The Early Edition: Glancing The Major Headlines For 11th March, 2015
Buhari’s One-term Plan Unfair To North PDP Governors
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday rolled out its governors in a concerted attack on the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), warning among others that Buhari planned to serve only one term and derail rotation between North and South.
Clark’s Wife Attacked By Hoodlums In Abeokuta
There was pandemonium yesterday in Abeokuta when hoodlums suspected to be loyal to one of the political parties, attacked wife of elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, Dr. Bisola Sodipo-Clark and her supporters in the Sokori area of Abeokuta North Local Government Area, Ogun State.
Nigerians Must Resist Using Military To Shift Polls – JAF
One of Nigeria’s frontline and vociferous civil societies group, the Joint Action Front, JAF, yesterday, called on the Federal Government, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the security operatives never to shift the forthcoming polls, billed for March 28 and April 11, urging the Nigerian electorate to resist whatever reasons that may be given for a further shift.
1998 Mobil Spill: Impacted Communities Protest Over Alleged Diversion Of $16bn Compensation
Indigenes of oil producing communities from the six states of the Niger Delta yesterday disrupted vehicular movements along the East-West Road axis of Bayelsa State in protest against alleged diversion of $16 billion compensation paid by Exxon Mobil for the 1998 oil spill incident in the region.
Alleged Impeachment: Fayose Asks Court To Dismiss Omirin’s Case
Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, has challenged the jurisdiction of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to hear the suit against him and others by embattled Ekiti State House of Assembly, Speaker Adewale Omirin and 18 other members.
FG Spends Over N34bn On Tertiary Institutions In Kano – Sambo
The Vice President, Mohammed Namadi Sambo, has said that the Federal Government, has so far expended over N34 billion on the provision of various developmental programmes and projects on higher institutions in Kano State.
NICA Boss Chides Nwokobia For Condemning Igbo’s Endorsement Of PDP
THE National Chairman, Non-Indigenes Cultural Association, NICA, Comrade Peter Anigbogu, has called on its members nationwide to disregard statements attributed to the Coordinator, Association for Defence of Igbo Interest in Lagos, Prof. Chris Nwokobia, urging Igbos in Lagos not to vote for Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the coming elections.
Delta ANGRY villagers of Yayorogbene in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State have threatened to disrupt the operations of Tenoil Petroleum and Energy Limited in the area for allegedly encroaching on the community’s lands and refusing to recognize it as host. Communities Threatens Oil Firm’s Operations
US Export Agency Doubles Africa Offices To Boost Trade
The U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the Department of Commerce, doubled its presence in Africa over the past year to boost trade with some of the world’s fastest growing economies.
Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire To Improve Bilateral Trade
NIGERIA and Cote D’Ivoire are talking on how to improve bilateral trade between the two countries.
We Will Walk Our Talk On Digital Dividends – NCC
Executive Vice Chairman, EVC of the commission, Dr Eugene Juwah who has consistently reaffirmed this said his administration has deliberately made the distribution of digital dividends a cardinal point in its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to ensure that every Nigerian benefits from the telecom revolution.
Nigeria May Lose N400bn Telecom Contribution To GDP By 2018 – Omobola Johnson
Dr. Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication Technology, while delivering a policy paper at the recently concluded International Telecommunications Union Conference, said that Nigeria was quickly able to contain the dreaded Ebola disease as a result of the widely available telecoms infrastructure, she again brought to the fore, how pervasive the impact of telecommunications is.
She revealed that “Mobile phone applications were deployed to reduce reporting times of infections by 75 percent. Test results were scanned to tablets and uploaded to emergency databases with field teams getting text message alerts on their phones informing them of the results. The combination of the internet and mobile phones has opened up huge opportunities for Nigeria”.
However, recent research results by Pyramid Research Strategic Consulting Group while supporting Johnson’s assertions, also warned that Nigeria may lose all telecom attracts if sustenance policies are not continually put in place. The research estimated that Nigeria may lose among other things up to N400 billion, that telecom was supposed to contribute to GDP between 2014 and 2018.
Pakistan To Restart Execution Of Death Row Prisoners
Pakistan will begin executing convicts on death row whose appeals have been exhausted, an interior ministry spokesman has said, reversing an earlier announcement that only those convicted of terrorism would be executed. It applies to all [on death row], irrespective of the nature of the crime, said the spokesman.
Evoque Co0nvertible In Underground Test
Land Rover has taken its new Range Rover Evoque Convertible through an underground test drive in London, making it the first vehicle to do the Crossrail tunnels. The automaker also confirmed the world’s first premium compact SUV convertible would go on sale in 2016.
6.39 Million Workers Register For Contributory Pension Scheme
About 6.39 million public and private sector workers in the country are registered for the Contributory Pension Scheme, investigation has revealed. Statistics obtained from the National Pension Commission on Tuesday revealed that the 6.39 million contributors was for the 2014 financial year, rising progressively from 5.3 million and 5.9 million in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
GM Returns Opel To Major European Markets
Desperate times call for desperate measures. After years of effort and horrendous financial losses trying to fix a floundering Opel, General Motors’ core European brand, GM decided to enlist aid from outside the auto industry. Mediocre quality was improving; yet the battered Opel name and reputation needed a makeover, an online report by Fortune.com stated.
Entrepreneurs Advise Government On Business Development Techniques
Some owners of small businesses in Nigeria have called on the Federal Government to focus on issues that will boost the development of entrepreneurship in the country. The entrepreneurs, who spoke in separate interviews with Punch on Tuesday, said this was important if the country was to achieve its aim of encouraging the development.
Boeing To Improve 777, Considers Mid-sized Jet
Boeing has pledged to improve the efficiency and seating capacity of the 777 to shore up production of its most profitable airliner as it switches to the 777. The 777 is due for an extensive upgrade from 2020 with new engines and wings.
Colombian Oil Sector Union Plans Strike
Colombian oil workers will launch a nationwide strike protesting the recent layoffs within the petroleum sector. Labourstart.com reports that Colombia’s largest oil workers’ union will launch an indefinite strike in protest of mass firings by companies hit by the global fall in crude prices, the group’s president said on Monday.
Nwabueze Advises PDP, APC To Form Coalition Government
Eminent lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, on Tuesday, advised the ruling Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress to sign an accord that would ensure that whoever wins the presidential election would appoint ministers and other government functionaries from both parties and others.
PDP Plans Violence In Ekiti APC
The All Progressives Congress has accused the Peoples Democratic Party of planning to cause disorder during its road show scheduled to hold in Ekiti State on Wednesday. The party claimed that some PDP leaders were planning to use thugs wearing APC T-shirts to infiltrate the rally and foment violence.
No Going Back On Card Reader – INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday expressed satisfaction with the outcome of last Saturday’s field testing of the Smart Card Readers (SCRs), and declared that there is no going back on its resolve to use the technology for the coming polls.
APC too Corrupt – PDP Governors
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors have described the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) as an exceptionally corrupt party which however thrives on media propaganda to hoodwink Nigerians. But the APC dismissed the allegations insisting that corruption has been PDP’s stock-in-trade in the past 16 years.
Senate Hails Troops Gallantry Against Boko Haram
The Senate yesterday paid glowing tributes to the gallantry of the Nigerian military in routing the insurgents. The lawmakers also commended the cooperation and support of the contiguous states of Cameroun, Chad and Niger in the fight.
Nigeria’s External Trade Value Hits N24.4trn
The total value of Nigeria’s external merchandise trade at the end of last year stood at N24.4trn, representing N3.17trn or 14.9 per cent greater than the value recorded in the preceding year.
Jonathan Sacks SURE-P Boss, Agwai, Appoints Akau
President Goodluck Jonathan sacked the Chairman of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, Gen. Martin Luther Agwai (rtd). The President immediately appointed Mr. Ishaya Dare Akau as the new Chairman. Agwai was appointed to replace Dr. Christopher Kolade, who resigned from the post.
Don’t Disefranchise Voters – PDP Governors
Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum, PDPGF yesterday said that no Nigerian should be disenfranchised on the account of not having the Permanent Voter Card, PVC.