Monday, 8 September 2014

ECOWAS defence chiefs to hold session in Ghana

Abuja – The ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS) will hold its 34th Ordinary Session from Sept. 9 to 11 in Ghana.
A statement issued by the commission’s spokesperson, Mr Sunny Ugoh on Monday in Abuja, said it
 was to review the general security situation in the region and determine adequate responses.
The statement stated that the theme of the meeting would be “Strengthening ECOWAS Military Cooperation for Peace, Stability and Development’’.
The regional defence chiefs will among other issues, be briefed on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, which is a security threat to the region.
The  deadly disease has claimed more than 1,900 lives from the more than 3,000 cases reported in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal.
The CCDS meeting will also receive an update on the security situation in Northern Nigeria, where the Boko Haram sect has been waging relentless deadly terrorist attacks and kidnappings.
The statement stated that the meeting would also consider the Status Report on the ECOWAS Standby Force and receive updates on the new Peace Support Operation Division.
Other considerations would be on the operation of the Maritime Model Zone E and the Defence and Security Sector Reform Programme (DSSRP) in Guinea Bissau.
The statement stated that the meeting would also review the mandate of ECOWAS Mission also in Guinea Bissau.

FIFA deadline passes for under-threat Nigeria

ABUJA (AFP) – A FIFA deadline on the Nigeria Football Federation passed on Monday with no sign
 at the association’s offices of the body’s president whose controversial appointment led to a threat of a ban.
The world governing body said last week it would suspend the African champions from international competition if Chris Giwa and his executive committee were still at work after 0700 GMT Monday.
But the deadline came and went with Giwa and his predecessor Aminu Maigari nowhere to be seen at the NFF headquarters in Abuja while there was no immediate word from FIFA about the next steps.
NFF general-secretary Musa Amadu, competitions director Mohammed Sanusi and marketing head Idris Adama arrived for work, however. They were part of Maigari’s team ousted by Giwa last month.
“It has been a trying period of two months for all of us but we have come to the end of the crisis,” Amadu told reporters.
“Nigerian football is far more important than any one of us. Let us put everything behind us. We have to now do the right thing in order to move our football forward.
“We will soon have an extra-ordinary assembly to set a date for elections for the new executive committee. This will be at the shortest possible time, not beyond September 25.”
A power struggle for control of the NFF has been rumbling since the end of the World Cup finals and saw Maigari ousted, impeached on corruption charges.
He was then arrested by the country’s secret police, allegedly to prevent him attending an August 26 meeting at which Giwa took charge and a new executive committee was appointed.
That prompted a boycott of domestic leagues by referees, clubs and players and FIFA to say that they did not recognise his appointment.
FIFA previously suspended Nigeria from international competition in July on the grounds of “government interference” in the running of its affairs but later lifted the ban.

ATM: Bank customers cautious over N65 charge

 As the N65 charge on the use of other banks’ Automated Teller Machines, ATMs commenced last week, as announced by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, customers have been cautious on its usage as most customers used their banks’ATMs.

China’s low price offering threatens cassava business

The low price tag put on Nigerian cassava chips by China is frustrating Nigerian exporters of the commodity. This development is impeding the successful

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Impeached Enugu Deputy gov,Sunday Onyebuchi redeployed to civil service

ENUGU—Enugu State government has re-deployed impeached deputy governor, Sunday Onyebuchi, to the state civil service.
This came as Governor Sullivan Chime yesterday swore in his new deputy, Reverend Raphael Ifeanyi Nwoye.