Sabinews Midday News Update for September 22, 2015
Saraki arrives at CCT
Senate President Bukola Saraki has just arrived at the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja. Saraki, in company with his deputy, Ike Ekeweremadu, former governor of Sokoto State, Wamako, and several senators. The tribunal awaits the arrival of the chairman, Justice Umar, for Saraki’s trial to begin. Read more
Kano, Calabar Airports Rated Best in Nigeria
The Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, have been adjudged best performing among the airports managed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.
The award was based on the Performance Management System (PMS) rating recently concluded by the Authority’s Department of Planning. The PMS rating is an initiative for the Authority to measure, monitor and improve airport management and service quality through the assessment of each airport with the aim of improving travelers’ experience. Read more
Ondo Workers Protest Non-payment of 3 Months’ Salaries
Workers in the public service of Ondo State currently on protest at the Office of the Accountant General of the state over non payment of three months salaries and deductions.
The workers, who stormed the office as early as 7:30am vowed not to leave theoffice located adjacent to the Government House Alagbaka until the salaries are paid. Read more
Kenyan police recover arms from seized Norwegian ship
Kenya’s security agencies on Monday recovered firearms from a Norwegian ship that was seized last week for allegedly trafficking drugs and firearms.
The multi-agency team inspecting the vehicle carrier, Hoegh Transporter, which came from Mumbai, India, stumbled upon the assorted weapons stashed in tyres of fighting wagons that were on a ship. “The weapons including long range guns were hidden in the tyres and covered with thick polythene papers. They have been handed to the government agents for further investigation,” said a senior security officer. Read more
Bayelsa Government laments incessant shift in FAAC meeting
The Bayelsa State government has said it is facing dire financial challenges as a result of the incessant shift in holding the monthly federal accounts allocation committee, (FAAC) meeting.
Governor Seriake Dickson, who made the revelation during an interview with newsmen on Monday in Yenagoa, explained that the situation had caused the state unnecessary delays in payment of salaries of civil servants. According to him, the state government cannot do otherwise, as every state in the country depended solely on revenue from the federation account to pay workers’ salaries. Read more
House maid re-arraigned for pouring hot water on employer
A 17-year-old house maid, Esther Abiodun, who was alleged to have poured hot water on her employer, Alhaja Dupe Iba Agba, while she was asleep, was yesterday re-arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court.
The defendant is standing trial on a two- count charge bordering, on unlawful pouring of hot water on her employer’s body and causing grievous bodily harm, preferred against her by the police. Read more
Crude language reflects Metuh’s personality, says APC
The All Progressives Congress has admonished the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Olisa Metuh, to show some decorum in his public statements and avoid the use of trench language in public discourse.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said Metuh’s increasing resort to the use of putrid language in his press statements is distracting from the message he might want to pass across, while at the same time sending a bad signal to the younger generation of Nigerians who look up to him and other politicians. Read more
Amaechi’s legacy remains indellible
THE unfolding political drama in Rivers State is, no doubt, a worrisome distraction not only to the dramatis personae and their henchmen but also to the entire polity. Its festering dimension as we follow the intrigues and name-calling portrays us as an unserious lot who see politics and political power as avenues to lay claim to some fiendish acclaim.
It is depressing as a recurring negative of our democracy and why the political system is fraught with many challenges, yearning for overhauling. But my greater worry is the implication of this unrestrained indulgence on the critical question of proper governance in the state and the basic interest of the people which should be the pre-occupation of the incumbent governor, Nyesom Wike. Read more
Nigeria not yet out of the woods
AMERICAN and Western European experts predicted that Nigeria will disintegrate in 2015. With the political desperation and frenzy that marked the political campaigns of the 2015 presidential election, many thought that Nigeria was at the point of the predicted 2015 disintegration. Surprisingly, the election took place without the much anticipated violence.
And following the election, the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan, conceded defeat to the victorious opposition presidential candidate, Mohammudu Buhari. This forestalled the anticipated violence and predicted breakup. Refreshingly, the doomsayers were proved wrong. Read more
Somali presidential palace blast kills nine
At least nine people were killed and 14 others injured on Monday evening after a car bomb exploded at the gate of Somalia’s presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu, police have said.
Mogadishu police officer Ahmed Shire told Xinhua that the explosion was huge and 9 people, which include two Somali soldiers,four civilians and three foreigners, were killed. “The blast was powerful and happened near presidential palace. The people who were getting out of the nearby hotel also died. Three foreigners were also killed in the attack,” he said. Read more
DAKKADA: Udom sets agenda for revival
A YOUNG Nigerian from Akwa Ibom State, Ufot Ekong, 24, addressed the last Nigerian Diaspora Day Conference. He was celebrated as the next Philip Emegwali to emerge from Nigeria.
He had, during the year, won four awards including that of overall best graduating student at one of Japan’s most prestigious higher institutions, Tokai University. He also solved a 50 years old universal Mathematical problem. Beyond the invitation by President Muhammadu Buhari to address the Diaspora Conference, his State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, offered him a state government scholarship covering his Masters and Doctorate degree studies, which he has already commenced. Read more
Saraki’s Trial Has Political Undertone – Adikwuru
The President during a recent visit to Japan stated that his government is negotiating with the Boko Haram for the release of the abducted Chibok girls. How would you react to the move?
The issue of negotiating with Boko Haram is not new and did not begin with the President Buhari administration. It is a necessity if only it can bring about the end to insurgency and the release of Chibok girls as well as restore the peace of North East and Nigeria in general. Negotiation is a veritable instrument of reconciliation and peace building world over and at times of crises, wars or conflicts, countries employ negotiation as a tool of finding lasting peace and conflict resolution. Read more
Regulation of IVF Underway – Experts
The Association for Fertility and Reproductive Health (AFRH) is set to provide guidelines on ethical practice and regulation of In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) practice in the country.
The association disclosed this during a briefing on its forthcoming annual conference slated for 24th -25th September, this year in Lagos with theme; ‘Role of Ethics and Regulation in IVF’. Chairman of the organizing committee, Dr. Adewunmi Aderemi-Bero said the association chose the theme because of the effects and stigmatization of infertile couples. Read more
Sallah: Plateau NSCDC deploys 2,000 officers
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Plateau Command, has deployed 2,000 officers and men to ensure peaceful Eid-El-Kabir in the state.
This is contained in statement signed by the corps Public Relations Officer in the state, Naomi Cishak, and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Jos. The statement urged the general public to be law abiding and avoid acts that could bring them in collision with the law during the celebration scheduled for Thursday, September 24. Read more