World News on Saturday, September 23, 2017
Written by Sunday Donwa on September 23, 2017
The federal government has declared that Nigeria remained steadfast in the fight against corruption and called for close collaborations to fight the menace to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama made the declaration at an event on Building Interactive Coalition against Corruption to Achieve the SDGs, on the margin of the UN General Assembly.
The minister decried that Nigeria had suffered from the severe effects of corruption, leading to the loss of billions of dollars to foreign havens since independence.
Nigeria has demanded the reform of the Bretton Wood Institutions to make them responsive to the needs of developing countries and also reflect the realities of the 21st century.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, stated this at the 41st Ministerial Meeting of the Group of 77 plus China, G77+China on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
The Bretton Woods Institutions are the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, IMF, established at a meeting of 43 countries in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, United States in 1944.
The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC has extended Nigeria’s exemption from crude oil production cap following the countries plea to be exempted until it stabilises its production.
The extension was at the meeting of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee of OPEC and Non OPEC Countries which ended in Vienna.
Nigeria had argued that although its production recovery efforts had made some appreciable progress since October last year, it was not yet out of t
President Muhammadu Buhari has charged members of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS in charge of water transportation to provide adequate safety for the passengers who travel by water.
He stated this when he paid a condolence visit to the President of Niger Republic, Muhammad Yusuf at Niamey, noting that there was need for enforcement of safety jackets.
About one hundred traders from Gaya and Dosso in Niger Republic were travelling to Lolo market, Bagudo local council of Kebbi state through River Niger before their boat capsized in which 53 passengers got missing
Members of the House of Representatives, under the aegis of the Progressive Caucus, have described comments made by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on the Indigenous People of Biafra’s proscription as an endorsement of the group’s activities.
Their views were contained in a statement signed by Aliyu Madaki, Sani Zorro and Mohammed Soba.
Members of the caucus said they were shocked beyond belief that Saraki could make such a statement because what he had done is to endorse the activities of the proscribed IPOB.
Saraki had on Monday described IPOB’s proscription by the military and South-East governors as unconstitutional.
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Is-haq Oloyede has advised the elite to stop sending their children abroad for their first degree education.
The registrar said this in Abuja, during a training and sensitisation session for admission officers and stakeholders from universities.
Oloyede, who noted that private universities must be realistic by considering the economic situation in the country,said some private universities in the country were set up to make money.
The Lagos State Government has ordered that articulated vehicles should not be driven into the state, especially those heading to the Lagos ports.
Acting Commissioner for Transport, Lanre Elegushi, said the state government would do everything possible to ensure that sanity returns and save residents from the trauma caused by the uncoordinated parking of articulated vehicles in Apapa and roads leading to the ports.
He said this would last until the government clears the gridlock caused by tankers and trucks on the roads leading to the ports.
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA has said the Christian Association of Nigeria is being paranoid and intolerant of Islam.
In a statement by its Deputy Secretary General, Salisu Shehu, NSCIA said Muslims in the country had always tolerated Christians but that CAN was showing itself to be Islamophobic.
CAN had alleged that the issuance of Sukuk bond by the Debt Management Office was an attempt to make Nigeria an Islamic nation, and that promoting a sectional religious financial policy was a violation of the constitution.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said that the Operation Python Dance 2 embarked upon by the Nigerian Army in the South East as well as the Operation Crocodile Smile 2 in the South South and South West zones were meant to tackle security challenges around the country.
Buratai stated these in Port-Harcourt in at the 13th All Nigeria Editors’ Conference and Extraordinary Convention of the Nigerian Guild of Editors.
He assured that the Nigerian Army would continue to remain apolitical, professional and responsive in the discharge of its constitutional duties while it would continue to obey the rule of law and remain guided by the rules of engagement.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has denied a media report that said seven Local Government Areas in Borno State are currently under the control of Boko Haram terrorists, saying the report is false with no iota of truth in it.
The Army made the denial in a statement signed by the Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu.
He said Boko Haram lacks the capability to hold any territory in the North East, hence its mindless attack on innocent and vulnerable civilians with suicide bombings, most of which were made unsuccessful by our vigilant troops
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has said the curfew imposed on Jos and Bukuru Metropolis was occasioned by activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB in the Southeast.
The governor made the remark at the Valedictory Court Session in honour of the retiring Chief Judge of the state, Justice Pius Damulak, held at the state High Court premises in Jos.
He said the groups’ activities had immediately snowballed into the state but he had to declare the curfew to avert anarchy, bloodshed and wanton destruction of lives and property of innocent citizens.
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to vacate Wednesday’s court order proscribing it.
IPOB in an application filed by its counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, branded the proscription order unconstitutional, and pleaded with the court to vacate the order because the group is non-violent.
It believed that the Court has inherent powers to set aside its orders when either granted without jurisdiction or granted in error.
Meanwhile, reports say the federal government has located a slush account in Paris to which some Nigerians have made huge deposits in support of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Following intelligence reports, it has also uncovered how some IPOB members have invaded Nigerian embassies in Hong Kong and Spain and created some scenes in the last 72 hours.
The development, security sources said, was an indication of the desperation of IPOB and the justification for the proscription of the organisation.
NOW TO THE FOREIGN SCENE
At least three internally displaced persons, IDPs have been killed and nearly 30 wounded when Sudanese troops clashed with people protesting against a visit by President Omar Al-Bashir.
The United Nations mission in a press release, said the clashes occurred at the Kalma camp in South Darfur as troops attempted to disperse protesters.
The Sudanese leader is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and genocide committed in the region.
French President, Emmanuel Macron has said the UK must provide more clarity about its negotiating position on Brexit.
Macron said the issues of EU citizens’ rights, the exit bill and the Irish border question must be settled before talks could be held on trade.
UK Prime Minister, Theresa May had made suggestions including a two-year transition period after Brexit, and that the UK pay the EU for “commitments” previously made.
China said it has moved to limit North Korea’s oil supply and will stop buying textiles from the politically isolated nation.
China is North Korea’s most important trading partner, and one of its only sources of hard currency.
The ban on textiles trade will hurt Pyongyang’s income, while China’s oil exports are the country’s main source of petroleum products.
Iran says it has successfully tested a new-medium range missile, in defiance of US President Donald Trump.
The Khoramshahr missile was first displayed at a military parade on Friday in Tehran and it is capable of carrying multiple warheads.
The US announced fresh sanctions on Iran in July over its ballistic missile programme and what it said was Iran’s support for terror organisations.
Africa’s largest gallery for contemporary art from the continent and its diaspora has opened in the South African city of Cape Town.
The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is set inside old grain silos on the V&A Waterfront.
The building has been converted by UK architect Thomas Heatherwick into a maze of rooms with bulbous windows.
The winner of Miss Turkey 2017, Itir Esen has been stripped of her crown after one of her past tweets came to light.
Eighteen year old Esen had shared a post referencing last year’s coup attempt, comparing her menstrual cycle to the spilt blood of martyrs.
The competition’s organisers said the tweet was unacceptable and confirmed their decision to dismiss her, just hours after she won.
NOW TO SPORTS NEWS
The federal government has said it was making efforts to commence local manufacturing of sports equipment.
Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Habib Lawal made this known today at the official unveiling, launch and presentation of sports equipment to 2000 primary schools by National Lottary Trust Fund in Yola.
The acting SGF said local production of the equipment would enhance accessibility of sports equipment to many potential athletes.
The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF has urged the home-based Super Eagles to do everything possible to beat their perennial rivals, Black Stars of Ghana in tomorrow’s final of the WAFU Cup of Nations because President Mohammadu Buhari is eagerly waiting to celebrate with the trophy.
Secretary General of the NFF, Mohammed Sanusi told journalists that the NFF has given the players and their coaching crew the support they need to ‘finish’ the job against the Black Stars.
The Super Eagles, who are yet to concede a goal in the maiden sub-regional football tournament, had defeated the Black Stars 2-0 in their last group match to qualify for the semifinal.
Ghana’s Bernard Tekpetey has been given a two-match ban after he was sent off for his reaction to alleged racist insults during an Austrian Cup tie.
The 20-year-old Altach striker gestured towards Union Gurten’s fans after scoring his side’s fourth goal from an extra-time free-kick in a 4-3 victory.
The Austrian league recognised Tekpetey was exposed to provocation” but found “no wrong decision by the referee.
BEFORE WE GO, A LOOK AT THE MAINPOINTS;
The federal government declared that Nigeria remained steadfast in the fight against corruption and called for close collaborations to fight the menace to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to vacate Wednesday’s court order proscribing it.
At least three internally displaced persons, IDPs were killed and nearly 30 wounded when Sudanese troops clashed with people protesting against a visit by President Omar Al-Bashir.
We also brought you a report that The federal government said it was making efforts to commence local manufacturing of sports equipment.
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