SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR JANUARY 26, 2017
Buhari was the right candidate to beat PDP — TINUBU
NATIONAL Leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday, outlined steps that can urgently take Nigeria out of recession, if taken and that Buhari was the right candidate to beat Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Tinubu, who for the first time spoke on the inside strategy that catapulted the APC to power, gave reasons he backed President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2015 presidential election, adding that in a short-while Buhari had done what the ousted Peoples Democratic Party, PDP could not do in the war against the Boko Haram insurgency. Read more
Presidency Says No Cause for Alarm over Buhari’s Health
As the rumour mill went into overdrive over the alleged death of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on a medical vacation in the United Kingdom, his media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina yesterday said there was no cause for alarm over the health of his boss, the president.
In a message he posted via Twitter last night, Adesina said: “Why do the heathens rage, and the people imagine vain thing? The rumour mill on overdrive is pure fiction. No cause for alarm on PMB.” Read more
UNGC restates commitment to SDGs
Members of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) local network in Nigeria have renewed their commitment to achieving the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) of the out-going Minister of environment, Amina Mohammed.
UNGC is the world’s largest voluntary corporate initiative based on Chief Executive Officers commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and implementations to support UN goals. Read more
N’East Govs Take Jab at Niger Delta, Say NEDC Will Avoid Pitfalls of NDDC
Governors of the six North-east states tactically took a jab at the leaders of the South-south zone yesterday, pledging to ensure that the proposed North East Development Commission (NEDC) does not suffer the fate of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), which they alleged had failed to add value to the zone as a result of mismanagement.
Leading his colleagues on a thank you visit to Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, for passing the NEDC Bill in the National Assembly, Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kassim Shetima, said allegations were rife that NDDC Act, which was enacted 16 years ago to improve the living standards in the oil-rich region, had failed to live up to its billing. Read more
APC Summons Senator Shehu Sani over Tirade Against President
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has written to the Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani to come and explain his utterances regarding the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari.
THISDAY gathered that the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun drafted a letter yesterday evening to be sent to the senator inviting him to the party’s office in Abuja to discuss his criticism of the president’s handling of the allegations of corruption levelled against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir David Lawal. Read more
Italian Police Arrest Ring Leaders Trafficking Girls from Nigeria, Others
Italian police yesterday arrested four men accused of being the leaders of a human trafficking ring which smuggled people from Africa to Europe and forced women into the sex trade upon arrival in Italy.
Another two men were arrested on suspicion of financially supporting the network and selling illegal drugs. The group, which was headquartered in Padua in northern Italy, had accomplices in Nigeria, Libya and Sicily. Read more
Edo inaugurates agriculture committee, targets jobs creation
The Edo State government has raised a nine-man committee to kick-starts its agricultural empowerment programme. The committee, which is headed by Osaro Idah was inaugurated recently by the Governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki.
Obaseki said the programme would create between 50,000 and 80,000 jobs adding that the committee was constituted to ensure that his administration begins some of its agricultural activities before the next cropping season. Read more
Lafia varsity sacks nine over employment scam, offsets 12 months staff salary
Prof. Mohammed Liman, Vice Chancellor Federal University Lafia, has disclosed that the university had recently sacked nine of its staff for involving in employment scam.
He alleged that the culprits had paid certain amount of money to some persons who promised them employment, which was not enough to get them into the Varsity’s payroll. Read more
Religious censorship at Katsina varsity stirs hornet’s nest
It is not a faith-based institution, neither is it an institution for the training of Islamic clerics, but authorities of Umar Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina, Katsina State have, in contravention of the Nigerian Constitution, outlawed other religious or tribal associations on its campus. But the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) got the nod to be the sole religious group to operate in the school. Read more
Aregbesola wants agric graduates to be self-reliant
Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has tasked university graduates to embrace self-employment in agriculture and other gainful engagements to stem the tide of unemployment.
The governor stated that the present economic situation had shown Nigerians the need to encourage farming as the only alternative to crude oil. Read more
Three arrested in Ekiti for operating fake JAMB registration centre
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested three persons for allegedly operating fake Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board registration centres in Ado Ekiti.
The suspects are Fagade Tope, 29; Akindun Adeniyi, 34; Duduyemi Patrick, 35. They were arrested in a sting operation carried out on cyber cafe in the state capital following a tip off by members of the public. Read more
Why disbursement of N5,000 stipend is delayed, by national co-ordinator
The National Coordinator of Credit Cash Transfer for the N5000 stipend disbursement to the poorest of the poor, Mrs. Temitope Sinkaiye, has attributed the delay in the effective commencement of the programme to banking procedures.
Sinkaiye, who was in Kogi State yesterday to monitor the progress of the things, indicated that the process had actually started since October, adding that the Federal Government had since provided the funds. Read more
Maritime school, lawmaker train 50 Ebonyi youths on fish production
The Federal School of Fisheries and Marine Technology Lagos in conjunction with a lawmaker, Linus Okorie has commenced training of 50 Ebonyi youths on fish production.
Okorie, who is member representing Ohaozara /Onicha/ Ivo federal constituency, also doubles as House Chairman on Agricultural Colleges and Institutions. Read more
Ugwuanyi appoints Azikiwe’s son as Special Adviser
The Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has appointed Mr Uwakwe Ukuta Azikiwe, the son of the former Premier of the Eastern Region and Nigeria’s first President, late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, as Special Adviser on Special Duties.
The governor said the appointment followed the contributions late Azikiwe made to the state, the Igbo nation and the country at large, adding that it was based on his conviction that he (Uwakwe) would bring his wealth of experience to add value to the efforts of his administration to impact positively on the lives of the people of the state. Read more
Obasanjo urges distribution of farm input to check hunger
Amid reports of food shortage in the country, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has appealed to the Federal Government to make available to farmers sufficient quantities of quality fertilisers, seeds and other input during the 2017 planting season.
Obasanjo, who made the appeal on the sidelines of the Zero Hunger meeting yesterday in Abuja, said government must prioritise the provision of farm materials in order to produce enough nutritious food for the teeming population, raw materials for commodity-based industries and increase agro-based export. Read more
Bello reshuffles cabinet
Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has announced minor changes in his cabinet with the redeployment of the Commissioner for Land and Housing as well as his counterparts in Agriculture and Rural Development and that of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Jonathan Tsado Vatsa, who announced this in Minna at the end of the State Executive Council meeting, added that there would be more changes in 2017. Read more
Parties disagree over Buhari’s decision to retain Babachir as SGF
Some members of the House of Representatives and the national leadership of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have disagreed over President Muhammadu Buhari’s supposed refusal to sack the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SSG), Mr. Babachir Lawal, following his alleged indictment by the Senate.
The lawmakers, who spoke with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, maintained that the President’s decision to ignore the abuse of office report against the SGF would impact negatively on the administration’s anti-corruption war. Read more
NEITI unveils roadmap to accountability, transparency
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has unveiled two documents designed to enhance transparency and accountability in the extractive industries.
NEITI, which made this disclosure in a statement signed by its Communication Director, Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, was quoted as saying that the document seeks to outline Nigeria’s strategy towards the implementation and fulfillment of Requirement 2.5 of the EITI standard which among other things, demands public disclosures of the real owners of oil, gas and mining companies that operate in Nigeria. Read more
North East Lost $9 billion To Insurgency, Says Governor Shettima
The Governor of Borno State and Chairman of Northern Governors Forum, (NGF), Alhaji Kashim Shettima yesterday disclosed that properties worth over $9.6 billion have been lost in six northeast states of Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, Gombe, Taraba and Bauchi by Boko Haram. Read more
DSS flays lawyers’ protest in Rivers
The Department of State Services (DSS) says the protest by Lawyers in Defence of Democracy and Citizens for Good Governance that its Director General, Alhaji Lawal Daura, be relieved of his position as misplaced priority.
“We believe that that protest by the group, claiming to be acting on behalf of some aggrieved lawyers and Human Rights activists, has other hidden motives,” the DSS said. Read more
Day Lagos task force assaulted The Guardian reporter
It was a brazen display of highhandedness and brutality when some policemen and officials of the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Unit raided some motorists and passers-by at the Cele Bus Stop, along Apapa-Oshodi Expressway yesterday morning.
The operatives, numbering about seven, apprehended and manhandled an unidentified young man alleged to have given a tip-off to commercial bus drivers and motorcycle riders while the patrol team was approaching the bus stop. Read more
Fear grips Ganduje’s camp over second term ticket
Adherents of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State have expressed concern over subtle moves allegedly by some powerful cabals in the All Progressives Congress (APC), to truncate the second term ambition of the incumbent ahead of the 2019 elections.
Such moves, according to The Guardian findings include denying Ganduje the second term ticket on the platform of the party and to also rubbish his achievements before the electorate. Read more
Oba of Benin ostracises suspended chief priest
The Benin Traditional Council (BTC) yesterday announced that the suspended chief priest, Nosakhare Isekhure, has been ostracised.
The disclosure was made by the Obasogie of Benin, Eduwu Ekhator, who led other top palace chiefs to the ancestral palace of the Isekhure. This followed the threat by his Ihogbe N’Ore family to sue the palace after the expiration of its 14-day ultimatum to the BTC. Read more
Dasuki insists on consolidation of cases as trial over fund transfer begins
The trial of former National Security Adviser (NSA) retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki and four others in the alleged money laundering and breach of trust charges which began yesterday has been adjourned to March 16 and 17, 2017.
Justice Baba Yusuf of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, yesterday, adjourned the matter for continuation of trial in the alleged N2bn public fund diversion involving Acacia Holdings and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited. Read more
Strike imminent in Cross River over N19 billion bailout fund
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is worried over Cross River State’s silence on the N19 billion bailout funds it received from the Federal Government and the Paris club excess crude refund.
NLC yesterday picketed the office of the Head of Service and the Ministry of Local Government Affairs alleging that over half of the workers in the state and the local government civil service and pensioners are being owed between one and seven months salaries. Read more
NAMA, Air Peace, bicker over Enugu Airport incident
THE Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA and management of Air Peace Airlines, yesterday, traded words over the circumstances which led an Enugu bound aircraft, to return to Lagos, as its destination airport was shut. Officials of Peace Airline had told the members of the Aviation Committee that on December 22, 2016, a 737 aircraft operated by the airline was forced to return to Lagos about 11.30p.m., while enroute Enugu International Airport, as the Tower was closed, though the airline had applied for four hours extension from the closing hour of 7p.m. Read more
Suleiman: How many Fulani herdsmen killing Nigerians have you arrested, Fayose asks DSS
APOSTLE Johnson Suleiman of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, yesterday, denied reports that he instructed Christians to go after Muslims, describing the report as not only senseless but malicious. The pastor was alleged to have preached against Islamizing Nigeria and allegedly asked members of his church in Auchi, Edo State to resist killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen, who he alleged were targeting Christians for decimation. Read more
Senate rejects subsidy, tariff hike for power sector
The National Assembly, has rejected the subsidy and tariff hike proposed by the power operators and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC. The Senate Committee on Power announced the rejection of the proposal when it’s Chairman, Senator Ben Bruce led the members on oversight function to the commission in Abuja. Read more
Nigeria’s secondary school curriculum overloaded – Oni
NIGERIA’s secondary school curriculum is overloaded with too many courses which need to be reviewed to enable schools produce excellent school leavers, says Mr. Festus Oni, a retired Lagos State secondary school principal.
Oni who stated this at his retirement ceremony at Army Cantonment Boys Secondary School, Ojo, noted that “some of the educational policies at the secondary school level need to be reviewed. Read more
OOU produces best medical student in Nigeria
OLABISI Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, has graduated 43 First Class graduates including an overall best ever medical student, Dr. Saheed Alabi. The varsity also produced 41 Ph.D graduates, 379 masters degree holders, 110 postgraduate diploma, 811 second class upper, 2,319 second class lower and 1192 third class, just as it recorded 20 passes in its combined 2014/15, 2015/16 convocation ceremony. Read more
Western Delta varsity unveils research book
THE Institute of Delta Studies, Western Delta University, Oghara, Delta State, has unveiled a book titled Perspective on the Development of The Niger Delta with antidotes to the unending Niger Delta crisis, at a round table organized by the school. The Director of the Institute, Prof. Daniel Omoweh, said at the unveiling; “The essence of the book is to task members of the academia, military and members of the civil society to brain storm on the lingering Niger Delta crisis and proffer best practices to end the crisis and avert it in the future. Read more
Westerfield College, Canada partner on foreign education
WESTERFIELD Collegein partnership with the government of Canada, has launched the Canada FoundationProgramme, CFP, aimed at offering more Nigerian students opportunities to study in the North American country. Mr. Marc-Andre Savage, First Secretary, Canada Deputy High Commission, who represented the Deputy High Commissioner, said the partnership is to cement the synergy existing Nigerian and Canadian schools. Read more
Long Bridge safe, says Julius Berger
AN engineer with the construction giant, Julius Berger, yesterday said there were no threats or pot holes on the “Long Bridge” on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The engineer, who spoke to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said some “Thorma Joints” on the bridge were being misunderstood as potholes by the media. Read more
UNILAG names multipurpose hall after ex-VC, Jelili Omotola
In recognition of his outstanding achievements while in the services of the institution, authorities of University of Lagos (UNILAG), have named the institution’s 5, 000 capacity multipurpose auditorium after its former vice chancellor, Prof Jelili Omotola (SAN).
Incumbent vice chancellor of the school, Prof Rahmon Bello, told The Guardian, during the ceremony that “people that made the University of Lagos what it is today are now being recognised so that their names can be written down forever.” Read more
For Fitch, Nigeria’s Rating Remains ‘B+’, With Negative Outlook
Fitch Ratings has revised the outlook on Nigeria’s long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) to negative from stable, but affirmed the country’s IDRs at ‘B+’.
The issue ratings on Nigeria’s senior unsecured foreign currency bonds was also affirmed at ‘B+’. Similarly, the country’s ceiling was affirmed at ‘B+’ and its short-term foreign and local currency IDRs was affirmed at ‘B’. Read more
Five banks dominate CBN’s $1.1b forex disbursements
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said its foreign exchange utilisation records for banks showed a disbursement of $1.1 billion in November 2016.
However, of the 4,328 transactions in the period under review, five banks dominated the deals with 2,892, representing about 67 per cent of the total activity. Read more
CBN sold $1.1bn to importers in Nov 2016
THE Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), yesterday, said that it sold $1.1billion to 4,328 firms in November with Crown Flour Mills and five fuel importers receiving the largest share. The apex bank which revealed this in its report on foreign exchange utilisation for the month of November 2016 on its website, indicated that 20 firms received the largest share of $322.79 million, led by Crown Flour Mills which got $52.5 million through Access Bank and Coronation Merchant Bank for importation of Russian wheat. Read more
Tinubu Criticises Monetary Policy, Says We’ve Got to Speak Truth to Ourselves
As Nigeria continues to battle with a crippling economic recession, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu, yesterday criticised the monetary policy of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Speaking as a guest speaker at the National Defence College in Abuja with the theme: ‘Strategic Leadership: My Political Experience,’ Tinubu took a swipe at the president’s monetary policy, arguing that as a strategic partner in the formation of the government, it is incumbent on the leaders to “speak truth to power.” Read more
Inflationary Pressure Predicted to Ease
The Chief Economist, Africa, Standard Chartered Bank, Razia Khan has predicted that inflation in Nigeria would decelerate this year, on a pronounced base effect and better agriculture growth.
Khan, while commenting on the outcome of Tuesday’s monetary policy committee meeting, in which the monetary policy rate and other policy instruments were retained, added that at the meeting, the committee signalled future policy easing was yet to come. Read more
‘ $1b Eurobonds offer excites investors’
Investors are lining up to buy $1 billion dollar bonds that Nigeria is expected to issue in the coming months despite the poor state of the economy.
The naira is currently facing serious pressure against the dollar while low oil prices has triggered budget shortfalls. On the face of it, the $1 billion of bonds Nigeria hopes to sell by the end of March might seem unattractive, especially at a time sentiment towards African debt has soured after Mozambique missed a coupon payment. Read more
NLNG’s vessel with 13,000mt of cooking gas berths in Lagos
Avessel chartered by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) and laden with 13,126.6 metric tons of cooking gas or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) will today berth in Lagos for discharge in continuation of the firm’s efforts to ease scarcity and reduce the price of the commodity that is currently between N5,000 and N6,000 for a 12.5kg cylinder depending on the area of purchase. Read more
PPPs to the Rescue
The forms public-private partnerships (PPP) in developing countries have taken are legion, ranging from the construction of physical infrastructure, to public administration, to the provision of health and social services. A frequently quoted example of the latter is foreign-owned companies’ partnership with the South African government to provide treatment of HIV/AIDS.) PPPs have provided a principal vehicle for foreign direct investment (FDI) into public utilities and infrastructure in developing countries, with OECD-based multinational enterprises participating in most of the largest PPPs in this area. Read more
Port Harcourt refinery to generate N1.5tr yearly
The Port Harcourt Refinery Company (PHRC) is projected to generate over N1.5 trillion annually from refined petroleum products when Italian oil company, ENI, concludes its refurbishment.
PHRC Managing Director, Bafred Enjugu, told journalists in Port Harcourt yesterday that when the refurbishment is completed, the Port Harcourt refinery would produce 210,000 barrels, representing 47 percent of the 445,000 allocated to the country’s refineries per day. Read more
Delta worried about relocation of 26 oil firms
The Delta State government has raised serious concern over the exit of 26 major oil companies following unabated hostilities and attack on their facilities by militants.
While the government also flayed the frequent communal crises in the state, especially in Ogbe-Ijoh/Aladja communities, Deputy Governor Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, who addressed political leaders on Tuesday in Asaba, stressed that the Asaba-based authorities were worried about the constant relocation of oil firms from Delta to other states. Read more
CAF Seat: Momoh Canvases Massive Support for Pinnick’s Bid
Sports philanthropist and Chairman of FROT Group, Frank Momoh, wants Nigerians to give the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, the support he needs to secure a seat in the CAF Executive Committee.
In 2013, former NFF President, Aminu Maigari lost the West Africa Zone B seat to Anjorin Moucharafou of Benin Republic during the CAF election held in Morocco. Read more
Plateau Remains Unbeaten, Retains Pole Position
League leaders Plateau United continued the unbeaten start to the season as the Jos club held Gombe United to a goalless draw in Gombe in one of the five Match-day 4 matches to end deadlocked yesterday.
The Tin City outfit is now two points clear of second placed Rivers United that also remained unbeaten following a thoroughly earned goalless draw against FC Ifeanyiubah in Nnewi. Read more
Kelechi Iheanacho to remain at Manchester City, says Father
In the midst of a season of ups and downs, the seldom seen Nigerian Striker will remain at Manchester City, according to his father.
Kelechi Iheanacho, only 20, is an exciting striker prospect with an interesting combination of abilities for someone so young. He is undeniably quick and often shows poise and confidence on the ball well beyond his years. However, after an excellent start to the season for Manchester City, Read more
Southampton beat Liverpool 1-0 to reach League Cup final
Southampton reached the League Cup final for the first time since 1979 as Shane Long grabbed the goal that sealed a memorable 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the semi-final second leg on Wednesday.
Leading by Nathan Redmond’s goal from the first leg two weeks ago, Claude Puel’s side showed great resolve to survive a barrage of second-half pressure at Anfield before securing their 2-0 aggregate triumph when Long struck late on. Read more
Mourinho Is Manchester United’s Necessary Poison
Jose Mourinho is out of fashion and, with almost every passing day, the temptation grows to declare him finished, yesterday’s man. Mourinho left Chelsea after causing another civil war and the early indications at Manchester United are that his anticipated three-year unravelling could be condensed into a season, or even a few mere months.
His comments about Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw following the 3-1 win at Swansea on Sunday are the latest controversy. The defenders missed the match through injury and afterwards Mourinho said: “There is a difference between the brave, who want to be there at any cost, and the ones for whom a little pain can make a difference.” Read more
Prime Minister to call for ‘renewed special relationship’ on US trip
Theresa May will call for a renewed special relationship between Britain and America so that the two countries can “lead together” in “this new age”.
The Prime Minister is set to arrive in the USA on Thursday ahead of Friday’s meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House. Read more
Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian driver after bus stop ramming
Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian motorist who drove his car into a bus stop near a settlement in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, the Israeli army said.
The Palestinian health ministry did not immediately release details of the dead man but Palestinian social media posts said he was a resident of the Qalandia refugee camp near Ramallah. Read more
Australia Day: Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce rebukes critics
Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has criticised people calling for the date of the national day to be changed, saying they should “crawl under a rock and hide”.
Australia Day is celebrated on 26 January, marking the arrival of the first British convict fleet in 1788. Read more
Saudi Arabia unveils next-generation F-15 warplane
Saudi Arabia unveiled its next-generation fighter-bomber on Wednesday, nearly two years after beginning a controversial air war in Yemen.
At a ceremony and air show in the Saudi capital, a hangar opened to reveal one of the F-15SA Eagle aircraft made by US manufacturer Boeing. Read more