*Buhari appoints new Budget Office DG, FIRS chair *US Government Supports NNPC Reforms

*Buhari appoints new Budget Office DG, FIRS chair *US Government Supports NNPC Reforms

Sabinews Evening News Update for August 20, 2015

Buhari appoints new Budget Office DG, FIRS chair

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday appointed Dr. William Fowler as the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

He also appointed Mr. Aliyu  Gusau as the Director-General , Budget Office of the Federation. The two appointments were contained in a statement made available to journalists by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina. Read more

US Government Supports NNPC Reforms

The ongoing structural reforms in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has again received the backing of the United States government and members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN).
The US in expression of its support for the reform of the state oil company, pledged its readiness to work with the new management of the NNPC led by Dr. Ibe Kachikwu as its Group Managing Director (GMD) in achieving the federal government’s reform agenda in the country’s oil and gas industry.

A statement from the NPPC Thursday in Abuja conveyed the support of US to the reform. The statement which was signed by NNPC’s Group General Manager, Public Affairs, Ohi Alegbe quoted the US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle to have said that the United States will be willing to provide all necessary support to the new NNPC management to realise the objectives for which the government called them up for. Read more

Buhari’s popularity won’t help APC in Kogi – Wada 

Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada, has said the popularity of President Muhammadu Buhari will not help the All Progressives Congress in the November 21 governorship election in the state.

Wada, who spoke with journalists in Abuja on Thursday, when he visited the national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party to pay for his nomination form, insisted that his party remains the most popular party in the state. Read more

Teenager in borstal centre for allegedly defiling a minor

An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Thursday remanded a 17- year- old boy (names withheld) at a Borstal Centre, Adigbe, Abeokuta, Ogun State, for allegedly defiling a 13-year-old girl. The accused, a student, who lives with his parents at Agege, a suburb of Lagos, is facing a one – count charge of defilement.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Jimah Iseghede, told the court that the the boy defiled a girl living in the same compound with his (accused) friend. He said the offence was committed on Aug. 16 at No. 2, Olurinde St., Agege, Lagos. Read more

Court orders service of papers on Ekiti PDP faction

An Ekiti State High Court in Ado Ekiti on Thursday ordered service of court papers on the Peoples Democratic Party faction led by Chief Idowu Faleye.

The court also ordered substituted service on the PDP National Secretariat through the state chapter of the party.

The court granted the orders following an ex parte application moved by the Applicants’ counsel, Oluwatobi Fatoki. Read more


Buhari lauds indigenous upstream operators, promises full support

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured indigenous companies operating in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector of the full support and protection of his administration, ThisDay reports.

At a meeting on Wednesday with members of the Independent Petroleum Producers Association (IPPA),  Buhari commended the determination to increase the participation of Nigerians in the country’s oil industry and promised to do all within his powers to address the challenges which they currently face. He also directed the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to work more closely with the indigenous oil producers to resolve the problems which members of the group said were affecting their operations. Read more

Nigeria has deficit of 19,500 policemen – Okiro

The Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mr Mike Okiro, on Thursday, said Nigeria currently has a deficit of 19,500 policemen.

He said the recruitment of 10,000 policemen promised by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, would not commence immediately because there are guidelines and procedures to be followed. Okiro spoke with State House correspondents after members of the commission and officials of the Ministry of Police Affairs briefed the President of their activities inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more

Flood destroys crops in nine Jigawa communities

Information Officer, Kiyawa Local Government Area of Jigawa State, Malam Yakubu Abdullahi, on Thursday said flood has destroyed crops in nine communities in the council.

Abdullahi made this known in Dutse on Thursday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria.

He listed the villages hit by the flood as Kiyawa, Katanga, Dangoli, Tuje, Rimi, Katuka, Kawari, Gidan-Malu and Balago. Read more

Nigeria’s fuel subsidy unsustainable: state oil head

“Subsidy creates distortions in government revenue distribution,” Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) managing director Emmanuel Kachikwu said in a speech in Lagos, the country’s financial hub.

Nigeria produces some two million barrels of crude a day but despite its huge reserves, the country imports much of its fuel due to a lack of refining capability — a situation blamed on corruption and mismanagement Read more

Nigeria earned N2.5trn from petroleum export in Q2 – NBS

According to data released on Wednesday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria earned N2.512 trillion from the export of petroleum products in three months, between April and June 2015, Vanguardreports.

The NBS, in its Foreign Trade Statistics for the Second Quarter of 2015, also stated that Nigeria recorded total merchandise trade of N4.372 trillion and a trade surplus of N1.4 trillion in the month under review. Read more

Oil majors to divest from 12 more blocks by 2019 – Oni

The Head, Energy Research, Ecobank Development Corporation, Dolapo Oni has said that there are about 15 major offshore oil fields, which if effectively implemented, could add about 880, 000 barrels per day over the next three years, The Nation reports. The 880,000bpd, he said, does not include production from divested assets, fields that will be re-entered, and output from marginal field operators and other indigenous companies.

Oni also said the move by oil companies into the deepwater region will come with more costs but that the International Oil Companies (IOCs) will divest from at least 12 more onshore oil blocks before the end of 2019 in the continuation of a trend that started over 5 years ago. Read more

Nigeria’s Access Bank H1 pretax profit rises 44.26 pct

Nigeria’s Access Bank said on Thursday it half-year pretax profit rose 44.26 percent to 39.11 billion naira compared with 27.11 billion naira in the previous year.

Gross earnings also climbed to 168.64 billion naira ($847.44 million) in the six months to June 30 from 117.93 billion a year earlier, the bank said in a statement.

The bank said its interest income increased to 98.86 billion naira from 83.57 billion naira last year, while it has proposed an interim dividend of 0.25 naira per share, unchanged from the same period last year. ($1 = 199.0000 naira) (Reporting by Oludare Mayowa, editing by David Evans) Read more

Ambode asks court to reverse order on Ayangburen stool

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has urged a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja to reverse the order it made last Friday to stop the coronation ceremony to fill the vacant stool of Ayangburen, the traditional ruler of Ikorodu Kingdom, in Lagos State.

The Ayangburen stool had become vacant on August 1, 2014 after the passage of Oba S.A.A. Oyefusi.

Last week Friday, a court presided over by Justice O.O. Ogungbesan stopped the coronation ceremony to fill the stool, which had been scheduled for last Saturday. Read more

S’Sudan journalist killed days after president warns media

A South Sudanese journalist was on Wednesday assassinated, the manager of his newspaper has said.

Albert Otieno, Manager of the Corporate Newspaper, said in Juba, that one of his journalists, Moi-Peter Julius, was shot in the chest on Wednesday evening near a UN building in Juba, without removing anything from him.

“Money and Julius’ belongings were not removed. Read more

Stop meddling in electoral matters, PDP govs tell DSS

Thirteen governors of the Peoples Democratic Party have said there is need for the country to have a virile opposition.

The governors whose political party ruled the country for 16 years before it was defeated by the All Progressives Congress in the last general election, therefore called on the men of the Department of State Service to stop disturbing members of their party.

Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, who is also the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, spoke on behalf of his colleagues after their meeting in Abuja on Wednesday night.Read more


I want to rebuild Nigeria – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the mission of his administration is to rebuild Nigeria into a competitive, virile, strong and productive economy where the citizens are creative, innovative, responsive, accountable, incorruptible, patriotic and diligent.

To achieve this, he told civil servants who are in the habit of abandoning their duties to brace up to the new realities of his administration as he will personally hold them collectively and individually responsible for the planning and implementation of the change contemplated by his administration. Read more

Buhari to Lift National Productivity with Launch of New Campaign

As part of his intentions to rebuild the productivity culture of Nigerians, a culture he said will take into regard quality output and application of resources, President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed plans by his administration to formally launch a new crusade to upgrade the level of national productivity in Nigeria. He said that the new movement, whose launch he has directed the National Productivity Centre (NPC) to set its machinery in motion, will have to cascade to the various states of the federation for maximum impact.

The president said in his remarks at the 15th National Productivity Day (NPD) and conferment of productivity awards to 11 individuals and two organisations Thursday in Abuja that he intends to “move Nigeria forward to become a strong, strategic and proactive state” through such deliberate, pragmatic and productivity-conscious programme.
Buhari was however represented at the occasion by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Clement Illoh. Read more

Senate Assures of Support for Buhari, Says Ooni was a Bridge Builder

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has assured the people of its unalloyed support for President Muhammadu Buhari in its drive to change the fortunes of the nation for better.

It made this disclosure during a condolence visit to the Governor of Osun, on the transition to glory of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade on Wednesday in Osogbo. Read more

NURTW invades Osun FRSC office, attacks personnel

Some members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers on Thursday invaded the office of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Osogbo, Osun State, attacking its personnel before vandalising some vehicles.

Our correspondent gathered that some officers  of the FRSC arrested a bus driver with the NURTW sticker and asked the driver to drive to the commission’s office along Ogo Oluwa area but the driver sped off. Read more

Desmond Tutu to remain in hospital for two weeks

South Africa’s Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu, has been put on a new course of antibiotic treatment that is expected to prolong his stay in hospital, his foundation said on Thursday.

“Tutu is in good spirits and not in any pain and he will stay in hospital for another two weeks,” the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said in a statement. The 83-year-old Archbishop was re-admitted to a Cape Town hospital on Tuesday due to inflammation, unlike last time’s treatment of a “persistent infection,” Tutu’s daughter, the Rev. Canon Mpho Tutu, said earlier. Read more

Lagos West: Tribunal decides APC senator’s fate, Sept 18

The Lagos State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal has fixed September 18, 2015, to decide the petition emanating from the Lagos West Senatorial District election of March 28, 2015.

The Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Segun Adewale, is challenging the declaration of the All Progressive Congress’ candidate, Solomon Adeola, as the winner of the said election. Apart from questioning the eligibility of Adeola to stand for the election, Adewale also claimed that the election was fraught with irregularities and malpractices. 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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