Sahara Reporters Latest News Thursday 15th August 2019

Sahara Reporters Latest News Thursday 15th August 2019

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Governorship: Sixteen Aspirants Jostle For PDP Ticket In Ondo

Ahead of the governorship election in Ondo State next year, about 16 aspirants have indicated interest to represent the Peoples Democratic Party during that exercise.
Spokesperson for the party in the state, Zadoke Akintoye, made the disclosure in a chat with Sahara Reporters on Wednesday in Akure, the state capital. 
He said, “Our party in Ondo State has never zoned its governorship seat and there is no history where you would find the party deliberately zoning his gubernatorial ticket. 
“We have always ensured at all times that we give visible examples to show that we are a party that promotes free and fair electoral process.
“We will allow all contestants regardless of the zone they come from to contest in the election.
“The best of them will emerged in a free and fair election. We have 16 aspirants at the moment that have indicated interest to contest for the ticket of our party.
“Our job as a party is to ensure that there is freedom of choice by party members as to who would become the party’s candidate.”

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Improve Quality Of Your Products To Attract More Buyers, US Tells African Entrepreneurs

DCM Elizabeth Pelletreau and Dr. Mosilinyane Letsie

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The United States, through its African Growth and Opportunity Act initiative, has urged entrepreneurs in Africa to producing quality items in order to improve exports to the American market.
Deputy Director, Office of Economic and Regional Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs, US Department of State, Elizabeth Pelletreau, gave the advice during a telephonic conference at the US Embassy, Abuja, on Wednesday.
AGOA is a legislation approved by the US Congress in May 2000 with the aim of assisting the economies of Sub-Saharan Africa and also improving economic relations between the US and the continent.
Pelletreua said that AGOA had created a good platform and opportunity for entrepreneurs in Africa to break into the US market without paying import duty.
She said, “People who are making the investments to buy products from the continent to ship them to the US really need a consistent product because they are building their market for a specification for a product.
“So even if you are thinking about things like clothing, if it is labelled for the same size, that should be the size consistently.
“That would make it easier for those marketing and selling your products in the US.”

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NECA Warns Of Food Smuggling Following FOREX Ban On Imports

The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association on Wednesday warned that there would be unprecedented smuggling of food products following a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari’s that the Central Bank of Nigeria should no longer make foreign exchange available for food importation.
Director-General of NECA, Mr Timothy Olawale, told journalists in Lagos that even though the directive was done in good faith, it will create more problems at the end and lead to increased smuggling through the country’s porous land borders.
Olawale said Nigeria currently lacked the capacity to meet its local food demand, adding that this will lead to corruption and smuggling into the country.
He said, “With the recently signed AfCFTA, Nigeria will further create a thriving market for other countries and will remain a dumping ground for imported goods.
“A wholesale immediate withdrawal of FOREX without giving a buffer period for businesses to adjust and source for alternatives would boost smuggling activities.
“This will have serious consequences for the economy.”

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Buhari To Assign Portfolios, Swear In New Minsters Next Week

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will assign portfolios and swear in new ministers that will make up his cabinet during his second term in office.
The President made the announcement in a tweet on Wednesday via his official Twitter handle @MBuhari.
He added that portfolios will be assigned with clear implementation targets to ensure the performance of the incoming ministers.
The tweet reads, “The incoming ministers, who will be sworn in next week, will receive clear implementation targets tied to their portfolios. 
“We will ensure these targets are complied with; performance will be monitored by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.”

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Election: Dickson Tackles Timi Alaibe Over Alleged Offensive Comments

Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, on Wednesday berated a former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Timi Alaibe, over an alleged controversial audio tape containing recorded speeches.
This is coming ahead of the September 3, 2019 governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
In the said tape, it was claimed that Governor Dickson was heard boasting that he won’t support Alaibe despite the pleas of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, and ex-National Security Adviser, Aliyu Gusau, for him to back the former NDDC boss.
In a statement by the Special Adviser, Media Relations to the governor, Fidelis Soriwei, Dickson accused Alaibe of trying to blackmail him for assumed political benefits.’
The statement read, “It has come to the attention of the government that the former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Chief Timi Alaibe, has been spreading manipulated audio recordings of Governor Dickson’s public utterance during meetings.
“It is curious that Alaibe would rather dissipate energy to the propagation of mischief rather than focusing attention on his gubernatorial campaign.
“We wish to reiterate for the umpteenth time that the governor as a major stakeholder in the issue of the governorship primaries, is entitled to his own political views and decisions. 
“That does not preclude any politician with genuine interest from testing his popularity with the delegates.
“It is important to stress also that the governor’s decision not to reward disloyalty with the candidacy of the party is an informed decision of conviction.
“Alaibe would do well to focus on his campaign to actualise his aspiration rather than embarking on a campaign of calumny against a man whose name is not on the ballot.” 
Reacting to the development, the Timi Alaibe Campaign Organisation in a statement titled, ‘We are too focused to be distracted’ and signed by its Administrative Secretary, Prof Seiyefa Birisibe, said that the allegation against Alaibe was a clear attempt to incite the public against him.
The statement read, “For the records, let it be stated that we, as a campaign organisation, take serious exception to the wrong use of tar-brush loaded words and gutter language to describe the person of our principal with the intent to incite the public against him; particularly over an issue he knows absolutely nothing about. This is unacceptable.
“Neither Alaibe nor any member of his campaign organisation was at the meetings referred to in the public statement issued on Wednesday. 
“Our focus is to conduct our campaign on issues that will lead to the development of Bayelsa State through economic prosperity and not waste energy and time on commonplace matters.”

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Road Accidents In Niger Claim 25 Lives During Eid-el-Kabir

 
At least 25 persons lost their lives in about 10 road accidents in Niger State during the Eid-el-Kabir holiday.
Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission in the state, Joel Dagwa, made the disclosure while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Minna, the capital.
According to Dagwa, 123 people were involved in the 10 road crashes involving 12 vehicles, two motorcycles and two tricycles.
He added that 47 people sustained varying degrees of injuries as a result of the accidents.
The sector commander appealed to motorists in the state to control their speed and not overload their vehicles.

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Abike Dabiri Condemns Killing Of Nigerian Pastor In China

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has called on the Chinese authorities to carry out a thorough investigation into the death of a Nigerian Pastor in China, Joseph Nwajueze. 
The incident was said to have happened at Guanzou, Guandong Province, when the deceased, who had lived in the country for 15 years, was being chased by the Police for alleged immigration infractions.
It was gathered that Nwachueze died as a result of injuries sustained at the hands of the police in China, who were said to have used an electronic device to demobilise him.
In a statement on Wednesday in Abuja signed by NIDCOM Head of Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Dabiri-Erewa condemned the death of the Nigerian cleric.
While consoling the family of the victim of the loss, she vowed to ensure that justice was served on the matter.

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Police Deny News Of Igbo Boy Burnt By Mob In Kaduna

The Kaduna State Police Command has rubbished information circulating on the social media that an Igbo boy was burnt alive in Kaduna by a mob.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Ali Janga, in a statement released by spokesperson for the command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, on Wednesday, said news of the incident making the rounds on the social media were fake.
The statement read, “The writer consciously avoided giving details of the location and name of people involved to paint his fictitious story.
“The command wishes to state that there was no report of such incident and the story is entirely a fabrication, maliciously intended to incite crisis and create fear in the minds of unsuspecting citizens.”
Janga said the command will punish anyone or group in habit of causing chaos in the state.

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Tiwa Savage, Davido, Burna Boy, Simi Nominated For 2019 AFRIMA

 
The All Africa Music Awards on Wednesday unveiled Tiwa Savage, Davido, Burna Boy, Simi, Wizkid, Kizz Daniel, Teni, Yemi Alade, Niniola along other international artistes nominated for 2019 edition of the prestigious award.
This was announced by AFRIMA’s Associate Producer, Aderele Niyi, at a briefing with journalists in Lagos.
Niyi said that the nominees from Western, Eastern, Central, Southern and Northern Africa, were selected after a rigorous process by a team of industry experts.
According to her, the World Music Festival will be held between November 21 and November 23, 2019 in a yet to be announced venue.
She said, “The platform is to position Africa as a musical hub for the world as Africans are seen as talented and highly creative.
“This is going to be the sixth edition of AFRIMA and I can say that it has been getting better each year; this year’s edition promises to be a unique one.”

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Senator Orker-Jev Opens Defense Against Akume

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Senator Emmanuel Yisa Orker-Jev has begun the defence of the case against him at the election petition tribunal.
Senator George Akume of the All Progressives Congress dragged Orker-Jev of the Peoples Democratic Party before the tribunal, alleging that the election was marred by malpractice.
Orker-Jev, who had defeated Akume during the election, presented five witnesses at the tribunal to testify for him.
The witnesses were cross-examined by the legal team of the former governor led by Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ishaq Dikko.
The tribunal upheld as substantiated all evidences of the third witness as he was tried under cross-examination.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice R.O. Odugu, adjourned the case to Friday, August 16, 2019, when the respondent will be expected to close his defense.

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