These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this Friday morning, October 18, 2019.
1. CCB declares Buhari, Osinbajo asset declaration details are not for ‘public consumption’
The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has declared that the contents of asset declaration forms of public officers, including President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are private and not for public consumption. The Bureau said the law guiding its operations did not allow for such disclosure and that it could only make them public if the National Assembly amends the law.
2. Buhari investigates NDDC. Probe to cover nearly 20 years of alleged massive looting
The operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) will come under critical searchlight, as President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday ordered a forensic audit. The audit, which would cover 2001 to 2019, according to President Buhari, is as a result of persistent criticisms of the operations of the commission. According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari gave the directive after receiving governors of the states that make up the NCDC, led by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State.
3. Sylva insists Nigerian government will not pay P&ID’s $9.6bn liability
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, on Thursday, said the $9.6billion that a British court asked the Federal Government to pay to the Process and Industrial Developments Limited (P&ID) for a gas processing and supply agreement would not be honoured. The P&ID deal was sealed in 2012 amid mutual recriminations and claims of fraud, while the $9.6 billion was built up through accrued interest payments.
4. Nigerian govt mulls national register for the poor
The Federal Government said on Thursday it is planning a national register for all the poor people in the country. The register, according to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, would aid the government’s plans of lifting millions of poor people out of poverty in Nigeria.
5. TARABA: Ambassador Jika calls for impeachment of Gov Ishaku for misappropriation of funds
The Nigerian Envoy to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Alhaji Hassan Ardo has called for the impeachment of Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State. He called on the Taraba state House of Assembly to urgently commence the process of impeaching Ishaku for gross violation of the constitution, fraudulent misappropriation of state funds and incompetence in conducting the affairs of state.
6. JAMB insists on NIN number for UTME
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Thursday warned it would no longer register candidates without the National Identity Number for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). According to JAMB, only candidates with the NIN will be registered from 2020. This was disclosed by the board in a series of tweets on its verified Twitter handle @JAMBHQ on Thursday·
7. Nigerian govt reveals why it’s seeking fresh $3bn loan from World Bank
The Nigerian government has revealed that the $3 billion loan facility it is seeking from the World Bank would be used to carry out reforms in the nation’s power sector. Reports from the ongoing World Bank/International Monetary Fund meetings holding in Washington DC, United States, quoted the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed saying that she would be holding further discussions with the management of the Bank to present how the fund would be disbursed for the project.
8. FG, states, LGs share N694.5bn for September
The federal, states and local governments in the country shared a total of N693.529 billion as revenue from the Federation Account for the month of September, the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) said on Thursday. The amount comprised of revenue from Value Added Tax (VAT), Exchange Gain and Gross Statutory Revenue. The Committee, in a communique after its meeting in Abuja, also announced that as at October 17, the balance in the Excess Crude Account was $323.692million.
9. Seven years after, Farouk Lawan still battling to stop $500,000 bribery trial
A former chairman of the House of Representatives ad hoc committee on fuel subsidy regime, Farouk Lawan, on Thursday failed in his bid to stop the $500,000 bribery trial. The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Apo, presided over by Justice Angela Otaluka dismissed the ex-lawmaker’s no-case submission and ordered him to enter his defence on the matter. Lawan is being prosecuted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for allegedly collecting $500,000 bribe from a businessman, Mr Femi Otedola, in 2012
10. Gunmen release abducted Kaduna school principal
The abducted principal of the Government College, Maraban Kajuru, Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State, Mr. Francis Meji, has been released by his captors. Meji was abducted on October 11 during a midnight raid of the school by unknown gunmen.