Benue bank workers join NLC, TUC strike
Commercial banks in Benue State on Friday joined the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress ongoing strike which commenced on July 30.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the strike was to protest the deductions of staff salaries and non-payment of three years’ transport allowances owed them.
They were also protesting the non-implementation of the full minimum wage by the state government. Read more
Guber Polls: FG terrorizing Osun state ahead of election
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm that the PDP-led federal government has started terrorizing and intimidating the peaceful people of Osun State, with a view to cowing them ahead of the Aug. 9th governorship election in the state.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party wondered why the FG will send agents of the Department of State Services (DSS), some of them masked and clad in black, to the state to harass innocent citizens in an unprovoked and primitive show of power that can only be described as sheer gangsterism. Read more
Herdsmen/Farmers Clash: Expert Suggests Conflict Resolution Panel
Dr Goke Adesiyan, an expert in peace and conflict studies has advised the government to constitute a conflict resolution panel to end herdsmen/farmers incessant clashes.
Adesiyan made this suggestion in interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Osogbo.
He said herdsmen/farmers clashes in the country was taking a dangerous trend, which needed to be tackled headlong in order not to heat up the polity. Read more
Uganda court annuls anti-homosexuality law
Uganda’s Constitutional Court has annulled tough anti-gay legislation signed into law in February.
It ruled that the bill was passed by MPs in December without the requisite quorum and was therefore illegal.
Homosexual acts were already illegal, but the new law allowed for life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality” and banned the “promotion of homosexuality”.
Several donors have cut aid to Uganda since the law was adopted. Read more
Abuja residents embrace safety measures against Ebola
Abuja residents have begun to adjust their lifestyles to avoid contracting the Ebola virus, a News Agency of Nigeria survey has shown.
The virus has claimed over 700 lives in West African, including Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian who died in Nigeria after contracting the virus in his country.
A civil servant, Mrs Janet Obinna, told NAN that she had embraced the habit of regularly washing her hands and other sanitary measures as experts had advised. Read more
Sierra Leonean Cyclist Disappears over Ebola Fears
An athlete from Sierra Leone’s Commonwealth Games team is reported to have gone missing – just days after his teammate was tested for the Ebola virus.
The team’s mountain biking champion Mohamed Tholley was due to compete in the time trial event in Glasgow yesterday but allegedly failed to turn up.
According to a report in the Telegraphnewspaper, Unisa Deen Kargbo, chef de mission of the Sierra Leone team, said Mr Tholley may have gone missing to avoid having to fly home and face the disease. Read more
Nigeria to raise 195bn naira in Treasury bills
LAGOS: Nigeria plans to raise 195.17 billion naira ($1.21 billion) in short-dated treasury bills at an auction next Wednesday, the central bank said on Friday.
The bank said it plans to raise 45.17 billion naira in one month treasury bills, 50 billion naira in 6-month paper and 100 billion naira in the one year debt note. Read more
Charity Set To Empower Innovative Entrepreneurs in Anambra
A Civil Society group, Christian Aid Uk/Nigeria, says it is set to assist Nigerians who have innovative ideas on how to improve the life of rural dwellers in Anambra.
Mr Charlse Usie, the Country Manager of the organisation in Nigeria, said this during a conference organised for applicants for the Innovation Fund (IF) in Awka on Friday.
Usie said the funds were earmarked by the group for the purpose uplifting of the poor and the marginalised in different communities in five states across country -Anambra, Cross River, Benue, Plateau and Kaduna as well as the FCT. Read more
Flour Mills of Nigeria full year pre-tax profit drops 24.4 pct
Flour Mills of Nigeria said on Friday its full-year to March 31, pre-tax profit dropped 24.4 percent to 8.22 billion naira ($50.94 million), compared with 10.88 billion naira the previous year. Read more
2015 Elections: Commonwealth Tasks INEC on Level-playing Field for Political Parties
As preparations for the 2015 general election intensifies, the Secretary General of Commonwealth, kamalesh Sharma, has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure the provision of a level playing field for all political parties that would be contesting the elections.
The Commonwealth Secretary General also cautioned INEC against postponement of elections without credible reasons or for political convenience.
Sharma, who spoke when he paid a courtesy visit to the INEC Secretariat in Maitama Abuja also pledged the support of the commonwealth in helping to ensure credible elections in Nigeria, emphasising the legitimacy that electoral institutions give to democracy. Read more
Ministry Medical Team to Visit Anambra in Wake of Ebola Scare
A medical team from the Federal Ministry of Health is due in Anambra State to examine a man believed to have died after contracting the Ebola virus.
The corpse of the victim, according to a source, was brought into the country from Liberia and deposited at Apex Hospital, Nkwelle-Ezunaka in Oyi Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that following information volunteered by a member of the public, officials of the Anambra State Ministry of Health visited the hospital at Nkwelle-Ezunaka, where the corpse of the victim was deposited. Read more
NLC cautions against hasty implementation of new cement policy
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has cautioned against a hasty implementation of the new policy on cement manufacturing in which the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is proposing quality upgrade from 32.5 type cement mostly in use in Nigeria to 42.5 type.
SON is hinging the proposal on building collapse which it argues is caused by the use of the 32.5 cement.
Since the proposal, there have been agitations by local cement manufacturing companies which fear that SON’s insistence to graduate to the 42.5 type will throw up employment crisis in the economy as majority of the workers in the cement manufacturing sub-sector will be laid off in the course of transition to the proposed new policy. The cement manufacturers have argued that building collapse in Nigeria was due to improper mixing of cement and lack of supervision by appropriate authorities and not the quality of cement in use. Read more
Buhari’s wife asks Jonathan to resign over Boko Haram insurgency
Wife of former Military Head of State, Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), Hajiya Asiya Buhari, Thursday condemned the assassination attempt on her husband in Kaduna last week.
She therefore, called on President Goodluck Jonathan to resign from office, saying it was high time he did so.
In a terse statement made available to media houses, Asiya Buhari advised the President to follow the example of former South Korean Prime Minister, Jung Hong-won who resigned over his government’s handling of the ferry accident which left more than 300 people dead. Read more
Jonathan orders tight security in educational facilities
President Goodluck Jonathan has directed the Armed Forces, Police and other national security agencies to strengthen security around educational facilities in states prone to terrorist attacks.
The President also condemned the attacks on two mosques in Potiskum, Yobe State on Tuesday.
Reacting to the suicide bombing of the Aminu Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies yesterday, President Jonathan said: “No amount of intimidation and violence would stampede the government into abandoning its goal of giving education a new lease of life and opening up access to all young Nigerians who wish to improve themselves”. Read more
It would be very difficult for Ebola to spread in the U.S. – CDC
Emory University Hospital has been told a patient with the Ebola virus will be transferred to its hospital in Atlanta.
According to the Associated Press, the patient is an American aid worker, although the individual’s identity was not released due to privacy laws.
Dr. Kent Brantley and Nancy Writebol contracted Ebola while caring for infected patients.
They were hospitalized in Liberia and efforts were being made to get them to America.
It would be very difficult for Ebola to spread in the U.S., according to the CDC. Read more
INEC To Commence PVC Distribution In August 15
At a stakeholder’s forum on CVR and PVC distribution held at the INEC office in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini, said that the forum was meant to sensitise stakeholders who will in turn educate the masses on the importance of the exercise.
Representative of different political parties, religious and traditional organisations, security agencies, media representatives and the civil society are all represented in the gathering to get first-hand knowledge of the Permanent Voters Cards and the Continuous Voter Registration. Read more
Nigeria pipeline sabotage costs US$ 2.2 million per day- Eni
Nigeria loses US$ 2.2 million daily due to the shut down by an Italian oil firm, Eni of its 20 000 bpd crude oil pipeline, according to reports out this week.
The company said that the shutdown was due to sabotage on the pipeline, which had led to the interruption of 4000 bpd it gets from its 20% share in Nigerian Agip Oil Company. Read more
Chevron Reports Second Quarter Net Income of $5.7 Billion
Chevron Corporation CVX -1.20% today reported earnings of $5.7 billion ($2.98 per share – diluted) for second quarter 2014, compared with $5.4 billion ($2.77 per share – diluted) in the 2013 second quarter. Foreign currency effects decreased earnings in the 2014 quarter by $232 million, compared with an increase of $302 million a year earlier.
Sales and other operating revenues in second quarter 2014 were $56 billion, compared to $55 billion in the year-ago period. Read more