Flights from Nigeria, others to Ghana not banned
A highly placed government source has denied reports circulating in Nigeria that the Government of Ghana has banned flights from Nigeria and three other countries that have recorded cases of the deadly Ebola virus.
The source told GhanaWeb.com on condition of anonymity that Government has not considered such an option and is focused on putting in place preventive measures to protect Ghanaians from the virus that is causing panic in the West African sub-region. Read more
Ebola distracts from worsening Cameroon cholera outbreak
A cholera epidemic in northern Cameroon has killed at least 65 people and probably infected about 1,300 people in two months, as international attention has been diverted to fighting Ebola in West Africa, health experts said on Saturday.
They said the insurgency by Islamist sect Boko Haram was also hampering efforts to control the outbreak. Read more
Operators Assume Control Of Electricity Metering Facilities
Control of metering facilities stationed at the electricity trading points across Nigeria was yesterday taken over by The Generation, Transmission and Distribution operators in Nigeria’s Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
The meters which measure the amount of electricity supplied across board were previously managed by the operator of the Nigerian Electricity Market (ONEM) also known as the Market Operator (MO), who now assumes a new supervisory responsibility. Read more.
Between Me And Boko Haram, Others, Battle Line Is Drawn, This Is No Idle Boast-New Police Boss
“I will do whatever it takes to bring the excesses of violent criminals to a halt. Those who know me, know that I don’t make idle boasts.”
These were the remarks of the new Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba at the formal handing over of power by the former IGP, Mohammed Abubakar, in Abuja yesterday.
The new IGP) made it clear that the days of all criminals in whatever guise, including the dreaded Islamic group, Boko Haram, are numbered. Read more
‘Confab Is A Huge Success’
The just concluded national conference has succeeded in tackling issues affecting the country, fostering unity among all Nigerians, Sen Ibrahim Muhammad Ida has said.
Speaking with newsmen in Katsina yesterday, Senator Ida, a member of the Confab, said delegates to the conference were able to thoroughly discuss issues and come up with common consensus. Read more
Jonathan to attend US-African leaders summit
President Goodluck Jonathan will leave for Washington DC early Sunday to participate in a three-day United States-African Leaders Summit.
A statement by Presidential Media Adviser, Dr Reuben Abati said President Jonathan will join President Obama and about 50 other participating African leaders for discussions expected to lead to greater progress in key areas such as expanding trade and investment ties, promoting inclusive sustainable development and expanding cooperation on peace and security. Read more
Taiwan petrochemical firm blamed for blast
Taiwanese authorities have blamed a local petrochemical firm for a series of deadly explosions that killed 28 people on Thursday night in Kaohsiung.
The company, LCY, failed to shut off a pipeline despite detecting a drop in pressure, officials said.
LCY said it will cooperate with the investigation.
The search for two missing firemen is continuing, though there is little hope that they will be found alive. Read more
US to screen people from Ebola-hit regions for Africa summit
The United States will screen delegates from Ebola-hit countries traveling to Washington for an unprecedented Africa summit, President Barack Obama said Friday, voicing confidence that appropriate measures have been taken.
“Folks that are coming from these countries that have even a marginal risk, or an infinitesimal risk of having been exposed in some fashion, we’re making sure we’re doing screening on that end as they leave the country,” Obama told reporters. Read more
INEC shifts Niger East senatorial by-election date
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has shifted the Niger East Senatorial Zone by-election to Aug. 30 from Aug. 16.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Niger, Dr Emmanuel Onucheyo, disclosed this on Friday at a stakeholders meeting with party leaders in Minna.
He said the change of date was to allow INEC resolve some logistical challenges for a smooth conduct of the election. Read more
Israel kills Palestine football legend, Ahed Zaqout
Palestine footballing legend Ahed Zaqout has been killed in Gaza after an Israeli shell hit the former midfielder’s home while he was sleeping on Wednesday.
The 49-year-old was not politically involved in the conflict between Palestine militant group Hamas, based in Gaza where he resides, and Israel but was killed by the latter nation’s IDF army’s bombing of the region this week. Read more
Botswana athlete fails doping test after 400m final
Former world and Commonwealth champion Amantle Montsho has been provisionally suspended after failing a doping test following the women’s 400m final at Glasgow 2014.
The A sample of Botswana’s Montsho, who finished fourth in the final, tested positive for banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.
A further test of the B sample will take place on Monday in London. Read more
Real’s Ronaldo ruled out of Manchester United friendly
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of Saturday’s friendly in Michigan against his former club Manchester United but the La Liga side are hoping he will be fit for the European Super Cup.
The Portugal captain and World Player of the Year has been hampered by a left knee problem in recent months and was clearly below his best at the World Cup in Brazil, where the Portuguese failed to progress beyond the group stage. Read more
Govt plans new gas price for Gencos, others
The Federal Government is planning what it calls a “competitive gas price” for the benefit of power generation companies (Gencons), petro-chemical and fertiliser plants.
The proposed price regime may be introduced before September, according to the Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr Sam Amadi.
It is to encourage producers that have been clamouring for incentives to increase output. Read more.