These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will make your Thursday morning.
1. Your triumph at tribunal victory for democracy, Buhari tells Ganduje, Lalong
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday congratulated governors of Kano and Plateau states, Abdullahi Ganduje and Simon Lalong respectively, over their victories at the tribunal. He described the ruling of the tribunal in Kano and Plateau, which affirmed the re-election of the two governors during the 2019 general elections, as victory for democracy. He congratulated the two governors shortly before travelling with the duo and others to South Africa on a three-day state visit.
2. Jonathan says four years too short for a president to achieve needed change
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the four-year tenure practised by Nigeria was quite a short period, for a President in a developing country, who wants to change the country to do much. He also wondered why countries would every four years, waste money conducting elections. He stated this when he spoke at the constitutional term limits summit in Niamey, Niger Republic, on Wednesday.
3. Senate probes 7 Int’l oil firms over refusal to remit $21bn
The Nigerian Senate has asked three of its committees to immediately probe seven International Oil Companies (IOCs) for alleged refusal to remit to the government about $21 billion. The vice-chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources, Ifeanyi Ubah, had in a motion, during plenary on Wednesday told his colleagues that the IOCs allegedly refused to honour the provisions of the Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) Act.
4. We’re not fools, we know the third term ‘agitation’ is sponsored from within, PDP replies Presidency
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the “cabal” in the Presidency against plots to push a third term agenda for President Muhammadu Buhari. PDP in a statement Wednesday by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the alleged move as a dangerous underhand politics capable of “derailing our democracy and destabilizing our nation.”
5. N2BN CONTRACT SCAM: DSS confirms arrest of ex-pension boss Maina, son
The Department of State Services (DSS) has confirmed the arrest of the former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina. In a statement on Wednesday by the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Peter Afunaya, the DSS revealed that it arrested Maina and his 20 year-old-son, Faisal, in a combined operation with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
6. BORDER CLOSURE: We now rake in over N5bn daily— Hameed Ali
The Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Hameed Ali, has revealed that the service had been making between N4.7bn and N5.8bn daily as a result of the ongoing partial border closure exercise by the Federal Government. Ali made this known on Wednesday when he appeared before the Senate and House of Representatives joint committees on Finance and National Planning, working on the 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper.
7. MINIMUM WAGE: Labour issues ultimatum for strike action
The leadership of organised labour Wednesday threatened to embark on total industrial action if there was no reasonable conclusion concerning the negotiation of the consequential adjustment for workers. Labour said that the nonchalant attitude of the Federal Government negotiating team had dragged negotiations for consequential wages adjustment for workers unduly.
8. Gov Obaseki sacks all 264 assistants
The governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has sacked all his assistants, about 264 of them. The sacked assistants were the 192 Special Assistants (SAs) he appointed from each ward in the state and the 54 Senior Special Assistants (SSAs) which comprised three persons from each Local Government Areas of the state.
9. BAYELSA GUBER: PDP arming thugs to harass opponents, APC alleges
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State and the outgoing governor, Seriake Dickson were planning to rig the upcoming governorship election in the state. Yekini Nabena, APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, made this allegation during a news conference Wednesday in Abuja, stating that their plans would fail.
10. #OSCARS2020: Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’ emerges as Nollywood’s entry, a first for Nigeria
The movie titled as ‘Lionheart’ which is the directorial debut of Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji has been selected as the country’s submission to the International Feature Film category of the 2020 Oscars. The development was announced on Wednesday by the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) after a statutory vetting and subsequent voting of entries received from Nigerian filmmakers at home and in the diaspora.
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