* NNPC boss sidelining me, board, Kachikwu tells Buhari (Punch) * N’Delta govs condemn use of force for conflict resolution (Punch)

* NNPC boss sidelining me, board, Kachikwu tells Buhari (Punch)  * N’Delta govs condemn use of force for conflict resolution (Punch)



NNPC boss sidelining me, board, Kachikwu tells Buhari (Punch)

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has written a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, alleging acts of insubordination and humiliation by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru. In the letter, titled ‘Re: Matters of insubordination and lack of adherence to due process by the GMD NNPC – Dr. Baru,’ written on August 30, 2017, with reference number HMS/MPR/001/VOL.1/100, Kachikwu alleged that the NNPC boss had repeatedly sidelined and disrespected the board of the national oil firm, which is chaired by the minister of state. Read more

N’Delta govs condemn use of force for conflict resolution (Punch)

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Usani Usani; and governors of the Niger Delta states including Prof. Ben Ayade (Cross River State); Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa State); and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, have condemned the use of force as a conflict resolution tool. They stated that rather than resort to brute force as a conflict resolution tool, the Federal Government should negotiate with agitators to address the issues. They argued that since force had never succeeded in permanently solving any conflict anywhere in the world, it should be dumped. Read more

PDP chairmanship race: Plot against South-West bid thickens (Punch)

There are indications that the South-West zone of the People’s Democratic Party may lose the chance to produce the national chairman of the PDP if its members fail to put their house in order, The punch has learnt. Already, it was gathered that the South-South zone of the party is making moves to present a consensus candidate for the position at the party’s national convention which is slated for December 9 in Abuja. At the last count, three aspirants from the zone are said to be under consideration for the position. Read more

Ekiti Assembly threatens Magu with contempt over state officials’ arrest (Punch)

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has sent a letter of protest to the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, over the arrest and detention of the state Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo, and the Accountant General, Mrs. Yemi Owolabi. In the letter, the Assembly described the arrests of Ojo and Owolabi as premeditated, malicious, politically-motivated, contemptuous and unconstitutional in all ramifications. The House said the arrests smacked of gangsterism by an agency that derived its powers from the constitution but acting in clear contempt of the rule of law. Read more

After three months, Dogara swears in Hembe’s replacement (Punch)

The inauguration delay drama of a member of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Dorothy Mato, ended on Tuesday, as the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, finally administered oath on her. Mato, a member of the All Progressives Congress, was pronounced as the replacement for a former Chairman, House Committee on Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Herman Hembe, by the Supreme Court. The apex court had sacked Hembe on June 23 in a judgement in which it declared Mato as the validly-elected member to represent Vandeikiya/Konshisha Federal Constituency of Benue State. Read more

Enugu: Bribery allegations trail LG poll (SUN)

Enugu chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has  uncovered plans by some of its members to work for the opposition Peoples Democractic Party (PDP),  in the November 4, 2017 local government election in the state. APC has threatened  to deal with any member of the party who works secretly for the PDP in the state. APC Vice Chairman, Enugu East senatorial district, Chief Anike Nwoga, issued the threat, yesterday, in company with the state Chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye, at a press conference held at the party’s state secretariat. Nwoga specifically accused the state party Women Leader, Queen Nwankwo of approaching Enugu State Deputy Governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, who is of the PDP, to work for her party. Read more

AVM Mukhtar Muhammad for burial today (Leadership)

The remains of former military governor of old Kaduna State, Air Vice Marshal Mukhtar Muhammad (rtd), is expected to arrive Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano,  at 1:00pm today. It was gathered that the corpse of the late Muhammad (Wazirin Dutse) who died in a London hospital on Sunday night at the age of 73 after a protracted illness will be flown into the country by Egypt Air. Director General Media to Kano State governor, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, told Leadership last night that a presidential delegation will also arrive Kano at 11:00am to officially receive the corpse. Read more

FG asks MDAs to move 60% of 2016 projects to 2018  (Punch)

The Federal Government on Tuesday said its Ministries, Departments and Agencies had been asked to roll over between 50 and 60 per cent of their capital projects to the next fiscal year. The government also said it had so far released the sum of N340bn for capital projects from the 2017 Appropriation Act in addition to the N1.2tn released between January and June this year from the 2016 capital budget. It also said the N100bn from the recent sukuk bond subscription would be used to fund capital projects, while it planned to increase releases for capital projects in the budget to N440bn by next week. Read more

Nigerian embassies facing threats from host countries —Senate (Vanguard)

The Senate, yesterday, raised the alarm that the nation’s diplomatic missions were facing challenges of inability to pay home-based officers allowances, local staff salaries, rent for residences, chanceries and other staff official quarters. According to the Senate, with these myriad of issues and financial woes, the collective and corporate image of Nigeria is suffering at the moment, thereby resulting in the loss of prestige and influence in the comity of nations. Read more

Abia community laments neglect (Vanguard)

Ahuwa-Oboro community in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State has lamented neglect by the government, saying that the community lacks all amenities that make life worth living such as electricity, water, roads, health facilities and good schools. More worrisome to the community is lack of access roads to evacuate their farm produce to the urban communities. According to the President-General of Ahuwa-Oboro community, Engr. James Uchegbuo, the absence of electricity, access road, potable water and other basic amenities in the community has inflicted a lot of hardship on the people of the area. Uchegbuo explained the former governor of the state awarded electricity contract to one of their sons, but lamented that funds were not released to complete the electricity project. Read more

Court declares NIMASA levies on NLNG illegal (Vanguard)

A  Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, held that Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, was not liable to pay three percent gross freight on its international inbound and outbound cargo, Sea Protection Levy, two percent cabotage surcharge on all activities carried out for and on its behalf, as well as other sundry claims, as insisted by Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA. NLNG, had sued NIMASA over the applicability of the levies on it. Meanwhile, NIMASA, yesterday, said it will appeal the judgment. Read more

Rohr’s Selection Headache: Akpeyi saves penalty, Ajiboye shot-stopper, Ezenwa (Allnigeriasoccer)

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr will not surprise many people when he names his starting line-up on Saturday, with Leon Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Wilfred Ndidi, Obi Mikel, Odion Ighalo and Victor Moses among the untouchable players. However, allnigeriasoccer.com understands the German tactician is faced with a major selection dilemma over which goalkeeper will be in between the pipes against the Zambians, if the workout on Tuesday evening is anything to go by. Read more

Victor Moses Not Skipping WCQ Vs Zambia, Iwobi, Aina, Simon Join Camp     (Allnigeriasoccer)

Chelsea right wing-back Victor Moses is not skipping the important World Cup qualifying match against Zambia. The Blues number fifteen will be the last invited Super Eagle to report for international duty, with Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi, Hull City’s Ola Aina, Nante’s Chidozie Awaziem and Gent winger Moses Simon teaming up with the national team just before they departed for training on Tuesday evening. ”Victor Moses has left London, and is presently in Nigeria. Due to some pressing commitments, he has not yet arrived in Uyo,” a top source close to Moses told allnigeriasoccer.com. Read more

AKS offers Eagles ‘Total Comfort’ ahead Zambia clash (ThisDay)

The Akwa Ibom State government has expressed optimism that the Super Eagles will emerge victorious in this weekend encounter with the Chipolopolo of Zambia. The State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Monday Uko, said in Uyo on Tuesday that the necessary logistics have been put in place for the Super Eagles to win the match. “God has delivered them (Chipolopolo) into our hands, and this time around I believe the goals could be as many as 4-0,” Uko posited. Read more

Totti drops out of coaching course (Punch)

Roma legend Francesco Totti has dropped out of the coaching course he was due to start, the Italian Coaches Association confirmed on Tuesday. Totti retired after 24 years with Roma at the end of last season, moving into a director’s role with the club and signing up for a UEFA B License coaching course. However, the AIAC said that the 41-year-old has had a change of heart and decided to put his plans on hold. “Francesco Totti has shown he is a great champion off the pitch as well as on it,” an AIAC statement read. Read more

Neymar penalty feud has calmed down, says Cavani (Punch)

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani has played down his penalty-taking spat with Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar. Cavani and Brazilian Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, reportedly fell out over penalty-taking duties for PSG in recent league matches. The despite blew up a couple of weeks ago when Cavani, PSG’s regular penalty-taker, refused to let Neymar take a spot-kick against Lyon, only to then miss. But then at the weekend, and after rumours Cavani had been offered a million euros to cede penalty duties to his higher-profile team-mate, Neymar took, and scored, a spot-kick against Bordeaux. Read more

Las Vegas shooting: Latest investigation details (Skynews)

Law enforcement officials have been giving updates as they investigate the shooting of hundreds of people at a Las Vegas music festival. These include the latest on the motive of Stephen Paddock, the number of people killed and injured and the details of the weapons used and the scene of the shooting. Kevin McMahill, Undersheriff of Las Vegas  Gunman Stephen Paddock set up two cameras in the hallway of his room at the Mandalay Bay hotel and another inside the door peephole so he could watch law enforcement officers approach. Read more

Bob Hawke says marriage survey the worst economic decision by any PM (Guardian)

Bob Hawke has lashed Malcolm Turnbull’s $122m postal survey on same-sex marriage as “the worst economic decision made by any Australian prime minister since federation”. Hawke made the comment at the National Press Club on Wednesday, joining the former Labor foreign affairs minister Gareth Evans in attacking the survey during the question and answer session of Evans’s speech about his book Incorrigible Optimist. Hawke argued that the postal survey “cannot produce a decision” because a bill to legislate marriage equality “still requires a vote of the parliament”. Read more

Boris Johnson: Libyan city of Sirte could be ‘next Dubai’ once they ‘clear the dead bodies away’ (Itv)

Boris Johnson is facing calls for his sacking after saying a Libyan city could become the next Dubai once it had cleared “the dead bodies away”. The Foreign Secretary has faced a backlash from within his own party and from Labour over his comments, with MP Heidi Allen saying he should be sacked, a sentiment echoed by the Liberal Democrats. Mr Johnson’s comments at a Conservative Party conference fringe event were denounced as “callous” and “100% unacceptable” by Labour. Read more

 Educating girls: the key to tackling global poverty (Guardian)

Access to education shouldn’t be determined by a child’s gender, yet 130 million girls globally are out of school and 15 million girls of primary school age will never even enter a classroom. Educating girls gives them the freedom to make decisions to improve their lives, which has deep social implications. Giving girls access to schooling is a central part of eradicating global poverty, according to the World Bank, which says better educated women tend to be healthier, participate more in formal labour markets, have fewer children and marry later. The UN’s sustainable development goals call for gender equality and a quality education for all by 2030. So what action needs to be taken to overcome the complex global barriers to not only getting girls into school but also providing them with a meaningful education? Read more

From Korea to Germany, experiments with socialism show markets always win (Cityam)

The idea of RCTs has been imported from medicine.One group of people are selected at random to be subject to a particular policy, and the outcomes in this set are compared to the rest of the population, which are not. The studies have been almost exclusively carried out in developing countries. Evaluating RCTs often involves some subtle statistical points, but they are a powerful way of identifying what really works. Their policy impact has already been substantial. Read more

Verdict reached in Tunisia’s case of the atheist teacher (Memo)

The Criminal Court of Sfax delivered its verdict on Monday in the case of the assault of teacher Faiza Souissi in one of the primary schools of Sfax. The five persons involved in the assault of the teacher were sentenced, each of them, to five months in prison. Teacher Faiza Souissi was sentenced to two months suspended sentence for having assaulted a lawyer while he was working. Souissi  had been prevented from reaching the primary school Okbaa Ibn Nafaa in Sfax on the day of the school year by dozens of parents of pupils. Five of them physically assaulted her while calling her a “miscreant.” Read more


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