The Newspapers: Things You Need to Know This Wednesday

11th October 2017
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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. President Muhammadu Buhari has written to both chambers of the National Assembly, requesting that $5.5bn be approved as external borrowing to be used to finance the 2017 Appropriation Act. The letter referred the Senate to the 2017 budget, which has a deficit of N2.356tn and provision for new borrowing of N2.321tn.

2. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu; and Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, met on Tuesday to resolve their disagreement broke. It was disclosed after the meeting that they have now agreed on a petroleum industry regulator free from all forms of politics.

3. The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has asked Nigerian government to implement its outstanding demands. It also threatened to embark on an indefinite strike from October 28, 2017 if government failed to give a positive response.

4. Benue State workers have suspended their two-weeks old strike to protest against the failure of the government to pay their salaries. The labour unions, in a communiqué read on Tuesday night in Makurdi by its National Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Peter Ozo-Eson, directed workers in the state to resume work on Wednesday (today) as the government will pay two months of the outstanding salaries between Thursday and Friday.

5. The remains of late Major-General Victor Malu, who died in a Cairo hospital, arrived Abuja yesterday. The body of the deceased Chief of Army Staff, which ‎touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, was received by soldiers of the Guards Brigade, Abuja.

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6. The International Monetary Fund has said it expects inflation in Nigeria and Angola to remain high at two-digit levels next year. The IMF said this would reflect the persistent effects of past inflationary shocks coming from sharp currency depreciations as well as higher electricity and fuel prices.

7. The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, lifted the post-no-debit order it placed on 24 bank accounts belonging to the Peace Corps of Nigeria. John Tsoho, in a ruling, vacated the order and upheld the motion filed by the group and its National Commandant, Mr. Dickson Akoh. The court ordered the police to immediately unfreeze the the 24 different accounts of the Peace Corps.

8. The House of Representatives on Tuesday ordered the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to appear before it over the outbreak of Monkey Pox in the country. The House took the decision in Abuja just as the National Centre for Disease Control confirmed that 31 cases of the disease had been recorded already.

9. The Federal Government, on Tuesday, through the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, filed two separate charges against the Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isah Misau. The charges include making “injurious falsehood” against Police IG, Ibrahim Idris and the Nigeria Police Force based on various allegations of corruption made by the senator against the IGP in the media.

10. The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign States of Biafra, MASSOB, has urged Igbos to stop aspiring for Presidency in Nigeria. According to the group, the idea of Igbo presidency cannot be realized. MASSOB urged Ndigbo to continue to be steadfast in their support for the agitation for an independent state of Biafra and resist the efforts by the federal government to mislead Ndigbo into fighting themselves to scuttle Biafra.

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