Minister Urges Nigerians To Make Use Of Dry Ports
The Minister of Transport, Mr Idris Umar, has urged Nigerians to utilise the opportunities provided by Inland Container Deports/Dry Ports established by Federal Government across the country.
Umar made the call during the inauguration of Funtua Freight Station/Dry Port in Katsina State. Read more
Ogun isolates 3 travellers from Guinea
Three travellers suspected to be Ebola virus carrier have been temporarily stopped from gaining entry to Ogun State and presently placed on a 21-day observation to determine their health status.
This was disclosed Tuesday by the State Commissioner for Health, Olaokun Soyinka, at a press conference held in his office in Abeokuta. Read more
Jonathan Swears in New Head of Service, Commissioner
New Head of Service (HOS), Mr. Danladi Kifasi, Commissioner representing Abia and Imo states in the service, Mr. Chima Dunze, were Wednesday sworn in by President Goodluck Jonathan.
While swearing in the duo at the Presidential Villa, Jonathan said for any government to do well, the civil service must be at the forefront. Read more
INEC May Register More Parties 2015 Elections – Jega
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has assured that many political groups or associations seeking to be registered as political parties may be so registered before the general election in 2015 in the country.
Speaking at a public hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on INEC on Tuesday, Jega stated that it is the responsibility of INEC to register political parties. Read more
INEC creates more 30,027 polling units across Nigeria
The commission said Tuesday that the action was aimed at decongest in existing polling centres.
With the addition, the total number of polling units across the nation stands at 150,000, up from 119,973.
The commission made this known in a statement by the Director in charge of the commission’s secretariat in Abuja, Ishiaku Gali. Read more
Saraki Clears Rumour on Presidency Ambition
A representative of Kwara Central in the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has responded to rumours of his ambition to contest for the Presidency in 2015, saying he will make his decision known at the right time.
After a stakeholders’ meeting of the Kwara State branch of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, Saraki stressed that his struggle was not a personal ambition despite criticism and blackmail from several quarters. Read more
Lagos Records Five New Suspected Ebola Cases
Five new suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease were brought to the Yaba Mainland Hospital, Lagos, on Tuesday, the Lagos State government has said.
At a press conference, Wednesday, Jide Idris, the State Commissioner for Health, told journalists that two of those cases were from secondary contacts. Read more
INEC rules out Diaspora, e-voting
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ruled out the possibility of Nigerians living in the Diaspora to participate in the forthcoming 2015 general elections.
Speaking at a one-day public hearing on a proposed amendment to the 2010 Electoral Act, organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters in Abuja yesterday, the commission’s Chairman, Prof. Atahiru Jega, also stated that a lot still needed to be done for such, and the much promoted electronic voting system to be executed by INEC. Read more
FG Gives Marching Orders to Contractors on Skills Acquisition Centres
Piqued by the protracted delay in the completion of the skills acquisition centres in the Niger Delta region, the federal government yesterday gave marching orders to the contractors to avoid further delay, and deliver the projects or have the contracts terminated.
It particularly handed down deadlines of two months and six months respectively for the completion of the centre in Otuoke, Bayelsa State, the home state of President Goodluck Jonathan and the one at Ibeno, Akwa Ibom State. Read more
FG Did Not Sack Doctors – Minister
The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said the federal government never ordered the sacking of 16,000 resident doctors working in federal hospitals across the country.
Briefing State House correspondents yesterday in Abuja after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, Chukwu said there was no basis for the government to sack people who had not been working in the last two months. Read more
Suspension of residency training programme not reversible – FG
The Federal Government on Wednesday said there was no going back on the suspension of residency programme for medical doctors in the country.
Also according to the government, the embargo placed on appointment of new doctors into public hospitals across the country and the suspension of the Residency Training Programme in the health sector was done in the overall interest of all Nigerians. Read more
Jonathan receives Confab report Thursday
President Goodluck Jonathan will on Thursday officially receive the reports of the 2014 National conference at a ceremony scheduled to take place at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja.
This is even as Vice President Namadi Sambo Wednesday assured that the recommendations by the 2014 national conference will be utilised to settle the myriad of problems besetting the country. Read more
FCT Minister commissions 49 housing units in Apo-Dutse
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bala Mohammed yesterday commissioned 49 housing units built by Abuja Investments Company Limited (AICL) in Apo-Dutse Estate in a bid to bridge the housing deficit in Abuja.
The Minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the FCT Administration, Obinna Chukwu also commissioned the executive office suites in Garki built by AICL and performed the ground breaking for the construction of an ultra modern mall in Guzape District. Read more
Shettima, Ndume Visit Displaced Victims in Adamawa, Gombe
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State and Senator Ali Ndume were in Yola yesterday to visit Borno indigenes who were displaced by the incessant attacks by the Boko Haram sect and those camped in border states of Gombe and Adamawa.
Ndume representing Borno South senatorial district, who spoke to journalists yesterday in Yola shortly after their visit to Madagali, Mubi, and Michika local government areas of Adamawa State where the displaced victims were settled, lamented the living condition of the displaced persons, which he said required the intervention of all Nigerians. Read more
Strike’ll soon be suspended —NMA president
Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Kayode Obembe, on Wednesday, hinted that striking doctors in the country may call off their protracted strike any moment from now.
Obembe, who gave the hint after a prolonged meeting with the Senate President, David Mark, which lasted from Tuesday night till the early hours of Wednesday, said the meeting was “useful and successful.” Read more
Sabinews News Update on Economy
87% of Debtors Blacklisted by CBN Unable to Pay Loans Two Years After
Only about 10 to 15 of the 113 bad debtors (companies) that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) barred from further borrowings from banks two years ago have been able to repay their loans taken over by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).
The low recovery rate by AMCON translates to 87 per cent of loan defaulters, two years on, who have not been able to meet their loan obligations. Read more
FG Urged to Intervene On Dumping of Lubes in Nigerian Market
Stakeholders in the downstream sector of the petroleum sector industry have raised the alarm over the inflow of substandard and fake lubricants into the country. They have urged the Federal Government to halt the influx with legislation that will enable local manufacturers to produce genuine products needed to fast track industrial and economic development. Read more
Nigeria not the only economy moving in on our patch – SA
In many ways he is correct. The upward revision of the West African powerhouse’s GDP was widely expected and was a consequence of a statistical adjustment known as rebasing, last carried out in Nigeria in 1990 instead of every five years, which is the norm.
Since then the economy of the continent’s most populous nation has grown tremendously, thanks largely to rapid-fire expansion of its oil and gas, retail, finance, telecommunications and film industries. Read more
Delta to promulgate law for sustainability of MSME
Delta Government said on Wednesday that it would promulgate a law that would ensure the sustainability of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) programme in the state.
The state governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Uduaghan said that a Bill for the proposed law had already been sent to the state’s House of Assembly. Read more
CBN to provide N10m in guarantees to qualified Bureau de Changes for outbound money transfers
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced plans to provide up to N10 million to each recapitalised Bureau de Change (BDC) qualified to participate in outbound money transfers operations to be launched at the weekend. This news comes off the heels of 766 BDC licences being revoked by the CBN for failure to meet new recapitalisation requirements. Read more
Jonathan gives NEXIM bank boss new 5-year term
President Goodluck Jonathan has renewed the tenure of Roberts Orya, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Export-Import Bank, NEXIM.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, A. M. Daniel-Nwaobia, in a reappointment letter dated August 18, 2014 said Mr. Orya will now lead the bank for a fresh five-year term. Read more
CBN develops nationwide signatories’ verification portal
The CentralBank of Nigeria (CBN) has developed an industry portal for the verification of authorised signatories in the Nigerian banking system in furtherance of efforts to develop a safe, reliable and efficient payments system in the country.
The industry signatories’ verification portal is designed to make it easy for banks to verify the documents they received from other banks online and make it impossible for fraudsters to fabricate letters as coming from the banks. Read more
Sabinews News Update on Oil and Gas
Talks with Egypt on potential natural gas sale after ENI-KOGAS drilling results
NICOSIA will enter into concrete talks with Cairo over a possible natural gas sale to Egypt after the first results of the exploration activity by ENI-KOGAS in Cypriot offshore blocks 2,3 and 9, Cyprus Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis has said.
In statements following a meeting of the Council of Ministers, Lakkotrypis made clear that the construction of a natural gas liquefaction terminal remained a priority for Nicosia, adding however that in the long-term Cyprus should diversify its export options. Read more
JTF Arrests Trucks Siphoning Diesel From NNPC Pipeline
The Joint Miltary Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, has arrested two trucks for siphoning Automated Gas Oil (diesel) from a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
It was learnt that each of the truck had the capacity to carry 45,000 litres of oil. Read more
Fresh Crisis Looms as NUPENG Hands AGIP Ultimatum over Stop-Gap Contracts
There is growing tension in both the downstream and the upstream sectors of the oil and gas industry, following a 14-day ultimatum handed over to Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) by the Port Harcourt Zone of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG), THISDAY has learnt.
Rising from their August 11, 2014 emergency meeting, NUPENG had handed over an ultimatum to NAOC to respect the April and June 2014 letters from the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Read more
Sabinews News Update on Energy
NERC to penalize operators for electrocution
The Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on Monday in Abuja presented the Nigerian Electricity Health & Safety Code, vowing to penalize any power sector operator whose faults result in electrocution cases.
Presenting the Code, the chairman, Dr. Sam Amadi insisted that: “With the Health Safety Code in place, it is expected that the industry operators will step-up the health and safety activities in their respective companies otherwise they will be faced with stringent penalties. From now on, electrocution cases will no longer be treated lightly.”
He explained that while the commission worked hard to ensure cost reflective tariffs to improving the funding and revenue stream of the utilities to provide world class services to customers,” it is therefore expected that the utilities will pay greater attention to the improvement of efficiency and safety of the network.”
In his rejoinder-like speech, which he titled “There is no gap in the technical regulation of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI), he corrected the misinformation which created the impression that there is a gap in the technical regulation of the industry. Read more
Israeli forces ‘strike 20 targets in Gaza overnight’
Israeli military said that they struck 20 targets in Gaza overnight in response to rocket fire from Hamas, as a six-day truce collapsed into heavy fighting. Read more
Ebola in Liberia: Sirleaf advises rejection of strangers
Liberia’s Head of State, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has commanded Liberians to drive off any stranger that appears at their homes.
“If anybody comes to your house, tell the person to go away. If somebody comes to your house, say ‘please go back to your house’,” the Liberian Leader said to residents of Stephen Tolbert Estate, Gardnesville, on Friday, August 15. Read more
Spanish senator blames €1 trillion national debt on homosexuals
A Spanish senator from the ruling conservative party is facing calls to resign after she blamed Spain’s national debt on “subsidies offered to homosexuals”.
Luz Elena Sanín, a member of the Popular Party, has been condemned for her “homophobic comments” after her controversial defence of the austerity measures introduced by Mariano Rajoy, the prime minister. Read more
Saudi Arabia sentences 18 to jail for militant offences
A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced 18 men to prison terms of 10 months to 25 years for their part in a series of militant attacks against government and foreign targets between 2003-06, state media reported late on Wednesday.
The men were part of a group of 50 on trial at the same time, of whom 30 have already been sentenced to jail and one to death. Read more
West Africa Ebola Death Toll Rises to 1,350: WHO
The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now risen to at least 1,350 people, World Health Organization said today.
The latest figures showed that the deaths are mounting fastest in Liberia, which now accounts for at least 576 of the deaths. Read more
Vietnam releases two Nigerians isolated for Ebola tests
Vietnam has released two Nigerians isolated after arriving from west Africa with fevers, saying they show no symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus.
Ebola test results for the pair are not yet known but the health ministry said their condition had improved. Read more
Sabinews News Update on Sports
Odegbami, Umeh Cleared To Contest NFF Elections
Former national team captain, Chief Segun Odegbami has been cleared to contest for the presidency of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) when the elections hold next week in Warri, Delta State.
Chairman of the NFF’s Electoral Committee, Amoni Rollins Biambo, confirmed yesterday that both Odegbami and the factional leader of the NFF, Mike Umeh, have been cleared to contest. Read more
Woodbridge issues US Open challenge to Tomic
Todd Woodbridge believes it is time for Bernard Tomic to “step it up” at the US Open as the 21-year-old prepares to embark on his fourth campaign at Flushing Meadows.
“I think he’s got to go in looking at the Open with (the attitude of) ‘I have something to prove at Grand Slam level’. He has not played, I think, his best tennis at the US Open,” Woodbridge observed. Read more
Tom Fox expected to be appointed as CEO of Aston Villa by the end of the week
Aston Villa are set to name Arsenal’s chief commercial officer Tom Fox as their new CEO.
Fox, one of the highest-ranked officials at the Gunners, has been sounded out by Lerner to replace Paul Faulkner after his shock departure last month. Read more
Modric extends contract with Real Madrid
Spanish football giants Real Madrid confirmed that the club had reached an agreement with Croatian international midfielder Luka Modric to extend his contract until the end of June 2018.
Modric joined the European Champions in the summer of 2012 for €30 million ($35 million), plus in incentives from Tottenham Hotspurs, reports Xinhua. Read more
Torres for Roma deal
Serie A giants Roma are prepared to offer Chelsea striker Fernando Torres an escape route from his Stamford Bridge nightmare, as part of a Blues’ swap deal for Mattia Destro.
According to The Times, Chelsea’s proposal is that they would sign Destro, an Italian international striker who is valued at around £20m, and allow Torres to move on loan to the Italian club for the season. Read more
AFCON 2015 QUALIFIERS: Victor Moses is Off Form, Says Keshi
Stephen Keshi has revealed that he left out Victor Moses from Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2015) qualifiers against Congo and South Africa because the Chelsea forward has lost form.
Moses, who has joined English Premier League side, Stoke City, was conspicuously missing from Keshi’s 23-man squad released on Tuesday for next month’s AFCON qualifiers against Congo and South Africa. Read more
Nigeria, Germany reach final in U-20 Women’s WC
The basic facts are these: Nigeria will play Germany in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 final after beating Korea DPR and France respectively. However, those bare outcomes represent just the final page of an enthralling semi-final story that showcased two different and equally thrilling kinds of football match. Read more
Osagona, Salami Excited Over Super Eagles Call-Up
Nigeria’s Premier League highest goal scorers, Osagona Igbodalo and Gbolahan Salami, have said they are delighted to be called up for the 2015 African Cup of Nation, AFCON, qualifiers which will commence next month. Read more
AFCON Trophy Rescued From Fire
The flames are said to have started from a spark in the accountant’s office which quickly spread through the building before it was eventually brought under control by fire service
The Nigeria Football Federation Abuja Secretariat has declared that it was able to rescue some of the trophies won by the national teams from its offices after a blaze swept through the building on Wednesday morning. Read more