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Here are the headlines
- King Mohammed VI of Morocco to Visit Nigeria
- Only reason Buhari contested was to protect Nigerians from “merchants of corruption” – Garba Shehu
- An average of 5 persons are murdered in Zamfara daily
- De-emphasise years of experience, let’s give our youths opportunity – Anambra CP
- COPA Lagos organizers clean 750kg of trash off beach
- DSS DG, Mamman Daura’s security details ran for life day kidnappers struck
- We never find Islamic books with Boko Haram, we find condoms, sex enhancing drugs etc – Army
- Pay your N100b debt – Discos tell FG, Prove the debts – FG tells Discos
- You can never defeat Shell in a Nigerian court, Nigerian courts are corrupt
Nigerian king takes Shell to court in London
This is another edition of Breaking Radio’s Inside the News.
Premium Times: Pneumonia Replaces Malaria As Number One Child Killer Disease in Nigeria – Report
Pneumonia has overtaken malaria as the number one killer disease among children under the age of five in Nigeria.
A report by the International Vaccines Access Centre (IVAC) revealed that the disease was responsible for 127,000 child deaths in the country last year.
This was disclosed on Monday in Abuja at an event held to mark the World Pneumonia Day
“Pneumonia is now the leading cause of child deaths in Nigeria, a position previously held by malaria over the years. In 2015, about 17 per cent (127,000 deaths) and 10 per cent (75,000) of all under-five deaths were caused by pneumonia and diarrhoea, respectively”, the report stated.
To assist Nigerians in the treatment of Pneumonia, a drug manufacturing company, GSK, said it has placed a 10-year price freeze on drugs for the disease as the country graduates from the Global Alliance for Vaccinations International (GAVI) funds.
“We are supporting the immunization programme, we are providing the vaccines that are used for the prevention of pneumonia in children”, Medical Director of GSK, Lana Odunuga, said.
“And one of the things I highlighted, part of our own support is actually to make sure that even at a time when Nigeria graduates from GAVI fund, which will eventually happen, Nigeria will still be able to access the vaccines at the same price at which they are getting it now.
“In addition to that, we have also tried to make it possible to reduce the cost a child pays for vaccines in Nigeria by one dollar,” he stated.
Mr. Odunuga however said that the country was on the right track in dealing with pneumonia.
Also from Premium Times: Nigerians Will Not Dump Buhari in 2019, Presidency Replies Buba Galadima
Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, has dismissed the assertion that the masses will desert President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, describing it as “unfounded and utterly ridiculous.”
Mr. Shehu, who was reacting to a media interview granted by former CPC member, Buba Galadima, said that ordinary Nigerians were the backbone of Mr. Buhari’s mandate “and the only reason he ran for the office is to protect them against the rapacious merchants of corruption who held Nigeria back for decades.”
Mr. Galadima had in an interview alleged that President Buhari would be abandoned by the people in 2019.
However, the senior special assistant on media and publicity to the president, said Mr. Galadima’s calculation and prediction “is utterly confused and misleading.”
He said the masses were solidly behind Mr. Buhari “because he is not stealing their money and their future.
“The President’s enormous goodwill remains ever-strong because the people are convinced that he is acting in their best interest, despite the temporary unintended consequences of reforms.”
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari is far from isolation and he enjoys very strategic relationship with ordinary Nigerians; the relationship is as solid as the proverbial rock.
“If Buba Galadima thinks that because he has no role and no job in this government that means president is isolated, he is putting himself up to ridicule.”
Mr. Shehu stated that Mr. Galadima was not in the position to speak for the masses as far as their steadfast loyalty to Buhari was concerned.
While acknowledging that Mr. Galadima was entitled to advance his own political agenda, the presidential aide said Mr. Galadima did not have the right to decide for ordinary voters.
Mr. Shehu recalled that Buba Galadima’s disagreement with President Buhari was based on principle, saying that President Buhari was committed to level playing field and would not want anyone to link his name to injustice.
The Presidential aide also recalled that Mr. Galadima’s disagreement with Buhari started in 2011 “when a group within the party orchestrated an organisational mess by which the CPC embarked on the imposition and substitution of candidates for cash payments at the expense of those duly and democratically elected.”
He said the President was embarrassed by the incidents and complaints about the imposition and substitution of candidates, adding that he, as a democrat, would not suppress the will of the people to please selfish interests.
Also from Premium Times: 155 Killed in Zamfara in Less Than One Month – Governor Yari
Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara has said that155 people have been killed by bandits in less than a month in the state.
Mr. Yari disclosed this on Monday in a state-wide broadcast on the security challenges facing the state.
He also said that over 50 persons had been kidnapped during the period.
He explained that 53 people were killed in Shinkafi Local Government Area; 50 in Maru Local Government Area; 37 in Maradun Local Government Area and 15 in Zurmi Local Government Area.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how the latest of the attacks occurred on Saturday night leading to the death of 25 people, according to a lawmaker.
The governor said even though the Federal Government launched a military operation against the bandits in July, the criminals regrouped and returned with vendetta, killing and kidnapping innocent people and demanding large sums of money as ransom.
He said after a meeting with stakeholders in the state on Monday, the state government had set up a Crisis Management Committee comprising security agents, civil servants, legislators and retired security agents.
He said the body was charged with the responsibility of assessing the damages caused by the activities of the hoodlums to enable the government to assist the victims.
Mr. Yari appealed to the federal government to deploy more military personnel to the state to defeat the bandits.
From Daily Trust: Unemployment – Employers Urged to De-Emphasise Years of Experience
Government institutions and other employers of labour have been urged to de-emphasise on years of work experience as a basic requirement for granting employment to graduates in their establishments.
The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Sam Okaula made the appeal in Awka, at a Youth Entrepreneurship and Leadership Summit on the theme “From Recession to Economic Revolution, the Role of the Youths” organised by the Progressive Anambra Youths (PAY).
He said such criteria has greatly increased the rate of unemployment among the youths which he identified as one of the major causes of crimes in the society.
Represented by DSP Iloabanafor Ogbonna, Okaula described as unrealistic, a minimum of three years’ work experience for a young graduate who just finished his National Youth service programme, wondering the possibility of acquiring such criteria when the opportunity is not provided.
“You are asking someone who just passed out from the NYSC to produce three or five years work experience before giving him a job; where does he get it? Of course, he is automatically disqualified from the job.
“Now that he is denied of that opportunity, from where will he acquire it? Little wonder many of them are forced into all forms of criminality as alternatives,” he added.
The Police Commissioner who also identified poverty, peer group pressure, poor parenting, addiction to social media and pretentious lifestyle as other causes of crime, however advocated for a Masters degree or Higher Diploma certificates as alternatives to years of experience from would-be employees.
In another news story, the Daily Trust reports: Senate to Reject Proposal to Jail Nigerians for Ownership of Forex
The Senate has expressed surprise at a recommendation by the Nigerian Law Reform Commission for a review of the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Act in order to empower the Central Bank of Nigeria to jail people for up to two years or fine them for 20 percent of the amount of the foreign currency held in their possession for more than 30 days.
The Senate in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi stated that with its focus on boosting investor’ confidence in the nation’s economy, such move as proposed by the Commission that will prevent investors from making free entry and free exit from the market will be out rightly rejected by its members.
“The measure is disruptive and counterproductive, threatening to undermine many of the reform efforts already underway in the legislature and by government ministries intended to boost investor confidence.
“The Senate would never pass such a punitive and regressive proposal. Overall, some of the Commission’s recommendation has many sound attributes and could help Nigeria’s investment climate. We believe the CBN should have the authority to regulate the forex market and determine the exchange rate policy as already enshrined in its enabling Act.
” A market-oriented exchange rate policy is the best recipe for guiding the operations of the foreign exchange market. This will ensure the supremacy of market mechanisms in efficiently allocating the scarce forex resources”, the Senate stated.
It added: “we will continue to work with the Executive to halt the worsening recession and return to economic growth.”
Premium Times: Copa Lagos – Organisers Hold Beach Clean-Up Campaign
Ahead of this year’s Copa Lagos tournament that would see the Nigeria Beach Soccer team battle their Swiss counterparts, the organisers have carried out a beach cleaning up exercise.
The exercise, a yearly routine, is targeted at imbibing the act of cleanliness in the populace.
Over the weekend, Nigerians from all walks of life were mobilized by Kinetic Sports in the clean-up of Lagos coastal area of Elegushi Beach in Lekki.
The exercise which has become a part of the yearly COPA Lagos calendar is also aimed at conserving the beach life.
It encourages cleanliness in the environment as a way of preserving marine life.
About 150 people took part in this year’s edition of the exercise, including popular celebrities.
Speaking during the exercise, Samson Adamu, Managing Director, Kinetic Sports said beach clean-up exercise was one of the corporate social responsibility activities his team have adopted.
He disclosed that the target for this year is to collect at least 750kg of trash during the exercise, with each participant required to collect at least 15kg of trash
The paper has this Exclusive story – Minister’s Kidnappers Came for Mamman Daura, Buhari’s Cousin, Survivor Says
The kidnap on Sunday of Nigeria’s former minister of foreign affairs, Bagudu Hirse, in Kaduna was that of a mistaken identity, a witness has said.
The ex-minister, who was in Kaduna on a condolence visit over the death of former Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki, was kidnapped at the gate of Mamman Daura, a cousin of President Muhammadu Buhari, along Inuwa Wada road in Kaduna.
A victim of the attack, who was travelling with the minister, Samuel Pukat, said the abductors actually came for Mr. Daura.
Mr. Pukat, a relation of Mr. Hirse, and some witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES that the incident occurred around 9:35 a.m. on Sunday.
Mr. Pukat, in a telephone interview with our reporter, said the kidnappers stormed the residence of Mr. Daura in two Toyota Corolla cars and “dispersed” all the security details at the house.
He said the kidnappers were eight in number, four in each of the two vehicles with sophisticated guns.
“We were right by Baba Mamman Daura’s gate on a visit to condole him over the death of former Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki.
“The ash Corolla car of the kidnappers rushed and blocked our car as the gate to the house was opened for us to enter.
“We had already written our condolence note to be handed to Baba (Daura) whom we were told was getting ready to go out for an appointment; before one of his aides identified us and asked that we be allowed in to see Baba(Daura) as soon as he finishes taking his bath.
“Then all of a sudden, the kidnapper’s in an ash colour corolla car rushed and overtook our car, four masked gunmen jumped out of the car and made for the compound.
“One of them from the second Corolla car behind us, shouted at the other group to come back. He pointed at Baba (Hirse) who was ordered to come down from the car.
“They mistook Baba (Mr Hirse) for Baba Mamman Daura because he is putting on the same traditional white native dress Baba(Daura) usually wears,” Mr. Pukat said.
Continuing, Mr. Pukat said the kidnappers started shooting sporadically into the air. “They kicked me with their hard boots and I fell inside culvert as they abducted Baba (Mr. Hirse) and his driver.
“What surprised all of us was that the security details at Baba(Daura) residence fled the scene scampering for safety with all other people around when the kidnappers pulled over and started shooting sporadically in the air,” he said.
Sources including Mr. Pukat said Mr. Daura was in the House with the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, and a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Baba Gana Kingibe.
They said the three men were “visibly disappointed with the action of the security details”.
“In fact , it is even the ordinary civilian gate man that came and closed the gate after the incident,” Mr. Pukat said.
He also disclosed that the abductors were yet to contact the family for any possible ransom demand.
Another witness said the kidnappers asked Mr. Hirse to get into their car. He initially resisted and was trying to seek further explanations from them, the witness said.
“At that time, people started approaching the scene, so one of the kidnappers raised the gun he was holding and made to shoot but it did not fire, he tried it the second time and it failed, but the third time, a shot rang and people ran for their lives. The whole thing was like a movie scene,” the witness said.
The new Commissioner of Police, Cyril Abeh, and State Director Services immediately arrived scene after the abduction and were sighted inside Mr. Daura’s residence.
Our reporter also observed heavy security around Malali, Ungwan Rimi, and around major roads within the metropolis. Meanwhile, a report by the News Agency of Nigeria, Monday, said the abductors have made contact with Mr. Hirse’s family.
Mr. Pukat confirmed the contact.
“They first reached me; it was Hirse’s voice that was on the line before the abductors took over,” he said. Mr. Pukat, however, refused to give details of the discussions with the abductors.
Going to the United States, RT News reports College bans US flag citing ‘hate-based violence’ post-Trump victory
A Massachusetts college has decided to remove an American flag amid struggles to stop “hate-based violence” that escalated since President-elect Donald Trump’s victory. The flag was initially flown at half-staff, but that only triggered more disputes.
From now on, Hampshire College will not be flying American or any other flags, following the school president Jonathan Lash’s decision.
After the November 8 election, the college has been lowering its American flag to half-staff to “acknowledge the grief and pain experienced by so many” as well as “to enable the full complexity of voices and experiences to be heard.” After Trump’s victory, some on campus have been calling the flag a symbol of racism and hatred.
And now the news is about South Sudan. ThisDAY: Govt to Fix South Sudan’s Health Care Sector
The federal government at the weekend said efforts are in top gear to intervene in South Sudan’s health care sector by assisting the country to fix its dilapidated health system ravaged by prolonged war.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, promised that government is ready to rigorously engaged the Republic of South Sudan in tackling many of its fallen health care system.
Adewole gave the assurance in Abuja during a meeting of high level ministerial team led by South Sudan’s Minister of Health, Dr. Riekgai Kok.
The minister stated that all the challenges besieging the South Sudan health sector would be attended to by the Nigerian government as part of its intervention in that country.
He explained that Nigeria would deploy the resources at its disposal both human and capital towards making sure that the obstacles are reduced to the barest minimum.
According to Adewole, “We are willing to support you, it is our duty, it is only Africans that can develop Africa, and we have to do it.”
Earlier, the South Sudanese Minister of Health acknowledged the contributions and vital role played by Nigeria during South Sudan struggle for independence, describing it as immeasurable and dependable
Kok said: “For those of you who may not know, Nigeria has been supporting the course of the people of South Sudan, before its conception. In 1990s all the way until the birth of the new nation in 2011, Nigeria played a pivotal role in the search for just and lasting peace.”
He stressed that South Sudan suffered persistent policy of deliberate neglect and institutionalised marginalisation since the independence of Sudan in 1956 adding that, as a result, the country was enmeshed in decades of devastating war that led to loss of millions of human lives, massive displacement of people, destruction of both physical and social infrastructure, and loss of human resource development opportunities, including the loss of experienced health professionals.
The minister added that given the role that Nigeria had played in supporting South Sudan, even before its conception, there is optimism that Nigeria can play a tremendous role in supporting the development of healthcare delivery in both public and private sectors.
Kok appealed to the leadership of the health sector in Nigeria and the federal government to assist South Sudan in scaling up production of mid-level healthcare professionals and task shifting, and also deployment of specialists and consultants and other allied healthcare professionals to support service delivery at teaching and state hospitals in South Sudan.
He also extended an invitation to Adewole for a visit to Juba, the capital of South Sudan, stating that, Nigeria has a prominent role to play in the development of the African continent, with South Sudan on top of the list of beneficiaries looking up to Nigeria as a big brother.
And here are some headlines in brief
What Buhari Told Nigeria’s Foremost Policy Makers (Premium Times)
Unjust Dismissal – Army Boycotts Court (Premium Times)
Army Releases New Lists of Wanted Boko Haram Members (Daily Trust)
Presidency Announces Slight Growth in Non Oil Sector (Leadership)
How Drug Addiction Threatens a Generation of Northern Nigerian Women(Premium Times)
Nigerians Will Not Dump Buhari in 2019 – Presidency (Premium Times)
Scores Killed in Zamfara in Less Than One Month – Governor (Premium Times)
Minister’s Kidnappers Came for Mamman Daura (Premium Times)
Military Unveils Photographs of Another 55 Wanted Boko Haram Terrorists (Premium Times)
Supreme Court Justice Accused of Corruption Granted Bail (Premium Times)
Boko Haram Orders Sexual Performance Drugs, STD Treatments (Premium Times)
Unemployment – Employers Urged to De-Emphasise Years of Experience (Daily Trust)
‘Over 2,000 Nigerians Dying in Chinese Prisons’ (Guardian)
How Standard Chartered Bank Ignored Rules On Forex (Premium Times)
Army Declares 50 Boko Haram Fighters Wanted (Daily Trust)
Police Rescue 10 People Kidnapped in Abuja (Premium Times)
Senate to Reject Proposal to Punish Forex Owners (Premium Times)
Fuel Imports Gulp 958.3 billion Naira in Five Months (Guardian)
Seminar On Fulani Cattle Rearers, Farmers Clashes Holds Thursday(Guardian)
Presidency – 200,000 Graduates Start Work December 1 (Daily Trust)
’44 Solid Minerals Untapped in Nigeria’ (Daily Trust)
Recession – Over 3,000 Oil Workers Lost Jobs (Daily Trust)
Free Float Deficiency – More Companies May Delist From NSE (This Day)
Supreme Court Justice Arraigned for Alleged Fraud (Premium Times)
It Was Just Fun, Says Football Coach Accused of Sodomising His Players (Vanguard)
Army Releases New List of Wanted Boko Haram Members (Guardian)
What Does Trump Presidency Mean for Nigeria? (This Day)
Osinbajo – Nigeria Needs Oil Revenues to Get Out of Oil (This Day)
As Nigeria Takes a Deep Dive Into Oil Sector Reform (This Day)
Army Releases Fresh Poster of Wanted Boko Haram Suspects (This Day)
Buhari Will Not Be Alone in 2019, Presidency Replies Galadima (This Day)
It’s not news that Nigeria still imports petroleum.The news from the Nigerian Guardian is how much is spent on petroleum importation.
Nigerian Guardian: Fuel Imports Gulp 958.3 billion Naira in Five Months
Nigeria spent 958.3 billion importing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, in five months. The amount could build five 20,000-barrels-per-day mini refineries, industry experts, who argued that one of such refineries would cost government between $75 million and $250 million, said yesterday.
In naira terms, higher expenditure on petrol imports gives impression of worsening foreign exchange position for the country and emphasizes the need to activate the country’s four idle refineries, Francis Ogbimi, a Professor of Technology Management at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife said.
The new petrol imports, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), represents more than 120 per cent increase five months earlier and an increase of more that 80 billion within the same period last year.
Nigeria could become self-sufficient in petroleum products by building 10 more refineries, and creating learning infrastructure, as Japan did, to promote rapid competence-building growth and industrialisation, Ogbimi said.
This is despite the difficulties in sourcing funds to service the national budget.
The NBS stated that the Federal Government’s imports of PMS between January and April this year was 431.6 billion and that the country had imported about 874 billion worth of petroleum products during the same period in 2015.
NBS’ data showed that Nigeria imported about 254.6 billion worth of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) in the same period compared to 118.7 billion products in the previous quarter.
The value of imported Household Kerosene (HKK) also increased from 20.2 billion to 25.5 billion in the current period under review.
The rising fuel imports had put additional pressure on the country’s foreign reserves and contributed to the worsening economic situation.
Government has been unable to fix the refineries, forcing the country to rely on importation for about 95 per cent of its fuel consumption needs.
Director of the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law at the University of Ibadan, Adeola Adenikinju asked government to privatise the refineries.
He identified government’s continuous interference in commercial aspects of the downstream sector as major hinderance to the sector.
“I do not think government can wave any magic wand to make the refineries work at internationally acceptable capacity utilisation level. My preference is that the refineries should be privatised and the private sector should be encouraged to take over both the risk and returns associated with the market economy.
Adenikinju said that as a wasteful asset, petroleum should be integrated with other sectors mainly in terms of forward linkages. “Over 6,000 products are derivable from petroleum products. These can form the basis for developing petrochemical industry, fertilizer and ammonia industry, support the power sector.
“We must get our other sectors to continue to play their own roles in revenue generation and employment creation. However, the paradox is that while these sectors are contributing to value addition, they are not making proportionate contribution to government revenue and foreign exchange earnings.”
But Ogbimi argued that the so-called deregulation and privatisation policies of government are based on importing petroleum products.
“Did America become a world power by importing everything from Britain? Did Japan become the second biggest economy in the world by importing everything from Britain and America? Shallowness in reasoning has wasted the first 55 years of Nigeria’s independent life. We need to change our pattern of reasoning”, he added.
Government yesterday said it was doing all within its powers to ensure local production improves.
Daily Trust: Nigeria Releases New Lists of Wanted Boko Haram Members
The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin has released a banner containing photographs and names of 55 Boko Haram wanted for various attacks and terror activities in the northeast where the military currently prosecute war against the insurgents.
“I urged all to facilitate in tracking them down for the good and development of the country,” the defence chief said while releasing the banner at a brief event at the headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maimalari Contonement of the Nigerian Army Maiduguri.
“With this launching of additional list of wanted terrorists, it is hoped that the public will collaborate to identify the wanted Boko Haram wherever they are,” he added.
From the Deccan Chronicle: Oil jumps, at three-week high ahead of OPEC output decision
Oil prices surged 4 per cent to a three-week high on Monday, bolstered by growing conviction that major oil producing countries would agree next week to limit output.
Brent crude briefly touched $49 a barrel. The London benchmark has risen 11 per cent in a week since Saudi Arabia, de facto leader of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, started a diplomatic charm offensive to persuade more reluctant members to join its proposed output plan.
OPEC members are due to agree to a world oil freeze pact on November 30 at a meeting in Vienna, Austria. In recent days, several OPEC members including Iran, along with non-member Russia, have suggested they were leaning toward a deal to limit output.
Premium Times: Boko Haram Places Massive Order for Drugs to Boost Sexual Performance, Treat STDs
Nigerian troops fighting the terrorist Boko Haram group in the north-east state of Borno on Sunday intercepted two suspected members of the sect believed to be on a mission to procure drugs for libido enhancement, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and other illnesses.
A military insider told PREMIUM TIMES that the two men were intercepted by men of the 112 Task Force Battalion as they tried to cross from Anadawa village to Minari on motorcycle.
The troops, who mounted a roadblock at Kasasewa village, trailed the suspected terrorists to Anadawa and quickly opened fire on them after realising they were fully armed.
The two suspects, our sources said, died on the spot with troops recovering two FN rifles and 18 rounds of 7.62MM NATO ammunition from them.
Also recovered was a three-page shopping list which suggested the men were travelling to procure massive consignments of drugs, and other medical supplies.
Among the drugs listed for purchase were cartons of Viagra, used for treating erectile dysfunction, and MMC Sex Men, a known libido enhancer.
Also listed for purchase were three cartons of Maxman coffee enhancer for men as well as Viamax power coffee, known for increasing sexual desire in men.
The list also included an order for capsules that could be used to treat gonorrhoea, a venereal disease involving inflammatory discharge from the urethra or vagina.
Going by the list, the men also planned to procure various kinds of injectables ranging from oxytocine to anti-tetanus.
Several kinds of syrups were also listed for purchase.
The Nigerian Army had in September 2015 said it usually find condoms, hard drugs and sex-enhancing drugs in camps captured from Boko Haram insurgents by its troops.
The spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, said in a statement at the time that the findings underlined the military’s belief that most Boko Haram militants were not grounded in Islam and were not driven by Islamic ideology.
Mr. Usman, a colonel, said a lot of insurgents so far arrested could not even recite the Qu’ran, the holy book of Muslims.
He said those arrested by troops of Nigerian Army’s 3rd Division turned out to be suppliers of hard drugs and other stimulants to terrorists.
Mr. Usman said, “You will recall that sometimes ago we reported that ironically most of the Boko Haram terrorists captured by Nigerian military cannot read the Holy Qur’an, some of them cannot even recite the first chapter- Suratuh Al-Fatiha and yet they claimed they wanted to establish an ‘Islamic State’.
“When the Nigerian military captured their bases and training camps, they never found Qur’an or other Islamic books. What were mostly found were ammunition, local charms, condoms and all sort of drugs including sex enhancing ones in their enclaves.”
Begins reconciliation of APC stakeholders ahead of Ondo polls
There is fire in the All Progressives Congress (APC). No more pretensions, the major combatants have taken battle positions. The old war general has found his musket! The November 26 governorship election coming up in the Sunshine State of Ondo, is turning out to be the defining moment for the battle of wits and intrigues that has been going on in the amalgam political platform called the APC.
Suddenly, against the popular notion of political aloofness and disinterest, President Muhammadu Buhari, has begun to take serious interest in political activities. Last Saturday, the president led APC bigwigs from across the country to whip solidarity for Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, the party’s standard-bearer for the Ondo governorship polls.
Recent developments in APC, which has been going through some internal discomfort, tend to present the possibility that ever since he mounted the saddle as civilian president, Buhari does not want to share his exalted political podium with former Lagos Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Punch: Stop blackmailing FG, Fashola tells power firms
Power distribution companies in the country must stop blackmailing the Federal Government in various advertorials in the media, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said.
According to Fashola, the firms should show how much the government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies owe each of the power firms instead of hiding under an umbrella association to claim that they are owed over 100 billion.
The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors has been placing advertorials asking the MDAs to clear the debt they owe the power firms.
Fashola spoke at the monthly power sector meeting in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, according to a statement made available to Punch correspondent in Abuja.
He stated, “It is important to remind all of us that the privatisation exercise that transferred the distribution companies was not held as a contract with an association. It was between Nigeria and the distribution companies. So, while I respect the right of an association, the constitution guarantees the freedom of association, the Federal Government will not pay over 100 billion Naira to an association.
“That is not how to solve it. An association can’t own those debts. Every Disco knows how much power it supplied. We won’t pay estimates. The figure must remain clear in naira and kobo terms. And we will do our work. Therefore, I think that the adverts that the Discos issued should also have conveyed information to the Nigerian public about how many of them have supplied details of their audited accounts for the last three years. And we have been asking them to provide that.”
The minister said he opened an online platform for the Discos to send their debt claims but as of the November 4, 2016 deadline, none of the firms had complied to provide the required information for verification before payment.
Fashola said, “If the Discos want payment, as I have said, we will pay. But you have to prove the debt too and you have to prove the quantum. Each Disco will have to prove to us how much is being owed it.
“If you want to stash it all together under a gross sum or under an association; that is your choice. But we will pay to each Disco what each Disco proves as its liability. We will not pay an association.”
Still on electricity challenges,
ThisDay: Arepo Residents Protest A Four- Months Black out, Unfriendly Billing
Tired of being in the darkness, residents of Arepo Community in Ogun State, monday marched to the head office of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, at Alausa, to protest over three months power outage.
The protesters, who blocked the main entrance of the office, also expressed their concern over outrageous billings being experienced by members of the community.
To drive home their grievances, they blocked the main entrance of the company, displaying placards with inscriptions such as “Enough of Ikeja Electric excuses’. Save Arepo from Darkness’, and ‘Ikeja Electric is a fraud.’
Some of the inscriptions also read: ‘Fashola must sack IE’, NERC please come to our aid’, Restore our light’, Say no billing without power supply’ and “Journalists Estate says no’
Vice-President 1, Arepo Central Community Development Association (ACCDA), Nasir Salau, who led the protesters, told newsmen that they came to register their grievances against the company.
Salau said the Arepo community had been without power supply in the last three months without any message from the company.
He said the community had written several letters to the management of IE without any response.
“Despite the outage, the management keeps bringing estimated bills to us monthly. We are here to tell them that enough is enough, we have brought with us letters to register our grievance and will no longer tolerate outrageous billings and the management should fix our supply,” he said.
Speaking in similar vein, Chairman, Journalists’ Estate Development Association, Phase 1, Mr. John Ajayi, said the tyranny of IE and the high handedness of its officials in resolving identified electrical faults most of the time, have become intolerably intolerable.
He stated that despite the fact that the entire Arepo community will not have light for several months, yet, IE officials keep bringing outrageous bills monthly, thereby subjecting residents to undue extortion.
Ajayi, who identified electricity as an essential commodity in a modern society called on relevant authorities to come to the aid of his people by compelling the power supply company to do the right thing and stop giving excuses.
Also, Kuti Odukunle, who represented the Arepo Business Owners, said many businesses in Arepo community were folding up due to power outage in the area.
Odukunle said companies were spending close to 300,000 Naira monthly to power their generators as a result of the outage.
“Some of the companies have started to downsize their staff because they cannot cope with the outage.
“Once they bring electricity, in a day or two, they will start distributing outrageous bills.
“They are using force to collect this outrageous bill by giving us light for one or two days. To resolve the issue, we want them to meter all the houses in the community so that we will be able to pay as we use.
“More businesses will collapse if the outage continues; that’s why we are here to complain so that justice can be done,” he said.
Mrs Judith Okeke, one of the protesters said two years back, power supply was regular in the area, but things had changed since the beginning of this year.
Okeke said that some private schools in the area had increased the fees of their pupils due to complain of power outage.
“When our children see electricity supply for about one to two hours, they will tell us that bills will soon come, and indeed it will come.
“The most annoying part is that the bills they bring are always outrageous.
“We are here to tell them that we are not pleased with their performance; they should quit if they cannot provide light for consumers,” she said.
Responding to the protesters, Mr Anthony Woudea, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, apologised for the poor power supply.
Woudea said that the residents, by coming to the company’s office, had shown that they were not satisfied with the services.
He said the company’s engineers had rectified the fault from the supply feeders and power supply had been restored to the community on Saturday.
The CEO appealed to the protesters on the issue of prepaid meters, explaining that they had a mode of installing the meters community after community.
He said that the installation would have reached them, but for the challenges the company was facing due to non-availability of foreign exchange.
Woudea promised that the management of the company would visit the leadership of the Arepo Community Development Association to discuss about electricity challenges in the area.
The Nation: 80% not qualified to write JAMB, says Registrar
THE Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Is-haq Oloyede, has derclared that 80 per cent of the 1.5 million candidates, who apply to write JAMB examination annually do not have the qualifications to sit for it.
Oloyede added that 40 per cent of candidates, who pass JAMB annually, did not have the qualification to study in the university.
He spoke at the 2016 Nigeria Higher Education Summit with the theme: “Exploiting diversity, differentiation and quality assurance in revitalising the Nigerian higher education system,” in Abuja.
The event was organised by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities in collaboration with Trust Africa.
“Forty per cent of them do not have qualification. They may pass JAMB, but they do not have the O’Level requirements to go into the universities.
“By the time you mop up the whole thing, what will remain is not this big figure (1.5 million) that gives us the type of shameful statistics you parade all over Africa,” he said.
Punch: US fire Klinsmann as national team coach
Former German international striker Jurgen Klinsmann was fired Monday as coach of the United States after losing two straight 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.
US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati announced the firing without naming a replacement. The United States does not face another World Cup qualifier until March.
“Today we made the difficult decision of parting ways with Jurgen Klinsmann,” Gulati said in a statement.
“We want to thank Jurgen for his hard work and commitment during these last five years. He took pride in having the responsibility of steering the program and there were considerable achievements along the way.”
Klinsmann went 55-27 with 16 drawn in a coaching tenure that began on July 29, 2011, when Gulati named him to replace the fired Bob Bradley on a team where Bradley’s son Michael was a star midfielder.
Klinsmann, 52, guided the Americans on a team record 12-match win streak in 2013 and his 16 triumphs and .761 win percentage that year set US marks.
But the Americans stumbled to fourth in the 2015 Gold Cup, also losing a playoff to Mexico for the Confederations Cup.
Earlier this month, the US squad stumbled badly in opening the final round of North American (CONCACAF) qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, falling 2-1 at home to arch-rival Mexico and 4-0 at Costa Rica.
Bruce Arena, a five-time Major League Soccer champion coach now with the Los Angeles Galaxy, is thought to be a prime candidate to replace Klinsmann.
The 65-year-old American coached the US team to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals and guided a 2006 US lineup that exited in the group stages.
Under Klinsmann in 2014, the Americans matched their 2010 World Cup showing by reaching the last 16.
From Morocco World News: King Mohammed VI to Visit Nigeria and Zambia in Early December
After his official visits to Ethiopia and Madagascar, King Mohammed VI will continue his African tour by paying a visit to Nigeria and Zambia in early December, according to Le360.
The same source added that the King’s official visits were recently arranged during a talk between the King and officials from both Nigeria and Zambia.
Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari tweeted last week that he is “grateful to King Mohammed VI for the heartfelt welcome and hospitality” he received during his visit to Morocco to take part in the twenty second Conference of the Parties (COP22), which concluded November 18 in Marrakech.
“I arrived in Morocco amid a warm welcome and tomorrow I will give Nigeria’s speech at the COP22 high-level segment,” Buhari said.
The King’s visit to Nigeria will enhance a bilateral cooperation between the two countries, especially regarding the sectors of agriculture and solar energy.
Besides the economic aspect of the visit, Morocco’s seeks to prompt Nigeria to reconsider its stance on the Western Sahara. Nigeria has been a vocal supporter of the Polisario, and is regarded as belonging to the axis Algeria-Abuja-Pretoria. Nigeria recognizes the self-proclaimed Sarahawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
Morocco World News reported earlier this year that Sokoto State in Nigeria revealed “a new agriculture and solar energy collaboration between Rabat and Abuja, “noting that “Morocco has distinguished itself in some critical sectors, as such a relationship between the two states will be of utmost importance to the two parties.”
In the same context, Minister Delegate of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, met with Muhammadu Buhari on July 15, 2016 to discuss the opening of an OCP fertilizer factory in Nigeria.
Following the formal request of the King during the 27th Summit of the African Union (AU) held last July in Kigali, Rwanda to rejoin the AU, the King’s visit will give a fresh impetus to regain its natural seat in the pan-African organization following Morocco’s withdrawal from it in 1984. That decision was fueled by the AU’s decision to accept the self-proclaimed SADR as a full-fledged member state.
King Mohammed VI arrived Saturday evening in Madagascar’s capital of Antananarivo, aiming to consolidate South-South partnership and embark on bilateral cooperation underpinned by groundbreaking economic projects.
The King is set to take part in the 16th summit of the Francophonie, which will take place November 22-27 in Antananarivo.
In another king-related story, Digital Journal: Polluted water in hand, Nigerian king takes Shell to court in London
King Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi holds up a plastic bottle containing contaminated water from his community in Nigeria, proof of oil pollution that he blames on Royal Dutch Shell — and on which he hopes a London court will deliver justice.
“My people are drinking this water,” said the tribal king of the Ogale community in the oil-rich Niger Delta.
Okpabi has flown to London for a High Court hearing on Tuesday in which lawyers for more than 40,000 Nigerians are demanding action from Shell to clean up oil spills that have devastated their communities for decades.
“There are strange diseases in my community — skin diseases, people are dying sudden deaths, some people are impotent, low sperm count,” he told AFP. “I can afford to buy water. But can I afford to buy for everybody? No.”
The Anglo-Dutch oil giant argues that the case should be heard in Nigeria, pointing out that it involves its Nigerian subsidiary SPDC, which runs a joint venture with the government, and Nigerian plaintiffs.
But Okpabi, wearing a traditional robe with a red necklace and black top hat, said the English justice system was his only hope to end the blight on his people’s lives.
“Shell is Nigeria and Nigeria is Shell. You can never, never defeat Shell in a Nigerian court. The truth is that the Nigerian legal system is corrupt,” he said.
He wants the High Court to compel Shell to implement a 2011 landmark report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which warned of dangerously high levels of hydrocarbons in the water, bitumen-coated mangroves and poor air quality.
It should order the company to “go and clean-up Ogale, go and provide water for them; go and do medical history for them, and where medical attention is needed provide for them,” he said.
The king said no money would be enough to address the damage, which UNEP warned could take 25 to 30 years to resolve, but wants compensation, adding: “We are dying.”
– Sabotage –
Shell will challenge the jurisdiction of the English courts in the case during three days of hearings this week, while it also disputes the claims made by lawyers Leigh Day, who represent Ogale and the smaller Bille community.
“Both Bille and Ogale are areas heavily impacted by crude oil theft, pipeline sabotage and illegal refining which remain the main sources of pollution across the Niger Delta,” a company spokeswoman said.
She noted SPDC has not produced any oil or gas in Ogoniland, the region surrounding Ogale, since 1993.
But Okpabi and his lawyers say the company’s ageing, leaky pipelines still run through the region and it must take responsibility.
SPDC says it has delivered water and healthcare to the community and is supporting the implementation of the UNEP process by the government, which in June launched a $1b (£800m, 940 million euros) oil pollution clean-up programme in the Niger Delta.
Okpabi said he believed President Muhammadu Buhari is “sincere” in wanting to address the issue, but warned: “If we wait for the system to roll on its own, I hate to say this, but it may be too late for the people of Ogale.”
Attacks on Nigerian pipelines have increased this year, cutting output and helping tip the country into recession, but Okpabi insists “there is no vandalising” in Ogale.
The king condemned the saboteurs, warning that “you cannot bomb your house to get attention”.
However, he added: “I’m also appealing to Shell and the Nigerian government to listen to those communities that are non-violent and do something.”
In January 2015, Shell agreed to pay more than $80m to the Nigerian fishing community of Bodo for two oil spills in 2008, following a case brought by Leigh Day in London.
In December, a Dutch court permitted four Nigerian farmers and fishermen to sue the company for environmental pollution, potentially opening the door to other cases to be brought in the Netherlands.
These are just some of the news reports over the past 24 hours.
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