Sabinews Evening News Update for October 5, 2015
PDP urges Buhari to overhaul DSS, others
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to overhaul the Department of State Services (DSS) and other security agencies in the country.
The call followed last Friday’s explosions at Nyanya and Kuje, two satellite towns in the Federal Capital Territory.
At least 20 persons were killed in the blasts, while several others were seriously wounded. Read more
Nigerians reject immunity for Senate President, Speaker
Mixed reactions have trailed the proposal by the national assembly to grant immunity to its presiding officers with many Nigerians describing the move as unnecessary and Ill timed.
The minority leader of the House of Representatives Hon. Leo Ogor was quoted as saying that the national assembly was proposing to amend the constitution to grant immunity to the presiding officers as well as the head of the judiciary as enjoyed by the president t and his vice and governors and their deputy. Read more
Shettima nominates Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa as deputy governor
Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has nominated the immediate past commissioner for Poverty Alleviation and Youths Empowerment, Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa, as new deputy governor of the state.
The nomination follows the death of the ex-deputy governor, Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha, on August 15. A statement issued by the governor’s spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, confirmed that Shettima forwarded Durkwa’s name to the speaker of the state House of Assembly, through a letter, on Monday. Read more
Diezani not in UK court on Monday – Clerk
Embattled former Minister of Petroleum in the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, did not appear at Court 10 of the Westminster Court in company with her mother as being widely reported.
Diezani was arrested on Friday in the United Kingdom, for alleged bribery and corruption-related charges. A twitter user @sampiranty had, relying on an email from the court, “confirmed” that the former minister reported in court at 10am on Monday. Read more
Umahi Pledges to Address Discrepancies in Salaries
Ebonyi state governor, Engr. Dave Umahi, on Monday stated that there should not be any reason for salary discrepancies in the state civil and public services, describing teachers as very important in child upbringing and nation building.
Speaking at the state township stadium during the World Teachers’ day celebration in Abakaliki, the governor who promised to tackle the
teachers’ problems, set up a committee to investigate the non-payment of the September 2011 teachers’ salaries and directed the committee to report back to him within 10 days. Read more
‘Rotary Spent U.S.$207 Million On Polio Eradication in Nigeria’
Rotary International has spent $276million on the fight against polio in Nigeria between 1996 and now, Daily Trust gathered. Chairman of the Nigeria National Polioplus Committee (NNPPC), Dr. Tunji Funsho disclosed this while briefing newsmen at Rotary House in Lagos.
He said the feat recorded in the battle against polio was due to political will on the part of government, use of innovative strategies to reach more children among others. Read more
Ayefele hospitalised in Ekiti
Following weekend’s hoodlums attacks on Gospel Tungba crooner, Yinka Ayefele, in in Akure, the Ondo State capital, he has been hospitalised owing to the impact of the injuries sustained in the attack. The popular musician was on Monday afternoon rushed to an undisclosed hospital in Ado Ekiti, where he had gone to honour the invitation of the Ekiti State government to perform at the World Teachers Day organised by the state government. Read more
Lagos civil service will remain the best – Ambode
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday restated his commitment to ensure that the state civil service remains one of the best to reckon with in the country.
The governor spoke shortly before swearing in Mrs. Lola Are-Adegbite as the new Tutor General/Permanent Secretary of Education District Four, at the Lagos House, Ikeja. Stating while the smooth running of governance lies with the civil service, he said the permanent secretaries in the state had adequately carried on even in the absence of the State Executive Council. Read more
Nigeria has only 39 registered Orthodontists –Perm Sec
Mr Linus Awute, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health says Nigeria has only 39 registered orthodontists that attend to 50 per cent of Nigeria’s population that have poorly arranged teeth.
Mr Awute disclosed this at the opening ceremony for the 9th Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Association of Orthodontics and the launching of the dental sensitisation and screening in Abuja on Monday. Awute was represented by Dr Bola Alonge, the Consultant Specialist, Grade 1, Dentistry Division of the ministry at the sensitisation ceremony at the Command Secondary School, Lungi Barracks, Abuja. Read more
Okorocha foundation to build school for Adamawa IDPs
Adamawa State Governor, Jibrilla Bindow, has approved the allocation of land to Rochas Foundation to build a school for Internally Displaced Persons in the state.
Bindow, who announced this in Yola, said the state government was committed to the education of its citizens. He, however, appealed to well meaning Nigerians to invest more in education, adding that the sector was vital to social development. Read more
Sokoto: LG Elections to Hold Jan 9,2016 – SIEC Chairman
The Sokoto State Independent Electoral Commission ( SIEC), Monday said it would conduct elections for the 23 Local Government Areas in the state on January 9, 2016.
It also pledged to ensure fairness to all political parties that would participate in the polls in the state. Addressing newsmen in Sokoto on Monday, the Chairman of SIEC, Alhaji Usman Abubakar, said the election would be conducted on January 9, 2016, adding that the commission may likely use card readers for the polls. Read more
Bombings: DSS weak in intelligence gathering, says PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that the Department of State Security is weak in intelligence gathering.
It said this was what led to the two simultaneous bombings recorded at two satellite towns within the Federal Capital Territory on Friday. The bombings led to the death of 20 persons while 41 others were seriously wounded. Read more
NUT Laments 600 Dead, 19,000 IDP Members
In view of the loss of over 600 teachers through Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast of Nigeria, the National President of the Nigeria
Union of Teachers, Com. Michael Olukoya, has called on the federal government to beef up security around public secondary schools in Nigeria to avert further bloodshed in them.
Olukoya also canvassed the raising of teachers’ retirement age to 65, to prevent premature retirement, and encourage the retention of mature and experienced individuals in the system who can arrest the falling standard of education. Read more
Fire Razes Buildings in Lagos, Renders 40 Families Homeless
Four different fire incidents Sunday razed several buildings and makeshift structures in three densely populated areas in Lagos, rendering about 40 families homeless.
The additional four incidents bring to a total of five, the number of fire outbreaks that occurred in Lagos over the weekend. Areas affected were Ikota in Lekki, Sangotedo also in Lekki, Abule-Ado area of Ojo and Bourdillion road in Ikoyi. Read more
I’m not interested in Amaechi’s appointment, Wike insists
RIVERS State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has insisted that he has no interest in the appointment of his predecessor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, as a minister.
Wike was reacting to claims by the All Progressives Congress that he was orchestrating a protest against Amaechi’s expected appointment as a minister. Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Opunabo Inko-Tariah, in Port Harcourt on Monday, the governor described the claim that he was working against Amaechi’s emergence as a minister as spurious and malicious. Read more
Disengaged Afam Power Staff Seek Reinstatement
Disengaged members of staff of the PHCN Afam Power Plc in Rivers State have staged a peaceful protest at the Afam Power Station, Okoloma in Oyigbo local government area of the state demanding that they be reinstated.
While calling on the Federal Government to direct the management of Afam Power Station to recall them to their jobs, the disengaged workers said their plight had been worsened by the high level of unemployment in the country. Read more
We will soon expose Boko Haram sponsors -Army
The Nigerian army on Sunday said it has begun investigations into some names of suspected Boko Haram sponsors in connection with recent suicide bombings in the Maiduguri and plan to expose them soon.
The commander, Operation ‘Lafiya Dole,’ Maj.-Gen. Yushau Abubakar, gave this hint while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri. Said he: “We searched the houses of suspects and certain items that we recovered in the vicinity gave us some clues. Read more
Catholic Bishop to Buhari: Don’t use EFCC, others for selfish gains
A Catholic Bishop and representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has slammed Nigerian political and religious leaders, warning them of actions that could spell doom for the country.
Speaking in Abuja, the Arch Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, Joseph Bagobiri, said the main reason Nigeria has not enjoyed peace was because its people have continued the “blind pursuit” of “self-centred and parochial interest.” Read more
Teachers Unions Lament Shortage of Personnel, Late Payment of Salaries
Teachers in Ondo State under the umbrella of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) on Monday expressed displeasure at the alleged poor treatment being meted to them by the government.
The complaints of the teachers were presented by their leaderships during the celebration of World Teachers Day in the state. Read more
Rivers: Police Debunk Reports of Upsurge in Crime
The police in Rivers State have said reports of upsurge in crime in the state were false as the command was working to reduce incidents to the barest minimum.
There had been reports recently of cult-related killings, robbery and kidnappings in parts of the state. Read more
Jigawa NUT urges recruitment of more Science, English teachers
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Jigawa chapter, on Monday appealed to the state government to recruit more science and English Language teachers.
The Chairman of the union, Alhaji Usman Ya’u, made the appeal at the occasion to mark World Teachers’ Day in Dutse.
Ya’u said that schools in the state had no adequate science and English language teachers, and that the union was worried about the situation. Read more
Iraq re-opens Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone to public
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has re-opened the heavily fortified Green-Zone in the capital Baghdad to the public after 12 years, a statement from his office said on Monday.
The Green-Zone, home to government buildings and several foreign embassies, was closed to the public after the US-led 2003 invasion of Iraq. Read more
26 fishermen in Philippines still missing after storm
No fewer than 26 fishermen were declared missing on Monday after tropical storm Mujigae hit the seas of north-western Philippines late last week.
The Office of Civil Defence said search teams had yet to locate 10 crewmen of the M/V Flores, which sank in waters off Pangasinan province on Thursday. Read more
HIV/AIDS: Kano Govt. will collaborate with development partners — Official
Dr Sa’adatu Bala, the Director-General, Kano State Agency for the Control of Aids (KSACA), said on Monday that the state government would collaborate with development partners in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Bala said this at a stakeholders’ meeting with officials of the Federal Ministry of Finance and the top management of the agency in Kano. Read more
Central Africa govt says 61 dead in September ‘coup bid’ unrest
The Central African Republic said Monday more than 60 people died in violence in its capital last month and stepped up accusations that the clashes were part of an attempted coup.
“The latest toll from the violence established by hospital sources is 61 dead and 300 hurt,” said a statement from the minister of public safety, Dominique Said Panguindji, who is also the government’s spokesman. Read more
Indonesia intensifies search for missing plane in Sulawesi
Searchers scoured waters off Indonesia’s Sulawesi island on Monday on the third day of efforts to find a small plane that went missing with 10 people on board.
The DHC-6 Twin Otter operated by domestic airline Aviastar lost contact Friday, about 11 minutes after takeoff from the town of Masamba en route to Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi province. “Two fixed-wing aircraft, a helicopter and a rescue boat are being deployed,” said Heronimus Guru, Deputy Chief of operations at the National Search and Rescue Agency. Read more
ECOWAS Court seeks power to handle criminal cases
The Economic Community of West African States Court of Justice wants its jurisdiction expanded to enable it to adjudicate on cases of crimes committed within the sub-region.
President of the court, Justice Maria Monteiro, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday amid call for the establishment of effective cross-border networks of police and judicial cooperation among ECOWAS member states against organised crimes and terrorism. Read more