SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FEBRUARY 21, 2018
Reps reject cattle colonies, adopt ranching (Guardian)
The House of Representatives has rejected the proposed cattle colonies for herdsmen nationwide, instead it opted for ranching.
Adopting a motion yesterday moved by Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo at plenary presided over by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, the lawmakers urged the Federal Government to work out the modalities for the establishment of ranches with interested states. Read more
Kachikwu: Price, not refineries bane of Nigeria’s fuel problems (NewTelegraph)
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu, has stated that the price of petroleum products and not lack of refineries was the major problem in the sector. Kachikwu, whose administration as a Minister of Petroleum increased the present fuel price to N145 through price modulation, stated this yesterday at the ongoing Nigeria International Petroleum Summit
According to him, the only mechanism that would address scarcity and lack of queues at the fuel station would be a review in price and not repair or building of new refineries. Read more
Probe demolition of Kaduna APC office, HURIWA tells NASS (NigerianPilot)
Pro-democracy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, yesterday, called
on the National Assembly to probe the circumstances that led to the demolition of the parallel secretariat of a faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Kaduna State.
In a statement by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National
Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA lambasted the Kaduna State governor for demolishing the APC factional state secretariat headed by Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi barely 24
hours after he was slammed with a six- month suspension. Read more
Review Anti-Open Grazing Law, Osinbajo Committee Tells Ishaku (ThisDay)
The committee set up by the National Economic Council to end the protracted herdsmen-farmers crisis has asked Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, to review the state’s anti open grazing law.
The committee, which is headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said the review has become imperative in order to accommodate all parties to the crisis. Read more
Osinbajo meets LCCI over Apapa gridlock, says FG’ll fast track economic growth policies (Vanguard)
The Federal Government yesterday said it was working hard at addressing the protracted Oshodi-Apapa expressway gridlock in Lagos. Vice President Osinbajo who gave the assurance when he received a delegation of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI, at the State House, Abuja, also said government was putting in place policies to fast track economic growth. Read more
Buhari delighted with anti-corruption campaign by states (PremiumTimes)
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday expressed delight that the message of anti- corruption is taking irreversible resonance as other units of government voluntarily pick the gauntlet to confront the malaise.
Mr. Buhari made the declaration in his keynote speech at the 1st Adamawa State Anti-Corruption Summit in Yola. He said it was encouraging that a state government on its own decided to fight corruption by encouraging a culture of transparency and integrity in the conduct of public affairs. Read more
NNPC imports $5.8bn worth of petrol in 1yr (NigerianPilot)
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, says it has imported 9.8 million metric tons
of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, worth $5.8 billion to combat the fuel crisis that resurfaced since
late last year.
This was disclosed by the Group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru,
during a public hearing by the Senate Committee on Public Accounts today at the National
Assembly Complex in Abuja.
In a presentation by the GMD who was represented by the Chief Operating Officer, Finance and
Accounts, Mr. Abdulrazaq Isiaka, NNPC stated that it carried out the massive importation in
fulfilment of its statutory role of supplier of last resort to ensure that Nigerians do not suffer as a
result of product unavailability. Read more
‘Catholic Church doesn’t run on tithes, has never taught that God’s blessings depend on tithes’ (Vanguard)
Retired Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, His Eminence, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie has warned the nation’s leaders to tread softly because there is anger in the nation, arguing that even leading members of the ruling All Progressives Congress at the centre have demonstrated commendable candour by openly acknowledging that the hopes of 2015 have been shattered. Cardinal Okogie In his latest open letter to the nation, Cardinal Okogie began on a sporty note, reminding the nation that late football commentator, Ernest Okonkwo, was fond of using an Igbo proverb while giving minute-by-minute description of football matches on the radio. Read more
Nigeria is safe for tourism —Lai Mohammed (Tribune)
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that with President Muhammadu Buhari piloting the affairs of Nigeria, the country is in very safe and competent hands, hence there is no cause for alarm.
The Minister said this at a mini town hall meeting with the staff of the Nigerian Embassy in Madrid, Spain, and a cross section of Nigerians living in the European country on Saturday. Read more
Herdsmen/farmers clashes: Benue, Nasarawa leaders meet with IGP, preach peace (Vanguard)
Political and traditional leaders from Benue and Nasarawa states, yesterday, met with Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, at Force Headquarters, Abuja, with a pledge to co-exist in peace.
At the meeting, the IGP disclosed that after the period of skirmishes and confrontation between herdsmen and farmers over grazing activities as well as that of border communities in Nasarawa and Benue states, the security situation has returned to normalcy. Read more
NSCDC arrests woman for husband’s offence, shoots vigilante (Punch)
Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Bayelsa State Command, have shot a member of the Ikarama Vigilance Group in the state, Perekurofa Odoyibo.
In the incident, which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, Odoyibo was said to have been shot in the arm and leg at Ikarama community, in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
Aggrieved residents of the area were said to have gone on the rampage to protest against the shooting of the victim. Read more
Why fuel scarcity persists (Tribune)
Nigeria has been plunged into incessant fuel scarcity since November without a clear solution in sight. Stakeholders have been trading blames; marketers blame the government for deliberately creating a monopoly of fuel importation while the government, in turn, is blaming smugglers for the crises. In this report, OLATUNDE DODONDAWA looks at the issues involved.
It is no longer news that Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa and 13th largest producer in the world with an average daily production of 2.4million barrels per day of crude oil. However, lack of political will, corruption and inefficiency have hindered the country’s aim at becoming self reliant in refined petroleum production and consumption. Read more
Obasanjo: Ambushing the emergence of the proper third force (Guardian)
General Olusegun Obasanjo’s Coalition for Nigeria Movement has been expressed as the former President’s projected avant garde prescription for taking beleaguered Nigeria out of the political woods into which it had been marooned by successive visionless administrations. Fiercely patriotic, Obasanjo is touted as the embodiment of the values for the preservation or continuing corporate existence of the Nigerian contraption.
For good measure, he is an inflexible defender of the status quo. He has after all, been a major beneficiary of the system. Even as the general mood of the nation is in favour of the political restructuring of the country and of charting a proper course around the issues of good governance, equity, justice, etc. Read more
Barcelona agree to nearly $50 million deal for Brazilian starlet Arthur (NBCSports)
Barcelona has again beaten out its league and global rivals for the next up and coming Brazilian star.
According to a report from Brazilian publication Globo Esporte, Barcelona has agreed with Gremio on a $49.4 million transfer fee for midfielder Arthur. The deal would see 60 percent of the fee go to Gremio and the rest to agents and the owners of part of the player’s rights.
The 21-year-old’s deal is still subject to the standard medical tests, and wouldn’t go through until January 2019. Read more
Mourinho looks to take pressure off struggling Pogba ahead of Sevilla clash (BT)
Jose Mourinho attempted to lighten the load on under-performing Paul Pogba ahead of his Manchester United return by saying a huge price tag does not mean extra responsibility.
Scrutiny over form and happiness has been compounded by sickness during a difficult period for the France international. Read more
Akwa hopeful of victory in Gambia (Punch)
The coach of the Akwa United, Abdu Maikaba, has said his team will beat Gambian club Hawks in the second leg of their CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round match at the Independence Stadium, Bakau in Banjul on Wednesday.
Akwa United lost the first leg 2-1 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo. Read more
Uche Okechukwu, others launch football academy (Vanguard)
Former Super Eagles captain, Uche Okechukwu, also known as Gentle Giant, has launched a football academy, called Abia Greater Tomorrow Football Academy in Aba, the commercial city of Abia State. The Aba-based academy is set up by the ex-Nigerian International together with another ex-Eagles player, Emeka Ifejiagwa and Emeka Uche, Okechukwu’s twin brother, who is also a footballer. Read more
Florida lawmakers block weapons ban (Independent)
Less than a week after the school shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been told that pornography is a more pressing public health risk than guns.
After voting against bringing an assault weapons ban to the House floor Tuesday, Republicans in the Florida House of Representatives moved on to a proposal to label pornography a “public health risk”. The measure was passed by a voice vote. Read more
More bombs hit Syria’s Ghouta, death toll highest since 2013 (MEMO)
Pro-government forces pounded the rebel-held district of eastern Ghouta outside the Syrian capital Damascus on Tuesday, in a surge of violence that a war monitor said had killed at least 250 people since Sunday night, Reuters reports.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was the highest 48-hour death toll in the Syria conflict since a 2013 chemical attack on eastern Ghouta, the last major rebel bastion located near the capital. Read more