SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 7, 2018
Presidency Dismisses Reports On Buhari’s Endorsement Of N30,000 Minimum Wage
The Presidency has frowned at misinterpretation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s remarks when he received the report of the Tripartite Committee on the Review of National Minimum Wage from the committee’s chairman, Amal Pepple, on Tuesday. A presidential source, who preferred not to be named, said the president did not endorse N30,000 as proposed by committee as being reported by some sections of the media. He, however, stated that President Buhari had expressed his commitment to ensuring the implementation of a new National Minimum Wage. “But the president’s speech at the event was immediately made available to the media and nowhere indicated that the president endorsed N30,000 Minimum wage. “It is not the duty of the president only to endorse a new national minimum wage. The process involves the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the National Economic Council (NEC) and the National Assembly.
We can’t meet ASUU’s demands now — FG
The Federal Government has appealed to the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities to exercise restraint in their demands from the government. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said at a press conference in Abuja on Monday night ASUU’s problems with the government began during the Umaru Yar’Adua administration in 2009. The minister said the Federal Government would have fulfilled its obligations to ASUU if international oil prices had not crashed after 2009.
US Institute – We Did Not Predict Victory for Buhari
Reports claiming that Buhari will win the 2019 election reportedly from the United States Institute of Peace has been denied. The United States Institute of Peace has denied predicting victory for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 General Election in Nigeria. The Institute in a statement on its website on Tuesday captioned: “Correcting a Media Error: USIP Makes No Prediction on Nigerian Election”, stressed that the report by many Nigerian media that the Institute’s 20-page report on risk to a peaceful election in Nigeria, predicted victory for Buhari was false.
Shehu Sani Knocks Police over Degrading Ekweremadu Assassination Attempt
Nigerian lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, has berated the Nigerian Police over a comment made on Tuesday’s failed assassination attempt on deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu. Nigeria police Tuesday night said the country’s deputy senate president was a victim of a burglary attempt and not assassination as he claimed. “Preliminary investigation carried out so far did not reveal assassination attempt on the life of the Dep Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu and his family but a case of Burglary,” Nigeria Police Force tweeted on Tuesday.
Ogara fights back; drags Oshiomhole, Ayogu Eze to court
The crisis in the Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) arising from the tussle for the governorship ticket is far from over. In practical demonstration of this, a frontline gubernatorial aspirant, Barr. George Ogara, has dragged his opponent, Senator Ayogu Eze, the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to court. In a Motion on Notice with Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/1305/2018 Ogara is seeking an order of interlocutory injunction restraining “the party, and Oshiomhole by themselves, their servants, agents, privies or whosoever” from submitting any other name not being the name of the plaintiff to the Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC) pending the determination of the substantive suit.
Buhari meets APC senators over party crisis
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday evening met with some senators elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress. The meeting was part of ongoing efforts by the President to resolve the crisis that followed the primary elections of the party across the country. The meeting was held inside the President’s official residence inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Some of the senators who attended the meeting with the President are those who did not secure the party’s ticket to seek re-election to the Senate. They were led to the meeting by the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan.
Police Upholds Protest Ban in Kaduna as El-Zakzaky Appears In Court
As the trial of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Ibrahim El-Zakzaky holds in Kaduna on Wednesday, November 7, the state police command has reiterated its stance of barring protest by individuals and groups from holding in the state. Scores of IMN members also known as Shiites were allegedly killed and injured during a protest for the release of El-Zakzaky in Abuja on Monday, October 29. But, the Kaduna police has warned that the ban on all forms of demonstration or processions is still in full force and called on Kaduna residents to beware of their movement.
UNILAG joins ASUU strike
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Lagos Chapter, has ensured total compliance with the strike directive given by the union’s National Executive Committee. The Chairman of the chapter, Dr Dele Ashiru, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos. He said that the chapter held a congress on Tuesday during which members resolved to join in the industrial action. NAN reports that the ASUU NEC on Sunday declared a nationwide indefinite strike at a meeting at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
First Bank meets Dolphins in NBBF Women’s Basketball League final
Defending champions, First Bank of Lagos will meet Dolphins in the final match of the 14th annual Zenith Bank Basketball League, which ends today at the Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos. First Bank will attempt to retain the title they are used to winning every year, except two seasons ago when Dolphins broke their stranglehold on the title. Their presence in the final has given both teams the tickets to represent Nigeria in the 2018 FIBA Africa Women Club Championship.
Afelokhai joins Akpeyi, Ezenwa in battle for Eagles’ number one shirt
Enyimba Goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai has finally been given the opportunity to stake his claim to the Super Eagles number one shirt. He is replacing the custodian of the position Francis Uzoho, who was injured at the weekend in a Spanish second division game. Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr disclosed yesterday that Afelokhai and the other two regular goalkeepers, Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa would get equal opportunity to fight for the position ahead of the African Nations Cup qualifier against Bafana Bafana of South Africa and the international friendly with Uganda this month.
Boeing Issues Advice on Sensors after Indonesia Crash
Boeing issued a special bulletin on Wednesday addressing a sensor problem flagged by Indonesian safety officials investigating the crash of a Lion Air 737 that killed 189 people last week. The planemaker said local aviation officials believed pilots may have been given wrong information by the plane’s automated systems before the fatal crash. “The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee has indicated that Lion Air flight 610 experienced erroneous input from one of its AOA (Angle of Attack) sensors,” the warning said.
Madagascar goes to the Polls to Pick Next President
Madagascar went to the polls on Wednesday to elect a new president, with the three front-runners all former heads of state facing-off amid efforts to defuse a political crisis. Attempts by the most recent president, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, to change the large Indian Ocean island’s electoral laws backfired, sparking nearly three months of sometimes violent protests in the capital Antananarivo. The demonstrators forced Rajaonarimampianina to accept a “consensus” government tasked with organising the election in the poor country with a history of coups and unrest.