SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 24, 2016
Obasanjo attacks Buhari, knocks N’Assembly members
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday came hard on President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to fix the country’s economy as he promised during electioneering rather than expressing frustration at the gloomy economic situation.
Obasanjo spoke during a lecture he delivered at the First Akintola Williams Annual Lecture in Lagos titled, “Nigeria yesterday, today and tomorrow: Governance and accountability.’’ Read more
FG bars unqualified teachers from 500,000 jobs scheme
The Federal Government has agreed to ban unqualified and unregistered teachers from classrooms nationwide, the Registrar/Chief Executive of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, has said.
According to him, the government will not consider teachers without registration certificates and TRCN licence for its 500,000 teachers’ recruitment scheme. Read more
Senate condemns 2017 draft budget, says assumptions unrealistic
The 2017-2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper sent to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari for legislative approval narrowly escaped being rejected again at the Senate on Wednesday.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly condemned the projections in the documents as unrealistic, even though it said the Presidency had set December 1 for the presentation of the 2017 Appropriation Bill to the legislature. Read more
We can’t meet ASUU’s N284bn demand now–FG
The Federal Government on Wednesday said while it had met seven out of the eight demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, it could not meet the union’s demand for earned allowance worth N284bn.
This, the Federal Government said, was due to economic recession. Read more
N22.8bn fraud: Amosu, others want EFCC witness disqualified
A former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.), and 10 others, who are being prosecuted for an alleged fraud of N22.8bn on Wednesday asked Justice Mohanmmed Idris of a Federal High Court in Lagos to disqualify a witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Tosin Owobo.
Amosu’s lawyer, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), sought the disqualification of Owobo, an investigator with the EFCC, on the grounds that the witness’ extrajudicial statement was not frontloaded as part of the proof of evidence. Read more
YABATECH suspends academic activities as fire destroys hostel
Academic activities at the Yaba College of Technology have been suspended for three days after the female hostel of the school was gutted by fire in the early hours of Wednesday, destroying 20 rooms.
The building, Bakassi Hostel, is a double wing four-storeyed structure occupied by female students. The affected wing has 72 rooms, 20 of which were razed. Read more
Sack Justice Abang, Fayose tells NJC
The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has called on the National Judicial Council to “save the judiciary by sacking Justice Okon Abang.”
Fayose, in his reaction to the Appeal Court judgment, which nullified Abang’s ruling of the October 14, 2016 and declared it as a fraud, said, “it is obvious that Justice Abang is representing the interests of some cabals.” Read more
A’Court adjourns dethroned Lagos monarch’s case till 2017
The Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal has adjourned till February 14, 2017, the notice of appeal filed by Oba Micheal Onakoya, to challenge his dethronement as the Orijeru of Igboyeland, Epe by a Lagos State High Court in 2008.
The appeal was adjourned for mention. The judgment, which dethroned Onakoya as the Orijeru of Igboyeland, Epe, was delivered by Justice Habeeb Abiru, who has now been elevated to the Court of Appeal. Read more
Why Ondo elections should go on – CNPP
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties has insisted that the Ondo State governorship election must go on as scheduled.
The coalition of political parties said after a careful analysis of the political temperature of the state, it came to the conclusion that the governorship election scheduled for Saturday, November 26, 2016 should go ahead as planned. Read more
My account balance is less than $10m – Patience Jonathan
Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has denied media reports that $175m is missing from her bank accounts.
Patience said her account balance as of the time it was frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was less than $10m. Read more
I am PDP candidate, nobody can stop me – Jimoh Ibrahim
In apparent defiance of an Appeal Court ruling that set aside the Justice Abang judgement that ordered INEC to publish Jimoh Ibrahim’s name as the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate for the November 26 election in Ondo State, Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim has vowed to continue with his campaign.
The three-man panel of the appeal court led by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, in a unanimous judgment delivered on Wednesday held that Justice Abang acted without jurisdiction when he made orders against those that were not parties before him. Read more
Enugu retains three SANs for high-profile cases
The Enugu State Government has retained three Senior Advocates of Nigeria to handle “complex, high profile” lawsuits involving the state.
The three lawyers, according to the Commissioner for Information, Dr. Godwin Udeuhele, are Offodile Okafor, Anthony Ani, and A. J. Offiah. Read more
102 killed, 215 injured, 50,000 houses burnt in Kaduna – CAN
The Christian Association of Nigeria on Wednesday said that over 102 villagers in Godogodo and Gidan Waya communities in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State had been killed by Fulani herdsmen in the last six months.
The organisation added that 50,000 houses were burnt in 25 Christian communities, while 215 people were injured in Kaduna State within six months by the herdsmen. Read more
Rerun: Wike accuses INEC of giving Amaechi result sheets
AHEAD of the December 10 legislative rerun election, the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has accused the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission of handing over original copies of result sheets to the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, towards an alleged plan to rig the poll.
Wike, who spoke in Etche Local Government Area on Wednesday, alleged that Amaechi made the disclosure on Tuesday in Abuja during a meeting of Rivers APC leaders. Read more
EFCC arraigns Dasuki’s ex-aide, Ashinze, others for N36.8bn fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Wednesday, arraigned Col. Nicholas Ashinze, a former Special Assistant to the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), and three others on 13 counts of money laundering involving N36.8bn.
Already, Dasuki is facing trial before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, along with other set of persons for an alleged diversion of huge sums of money belonging to the Office of the NSA. Read more
Lagos pastor accuses Assistant police commissioner of torture
A pastor of the Celestial Church of Christ, Johnson Dominic, has been hospitalised after he was allegedly tortured by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dr Emmanuel Eze, in Onosa community in the Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Pastor Dominic, who is the head of the CCC, New Jerusalem Parish, Onosa Avenue, was allegedly brutalised around 5pm on Tuesday by the ACP and his aides, who came to the area in a jeep. Read more
Senate C’ttee Orders IOCs to Submit Details of Shortfall on Cash Call Operations
The Senate Joint Committee on Gas and Petroleum (Downstream) wednesday ordered international oil companies (IOCs) and Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to submit details of the shortfall in their alternative funding of joint venture cash calls from 2011 to 2015 within one week.
The order was given at the opening of a two-day public hearing on the implementation of the joint venture cash call obligations in the National Assembly. Read more
Corruption: Beyond the Nigerian oil industry
Based on statistical and empirical evidences, petroleum, the naturally occurring, yellow-to-black liquid found in geological formations beneath the earth’s surface, which is commonly refined into various types of fuels and serves as source of energy to people across the world, has been a source joy to some countries and harbinger of pain to others.
Indeed, while some countries have in place structures for the judicious management of the monumental profit derived from the sale of petroleum for economic, infrastructural and technological transformation, others have used the resource to institutionalise corruption that ensures a seeming perpetual underdevelopment and pauperisation of the populace. Read more
DPR seeks to boost HSE compliance in industry
The Department of Petroleum Resources has said experts and stakeholders will focus on ways to promote Health, Safety and Environment compliance in the Nigerian oil and gas industry at its forthcoming conference.
The Deputy Director, Health, Safety and Environment Division, DPR, Mrs. Sibeudu Onyebuchi, disclosed this at a media briefing in Lagos. Read more
The Task Before NNPC, NCDMB Boards
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, October 2016, while launching the short and medium-term roadmap designed for revamping the nation’s oil and gas industry tagged: “The 7 Big Wins,” noted that the petroleum industry remains critical to the Nigerian economy of today and the future, despite the current challenges faced by the industry.
He stated emphatically that sector remains a critical enabler for the successful implementation of the nation’s budget as well as the source of funds for laying a strong foundation for a new and more diversified economy. Read more
Recession: ICAN recommends 13 point agenda to salvage economy
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, said it has submitted a 13 point agenda to relevant government agencies to salvage the economy.
Presenting the communique reached at the end of the 46th Annual Accountants’ Conference of ICAN in Lagos, the president, Deacon Titus Soetan, said that it is part of the institute’s role as a responsible professional body to review and discuss some policies of government to assist implementation and ensure that their benefits are maximised. Read more
Senate: Buhari has no plan to end recession
Senate said, yesterday, that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has no no economic blueprint to pull Nigeria out of recession.
The country’s upper legislative chamber gave the verdict during reconsideration of Buhari’s Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP), yesterday. Read more
W’Bank, FG, Others Sign $40m Deal to Decongest Apapa Ports
The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Shippers’ Council (NSC), Mr. Hassan Bello, wednesday said the federal government, through the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), NSC and the International Consortium (IFC), the investment arm of the World Bank, has concluded a $40 million deal to de-congest Apapa, Lagos, gridlock by building automated truck landing terminals across the country.
While disclosing this at an interactive session with Transport correspondents in Abuja, Bello said the deal would be delivered through the National Freight Information and Transportation Hub (NAFITH), a Jordanian Logistics Service Consultant to IFC, in collaboration from with Lagos State Government and other interested stakeholders. Read more
NSE ends eight-day loss, 19 stocks gain
Trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange ended on a positive note on Wednesday as 19 stocks recorded gains with market capitalisation appreciating by N20bn.
The NSE All-Share Index snapped its eight-day losing streak as most key sectors traded in positive territory. Read more
Recession: FG plans tax relief for manufacturers
The Federal Government, in a bid to ease the burden of the current economic recession on the manufacturing sector, is planning some form of tax relief for the sector.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, dropped the hint on Wednesday in Abuja while responding to questions from journalists at the end of the Federation Account Allocation Committee meeting. Read more
FIFA orders Lazio to pay Onazi
FIFA has handed Italian Serie A club Lazio an ultimatum to pay Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onazi his outstanding wages or face sanctions, AfricanFootball.com reports.
AfricanFootball.com learnt that FIFA ordered Lazio to pay their former player before end of this month. Read more
Barca, City into last 16 as PSG control fate
Lionel Messi fired Barcelona into the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday after a 2-0 win at Celtic as they were joined in the knockout rounds by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
The Argentine star returned from illness to score both goals at Celtic Park — the second from the penalty spot — to send the five-time European champions through as winners of Group C. Read more
Donald Trump’s business interests could be his undoing
No president has entered office with a business empire as large and sprawling as Donald Trump’s.
Two days ago he tweeted: “Prior to the election it was well known that I have interests in properties all over the world. Read more
At least 40 dead in China construction accident
At least 40 people have died after a platform under construction at a power plant’s cooling tower in eastern China’s Jiangxi province collapsed on Thursday, state news agency Xinhua said.
The accident happened in Fengcheng at around 7 a.m. (2300GMT), and rescuers are on the scene Xinhua said, without giving other details. Read more
Dubai drops case against Briton who reported rape
Prosecutors in Dubai said they have dropped the case against a British woman who had faced possible charges of extramarital sex after accusing two compatriots of rape.
A video obtained from the mobile telephone of one of the two men provided evidence that the act “happened with the consent of the three parties,” a prosecution statement said late Tuesday. Read more