Sabinews Midday News Update for August 20, 2015
Govs forum meets UN secretary general Sunday
Nigerian Governors Forum to meet UN Sec-Gen Ban Ki-moon on Sunday to discuss sustainable development goals, the successor programme to Millennium Development Goals, and role in implementation. Read more
DPR to enforce official pump price of petrol
The Controller, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Kwara, Mr Amos Jokodola, has promised to enforce sale of petrol at the official pump price of N87 per liter in the state.
Jokodola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Thursday that the independent marketers in the state would be made to sell at the pump price. Read more
Why APC can’t be ashamed of Aregbesola – Lai Mohammed
Against the background of the stretching arrears of salaries owed public workers in Osun State, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress, APC , during an interactive session with the Editorial Board of Vanguard gave reasons why the state has found itself in dire straits asserting that the party cannot in any way be ashamed of the governor , Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, or his record of performance. Excerpts:
Osun State is probably the most cosmopolitan state in the whole of Nigeria. We are very proud of our governor, Rauf Aregbesola and we stand by him because he is one of the most proactive governors, he is one governor that has taken the reason for governance very seriously Read more
2015 polls: Ad hoc staff lock INEC office over unpaid stipends
ABOUT 150 ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, during the 2015 general elections in Anambra State, yesterday, besieged the Commission’s secretariat in Awka, demanding their unpaid allowances. Some of the staff complained that while some of them received the first tranche, others had not received anything since the March 28 and April 11, 2015 elections.
After several visits to the Commission during which they were either asked to compile their names or bring their bank statements for verification and yet nothing happened, they stormed the state INEC headquarters in Awka and barricaded the gate, demanding their money. Read more
I didn’t know selling petrol from vandalised pipeline’s criminal—SUSPECT
A suspected member of a syndicate vandalising pipelines of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Jamiu Ajani, said yesterday he did not know selling petrol obtained from the act amounted to crime.
Ajani was arrested alongside his accomplices, Demola Lawrence and Raymond, by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Task Force on Pipeline Vandalism, which recovered 300 units of 50-litre jerry cans loaded with premium motor spirit, PMS, from them. Read more
Venezuela Gets New Oil Minister
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro announced the current head of state oil giant PDVSA will take over as minister of oil and mining as well.
“I have decided to name comrade Eulogio del Pino as the People’s Minister for Oil and Mining,” Maduro said in an address on state television.
Del Pino, who has led PDVSA since September 2014, is not the first to take on the dual ministerial role in the oil-dependent OPEC member state. Read more
Accurate Data On Foreign Direct Investment Lacking –FG
Permanent Secretary in charge of Political Affairs, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ibukun Odusote, has said Nigeria lacks accurate data in terms of funds accruing to Nigeria through foreign direct investments.
She also said a lot of jobs had been created to boost the Nigerian economy through interface with the diasporan community but that data regarding the actual number of jobs that had been created were also faulty and inaccurate. Read more
Panic At NIS As Buhari Probes Visa Issuance To ISIS
The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) was a mad house on Wednesday as presidential directive to open investigations into how wanted ISIS chief, Ahmed All Assir, was issued a valid Nigerian visa in Lebanon got to the public domain.
Our source at the immigration headquarters, Abuja, hinted that top management of the Service were locked up in a meeting that lasted for several hours over the issue. Read more
Kano begins conversion of waste to wealth
The Kano State Refuse Management and Sanitation Board on Thursday said it was ready to begin the conversion of wastes to wealth before the end of 2015.
The Managing Director of the board, Retired Group Capt. Mohammed Kura, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano that investors from England and India had sent proposals to start converting scrap tiles into powder, fabrics and wares. “We have started producing organic fertiliser with the waste collected from Naibawa fruit market already.” Read more
Senator – It’s Wicked to Allocate One Percent of Budget to Agriculture
Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West at the National Assembly, has described as deliberate wickedness the meagre amount the Federal Government spends on agriculture annually.
He was speaking at a public event, organized by Oxfam Nigeria highlighting the achievement of rural women farmers, high quality cassava flour and the need for active citizenship in the country. Read more
Six policemen injured in Cairo car bombing
t least six policemen have been wounded in a car bomb attack in front of a police building in Cairo, according to Egypt’s interior ministry.
The powerful blast struck northern Cairo district of Shubra al-Khaima in the early hours of Thursday morning.
“A man suddenly stopped his car in front of the state security building, jumped out of it and fled on a motorbike that followed the car,” the interior ministry statement said. Read more
TEPNG’s Obagi pipeline shutdown
Production of Total E&P Nigeria Limited’s (TEPNG) 12 in. Obagi-Rumuekpe pipeline has been suspended after a crude oil spill. Approximately 35 000 boe and 6 million m3/d (212 million ft3/d) of natural gas are produced in the Obragi field. Read more
UNN Hosts Southeast Health Summit in September
Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and healthy lives in the southeastern region of the country will form the focus of the Southeast Health Summit 2015, which is scheduled to hold on September 3, 2015 at the Dome Conference Center in Enugu, Enugu state.
The one-day submit with theme: “Achieving universal health coverage and healthy lives”, promises to address the poor health indices of the southeast, dysfunctional health and politics, economic, and social realities, as well as justify the need to refocus on the health system in the region. Read more
Nigeria Falls Short of WHO Blood Donation Standard – BBSN Chairman
The chairman of the Blood Bank Society of Nigeria (BBSN), Dr. Ifionu Bart, last Thursday, disclosed that Nigeria falls short of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) standard of blood donation, and as a result, many lives are lost on daily basis.
According to Bart, the WHO’s standard of blood donation is 1 per cent of every nation’s population, but records in Nigeria indicates that, blood donation is not even up to a 0.5 per cent, which is very bad. Read more
Nigeria: Bird Flu – Rivers Depopulates Seven Thousand Birds
Poultry farmers in Port Harcourt, the River State capital, are under alert following the reoccurrence of highly pathogenic poultry disease.
Mr. Emma Chinda, the River State Commissioner for Agriculture, confirmed the outbreaks in Port Harcourt, adding that samples confirmed the existence of bird flu (avian influenza). Read more
VC Cautions NMA Against Strikes
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has advised the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) against incessant strikes, saying that strikes should be embarked upon only after other options have failed. Ambali, who gave the advice while receiving the executive council of the Kwara State branch of the NMA in his office, said doctors across the country must avoid unnecessary strikes. Read more
UN Body Advises Govt On Use of Data to Fight HIV/Aids
THE Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has advised the Federal Government to make effective use of data and survey on the prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in the country to fast-track its elimination.
UNAIDS Country Director for Nigeria, Dr. Bilali Camara, who gave the advice during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday, said government and stakeholders in the fight to end Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) have to use the data which provides information to be a guide in choose areas of priority. Read more
Total E&P Nigeria Ltd Stops Expedition of Crude on its Onshore Export Pipeline
Total E&P Nigeria Ltd (TEPNG) has stopped expedition of crude on its Obagi – Rumuekpe 12” Oil Export Pipeline in Rivers State.
During crude oil expedition operation on 16th of August 2015 an abnormal situation was observed as the oil expedited from Obagi was not received at Rumuekpe metering station. Expedition was immediately stopped and a helicopter over-flight was carried out, which revealed oil spill and fresh excavations on the pipeline Right Of Way. Read more
Buhari enjoins Ministry to establish Tourism Development Fund to boost revenue
President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation to establish a Tourism Development Fund to boost the nation’s internally generated revenue capacity.
The president gave the advice in Abuja on Wednesday after he was briefed on the activities of the ministry by Mrs Nkechi Ejele, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry. He commended the ongoing efforts by the ministry to generate more revenue through its various agencies. Read more
Palestinian hunger striker back in coma as ‘blackmail’ debate rages
A Palestinian prisoner on a two-month hunger strike was in a medically induced coma Thursday as a debate raged over a decision by Israel’s top court to suspend his being held without trial.
The High Court’s Wednesday ruling sparked criticism from Palestinian activists, saying it had come too late, and from Israeli ministers, claiming judges had given in to “blackmail.” Read more
Saudi MERS infections soar ahead of hajj pilgrimage
MERS coronavirus infections have soared in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, forcing the closure of a major hospital’s emergency ward in Riyadh and killing three people, officials and the press said.
The Saudi Gazette said Thursday authorities shut the emergency ward at the King Abdulaziz Medical City, one of the capital’s largest hospitals, “after at least 46 people, including hospital staff” contracted the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Read more
Bomb hits governor’s office in Yemen’s Aden, four dead
A bomb attack on the governor’s temporary headquarters in Yemen’s main southern city of Aden on Thursday killed four people and wounded 10 others, security officials and medics said.
Governor Nayef al-Bakri was unharmed in the blast at the headquarters of the Aden Faculty of Administrative Sciences, which is housing the governor’s offices, the sources said. Read more
Burundi president sworn in for third term: presidency
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza was sworn in for a controversial third term in power Thursday, the presidency said, following elections last month, weeks of protests and a failed coup.
Nkurunziza took the “oath for a new term of five years”, the presidency said in a statement, in a surprise ceremony on Thursday, announced only a few hours in advance. Read more
Venezuela closes part of border after attack wounds 4
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has ordered part of frontier with Colombia closed after four people were wounded in an overnight attack along the border.
Speaking late Wednesday on state-run VTV television, Maduro said two men on motorcycles had attacked soldiers involved in anti-smuggling operations along the northwestern border with Colombia. Read more