The Early Edition: Glancing The Major Headlines For 12th March, 2015

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Protesting Workers Besiege Oil Firm’s Facility In Bayelsa

Hundreds of protesting workers, yesterday, besieged a multi-billion naira Shell Petroleum Development Company’s Gbarain-Ubie Gas Gathering plant in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State over alleged violation of local content law and poor employment policies.




Another Man Impregnated My Wife

A real estate developer, Abraham Okoro, yesterday told a Lagos Magistrate’s court sitting in Ikeja how his estranged wife, Adedoyin Ogunmefun (nee Ajaba) allegedly brought another man’s pregnancy to his house pleading with him to accept it.




Play Politics With Decorum

Northern traditional rulers, yesterday, asked politicians to play politics with decorum, and to stop engaging in campaigns of calumny against one another.




Attacks On Buhari: You Are Desperate, APC Fires Back At PDP Governors

All Progressives Congress, APC, governors, yesterday, rebuffed Tuesday’s concerted attack on the party’s presidential candidate, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors, describing it as a reflection of the poverty of ideas of the ruling party.




Only God Can Help PDP Win Poll Now – Gbagi

AHEAD of the presidential and general elections fixed for March 28 and April 11 respectively, former Minister of State for Education, Kenneth Gbagi yesterday accused the ministers, heads of Parastatals and aides of President Goodluck Jonathan of leaving the campaigns for the President alone to handle, even as he said that only God would help the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to win the election.




Open Access: DPR, N NPC To Introduce Gas Network Code

Ahead of thepassage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, the Federal Government is set to introduce the Nigerian Gas Transportation Network Code, NGTNC, to streamline the supply and transportation of gas in the domestic market.




Rivers People Will Play Active Role In My Revival Of Failed Infrastructure – Wike

Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Mr Nyesom Wike, has said that the people of the state will play an active role in his plans to revive the state after years of under-development under the outgoing administration, adding that economic empowerment of the people will be introduced to improve the living standards of the people.




Jonathan Should Denounce Wife’s Hate Speeches – Fashola

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to dissociate self by denouncing what he called ‘hate speeches’ by his wife Patience Jonathan and others that could lead to electoral violence ahead of the elections scheduled for March 28 and April 11.




Polls: Nigerians Should Not Be Intimidated – US Congressman

AS Nigeria is set for the general elections starting with the presidential on March 28, a United States Congressman, Mr Stephen Lynch has advised the people to come out in their numbers to vote for the candidates of their choice.




Lagos: Ambode Takes Message Of Continuity To LGAs

THE mantra of continuity being propagated by the Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, in Lagos State was recently spread further across some local councils in the state in a manner that left party supporters more confident about electoral victory.




Nigeria’s Economy At Risk Over Huge Campaign Spending – CSOs

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations, under the aegis of Centre for Social Justice, CSJ, in conjunction with the United States Agency for International Development, USAID and International Foundation for Electoral Systems, IFES, have raised an alarm over the threat posed to the growth of the Nigerian economy by the huge spending by political parties in the build up to the elections.




Intel Supports Science Education Among Nigerian Youths

Chip maker, Intel Corporation has thrown its weight behind the 11th edition of the National Festival of School Science fair kicking off in Ado -Ekiti, Ekiti State this weekend.




Killer Tomato Paste Floods Nigerian Markets

Leading tomato paste producer, Erisco Foods Limited, has alerted Nigerians on the negative health implication of substandard tomato paste imported from China. Addressing the media in Lagos yesterday, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the firm, Mr. Eric Umeofia, alerted the public on the activities of some unscrupulous group of Asian busi­nessmen and their Nigerian collaborators who sell starch and colouring in the name of tomato paste.

Umeofia explained that a recent report from a NAF­DAC survey revealed that such colouring are carcino­genic and therefore unfit for human consumption, adding that apart from the cancer-causing colouring, the starch contained in those products are harmful to unsuspecting diabetic patients.

This, he said, the import­ers have been doing by luring unsuspecting Nigerians with banned synthetic colouring agents, which are eye-catching alongside other substandard ingredients sold to Nigerians at cheap prices.

He warned that the more red a food is via substandard tomato, the more Nigerians endanger their life and that of the family.

Regrettably, apart from kill­ing Nigerians with substan­dard tomato paste, Umeofia said the importers are also killing the Nigerian economy as they dump substandard tomato paste with subsidies from their home government while local manufacturers of tomato pastes find it difficult to remain in business.




FG To Reduce Financial Exclusion To 20% In 2020

Federal Government has pledged to reduce financial exclusion rates in the country to 20 per cent by 2020.

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, who spoke at the Child and Youth Finan­cial Literacy Summit in Abu­ja, yesterday, noted that Nige­ria is steadfast in fulfilling its commitment to achieving the target of reducing financial exclusion rates in the country from 46.3 per cent in 2011 to 20 per cent by 2020.




PDP, LP Supporters Clash In Cross River

Palpable fear has gripped residents of Ekori community in Yakurr local government area of Cross River State as supporters of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Labo-ur Party (LP) clashed, with four feared dead and not fewer than 15 persons injured.




Iraqi Forces Advance On ISIL Strongholds

Iraqi government forces and their allied fighters are continuing to advance towards the centre of Tikrit as part of a major offensive to recapture the strategic city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group.

Video obtained by the AP news agency showed troops and Shia militiamen marching alongside Humvees flying Iraqi military and Shia miltia flags in the city.

Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan said Iraqi officials had told local media on Wednesday that they were confident of taking control of the entire city by the end of the day.

Al Jazeera’s correspondent added, however, that the battle for the city was by no means over and that the fighting was continuing “street-by-street” as the Iraqi forces moved closer to ISIL-held areas of the city.




World Bank Begins Light Africa Programme In Nigeria

The Lighting Africa programme, a joint initiative of the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank, has been unveiled in Nigeria to increase access to affordable, clean and safe lighting for more than 30 per cent of people who live in rural areas and have low incomes and no access to grid electricity.




Nigeria’s Merchandise Trade Rises To N24.43tn – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday released the nation’s foreign trade statistics for 2014 with merchandise trade rising by N3.17tn or 14.9 per cent from N21.26tn in 2013 to N24.43tn at the end of last year.




Embedded Power: 40 Firms To Supply Lagos 300MW

A total of 300 megawatts of electricity is being expected from over 40 embedded power generation licences under the Eko Electricity Distribution Company in two to three years’ time. Holders of these licences, according to a report from the distribution company, have agreed to work with the EKEDC.




Reps Probe Of NLNG’s $14.49bn Revenue Stalled

The House of Representatives on Wednesday raised the alarm over alleged underground moves to block the probe of the $14.9bn remitted revenue by the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas.




Budget: N’ Assembly Adopts $53 As Oil Benchmark

The Senate and the House of Representatives have settled for $53 as the crude oil benchmark price for the 2015 budget. Investigations by a Punch correspondent on Wednesday showed that the Conference Committee of the two chambers had agreed on the figure ahead of today’s (Thursday) anticipated passage of the N4.3tn budget by the National Assembly.




FG Loses Revenue To Non-renewal Of Oil Licences

The delay in the renewal of expired onshore and shallow-water licences held by International Oil Companies is said to be denying the Federal Government additional revenue at a time that its resources are fast shrinking. The IOCs have, however, continued to produce from the Oil Mining Licences, some of which expired seven years ago.




Lagos Links Rising Ailments To Dirty Fuel

The Lagos State Government is suspecting that the use of kerosene, fire wood and charcoal is the cause of some ailments such as conjunctivitis, bronchitis and heart diseases, which are on the increase in the state.

This, therefore, has prompted the distribution of over 20,000 Liquefied Petroleum Gas cylinders to residents across the 57 local governments and local council development areas in the state targeted at promoting the use of cooking gas and reducing the hazards associated with the use of firewood and kerosene.




Jonathan Okays Oil Jobs For Tompolo, Fasehun, Others

The Federal Government is set to execute its new plan to safeguard the waterways and oil pipelines.

The Presidency is believed to have directed the Police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to quit the job for some companies, which have been signed on by the government.

The companies are owned by some former Niger Delta militants and prominent citizens. They include Government Tompolo; Mujaheedin Asari-Dokubo and Chief Bipobiri Ajube (aka Gen. Shoot-At-Sight).

There is also founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) Dr. Frederick Fasehun who said last night that his company was being considered for the multi-billion naira contract.

The  OPC National co-ordinator, Otunba Gani Adams, who is also said to be part of the deal, declined comments last night, saying he was at a meeting.

The takeover is said to be with effect from March 16.




Anxiety In PDP Over Muazu

There was anxiety yesterday over Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Adamu Muazus job.It was widely rumoured that the party chief had resigned.Muazu could not be reached for comments last night. A source said the situation was unclear, adding that PDP leaders were battling to stop a major division in the party ahead of the March 28 presidential election.The source spoke of panic at the Presidential Villa, following Muazus resignation.




Buhari: I won’t Probe Past Governments

The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday began its final push to take the presidency from President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples emocratic Party (PDP).

A Northwest rally was held in Kaduna, the first public rally by the APC presidential candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, since the elections were postponed.

The polls billed for February 14 and 28 were shifted by six weeks. They will now hold on March 28 and April 11.

At the rally, Gen. Buhari vowed not to probe previous governments, if he is elected.

The venue of the rally was changed at the last minute, as the Kaduna State Government prevented the APC from using the state-owned Murtala Square.

The rally was shifted to the permanent site of the Kaduna International Trade and Investments Centre along Zaria road.

However, the crowd at the centre created a heavy traffic along the ever-busy Kaduna/Kano highway as the candidate struggled through the heavy traffic to get to the venue.




I Won’t Canvass Votes For Jonathan – Danjuma

Former Minister of Defence Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma yesterday declared that he would not canvass support for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.Danjuma visited the President at his official residence in the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday.The philanthropist, who also heads the governments Victims Support Fund, stressed that he is not a politician.





Henry Igwe

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