Sabinews Morning News Update for May 2, 2015
Temporary Relief As Marketers Suspend Strike
Major oil marketers said it has reached an agreement with the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) to temporarily suspend the lifting of petroleum product.
Executive Secretary of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Mr. Femi Olawore , who disclosed this yesterday when he updated the media on the ongoing impasse with the government over outstanding fuel subsidy said, affected parties have temporarily suspended the action. Read more
Military rescues 234 girls, women from Boko Haram
Nigeria’s military has rescued 234 more girls and women from a Boko Haram forest stronghold in the country’s northeast, an announcement on social media said Saturday.
It brings the number of females declared rescued this week to more than 677. Read more
NLC pushes for N90,000 minimum wage, condemns police action in Lagos
The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday condemned the sealing of the National Stadium, Surulere to prevent workers from celebrating yesterday’s Workers’ Day, warning the new acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arise to learn from the misadventures of his predecessors by operating within the ambit of the law.
It also demanded N90, 000 as minimum wage for workers in the country, saying that the five year operational period of current N18,000 minimum wage would come to an end this year and must be reviewed. Read more
Anambra athletes demand financial rewards for medals
Anambra State athletes who won medals at the National School Sports Festival in Benue State last year have called on their state government to reward them for their efforts at the event, the News Agency of Nigeriareports.
Anambra finished second behind Cross River on the medals table after clinching 82 gold, 103 silver and 119 bronze medals at the NSSF. Read more
African Victory at the United Nations
Unknown to many people, Africa led by Nigeria recorded an unprecedented victory at the 48th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development which took place at the United Nations Building, in New York City, United States, April 13-17 2015. For the first time in the history of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, the Commission ended on April 17 2015 without an outcome document or a consensus document. Only a few times in the past had a United Nations Commission ended without a consensus document. Therefore what transpired at the United Nations on April 17 2015 was not just a symbolic victory: it was a historic, revolutionary and a precedent-setting African victory. Read more
Faction: Abia withdraws NLC recognition
The Abia State Government has said it will henceforth not accord recognition to any of the three factional leaderships of the Nigerian Labour Congress in the state until they resolve their differences.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. Anthony Agbazuere, who stated the government’s position at a press conference on Friday in Umuahia, said breaking labour unions into factions portended a grave danger to the peace and progress of the society at large. Read more
Mark laments poor electricity supply in Nigeria
Senate President, David Mark, on Friday, decried the epileptic power supply in the country in spite of promises made by investors in the wake of the privatisation of the sector.
Mark, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Paul Mumeh, stated this while hosting the management team of the Electricity Management Services Limited in Abuja. Read more
Senate Presidency: North-East Senators Deny Endorsing Any Candidate
A new twist emerged yesterday in the race for the Senate Presidency of the 8th Senate when 10 out of the 13 Senators elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), disowned Senator Ahmad Lawan ( APC Yobe North) as the consensus candidate for the position.
LEADERSHIP checks reveal that the APC have zoned the position of the Senate Presidency to the north east. Read more
Passengers stranded as scarcity of fuel grounds international flights
Thousands of passengers were stranded at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on Friday night as scarcity of aviation fuel grounded most international flights.
Saturday PUNCH observed that the passengers had arrived the airport and proceeded to check in, but waited for hours without being attended to at the various counters. Read more
Pay our six months’ salary, doctors tell Aregbesola
The Nigeria Medical Association has accused Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, of deliberately denying workers their six months’ salaries.
The Chairman of NMA Action Committee in the state, Dr. R.A. Adebayo, said in a letter to the governor and a copy of which was made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Friday, that the governor had collected up to March, 2015 allocation but he refused to pay doctors and other workers. Read more
Workers shun May Day rally in Plateau, Benue
Workers in Plateau and Benue States shunned the May Day celebrations in Jos and Makurdi, the state capitals respectively on Friday to protest months of unpaid salaries.
While workers in Plateau are owed five months arrears, those in Benue have yet to receive their salaries for the past three months. Read more
Grandma Sells 2-Day Old Grandchild For N300,000
Policemen attached to Orile police station were stunned when they arrested a grand mother who sold her daughter’s 2 -day old baby for N300, 000.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the grandmother, identified as Mama Oluchi was said to have gone to a private hospital in Orile and pretended to be looking after her daughter, Oluchi and the new born baby. Read more
Toddler critical after shooting himself in face with father’s gun
A two-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after taking his father’s gun and shooting himself in the face.
The toddler found the gun wrapped up in sheets on a bed, AP reported. Read more
Nepal quake: ‘No chance’ to find more survivors, as death toll rises
Nepal’s authorities have ruled out the possibility of finding more survivors of last Saturday’s earthquake, as the death toll has risen to 6,621.
“We are trying our best in rescue and relief work but now I don’t think that there is any possibility of survivors under the rubble,” Home Ministry spokesman Laxmi Prasad Dhakal told AFP. Read more
Dozens of graves found in Thailand jungle
Police have found dozens of shallow graves, a corpse and an ailing survivor at an abandoned jungle camp in an area of southern Thailand that is regularly used to smuggle Rohingya Muslims, as well as Bangladeshis and other migrants, to third countries.
An Associated Press reporter who visited the scene later Friday counted six bodies, including five that had recently been dug up. He said a rescue team told him 27 graves, each with a simple bamboo marker, had yet to be exhumed. Read more
Turkish police use tear gas on hundreds of May Day protesters
Turkish police used water cannon and tear gas on hundreds of stone-throwing protesters on Friday, a Reuters reporter at the scene said, after the demonstrators attempted to defy a ban and march on Taksim Square in central Istanbul.
Riot police in the Besiktas neighbourhood near the square chased protesters who threw bottles and set off fireworks. Source
Six officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death
In publicly outlining her case against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore’s chief prosecutor faulted what they did — and did not do.
Among the allegations: Failure to find probable cause, illegal arrest, failure to seek or render medical aid, gross negligence and misconduct. Read more
Keshi: Nobody can choose assistant coaches for me
Returnee Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has insisted that nobody can choose his assistant coaches, maintaining that only him will make that choice at the appropriate time.
Amidst growing tension over plot and counter-plot by some officials of the Nigeria Football Federation to handpick coaches for him, the 2013 AFCON Nations Cup winner said that the NFF cannot ambush him in his choice of assistant coaches for the team. Read more
Warri Wolves win Kinshasa game
Warri Wolves yesterday restored Nigeria’s pride in African club football with their qualification to the third round of the CAF Confederation Cup at the expense of MK Etanchiete of DR Congo after a 1-0 win in Kinshasa.
The country’s only surviving team in the continental competition managed a slim 2-1 victory in the first leg in Warri, making their qualification doubtful against the backdrop of Etanchiete’s intimidating home record. Read more
Nigerians in Diaspora Congratulate Buhari
With the successful completion of the Presidential Election 2015, Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) has congratulated the President-Elect, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari on his well-deserved election as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
They said destiny had placed into his hands the fate of millions of Nigerians at home and abroad and it was his responsibility going forward, to protect the trust the Nigerian people had so graciously entrusted on him. Read more
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