SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE – JANUARY 11, 2019
Minimum wage: Reduce reckless expenses, pay N30,000, NLC tells govs
The Nigeria Labour Congress on Thursday attacked the Nigeria Governors’ Forum for saying that there would be economic crisis in Nigeria if President Muhammadu Buhari went ahead to present an executive bill on N30, 000 minimum wage to the National Assembly as demanded by organised labour. A governor, who spoke on condition of anonymity for the NGF, had claimed that 30 states would be affected adversely by the new minimum wage, stressing that the wage should be pegged at N22, 500. The governor had said, “Now, if the President goes ahead to send a bill that will contain N30,000 to the National Assembly without considering what we have told him, there will be crisis in the country. We will wait to see what will happen. I’m sure that the National Assembly will not pass the bill this year.”
Saraki’s loyalists in Federal Executive positions to be sacked, Says Lai Mohammed
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says some of the loyalists of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, holding federal executive positions will soon be shown the way out. The Minister disclosed this yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara State, at a ceremony organised by the Kwara All Progressives Congress (APC) to sensitise and mobilise the party’s women leaders ahead of the forthcoming general elections. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that thousands of Kwara APC women, who turned up at the event, were lectured on their roles and expectations during the general elections. The minister said despite Saraki’s use of his position to sabotage national development to the detriment of the people, his loyalists from Kwara were still occupying executive positions.
N3.5bn Paris Club Loan Scam: Judge’s transfer stalls trial of Saraki’s aide
The trial of Mr. Gbenga Makanjuola, a Deputy Chief of Staff to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, alongside two others over alleged N3.5 billion Paris Clubs loan scam, before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has been stalled due to the transfer of the trial judge, Justice Bab Kuewumi. At the resumed trial of Makanjuola alongside Obiora Amobi, Kolawole Shitu and a company allegedly used as conduit pipe in the said fraud, Melrose General Services Limited, Justice Kuewumi told the parties that he was not ready to commence the trial as he had been transfered to Sokoto jurisdiction of the court.
Emulate Buhari’s integrity, Nwosu tells Imo leaders
The Imo State governorship candidate of the Action Alliance, AA, Uche Nwosu, yesterday asked his fellow politicians in the state to learn from President Muhammadu Buhari’s integrity. Nwosu made this call in Owerri, through the Director of Media and Publicity of his campaign organization, Jones Onwusanya, when he met with some political leaders from Orlu Local Government Area in the state. Nwosu said he learnt something from Buhari which he said was the issue of being patriotic to his country. According to the release, “President Muhammadu Buhari is a rare Nigerian leader and patriot. He does not only preach integrity and probity in governance, he lives by those virtues. He is an epitome of prudence, transparency and patriotic leadership.
Buhari lacks capacity to fix Nigeria, Says Titi Abubakar
The wife of the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Hajiya Titi Atiku Abubakar, has asked the Nigerian electorate to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16 election.
She said the president lacks the knowledge and capacity to meet the expectations of Nigerians. Mrs. Abubakar who spoke yesterday in Abuja at an event with the theme: “Kick Out Hunger, Kick Out APC”, also said that Buhari lacked knowledge of the economy and should not be allowed by Nigerians to realise his second term ambition so as to avoid shutting down the country. “The President himself, I don’t think he knows the economy. The government has devastated the economy and we must reorganise Nigeria by bringing in competent managers,” she said.
PDP will win in Sokoto, Says Tambuwal
The Governor of Sokoto State, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has declared that the state will deliver 100 per cent victory to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at all levels of elections, despite effort of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to distract the government from pursuing its goals and objectives. He stated this at Silame, the headquarters of Silame Local Government Area (LGA) where he officially flagged off his re-election campaign which also coincided with his 53rd birthday celebration. Speaking before a mammoth crowd of party supporters and faithful, Tambuwal who is also the PDP governorship candidate, reassured the people of his determination to deliver on his campaign promises even as he insisted that all candidates vying for all elective positions including the presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar would be massively voted for by the people of the state.
PDP: Kashamu, Adebutu reconcile
The lawmaker representing Ogun East Senatorial District at the Senate, Senator Buruji Kashamu has formally directed all his supporters and associates to work with members of the Lado group within the Ogun State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The Lado group is led by member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Ladi Adebutu, who has been locked in a supremacy battle with Senator Kashamu over the control of the state party structure and the Ogun State PDP governorship ticket.
In a statement he issued on Thursday in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State, Senator Kashamu said it was better for the contending groups to work and win together – in the overall interest of the party.
Fashola takes over N100bn Sukuk Infrastructure Bond
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, was Thursday in Abuja handed the second tranche of the federal government’s N100 billion sovereign Sukuk bond initiated to fund about 28 key road projects across the country. Speaking at the handover ceremony performed by the Debt Management Office (DMO), the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, disclosed that Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs); Deposit Money Banks (DMB) and retail investors were top subscribers of the bond. The minister who explained that the seven-year bond was oversubscribed by 132.2 per cent as at December 2018, added that over 642 kilometres of road networks across six geopolitical zones of Nigeria would benefit from the fund.
Gen. Alkali: Police declare 13 more persons wanted
The Plateau Police Command has declared 13 more persons wanted in connection with the killing of Maj.-Gen. Idris Alkali (rtd). The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Terna Tyopev, made the disclosure in a statement on Thursday in Jos. According to Tyopev, 12 of the suspects hail from Dwei Village in Du District, while one is from Gushet-Shen Village, both in Jos South LGA. “After an elaborate and painstaking investigation into the killing of Maj.-Gen. Idris Alkali (rtd), it has further been revealed that 13 more persons who participated in the illegal activities that led to the death of the late general are at large. “Therefore, Mr Austin Agbonlahor, the Commissioner of Police in charge of this command, has directed that they should be declared wanted,” he said.
10 feared dead in Kogi Communal Clash
No fewer than 10 people were feared dead in a renewed communal clash between Ebirra Mozun and Bassa-Komu ethnic groups in Bassa Local Government Area (LGA) of Kogi State. This latest incident followed the recent return of the Ebirra people who were displaced from their various communities due to the crisis which started last year April. It was gathered that following the intervention of elders from the area, the Ebirra-speaking people who left their homes in many communities as a result of the crisis, were asked to go back home by the state government in order to pave way for a lasting peace among the two ethnic groups.