Nigeria Headline News 12/03/09

* Obasanjo Accused of Fuelling Delta Militancy *
  The Presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo has been fingered for “lionising”  militancy in the Niger Delta which blossomed to the present  uncontrollable state where it wears the toga of invincibility.


* Meningitis Hits Adamawa State, Kills Three Corps Members *
  Another set back hit the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme  yesterday, as three participants undergoing orientation in Yola,  Adamawa State died of Cerebro-spinal Meningitis (CSM). Eight others  are said to be critically ill in various hospitals.

* Former President Misused Power Funds – Report *
  As the House of Representatives continues to dilly-dally over its  power probe report, fresh facts emerged in Abuja on Tuesday that  contrary to claim that about $13 billion was squandered by the  Obasanjo administration on the power sector, only about $3.08 billion  was actually expended.
* US Deports 60 Nigerians *
United States of America has deported 60 Nigerians for committing various offences ranging from stealing, credit card fraud and immigration misdemeanors.
* 3000 Militants Surrender in Rivers *
  Over 3000 militants have reported at the Okehi Social Development  Institute established by he Rivers State Government for the  reformation, retraining and re-integration into normal sciety as a  way of ending their criminal activities in the state.
* Senate Outlaws Discrimination Against Disabled *
  The Senate yesterday passed into law a bill prohibiting discrimination  against disabled persons in the country.After a clause by clause  consideration of the bill, the Senate endorsed a sanction of N1  million against companies guilty of violating the law.
* Senate Outlaws Discrimination Against Physically-Challenged *
  The Senate, yesterday passed a bill outlawing discrimination against disabled persons. With the passing of the Bill, any company that violates its provisions will pay a fine of N1 million.
* Nigeria: Kano Offers Incentives to Investors *
Kano State government says it has worked out incentives for foreign investors wishing to initiate growth in whatever sector of human endeavour toward the development of the state.
* Impounded Arik Aircraft Released in Abidjan *
  An aircraft belonging to Arik airline, grounded in Abidjan by the  Ivorian aviation authority on February 16 for improper entry permit  was released yesterday, management of Arik airline has said.
* States and Local Government Funds *
  Many ex-governors, facing investigation or trial for graft, are suspected to have engaged in financial impropriety associated with federal allocations to local governments in their domain.
* Labour Unions threatens Protest Over Petrol Deregulation *
  The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday declared its resolve to  commence within two weeks a series of mass protests nationwide against  the Federal Government’s decision to fully deregulate the downstream  petroleum sector.
* Turmoil in the Power Sector *
  The recent sack of the Managing Director and Executive Vice Chairman
  of the Power Holding Government Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Bello Suleiman, and  two executive directors by the Federal Government citing the urgent  need to tackle the problems of the power sector, has confirmed the  protracted crisis in the sector.
Lukman for Real! *
  SENATORS refused to impose stiffer penalties on Minister for Petroleum Dr. Rilwan Lukman, saying it was out of respect for the 70-year-old who has been everything in the country’s oil sector.
* Detained Arik Aircraft Released By Ivorian Authorities *
  Two weeks after an aircraft owned by a major domestic operator, Arik Air, was seized in Abidjan, Cote d’voire and its pilot and co-pilot detained over allegation of violation of the Ivorian airspace, the airplane and its cockpit crew were released on Monday after intense
  diplomatic negotiations between the French Speaking West African country and Nigeria.