Sabinews Morning News Update for July 2, 2015
IG Orders Removal of Road Blocks by LG Officials
The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Solomon Arase, has mandated all state Commissioners of Police to dislodge local government officials operating on the highways in the guise of collecting tolls for their local government authorities.
This order, in a statement signed by the Force spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said it became necessary following complaints and reports of disruption of smooth flow of traffic, extortion and harassment of motorists on the highways. Read more
Stakeholders Want Tank Farms Relocated from Apapa
Following the last stakeholders’ meeting held at Alausa, to find lasting solutions to the traffic gridlock within Apapa and its environs, stakeholders and residents in the community have concluded that tank farms in the surroundings should be relocated to a distance from the area.
The call was disclosed at the recent stakeholders’ meeting held at the Apapa Local Government Council secretariat tagged ‘Stakeholders Summit on Traffic Problem in Apapa Area’. Read more
King’s College PTA Accuses Parents of Bad Conduct
The Parents Teachers Association of King’s College (PTA), Lagos, has expressed concern over the attitude of some parents who stormed its annex in Victoria Island, with placards to destabilise and cause confusion in the 104-year old institution.
The placard-carrying group, under the name, ‘concerned parents’ numbering about 30, had stormed the college on Sunday June 28, a day which was supposed to be its visiting day alleging that the children and wards were living in deplorable conditions, including lack of electricity supply, lack of potable water, among other issues in the school. Read more
Ondo Residency Card Utilization Takes off Today
The total implementation of the Ondo State Government’s residency card initiative, otherwise known as Kaadi Igbeayo, will begin today, the government has announced.
Speaking with journalists in Akure Wednesday, the state Commissioner for Information, Hon. Kayode Akinmade, said the take-off ceremony of the total utilisation of the scheme would be presided over by Governor, Olusegun Mimiko at an event designed for the purpose by 10a.m. at the Adegbamile House in the state capital. Read more
Same Sex Marriage is Unlawful in Nigeria, Says Okowa
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has said Nigeria took the right steps by having laws against same-sex marriage.
Speaking when members of the state chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) paid him a courtesy visit in Asaba, Okowa stated: “On same-sex marriage, Nigeria has taken a position, the National Assembly has passed a law prohibiting it which was signed into law. Read more
N8bn CBN Fraud: Court Adjourn Hearing To July
Further hearing in the case involving three Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) officials and five of the First Bank who allegedly defrauded the apex bank of over N8bn was yesterday adjourned till 10th of July this year by Adeyinka Faji of the Federal High Court, Ibadan.
The accused bankers, Kolawole Babalola, Olaniran Muniru Adeola, Toogun Kayode Philips,(CBN), Isaq Akano (alias Isiaka), Ayodele Festus Adeyemi, Oyebanji Akeem, Ayodeji Alatishe and Ajiwe Sunday Adegoke (First Bank) were brought before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the invitation of the CBN. Read more
Soil Erosion May Threaten Global Food Security
Global soil erosion has reached levels that will endanger humanity’s ability to feed itself if nothing is done to lower it, a study warns.
The review, published in Science, says soils are being lost faster than they are being naturally produced in many parts of the world. In addition, there is increased pressure on farmland from non-food uses, such as crops being grown for biofuels, and there may be future shortages of rock phosphate, which is used to make fertiliser, it says. Read more
LASTMA moves against gridlock
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority says there is need to clear the Yaba area of the state of impediments hindering the free flow of traffic.
It added that the move would reduce the daily hardship experienced by road users in the area. Read more
Igbo Group Condemns Boko Haram Detainees Relocation
An Igbo group, Aka Ikenga, has condemned in strong terms the recent relocation of Boko Haram detainees to Aguata Prisons, Ekwulobia in Anambra State by the federal government, describing it as a violation of the safety and security of lives and property of the people in the state.
The group made this known in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Okey Onyemobi, and made available to THISDAY Wednesday. Read more
BBOG Group Demands Details Of Deradicalised Women
The #BringBackOurGirls has urged the National Security Adviser (NSA) to release more information on the issue of the deradicalisation of former Boko Haram sect members to eradicate doubts in the minds of the public on the issue.
Speaking yesterday on the issue during its sit-out, one of its members, Dr Manessah Allen stated that the NSA should come up with more details on the deradicalisation, as the issue had raised many pertinent questions. Read more
Buhari seeks end to graft in Hajj operations
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to end corruption in Hajj operations.
He spoke yesterday during a closed door meeting with NAHCON Chairman Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
Lawyer: Threat of EFCC Arrest Has Confined Kwankwaso to His Residence
The lawyer of Rabiu Kwankwaso, former Governor of Kano State, Mr. Okechukwu Eze, has told the Kano High Court sitting in Gezawa that the threat of arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of his client, has confined him to his residence in Abuja.
In his address yesterday at the court on the ex-parte motion filed to restrain the EFCC from arresting Kwankwaso, the lawyer explained that the move by the commission, if executed, would deny his client of his fundamental human rights. Read more
Court Dismisses Extradition Case against Kashamu
A Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday dismissed an application for the extradition of the Senator representing Ogun-East senatorial district in the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu, to the United States of America (USA), to face trial on alleged complicity in trafficking in illicit drugs.
The extradition application No. FHC/ABJ/CS/479/2015, which was filed before the court on May 28, 2015 by the immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN), followed a request by the Embassy of the United States of America seeking the Nigerian government to surrender Kashamu to face a drug related charge before the United States District Court for the Northern Illinois, Eastern Division. Read more
Umahi swears in 18 commissioners, 27 aides
Umahi, while addressing the people during inauguration at Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre, warned the appointees that it would not be business as usual, but a call to service to help his administration turn around the state.
He said: “There is no money to give you; you have to be creative, find ways to create wealth and revenue for the state. Read more
UBA Boss Advises Govt On Economic Diversification
Femi Olaloku, Executive Director, Treasury and International Banking, UBA Plc has called on the Federal and State governments to diversify the productive base and foreign exchange earnings of the Nigerian economy in order to overcome the challenges brought about by dwindling revenues from crude oil sales.
Olaloku made the call while speaking as one of the panel discussants at the Bloomberg/Nigerian Stock Exchange CEO Roundtable on the Banking and Oil industry in Lagos. Read more
CBN Extends Forex Curbs to Export Proceeds, BDCs
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Wednesday stated that beyond the exclusion of funding for 41 items in the interbank forex market, the items cannot also be funded from proceeds of exports as well as the bureau de change (BDC) segment of the forex market.
The central bank issued the directive in a circular dated July 1, signed by its Director, Trade and Exchange Department, Mr. Olakanmi Gbadamosi, a copy of which was posted on its website. Read more
ICC: Africa’s FDI Still Vulnerable to Economic Crisis
The International Chambers of Commerce of Nigeria (ICC) has warned that the continent’s future Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) trajectory is still vulnerable to economic shocks due to the incessant political instability and security challenges hindering the growth of Africa.
The Chairman, ICC, Mr. Babatunde Savage, explained that infrastructure deficit and corruption are still the major threats that may scare away potential first-time investors from the continent. Read more
Emefiele Calls For Rules That promote Sustainable Ecosystem
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele has urged other financial regulatory agencies in the country to adopt sustainable financial practices that would lead to economic development without negative costs to the ecosystem and future generations.
Emefiele while declaring open a workshop on sustainable finance for the financial sector regulatory bodies held in conjunction with United Nations financial initiatives in Abuja appealed to the agencies to expand their focus beyond profit maximazation and return on investments to cover environmental protection. Read more
Stakeholders seek investment friendly unified NCCG to boost FDI
Participants at the one-day public hearing on the National Code of Corporate Governance (NCCG) have urged Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN) to put into considerations the salient points raised by the various stakeholders in the financial system in order to produce a unified code that would boost Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and attract voluntary compliance.
Speaking at the forum in Lagos on Tuesday, the stakeholders, who admitted that there was a need to establish a unified NCGC however, submitted that the code should not be made mandatory for all sectors and companies operating in the country. Read more
Oil and Gas
Nigeria’s crude oil export up by 60,000bp/d in June –Report
The nation’s crude oil supplies to the global market rose by 60,000 barrels per day, bpd in June, this year.
The country’s export could have been higher if not for much loading delays at Bonny terminal and a force majeure on exports of Forcados crude.
The Reuters confirmed the development maintained that, “Nigeria increased output by 60,000 bpd and the increase would have been larger without loading delays at the Bonny terminal and a force majeure on exports of Forcados crude.” Read more
Towards adequate gas supply
The pace of economic development in Nigeria continues to be constrained by lack of investment in the country’s power infrastructure. This is partly responsible for the unreliable electricity supply situation.
Nigeria has power generating stations that have combined installed capacity of about 24,000 megawatts (Mw) but struggles to attain 4,000Mw output. The reason for this, according to generation companies (Gencos), is a shortfall in gas supply. Read more
UAE firm Gulf Petrochem acquires Essar Petroleum
A United Arab Emirates (UAE) oil firm has acquired and renamed a Kenyan oil supplier in a bid to boost its downstream supply chain in in East Africa’s oil and gas sector.
Gulf Petrochem Group Wednesday announced its acquisition of Essar Petroleum East Africa Ltd effectively changing its name to ASPAM Energy (Kenya) Ltd. Read more
Elumelu Calls for an End to Energy Poverty
The Chairman of the United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), Mr. Tony Elumelu, has noted that providing access to electricity for schools, hospitals, businesses and industries is the single most impactful intervention that can be made to transform the continent.
This, Elumelu said, has tremendous implications for job creation, health, food security, education, technological advancement and overall economic development. Read more
Nigeria’s power generation hits 3,801.19MW
The country has increased power generation from the 3,657.02MW it recorded two weeks ago to 3,801.19MW, while energy sent out has reached 3,708MW from the 3,584MW.
Nigeria has continued to enjoy significant increase in power generation and supply in the last few weeks achieved, during the review period. Read more
Onazi Apologises To NFF
Super Eagles’ midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, has formally apologised to the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) for his on-field action that led to a straight red card in last month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Chad in Kaduna.
In a letter dated 30th June, 2015 and addressed to the NFF General Secretary, the SS Lazio of Italy playmaker wrote: “Sequel to your letter REF: NFF/OGS/Admin/Vol.V/009, I hereby tender an unreserved apology with respect to my conduct which led to my dismissal in the game against Chad in Kaduna. Read more
Obuh Fails To Bail Ifeanyiubah
Coach John Obuh on Wednesday failed to halt FC Ifeanyiubah losing treak as the club lost 0-1 to Heartland Football Club at the Liberation Stadium, Port Harcourt in a Glo Premier League Week 15 fixture.
Only on Monday, the club proprietor, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, sacked the Technical Adviser, Mitko Dobrev, for losing 0-1 to Wikki Tourists of Bauchi at home. Read more
I’m Not Corrupt, insists Blatter
FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, has insisted he is not guilty of corruption despite the ongoing investigations into world football’s governing body.
Blatter passionately denied any wrongdoing to German magazine Bunte despite two separate on-going Swiss and American investigations into Fifa. Read more
NFF Denies Plan To Sack Garba
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has denied reports it is planning to sack the coaches of the Flying Eagles.
The team crashed out in the round of 16 of the FIFA U-20 World Cup after losing 1-0 to Germany despite high expectations for the team to excel at the tournament. Read more
Why NFF Won’t Relocate Eagles To Lagos
Those expecting the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to relocate the Super Eagles to Lagos sooner than later may have their expectation dashed as the NFF is not thinking along that line.
This is because the federation choice of venue for the Super Eagles is determined by several factors, chief among which is finance. Read more
Benue To Overhaul Lobi FC
Following the dwindling performance of Lobi Stars FC, Makurdi, the state government may have to overhaul the leadership structure of the club to enhance it’s performance.
The Deputy Governors of the state had hitherto been the Chairmen of the club while the technical adviser assumes the position of Vice-chairman; in this case ex-international, Dominic Iorfa. Read more
Mba joins Malatyaspor
Nigerian midfielder Sunday Mba has joined a newly promoted second tier Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor.
Mba, who scored Nigeria’s winning goal in the final match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, completed the moved from French third division club CA Bastia and was unveiled in Turkey on Tuesday. Read more
All Africa Games Camp Opens Friday –Yakmut
Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC) has said that arrangements for final camping of Nigerian athletes for the All Africa Games (AAG) holding in Congo Brazzaville will open July 4 in Lagos and Abuja.
Yakmut disclosed in Abuja that six sports; weightlifting, wrestling, badminton, tennis, boxing and table tennis would open the camps, adding that boxing and table tennis would camp in Lagos while the rest would be hosted at the new Athletes Hostel in Abuja. Read more
UN imposes first sanctions on South Sudan commanders
The UN Security Council on Wednesday imposed sanctions on six commanders from South Sudan, the first to be blacklisted in a country where 18 months of war have brought horrific violence.
The six generals – three from the government forces and three from the rebels – were punished with a global travel ban and an assets freeze for their role in the worsening conflict. Read more
Libya peace talks stall again after rebel forces rejects proposal despite UN sanctions threat
Libya’s rival governments will not return to peace talks this week after rebel forces Wednesday rejected the latest proposal, defying threats the UN Security Council would impose sanctions on anyone who stands in the way of a deal.
The National General Congress parliament in Tripoli, which was seized by rebel forces last year, said it would consult for a week on the new draft, ruling out returning to the talks due to begin in Morocco on Thursday. Read more
12,000 Sydney dental patients may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis
About 12,000 dental patients in Sydney are at risk of having contracted HIV or other blood-borne viruses after an investigation found equipment has not been sterilised and cleaned properly in practices across the city.
NSW Health has confirmed six dentists have had their registration suspended and one dentist’s practice has been closed after patient complaints in November and December last year led to the discovery of breaches in infection control. Read more
Greece in Limbo: Shuttered Banks Keep Lifeline
Greece braced for more chaos on the streets outside its mostly shuttered banks Thursday, as Athens and its creditors halted talks on resolving the country’s deepening financial crisis until a referendum this weekend.
Banks have been closed all week to prevent a crash from mass money withdrawals, while a few have been reopened to help pensioners without ATM cards. Read more
UN calls for ban on logging and mining in Tasmania’s world heritage area
The UN has called for a blanket ban on logging and mining in Tasmania’s world heritage area and demanded the Tasmanian government rethink its new management plan for the vast wilderness.
The 21 countries on Unesco’s world heritage committee have ratified a draft decision that the government must “ensure that commercial logging and mining are not permitted within the entire property” and that a proposed new strategy for the wilderness area is reviewed so that ecological values are fully protected. Read more
Tropical storm Chan-hom is forecast to strike the Northern Mariana Islands as a typhoon
Tropical storm Chan-hom is forecast to strike the Northern Mariana Islands as a typhoon at about 09:00 GMT on 4 July. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will be near 13.5 N, 145.5 E. Chan-hom is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 148 km/h (92 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher. Read more
Trafficker gets 18 years in jail over Italian shipwreck that killed 366 migrants
An Italian court on Wednesday found a man guilty of trafficking migrants and sentenced him to 18 years in jail for contributing to a 2013 shipwreck that killed 366 people, a judicial source said.
A court in Agrigento, Sicily, convicted 36-year-old Tunisian Khaled Bensalem of causing the 2013 shipwreck and the deaths of the mainly Eritrean passengers, and aiding illegal immigration, the source at the Agrigento prosecutor’s office said. Read more
Germany to shut down coal-fired plants, extend power grid -sources
The German government decided on Thursday to order the shutdown of several coal-fired plants in order to reach its ambitious climate goals by 2020, government sources told Reuters.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of her two junior coalition parties also settled a dispute over high-voltage power lines which are planned to carry green energy from the breezy north to the industrial south, the sources said. Read more
Saudi prince vows to donate his entire £20bn fortune to charity
A Saudi prince has said he will donate his entire £20bn fortune to charity.
Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the world’s 34th richest person, said he was inspired by Bill Gates to give away all his money. Read more
Young Greeks flee abroad as crisis deepens
What does the future look like for young people in crisis-hit Greece, where years of hardship and sky-high unemployment were followed this week by bank closures? The answer: self-imposed exile.
“I don’t see a future in Greece,” sighs Dani Iordake. The 21-year-old, who proudly sports self-styled tattoos on his arms, was forced to drop out of university to help his mother pay the bills. Read more
England players ‘heartbroken’ after loss to Japan
England left Commonwealth Stadium in a state of shock on Wednesday after an injury time own goal condemned them to a 2-1 Women’s World Cup semifinal loss to Japan.
Laura Bassett’s attempted sliding clearance ricocheted off the underside of the cross-bar and into the goal area in the second minute of injury time after England had struck the bar themselves twice and created a series of good chances in the second half. Read more
Michael Schumacher ‘making progress’
Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher continues to make progress in recovering from a severe head injury, nearly a year-and-half after a skiing accident, according to his manager.
“We’re glad to be able to continue to say that he is making progress, as I always say, given the severity of his head injuries,” said his manager Sabine Kehm at a sponsor’s event. Read more
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