SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 21, 2017
PDP Crisis: Jonathan Endorses Sheriff Faction
Former President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday endorsed Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This is coming just as various organs of the PDP, including the party’s National Assembly Caucus, governors, Board of Trustees and major stakeholders have passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of Senator Ahmed Makarfi, declaring that no court can determine who will be their chairman. Read more
Osinbajo meets governors, ministers over foodstuff’s prices
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday met with governors and ministers, who are members of the Presidential Task Force for Wheat and Rice production, as part of efforts to address the rising prices of food items in the country.
Those at the meeting were four state governors of Ebonyi, Dave Umahi; Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje; Kebbi, Abubakar Bagudu and Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa. Read more
CBN Directs Banks To Open Outlets In Airports To Ease Forex Supply
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed that henceforth, banks should sell foreign exchange to retail end users at airports without putting into consideration the 60:40 rule which prioritises the manufacturing and raw materials purchase.
In a new forex policy officially announced yesterday, the apex bank also cut down the tenor of its forward sales from the current maximum cycle of 180 days to not more than 60 days from the date of transaction. Read more
Task force arrests eight suspected miscreants for vandalism
The operatives of the Lagos State Task Force have arrested eight suspected hoodlums over acts of vandalism.The suspects were said to have attacked and vandalised the operational vehicles of the task force along Idi-Oro, Mushin area of Lagos.
Those arrested in connection with the attack included 31-year-old Ahmed Gafar, 35-year-old Onuoha Cajetehan, 40-year-old Lateef Hamsat, 34-year-old Femi Adebayo, 40-year-old Bello Olasukanmi, 27-year-old Yusuf Kazim, 24-year-old Olalekan Alleluyah and 39-year-old Obina Emgba. Read more
Farmers Protest In Lagos Over Kidnapping
Most farmers in the Igbodo and Isiwo communities of Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State, yesterday, cried out to the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode over spate of kidnapping activities in their area.
The group which staged a protest march at the front of the state governor’s office Alausa to protest against series of kidnapping cases in the area told journalists that over 25 farmers have been kidnapped in the last six months, adding that the farmers have lose over N25billion investment including ransoms paid to the kidnappers. Read more
Buhari family still evades The Guardian’s reporter in London
Members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s household continued to evade The Guardian’s reporter in London yesterday.They were forced to enter the Abuja House in London through the back door so as not to be seen by the reporter when a Mercedes Jeep bringing them back to the premises arrived around 4:09 p.m. Read more
Anti-malarial, antibiotics cost rises by 150%
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has warned that the prices of essential medicines in the country, such as anti-malarial drugs and antibiotics have risen by over 150 per cent in less than two years.
According to the PSN, the implementation of a 20 per cent duty on imported medicines and the sourcing of drugs at a very high exchange rate of N500 to $1 have taken the average shelf price of an Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT) medicine from N700 in 2015 to N1, 600 now with a propensity to hit N2, 000 before the end of March 2017. ACT is the drug of choice recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the treatment of malaria. Read more
Suspected Boko Haram insurgents kill three in fresh Borno attack
Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have attacked Yaza-Kumaza village in Borno state, killing three people and injuring nine others.The insurgents, according to Simda Izge, a local vigilante, bursted into the village, while fleeing Sambisa Forest on the southern flank on Sunday.
“The fleeing insurgents were venting their anger on our people here in this village, located on the fringe of Sambisa Forest. We had to flee to safety, after they killed three of our people yesterday,” said Izge on how the village was attacked. Read more
Polys to get N45.6 billion as intervention fund
Public polytechnics are to receive N45.6 billion under the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) 2016 normal intervention.In this respect, each polytechnic would smile home with N691.6 million while a college of education gets N671 million.
The Executive Secretary of TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa, dropped the hint yesterday in Abuja during a one-day stakeholders’ meeting with heads of tertiary institutions. Read more
Imo lawmakers abandon Assembly complex over fear of collapse
Imo lawmakers have relocated from the House of Assembly Complex at new Owerri to a temporary venue at Odumegwu-Ojukwu Centre in the capital.The complex, which was under renovation for nearly two years before it was opened in June 2015, had again shown disturbing signs of serious structural defects.
The Speaker of the House, Chief Acho Ihim, who confirmed the relocation to journalists at the weekend in Owerri, said it was to enable the permanent building to be reinforced. Read more
Okorocha affirms linkage with ethnic groups
Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said that as an Igboman, raised up in the North, but empowered economically by the South -West, his actions and ulterances would be driven to the development of the cultures of the above region, promising not to bite the fingers that fed him as he grew up.
Okorocha, spoke on Monday when a delegation from the Olowo of Owo Kingdom in Ondo State, led by Oba Folagbade David Victor Olateru Olagbeji III visited him in Owerri on Monday, to express their appreciation over the the role the governor played in the victory of their son, Rotimi Akeredolu in the November 2016 governorship election in Ondo State. Read more
Herdsman feared killed in clash with suspected hoodlums in Delta
A reported altercation between suspected hoodlums and a herdsman has allegedly led to the death of the nomad in Emu-Ebendo community of Ndokwa West Local Council of Delta. The incident reportedly took place on Sunday evening.
Though tension seems to be mounting, the identity of the alleged perpetrators remained unknown at press time.A source claimed that the assailants were on their routine trip of laying ambushing for unsuspecting persons when they reportedly ran into the said herdsman and along the line, a quarrel ensued, resulting in the unfortunate death Read more
Police Bust Kidnappers’ Gang In Kano
Kano State Police Command has upon tip off raided a kidnapping gang and arrested two of the suspects.
According to the Kano State Commissioner of Police, CP Rabiu Yusuf due to persistent reports of child kidnapping in and around the state a special team of detectives was constituted and strategically deployed to arrest the culprits. Read more
‘Olomoro monarch is alive not dead’
The monarch of Olomoro community in Isoko South Local Council of Delta State, Josiah Umukoro Aghaza 1, the Odiologbo of Olomoro kingdom is alive and not dead.
The community, represented by the Edio-in-Council chiefs; minority leader, Isoko South Local Council, Kingsley Obeidoko; acting President General of Olomoro, Mr. Vincent Edewor, and others refuted the rumours making the rounds that the monarch has died. Read more
Getting Kaduna Airport ready for Abuja traffic
CAN the government deliver the new Kaduna Airport terminal for international flights in 16 days?
This is the question agitating the minds of experts and stakeholders.
They insist that to ensure feasible international operations there, the airport must not fall short of the prescribed standards of adequate runway length, perimeter fencing, fire cover, adequate facilitation and security personnel – set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Read more
Maryam Abacha University Gets UK Accreditation
The Maryam Abacha American University (MAAUN), Niger, has again achieved a major leap in its quest towards entrenching solid education across the West African sub-region, following its accreditation by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges and Universities (ASIK UK).
By the accreditation, MAAUN has attained the highest standard for accreditation by the European renowned accreditation body, ASIC UK, which is an approved accreditation body by the British government and can be found on Wiki “List of recognised higher education accreditation organisations worldwide.” Read more
Britain Posts First Female High Commissioner to Nigeria
The British Deputy High Commission in Lagos monday announced the arrival of Laure Beaufils as the new Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria.
Laure, who is the first female deputy high commissioner to be posted to Nigeria, arrived in the country on the same day, January 20, and will head the UK mission in Lagos, according to a statement signed by Wale Adebajo, communication manager at the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos. Read more
Senate alleges JVCs holding repatriation of $850 billion crude oil export proceeds
The Senate yesterday said over $850 billion supposedly earned between 1996 and 2014 from crude oil export was yet to be repatriated to the country by the Joint Venture Oil Companies.
The development, it noted, was in total contravention of Nigeria’s Pre-shipment Inspection of Export Act and Article 26 of Export Policy Guidelines and procedures for crude oil, gas and non-oil goods. Read more
Reps task Information Minister on aggressive tourism investment
The House of Representatives Committee on Culture and Tourism yesterday tasked the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alh. Lai Mohammed to come up with policies that will drive the tourism sector towards the enhancement of the country’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP).
The committee chaired by Hon. Ogbeide Ihama is also urging the minister to push for aggressive investments in tourism, as a way of marketing the country’s cultural potentials globally. Read more
Court discharges Indian brothers, sets aside committal order
A Federal High Court in Lagos has discharged three Indian brothers, who were committed to prison custody for one month for disobedience of court order.
The Indians are Chandru Ganglani, Bharat Ganglani and Trishul Ganglani.Trial judge, John Tsoho also set aside the committal order handed down on the trio who are directors of Sacvin Nigeria Limited after hearing their application/motion on notice stating that they have purged themselves of the contempt less than seven days of the committal order. They purged themselves of the contempt following an amicable resolution of the suit between VIK Industries Limited and Sacvin Nigeria Limited. Read more
Lekki Gardens MD faces manslaughter charge
The Lagos State Ministry of Justice on Friday filed a six charge criminal charge against the Managing Director of Lekki Gardens Estate Ltd, Mr Richard Nyong and others at the Lagos High Court.
They were charged for manslaughter over the collapse of a five storey building that killed 33 people on March 8, 2016.Charged along with the Managing Director are Taiwo Odofin, Omolabake Mortune, Marius Agwu, and Sola Olumofe. Others are Lekki Gardens Estate Ltd, GT Rich Ltd, HC Insight Solutions Ltd. Read more
Nomination of lawyers for Supreme Court bench stokes controversy
To qualify for appointment to the bench of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the fellow must be a legal practitioner of not less than 15 years. The same applies to whoever is to be appointed as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Section 231 subsection (3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended distinctly states: “A person shall not be qualified to hold the office of Chief Justice of Nigeria or of a Justice of the Supreme Court, unless he is qualified to practise as a legal practitioner in Nigeria and has been so qualified for a period of not less than fifteen years.” Read more
NAHCON Releases List Of Approved 2017 Hajj Operators
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON ) has released the list of one hundred and thirty one successful Hajj licensed operators for the 2017 hajj operation.
According to a release by NAHCON’s head of media, Alhaji Uba Mana, the successful companies were selected following the pre-qualification exercise carried out by the commission from December 2016, for the 176 companies that applied for the 2017 Hajj license. Read more
Resetting Nigeria’s Economy by Boosting Infrastructure
Nigeria’s economy is undergoing a fundamental transformation. To believe that a few minor amendments to economic policy would restore the country to growth is an optimistic but flawed view.
The period between 2005 and 2015 saw some of the highest oil earnings in our history, but during that same period, debt levels rose and our reserves declined. While we had a few years of impressive GDP growth, this was largely a function of the high oil prices. Nigeria’s economic model was basically the export of crude to earn foreign exchange that was used to import most of our needs, including the most basic needs. Read more
Nigerian-American Chamber outlines economic recovery measures
The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, NACC, has outlined key measures the government should take to save the economy from the prevailing stress. Speaking at the NACC breakfast meeting tagged “Getting Nigeria out of Recession: How the 2017 budget Affects Business Outlook”, the president of NACC, Chief Olabintan Famutimi, said one of the key areas in which the business community has been critical of the management of the economy is the lack of sufficient involvement by the private sector in the constitution of the nation’s economic management team. Read more
Money laundering: Go after CBN, NNPC, Senate panel tells EFCC
The Senate, on Monday, asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation over alleged racketeering in foreign exchange transactions.
The lawmakers also urged the EFCC to identify owners of mansions in highbrow areas of Abuja, alleging that several senior officials in Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government had become billionaires through corrupt enrichment. Read more
Curtailing the circulation of fake Naira notes
THE recent claim by a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, that 20 percent of the total currency in circulation in the country is fake, calls for an immediate investigation and action to stem the trend. The former CBN boss, who made the stunning revelation at a public hearing on the 2017 Budget at the National Assembly, Abuja, lamented that the relevant authorities appear to be ignorant of the dangers of having fake currency in circulation. He also warned that the development is highly detrimental to the nation’s economic growth. Read more
PETAN expresses concern over Nigeria’s depleting oil reserves
The Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) has expressed concern over depleting state of Nigeria’s crude oil reserves.The Chairman of the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), Bank-Anthony Okoroafor, therefore stressed the need for the Federal Government to provide enabling environment to encourage more investment in exploration and production.
Besides, the association has outlined activities for its first West Africa international oil and gas conference in Lagos. Read more
OGTAN seeks standardisation of training modules in oil industry
The Oil and Gas Trainers’ Association of Nigeria (OGTAN) has decried lack of standard in the training of manpower in the oil and gas sector.The President of the Association, Dr Mayowa Afe, said the all-comers affair of training in the sector has made regulation of standard a difficult task.
Speaking when he paid an official visit to the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), Dr Bello Gusau, in Abuja, Afe urged the PTDF and Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) not to recognize training institutions that are not certified by OGTAN. Read more
N-Delta peace: Buhari orders return of Egbesu sword
As the Federal Government intensifies effort to appease the restive Niger Delta region to stabilise oil production, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate return of the golden sword seized by the Nigerian Army last year to Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South Local Government of Delta State. The golden sword described as the symbol of authority of the Gbaramatu, was reportedly confiscated by soldiers from the 4th Brigade, Benin City, in May last year while searching for ex-militant leader, Government Ekpomukpolo, alias Tompolo, in the heat of oil facility bombings in the area. Read more
Recession: Chevron withdraws funding for ANA prize
The literary community has suffered a setback, following the decision of Chevron Nigeria Limited, a multi-national oil company, to withdraw its sponsorship of one of the annual literary prizes of the Association of Nigerian Authors.
Citing the current economic recession in the country as the reason its the action, our correspondent gathered, the company recently informed ANA in a letter that it could not continue to fund the ANA/Chevron Prose Prize for Environmental Writing. Read more
NNPC Sets Three-year Target to Transit to Incorporated Joint Venture
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it would take it at least three years to fully transit some of its existing oil production joint ventures (JV) into the Incorporated Joint Venture (IJV).
The corporation said it had initiated processes, which include the restructuring of its Exploration and Production (E&P) arm, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and payment of outstanding cash call debts to joint venture partners in preparation for the transition of the JVs into IJV. Read more
Alex Iwobi Stars As Arsenal Ends Sutton’s Giant-Killing Run
Sutton United amazing run to the round of 16 in the Emirate FA Cup has been brought to an end by Arsenal, after the Gunners secure a 2-0 win over the non-league side.
Alex Iwobi started the game for Arsenal who went ahead in the first half through a Lucaz Perez strike, and Iwobi almost doubled Arsenal’s lead before the half time break but his effort was deflected wide. Read more
I’m adapting very fast in Barcelona, says Bassey
Ezekiel Bassey has said he is quickly adapting to life at FC Barcelona even as he expects to start playing official games for the Catalan giants immediately he secures his work permit.
The Enyimba winger was signed on loan by the five-time European champions in January for an initial six months’ with the possibility of signing for an additional two years if he impresses at the club at the end of the current season. Read more
Ideye Offered 3.5 Million Euros Annual Wages To Join Mikel At Tianjin Teda
Allnigeriasoccer.com can confirm that Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda are working on a deal to sign Brown Ideye from Olympiakos before the close of their primary transfer window next week.
Greek Super League champions Olympiakos are close to agreeing a transfer fee of eleven million euros with the team from China. If both clubs can strike terms, the contract Ideye will sign with Tianjin Teda will see him pocket 3.5 million euros per season wages, three times more that his current wages in Greece. Read more
Emordi, Dogo Announce Resignations After Clubs’ Poor Runs
After watching their sides throw away valid points at home and fail to give a great account of themselves in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) 2016/2017 season, coaches Okey Emordi (Abia Warriors) and Kabir Dogo (Nasarawa United) both announced their resignations on Sunday.
While Emordi wrote a letter to his club’s proprietor, citing “series of poor results,” Dogo cited the inability of his lads to obey his instructions as a huge set-back. Read more
TRANSFER RUMOUR: REAL MADRID AND MANCHESTER CITY JOIN MOUSSA DEMBELE CHASE
Real Madrid and Manchester City have joined a host of European giants in pursuit of Celtic superstar Moussa Dembele, as per reports.
The race to sign Moussa Dembele in the summer is hotting up and it looks like it could turn into an all out bidding war. According to an exclusive from Get French Football News, Real Madrid and Manchester City are the latest clubs to enter the chase for the Celtic striker, joining several European heavyweights in his pursuit. Read more
Pique annoyed by Barca fans’ booing of coach Luis Enrique
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has decried the fans who booed manager Luis Enrique and the players in Sunday’s laboured 2-1 home win over Leganes in La Liga as having a short-term memory.
The game was Barca’s first since last week’s 4-0 humiliation at Paris Saint Germain in their Champions League last 16, first leg – the worst defeat of Luis Enrique’s coaching career. Read more
Man City’s Kompany to miss Monaco Champions League match
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will miss their Champions League last-16, first leg clash at home to Monaco on Tuesday because of injury, said manager Pep Guardiola.
The Belgium centre-back was ruled out of the FA Cup fifth round 0-0 draw at second-tier Huddersfield Town on Saturday after picking up another leg problem in training. Read more
Despite Presidents Day, Protesters Give Trump No Respite
Protesters critical of President Donald Trump attend an afternoon rally to show solidarity with a general strike in Washington Square Park on Feb.17, 2017 in New York City. Across the country protests continue in reaction to the policies of the Trump administration. Read more
Plane carrying 5 people crashes into Australian shopping mall
Five people were believed killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.
The five were on a twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air that crashed about 45 minutes before the Direct Factory Outlet mall in suburban Essendon was to open, Police Minister Lisa Neville said.
The U.S. Embassy in Canberra would not comment on a report that the passengers were U.S. citizens, but said it was working with local authorities. Read more
Discord in Angela Merkel’s government after environment ministry bans meat at official functions
Arow has broken out in Angela Merkel’s government after the environment minister banned meat at official functions.
Barbara Hendricks claims eating meat is damaging to the environment and has ordered only vegetarian food to be served. A rival minister has accused her of “nanny-statism” and trying to force vegetarianism on people “by the back door”. Read more
Singapore ‘fire rainbow’ cloud phenomenon lights up sky
A rare cloud phenomenon over Singapore has delighted people in the city-state.
The multi-coloured glow appeared in the sky on Monday in the late afternoon, lasting for about 15 minutes, and was seen across the island. Media reports said it was likely a fire rainbow, which occurs when sunlight refracts through ice-crystal clouds. Read more