SURE-P May Not Continue Beyond 2015 – Agwai
There are indications that the Federal Government’s Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) may not continue beyond this year.
SURE-P chairman, Gen Martin Luther Agwai (rtd) said poor budgeting for SURE-P activities may make it impossible for the programme to continue beyond this year. Read more
Frustrated Chibok Parents Turn To UN For Help
Parents of the over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist sect, Boko Haram in April 2014, have appealed to the United Nations to wade in and help rescue their daughters.
This is coming after the parents declared that they had lost hope in the Federal Government’s efforts at rescuing the girls. The parents on Thursday lampooned the Federal Government for not doing enough to rescue the girls, even as they accused the government of having a hand in the abduction. Read more
Osinbajo visits HID, others for blessing
The running mate of General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) in the 2015 presidential elections under the umbrella of the All Progressives Congress, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday, visited the matriarch of the Awolowo dynasty, Chief (Mrs.) Hannah Awolowo at Ikenne.
He also visited the Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Michael Sonariwo and the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr.) Kayode Adetona. Read more
Defections of Members Threaten PDP’s Chances In Taraba
The dream of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) retaining Taraba State in the forthcoming general elections may turn out to be a mirage, following the massive defections of politicians elected on its platform and teeming members/supporters to opposition parties.
Parties presently reaping from the defection of members of both the State and National Assemblies include the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC). Read more
Sokoto police trains officers, men on election processes
The Sokoto state Police Command has commenced the training of its officers and men on the 2015 election processes, Commissioner of Police, Shuaibu Lawal Gambo has said.
Gambo who disclosed the development on Thursday in Sokoto said the essence is to dispassionately ensure hitch-free polls in February this year. Read more
FG owes Jigawa N17billion —Lamido
Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State has said the Federal Government is owing the state government more than N17 billion.
Lamido disclosed this while addressing supporters at the PDP governorship campaign rally in Hadejia.
He said that the amount was in respect of various Federal Government projects executed by the state government. Read more
Health workers vow to continue strike as FG stops salaries
Health workers in the country have vowed not to end the ongoing nationwide strike until the Federal Governemnt addresses all the issues of dispute.
The leadership of the health workers also urged its members not to succumb to the intimidation and tactics of the government. Read more
Tablets, ultrabooks become 30% more affordable
The Average Selling Price of Ultrabooks and tablets declined by 7.8 per cent in 2014, as the market matured and commoditised, allowing these devices to become more affordable in all markets. According to market intelligence firm ABI Research, the average weeks of household income needed to buy a tablet or Ultrabook both declined by approximately 30 per cent YoY making these devices more affordable to a wider range of consumers.
“Across 22 different countries between 2013 and 2014, there was an 8.5 per cent decline for the ASP of tablets and 7.1 per cent for Ultrabooks,” Research Analyst Stephanie Van Vactor, said. “This decline is allowing these devices to reach a larger audience in a wider range of countries.” Read more
NCC tasks telecom providers on submission of statistical data
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday advised telecoms service providers to submit their statistical data early.
The commission gave the charge in a ‘Notification of Revised Timelines for Submissions of Statistical Data’. Read more
Herdsmen attack: Kogi moves to avert more deaths
The Kogi State Government says it is working towards putting in place measures that will address incessant clash between indigenes of the state and Fulani settlers.
The state governor, Capt. Idris Wada, asserted this when he received in audience Alhaji Muhhamadu Kabiru Isah, the Maiyaki of Kupa, who was in his office to intimate government on a recent clash which claimed seven lives, the burning down of 42 buildings and destruction of some tractors, vehicles and motorcycles in Ekpan-Abugi, in Kupa district of Lokoja Local Government Area of the state. Read more
DSS, Police Minister under fire over clampdown threats on opposition leaders
A cross section of political and human rights activists across the country has condemned the Police and the Directorate of State Security (DSS) for threatening opposition politicians with arrest ahead of next month’s elections.
The security agencies had warned that they would not hesitate to arrest anyone, no matter how highly placed, deemed to be threatening national security. Read more
Development of Local Economy, Spending Cuts Only Way Out – Analysts
Last year was very challenging for various stakeholders in the country. For those in the political class, it was a time to prepare for the 2015 general elections billed for early February while those in the business class had to contend with the impact of falling oil prices in the international market, a development which led to the implementation of fiscal and monetary policies to mitigate its adverse effect on the economy. Read more
Canadian mass killer spared two babies
A man who killed eight people in the Canadian city of Edmonton this week spared two babies whom he dropped off with relatives before killing his last victim and turning the murder weapon on himself, police have said.
Phu Lam, 53, shot dead five adults and two children, aged eight and three, on Monday in a house that he co-owned with his estranged wife, who was one of the victims, along with her parents, sister and a family acquaintance. Read more
AirAsia search finds two ‘big’ parts of plane
Recovery teams have found two big parts of AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed into the sea last weekend with 162 people on board, Indonesia’s top search official said on Saturday morning.
Bambang Soelistyo, Search and rescue agency chief, told reporters that the huge relief operation discovered the objects in the Java Sea off the island of Borneo late on Friday night. Read more
Abandoned Migrant Ship Reaches Italian Port
A dramatic rescue mission to bring an abandoned cargo ship carrying hundreds of migrants under control has been carried out by the Italian Air Force.
Six coastguard officers were airlifted aboard the ship after stormy seas made it impossible to reach the runaway vessel by boat.
They took control of the Sierra-Leone-flagged ship, the Ezadeen, which was abandoned by people traffickers as it headed towards the southern tip of Italy. Read more
Cooreman, Okpala jostle for Rangers’ job
As Rangers International Football Club of Enugu prepares for the forthcoming Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, two coaches, Maurice Cooreman and Sylvanus Okpala, have been tipped to clinch the vacant coaching job of the club.
This revelation was made known to League Zone by the Media Office, Foster Chime, during the week saying “management may announce the successful applicant in the first week of January.” Read more
I won’t betray Keshi — Amokachi
Nigeria assistant coach Daniel Amokachi insists Stephen Keshi remains in charge of the Super Eagles, despite his contract having expired last year.
Keshi’s deal with the Super Eagles came to an end after the 2014 World Cup, although the tactician maintained the reins throughout their failed AFCON qualifying campaign, where they finished third in Group A. Read more
Abuja club moves to popularise polo
Entertainment Manager of Abuja Polo Club Mohammed Bunza Mohammed Bunza has said the club is working to promote polo in Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Bunza told NAN Abuja during the week that the club had been holding training sessions for kids to enable them to learn more about the game. Read more
Martins’ absence cost Eagles –Fatusi
Stephen Keshi’s decision to keep Obafemi Martins out of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers cost Nigeria a place in the continental finals, according to former Super Eagles winger Teslim Fatusi.
Nigeria squandered a gilt-edged chance to defend their title in the tournament after the Eagles battled to a 2-2 draw against South Africa in the Equatorial Guinea 2015 Group A last qualifying match in Uyo on November 19, when they needed just a win to seal their place in the finals. Read more
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