Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspapers headlines in Nigeria for today, Wednesday, 1st September 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari has identified job creation and consistency in policy and innovation as factors that have helped his administration grow Nigeria’s economy.
The President on Tuesday identified these factors as what made it possible for the country’s economy to record a 5 percent growth in the second quarter, 2021.
Naija News recalls according to the second-quarter GDP report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) last Wednesday, the country’s economy grew by 5.01 percent, year-on-year, the strongest growth since the fourth quarter of 2014 when President Goodluck Jonathan was in charge.
Speaking on how the feat was achieved, Buhari while speaking at the launch of the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme at the State House in Abuja identified key drivers of economic growth and diversification in the second quarter to include telecommunications, transportation, electricity, agriculture and manufacturing.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Tuesday cancelled the general cut-off marks for admission into tertiary institutions across the country.
This decision, which was reached at a virtual meeting presided over by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, permits institutions of higher learning to set their own cut-off marks for admission.
The Registrar of the board, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, who was recently reappointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, disclosed during the meeting that the University of Maiduguri proposed 150, Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto proposed 140, Pan Atlantic University proposed 210, University of Lagos, 200; Lagos State University, 190; Covenant University, 190 and Bayero University Kano wanted 180 as its cut off mark.
Tuesday, October 29, 2021, was also approved as the deadline for the closure of amendments for 2021 admissions.
Following the resolution of the Southern Governors Forum against the open grazing of cattle, Chairman of the forum and Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has signed into law the Anti-Open Grazing Bill in the state.
Recall that the state House of Assembly had passed the bill on July 2, 2021, to regulate the rearing and grazing of cattle and curb farmers/herders clashes in the state.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said the Governor signed the bill into law to curb insecurity in the state.
Ojogo added that Akeredolu signed by the law in line with the resolution of the Southern Governors’ Forum at its last meeting in Lagos where the governors set September 1st as the deadline for signing of the Anti-Open Grazing Bill into law.
The commissioner stated the law will further unite residents of the state irrespective of ethnicity, religion or creed.
Retired Nigerian Navy Commodore, Kunle Olawunmi, on Tuesday stormed the office of the Military Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA).
Naija News reports that the DIA, the primary military intelligence agency of Nigeria, had reportedly declared Olawunmi wanted over contents of an interview he granted Channels Television.
The former Naval commander stormed the DIA Abuja office alongside his lawyers Femi Falana and Abubakar Marshall.
The intelligence agency had asked Olawunmi to come to its headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday with his international passport.
The Federal Government has stated that it is considering sanctioning eligible Nigerians who refused to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Speaking on Tuesday during a media briefing in Abuja, Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, said the decision will soon be taken following the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.
The NPHDC boss added that the government may punish eligible Nigerians who refused to be vaccinated but put other people that have been vaccinated in danger.
Shuaib added that the Presidential Steering Committee and the Federal Ministry of Health are exploring ways of making vaccines more available to all Nigerians.
A section of the Lokojo-Kabba highway has caved in, causing the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to alert on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, that motorists plying that route to follow alternative expressway.
Naija News reports that a public notice signed by FRSC Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, has it that the caved-in section is between Zariagi and Obajana cement factory.
Kazeem pointed out that “this development has led to an obstruction of free flow of traffic.
As all the concerned authorities are making frantic efforts to carry out emergency repairs to restore normal flow of traffic, the emergency work may take some hours to complete.”
The FRSC then advised motorists to utilize alternative routes such as the Lokoja-Okene-Kabba, or Lokoja-Okene-Ogorimangogo.
The security challenges in Nigeria has propelled the United States of America to assist the country in identifying the sponsors of Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in Nigeria.
The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard expressed this willingness during a meeting with journalists in Abuja, on Monday.
Leonard who was questioned on the steps the US would take to assist Nigeria in identifying the sponsors of terrorism said, “That is something we are very eager to partner Nigeria on.
“I have had at least three conversations in the last two months on this subject.”
“I won’t like to go into details.”
The Ambassador who also spoke on a report that the US would abandon Nigeria the same way it did in the case of Afghanistan, noted that Nigeria and the US have a bilateral relationship unlike that of Afghanistan.
Lawyers to the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, were again reportedly disgraced by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) during a visit to the pro-Biafra activist.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Nnamdi Kanu’s lead counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, accused the security agency of practically stripping them naked during their visit to the IPOB leader on Monday.
Recall that Ejiofor had last week accused the DSS of humiliating the IPOB leader’s lawyers.
He accused the secret police of forcing the IPOB leader’s lawyers to remove their shoes, glasses.
According to Ejiofor, they were offered slippers after being searched like ‘hardened offenders.’
9. Buhari Launches Jubilee Scheme To Provide Jobs For 20,000 Graduates Every Year, Tells Nigerians To Apply
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday launched the Jubillee Fellows Programme and urged Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the new scheme.
The Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme, is a fully paid post-NYSC work placement programme that would provide an opportunity for mentors who were already engaged in various industries, gained relevant experience and built capacity over the years to provide mentorship and support for young Nigerians, Naija News reports.
Those adopted under the scheme will apart from the mentorship also enjoy fully-paid work opportunities for a period of twelve months.
The scheme is in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is designed to absorb 20,000 graduates annually.
Speaking at the presidential villa in Abuja during the launch of the scheme, President Buhari urged eligible Nigerian graduates to apply for the programme.
Troops of the Nigerian Army has restored calm to Rann in Kala Balge LGA of Borno State, after an attack by members of the Islamic State in West Africa Province, ISWAP.
ISWAP fighters were said to have stormed the area on Monday and took over the community after sporadically shooting into the air to gain entrance.
Rann is understood to be the headquarters of Kala-Balge local government area and just about 350km from Maiduguri, the state capital.
Upon arrival in Rann, the ISWAP terrorists reportedly chased out the residents as well as the few security forces they met on ground according to sources that witnessed the incident.
They were said to have also gone ahead to burn military vehicles as well as the military base in the area.
But reports have now emerged that Theatre Commander, Major General Christopher Musa last night directed the troops to rescue the town.
Some local residents told PRNigeria on Tuesday that many residents have returned back to their homes.