Sabinews Daily Midday News Update for August 27, 2014MIDDAY NEWS


Ogun communities get small scale business items

To combat poverty in rural communities across Ogun State, the wife of the State Governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun through her non-governmental organisation, Uplift Development Foundation, has commenced the distribution of small scale business items to various communities in the state under the initiative Community Empowerment Programme.

Speaking at the programme in Imeko in Imeko/Afon Local Government area of Ogun State, Mrs. Amosun said the initiative was specially designed to complement the numerous existing empowerment opportunities provided under the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration. Read more

Chidoka Receives Prestigious National Productivity Award from President Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday awarded the Minister of Aviation, Mr. Osita Chidoka, with the prestigious National Productivity Order of Merit award..

Represented by Vice President, Namadi Sambo, Jonathan said Chidoka was being recognised for his productivity and commitment towards nation building. Read more

Tickets for Bafana Bafana Vs Nigeria Now On Sale

Tickets for the upcoming 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between South Africa and Nigeria scheduled for September 10 in Cape Town are now on sale.

Tickets went on sale at Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers Shoprite outlets on Tuesday and they are going for R50, R100 and R150. The match will be played at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday, September 10 and kicks off at 20h00. Read more

Gombe earmarks N20m to fight Ebola

Gombe State government has set aside N20m for the management of any Ebola virus outbreak.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kennedy Ishaya, disclosed this at a news conference on Tuesday.

He said the money would be used for managing any infected persons in case of an outbreak in the state. Read more

Keshi to Resume Work for Afcon Qualifiers

The National Sports Commission on Tuesday confirmed that Super Eagles’ coach Stephen Keshi has agreed to resume work preparatory to Nigeria’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

A statement in Abuja by Patrick Omorodion, the Special Adviser on Media to the NSC Chairman, Tammy Danagogo, said Keshi’s decision was based on Danagogo’s intervention. Read more

Police commissioners to resume new beats

Serving police officers in Lagos are presently awaiting the arrival of a new Police Commissioner to oversee the operations and activities of the state police command.

This is coming days after some senior police officers were promoted and subsequently redeployed to their new beats nationwide. Read more

Tension in Delta community as indigenes block flow station

The people of Orogun in Ethiope East Council of Delta State have insisted that they would not vacate the Erhoike Flow Station, as tension mounts in the area over the deployment of security personnel to the area.

They have also insisted that they would only leave the facility after the operators, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) addresses their grievances. Read more

‘Only PDP Can Accommodate All Nigerians’

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said it remains the only party that can unite all the complexities in Nigeria, just as it added that the transformation agenda is working.

The PDP national youth leader, Abdullahi Maibasira, stated this after inaugurating the PDP national Youth Awareness forum at the PDP national secretariat, Abuja. Read more

Russia ‘has plans’ to block gas flows to Europe

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday that Kiev knew of plans by Russia to halt gas flows this winter to Europe.

“The situation in (Ukraine’s) energy sector is difficult. We know of Russia’s plans to block (gas) transit even to European Union countries this winter,” he told a government meeting. Read more

Ecuador: Volcano Spews Ash Five Miles Into Air

Experts are monitoring the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador after an eruption at the weekend.

Ash was blown 28,000 feet (five miles) into the air and was reported to be drifting west. Read more

Ukraine, Russia Talks Yield Little Progress

Russian President Vladimir Putin focused on trade at the start of talks involving his Ukrainian counterpart Tuesday, sidestepping mounting concern over the pro-Russia insurrection in eastern Ukraine that has claimed an estimated 2,000 lives.

At a public round-table discussion in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, Mr. Putin threatened to scrap trade preferences with Ukraine if President Petro Poroshenko follows through on plans for closer relations with the European Union. Read more

Oil rebounds from lows on North Sea outage

Brent crude oil rose towards $103 a barrel on Wednesday, recovering from a 14-month low hit last week as traders monitored maintenance work in the North Sea, although healthy global supply limited gains.

Oil benchmarks on both sides of the Atlantic have fallen by more than 10% since mid-June and remain on track to post a second monthly fall against a backdrop of lower imports by the US and slowing growth in China and Europe. 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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