Sabinews Morning News Update for October 30, 2015
I’m still gov of Akwa Ibom –Udom
Akwa Ibom State Government has described as misleading, information circulating in the state that Udom Emmanuel is now an acting governor as a result of the nullification of election in 18 out of the 31 local government areas of the Election Petitions Tribunal.
A statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Aniekan Umanah yesterday, said: “It is unfortunate that a section of the media are unaware of the salient provisions of the 1999 Constitution regarding election and inauguration of governor of a state, talk-less of the 2011 Electoral Act. Read more
Religious tension brews in Cross River
Religious tension is brewing in Cross River State, after the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, rejected the directive by the state government to stop morning devotion in secondary and primary schools across the state, saying such a directive is totally unacceptable to the association.
In a statement, CAN state chairman, Archbishop Joseph Edra Ukpo, yesterday, called on the state government to immediately withdraw the directive as it negated freedom of worship in the state. Read more
New P’Harcourt Int’ Airport for commissioning in 2016
The new Port Harcourt International Airport terminal and the remodelled old terminal would be completed and commissioned in 2016, says the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Saleh Dunoma.
Dunoma stated this yesterday when he paid a working visit to supervise the ongoing construction works at the airport. The poor state of the airport has been a subject of severe public criticism following its recent ranking as the worst and dirtiest airport in Africa. Read more
I’m Deeply Concerned About Traffic Gridlock, Robberies, Says Ambode
Declares zero tolerance on potholes, commercial motorcyclists on highway Releases govt’s key plans
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday released the policy direction of his administration for the next three and half years, just as he appealed for the support and cooperation of all Lagosians in moving the state forward. Read more
Woman uses 2-week-old baby as collateral for N20,000 loan
Cross River State Police Command has arrested one Madam Maria Ekanem, 27, for allegedly selling her two weeks old baby for twenty thousand naira.
Others also arrested in connection with the alleged sale of the baby include Mrs Eno Enang, Reuben Eno and Dr Okokon Offiong. Read more
Gunmen kidnap 100-year-old mother of Igiri, Sylva’s running mate
There is outrage in Bayelsa State over the kidnap of the 100-year-old mother of the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Wilberforce Igiri.
Unknown gunmen in the wee hours of yesterday morning, stormed Foroupa community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, allegedly woke the woman from sleep before they whisked her away to an unknown destination. Read more
Plateau: PDP guber candidate dies 2 weeks after tribunal’s ruling
Former Senator, Gyang Nyam Shom Pwajok is dead. He died in India on Wednesday evening during a protracted kidney-related illness. The death has also been announced of two senior members of staff of the Nigerian Film Corporation, Jos. They are the director of Human Resources, Mr. J. B. Olayishade and Director of Consultancy Services, Mr. George Lawal.
Pwajok, who was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in the April 11 governorship election became ill shortly after the election. He had been recuperating in Abuja before he left for India for continuation of treatment. The news of his death started filtering yesterday morning before it was confirmed by his former media aide, Mr. Chuwang Dung on behalf of his family. Read more
Abia AG Moves to Curb Attacks on Judges, Urges Respect for Judicial Sanctity
Abia State politicians who lost at the election tribunals have been urged to stop expressing their disappointments by attacking the judges who delivered the verdicts in order to preserve the sanctity of the judiciary.
The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Umeh Kalu, gave the advice on Thursday at a press conference he addressed to denounce the way some politicians have been mounting sustained attacks on the judges that served in Abia. Read more
BVN: Banks to Deactivate Unregistered Accounts as Deadline Expires Friday
Bank customers that are unable to obtain their bank verification numbers (BVNs) before the close of business this Friday would not be able to operate such accounts as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has ruled out another extension of the deadline, which expires this Friday.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in collaboration with the Bankers’ Committee had introduced the BVN on February 14, 2014. The initiative was aimed at ensuring unique identity for all bank customers and other users of financial services in the country by the use of the customers’ biometrics as means of identification. Read more
Tompolo’s training vessel causes stir in maritime industry
Controversy is at the moment brewing over the use of the Royal Norwegian military vessel bought by Global West Specialist Vessel Limited to train Nigerian cadets presently undergoing seafaring training abroad.
Global West Specialist vessel Limited is purportedly owned by Chief Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo. Read more
FG urged to address challenges confronting senior citizens
The Federal Government has been urged to pay more attention to senior citizens in Nigeria to improve their welfare by addressing the numerous challenges confronting them.
The Executive Director, 3rd Age Initiative, a Non-Government Organisation, NGO, dedicated to the welfare of the elderly in Nigeria, Mrs. Toun Giwa made the appeal during this year’s Old People’s Day celebration in Lagos. Read more
$140m gap: ‘NSE’ll offer efficient capital market for SMEs’
As Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) grapple with $140 million funding gap, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has promised efficient capital market that will put them among global corporations.
According to its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Oscar Onyema, who gave the pledge in Lagos yesterday at the 19th Annual Stockbrokers’ Conference, with theme, “Entrepreneurship and the Capital Market: Fast tracking a New Economy for Africa,” the main driver of economic growth on the continent has been growth supported by private sector activities. Read more
PWC: Nigeria’s Auto Industry to Produce 4m Cars Annually by 2050
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) on Thursday predicted that the Nigerian auto industry is expected to produce about four million cars annually by 2050, noting that given the nation’s growth projections to be the ninth largest economy in the world and continued government support, the industry is expected to begin actual manufacturing with components locally sourced.
A PWC report presented by a Partner at the firm, Mr. Andrew Nevin, explained that the projected growth requires sustained and effective investment in the auto industry made only possible by the government implementing political, economic and legal policies that create a suitable environment for such investment. Read more
EDC plans $10b business growth agenda for Africa
Export Development Canada (EDC), Canada’s official trade finance agency, yesterday, announced plans to grow its total business in Africa to $10 billion in the next five years.
For effect, the global corporate financier is opening a permanent representation in Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of its commitment towards facilitating business for sub-Saharan Africa. Read more
CBN worries over women’s low participation in economic programmes
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has expressed worry over assessed non-committal of the general public, especially the women, towards the myriads of programmes initiated to empower citizens and enhance the economic development of the nation.
The apex bank made the observation during a two-day sensitization programme it organised for the general public, allaying the fears over over the reliability of Nigerian banks. Read more
Dwindling revenue: CBN, fiscal authorities restrategise for economic stability
Faced with persistent fall in crude oil prices, Nigeria’s main foreign exchange earner, the Central Bank of Nigeria , CBN, and the fiscal authorities are now meeting to restrategise on how to stave the nation’s economy away from a looming recession.
The Governor of CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, told the gathering of Accountants-General of the Federation, AGF, Alh. Ahmed Idris, top officials of his organization, those from the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Budget Office, and tax authorities in Abuja, yesterday, that both monetary and fiscal authorities must restrategise and work in a coordinated manner to surmount the current economic challenges facing the country. Read more
Oil and Gas
PPPRA Issues New Fuel Allocations Despite Payment Worries
The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has issued allocations for imports of some 1.8 million tonnes of gasoline for the fourth quarter, traders said Thursday, despite concerns over the country’s ability to make good on delayed subsidy payments.
The provisional figure, issued individually to companies this week, is on par with the final tally the PPPRA issued for the third quarter. Read more
AI Report Blames Shell, Exposes Failure to Clean Niger Delta Oil Spills
The Amnesty International (AI) and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) will next week launch a new report exposing what it described as Shell’s false statements about its efforts to clean up oil spills in the Niger Delta at a press conference in Abuja, Nigeria.
The Press Officer, AI Nigeria, Mr. Eulette Ewart, in a statement yesterday, said despite promising to act on a 2011 United Nations Environmental Programme (UNDP) report exposing shocking levels of pollution caused by oil spills, ‘Clean it up: Shell’s failure to tackle oil spills in Nigeria’ documents that Shell has either not cleaned up or has done it so badly that oil still pollutes the land. Read more
Buhari hails NNPC, Agip, Oando
President Muhammadu Buhari has praised the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) and its partners, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Oando, for the Green River Project (GRP) which has covered over 120 rural communities and empowered over 35,000 farmers. GRP is the firm’s agric intervention project.
In an audio-visual message to an agricultural exhibition and Farmers’ Day, organised by NAOC, Buhari explained that the company’s GRP had become more important “now that oil has ceased to be the nation’s cash cow. We have no option, but to turn to agriculture. Diversification of our economy is no longer something to pay lip service to,” he said. Read more
Eagles to train overseas for CHAN
Nigeria is to set up a training camp overseas prior to the kick-off of the CHAN in Rwanda in January.
The home-based Super Eagles brushed aside Burkina Faso 2-0 on aggregate to join 13 other countries for the CHAN, which begins on January 16 in Kigali. Read more
Chelsea: Mourinho remains in charge against Liverpool
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to be in the dugout for Saturday’s game
with Liverpool – despite facing a misconduct charge. The Blues boss faces disciplinary action after being sent off during last weekend’s 2-1 defeat by West Ham.
But those matters are not expected to be dealt with before the 12:45 GMT kick-off at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho, 52, has also lodged an appeal with the Football Association against a separate suspended stadium ban. Read more
NFF queries Siasia
The Nigeria Football Federation officials have issued the U23 Eagles coach Samson Siasia a query over his media outburst on Wednesday.
The coach publicly accused the NFF of owing him three months salaries, holding on to their bonus and abandoning his team with just a month to the Rio Olympics qualifying tournament in Senegal. Read more
Oliseh invites Martins, Iheanacho
Seattle Sounders forward, Obafemi Martins, will return to the Super Eagles after a two-year absence after he was called up by Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh for the two-legged World Cup qualifier against Swaziland in Lobamba on November 13 and Port Harcourt four days later. Kelechi Iheanacho, who was not in the initial list released by the NFF, was added to the list by Oliseh later in the day.
Oliseh told The PUNCH exclusively on Thursday that Martins earned his call-up for the World Cup qualifiers. Read more
Zimbabwe Prosecutor General Urged to Resign
Opposition parties and members of Zimbabwe’s legal community are urging Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana to resign after he was slapped with a 30-day jail sentence for refusing to prosecute two cases, one of which involves the alleged rape of a minor by a top ruling party lawmaker.
Tomana also ignored court orders seeking private prosecutions for a businesswoman accused of stealing airtime vouchers worth over $1.7 million from Telecel, one of the country’s cellular phone networks. Read more
Al Shabaab crash plane
Al Shabaab yesterday seized a Fokker 50 aircraft chartered plane that crashed near Mogadishu, Somalia.
The Kenya-registered plane had been chartered by security operations contractors from Nairobi and was headed for Ballidogle Airstrip, 90km west of Mogadishu. Read more
South Sudan claims UN “not cooperating” with military
A South Sudanese army (SPLA) official has accused the United Nations mission in the country (UNMISS) of “not cooperating” with the military.
The army spokesperson, Col. Phillip Aguer, claimed the mission refused to cooperate with the government’s military command after being granted river transport from Juba to Malakal, the Upper Nile capital. Read more
South Sudan rebels seize UN contractors
The United Nations said on Thursday that a dozen contractors seized by South Sudan rebels on Monday have not yet been released.
Around 100 rebels in South Sudan on Monday detained the crew of a barge on the Nile River carrying fuel for a United Nations mission. The rebels were heavily armed with two tanks and also seized weaponry and equipment. Read more
Asian shares edge down
Asian shares were down on Friday and on track for a weekly loss as investors, anxious over faltering global growth, fretted about the possibility that the US Federal Reserve could still raise borrowing costs this year.
Data released overnight showed US gross domestic product increased at a 1.5 percent annual rate, just shy of the consensus forecast for 1.6 percent growth and slowing from a 3.9 percent rise in the second quarter. But solid consumer spending kept alive the possibility that the Fed could deliver an interest rate increase in December. Read more
Poachers poison 60 elephants in Zimbabwe
Suspected poachers have used cyanide to kill 23 elephants in Zimbabwe’s Hwange national park, raising the death toll there and in the northern part of the country to 60 since late September, officials said on Thursday.
Hwange national park in western Zimbabwe currently hosts 53,000 elephants, twice the park’s carrying capacity. Read more
Iranian-American businessman arrested in Tehran
An Iranian-American businessman was arrested by Iranian security forces two weeks while he was visiting relatives in Tehran from his home base in Dubai, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The newspaper, citing people briefed on the situation, said Siamak Namazi, head of strategic planning at Crescent Petroleum Co, was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard’s intelligence arm, which reports to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Read more
China to prosecute former top Tibet security official for graft
A former top Chinese security official in Tibet will be prosecuted for suspected corruption, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog said on Friday, in a rare example of corruption-busters going into the restive and remote region.
Le Dake, who was deputy head of Tibet’s regional legislature when an investigation into him began in June, is suspected of abuse of power and bribery, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said. Read more
China repeats will not accept South China Sea arbitration case
A senior Chinese diplomat repeated on Friday that China would neither participate in nor accept a case at an arbitration court in the Netherlands over the disputed South China Sea.
Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told reporters that the case will not affect China’s sovereign claims in the seas. Read more