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The Newspapers – Things You Need to Know This Wednesday

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

1. The Nigerian Senate, yesterday, began debate on the general principles of the 2018 Appropriation Bill.

The bill, which would eventually culminate into the 2018 budget after passage, was introduced for second reading on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday by the Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan.

2. The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently sack everyone involved in the recall and reinstatement of former Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

They also issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to order all its officials named in the scandalous reinstatement of Maina into the federal civil service to immediately step aside for proper probe of their involvement in the saga.

3. There was confusion yesterday in the movie industry following reports that popular comic actor, Moses Oliaya, otherwise known as Baba Sala was dead.

The actor, who had been bedridden was reported to have passed on Tuesday night but family sources said the veteran actor was alive, though still battling his ailment.

4. Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-rufai, has approved the disengagement of 4,042 local government staff across the 23 local government areas of the state.

The state government explained that the sack was part of the ongoing restructuring of the local government system for effective service delivery.

5. The National Judicial Council, NJC, on Tuesday, denied allegation that the South East region of the country was sidelined in an ongoing process that will lead to elevation of 14 Judges to the Court of Appeal bench judges. The Council, in a statement by its Director of Information, Mr. Soji Oye, said it considered merit and geographical spread in the appointment of Judicial Officers to the Court of Appeal.

6. Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has challenged the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Mr Abdulrasheed Maina, to reveal the thieves he alleged were in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and answer the corruption allegations against him, as well as his fraudulent reinstatement.

Governor Fayose said he was sure that President Buhari will look the other way as he did on the allegation of award of $25 billion contracts without following due process made against the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru by Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and many others.

7. Senate President Bukola Saraki, has accused anti-corruption agencies of looting recovered proceeds of corruption.

Saraki claimed that the mismanagement of recovered loots, was the reason other countries are reluctant to repatriate stashed funds back to Nigeria.

8. Adamawa State Governor Jubrilla Bindow says he has no plan to quit the All Progressives Congress (APC), following former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s resignation from the ruling party.

Bindwo told State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja that he would remain in APC.

9. A member of House Of Representatives in Niger State, Hon Abubakar Chika Adamu, has withdrawn from the 2019 reelection race.

The reason he included in his resignation letter was due to the corrupt nature of politicians.

10. A former President, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, has described Nigerian political leaders as parasites and power mongers.

The former Catholic Archbishop of Lagos said this while maintaining that the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has made life harder for Nigerians after it promised them change.

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