SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR JANUARY 11, 2017
Nigeria awards N14.4 billion Second Niger Bridge contract
The Federal Government has awarded contract for early works on the Second Niger bridge and emergency repairs at the Tamburawa bridge in Kano State at a total cost of N16.3 billion.
Mohammed Abdullahi, the Assistant Director of Information in the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. Read more
62 persons convicted for drug offences in Edo in 2016 – NDLEA
No fewer than 62 persons have been convicted for various drug offences in Edo State, Nigeria in 2016.
The State Commander of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr Buba Wakawa, discolsed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Wednesday. Wakawa said that the figure was 100 per cent higher than the number of conviction by the agency in the state in 2015. Read more
Minister describes luggage handling process at Lagos airport as “very problematic”
The luggage handling process at the departure hall of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, has been described as “very problematic.”
The Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said this on Tuesday during a one-day tour of the airport by officials of the Ministry of Budget and the Budget office. Read more
How Nigeria Loses Millions of Dollars to South Africa, Rwanda, Gambia in Global Tourism
For the second year running, Nigeria shunned the just-concluded World Travel Market in London. Funke Olaode, who attended the three-day global event, examines the dire economic implications for the country and how Nigeria loses multimillion-dollars in travels and tourism
Since its debut 36 years ago, the World Travel Market usually organised in London, the United Kingdom, has remained a melting point for 187 countries across the globe to share ideas on how to improve tourism and travel industry -but more important, to deal in multimillion-pound tourism enterprise. Read more
OSUST expels 4, suspends 16 others over malpratices
The Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa have announced the expulsion of four students for gross misconduct.
The university also suspended 16 other students for various cases of examination malpractices for one to two academic semesters. Read more
Rumble Royale as Tinubu, Rotimi Amaechi sidelined, SGF under fire
President Muhammadu Buhari is holding Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu responsible for foisting on his administration “an incompetent and corrupt” Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), in the person of Engineer David B. Lawal.
Bola Tinubu’s strategic “move” had long been interpreted by the president and some members of his kitchen cabinet as representing part of a larger plot to “hijack” the machinery of government by ensuring that the Vice President is the “engine room” of the administration. Read more
Nigeria to raise 130 bln naira bonds on Jan. 18 -debt office
Nigeria plans to auction 130 billion naira ($426 million) in local currency-denominated bonds on Jan. 18, its first debt sale this year, the Debt Management Office said on Wednesday.
The debt office said it would issue 40 billion naira apiece in bonds maturing in 2021 and 2036, and 50 billion naira of paper maturing in 2026, using the Dutch auction system. Read more
UniJos: Ochekpe, Nmadu re-appointed as DVCs
The Governing Council of the University of Jos has re-appointed Prof. Nelson Ochekpe and Prof. Teresa Nmadu as Deputy Vice-Chancellors, for a second term of two years.
Ochekpe was re-appointed deputy vice-chancellor, academic, while Nmadu takes charge of DVC, administration. Read more
Enyimba’s Ojo: We’ll Build On Friendly Draw With Rivers United
Enyimba midfielder Dare Ojo says the club will look to improve on their performance before the start of the new season following Tuesday’s 0-0 draw against Rivers United in a friendly game at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Peoples Elephant struggled to match their opponents in the first half who wasted a number of goalscoring opportunities, but Enyimba were totally dominant in the second period. Read more
FC Barcelona announce squad for Copa del Rey match against Athletic Bilbao
The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana welcome Athletic Bilbao to Camp Nou for the second leg of the Copa del Rey Round of 16, having to overcome a 2-1 deficit. Coach Luis Enrique has named a squad of 18 players to be in uniform: Read more
Russia has compromising information on Trump – report
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump was presented last week with classified documents containing allegations that Russian operatives claimed to have compromising information on him, U.S. news reports, said on Tuesday.
A synopsis of the allegations was attached to the end of a report by U.S. intelligence agencies on Russian interference in last year’s presidential election, said broadcaster CNN, which first reported on them. Read more
Owner of Istanbul Nightclub Where 39 Were Killed: Gun Bans Empower Armed Terrorists
Memet Kocarslan, who owns the Istanbul nightclub where 39 people were gunned down in cold blood minutes after 2017 began, contends that Turkey’s bans on private ownership of popular semiautomatic rifles made it easy for a terrorist who ignored the ban to outgun police and overpower security at the facility.
According to CNN, “Police checks had been increased around Istanbul for the festivities, and Kocarslan had also made sure his Reina club had extra security. But he said they had no hope against a well-armed and determined killer. Read more
Kremlin denies that Russian agents compromised Donald Trump
A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday dismissed as an “absolute fantasy” allegations that the Kremlin has collected compromising information about President-elect Donald Trump.
“The Kremlin has no compromising dossier on Trump, such information isn’t consistent with reality and is nothing but an absolute fantasy,” Dmitry Peskov, who handles Putin’s day-to-day communications, told journalists. Read more
Kim Kardashian West’s Paris driver released with two others
Three suspects in the Kim Kardashian West heist have been released, the Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed on Wednesday.
Kardashian West’s chauffeur and 16 others were detained Monday during raids across France. The driver has been released along with two others as the investigation continues into the armed robbery of the reality star in October. Read more