Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspapers headlines in Nigeria for today, Monday, 30th August 2021
Unknown assailants have killed Senator Bala Na Allah’s eldest son, Captain Abdulkarim Bala Na Allah, at his Malali home in Kaduna.
It was gathered that the 36-year-old was found tied and strangled while the killers escaped with his vehicle and some of his belongings.
Naija News reports that the pilot is recently married.
Confirming Abdulkarim’s death, the Special Adviser to Senator Na Allah, Garba Mohammed, said the assailants had gained entrance to the house through the roof behind the house and entered his section through the ceiling.
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has revealed that the federal government may amend the country’s labour law.
He stated this while speaking in Kwara state during a visit to Michael Mimoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS).
Keyamo said: “All the labour centres are not represented in the governing council of the institute. We are trying to amend all the labour laws in the country. We are going to amend that of this institute so that all the labour centres will be represented.
“The MNILS law is an old one. It was a decree adopted later as an art of the parliament. At that point Trade Union Congress (TUC) was not in existence. We are not unmindful of the lack of balance in the constitution of the governing council.”
He added that playing politics with who heads the strategic institution has rendered the MNILS ineffective.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has outrightly condemned the recent attacks and killings in Plateau State.
Naija News reports that over the last month, there have been attacks and reprisals in the state, especially in Jos North and Bassa Local Government Areas of the state.
Reacting to the killings in a post via his Facebook page on Sunday, Atiku stated that the Plateau killings are an affront to national security.
According to the former vice president, the recurring attacks on Jos stand condemned, adding that the North Central state has been a pride of the country.
Atiku asserted that Plateau state should not be a theatre of blood-letting, asking the Federal Government to protect the citizens of the state.
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Grace Most Revd Ignatius Kaigama, says the Federal Government’s fight against bandits and insurgents is a litmus test for President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and all eyes are on Nigeria.
He stated this on Sunday while delivering his sermon at St. Augustine’s Church, Waru Pastoral Area, Abuja.
According to Kaigama, it was critical that the Federal Government supported the security agencies in ending the killings and attacks by bandits in parts of the country.
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the court to direct the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to explain details of proposed payments of N729bn to 24.3 million poor Nigerians.
The group made the request in a suit number FHC/L/CS/853/2021 filed at the Federal High Court in Lagos against the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouk.
SERAP demanded that the government should explain the rationale for paying N5,000 to 24.3 million poor Nigerians for six months, which translates to five percent of the country’s budget of N13.6 trillion for 2021.
The group also wants the government to disclose the mechanisms and logistics for the payments, the list of beneficiaries, and how they have been selected, and whether the payments will be made in cash or through Bank Verification Numbers or other means.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, had stated that stealing under the Muhammadu Buhari-led government is not done in the open.
Speaking on the legacy of the Buhari administration, the former Rivers governor said if there is stealing at all, then it is done quietly under the current government.
He told Daily Trust in an interview published on Sunday that the present administration has handled Nigeria’s resources very well.
Amaechi claimed that during previous governments someone without any means of verifiable livelihood could become a billionaire due to corruption.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (Youth Wing) has lamented the recent attacks in Jos North LGA of Plateau State which claimed over 35 lives and called on Nigerians to adopt self-defense against bandits.
The Christian youth body also asked the Federal Government and security agencies to up their game in protecting lives and property across the country.
This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday to journalists in Abuja by Belusochukwu Enwere, the National Chairman of CAN’s youth wing (YOWICAN).
Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe has condemned the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) over a query issued to Channels Television.
Naija News reports that the commission had queried the media outlet over an interview granted by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and Ex-Naval Commodore, Olakunle Olawunmi, last week.
The regulator also summoned two of the station’s presenters, Chamberlain Usoh and Kayode Okikiolu, to Abuja over the interview.
Speaking on Saturday before the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the PDP in Abuja, Abaribe stated that PDP lawmakers will reject any legislation that seeks to stifle the press.
Abaribe added that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government is intolerant of criticism, adding that any plan to gag the press will be kicked against by Nigerians.
The president of Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo, has condemned the activities of bandits, terrorists and other criminals.
Speaking on Sunday, the cleric warned that the blood of the innocent citizens killed by the unscrupulous elements will fight for them.
Oyedepo, a popular critic of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, identified Fulani Vagabonds as those making life unbearable for Nigerians.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has warned the federal government to resolve all disputes with the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and others within 21 days.
Naija News reports that the NMA gave the warning after its National Executive Council meeting of the association in Edo State to discuss the current impasse between the government and resident doctors.
A statement by the NMA President, Prof Innocent Ujah, the group asked the government to fully resolve all the issues contained in the various agreements signed with its affiliate members.
This newspaper reports that the Muhammadu Buhari-led government currently has issues with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCAN, NARD and the Medical and Dental Specialist Association in Basic Medical Sciences, MEDSABAMS.