SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE – JANUARY 6, 2019
STRIKE: FG, ASUU RESUME NEGOTIATION TOMORROW
The federal government disclosed yesterday that it will resume the negotiation process with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) tomorrow, with a view to putting an end to the ongoing industrial action embarked on by the striking lecturers. Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, gave the hint in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by director of Press in the ministry, Mr Samuel Olowookere. According to the statement, the meeting is in furtherance to efforts at resolving the on-going industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
PYTHON DANCE III: BE PROFESSIONAL, SOUTHEAST GOVERNORS TELL ARMY
The South East Governors Forum has called on officers and men of the Nigerian Army to be professional in the execution of their duties under the Operation Python Dance III in the zone.
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi, who is the Chairman of the forum, gave the charge in Abakaliki, while receiving the General Officer Commanding the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen. Abubakar Maikobi.
Umahi charged the army to be professional, to win the confidence of the people in the face of heightened tension, occasioned by the 2019 general elections.
“The south east zone has been greatly troubled by the army’s presence, especially with its clash with members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
“The army should therefore remain neutral and maintain a high level of professionalism in the discharge of its duties while the operation lasts,” he said.
KWARA MARGINALIZED UNDER APC GOVERNMENT, SAYS PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that Kwara State has not been fairly treated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the federal level.
The party added that the APC government had denied the state of its legitimate entitlements in the scheme of things.
Kwara State Coordinator, Atiku/Obi Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dr Ali Ahmad, told reporters in Ilorin, the state capital, at the official opening of the state office, adding that as a result the APC candidates at all levels do not deserve the votes of Kwarans in 2019.
Dr Ahmad, who is the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, asked:
“Why will any Kwaran not vote for the party that has demonstrated that it can provide the much needed job to our teeming youth by promising that 40 percent of his appointments will be populated by the youth? Today, about 9,300,000 school children are said to be fed every day across the country under one of their opaque programmes; there is not a single pupil from Kwara State that currently benefits.
CAN FIXES JAN 10 PRAYER DAY FOR ELECTIONS
The Christian Association of Nigeria has declared January 10 as National Day of Prayers for peaceful, free, fair and credible elections.
The Christian body also declared it as day of freedom for Leah Sharibu and others in the Boko Haram captivity, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, in a statement on Saturday by his Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Adebayo Oladeji, said the prayer would be held in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory between 11am and 2pm.
Ayokunle said the programme was to seek God’s intervention in preventing violence, manipulation, intimidation of voters and other electoral crimes in the forthcoming elections.
He said that all Christian politicians, especially those vying for offices, Christian groups or organizations and stakeholders were invited to participate in the programme.
The cleric stated that all Christian candidates for elective offices, or their representatives, were also invited to be prayed for to be good ambassadors of Christ before, during and after the election.
MELAYE, RELAX, POLICE IS STILL YOUR FRIEND
The lingering stand-off between Senator Dino Melaye and the police is laughable. Importantly, it ridicules the institutions that both parties represent, writes Olaseni Durojaiye.
When the nation thought it had seen the worst of brazen, unprofessional conduct on the part of the Nigeria Police Force under the current leadership of Ibrahim Idris, the latest standoff between the police and the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, certainly compels a rethink.
The whole saga is both laughable and shameful. And this is applicable to both parties. Their conduct has indeed brought shame and disrepute to the nation as well as assaulted the psyche of its people, who are being force-fed what could best be described as obscene clips from a theatre of the absurd.
THIS IS THE NANCY PELOSI MOMENT AND DONALD TRUMP SHOULD BE VERY AFRAID
The Trump White House has frequently been called chaotic, wild, undisciplined, disorderly. But a better word might be “unruly,” because if there’s one thing Donald Trump can’t abide, it’s rules. Not only has the Trump administration signally failed to follow the rules, it’s not clear it ever bothered to learn them. But as the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives last week, that abruptly changed. Trump is about to get schooled in the rules of the game.
For two years, thanks to a Republican Congress that chose not to honor its constitutional duty to maintain oversight of the executive branch, the American political drama has centred on special counsel’s Robert Mueller’s investigation. But that focus is about to widen, as Nancy Pelosi, the once and future Speaker of the House, reclaimed the gavel, promising to show Americans its power: the picture of her smiling as she wielded it went viral, for good reason.
DRAKE KISSES AND TOUCHES 17-YEAR-OLD GIRL ON STAGE
An old video of Drake appearing to kiss and fondle a 17-year-old girl has resurfaced on Twitter.
In the video, posted by Twitter user @thespookgod, Drake stands with a young woman onstage. After caressing and kissing her for several seconds, he asks how old she is.
When the girl says she is 17, Drake throws his head back in what appears to be mock shame as many people in the audience erupt in applause and cheers.
“I can’t go to jail yet, man!” he laughs. “Why do you look like that? You thick. Look at all this…Well, look, I had fun. I don’t know whether I should feel guilty or not, but I had fun. I like the way your breasts feel against my chest. I just want to thank you.”
CESC FABREGAS IS ONLY AN ARSENAL LEGEND AND NOT A CHELSEA LEGEND – JOHN BARNES
The midfielder, who is expected to join Monaco, was handed a rare start by Maurizio Sarri and also captained the side.
Despite a first-half penalty miss, Chelsea supporters gave Fabregas a deserved standing ovation when he was taken off with five minutes remaining.
He departs Stamford Bridge having won the Premier League twice, an FA Cup and an EFL Cup during his four years with Chelsea; in total, he made 197 appearances for the Blues.
But Liverpool legend Barnes, speaking with former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson on beIN SPORTS, believes Fabregas will be remembered more for his time at Arsenal.