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Buhari submits 43 names to senate for ministerial appointments


President Muhammadu Buhari has eventually sent the long awaited ministerial list to the Senate as has been announced by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan at Tuesday sitting.

The list inludes Festus Keyamo, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Rauf Aregbesola, former governor of Osun state, and Godswill Akpabio, former governor of Akwa Ibom as ministers.

On the list are Sunday Dare, executive commissioner at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Sharon Ikeazor, a former lawmaker, Tayo Alasoadura, a former federal lawmaker and Olorunnibe Mamora, former speaker of the Lagos house of assembly.

TheCable had reported that the ministerial list had been sent to senate and is expected to be read out on Tuesday.

So far, Senate President Lawan has reeled out some names on the list which has 42 nominees.

The list includes  12 former ministers and 31 new names, some of which are Uche Ogar, Chris Ngige, Babatunde Fashola, Ogbonnaya Onu, and many yet to be announced.

China beats US on Fortune global business ranking with 129 mega firms


For the first time since the debut of the Fortune Global 500 in 1990, a country other than the US is at the top of the ranks of global large businesses.
Chinese companies account for 129, including 10 Taiwanese companies, of the world’s largest corporations by revenue, surpassing the US with 121, according to a list released by Fortune on Monday.
The Fortune Global 500 is an annual ranking of the top 500 enterprises worldwide as measured by revenue.
US retail giant Walmart ranked No.1 for the sixth consecutive year, followed by Sinopec Group, Shell, China National Petroleum Corp and State Grid Corp of China.
As the second-largest economy in the world, China provides a massive domestic market for enterprises to grow, Wang Danqing, co-partner of Ruixin Zhicheng Consultancy, told the Global Times on Monday. 
Experts attributed the growth to the China’s continuous efforts to expand domestic demand, which helps many domestic companies pursue rapid development.
Chinese enterprises in the leading places on the list are mainly state-owned enterprises (SOEs) because they are very internationalized and have a high industry aggregation as a result of reform, Wang said.
“In recent years, many state-owned enterprises have carried out restructuring and mergers, not only with other SOEs but also private enterprise so that their core competency is enhanced,” Wang said, noting that this offered them an edge to pursue further growth.
Among 25 companies that were newly added to the ranking, 13 were from China, including China Development Bank, train manufacturer CRRC Corp, home appliance giant Zhuhai Gree Electric Appliances Co and smartphone maker Xiaomi.
The 9-year-old Xiaomi is the youngest enterprise on the top 500 list in 2019.
“Xiaomi is a fast-growing company that has a good start in creating new retail models by applying the internet-plus strategy in its range of intelligent equipment. It has to strengthen its core competence to open the upscale market and keep growing,” Jin Baisong, an independent economist based in Beijing, told the Global Times on Monday.
Chinese companies are expected to deeply integrate their operations into global value chains to increase sustainable development competitiveness, said Jin. 
“Huawei is a good example. The company has grown very quickly by building global value chains, while competing globally in accordance with internationally accepted rules,” Jin said.
Huawei rose to No.61 on the list from No.72 last year.
Chinese and US companies on the list are mainly in five industries – energy and mining, commercial trade, banking, insurance and aerospace/defense.
Many Chinese private companies also have large growth potential. Six out of the 10 companies that reported fastest growth in the ranking are Chinese companies, including property developer Country Garden, e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, Tencent Holdings and retail giant Suning.
More and more Chinese companies got on the top 500 list because of their rapid growth, but we shouldn’t get too excited – quality is more important than quantity, Jin said.
Chinese companies’ revenue accounted for 25.6 percent of the Global 500 total, behind 28.8 percent for the US. 


Police DCP killed, 4 Shiite protesters, Channels reporter shot in Abuja protest


The unending protest of the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as the Shiites has claimed the life a top police officer with the Federal Capital Territory Police Command.

A reporter of the Channels TV who covered the incident was also shot by police stray bullet.

Also, the incident involved the shooting of at least four members of the Shiite group, which some eyewitness even said were picked up by the police as dead bodies from the scene of the incident at the Federal Secretariat area close to the National Assembly gate.

This was confirmed by a report by the Channels TV earlier in the day

PRNigeria gathered that deceased was Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operation, DCP Umar Usman. 
DCP Umar was killed by the protesters while trying to prevent the hostile action of destruction of property at the axis of the federal secretariat and three arms zone. 

Consequent of the violence, security was beefed up at the Force headquarters to prevent reprisal attacks over the arrest of scores of the protesters who are demanding the release of the spiritual sect leader, Sheik Ibraheem El Zakzaky.

By PRNigeria with our additional reports

JICA, Nigeria legislative institute partner on bilateral capacity dev’t


Japan International Co-operation Agency, JICA, responsible for official development assistance for the government of Japan, to developing countries and the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies NILDS have opened talks on the feasibility of bilateral capacity development exchange programmes between Japanese Parliamentarians and their Nigerian counterparts.

At a meeting between the Director General, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS Prof Abubakar Olanrewaju Sulaiman and the Embassy of Japan in Nigeria, Deputy Head of Mission/Counsellor, Shigeru UMETSU, the Embassy hinted that the Japanese Embassy will intensify efforts towards its governance training programmes under JICA with Nigeria.

Earlier, NILDS Director General, Prof. Sulaiman had asked for enhanced technical collaboration to boost the already existing international co-operation between Japan and Nigeria. It would be recalled that Nigeria-Japan Parliamentary Friendship was established in November, 2018.

Over 100 houses burnt down in armed militia attack in Taraba


Insecurity: one injured, over a 100 houses burnt as armed militia attack Taraba village 

Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo 

At least  one person sustained gunshot injury and over 100 houses burnt in a pre-dawn attack on Tor-Damisa village in Donga Local Government Area of Taraba State, by suspected Jukun youths. 

Caretaker Chairman of Donga Local Government Council, Mr. Nashuka Ipeyen who confirmed the attack said investigation were on to unravel the identity of the attackers.

“I got information that some people were attacking Tor-Damisa at about 5:10am and I quickly alerted security personnel who went and disperse the attackers.

“I personally went there to assess the level of damage and in the process we picked up a teenager who was shot and brought him to the hospital. The boy is safe and is responding well to treatment.

“I have since contacted relevant authorities and efforts are on to deploy security to Donga,” he said.

Former Special Assistant to Governor Darius Ishaku on Youth Mobilization, Mr. Kura Kurason who hailed from the village confirmed the attack in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Jalingo.

Kurason said the attackers in their numbers invaded the village at about 4:30am on Thursday through Rafinkada and shot indiscriminately as the villagers scampered for safety.

He added that while the attack on Tor-Damisa was ongoing, another batch of attackers came from Donga and launched another attack on Tiv villages of Tor-manger and Zaki Ako at the outskirts of Akate.

“In the two attacks over 100 houses and a vehicle were burnt while a teenager was shot and is currently receiving treatment in a hospital.

“This attack is unfortunate and condemnable. We have been holding series of meetings to bring these attacks to a halt with a view to ensuring the return of peace, yet attacks are happening,” he lamented.

Daily Sun recall that there has been ongoing hostilities between Jukun and Tiv communities in Wukari that are gradually spiralling to other parts of the southern zone of the state, claiming several lives and wanton destruction of property.