SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE DECEMBER 16, 2018
NASS Workers Begins 4-day Warning Strike Monday
The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), National Assembly chapter, has issued a 4-day warning strike notice to commence on Monday, Dec. 17. The Chairman of the association, Mr Bature Mohammed, in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, said this decision was reached in an emergency congress held on Dec. 14. President Muhammadu Buhari is due to present the 2019 Appropriation bill to the joint National Assembly on Wednesday, December 19. Mohammed said that the warning strike which would run till Dec. 20, was to press home the demands of the association.
You don’t deserve a second term, PDP tells Buhari
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said President Muhammadu Buhari does not deserve a second term of office judging from his “woeful performance” for the past three and a half years. The party in a statement Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said the Buhari-led government has wrecked the nation’s economy and thrown the majority of Nigerians off-balance, insisting the President must not be voted for a second term. “The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), after a full appraisal of President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that more hardship awaits Nigerians in the coming year, submits that, the declaration is shocking and coveys the height of Mr. President’s insensitivity to the sufferings of Nigerians.
No polling unit will be created outside the shores of Nigeria- INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Sunday reiterated the status of the internally displaced people (IDPs) in the forthcoming General elections, saying only Nigerians who are within the territory of the country would vote. According to INEC, those internally displaced people who reside in states other than their states of origin will only participate in presidential election while the IDPs living in their own states would vote in all elections. INEC National Commissioner, Barr. Festus Okoye stated this during an interactive session with INEC Youth Ambassadors (IYA) where 22 new ambassadors including musicians, entertainers and media personalities were unveiled in Lagos on Saturday night.
Abuja airport’s new terminal to process 15m passengers annually, says FAAN
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said the newly completed terminal building at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, will process 15 million passengers annually when it begins operations. The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr. Saleh Dunoma, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja that the terminal building was designed essentially to transport passengers. He said the terminal building would be inaugurated on Dec. 20 to enhance the operational capacity of the airport. The FAAN boss disclosed that the current carrying capacity of the airport was 7.5 million passengers per annum.
APC flags off campaign in Kogi East
All Progressives Congress (APC) members, supporters, bigwigs and enthusiasts from across the nine LGAs of Kogi East senatorial district gathered at the weekend in the ancient town of Anyigba, Dekina LGA for official flag off of campaign for the zone. Speaking during the event, Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign in Kogi State, Edward Onoja, urged the gathering and people of Kogi East district to vote massively for President Muhammadu Buhari as well as all candidates of the APC contesting for various elective positions in the 2019 election to enjoy more dividends of democracy.
Maku condemns attack on journalists in Nasarawa
Mr. Labaran Maku, the National Secretary of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on Sunday condemned the attack on two journalists in Nasarawa State. The journalists were attacked Dec. 14 by personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to Pension Bureau office. The journalists were attacked following their attempt to take photograph of the names of pensioners delisted. The victims were Rabiu Omaku of Universal Reporters Online and Gambo Ahmed of People’s Daily Newspaper.
Ambode Urges Civil Servants to Adopt Strategic Plans
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has canvassed the need for civil servants to adopt effective strategic plans as it will lead to better performance and increase productivity. The governor, who spoke at a two-day training for top civil servants in Ikeja at the weekend emphasised that strategic plans must be articulated in a manner such that operational and tactical decision-making can follow suit. According to him, the leading strategist must count on the employees or members of the organization to make sound tactical and operational decisions that were aligned with the desired strategic direction.
Wike Calls on Oil Majors to Relocate Headquarters to Niger Delta
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on international oil majors to locate their headquarters in the Niger Delta Region where they drill oil to sustain the economy of the country. Speaking during the end of year party and 60th Anniversary of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Port Harcourt on Saturday, Wike said it was unfair that oil majors drill oil in the Niger Delta, only to pay taxes in other states. “You find this region comfortable to drill oil and generate revenue which sustains the entire country. But when it comes to the location of your headquarters, very many excuses emerge.
Hameed Ali to Imams: You are encouraging corruption
Religion leaders including the Imams were accused of encouraging corruption by not shunning people of such character among their followers. The Comptroller- General, Nigerian Customs Service, (NCS) Col. Hammed Ali (rtd) made the remark at a seminar organised by the Committee of FCT Imams Initiative, (CFII) in Abuja, on Saturday. He said religious leaders could play a better role in fighting corruption by simply stop giving respect and honour to the people who were found to be corrupt in the society. “Certainly, you must imbibe that in your speech and deeds as we don’t have a choice but to follow suit in order to succeed in the fight against corruption,” Ali emphasised.
Buhari to grace NSF closing ceremony
President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) will headline the dignitaries expected at a colourful closing ceremony of the 19th National Sports Festival billed for the Abuja National Stadium. This is contained in the Order of events for the closing ceremony released by the Main Organizing Committee of of the Festival chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports , Mr Olusade Adesola. The event which starts at 4:30pm today, will officially draw the curtains on the 19th edition which has seen Delta state retain the overall winners’ trophy which they won at Eko 2012.
2019 FIFA WWC: Super Falcons won’t make up the numbers in France, Pinnick assures
Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick has reiterated the federation’s desire to give the Super Falcons the best of preparations for the FIFA Women World Cup next in France. The Super Falcons have dominated the African continent for years, but have yet to translate that into the global scene. Pinnick, indicated that is about to change as the NFF remains focused on giving the nine-time African Women Cup of Nations champions a lift. “We aren’t going to France to make up the numbers of participating nations, but to play and make a respectable impact. “As you know, there are only two free windows before the World Cup, but we decided that instead of playing friendly matches the team will embark on an invitational tournament to boost their preparations.
Georgia’s first female president sworn in
Georgia on Sunday swore in its first female president, Salome Zurabishvili as opposition parties continue to denounce her election as fraudulent and demand snap parliamentary polls. The inauguration paved the way for a new constitution to come into force, transforming the country into a parliamentary republic with a largely ceremonial president. The event was held in the mediaeval town of Telavi in Georgia’s eastern winemaking region of Kakheti.
Netanyahu warns Hamas after deadly West Bank attacks
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he had issued a warning to Hamas after recent deadly attacks in the occupied West Bank, including two shootings claimed by the Islamist movement. Netanyahu referred to a controversial Gaza ceasefire in November that ended the worst escalation between Israel and Hamas since a 2014 war. “I conveyed a clear message to Hamas — we won’t accept a situation of a truce in Gaza and terror in Judea and Samaria,” Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting, using the biblical name for the West Bank, as is Israel’s official policy.
Vladimir Putin Wants Rap Music Controlled
Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown concern at the growing popularity of rap music. Due to its growing popularity, he advised that the government control it and channel it to ensure that it does not promote moral decadence. Mr. Putin said that the three pillars of rap are protest, sex and drugs and that his main concern is the last two. That there is a need to navigate it that if drugs is glamourised it will lead to social decline and affect the country adversely. He made comments following the arrest of Russian rapper Husky whose concerts were cancelled. In December, prosecutors cancelled his concert on the grounds of extremism.
Nobel laureate urges Yazidi protection until IS leaders tried
Nobel laureate and former jihadist captive Nadia Murad called for the protection of women belonging to her Yazidi minority until Islamic State leaders are tried for crimes against the community. “All the victims need a safe haven until Daesh is brought to the international courts,” the 25-year-old Iraqi said at an international conference in Doha, using an Arabic acronym for the jihadist group. Murad also renewed calls for Iraq and other countries to investigate the fate of members of her Yazidi minority kidnapped by IS.