1. Ngige sets up panel on alleged N3.4bn NSITF fraud
THE Minister of Labour and Employment , Senator Chris Ngige , on Thursday inaugurated a Presidential Joint Board Audit Investigation Panel to probe alleged N 3 .4 bn financial infractions levelled against the suspended Managing Director of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, Adebayo Somefun , and three other directors .
The committee is chaired by Ibrahim Khaleel of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the NSITF board .
The minister , who was represented by the Permanent Secretary , Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment , William Alo , said the eight - member committee had three weeks to submit its report .
2. Buhari orders ministry to take inventory of indigenous invention
The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , has directed the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to take full inventory of all indigenous inventions and innovations .
It was gathered that the order was given to the ministry for possible Federal Government ’ s financial assistance to inventors and innovators in the bid to reposition the economy .
The President, who is the Chairman of the Presidential Standing Committee on Inventions and Innovation , further directed the committee to identify credible research products with potential to impact all aspects of national life .
3. Newborn baby found dead at Bauchi refuse dump
Residents of the Gwallameji community in the Bauchi metropolis woke up on Thursday to find the body of newly born baby at a refuse dump behind Palm Beach Lodge in the area .
The body of the baby girl was suspected to have been dumped by her yet -to -be identified mother after delivery .
Our correspondent , who was at the scene where the baby was dumped around 11 .15 am , saw several persons gathered near the dump and discussing the incident .
4. Nine power plants shut down, 2,079MW capacity stranded
Nine of the nation ’s 27 power plants were idle on Thursday, leaving a total generation capacity of 2 ,079 . 1 megawatts stranded .
Total power generation in the country stood at 3 ,269 .6 MW as of 6 am on Thursday , up from 3 ,074 .6 MW the previous day , according to the Nigerian Electricity System Operator .
The data obtained from the system operator showed that the idle plants included five of those built under the National Integrated Power Project, namely Alaoji , Olorunsogo II , Omotosho II , Ihovbor and Gbarain .
Other plants that did not produce any megawatt of electricity as of 6am on Thursday were Afam IV & V , Ibom Power , AES and ASCO .
5. Court: FRSC can enforce traffic law on public roads
The Federal High Court in Abuja has affirmed the powers of the Federal Road Safety Corps to enforce traffic laws on all public roads in Nigeria and impound violators ’ vehicles.
Justice Anwuli Chikere made these declarations in a judgment she delivered on Wednesday .
The judgment was delivered in a suit filed by Pius Abu who accused the FRSC and its men of wrongfully impounding his car for using telephone and subsequently impounding his car in Abuja in May 2019 .
The plaintiff , who said he was apprehended by the FRSC operatives at ECWA Junction, Wuse II , Abuja and impounded his Peugeot 306 car on May 6 , 2019, alleged that FRSC lacked the power to enforce traffic law on the road not stipulated in the FRSC ( Establishment ) Act .
6. Customer, bank errors push PoS failed payments to 16%
Nigerians continue to experience declined transactions on Point of Sale terminals all over the country as failed transactions hit 296 ,528 on Thursday evening .
Live transaction updates obtained from the Nigeria Inter - Bank Settlement System showed that payment on PoS terminals had a high failure rate of 16 per cent out of a total of 1. 82 million transactions conducted as of 6 .26 pm .
According to the data , the customers contributed the most to the failure of the transactions as 45 ,162 of the failed transactions were attributed to errors they committed .
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