Sabinews Midday News Update for October 6, 2015
Why UK govt seized £27,000 from Diezani
Determined to press its case of money laundering against former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, the British government, yesterday, seized £27,000 from the embattled ex-minister, who was granted conditional bail by the National Crime Agency, NCA, last week.
The British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, reported that £5,000 and $2000 were also seized by the NCA from Beatrice Agama, Diezani’s mother. According to a BBC report monitored in Abuja, the NCA had approached the Westminster Magistrate’s Court on Marylebone Road, London, and obtained the order to seize the said sum until April next year. Read more
Buhari must be screened if he’s Petroleum Minister—SENATE
Strong indications have emerged that today’s plenary session, where the Senate would unveil the ministerial list sent by President Muhammadu Buhari, may be stormy as senators are saying the President must, in line with the constitution, submit himself before the Senate for screening if he appointed himself Minister of Petroleum. They are also set to reject an incomplete list, saying the constitution provides for a nominee from each state of the federation and that any list that did not cover the 36 states would suffer serious opposition on the floor of the Senate. Read more
Why President Buhari Must Invest In Maternal And Child Health
Ayodele Adesanmi, programme officer, Devcoms Network, examines the level of maternal and child mortality in the country and gives reasons why government must invest in this area.
Maternal death is one of the daunting consequences of inadequate health care during pregnancies and within 42 days after termination of pregnancy. The mere fact that it can be avoided unlike some public health issues indicates that it could be reduced to the barest minimum if adequate measure is taken.
With the change in administration, leadership style and ideology that greeted Nigeria on May 29 this year, it is still unclear what the future holds for the health sector, particularly maternal and child health, under the new dispensation. Read more
Oyegun, Audu, Melaye meet over ministerial screening
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the party’s candidate in the Kogi State governorship election, Abubakar Audu, and the Chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Dino Melaye, on Monday met behind closed doors.
The agenda of the meeting which was held at the party’s headquarters, in Abuja, was not made public. Read more
EFCC, defence beg judge to continue Oronsaye’s trial
Both the prosecution and the defence in the trial of a former Head of Service, Mr. Stephen Oronsaye, for an alleged N1.18bn fraud on Monday had to plead with the presiding judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, of a Federal High Court in Abuja before he agreed to continue to handle the case.
Oronsaye and his co-accused, Osarenkhoe Afe, were on July 13 arraigned on 24 counts of fraud before Justice Kolawole and granted bail on July 21. Read more
Mbu resumes, says ‘my posting not punitive’
An assistant Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Joseph Mbu, on Monday resumed office as the Commandant of the Police Staff College, Jos, in Plateau State. He dismissed the speculation that he was no longer in the Force. He also dispelled rumours that his posting to the college was punitive and pledged to do his best to transform the college in all aspects. Read more
Ondo bailout loan intact, says Mimiko
Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has denied the allegation that the bailout loan collected by the state from the Federal Government has been lodged in a fixed account. He said that his government would not do what would negatively affect the welfare of the state’s workers.
The governor, while addressing accounting officers and public servants on Grade Level 13 and above in the state public service during a meeting in Akure, declared that the money was still intact. Read more
ECOWAS court seeks power to handle criminal cases
The Economic Community of West African States Court of Justice wants its jurisdiction expanded to enable it to adjudicate on cases of crimes committed within the sub-region.
The court’s President, Justice Maria Monteiro, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday amid call for the establishment of an effective cross-border police network and judicial cooperation among ECOWAS member states against organised crimes and terrorism. Read more
USF grad student works to improve education in Nigeria
A parent is the most important teacher for a child. Tembo Education Group, a donation-based company that hopes to become for-profit, works to make that statement true in urban slums around the globe.
Eric Biel, part-time graduate student at USF’s Muma College of Business, worked with five students from the University of Tampa (UT) to create Tembo, which means elephant in Swahili. Tembo distributes materials to participating parents through text messages and trained local advisers. Read more
Abdulsalami: African Nations Should Invest in Transport Linkages
Former military Head of State, Major General AbdulsalamiAbubakar, on Monday enjoined African nations to deepen trade relations with one another by investing in the continentaltransport linkages.
Speaking at the inaugural edition of the International Sea Trade and Investment Convention (ISTIC) held in Lagos, Abdulsalami noted that investing in these continental linkages was crucial to the future of Africa. “I emphasise very strongly, the adoption and implementation of a policy of inter-regional trade among African countries,” he said. Read more
NLC gives Gombe govt two weeks deadline over unpaid teachers’ salaries
THE Gombe State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Haruna Kamara, has given an ultimatum of two weeks to the state government to pay all teachers their outstanding salaries.
Kamara, who gave the ultimatum yesterday in Gombe while speaking during the 2015 World Teachers Day celebration, said failure to comply with the directives, the Congress will take decisive action to ensure that all outstanding salaries meant for teachers are paid. He, therefore, called on members not to relent in doing their legitimate duty effectively. Read more
Catholic Church offers special prayers for S’Arabia Hajj stampede victims
The Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Damaturu, Yobe State, has offered special prayers for the victims of Saudi Arabia hajj stampede that claimed over 769 lives with 1,180 injured while stoning the devil on Mount Arafat on October 23, 2015.
Leading the prayers at a mass at the weekend, the Parish priest of the Church, Rev. Fr. Joshua Haman, said the sad incident requires prayers for the souls of the victims and the speedy recovery of those who sustained injuries while stoning the devil on the eve of Eid-el-Kabir. Read more
Customs impound NFF’s consignment
The inability of the Nigeria Football Federation to clear a consignment of kits from its sponsor Nike at the Apapa port, Lagos has resulted in acute shortage of kits for the various national teams, a Sports Vanguard investigation has revealed.
For instance, the national U-17 football team, The Golden Eaglets, presently in Argentina camping ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile have made a passionate appeal to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to provide them with more kits. Read more
Road sweepers hold Cross River SSG hostage
Secretary to Cross River State Government, Mrs Martina Agbor, was yesterday held hostage by street sweepers and gardeners at the Calabar Urban Development Authority, CUDA, when she went there to take inventory of the Authority’s vehicles and other facilities.
A source told Vanguard that Mrs Agbor arrived the sanitation office located on Ibrahim Babangida Way in the state capital, and went straight to meet with the Executive Secretary, Mr. Joemary Ekeng Ita. Read more
Indonesian Rescuers Find Wreckage Of Missing Plane
Indonesian rescuers said Monday they have found the wreckage of a small plane carrying 10 people that went missing on a domestic flight three days ago.
The DHC-6 Twin Otter plane lost contact with air traffic controllers 11 minutes after taking off in good weather Friday from Masamba in South Sulawesi province. Read more
NATO warns Russia after jet strays into Turkey
NATO has condemned Russian incursions into Turkish airspace as an “extreme danger” and demanded that Moscow halt all attacks against the Syrian opposition and civilians.
The alliance summoned the ambassadors of its 28 member states on Monday for an emergency meeting to respond to what Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called “unacceptable violations of Turkish airspace”. Read more
NSE Moves to Ensure Cordial Brokers/ Sub-brokers Relationship
The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has made moves to facilitate an agreement between dealing member firms(stockbrokers), and Sub-brokers that will foster good working relationship and enhance smooth securities transactions in the Nigerian capital market.
The NSE last June began implementation of a new rule that introduced sub-brokers as market operators, after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the rule on June 2, 2015. Read more
N62.4bn Loans Guaranteed under NIRSAL
As part of efforts to support the growth of the agricultural sector, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through its Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) scheme committed to financing agriculture and its value chain has so far guaranteed agric loans to the tune of N62.4 billion.
Also, in collaboration with the German technical corporation, the central bank has initiated a three-day training to educate bankers and credit risk officers on value chain financing and the role the apex bank would play in risk sharing. Read more
NATO Denounces ‘Unacceptable’ Russian Incursion Into Turkey In Syria Air War
NATO summoned the ambassadors of its 28 member states for an emergency meeting to respond to what Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called “unacceptable violations of Turkish air space”.
Moscow’s unexpected move last week to launch air strikes in Syria has brought the greatest threat of an accidental clash between Russian and Western forces since the Cold War. Read more
Governance In Africa Has Stalled –Mo Ibrahim Survey
The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) – the most comprehensive survey of its kind on the continent – rates 54 African nations against criteria such as security, human rights, economic stability, just laws, free elections, corruption, infrastructure, poverty, health and education.
Mauritius held onto its top spot, followed by Cape Verde, Botswana, South Africa and Namibia, but overall the index has improved just 0.2 basis points over four years and half of the top ten ranked countries have declined, the survey found. Read more
Edward Snowden: U.S. Has Not Offered Me Plea Deal
The U.S. justice department has made no effort to contact Edward Snowden to discuss a plea deal that would see him return from exile in Russia, the NSA whistleblower said in an interview on BBC Panorama to be broadcast on Monday night.
Snowden, who is wanted under the Espionage Act after leaking tens of thousands of top secret documents, said he had offered to do time in prison as part of a deal. “We are still waiting for them to call us back,” he said. Read more
Liverpool suits were FA Cup own goal – Ferguson
cream suits worn by Liverpool’s squad prior to the 1996 FA Cup final gave Manchester United the edge even before kick-off, according to ex-United manager Alex Ferguson.
Liverpool players including Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp, dubbed the ‘Spice Boys’, turned up at Wembley clad in striking suits designed by Giorgio Armani and lost 1-0 to a late Eric Cantona goal. Read more
Foreign toll in Saudi hajj stampede
Saudi Arabia has yet to provide a breakdown of the nationalities of the 769 Muslim pilgrims it says died in September 24’s hajj stampede, but many countries have announced the deaths of their citizens.
The death toll given below by foreign officials and media is now 1,100, well in excess of the Saudi figure. Read more
Modi promises German companies easy ride as Merkel visits
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged German companies Tuesday to do business in India and promised tax and other economic reforms, on the final day of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit.
After the leaders toured a German engineering factory in India’s technology hub of Bangalore, Modi called on the European powerhouse to invest in Asia’s third largest economy to provide jobs for millions of young people. Read more
Iran threatens boycott over Rushdie’s Frankfurt invite
Iran has threatened to boycott next week’s Frankfurt Book Fair because organisers have invited the author Salman Rushdie, who still has a fatwa against him, as a guest speaker.
Rushdie, a British citizen who now lives in the United States, was made subject of the fatwa — a religious edict that called for his killing — in 1988, when his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, was published. Read more