*Nuhu Ribadu May Emerge PDP Chair* *Food crisis looms in Abuja over drought*

*Nuhu Ribadu May Emerge PDP Chair* *Food crisis looms in Abuja over drought*

Sabinews Morning News Update for July 13, 2015

National

Nuhu Ribadu May Emerge PDP Chair

Weeks after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was defeated in the 2015 general elections, indications have emerged that the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, may emerge its next chairman.

LEADERSHIP learnt that the leaders of the PDP are zeroing in on Ribadu because of the public perception that he has integrity to match that of Buhari who is now APC’s leader which could be used as a bargaining edge in successive elections. Read more

Food crisis looms in Abuja over drought

About 3,000,000 residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, may soon face acute shortage of food following weeks of lack of rain.

Currently, crops are drying in the farms as a result of absence of rainfall for weeks. Read more

Presidency denies rift between Buhari, Tinubu

The Presidency has debunked claims of a bitter rift between President Muhammadu Buhari and the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over the leadership crisis in the National Assembly.

Describing as “unfortunate” the emergence of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President in the Senate with majority APC members, the Presidency said the party’s leaders were working closely with the President to deliver his electoral mandate to Nigerians. Read more

Nigeria’s phone lines hit 146m, says NCC

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said the active lines in the nation’s telecommunications industry stood at 146,561,744 in May.

The commission spoke in its Monthly Subscriber Data.

Active lines in Nigeria were 145,476,326 for  April and increased by 1,085,418 in May, the NCC said. Read more

Judge okays trial of Jonathan’s campaign supporters

The Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Justice Ishaq Bello, has granted permission to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) to arraign for the Chairman, Goodluck Support Group, Aminu Abubakar and his assistant, Okechukwu Geoffrey.

The ICPC had earlier filed a three-count before the court, accusing them of conspiracy, extortion and blackmail. Read more

SERAP Urges Buhari to Probe Alleged Corruption in N’Delta Amnesty Programme

A civil society organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use his “good office and leadership to instruct appropriate government agencies to begin a thorough and effective investigation into allegation of corruption and denial of entitlement and allowances under the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme.”

In the petition dated July 10, 2015 and signed by the SERAP Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, the organisation said it had “received a petition from Mr. Sukore O Daniel, Mr. Ekperi Abel, Mr. Enodeh B. Eniyekperi, Mr. Ebaretonbofa J. Keme, Mr. Akperi Tamaraebi and Mr. Godspower A. Desmonds all of Patani Community in Delta State. Read more

Oshiomhole Advocates Stiffer Penalties against Rape, Child Abuse

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has advocated stiffer penalties against rapists, paedophiles and anyone involved in child abuse to serve as deterrence to others.

He also urged the people of the state to stop giving alms to child beggars to discourage the rising trend of child beggars in the state. Read more

UN to build 500 houses for Adamawa IDPs

The United Nation’s High Commission for refugees in Africa on Sunday said arrangements had been concluded to construct 500 housing units for the aged, physically challenged, orphans and the very sick persons who were displaced by Boko Haram insurgents in Adamawa State.

The leader of the High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Cesar Tshilombo, dropped the hint while briefing the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Martins Babale, on the modality adopted by the body to share the houses after completion. Read more

Shettima Insists on Amnesty as Church Escapes Bombing in Jos

Determined to seek practical ways of ending the Boko Haram insurgency, the Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, yesterday reiterated his call for the granting of pardon through a programme of amnesty to the deadly Boko Haram sect.

His call coincided with the lucky escape yesterday from death by worshippers at the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Jos, when two bombs planted in the church were discovered and defused before they could explode. Read more

Economy

Bureaucrats Go Hungry as Nigeria’s Oil Crisis Hobbles Economy

It’s been five months since Johnson Umeadi and his wife, Adaku, received their salaries as government workers in southeastern Nigeria.

With Nigeria’s finances shot by last year’s collapse in oil prices, they’re struggling with rent and can’t afford school fees for their three children. Shops and grocers are no longer willing to extend them the credit they need to buy basic items such as food and drinks. Read more

$4bn NLNG cash payments ‘missing’ from govt account

The Presidency yesterday got a request – it should probe the whereabouts of about $4billion taxes and dividends paid by the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Ltd.

The payments include Income tax, Education tax and dividends. Read more

15 Stockbroking Houses Risk Losing Licences

The Disciplinary Committee of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has summoned 15 dealing members (stockbroking houses) for failure to activate  their dealer member licences.  The NSE  said  the  members would  appear before the committee on July 27  to  give reasons why disciplinary action should not be taken against them.

“In the event of a failure to honour this invitation, the Disciplinary Committee shall proceed with the hearing and make such decisions and issue such directives as it deems fit,” the NSE declared.  Market analysts said failure of the  firms to  appear may lead to  the withdrawal of  the licences. Read more

EY Seeks to Develop West Africa’s Entrepreneurs

EY (Ernst &Young), a global professional services firms, has called for entrepreneurs in West Africa to step forward and compete for its Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Speaking at a press conference held in Lagos, the Regional Managing Partner, EY West Africa, Mr. Henry Egbiki, noted that the award “was instituted to recognise and celebrate unique set of men and women who use their entrepreneurial energy and passion to change the world through creating opportunities.” Read more

CBN: No Economy Survives by Forex Allocation for Importation

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reiterated that its recent exclusion of 41 items from funding on the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market (interbank and BDCs) would help to grow local industries.

It also maintained that no economy is run by allocating forex for importation, saying that such a policy would only end up destroying infant industries in any nation. Read more

NSE Index Closes Week In Red, Drops 2.49%

At the close of trading on Friday, a total of equities traded on weekly basis recorded a turnover of 1.264 billion shares worth N15.770 billion in 17,016 deals were traded by investors on the floor of The Exchange in contrast to a total of 1.269 billion shares valued at N17.570 billion that exchanged hands last week in 18,993 deals.

The financial services sector led the activity chart with 831.925 million shares valued at N8.924 billion traded in 9,602 deals; thus contributing 65.81 per cent and 56.59 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. Read more

Elumelu Foundation Organises Bootcamp for 1,000 Emerging African Entreprenuers

As part of Tony Elumelu Foundation’s (TEF’s) $100 million commitment to empower African entrepreneurs, the 1,000 emerging entrepreneurs that had earlier been selected under the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) Class of 2015, converged on Sango Ota, Ogun State, for a two-day boot camp session.

The event, which took place at the weekend, brought together the emerging entrepreneurs selected from 51 African countries and from all of Africa’s geo-political regions – North, East, Southern, Central and West Africa – and major language blocs – Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone, and Arabic Africa – as well as every state in Nigeria. Read more

FG grants port status to Kaduna inland container depot

The Federal Government has declared Kaduna Inland Container Depot (ICD) a port of origin and final destination to extend shipping services to hinterlands and landlocked areas to decongest the ports. Notice of the declaration is contained in a statement signed by Mr Ignatius Nweke, the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), made available to newsmen on Friday in Lagos. Read more

Nigeria Spent N813bn on Sugar, Wheat, Others in 2013

The federal government spent a total of $4 billion (N813 billion) in 2013 on items which are currently being produced or could be competitively produced in the country.
The amount spent on six items including rice, sugar, wheat, fish, furniture, milk and textiles in the period under review represented about one-fifth of the country’s total budget of about N4 trillion. Read more

Forex closure, restriction expose poor local content in manufacturing

Recent Central Bank of Nigeria’s foreign exchange policies have exposed the poor level of local input content in Nigeria’s manufacturing sector. In simple terms, the policies have shown that the level of raw materials sourced abroad dwarfs whatever is obtained locally.

The CBN had, in February, announced the closure of the Retail and Wholesale Dutch Auction System (official) foreign exchange windows, targeting sanity in an exchange market struck by speculative demand and round-tripping. This policy simply meant that importers could only access dollar then at an upward of $/N198, rather than $/N168. Read more

Oil and Gas

NNPC targets 20% petrol supply from local refineries

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) hopes that its domestic refineries can cover 20 per cent of domestice product needs, the head of refining has told Reuters.

Group Executive Director of Refining and Petrochemicals Ian Udoh said he expected to receive six cargoes a month of Nigerian Bonny Light and Escravos crude oil to run 180,000 barrels per day (bpd) or 40 per cent, of Nigeria’s total refining capacity.  He said he expected to produce 8 million litres a day of petrol, accounting for about 20 per cent of the estimated consumption. Read more

Seplat Releases $408m For Oil Asset Acquisition

SEPLAT Petroleum Development Co. Plc said it had recommenced negotiations to acquire an asset in Nigeria, a deal in which it had previously faced delays.

The Nigerian-focused oil and gas company said it had reached an agreement to release the funds from an escrow account which was set up with a consortium of banks to make a potential acquisition. Read more

Local content: Nigerian firm loses N90bn

Efforts by Federal Government to increase indigenous participation in the oil and gas industry under the Local Content policy have suffered a major setback as an indigenous firm lost over N90 billion in the last 10 months over detention of its two oil drilling rigs by AMCON.

The Federal Government had as part of measures to check increasing foreign domination of the oil and gas sector of the nation enacted the Nigerian Content Act 2010, which also created the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, to enhance indigenous participation in both upstream and downstream of the sector. Read more

PENGASSAN Accuses Agip of Flouting Court Order on Gas Plant

The Chairman of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Arco Group branch, Mr. Amadike Clinton, has lodged a complaint to the Port Harcourt Branch of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and PENGASSAN that the Nigeria Agip Oil Company has ordered Arco staff to hand over to Plantgeria, thereby denying them of access into the process area of the gas plants.

In a letter to the joint Chairman of NUPENGASSAN, Clinton said Agip took that step on July 7.
He disclosed that Arco’s staff faced further threat of final eviction from the entire plant anytime soon.
He said in his letter that the Union was aware that the Court made an order on the 30th of June 2015 for all parties to maintain status quo.” Read more

OPC Threatens To Seize NNPC Depot Over Unpaid Security Contract

Over 1,000 workers of the New Age Global Security & Surveillance, whose services were dispensed with a month ago by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), may embark on a peaceful protest any moment from now.

Majority of the workers, who are drawn from the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), are planning to embark on the protest to agitate for the payment of the security contract job given to their employer, but which was terminated three months after. Read more

Issues As Governors Probe NNPC’s Remittances To Federation Account

When the federal government through the National Economic Council (NEC) made bold its efforts at addressing the seemingly, intractable shortfall in the public revenue and accountability in the nations prime source of revenue, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), many agreed that it was long overdue.

The National Economic Council (NEC), headed by Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, set up a committee to investigate a shortfall of N3.5 trillion in remittances by the NNPC into the Federation Account since 2012. Read more

Power

Liberalise electricity meter market now, manufacturers tell NERC

As part measures to address the esti­mated billing chal­lenge consumers are faced with, the Electricity Meter Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (EMMAN) has called on the Nigerian Elec­tricity Regulatory Commis­sion (NERC) to open up the meter market for free com­petition.

Executive Secretary of EM­MAN, Mr. Muhideen Ibra­him, made the call during a live programme monitored on Channels Television in Lagos on Friday. Read more

Infranet Energy workshop seeks transitional electricity market rules interpretation

Against the backdrop of the unbundling and privatization of the Nigerian power sector, Infranet Energy Services is organizing a two-day workshop that will provide insights into the set of rules that will guide electricity market in the country.

The workshop to be organized in partnership with Nigerian Electricity Market and System Operator (ISO) has as theme, ‘Interpretation and Understanding of the Nigerian Transitional Electricity Market Rules’. Read more

Sport

Okocha Lobbies to Assist Oliseh

African Football.com can exclusively reveal that former Nigeria skipper Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha has made a last-ditch move to assist in-coming Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh.

Oliseh will this week sign a contract as the Super Eagles coach after Stephen Keshi was sacked for a breach of trust. Read more

Asisat Oshoala scores in Liverpool win over Arsenal

Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala was on target when Liverpool Ladies walloped Arsenal Ladies 3-1 in the Women’s Super League One on Sunday.

The Nigerian international converted a lovely finish in the 87th minute to inflict a first league defeat of the season on Arsenal to keep their hopes of a third consecutive Women’s Super League title alive. Read more

NPFL Week 17: Enyimba, Giwa, Pillars Fall, Sunshine Go Top

It was action all through Sunday evening as the Nigeria Premier Football League got underway again, lighting up all the match centres.

In Akure, Sunshine Stars made light-work of Bayelsa United, thanks to goals from Kingsley Aduwo and Tunde Adeniji, which sent the Akure Township Stadium into mad jubilation. Read more

Amuneke drags Eaglets to classroom

Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach, Em­manuel Amuneke at the weekend dragged his wards to the class­room as part of their training regimen towards solid preparation for the 2015 U-17 World Cup in Chile.

After weeks of physical conditioning and train­ing, Amuneke said it was imperative that the players were shown animated tacti­cal details to broaden their horizon. Read more

Djokovic Downs Federer For 3rd Wembley Open Trophy

World No 1 Novak Djokovic ended Roger Federer’s dream of winning a record-breaking eighth Wimbledon title with a four-set win to seal his third crown at the All England Club.

A packed Centre Court witnessed the world’s top two players battle for glory for nearly three hours in a match that lived up to its billing. Read more

NSC halts Oliseh’s unveiling

The proposed plan by the Nigeria Football Federa­tion (NFF) to unveil Nige­rian former international, Sun­day Ogochukwu Oliseh as the new Super Eagles head coach on Wednesday this week may hit the rock, as the National Sports Commission (NSC) has warned that the football federa­tion did not conform with the Procurement Act procedure for engagement.

Answering questions from SoccerStar on telephone yester­day, an egghead of the commis­sion, who spoke on condition of anonymity, insisted that as far the commission is concerned, the position of the head coach for the Super Eagles is still vacant, stressing that it had not received any official correspon­dent from the federation to the unveiling this week. Read more

Falconets disgrace Liberia 7-1 in Monrovia

Nigeria’s Women U-20 National Team, Falconets, on Sun­day began their campaign for a spot at the 2016 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals on a blistering note, wallop­ing their Liberian counterparts 7-1 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.

According to thenff.com, Yetunde Adeboyejo started the goal rush, scoring the first of her three goals in the 15th minute, before 2014 U-17 Women’s World Cup strike partner Chinwendu Ihezuo added a second on the half hour mark. Read more

World News

Boko Haram attacks prison in Niger, four killed

Suspected Boko Haram militants launched an attack on the prison in the southern Niger town of Diffa late on Saturday, military sources said, in an apparent bid to free fellow members of the Nigerian Islamist group held there.

Three of the assailants and one soldier were killed before the attack was repelled, the sources said. Read more

Sudan Raises Alert Level To Prevent Cholera Transmission From South Sudan

Sudan’s Health Ministry said it raised the level of alert to prevent transmission of cholera to the Sudanese territories from South Sudan.

“The Federal Ministry of Health has raised the level of alert in the disease monitoring system and adopted a package of precautionary measures to prevent transmission of cholera from South Sudan to the country’s Border States,” said Somia Idris, Sudan’s State Minister of Health in a Sunday statement. Read more

South Africa: Correctional Services To Deal With inmate Facebook Creators

The Department of Correctional Services says it views the creation of an “inmate Facebook account” at Pollsmoor Correctional Centre in Cape Town in a serious light and will deal with the creators of the page.

The department said senior department officials have already visited the centre and questioned officials as well as three offenders from the Medium B Centre, who illegally posted their pictures on Facebook, allegedly using cell phones. Read more

Uhuru for health talks

President Uhuru Kenyatta will leave for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today to attend a meeting on global health financing for women and children.

He will represent Kenya in the meeting to deliberate on the Global Financing Facility for Every Woman and Every Child, State House Spokesman Manoa Esipisu told journalists in Nairobi yesterday.  Read more

Islamic State steps up Egypt campaign with Italy consulate hit

With the high-profile bombing of Italy’s consulate in the heart of the Egyptian capital, the Islamic State jihadist group has stepped up its deadly campaign against the regime by striking Cairo’s Western allies.

A car bomb struck the consulate on Saturday, killing a civilian and wounding nine people in the first attack on a foreign mission in Egypt since jihadists launched an insurgency against the country’s security forces two years ago following a crackdown on Islamists. Read more

MP urges the Maasai to unite

Kajiado Central MP Elijah Memusi has urged the Maasai community to work together and form one political party.

Memusi said the community has been sidelined for long because they have not united under one political umbrella. Read more

Sand harvesting will ruin beaches, say residents

The government is upbeat about the multibillion-shilling standard gauge railway project.

But thousands of Kwale residents say they have a bleak future due to the sand harvesting offshore, for the construction of the Port Reitz cargo terminal. Read more

Key global development summit to open in Ethiopia

World leaders are meeting in Ethiopia’s capital from Monday for a development financing summit presented as crucial for United Nations efforts to end global poverty and manage climate change by 2030.

The objective of the five days of talks, the third summit of its kind after talks in Monterrey in 2002 and Doha in 2008, is ambitious: laying out the ground rules for a fairer world of inclusive, low-carbon growth.  Read more

China Arrested More Than a Hundred Human Rights Lawyers and Activists Over the Weekend

Chinese law enforcement officials detained more than a hundred lawyers and political activists over the weekend in what appears to be a state crackdown on amplifying public dissent in the country.

State media outlets have framed the mass arrests as an effort to “smash a major criminal gang” that had supposedly manipulated a Beijing law firm to “draw attention to sensitive cases, seriously disturbing social order,” the South China Morning Post reported on Monday morning local time. Read more

Greece: Still No Deal After All-Night Talks

Eurozone leaders have spent the night trying to thrash out a Greek bailout deal after Athens was told to pass a series of sweeping reforms by Wednesday or face exiting the euro.

Greece wants a new loan of €53.5bn (£38.5bn) over three years to avoid financial collapse and a potential exit from the single currency. Read more

Mexico: Manhunt on after drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman escapes

Mexico mounted an all-out manhunt Sunday for its most powerful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who authorities said escaped from a maximum security prison through a 1.5-kilometer (1 mile) tunnel from a small opening in the shower area of his cell.

The elaborate underground escape route, allegedly built without the detection of authorities, allowed Guzman to do what Mexican officials promised would never happen after his re-capture last year — slip out of one of the country’s most secure penitentiaries for the second time. Read more

Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata dies

Satoru Iwata, who led Japanese video game company Nintendo through years of growth, has died of a bile duct tumour at the age of 55.

Mr Iwata, president from 2002, died in a Kyoto University hospital on July 11. He had not been seen recently at game events, such as E3 in Los Angeles, where he was usually a participant. Read more

Seoul: North Korea media confirms purging of defense chief

North Korea has officially confirmed the purging of its defense chief two months after Seoul’s spy service said he had been executed for disloyalty to leader Kim Jong Un, a South Korean official said Monday.

South Korea’s National Intelligence Service told lawmakers in May that People’s Armed Forces Minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire for talking back to Kim, complaining about his policies and sleeping during a meeting. Read more

Iran, powers nearing nuclear deal, no agreement seen before Monday

Iran and six world powers were close to nailing down a historic nuclear deal that would bring sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on Tehran’s atomic programme, but the Iranian foreign minister said no agreement would be announced on Sunday.

After more than two weeks of negotiations in Vienna, Iranian and Western officials said the earliest an agreement could be ready was Monday, the self-imposed deadline for clinching a deal, though that could be extended again. Read more

Pope ends South American pilgrimage

Pope Francis has reinforced his place as spokesman for the world’s disenfranchised by visiting a slum to encourage its landless and insisting the Catholic Church be a place of welcome for all.

Francis ended his South American pilgrimage with a huge Mass and words of hope and faith for young and old. Read more

Baghdad bombings reportedly kill at least 21 and wound 62 during Ramadan

A string of bomb explosions, including two suicide attacks, killed at least 21 people and wounded 62 in Shia Muslim-dominated neighbourhoods of Baghdad on Sunday, Iraqi police and medical sources said.

The northeastern area of Al-Shaab was rocked by two explosions, at least one of which was caused by an attacker who detonated his suicide vest, a police colonel and an interior ministry official said. 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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