Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Tuesday, 6th October 2020
The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has approved a special salary scale for teachers in the country. He also reviewed their number of years of service from 35 years to 40 years.
This was disclosed in Abuja on Monday, 5th October 2020 by the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu, who represented the President during the occasion of the 2020 World Teachers Day.
According to the President, the new approval is in recognition of the roles of teachers in nation-building and to encourage them in delivering better service.
Buhari has accordingly instructed the Minister to facilitate the implementation of the new teachers’ salary scheme.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of the sum of N10 billion to the National Population Commission (NPC).
The fund is to enable the NPC to continue the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) exercise in the remaining 546 Local Government Areas of the country, Naija News understands.
Approval was also granted by the President for the inclusion of an additional N4.5 billion in the 2021 Budget for completion of the exercise as part of the preparations for the next census.
This was disclosed on Monday in Abuja at the NPC headquarters by the Commission’s Acting Chairman, Dr. Eyitayo Oyetunji while briefing journalists on the release of the funds and the update on the EAD exercise.
Former Vice President and 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has condemned the recent comparison on the oil price in Nigeria with that of Saudi Arabia by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In his submission, Atiku described the comparison by President Buhari as “needless and unnecessary.”
He spoke on Monday in a statement through his media aide, Paul Ibe noting that the Buhari administration should rather focus on the country’s internal challenges and how to solve them.
It will be recalled that Buhari during his independence day message to Nigerians, stated that it doesn’t make any sense for petrol to be cheaper in Nigeria than in Saudi Arabia – a submission that has continued to generate reactions and condemnation.
On Monday, Atiku also faulted the statement by the President noting that the minimum wage in Saudi is way higher than what is obtainable in Nigeria.
Akin Alabi, a Nigerian Lawmaker Representing Egbeda/Ona-Ara Federal Constituency has filed a motion before the House of Representatives praying for a dissolution of the Special Anti Robbery Squad ( SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police.
He stated that the unit has committed enough atrocities and there is more than enough evidence to outlaw SARS in Nigeria.
Hon. Alabi decried the lawlessness of the SARS officers stating that Nigerians have lost faith in the corrupt unit.
“The Fear of SARS polices officers have become the new order of the day” He lamented.
“Policing in Nigeria continues to fall short of modern practices where citizens should be treated with utmost respect and decorum, therefore making it very difficult for an average citizen to truly trust that the police are their friends,” Mr. Alabi said.
He urged the Inspector General of police to immediately and completely ban the SARS.
Former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has debunked the report that he is quietly opening a presidential campaign office in Abuja.
Tinubu in his reaction noted that he is focused on helping President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver on his mandates.
Recall that a news platform had claimed that the APC National Leader secretly opened a campaign office.
However, Tinubu, who spoke through his Media Aide, Tunde Rahman, called on his supporters to work with Buhari.
He however acknowledged that followers of Tinubu want him to run for Presidency.
“His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has not even declared his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election let alone opening a campaign office. He has repeatedly said 2023 is still some years away and that he is at present focused on helping President Buhari to deliver on his mandate as he is doing and coast home to victory.”
The Police Service Commission (PSC) has disclosed that it will take a fresh look at circumstances surrounding the recruitment of constables into the Nigeria Police Force.
The spokesperson of the commission, Ikechukwu Ani explained in a statement on Monday that this follows the decision of the appeal court to restore powers of recruiting into the Force to the commission.
He explained that the fate of the 2019 and the on-going 2020 recruitment into the Constable cadre of the Nigeria Police Force needs to be reviewed following the appeal court judgment.
While promising to be guided by the rule of law, Ani explained that the 2019/20 recruitment of constables into the force which was coordinated by the office of the Inspector-General of Police needs to be reviewed.
He assured that the PSC will continue to work with the Police Force.
President Muhammadu Buhari has given conditions under which he could consider the so much talked about ‘restructuring’.
The president gave the conditions after several ethnic groups, socio-political organizations, activists, religious leaders, former leaders, and political officeholders spearheaded the call for restructuring.
The Presidency on Sunday night warned that President Buhari will not “succumb to threats and undue pressure” being mounted by advocates of restructuring of the country.
Speaking via a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu, The presidency criticized the call for restructuring by opinion leaders stating that “the recurring threats to the corporate existence of the country with factions giving specific timelines for the President to do one thing or another or else, in their language, “the nation will break up.”
The presidency added that: “This is to warn that such unpatriotic outbursts are both unhelpful and unwarranted as this government will not succumb to threats and take any decision out of pressure at a time when the nation’s full attention is needed to deal with the security challenges facing it at a time of the COVID-19 health crisis.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said he will not challenge the outcome of the Edo State governorship election.
Recall that Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had defeated Ize-Iyamu in the September 19, 2020, Edo governorship election.
In a statement he personally signed on Monday, Ize-Iyamu said the election was “neither free nor fair.”
According to him, the election was dominated by alleged voter intimidation, falsification of results, unlawful cancellations of results in some local government areas.
Ize-Iyamu stated that while many malpractices could easily form the basis to challenge the election results, his campaign has decided not to commence an election petition in order to avoid “further tension”.
PDP National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus says that the party is ready to field a credible presidential candidate who will fly the flag the party’s flag for office in the 2023 general election.
Uche told reporters in Bauchi shortly after concluding a special meeting of party stakeholders at the Bauchi State Government House on Friday night.
The Chairman said that from any constituency, as long as it is appropriate and appropriate, whether young or old, young people have the opportunity to run for office and make the right choice. The ideal is for us to stand as our candidate in the next presidential election.
“Everyone is qualified, both young, old, governors, non-governors are qualified to contest and we have the space for everyone; if you win, you become our candidate.”
He also described the PDP as a party that is confident of winning Nigeria’s general election in the 2023 general elections considering the current situation in the country.
Former Trinidad and Tobago coach, Randy Waldrum has been appointed by the Nigerian Football Federation as the new head coach of the Super Falcons.
Waldrum’s appointment was announced in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday by the Communications Department of the NFF.
Recall that the former coach, Thomas Dennerby, resigned from the Falcons job, a year ago.
According to the NFF, consulting firm, Phillips Consulting, helped in Waldrum’s appointment.
NFF President, Amaju Pinnick was quoted in the statement, expressing hope that the new coach would take Falcons to the next level.
That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.
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