Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Thursday, 17th December 2020
The federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved the reopening of Nigeria’s land borders that had been closed for about a year.
The approval was given at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held at the council chamber of the Aso Rock presidential villa.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on Wednesday, noted that Nigerians should expect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of January 2021.
Ehanire made this claim during the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected the bill to amend the constitution to put an age limit on some political offices.
A lawmaker from Imo State, Bede Eke, had prayed to put a cap of 70years for anyone running for the office of the President and 65years for the National Assembly.
President Muhammadu Buhari government on Wednesday approved 173 centres and 30 State government institutions for the National Identity Number, NIN, enrollment across Nigeria.
The Federal Government stated this in a statement released on the official website of the National Identity Management Commission titled, “Approved Data Capturing Agents (Digital Identity Ecosystem)”.
The Appeal Court on Wednesday nullified the conviction and seven years jail term handed to a former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh.
Naija News recalls that Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had found Metuh guilty of money laundering charges.
The Nigerian Senate has fixed Monday, December 21, 2020, to hold a special session to consider and pass the 2021 budget.
Naija News reports that this was disclosed by Senate President Ahmed Lawan during plenary on Wednesday.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, on Wednesday, stated that President Muhammadu Buhari is safe in Daura, Katsina State.
Enenche in a statement released on Wednesday noted that the safety of the President is not threatened by banditry in the state.
The former Lawmaker representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Shehu Sani, on Wednesday, stated that President Muhammadu Buhari is losing his popularity in the northern part of the country due to increase in insecurity in the region.
Sani during an interview with Punch said, “Buhari is losing his popularity in the north because of the insecurity. The northerners are most fanatical about Buhari before now but he is losing that because of the insecurity in the region.”
The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has been asked to extend the deadline on shutting down SIM cards not linked to the National Identity Number, NIN.
The call for the rescheduling was made by the lower chamber of the National Assembly on Wednesday, December 16, Naija News understands.
The Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/ Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CENCPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has constituted a South-South reconciliation committee.
The committee was made known to newsmen in a communique on Wednesday signed by the Secretary of the CENCPC, Lucky Imasuen, after a meeting of party leaders from the geo-political zone in Abuja on Tuesday.