Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued certificate of registration to newly registered political parties. They are Young Progressive Party (YPP), Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP), All Democratic Peoples Movement (ADPM) and Action Democratic Party (ADP).
Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, charged the parties to see the registration as opportunity to exercise their critical roles in the best interest of growing the country’s democracy.
2. Nigerian Navy has announced the commencement of its online registration for the 2017 recruitment exercise from July 1 to July 31. The announcement was issued in a statement on Friday by the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas. The naval chief said the 2017 recruitment exercise is free of charge for applicants, and that interested candidates are to apply online via www.joinnigeriannavvy.com
3. Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Friday in Ado Ekiti, stressed that he would become the next president of Nigeria. The chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, boasted that he would oust President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC, from power in 2019.
4. The Federal Government on Friday, said it would recruit 300,000 youths in the second batch of its N-Power social intervention and job creation programme. This was confirmed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at Isanlu-Isin community near Omu-Aran town in Kwara State. Mohammed said the FG would reopen the N-Power portal next week to commence the process for the recruitment.
5. The Federal Government has ordered investigation into educational qualification of members of staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Uguru Usani gave the directive when he visited the commission on Friday in Port Harcourt. He expressed optimism that the investigation would expose ghost workers and staff members, who gained employment in the commission with forged certificates.
6. Ahead of the 2019 general elections, three Igbo groups, the World Igbo Youth Congress, WIYC, the Igbo Students’ Association, ISA, and the South-East Women Professionals, SWP, have shortlisted prominent Igbo politicians to run for presidency. They shortlisted the Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, former Anambra Governor, Peter Obi, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, former Abia Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, immediate past first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, among others.
7. Cristiano Ronaldo has made an irreversible decission wants to leave Real Madrid this summer. The 32-year-old says he does not want to play in Spain anymore. Report says the player is angry over his treatment by Spanish tax authorities and has resolved to leave the country.
8. There is outrage across the country following the failure of the police to arrest the Arewa youths who issued Igbos in the north 3-month ultimatum to leave the zone. Many now believe that the current government is biased and does not treat all Nigerians equally.
9. Billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Onuamadike also known as Evans has continued to reveal more of his alleged activities. Evans disclosed on Friday how he and his gang hijacked different bullion vans and made away with some amount of money running into hundreds of millions of naira.
10. Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu on Friday dissolved his entire cabinet.
Report says only two Commissioners were not affected. Those he retained are Commissioners of Finance, Obinna Oriaku and Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Umeh Kalu. Ikpeazu also sacked his personal aides including all Special Advisers and Senior Special Assistants.