SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR JUNE 22, 2017
We’ve resolved Nigeria must not break, say governors
State governors, on Wednesday, said they had resolved that they would not allow Nigeria to break up, stating that those fanning the embers of war were wasting their time. The governors spoke after their meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, in continuation of Osinbajo’s consultations on the recent tension in the country as a result of several agitations.
Oyo State Governor, Abiola, Ajimobi, who spoke on behalf of the other governors, said the governors and other stakeholders had agreed that despite the agitations being witnessed in parts of the country, Nigeria must not break. Read more
Lassa Fever: Five Cases Confirmed in Ondo
Five cases of Lassa Fever have been confirmed in two local governments of Owo and Akoko South West areas of Ondo State.
While three cases were reported at Owo Local Government, two cases were reported in Akoko South -West.
Of the three cases in Owo, one was recorded at the Achievers University involving a female student. Read more
Akwa Ibom Speaker: Why We are Not Fighting Emmanuel
The Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Onofiok Luke, has given reasons why the state lawmakers are not at war or fighting Governor Udom Emmanuel even with some perceived administrative lapses, saying the position is for the state to achieve peace, progress and political stability.
“The assembly also gives the executive a free hand to operate without trying to query some administrative decisions which the governor might be forced to take in the ordinary course of governance without recourse to the lawmakers. Read more
UN says world population will reach 9.8 billion in 2050
NITED NATIONS (AP) — India’s population is expected to surpass China’s in about seven years and Nigeria is projected to overtake the United States and become the third most populous country in the world shortly before 2050, a UN report said Wednesday.
The report by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Population Division forecasts that the current world population of nearly 7.6 billion will increase to 8.6 billion by 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100. Read more
I’m Not Moved By FG’s Appeal Over CCT Acquittal – Saraki
Less than 24 hours after the federal government appealed the judgement of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) which acquitted Senate President Bukola Saraki of charges of corruption and false declaration of assets, the number three man in the country has declared that he has no fears about the appeal.
Saraki’s counsel, Mr. Paul Erokoro, a senior advocate, who spoke with LEADERSHIP, however, said the legal team of the Senate president has not been served with the notice of appeal. Read more
Security Threat: Osinbajo In Marathon Meeting With Govs
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday met with governors of the 36 states of the federation for over four hours in furtherance of his consultations on the three-month ultimatum handed the Igbos by Northern youths to relocate from the region.
The ultimatum was issued by the youth groups in response to the agitation for a biafran state by the Nnamdi Kanu-led indigenous people of biafra (IPOB).
The acting president had met separately with leaders of thought and traditional rulers from both the North and the South East. Read more
Climate Change: Oil Industry’s $2trn Planned Investment At Risk
Energy giants including Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell may risk wasting more than a third of their budgets on projects that will not be needed if climate targets are to be met, a thinktank report has revealed
More than $2 trillion of planned investment in oil and gas projects by 2025 could be redundant if governments stick to targets to lower carbon emissions to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to a report by the Carbon Tracker thinktank and institutional investors. Read more
Etisalat Has Paid Over 50% of Original Loan – Investigation
Contrary to the widely reported misrepresentations about Etisalat Nigeria’s debt obligation to the consortium of 13 banks, facts emerged yesterday that the actual amount being owed the lenders by the telecommunication firm is $500million (N165bn).
Checks by our correspondent revealed that Etisalat has serviced the $1.2bn loan by more than half of the total amount being owed its creditors since 2013 and what actually remained to be paid is far less the amount being reported in the media. Read more
FG’s Executive Order Under Threat At Seaports – Customs CG
The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, has raised the alarm that the federal government Executive Order of 24hours Ports operations at the nation’s seaports is under threat over dishonest declaration, non-compliance to import/export guidelines, poor documentation and prompt payment of import duty by clearing agents and importers.
Ali, who stated this yesterday at a town hall meeting with stakeholders in Lagos, said the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has commenced a new work schedule which enables Customs officials work in shifts at the Lagos Port Complex, Apapa. He said this was part of effort towards implementation of the Executive Order. Read more
Kaduna Electric Donates Relief Materials to IDPs
In an exceptional display of kindheartedness and compassion to the less-privileged, the staff Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company yesterday donated food, clothing and other essential supplies to internally displaced people (IDPs) residing in Rafin Guza, a suburb of Kaduna.
The Chief Corporate Services Officer of the company, Mr. Uday Mishra who led the team that presented the items to the IDPs who are largely victims of Boko Haram insurgency, expressed deep sympathy over their plight and assured them that the staff of the company share in their pains and tribulation. Read more
Bayelsa Journalist Arrested for Suspected Militancy Dead, Allege Colleagues
A group of local newspaper publishers in Bayelsa State wednesday alleged that a detained journalist, Jones Abiri, accused of being a Niger Delta militant by the Department of State Services (DSS), had died in custody.
Abiri, publisher of the Atlantic Express, was arrested on July 21,2016 in his Yenagoa office and has since been in the custody of the nation’s secret police without arraignment. Read more
Waziri Adio, Nine Others Become ALIWA’s Latest Alumni
The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Mr. Waziri Adio, and nine other Nigerians have been graduated by the Africa Leadership Initiative – West Africa (ALIWA), as its fifth class of high impact-making fellows and entrepreneurial leaders from business; government; and the non-profit sectors in 10 years. Read more
Bayelsa goes after tax defaulters, seals off oil services firm
As part of efforts to increase its Internal Generated Revenue (IGR), the Bayelsa State Board of Internal Revenue yesterday sealed off the premises of Hilong Oil Services and Engineering Company (HOSEC) for defaulting in its tax obligations to the state.
This is coming a few days after the state government disclosed that its revenue generation drive was yielding the desired results as it recorded N1.13 billion IGR) for the first time in March this year. Read more
Court sentences cleric to 14 years imprisonment for attempted robbery
A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja yesterday sentenced an Islamic cleric, Taofeek Olawale, to 14 years imprisonment for attempted robbery. Justice Raliat Adebiyi gave the sentence after he was found guilty on the two-count charge of conspiracy and attempted armed robbery filed against him by the state government.
Olawale has been in prison custody since 2012. Delivering judgment, Adebiyi held that that the prosecution proved his case of attempted robbery against the defendant. Read more
Kano approves N578m for teachers’ promotion arrears
The Kano State Government has approved N578 million for the payment of 44, 654 primary school teachers and non-teaching staff who were engaged in the state Universal Basic Education Board.
The promotion arrears cover teachers who were promoted but without financial benefit covering 2014, 2015 and 2016. Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba made this known at the end of the weekly state council meeting. Read more
Igbo elders visit IVM, Nnewi, task kinsmen on industrial devt
A group of Igbo leaders under the auspices of Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), yesterday, visited Innoson Vehicle Motor (IVM) manufacturing company in Nnewi, Anambra State, as part of its effort to know the real stakeholders in the development of Igboland.
Those in the delegation included President of the foundation, Prof. Uzodimma Nwala; former Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State; Board of Trustees Chairman of the group and former President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie Ikedife; Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, Chairman, Business Committee; Abia Onyike, Chairman, Media and Publicity Committee; Col Justin Ezeoke.
The Igbo leaders said their visit was to meet with the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Innosons Group, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, and see for themselves what he had been doing as an industrialist to bring honour to Ndigbo with the attendant economic development of the zone. Read more
Ikorodu Residents Nab Suspected Cultist
A member of the ‘Badoo’ notorious cult gang presently bedeviling the Ikorodu area of Lagos, was yesterday arrested by the residents of the Ayegbami Community, Igbogbo.
It was gathered that the suspect had gone to the area to perpetuate his acts of illegality when he was seen by one of the residents. Read more
Man Caught Defiling Lover’s 15-month-old Baby in Bayelsa
A 50-year-old man has been apprehended by the police in Bayelsa after he was caught defiling his lover’s 15-month-old baby in Swali, Yenagoa, the state capital.
The act perpetrated by Oku Ekanem, who was allegedly caught in the act by his lover , sparked anger in the community , with those present at the scene threatening to mob him.
Unaware that Blessing Joshua, the 40-year-old mother of the child had returned from a neighbour’s house where she had gone to watch television late into the night, Ekanem was said to have sneaked to the bedside of the little baby, removed her clothing and was violating her when he was caught Read more
Suspected Kidnappers Arrested in Ondo
For alleged involvement in the kidnapping and the resultant death of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Olumide Odinmayo, the Ondo State Police Command has arrested a man, identified as Bekewei Francis and his son, David, and six other suspects.
The suspects were paraded at the Police headquarters, Akure, by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ibuforo Hilda-Harrison. Read more
Police, DSS, Army Conduct Operation Show of Force to Combat Crimes in Kano
The Kano State Police Command has in collaboration with the army, DSS, NDLEA and civil defence corps, conducted an operation code named operation “Show of Force.”
The joint operation is to demonstrate the command’s collective resolve towards providing comprehensive security to lives and properties across the state. Read more
Witnesses Storm Court to Attest to Goje’s Financial Prudence
A prosecution witness (PW12) and former Accountant General of Gombe state, Mr. Mohammed Tukur yesterday told Jos Federal High Court II that Senator Danjuma Goje was a man of financial prudence who was the first to introduce due process in the state.
Tukur told the court presided over by Justice Babatunde Quadiri during a cross examination by the defense counsel, Mr. Paul Erokoro (SAN) that Goje proved himself as a good leader. Read more
MAN: Improved Patronage of Local Products’ll Boost Industrial Devt, Economy
President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Dr. Frank Udemba Jacobs has said an improved patronage of locally manufactured products would facilitate industrial development and economic growth in the country.
Jacobs said patronising Made-in-Nigeria products would not only enhance the productivity of local industries, but as well reduce social ills and improve the well-being of the Nigerian people. Read more
Nigerian youths can get country out of recession -Okeke
Okeke Chika Jerry is a renowned author based in Onitsha, Anambra State. He veered into politics and was the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance in the 2013 governorship election. He is still eyeing the office.
Why are you in politics?
The essence of government and being in politics is to use the collective resources of the people in making their lives meaningful. Unfortunately, it has not been that way in Nigeria. What we see is a case of selective attention. Like in Anambra State, sometimes you hear that government is sharing rice to civil servants who doesn’t constitute even 10 percent of our population. Read more
CIBN, stakeholders seek national integration
The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) has said national integration remains key tool for economic policy, processes and national development.
President of the institute, Prof. Segun Ajibola, who spoke at the 2017 CIBN yearly lecture in Lagos explained that national integration and successful planning and implementation are in inseparable. Read more
CBN engages Ogun farmers, SMEs on financial inclusion
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has engaged farmers and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Abeokuta, Ogun State on financial inclusion initiatives.
The exercise was in continuation of the apex bank’s enlightenment campaign, aimed at bringing more people into the formal financial sector. Read more
Nigeria to issue more bonds
As Nigeria continues to savour the success of its maiden Diaspora bond and prepares for the issuance of its first-ever sovereign Sukuk, the Federal Government yesterday affirmed that it will explore issuance of more innovative bonds to provide opportunities for all segments of populace to participate in the national economic development.
Director-General, Debt Management Office (DMO), Dr. Abraham Nwankwo yesterday at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) said the government would continue to open up new windows of opportunities for all segments of the people through its bond issues. Read more
World Bank Approves $961m To Support FG’s ERGP
The World Bank has approved two Program-for-Results operations totalling $961 million to support the Nigerian federal and state authorities in their effort to foster inclusion and revive growth, in alignment with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the Federal Government of Nigeria for 2017–2020.
The Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) Program-for-Results is a $611 million credit aiming to bring out-of-school children into the classroom, improve literacy, and strengthen accountability for results in basic education. Read more
Natural Gas Transportation Fuel And Nigeria’s Economic Turnaround
The discussion around the economic value of natural gas as the source of energy of the future which Nigeria must key into now, was further buttressed, last week when energy experts from various sector met at the Eko Hotel and Suite Lagos. The gathering, was a business forum powered by the Nigerian Gas Association (NGA).
As it is characteristic of such forums, various experts took turn to make presentations. It was therefore, not surprising when Mr. Mr. Sanjay Teotia, Managing Director, NIPCO centred his presentation on a topic that can be said to be close to the heart of his company, that is using gas instead of premium motor spirit (petrol) to power automobiles. Read more
Indonesian firm to build refinery in A’Ibom
An Indonesian firm, PT Intim Perkasa Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of PT Intim Perkasa, Indonesia, has indicated interest to build a refinery in Nigeria.
The feat, if achieved, will give traction to the Federal Government’s plan to attract investment in modular refineries as part of its efforts to boost local refining capacity.
Mr. Adi Hartadi, the Head of Investor Relations of PTPP (Persero) Tbk, partners to PT Intim Perkasa Nigeria Ltd, who disclosed this in Abuja during a business meeting with the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, yesterday, stated that the proposed refinery would be located in Akwa Ibom State. Read more
Govt records progress in generation, says Fashola
The Federal Government has said it is recording progress in power generation and transmission network to improve service delivery to consumers.
This is contained in a com-muniqué issued at the end of the 16th monthly meeting of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, with operators of the power sector held at Ugwuaji transmission sub-station in Enugu State. Read more
Nigeria’s oil exports to exceed 2million bpd
Nigeria’s crude oil exports are expected to hit two million barrels per day (bpd) in August, the highest level planned for 17 months, as the nation’s oil industry nears a full recovery from militant attacks that crippled production last year.
Resurgent production, if sustained, will put further pressure on efforts by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to cut output to shore up oil prices, Reuters said. Read more
Indonesian firm interested in building crude oil refinery in Nigeria: NNPC
IIndonesian engineering firm PT Intim Perkasa has expressed an interest in building a refinery in Nigeria, the West African country’s state oil company said on Wednesday.
Nigeria has been seeking investment in the sector to reduce reliance on imported oil products that consume a large portion of the Opec member’s scarce foreign currency reserves. Read more
Budget 2017: Panic as oil price drops to $43.90 per barrel
For the first time, the price of crude oil has dropped from $46 to $43.90 per barrel in the international market, showing $0.60 cents below Nigeria’s $44.50 per reference price for the 2017 budget. A survey of the global oil market, showed that the there was a general drop in the prices of many range of crude oil because of excess supply yesterday. Read more
Rohr’s calvary on the mend
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr will heave a huge sigh of relief as he ponders on the FIFA 2018 World Cup game against Cameroon in August as some of his key men have stepped up their recovery from injury.
Nigeria presented a very youthful lineup in the 2-0 loss to South Africa in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on June 10 in Uyo and the defeat was partly blamed due to lack of experience and leadership int he team. Read more
New Barcelona Coach Will Start To Run The Rule On Nigerian Ace Usman Mohammed On 12th Of July
Highly rated Nigeria U-23 midfielder Usman Muhammed will officially begin life as a Barcelona player on the 12th of July, Owngoalnigeria.com can exclusively confirm.
Usman impressed the coaches of the B team during a short trial at the club towards the end of last season, and will join the team on a free transfer on the 1st of July when his contract expires with Uniao Madeira.
The Portuguese side signed the talented midfielder before the Olympics, but dispute over payment of his wages and transfer fee ensured he didn’t make a single appearance for the team for the duration his two year deal lasted. Read more
Ola Aina International Future – Iwobi Speaks Of Close Relationship With Chelsea Defender
As the wait continues for FIFA to approve the international switch of Chelsea defender Ola Aina from England to Nigeria, Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi has spoken out on his closeness with the Chelsea full back.
Like Aina, Iwobi represented England at youth level before making the switch to Nigeria at senior level, and he is presently viewed as one of the senior players of the team. Read more
NFF Mourns Emeteole, Hails His Immense Contribution To Football
The Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday in Abuja expressed shock at news of the death of Kelechi Emeteole, former Nigeria international player and one-time Head Coach of the Supersand Eagles.
Emeteole, who won 17 caps for the senior national team, which was then known as Green Eagles, and scored four goals, between 1975 and 1977, died at the age of 66.
Reports say he died in the early hours of Wednesday in India where he had gone for surgery on throat cancer. Read more
Confed Cup: Ronaldo heads Portugal to 1-0 win over Russia
Moscow: Cristiano Ronaldo set aside his legal troubles to score the winning goal for Portugal on Wednesday in a 1-0 victory over hosts Russia in the Confederations Cup.
Ronaldo headed Portugal in front in the eighth minute at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium. The European champions struggled to kill off the game despite several chances and could have conceded when Georgy Dzhikiya headed narrowly over in stoppage time. Read more
Man Utd Cleared in Pogba Deal
FIFA has cleared Manchester United but opened disciplinary proceedings against Juventus over Paul Pogba’s world record transfer, football’s governing body announced yesterday.
The France midfielder returned to United in a deal worth more than $111 million in August 2016 from the Italian giants.
In May, FIFA began an inquiry into the move, requesting information about the headline transfer from United. Read more
Canada drops 3-1 decision to Dutch in field hockey’s World League Semi-Final
Scott Tupper scored the lone goal for Canada’s men’s field hockey team in a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands in the World League Semi-Final on Monday.
The 30-year-old from Vancouver converted on a penalty stroke in the final minute of the first half after Brenden Bissett was taken down in the circle by the Dutch ‘keeper. The goal sent the game into the second half tied 1-1, but the Dutch — fourth-place finishers at last summer’s Rio Olympics — added a pair of second-half goals to clinch the victory. Read more
Di Maria Strikes Deal with Prosecutor over Tax Fraud
Former Real Madrid player Angel Di Maria has reached an agreement with Spanish prosecutors over a tax evasion charge related to his image rights, a Madrid-based court said on Wednesday.
Di Maria, who now plays for France’s Paris St Germain, will plead guilty to two charges of tax fraud, carrying an eight-month prison sentence for each, and pay €2 million settlement, the court said. Read more
UNICEF: More than 5 million children need urgent humanitarian aid in Iraq
More than 5 million children are in urgent need of aid in Iraq, the United Nations said on Thursday, describing the war on Daesh as “one of the most brutal” in modern history.
“Across Iraq, children continue to witness sheer horror and unimaginable violence,” the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) said in a statement.
“They have been killed, injured, abducted and forced to shoot and kill in one of the most brutal wars in recent history.” Read more
Did the Tory manifesto reflect Theresa May’s convictions?
ir: Nick Timothy seeks sympathy by revealing that his ‘loved ones’ are upset by the personal attacks to which he is now subject (Diary, 17 June). They could have been spared distress if he had not invited retaliation by swearing at senior ministers and civil servants who crossed him. How could a prim vicar’s daughter have allowed endless profanities from this ill-mannered man and his ill-tempered associate Fiona Hill? Perhaps Timothy’s most extraordinary claim is that ‘a return to traditional campaigning methods’ was planned but Lynton Crosby vetoed it. Read more
Islamic State blows up historic Mosul mosque where it declared ‘caliphate’
Islamic State militants on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, Iraq’s military said in a statement, as Iraqi forces seeking to expel the group from the city closed in on the site.
It was from this medieval mosque three years ago that the militants’ leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a self-styled “caliphate” spanning parts of Syria and Iraq. Read more
Australia says to resume air strikes in Syria after Russia threat
Australia said on Thursday it would resume air strikes into Syria, ending a two-day suspension implemented after the downing of a Syrian military aircraft triggered a Russian threat against Washington-led coalition planes.
Russia said on Monday it would treat US-led coalition aircraft flying west of the River Euphrates in Syria as potential targets and track them with missile systems and military aircraft, but stopped short of saying it would shoot them down. Read more
Two die from heat in sweltering California: reports
Two people have died from heat-related illnesses in California, local media reported on Wednesday, as the Southwest U.S. bakes under triple-digit temperatures that have shattered records, driven residents indoors and canceled airline flights.
The two fatalities, the first recorded in the three-day heat wave, took place on Monday in Santa Clara County, south of San Francisco, and included a homeless person found in a car, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
The victims were identified only as a 72-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman. Read more
Under fire in Washington, Trump back in campaign mode in Iowa
U.S. President Donald Trump, under siege in Washington, defended his record at a raucous political rally in Iowa on Wednesday, rejecting a Russia investigation as a witch hunt and saying he was succeeding against all odds, despite no major legislative achievements.
“All we do is win, win, win,” he told a cheering crowd.
A feisty Trump spoke for more than an hour at a rally in Cedar Rapids that was similar to those he held during last year’s presidential campaign. It included protesters escorted out by police, Trump attacking the news media and supporters waving signs saying “Drain the Swamp” in Washington. Read more
Senate Republicans to release draft of healthcare bill as details emerge
Senate Republican leaders are set to unveil draft language of legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), after weeks of secrecy surrounding their effort to prepare a healthcare bill to be voted on as early as next week.
The Senate bill is expected to follow the template laid out in the House version, which narrowly passed last month, but with key differences. Read more