Sabinews Morning News Update for June 16, 2015
PMB Explains Delay in Cabinet Appointments
President Muhammadu Buhari has attributed the delay in his appointment of ministers to the late submission of the transition committee’s report on the previous administration to him.
Buhari made this known yesterday while speaking to newsmen at the African Union Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read more
FG, states may delay June salaries as FAAC fails to meet
Nigerian Civil Servants at state and federal levels may not received their June salaries at the end of the month, following the failure of President Mohammadu Buhari and serveral state governors to appoint Finance Minister and commissioners to sit at the meeting of the Federal Acconts Allocation Committee (FAAC) where statutory allocation are shared.
The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC), the body that shares the monthly revenue allocation, would have met this week to allocate the monthly revenues among three tiers of government, but the Federal Government and states are yet to appoint their representatives for the body. Since taking over on May 29, Buhari has yet to announce his ministerial appointmet, a situation many are not too confortable about. Read more
Jega to INEC Staff: Don’t Get Carried Away by Success of 2015 Polls
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, monday admonished staff of the commission not to be carried away by the accolades showered on them on the successful conduct of the 2015 general election but work towards improved performance in 2019.
Jega, who spoke at the retreat organised for INEC electoral officers, said that despite constraints, the commission was able to deliver credible elections to the country in 2015. Read more
Trailer Drivers Protest: Passengers Stranded for 14 Hours in Kaduna
Commuters plying the Kaduna-Zaria road which is a gate way to states in the northern part of the country were stranded for over 14 hours following protest by trailer drivers who blocked both sides of the expressway in protest against alleged shooting of one of their members at a military check point.
The incident was said to have occurred on Sunday at about 10p.m. at Marraban-Jos, about eight kilometres from Kaduna metropolis when one of the soldiers manning a checkpoint in the area allegedly shot the trailer driver for not offering him N500 bribe. Read more
APC slams PDP for demanding Ambode’s asset declaration
The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has berated its Peoples Democratic Party counterpart for issuing a 14-day ultimatum to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to publicly declare his assets or be disgraced.
Ambode had declared his assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau as required by the constitution but failed to make the contents public and the PDP warned that “if the governor fails to take up this moral challenge, he will thereafter be labelled ‘Governor Pretender’ throughout his tenure.” Read more
Ahmed Signs Four Bills into Law
The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has signed four bills into law with a pledge to intensify efforts to improve the welfare of the people, despite the downturn in the national economy.
The new laws are: a law to amend the Environmental Sanitation Law, a law to repeal the Kwara State Transport Corporation, a law to amend the Cooperative Societies Law, and a law to amend the Kwara State Debt Securities Issuance Law. Read more
Udom, Akpabio Romance Hit the Rocks
The blissful political romance between immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, and his successor, Udom Emmanuel, may have hit the rock.
Close observers of political events in the state are ready to swear that the dalliance would not survive the next six months. Read more
N200 Billion LG Fund: PDP Wants Buhari to Probe Oshiomhole
Edo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday challenged the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to first demonstrate the much talked about anti-corruption campaign with Edo state if he is serious in purging the country of governors and other highly placed citizens webbed in mouth-gaping corrupt practices.
The Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, made the call at a press conference in Benin City, the state capital to x-ray some of the problems confronting the state, including the unpaid local government salaries. Read more
Wike Dissolves All Boards, Parastatals in Rivers
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has dissolved all boards and parastatals in the state.
A statement issued monday in Port Harcourt by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Opunabo Inko-Tariah, said the dissolution was with immediate effect, adding that the dissolved boards are to handover to their various authorities. Read more
Thugs Disrupt Bauchi House as New Speaker Emerges
Bauchi State House of Assembly has elected Alhaji Kauwa Shehu Damina, representing Darazo constituency, as the new Speaker of the 8th Assembly.
The new Speaker who was elected unopposed promised to make elected members’ welfare his number one focus. Read more
No more killing with impunity in Kaduna, el-Rufai tells residents
Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, has declared that the era of killing with impunity in the state is over.
He warned that anyone found wanting would be made to face the wrath of the law. Read more
Pirates kill 2 in attack on Marine Police armoury
Barely one month after sea pirates attacked a Cameroun-bound boat and dispossessed passengers of their cash and other valuables, gunmen have again attacked the Marine Police Vase Armoury base and carted away arms and ammunition.
The pirates were said to have killed two persons on the spot and injured about seven in an attempt to gain entry into the base. Read more
Katsina govt declares N1.7bn frozen in LG accounts
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has declared that over N1.7billion is trapped in the accounts of local governments in the state recently frozen by his administration.
The move was sequel to mass withdrawal of money from the accounts before and shortly after the current administration assumed office. The governor confirmed this at a civic reception in honour of the elected members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina South Senatorial zone held at Funtua township stadium. Read more
Perm Sec Overrules SGF on Appointment of DG
A fresh twist has been added to the controversy surrounding the appointment of a parallel Director-General for the National Productivity Centre (NPC)
The immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, had in a letter dated May 28, 2015, asked the immediate past Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Danladi Ikenya to act on a letter dated May 15, 2015, appointing Dr. Faith Robert as Director-General of the centre. Read more
3 injured as Customs, smugglers clash
Three officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Western Marine Command, Apapa-Lagos narrowly escaped death last Friday as they were attacked by creek smugglers.
The officers, Razaq Jamiu, Musa Idris and Senu Marl, who sustained injuries, were later treated and discharged from the hospital. Read more
Coscharis Appeals Court Order to Disclose Purchase Documents of Armoured Cars
Coscharis Motors Limited has lodged an appeal against the order of a Federal High Court in Lagos directing it to disclose to Enough is Enough (EIE) Nigeria, information requested by the organisation on the 2013 purchase of two bullet-proof cars for then Aviation Minister, Ms. Stella Oduah.
In a notice of appeal, with seven grounds of appeal, lodged at the Court of Appeal in Lagos by its lawyer, Mr. Osita Mbamalu, the company is asking the appellate court to set aside the order of Justice Mohammed Yunusa issued on April 28, 2015 and dismiss the suit filed by a Lagos lawyer, Mr. Ayodeji Acquah, on behalf of EIE, on March 14, 2014. Read more
N8bn scam: Court dismisses CBN workers’ bail applications
Justice Ayo Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Division, on Monday ordered that representatives of the Central Bank of Nigeria and other bankers involved in the N8bn mutilated currency fraud be remanded in prison custody, after dismissing their applications for bail.
He, however, granted an order for the accelerated hearing of the case. Read more
Abia owes me N425m– Ex-deputy gov
A former Deputy Governor of Abia State, Chief Chris Akomas, says the state government owes him his severance allowance to the tune of N425 million.
Akomas was the deputy governor to the immediate past governor, Theodore Orji, but was impeached by the state House of Assembly towards the end of his tenure based on allegations of gross misconduct. Read more
Anambra clamps down on media houses over non-payment of levies
Anambra State Ministry of Industry, Trade and Commerce has clamped down on no fewer than 10 media houses in Onitsha for allegedly owing arrears of business premises levies.
Officials from the business premises unit of the ministry, numbering about 10, reportedly commenced the clamp down last Thursday. Read more
Experts Differ on Possible Naira Devaluation
Following developments in the global oil market, sentiments in the domestic economy and responses of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ensure exchange rate stability, finance and economic experts have taken opposing views concerning the possibility of naira devaluation.
Analysts at an investment bank, Renaissance Capital (RenCap), have hinged their argument on the fact that the devaluation will reflect the recent drop in Nigeria’s foreign reserves. Read more
‘2015 Budget, Disastrous for Nigeria’s Economy’
An Abuja based budget-analysis group, the Centre for Social Justice has evaluated the 2015 Federal Appropriation Act, describing it as “frivolous, wasteful and inappropriate”.
The group, which predicated its evaluation on the need to point out flaws in the budget with a view to effecting change in the 2016 Appropriation process, said the economy cannot truly grow when government’s major responsibility is to pay salaries without adequately investing in capital expenditure. Read more
Finland Seeks Stronger Bilateral Trade Relationship with Nigeria
The Ambassador of Finland to Nigeria, Ms Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury has called for stronger trade and economic relationship between her country and Nigeria.
Suomela-Chowdhury made the call when she visited the President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry Limited (ABUCCI), Mr. Tony Ejinkonye in Abuja. Read more
Nigerian Economy in Limbo
While Nigeria’s well-loved new president, Muhamadu Buhari, takes his time to fashion out policy templates upon which the country will run and also appoint officials to drive these policies, the nation’s economy yet pines away, disillusioned.
The civil servants who are supposed to take charge of the various arms of government while they wait for directives from the new government are literarily confused. Read more
‘Why most sector operators won’t enjoy CBN’s N300bn facility’
Nigeria’s real sector may not enjoy a N300 billion facility provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to help it unlock its potentials and stimulate output growth and value-added productivity due to tough conditions attached to it.
The CBN had in a circular to announce the initiative explained that the facility would be used to support large enterprises for startups and expansion financing needs of N500 million and above. Read more
CBN urges sustained efforts against e-fraud
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at the weekend, in Lagos, unveiled the 2014 yearly report of the Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum (NEFF), with a call for sustained innovative efforts against cyber crime.
The NeFF is a platform to proffer solutions towards addressing frauds arising from the increased adoption of electronic payments in the industry. Read more
Nigerian Banks are Healthy – NDIC
Against fears being entertained especially by investors and Nigerian businessmen and women, the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has said that all banks operating in Nigeria are healthy and that their workings are in line with global standards.
The Deputy Director, Research, (NDIC), Hashim Ahmad, disclosed this while addressing journalists shortly after the sensitization of the 2015 Batch ‘A Stream 2’, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members at the orientation camp, Paiko in Niger state. Read more
1,000 ghost workers on Ekiti payroll
Ekiti State Government has discovered that no fewer than 1,000 ghost workers have been receiving salary in the state.
This disclosure was made during a recent workers’ verification exercise carried out by the state government. Read more
Oil and Gas
CSOs Build Capacity, Demand Passage of PIB in 100 Days
With about $7.5 billion still in the hands of oil and gas companies operating in Nigeria, in form of under-payments, under-assessments of taxes, royalties, rents and other levies, at a time governments at all levels are struggling to cope with dwindling revenue, the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) last week urged the Muhamadu Buhari administration to consider the urgent need to recover the huge amount to boost the federal treasury. Read more
Pipeline vandalism: PENGASSAN urge Fed Govt to equip security forces
OIL and gas industry workers under the aegis of the Producers Forum of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have called on the government to equip security forces to fight pipeline vandalism.
Speaking at a news conference in Lagos at the weekend, the forum’s chairman, Emmanuel Onuorah, said the nation was losing between 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) and 400,000 bpd of crude to theft and pipeline vandalism. Read more
NERC Plots Revocation of Non-Performing Power Generation Licences
Following little actions on the 124 power generation licences for about 30gigawatt of electricity issued in the past nine years, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on Monday disclosed that it has begun the review all the licences which would lead revocation of non performing ones.
NERC said all licenses have in-built key performance rating, stressing that all licence holders found to have not delivered on set mile stones, risked losing their licences. Read more
Eko Disco plans to acquire 474mw to improve power supply
As part of continued efforts to ensure its customers enjoy improved and reliable power distribution within its network, Eko Electricity Distribution Plc (EKEDP) has concluded plans to acquire up to 474MW of Power directly into its network in an unprecedented embedded power generation initiative which will more than double its current allocation from the national grid.
The Embedded Generation Program involves the construction of smaller sized plants in generating electricity that is connected to and evacuated through the distribution network infrastructure. Read more
NFF, Balogun mourn Oniya
The Nigeria Football Federation and Nigerian players, including Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun have mourned Nigerian defender David Oniya, who died on Saturday after collapsing during a match between his club, T–Team, and Malaysia Super League side Kelantan.
Oniya, who was aged 30, collapsed just three minutes into the fixture and was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead by a heart attack. Read more
US expecting Nigeria to ‘fight for their lives’
For Nigeria coach Edwin Okon, it’s new opponent but same tune.
Okon said, as he did for Nigeria’s first two group games against Sweden and Australia, that he isn’t concerned with what his opponent does.
The only problem is that this time, his opponents are the No. 2-ranked Americans. Read more
Falcons Can Shock USA, Says Oshoala
Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, has admitted the enormous task ahead as the team in its last group match against the United States in the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada this evening.
She said that they have what it takes to advance from the group by beating USA. Read more
Lobi Protest against Ajani Ibrahim being Thrown Out
The League Management Company (LMC) has thrown out a protest by Lobi Stars against the eligibility of Ajani Ibrahim to play for Shooting Stars on Sunday.
Ajani scored a goal in 3SC 3-0 spanking of Lobi in Ibadan on Sunday. Read more
Barcelona Basketball Team to Sign Nigerian
FC Barcelona (Liga Endesa) is having 29-year old Nigerian/American power forward, Olaseni Lawal, (208-102kg-86), who currently plays at Banco di Sardegna Sassari in Italy, on its radar.
Lawal managed to play in three leagues this year. In 41 Serie A games, he had 11.2ppg, 9.1rpg (#5 in the league), 1.2apg, 1.1spg and 2.0bpg. He helped them to win the super cup. Quite impressive season as he was named to Italian Serie A All-Star Game. Read more
LMC Suspends Nine Stadiums from Hosting League Matches
Following reports of the various teams that assessed stadium facilities during the three weeks break of the Glo Premier League, nine of the twenty clubs have had their home grounds placed on suspension by the League Management Company (LMC). The clubs have thus been directed to choose alternative home grounds from Match Day 12, while they fix the problems recorded against their playing turf.
The LMC Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar, said that the decisions were reached at the recent LMC Board meeting in Abuja, which amongst other deliberations, assessed the reports as it concerned the state of the playing pitches. The LMC Board also gave the clubs a deadline of 45 days to work on other aspects of the facilities that were found to be below requirement. Read more
Stoke Want Mourinho’s Greenlight on Moses
Stoke City have revealed that they are still in the hunt to sign Chelsea winger Victor Moses this summer but that the Nigerian’s future rests in the hands of his parent club boss Jose Mourinho.
Moses who joined Chelsea from Wigan Athletic in 2012 spent last season on loan with the Potters and impressed in his 23 appearances, although his campaign was heavily disrupted by injuries. Read more
NFF queries Keshi, Enyeama
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has fired queries to both coach Stephen Keshi and captain Vincent Enyeama over issues surrounding Super Eagles AFCON qualifier against Chad.
Keshi had been asked by his employers to explain why non-league striker, Gabriel Okechukwu made the Eagles substitute bench, while Enyeama has to explain his comments regarding the safety of match venue, Kaduna. Read more
Boko Haram blamed for suicide bombings which claim 23 lives in N’Djamena
Twin suicide bombings targeting police in Chad’s capital N’Djamena have killed 23 people and left more than 100 injured.
The Chadian government has blamed Boko Haram militants for the bloodshed. Read more
South Africa’s commitment to ICC in tatters
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir landed in Khartoum Monday evening after a dramatic two-day visit to Johannesburg, where he came closer than ever before to facing charges of crimes against humanity brought against him by the International Criminal Court.
For more than six years, President Bashir has dodged the ICC’s warrants for his arrest, becoming the most glaring example of the court’s failure to compel states to comply with its rulings. Read more
Egypt Football Fans ‘Tortured’ Into Confessions over Stampede
After five days’ of searching, Mahmoud Hemdan found his brother ‘beaten and tortured’ at a Cairo police station before he was charged over a deadly football stadium stampede.
Ashraf Hemdan, 21, and his teenage nephew Ali are among 16 defendants on trial accused of sparking the crush in February that killed 19 people during a match in the Egyptian capital. Read more
Chinese film festival opens in Ghana
The Chinese Embassy to Ghana opened a Chinese Film Festival at the Silverbird Cinemas in Accra on June 12.
The three-day festival is being held as part of activities to mark the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Ghana. Read more
Filipino Muslim Rebels Lay Down Arms to Reinforce Peace Deal
The largest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines handed over a batch of firearms Tuesday as a gesture to reinforce a peace pact stalled by a public outcry over the recent killings of dozens of anti-terror police commandos in a battle with insurgents.
President Benigno Aquino III and Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, leader of the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front, witnessed the handover of 75 assault weapons near a southern rebel stronghold, along with the identification of a first group of 145 guerrillas, who agreed to return to normal life with government promises of support. Read more
Kurdish Fighters Seize Large Parts of ISIS Border Stronghold
U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters captured large sections of a strategic town on the Syria-Turkish border on Monday, dealing the biggest setback yet to the Islamic State group, which lost a key supply line for their nearby self-proclaimed capital.
The seizure of Tal Abyad threatened to flare tensions between Kurds and ethnic Arabs, who accused the Kurdish militia of deliberately displacing thousands of people from the town, which has a mixed population. Read more
Mediterranean migrants: EU to discuss quota plan
EU interior ministers are to discuss how to deal with tens of thousands of migrants trying to enter Europe each year by crossing the Mediterranean.
A key issue at the talks in Luxembourg is a plan to distribute asylum seekers more evenly across all 28 EU states. Read more
China says about to finish some land reclamation in South China Sea
China is about to complete some of its land reclamation work on the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, shedding light on a controversial project that has inflamed regional tension.
The announcement is likely to rattle the Philippines and the United States, both of which have clashed with China over Beijing’s extensive land reclamation in the Spratly archipelago. Read more
Soccer-FIFA to keep ‘Handshake for Peace’ at U-20 World Cup
FIFA will continue to use the ‘Handshake for Peace’ at the under-20 World Cup in New Zealand despite the Nobel Peace Center ending its cooperation with soccer’s governing body.
Team captains have shaken hands before and after games at the age-group tournament, which sees Brazil playing Senegal and Serbia facing Mali in Wednesday’s semi-finals. Read more
Hurricane Carlos is forecast to strike Mexico as a tropical storm at about 06:00 GMT on 17 June.
Hurricane Carlos is forecast to strike Mexico as a tropical storm at about 06:00 GMT on 17 June. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will be near 18.5 N, 105.3 W. Carlos is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 111 km/h (69 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher. Read more
Warren Buffett buys $500m stake in Insurance Australia Group
Warren Buffett, the world’s most revered investor, is buying a $A500m ($US388m) stake in Insurance Australia Group as he targets a share of the growing Asian insurance market.
The deal will his Berkshire Hathaway group receive a 20% share of IAG’s gross written premium and pay 20% of its claims for the next decade. Read more
Blatter could remain FIFA head if suitable candidate not found -report
Sepp Blatter could go back on his promise to stand down as FIFA president, a former adviser said on Monday, even as U.S. prosecutors revealed a plea deal with a past FIFA executive who told investigators about bribes and kickbacks.
Klaus Stoehlker, who advised Blatter during this year’s FIFA election campaign, told Sky News that Blatter could remain head of world soccer’s governing body if a “convincing candidate” to replace him did not emerge. Read more
Facebook launches ‘Moments’ app
Facebook has revealed a new app to allow smartphone users to privately share photos of friends, by sifting through images with facial recognition technology.
The standalone app, called Moments, allows users to share photos with friends who are in them, and to get images of themselves. Read more
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