group moves to reconcile members in Ekiti
The Action Group (AG) caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has restated its commitment to uniting the party and lifts the morale of members, which has been at an all time low since the June 21, 2014 governorship election.
Spokesperson for the group, Segun Dipe, said AG was neither impetuous nor ambitious in its formation; rather it came in response to the situation in the state to address the post election trauma. Read more
ARRA, UNHCR relocates S’Sudanese refugees
The Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees have launched the relocation of thousands of South Sudanese refugees from flood-prone areas in the Gambella region to a new refugee camp located about 18 kilometres from Gambella, western Ethiopia.
The relocation exercise to Jewi Refugee Camp was launched on Friday with the first convoy of 1,376 refugees arriving in the new camp, according to a statement from UNHCR on Monday. Read more
EU, US ask Burundi to postpone elections
The European Union, the Unites States and Switzerland Monday urged Burundi to postpone elections, arguing that the climate is not “conducive” to hold elections as the first polls are due in two weeks.
Diplomats from the EU, the U.S. and Switzerland made a joint appeal in a political dialogue they held in the Burundian capital Bujumbura with the Burundian government on the East African country’s situation two weeks to the legislative and communal elections. Read more
ivers lawmakers reject Amaechi’s claim of paid salaries
MEMBERS of the Rivers State House of Assembly have distanced themselves from claims by the state government that civil servants have been paid salaries up to March this year.
The House has, therefore, summoned nine commissioners and heads of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to appear before it tomorrow to explain how appropriated funds and regular remittances from the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), as well as monies from the Federation Account, have been spent. Read more
OJB denies kidney relapse rumor
Song writer, singer and producer OJB Jezreel (Babatunde Okungbowa) has refuted social media reports that he is hospitalised and battling with kidney-related disease.
record straight, am at home and healthy with my family going about my normal business” he wrote on his Facebook account. “Obviously bloggers don’t research before they post. If they did they would know that a transplant patient will always do routine checkups because of infections etc” he further wrote. Read more
Ilorin Elders forum backs Saraki for Senate President
Some eminent elders in Ilorin Emirate of Kwara have expressed their support for the aspiration of Dr. Bukola Saraki, a chieftain of APC, to be the president of the eighth Senate.
The elders expressed confidence in the ability of Saraki to provide quality leadership in the upper chamber of the National Assembly. Read more
Boko Haram kills two soldiers in Cameroon
Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram militants killed two Cameroonian soldiers in fighting at the weekend that also left three militants dead, military officers have said.
The clash highlighted how pockets of Boko Haram fighters remain active despite progress this year by troops from Nigeria and neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon in breaking the militants’ hold on vast swathes of territory, Reuters says. Read more
FG Plans Construction Of 4,000MW In Next Phase Of NIPP
The federal government has said it is planning to kick start a process that would add an additional 4,000 megawatts (MW) to the national grid through hydro power under the second phase of the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP).
This was disclosed yesterday by Vice President Namadi Sambo during the commissioning a 330kv transmission facility in Gwagwalada, Abuja. Read more
FAAN, Airlines Disagree On Air Passenger Population
The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and domestic airlines are currently on conflicting grounds as to the number of Nigerians using the airlines.
While the FAAN posit that about 1.2 million passengers are using the airline services in a year, airline operators have faulted the figure saying that it is less than 1.2 million. Read more
5,345 Youths, Women Benefit From Adesina’s ATA
No less than 5,345 youths and women have benefited from the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) of the federal government which spearheaded by the current Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina.
Reports from Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have revealed that women and youth were the main beneficiaries of the ATA. Read more
Lagos Launches Portal, Number for non-Emergency Services Lagos is inching closer to open-governance society with the launch of a platform on which citizens can interact with officials of the government.
The initiative known as Citizen Relationship Management (CRM) platform was launched by Governor Babatunde Fashola at Lagos House, Marina recently. Read more
Woman, 3 kids escape death by whiskers in Owerri
A house wife and her three children narrowly escaped death at Orji, Owerri North local council area of Imo State, when the Golf 5 saloon car mysteriously caught fire midway into their trip home.
Vanguard gathered that the ill-fated Golf car caught fire opposite one of the new generation banks (names withheld) at about 4pm, while the car was in motion. Read more
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