* Honour agreements reached under Jonathan- Buhari *Nigerians wallowing in stagnated economy –PDP

* Honour agreements reached under Jonathan- Buhari  *Nigerians wallowing in stagnated economy –PDP

Sabinews Midday News Update for August 11, 2015

Honour agreements reached under Jonathan- Buhari

president Muhammadu Buhari yesterday ordered the Ministry of Transport to keep to the agreements reached with firms building seaports and modern standard gauge railway lines.

He spoke while being briefed on the activities of the ministry by its top officials, led by the Permanent Secretary, Mohammed Sambo Bashar. Read more

Nigerians wallowing in stagnated economy –PDP

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday called on the All Progressives Congress, APC, to end the stagnation witnessed in the economy. PDP also chided President Muhammadu Buhari and APC to always be sincere and stop appropriating achievements of the past administration as theirs.

The party said, instead, the APC and President Buhari should make haste and activate the various economic outlets, which have been stagnated as a result of their obvious inability to articulate a clear-cut economic policy for the nation. Read more

Buhari appoints anti-corruption advisers

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a committee to advise him on the best way to tackle corruption and reform the legal system, his spokesman said on Monday.

Buhari, who took office on May 29 after being elected on promises to fight endemic corruption, has said he believes officials have stolen around $150 billion from the public purse over the past decade. Read more


Four Injured In Cairo Bomb Explosion

Four people, at least three of whom were policemen, were injured on Monday when a bomb exploded under a traffic sentry post near a Cairo court, security sources said.

Bomb disposal experts defused a second device they found inside a black bag while searching the area following the blast, state news agency MENA said. Read more


Aregbesola: Odumakin submits evidence of corruption to EFCC

National Publicity Secretary of the Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, has submitted documents of corruption allegations against Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Read more

Odumakin is an indigene of Osun State.

In the petition submitted on behalf of a group, Osun Stakeholders, titled, “Petition against Governor Rauf Aregbesola for financial recklessness, corruption, money laundering and fraudulent application of Osun State’s resources,” Odumakin alleged that Aregbesola had sunk the state into abject poverty. Read more

Afghan President flays Pakistan over Kabul attacks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has accused Pakistan of sending “messages of war” and harbouring bomb-making camps, after a wave of devastating blasts in Kabul killed at least 56 people.

Ghani said on Monday that Pakistan has failed to rein in the Taliban, as peace talks falter and armed groups step up attacks that are testing beleaguered Afghan security forces.

“Pakistan still remains a venue and ground for gatherings from which mercenaries send us messages of war,” Ghani said.  Read more

I’ll remain ‘partyless’ till I die – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that he would never be a partisan politician.

Obasanjo made the comment yesterday when he received Kogi State governor, Capt. Idris Wada, a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governor, at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

OBJ, as fondly called, however said he would continue to contribute his quota to nation-building. Read more

Senators Back Single Treasury For MDAs

Some senators have endorsed recent directives by President Muhammadu Buhari ordering Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs) to henceforth operate a single treasury account for the remittance of funds.

The lawmakers in separate interviews with journalists on Monday, in Abuja, said the move was part of the president’s effort to check corruption in the country. Read more

Thai King Treated For ‘Water On The Brain’

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch, has been treated by doctors for ‘water on the brain’ and also has a chest infection, the palace said on Monday.

It was the second official statement on the 87-year-old king’s health since he was admitted to hospital in May for what the palace said was a check-up. Read more

Nigeria’s addiction to the death sentence

As much of the rest of the world geared up to celebrate winter holidays in December last year, a group of 54 soldiers formerly deployed to fight Nigerian Islamists stood in front of a court martial in Abuja.

Among them, one young man listened in shock as the court found him guilty of mutiny and sentenced him to death by firing squad.  “We did not fire on anybody. And we didn’t threaten anybody. They are just punishing us for an unknown sin,” he explained over the phone from Lagos, where the soldiers are being held in military detention. Read more

Revisiting our cradle, rebuilding our nation: The place of ethics, values in national rebirth

THE ancient Greeks were firm believers in signs and omens, and a favourite saying of the philosophers of that era is: “When the student is ready, the Teacher will appear”.

I am not a believer in coincidence; I am more inclined to believe that our lives’ steps are ordered by the Infinite Intelligence that we all call God, and so in my own case, my date with Destiny took place one afternoon according to my father when a customer in the person of Pa Enoch O. Dare walked into my father’s shop in Akure to buy books, and his first encounter with my father changed the course of my life. Read more

Oando, Mobil, Capital Oil, Others Still Sell Petrol Above Official Prices

Major and independent marketers of petroleum products have continued to defy the directives of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), prohibiting the sale of petrol above official prices. Despite the recent clampdown on erring marketers by the regulatory agency, THISDAY investigation revealed that some major oil markers, among them Oando, Mobil and MRS still sell petrol between N105 and N110 per litre at some of their retail outlets across the country. Read more

Politicians urged to shun sentimental criticism

The National Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) Ambassador Dickson Akoh has urged politicians and others to remove sentiment from any criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that it is too early to lampoon the new government.

Akoh pointed out the dangers of such attack, saying it can distract Buhari and his government. The PCN boss spoke in Abuja at the 17th anniversary of the PCN. He commended Buhari for the financial bailout granted the state governments to enable them offset the backlog of unpaid salaries and allowances to workers who are being owed for several months. Read more

‘Shonga Farms doing just fine’

Despite criticisms, Shonga Farms Holdings Limited (SFHL), located in Shonga, Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State, is alive and well, the firm’s General Manager, Adebayo Sangobiyi has said.

Many Kwara residents, especially those in the opposition, had condemned the establishment of the over 10-year-old enterprise, describing it as a doomed white elephant. Others said state officials used it to siphon cash. Yet some claimed its produce was not available in the state’s markets. Read more

Residents seek health facilities

The residents of Adadu community in Kwali Area Council have urged the council administration to provide a clinic for them to resolve their health challenges.

Speaking in an interview, the chief of the community, Habila Joshua stated that the residents especially the women and children need a health facility, adding that expectant mothers usually deliver at their homes because the nearest hospital to them is very far. Read more

Kebbi rice farmers to get loans

Better days are here for rice farmers in Kebbi State as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has concluded arrangements to give them loans in order to improve and expand their production.

A press statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Abubakar Mu’azu said Governor Atiku Bagudu told residents of Kofa Kola that much when they visited him in his office.

The governor told the people that in view of the fact the state is number one in rice production in the country, the Federal Government has directed the Central Bank to grant special loans to the state’s rice farmers to enable them exceed the ceiling approval for other states. Read more

Afghan President flays Pakistan over Kabul attacks

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has accused Pakistan of sending “messages of war” and harbouring bomb-making camps, after a wave of devastating blasts in Kabul killed at least 56 people.

Ghani said on Monday that Pakistan has failed to rein in the Taliban, as peace talks falter and armed groups step up attacks that are testing beleaguered Afghan security forces.

“Pakistan still remains a venue and ground for gatherings from which mercenaries send us messages of war,” Ghani said.  Read more

Mexico quizzes governor over journalist’s killing

Mexico City investigators will travel to the Gulf coast state of Veracruz to question its governor about the killing of a photojournalist, according to the mayor of the Mexican capital.

Miguel Angel Mancera said on Monday all lines of investigation remain open in the case, including possible political motives, and the investigative team will go to Veracruz on Tuesday. Read more

Google creates new parent company

Google, the US technology company, is reorganising under a new moniker – Alphabet – in a move underscoring its founders’ ambitions to pursue ventures far beyond the company’s internet search core, from self-driving cars to cutting-edge medical research.

It will still use the Google name for its popular internet search engine, mapping service and related products. Read more

Court confirms halt to Mexico drug lord’s extradition order

A Mexican court upheld a ruling suspending the arrest warrant to extradite escaped drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States, in a setback for government lawyers.

A judge had granted the suspension of the warrant last month after Guzman’s attorneys filed a petition to throw out the order issued by another court. Read more

Sofia Vergara to appear in ‘The Simpsons’

US-Colombian star Sofia Vergara is going to lend her voice to a character on long-running hit series “The Simpsons”, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Vergara will play the role of Professor Barrera in an episode during the upcoming 27th season of the animated comedy show, according to the magazine. Read more

Indigenous group marching against Ecuador president

Hundreds of Ecuador’s indigenous people are marching from an Amazon province towards the capital in protest against President Rafael Correa, joining mounting anti-government dissent.

The protesters on a nine-day march from the Amazon province of Zamora Chinchipe to Quito declared an “uprising” against the government Monday, while opposition protests have been called for nationwide. Read more

Korean leader praises women’s ‘guerrilla’ tactics

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has praised the “guerrilla-style” tactics of the women’s national football team after their victory in the East Asian Cup.

State television on Tuesday showed Kim personally greeting and hugging team members at Pyongyang airport on their return the day before from the tournament in Wuhan, China. Read more

Myanmar repatriates 159 Bangladesh boat migrants

Myanmar has returned 159 Bangladeshi migrants rescued from boats stranded off its coast in May, officials said Tuesday, the latest group to be repatriated after a migration crisis that unfurled across Southeast Asia.

More than 800 men, women and children were picked up from ships abandoned by smugglers in the Bay of Bengal in recent months, after a Thai crackdown on people-smuggling led gang bosses to abandon their human cargo on land and at sea. 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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