Sabinews Morning News Update for August 22, 2015
New FIRS boss deletes PhD degree from Wikipedia
Amid the controversies generated in the wake of revelations that the newly appointed head of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler, was brandishing a fake doctorate degree from a United Kingdom institution, Irish International University, the 59-year-old has since dropped the honourary degree from his Wikipedia entry.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday named Fowler as the new head of the FIRS, but hours after the announcement of his appointment, it emerged that his doctorate degree might have been fraudulently obtained. Read more
Chief of Army Staff solicits information on Boko Haram
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen.has solicited for the cooperation of all Borno residents and citizens of Nigeria by providing credible information on the “hideouts and modus operandi” of Boko Haram to end terrorists activities and insurgency in the state and North East sub-region before the end of this year.
The Boko Haram sect members, according to him, have refused peace to reign in the affected states of the sub-region, including Plateau and Kano states. Read more
Ebonyi Stakeholders Beg Workers to Accept Salary Resolution
Stakeholders of Afikpo South Local government area of Ebonyi state have called on the Organised Labour in the state to show understanding with government in view of the paucity of funds in the state treasury and accept the decision of the committee on labour salary resolution.
This is because the state Governor, Mr. Dave Umahi had vowed that he would not pay the 50 percent increment in salaries as demanded by the workers in the state. Read more
33 States Jostle for Maltina Teacher of the Year
Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund has revealed that 33 states across the federation are up in battle for the maiden edition of the Maltina Teacher of the Year. Aside Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara and Nasarawa states, 33 states including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja will be competing for the national prize aimed at restoring the dignity and pride of the teaching profession in Nigeria.
The Corporate Affairs Adviser of Nigerian Breweries Plc., Mr. Kufre Ekanem, disclosed this during the inaugural meeting of the Panel of Judges that would further scrutinise and examine entries for the on-going Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative. According to him, the 33 states in contention for the national honours are states that still have valid entries competing for the project grand prize. Read more
Aokpe Pilgrimage Centre Attracts Global Attention
People of Aokpe, Benue State in the near future will not need agriculture, for God has given them the pilgrimage. Thousands of devotees and pilgrims both indigenes and non-indigenes were at Aokpe Pilgrimage Center from 1st – 4th August this year to attend the 21st Special Day of Grace Anniversary Celebration which is the anniversary of the Holy Visitation of Our Blessed Lady, the Mediatrix of all Graces. Read more
Dissolution of APCON Council May Stall Reforms
The dissolution of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) along with government parastatls by President Muhammadu Buhari has once again thrown spanner in the works in the affairs of the advertising regulatory body. Just when the body seems to be getting out of the crises that had rocked the council following the imposition of non-professional in the person of Prince Ngozi Enioma as the APCON Chairman, by the federal government which got the advertising sectoral group kicking, with the functions of the council stalled for a long time. Read more
Sacked PTI workers accuse management of flouting MoU
Disengaged Academic Casuals/Contract Staff of Petroleum Training Institute, (PTI) Effurun, Delta State, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to carry out a comprehensive staff audit of the institute to unravel alleged fraud, corruption and obvious injustice that characterized the 2014/2015 recruitment exercise in the PTI.
The group made the call in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari titled “Gross injustice, employment racketeering and corrupt practices during the 2014/2015 employment exercise in the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), EFfurun, Delta State,” and made available to newsmen in Warri, alleging that the management of PTI and its agent blatantly short changed the contract/casual staff in the recruitment exercise after serving the institute for over five years. Read more
Court stops Senate from summoning Nation’s editor, reporter
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, restrained the National Assembly from compelling The Nation’s Editor, Gbenga Omotoso and a correspondent of the newspaper house, Imam Bello to appear before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions over a story published by the medium.
Trial judge, Justice Mohammed Yunusa granted the order following an ex-parte application moved by the applicants’ counsel, Mr Wahab Shittu. Read more
Why we stopped paying WAEC fees of students in Oyo – Ajimobi
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has said that the stoppage in the payment of the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination fee for candidates in the state will be a temporary thing.
After government stopped paying WAEC fees, the state government also introduced N3000 annual Developmental Levy for each secondary school pupil in the school. Read more
Bristow co-pilot buried in Calabar
The body of the co-pilot of the Bristow helicopter which crashed in the Lagos Lagoon, Capt. Peter Kayode Bello, was on Friday interred at the Eyo Ita axis of the Hawkins Cemetery in Calabar, Cross River State.
The body was supposed to have been buried on Thursday, but it was not released from Lagos. Read more
OPC members, cult group clash at Osun shrine
Members of the Oodua People’s Congress on Friday clashed with some youths suspected to be members of a secret cult who allegedly came to disrupt the Osun Festival.
Our correspondent gathered that the youths stormed the entrance of the Osun Grooves to disrupt the ceremony, but the OPC members resisted them. Read more
Job creation drops by 69% in three months
The National Bureau of Statistics on Friday released its job creation report for the second quarter of 2015, stating that the economy created a total of 141,368 jobs within the period.
The bureau, in the report, stated that the number of jobs created in the second quarter was however 69.9 per cent or 327,702 lower than the 469,070 jobs created in the first quarter of 2015. Read more
Oil and Gas
Shell lifts force majeure on gas supplies to NLNG
Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria on Friday said it had lifted the force majeure on gas supplies to the Nigeria LNG Limited from the Eastern Gas Gathering System following repair of a sabotage leak on the line.
The oil major, in a statement signed by the Corporate Media Relations Manager, SPDC, Mr. Precious Okolobo, said the force majeure was declared on August 4, 2015. Read more
Oil sinks to $40, logs longest weekly losing streak in 29 years
US oil prices dived again yesterday, threatening to dip below $40 a barrel for the first time since the financial crisis and notching their longest weekly losing streak since 1986, as a drop in Chinese manufacturing rattled global markets.
World stock and currency markets joined an extended rout across raw materials this week, a slump accelerated yesterday by data showing activity in China’s factory sector shrank at its fastest pace in almost 6-1/2 years in August. Read more
Abuja disco to refund N50m to consumers
The Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission has ordered the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company to pay over N50m to its various consumers in the Federal Capital Territory as refund for overbilling them despite erratic power supply to their homes and business premises.
The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi, stated this in his response to a query issued to his commission by the Senate on fixed charge, estimated billing and sundry issues. Read more
Tijani Babagida: Oliseh Can Turn Around Nigerian Football
The Nigeria Football Federation recently appointed former Nigeria international, Tijani Babaginda as the Special Adviser on Technical Matters to Super Eagles’ Head Coach Sunday Oliseh and he has promised to justify the confidence reposed in him by the federation.
“To work with Oliseh or to serve him is one great thing, because we understand each other a lot. We also have the trust of each other, dating back to our playing days. For you to understand the level of trust we have for each other, anything I discuss with Oliseh cannot be discussed with anybody. This is what the NFF saw and they decided to appoint me to guide him in one way or the other, so that he can work well as the Super Eagles coach,” Babangida said. Read more
Dolphins new boy, Obinze excited over Sunshine win
Dolphins’ new boy, Godwin Obinze could not hide his excitement after Wednesday’s 1-0 win in Port Harcourt against Sunshine Stars.
Dolphins laboured and finally got their breakthrough in the 55th minute when full back, Jonathan Zikiye curled a free kick over the wall and beyond the reach of the goalkeeper. Read more
NPFL Winner To Pocket N80m
The winner of the 2014/2015 season of the Globacom-sponsored Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) will pocket a whopping N80m after proceedings have been concluded on the final day of the league, the chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Mallam Shehu Dikko, has revealed. Read more
Lobi targets Ifeanyi Ubah’s scalp
After dashing Enugu Rangers’ Federation Cup dream on Wednesday, Lobi Stars looks to continue its resurgence in the current Glo Premier League with another victory tomorrow at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi when FC Ifeanyiubah, comes calling.
Ifeanyiubah (formerly Gabros International FC) claimed all three points on offer with a 2-0 victory when both sides first met on Match Day 5 as Lobi struggled in the first half of the season. Read more
NFF confident Eaglets will do well in Chile
General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Mohammed Sanusi on Wednesday visited the Golden Eaglets at their Katsina Motel camp in Katsina, with a message of goodwill and support from the NFF Executive Committee, as the team continues preparations for this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup finals in Chile.
Also on hand to encourage the team were NFF Board Members, Ibrahim Musa Gusau and Ahmed Yusuf Fresh. Speaking to players and officials just before dinner, Sanusi harped on the team’s discipline while commending the technical and back-room staff for their commitment to the job. Read more
South Sudan reporters hold news blackout
South Sudanese journalists have held a 24-hour news blackout after their colleague was shot dead, days after President Salva Kiir publicly threatened to kill journalists who reported “against the country”.
Journalists demanded an investigation into the reporter’s killing, while rights groups have said the government should clarify the comments made last week by Kiir. Read more
Basketball: Egypt beat Cameroon to top Group C in AfroBasket 2015
Egypt’s national basketball team defeated Cameroon 83-77 on Friday in their second game at the FIBA African Championship.
The Pharaohs previously thrashed Gabon 96-49 in the opening match of the AfroBasket 2015, which is being held in Tunisia. Read more
Lured by jobs and stranded in Uganda, 23 men return to India
Twenty-three Indians, including three Mumbaikars, could finally celebrate their return to the country on Thursday evening something that had seemed like a distant dream to them when they landed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. They were among 108 Indians stuck in Uganda, some for around three months, after being sent there by fake placement agents with the lure of jobs. The group consisted of 15 men from Tamil Nadu, 3 from Uttarakhand, 3 from Mumbai, and one each from Karnataka and Telangana. Read more
Uhuru builds lead over Raila – Ipsos Poll
President Uhuru Kenyatta is still comfortably ahead of Cord leader Raila Odinga and would retain the Presidency if elections were held today, a new national survey by Ipsos suggests.
The 2017 general election is still two years off, however, and researchers warned against drawing premature conclusions based on the survey. Read more
Last batch of Kenyan athletes expected in Beijing today
THE last batch of Kenya’s team to the World athletics Championships here arrive tomorrow. Team manager Joseph Kinyua said the men’s 5,000m and 1,500m and women’s marathon are expected here today.
The men’s 5,000m team has Commonwealth 5,000m champion Caleb Ndiku Mwangangi, former Olympics bronze medallist Edwin Soi, world bronze medallist, Isaiah Koech and upcoming Emmanuel Kipsang. Read more
U.S. probes deaths of 30 whales along southern Alaska coast
U.S. marine biologists have launched an investigation into the mass die-off of 30 whales found washed ashore along Alaska’s southern coast this summer, nearly three times the region’s average for this time of year, a federal official said on Friday.
Since May 2015, the carcasses of 11 fin whales, 14 humpback whales, one gray whale, and four other whales of indeterminate species turned up along the western Gulf of Alaska, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Read more
Venezuela Extends Closure of Key Border With Colombia
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro extended indefinitely the closure of a popular border crossing with Colombia, while declaring a 60-day state of emergency in several western cities in an attempt to reassert control in a notoriously lawless where three army officers were shot.
Maduro earlier in the week announced a 72-hour closure of the normally busy crossing in Tachira state and the deployment of hundreds of additional troops in response to the shooting of three army officers— two lieutenants and a captain — while patrolling for smugglers. Read more
Typhoon Goni leaves at least 7 dead, 2 missing in Philippines
Typhoon Goni slightly weakened Saturday as it lashed the northern Philippines with strong rain and wind that set off landslides and flooded low-lying villages, leaving at least seven people dead and two others missing, officials said.
The government’s weather agency said the typhoon was at sea about 78 miles east of northern Calayan Island on the northern tip of the archipelago and is not expected to make landfall. It is packing maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour and gusts of up to 121 mph. The slow-moving typhoon is forecast to start blowing away from the country on Sunday, passing east of Taiwan and heading toward Okinawa, Japan, early next week. Read more
Liberal byelection candidate Andrew Hastie defends Afghanistan actions
The Liberal party’s candidate in a key federal byelection has defended his actions commanding a unit that was investigated for chopping the hands off dead Taliban fighters.
The 2013 incident in Afghanistan was carried out by troops under the command of then-Captain Andrew Hastie, the Liberal candidate for the federal seat of Canning who addressed the West Australian Liberal state conference in Perth on Saturday. Read more
Lebanon: Police Violence Against Protesters
Police in Lebanon used force to disperse a peaceful protest on August 19, 2015, failing to uphold human rights standards.
The authorities should immediately open an impartial investigation, ensure accountability for any excessive use of force, and refrain from repeated violence against demonstrators who are protesting the government’s failure to resolve a trash removal problem and plan to gather again on August 22. Read more