*New price regime will create additional 200,000 jobs – FG *S’East is safest place to live in Nigeria, says UN

*New price regime will create additional 200,000 jobs – FG *S’East is safest place to live in Nigeria, says UN



New price regime will create additional 200,000 jobs – FG

The Federal Government says that the new price regime for the downstream petroleum sector is comprehensively designed to tackle the hardship faced by Nigerians and create additional 200,000 jobs in the country.

The information is contained in a bulletin issued by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday. Read more

S’East is safest place to live in Nigeria, says UN

The United Nations Development Programme has named South-East Nigeria as the most human security secure geopolitical zone in Nigeria.

This is contained in the National Human Development Report for Nigeria, 2016. Read more

Fuel hike: Group cautions NLC, TUC against strike

Media Development Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organisation, on Friday cautioned the Nigeria Labour Congress and other labour unions against organising a nationwide strike over the deregulation of the downstream sector.

Dr James Ochigbo, President of the organization, gave the word of caution while speaking with theNews Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. Read more

Kalu faults governors’ call for more fund

A former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Kalu, on Friday faulted state governors’ demand for more funds, saying they have enough to pay salaries and develop their states.

He said the governors would do better for their states when they start denying themselves of some personal luxury such as the huge amount they collect as security votes and travel allowance. Read more

Patients lament as doctors’ strike enters day three

Some of the patients at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos, on Friday said that the warning strike embarked upon by the hospital’s resident doctors had begun to take its toll on them.

It is observed that only few consultants, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians and cleaners were at their duty posts as the strike entered the third day. Read more

Current governors are extravagant – Kalu

Former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzo Kalu, on Friday said the inability of current governors in the country to pay workers’ salaries as at when due was because they squander their states’ funds on personal luxury.

He spoke with State House correspondents after leading a delegation of investors in the power sector to a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinabjo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more

Niger Delta: ‘Avengers’ threaten new insurgency

They call themselves the Niger Delta Avengers. Little is known about the new radical group that has claimed a series of pipeline bombings in Nigeria’s oil-producing region this year and evaded gunboats and soldiers trawling swamps and villages.

Their attacks have driven Nigerian oil output to near a 22-year low and, if the violence escalates into another insurgency in the restive area, it could cripple production in a country facing a growing economic crisis. Read more

Police inaugurates gender unit to fight sexual, gender-based violence

The Nigeria Police Force had created a ‘public friendly’ gender unit across the country to prosecute anyone culpable of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.

The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, represented by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr Fatai Owoseni, said this at a one-day sensitisation workshop on SGBV in Lagos. Read more

Police promotes 2054 officers

The Police Service Commission says it has approved the promotion of 2,058 senior police officers. The PSC said this in a statement by its Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, on Friday. The commission said one Commissioner of Police, Kaumi Ahmadu, was promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police while 99 Superintendents of Police were elevated to the rank of Chief Superintendents of Police. Read more

Financial meltdown: Bayelsa slashes salaries of political appointees

The Bayelsa State Government has announced a 30 per cent pay cut for all political appointees in the state, Commissioner for Information and Orientation,  Mr. Jonathan Obuebite,  has revealed.

Obuebite, who spoke on Thursday evening shortly after the State Executive Council meeting in Government House, Yenagoa, stressed that the 30 per cent slash in salaries was necessitated by the prevailing economic situation. Read more

Lagos commissions 70,000 capacity motorbikes assembly plant

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday commissioned a 70,000 capacity motorbikes assembly plant in the State.

He also emphasised the leadership status of the State as the most attractive location financially and socially for investment in Africa at the grand opening of the CFAO Yamaha Showroom and Assembly Plant. Read more

Lagos remains most attractive investment destination in Africa – Ambode 

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Friday emphasised the leadership status of the State as the most attractive location financially and socially for investment in Africa, just as he reiterated the commitment of his administration towards putting in place policies to attract investment and facilitate conducive atmosphere for businesses to thrive. Read more

N145 per litre fuel increment: Ozokheme blasts Buhari, says decision foolish, anti-people

A renowned human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Mr. Mike Ozokheme has lambasted president Mohmmadu Buhari and the federal government of All Progressives Congress, APC for unilaterally jerking up the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, popularly known as petrol to an unprecedented N145 from N86.50, saying it was unacceptable. Read more

Zimbabwe: Homophobia in Zimbabwe Prevents Access to HIV Services

Mandla, 26, is a bright young man who knows his right to access HIV services. “Many people in my community had a lot of sayings concerning my sexual orientation: some say I am possessed and some say I need deliverance but the fact is that I am just like any person, despite my sexual orientation as a man who has sex with men.”

Mandla experienced much stigma and discrimination both in private and public spaces. He was excluded by his siblings from family gatherings, and while walking about his neighbourhood, boys of his age would call out offensive words. Read more

Egypt receives 762 American MRAPs

The first shipment of the American Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles have arrived in Egypt yesterday, the US embassy in Cairo reported.

The vehicles are to be used “to combat terrorism and promote stability in the region.” A statement issued by the embassy last night stated that a shipment of MRAPs arrived in the port of Alexandria and was delivered to the Egyptian army, whose forces in Sinai are being subjected to bombings that have killed and injured many officials. Read more

With less than 6 months until election, Trump trails Clinton by 6 points in polls

Over the past three months, as Trump and Clinton secured their grip on their party’s presidential nominations, US pollsters have been quietly surveying tens of thousands of Americans.

More than 15 different polling companies have now collectively quizzed more than 150,000 people, across 65 different polls.

The bad news for Donald Trump, and reassuring news for the rest of us? Read more

Italy’s 5-Star Movement suspends Parma mayor under investigation

Italy‘s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement on Friday suspended the mayor of Parma, its most prominent local leader, after he was placed under investigation for abuse of office.

Federico Pizzarotti, who has run the largest city under 5-Star’s control since a shock election victory in 2012, said this week he was being investigated in connection with his appointment of the head of the city’s opera house. Read more

New Brazilian government vows to fix economy

The gathering at the government headquarters followed a chaotic day that saw the Senate vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, suspending her from office and abruptly ousting nearly her entire government – a move she branded “a coup”.

Michel Temer moved quickly to announce his new team, whose star appears to be Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles, widely respected for serving as Central Bank chief during the boom years from 2003 to 2010. Read more

Donald Trump’s ex-butler calls for Obama to be killed

The US Secret Service has launched an investigation after Donald Trump’s former butler called for the death of President Barack Obama.

Anthony Senecal wrote in a Facebook post that Mr Obama “should have been taken out by our military and shot as an enemy agent in his first term”. Mr Senecal worked for Mr Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, for nearly 30 years. Read more





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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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