October 19, 2018

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* National chair: PDP aspirants to sign peace accord in Abuja (Punch) * Buhari moves to appoint 8 new ministers, restructure ministries (ThisDay)

* National chair: PDP aspirants to sign peace accord in Abuja (Punch)               * Buhari moves to appoint 8 new ministers, restructure ministries (ThisDay)



National chair: PDP aspirants to sign peace accord in Abuja (Punch)

Eleven governors elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party quizzed all the eight National chairmanship aspirants of the party at their meeting in Enugu on Sunday, The Punch has learnt. The meeting ended in the early hours of Monday. The questioning was said to have taken place after a meeting that the governors and members of the party’s National Caucus had with the aspirants. In attendance at the meeting were the Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, all the PDP governors, except that of Ebonyi State, who was represented by the state deputy governor.  Read more

Buhari moves to appoint 8 new ministers, restructure ministries (ThisDay)

In a move to keep to his promise to the chieftains and loyalists of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to appoint more ministers to his cabinet, President Muhammadu Buhari is considering a tentative proposal to restructure some of the ministries, appoint eight new ministers to his cabinet and reshuffle the cabinet, ThisDay has learnt. Presidency sources privy to the proposal informed Thisday monday that the plan is to appoint eight new ministers who will all be politicians, to accommodate the yearnings of his party members including its national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and at the same time position APC for the 2019 general elections. Read more

 Ebonyi visit: Police talk tough as IPOB threatens to attack Buhari (Punch)

The Ebonyi State Police Command on Monday warned the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra and political parties’ supporters against disruptive acts during President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the state on Tuesday. IPOB had early on Monday asked President Buhari not to come to the South-East, which it referred to as ‘Biafraland,’ or else he would not leave the geopolitical zone alive. Read more

Ex-House member faults budget (Nation)

Former member of the Federal House of Representatives and Deputy Chairman of the Finance Committee, Abayomi Ogunnusi, has described the 2018 budget assumptions overly optimistic and likely to fuel high expenditures. He said: “We must be realistic in budget preparations. Revenue projection is the most important aspect of budgeting; it is better that we plan from the onset on what we can comfortably achieve and spend accordingly. If we generate more funds than budgeted, the excess can go to savings or spent through supplementary appropriation”. Read more

NAMA calls for training of pilots (Nation)

The Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Captain Fola Akinkuotu,  has called for training of Nigerian pilots on the technologies adopted for airspace management in the country . According to Akinkuotu, without sufficient training of pilots on new air navigation technology, the huge investment on spaced based technology such as Performance Based Navigation would not achieve the desired results. Read more

We have no anointed candidate for PDP chair – BoT (Leadership)

As tussle for the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continues to mount, the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party has distanced itself from claims that it has endorsed a candidate for the keenly contested position. Chairman of PDP BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin, told LEADERSHIP that, the body which is regarded as the conscience of the party, has not offered its mandate to any member of BoT to endorse any candidate on its behalf. Read more

9 years after sod-turning: When will Erunmu dry port project be completed? (Tribune)

Since its sod was turned in 2008, the Erunmu dry port project has remained in perpetual slumber. A project with prospects of creation of thousands of jobs and generation of billions of revenue for Oyo state, the South West geopolitical zone and the country, in its entirety, remains unaccomplished due to various factors. In this piece, Wale Akinselure examines the factors that have bedeviled the realization of the project, especially amid fears of Erunmu residents that plans of the Oyo state government to set up another Inland Dry port in the state, might put a final nail on the coffin of the initial Erunmu dry port project. Read more

Rosewood controversy: FG says Amina Mohammed is blameless (Tribune)

The Federal Government (FG) of Nigeria has reacted to stories making the rounds in the media recently over the exportation of rosewood to China said to have taken place under controversial circumstances. According to reports, a non-governmental organisation, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), that focuses on investigating environmental crimes, claimed that former Minister of Environment and current United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed might have derived personal benefits from signing thousands of allegedly backdated permits in January 2017 which it said were used to clear illegal rosewood exports to China. Read more

CPC urges companies to give consumer protection top priority (SUN)

The Director General of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Babatunde Irukera, has charged businesses to understand the signs of times and embrace the new order of prioritising consumer protection as the pre-eminent factor in protecting brand. Irukera, who made this known at a meeting with members of the Association of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employers (AFTBE) at the weekend, also said that the customer service cannot be ancillary to business, especially in the food and beverage industry, but the core of business operations. Read more

OPEC likely to extend supply cuts to rebalance market (ThisDay)

United Arab Emirates’ minister for energy Suhail al-Mazroui has stated that he expects the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC countries to extend global supply cuts at the November 30, 2017 meeting. This is coming as OPEC in its November oil market report released yesterday, increased the forecast for 2018 demand for its crude by 360,000 barrels per day, from last month’s report to 33.42 million bpd. Read more

Revenue leakages: Reps query Chevron over $15,000 (Vanguard)

The Adhoc Committee probing alleged revenue leakages in the oil and gas sector between January 2016 to January 2017, yesterday queried claims by Chevron Nigeria Limited that it flared only $15,000 worth of gas in 2016. The committee had demanded for details of all sub-heads payment from the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, and also queried the manner gas flaring is measured, who purchased the meter and determined the penalty. Read more

FG gives nod to $37bn meter supply contract (SUN)

The Federal Government has announced that about N37 billion is now available for electricity distribution companies (Discos) to assist them in their metering plans. Minister of Power,  Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, stated this at the 21st Monthly Power Sector Operators Meeting held in Asaba, Delta State, yesterday. The Minister said, following the approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) earlier in the year, the dispute over meter supply contract that started since 2003, was resolved by a court approved settlement last Thursday. Read more

Nigeria recovers $65m electricity debt from Niger, Benin (ThisDay)

Nigeria has made some significant progress in its attempt to recover millions of dollars owed its electricity industry by two of her West African neighbours-Benin and Niger Republics- for electricity supplied to them, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has disclosed. Fashola, stated yesterday at the 21st edition of the monthly power sector operators in Asaba, Delta State that the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc. (NBET) has recovered $64.6 million out of about $115.91 million owed operators in the country’s power market by both countries. Read more

Idowu will go to World Cup —Rohr(Vanguard)

The invitation of Amkar Perm star Brian Idowu to the Super Eagles was not to make up the numbers, with Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr more or less promising to include the defender in the 23-man squad list for the World Cup. The 25-year-old will make his debut for Nigeria when they take on Argentina in a glamour friendly in Krasnodar this evening, Rohr has confirmed. Read more

Mikel: Argentina chose to play Nigeria because we have become stronger (Allnigeriasoccer)

Speaking at a press conference on Monday evening, Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel believes that Argentina chose to face Nigeria in a pre-World Cup friendly because the three-time African champions have become stronger. The Super Eagles will round off their schedule of games in 2017 with a showcase friendly against the two-time world champions in Krasnodar on Tuesday evening. Read more

Battle for the Continent: How MFM Escaped Enyimba’s Siege (ThisDay)

Enyimba’s Chairman, Felix Anyansi-Agwu’s countenance after Rangers forced his boys to a 1-1 draw in Enugu spoke volumes. You would expect him to be happy after news emerged that Akwa United had lost in Ibadan but he, obviously had other ideas. Shooting Stars beating Akwa thrust Enyimba into third position, needing a win of any sort against Katsina United on the last day to book a CAF Confederation Cup ticket irrespective of what happens in Uyo. Read more

This is more than a friendly — Amuneke (Vanguard)

Former U-17 and U-20 national team coach, Emmanuel Amuneke has said that today’s match between the Super Eagles and Argentina goes beyond a friendly and as such the West African side should pay attention to every detail of the game. He has also backed youngster Francis Uzoho to shine with the Super Eagles. “On the face value, it is a friendly match because there is no trophy on the table for the winner to take home”, started the former FC Barcelona of Spain winger. Read more

Vipers primed to take up Caf slot (Monitor)

It looks like Vipers will represent Uganda on the continent, after all. KCCA are already confirmed for Caf Champions League duty, but it is the Confederation Cup that Fufa are still grappling with. Big League side Paidha Black Angels failed to meet the demands of depositing a refundable $10,000 (Shs36m) set by Fufa, forcing the local FA to offer Express the chance. But Express turned it down, consequently turning Fufa into a vending machine of sorts, the federation resorting to writing two invites concurrently to SC Villa and Vipers, hoping one of them jumps first. Read more

Watford have no interest in approaches for Marco Silva as Everton make move (Harrowtimes)

Watford have no interest in any approaches for Marco Silva after an enquiry from Everton was rejected. The Independent and the BBC are among those reporting this evening the Hornets turned down a request from Everton to talk to the Hornets head coach about replacing Ronald Koeman as Goodison Park boss. It has been claimed that Silva would be interested in talking to the Toffees if a deal can be agreed between the two clubs, but we have been told Watford have no willingness to entertain any approaches from elsewhere for their highly-rated head coach. Read more

Vinicius Junior signing emblematic of Madrid’s emphasis on teenage talent (Kwese.espn)

“I always choose to play with Real Madrid in video games,” revealed Vinicius Junior, presumably with an excited smile creeping across his face. He will soon be able to play alongside the players he controls. On May 23, 2017, Real Madrid announced the signing of the 16-year-old Vinicius Junior from Flamengo. Just over a week before, he had signed a new deal at Flamengo which included a reported buy-out clause of €45 million. Read more

Fate of Italy, Chile and The Netherlands a World Cup warning to Socceroos (Watoday)

Italy’s shock elimination from the 2018 World Cup finals by Sweden on Tuesday morning is a salutary lesson for all in the most competitive sport on the planet: there are no guarantees for anyone. The Azzurri won the World Cup as recently as 2006 – when they knocked Australia out along the way – and made the final of the European Championships in 2012, although their recent efforts (eliminated in the group stage of the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, and quarter-finals of the 2016 Euros) suggested that they were not the powerhouse they had been a decade ago. Read more

Manus Island: New Zealand urged to bypass Australia to resolve refugee crisis (Guardian)

Refugee advocates in New Zealand and beyond are urging the new Labour government to bypass talks with Australia to resolve the escalating humanitarian crisis on Manus Island. Prime minister Jacinda Ardern has offered to take 150 of the 600 refugees and asylum seekers who have barricaded themselves in an abandoned detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. The men are living in squalor without power, sanitation facilities or medical treatment, but say they fear for their safety in PNG if they were to leave. Read more

Jeff Sessions exploring a special counsel to look at Clinton Foundation (Guardian)

Attorney general Jeff Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal, the justice department said Monday. In a letter to the House judiciary committee, which is holding an oversight hearing Tuesday, the justice department said Sessions had directed senior federal prosecutors to “evaluate certain issues” recently raised by Republican lawmakers. Read more

UN chief raises alarm over Rohingya in speech before Suu Kyi (Washingtonpost)

The United Nations chief has expressed alarm over the tragic plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar in remarks before that country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said late Monday the ongoing humanitarian crisis can cause regional instability and radicalization. He spoke in front of national leaders at a meeting on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations annual summit in Manila, Philippines. Read more

Russia, U.S. stalemate over Syria chemical weapons inquiry (Reuters)

Russia said on Monday it was talking to the United States about the U.N. Security Council renewing an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, but Washington countered that Moscow had refused to engage on a U.S.-drafted resolution. The mandate for the joint inquiry by the U.N. and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which has found the Syrian government used the banned nerve agent sarin in an April 4 attack, expires on Friday. Read more

Quake kills 430 in Iranian border region rebuilt after war (Washingtonpost)

Rescuers dug with their bare hands Monday through the debris of buildings felled by an earthquake that killed more than 430 people in the border region of Iran and Iraq, with nearly all the casualties occurring in an area rebuilt after their ruinous 1980s war. The magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck Sunday at 9:48 p.m. Iran time, just as people were going to bed. The worst damage appeared to be in the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah, which sits in the Zagros Mountains that divide the two countries. Read more

Defecting North Korean soldier shot several times after abandoning escape car (Reuters)

The North Korean soldier shot while defecting to the South on Monday was racing towards the border in a car when a wheel came loose, forcing him to escape on foot under fire from North Korean soldiers, the South Korean government and military said. North Korea’s military showed a “flurry of action” when the defector was spotted driving towards the South alone in a four wheel drive vehicle, Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesman for the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a media briefing on Tuesday. Read more

Author vows to publish his exposé of Chinese interference in Australia after delays (Time)

Author and academic Clive Hamilton says that his exposé on the Chinese Communist party’s alleged activities in Australia will still see the light of day. After receiving legal advice, Hamilton’s publisher, Allen & Unwin, wanted to delay the publication of Silent Invasion, which details purported efforts by the Chinese government to influence Australian society. However, Louise Cornegé, head of publicity at Allen & Unwin, said in a statement to Time that “Clive was unwilling to delay publication and requested the return of his rights, as he is entitled to do.” Read more




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