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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Wednesday morning

Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. The death has been announced of Abubakar Tsara, Chairman, Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
Tsara died in the early hours of Tuesday at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto after a brief illness.
2. The Nigerian Senate, on Tuesday, adjourned plenary in honour of late Senator Ali Wakili who died at the weekend.
At the resumed plenary Tuesday, the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, brought to the attention of the Senate, through order 43, the need to adjourn sitting as a tradition of paying last respect to one of their own.
3. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday said the $3bn allegedly embezzled during the last administration through the Strategic Alliance Contract with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company could have been used to construct seven major roads and the Second Niger Bridge.
He said the current administration had reversed what he called grand corruption in public finance and the impunity which attended the conduct of public business especially in the past five years.
4. Agencies, parastatals and government-owned companies have been given till Friday this week to submit the details of their 2018 budget to the National Assembly.
The order was given by President Muhammadu Buhari who also directed heads of the agencies to honour invitation from the lawmakers to defend their budgets without further delay.
5. The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, dismissed a suit seeking to remove Kogi Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, from office.
Justice John Tsoho dismissed the suit on grounds that the plaintiffs, Michael Elokun, Ibrahim Sule and Mrs Hauwa Audi, had no business instituting the case.
6. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said it has not released some results of candidates that sat for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), after considering reports of CCTV footages during the conduct of the examination.
The board’s spokesman, Fabian Benjamin, noted that the results of 112,331 and those of visually candidates were yet to be released.
7. Former Vice President Namadi Sambo was summoned to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on some issues related to power and transport sectors.
Report suggested that Sambo was at the Presidential Villa at the instance of the president, against speculations that he sought audience to see the president.
8. The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Tuesday, revealed the role President Muhammadu Buhari will play in the withdrawal police personnel attached to politicians, public office holders and senior citizens in the country.
The IGP said President Buhari’s permission was needed for him to effect withdrawal of the police personnel.
9. Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said the federal government has so far shared N1.9 trillion among states as support from the Paris Club Refund.
Osinbajo said that the Muhammadu Buhari -led administration had continued to extend equal and unbiased support to states of the federation regardless of party affiliations.
10. The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has declared that Nigeria cannot survive without the North.
ACF Chairman Ibrahim Coomassie said the northern region remained Nigeria’s strongest pillar, noting that the country cannot survive without it.

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