FG to review schools’ resumption date
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has asked the Minister of Education, Mr Ibrahim Shekarau, to review the directive given to schools over their resumption following the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Onyebuchi Chukwu, made this known while updating journalists on the Federal Government’s handling of the Ebola Virus Disease. Read more
SURE-P Empowers 4,000 Community Women with N20m
The Federal Government’s Subsidy Re-investment Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) has empowered 4,000 community women in Ifo area of Ogun State with a sum of N20million.
The above-mentioned sum was to assist and encourage pregnant women and nursing mothers attending the immunisation programme.
The SURE-P programme partnered the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, which is a federal government initiative aimed at reducing infant and maternal mortality in the country drastically. Read more
FG Approves Release Of Admissions Into Federal Unity Colleges
The federal government yesterday approved the release of the 2014 admission into Federal Unity Colleges (FUCs) across the country.
The Minister of State for Education, Barr. Nyesom Wike who gave the approval in Abuja, directed all prospective candidates to check their admission status online through the portal address: www.fmeinterviewtest.com. Read more
NLC Task Jonathan over Ebola/Terrorism
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has advised that President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Assembly to take an urgent and more serious action on problems of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and terrorism, saying the twin crises require being treated as national emergency.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of a seminar on capacity building and skills development for trade union organisers, orgainsed by the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTW) in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, in Ilorin, on Wednesday, the NLC national Vice President, Isa Aremu, said that President Jonathan, should address the nation through the National Assembly on what are being done and needed to be done by all and sundry on the problems. Read more
Obiano defies rain, takes Jonathan, APGA support mission to grassroots
In a practical demonstration of the move by the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to contest all elective positions with the exception of the presidential slot in 2015, Anambra Sate Governor, Willie Obiano has embarked on visits to local government areas of the state to drum support for President Goodluck Jonathan and APGA.
Governor Obiano, who defied rainfall in the areas he toured to thank and sensitise the people on the expectations from them and government, pointed out that APGA would contest all available political positions, except the presidential slot, which he said the party had already endorsed President Jonathan for. He said: “Beyond the presidential ticket, APGA is in contention for all the state and National Assembly seats with an eye to win them not only in Anambra State but also in the South East geo-political zone.” Read more
Growing Opposition to APCON’s Leadership
Over one year after President Goodluck Jonathan pronounced Prince Ngozi Emioma as the new chairman of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, the appointment is still generating rumpus among various bodies in the industry. Raheem Akingbolu reports.
Heads of Advertising Sectoral Groups (HASG), under the aegis of the Association of Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), last week berated President Goodluck Jonathan over the appointment of Prince Ngozi Emioma as the council’s chairman. Read more
Mimiko’s defection to PDP, homecoming —Mark
Senate President, David Mark, has welcomed the decision of the Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing it as a well deserved homecoming.
He also commended Mimiko for initiating and executing massive developmental projects and programmes for the benefit of the people of the state, noting that the projects had improved the quality of lives of Ondo State residents. Read more
SMEDAN, UNDP Train Women Coop, Target CBN’s N220 Billion Fund
The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have concluded the second phase of their economic empowerment programme for women-owned Cooperative Societies drawn from selected States of the Federation, with hopes on leveraging the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN’s) N220billion Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Fund recently launched in Abuja by President Goodluck Jonathan. Read more
CBN to partner INEC on printing of electoral materials for 2015
The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, on Wednesday, said the commission would explore ways to collaborate with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on the printing of electoral materials for the elections.
This came contrary to rumours doing the round that INEC would print electoral materials for the election abroad. Read more
EFCC Asked to Investigate Deziani, AGF Over Non-Remittance of Oil Revenues
A federal high court sitting in Abuja has been asked to order the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) to investigate the minister of petroleum, Mrs. Deziani Allison-Madueke and the attorney-general of the federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke over alleged illegal deals in the Nigerian oil sector.
The plaintiff in the matter, Comrade Timi Frank, told the court that by section 7 of the EFCC Act, the commission is empowered to cause an investigation to be conducted as to whether any person, corporate body or organisation has committed an offence under its act or other laws relating to economic and financial crimes. Read more
NMA flays Lagos over casualisation of health workers
TheNigerian Medical Association (NMA) has condemned the current practice of casualisation of health workers by the Lagos State Government, and called for the immediate end to the practice.
This is contained in a communiqué issued by the NMA at the end of its National Executive Council Meeting held at Awka, Anambra State. Read more
Sabinews News Update on Economy
Competition among cement firms leads to price drop, increased capacity
Intense competition among Nigeria’s major cement manufacturers is leading to stable and lower prices amid increased capacity by the firms as they position to meet burgeoning demand.
Dangote Cement plc, Nigeria’s leading cement manufacturing company, says it has increased its production capacity by 9 million metric tonnes per annum following the commissioning of two new production lines in Ibese, Ogun State, and one production line in Obajana, Kogi State. Read more
FG needs N485trn for implementation of infrastructure master plan
President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the Federal Government needs about N485 trillion for the implementation of the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIIMP), which is to be achieved in three phases.
Jonathan sated this in Abuja yesterday during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, adding that the plan would be implemented over a period of 30 years from 2014 to 2043. Read more
Globacom Begins Training of Mobile Money Agents
Following the successful launch of Glo Xchange, a mobile money agent network that will further boost the cashless policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Globacom has begun the training of mobile money agents in Edo State.
The state becomes the first in Nigeria to host training exercise for the country’s first mobile money agent network, which was launched in Lagos penultimate week. Read more
Economic Benefits of New National e-ID Card
Last Thursday was historic for Nigeria when President Goodluck Jonathan launched the country’s biometric electronic identity (e-ID) card. The e-ID card replaces the initial identity card that was launched 10 years ago without biometric and electronic features that would have given it real economic value.
The newly launched e-ID card has so much economic value that will further enhance national development in the areas of single database for easy and quick access to information as well as online financial transactions. Read more
Nigeria Drops In Global Competitiveness Ranking
Despite Nigeria’s current status as Africa’s largest economy, the country slumped in the global competitiveness ranking released on Tuesday.
Africa’s biggest oil producer fell by seven places to 127th position. Read more
Oil, insecurity take toll on Nigeria’s economy
Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, dropped by seven places to 127 in the 2014-2015 on the Global Competitive Index (GCI) rankings from 120 in the previous year.
This was contained in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) 2014-2015, which was released yesterday by the WEF. The country’s weakened public finances as a result of lower oil exports and security concern majorly attributed for this. Read more
CIBN holds forum on global payments industry
IN its efforts to make the nation’s payments systems globally competitive, the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria has concluded arrangements to hold its 8th banking and finance conference. Read more
Sabinews News Update on Oil and Gas
Oil slips after US stock-build raises demand fears
Brent crude slipped towards $102 a barrel on Thursday, reversing some of the sharp overnight gains, as US industry data showed fuel stocks rose last week in the world’s biggest oil consumer, raising fresh doubts on the strength of demand.
Oil futures on both sides of the Atlantic have seen wide swings this week, as the US dollar has gyrated. Brent hit a 16-month low on Tuesday, before bouncing back $2.43 on Wednesday as the prospect of peace talks over Ukraine and strong US economic data raised demand expectations. Read more
Oil Companies Are Culpable in Oil Theft – Naval Chief
The chief of naval staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, yesterday read the riot act to oil companies in the country: they should stop oil theft or face the wrath of the government.
The CNS, who threatened to sanction any of his personnel found culpable, expressed his displeasure at a meeting he had with the CEOs of oil companies in his office to discuss issues bordering on crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and other related crimes in the maritime sector. Read more
Nigerian ports LNG throughput increases 23%
In the first half of 2014, a total of 2719 ocean going vessels called at all Nigerian ports, according to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
This represents an increase of 12% over the 2013 figure of 2427 vessels. Read more
Hospital where 3 US aid workers caught Ebola ‘overrun’
The hospital in Liberia where three American aid workers contracted Ebola has been overwhelmed by a surge in patients, one of the US victims who survived the deadly virus said.
Missionary workers Nancy Writebol and her husband David said the facility does not have enough hazard suits and other supplies to keep doctors and nurses safe. Read more
Third Ebola Vaccine to Start Human Trials Next Year
Researchers have scheduled human tests on a third possible Ebola vaccine in response to the U.N.’s call to fast-track treatments for the worst known outbreak of the deadly virus in human history. See more
Sabinews News Update on Sports
Djokovic to face Nishikori in last four
World No 1 Novak Djokovic wore down his old foeAndy Murray in a typically gruelling encounter under the lights at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday to reach the semifinals of the US Open.
In a repeat of the 2012 final, which Murray won, the pair combined for some stunning long rallies before Djokovic pulled away for a 7-6 (1) 6-7 6-2 6-4 victory to set up a semifinal against Kei Nishikori of Japan. Read more
Africa qualifiers begin after troubled build-up
The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations group qualifiers begin Friday after a build-up dominated by the deadly Ebola epidemic and FIFA threats to ban defending champions Nigeria.
Guinea, a West African country at the epicentre of the Ebola crisis, have been forced to move a home fixture against Togo to Morocco. Read more
FIFA Gives Nigeria Last Warning As House of Reps Intervenes in NFF Crisis
World football governing body, FIFA, yesterday warned that if by 8am on Monday, September 8, Chris Giwa and his fellow board members continue to lay claim to been elected to the executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the country will automatically be banned from all football related activities.
That will include automatic disqualification of the Super Eagles from defending the Africa Cup of Nations title with the qualifiers starting this weekend. Read more
Sabinews News Update on Energy
Nigeria Federal Govt. blacklists firm for abandoning power project
The Federal Government yesterday wielded the big stick against a contracting firm, Messrs Techno Electrical Engineering Company, as it announced the blacklist of the company and its directors from executing any government project in country.
The company’s crime, according to the Minister of State for Power, Honourable Mohammed Wakil, was its abandonment of electricity project in Ebonyi State for the Engineeering Design, Manufacture, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of 2X60MVA, 132/33KV at Amasiri and 2X132KV Line Bays Extension at Abakaliki after it had collected 15% mobilisation fee. Read more
Discos Oppose Passage of NEMSA Bill
As arguments for and against the controversial NEMSA Bill, which seeks to create a second regulatory agency in the power ranges on, owners of the Distribution Companies (Discos) have written Vice President Namadi Sambo and the Senate, opposing passage of the bill, LEADERSHIP has learnt.
The NEMSA Bill, sponsored by the Chairman House Committee on Power, Patrick Ikhariale, seeks to create the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Authority (NEMSA) and assign to it technical regulation of the power sector while the current regulator, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) will oversee commercial regulation of the sector. Read more