Thursday 21 September 2017
(AFP (eng) 09/13/17)
Kenneth Madiebo isn't seeking global recognition for helping to stop the spread of Ebola in Nigeria in 2014 -- he just wants to be paid. Nearly three years after the country was declared free from the virus, he and six colleagues say they are still owed money. Now, after appeals for payment fell on deaf ears, they're taking the government to court to claim what they say is 36 months of back pay totalling nearly $450,000 (375,000 euros). Madiebo, who as incident manager at the Ebola emergency operations centre in Lagos, risked his life at the front line of the response to the outbreak, said he can't understand it. "We all agree that we did our jobs very well. We...
(AFP (eng) 09/13/17)
A three-day dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed in southeast Nigeria due to mounting tensions between pro-Biafra supporters and the military. The curfew, which will run from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am, was announced by the Abia state governor late on Tuesday, who told residents to remain at home and avoid any form of confrontation with the security forces or military. It will be in force until Friday. Recent days have seen clashes between supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which wants independence for the dominant Igbo ethnic group, and the military. On Sunday, IPOB claimed five of its members were killed but the army described the claims as "fictitious" and "far from the truth". IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu...
(Bloomberg 09/13/17)
Olam International Ltd. invested $150 million in animal-feed mills and poultry farms in Nigeria as it seeks to boost its agribusiness venture in Africa’s biggest food market by population. These include bird- and fish-feed mills with the capacity for 360,000 metric tons each, located in the northern Kaduna and western Kwara states, and a hatchery to produce 1.6 million day-old chicks weekly, the global food trader said in a statement handed to reporters Tuesday in Kaduna. Feeds produced are estimated to support the production of 8 billion eggs and 100-million kilograms of poultry a year, the Singapore-based Olam said. “Our new facilities will invigorate the industry by closing the supply gap in animal feed,” Olam said in the statement. Nigerian...
(This Day Live 09/13/17)
Nigeria will resist any attempts to curb its oil production when it meets with the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia later this month, posing a threat to the cartel’s efforts to cut global supplies and boost crude prices towards $60 a barrel. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, told the Financial Times in an interview that Nigeria’s oil and gas sector was still suffering from years of violent disruptions and needed more “recovery time” before joining a supply deal agreed last year between some of the world’s biggest oil producers. Kachikwu, who represents Nigeria at OPEC meetings, said he would not consider reducing production until at least March next year, as it had...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/13/17)
A group campaigning for the secession of a part of southeastern Nigeria, formerly known as Biafra, on Tuesday accused the army of laying siege to their leader’s home, a charge the armed forces denied. Rising tensions prompted the governor of Abia state, where the leader’s residence is located, to impose a curfew. Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group said soldiers had surrounded the home of leader Nnamdi Kanu. Groups have stepped up calls for secession since Kanu was released on bail in April after being detained for nearly two years on charges of criminal conspiracy and belonging to an illegal society. “There was no surrounding of Nnamdi Kanu’s residence. It is not true,” said army spokesman Sani...
(APA 09/13/17)
President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana was in Abuja on Tuesday to celebrate the successful medical treatment his Nigerian counterpart, President Muhammadu Buhari, went through in London. Buhari returned to Nigeria in August after 103-day stay in London for medical attention. ``Ghanaians are happy over the return of President Buhari from a successful medical treatment in London on August 11,’’ Akufo-Addo said. Akufo-Addo told journalists after a closed door meeting with Buhari in the Presidential Villa, that leaders within and outside the African continent were anxious about Buhari’s health and prayed for his safe return to Nigeria. The Ghanaian President stated that he felicitated with Buhari on his return and also engaged him on other bilateral issues bothering on the relationship...
(Voice of America 09/13/17)
Over the last six years, people persuaded by the militant group Boko Haram to sacrifice their lives have killed thousands of civilians in markets, schools and other public places across northeast Nigeria and neighboring countries. In response, the Nigerian government has acknowledged the need to encourage defections and deradicalize former Boko Haram members. The government says it is working with defectors at camps in the northeast, with the aim of reintegrating them into society. But human rights groups question the effectiveness of the efforts, which they say amount to little more than indefinite detention in squalid conditions. Programs questioned According to a report by the Combating Terrorism Center, Boko Haram deployed 434 suicide bombers between April 2011 and June 2017...
(Bloomberg 09/13/17)
The number of people who need food aid in northeastern Nigeria has risen by 11 percent to 5.2 million in June from three months earlier, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. “The ongoing lean season is contributing to a deterioration in food insecurity in northeastern Nigeria, in the three most affected states,” according to a report by the United Nations agency. The three worst-affected regions include Borno, where the Boko Haram militia group has waged a violent campaign since 2009 to impose its version of Islamic law. Others are Adamawa and Yobe. The Islamist militants have used ambushes and bombed the northeast regions of Africa’s most populous nation and killed tens of thousands of people. FAO’s 2017 humanitarian plan...
(This Day Live 09/13/17)
The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari’s illness created a volume of anxiety within the rank and file of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Akufo-Addo who made this remark while answering questions from State House correspondents in the Presidential Villa after visiting Buhari, said he was very glad to see the president in his vigorous and lively state. Ghana’s president who arrived at the State House at about 3:11 p.m. and was received by Buhari in company of his Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari, and other State House officials, later went into a closed-door meeting with the president. Answering questions after the meeting, Akufo-Addo said he had opted to visit Buhari to...
(Leadership 09/13/17)
The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, on Wednesday said that the bank would continue to explore further avenues to ensure that interest rates were supportive of domestic production needs. Emefiele said this while delivering a keynote address at the 24th edition of the CBN annual seminar for finance correspondents and business editors in Awka. The theme of the dseminar is “Import Substitution and the Dynamics of Interest and Exchange Rates Management in Nigeria”. Emefiele, represented by Mr Issac Okorafor, Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, said CBN would also continually fine tune measures to ensure and guarantee a stable exchange rate regime. With on-going recovery in economic performance, he said the CBN would record improved outcomes...
(This Day Live 09/13/17)
The Biafra Zionists Federation, (BZF) tuesday gave a 48-hour ultimatun to the military high command to discontinue its operation Python Dance II by withdrawing troops from the South-east zone. The BZF, which is one of the pro-Biafra groups with Mr. Benjamin Onwuka as its leader, insisted that the launch of operation Python Dance II in the South-east by the Nigerian Army was aimed at intimidating the people of the area. The group alleged that lives were lost during the alleged invasion of the home of Nnamdi Kanu last Sunday in Umuahia. In a statement he issued to journalists in Enugu, self-acclaimed Biafra President, Onwuka said the federal government and the Army hierarchy would pay dearly for the lives lost in...
(Leadership 09/13/17)
Worried by the negative effects of smoking on the heath of Nigerians, doctors, under the umbrella of Epidemiological Society of Nigeria (EPISON) have called for an absolute ban on tobacco adverts and sponsorship of sports. In a communiqué issued at the end its 6th annual scientific conference and general meeting held recently in Abuja, EPISON observed that high rate of tobacco use, alcohol consumption, poor diet and sedentary lifestyle, especially among the youths, is worsening the landscape for non-communicable diseases. The conference also called for proper funding and strengthening of the National Biosafety Management Agency to enable it monitor all activities related to the GMO technology in Nigeria, to forestall unintended adverse consequences. The communiqué, which was signed by both...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday in Windhoek said that the aim of the event is to promote a holistic private sector engagement, raise a sense of ownership and accountability for heritage protection as well as transmission of World Heritage sites in Namibia and Africa. "To...
(Financial Times 09/12/17)
Shell signs $300m agreement with local company to develop, market and distribute natural gas. Royal Dutch Shell is joining forces with a Nigerian company to develop gas pipeline infrastructure in the country in a deal that highlights the push by the world’s biggest energy groups to entrench demand for gas in growing economies of Africa. Shell’s Nigerian business has signed a $300m agreement with Shoreline Energy to develop, market and distribute natural gas around Lagos, the commercial capital of Africa’s largest economy. The deal is the latest example of global energy groups investing in terminals, pipelines and power infrastructure around Africa as a way to promote gas as the best solution to the continent’s chronic shortage of electricity-generating capacity. Shell...
(Premium Times 09/12/17)
The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday said the Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved the concessioning of the Lagos and Abuja International Airports for better management. Mr. Osinbajo said this in Abuja at the fifth Presidential Quarterly Business Forum aimed at improving the ease of doing business in Nigeria. He, however, did not name the concessionaires. “We are working hard to make the airports more passenger friendly, but then we have several issues. “Infrastructure is in a terrible state and we know that public sector has a poor record on maintenance of facilities.” He said the airports needed to be overhauled as they lacked basic facilities as most of the available ones were dilapidated. He said for the economy...
(Voice of America 09/12/17)
BUDUA, CAMEROON — The head of the multinational task force fighting Boko Haram says the war against the militants is being won, but warned that suicide bombings remain a threat, killing close to 400 people in Nigeria and Cameroon since April. Soldiers from the 7,800-person task force have been stationed in several towns and villages along the Nigeria-Cameroon border since those communities were liberated from Boko Haram a little over a year ago. The force's commander, Nigerian-born General Lucky Irabor, visited four communities along the border on Saturday to reassure local residents and rally the troops.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Nigerian energy company Shoreline has signed a $300 million agreement with the local unit of Shell to develop gas infrastructure around the commercial capital, Lagos, both companies said on Monday. Shell said in June that it would place more emphasis on gas rather than oil in the West African country, which has the world's ninth-largest proven gas reserves at 187 trillion cubic feet. Shoreline said the agreement was to develop, buy, market, distribute and sell natural gas in the Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Lekki and Epe districts -- areas that contain the city's business hub and some of the country's most expensive residential properties. It said the agreement provided exclusive rights to distribute and sell gas in those areas. "The partnership...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Nigeria’s Oando Plc (OANDO.LG) held its annual shareholder meeting on Monday after regulators gave it the green light despite an ongoing dispute over its ownership structure, sending shares in the energy company higher. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said in July it was investigating Oando’s shareholding structure following its $1.65 billion acquisition of ConocoPhillips’s (COP.N) Nigerian business in 2014. A company source said the dispute centered on the ownership of some Oando shares bought through an investment vehicle at the time of the ConocoPhillips deal. Oando Chief Executive Adewale Tinubu told shareholders the SEC had allowed the meeting to proceed as the company had disclosed the relevant information to the regulator. “Not every single allegation is true,” he told...
(Leadership 09/12/17)
In an effort to further attract foreign capital into the country, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has begun issuing electronic certificates for capital imported into the country by improving its currency transfer process. CBN in a circular signed by its director, Trade and Exchange Department, W.D. Gotring said the new certificate will replace a hard copy now issued when capital is imported. According to the apex bank, the move is targeted at enhancing transparency and efficient processing of foreign investment to the country. Investors or companies are required by a 1995 law to get certificates within 24 hours declaring they have invested foreign currency in Nigeria. They must have the certificates to repatriate returns on those investments. Under the...
(Premium Times 09/12/17)
The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has expressed optimism that the striking workers under the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, across the country would soon resume duty. The doctors had embarked on a nationwide strike on September 4, crippling all health services at secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities across the nation. Mr. Adewole told PREMIUM TIMES that the government “has done what the resident doctors under the federal government asked for” and ‘this was to pay all outstanding salary arrears of the resident doctors to the bank accounts of institutions affected.’ “We have done that and we believe they should resume soon. We can only pay the money into the institutions’ accounts for them to disburse to the doctors,...

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