SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 6, 2016
New SON DG Assumes Office
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, is to intensify efforts in the fight against importation of substandard products into the country.
Director General of the Organisation, Mr. Aboloma Osita, stated this on assumption of duties in Abuja. Read more
Gunmen invade Lagos school, kidnap principal
Gunmen suspected to be militants on Thursday morning invaded Igbo Nla Model College in Epe, Lagos, whisking away the principal.
It was however unascertained if students of the college were kidnapped, as there were contradictory reports as at the time of filing this report. Read more
Chess league contest for Sat
NO fewer than 480 pupils from 30 schools in Lagos and Ogun States will kick off the Nigeria International Schools (inter schools) Chess competition league on Saturday, October 8.
Acording to its Coordinator, Mr Kunle Fasan, the event will hold at Holy Child Girls College, Ikoyi. Read more
Sokoto shuts 20 illegal schools
No fewer than 20 primary and secondary schools in Sokoto State were last week sealed by the state government.
The affected schools, the government said, violated regulations guiding their establishment. Read more
Don to ASUU: curb resort to strikes
Former Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education, Prof. Peter Lassa, has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to reduce the use of strikes in pressing its demands in the universities.
Lassa, a professor of Mathematics, spoke to reporters in Abuja on the ‘Sorry state of education in Nigeria’ Read more
Nigeria’s History And The Restructuring Agenda
There are some individuals who lack original thinking regardless of their educational qualifications. They cannot think of any idea of their own but are good at only borrowing other people’s ideas. That was the reason when, in the late 1980s and the early 1990s when the Soviet Union disintegrated and communism as an ideology collapsed, some Francophone countries in Africa started organising “sovereign” national conferences to force their military dictators or one-party leaders open the political space, some busybodies here started parroting it. Benin and Niger here in West Africa and then Zaire (now Congo DRC) all organized these conferences with varying degrees of success. Read more
FEC Approves 3no 150MVA Transformers To Boost Power Supply
Power transmission is set to improve in the country as the federal government has approved the purchase of three new 150MVA transformers at Shiroro, Ondo and Oshogbo sub-stations.
The government also approved the resuscitation of the National Council on Hydrocarbon Read more
Teachers’ Day: NUT Threatens Strike Over Welfare
Teachers under the aegis of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), have threatened to down tools over issues relating to their welfare, while issuing the federal government, a two -week ultimatum.
Speaking in Abuja, yesterday, at the occasion of the World Teachers Day with the theme, “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status, the National President NUT, Comrade Michael Olukoya lamented the treatment given to teachers in the country. Read more
Reps Fault Federal Civil Service Recruitment Exercise
The House of Representatives has called on the Federal civil service commission to, without further delay, declare publicly, the number of vacancies available and distribute some according to States in accordance with the Federal character principles. Read more
One Kidnap Too Many
The news, as is always the case, shocking, filtered in that a former Minister of the Environment in the Jonathan administration, Mrs Laurentia Mallam and her husband, Pius were confirmed by the police to have been kidnapped on the Bwari/Jere axis on Kaduna-Abuja highway on Monday evening. The report of the kidnap incident also stated that the abductors took away the former minister and her husband, but spared their driver unharmed. Read more
300 houses flooded as agency releases Oyan Dam water
No fewer than 300 houses have been flooded and 860 households displaced following the opening of Oyan Dam water, one of the tributaries of the Ogun River.
The affected areas include Agiliti/Maidan, Orile, Owode, Agboyi and Araromi communities in Ketu and Mile 12 areas in Lagos; and Akute and Warewa communities, as well as estates in and around OPIC in Ogun State. Read more
Pastor’s aide defiles three-year-old
A 28-year-old aide of a new generation pastor, Bethel Samuel, has been arrested by security operatives from the Rumuolumini Police Station for allegedly defiling a three-year-old girl. The suspect, who confessed to the crime, said he did not know what came over him when he held the girl and defiled her.
Samuel explained that the act was perpetrated on Saturday. His victim, according to him, is the daughter of one of the pastor’s neighbours. Read more
Three burnt to death for kidnapping newborn
Three young men were on Wednesday set ablaze by angry youths in Ezelu Okwe in the Onuimo Local Government Area of Imo State for allegedly abducting a newborn baby boy.
A source in the community said the suspected kidnappers met their Waterloo when they forcefully took the baby from the mother and were caught by youths who gave them a hot chase. Read more
Woman sets pregnant housewife ablaze
The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested one Lami Clement, 22, for allegedly setting a pregnant housewife ablaze.
The suspect, who hails from the Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of the state, attacked the victim, Amina Ayodele, 23, an indigene of Akinyele LGA in Oyo State, in her house. Read more
AU BRIDGE Training For Electoral Commissions In Elections
The African Union Commission (AUC) Department of Political Affairs through its Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit in partnership with International IDEA has commenced a five-day Capacity Building Training program on Electoral Administration in Madagascar, using the BRIDGE (Building Resources for Democracy, Governance and Elections) curriculum. Read more
Portugal’s Guterres To Become UN Secretary General
A new secretary general of the United Nations is set to emerge. He is Mr Antonio Guterres, a former Portuguese Prime Minister.
Guterres, 67, emerged favourite to succeed Mr Ban Ki-Moon, 72, after the sixth straw poll of the October council. Read more
Ecowas Wades Into Herders,Farmers Impasse In Nigeria
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has delved into the impasse between herders and farmers in Nigeria.
The bloc has set up a working group to develop modalities to address clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the sub-region. Read more
China To Inject $70b Into The Nigerian Economy
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, on Wednesday said Chinese private sector companies had pledged an additional investment of 70 billion dollars to the Nigerian economy.
Kachikwu said this while addressing State House correspondents on the outcome of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
British Pound Falls Below Dollar After 31 Years
Britain’s pound has experienced a fall below dollar for the first time since June 1985, the outcome of trading showed on Wednesday that the pound slipped below 1.27 dollars.
The pound sterling hit a low of 1.2686 dollars GBP=D4 after 31 years at the opening of trade, before it recovered to 1.2720 dollars before the end of the day. Read more
Iwobi Shines As Eagles Soar Against Plateau U Ahead of WCQ2018
Ahead of Sunday’s, October 9 Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifier, Super Eagles continue with preparations by beating Plateau United 3-0 on Wednesday inside the National Stadium, Abuja.
Anderson Esiti’s first half goal and an Alex Iwobi brace in the second half gave the Super Eagles a morale boosting 3-0 win over the NPFL side. Read more
Infantino ‘sad, surprised’ at Allardyce exit
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has admitted to being “extremely surprised” and “very sad” at the affair that ended Sam Allardyce’s brief reign as England manager.
“Of course I am extremely surprised. I am also very, very sad about what has happened, about what we are reading, that this is just the tip of the iceberg and that there might be other issues coming and other stories coming out,” Infantino said in an exclusive interview with AFP. Read more