Sabinews Midday News Update for June 22, 2015
Unpaid salary crisis’ll end soon – Mimiko
The Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has assured public workers in the country that the inability of state governments across the country to pay their salaries will soon become a thing of the past.
The governor gave the assurance on Sunday at the 13th Anniversary of the Prayer Centre Church of God in Akure, the state capital. Read more
Emir Prays For Release Of Chibok Girls
The Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwan Sulaiman, has prayed for the quick release of the Chibok girls. The emir stated this during a courtesy call on him by the speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.
Sulaiman said that insecurity had shattered the development of the North-East region of the country. He said that Dogara as the chosen leader of the House of Representatives should do all he could to assist in the release of the girls. Read more
Lawmaker urges Dogara to reconcile warring Reps
THE member representing Ovia federal constituency of Edo State in the House of Representatives, Miss Omosede Igbinedion, has charged the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, to urgently reconcile members to enable the House focus on laws that will better the lives of Nigerians.
Describing the emergence of the Speaker as the work of God, Igbinedion described Dogara as humble and a man who has the legislative experience that will help to unite the House soon. Read more
NNPC slashes Nigeria’s crude oil prices over supply glut
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, weekend, reduced the prices of Nigeria’s crude oil grades — Bonny Light and Qua Iboe — to their lowest points in over a decade.
The decline, according to reports, was due to declining demand for the country’s crude oil in the international market. The action, according to oil traders, was engendered by the need for the country to join in the fight for market share. Read more
Naira depreciates against major currencies
The Naira on Friday at the parallel market depreciated against three international currencies at the close of trading for the week. A on Friday in Lagos showed that the Naira depreciated by N1 or 0.45 per cent against the dollar due to high demand. It sold for N221 against the dollar from the N220 it sold on Monday, June 15.
The Naira also lost N27 to sell at N352 to the pound, representing 8.31 per cent depreciation from the N325 it traded on June 15.Besides, the Naira against the euro went for N245 compared with the N238 it sold on June 15, representing N7 or 2.97 per cent drop. The Naira against the dollar at Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) official rate remained at N196.90, the rate since June 11. Read more
Atiku denies betraying Buhari’s political interests
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, yesterday, denied ever betraying the political interests of President Muhammadu Buhari even as he vowed to steadfastly remain loyal to him.
The former vice president made the claim against the backdrop of insinuations that Atiku collaborated with Senate President Bukola Saraki to undermine the interest of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the National Assembly leadership elections. Read more
NASS crisis can end in favour of all – Ashafa
Lagos East senatorial district in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Gbenga Ashafa, has called for the dismantling of all caucuses in the National Assembly; saying if the legislators and the All Progressives Congress, APC, leadership should close ranks, the crisis rocking the National Assembly can be resolved in favour of all.
Senator Ashafa, who made this position known in a press statement issued to journalists yesterday said for the APC to completely douse the raging tension in the legislative arm of the nation’s government; it would need to find a peace mechanism that will create a win-win situation. Read more
Sultan made my victory possible – Dogara
SPEAKER of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, attributed his emergence despite the stiff opposition from his All Progressives Congress, APC, party to the backing of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III.
Dogara defeated his opponent, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, who was the party’s preferred candidate in the June 9 House of Representatives speakership election. Read more
Buhari to remove oil subsidy
President Muhammadu Buhari plans to totally remove fuel subsidy and use the proceeds for the provision of free and compulsory primary/secondary education across the country.
The administration is also said to be working on unbundling the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to make it more efficient in the production and delivery of products to Nigerians. Read more
Police arrested, sent me to prison ─ Missing Ghanaian
A 21-year-old Ghanaian, Etroo Mensah, who was declared missing after the police raided the Ikota, Ajah area of Lagos three months ago, has been found.
Our correspondent learnt that Etroo, who came back home at about 2pm last Wednesday, had been arraigned in court by the police, and was remanded at the Ikoyi Prison a week after the raid. Read more
Suicide bombers attack Afghan parliament in Kabul
Suicide bombers have attacked the Afghan parliament in Kabul, forcing politicians to evacuate.
Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul, said the Taliban claimed responsibility for the ongoing attack on Monday morning.
There were no immediate reports of casualties. “Suicide bombers have attacked outside the [parliamentary] building,” she said, adding that gunfire was still being heard. “There are burning cars outside the building.” Read more
Heat wave kills 122 in Pakistan
A heatwave in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi and other districts of southern Sindh province has killed at least 122 people, health officials have said.
“Since Saturday 114 people have died in Karachi and eight others (have died) in three districts of Sindh,” provincial health secretary Saeed Mangnejo told AFP news agency. He said that the provincial government had imposed a state of emergency at all hospitals, cancelling leave for doctors and other medical staff and increasing stocks of medical supplies. Read more
US church holds first service after massacre
Hundreds of people have flocked to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, in the US city of South Carolina, after it reopened its doors to worshippers, four days after a white man shot nine black church members to death.
Sunday morning marked the first worship service at the church since Dylann Roof, 21, sat among a Bible study group and opened fire on Wednesday after saying that he targeted them because they were black, authorities said. Read more
PDP to Aregbesola: Stop creation of 39 new councils
The Peoples Democratic Party has advised Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, to suspend his plans to create additional 39 local council development areas. The Director of Media and Strategy of the PDP in Osun State, Mr. Diran Odeyemi, gave this advice in a statement in Osogbo on Sunday.
According to the opposition party, the situation on the ground now does not call for creation of new councils when the existing ones are suffering from underfunding and could not make positive impact on the lives of the people at the grassroots. Read more
Recall sacked 344 lecturers, TUC tells Wike
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria has asked the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to recall the sacked 344 lecturers of the State Polytechnic, Bori who were employed in September 2014 by his predecessor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.
The organisation also criticised the disbandment of the Rivers State Road Traffic Management Authority, arguing that it was against the interest of justice and fair play.
“Disengaging 344 lecturers and other personnel in one fell swoop without sparing a thought about what would become of them and their dependants is very improper. It is our view that the governor should have a rethink and reverse that move,” TUC pleaded. Read more
Osun: Varsity mosque aids unpaid Muslim workers
The Obafemi Awolowo University Central Mosque has asked teachers and civil servants in Osun State, who are Muslims to proceed to the mosque for assistance.
The Chief Imam of the mosque, Prof. Abubakar Sanusi, made the announcement after the weekly Jumaat prayer at the university mosque.
According to him, the move is necessitated by the current economic hardship faced by workers in the state. Read more
Fresh alert on fake drugs after N16b global crackdown
THERE is fresh alert on fake drugs following a global crackdown organised by INTERPOL which led to 156 arrests worldwide and N16.3 billion (£51.6) million of counterfeit medicines seized across 115 countries.
The International Criminal Police Organisation or INTERPOL is an intergovernmental body facilitating global police cooperation.
To address the menace, the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is canvassing the establishment of International Convention on Fake Drugs just as there are for tobacco and money counterfeiting that allow easy collaboration between countries to arrest perpetrators. Read more
SERAP requests ILO to probe non-payment of Nigerian workers’ salaries
A group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has requested International Labour Organisation (ILO) to urgently establish a commission of inquiry to examine alleged “systematic and egregious non-observance” by the federal and state governments in Nigeria of Convention No 29 on Forced Labour and other international standards on the right of workers to timely payment of salaries.
The organisation said the complaint was brought pursuant to articles 26-34 of the ILO Constitution. The complaint dated 19th June 2015 and signed by Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni was addressed to the Director General of ILO, Guy Ryder. Read more
Ethiopian ruling party set to take near total election victory
Ethiopia’s ruling party and its allies are expected to celebrate a near total victory in parliament Monday with the announcement of last month’s election results.
Preliminary results of some 80 percent of seats released last month said the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn secured all parliamentary seats so far declared, 442 out of the 547 seats up for grabs. Final results are slated to be announced at 1230 GMT. Read more
Outrage in Israel as Arab MP says to join Gaza flotilla
An announcement by an Arab Israeli lawmaker that he plans to join a pro-Palestinian flotilla seeking to break Israel’s blockade on Gaza caused outrage Monday among the country’s political class.
Basel Ghattas, an MP with the Joint Arab List, sparked controversy after he announced he would join other parliamentarians and public figures from around the world in the latest attempt to reach Gaza by ship later this month. Read more
Britain calls for more Iran flexibility in nuclear talks
Britain on Monday urged Iran to show more flexibility in talks on its contested nuclear programme as an end-June deadline looms after years of tortuous negotiations with the West.
“There will need to be some more flexibility shown by our Iranian partners if we are going to reach a deal,” British foreign secretary Philip Hammond said. Read more
EU Launches Mediterranean Mission Against Migrant Smugglers
EU Foreign Ministers on Monday launched a military mission in the Mediterranean Sea aimed at cracking down on migrant smuggling networks, as part of a broader effort to curb the loss of life.
EU foreign policy Chief, Federica Mogherini, made this known ahead of a meeting of foreign ministers in Luxembourg.
Report says the EU is experiencing an unprecedented influx of migrants attempting to reach the bloc’s southern shores by paying smugglers to place them on rickety, overcrowded vessels. Read more
Singaporean May Face Gallows For Gunshot During Escape Attempt
A Singaporean might face death penalty after being accused of discharging a firearm during an attempt to escape from police custody, a news report said.
Muhammad Iskandar bin Sa’at was charged in court on Monday with unlawful discharge of a firearm under the Arms Offences Act.
It said that the accused had been in remand for motor vehicle theft when he complained of chest pains and was taken to hospital on Saturday. bin Sa’at allegedly attempted to escape custody while in an examination room and was stopped by a police officer.
According to a police statement, he snatched the officer’s revolver and fired. Read more
GE Holds 2nd Quarter Meeting, Decries Non-payment Of Salaries
The Nigerian Guild of Editors has decried the non-payment of salaries in some states of the federation just as it called on the affected states to explore all available avenues to bring the situation to an end.
This was contained in a five-point communique it released and signed by the Guild’s president and general secretary, Garba Deen Muhammad and Victoria Ibanga respectively, at the end of its 2nd Quarter Standing Committee Meeting to review the activities of the Guild and other topical issues, held in Abuja. Read more
BBOG Group Urges FG To Embark On Assessment Of IDPs’ Camps
The#BringBackOurGirls(BBOG) group has called on the federal government to embark on an urgent assessment to ascertain the precise numbers and locations of all Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs).
In a press release signed by the leader of the group, Dr Oby Ezekwesili to commemorate the 2015 World Refugee Day, she also called for more effective coordination of emergency humanitarian efforts by the responsible agencies whose duty it is to cater for IDPs. Read more
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