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The Newspapers – Things You Need To Know This Saturday

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The Federal Government has raised the cost of both single-phase and three-phase electricity meters beginning from November 15, 2021. It announced this in a circular dated November 11, 2021, issued by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and addressed to managing directors, all electricity distribution companies and all meter asset providers.

2. The Nigerian Senate, on Friday, ruled out the allegation that the Federal Ministry of Finance was not releasing funds to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government, for the purpose of executing their budgets. Senate Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Senator Jibrin Barau argued that the MDAs have enjoyed prompt release of recurrent and capital overhead funds this year.

3. United States Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken will visit Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal from November 15-20, underscoring the depth and breadth of relationships with African partners. During the visit, the Secretary will advance U.S.-Africa collaboration on shared global priorities, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic and building back to a more inclusive global economy, combatting the climate crisis, revitalizing democracies, and advancing peace and security.

4. Nigerian Railway workers are to embark on a 3-day warning strike from Thursday, November 18 to November 20, 2021. General Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Railway Workers (NUR), Comrade Segun Esan, confirmed this in an interview on Friday.

5. Members of the University of Port Harcourt branch of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, on Friday, staged a protest in rejection of the proposed sharing formula of the N22.12 billion earned allowance by the federal government. This comes two weeks after the federal government released the payment formula for the earned allowance.

6. Six people on Friday lost their lives in an auto crash that occurred in Ondo State. According to sources, the passengers in the coaster bus belonging to Akure North Local Government Area were on their way to Okitipupa to attend a social function of one of the Directors of the Odigbo Local Government Area of the State.

7. The Federal Government says no fewer than 67 million people have registered for National Identification Number, NIN, which is the foundation for economic growth and national security. The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Mallam Isa Pantami, disclosed this in Paris at the Nigeria international Partnership Forum held on the sidelines of the Paris Peace Forum.

8. The Department of State Services (DSS), Kano State Command, has arrested three suspected members of a notorious syndicate that specializes in trailing people to banks to rob them after withdrawing money from the banks. The Director, DSS, in the State, Mr Alhassan Muhammad, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Friday in Kano, adding that the criminals had been terrorising the people of the state for the past three years.

9. The National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), says splintering of the Boko Haram terrorist group into the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) is creating an additional stress for Nigeria. The NSA also said most contemporary security problems facing the country and the Lake Chad Basin Countries (LCBC) are influenced and heightened by external factors in the global environment.

10. Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Friday, ordered former Nigeria international football player, Kanu Nwankwo, and his hotel, Hardley Apartment, to pay N30,000, fine for stalling the scheduled hearing of debt recovery suit brought against them by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON. AMCON had dragged Hardley Apartment, its directors, Ayoola Gam-Ikon and Kanu, before the court over alleged debt of N924.7 million.

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