SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
Make Birth Certificate Requirement to Contest Elective Positions, NPC Tells INEC
The National Population Commission (NPC) has advised the Independent National Electoral Commissioner(INEC) to make birth certificate a requirement to contest elective positions and eligibility to vote during elections in the country. It said this remains one of the ways to checkmate the rampancy of age falsification among the citizens of the country. The commission harped on the need for Nigeria to have accurate population data to engender proper economic planning for the citizens.
2019: Atiku’s Democratic Spirit
Even former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s most implacable enemies cannot argue successfully against his disarming democratic disposition. He towers above many self-acclaimed latter-day democrats who fight for democracy from a safe distance. His political opponents mouth democratic principles they don’t believe in or practise. His critics only pay lip service to democracy for opportunistic advantages. You can’t legitimize dictatorship and at the same time claim to be a democrat. That makes the difference between Atiku, a core democrat, and other pretenders.
Ambode’s Hopes Fade as Tension Marks APC Gov Primaries Today
Residents in states where the All Progressives Congress and the People’s Democratic Party will elect their governorship candidates for the 2019 governorship election have expressed fears of possible breakdown of law and order during the primaries today. In Lagos for instance, supporters of the incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode may on Monday clash with those of the APC leaders who are supporting the emergence of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
APC Postpones Lagos, Imo Governorship Primaries
The ruling All Progressives Congress has shifted governorship primaries in Lagos and Imo States to Monday, October 1. The governorship primary which was earlier scheduled to hold on Sunday along with other states, was shifted due to logistics constraints in both Lagos and Imo States, according to the party. The National Chairman of the party,Adams Oshiomhole, disclosed this in Abuja on Saturday while inaugurating a 21-member National Convention Committee headed by the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi.
Lagos APC Endorses Sanwo-Olu
The prime movers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State yesterday endorsed Mr. Jide Sanwo-Olu for the party’s governorship primary which has now been rescheduled for tomorrow across the state. They also resolved to mobilise party members to vote for him during the direct primary across 377 wards in the 20 local government areas in the state. The endorsement by the Gubernatorial Advisory Council (GAC) came on the heels of the withdrawal of Dr. Obafemi Hamzat from the primary for Sanwo-Olu and a similar expression of support for the leading aspirant by 36 members of the State House of Assembly.
Sultan Blames Money-Based Politics On Corruption
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, said yesterday that money based politics was a major factor responsible for unprecedented corruption and bad governance in the country. The monarch, who is also the President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), spoke at the 23rd Ummah Convention, organised by the Ummah Movement, in Abuja.
ASUU Laments FG Failure To Implement MoU
The zonal coordinator of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU ), Professor Lawan Abubakar has decried what he termed lack of commitment displayed by the federal government towards the implementation of the 2017 Memorandum of Understanding aimed at persuading the union then to suspend the 2017 industrial action. Addressing newsmen in Jos after the end of the zonal mobilisation programmes of the zone held at the ASUU Secretariat ,University of Jos Abubakar ,the Bauchi zonal coordinator said one of the serious challenges confronting ASUU in both federal and state universities is the issue of shortfall in salaries.
In 7 Years, 15 States Raise N595bn from Capital Market
Fifteen out of the 36 states of the federation have issued N595.3billion (about $1.6billion) in bonds from the domestic capital market in the last seven years. Leading the states is Lagos, which issued about N312 billion worth of bond instruments in four years. Lagos, the most vibrant of all the states in Nigeria in internal revenue generation, accounted for more than half the total issuance in the debt market in the review period. According to a recent report on Nigerian States and their Credit Worthiness by Moody’s Investors Service, “The number of states tapping the domestic capital market tripled in this period.”
Olojo Festival: We Must Preserve Our Culture For Future Generation ― Aregbesola
Osun State governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, on Saturday said governmental institutions, relevant stakeholders and Nigerians must strive to preserve the nation’s cultural heritage now and for the future generations. He said African culture, most especially in the South Western part of Nigeria was germane to our distinct identities which must not be lost to the dynamism of western civilisation and other global trends.
Nigerian Army Finds Car Of Missing General Alkali
Soldiers draining a pond in Dura Du in Jos, Plateau state have found the vehicle of the missing Major General Idris Alkali. Channels TV reported that it was unclear if the car contained the body of the general. Major General Idris Alkali (Retd) has been missing for weeks and the military authorities have since launched a search for him. Alkali, former Chief of Administration, Army Headquarters, Abuja, was declared missing on the 3rd of September.
Nigeria/Libya Tie ‘Ll Be Close — Nwankwo
Crotone striker Simeon Tochukwu Nwankwo is expecting a close game when the Super Eagles face off with Libya in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in two weeks time. “On the Libya game, it is going to be a very tight and close game,’’ said Simy. ‘’We will approach the game with the same determination to win and build up our qualifying chances.’’ Simy took five games before opening his account for the Super Eagles in their 2-1 win over Liberia in an exhibition match, few days after he was an unused sub against Seychelles.
NFF Has 65% Private Sector Funding — Pinnick
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Melvin Amaju Pinnick has revealed that his plans for a better second term at the helm of the nation’s soccer body are already on course, with a lot to be achieved from 65% private sector funding of the round leather game. Pinnick enthused that he will make the best of his unprecedented second tenure, following his re-election at the recent NFF elective congress in Katsina, and stressed that financing of the game will not be a problem.
Independence Day: IBB Golf Club Stages 3-Day Tournament
IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja is staging a 3-day golf tournament to celebrate Nigeria’s 58th year independence day. The chairman, Independence Day Golf Tournament Organising Committee and vice-captain of the IBB Golf Club, Shola Awoyungbo, said the Independence Day Golf Tournament is feature a total number of 312 players from Nigeria.
Barcelona Stay Top After Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid Share Derby Spoils
Barcelona slipped up for the third time in a week but stay top of La Liga after Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid cancelled each other out at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Real and Atletico began a pulsating derby less than three hours after Barca had scrambled to a 1-1 draw at home to Athletic Bilbao, but goalkeepers reigned supreme in the capital to ensure the grudge match finished goalless. It means Real second, level on points with Barcelona, while Atletico are just two behind in fourth. Sevilla are third.
Grassley Refers False Kavanaugh Allegation To FBI
The Senate Judiciary Committee has referred an individual who made “materially false statements” alleging misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the FBI and Justice Department for a criminal investigation.
Syria Says It Still Has Sights On Recapturing Israeli-Controlled Golan Heights
Moualem insisted the “war on terror is almost over” in Syria, where over 360,000 people have died since 2011. Syria’s foreign minister on Saturday announced that despite entering its eighth year of civil war, the war-ravaged country’s goal still stands to eventually reoccupy the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights territory as the Syrian army claims it is nearing victory in the raging conflict.“Just as we liberated southern Syria from terrorists, we are determined to liberate fully the occupied Syrian Golan to the lines of June 4, 1967,” said Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem in an address to the UN General Assembly.
Indonesian Tsunami Death Toll Tops 400
Rescuers are scrambling to try to find trapped victims in collapsed buildings where voices could be heard screaming for help after a massive earthquake that spawned a deadly tsunami in Indonesia two days ago. The head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency Muhammad Syaugi told local online media Detik.com that he could hear people calling out from the collapsed eight-story Roa-Roa Hotel in Palu. He said there could be 50 people trapped inside.
Australia Let Nauru Block Refugee Medical Transfers To Preserve ‘Relationship’
Australian authorities were unable to send an air ambulance to Nauru for a court-ordered medical transfer after the Nauruan government refused permission, because to do so would affect the “working relationship” on offshore processing, a senior official has said. At least twice in recent weeks the Nauruan government has refused to give permission for an air ambulance to land and take a refugee to Australia for urgent medical care, despite court orders and doctor recommendations.