SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Saraki: The President We Met was Witty and Healthy
As the National Assembly prepares to resume from recess next Tuesday, Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, met with President Muhammadu Buhari in London yesterday, with Saraki assuring Nigerians that he was witty and healthy, and there was no cause for alarm. Read more
Fayose storms finance ministry, demands release of state’s allocation
Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State yesterday stormed the office of the Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, to demand the release of the state’s statutory allocation for January and over N1. 1 billion budget support fund.
Fayose arrived the premises at about 3 p. m, but was unable to discuss with the minister who was said to be attending the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja. He, however, met an unidentified personal assistant to the minister. Read more
Report blames pilot for NAF aircraft crash in Kaduna
The investigative panel set up by the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, to unravel the circumstances that led to the crash of the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Dornier 228 aircraft in Kaduna in 2015 has blamed the mishap on human error on the part of the pilot.
It stated that the manufacturers insisted the engine was in good condition before the crash. Read more
Osinbajo Visit: Rivers Elders Disown Amaechi’s Divisive Stakeholders’ Meeting
Elders in Rivers State under the aegis of Rivers Elders Consultative Council have condemned in its entirety the attempt by former Governor of the state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, now Minister of Transportation, to introduce divisive tendencies in the state.
The elders’ reaction was against the background of the town hall engagement meeting of members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state and the Acting President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday in Port Harcourt. Read more
Katsina assembly sacks speaker
The Speaker, Katsina State House of Assembly, Aliyu Muduru, was on Wednesday impeached by the two-thirds majority of the house members.
A new speaker, Alhaji Yahaya Kusada, from Kusada state constituency was immediately elected to replace him. Read more
AISEN tasks stakeholders on bridging education gap
BOTHERED by the existing educational gap between private and public schools, authorities of the Association of International SchoolEducators of Nigeria, AISEN, has brought key stakeholders in the sector together to chart the way forward. Read more
Nigeria, eight others to halve MNCH deaths by 2022
NIGERIA and eight other countries have committed to halving maternal and newborn deaths in health facilities within the next 5 years. The other countries are Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda – committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities. Read more
Ambode pledges uninterrupted power supply
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday pledged uninterrupted electricity supply to the residents in seven years time when additional 3,000 megawatts would be generated through embedded power plants in the state.
While speaking during the presentation of the report by Embedded Power Technical Committee, Ambode said while the Federal Government continues its efforts to resolve the power crisis, it is now clear that the problems in the energy sector can no longer be left to the central government alone to solve. Read more
Three die after drinking palm wine in Ondo
Tragedy struck in Ikare-Akoko, the headquarters of Akoko North East Local Council of Ondo State as three people died mysteriously after consuming palm wine reportedly mixed with strange substances.
The deceased, who were yet to be identified, drank the concoction made with palm wine in the house of a friend identified as Azeez, who allegedly prepared the drink for his birthday celebration. Read more
PDP’s present state makes me weep, says Ekwueme
Former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, says the present state of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) draws him close to tears.
Ekwueme, who spoke yesterday in Enugu when members of the Strategy Review and Inter Party Affairs Committee of the party visited to present their report to him, noted that the vision of the party’s founding fathers was to have a mass movement, not just a political grouping tailored after the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa. Read more
Tambuwal, Dangote Flag off Rice Outgrowers Scheme in Sokoto
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, along with the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, yesterday flagged off a rice outgrowers’ scheme which would cover 25,000 hectares of farmland across some selected local government areas of the state. Read more
Appeal Court refuses to sack Ugwuanyi
The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, yesterday declined to sack Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State over allegation of illegal nomination by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the April 11, 2015, governorship election.
In a judgment delivered by a three-man panel of justices led by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson, the court struck out the appeal marked CA/A/157/2015, lodged by Senator Ayogu Eze. Read more
NGO partners Facebook to educate youths on world internet day
INTERNATIONAL Centre for Leadership Development Nigeria, ICLDNG, a Non Governmental Organisation, in partnership with Facebook’s initiative to educate African youths on safer, better internet use, has organised a one-day summit for secondary schools in Lagos to mark the 2017 World Internet Day tagged, “ Be the change: Unite for a better internet. Read more
Rann IDPs bombing: Probe panel seeks extension of mandate
THE six-member panel set up by the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the January 17 erroneous bombing of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp in Rann, Borno State, has requested for extension of time, according to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar. Read more
Ben Enwonwu’s Bronze Sculpture, Anyanwu, Auctions for Record £353,000 at Bonhams
A full-size cast of the bronze sculpture, Anyanwu, by iconic Nigerian painter and sculptor, the late Prof. Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu, was auctioned for a record £353,000 (N138.4 million) at Bonhams, the renowned international auction house, in London yesterday. Read more
Lagos, police collaborate to protect children from abuse
A call has gone out to officials of the Nigeria Police Force, especially officers in the various gender units of the police divisions and other relevant stakeholders in the protection of children’s rights to internalise the provisions of the Lagos State Child Rights Law. Read more
Price of petrol reaches N164.09 per litre in Borno, Oyo
Despite the economic recession, consumers of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in Borno, Oyo and Ebonyi paid N164.09, N161, and N156.47 per litre respectively in January 2017.
This is above the regulated price of N145 per litre, as specified by the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA). Read more
Nigeria’s woes won’t deter investors
Investors are lining up to buy dollar bonds Nigeria is expected to issue soon despite the country’s first recession in a quarter of a century, a currency crisis and budget shortfalls driven by low oil prices.
On the face of it, the $1 billion ($A1.3 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
Government yet to decide on size of World Bank loan, says FEC
Nigeria is yet to decide on the size of the loan it wants to apply for at the World Bank to fund 2017 budget deficit.
The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma told State House Correspondents yesterday after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, that the figure will depend on the (2017) budget approved by the National Assembly. Read more
Stop 20 % Import Adjustment Tax on drugs
Implementation of the mandatory 20 per cent Import Adjustment Tax (IAT) on medicaments by the Nigeria Customs Service, as provided in the 2016 Fiscal Policy Measures (FPM), made up of Supplementary Protection Measures (SPM), is an ill wind that is blowing Nigerians no good.
The policy shift, as directed by the Ministry of Finance, in a recent circular titled “Import Adjustment Tax”, which imposed the extra payment on medicaments, runs contrary to expectations for the provision of better medicare for the poor and needy. Read more
EFCC and Nigeria’s economic development
IT is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of mature age are already sunk into corruption.” Charles de Montesquieu
The above quote accurately illustrates the perennial danger a country faces when corruption permeates its society. It is therefore widely held that the most dreadful instrument that has the potential of eclipsing any meaningful policies geared toward sustainable economic and social development of a country is corruption. Corruption stunts pertinent variables necessary for socio-economic development, including multiplier effects, by rendering impotent the very structures, institutions, and human resources that are designed to facilitate growth. Read more
Italian Senator Demands Inquest on OPL 245
The gruelling Malabu Oil deal, otherwise known as OPL 245, now under investigation by a committee of the House of Representatives, has recorded a new development as a veteran Italian senator has called for an official inquiry into the allegation that several businessmen and former politicians, including prominent Nigerians, conspired to topple the leadership of the Italian oil giant, ENI and destabilise the company.
The Italian newspaper, Il Giornale, reported last weekend that Senator Lucio Barani asked for an inquiry into allegations that corruption charges around the sale of Nigerian OPL 245 had been used as part of a campaign to overthrow the leadership of the company. Read more
Oil production now two million barrels daily – Kachikwu
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, disclosed on Wednesday that crude oil production in the country had risen to two million barrels per day.
This means the country now produces additional 200,000 bpd of crude oil, up from the 1.8 million bpd recorded in recent times. Read more
Inadequate gas supply cuts electricity output by 3,000MW
The Federal Government said the Nigerian electricity sector recorded a shortfall of 3,000 Megawatts (MW) due to inadequate gas supply to power plants.
However, the country’s power generation stagnates at 3,729 MW, the Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, expressed optimism that functional pipeline would increase electricity output to 6,000MW. Read more
Power Generation Increases to 4,043MW as Gas Supply Improves
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said the nation’s power generation rose from 3,528 megawatts (MW) to 4,043 MW between February 1 and February 15.
TCN said the 515MW increase in generation as of February 15 was due to slight increase in gas supply to some power generating companies (Gencos). Read more
CAF Confederation Cup : We’ll disarm S/Leone’s Army in Bauchi – Wikki
Wikki Tourists captain, Mustapha Ibrahim is talking tough ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup match against Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) FC.
Wikki lost 0-2 to their Sierra Leonean opponents on Sunday at the Siaka Steven Stadium in Freetown, but Ibrahim is exuding confidence that the Bauchi Elephants , will make it to the next stage of Confederation Cup. Ibrahim admitted that Wikki did not perform optimally in Freetown but will make amends in the reverse fixture on Sunday in Bauchi. Read more
Iwobi Flops, Alaba Stars As Efficient Bayern Muller Arsenal In Champions League
Arsenal have a mountain to climb if they are to progress to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League after suffering a 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.
The Bundesliga champions took the lead in the 11th minute through Arjen Robben, who was allowed space and time to shoot with his dangerous left foot Read more
Iheanacho at a career crossroads at Manchester City
Kelechi Iheanacho has returned to the crossroads of his Manchester City career. Just before the beginning of the season, the Nigeria international turned down the chance to participate at the Olympic Games in order to focus on impressing new manager Pep Guardiola and secure his precarious place in the City first team.
That decision proved to be a good one, as it not only allowed him to meet the boss ahead of the new season, but also to receive the reassurances he needed. Read more
UEFA Champions League 2016/17: Bayern Munich 5-1 Arsenal, 5 Talking Points
Another round-of-16 fixture for Arsenal, another crippling loss. Bayern Munich ran out comfortable winners, putting five goals past their opponents for the second season in a row to place one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Read more
Dylan McGowan to play for Adelaide United, despite his father being found guilty of murder
Adelaide United expect defender Dylan McGowan to play in the Reds’ A-League match against Newcastle on Friday night despite his father being found guilty of murder in a Scottish court.
McGowan’s father, James McGowan, faces a life sentence after being found guilty in Edinburgh on Thursday of the 1999 stabbing murder of his former brother-in-law. Read more
AFC ban 22 players and officials for match fixing
Following the news that AFC Champions League title-holders Jeonbuk Motors of South Korea will be unable to defend their crown in 2017 as a consequence of their part in a 2013 bribery and match-fixing scandal, comes confirmation that game manipulation has ended the footballing careers of 22 players and officials in Laos and Cambodia.
Among those caught in the middle of these sanctions are Laos internationals Saynakhonevieng Phommapanya, Chintana Souksavath, Moukda Souksavath and Phatthana Syvilay. Read more
TRANSFER RUMOUR: REAL MADRID PONDERING SUMMER SWOOP FOR MANCHESTER CITY’S NICOLAS OTAMENDI TO REPLACE PEPE
Real Madrid are reportedly pondering a summer swoop for Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi, to replace Pepe.
The 33-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to the Chinese Super League and according to a report in TYC Sports, Real Madrid could make an offer for the Argentine center-back in the summer transfer window should Pepe leave at the end of the current campaign. Read more
French senate report says UK must not be better off after Brexit
The scale of Britain’s task in negotiating a successful Brexit has been underlined by a cross-party report from the French senate vowing that the UK must not be allowed to leave the EU in a better-off position than it is now, and if necessary a withdrawal without an agreement has to be considered.
The report also rules out sectoral agreements giving some UK industries privileged access to the EU single market. Read more
North Korean assassination: Second woman arrested in Malaysia
A second woman was arrested in Malaysia on Thursday morning in connection with the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader.
The arrest was reported by Bernama, the Malaysian state news agency, which quoted Khalid Abu Bakar, the inspector-general of police, as saying that an official statement would come later in the day. Read more
German woman accused of chopping boyfriend’s head off with circular saw
A woman is on trial in Germany for allegedly murdering her boyfriend with a circular electric saw, cutting off his head, and then hiding the body.
The 32-year-old teacher, named only as Gabriele P under German privacy laws, is accused of killing her partner when he was tied to a bed and wearing blacked-out swimming goggles as part of a sex game she says he initiated. Read more
Russian foreign ministry creates Chicken Crimea fitting Kremlin’s foreign policy
Politics have stretched into the kitchen at the Russian ministry of foreign affairs where a new dish has appeared on the canteen’s menu: Chicken Crimea.
“In the Russian Foreign Ministry’s canteen what is really a Chicken Kiev is called Chicken Crimea,” New York Times reporter Ivan Nechepurenko noted on Twitter as he posted a photograph of the chicken cutlets and translated their new culinary name. Read more
Thailand: Armed forces besiege largest Buddhist temple to nab powerful monk
THAI forces surrounded the country’s biggest Buddhist temple on Thursday and the junta leader declared he was imposing control after it failed to hand over an influential monk wanted for money laundering.
With political parties and many activists silenced since a coup in 2014, the Dhammakaya Temple is a rare institution in defying the junta, which has so far trodden warily in confronting a religious group that claims millions of followers. Read more