Greece Election: Syriza Party Wins

Alexis Tsipras- leader of syriza partyGreece’s left-wing Syriza Party has won its second general election in less than nine months.

Leader of the Party, Alexis Tsipras, said that Greeks face a difficult road and recovery from the financial crisis that has engulfed the country in recent time.

Syriza won just over 35%, slightly down on its previous result while Conservative New Democracy won 28%.

Still short of a majority, Syriza is expected to form a coalition with the Nationalist Independent Greeks.

Sunday’s snap election was called after Syriza lost its majority in August. This followed the signing of an unpopular new financial bailout deal with international creditors.

Critics wondered whether it was worth holding a contest which left Greece with the same government as before. But Syriza’s leader, Alexis Tsipras, is now in a stronger position, his decision to accept austerity measures in return for bailout cash apparently vindicated by the result.

Yet celebrations have been muted with hundreds not thousands gathering to sing, dance and wave flags. The country has tougher times ahead; tax rises, perhaps further cuts to wages and benefits.

Before the election, Tsipras said that he had put his country above his party, adding that had he not agreed to the three-year bailout, Greece would probably have had to leave the Eurozone.

Coffee Drops ‘Wata Gbemu’ Video, Features Wande Coal

coffeeThe British-Nigerian soul and afro-pop singer, Coffee, drops a new summer video titled “Wata Gbemu,” which translates to “That Beard” in Hausa.

The track also features R$B singer, Wande Coal.

The visual for the Josh Beatz-produced track was directed by Edith Nwekenta with cameo appearance by Maleek Berry.

 

Watch Video Below!

Imo State Pensioners Call On State Government To Pay Arrears

pensionersThe pensioners in Imo State under the aegis of Nigerian Union of Pensioners have called on the State government to pay up over 6 months pension arrears owed to pensioners in the state.

The call was at a news conference at the Union headquarters in Owerri, the state’s capital on Saturday.

Addressing a news conference at the union headquarters, the Imo State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Mr Gideon Ezeji, said having given the state government a 14 day ultimatum, if the State Government fails to address their plight, they would give the State Government an additional 7-days.

Mr Ezeji further said that at the lapse of the 21-days ultimatum, if nothing is done, the Union would result to a state wide protest through the streets of Owerri until the issues are addressed.

Expressing regret on the recent development in the state, the former chairman of the Union in the state, Mr Emeka Onwumere said it is unfortunate that Governor Okorocha who used to be a pensioner-friendly Governor in the early days of his administration, is no more.

Speaking to Channels Television’s in Imo State, the Secretary to the Government of Imo State, Jude Ejiogu, appealed to the senior citizens to be patient with the State Government as all their plights would be addressed in due time.

Mr Ejiogu said the verification exercise is not a delay tactics not to pay pensioners but an avenue to check ghost pensioners who defraud the system.

The 21- day ultimatum started July 16.

Burundi Election: President Nkurunziza Seeks Third Term Amidst Tension

Pierre Nkurunziza burundiPolls opened in Burundi on Tuesday amid widespread tension for a controversial presidential election where sitting leader, Pierre Nkurunziza is seeking decision to stand for a third consecutive term.

The president’s critics said that “the vote is unconstitutional, as he is only entitled to stand for two terms only.

“A third term is prohibited by a peace accord that ended the 1993-2003 civil war”.

Scattered gunfire could be heard in the streets of the capital, Bujumbura, and ballot casting was light in the first hours after polling stations opened.

Overnight, authorities said that two people were killed in separate incidents in pre-election violence, a police officer and a civilian.

The president’s office had described the latest protests as terrorist acts intended to disrupt the election.

Chief Communications Advisor, Willy Nyamitwe, said: “People do it to intimidate voters. They don’t want the voters to go to the polls”.

Protesters determined to prevent his candidacy have taken to the streets in the capital and have been met with deadly force by police.

In addition, several leading opposition parties had said they would boycott the vote.

More than 170,000 people have fled to neighbouring nations, according to the United Nations, amid fears Burundi would return to a conflict similar to the civil war that left 300,000 people dead.

Many families were crossing on foot without any belongings.

The turmoil also helped spawn an attempted coup in May while the President was out of the country.

 

NCC Increases Fine On Service Providers To 10 Million Naira

NCCThe Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has increased the fine imposed on telecommunication operators who publish promotional advertisements without due approval from the commission from 5 to 10 million Naira.

The Executive Vice Chairman of the commission, Mr Eugene Juwah, told participants at a public inquiry on Draft Enforcement Process and Sim Replacement Guidelines in Abuja on Wednesday, that the increment had become necessary, following recurring non-compliance to existing regulations and a need to make the sanctions more stringent.

Mr Juwah said the rapid growth in the industry had made the previous sanctions insignificant to the operators, making it pertinent to review the regulations towards more effective and efficient operations in the telecommunications industry.

The Executive Secretary said more stringent measures would be taken if further non-compliance was observed from the Telecommunication operators such as withholding regulatory assistance to the defaulters.

He further stressed that withholding regulatory assistance to the defaulters would ensure that business operators within and outside Nigeria were frustrated with high monetary implications.

Osun State Workers Resume Industrial Action

osun state-NLCWorkers in Osun State have resumed an industrial action they suspended on Monday, as directed by their leadership, to push for full implementation of an agreement reached with the government.

Channels Television’s correspondent reported that a ‎visit to the State High Court and State Specialist Hospital, however, revealed that the offices were opened for work with no workers in sight while the State Government Secretariat, Abeere and schools in the town that were opened on Tuesday were under lock and key.

The Labour Union had on Monday suspended ‎the six-weeks old strike after signing an agreement with the State Government to pay the January and February salaries arrears of workers.

‘Betrayal Of Trust’

Reports from some of the civil servants, who requested that their identity should be withheld, showed that only workers on grade level 1-7 received full January Salary while those on grade level eight and above received half payment, as against the agreement reached.

Labour leaders described the act as ‘betrayal of trust’.

Angered by what  he called a breach of agreement, the State Chairman of ‎the Nigerian Labour congress (NLC), Jacob Adekomi, directed workers to resume the strike.

Military Repels Attempt By Boko Haram To Gain More Territory

Boko HaramTroops of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the north-east have repelled an attack by suspected members of Boko Haram on a military formation in Buni-Yadi, the headquarters of Gujba Local Government Area of the troubled Yobe State, in a renewed attempt to take more territories.

Buni-Yadi is 56 Kilometres south of Damaturu, the state capital and was the base of the insurgents after capturing both Buni-Yadi and Gulani towns which were subsequently reclaimed by security forces in March, 2015.

Since the reclaiming of the two towns, security forces have established a strong base in the town to resist attempts by insurgents to recapture the territory.

A top military officer, who requested not to be mentioned, confirmed the attack to Channels Television.

The officer said the Boko Haram terrorists engaged security forces on ground late evening on Thursday in Buni-Yadi in an effort to regain the territory that will ease their advancement into Damaturu.

The source said though, security forces repelled the attack, casualty figure was unknown at the time of filling the report

Channels Television’s correspondent in Damaturu reported that serious military hardware was in the early hours of Friday being moved towards Buni-Yadi axis which confirmed the clash between the insurgents and security forces.

It was also reported that a fighter jet came to Damaturu, hovering round the town for some minutes before moving southwards towards the troubled Buni-Yadi.

Thursday’s “clash” between security forces and the Boko Haram militants brought serious fear in the minds of Damaturu residents, considering the town’s proximity to Buni-Yadi.

Residents of Buni-Yadi are yet to return to the reclaimed town, as security forces were on surveillance of the town to ensure its safety before the return of the displaced inhabitants.

The communication facilities in the area has long been vandalised by the insurgents, making it impossible to communicate with residents of the troubled town.

Volcanic Eruption Forces Indonesia To Close 5 Airports

indonesiaA volcanic eruption in Indonesia has led to the closure of five airports including the tourist Hotspot Bali.

Mount Raung in east java has been spewing ash into the air for nearly a week, obscuring visibility at Bali’s Denpasar airport.

For a second day, many flights between Bali and Australia have been cancelled, leaving several travelers stranded.

The island is a top holiday destination for Australians.

A spokesperson for State Airport Operator, Angkasa Pura said, Denpasar would be closed until late hours of the day.

However, Indonesian transport ministry official Ja Barata, said the re-opening of the airports would be based on the activity on Mount Raung, which is about 120km (75 miles) from Denpasar airport.

The four other affected airports are the International Airport in Lombok, Selaparang Airport also in Lombok, Blimbingsari Airport in Banyuwangi, East Java and Notohadinegoro Airport in Jember, East Java.

Scores of flights have been postponed indefinitely or cancelled by airlines, including Jetstar and Virgin Australia who have halted all flights in and out of Denpasar Airport.

Governor Ahmed To Streamline Ministries, Political Appointments

Governor Ahmed To Streamline Ministries, Political AppointmentsThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has promised to streamline and reduce the number of ministries and political appointments in the state.

The Governor believes that the surplus could be used to embark on laudable projects for the state.

The announcement was made by the Governor while presenting 41 new buses to the state owned Harmony Transport Service formerly known as Kwara Express.

Governor Ahmed noted that the government should seize the current economic situation as an opportunity to diversify the economy, adding that the need to streamline ministries and political appointments is meant to reduce the cost of governance.

The fear of the people, according to the Governor, would be dealt with as he gave the assurance that whatever accrued from the savings would be used judiciously for the benefit of the people.

Kaduna Commences Disbursement Of N1 bn MSME Funds

kaduna stateThe Kaduna State Government on Thursday commenced the disbursement of another N1 billion naira intervention fund to support operators of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the state.

The programme, which was executed in partnership with the Bank of Industry (BOI), was to support the accelerated development of the state through job creation, where the BOI and Kaduna state government contributed N500m each under a programme tagged ‘Graduate Support Grant’

Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Nuhu Bajoga, who represented Governor Muhtar Yero, described the intervention as very critical and a major component for economic rejuvenation and prosperity of the state.

He further explained that the main aim of the programme is to empower the citizens, especially the graduates and also reduce the level of crime and poverty in the state.

Meanwhile, a mild drama ensued midway into the programme  when hundreds of graduate trainees under the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN)  stormed the venue with placards, demanding the State Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, to release the N1 billion Graduate Empowerment Loan promised to them over five months ago after their training.

Chanting anti-government songs, the aggrieved Youths blocked the Deputy Governor’s convoy as it made its way out of Hassan Katsina House, where the event was held.

They alleged that they were promised by the government to be empowered with money to set up their own businesses immediately after their training.

The Youths also alleged that they were asked to register with money for them to be entitled to benefit from the N1 billion loan.

However, in a swift reaction, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Shekarau Uchissa, denied the allegations saying the state government only went into capacity building where 1000 youths were trained in different skills, but were not promised any money.

ITF DG Assures Students Of Providing Effective Training

ITFThe Director General (DG) of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Dr Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko, has assured students undergoing skills acquisition training that the agency remains committed to providing effective training for qualified Nigerian students.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, shortly after the ITF students protested their elongated stay in the skills acquisition centre of the fund on Tuesday, Dr ChukkasOnaeko, urged the students to  remain calm, explaining that the problem of equipment procurement for the centre was being addressed.

The DG appealed to the students to focus on acquiring skills that would make them employers of labour.

Although the students have vowed not to return to the classrooms until their demands are met, the Dr ChukkasOnaeko said the skills acquisition centre, which was shut down, was facing some challenges that would be addressed soon.

With an assurance that efforts are being made to ensure the graduation of the affected students, calm returned to the fund as policemen took charge of the premises to ensure the security of lives and property.

Ondo State APC, PDP Disagree Over Olanusi’s Impeachment

ondo state-APC,PDP-on olanusi's impeachmentThe All Progressives Congress (APC) and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State have disagreed on the recent impeachment and removal from office of the former Deputy Governor of the State, Mr Ali Olanusi.

Speaking to Channels Television on the issue in Akure, the State capital, a chieftain of APC in the State, Mr Kunle Adebayo, argued that the former Deputy Governor was not given fair hearing, as he was not duly served with the notice to appear before the panel of investigation.

He maintained that the decision of the State House of Assembly ‎to impeach Mr Olanusi was not acceptable.

But the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the State, Mr Banji Okunomo, said that the former Deputy Governor was duly served with the notice to appear before the panel of investigation to defend himself on the allegations brought against him.

Mr Okunomo, however, argued that the decision of the House to impeach Mr Olanusi was the necessary procedure to be taken. He further called on aggrieved parties to approach the court of law to seek justice.