The Newspapers – Things You Need To Know This Friday
Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday said it was not aware of the alleged seal-off of houses believed to belong to President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki. Acting Head, Media and Publicity of the commission, Mr Tony Orilade, told newsmen on Monday that he was unaware of the issue.
2. Some aviation unions have given the Federal Government a seven-day ultimatum to review the newly-approved organogram for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) by the Federal Ministry of Transportation. The unions, which issued the ultimatum on Monday, during a peaceful protest at the NCAA Headquarters in Lagos, vowed to embark on a warning strike if their demands were not met.
3. African Action Congress (AAC) National Executive Committee (NEC) has explained that it removed Omoyele Sowore as National Chairman of the party for alleged corruption. The party also confirmed the installation of Dr. Leonard Nzenwa as the Acting National Chairman. Comrade Oladele Ade, Acting Director Communication, in a statement said Dr Nzenwa was until March 27 the National Secretary of the party. The party recalled that at its second NEC meeting in Abuja, Sowore and nine other NEC members of the party were accused of corruption and anti-party activities.
4. The Association of Resident Doctors, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Awka branch, has embarked on an indefinite strike over poor conditions of service. Dr. Obinna Aniagboso, Chairman of the branch, announced this in a statement on Monday in Awka, Anambra State capital. He said the strike was caused by the inability of the Anambra Government to honour the agreement it signed with the body on Jan. 17, during its warning strike.
5. Two persons reportedly died in a flood after a heavy rainfall in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital. The victims, a man and woman, were discovered in a gutter along Atiku Abubakar lane by GWT fuel station in Uyo after the rain that started at about 5:30 pm on Sunday. A witness said the unidentified victims, who were found dead inside the gutter on Monday morning were not residents of the area. She stated that residents of the area called the police who promptly responded and took the corpses away.
6. The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has again taken a swipe at Bola Tinubu, former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He insisted that the days of godfatherism in Nigeria were gone and that Lagosians should unseat those still in place. El-Rufai spoke with State House correspondents on Monday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
7. The organised labour on Monday protested alleged infringement of workers’ rights by Senator Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment. According to reports, Ayuba Wabba, President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said the protest was to express their stand against workers’ treatment during a rally at the residence of Ngige on Wednesday in Abuja. The protesting workers held placards with inscriptions like ‘Workers rights to peaceful protest and picketing are not negotiable’ and ‘Picketing is lawful while thuggery is a crime’ among others.
8. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed that it remitted N5 billion to the Federal Government’s purse after the conduct of its 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). This is contained in the board’s weekly bulletin, signed by the JAMB Head of Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, on Monday in Lagos. Benjamin explained later in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the Federal Government gave N2 billion out of the N5 billion back to the board to enhance its operations.
9. Zainab Aliyu, the Nigerian student who was detained in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug trafficking, on Monday arrived in Nigeria. Aliyu arrived Nigeria through the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano on Monday. She was released to the Nigerian mission in Saudi Arabia after President Buhari directed Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, to immediately intervene in her case as she was wrongly accused. Aliyu, a 22-year-old student of the Maitama Sule University in Kano, had travelled to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj alongside her mother and sister before her arrest with a banned drug.
10. Godwin Emefiele, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Monday, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the ASO Villa, Abuja. Emefiele who recently got reappointed as governor of CBN shook hands with the president who congratulated him. The reason for the meeting was not disclosed but their meeting happened almost at the peak of a controversial leaked audio exposing an alleged missing N500 billion under Emefiele’s watch.