Sabinews Evening News Update for August 7, 2015
The Nigerian Army is back on track – Buratai
The Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen. Tukur Buratai, said on Friday that the Nigerian Army was on track to effectively respond to emerging challenges associated with protecting the nation’s territory.
Buratai said this while leading serving army personnel in Abuja to participate in the monthly `Route March Exercise.’
He said troops across the country were physically sound and mentally ready to take on any task assigned to them. Read more
Buhari announces weapons production plan
President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friday Nigeria planned to ramp up the domestic production of weapons for its armed forces, in an effort to cut the country’s dependence on imported arms.
“The Ministry of Defence is being tasked to draw up clear and measurable outlines for development of a modest military industrial complex for Nigeria,” Buhari said during a speech at the National Defence College in Abuja. Read more
FG Cautions Against Employers’ Compromise on Worker’s Safety
The federal government on Friday said it will no longer take lightly cases of employers’ compromising standard safety measures and practices at work places across the country.
The government, through the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Clement Illoh, said that it will not tolerate compromises of employers over the safety and health of their workers under the guise of scarce resources. Read more
Buhari, three govs attend Juma’at inside Aso Rock
Three state governors on Friday joined President Muhammadu Buhari for the Juma’at service inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The governors included Governor Abdulazeez Yari (Zamfara); Governor Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa); and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano).
After the prayers, the three governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress returned with the President to his office where they met behind closed-doors for several minutes. Read more
Buhari Asks Ministry to Produce Weapons Locally
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Federal Ministry of Defence to produce a plan for the establishment of a modest Military Industrial Complex for the local production of weapons to meet some of the requirements of the country’s armed forces.
Speaking on Friday at the graduation ceremony of the National Defence College, Buhari described as unacceptable Nigeria’s current over-dependence on other countries for critical military equipment and logistics. Read more
‘Welcome Home’ Party Planned for Gbajabiamila
The Surulere Federal Constituency is set to celebrate the emergence of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamlia as House Leader in the House of Representatives.
The party, slated for Saturday, will also coincide with the commissioning of the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Surulere, Lagos.
According to a statement by the Chairman of the Planning Committee, Hon. Agboola Dabiri, the House Leader is being celebrated for the maturity he displayed while the tussle for the House Leadership lasted. Read more
Accident Investigation – AIB’s Experience
The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) is one of the six agencies under the Ministry of Aviation, charged with the responsibility to investigate aircraft accidents and incidents in Nigeria. As part of the Civil Aviation Act of 2006, AIB became an autonomous agency which reports directly to the President through the Minister of Aviation.
It has its headquarters on the grounds of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, and its present Commissioner, who is also the Chief Executive Officer, is Dr. Felix Abali, appointed on March 4,2014. He succeeded Captain Muhktar Usman, who is currently the Director General of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA). Read more
Kachikwu: Buhari bears no grudge against Igbos, says APC
The All Progressives Congress in the South-East on Friday said the appointment of Dr. Ibe Kachikwu as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation had shown that President Muhammadu Buhari does not bear any grudge against the Igbos.
Buhari got few votes in the South-East during the elections and there are insinuations that the President would sideline the Igbos as a result of the development. The insinuations were further strengthened by reports quoting Buhari as saying, during his recent visit to the United States, that he would not give equal treatment to those that did not vote for him. Read more
Nigeria to open camp ahead of face-off with Tanzania in AFCON qualifier
Nigeria will open its camp in less than two weeks for players who will represent the country during a face-off with Tanzania in next month’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier slated for Dar es Saalam, the Nigerian Football Federation said Friday.
In a statement made available to Xinhua, the Nigerian football governing body said the senior national team will be in camp from Aug. 17, at a highbrow hotel located in the nation’s capital Abuja. Read more
Federal SARS arrested 25 suspected armed robbers in July
The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) Annex, Adeniji-Adele, Lagos, says it arrested 25 persons who were allegedly involved in armed robbery and other violent crimes in July.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of FSARS, DC Boniface Onyeabo, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.
According to Onyeabo, other crimes committed by the suspects include alleged murder and kidnapping. Read more
I-G creates 2 units in SARS
The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Solomon Arase, has split the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) into two units with a view to checking human rights abuses.
The Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), Investigation, Dan’azumi Doma, made the disclosure on Friday in Lagos in an interview .
SARS is one of the 14 units under the Nigeria Police Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID). Read more
NAPTIP urges judiciary to treat cases with urgency
The Lagos Zonal Command, National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic In Persons and Other Related Matters has urged the judiciary to hastily dispose of cases involving human traffickers.
The Zonal Commander, Mr Joseph Famakin, told the News Agency of Nigeria that speedy prosecution of suspected traffickers would help in prosecuting the fight against the vice.
Famakin, who spoke with NAN against the backdrop of the number of cases the agency had pending in the High and Supreme Courts, said it would also restrain intending traffickers. Read more
Stop Congratulatory Adverts For Me, Says New GMD NNPC
The new Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, has appealed to friends and well-wishers to stop placing congratulatory adverts for him in the media.
Dr. Kachikwu who assumed duty as the 17th GMD of the corporation on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, said he sees his appointment as a serious national assignment that does not require the frivolity of congratulatory adverts and the celebration they connote. Read more
My appointment a national assignment, says Kachikwu, NNPC GMD
The new Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Emmanuel Kachikwu, Friday said he sees his appointment as a serious national assignment and called on well-meaning individuals for support instead of sponsoring congratulatory advertisement on his appointment. Read more
How Obi Spent N40b On Pensioners
Anambra State immediate past Governor, Peter Obi, has said that his government spent close to N40 billion to settle arrears of pension and gratuities owed in the state since 1999.
Obi spoke when the Immaculate Heart of Mary’s Sisters opened their new Old People’s Home at Nkpor. He recalled that he also paid some selected old people above 75 years who were neither pensioners nor had any means of assistance N5,000 per month. Read more
I need prayers, not congratulatory messages – NNPC GMD
The new Group Managing Director of The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu, has asked friends and well-wishers to pray for him for divine guidance.
According to him, rather than placing congratulatory adverts about him in the media, his well-wishers should pray that he would be able to carry out the onerous task ahead.
Kachikwu was announced the new GMD of the national oil firm on Tuesday. A day later, he personally conveyed the sack message of eight NNPC group executive directors to the affected individuals. Read more
UNICEF, Nigerian Journalists Fight Malnutrition With Hashtag Campaign
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has collaborated with the Nigerian media to launch a hashtag campaign aimed at reversing the deplorable state of malnutrition in Nigeria.
The campaign, #StopChildMalnutritionNigeria, is one of the outcomes of a media dialogue on child malnutrition that ended on Thursday, August 7, 2015, in Kano.
With an initial start-up tweets of about 30, the campaign is gradually stepping up, with about 100 tweets within day one of the launch. Read more
Why Nigeria Took Over Airspace From Ghana After 70 Years
Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered the Federal Government’s immediate takeover of the management of the country’s airspace from Ghana, which has held the job for the past 70 years.
With the order, Nigeria would manage its skies over the Gulf of Guinea.
After meeting with the Nigerian president, aviation officials told journalists that Nigeria’s airspace was safe, stressing that other neighbouring countries were also making arrangements to take over their airspaces from Ghana. Read more
Anioma Media Professionals Task Kachikwu On Accountability In NNPC
THE Anioma Media Professionals (AMP) has congratulated Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu on his recent appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari and assumption of office as Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
It also lauded the President for putting competence and merit above other considerations in making the appointment, saying this would help drive the Federal Government’s change agenda and sanity to governance and government-owned institutions. Read more
NAFDAC arrests five over sale of expired, fake drugs
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control on Friday said it had arrested five suspects for alleged sale of expired products.
NAFDAC’s Director-General Dr Paul Orhii who was represented by Mr Kingsley Ejiofor, Head of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate, made the disclosure in Lagos.
He told a news conference that the suspects were arrested following an intelligence report. Read more
Nigerian government finally sets up fund to clean up Ogoniland oil spills
The long-delayed $1bn clean-up of heavily oil-contaminated Ogoniland in the Niger delta has moved closer with Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari setting up a restoration fund four years after a damning UN report advised the government and oil industry to act urgently.
But a spokesman for Shell, which discovered oil in Ogoniland in 1957 and exploited it until it was forced out because of pollution in 1993, said money would not be released until the Nigerian government went further, establishing a satisfactory governing structure and appointing commissioners to oversee the clean-up process. Read more
Obama sees slight opportunity for progress in Syria
US President Barack Obama believes Bashar al-Assad’s backers in Moscow and Tehran may see the writing is on the wall for the Syrian regime, offering rare hope for a resolution to a bloody civil war.
Speaking to columnists in the White House on Wednesday to sell his nuclear deal with Iran, Obama also offered a glimmer of optimism about the dire situation in Syria. Read more
EU offers more help for farmers hurt by Russia sanctions
The EU on Friday formally extended until next year a multi-million-euro aid package to help European fruit and vegetable growers hit by Russian sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
The European Commission, the executive arm of the 28-nation European Union, said it “extended until the end of June 2016 the safety net measures for the European fruit and vegetables sector.” Read more
British lord charged with child abuse ordered to court
Senior British politician Lord Greville Janner must appear in court in person to face a string of child sex abuse charges despite suffering from severe dementia, a magistrate ruled Friday.
Janner, 87, did not appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, with his lawyers claiming he was too ill to attend the hearing over allegations that he had abused youngsters over a 25-year period. Read more
Gunmen attack Mali hotel, at least one dead
Gunmen stormed a hotel in the remote centre of Mali on Friday in an ongoing siege that has left at least one person dead, military sources and residents said.
Malian troops were surrounding the Byblos hotel in the strategic desert town of Sevare after what may have been an attempt to kidnap Western guests, the military sources said. Read more
Wenger urges Arsenal to start strong
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his team to get off to a strong start this season to maintain a title push.
The Gunners host West Ham United on Sunday in their opening Premier League fixture with the Community Shield already in their trophy cabinet following last weekend’s 1-0 win over Chelsea. Read more
British police to help patrol notorious Spanish resorts
British police will join Spanish forces patrolling the notorious Balearic Islands resorts of Magaluf and San Antonio from Monday, in a two-week trial aimed at dealing with disorderly British revellers.
Magaluf in Majorca attracts hundreds of thousands of British tourists each year on package holidays, lured by the promise of easy sex and plentiful alcohol, while Ibiza’s San Antonio also has a reputation for hedonism. Read more
UN says conditions for migrants in Greece ‘totally shameful’
The number of migrants and refugees arriving on Greece’s shores has exploded this year, but the Mediterranean country provides virtually no reception facilities and leaves them wallowing in “totally shameful” conditions, a UN official said Friday.
Since the beginning of the year, some 124,000 people, almost all of them fleeing war and persecution in Syria and Afghanistan, have washed up on Greek shores — a 750-percent increase from the same period last year, the UN refugee agency said. Read more
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