NEWS UPDATE 24TH FEB, 2018

NEWS UPDATE 24TH FEB, 2018

Dapchi Missing Girls: Parents set up support group as president Buhari apologize over incidence.

Labor union say Federal Government must  declare state of emergency in power sector.

Presidency describes Transparency Index corruption rating of Nigeria as misleading.

On foreign scene, At least 23 killed in multiple attacks in Afghanistan.

In sports, FIFA insists no security threat for Russia 2018 World Cup.

President Muhammadu Buhari has apologized to the families of the school girls abducted by Boko Haram at Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, assuring them that the matter was receiving deserved attention.

Also the United States of America said it was concerned about the missing Dapchi schoolgirls, while the British military said it was monitoring the event closely.
A statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu described the incidence as a national disaster.
In another development, Some of the girl’s parents have told the Agence France Presse that they had set up a support group after the attack.
The chairman of the group, Bashir Manzo, said, the first step was to compile a comprehensive list of all the missing girls and seek a meeting with the Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam.
The National Executive Council of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria TUC has called on the Federal Government to declare a national emergency in the country’s power sector.
According to TUC, several billions of naira have been spent in the sector without considerable improvement in power supply nationwide,
The labor union made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of its NEC meeting at the weekend.
TUC recalled that several billions of naira have been expended in the sector to no avail adding that the call for tariff hike cannot be a solution and will be resisted.
Nigeria’s power sector was privatized in November 2013 in order to enhance the supply of electricity across the country, but TUC said the industry has not improved since it was handed over to private investors.

CORRUPTION INDEX
The perception of corruption in Nigeria according to Transparency International report worsened between 2016 and 2017.
Nigeria according to that report now ranked 148 out of 180 countries assessed in 2017 on the perception of corruption.
The Index published last week, showed that out of 100 points signaling maximum transparency and no corruption, Nigeria scored 27 points.
This is why Nigerians say there are worried because the president Mohammadu Buhari administration says  fighting corruption is one of it’s cardinal agenda.

Meanwhile the Presidency has faulted Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2017 which indicated that corruption in Nigeria had worsened in the last one year.
The organization said Nigeria’s latest result was worse than that of 2016 wherein the country was ranked 136 with a score of 28 per cent .
But the Presidency, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media And Publicity, Garba Shehu, described the report as misleading and unfair.
Shehu said the whole episode might turn out to be a political distraction, considering the strong views some of Transparency Index’s patrons had expressed against the present administration.
He added that the Buhari administration had made accountability the bedrock of governance and that corruption was no longer fashionable because it attracts consequences.

Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers NUPENG has told the Federal Government to think outside the box to end persistent fuel scarcity in Nigeria.

The President of the union, Igwe Achese at the weekend said government must make a shift to resolve the energy crisis, which has plagued Nigeria for decades.

He warned that NUPENG would shut down the ‎oil sector if petroleum marketers went ahead to sack their workers, referring to a threat by another oil sector union to lay off up to 10,000 workers.
Last week the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria DAPPMAN gave the Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum to pay 650 billion Naira owed its members or risk shut down of depots being used currently by the NNPC.

PLWD 2018

As 2019 election draws nearer, Nigerians have called on the electoral bodies to provide enabling environment for people living with disabilities to exercise their voting rights.

Grace Jerry is of the Inclusive Friends Association, and she told us that if nothing is done, about 27 point 3 Persons Living With Disabilities in Nigeria may not be able to vote in the 2018 general elections in Nigeria.

INFRASTRUCTURE IN RURAL AREAS

Federal Capital Territory FCT residents say there is an urgent need  to speed up development in the rural areas so as to tackle the infrastructural deficit in the territory.

Those who spoke to Human Rights Radio Abuja noted that basic infrastructure are concentrated in the city centers at the detriment is of the rural areas.

 
Spokesman  Satellite Town Development Department of the FCTA, Felicia Meme in an interview appealed to the people in
Rural areas to exercise patient as the administration doing all to ensure holistic development of all the territory.

The Nigerian Defense Headquarters in Abuja  has said recent report released by Amnesty International on human rights abuse committed by the Nigerian military was a calculated attempt to weaken the Nigerian Armed Forces.
Director of Defence Information, Brigadier  General John Agim explained that the report was peddled with falsehood and intention to cause disaffection.
The figures released by the organization showed that 4,900 Boko Haram detainees were held in Giwa Barracks in an overcrowded facility where 340 detainees had already died of diseases and dehydration.
It further stated that 164 civilians were killed by the Nigerian Air Force when an IDP camp was hit at Rann by a Nigerian Air Force fighter Jet among other issues.
The defence headquarters say Amnesty  has failed to acknowledge the on-going fair trial and conviction of culpable members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect and the release of those not found guilty.  

FOREIGN
Reports say at least 23 people were killed and more than a dozen wounded in multiple suicide bombings and attacks in Afghanistan at the weekend.
In the biggest attack, Taliban militants stormed an army base in the western province of Farah overnight, killing at least 18 soldiers.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Deputy provincial governor Younus Rasooli said the authorities had sent a fact-finding delegation to Bala Buluk to investigate the assault.
Since mid-January, militants have stormed a luxury hotel, bombed a crowded street and raided a military compound in the capital, killing more than 130 people as the city remains on high alert fearing further violence.

In sports, FIFA says it has every confidence in its security measures at the 2018 World Cup in Russia after hooliganism in the host nation came under fresh scrutiny.
The world football body’s assurance came in the wake of violent incidents involving Spartak Moscow supporters last week in which a policeman died of a heart attack.
The 2018 World Cup begins on June 14 in Russia and local authorities are putting strict security procedures in place to control hooligans, including Russian fans.
They had caused trouble at the 2016 European Championship in France and other soccer events.

RECAP
Dapchi Missing Girls: Parents set up support group as president Buhari apologize over incidence.

Labor union say Federal Government must  declare state of emergency in power sector.

Presidency describes Transparency Index corruption rating of Nigeria as misleading.

On foreign scene, At least 23 killed in multiple attacks in Afghanistan.

In sports, FIFA insists no security threat for Russia 2018 World Cup.