Nigerian Newspapers: 10 major events this Saturday

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

  1. President Bola Tinubu has solicited the support of the United Nations in Nigeria’s fight against terrorism in light of its rippling effect on global peace, displacement of people and rising poverty. He made the appeal at an audience with the Under-Secretary General of the United Nations Office on Counter-Terrorism, Mr Vladimir Voronkov, at the State House on Thursday.
  2. Kingsley Obiora, the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has been reportedly arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS). According to a Business Day report, his arrest followed allegations of financial mismanagement under Godwin Emefiele, the suspended CBN governor. Obiora is the Deputy Governor of the apex bank in charge of economic policy.
  3. President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Khalil Suleiman Halilu as the new Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI). The announcement was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale. The directive of the president indicated that the appointment takes immediate effect.
  4. The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress has concluded plans to embark on a two-day warning strike, beginning from September 5 to 6th, 2023. President of NLC who handed down the threat, in Abuja on Friday, warned that the union would mobilise its affiliates to embark on indefinite strike if the federal government does not take steps to address the excruciating pains Nigerians face at the moment. Ajaero said the union arrived at the decision after a National Executive Council meeting in Abuja.
  5. President Bola Tinubu has approved the replacement of Victor Akinjo as the Ondo State representative nominated to the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The president directed that Akinjo should be replaced with Otito Atikase. Tinubu also replaced Asi Oku Okang, the Cross River state nominee, with Orok Otuk Duke.
  6. The Chairman, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Rivers State Chapter, Joseph Obele, has enjoined the Federal Government to ensure that the nation’s refineries are fixed as planned. He stated that the cost of Petroleum Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, would crash below N200 per litre should the refineries become functional. This is coming against the backdrop of the removal of petrol subsidy, which has led to a corresponding hike in fuel prices and a hike in the cost of living.
  7. Nigeria has a ratio of one pharmacist to an estimated 13,385 population. According to the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria, only about 19,000 pharmacists are currently licensed to practise in Nigeria, and out of this number, no fewer than 2,863 of them have left Nigeria to seek greener pastures from 2018 to July 2023.
  8. The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission said it had begun investigation into a petition it received from the Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee, Yusuf Gagdi, regarding job racketeering. The anti-corruption commission disclosed this in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogugua, on Friday, adding that it also received a petition from Premium Times, an online newspaper.
  9. Leading political parties in Edo State have called for a free, transparent and credible election as voters go to the polls today (Saturday) to elect chairmen and councillors in the 18 local government in the state, the first in seven years. The chairman of Edo State Independent Electoral Commission, Justice James Oyomire (retd.), said that 18 chairmen and 192 councillorship seats will be contested for, while voting will take place in 4,519 polling units across the state.
  10. The Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Sununu, has said the Federal Government will set up a formal negotiation team between the Parent-Teacher Association and other relevant stakeholders to meet on the recent increase in tuition fees for schools across the country. Speaking at a news conference in commemoration of the International Day to Protect Education from Attack in Abuja on Friday, the minister said the hike in school fees could be the major cause of the various attacks happening across schools, adding that there was a need to find a solution to the problem.
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