Sabinews Evening News Update for August 25, 2015
National ID will complement voter card – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said the ongoing national identity registration being carried out by the National Identity Management Commission would be used to complement the nation’s permanent voter cards.
He therefore said any Nigerian who want their votes to count must ensure that they are captured under the scheme. Buhari spoke briefly with State House correspondents shortly after he registered for the scheme at the lobby of the Presidential Villa’s Council Chambers. Read more
Nigeria to start oil reforms before new industry law – Kachikwu
Nigeria will start its oil industry reforms with existing laws before a long-awaited Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) which would take a bit of time to perfect, the new head of the state-oil firm NNPC said on Tuesday.
“Because of the volume of extensive consultation and time required to make the bill a workable document, it is only natural to kick start the reforms in the industry with the existing laws while waiting for the eventual passage of the proposed law,” Emmanuel Kachikwu said Read more
Osun judge didn’t snatch estranged woman’s husband – Group
The Civil Societies Coalition for Emancipation of Osun State has risen in defence of Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, who one Mrs. Emily Richard-Obire, accused of snatching her husband.
The group in a statement, made available to our correspondent on Tuesday, said it had investigated and found out that Justice (Mrs.) L.A.M Folami of Ikeja High Court had since dissolved the marriage between the woman and her former husband. Read more
Nigeria’s GT Bank considers issuing new Eurobond
Nigeria’s Guarant Trust Bank (GT Bank) will redeem its existing Eurobond at maturity and consider issuing a fresh one, its chief executive said on Tuesday.
“We probably will redeem everything, but we might raise fresh bond … subject to pricing, prevailing environment,” Segun Agbaje told an investor conference call. Agbaje said he expected Nigeria to devalue its currency again by another 10 percent owing to the persistent decline in crude oil prices which have spooked foreign investors and prompted them to exit naira-denominated assets. Read more
Why Bayelsa suspended payment of gratuity – Dickson
The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, on Tuesday said dwindling revenue accruing to the state from the Federation Account forced him to suspend payment of backlog of gratuity he inherited from his predecessor.
The governor spoke while inaugurating the 22 newly appointed permanent secretaries expected to fill existing vacancies in the state civil service. He expressed concern over issues bordering on gratuity and called on the affected retirees to be patient with the government. Read more
500 Days After: #BBOG group renews campaigns with MarchToGov.Ambode
On Thursday, August 27, 2015, it will be exactly 500 days since over 200 school girls aged between 16 to 18, were kidnapped from their boarding school, Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno State, northeastern Nigeria.
However, commemorating the 500th day with most of the girls still missing, EnoughisEnough Nigeria (EiE Nigeria), a coalition of young Nigerians promoting good governance and citizen engagement, are set to renew their calls for the rescue of the girls with a MARCHTOGOV.AMBODE on August 27. Read more
Nigeria hosts RemitAfrica2015 Confab on foreign currency inflow
Remittance providers and stakeholders, including money transfer operators, mobile financial services providers and regulators would converging on Lagos for the RemitAfrica Conference in November. This is contained in a statement by Mr Emmanuel Okoegwale, Communications Officer for Mobile Money Africa and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) defines remittance as monetary transfer (funds) by a migrant to relatives, other persons or group of persons in his/her country of origin. These funds include personal deposits, investments, intra-family transfers and donations to relatives or other projects in their country of origin, pension and social security transfers. Read more
Workers Shut Down Imo, Protest Non-payment Of Salaries
Owerri, the Imo State capital, was Tuesday, August 25, 2015 shaken to its very foundation following protests by workers of ministries and parastatals over non-payment of their salaries for several months now.
The aggrieved workers who appeared in black attire, with placards bearing such inscriptions: “Stop this greed and pay us our salaries;” “Stop this impunity, pay local government medical and health workers;” “Owelle, pay retired primary school teachers their outstanding gratuities from 1998 to date;” “Our children are dying of hunger;” “We say no to Imo State House of Assembly passing a bill on privatizing state parastatals.” They barricaded all major roads within the city and later proceeded to the State House of Assembly where they kicked against the passage of the obnoxious law legalising and privatising all parastatals in the state. Read more
John Cheruiyot jailed for failing to pay Sh2.3 million bill
A Nairobi court has jailed former Co-operatives Development Minister John Cheruiyot for six months for failing to pay a Sh2.3 million debt.
Nairobi Senior Principal Magistrate passed the sentence on Tuesday after establishing that Mr Cheruiyot had failed to pay businessman Antony Lang’o for 20 years. Read more
Arik Air Crew Member Arrested At Heathrow Over Banned Substance
A member of Arik Air cabin crew was on Monday night arrested by the UK Border Force at Heathrow Airport, London over alleged possession of items suspected to be banned substances.
The airline, in a swift response said it is carrying out a private investigation to determine how the cabin crew member came about the suspected banned substance.
The airline spokesman, Ola Adebanji, in a statement said it will be cooperating fully with the UK authorities and other appropriate agencies in their investigations. “The airline again reaffirms its commitment to the fight against drug and illicit substances trafficking and will not tolerate the use of any of its aircraft or crew for the courier of banned items and substances,” he said. Read more
Kogi, Bayelsa polls mustn’t witness card reader issues – APC
The All Progressives Congress on Tuesday asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to address all the problems associated with the use of card readers during the last general elections before the forthcoming governorship polls in Kogi and Bayelsa states.
The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this call while speaking on the role of political parties in sustaining the gains of the 2015 general elections,’The APC perspective’, at the ongoing 55th Annual Bar Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja. Read more
Charismatic Renewal Ministries To Float Varsity In Imo
The Charismatic Renewal Ministries Inc (CRM) is to establish a university christened “Day Spring University” at Ihie, Mgbirichi, in the Ohaji/Egbema council of Imo State.
The General Overseer of the ministries, Dr. Cosmas Ilechukwu, disclosed this to newsmen in Owerri. He said that while 150 hectare of land had been earmarked for the project with necessary infrastructure already put in place, talks had commenced in earnest with the National University Commission (NUC) for formal approval and take-off of the institution. Read more
Okowa Constitutes DESOPADEC Governing Board
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has announced the composition of the governing board of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC).
The nominees for the governing board as announced by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Monday Igbuya, on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, include Godwin Ebosa, chairman; William Makinde, managing director; Askia Ogieh, Phillip Gbasin and Ocho Chris Ocho, as executive directors. Read more
Ooni’s Stool; Journalist Joins Race
The current Director General Osun state Broadcasting Corporation Prince. Adesoji Fadehan has declared his intention to contest for Ooni stool.
He said he is ready for the stool of his fore..father as it was decleard in the Chieftaincy declaration of 1980 which stated that it is the turn of his Rulling house. Prince Fadehan who hailed from Giesi family said he had made adequate consultation within the family before coming out to decleared his intention. Read more
Dickson appoints aide, 22 perm secs
Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has inaugurated 22 newly-appointed permanent secretaries to fill existing vacancies in the state civil service.
Dickson also swore in a new Special Adviser on Inter-Governmental Affairs, Mr. Austin Adigio, to replace Chief Rufus Abadi, who has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, a statement on Tuesday by his media aide, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said. The governor, who used the opportunity to reconstitute the management boards of some state agencies, said the appointments were part of ongoing efforts to properly reposition the Bayelsa State public service to achieve greater efficiency. Read more
Nigeria Losing Huge Revenue to Corruption, Privatisation – Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Monday that official corruption and privatization of public enterprises led to massive losses in public revenue.
He said this while delivering a key speech at the 55th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja. He said the penchant for graft is high and Nigerians spent a lot of time pursuing ill gotten wealth as opposed to creativity to pursue wealth. Read more
MASSOB Carpets Police Over Members’ Death
Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB) has condemned the alleged killing of its members by the Police in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The group stated that it was an act of wickedness for the police in Onitsha to kill two defenceless civilians who are also its members.
MASSOB also said that four its members were still in hospital over injuries sustained during a clash with police along Oguta Road, Onitsha, Anambra State. Read more
Damaturu Twin Suicide Explosions: Gaidam Calls for Prayer, Vigilance
Yobe state governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, has described the twin bomb explosions on the state capital Damaturu on Tuesday as “callous, senseless and condemnable,” even as he called on residents of the state to be more prayerfully and vigilant.
The governor in a press statement by his spokesman, Mallam Abdullahi Bego said he “has been briefed about the two suicide bomb explosions in Damaturu early (Tuesday) morning today in which six people were confirmed dead and 26 others injured.” Read more
Spain, Morocco arrest 14 over recruiting for Islamic State
Spanish Interior Ministry on Tuesday said Spain and Morocco arrested 14 people on Tuesday suspected of recruiting fighters for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
A statement from the Ministry said that the suspects were detained in the outskirts of Madrid and in other cities and towns in Morocco. The arrests were linked to a network, capturing and sending foreign fighters to join the ranks of the terrorist organisation Daesh (Islamic State) in the Syrian-Iraq region that it controls, it said. Read more
Buhari should probe Jonathan, CSOs insist
A coalition of civil society organisations in the country on Tuesday alleged that former President Goodluck Jonathan, deliberately embarked on policies that directly promoted corruption and impunity in public offices during the six years that he administered the affairs of the country.
They therefore said it would be a great disservice to the entire Nigerian populace if his successor, President Muhammadu Buhari, heeded the advice of those asking that Jonathan should not be probed and brought to book. Read more
2015 budget has failed, says Babalakin
Businessman and Chairman of Bi-Courtney Limited, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), has said that the 2015 national budget has failed due to lack of adequate planning on the part of government officials.
The lawyer said despite the warning by the United States of America, which was one of the major buyers of the Nigerian oil a few years ago, there was no plan by the government to make up for the deficits that would likely result from the loss of patronage. Babalakin spoke in Abuja on Monday at a session organised by the Construction and Infrastructure Law Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association at the ongoing National Bar Conference of the association. The theme of the session was, ‘Ending the scourge of abandoned projects in Nigeria’, but Babalakin spoke on the sub-theme, Read more
Group Blasts CJN For Meddling In Oloyede’s Marital Squabbles
The Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEO) has cautioned the National Judicial Commission (NJC) not to give room for politicians to tarnish its image going by the body’s unfortunate involvement in Justice Folahanmi Oloyede’s marital matter.
The group has expressed shock that the chairman of the commission, Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), Mahmud Mohammed, would be treating a petition sent to the NJC by one Mrs. Emily Richard-Obire claiming that Oloyede snatched her husband. Read more
Ekwueme, Clark, others slam Buhari over biased appointments, anti-graft war Southern leaders under the auspices of the Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNP), on Tuesday, slammed President Muhammadu Buhari over what they described as his lopsided appointments and selective fight against corruption
Speaking at the meeting of the elders council held in Akure, the Ondo state capital, the SNP led by Elder statesman & former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark, although expressed support for President Buhari’s fight against corruption, but kicked against being selective. Read more
NLC to hold mass rally against corruption September 10
As part of its support for President Muhammad Buhari’s campaign against corruption, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), yesterday in Calabar, Cross Rivers State, said that it has finalised plans to hold a nationwide rally on September 10.
Aliyu Wabba, President of the Congress, in his address at the opening ceremony of the NLC National Leadership Retreat, themed “Returning to our founding principles: The NLC and the challenges facing it”, said workers nationwide would move out enmasse to rally support for the President in his drive to rid Nigeria of corrupt leaders. Read more