*FG’ll employ 47,000 workers to fix roads – Fashola *Three Female Suicide Bombers Killed at Military Outpost

*FG’ll employ 47,000 workers to fix roads – Fashola *Three Female Suicide Bombers Killed at Military Outpost

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR MAY 5, 2017

 

FG’ll employ 47,000 workers to fix roads – Fashola

The Federal Government will employ 47,000 people to fix federal roads across the country, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said.

According to him, the government already has a plan to make this work, adding that it would collaborate with the National Assembly to implement the idea. Fashola disclosed this at a stakeholders’ meeting organised by Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria on the state of the country’s technical colleges in Abuja on Thursday. Read more

Three Female Suicide Bombers Killed at Military Outpost

Attempted suicide attacks on Maiduguri by three females were foiled on Wednesday night.

According to a press statement by the spokesman of the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA), Abdulkadir Ibrahim the three teenage females with explosive strapped on them died. Read more

New Book Justifies Jonathan’s Claim Obama Administration Influenced His Defeat

As the book, Against the Run of Play, written by the Chairman of the THISDAY Editorial Board, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, continues to generate heated reactions, a new book, Facts Versus Fiction: The True Story of the Jonathan Years: Chibok, 2015 and Other Conspiracies, has given a detailed account of a March, 2014 meeting between the Barack Obama administration and 12 northern governors, saying it was the clearest evidence of the U.S.’ push for regime change in Nigeria in 2015. Read more

INEC Registers 57,737 in Three Days of CVR

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday said that it has registered a total of 57,737 new voters within the first three days of the commencement of the nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise.

In a statement issued on Thursday after its meeting to review the on-going nationwide CVR exercise, which commenced on April 27, the commission said that 4,913 others collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). Read more

Adeosun: FG Will Spend on Infrastructure to Exit Recession

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has said the federal government plans to boost agricultural production and spend billions of dollars upgrading dilapidated infrastructure that will help drag Africa’s top oil producer out of recession this year.

Low oil prices plunged the West African nation into its worst economic crisis in 25 years with output, contracting by 1.5 per cent last year. Read more

 

FG Appoints Lufthansa, Five Others Advisers on Establishment of National Carrier

The federal government has appointed advisers to help it set up a national airline and develop its aviation infrastructure – currently seen as a barrier to economic growth – to create a hub for West Africa, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said on Wednesday.

Sirika said a group of six firms including German carrier Lufthansa would advise the government on setting up an airline, an aviation leasing company and a maintenance hanger, and on creating concessions to run the country’s airports. Read more

 

Despite Listing on Order Paper, Senate C’ttees Fail to Lay 2017 Budget

The Senate Committees on Appropriation and Finance on Thursday failed to lay the 2017 budget, despite listing it on Thursday’s Order Paper. Listed as item one, under the presentation of reports section, the Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Senator Danjuma Goje (Gombe Central), and his finance counterpart, Senator John Enoh (Cross River Central), were scheduled to lay the report of the Joint Committee on Appropriation and Finance on the Appropriation Bill 2017.

The Leader of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, said the Senate committees were meeting with their counterparts in the House of Representation, while plenary was going on in both chambers, to harmonise and make some final adjustments to the budget document. Read more

House Urges FG to Urgently Address Passport Scarcity

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a motion calling on the federal government to urgently address the current challenges being faced by the supplier of the passport booklets and devise sustainable means to ensure worldwide availability.

It further mandated its Committee on Interior to liaise with the Ministry of Interior and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to determine the cause of the scarcity and recommend ways to reverse the trend and report back to the House within three weeks for further legislative action. Read more

Kogi Court Sentences Two Cattle Rustlers to Death by Hanging

Two kingpins of a notorious cross border cattle rustling syndicate, Muhammed Laal Jauro and Yusuf Sanni, have been sentenced to death by hanging by the High Court of Kogi State sitting in Okene.

The two convicts were charged on Thursday before Hon. Justice Josia Majebi of the Okene division of the High Court of Justice on a four-count of criminal conspiracy to commit armed robbery, criminal conspiracy to commit criminal homicide and culpable homicide, all of which contravene sections of Penal Code. Read more

Wike: Why We Are Building Federal Courts in Rivers

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has explained that his administration is investing in federal judiciary infrastructure because the federal government has abandoned its responsibilities to the Rivers people. Speaking during a courtesy visit by the National Association of Rivers State Students from the Nigerian Law School at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday, Wike said his administration was compelled to make necessary investments in courts under the federal government because they were left to rot. Read more

FG Inaugurates FRC Board, Seeks Improved World Bank Ranking

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, thursday inaugurated the Board of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRC).

The board is made up of 23 members and has Adedotun Sulaiman as the Chairman and Daniel Asapokhai as the Executive Secretary/CEO. Read more

CAN Lists Conditions for Peace in Southern Kaduna

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) thursday donated N8 million worth of relief materials to the victims of Southern Kaduna crisis, while it also gave some conditions to be met by the government before peace could return to the affected areas.

The CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, gave the conditions while addressing journalists in Kaduna. Read more

APC Targets N1.2bn Monthly Revenue from Membership Dues

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has perfected a strategy to rake in the sum of N1.2 billion monthly from dues collection as part of efforts to generate funds internally.

The party which has been experiencing funding challenges, hopes to overcome it through a newly acquired software system which enables it to deduct the sum of N100 monthly from the members’ airtime as they recharge their mobile telephones. Read more

Jubilation in Jigawa as Court Releases Lamido on Bail

The commercial and administrative activities were momentarily brought to a halt thursday immediately after the Magistrate Court in Dutse granted former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, bail. Lamido was sent to Kiyawa prison on Tuesday by the Chief Magistrate of court 22, Muhammad Lamin, after he was brought before the court by the Zone 1 Police Headquarters, Kano. Read more

President’s Long Sick Leave Fuels Power Grab Fear

The Nigerian leader’s absence on Wednesday from his third cabinet meeting in as many weeks has heightened fears about his health and whether close allies might be profiting from his illness.

President Muhammadu Buhari, 74, has barely been seen since returning in March from seven weeks of medical leave in London, where he was treated for an unspecified illness. Read more

Nigerian Breweries’ MD Set for New Role in Heineken Group

The Nigerian Breweries Plc thursday announced that its Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Nicolaas Vervelde, will complete his assignment in the company on June 16, 2017 to take up a new role within the Heineken Group outside Nigeria.

The Head of Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Kufre U. Ekanem, explained in a statement that in anticipation of and preparatory to assuming his new role, Vervelde submitted a letter of resignation to the Board of Directors at a meeting held on May 3. Read more

Senate Restricts Cameramen from Covering Proceedings

The Senate has announced the further reduction of television cameramen covering the proceedings of the upper legislative chamber from 13 to 6, a decision which led to the boycott of thursday proceedings by all press corps television cameramen.

The television stations approved by the Senate bureaucracy are the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Africa Independent Television (AIT), Channels Television, Silverbird Television and in-house New Age Television. Read more

Judge Accepts EFCC’s Apology, Lifts Embargo on Ashinze’s Case

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court in Abuja has lifted the embargo placed on hearing of criminal cases brought before him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over false dissemination of court proceedings by the commission.

The judge who had refused to entertain cases from anti-graft agencies accepted the apologies tendered by EFCC for misleading the general public in the trial of a case involving a serving army Colonel, Nicholas Ashinze, and four others. Read more

LASG: We Didn’t Compromise Recruitment into Neighbourhood Safety Corps

The Lagos State Government thursday denied allegation that it compromised the recruitment of its Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LSNSC), noting that political leaders have not hijacked the process as being speculated in different quarters.

Also, the state government said it saved a whopping sum of N99.72 billion from different incidents of fire disaster in 2016 just as it lost N16.62 billion to the same disasters  Read more

Unknown Gunmen Kill 10 in Taraba in Separate Attacks

No fewer than 10 people have been killed by unknown gunmen in communities in Takum and Ussa Local Government Areas of Taraba State.

The attacks, which occurred on Monday and Tuesday in Tati and Kwesati communities, left eight persons dead in Tati, a village in Takum while two persons were reportedly killed in Kwesati in Ussa area. THISDAY gathered that the gunmen stormed the communities in their large numbers with sophisticated weapons and shot indiscriminately at the residents who were largely unarmed. Read more

Govt will be Grounded if 2017 Budget is Not Passed, Ozekhome Warns N’Assembly, Presidency

Human Rights Lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) thursday warned the National Assembly and the presidency of a constitutional crisis and imminent grounding of the government should federal lawmakers fail to pass the 2017 Appropriation Act.

According to him, the delay in the passage of the 2017 budget would eventually lead to complete government shutdown if nothing is done to avert the impending crisis. Read more

Senate C’ttee Alleges 228 Vessels Smuggled Items Evaded Customs

The Senate has accused the Nigeria Customs Services (NCS) and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) of inefficiency and negligence at the nation’s ports, which has allowed at least 228 vessels bearing goods to evade the payment of customs duties.

The Senate said corrupt practices at the ports continue to cause a substantial loss of much needed revenue to Nigeria. Read more

Senate seals private sector funding for expressway

The Senate plans to facilitate private sector funding for the rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in two years.

A source close to the Senate noted that “major parties with interests in policy, funding and concession, as well as contractors engaged for the highway have agreed on major issues that will encourage private sector involvement in developing basic national infrastructure and alternative funding as a vital input for developing national assets.” Read more

Ambode urges public servants to be diligent

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has urged public servants to be hard working, committed and diligent, to build a service that is creative, innovative and competitive.

The governor, who spoke in Lagos yesterday at a parade/exhibition by public servants as part of activities marking the [email protected] celebrations, advised them to chart a new course for a greater and more prosperous state in the next 50 years. Read more

False declaration of assets: I’ve no case to answer, Saraki tells CCT

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who is facing trial over allegation that he falsely declared his assets, yesterday, told the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, sitting in Abuja that he has no case to answer. Saraki, through his lawyer, Mr. Paul Erokoro, SAN, notified the Justice Danladi Umar-led tribunal of his intention to make a no-case-submission in respect of the 18-count corruption charge the Federal Government proferred against him. Read more

Senate expands panel probing alleged N30tr leakage in Customs

The Senate yesterday expanded its panel probing alleged N30 trillion revenue leakage in the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

The expansion of the investigative panel followed a point of Order by Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs Excise and Tariff, Senator Hope Uzodinma.

The Senate asked its Committee on Marine Transport to join the Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff in the investigation in view of more revelations emanating from the probe. Read more

FG Inaugurates FRC Board, Seeks Improved World Bank Ranking

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, thursday inaugurated the Board of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRC).

The board is made up of 23 members and has Adedotun Sulaiman as the Chairman and Daniel Asapokhai as the Executive Secretary/CEO. Read more

Ex-Naval chief diverted N677m in tranches, EFCC alleges

FORMER Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Adesola Amosu diverted over N677 million from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) between March 2014 and April 2015, an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigator, Tosin Owobo, alleged yesterday.

He was testifying in Amosu’s trial before Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Amosu was arraigned by the EFCC on June 29, last year with a former NAF Chief of Accounts and Budgeting, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun and a former Director of Finance and Budget, Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo. Read more

Banks Urged to Diversify Portfolio, Fund MSMEs

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has advised banks and other financial institutions to diversify their portfolios and lend more to the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector which is seen as the backbone of the economy.

CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele who said this at a three-day Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC) training programme on “Movable Asset Lending for Financial Institutions in Nigeria,” in Lagos recently, said access to finance was essential for private sector growth and development in any economy and it remains a major constraint to all developing economies like Nigeria. Read more

Ban on 41 items still in force, says CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has refuted an online news report that it has reversed part of its policy on some import items earlier declared ineligible for foreign exchange (forex). According to the apex bank’s acting Director of Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor, the CBN has not reversed the policy.
He explained in a statement that the reports appear to be a misinterpretation of the bank’s circular titled: Revised Documentation Requirements for Allocation of Foreign Exchange for Small Scale importation dated May 3, 2017, to the effect that importers of items classified as “ineligible for forex” with transactions value of $20,000 and below per quarter shall now qualify for allocation of foreign exchange subject to the completion of form Q. This provision does not refer to the 41 items that remain ineligible for forex sale in the Nigerian forex market.” Read more

Real sector: Sectoral forex allocation to the rescue

It has been particularly tough for real sector operators, especially those in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) segment. For long, they watched helplessly as the crisis in the foreign exchange (forex) market hit hard on their businesses. Because of scarcity of forex, many of them could not fund the importation of essential but eligible raw materials and finished goods critical to their operations.

Given that SMEs were crowded out of the forex market, many of them who could not stand the heat either disappeared from the manufacturing landscape or scaled their operations, leading to massive job losses. This has been the situation since mid-June 2014 when global oil prices began declining, forcing a number of fiscal and economic distortions on SMEs’ operations. Read more

CBN re-admits Keystone Bank to forex market

Keystone Bank on Thursday said the Central bank of Nigeria had readmitted it into the spot and wholesale forwards segment of the foreign exchange market.

The bank said in a statement issued in Lagos that the CBN readmitted it sequel to the provision of evidence of sales of foreign exchange to Small and Medium scale Enterprises (SMEs).

It also said the re-admission was because the bank had been selling to the SMEs since the introduction of the special window to such businesses. Read more

Content abuse: Mobil replaces Nigerian employees with expatriates

The Akwa Ibom State branch of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), has passed vote of no confidence on the new Managing Director of ExxonMobil, Mr. Paul McGrath, over alleged incessant sack of workers in the company.
The National Deputy President of the association, Mr. Jude Chidinwaogu, who disclosed  this in his remarks while speaking to newsmen yesterday in Ibeno, the operational base of ExxonMobil, said the position was the climax of PENGASSAN’s congress and protest march held at Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN),  at Lagos gate in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom.
Chidinwaogu decried the incessant sack of Nigerians by the company in place of expatriate workers, which negates the Nigerian Local Content Law. Read more

FG, IOCs disagree over $10bn crude overlift

There may be no end in sight to the myriad of challenges facing Nigeria’s oil industry as both the federal government and the international oil companies, IOCs, are still at loggerheads over the exact amount involved in crude overlift. This is coming at a time the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said issues surrounding production sharing contracts, PSC, would be resolved amicably. Read more

Aiteo refutes allegation of complicity in $1.2bn swap deal

Integrated energy group Aiteo has denied claims it is the subject of an inquiry by the House of Representatives over an alleged payment of $1.2billion into the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT) account and involvement in questionable crude oil transactions from 2011 through 2014. Read more

No Movement for Eagles in May FIFA Ranking

Lack of activities since Super Eagles’ last friendly game with Senegal in London has resulted in Nigeria’s static rating at 40th spot in the latest FIFA Ranking for the month of May released on Thursday.

Eagles stay rooted to the same fifth spot they occupied in the continent last month behind Egypt, Senegal, Cameroun and Burkina Faso Read more

Odey, Olatunbosun Set for Eagles Call up

MFM FC attacking pair of Stephen Odey and Sikiru Olatunbosun have been handed call ups to the Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles.

The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) leading scorer Odey and Olatunbosun are two of the four players from the country’s top division expected to be announced for the roster ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against South Africa in June this year. Read more

Ifeanyiubah Plots To Buy Israeli Or Spanish Club
Completesportsnigeria.com has gathered that the Proprietor of NPFL side FC Ifeanyiubah,  Dr Patrick Ifeanyiubah, is desirous of owning a football club in Europe and is currently discussing with Spanish and Israeli sides.  Read more

Oliseh: There Is Only One Yekini Of Nigerian Football
Fortuna Sittard coach Sunday Oliseh says it will be difficult for Nigeria to discover another talent like the Late Super Eagles striker Rashidi Yekini who died on May 4, 2012, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

An emotional Oliseh paid tribute to the late Yekini on Thursday as Nigeria and the football world marked the fifth year remembrance of the former Super Eagles striker’s death.

The former Nigeria captain and coach reckoned he actually got the famous nickname “The Pass Master” due to the clinical styles with which Yekini converted such assists into goals.  Read more

TRANSFER RUMOUR: REAL MADRID’S PEPE SET FOR HEBEI CHINA FORTUNE FC MOVE, SET TO POCKET €45 MILLION IN THREE YEARS

Real Madrid defender Pepe is set to move to Hebei China Fortune at the end of the summer after being convinced by former boss Manuel Pellegrini.

According to a report in El Confidencial, the 34-year-old Portuguese stalwart is edging closer to a move away from Santiago Bernabeu in the summer after 10 years at the club, as Real Madrid have refused to change their stance on giving him a new contract. Read more

TRANSFER RUMOUR: PSG JOIN REAL MADRID, BARCELONA IN RACE FOR PIERRE EMERICK AUBAMEYANG

Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain have made an offer to Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

According to a report in German outlet BILD, the Parisians have joined the race for the Gabonese speedster’s coveted signature by making him an offer and Borussia Dortmund will reportedly let their prized asset leave for nothing less than €70 million. Read more

Transfer Talk: Chelsea target Celtic star Michael Johnston

Chelsea have identified young Celtic star Michael Johnson as a potential target this summer, according to the Mail. Johnson is seen as one of the brightest talents coming through at Parkhead. Read more

Neymar ordered to stand trial over Barcelona move

Barcelona forward Neymar has been ordered to stand trial in a Spanish court over allegations of fraud and corruption.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell were also named as defendants over the Brazilian’s 2013 transfer from Santos. Both clubs will also stand trial. Read more

‘He’s an embarrassment’: hostile welcome for Trump on return to New York

It was a case of so near and yet so far. Donald Trump returned to New York on Thursday night for the first time since his inauguration, yet the closest he could get to his home in Trump Tower was 10 blocks away as the city that made his fortune greeted him with noisy protest..

The president bypassed his Fifth Avenue penthouse, where First Lady Melania and youngest son Barron still live, bound for the USS Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier on the Hudson river, where he attended a gala to mark the 75th anniversary of a major second world war naval battle. Read more

Macron Document Leaker Releases New Images, Promises More Information

The anonymous source of documents alleging Emmanuel Macron’s involvement with an operating agreement for a Limited Liability Company (LLC) in the Caribbean island of Nevis returned to release several high quality images of the purported documents along with promises to identify account locations and the extent of the assets Macron is supposedly hiding from regulatory authorities. Read more

India: World’s heaviest woman leaves hospital 300kgs lighter
An Egyptian citizen believed to be the world’s heaviest woman left a hospital in India on Thursday, some 300 kilograms lighter than when she arrived.

Eman Ahmed weighed more than half a ton when she was operated on in Mumbai in March, but after a series of operations, dropped her weight to below 200kg. Eman has now reportedly arrived at the Burjeel Hospital the United Arab Emirates for a year of physical and psychological rehabilitation. Read more

Trump to visit the Vatican, Israel and Saudi Arabia on first foreign trip

President Donald Trump said Thursday his first foreign trip later this month will include visits to the Vatican, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, stops that his top aides hope will both combat views of the President abroad and build toward Middle East peace.

The stops will come before Trump attends a NATO meeting in Brussels on May 25 and a G7 meeting in Italy on May 26. Read more

China’s first big passenger plane to take maiden flight

China’s first large domestically made passenger aircraft is due to take its maiden flight, mounting a major challenge to Boeing and Airbus.

The plane is a key symbol of Beijing’s soaring ambitions to enter the global aviation market.

The jet by state-owned firm Comac has been planned since 2008 but the flight was repeatedly pushed back. Read more

Peter Dutton ordered by court to revisit Syrian man’s refugee application

The immigration minister, Peter Dutton, has been ordered by a court to revisit the refugee application of a man he wanted to deport to war-torn Syria.

The man came to Australia on a child visa in 2005 but was sentenced to three years in prison in 2011 for intentionally causing serious injury. In 2014, Dutton cancelled the man’s visa under section 501 of the Immigration Act for failing the character test. 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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