President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday strongly canvassed greater cooperation among leaders of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS.
He said such unity would enable the sub-region deal decisively with the security challenges including Boko Haram and other issues confronting the community.
Motorists in Abuja on Monday decried the three-day warning strike embarked upon by the major oil workers in some parts of the country.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the strike would affect Nigerians now that the Christmas was at the corner.
Power generation has dropped to 3,500 megawatts (MW) due to sabotage of pipelines and inadequate gas supply, Mr. Frank Edozie, Senior Special Adviser to the Minister of Power has said.
Edozie disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
According to him, the ongoing epileptic power supply being experienced across the country was caused by recent vandalism of Transforcados pipeline that transported crude oil.
ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja
Senate yesterday described as false, media reports purporting a plot by some aggrieved senators to remove the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark.
It would be recalled that not less than 49 senators drawn from both the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APC lost in their return bid to Senate fueling speculations that they may conspire with others to change the leadership of the Upper Chamber when the legislature resumes plenary today.
•’Free basic education a right’
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, who is also the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship flag bearer in Imo State, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has condemned some state Governors, who have more or less turned state Houses of Assembly into mere rubber stamp of the Executive arm of government.
UFOMBA UZUEGU, Asst News Editor with agency report
TUC demands N50 per litre of fuel
Barring any last minute change of heart, oil workers will commence strike today (Monday) to protest various unresolved issues with the Federal Government.
Also, organized labour said it would demand for wage increase for workers in 2015, following the devaluation of the naira by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
EBOJELE AKHERE PATRICK, Benin with agency report
A Sixty-six-year old community head in Ugbowo area of Benin City in Edo State was on Saturday night killed by gunmen who invaded his residence.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the deceased, Mr John Asemota, was the Odionwere (Clan Head) of Power-line community at Ugbowo. The gunmen, seven in number, were said to have attacked the late Asemota’s residence at about 9:30 p.m. and shot him in the head and back.
MALACHY UZENDU, Deputy Editor, Abuja
FIRING a propaganda salvo on the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari,(rtd) the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said that its flag-bearer, President Goodluck Jonathan is up for the presidential contest in the next year’s election with the former Governor of Lagos state, Alhaji Bola Tinubu and not Buhari.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday said it was yet to pick a running mate for its presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) even as the party sought divine guidance in selecting the candidate.
Edo state Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state and his counterpart in Lagos state, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, former Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state and former Attorney General of Lagos state, Prof. Yemi Osibajo have been touted as front runners for the vice presidential slot.
•Atiku, Kwankwaso, Okorocha concede defeat
Former Head of State, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) yesterday won the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate with 3,430 votes to defeat his four opponents at the APC 3rd National Convention and Presidential Primary election held at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.