Sunday 22 October 2017
(National Mirror Online 08/05/13)
Inconsistent policies, inadequate incentives and lack of infrastructure have dogged the moves of past and present administrations to achieve steady and adequate supply of cooking gas and to encourage mass consumption. Investigations showed that the Federal Government had made the error of exclusively reserving the sub-sector operations for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and had discouraged needed investments in storage, transportation and distribution facilities, especially pipelines in addition to inadequate circulation and high cost of cylinders, which had kept gas usage away from the mass market. Even private firms that took the risk of investing in pipeline infrastructure to supply commercial and industrial consumers have not optimised such investments due to epileptic supply from the Nigeria Gas Company, a...
(Tanzania Daily News 08/05/13)
A few weeks ago, when Tanzania was hosting the Ministerial Committee Organ (MCO) responsible for Defence and Security Cooperation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Bernard Member, confirmed that Tanzania is one of the top five countries of the SADC whose harbours and airports are used as conduits for drug trafficking. Speaking at this 15th MCO, which is faced with an uphill task of tackling this illicit trade, Minister Membe singled out other countries being South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Angola. The announcement just came a fortnight after two female artists from Tanzania were nabbed at the Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg with 150 kg of drugs, crystal methamphetamine locally known...
(Reuters 08/05/13)
WASHINGTON | Mon Aug 5, 2013 (Reuters) - The United States extended embassy closures by a week in the Middle East and Africa as a precaution on Sunday after an al Qaeda threat that U.S. lawmakers said was the most serious in years. The State Department said 19 U.S. embassies and consulates would be closed through Saturday "out of an abundance of caution" and that a number of them would have been closed anyway for most of the week due to the Eid celebration at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The United States initially closed 21 U.S. diplomatic posts for the day on Sunday. Some of those will reopen on Monday, including Kabul, Baghdad and Algiers...
(CNN 08/05/13)
African Voices is a weekly show that highlights Africa's most engaging personalities, exploring the lives and passions of people who rarely open themselves up to the camera. Follow the team on Twitter. Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) -- Inside a brightly painted Mogadishu clinic, Salim (not her real name) sits alongside her seven-year-old son, waiting for a check up. Opposite them, a health professional listens to their nightmarish ordeal. Salim recounts how she was raped and then watched, helpless, as her young son was molested. Too afraid to seek assistance, she did what she thought would help. She washed her son's wounds with hot water and salt for four excruciating days, until they were brought here, the Sister Somalia center. "There are...
(Punch 08/03/13)
The World Bank is to provide $300m empowerment fund for youths in Akwa Ibom State and some parts of the country. The fund is aimed at developing farming and small-scale industries in all the beneficiary states. The Sector Leader, Human Development, World Bank, Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa, explained in a statement made available in Uyo on Thursday that the bank approved the $300m intervention fund for youth empowerment programme to fulfil a request by the Federal Ministry of Finance. Okunmadewa, who spoke with Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio during a courtesy visit, said, “Recently, The World Bank through the request of the Federal Ministry of Finance has approved a $300m intervention for youth empowerment. And I know youth empowerment is...
(National Mirror Online 08/03/13)
From the dock, one of the three suspected Lebanese terrorists, Mr Talai Ahmed Rhoda, facing terrorism charge before an Abuja Federal High Court, yesterday sang like a parrot on how his fellow countrymen engaged in illegal importation of prohibited firearms into Nigeria for decades, targeted all Israelis interests in the country and plotted to kill Israeli ambassador to Nigeria, on Nigerian soil. Although he did not mention any of the co-accused persons as members of the criminal ring engaging in the illegal and criminal activities, he fingered one Abdulhassan Tahir, also a Lebanese, as the arrowhead. Rhoda told the court yesterday that Tahir had however fled the country before the security operatives spread out their dragnets for him. He also...
(National Mirror Online 08/03/13)
Rivers State governor and chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday said his perceived misunderstanding with President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, arose from his (Amaechi) desire to provide a conducive learning environment for the children of Okrika, home town of the First Lady. Speaking when members of the Niger Delta Bishops’ Forum led by Rt. Revd. James Aye Oruwori who visited him in Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday as part of their efforts to mediate in the political crisis in the state, Amaechi said he had enormous respect for both President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience and that he was ready for peace. “There are aspects of the story that is public that I...
(Business News (Ng) 08/03/13)
The Abia State Government had been urged to take advantage of the cashless policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to grow the value of its Internally Generated Revenue. Speaking during an interactive session on the cashless policy initiative at the Government House, Umuahia, the CBN Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, urged the state government to follow the Lagos and Ogun States examples to improve on its internally generated revenue base. Represented by the Deputy Governor Operations, Mr. Tunde Lemo, Sanusi stated that the objective of the cashless initiative was to enable Nigeria to rapidly move closer to achieving the goal of becoming one of the largest economies in the world by the year 2020. He revealed that a...
(CNN 08/03/13)
(CNN) -- The African Union on Friday applauded Zimbabwe for holding peaceful elections, and made no mention of rigging accusations by the main opposition candidate. However, its observers added that they noted several shortcomings. Problems included voters getting turned away, late publication of polling stations and media taking sides, the African Union observers said in a statement released Friday. Even so, the continent-wide body said, "The Mission observes generally, that from a historical perspective and in comparison to the 2008 elections, Zimbabwe has made an important transition in the conduct of its elections." Wednesday's vote pitted President Robert Mugabe against his prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai. Mugabe's party declared victory a day later even though the electoral commission has not released...
(Premium Times 08/02/13)
The governments of Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire on Thursday signed a Bi-National Commission Framework Agreement which paves the way for both countries to clearly define their priorities and goals towards achieving meaningful and sustainable economic, social and political relations. Speaking in Abuja during the signing ceremony, Nigeria's Vice President, Namadi Sambo, who signed the Joint Commission Agreement on behalf of the Federal Government, said, "The establishment of the Bi-National Commission should be seen as partnership that will bring further benefits not only to the ECOWAS sub-region but to Africa as a whole." Recalling that President Goodluck Jonathan signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, establishing the Bi-National Commission, BNC, during his state visit to Cote d'Ivoire in March, 2013, Mr. Sambo...
(The Guardian Nigeria 08/02/13)
MINISTER of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru, yesterday disclosed that the country recorded $8.9 billion Foreign Direct Investment inflow in 2012. He also said the ministry was investigating the circumstances surrounding the sack of the Nigerian acting Chief Justice of Gambia, Joseph Wowor, who was alleged to have asked for bribe. The minister also reiterated that Nigeria would take appropriate measures to ensure the rights of Nigerians are protected in view of the £3000 pound bond slammed by the British government on Nigerians seeking to travel to the United Kingdom. Briefing members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the minister said the direct investment in 2012 was far higher than the USD6.1 billion recorded...
(Punch 08/02/13)
The Federal Government has commenced moves to make the inclusion of new projects in annual budgets more strenuous. The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, told State House correspondents this at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday. He was joined at the briefing by the Minister of State for Works, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda. Maku said the move by the government was based on a joint memorandum presented to the FEC by the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; and the Chief Economic Adviser to the President, Dr. Nwanze Okeidegbe. He said the memo recommended that the government must carry out proper scientific analysis of such new projects before they...
(The Associated Press 08/02/13)
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Islamic extremists killed eight people in an attack targeting teachers and Muslim clerics in northeast Nigeria, witnesses and the military said Thursday. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Sagir Musa also warned that the Boko Haram terrorist network plans more such killings and “massive attacks” aimed at the northeastern city where their extremist movement was born — Maiduguri, capital of Borno state. “The Joint Task Force wishes to alert citizens ... of the impending plans by Boko Haram terrorists to carry out massive attacks and bombings in Maiduguri metropolis and other parts of Borno State any moment from now and during the Eid al-Fitr.” That celebration on Aug. 8 marks the end of the Ramadan fasting period. Musa said...
(National Mirror Online 08/02/13)
Foreign Affairs Minister, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, yesterday warned that if in spite of protests from the Federal Government, the British government implemented the 3,000 pounds visa bond against Nigerians, the country would reciprocate. Ashiru, while briefing the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, explained that implementing the proposal would be discriminatory against Nigerians and run contrary the spirit of the Commonwealth of Nations. He stated that as soon as government got the information, it petitioned the appropriate organ in the UK, stressing that “we will take appropriate measures to protect our citizens should the UK implement the visa regime.” He also condemned foreign countries that had been mounting pressure on government to legalise gay marriages, stressing that it...
(The Associated Press 08/02/13)
At least eight people killed by suspected Boko Haram fighters in northeastern city of Maiduguri, witnesses and army say. At least eight people have been killed by suspected Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, witnesses and the army said. The attack, which occurred on Tuesday, targeted teachers and Muslim clerics, witnesses told the Associated Press new agency on Thursday. Bala Anjikui, a school teacher, said the fighters used knives to kill victims in the attack on Bui town nearly 200km south of Maiduguri to avoid gunshots attracting soldiers. A military spokesman warned on Thursday that Boko Haram planned more "massive attacks" aimed at their stronghold in the northeastern town of Maiduguri. Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said the...
(Punch 08/02/13)
Royal Dutch Shell has listed four more Nigerian oil blocks for sale anytime from now, Reuters reported on Wednesday, quoting sources familiar with the deal. According to the report, the oil major has concluded plans to offload two onshore oil bocks and two offshore blocks. Specifically, Oil Mining Licences 13 and 16 onshore as well as 71 and 72 offshore are being put up for sale as part of Shell’s latest divestment from Nigeria. The OML 13 and 16 lie in the Ogoniland region where, according to the report, Shell has experienced long-running disputes with local communities, multiple oil spills and widespread pipeline sabotage and theft. The report further said that OML 13 covered a large geographical area with big...
(National Mirror Online 08/02/13)
Eko Electricity Distribution Company has assured its customers of a 20-hour electricity supply daily by December. Its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Oladele Amoda, gave the assurance in Lagos yesterday during the conferment of the “Africa Distinguished Gold Service Award” on him by the Centre for Democratic Governance in Africa, based in Abuja. Amoda said all the electricity distribution companies (Discos) had been mandated by the Federal Government to ensure that the cities had minimum of 20 hours of electricity supply, daily. According to him, the Eko Distribution Company also wants to comply with the Federal Government’s directive and ensure that customers within the company’s network enjoy uninterrupted power supply by December. He said: “We urge customers to support the electricity...
(National Mirror Online 08/02/13)
The controversies trailing the alleged forceful ejection of 67 Igbo from Lagos State to Onitsha, Anambra State, has assumed another dimension. Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola yesterday condemned the action of his Anambra State counterpart, Mr. Peter Obi, for reporting him to President Goodluck Jonathan. Describing Obi’s action as unfortunate, Fashola said it was wrong for anyone to incite Igbo against their host state. Governor Obi had, in a letter to the Presidency, flayed the ejection, saying the development called to question the validity of Nigeria and its federating components. Obi had said: “Such acts violate human decency, the rule of law and constitutionally- ordered liberties. Were Anambra and other states in the federation resort to such extreme measures, there...
(The Wall Street Journal 08/02/13)
LONDON--Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) has notified the Nigerian government that it is interested in buying some of U.S. firm Chevron Corp.'s CVX -2.21% (CVX) Nigeria oil licenses, said a senior Nigerian government official Thursday. The move would be a rare acquisition by an international energy company in Nigeria, where oil companies have in recent years generally exited acreage amid mounting security risks. It could also herald Shell's exit from long-dormant oil assets in the Ogoniland region, where strident local opposition to its presence has prevented the company from producing oil since the 1990s. "Shell has signalled it wants to sell some blocks," the government official said. "Shell is also interested in Chevron blocks in the swamps." Shell said Thursday...
(This Day Live 08/02/13)
Impressed with N2.9 trillion held by pension funds in the country, the federal government has asked the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) – operator of the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) – to come up with modalities that will make it easier for pension fund managers to invest in infrastructure projects nationwide. Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who made the disclosure in Abuja thursday said with the assemblage of the right professionals which the NSIA parades, the institution could be of assistance by introducing measures that would encourage investment in infrastructure by pension funds. President Goodluck Jonathan, she said, had asked that the nation’s pension funds be made a bit more active like others...

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