*NASS Approves N10.6bn For Members’ Allowance* *OAU closed down indefinitely*

*NASS Approves N10.6bn For Members’ Allowance* *OAU closed down indefinitely*

Sabinews Morning News Update for December 2, 2015

National News

NASS Approves N10.6bn For Members’ Allowance

The National Assembly yesterday increased the 2015 Supplementary Budget from N465,636,926,857 to N574,532,726,857 to accommodate fresh fuel subsidy claims of N108,895,800,000 for three months (October to December 2015) which were not contained in the original supplementary budget submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Going by the approved supplementary budget, oil marketers will now be paid N522,258,934,505 in subsidy claims, up from the N413billion requested by President Buhari to pay subsidy from January to September 2015. Read more

OAU closed down indefinitely

The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Osun State, has been closed down indefinitely, following continued protests by students.

The students were protesting alleged poor living condition in their halls of residence. Read more

Fulani set up c’ttee to mitigate S-West farmers’ losses

AS a step towards ensuring lasting peace between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the South West, the leadership of Fulani has set up a surveillance committee that would mitigate losses incurred by the farmers.

This was disclosed by the leader of the Fulani Community in the South West, the Sardaunan Yamma, Alhaji Haruna Maiyasin, who is also the Sarkin Sasa of Ibadanland, at a meeting between Fulani herdsmen and farmers from Iwo, Osun State, in his Sasa Palace, Ibadan. Read more

FG tasks Navy on maritime security

Minister of Defence, Muhammad Dan-Ali, has charged the Nigerian Navy to collaborate with all stakeholders in the fight against maritime crime in the country.

Speaking at a two-day retreat organised by the Nigerian Navy, Dan-Ali, who spoke through the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, decried the increase in maritime crime, adding that the mainstay of the country was derived from the maritime sector. Read more

5,000 people living with AIDS in Jigawa

The Executive Secretary, Jigawa State Action Committee on Control of AIDS (JISACA), Dr. Bashir Ahmed, has disclosed that there are about 5,000 people living with the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the state with about 26, 000 yet to be registered.

Speaking, yesterday, at a ceremony to mark the World AIDS Day at the state Police Command headquarters clinic, Dutse, Jigawa State, Ahmed noted the registered 5,000 people are those currently receiving the retro viral drugs in 14 facilities across the state. Read more

ITF refutes corruption allegation

The Industrial Training Fund, ITF, refuted, yesterday, corruption allegation levelled against the Fund by labour unions.

A statement by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs, of the Fund, Mrs. Ifeoma Iheuze, said: “We wish to refute the allegation of corruption in its entirety. The present Director-General, ITF, Dr. Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko, has been commended several times for her financial prudence and objectivity in tackling issues. Read more

Aregbesola seeks approval to withdraw N1.25 bn from Osun Fund

Following dwindling resources from the federation account to Osun State, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has sought the approval of the state House of Assembly to withdraw N1.25 billion from the Omoluabi Conservation Fund to assist government in the provision of infrastructure in the state.

He sought the approval through a letter to the Assembly, dated November 27, 2015, which was read by the Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salaam, at the plenary, yesterday. Read more

Police assault woman in Ogun

A woman, Mrs Risikat Abosede Bamidele, is lying ill after a taste of “police brutality” last Sunday.

She lost her two-month pregnancy after she was, allegedly, battered at the Kemta Division of the Ogun State Police Command by a senior police officer. Read more

Extra budgetary spending is criminal, says Oshiomhole

Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole yesterday called for the prosecution of all those involved in extra budgetary expenditure under the Dr Goodluck Jonathan administration. Such an act is criminal in the eyes of the law, he said.

Oshiomhole, who spoke at the quadrennial delegates conference of the Non Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) in Abuja, said democratic norms and the nation’s legal system recognised separation of powers and the fact that no money can be spent from the treasury without first being appropriated by the legislature. Read more

Activists condemn attack on Aregbesola

The Osun Progressive Left; a coalition of human rights activists in Osun State, has condemned the attack on the state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola by former Deputy Governor of the state, Iyiola Omisore over the bailout fund for the state.

The group, in a press statement signed by its convener, Comrade Wale Adebisi said Omisore’s comments while speaking on Crown FM were not only crude, but capable of inciting the people against the government. Read more

NCC moves against unsolicited SMS by telcos

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said it is taking steps to develop a regulation that will deal with unsolicited text messages and illegal data charges by telcos.

Its Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Dambatta,  spoke in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State during the 1st Ebonyi Youth Summit on refocusing talented youth for sustainable national development in training and capacity building through ICT revolution. Read more

We need $14bn to revive Lake Chad –Buhari 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said to reduce continued migration of African youths ‎to Europe, $14 billion is needed to revive Lake Chad and save communities dependent on the river from extinction.

The president called on developed countries to make strong financial commitments to the fund urgently when he addressed a high-level meeting on ‘Climate Change Challenges and Solutions in Africa’, on the sidelines of the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference, COP 21, in Paris. Read more

Kano blast: Boko Haram not responsible –Zakzaky

Leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky has said last week’s bomb explosion in Kano which killed 24 persons during Arba’een symbolic trek, was not carried out by Boko Haram even when it claimed responsibility for the attack.

Spokesperson for the group, Ibrahim Usman in a statement, quoted Zakzaky as saying, “we know the names of the contractors and those contracted to commit the massacre; their identity is not hidden from us. Read more

UNN students cry out over N75,000 laptop fee

Students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, yesterday, urged the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu to quickly intervene over the compulsory laptop fee foisted on them by the university authority.

New students of the university, who spoke to newsmen in separate interviews, described the N75,000 compulsory laptop levy as arbitrary. Read more

Kogi: Court To Deliver Judgment 24hrs Before Supplementary Poll

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of a federal high court in Abuja has said that he will on Friday deliver judgement in all suits involving Kogi governorship election 24 hours before the scheduled supplementary poll on Saturday.

When the case came up yesterday, all the parties in the suit agreed to consolidate the suits to enable the court deliver one judgement. Read more

Economy

Lack of infrastructure, multiple taxation worry MAN

Lack of basic infrastructure in the industrial areas and issues of multiple taxation, are giving the Manufact- urers Association of Nigeria, MAN, sleepless nights.

The President of MAN, Dr. Frank Jacobs, who stated this, yesterday, in Owerri, while flagging off the 28 Annual General Meeting of Imo/Anambra Branch of MAN, equally lamented that the ugly situation was assuming a worrisome proportion. Read more

Forex restriction takes toll on economy

Despite complaints by manufacturers and others operators that the Foreign Exchange (forex) policy introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was making the business climate inclement for investment, the apex bank has defended its stand.

The bank has insisteted that it has no plans to roll back the policy soon, saying that the good intention behind the introduction of the policy was incontrovertible. Read more

Stock Market Hits 3-year Low on Persistent Bear Run

The persistent decline of stock prices on the Nigerian bourse sent the market to a three-year low on Monday as the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index (ASI) went down by 0.84 per cent to be at 27,385.69. The market has recorded a month-to-date and year-to-date decline of 6.1 per cent and 20.3 per cent respectively. The NSE ASI last hit this level in 2012.

Market operators have attributed the lackluster performance of the market to weak demand engendered by  negative investor sentiments over poor results and slow  federal government’s slow response to economic challenges. Read more

IMF Welcomes Yuan to Reserve Currency Basket

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday,welcomed China’s yuan into its elite reserve currency basket, recognising the ascendance of the Asian power in the global economy.

The yuan, also known as the renminbi, will join the US dollar, euro, Japanese yen and British pound in the basket of currencies the IMF uses as an international reserve asset. Read more

DMO urges caution on borrowings over looming debt limit

The Debt Management Office (DMO) has cautioned the Federal Government against brokering new debt deals, given the approaching debt service threshold.

The country’s sustainable debt threshold, arrived at with self-developed country-specific model, showed that as at December 2014, debt service-to-revenue ratio had hit 25.2, against the maximum of 28. Read more

Money laundering: CBN may blacklist banks

The Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in charge of Financial System Surveillance (FSS), Mr. Okechukwu Joseph Nnanna, yesterday said the apex bank may blacklist banks used for money laundering.

He also said management and directors of such banks will be in trouble. Read more

Oil and Gas

NNPC pays N872.90b to Fed Govt

Between January and October this year, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) remitted N872.90billion for Domestic Crude Oil & Gas and other receipts to the Federation Account.

In its October 2015, Financial and Operations Report,  posted on its website yesterday, it noted that: “ the  sum of N872.90billion for Domestic Crude Oil & Gas and other receipts have been paid to the Federation Account from January to October 2015.” Read more

Power

Hardship as power supply drops to six hours daily

The hardship currently witnessed by Nigerians across the country took a turn for the worse in Abuja in the last couple of days as Abuja Electricity Distribution Company  reduced power supply to the Federal Capital Territory and neighbouring states to an average of six hours a day.

This was in negation of recent claims by the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, two weeks ago, that power supply had hit a new high of 4,488 megawatts (MW). Read more

Sports

Pinnick To Cheer Dream Team Against Egypt Today

When Nigeria’s national U-23 male team files out against Egypt this evening, in Mbour, Senegal, the president of the Nigeria Fotball Federation (NFF), Pinick Amaju, will be cheering them to victory, the NF has said.

The move, the NFF said via a statement, is as a result of its promise to support the team to win a ticket to the men’s football tournament of next year’s Olympics. Read more

FIFA Strips Nwakali Of Bronze Boot, Awards It To Chukwueze

After reviewing its votes which saw Golden Eaglets’ captain, Kelechi Nwakali, clinch the bronze boot of the just concluded FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile, world soccer-governing body, FIFA, has admitted that it made an error in judgement.

The award will now go to Samuel Chukwueze, who donned the No 8 jersey. Read more

Nigeria dare Italy, Cote d’Ivoire in friendlies

Nigeria are proposing friendlies against Italy and African champions Cote d’Ivoire in the new year, according to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president.

NFF boss Amaju Pinnick disclosed in an interview that the federation’s match agent has already began discussions with both teams for the friendlies. Read more

Unbranded U-23 jersey: NFF protests to Nike

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is to write a strong-worded protest letter to the USA-based international kit sponsor, Nike, over the omission of the NFF official logo on the sets of jersey the U-23 Dream Team VI is currently prosecuting the CAF Olympic Games qualifier tournament in Senegal with.

The Nigeria sporting media were awash with the report that in contrast with developments over the past years in modern soccer history of national teams donning crested jerseys, the Coach Samson Siasia’s squad lined out for their victory over their West African rivals, Mali with blank jerseys. Read more

World News

S Africa tops corruption survey

Corruption is on the rise in Africa, with South Africa topping the list of countries where citizens believe the problem has got worse in the last year, said a Transparency International survey released on Tuesday.

According to the report, 83 percent of South Africans interviewed felt that corruption had increased, with Ghana and Nigeria also among the worst-affected nations. Across all 28 countries surveyed, the police, business executives, government officials and the courts were all perceived as corrupt, with 75 million people estimated to have paid a bribe in the past year. Read more

Security beefed up on Mombasa beaches

Security agencies in Mombasa county have heightened surveillance at business premises and beaches as the festive season beckons.

During a meeting at the Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach yesterday, a security team chaired by county commissioner Nelson Marwa and police boss Francis Wanjohi said more officers have been deployed to ensure security. Read more

Gangs raping men in Murang’a, says victim

A 28-year-old hawker has urged police to arrest gangs who have been sodomising and killing Murang’a residents for months.

This is after scores of men were sodomised and others brutally murdered after being raped. Read more

Key Hindu religious leader arrives in Kenya ‘to pray for this nation’

Two days after Pope Francis wound up his three-day visit to Kenya, a high-profile Hindu religious leader has arrived in the country.

The Pope left the country on Friday. His Divine Holiness Acharya Maharaj arrived at the Mombasa International Airport on Monday morning from India. Read more

Thai airlines face world backlash after US lowers safety rating

The Federal Aviation Administration announcement comes after the International Civil Aviation Organisation, a United Nations body which regulates international aviation standards, flagged significant concerns about Thailand’s aviation safety in March.

The FAA lowered Thailand’s rating to category two, which means its civil aviation authority is deficient in one or more critical areas or that the country lacks laws and regulations needed to oversee airlines in line with international standards. Read more

Student caught with 51 turtles under his trousers admits smuggling

A Canadian man caught at a border crossing with 51 turtles and terrapins taped to his body pleaded guilty on Tuesday to smuggling or attempting to smuggle more than 1,000 of the reptiles out of the US.

Kai Xu, 27, would order turtles online and travel to Michingan to pick them up and then ship them to China or return with them to Ontario, Canada. He pleaded guilty to six crimes in federal court in Ann Arbor and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Read more

Black Friday triggers record in US gun sales checks

The agency said it processed 185,345 gun background checks on last Friday’s big sales event – more than two a second.

FBI background checks are required for gun purchases from nationally-licensed dealers and for permits to carry guns. But a background check does not necessarily mean that a firearm has been bought. Read more

China behind ‘massive’ cyber-attack on Australian government – ABC

A major cyber-attack against Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology that may have compromised potentially sensitive national security information is being blamed on China, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Wednesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology owns one of Australia’s largest supercomputers and the attack, which the ABC said occurred in recent days, may have allowed those responsible access to the Department of Defence through a linked network. Read more

China to promote relation with Africa to higher level

China highly regards the Sino-African friendship and is determined to promote it to a higher level, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a China-Africa relations round table discussion in Johannesburg, Zhang said Sino-Africa relationship is at the peak as the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) takes place on December 4-5. Read more

 

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