Tuesday 27 June 2017
(The Guardian Nigeria 06/05/13)
THERE are indications that the decision by the Ghanaian government to scrap its fuel subsidies to curb fiscal deficit saga in its budget may have elicited fresh fears for Nigerian government pursuing similar policy direction. Besides, President Goodluck Jonathan’s special committee set up to review the Ribadu report on fuel subsidy scam, may have abandoned their assignment due to pressure from some quarters to kill the report. The Guardian gathered that the Federal Government was yet to put to rest its proposed plans to end subsidies on petroleum products due to pressures from different quarters such as fuel marketers and International Monetary Fund (IMF). According to a source, with this latest development from Ghana, the government might want to consider...
( 06/05/13)
Oil theft - known as bunkering - in Nigeria's Niger Delta region is soaring following a brief lull, leading residents and community leaders once again to call on the federal government to do more to address the area's chronic under-development. Thefts and vandalism of oil pipelines diminished in 2011 and 2012, partly due to the initial success of Oil Field Surveillance Limited (OFSL), which the government set up to monitor and report on oil theft but shut down in September 2012 after its head, ex-militant Ekpemupolo Tompolo, was sacked for allegedly not running the operation properly. OFSL staff mainly comprised ex-militants and employed over 100 people at its height. It was part of the government's 2009 amnesty programme to provide...
(This Day Live 06/05/13)
After postponing the inevitable for more than a year, President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday finally approved the proscription of the Islamic terrorist groups, Boko Haram and Ansaru, and authorised the gazetting of an order declaring the groups’ activities illegal and acts of terrorism. THISDAY had exclusively reported Tuesday that the president was about to issue a Proscriptive Order, effectively declaring Boko Haram a “terrorist organisation”, a designation the federal government had lobbied the United States (US) government not to use when it froze the US-based assets belonging to the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau and three other members of the group, a year ago. The proscriptive order coincided with a statement by the US government Tuesday night that Shekau could...
( 06/05/13)
The U.S. government on Tuesday said the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, accused of terrorism activities in Nigeria, could be tried in the U.S. when caught. Kurt Rice, the U.S. Acting Assistant Director of Diplomatic Security Threat Investigations and Analysis Directorate, said this at a joint tele- news conference with David Gilmour, Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tele-conference was aired to audiences in Abuja, Accra, Dakar, Lagos and Niamey. Rice's comments came a day after the U.S. offered a 23 million dollars (about N3.6bn) reward for information on the location of five leaders of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Boko Haram. All the suspects named in the first...
(The Nigerian Voice 06/05/13)
The controversy over who heads the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) may not end soon as Rivers state governor, Chibuike Amaechi, has vowed not to step down as the chairman of his faction of the forum. Addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, Mr Amaechi explained that his mandate was freely given by the governors, who are representatives of the people. He insisted that he has the mandate of the majority of his colleagues and would not give up the mandate for any reason. Amaechi’s reaction is coming after the Jonah Jang led faction explained the circumstances around the election that the Rivers state governor is claiming. Vice Chairman of the Jonah led faction, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, claimed that Amaechi imposed the...
(The Nigerian Voice 06/05/13)
A former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, on Tuesday opposed a proposed amendment to the Public Procurement Act to make President Goodluck Jonathan the Chairman of the National Council on Procurement. Ezekwesili, one of the key figures that served in the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo between 1999 and 2007, was the pioneer Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement, otherwise known as Due Process Office. The former minister spoke at a two-day interactive session held in Abuja by the House of Representatives Committee on Public Procurement chaired by Ms. Jumoke Okoya-Thomas. According to Ezekwesili, it is against global best practice for the President to preside over the council on procurement or preoccupy himself with awarding contracts. She advised Jonathan...
(Bloomberg 06/05/13)
Nestle Nigeria Plc (NESTLE) said an Islamist insurgency in the north of Africa’s most populous nation will continue to weigh on consumers already buckling under rising food costs. “There is bit of a depressed consumer feeling at the moment, certainly driven a lot by what’s going on in the north,” outgoing Managing Director Martin Woolnough, 58, said in a May 29 phone interview from Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. “There’s definitely stress on the economy.” President Goodluck Jonathan imposed emergency rule in the northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa on May 14 to step up the fight against Islamist militants, who he said were taking over parts of the country. The armed forces of Africa’s largest oil producer then began...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
Global hunger, poor nutrition and obesity are costing the world trillions of dollars in health costs and lost productivity, according to a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO report says fighting hunger is not enough. Tackling the more complex problem of malnutrition calls for action across the entire food system, from farm to fork. About 870 million people worldwide are hungry, according to the FAO. But malnutrition is about more than just hunger. “Two billion people are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals," said FAO's Kostas Stamoulis. "One child in four under the age of five is stunted. And 1.4 billion people are overweight.” The FAO report says the combined effects of all these...
(This Day Live 06/05/13)
Despite the provision of the Federal Character Act, which stipulates that appointments by the federal government must reflect Nigeria’s diversity, many states are still poorly represented in the appointments made by successive administrations over the last few years. The administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, according to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, has been battling to correct the imbalance it inherited in federal appointments to ensure compliance with the principle of federal character. While states such as Delta, with 27 appointments, top the table of appointees made by the federal government, along with 11 others, states like Zamfara, Ebonyi, Lagos, Sokoto and four others lag behind. Anyim, in a presentation he made during...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
LILLESTROEM, NORWAY — West African heads of state will meet, maybe as soon as this month, to adopt a code to fight growing piracy in their coastal waters that would include use of arrests, prosecutions and seizures of ships, the U.N. shipping agency said. Piracy is on the increase in the Gulf of Guinea region, which includes Africa's No. 1 oil producer Nigeria and is a significant source of commodities including cocoa for world markets. In that region, commercial ships do not enjoy the protection of naval security that has dramatically reduced Somali piracy on the other side of Africa. “Quite soon, probably before the end of this month, heads of states of West African nations will be meeting in...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
ABUJA — In recent years, commercial sex workers in several countries, like South Korea, Kenya and France have held public protests against strict anti-prostitution laws. In Nigeria’s conservative north, sex workers are not marching on the streets or calling for more rights. They are calling on the government to help them get out of the business. In this complex in Kaduna, a city in northern Nigeria best known for sectarian violence and ever-deepening poverty, about 30 women pay a little over $8 a day for a spot in a corner of a room. After they pay their rent, the most money they can make in a day as prostitutes is $10. Some days they make nothing. One woman, who didn't...
(Nigerian Tribune 06/04/13)
DEPUTY Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has said most agitators for new states failed to operate within the constitution, saying the process requires the support of two-thirds of elected lawmakers at the local government, state and national levels. Speaking with members of the Senate Press Corps in Abuja, on Monday, the Deputy Senate President said Nigerians had the erroneous impression that they could just submit memoranda before the Senate and expected new states to be created by fiat. He said unlike during the military era, when states were created as events, the process of state creation in a democracy must conform with Section 8 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended. The section states: “An Act of the National Assembly for...
(Daily Trust 06/04/13)
President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed support to the United States of America’s placement of a $7million ransom on the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau.The United States yesterday posted up to $23 million in rewards to help capture five leaders of militant groups which have spread terror in Nigeria and West Africa.The highest reward of up to $7 million is offered for the leader of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, while $5 million each was offered for alleged Al-Qaeda veteran Mokhtar Belmokhtar and Yahya Abou Al-Hammam, said to be a top figure in Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, US officials said.Jonathan, through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, last night described the move by...
(The Nigerian Voice 06/04/13)
The Sokoto State Police Command on Tuesday confirmed the killing of a member of the state House of Assembly, Alhaji Murtala Wauru. The command's spokesman, DSP Al-Mustapha Sani, said the deceased was killed by gunmen on Monday at about 8.45pm in Mabera area of Sokoto. The News Agency of Nigeria learnt that the legislator was on his way home after attending a meeting at Minanata area of the city. Sani said the assailants went away with the deceased's car, and promised that the police would apprehend and prosecute them. Until his death, Wauru had represented Gada West constituency in the assembly since 1999 and was the chairman of the House committee on finance and appropriation. His funeral, at Wauru village...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/04/13)
Nigeria will privatise 10 more state power plants by mid-2014, advisers to the government said on Monday, as part of plans to overhaul the country's feeble electricity sector. President Goodluck Jonathan pledged nearly three years ago to privatise the bulk of Nigeria's electricity sector, in an effort to end chronic power shortages that are the biggest brake on growth in Africa's second largest economy. Although Jonathan's roadmap is more than a year behind schedule, the government accepted deposits in April for 10 generation and five distribution companies that were created by unbundling the defunct state electricity firm. Private firms will take control of these companies by the end of this year, the government says. The sell-off of the state power...
(Bloomberg 06/04/13)
The European Union and United Nations Children’s Fund agreed to contribute 44.75 million euros ($59 million) for water and health projects in Nigeria. The EU and Unicef, as the UN agency is known, will provide 30 million euros over four years to help improve maternal and child health in the northern Adamawa and Kebbi states, the EU delegation to Nigeria said today in a statement from Abuja, the capital. Plateau, Ekiti and Adamawa states will also get 14.75 million euros for water supply and sanitation projects. More than 2,000 children under age 5 and 75 pregnant women die daily in Nigeria from preventable diseases including malaria and diarrhea, according to Unicef’s 2011 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey. Africa’s most-populous country contributes...
(AL Jazeera 06/04/13)
Humanitarian organisations and media remain restricted in areas where fighting takes place against Boko Haram. I spent nearly two weeks in Maiduguri, reporting on the Nigerian army's offensive against Boko Haram. The group has been behind many bombings and thousands of deaths in Nigeria, and Maiduguri has been its base. The group says it wants a strict form of Islamic law imposed across Nigeria. During my time in Maiduguri I reported on public opinion on the fighting. On women and children kidnapped by Boko Haram and liberated by Nigerian forces, and the number civilian casualties. One soldier gave a powerful eyewitness account of how he saw many civilians killed. Even though I was able to get these three reports out,...
(Times of Zambia 06/04/13)
Yokohama — THE three-day fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) meeting yesterday drew to a close here with participants unanimously adopting the 2013 Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the co-chairperson of the event, paid tribute to the African leaders who attended the meeting. Mr Abe said at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre that Japan wanted to see Africa develop and was determined to help the continent find lasting solutions to its problems. Moving a motion to adopt the two documents, he said Japan would ensure the resolutions of the conference were fully implemented to accelerate development in Africa. The two documents were unanimously adopted by acclamation. He reiterated his...
(This Day Live 06/04/13)
The European Union has faulted what it termed as criminalisation of same-sex marriage by the National Assembly. A statement made available to THISDAY monday and signed by the High Representative of the union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Mrs Catherin Ashton, said the EU neither sought to promote nor discourage same sex marriages, but was opposed to discrimination or any form of legislation that seeks to persecute anybody on the basis of sexual orientation. Ashton, who is also the Vice-President of the European Commission, said the EU was against any law opposing any restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly or persecution of those who defend these freedoms. The statement said: “I am concerned that Nigerian lawmakers have...
(Nigerian Tribune 06/03/13)
AT the African Banker Awards in Marackech, Morroco, last week, FirstBank of Nigeria Limited emerged the ‘Best Bank in West Africa.’ The organisers’ panel of distinguished professionals adjudged FirstBank as the sub-region’s best financial institution in recognition of its consistent performance, quality of its financial products/services, leadership status and contribution to the growth and development of the sector in the region. Publisher of the African Banker, Omar Ben Yedder, said, “Given its consistently strong performances in the region’s financial markets, FirstBank is indeed a deserving winner of this prestigious and well deserved recognition. The bank’s pedigree, indeed, continues to soar not just in Nigeria, but indeed the sub-region.” FirstBank has recently been the recipient of several awards, including ‘Best Bank...

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