13 political parties enter working agreement with Buhari
All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of having sentenced Nigeria to economic and political under-development since 1999.
Buhari, who spoke when 13 political parties, which pledged to work with him for the purpose of the forthcoming general elections, paid him a visit at his Support Group Office in Abuja, lamented that the country had made more money between 1999 and this year, than she made between 1914 (when amalgamation took place) and now. Read more
Court Throws Out Suit Against PVC
Justice Abdulkadir Abdul-Kafarati of a Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday struck out a suit filed by a group, Society for Advancement and Protection of Public Rights, seeking a court order to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from exclusively using the permanent voter cards (PVCs) for the conduct of the forthcoming general elections.
The court dismissed the the suit following an application filed by the plaintiff for the suit to be withdrawn. Read more
Speak on $23b Greenfield refineries, CNPP tells Okonjo-Iweala
Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, has queried Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, requesting for full disclosure of transactions concerning the contract for three Greenfield refineries and petrochemical plant awarded by President Goodluck Jonathan on May 13, 2010, at a cost of $23 billion.
National Publicity Secretary of CNPP, Osita Okechukwu, who authored the query, said the CNPP was relying on the Freedom of Information, FoI, Act to make the query. Read more
Imoke Charges Police to Secure Release of Kidnapped Politician
Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, has charged the Nigeria Police and other security agencies in the state to join forces in ensuring the immediate and safe release of Chief Dominic Aqua Edem who was recently kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Calabar.
Hon. Dominic Aqua Edem who is a former Deputy Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly and immediate past Commissioner representing the state on the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is the Labour Party candidate for the Akpabuyo, Bakassi and Calabar South Federal Constituency in the April 28, 2015 general elections was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Calabar South residence on Sunday, March 14, 2015. Read more
Lawyer sues police over strike threat during election
A Lagos-based lawyer and human rights activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has sued the Nigeria Police Force and the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, over the threat by some aggrieved policemen to commence an industrial action on March 28, the same date the presidential election would hold.
More than 15,000 policemen had reportedly threatened to either go on strike or disrupt the general elections on account of unpaid salaries. Read more
Returning IDPs to Their Homeland is Premature, Say Borno Elders
The Borno Elders Forum on Wednesday advised that displaced residents of the territories newly reclaimed from Boko Haram should not be hurriedly returned back home, insisting that it is too early.
The elders said what should be paramount in the minds of everyone is the reconstruction of the reclaimed territories that were totally destroyed by the insurgents. Read more
Ekiti Police Kill Robbers, Warn Landlords
Barely one week after it killed a robber during an operation, the Ekiti State Police Command on Wednesday killed two armed bandits in its efforts to rid the state of criminals.
While parading the corpses in Ado Ekiti, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Alberto Adeyemi, said they were killed along Ikere-Ilawe-Igbaraodo axis during a gun duel with the men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Read more
Nigeria’s military admits to having no clues on abducted girls
Nigeria’s military says it has no news of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic extremists nearly a year ago, despite liberating dozens of towns from the girls’ Boko Haram abductors.
The admission of lack of progress on the missing schoolgirls comes as the Nigerian military, bolstered by forces from neighboring countries, is regaining towns and cities held by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria. The military’s successes come as Nigeria prepares for a critical presidential election on March 28. Read more
Court rules on APC’s N25bn suit against NCC
A Federal High Court in Lagos has scheduled March 24 to deliver judgment in a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by the All Progressives Congress against the Nigerian Communications Commission.
The political party had sued the commission, demanding N25bn as damages for allegedly banning its presidential campaign fund-raising platform. Read more
Labour vows to paralyse Defence Ministry
Organised labour, acting under the aegis of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), has vowed to paralyse activities at the Ministry of Defence if urgent steps are not taken to pay its civilian employees their allowances, including promotion arrears outstanding since 2011.
In a statement endorsed by its Secretary-General, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal, the union expressed surprise that an institution, which prides itself as an epitome of discipline, equity, and fairness could choose to oppress and dehumanise thousands of its civilian workers by denying them their entitlements. Read more
NLC housing developer in EFCC net over N3bn failed scheme
Barely a week after being declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, in connection with the controversial Nigeria Labour Congress N3 billion Housing scheme for workers, the man behind the failed project has been detained by the operatives of the anti-graft agency.
Vanguard gathered from competent sources in the commission that the Chief Executive Officer of Kriston Lally EPC Nigeria Ltd, Mustapha Umar Madawaki, turned himself in to the operatives of the commission on yesterday morning and was immediately taken in for questioning by a crack team of interrogators on all that he knows about the fail project, which has cost workers N3 billion of their hard-earned income. Read more
FEC Approves Final Report on National Conference
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved the final report of the National Conference
It equally approved N36.6 billion for road projects in some states.
The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Edem Duke, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents shortly after the weekly meeting. Read more
Facebook to offer free payment service
Facebook’s Messenger app will soon let you send friends money, the latest in a crowded field of services aimed at an increasingly wireless and cashless generation.
Services including PayPal, its Venmo unit and the disappearing-photo app Snapchat let you beam money to friends and family using smartphones linked to bank accounts or credit cards. Read more
Jega: 2015 Polls Will Hold as Scheduled
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Atahiru Jega, has stated that the commission is prepared for the 2015 polls, making it abundantly clear that there will be no further postponement of the elections slated for March 28 and April 11.
His statement would put paid to speculations that the federal government was planning to postpone the polls for a second time, thereby precipitating a constitutional crisis. Read more
NCC’s 2.6GHz to go for N352bn now
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that it will resume licensing round for the 2.6GHz Spectrum band and has therefore pegged the price at $16 million (about N352 billion).
This disclosure was made at the weekend in Lagos by the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, who announced the resumption while urging interested parties to look up the Information Memorandum (IM) on the commission’s website. Read more
Only manufacturing, agric revolution can rescue Nigeria – Dangote boss
In view of the unprecedented continuous crash in the crude oil price in the international market and subsequent devaluation of the Naira, a case has been made for an urgent attention to be directed to massive agricultural revolution and local manufacturing to save Nigeria’s economy.
Making this case in Lagos is the Group Executive Director of Dangote Group, Devakumar Edwin who said that the development of the nation’s vast agric potentials is the solution to the incessant distortion to the Nigeria’s economy by the market forces. Read more
Nigeria-Philippines trade value grows by 203%
Trade value between Nigeria and the Republic of Philippines has recorded a growth of about 203 per cent in the last two years, moving from about $60 million to about $200 million currently.
Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Chief Adeyemi Farounbi, who gave the figures in a chat with National Mirror on Tuesday, in Manila, specifically said that two years ago trade between both countries was valued at $66 million but now risen to over $200 million. Read more
Scarcity of Dollars Hits Foreign Exchange Market
Most firms in Nigeria seeking to utilise and remit US dollars overseas are finding it extremely difficult to purchase FOREIGN EXCHANGE due to the shortage of supply of the greenback in the economy, THISDAY has learnt.
According to findings, some firms now resort to the black market for dollar purchases. THISDAY also learnt that a lot of foreign airlines operating in the country are finding it a herculean task to convert revenue from their naira ticket sales to dollars, hence making it impossible for them to remit their earnings overseas. Read more
Oil and Gas
DPR lists threats to gas network code
The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, has said that lack of funding, infrastructure, transitioning of legacy agreements and commercial framework are major obstacles to the implementation of the Nigeria Gas Transportation Network Code, NGTNC.
The Director, DPR, Mr. George Osahon, who disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting in Lagos, also said that the Network Code will enable new ways of doing business in the Nigerian Domestic Gas Market. The Network Code is a set of rules that is supposed to guide the use of gas transportation system in the industry. Read more
Amnesty warns on ‘seriously alarming’ Nigeria oil spills
Amnesty International on Thursday said two major oil companies operating in Nigeria, Shell and ENI, reported a combined 553 oil spills in 2014, a “seriously alarming” figure that qualifies as a “national emergency.”
The rights watchdog said that analysis of the latest figures released by both companies established that Anglo-Dutch Shell reported 204 spills last year, while the Italian major ENI admitted 349. Read more
IOCs Seek Fresh Negotiations with FG on Funding for Oil and Gas Projects
In a bid to address the shortfall in funding arising from the drop in the price of crude oil, the joint venture partners of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have called for fresh negotiations with the federal government on the implementation of projects in the sector.
The international oil companies (IOCs) have also cautioned against down-sizing, saying if oil workers are laid off because of the drop in oil prices, the industry will experience dearth of manpower when oil prices stabilise. Read more
Diabetes groups call for scrutiny of insulin pumps
The American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes are calling for more research into the safety and effectiveness of insulin pumps.
The diabetes’ groups recommended “the adoption of a more rigorous, standardized and transparent approach to safety.” Read more
Highly infectious bird flu virus detected in northern India
Alongside swine flu which has claimed over 1,800 lives this year alone, India has now reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus in a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), nearly 190 birds died of the virus in a village in Amethi district in the ongoing outbreak reported early this month. Read more
China, Japan start first security talks in four years
China and Japan began on Thursday their first security talks in four years with both sides stressing the importance of candid dialogue, in a step aimed at thawing ties plagued by the legacy of Japan’s wartime aggression and a territorial dispute.
Relations between the world’s second- and third-largest economies have chilled over what China views as Japan’s reluctance to properly atone for its wartime past as well as a dispute over a group of tiny East China Sea islets. Read more
Two more U.S. healthcare workers repatriated for Ebola monitoring
The last two members of a group of U.S. healthcare workers whose colleague is being treated for the Ebola virus returned on Wednesday from Sierra Leone to the United States, where they are being monitored for possible exposure to the deadly virus.
Their repatriation brought the total number of Americans brought back from the West African nation to 18 since last Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday night. Read more
Thai Court Says Ex-Premier to Stand Trial Over Rice Program
Thailand’s top court announced Thursday that former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will stand trial for negligence related to a rice subsidy program overseen by her ousted government that lost billions of dollars, a move likely to deepen the long-running political crisis in the military-ruled nation.
Supreme Court judge Weerapol Tangsuwan said that a nine-member judicial panel studied documents submitted by prosecutors from the Attorney General’s office last month and found the case was within the court’s jurisdiction. Read more
China Boosts Fleet of Electric, Hybrid Vehicles
Chinese authorities have announced plans to boost the number of electric, hybrid and other alternative fuel-powered vehicles used for public transportation, while sales of such cars for private use have spiked in recent months.
The Transport Ministry announced Wednesday that officials aimed to add 200,000 buses and 100,000 taxis powered by alternative fuels by 2020. Last year, the country added 15,000 alternative fuel-powered buses to its roads. Read more
Giresse Named Mali Coach
Frenchman Alain Giresse has been appointed for a second stint as Mali coach and will sign a two-year contract on Thursday, the country’s football federation said.
The former France international was coach of the west African country from 2010 to 2012, taking them to a third-place finish at the 2012 African Nations Cup finals but quit soon after when he rejected new contract terms. Read more
Wenger: Monaco Did Not Deserve Last-eight Place
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Monaco did not deserve their place in the Champions League quarter-finals after failing to register a shot on target in the second leg of their tie.
The Ligue 1 side advanced on away goals after beating Arsenal 3-1 at Emirates Stadium before losing 2-0 in Monaco. Read more
TUNISIA 2015 AJC: Nigeria Clinches Two More Q’final Tickets in Doubles
Nigeria has bagged two more quarterfinal spots in the doubles event of the 38th ITF/CAT African Junior Tennis Championship holding in Tunis, Tunisia.
In the girls’ U16 category, the pair of Adetayo Adetunji and Angel Macleod triumphed over Nesrine Troubia and Sihem Sahli of Algeria 6-2, 7-5 while Nigeria also had it good in the U16 boys as Martins Abamu and Timipre Godsgift defeated Antoine Gbadoe and Jacques Sewavi of Togo 6-4, 6-7, 12-10 to join the quarterfinal train. Read more
Flying Eagles Hit AYC Final, End Ghana Jinx
Nigeria’s quest for a seventh CAF African Youth Championship record remained on course yesterday with Flying Eagles 2-0 defeat of Ghana’s Black Satellites at Senegal 2015 edition in Dakar.
Coach Manu Garba and his wards will today know who their opponents in the final will be between Senegal they helped qualify for this stage of the tournament by eliminating Cote d’Ivoire and Mali.
Diminutive Obinna Nwhobo opened Nigeria’s goal tally in the 22nd minute of play when he nodded home a corner kick by captain of the team, Musa Mohammed. Read more
German Open: World’s Best Table Tennis Players Arrive in Bremen
The world’s best table tennis players have arrived in Bremen, Germany for the next stop of the prestigious GAC Group 2015 World Tour Super Series, the German Open.
The German Open is traditionally one of the most popular World Tour events among the players and fans, with 301 players from 48 countries making their way to Bremen for the fourth World Tour of 2015. Read more
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