FG Weeds Out HND Graduates in Ongoing NIS Recruitment
Following the botched Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment held last year at various stadia across the country, which led to the untimely death of over 14 job seekers, the federal government has systematically weeded out HND graduates in the ongoing recruitment exercise.
The ongoing recruitment, which started about a week ago, has three categories of vacancies: Superintendent Cadre – Assistant Superintendent of Immigration II (ASI II) – CONPASS 08, which is strictly for B.Sc holders; Inspectorate Cadre – Assistant Inspector of Immigration (AII) – CONPASS 06, for holders of ND and NCE; Immigration Assistant Cadre- Immigration Assistant III (IA3) – CONPASS 03 for ‘O’ and ‘A’ level holders. Read more
NASS Passes 2015 Budget Today
With the harmonisation of the 2015 budget proposal, both chambers of the National Assembly are set to pass the budget today before proceeding on break for the general elections.
Also, both the Senate and House of Representatives yesterday adopted the price of $53 per barrel as crude oil benchmark for the N4.3 trillion 2015 national budget. Read more
Court restrains NTA, AIT over anti-Osinbajo documentaries
The Federal High Court in Lagos has restrained Daar Communications Plc and the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) from broadcasting any video documentaries against All Progressives Congress (APC) vice-presidential candidate Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN).
Justice John Tsoho made the order yesterday following an ex-parte application by Osinbajo. Read more
3,019 delegates decide NLC’s future today
If everything goes well, Abdulwaheed Omar, will hand over to a new president of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC that will either take Congress to the next level or quicken its move into oblivion from the Olympian heights that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole left it in 2007.
Though Omar’s emergence as President of Congress in 2007 was regarded as a child of necessity after the person “being groomed” to take over from Comrade Oshiomhole was not presented for election by his union, it is however debatable whether Comrade Fidelix Edeh, who was voted against to elect Omar because of his perceived closeness to the late Abacha government would not have performed better today. Read more
US, Nigeria meet over Boko Haram-ISIS alliance
A United States lawmaker, Stephen Lynch, is currently in Nigeria meeting with Federal Government officials to review the US Embassy security following the recent bombings in Maiduguri and the pledge by Boko Haram to join forces with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
The American lawmaker is also said to be meeting with US security and counter-terrorism personnel. Read more
Royal phone call: Morocco recalls ambassador from Nigeria
Moroccan government yesterday recalled its ambassador from the country, accusing the Nigerian government of using King Mohammed VI in an election campaign.
Its foreign ministry issued a statement, denying the king had spoken by phone to Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, as had been stated by Nigeria. Read more
Buhari plotting to legislate same-sex marriage- Fani-Kayode
Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has said the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, is plotting to scrap the antihomosexual laws in Nigeria and push through new legislation which would allow same sex marriage.
Fani-Kayode, while briefing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, said that PDP was reliably informed that General Buhari during a meeting with the representatives of the western governments in the United Kingdom, assured to support legislation in Nigeria to allow same sex marriage and if he was prepared to repeal the anti-gay laws in Nigeria they will, in return, endorse, support and fund him. Read more
FG denies ISIS presence in Nigeria
Federal Government yesterday declared that there was no presence of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, in Nigeria, promising to sustain the victory it was currently recording over Boko Haram terrorist group in north east of the country.
Coordinator, National Information Centre, NIC, Mike Omeri, stated this in Abuja during a briefing on security situation in the country. Read more
No More Shift in Elections, Adefuye Tells US Chamber of Commerce
Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Professor Ade Adefuye, has told the US Chamber of Commerce that the Nigerian elections rescheduled for March 28 and April 11 will take place as planned.
According to Adefuye who made his speech available to THISDAY, President Goodluck Jonathan has made it clear that Nigeria intends to conduct a free, fair and violence-free election. Read more
Battle for Bama rages
The troops of the Nigerian Army are battling the Boko Haram fighters for the full control of Bama, Borno State.
An intelligence source, who confided in our correspondent, said that the troops had made substantial gain since effective ground operations commenced on Tuesday. Read more
Six More Killed as Violence Continue in Plateau Villages
Violence continued in Plateau State as gunmen swooped on Takowok and Rahol Gasa villages of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state, killing at least six persons.
THISDAY gathered that two men including a member of the state security outfit, Operation Rainbow, were attacked and killed at a farm in Takowok village on Tuesday afternoon, while four others were killed in Rahol Gasa, in the early hours of Wednesday. Read more
Atiku Vows Not to Return to PDP
Former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has made it clear that he would not leave the All Progressives Congress (APC) for any other political party not even in a dream.
He said he was committed to the success of the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari and other candidates of the party in the 2015 general election. Read more
Sultan Cautions Politicians Against Bitter Rivalry
The Chairman of the Northern Traditional Rulers Council and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged politicians to stop the campaign of calumny they were sponsoring against one another ahead of the general election in the interest of peace.
Speaking at a meeting of the traditional rulers which held on Wednesday at the Lugard Hall, Kaduna, the Sultan said the traditional institution in the North was concerned about bitter political rivalry and the do-or-die attitude among politicians. Read more
IG, DSS Restore Tambuwal’s Security Aides
Several months after the Inspector General of Police (IG), Suleiman Abba, withdrew police officers and men attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, the team was reinstated on Wednesday.
Although no reason was given for the re-instatement of the security men by Abba, who had a running battle with Tambuwal and who he publicly refused to recognise as Speaker, Tambuwal’s spokesperson, Mallam Imam Imam, confirmed that his principal’s police orderlies had been returned. Read more
Troops Dislodge Boko Haram Terrorists from Lame-Burra Forest
Troops from 33 Brigade of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday concluded the dislodgement and clearing of Boko Haram terrorists from Lame-Burra forest, which traverses Ningi and Torro Local Government Areas of Bauchi State.
A statement signed by the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said during the operation, which started since last weekend, quite a number of terrorists were killed, and their weapons and equipment destroyed. Read more
Tension in A’Ibom as Seats of Four State Lawmakers are Declared Vacant
Tension has risen in Akwa Ibom State as the seats of four lawmakers in the state House of Assembly have been declared vacant.
THISDAY gathered that the official quarters and residences of the affected lawmakers were on Wednesday jam-packed as hundreds of their supporters trooped in to confirm the development. Read more
Forex Earnings: CBN to sanction exporters — Emefiele
In its bid to shore up Nigeria’s foreign exchange earnings, Central Bank of Nigeria said it will enforce the repatriation of dollar-proceeds from exports will impose sanctions against exporters that do not comply.
CBN Governor Mr. Godwin Emefiele said in London yesterday. He also said that the CBN will not reopen the rWDAS window saying “The window is not closed. It is crushed and destroyed for life. “Nothing is going to be opened again. We are not going to go back to a subsidised regime.” Read more
CBN seeks more access to financial services by 2020
The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has restated government’s commitment to reducing financial exclusion rates from 46.3 per cent in 2011 to 20 per cent by the year 2020.
This implies that by the year 2020, at least 80 per cent of the nation’s population would have affordable and unhindered access to financial products and services such as savings, insurance and payment and pensions, amongst others. Read more
Power fund: CBN gives banks conditions
The Central Bank of Nigeria on Wednesday released the terms and conditions for the participation of Deposit Money Banks in the implementation of the N213bn Nigerian Electricity Market Stabilisation Facility.
The requirements were listed in a 20-page document signed by the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation, CBN, Mr. Kelvin Amugo, and was posted on the CBN website. Read more
Nigeria’s economy at risk over huge campaign spending — CSOs
A coalition of Civil Society Organisations, under the aegis of Centre for Social Justice, CSJ, in conjunction with the United States Agency for International Development, USAID and International Foundation for Electoral Systems, IFES, have raised an alarm over the threat posed to the growth of the Nigerian economy by the huge spending by political parties in the build up to the elections.
According to a report titled, ‘Second campaign finance and use of state administrative resources report in the 2015 presidential election,’ Mr. Eze Onyekpere, Lead Director, CSJ, said the increasing expenditure pattern of the parties will impact the Nigerian economy negatively. Read more
Minister educates students on agric programmes
The Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has urged youths to cue into the Youth Employment in Agricultural Programmes (YEAP) and other agricultural programmes aimed at engaging the teeming Nigerian youths in profitable and viable economic activities especially in agricultural sector.
He said this while sensitizing Nigerian students at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State. He stated that the Federal Government YEAP programme, is aim at creating more employment for Nigerian youths in the agricultural sector. Read more
Local rice farmers raise alarm over massive importation
Oxfam, an international non-government organization (NGO) in Nigeria has raised an alarm that local rice farmers are finding it extremely difficult to sell their produce at reasonable price due to continuous and massive importation of rice into the country.
Head of Progammes, Oxfam, Constant Tchona, raised this alarm at the Celebration of International Women Day in Abuja organised by Oxfam in collaboration with Speakers’ Corner Trust Nigeria. Read more
All Eyes on APCON’s New Helmsman
It was a moment of truth as stakeholders in the marketing communications industry gathered last week to inaugurate a new council for Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON). The event provided opportunities for practitioners and government to state their positions on salient issues affecting the industry.
The supervising minister, Federal Ministry of Information, Mr. Edem Duke who oversaw the event urged the new council to uplift advertising standard especially in the current milieu where unethical political adverts floods the entire media space and airtime without going through the Advertising Standards Panel for vetting. Read more
Oil and Gas
Open access: DPR, NNPC to introduce gas network code
Ahead of the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, the Federal Government is set to introduce the Nigerian Gas Transportation Network Code, NGTNC, to streamline the supply and transportation of gas in the domestic market.
The initiators of the Network Code, industry regulator, Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, said the system will enable new ways of doing business in the Nigerian domestic gas market. Read more
Indonesia says execution of foreigners on death row to be done together
The execution of 10 foreigners on death row in Indonesia for drugs offences will be carried out together, the attorney general’s office said on Thursday.
“Until today there has been no change of plans from the AGO that all executions will be all at once,” the attorney general’s spokesman Tony Spontana told reporters. “Executions will be done until everything is clear, whether it will be in March or in April.” Read more
Australian teenage ‘white jihadi’ left stash of explosives in his home
Jake Bilardi, the Australian teenager believed to have died in an Isil suicide attack in Iraq, left a stash of explosives in his Melbourne home and was apparently planning a series of local bombings if he could not enter Syria.
The 18-year-old said in a blog written under his nom-de-guerre Abu Abdullah Al-Australi that he intended to target foreign consulates and shopping centres in Melbourne. Read more
China’s top judge reproaches courts for miscarriages of justice
China’s top judge on Thursday issued a mea culpa for miscarriages of justice that have drawn public ire, calling for increased transparency of the courts in an annual report to the largely rubber-stamp parliament.
The Supreme People’s Court has repeatedly promised legal reforms to protect individual rights and prevent judicial abuses in an effort to quell discontent toward the court system, which is subject to Communist Party rule. Read more
U.S. exports at risk as bird flu enters heart of poultry country
A case of bird flu confirmed Wednesday in the heart of America’s poultry region, is certain to mean more export restrictions, increasing U.S. supply and likely forcing the world’s biggest poultry companies to trim prices.
The U.S. government announced the infection of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian flu in turkeys in Arkansas — home to Tyson Foods Inc, the world’s biggest chicken company. The virus is unlikely to kill enough U.S. birds to offset the drop in overseas demand, however. Read more
Astronauts back from space station
A Soyuz capsule carrying two Russians and an American has landed in Kazakhstan, ending the astronauts’ nearly six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
The capsule carried Russians Alexander Samokutayev and Elena Serova and Nasa’s Barry Wilmore. They blasted off for the space station on September 26. Read more
Embedded power: 40 firms to supply Lagos 300MW
A total of 300 megawatts of electricity is being expected from over 40 embedded power generation licences under the Eko Electricity Distribution Company in two to three years’ time.
Holders of these licences, according to a report from the distribution company, have agreed to work with the EKEDC by selling their output to the Disco and it is expected to add that to what it gets from the national grid. Read more
10-man F/Eagles hit Congo 4-1, book World Cup ticket
The Flying Eagles will hoist Nigeria’s flag at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand next summer, as they defeated Congo 4-1 in an African Youth Championship Group A match in Dakar, Senegal yesterday.Having recorded a 3-1 victory over hosts Senegal on Sunday, Nigeria easily dismissed the Congolese despite going one man down in the 30th minute of the first half.
In truth, the job was well done as captain Musa Mohammed hit two in a resounding success. Read more
Contract Palava: NFF, Keshi Meeting Ends In Deadlock
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical and Development Committee’s meeting with Coach Stephen Keshi to finalise issues relating to the renewal of his contract as Super Eagles’ head coach ended in a deadlock yesterday in Abuja.
Many expected yesterday’s session to be a rubber-stamp, but the meeting ended in s stalemate, as both parties failed to agree on some clauses within the contract. Read more
Lagos ITTF World Tour: Onaolapo, Omotayo, others berth in q/final
Defending champion, Nigeria ’s Ojo Onaolapo, Olajide Omotyao and three other Nigerians as well as three Egyptians have qualified for the quarter-final of the ongoing International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour, Lagos Open, holding at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Onaolapo, who is seeded number one had an easy passage to the last eight, as he overrun compatriot, Joshun Oladiran 11-4, 11-5, 11-6, while Italy-based Omotayo also surmounted Michael Obayomi 11-6, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6 to set up a quarterfinal battle against compatriot, Akinwale Fagbamila, who had accounted for the exit of Sunday Akomolafe in the round of 16 encounter. Read more
AJC 2015 will be my last tournament, says Brume
Nigeria’s multi-talented athlete, Ese Brume, has announced that the Africa Junior Athletics Championships (AJC) which ended in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday would be her last as she had decided to move up to the senior ranks.
Brume made this disclosure shortly after the team arrived the Muritala Mohammed Airport from Ethiopia on Monday. Read more
UEFA Champs League: 10-Man PSG Humble Chelsea
French champions Paris St Germain – reduced to 10 men after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s controversial first-half sending off – twice came from behind in the last-16 tie, with their two away goals decisive in the 3-3 aggregate draw to humble a careless Chelsea side on a decisive night.
Gary Cahill opened the scoring in the 81st minute with a crisp volley, but David Luiz swiftly equalised to force extra-time, before Silva conceded a penalty by handling the ball in his own area. Read more
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