Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Thursday, 10th September 2020
The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, 9th September, 2020 inaugurated a committee to steer a 2050 development agenda for Nigeria.
According to the presidency statement on the development, the Nigeria Agenda 2050 and Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) will succeed Vision 20:2020 and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017 – 2020.
“President @MBuhari today in Abuja inaugurated a National Steering Committee to oversee the development of the Nigeria Agenda 2050 and Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) to succeed Vision 20:2020 and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017 – 2020,” Bashir Ahmad, Buhari’s personal assistant on new media noted in a tweet on Wednesday evening.
The National Steering Committee for the development of Successor Plans to Vision 20:2020 and ERGP will be jointly chaired by Mr Atedo Peterside and the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Dr (Mrs) Zainab Ahmed.
Chief Medical Directors and Managing Directors of federal tertiary hospitals have been directed by the Federal Government to “immediately” commence the use of consultants and doctors on the National Youth Service Corps to provide routine services.
Further the government said locum staff should “be brought in when and where necessary to forestall services’ disruption when applicable and affordable”.
Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health, gave the directive in a statement issued in Abuja today.
He made this known while reacting to the nationwide strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors, over the non-payment of their COVID-19 hazard allowance and other demands.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, has set Thursday, September 10 to swear-in 85 judges to preside over election tribunals to be constituted for the next round of elections in Nigeria.
Naija News reports that Appeal Court’s spokeswoman, Hajia Sa’adatu Musa Kachalla made this known in a statement on Wednesday, September 9.
According to the statement, the judges are to be inaugurated at 2 pm in the main court hall of the Supreme Court. It added that the judges will thereafter, undergo a one-day training on Election Petition Tribunal (EPT) matters, by the President of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem on September 11, 2020.
The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has expressed shock over the killing of Terwase Akwaza, aka Gana by the Nigerian Military.
The Governor who spoke on Wednesday, stated that the action of the military is now under investigation and appropriate action will be taken once the investigation is completed.
It will be recalled that Gana a wanted criminal gang leader in Benue state, northcentral Nigeria surrendered.
Naija News understands that the wanted Benue gang leader surrendered for the amnesty programme in Katsina-Ala township stadium in Katsina-Ala local government area of Benue North senatorial zone on Tuesday, September 8.
However, after he surrendered, the operation AYEM APKATUMA III of the Nigerian military revealed that it has killed the wanted Benue gang leader.
Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, has expressed readiness to testify against Ibrahim Magu, the suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Naija News recalls that Magu in a letter to the presidential panel investigating through his counsel, Wahab Shittu, asked Malami to provide evidence of corruption against him.
He asked the committee to summon the AGF to prove the infractions he accused his client of.
Shittu said providing evidence of the allegations against Magu is necessary to show credibility and for fair hearing.
Reacting to the letter in an interview on ARISE TV, Malami said he will be glad to testify before the Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential panel.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reacted angrily at the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) over the group’s statement questioning the actions taken by the apex bank on foreign exchange, intervention loans, and some other matters.
In a statement on Tuesday, the NESG had expressed concerns over the foreign exchange transactions, disbursement of intervention loans and price fixings “without appropriate policy clarity” by the CBN.
Noting that this can be subject to abuses, manipulations, it urged appropriate authorities to properly review this policy to “restore credibility into our financial sector.”
The private sector-led think-tank also stated that despite the budgetary allocations and huge sums of money disbursed by the CBN through the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, a huge gap remained in meeting the food requirements, resulting in increased hunger among the Nigerian populace.
Reacting via a press statement made available to Naija News by its Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, the CBN accused the NESG of launching a “false alarm.”
Nigeria’s total public debt profile has hit N31trn according to the latest figures released on Wednesday, 9th September 2020 by the Debt Management Office (DMO).
The figures released by the DMO comprises the debt stock of the Federal Government, the 36 states of the federation, and the Federal Capital Territory.
According to the DMO figures, Nigeria’s total public debt stock as of June 30, 2020, increased by N2.38trn ($6.593bn) to N31trn, within a space of three months.
The N31trn represents Nigeria’s total public debt figure as at June 30, 2020.
The dreaded Boko Haram Terrorist group has killed 611 teachers and destroyed 910 schools in Nigeria during different attacks according to figures made available by the United Nations (UN).
The figures made available on Tuesday by the UN covers the period between 2009 until December 2018.
“From 2009 until December 2018, 611 teachers were killed and 910 schools damaged or destroyed. More than 1,500 schools were forced to close and some 4.2 million children in the north-east are at risk of missing out on an education,” the statement said.
It added that several students have also been kidnapped from their schools while several others have been left traumatized by the experience.
It, therefore, urged the government to prioritize safety of schools, students and teachers as schools gradually resume after the coronavirus lockdown.
Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, has been made the permanent chairman of the Bayero Emirate Council.
Naija News understands that the approval was made known on Tuesday, September 8 by the Kano State House of Assembly in its new Emirate Council Amendment Bill, 2020.
Naija News recalls that Kano State government, under the leadership of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje in 2019 with the approval of the state assembly created four new emirate councils in the state, a development which was not appreciated by the deposed emir, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, and as well as some prominent persons in the state.
The new emirates which are Gaya, Karaye, Rano and Bichi, which joined the Kano Emirate Council brought the number of first-class emirs in Kano state to five, records have it.
On Tuesday, the State House of Assembly, presided by the speaker, Abdulazeez Gafasa, adopted the amendment during its plenary.
President Muhammadu Buhari has extended warning to his ministers about the channel to request to meet him.
The President on Tuesday noted that his ministers can only request to meet him through his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari.
Buhari disclosed this while speaking at the first-year ministerial performance review retreat of his administration, in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said matters related to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) should be handled by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
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