Sabinews Midday News Update for 10 May, 2015
IMSU lecturers embark on indefinite strike
Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Imo State University, Owerri chapter have begun an indefinite strike action.
According to the chairman of the union, Dr. Chidi Nwadiaro, the industrial action embarked by the lecturers is due to the inability of the management of the institution under its Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie, a former ASUU President, to pay their salaries for two months (March and April). Read more
Patience Jonathan’s men move to impeach Dickson before May 29
Supporters of First Lady Patience Jonathan in Bayelsa State are weighing the option of impeaching Governor Seriake Dickson before the May 29 handover date.
The governor and Mrs. Jonathan’s supporters are locked in a bitter rivalry, which prompted her camp to sponsor candidates on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) against those of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state in the last elections. Read more
Explosion rocks nuclear power plant in New York
A large explosion has rocked the Indian Point nuclear plant in upstate New York, the facility’s management reported.
Entergy Corporation, the company running the plant, said the affected parts of the facility were “safely shut down” and in “safe and stable condition” after a transformer failure on Saturday. Read more
Experts urge Buhari to address power problem
The incoming government of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has been called upon to address the issue of poor power supply in the country.
At the recently held Lagos Business School’s Centre for Infrastructure, Policy, Regulation and Advancement and the Heinrich Boll Foundation’s forum on Nigeria’s energy future, various experts said much needed to be done to get the power and energy sector out of the doldrums. Read more
Ogun CJ Sets Free 37 Prisoners
Ogun State Chief Judge Justice Olatokunbo Olopade has granted unconditional release to 37 inmates from the five prisons in the state. Six prisoners were set free at Ilaro, 11 at 0ba, 15 at Abeokuta, two at Sagamu and three Ijebu-Ode prisons.
Olopade explained that the exercise, which was supposed to have taken place earlier, was shifted to this month due to Judiciary workers strike and the state Counsel’s work to rule. She expressed optimism that the released inmates would have learnt their lessons, imploring them to turn a new leaf and be good citizens. Read more
PDP governors split over Muazu
The agitation for resignation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Mallam Adamu Muazu, has polarised the party’s governors.
Several PDP Northern governors have thrown their lot with the embattled party boss.
Championing his exit are the Southsouth and Southeast governors as well as Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State.
Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State yesterday publicly identified with their position. Read more
FG begins fresh disbursement of relief materials to B/Haram victims
Chairman of the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE) Prof. SojiAdelaja has ordered release of additional relief materials to victims of insurgents in the region.
A statement by the spokesman of PINE Odutayo Oluseyi said Prof. Adelaja gave the directive at the end of a meeting of the Special Committee on the Resettlement and Rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Read more
SERAP to FG: Cater for victims of Boko Haram
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the government of President Goodluck Jonathan to facilitate access to adequate healthcare for the children and women raped and impregnated by Boko Haram militants. The call followed disclosure by the authorities that about 214 rescued children and women rescued in north-east are pregnant.
The group said it was concerned that the pregnant children and women continued to face adverse treatment, warning that if urgent action was not taken, the severity of the crime against them meant many of these children and women could spend the rest of their lives with full blown emotional problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more
We must sell presidential fleet; public servants should use made in Nigeria cars — Senator-elect, Ben Bruce
Media mogul and Chairman of the Silverbird Group Ben Murray-Bruce, who was elected as a senator during the general elections, has pledged to lead the struggle for a cut in salaries of public servants. He also said the country can do a way with the presidential fleet. Read more
200-level varsity student gives reasons for trekking to honour Enugu State gov-elect
Nsukka (Enugu State) – Mr Joseph Iyoke, a 200-level student of the Open University of Nigeria, says his trekking from Aba to Nsukka is to honour the Enugu State Governor-elect, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Iyoke, who hails from Ukehie in Igboetiti Local Government Area of the state, said on Saturday in Nsukka, that he took off for the journey from CMS road in Aba on May 4, at about 4: 30 a.m. Read more
Oil sector rot will overwhelm Buhari if not tackled within 3 months — Esele
The release of the full report of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) forensic audit, as well as possible removal of the subsidy on petroleum products have been a major talking point in the country.
Peter Esele, a former President of the Trade Union Congress as well as the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), shares his views on the issues. Read more
Primary education remains worrisome in Nigeria — HDI
A non-government organization, Human Development Initiatives (HDI) in collaboration with other partners, have kicked off a project on improving and enhancing governance and accountability for quality, effective and accessible primary and junior secondary education at the Local Government in Nigeria relative to Universal Basic Education (UBE) statutory and policy framework.
The project supported by USAID Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement Project, is scheduled to run from 2014 to 2019 in Kano State (Gwale LGA and Garun Mallam LGA); Enugu State (Enugu North LGA and Nkanu West LGA); Lagos State (Lagos Mainland LGA and Ibeju-Lekki LGA); and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja (Bwari Area Council and Abuja Municipal Council). Read more
Wheat farmers urge FG to ban wheat importation
The Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria (WFAN) in Kano State has called on the incoming administration to ban the importation of wheat in the country.
The state Chairman and Deputy National President of WFAN, Mr Faruk Rabi’u, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Sunday.
Rabi’u said the call was necessary in view of the amount of money the Federal Government was spending on the importation of the commodity annually. Read more
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