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For today, Monday, June 13, 2016.
Eminent Nigerians, including a former Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme; Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; and a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, on Sunday in Enugu, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure Nigeria.
Others, who lent their voices to the call during the 17th Annual Convention of the Igbo Youth Movement, included former governors of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife and Peter Obi, and Niger Delta activist, Ankio Briggs. READ MORE.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday said his intention during his regime was to develop the nation’s natural gas for vehicles to use and reduce dependence on imported petrol.
Obasanjo said he gave out licences to companies in a bid to achieve this, adding that by now, 50 per cent of the vehicles in the country should have been running on gas.
The former President stated these during a courtesy visit by the management of Nipco Plc to him at his Presidential Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State. READ MORE
The Department of State Services has invited the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Osun State, Rev. Elisha Ogundiya and some Muslim leader’s in the state over the looming crisis in public schools following a court verdict on the use of hijab in public schools.
Justice Jide Falola of the Osun State High Court had on June 3 have a verdict that Muslim students should be allowed to wear hijab in all public schools in the state because it was part of their fundamental rights.
The CAN had held an emergency meeting following the judgment and threatened that it would direct Christian pupils to start wearing choir robes and other religious garments to schools should the state government implement the judgment. READ MORE
THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER
It may well be the lowest-key celebration of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election widely believed to have been won by Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola . The watershed event was not marked yesterday with the fanfare that had come to characterise it for the past 23 years.
But that did not stop the eulogies from the family, and eminent Nigerians including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, erstwhile secretary- general, National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and member, board of trustees of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Frank Kokori. READ MORE
With the series of attacks carried out by the Niger Delta militants in the last few weeks, the country’s crude oil production has dropped to about 1.1million from the normal output level of 2.2 million barrels per day.
Using the international benchmark of crude oil price of $50 per barrel, the Federal Government is losing $55 million or about N10 billion daily as the militants vow to continue to destroy oil facilities in the Niger Delta.
United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) therefore expects Nigeria’s oil and gas production disruptions to remain relatively high till 2017. READ MORE
Despite the promise of the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril that “Nigeria would not mortgage the safety of its citizens by introducing unproven products into the country ,” and opposition from other stakeholders, the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has begun moves to introduce Genetically Modified (GMO) cotton and maize into the country’s foods and farming system.
The Guardian learnt that the NBMA has issued two permits to Monsanto Agriculture Nigeria Limited. One is for the commercial release and placing on market of genetically modified cotton and the other for the confined field trial of maize. READ MORE
THE NATION NEWSPAPER
The 23rd anniversary of the June 12, 1993 presidential election won by the late business mogul, Bashorun Moshood Abiola, was yesterday marked in Lagos, Ogun, Osun and Ondo states.
The governments of Oyo and Osun states declared today a public holiday to commemorate Nigeria’s fairest and freest ever.
Abiola, a billionaire accountant and publisher, won a pan-Nigerian mandate on the platform of his Social Democratic Party (SDP), beating Bashir Tofa, the Kano-born businessman, who ran on the ticket of the National Republican Convention (NRC). READ MORE
A proposal to limit the over the counter cash withdrawal by bank customers to N10,000 has been tabled before the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The Sub-committee on Payments Systems and Infrastructure of the Bankers Committee last week sent the proposal to the CBN.
The proposal was presented at the committee’s meeting but it is not clear whether it was considered. READ MORE
A gunman yesterday killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States . He injured 53 others before being killed by police in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
The shooter was identified as Omar Mateen, a Florida resident who a senior FBI official said might have had leanings towards Islamic State militants.
Officials called the rampage a “terrorism incident.” READ MORE
The noticeable crack in the camp of the militant groups bombing oil installations in the Niger Delta degenerated, yesterday, as one of them, Reformed Egbesu Boys of Niger Delta, unilaterally declared cessation of hostilities.
Meanwhile, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, last night, raised a seven-man provisional team, tagged Aaron Team 2, to negotiate with the Federal Government just as it charged the Niger Delta Avengers to drop its defiant posture and embrace dialogue. READ MORE
Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) broke into the international sponsor-ship market with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the League Manage-ment Company (LMC) and United Kingdom’s leading global sport drinks maker, iPro Sport International Limited (ISIL).
Isotonic fluids are known to have six to eight percent carbohydrates, including glucose, the human body’s preferred energy source for exercise. READ MORE