Thursday 22 February 2018
(National Mirror Online 07/01/13)
Senate President, David Mark, yesterday wept over the untimely death of Senator Pius Ewherido, whom he described as a forthright and vibrant parliamentarian. A statement from the Senate President’s media office, said Mark lamented that Ewherido, who until his death represented Delta Central senatorial district under the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, in the upper legislative chamber, was one of the foremost and hardworking senators in the seventh Senate. He noted that Ewherido has, within his short but eventful membership of the Senate, displayed patriotism, commitment and has truly distinguished himself as a parliamentarian of a very high standard. “We have lost a true friend and colleague. We lost a vibrant and a very articulate senator. We have lost a patriotic...
(Daily Trust 07/01/13)
The Nigeria Navy, an integral force in federal government's battle against the increasing cases oil theft, may not be able to contain the scourge, Sunday Trust's investigations have revealed. Reliable naval sources confided in this publication last week in Port Harcourt that efforts of the Joint Task Force, comprising the Army, Navy and paramilitary agencies, in combing the creeks to arrest oil thieves have not been rewarded with prompt prosecution of the suspects. More significant, the sources added, the barons behind the crime are wealthy, influential and untouchable Nigerians whose continued engagement in the illegal trade would always make nonsense of the efforts of the task force. "Apparently, government lacks the political will to take on the big men behind...
(Bloomberg 07/01/13)
Shittu Ibrahim ekes out a living for his two wives and 11 children by selling tomatoes he grows to passersby along a highway that runs through the Kadawa Valley near Kano, the biggest city in northern Nigeria. With no way to find new customers, about two-thirds of his crop rots. Now the country’s central bank and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, have teamed up to establish a $25-million tomato-paste factory that could boost income for Ibrahim and the 8,000 farmers who live in the valley. “We are doing this only to feed, as you can see, I can’t afford the luxuries of life,” the stocky 56-year-old said as he sat on a stool on June 6 outside his mud-walled house,...
(National Mirror Online 07/01/13)
The West Africa Regional Manager, Emirates Airlines, Manoj Nair, has urged Nigerian Airlines to partner their foreign counterparts in developing Nigeria’s aviation industry. Nair who gave the advised during an interactive session with newsmen at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, noted that Nigeria was an important market in the West Africa sub-region, and that Emirates would need the partnership of the local airlines for connectivity for its Nigerian publics. He said that Emirates was bent on ensuring that Nigerian passengers have seamless travel experience across the world. “The key focus area for us is that our customer based connects well to the network that we have got as well as making sure that our vast network is connected to...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/01/13)
(Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead two civilians and then used explosives to free 175 inmates from a prison in Nigeria's southern town of Akure overnight, a prison official said on Sunday. Islamist sect Boko Haram and al Qaeda-linked group Ansaru have been behind several prison raids in recent years. It was not clear whether they were behind this jail break at Olokuta prison in Ondo state or whether they had members held there. "The unknown gunmen numbering over 20 came at about midnight into the Olokuta prison through the main gate after using dynamite," Prison Comptroller Tunde Olayiwola told Reuters. "The gunmen shot and killed two people while trying to get in ... Some of the escaped prisoners have been...
( 07/01/13)
Nigeria and Ghana are leading investments in agriculture in West Africa, as Agricultural investment in the world’s largest cocoa-producing region will grow “very significantly” by 2050, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD. West African urbanization is increasing at the fastest rate in the world, due to population expansion and people moving from rural areas to cities Karim Dahou, an executive manager at the OECD’s directorate for financial and enterprise affairs, said last week in an interview at a conference in London. Population in West Africa has doubled every 20 years since 1960 and in cities the number of people has tripled, he said. “In West Africa, the natural resources are conducive to huge agricultural output, there’s...
(Ventures-Africa 07/01/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – US president Barack Obama at the weekend unveiled a $7 billion new US-led plan to increase access to electricity in Africa. Obama swore to assist Africa in bringing “light where there is currently darkness.” Obama made these remarks after visiting Robben Island, where Mandela, who is currently in hospital, spent almost two decades of his 27-year stay in jail. Electricity generation in Africa is acutely inadequate and unreliable. According to Eco Power Africa, Nigeria for example, a vast nation of 150 million people, has a generating capacity of 4,000 MW. “By comparison, New York City alone has a generating capacity of 13,000 MW. The shortfall encompasses both the generation and transmission infrastructure,” Eco Power Africa said in...
( 07/01/13)
Nigeria’s economic managers are probably peering nervously at the ticker price for bonny light crude oil right about now. While the nation’s $275 billion economy depends on oil revenues for only about 15 percent of economic output, according to NBS data, the price of crude has an outsized impact on everything from the naira exchange rate, to consolidated government revenues. “Several pressure points have developed in the Nigerian economy in recent weeks, which may expose the Achilles heel in the credit story, namely its vulnerability to a sharp and sustained decline in oil revenues,” FBN capital analysts, led by Gregory Kronsten, said in note released June 27. Global bonds, stocks and commodities have slumped beginning May 22 after United States...
(Voice of America 07/01/13)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — U.S. President Barack Obama has outlined a new model for U.S. engagement with Africa, supporting greater economic opportunity and democracy, and African-led solutions to security. At the University of Cape Town, Mr. Obama presented a broad picture of his goals for U.S.-Africa policy, including assistance, trade and investment, health, and security cooperation. The speech was framed around the legacy Obama said former president Nelson Mandela has left for the continent. The most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.netThe most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.net. ​Earlier he and his...
( 07/01/13)
A growing trend of ailments plaguing the Nigerian populace, including non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, cancer and diabetes, is offering huge growth prospects for pharmaceutical companies challenged to manufacture drugs to address the situation. As growth opportunities continue to move away from traditional pharmaceutical markets (Europe and Latin America), most multinationals companies (MNCs) like Sanofi-Aventis, Novartis, Pfizer, and GSK Nigeria, have Africa in the sights of their expanding global footprints, with pharmaceutical spending in Africa, including Nigeria expected to reach $30 billion by 2016. This revelation, contained in the IMS Health Market Prognosis report titled “Africa: A ripe opportunity” showed that the pharmaceutical spending is driven by a 10.6 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2016, second only...
(The Associated Press 06/30/13)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — President Barack Obama on Sunday will announce a new initiative to double access to electric power in sub-Saharan Africa, part of his effort to build on the legacy of equality and opportunity forged by his personal hero, Nelson Mandela. Obama, who flew from Johannesburg to Cape Town Sunday, will pay tribute to the ailing 94-year-old Mandela throughout the day. The president and his family will visit Robben Island, where the anti-apartheid leader spent 18 years confined to a tiny cell, including a stop of the lime quarry where Mandela toiled and developed the lung problems that are ailing him today. The White House said Obama's guide during his tour of the island will be...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/29/13)
U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela as he flew to South Africa on Friday but played down expectations of a meeting with the ailing black leader during an Africa tour promoting democracy and food security. White House officials hope Obama's three-nation tour of Africa - his first substantial visit to the continent since taking office in 2009 - will compensate for what some view as years of neglect by America's first black president. The health of Mandela, the 94-year-old former South African president clinging to life in a Pretoria hospital, dominated Obama's day even before he arrived in Johannesburg. "I don't need a photo op," Obama told reporters aboard Air Force One after leaving Senegal...
(AFP (eng) 06/29/13)
PRETORIA, June 29, 2013 (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will not visit his political hero Nelson Mandela in hospital, out of deference for the anti-apartheid icon's "peace and comfort," a US official said Saturday. Obama and his wife Michelle will however spend time with Mandela's family to comfort them in a difficult time, the official said, as the US leader arrived in Pretoria for talks with President Jacob Zuma. "The President and First Lady will meet privately with members of the Mandela family to offer their thoughts and prayers at this difficult time," the official said on condition of anonymity. "Out of deference to Nelson Mandela's peace and comfort and the family's wishes, they will not be visiting the...
(The Guardian Nigeria 06/28/13)
TRADE relations between Nigeria and the United Kingdom may have received a boost this year as non-oil trade volume between the two countries has hit £7 billion in the first quarter. Indeed, President of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Awagu, who confirmed the figure to The Guardian, Thursday, at the yearly general meeting of the chamber in Lagos, explained that though bilateral trade between Nigeria and the UK remained strong, there are high expectations that the flow of trade between the two countries would increase and surpass the £8 billion target set for 2014. British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Peter Carter had revealed earlier in the year that trade relations between Nigeria and UK will hit N1.920 trillion...
(The Guardian Nigeria 06/28/13)
TWO days to the deadline set by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), an investigation by The Guardian has revealed that about 27 million Subscribers Identification Modules (SIMs) may be disconnected if they are not registered by June 30. As at Monday, virtually none of the telecommunications operators has confidently recorded 100 per cent compliance from its subscribers on the registration of their SIMs. This is despite various campaigns, advertorials and freebies offered by the service providers to woo subscribers to confirm the status of their SIMs and if not registered, to do so. Besides, despite the continuous drop in the quality of service, subscribers in the country might have spent N444.6 billion through phone calls in the first four months...
(This Day Live 06/28/13)
In view of the fraudulent activities in the running of pension schemes in the country, the Nigeria Police will henceforth manage its pension. The Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, disclosed this Thursday at an interactive session with officers, inspectors and rank and file working at the Force Headquarters in Abuja. He informed them that as part of the welfare scheme, the police authorities will inaugurate 300 housing units in Lagos, 700 in Abuja for inspectors and rank and file, and 35 units for officers from Assistant commissioners of police (ACPs) and above next month. According to the police boss, in order to enhance the productivity and welfare of officers and men of the force, the police authorities...
(This Day Live 06/28/13)
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has shifted the party’s planned special national convention, earlier slated for July 20 to August 20. The convention has been scheduled to elect national officers of the party. Also affected by the change of date, which was announced Thursday, is the South-west zonal convention originally slated for July 11. It has been rescheduled to take place on August 17. The postponement followed a protest by PDP Northern governors, who complained that July 20 date would not be convenient for delegates, who were Muslims because it coincided with the Ramadan period. The 30-day fasting is expected to start on July 9. Also, the Ogun State chapter of the party has...
(This Day Live 06/28/13)
With 60,000 Nigerian children infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) last year, Nigeria has the highest number of children with the virus in the world, according to the latest report by the United Nations. The number of children infected with the virus is higher than that of any other country in the world, and is a source of worry for experts with one describing it as "alarming," a report by an online news medium, Premium Times, has said. However, President Goodluck Jonathan said for Nigeria and other African nations to successfully control the HIV/AIDS scourge, the continent must effectively tackle poverty. The UN report titled "2013 Progress Report on The Global Plan: Towards the elimination of new HIV infections...
(Daily Trust 06/28/13)
At least 32 people were killed and many others injured in three villages of Langtang South Local Government Area of Plateau State yesterday, in a violence that broke following incidents of cattle rustling. Trouble started in the early hours of yesterday when unidentified gunmen laid siege on Tolgang, Magama and Karkashi villages. They shot and killed villagers, and also set fire to homes, locals told Daily Trust yesterday. “We woke up this morning to the sad reality of attacks from arms-carrying men who invaded three villages killing people and burning houses,” Langtang South resident Barrister Solomon Dalong told our reporter. He said the attacks inflicted “colossal destruction” on affected communities. Chairman of Langtang South LGA management council Mr. Narman Darko...
(National Mirror Online 06/28/13)
Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN), yesterday said that governors are under statutory duty to sign death warrants of criminals condemned to death by courts of competent jurisdiction which are piling up on their desks. The minister, who spoke in Abuja at the 2013 ministerial platform, noted that while the Federal Government was aware of the increasing global campaign against capital punishment, its hands were tied because “offences that carry the capital punishment in the country are state offences created by state laws.” Adoke said that except such state laws, which created the capital offences and the death penalty, were amended, the Federal Government had no powers to unilaterally abolish the death penalty. He...

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