August 7, 2022
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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Thursday morning

Good Morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. The Federal Executive Council (FEC), Wednesday, took the final decision on payment of the new national minimum wage to Nigerian workers.

The FEC presided over by Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo directed the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, to effect payment of the new minimum wage on or before 31st December, 2019. This was announced by the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige shortly after the meeting at the Presidential Villa Abuja.

2. Justice Inyang Ekwo, of the Federal High Court, Abuja has suspended the planned recruitment of 10,000 constables into the Nigeria Police Force, NPF.

The Police Service Commission, PSC, in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1120/19 had dragged the NPF, the Inspector General of Police, IGP and the Minister of Police Affairs to court as first, second and third respondents, respectively.

3. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the renaming of the Federal Ministry of Communications as Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications, who made the disclosure on Wednesday while briefing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday, said the digital economy had become a global trend and was making meaningful contribution to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

4. The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, has said members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), will enjoy the new minimum wage.

According to the minister, the NYSC Director-General, Shuaibu Ibrahim, will give details of the new monthly allowance in the offing.

5. The Nigeria Police have discovered an illegal reformation home in Adamawa State and freed 15 inmates of the home located at a suburb named Wuro-Hausa in Yola Town of Yola South Local Government Area of the state.

Report said the Police found the 15 persons illegally held in the home by an old man who had young people serving as his monitoring agents.

6. Ahead of the November 16 governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has advised the Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello to “accept defeat”, and stop wasting his money.

The opposition party, which urged Governor Bello of the APC to read the “writing on the wall, do himself good by accepting defeat and stop wasting public funds on fruitless campaign”, added that it already has the “support of over 70 percent of registered voters in 18 out of the 21 local governments across the state.

7. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Captain Musa Nuhu as the new Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Nuhu, who was until his appointment, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).will replace Captain Muthar Usman.

8. The Police in Niger State have announced the arrest of one Victor John for allegedly having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in Kontagora town in the state.

The command’s spokesman, DSP Muhammadu Abubakar, told newsmen in Minna on Wednesday that John, 32, committed the act in Kontagora, headquarters of Kontagora Local Government, saying that the suspect lured the 13-year-old egg hawker into a room in a bakery with N200, where he sexually abused her.

9. A judge of the Federal High Court, Akure, Ondo State, Justice Abdul Dogo, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen. Dogo was abducted on Tuesday while he was returning to Akure from Abuja.

The kidnappers are said to have also made contact and demanded N50 million to release the judge.

10. Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has urged the Senate panel to approve 2.5 per cent as commission for those involved in the recovery of looted assets.

Malami, who made the appeal on Wednesday during the 2020 budget defence before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Right and Legal Matters, claimed his ministry was progressively making vital recovery of looted funds stashed abroad.

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