Good morning Nigeria, welcome to the Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Tuesday, 3rd October 2023.
The organised labour, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Monday night announced that it has suspended the indefinite strike.
Recall that the unions had directed its affiliate member unions across the country to mobilise and shut down the country following the refusal of the government to adhere to its demands.
The Federal Government, however, in a move to avert the planned strike scheduled for October 3, 2023, invited the organised labour to a meeting at the Chief of Staff Conference Room, Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday.
The organised labour in a statement released after the meeting announced that the strike had been suspended for 30 days.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong while announcing the outcome of the meeting to State House correspondents said, “The NLC and TUC accept to suspend for 30 days the planned indefinite nationwide strike scheduled to begin, Tuesday, the 3rd of October, 2023.”
Lalong said the Memorandum shall be filed with the relevant court of competent jurisdiction within one week as consent judgment by the FG.
Chicago State University (CSU) has released more academic records of Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Recall that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, had asked the varsity to release to him the academic records of his political opponent in the last general elections in Nigeria.
Atiku is currently challenging the declaration of Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the February 25 poll, Naija News reports.
Subsequently, CSU on Monday night, released a 32-page document revealing Tinubu’s full academic records with the varsity.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday announced that it has secured an arrest warrant for former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The development was confirmed by the acting spokesman of the commission, Dele Oyewale, while addressing newsmen.
EFCC also revealed that it has initiated extradition proceedings to bring the former minister back to Nigeria.
The commission stated, “It is instructive to note that criminality is criminality, irrespective of jurisdictional differences. No crime can go unpunished.
“The money laundering charges for which Madueke is answerable to the EFCC cover jurisdictions in Dubai, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Nigeria.
“To bring the former minister to trial in Nigeria, an arrest warrant has been obtained, and extradition proceedings have been initiated. The commission is on course on her trial. She will soon have her day in our courts.”
The announcement comes hours after Alison-Madueke was arraigned at the Westminister’s Court in London, United Kingdom, following alleged bribery allegations.
The 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi has distanced himself from the possibility of working in a unity government with the administration of President Bola Tinubu.
Speaking on Monday during an interview with Arise News, Obi said he is challenging the process through which Tinubu got into office so working together may not be an option at this particular point in time.
According to the former Anambra State Governor, it is very important that leaders get in through the right door and not by jumping through the window.
Naija News reports he made the submission while answering a question on whether he plans to work with President Tinubu’s administration to help with nation-building.
The Nasarawa Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has sacked the state Governor, Abdullahi Sule.
Naija News gathered that the tribunal declared David Ombugadu, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as winner of the election.
The three-man panel led by Justice Ezekiel Ajayi, while delivering the judgment via Zoom, said Emmanuel Ombudagu of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is the winner.
Ezekiel maintained that the petitioner was able to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lafia had in March declared Abdullahi Sule, as the winner of the governorship election in Nasarawa State.
The fuel subsidy palliative introduced by the President Bola Tinubu-led government has been said to be an action born out of “limited thinking,” by the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.
The Labour Party flag bearer asserted that the government should not have resolved that way because there were several other temporary solutions that would have worked better than the introduction of the palliative.
Obi said this when he was featured on Arise TV’s The Morning Show on Monday, Naija News learned.
According to him, “If you look at what this country has been doing since inception, you could see announcements with limited thinking. Which again produces limited outcome.”
Speaking further about the naira devaluation during the show, he noted that if he was in office he would have devalued the Nigerian currency, but would have tried to manage supply to deal with the forex crisis.
The report that Senate President Godswill Akpabio has created the office of the First Lady for his wife, Ekaette Unoma Akpabio in the National Assembly has been debunked.
The Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, Eseme Eyiboh who debunked the report on Monday stated that Akpabio has not created and has no intention of creating such an office for his wife.
Eyiboh added that the report should ordinarily not have attracted a reaction but there was the need to refute the framework of the story which is clearly built to malign and disparage the Senate President.
Naija News recalls the reports that Akpabio created such an office for his wife in the National Assembly allegedly sparked angry reactions from the lawmakers.
But Akpabio’s spokesperson in his reaction said the report lacks logic and should be disregarded.
He stressed that the only relationship Akpabio’s wife has with the National Assembly is that her husband is the President of the Senate and by virtue of that, she leads the Senators’ Wives Association of Nigeria (SWAN).
The Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tonye Cole, against the election of Governor Siminalayi Fubara in the March 18 poll.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Fubara, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the winner of the Rivers governorship election.
Delivering judgment on Monday, the three-man panel of the tribunal dismissed Tonye-Cole’s suit on the ground that the national leadership of the APC withdrew from the suit against Fubara.
The tribunal also dismissed the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in Rivers State, Beatrice Itubo against Fubara’s election.
The tribunal also dismissed the petition filed by the governorship candidate of Accord Party, AP, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs.
The court equally dismissed the petition of the governorship candidate of the Alliance Peoples Movement (APM), Innocent Ekwu, for lacking in merit and awarded N500,000 as a fine against the petitioner.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has appointed a new Head of the Nigeria National Office in the person of Dr. Amos Josiah Dangut.
Dangnut is to take over from Patrick Areghan, who recently concluded his tenure.
The appointment of a new Head of the Nigeria National Office was confirmed in a statement on Monday by the examinations body.
According to the statement, Dangnut who was born on October 2, 1967, in Mbar District of Bokkos Local Government Area, Plateau State has served in several high-profile positions with WAEC before his recent elevation.
The 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi has lamented the unnecessary influence of the American dollar on almost all activities in Nigeria.
The LP flagbearer submitted that the dollar has almost replaced the naira in almost all transactional activities which should not be so.
According to him, the dollarization of the Nigerian economy has led to unproductivity and it is regrettable that even during party primaries, people share dollars.
Speaking on Monday during an interview with Arise TV, the former Anambra State Governor advised that all activities that are not productive but people use dollars for should be suspended as only those who earn dollars genuinely should be allowed to spend it freely.
He added that there should be stiff penalties for non-compliance.