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Friday, August 28, 2015

Newspaper Review For Saturday 29th, August



1. Obasanjo is a Liar, An Economic Illiterate – Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, on Friday described former president Olusegun Obasanjo as one who should not be taken seriously. He said the former president is as a liar and that he has no respect for him. The Nobel laureate stated this in Lagos at an event tagged “An Evening With Soyinka”, which was organised by Telecommunication company, Globacom, in his honour. Reacting to a question on what Obasanjo said about him recently, Soyinka noted that Obasanjo has a right to his opinion, stressing however that Obasanjo is liar, and been described as ‘economic illiterate’.

2. APC Bent On Using Illegal Means To Thwart Our Victory in Rivers, A’Ibom – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the statement by the All Progressives Congress (APC), that it was obstructing justice at the Rivers state governorship tribunal, as failed cheap blackmail and an infantile attempt to cover their illegality of using state security agencies to attempt to subvert the victory of the PDP in the governorship election in the state. The party said that APC’s reaction to the petition written to President Muhammadu Buhari by 16 PDP federal lawmakers from Rivers state, shows its desperation to grab power through the back door, in a state where it was roundly rejected by the electorates.

3. Nigerian Troops Uncover, Destroy Bomb-Making Factory in Borno

The troops of 25 Task Force Brigade, Nigerian Army, on have discovered and destroyed another Improvised Explosives Device- (IED) making factory in Borno. This information is conveyed in a statement signed by Col. Sani Usman, Acting Director Army Public Relations and given to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja on Friday. It stated that the factory was discovered at Miyati and Nyaleri villages in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno.

4. Maiduguri IDP Camps Record 500 Diarrhea Cases

The Borno Ministry of Health on Friday said that over 500 cases of Diarrhea and vomiting had been recorded in 22 Internally Displaced Persons’ Camps in the state capital. The Director Medical Response and Humanitarian Services, Dr. Muhammad Guluze, who stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri, however said that no death had been recorded so far . According to him, about 320 of those affected are receiving treatment in about 18 health facilities within the state capital.

5. IGP Arase Redeploys 19 AIGs, 49 CPs

The inspector general of police, IGP Solomon Arase, has ordered the immediate redeployment of 19 assistant inspectors general of police, AIGs and commissioners of police CPs to various formations and commands across the country. Deputy Force public relations officer, PRO, Abayomi Shogunle made this known yesterday in a statement in which he said the deployment followed vacancies created in recent retirement and promotion of senior officer.

6. Fatima Atiku Forfeits Remuneration as Adamawa Commissioner

The daughter of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and newly appointed Adamawa State Commissioner for Health, Dr Fatima Atiku Abubakar, has forfeited her salary and allowances for use in revitalizing the health sector in the state. Speaking with journalists in Yola on Friday after being sworn–in along with 21 other commissioners, Ms Atiku said that she was making the sacrifice because of the numerous challenges in the health sector.

7. SSANU Urges Buhari To Extend Probe Beyond Jonathan’s Administration

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to look beyond the immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan in its corruption investigations and recover all money stolen from the nation’s treasury. The National President of the union, Comrade Samson Ugwoke, said this while addressing the National Executive Council meeting/Pre-National Delegate Conference in Jos.

8. NNPC Reduces Crude Lifting Firms By 63%

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has reduced the number of companies that will handle the contract of lifting Nigeria’s crude from 43 to 16. The drastic reduction is part of the Corporation’s transformation agenda aimed at keeping its operation lean, efficient and transparent to reduce cost. Its spokesman, Ohi Alegbe, said the decision is a novel move to instill transparency and probity in the award of the annual Crude Oil Term Contract for 2015/2016. He said: “NNPC yesterday mapped out measures to execute the 2015/2016 award of contract to companies for the evacuation of Nigeria’s crude oil equity from the various crude and condensate production arrangements.”

9. Police Raid Baby Factory in Enugu, Rescues Girls, Babies

Operatives of the Enugu State Police Command have rescued five pregnant girls and nine babies, under the age of one from a maternity home, identified as Daughters of Divine Home Pro-live, located along Aria Road by Cemetery axis of Enugu metropolis. The police team from the Central Police Station in the State stormed the home and rescued the girls following a tip off on August 21. A police source disclosed that those rescued were helping the operatives of the Anti-Child Trafficking Unit of the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department, CIID, in the furtherance of its investigations.

10. Saraki Inaugurates Ad-Commiittee On power
Senate President President, Bukola Saraki today (Friday) inaugurated a 14 man ad-hoc Committee on Power with Senator Abubakar Kyari as Chairman, bringing to five all Committees inaugurated in his administration. In an elaborate ceremony, Saraki charged the Committee to work as part of their oversight functions, stressing that challenges in Power sector requires cooperation of National Assembly to get it tackled. “I want the Committee to realise that they have responsibilities under the oversight functions to see that challenges in Power sector receives legislative attention,” he said.

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