Sabinews Midday News Update for August 19, 2014MID DAY Icon

PDP endorses Ribadu for Adamawa by-election

The gubernatorial ambition of the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, got a boost on Monday in Yola the Adamawa State Capital as a group of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders across the 21 Local Government areas of the state endorsed his aspiration to govern the state following the impeachment of former Governor Murtala Nyako from office. Read more

Rep blames mass failure in WASSCE on epileptic power supply

A member of the House of Representatives, Chief Yomi Ogunnusi, has identified the erratic power supply in the country as a major factor for the perennial students poor performance in public examinations. Read more

Anglicans give Obiano seven days to rebuild demolished church

Anglican faithful in Anambra State on Monday issued a seven-day ultimatum to the State Governor, Willie Obiano, to rebuild a multi-million naira church building demolished by agents of his administration on August 11.

They issued the ultimatum during a protest along major streets of Onitsha, starting from the All Saints’ Cathedral, Onitsha, through Oguta road to Upper Iweka, to Bridge-head and back to the cathedral. Read more

Maritime union kicks against including ex-militants in security committee

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Bayelsa State chapter, has kicked against the appointment of ex-militant as members of an eleven-man special task force by the state government to police the waterways of the state.

The entire membership of the task force, which was approved by Governor Seriake Dickson, comprises the ex-militant ‘Generals’ led by a former foot-soldier of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Ebikabowei Victor Ben, alias ‘General Boyloaf’. Read more

Okorocha, Ihedioha trade blames over disruption of New Yam Festival

The Imo State Government has expressed disappointment over what it described as unwarranted, unprovoked and unnecessary verbal attacks against Governor Rochas Okorocha by Emeka Ihedioha, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, at the Iriji Mbaise festival held last Friday at Chioma Ajunwa Stadium, Ahiazu Mbaise.

According to the Senior Special Assistant (Media) to the governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, after those attacks and the fruitless effort made to prevent the governor from addressing the people, the state government had waited till Sunday, August 17, to see whether Ihedioha could apologize, all to no avail. Read more

Nigerian cement potential capacity now 58.5m tones

If all the key players in the cement industry conclude their short-term expansion plans, then Nigeria’s capacity will reach as high as 58.5m tonnes annually in next to no time, dwarfing South Africa’s capacity that stands at 18.3m tonnes and Egypt’s 48m tonnes.

Last week, Dangote Cement announced that it was adding 6m tonnes through its newly-built lines C and D at Obese plant. With this, it is expected that the Nigerian cement market will get 12MTs from just the Ibese cement factory, a feat equivalent to about 24 million bags of cement per annum. Read more

Uduaghan urges govt-community collaborations for projects

Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has harped on the need for effective collaboration of host communities with government to ensure maximum benefits of projects sited in their areas.

Speaking on Sunday during an inspection of the cassava mechanised farming project at Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state, the governor said projects undertaken by the Federal Government in collaboration with the state government would boost food security and create jobs for the people. Read more

11 Cameroon boys ‘escape’ Boko Haram

At least 11 young Cameroonians who had been captured by Nigeria’s Boko Haram militant group managed to escape their captors and return home, a security source said Tuesday.

The former hostages, aged between seven and 15 years old, had been kidnapped by the militant group during a cross-border attack on Cameroon’s northern town of Kolofata late last month, the source said. Read more

Jonathan appoints Oshita DG Peace and Conflict Resolution institute 

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday approved the appointment of Prof. Oshita Oshita as the new Director-General, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Jos.

A statement issued in Abuja by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs, IPCR, Sam Abi, said the letter conveying the appointment was signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Ayim Pius. Read more

Mansard Insurance, Beta Glass Report Lower Profits

Mansard Insurance Plc and Beta Glass Plc yesterday announced their financial results for the half year ended June 30, 2014, showing reduced bottom lines. While the insurance company reported a decline of 56 per cent in profit, Beta Glass posted a decline of 23 per cent.

An analysis of results of Mansard Insurance indicated that the underwriter ended the half year with gross premium of N9.6 billion, up by 27 per cent from N7.54 billion in the corresponding period of 2013. Net premium earned stood at N4.5 billion in 2014, compared to N3.5 billion in 2013. Read more



Sabinews Sports Update

Andre Schurrle ‘not going anywhere’ amid Atletico Madrid interest

Andre Schurrle today revealed he is fully committed to Chelsea and is not interested in a move to Atletico Madrid.

The 23-year-old is wanted by the Spanish champions after impressing for both club and country, having helped Germany win the World Cup. Read more

Wenger cautious of Besiktas threat

Arsene Wenger has every confidence his Arsenal side can continue their development by delivering another landmark performance when they tackle Besiktas in Istanbul on Tuesday and take a big step towards Champions League qualification.

The Gunners flew into Turkey on Monday evening with confidence boosted following a late 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on the first day of the new Barclays Premier League season, which came a week after defending champions Manchester City had been defeated 3-0 in the Community Shield. Read more

Nigeria mourns Anjorin

Kwara State sports commissioner, Saheed Popoola has described the death of former Super Eagles’ midfielder, Jimoh Anjorin as a great loss to football lovers.

Jimoh Anjorin, was on Sunday involved in an head on collision during an All Stars organized match in Lagos before been rushed to a nearby hospital. Read more

Telecom Games – Etisalat in Football Final, Dominate Athletics

Defending champions, Etisalat Nigeria, reached the finals of the 2014 Nigeria Telecommunications Games with goals from Andrew Enebeli and David Ore, which saw off a spirited challenge for the top spot from Airtel.

Enebeli opened scoring from the spot on 34th minute and Ore doubled the lead nine minutes later to seal victory. The cup holders still have a match in hand but would now concentrate on ensuring they finished the qualifying rounds unbeaten. Read more

Glo Renews EPL Broadcast Sponsorship with Supersport

Africa’s biggest supporter of football, Globacom, has fueled the passion of Nigerians for the English Premier League as it renewed its sponsorship of live broadcast of EPL matches on SuperSport for the 2014/2015 season. The 2014/2015 English Premier League season kicked off on Saturday.

The telecommunications company in a statement released in Lagos at the weekend said with its sponsorship of live broadcast of EPL matches, football fans are assured of top quality EPL matches on SuperSport channels. Read more



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