Stakeholders Urge FG, CBN To Disburse N220bn Intervention Fund
The Federal Government and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday were urged to disburse the N220 billion micro businesses intervention fund through the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).
A cross section of stakeholders told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews in Abuja that SMEDAN’s National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP) was the right platform to disburse the fund. Read more
NFF Elections Could Be Moved Forward By One Month
The crisis and confusion surrounding the forthcoming elections into the board of the Nigeria Football Federation looks set to continue as SL10 have been reliably informed that the elections, scheduled for August 26, might be moved by a month.
Also, there are strong indications that the electoral committee as headed by Amoni Biambo, might be dissolved, with a new committee inaugurated. Read more
Senate Assures Osun Indigenes Of Peaceful Election
The Nigerian Senate has assured indigenes of Osun State that adequate security arrangements are on ground to ensure a free, fair and violent free governorship election on Saturday.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Paulinus Igwe-Nwagwu, gave the assurance on Friday while addressing reporters on the preparedness of security personnel for the election that has triggered so much tension in the state. Read more
Top seeds Djokovic, Wawrinka fall in Toronto
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga handed world number one Novak Djokovic a shock 6-2 6-2 third round defeat on Thursday as the Rogers Cup was rocked by upsets and surprises.
The Wimbledon champion was joined at the exit by another grand slam winner, Australian Open champion and third seed Stan Wawrinka, who was beaten 7-6 (8) 7-5 by South African Kevin Anderson. Read more
Osun Election: 2 Men Nabbed With Ballot Papers
Two officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Obokun LGA Area of Osun State were earlier this morning (around 3a.m.) arrested for diverting sensitive election materials.
Sources said one of the suspects, the Electoral Officer for the LGA, confessed to the act but refused to name those who sent him as he pleaded for mercy. Read more
President Jonathan Declares National Emergency On Ebola
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Friday in Abuja declared the control and containment of the Ebola virus in Nigeria, a National Emergency.
President Goodluck Jonathan Accordingly, the President has directed the Federal Ministry of Health to work in collaboration with the State Ministries of Health, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other relevant agencies to ensure that all possible steps are taken to effectively contain the threat of the Ebola virus in line with international protocols and best practices.
How BPE breached privatisation rules in sale of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company
In a flagrant violation of privatization guidelines it drafted, the Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, unilaterally extended the deadline for the completion of the Share Purchase Agreement, SPA for the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Kaduna DISCO, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.
The privatization bureau appears to have set a precedence never seen in its privatisation history by surreptitiously shifting the goal post in favour of Northwest Power Limited, NPL, declared the preferred bidder for the Kaduna DISCO. Read more
Boko Haram plans more attacks, recruits many young people
The Nigerian Islamist movement Boko Haram has recruited and trained hundreds of young Cameroonians to carry out attacks in their own country, according to the police and civilians.
As the militant group seeks to gain a foothold in the poor, rural north of Cameroon, experts warn that violence may spread beyond border areas to other parts of the central African country. Read more
Uncertainty, Expectation As Confab Delegates Resume To Adopt Final Report
THERE is much anxiety, uncertainty and expectation as delegates to the national Confab resume on Monday to adopt the final Report.
It would be recalled that following some irreconcilable differences between Northern and Southern delegates, Monday, July 14 plenary session came to a close without any agreement on the controversial issue of resource control and proposed five per cent national intervention fund for insurgency and internal conflicts. Read more
FG Admits Mistakes in UNEP Report Implementation on Ogoni Cleanup
Three years after receiving the report of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) on Ogoniland, the Federal Government has finally acknowledged that it made mistakes in the implementation of the report.
This came as the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) called for the scrapping of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP) set up by the Federal Government for the implementation of the UNEP report and for remediation of other Niger Delta communities impacted by oil exploitation. Read more
‘Don’t Touch the Walls’: Ebola Fears Infect an African Hospital
So many patients, nurses and health workers have died in the government hospital that many people in this city, a center of the world’s worst Ebola epidemic, see it as a death trap.
Now, the wards are empty in the principal institution fighting the disease. Ebola stalks the city, claiming lives every day, but patients have fled the hospital’s long, narrow buildings, which sit silent and echoing in the fading light. Few people are taking any chances by coming here. Read more
Mark appeals to striking doctors to resume work
THE Senate President, Sen. David Mark, has appealed to the striking medical doctors to see the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Nigeria as a national emergency and resume work.
Mark made the call in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Paul Mumeh, in Abuja on Friday. Read more
Australia preparing to join Iraq air campaign
Tony Abbott has offered Australia’s assistance to the US for humanitarian air drops over northern Iraq after the US military launched air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) forces.
The prime minister said he had spoken with US officials about the “potential humanitarian disaster” and that he had been asked to consider participation in humanitarian air drops. Read more
Al Qaeda militants kidnap and kill 14 Yemeni soldiers
Al Qaeda militants kidnapped 14 Yemeni soldiers returning home by bus from duty in eastern Yemen on Friday and executed them in what officials said was an apparent act of revenge for a recent army crackdown in the area.
The Yemeni army has recently sent extra troops to the Wadi Hadramout region in northeastern Yemen to confront attempts by al Qaeda’s local affiliate, Ansar al Sharia, to declare an Islamic emirate in the main regional city of Seiyoun. Read more
NMA president resigns as crisis rocking body persists
The over one month old strike currently being embarked upon by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has finally consumed its President, Kayode Obembe.
It would be recalled that since the past two weeks, the NMA has been sharply divided on whether to suspend the strike or not. Read more
APC Spokesman, Asiwaju’s media aide arrested in Osun
The spokesman for the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has been arrested by security agents in Osogbo, Osun State, on the eve of the state’s governorship election.
In a statement issued in Osogbo on Friday night, his personal assistant, Mr. Williams Adeleye, said he was arrested along with Mr. Sunday Dare, Media Aide to APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the Deputy Chief of Staff to Ogun State Governor, Mr. Salisu. Read more