SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 7, 2017
SGF Lawal appears before Senate committee
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, appeared before the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs on Monday, days after he failed to honour the committee’s initial invitation to defend his office’s proposed budget for 2017.
The initial schedule for Mr. Lawal to defend his office’s proposed budget of N9.88 billion was last Thursday. Read more
NLC, TUC threaten protest, strike action in Edo
Organized Labour in Edo State has threatened to embark on a mass protest and began an indefinite strike action if Governor Godwin Obaseki failed to meet their demands within seven days.
The Labour movement made up of Nigeria Labour Congress (TUC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiation Council (JNC) issued the ultimatum at an enlarged State Executive Council meeting. Read more
Immigration resuscitates Air Boarder Patrol Unit
The Controller General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandede on Monday said the service was ready to deploy its personnel to Kaduna International Airport for effective security checks after the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in March.
The controller general said, in Kaduna on Monday after a visit to the airport, that he was impressed with the work going on there. Read more
We trust Buhari, we know him to be a man of discipline – Sulu Gambari
The Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Sulu Gambari has said that traditional rulers will continue to rally support for President Muhammadu Buhari for the success of his administration.
The Emir stated this when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, paid him a courtesy visit in his palace in company with six other ministers. Read more
We are on course to reform, reposition, reorganise NIMASA – Peterside
Dr Dakuku Peterside, Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says the management of the agency is on course in its bid to reform, reposition, restructure and reorganise it. Read more
Midwestern Oil and Gas achieves 10m man-hours of safety
Midwestern Oil and Gas, chairman, Onajite Okoloko, said it is actively revolutionising safety standards across the industry having achieved an impressive operational safety milestone of 10 million man-hours without lost time injury (LTI), Leadership reports.
Speaking about the accomplishment, Okoloko said “10 million man-hours have been performed without incidence of lost time injury (LTI), which is a significant milestone. 10 million man-hours is a lot of hours in the life of a person but we appreciate that several people are working simultaneously in our operations, and so cumulatively we were able to achieve it.” Read more
Education: Stakeholders urges FG to declare state of emergency
Education stakeholders’ in Abuja on Tuesday have called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency declare a state of emergency in the sector to give room for massive investment.
Mr Simeon Abiina, founder of Elshadai Kiddies Varsity said adequate investment in the education sector would make the teaching profession more attractive. Read more
Jigawa: N35m to be spent to build classrooms for nomadic schools
The Jigawa Government on Tuesday said it would spend N35 million in 2017 to construct seven additional classroom blocks for nomadic schools across the state.
According to The Executive Secretary of the state Nomadic Education Board, Alhaji Ali Manu, the project had been captured in 2017 budget and work would commence as soon as the estimate is passed by State House of Assembly and assented to by the Governor. Read more
Recession-hit Nigeria targets economy to grow at annual 7 percent by 2020
Nigeria is targeting economic growth of at least 7 percent a year by 2020, the Ministry of Budget and National Planning said on Tuesday, a far cry from its current recession, the first in 25 years.
Nigeria’s economy is heavily dependent on exports of crude oil and is undermined by decades of endemic corruption, It has been hobbled by low global oil prices that have slashed government revenues and the availability of foreign currency. Read more
Journalist arraigned, sent to prison over Southern Kaduna report
A journalist has been arraigned before a magistrate court in Kaduna on allegation of falsifying a news report about the Southern Kaduna crisis.
Luka Binniyat, a Vanguard newspaper Kaduna correspondent, was accused of falsely claiming that five students of the state College of Education were killed by Fulani herdsmen. The report was published on January 24. Read more
FG votes N150bn for Lagos-Ibadan Exp, 2nd Niger Bridge
The Federal Government has listed the Second Niger Bridge, the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Abuja-Lokoja Road among the “critical economic routes” in the country to be fixed in 2017.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this on Monday when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Works to defend the 2017 budget proposal by the ministry. Read more
Boko Haram attacks Military base, Burns down Sasawa town in Yobe
Suspected Boko Haram sect members have launched attack on a military base and burnt much of Sasawa town located 27 kilometers to Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.
Details of the attacks were still sketchy by press time due to lack of telecommunications network. Read more
Cameroon Skipper Echoes Memories Of AFCON Win Against Nigeria When Milla
Twenty nine years after the substantive Cameroon skipper Emile Mbouh-Mbouh decided that the influential striker Roger Milla should lift the African Cup of Nations, the drama was repeated on Sunday in Gabon after their 2-1 win against Egypt in the final.
The Indomitable Lions won their second African Cup of Nations title after beating Nigeria 1-0 in the final, with Emmanuel Kunde netting the only goal of the game in the 55th minute. Read more
World Cup: Sand Eagles Waits on NFF
National Beach Soccer Coach Audu Ejo Adamu has disclosed that he has submitted his program for the upcoming FIFA Beach Soccer world Cup to the NFF technical committee on Monday and awaits a confirmation from the FA before Friday. In a chat with footballlive.ng Adamu revealed he proposed March 12 for camping and either of Manila or Florida as possible camping sites for the Sand Eagles. Read more
FIFA Hammer Falls On Five Nigerian Football Administrators
FIFA can today confirm the worldwide extension of sanctions imposed by the Nigerian Football Federation’s (NFF) Disciplinary Committee on 12 May 2016 against the officials Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong for breaches of the NFF Statutes and the FIFA Code of Ethics.
In accordance with art. 136ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend the five-year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity imposed on the five officials to have worldwide effect. Read more
Man told he was ‘just fat’ has 9 stone tumour removed
A man who was initially dismissed by doctors saying he was “just fat” has had a nine stone tumour removed from his stomach. Roger Logan from Mississippi, USA had the non-cancerous 130lb growth removed in a California hospital in January.
The tumour started growing in Mr Logan’s lower stomach over ten years ago and probably sprouted as a result of an ingrowing hair that became infected then developed its own blood supply, said surgeon Dr Vipul Dev. Read more
China, United States cannot afford conflict – Chinese foreign minister
There would no winner from conflict between China and the United States, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned on Tuesday, seeking to dampen tension between the two nations that flared after the election of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Relations between China and United States have soured after Trump upset Beijing in December by taking a telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and threatened to impose tariffs on Chinese imports. Read more
Air strikes hit Syria’s rebel-held Idlib city, 15 dead – residents
At least 15 people died in air strikes on the rebel-held Syrian city of Idlib on Tuesday, in some of the heaviest raids there in months, residents and a rescue worker said.
Around eight attacks by what were believed to be Russian jets wounded scores of people and leveled several multi-storey buildings in residential areas of the northwestern city, they added. Read more
Egypt praises Trump criticism of media coverage of attacks
Egypt praised on Tuesday U.S President Donald Trump’s criticism of Western media for what he said was their limited coverage of some militant attacks around the world, a statement from the Foreign Ministry said.
“The Foreign Ministry hailed the U.S. administration stance in this regard, referring to Egypt’s repeated calls upon the international community to adopt a comprehensive, coordinated and non-selective strategy to combat terrorism at all levels; security, political, cultural, media and others,” the statement said. Read more