Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know Friday morning

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. The Nigeria Labour Congress, on Thursday, warned the Federal Government against heeding the advice of the World Bank to increase the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol to N750/litre. The NLC’s Head of Information, Benson Upah said any further increase in the price of petrol would lead to anarchy in the country.

2. No fewer than 12 persons were confirmed dead on Thursday, while 30 others sustained injuries in an accident involving a truck at the Hawan-Kibo community, in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State. It was gathered that the articulated vehicle was loaded with bags of grains and human beings and was descending a hill on the dilapidated road when it crashed into a ditch in the afternoon.

3. In what appears to be an indication of a worsening crisis in Rivers State, the number of commissioners that have resigned from Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s cabinet has risen to four. They are the Commissioner for Works, Dr George-Kelly Alabo, the Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Mrs Inime Chinwenwo-Aguma; Commissioner for Finance, Isaac Kamalu and Commissioner for Special Duties, Emeka Woke.

4. As the Supreme Court is set to decide on the fate of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, today, the World Igbo Congress, WIC, on Thursday urged the apex court to affirm earlier judgments of subordinate courts and order Kanu’s unconditional release.

5. Next year’s governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states may be hampered by financial constraints unless there is increased budgetary allocation to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), its chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said on Thursday. He said the allocation should be increased from the current N40 billion to N89 billion to enable the agency perform its constitutional responsibilities next year.

6. Ondo State Acting Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, on Thursday identified peace and unity as key ingredients for significant and accelerated development in the Sunshine State as envisioned and being pursued by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. Aiyedatiwa, who made the peace call in a broadcast, said what transpired in the Sunshine State in the past few months was beyond human comprehension.

7. The Federal Government has sacked all the directors of aviation agencies in the Ministry of Aviation Aerospace Development, barely 24 hours after President Bola TInubu fired the heads of five aviation agencies and suspended the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Captain Nuhu Musa.

8. Jigawa State Government said on Thursday that no fewer than 240 ghost workers were uncovered among the 4,500 temporary teachers working under its J-Teach programme. Commissioner for Information, Youths, Sports and Culture, Mr Sagir Musa, said the ghost workers were identified in a staff validation report conducted in May.

9. The mother of a 10-year-old boy, Rakia Aliu, has slammed the Niger State Police Command for keeping her son in custody over alleged theft of maize in the Kontagora area of the state. It was learnt that the minor, Ibrahim Sani, allegedly stole about nine “mudu” of maize from a grinding shop and sold it to another person before he was apprehended and handed over to the local vigilante.

10. President Bola Tinubu on Thursday in Abuja, said having the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, as a partner and Tajudeen Abbas as Speaker of the House of Representatives was good enough to make him succeed. The President spoke at a colloquium held to mark Akpabio’s 61st birthday in Abuja. He described Akpabio as a man committed to the value of national development.

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