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The Newspapers – Things You Need To Know This Thursday

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

1. The Federal Executive Council, FEC, yesterday approved the sum of N621.2bn for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to handle the reconstruction of 21 federal roads across the six geopolitical zones of the country. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, announced this on Wednesday, while briefing State House reporters after the federal cabinet meeting presided over by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

2. A former minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Dr Abba Sayyadi Ruma, is dead. Confirming the demise of Ruma, his uncle and Danwairen Katsina, Alhaji Sada Salisu Ruma, said late Sayyadi had battled diabetes for a long time before he eventually passed away on Wednesday.

3. Mr Uche Okafor, Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, said that defection of some members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is so inconsequential to rob the ruling party of victory in the Nov. 6 polls. Okafor said that in a democratic setting as practiced in Nigeria, people are free to enjoy political freedom so as to drive dividends of democracy to the public.

4. President Muhammadu’s request to borrow $700 million has been rejected by the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debt chaired by Senator Uba Sani on Wednesday. Members of the Committee faulted the idea of seeking loan to fund sustainable urban and rural water supply, sanitation and hygiene, noting that there were enough loans which the country has been servicing.

5. Retired Maj.-Gen Saleh Maina yesterday, said the insecurity in Nigeria will not drag into the next federal administration. He spoke in Abuja on Wednesday at a roundtable on Internal Security Management organised by Cleen Foundation.

6. No fewer than seven villagers have been killed in an attack on Yanbuki community in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State by suspected armed bandits. The Zamfara Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Mohammed Shehu, confirmed the incident on Wednesday.

7. The Police Command in Kogi State has confirmed that six people were killed with some houses burnt by unknown gunmen in a Monday morning attack on Bagana community of Omala Local Government in the State. The Commissioner of Police in Kogi, Idrisu Dabban, confirmed the incident to newsmen after a visit to the area.

8. The national leadership of the Labour Party, on Wednesday, said it was yet to endorse another candidate for the Anambra State gubernatorial elections slated for November 6. The Labour party’s leadership spoke yesterday in Abuja through its Acting Secretary General, Joseph Ndirang.

9. Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has said that the commission is ready for the Nov. 6 governorship election in Anambra State. He said this at a meeting with the Joint National Assembly Committee on INEC and Electoral Matters that engaged with the commission over the forthcoming election in Abuja on Wednesday.

10. Barcelona have parted ways with coach Ronald Koeman after a series of losses that includes a 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday. Club President, Joan Laporta, informed him of the decision after the defeat against Rayo Vallecano that left the club languishing in 9th position on the league table.

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