Steel workers commend FG for reviving Ajaokuta Steel Company
Workers in Ajaokuta Steel Company Ltd. on Monday, commended the Federal Government for its efforts at reviving the industry.
Mr Otori Salihu, the National President of Iron and Steel Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ISSSAN), gave the commendation at the annual leadership workshop of the association in Lokoja. Read more
Nigeria in massive push to reduce dependency on foreign software
While Nigeria gradually moves down the path of diversifying its economy from oil, the federal government is seeking to reduce the level of foreign dominance in the nation’s fledging Information Communications Technology (ICT) market, industry observers say.
Plans are already in motion to ensure that Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy by GDP, produces 25 indigenous and sustainable software companies by 2017, the ministry of communications technology, has confirmed. This however represents one in a series of high-powered initiatives specifically geared towards increasing local participation in the ICT industry. Read more
Anti-Fayose Group Decries Death Threat to Members
A non-governmental forum of stakeholders in Ekiti State known as E-11 monday decried the alleged death threat it said its members received through phone calls and text messages over the suit it filed in the state High Court challenging the eligibility of the state governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, to contest the June 21 election. Read more
2015: Ihonvbere leads in race for Edo senatorial district
Even though the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was yet to lift ban on campaigns for next year’s general elections, it is normal practice in politics for aspirants to sensitise and mobilise in the hope of gaining advantage in influence among voters. This is why we have been inundated with campaigns disguised as town hall and village square meetings as well as visitations by aspirants, who wish and pray that we, the people, consider them to represent us, not only at the National Assembly but especially at the Edo State House of Assembly where the dividends of democracy are allocated in our name. Read more
Ohanaeze South-West sets criteria for adoption of presidential candidate
Ohanaeze Ndigbo South-West Zone has said the Igbo will negotiate first before adopting presidential candidate for the 2015 general elections.
Speaking during the zonal meeting of the organisation in Ibadan, Oyo State at the weekend, the President, Peince Uzoma, said the Igbo would like to know what the presidential candidates had for them before they would settle for any of them. Read more
LG poll: Commission trains 150 journalists on election reporting
No fewer than 150 journalists in Delta State drawn from both the print and the electronic media have been trained on election reporting ahead of the October 25 council election across the state.
The one-day training was organised by Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) in collaboration with the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Read more
Shagari: Nigerians will Re-elect Jonathan in 2015
Sokoto State Deputy Governor and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Alhaji Mukhtar Shehu Shagari, yesterday said Nigerians would re-elect President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, despite the campaign of calumny against him by some politicians in the North.
This is just as resident communities in the state, including 1,545 groups, also adopted Shagari as their preferred candidate for the 2015 governorship election in the state. Read more
Hajj committee wants FG to re-open Maiduguri Airport
The 2014 Hajj Committee in Borno State has appealed to the Federal Government to re-open the Maiduguri International Airport to ease the pain being experienced by pilgrims and other air travellers in the state.
Secretary of the committee, Alhaji Adamu Timta, who made the appeal yesterday in Saudi Arabia shortly after the Eid el Kabir prayers said the reopening of the airport by the Federal Government would ensure easy airlift of pilgrims from the state and neighbouring Yobe State and urged the government to reconsider the closure of the airport to ease the suffering of the people of the area. Read more
NSCDC averts Fulani/farmers clash in Jigawa
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on Monday, averted a clash between farmers and Fulani pastoralist in Kirikasamma Local Government Area of Jigawa State.
Reports from the state indicated that trouble started when some farmers accused a Fulani pastoralist of trespassing their farmland and destroying some farm products worth hundreds of thousands of farm produce. Read more
Sabinews News Update on Economy
CIPM Inducts 50 New Executives
The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) has inducted 50 new executives as full members of the Institute through the executive route.
The Executive route programme was geared to attract business leaders and Human Resource (HR) practitioners on a senior management/executive level or in a cross functional management role in a structured and recognised organisation across the various sectors of the economy. Read more
Abia receives commercial boost as consumers await construction of mall
The people of Abia state may be in for another swell time as a public private partnership initiative is said to be underway that will see the state being repositioned economically through the provision of retail store due to be completed come April 2015.The mail which wil be sited in Umuahia is expected to change the quiet nature that is associated with the community.
According to the property developer involved in the initiative, Pro-M Limited, a fully digital mall with a 24-hour electricity and free parking space, considered as a one stop destination for dining, shopping, entertainment, banking and telecommunications would boost the economy of Abia state in the region of 10 per cent to 15 per cent. Read more
FG to raise $10bn for Wholesale Devt Bank
The Federal Government is targeting $10billion capital base for the proposed Wholesale Development Bank of Nigeria.The Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who disclosed this in an interview with Bloomberg TV Africa, said the bank would start off with about $2 billion, with financial support from the World Bank and Africa Development Bank, among others.
She said the bank was a product of public-private partnership, as it is being supported by the government but registered and run by the private sector. Read more
Sabinews News Update on Oil and Gas
Youth Threaten to Take over Chevron’s Operation
Barely three weeks after being persuaded to vacate an oil facility belonging to the nation’s second largest oil company, Chevron Nigeria Limited which they occupied, the youths of Koluama community, hosts to Chevron’s operations in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, have threatened to resume occupation of the facility.
The youths said that their grouse against the company arose from its refusal to look into their demand for compensation following the 2012 rig explosion in a Chevron oil field in their area that left the community devastated. Read more
IPMAN Acquires 1,000 Hectares for $3bn Refineries in Kogi, Bayelsa
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) monday announced its commitment to provide leadership in establishing private refineries.
IPMAN’s National President, Mr. Chinedu Okoronkwo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the association had acquired more than 1,000 hectares in Kogi and Bayelsa States for the proposed $3billion (N495 billion) refineries. Read more
NNPC Warns of Circulation of Fictitious Crude Oil Lifting Contract
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has raised the alarm over the circulation of fake letters of authorisation purportedly to buy or sell Nigerian crude oil from it.
The corporation in a statement monay, called on members of the public to be wary of persons with fraudulent intents circulating letters authorising them to lift the Bonny Light crude oil from Nigeria.
The statement was signed by the corporation’s Group General Manager, Public Affairs, Ohi Alegbe, in Abuja. Read more
NUPENG Urges Establishment of Pipeline Protection Agency
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has called for establishment of a pipeline protection agency to monitor and secure the nation’s petroleum products pipelines from vandals.
President of NUPENG, Comrade Achese Igwe, who made the call at the union’s national education seminar held recently in Enugu, said the body should be provided with new technologies and sophisticated weaponry to guard the pipelines. Read more
Colombia: Lightning Kills 11 Tribe Members
Eleven members of a remote indigenous tribe along Colombia’s Caribbean coast have been killed after lightning struck a thatch-roofed hut where they were gathered.
At least 15 other members of the Wiwa tribe, who live high in the coastal Sierra Nevada range, were injured with burns, six of them seriously. Read more
Overlooked opponent faces uphill battle in Brazil
Aecio Neves turned Brazil’s politics on its head with his surprise showing in the first round of presidential voting but his toughest task lies ahead — defeating incumbent Dilma Rousseff and her juggernaut Workers’ Party which has governed for 12 years.
The business-friendly candidate who only surged in the final week of the campaign came within 8 percentage points of Rousseff in Sunday’s election and has momentum and a strong center-right party on his side. Read more
Chinese poet faces jail for possession of umbrella
A Chinese poet is facing up to three years in prison after security forces raided his Beijing home and found him in possession of an umbrella.
Until last month, when major pro-democracy protests broke out in Hong Kong, the umbrella was generally viewed as a useful device to shield oneself from rain or sun. Read more
Federal police take over Mexico city after attacks
Mexico sent federal agents to take over security in a troubled city in southern Guerrero state after the discovery of a mass grave and charges that local police conspired with a criminal gang to kill and disappear students.
The newly created preventative unit of the federal police was tasked Monday with keeping order in Iguala and helping search for the 43 students still missing following the Sept. 26 attack, in which six people died. Read more
Hong Kong protests at crossroads as traffic, frustration pile up
Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators risked a backlash from commuters and retailers on Tuesday as lingering protests caused traffic chaos and sales slump in the global financial hub, with preliminary talks with the government suggesting no quick solution.
Hundreds of protesters remained camped out on the main road leading into Hong Kong’s main government and business districts, the last holdouts after more than a week of rallies that attracted tens of thousands on to the streets at their peak. Read more
7 heads of state to grace Uganda Independence fête
Seven heads of states and Government are expected in the country as guests at Uganda’s 52nd Independence Day anniversary celebrations to be held at Kololo Independence Grounds on Thursday. So far, Heads of State of Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan have confirmed their attendance.
President Yoweri Museveni will preside over the event commemorated under the theme, ‘Unity, Peace, Security and Regional integration’. The anniversary will start at 9am. Read more
Nurse diagnosed with Ebola in Madrid
A Spanish nurse has been diagnosed with Ebola at the Madrid hospital where two patients have been treated for the viral illness, in what is the first case of a person becoming infected outside of Africa.
The government is taking action to keep doctors and staff safe at Hospital Carlos III, and is investigating how the woman became infected, Health Minister Ana Matosaid at a news conference in Madrid. The hospital was designated by the government to treat Ebola cases, and the nurse treated Manuel Garcia, a priest who died of Ebola last month, Kazinform refers to Bloomberg. Read more
Sabinews News Update on Energy
NERC Issues Disbursement Terms for N213bn CBN Fund
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has set fresh terms and conditions to be adhered to by operators in Nigeria’s electricity market that are eligible to benefit from the lately announced N213 billion loans from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
NERC said for any of the operators to benefit from the loans, such operator must be willing to meet with its demands as stipulated in the funds disbursement conditions. Read more
Sabinews News Update on Sports
Moses may be out for three weeks
Stoke City winger Victor Moses could face three weeks on the sidelines with a thigh injury.
The winger limped out of Saturday’s defeat at Sunderland after just 18 minutes and won’t now be teaming up with Nigeria ahead of their AFCON double-header against Sudan. Read more
Oshaniwa banks on self-belief
Despite walking a tight rope in the qualifiers, Super Eagles left-back Juwon Oshaniwa has remained positive about Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.
The MS Ashdod FC of Israel defender believes the team will get the needed victories in the home and away games against Sudan on Saturday in Omdurman and Abuja on October 15. Read more