Sabinews Midday News Update for August 2, 2014

SABI Mid day 2


FCT Customs Command Collects N1.28bn Revenue

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), said it collected N1.28 billion revenue in the first half of 2014.

This is contained in the command’s “Revenue Collection Analysis” report obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday.

The service stated that the collection during the period was part of the N3.4 billion revenue collection target given to the service by the Federal Government.Read more


Group Asks FG To Focus On Rescuing Girls, Not Fund Raising

Campaigners calling for the rescue of abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno State have asked the government to focus on the rescue of the girls rather than raising funds for their rehabilitation.

The advice is coming a day after the Federal Government generated 50 million Naira for the victims of the insurgency in the northeast at a fund raising dinner held in Abuja.

The group described the gesture of the government as a misplaced priority, restating their commitment to constantly demanding for the rescue of the girls by the government. Read more


Ebute debunks SAN’s position on Impeachment notice

One time Senate President and elder statesman, Ameh Ebute, has condemned holistically the argument by Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), that the process followed by members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly in serving Governor Tanko Al-Makura impeachment notice was on a wrong footing.

Insisting that service of a process has to do with procedural matter, Ebute said Awomolo was only trying to express his views on the legal position of service. Read more


2015 Elections – Atiku, FG In War Of Words Over B’Haram

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has said that the current security situation in the country is “appalling” and accused the government of lacking the political will to address the violence carried out by Islamist militant group, Boko Haram. In an interview with the Voice of America (VOA) monitored in Abuja, the former vice president said there is need to restore law and order and protect unarmed civilians who he said have often been victims of terror attacks carried out by the Islamist militants.

According to Atiku, the growing insecurity has undermined the country’s economy and has negatively impacted on Nigeria’s reputation in the international community. “The security situation in the country, I must admit is appalling. I have never seen it this bad – not even during the civil war did we have this sense of insecurity all over the country,” said Abubakar. Read more


‘Nigeria Has Housing Deficit of over 18 Million’

Plateau State Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Solomon Maren, has disclosed that Nigeria currently has housing deficit of over 18 million, while Plateau has a deficit of 40,000 houses.
Maren said it was for this reason that the state government was partnering with relevant agencies to alleviate the suffering of Plateau people in this regard.

He spoke yesterday during the inauguration of the Mortgage/Social Housing Scheme at Shen in Jos South local government area embarked upon by Federal Urban Poor (FEDUP) Housing Scheme, in partnership with the state government. They are to provide 10,000 housing units across the 17 local government areas of the state, under Affordable Housing Scheme project. See more

Imo: Contractors flee with mobilisation fees

When Chief Rochas Okorocha came on board as Governor of Imo State, he told the world that he was in a haste to develop the state.

One of the major issues he tackled almost immediately was the rehabilitation or reconstruction of the road network in the state. He went to work with electrifying speed that most citizens started wondering how he was funding the numerous projects. Read more


Epidemic feared in Asaba as filth takes over streets

RESIDENTS in Asaba, Delta State capital are gripped with fear over possible outbreak of epidemic i as refuse have taken over the streets.

Investigation by our reporter showed that virtually all parts of the city especially Cable Point area, Ibusa road axis are eyesores to behold.

The appalling aspect of the whole scenario is that some residents have turned the pavements and walkways as  places to dump their refuse instead of using dustbins in the homes that are periodically evacuated by private refuse disposal agents on payment of a stipulated fee. See more


FG Bans Conveyance of Corpses from Ebola-infected Countries

The Federal Government has banned the conveyance of corpses from three West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone where cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) are rampant.

Likewise, the Lagos State Government urged the federal government to consider the imperatives of closing some of the country’s borders as part of the preventive measures fight the virus.
This is as Port health workers commenced sensitisation on the dreaded virus at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Read more


Impeachment: Al-Makura waives immunity, to appear before panel Monday

Determined to prove his innocence, the Governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, has offered to waive off his immunity to appear before the seven-man investigative panel on alleged mismanagement of state funds.

But it was learnt yesterday that members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly have become jittery following likely stunning revelations about their financial demands. Read more


Amosun promises to end graduate unemployment

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has inaugurated the Governing Council of the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, with a promise to end graduate unemployment in the state.

Speaking while inaugurating the 18-member council, chaired by the former Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Olufemi Bamiro, in his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office, Amosun said efforts to bring an end to graduate unemployment were in top gear, and graduates from the state would soon be sought after by employers of labour. Read more


Investors eye maritime sector

Investors have expressed hope that the 2014 International Conference and Exhibition organised by the National Inland Waterways Authority will further boost maritime activities in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.

The Chief Executive Officer, Flintxposure, Mr. Oti Ukpai, whose firm has been driving global support and interest for the landmark three-day event, said stakeholders and investors were set to fully reap the benefits the Nigerian waterways holds. Read more


Osun poll: Political violence creating tension ahead of D-Day

There is no doubt that tension has built up ahead of the August 9 governorship election in Osun State. The tension followed series of campaigns by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Governor Rauf Aregbesola and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Iyiola Omisore.

The candidates’ various utterances at campaign rallies have confirmed the tension as their comments have begun to send jitters down the spines of the people of the state. The fear in some quarters is that some residents may decide to forfeit their rights to vote and stay indoors during the poll because of the fear of the unknown. See more


Ghana bans all flights from Nigeria, others

Ghanaian authorities have banned all flights from Nigeria and other West African countries over concerns of an Ebola spread, the Premium Times of Nigeria has reported.

In an article posted Thursday August 1, Premium Times reports that Charles Asare, Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company said the ban was part of elaborate emergency response being implemented to contain the deadly Ebola virus. See more


Africa: “Playing catch up in a big way”

“We have clearly seen in the last several years that Africa has emerged in the world’s consciousness. It is no longer musicians singing for the kids with flies on their bellies and on their mouth, it is real business men looking for deals to make and making profit,” author and deputy governor of the Nigerian Central Bank Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu told a packed audience at the London School of Economics last week.

He’s right. Sub-Saharan Africa is changing, fast. There are fewer wars, macroeconomic stability is improving and the global financial crisis – a “theatre of destruction largely in the Western world” – has driven the world’s opportunistic focus to Africa, he argues. See more

About The Author

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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