Sabinews Morning News Update for May 28, 2015
Jonathan set to sign amended Constitution
President Goodluck Jonathan will likely assent, to the amendment to the Constitution termed: ‘Alteration Act 2015’, before he hands over on Friday.
The President’s sudden change of mind was informed by the agreement reached by representatives of the President and the National Assembly at a meeting held on Tuesday at the instance of the Supreme Court to amicably resolve the issue. Read more
Buhari condoles with Obasanjo
President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the death of his younger sister, Madam Adunni Oluwasola Eweje-Obasanjo.
A statement in Abuja by Buhari’s Head of Media Team, Malam Garba Shehu, expressed sadness that Madam Eweje-Obasanjo died at a period when her wisdom will be needed. Read more
Ekiti to Arrest Landlords, Demolish Houses Harbouring Criminals
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has hinted that law aimed at empowering the security operatives to arrest, prosecute and demolish houses of landlords accommodating criminals in the state was under way.
He disclosed this after issuing a statement on Tuesday regarding the progress being made to arrest suspected kidnappers terrorising the state. Read more
David Oyelowo to portray exiled Botswana president in new film
Actor David Oyelowo has signed on to portray Botswana President Seretse Khama in a racial drama opposite Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike.
A United Kingdom will chronicle the real-life story of Khama’s romance with Englishwoman Ruth Williams in 1948, which led to the couple’s exile in 1951. Read more
Court Strikes out Suit Challenging Otti’s Candidacy
The tussle over the authentic candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the 2015 governorship poll in Abia State was resolved on Wednesday as a Federal High Court sitting in Umuahia, Abia State.
The court presided over by Justice Folashade-Adejoke Olubanjo struck out the suit brought by Ochiagha Reagan Ufomba challenging the candidacy of Mr. Alex Otti, who was the candidate of APGA in the governorship election for lack of merit. Read more
AfDB Screens Adesina, Seven Others as Election Holds Today
Ahead of the African Development Bank (AfDB) presidential election which holds today, the eight candidates in the race met with the Board of Governors on Wednesday at the ongoing bank’s 50th Annual Meetings in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Read more
Niger Reassures Retirees on Annuity
Determined to ensure that retirees in Nigeria enjoy their retirement, Niger Insurance plc has designed special annuity package for retirees who would want an income for life with additional benefits.
According to the company’sManaging Director, Kola Adedeji, the product, carefully thought out after a five-year painstaking research, is intended to provide relative comfort to retirees. Read more
Cameroonians donate 3m euros to help army fight Boko Haram
A fundraising campaign to help Cameroon’s army battle Nigeria’s feared Boko Haram fighters has brought in more than three million euros and hundreds of tonnes of food, local media said Wednesday.
“2.1 billion CFA francs (3.2 million euros) already” collected to help troops fighting the Islamist group on Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria, said the national CRTV radio and TV network. Read more
Army Dismisses 200 Soldiers for Cowardice
Nigeria’s army has sacked at least 200 soldiers for cowardice and failure to fight against Boko Haram militants, several soldiers have told the BBC.
Up to 4,500 other rank and file soldiers could be dismissed, they say. Read more
‘NDLEA ‘ll obey court’s order’
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said that it will obey the decision of the court of competent jurisdiction on the ongoing case involving senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu.
The spokesman of the agency, Mr. Mitchel Ofoyeju, said yesterday that the NDLEA, as a government agency and a law enforcement institution that has respect for the rule of law, will abide by the decisions of a competent court. Read more
Oshiomhole asks Okonjo-Iweala to account for $30b excess oil cash
Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister for the Economy Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala got yesterday an arduous task from Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
She shoul tell Nigerians before leaving office how the economy was managed since her coming on board in 2011 and account for about $30 billion that ought to have accrued to the government based on the official oil exports of 2.3 million barrels per day, the governor said. Read more
NBCC Lists Benefits of NSE, LSE Partnership to Nigerian Economy
The Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) has commended the new partnership between the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and London-Stock of Exchange (LSE), which it said, promised to become major access to capital investment for Nigeria and Britain.
The NBCC President, Adeyemi Adefulu, made the statement at the Chamber’s breakfast meeting held in Lagos recently. Read more
NLNG, Samsung Train 57 Nigerian Engineers in South Korea
As part of efforts to promote the local content policy of the federal government in the oil and gas sector, Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria (SHI) and the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), have completed the training of 57 Nigerian youths at the SHI Shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.
The youths, who arrived Nigeria on Sunday, were taught naval architecture, ship design, fabrication and fittings, electrical installation, mechanical and maintenance, erections and scaffolding among other areas. Read more
14 banks on edge over new cash reserve policy
About 14 banks may have landed at the receiving end of the Cash Reserve Requirement, CRR, harmonisation policy announced last week by the Monetary Policy Committee, MPC, of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
About nine banks are benefiting from the policy change. Read more
Bayer returns to Nigeria, floats new firm
After 22 years of divesting from Nigeria’s economy, the German global conglomerate – Bayer AG—has returned to the country, with a pledge to partner with the Federal Government to enhance the nation’s investment profile, on a sustainable basis.
For effect, the multinational, last week, formally launched Bayer Middle Africa Limited (BMA) in Lagos, with the Nigerian arm headquartered in the former Federal Capital city. Read more
Informal operators count losses as fuel scarcity lingers
It is no longer news that the organised private and the public services sectors are hard hit by the crippling fuel scarcity, as banks, telecos, manufacturing and service delivery sectors are counting their loses. One sector which has remained dexterous until this week, but now facing the harsh reality of prolonged fuel supply, is the informal sector of the economy.
This sector, though the last to withdraw into its shelve is unarguably the worst hit. They are made up of the productive, services and financial sub sectors whose active participants comprised the market women, artisans, food sellers, woodwork, furniture makers, garment makers, welders and iron workers. Read more
Oil and Gas
NUPENG Shuts Down Halliburton Operation over Job Cuts
Nigeria’s main oil union has shut down the local operations of the United States oilfield services provider, Halliburton Co. in protest against job cuts, the trade body told Reuters on Tuesday.
The Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), said the group halted operations on Monday, saying it was opposed to Halliburton’s decision to sack 46 local staff members. The union accused Halliburton of not following due process. Read more
Fuel Hoarding Destroys N1.14b Property in 24 Days
They are still counting their losses. As at the last count property worth N1.14b were destroyed by fire in Lagos metropolis in 24 days owing to poor handling of storage of fuel. No thanks to the nationwide scacity of petroleum products being experienced by all.
Lagos State Director of Fire Service, Rasak Fadipe made this known in a statement made available to Daily Independent. Read more
Oshoala, 22 Others Listed for World Cup in Canada
Super Falcons Head Coach, Edwin Okon, yesterday released his list of 23 players for the 7th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals starting in Canada next week, including BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala, team captain Evelyn Nwabuoku and veteran goalkeeper Precious Dede.
Top scorer at the 2014 African Women Championship Desire Oparanozie, defenders Onome Ebi, Josephine Chukwunonye and Ngozi Ebere, midfielder Halimatu Ayinde, veteran striker Perpetua Nkwocha and England-based Ini-Abasi Umotong are also included, as well as US-based forward Francisca Ordega. Read more
2017 Afcon qualifier: Keshi sets June 3 deadline for foreign pros
Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi has set a June 3 deadline for all invited players to report to camp ahead of next month’s 2017 AFCON qualifier against Chad.
Fifteen foreign based players have been called up along with twenty seven other domestic league invitees for the June 13 clash scheduled to hold in Kaduna. Read more
Success, Moses Simon join Flying Eagles today
Granada striker Isaac Success and Moses Simon from Belgian champions Gent will join the rest of the Flying Eagles camp in New Plymouth today ahead of the U-20 World Cup, officials disclosed.
“Both Success and Moses are on their way to New Zealand after they set out from Frankfurt, Germany, Monday night. They will stop over in Hong Kong before they fly into New Zealand,” said Flying Eagles team secretary Aliyu Auwal Ibrahim. Read more
NRFF Postpones Camping Over Non-arrival of Players
Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) has shifted the camping of players due to attend the All Africa Games, pre-Olympic qualifiers, following non-arrival of the invited foreign-based players.
The camping was originally scheduled to hold on May 27 but had to be postponed to May 29. Read more
Burundi opposition says fair elections ‘impossible’
Burundi’s main opposition parties said it was now “impossible” to hold free and fair elections next week and that the result should not be recognised if they take place.
The opposition said the plans for polls to go ahead despite widespread civil unrest in the capital was tantamount to an “electoral hold-up” by President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose controversial bid for a third consecutive term has plunged the central African nation into a deep political crisis. Read more
US indictment implicates SA govt in FIFA scandal
The South Africa Government and the 2010 Bid Committee have both been named in a United States indictment into widespread practices of bribery and corruption in Soccer’s World Governing Body.
A joint investigation by the US Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service has revealed schemes of fraud that involved senior FIFA officials and marketing officials in the United States, Caribbean and South America in the main. Read more
Zuma defends Marikana report delay
President Jacob Zuma has defended his decision to delay the release of the Marikana report.
He says he will not release it without properly considering its recommendations. Read more
Yahoo to face class action lawsuit over email spying
Yahoo will face a US class action lawsuit for allegedly accessing the content of emails sent to its mail users from non-Yahoo Mail accounts.
A Californian judge ruled that people who sent emails to or received emails from Yahoo Mail users from 2 October 2011 can sue the company as a group, granting it class action status. Read more
Philippines growth slows sharply in first quarter
Growth in the Philippine economy slowed to its lowest pace since 2011 in the first quarter from a year ago, figures showed on Thursday.
The economy expanded 5.2% in the first three months from a year ago, which is the slowest rate since the last quarter of 2011, when growth was 3.8%. Read more
Judge condemns immigration staff for blocking lawyers’ access to detainees
A Victorian judge has slammed “high-handed” immigration officers for disregarding court orders and blocking access to lawyers representing asylum seekers on Christmas Island.
The lawyers who were denied access are suing the federal government for neglecting to provide the asylum seekers with proper medical care. Read more
U.S. military mistakenly ships live anthrax to labs in nine states
The U.S. military mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to laboratories in nine U.S. states and a U.S. air base in South Korea, after apparently failing to properly inactivate the bacteria last year, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.
The Pentagon said there was no known suspected infection or risk to the public. But four U.S. civilians have been started on preventive measures called post-exposure prophylaxis, which usually includes the anthrax vaccine, antibiotics or both. Read more
Hundreds evacuated in Texas after storms leave at least 15 dead
Hundreds of people were ordered to evacuate flood-threatened areas of Texas on Wednesday as torrential rains battered the state, where at least 15 people have been killed in weather-related incidents this week, including six in Houston.
People were told to stay away from more than 200 homes in Parker County where the Brazos River was poised to overflow its banks about 30 miles (50 km) west of Fort Worth on Wednesday night, county officials said. Read more
Bangladesh plans to move Rohingya refugees to island in the south
Bangladesh plans to relocate thousands of Rohingya refugees who have spent years in camps near the Burmese border to a southern island.
The government has started planning the move to Hatiya Island in the Bay of Bengal in a plan backed by the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, according to a government official, Amit Kumar Baul. Read more
1,100 people dead in India heatwave
Soaring summer temperatures in India have left more than 1,100 people dead over the past month, officials said.
Most of the deaths have been reported in the south-eastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana. Read more
Iran, North Korea forging ballistic, nuclear ties – dissidents
An exiled Iranian opposition group said on Thursday a delegation of North Korean experts in nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles visited a military site near Tehran in April amid talks between world powers and Iran over its nuclear programme.
The dissident National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) exposed Iran’s uranium enrichment plant at Natanz and a heavy water facility at Arak in 2002. But analysts say it has a mixed track record and a clear political agenda. Iran says allegations of nuclear bomb research are baseless and forged by its enemies. Read more
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