22 Migrants Killed In Libya Fighting

22 Migrants Killed In Libya FightingTwenty-two people have been killed with at least 100 others wounded during a fight between rival smuggling gangs on Libya’s Mediterranean coast.

Authorities believe the dead are migrants and not smugglers, as most of them were sub-Saharan Africans.

The latest deaths are in addition to the 140 bodies washed ashore in the Libyan city of Zawiya.

The International Organisation for Migration said the number of migrants leaving Libya for Italy has risen to more than 50% in 2017.

Joint Health Workers Strike Paralyse Activities In JUTH

Health workersThe continued industrial action by Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), is taking its toll on health services to the public at the Tertiary Health Centre.

Members of the unions maintain that until their demands are met, there is no going back to work, despite pleas from the management that the public should be considered.

Chairman of the Union, Mustapha Kabir, declared the continuation of action against some decisions of the management.

He noted that the management failed to honour the agreement reached on a memorandum of understanding with JOHESU.

The congress mandated the unions to resume the suspended strike until the demands are met leading to activities at the hospital running at slow pace with only medical doctors and consultants attending to patients.

The management of JUTH, however, differed on some of the allegations, explaining that some issues raised by the unions will be solved at the national level, while those for the hospital are receiving attention.

With the industrial action running for more than two weeks, both the unions and management of JUTH need to come to an agreement for work to resume immediately, as patients are the most affected.

Dolphins Renamed Rivers United

Rivers UnitedThe Nigeria Professional Football League side, Dolphins FC, has been renamed Rivers United by the Rivers State Government.

The League Management Company (LMC) confirmed that the name change was agreed on Thursday following a “formal request by the government of Rivers State.”

The Chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko, explained that the name change was granted since it was not offensive or prejudicial to national unity and is also agreeable with community identity, supporters and follower-ship.

Rivers United will start the new Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season at home against Enyimba on Sunday.

Lawyer Faults Impeachment Of Kogi Assembly Speaker

Sebastian Hon-SpeakerA Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN) Sebastian Hon, has described the impeachment procedure of the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly as a flagrant breach of the Constitution of Nigeria.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the lawyer revealed that the number of lawmakers that sat to pass the revolution is less than two-third of all the members of the house.

“Even if they claim that more than one-third are firing a notice of allegation, the number that sat to pass the revolution is less than two-third of the legality of all the members of the House of Assembly in accordance with section 188 sub-section 4 of the constitution,” he said.

Mr Hon emphasised that “the number to look at is the totality of the membership of the House of Assembly and not the number sitting at a particular time.”

The Senior Advocate faulted the Nigerian judicial system saying there is a lacuna in the law.

He pointed out that when there is an intervention from the judiciary in such a case, the status quo has to be maintained, which is the status quo ante bellum (the state existing before the war), allowing the former Speaker to continue speaking until the judiciary determines the issue.

Five lawmakers in a 20-member House sat on Tuesday and purportedly impeached the Speaker, Honourable Momoh Jimoh.

The lawmakers also chose Umar Imam as the new Speaker of the House.

Kaduna Disco To Distribute Free 500,000 Pre-Paid Meters

Electricity-meterThe Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, says it has mapped out a five year plan to procure and distribute 500,000 pre-paid meters to its customers free of charge. 

The company’s  Head of  Corporate Communications, Abdulazeez Abdullahi,  told reporters that 100,000 pre-paid meters would be distributed to customers each year, as part of efforts to address issues associated with over-billing and estimated bills.

This is as business activities resumed at the Electricity Company a day after it was shut down as a result of protests by the organised labour over increased electricity tariff.

The Trade Union Congress and the Nigeria Labour Congress had On Monday kicked against the 45 per cent increase in electricity tariff by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Agency (NERC).

Operating At A Loss

The labour unions locked the main gate of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company during the protest. The unions while describing the increase as unjustifiable and anti-people, demanded for the reversal of the increase or they would continue with the protest.

Some of the customers – welders and business centre operators – complained that the increment was very high and had already affected their income.

Some of them, yet to get their own pre-paid meters, lamented being over billed heavily every month. They, however, called on the Federal Government to reverse the increment and make meters available to them.

Meanwhile, the management of KEDCO, insisted that the protest by the labour unions was unwarranted, as due process was followed by the government before the NERC came up with the increment.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing had also said that the increase in tariff was necessary to attract investment in the sector.

Speaking to Channels Television, Mr  Abdullahi explained that KEDCO held a consumers forum last year where the issue of the increment was tabled and agreed by all parties. He stated that since the company took over the management last year, it had been operating at a loss with the old tariff.

In spite of the challenges , Mr Abdullahi further explained that the company was currently carrying out customers’ enumeration with a view to knowing the actual number of electricity users within its franchise area.

He explained that the process would be followed with mass pre-paid meters deployment which should commence in due course.

The top official of KEDCO complained that customers under its network were owing over 30 billion Naira, a situation he said was affecting the smooth operation of the company to serve its customers better. According to him, a large chunk of the amount was owed by the Federal and State government agencies, parastatals and military institutions.

The Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company was handed over to the core investor on December 4, 2014, after the preferred bidder, the North-west Power Limited fulfilled all requirements.

While stating that electricity supply within its network coverage had improved significantly, KEDCO stressed that there was room for further improvement, as soon as its revenue profile got better.

GTB Seeks Redemption Of $500 Million Eurobond

GTBGuaranty Trust Bank (GTB) has launched a tender offer to repay a $500 million Eurobond early, a move to deploy its available Dollar liquidity ahead of the debt’s maturity.

The bank said the notes, priced to yield 7.5 per cent, were due to mature in May 2016 and the tender was voluntary.

It said in a tender notice that the bank would maintain cash to repay any outstanding debt not tendered.

The results of the tender offer will be announced on February 11.

Islamic Clerics Seek Support For Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Drive

budget-Buhari-FECIslamic Clerics, Yoruba leaders, other tribes and some residents in the Southwest have come together to ask Nigerians to lend their supports to the anit- corruption of the Buhari administration.

They believe the fight against corruption would further unite the country beyond religious and ethnic sentiments.

The group added that no religious or ethnic group must be seen taking sides with any accused persons nor attempt to protect them but rather they must support efforts by anti corruption agencies of the government to clean up Nigeria.

Reiterating that the roles of religion in nation building can not be over emphasised, speakers at the conference posited that religious leaders must re-strategise and commit to selflessness and godliness to restore integrity.

The forum also advocated an overwhelming support for all anti corruption apparatus of government in their bid to restore sanity and abolish corruption in all sectors of the Nigerian economy.

The group also condemned the violence in parts of the northeast, urging the government to speed up efforts to achieve more success in the fight against terrorism.

On Saturday, a village in Borno State, Dalori was attacked, with at least 85 persons killed and over 60 injured.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack that bears the mark of the Boko Haram terrorists.

Pellegrini, Ranieri Comment On Teams’ Performance On Tuesday

RanieriLeicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri, is delighted with his team’s effort, saying a point apiece was a fair result.

This follows his side’s goalless draw against Manchester City on Tuesday.

With the draw Leicester, have 39 points from 19 games and trail Arsenal on goal difference.

Leicester City will host Bournemouth in their next EPL clash on Saturday, January 2.

Also, Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, feels his side were “solid and consistent” as they were held to a goalless draw by Leicester in the top of the table clash at the King Power Stadium.

The citizens climbed above Tottenham into third, but are without an away win in the league in six outings since a 1-nil victory at Crystal Palace on September 12.

Ogun Police Intercept Tanker With Stolen Petrol

Ogun-policeThe Ogun State Police Command says its operatives attached to Sagamu Division intercepted a truck loaded with vandalised Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in Sagamu area of the state.

This is barely four days after a 33,000-litre truck loaded with stolen petrol was intercepted in Ogijo, Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State.

According to a press statement by the spokesman for the command, Muyiwa Adejobi, the Police operatives acted on a tip-off which led to the arrest of one of the vandals named Elochukwu Byron. He said other suspects escaped.

The suspect and the exhibits, according to Mr Adejobi, would be transferred to the Department of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence, in Eleweran Abeokuta, for further investigation on the directive of the Commissioner of Police, Ogun State, Abdulmajid Ali.

Mr Ali has also put all officers and men of the command on their toes to make sure that pipelines and installations are adequately protected, particularly during a period of fuel crisis like the one being witnessed across Nigeria.

He warned that many of the hoodlums would want to seize the opportunity to perpetrate their criminal act of economic sabotage.

Fuel Queues Reappear In Ogun, Edo

fuel There are growing concerns among residents and motorists in Ogun and Edo state following the return of fuel queues in most petrol stations.

In Abeokuta, long queues of vehicles were sighted at the capital city with motorist struggling for the product at the service points.

There were also people with jerry cans hoping to get the product either as use in their vehicles or generators to power their homes.

Some stations remained deserted as a result of non-availability of the product.

It was the same situation in Benin City where long queues have also been seen around the city.

Some of the motorists complained of difficulty in getting petrol, asking the federal government to intervene in order to bring the situation under control.

The NNPC had given assurances that it has enough supply and had warned buyers against panic buying.

Residents have, however, appealed to the authority concerned to do the needful in bringing the situation under control for the good of the residents

Stop Panic Buying, NNPC Urges Nigerians

NNPCThe Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has urged Nigerians to stop the panic buying of petrol across the country.

Most filling stations in Abuja and other parts of the country have been inundated with cars forming long queues in an attempt to get petrol.

However, in a statement signed by the Spokesman of the NNPC, Mr Ohi Alegbe, the NNPC said that there is adequate product to last the country for 23 days.

The statement put the quantity of petrol stock at over 927 million litres.

The statement further warned marketers not to engage in products hoarding and diversion as the monitoring committee from the Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) is empowered to sanction anyone engaging in sharp practices.

The NNPC had on Monday said that there was no iota of truth in the news making the rounds that the organisation had reduced the pump price of fuel.

The Group General Manager of NNPC, Ohi Aligbe told Channels Television on Monday that stories about the pump price being reduced has gone viral on the internet, but maintained that pump price of petrol remains 87 naira per litre.

NNPC Denies Slashing Petrol Pump Price

NNPC The NNPC says there is no iota of truth in the news making the rounds that the organisation has reduced the pump price of fuel.

The Group General Manager of NNPC, Ohi Aligbe told Channels Television on Monday that stories about the pump price being reduced has gone viral on the internet, but maintained that pump price of petrol remains 87 naira per litre.

He called the rumour the handiwork of detractors, saying that the management is not contemplating price reduction as at now.