Sabinews Evening News Update for October 14, 2015
Senate confirms Fashola, Fayemi, Mohammed, 15 others as ministers
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed former Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and 15 others as ministers of the federal republic. Read more
Omotowa: Gas Flaring Reduced to 20%
The Managing Director of Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Mr. Babs Omotowa, has said that despite the best efforts, the problem of gas flaring in beyond what they can handle alone.
Omotowa stated this Wednnesday when the Management of LNG paid a courtesy to the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, at Naval Headquarters (NHQ), Abuja.
He however disclosed that their efforts have reduced gas flaring significantly down from 65 per cent to 20 per cent. Read more
Senate Defers Screening Of Rotimi Amaechi To Thursday
The Senate on Wednesday deferred the screening of minister-nominee Rotimi Amaechi to Thursday.
The development followed the inability of its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to submit its report on the petition against him.
The Chairman of the Committee Sen. Sam Anyanwu, while briefing the senate, said that the committee could not meet on Tuesday following the late adjournment of plenary. Read more
Ministerial Nominees: Buhari Drops Ibeto
P resident Muhammadu Buhari has withdrawn the name of immediate past Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Musa Ibeto from the list of ministerial nominees sent to the Senate.
It was learned that the President sent a letter to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki on the removal.
Ahmed Musa Ibeto (Santurakin Kontagora) was born January 15, 1959 at Ibeto headquarters, Ibelu District, Kontagora Emirate in Niger State. Read more
Edo Police, hunters rescue three kidnap victims
Three passengers who were abducted on Monday by suspected kidnappers along the Benin-Lagos express road have been rescued.
They were rescued on Tuesday night by a combined team of Edo State Police Command and local hunters. The three passengers comprising two males and a female looked traumatized and exhausted when they were presented before newsmen. Read more
African Studies have dismantled western imperialism – Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo have said that African studies have developed to dismantle the jaundiced of European imperialism and perspectives.
Obasanjo said this on Wednesday while delivering his keynote address at the first International Conference of the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA), with the theme:” The 21st Century: Past, Present and Future” held at University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State capital. Read more
Nigeria’s refineries lose N48.92bn in first 8 months of 2015
Figures presented by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in its Monthly Financial and Operations Report for August have revealed that Nigeria’s refineries recorded heavy losses in its operations for the first eight months of the year (January to August 2015), Daily Independent reports.
Top of Form
Specifically, the Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company Limited, Port Harcourt Refining Company and Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company posted a combined loss of N48.92bn. The losses resulted from combined expenses of N49,453bn. The Corporation realised a N535 million revenue in the period under review, leaving a deficit of N48.92 bn. Read more
Ships Laden With Foods, Petroleum Products Expected In Lagos
Forty eight ships laden with foods and petroleum products are expected to arrive Lagos ports from Oct. 14 to Nov.1.
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) stated this in its daily publication – ‘Shipping Position- made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos. Read more
Abia Governor Congratulates Orji Over Tribunal Victory
The Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has congratulated his predecessor and Senator representing Abia Central, Senator Theodore Orji, on his victory at the election petition tribunal.
The petition of Bailiff Ahamdi Nweke of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) seeking for the annulment of the declaration of Chief Orji of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the Abia Central Senatorial election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was yesterday struck out and dismissed for lack of competence and for being vague, unverifiable and unreliable. Read more
Rivers Govt To Tackle Flood, Garbage Throwers Risk Arrest
The Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) said it has commenced the De-silting of major creeks and canals in the city of Port Harcourt and Obio Akpor Local Government Areas and their environs to forestall a possibility of being caught in the predicted impending flooding of coastal areas in the country.
Accordingly, residents and people engaged in the habit of throwing refuse into the canals and creeks had been told that the relevant sanitation laws would catch up with them if caught in the act. The Sole Administrator of the Agency, Prince Felix Obuah, disclosed this while inspecting ongoing works at Ntanwogba Creek, Mini Nwondugba, Mini Aziri, Mini Ngwolu and Mini Ekere canals. Read more
NCS Urges For Public Sensitisation On Cyber Crime Law
Mr Jide Awe, the Chairman, Conferences Committee, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to embark on public sensitisation on the Cyber Crime Law.
Awe said in Lagos that increased awareness of the law by the citizenry would introduce sanity in the information technology sector. Read more
FG to revamp NNPC JVs into incorporated joint venture firms
President Muhammadu Buhari has taken his first steps towards overhauling the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by giving its exploration joint ventures control over their own budgets as a way to overcome chronic cash shortages, Reuters reports.
To speed up an often cumbersome decision making process at NNPC caused by its need for parliamentary and regulatory approval before it can spend anything, Buhari has given the green light to revamping several joint ventures involving its poorly managed production and exploration arm, according to a letter by NNPC Group Managing Director Emmanuel Kachikwu, signed by Buhari. Read more
House to Probe Contracts for Railway Rehabilitation, Others
The House of Representatives at plenary on Wednesday passed resolutions to open investigations into award of contracts for the rehabilitation of railways between 2010 and 2014, the construction works and lack of facilities at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, and allegations of fraud in the sale of power assets by the Bureau for Public Enterprises.
Hon. Solomon Ahwinahwi (Delta PDP) in a motion titled “Need to Investigate the Federal Ministry of Transport and the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) on the Award of Contracts for Rehabilitation of Railway Tracks, Maintenance of Bridges and Procurement/Rehabilitation of Coaches and Locomotives from 2010-2014” alleged that the over N18 billion expended so far to upgrade the railway system is not justified as the locomotives that ply the tracks are old models. Read more
Fayose, APC in Verbal War Over Performance Index
The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose on Wednesday said his performance in the last one year since he assumed office has been satisfactory.
However, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State has described the first year of Fayose’s administration as a “developmental
vacuum” in the celebration of fortunes reversal, saying all the gains of Governors Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi administrations had been eroded by Fayose’s government of “deceit founded on impunity and violence.” Read more
Cutting costs will improve efficiency, profitability – Kachikwu
Recently, the Group Managing Director, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachuikwu, had an interactive session with journalists in Lagos. A Q&A session ensued as captured by Sebastine Obasi. Excerpts:
What is the NNPC going to do about the joint venture contracts, some of which have been taken away from the NPDC?
They are under review. People signed contracts, and what I have tried to do is to review those contracts and get the best value yield. When you enter into an operatorship agreement for a certain number of years and people go ahead and make some investments, sometimes we presume that you just cancel it and walk away like that. It has some financial implications. What I am doing is to review each of those contracts, get the best value we can from them. We are now migrating from sole operatorship of third parties to joint operatorship between them and NPDC (National Petroleum Development Company). Read more
Islamic Year: Cleric enjoins faithful to pray peace, prosperity
Alhaji Mohammed Mahe, the Chief Imam of the Bwari Central Mosque, has enjoined Muslim faithful to pray for the peace and the prosperity of the country in the new Islamic Year.
Mahe made the call on Wednesday in Bwari in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). According to him, Oct. 14, marks the first day of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar. Read more
Platini on tenterhooks ahead of UEFA crisis meeting
Michel Platini will get a strong indication of the level of support from the organisation he heads when UEFA holds its crisis meeting in Nyon on Thursday.
The 60-year-old Frenchman was suspended for 90 days by FIFA’s ethics committee looking into corruption at the global football body. Read more
Plateau Assembly probes N10bn loan
The Plateau House of Assembly is investigating the N10 billion loan facility being sought by State Government, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
This is sequel to the invitation of the state’s Accountant-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, to shed more light on the request for the facility. The report said that the proposal for the collection of the loan was contained in a letter sent to the House by Gov. Simon Lalong. Read more
No contact from Swiss investigators over 2022 World Cup: Qatar
Qatar’s World Cup football bosses have not been contacted by Swiss investigators examining corruption claims over the bidding process for the 2022 tournament, a senior official said Wednesday.
Nasser al-Khater, the assistant general secretary of Qatar’s 2022 organising committee, replied “no” when asked if the Swiss Office of the Attorney General had been in touch during their now almost five months-long investigation. Read more