Friday, 19 December 2014

PROTESTING EX NIGER DELTA AGITATORS TO BE PAID BY WEDNESDAY--KUKU

Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Hon. Kingsley Kuku, has assured protesting former Niger agitators that their November salary will be paid before Wednesday, next week.

Hon. Kingsley Kuku stated this in Abuja today, while reacting to the street protests by the aggrieved former agitators.
He urged them to seek ways of saving, so as to have enough capital to fend for themselves when the amnesty programme terminates.

Honourable Kuku said with proper planning, they can save part of their 65thousand naira monthly stipend.  

He however promised to hold further meet with the agitators, to explain things to them.
The former Niger Delta agitators had blocked the East-West road over unpaid stipend, as well as in Ondo State but were prevented from holding similar protest in Abuja today.

FIRE SERVICE AVERT FIRE IN ABUJA

Men of the Federal Fire Service today averted what would have been a major disaster as fire gutted the Nigerian Agricutural Insurance Corporation (NAIC) at the Central Area Abuja.
 
Public Relations Officer of the Federal Fire Service Obisesan Olatunde said the men of the service turned out immediately they got a call that NAIC was on fire.

While noting that investigation was still ongoing Mr Olatunde said the extent of damage was minimal.


An eyewitness who has offices at NAIC Ibrahim Sani said men of the fire service saved the day.


No life was lost in the incident.

PENGASSAN, NUPENG SUSPENDS NATION-WIDE STRIKE

The Petroleum and Gas Senior Staff Association and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers have suspended their nationwide strike, embarked on Monday.

NUPENG Chairman Lagos Tokunbo Korodo said the strike was suspended following fruitful discussions with the federal government yesterday in Abuja.


Mr. Korubo however said some of their demands, which includes constant maintenance of the refineries, and the passage of Petroleum Industry Bill is yet to be met.

He assured Nigerians that the unions will work to ensure adequate supply of petroleum products at the fuel stations, to enable people enjoy the yuletide season.

FAAN SUSPENDS CARGO FLIGHTS AT MURTALA MUHAMMED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has suspended all cargo flights to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. 
A statement from the Corporate Communications manager of the FAAN, Yakubu Dati, said the suspension was due to the security risk created after the Nigerian Customs Service closed the terminal for two weeks, leading to congestion and a backlog of cargo.

According to the statement, FAAN says it has advised the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency to issue a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) due to the suspension.
The authority also advised operators of all cargo flights to find alternative entry points for their cargo for the time being. 
FAAN says it has initiated measures to accelerate the clearance of goods and return the
situation to normalcy.
No date has been given for a possible termination of the suspension.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

FINANCE MINISTER TO PRESENT =N=4.3 TRILLION BUDGET TO NASS TOMORROW

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Nigeria Minister of Finance
Nigeria's Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will tomorrow present a N4.3 trillion budget estimate to the Senate and House of Representatives.

The budget estimate of N4.3 trillion for 2015 in comparison to this year's figure of N4.7 trillion, indicates a downward review by N400 billion.


President Goodluck Jonathan in a letter addressed to the Senate President, David Mark, and read on the floor during plenary today explained that the delay in presentation of the estimates before the passage of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework by the National Assembly was due to the extra-ordinary global circumstances that confronted the country in the latter quarter of the 2014 fiscal year.

According to President Jonathan, shortly after the first submission of the MTEF (Medium Term Expenditure Framework) document with a budget benchmark of $78 to the National Assembly, oil prices witnessed a fall which led to a revision of the oil benchmark twice by the federal government, with its eventual figure pegged at $65 per barrel.

SENATE ASKS INEC TO PROVIDE POLLING STATIONS FOR IDPs

The Nigeria Senate has called on INEC to use all administrative means to ensure that Internally Displaced Persons exercise their franchise in the 2015 elections. 
The resolution came after deliberation on a bill-turned motion by Senator Ali Ndume.

In his presentation, Senator Ndume who represents Borno South in the Upper Chamber said the plea will enable IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) who are victims of natural disasters to vote and be voted for.


Opposing the motion, Senator Abdul Ningi said the decision to have polling units in camps solely depends on INEC, adding that amending  the electoral act of 2010 will take a longer time thereby defeating the purpose. 

Plenary was adjourned till Wednesday, December 17.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Champions League Round of 16 draw

  • Champions League Round of 16  draw 

     FC Basel v Porto

  • Arsenal v Monaco


  • Shakhtar Donetsk v Bayern Munich

  • Schalke v Real Madrid
  • Juventus v Borussia Dortmund
  • Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid
  • Manchester City v Barcelona
    A repeat of a 2013/14 tie, the Spanish club won by 2-0 in Manchester and 2-1 at home in last season's round of 16.

  • Paris St-Germain v Chelsea
    That's a repeat of last season's quarter-final, where Chelsea overturned a 3-1 first-leg defeat with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge to progress on away goals.