The Early Edition: Glancing The Major Headlines For May, 26th 2015

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18 Power Generating Stations Shut Down

Eighteen power generation plants out of the 23 in the country are currently not generating electricity. As a result, the country has lost over 2,000 megawatts of electricity.

Though the government has often blamed the poor power supply on vandalism of gas pipelines, the industrial action embarked upon by oil and gas workers has compounded the problem.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission stated that in the last couple of months, power supply had been generally poor on account of increase in vandalism in the run up to the April 2015 elections.





Airlines Suspend More Domestic Flights

More airlines on Monday suspended flight operations across the country as a result of the scarcity of aviation fuel, otherwise known as Jet-A1.

It was gathered that some of the airlines that suspended their operations on Monday actually tried to meet the demands of their customers by flying them to their respective destinations on Saturday and Sunday.

But as the scarcity of the product continued on Monday, they had to halt flight services for lack of fuel to run their aircraft.



Move Against Oil Cabal Now, NLC Tells Jonathan

The Nigeria Labour Congress has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to take a decisive action against the oil cabal that has foisted the current scarcity of petroleum products on the country.

The President, NLC, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, said the time had come for the President to act in view of the negative impact of the actions of the cabal on commercial and social activities in the land a few days to the end of his administration.

Wabba, whose comments were contained in an electronic mail sent to our correspondent on Monday, said the cabal was orchestrating the current scarcity in order to fleece the Federal Government of billions of dollars in the name of subsidy for services not rendered to the country.



Relief, As Oil Workers, Others Suspend Strike

The crippling strike embarked upon by oil marketers and other industry stakeholders since May 16, was called off, yesterday, as the marketers commenced full lifting of petroleum products nationwide. While the strike lasted, socio-economic activities in the country were paralysed.

By this move, the contentious outstanding subsidy claims of over N200 billion will now be inherited by the incoming administration of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, which will form part of his briefing notes.

The development followed the intervention of the Senate, during a public hearing organised by the Joint Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream and Downstream), held yesterday, in Abuja.



Tribunal Begins Hearing Today On Agbaje’s Petition

The Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal will today commences hearing in the petition filed by Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Mr Jimi Agbaje challenging the victory of the All Progressive Congress, APC, candidate, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode at the last gubernatorial election.

According to the Registrar of the Tribunal presided by Justice Muhammad Sirajo, the date was fixed after notices of hearing were sent to all parties involved in the dispute.

Witnesses are expected to appear before the tribunal with their evidences on how the election was allegedly manipulated in favour of the APC candidate.

The PDP gubernatorial candidate, Agbaje had contested the victory of Ambode as the winner of the April 11, gubernatorial election, while praying the Tribunal to grant him access to inspect materials used for the election.



100 Killed In Benue Communities, Refugee Camps

Over 100 persons, mostly women, children and the elderly, were feared killed early Sunday morning in villages and refugee camps located at Ukura, Gafa, Per and Tse-Gusa in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, in one of the bloodiest attacks on Benue communities by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

The areas, which until the latest onslaught, hosted most refugees from previous attacks by the herdsmen, is where the home town of Governor Gabriel Suswam is located.

Vanguard learned from a reliable source that some of the attackers dressed in military uniform, stormed the affected villages in large numbers and after sacking the communities, matched into the camps and opened sustained fire on the helpless refugees.



Electricity Supply Down By 2,000MW, Says FG

The Federal Government said yesterday that the nation has recorded a loss of over 2,000 mega watts in the national grid due to shortage of gas supply to the thermal plants.

The government in a statement signed by the Chairman of the National electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi explained that only five out of 23 power plants are currently generating electricity.

Dr. Amadi said that the Commission noticed with concern the acute shortage of power supply and the attendant hardship Nigerians are passing through.

He said “In the last couple of months, electricity supply has been generally poor on account of increase in vandalism in the run up to the April 2015 elections. But this bad supply condition has worsened in the last few days.”



Look Beyond Oil, Orubebe Tells South South

Immediate past Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, has called on the Niger Delta region to initiate a roadmap aimed at diversifying the region’s economy, saying that the oil boom has kept the region in poverty.

Orubebe, who spoke on The place of the Ijaws in Nigeria: A Call to Strategic Action, at a seminar organised by the Ijaw Professional Association, IPA, in Lagos, said that it was imperative for leaders of the South South, especially the Ijaw nation, to come up with a roadmap that will create employment for its people.

He said: “Because of oil, we have abandoned what God gave to us. We have people who are naturally fishermen and palm oil tappers. You heard when I spoke about Ogogoro (local gin), which is celebrated in China, but the authorities here are not doing anything to improve on it.”



Economic Mgt: No One Is Perfect – Okonjo Iweala

Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said managing the Nigerian economy under the present administration might not be perfect but the government made good efforts to improve the lives of Nigerians. She spoke in Abuja, Sunday night, at a reception organised in her honour by Ndi-Igbo Youth Organisation in partnership with Voice of All Arewa Youth, in Abuja.



Buhari Not Happy With Govs Inability To Pay Salaries, Rejects Ministerial List

An early minute brow between President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari and governors elected on the platform on the All Progressives Congress may be in the offing as Buhari has asked the governors to steer clear of his ministerial list.

Vanguard gathered that Buhari is contemplating a system operated in the second republic during the era of National Party of Nigeria, NPN, where appointment of ministers was done by the national secretariat of the party and not by the governors.

A source at the National Headquarters of the APC yesterday said that Buhari had directed the leadership of the party to pass the message of non-interference to the governors.



Where Jonathan And I Disagreed – Amaechi

Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State explained yesterday that the refusal of President Goodluck Jonathan to repay over N105 billion spent by the state government on the repairs of federal roads in the state was the major cause of their disagreement.

Ameachi spoke in Abuja after the presentation of a documentary titled:  Dynamic of Change, which chronicled the achievements of his administration in the last eight years.

He said that even with three days to the expiration of the life of the present regime, the money was yet to be refunded.

He also hinted that his quarrel with President Jonathan escalated following the unnecessary interference of the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, in the affairs of Rivers State.

According to him, his resistance to the unsolicited actions of Mrs. Jonathan whom he accused of unleashing Police, military and other security agencies on the state to achieve her aim, fueled their disagreement.

Amaechi expressed gratitude to God for seeing him through his tenure as the governor of the state despite many efforts to remove him from office.



Buhari’s Inauguration: FAAN To Use Lagos, Kaduna, Minna Airports For Visiting Dignitaries

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has designated Lagos, Kaduna and Minna airports for some visiting foreign dignitaries expected in Abuja for the inauguration ceremony of the president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on May 29.

The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr. Saleh Dunoma, confirmed FAAN’s plan to use the three airports in addition to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA),  Abuja in a telephone chat with THISDAY yesterday in Abuja.

The use of the three airports, he explained, is to create a hitch- free and seamless operations at the NAIA.
According to him, arrangements had also been concluded to evacuate aircraft parked at the NAIA to less busy airports of close proximity to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).



Fuel Scarcity: NURTW Members Protest In Indo

The ongoing fuel scarcity in the country took a new dimension in Akure, Ondo State capital yesterday, as members of the Ondo State Chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), disrupted traffic in the state capital.

Members of the union, for almost two hours, prevented commercial vehicles, taxi, from operating  especially on the popular Oba Adesida / Oyemekun Road.

The union members, who stayed at strategic points of the road, forced taxis that had conveyed passengers to discharge them.
As a result of this development, the commuters did not have any alternative but to continue on their journey by trekking, while some who could not trek  stayed indoors.

However,  men of the Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police moved in swiftly to ensure that the protest did not lead to further breakdown of law and order.



NADECO Tasks Buhari On National Conference Implementation

The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) led by Admiral Ndubuisi Kalu (rtd) has tasked the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, administration to implement the outcome of the 2014 National Conference as a matter of national interest.

Kalu, who gave the advice monday at a press conference convened by NADECO in Victoria Island, Lagos, said the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan administration should among other things, hand over the report of the conference to the Buhari administration.

“NADECO hereby calls upon the out-going government, if it has not already done so, to compile a special handover note of the 2014 conference report as it embraces devolution of powers, true federalism, resource control and equity of states in the six zones, as a start, and has already been endorsed by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for presentation to the president-elect and the National Assembly.

“We therefore urge the incoming government to send a bill to the National Assembly for the implementation of the conference as a matter of urgency,” he said.



Malaysian Police Find 139 Suspected Migrant Graves

Malaysian police say 139 suspected migrant grave sites have been found in 28 people-trafficking camps along the Thai border.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said some of the graves, found since 11 May, may contain more than one body.

Thy are close to an area of Thailand where trafficking camps and dozens of shallow graves were found this month.

Thailand subsequently cracked down on the routes used by traffickers to move migrants through its territory.

The operation forced traffickers to move the migrants by sea instead. But thousands were left stranded after the traffickers abandoned them and no country would take them in.

The traffickers have been using the jungles of southern Thailand and northern Malaysia for years to smuggle people into Malaysia. Most of the migrants are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar, rights groups say, but others are Bangladeshis seeking employment in Malaysia.



Real Sack Ancelotti

Real Madrid have parted company with Coach Carlo Ancelotti, president Florentino Perez has confirmed.

Reports had been widespread that Ancelotti was due to be sacked, and following a board meeting, Perez held a media conference on Monday to confirm as much.

Perez also said Ancelotti’s successor will be announced next week, with Napoli boss Rafael Benitez expected to take over.

Ancelotti arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2013, and in his first season delivered the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 victory over fierce rivals Barcelona.

However, the one trophy Real value more than any other is the UEFA Champions League, and Ancelotti duly led to the club to its 10th European crown – known as La Decima – with a 4-1 extra-time victory over Atletico Madrid in last season’s final in Lisbon.

The 2014-15 campaign failed to match those heights, however, with only the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup to show for Real’s efforts.

The club finished second in La Liga, two points behind Barca, while they were dumped out of the Champions League semi-finals by one of Ancelotti’s former clubs Juventus.



We Are Ready For Buhari’s Probe – Sambo

Vice-President Namadi Sambo has said members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration  would always be available to clarify any issues that may arise from the outgoing government’s handover notes.

Also, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Vice President-elect, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, of misleading Nigerians on the state of the economy. It declared that much of the $63.7 billion debt profile of the nation recently complained of by Osinbajo was incurred by states being governed by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Sambo spoke on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja while presenting copies of the handover notes to the Ahmed Joda-led APC committee on transition.

He said the report comprised the activities of the Federal Government between 2011 and 2015.

His words: “The handover notes of the Federal Government of Nigeria of this administration between 2011 and 2015 have been properly articulated and printed.

“The Permanent Secretaries of each ministry have signed each page of this report to authenticate it and it is our pleasure to present it to you and pray that it will guide you, guide the incoming administration towards the achievement of positive objectives, development and progress of Nigeria.”



Fuel Subsidy Worsens State Of Economy

It is definitely not the best of time for Nigerians, particularly the entrepreneurs, as the lingering fuel scarcity hits hard on the national economy, posing threats to survival of businesses.

The scarcity of Premuim Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol has lasted for about 29 days due to an unprecedented deadlock between the Federal Government and the petroleum marketers over the alleged N200 billion unpaid subsidy claims.

This situation has however posed untold hardship on Nigerians who are compelled to sleep at filling stations amid long queues.

Indeed, The Guardian investigations revealed that the situation has almost crippled the small and medium business in the economy. Besides, the multinationals from all facet of business including the telecommunications, banking, manufacturing, among others.



NSCDC Nabs 16-year-old, Others For Operating Illegal Refinery In Kogi

THE Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) in Kogi State ‎has paraded a 16-year-old boy and three others for alleged ownership of an illegal refinery in Ebiya, Ajaokuta Local Council of the state.

The Public Relations Officer, PRO, in the state Command, Mr. Tijani Ibrahim, who briefed newsmen in Lokoja, said the command has been on their trail for the past three months before they were arrested last week.

Ibrahim further explained that the refinery was initially burnt down upon discovery, however, the gang staged a come-back to re-build it and started refining crude oil as well as conveying the products to Nagazi in Adavi Local Council of the state for sale.

The Command spokesman who gave their names as Sumaila Sadu, 23, Yusufu Braimoh, 21, Raji Muhammed Jamiu, 24, and Simon Chokodi, 16- a minor, added that the buyer is presently at large. Chokodi, an indigene of Edo State who spoke to journalists, said he was a bus conductor.


WONDERS, they say, shall never end. This translates into what took place at the weekend in a tiny village in Umuawam Ubomiri, in Mbaitoli Local Council of Imo State, when a teenage girl, whose name is yet to be disclosed, an SSS2 student of the famous Akwakuma Girls Secondary School, Owerri, allegedly stabbed to death her erstwhile boyfriend simply known as, Opia, who hails from a neighbouring village, Egbeada, in the same Mbaitoli Local Council of the State.

The corpse of the victim, a source said, has been deposited in a nearby morgue where the incident happened.

According to other sources that confided in The Guardian, the deceased had been allegedly dating the schoolgirl for over three years, adding that he suddenly gathered from some quarters that she had started dating another man in defiance to what the duo agreed upon, to keep faith with each other.

Henry Igwe

Henry Igwe

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