Good morning Nigeria,welcome to the roundup of newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today,Friday,17th July,2020.
1. We Don't Support School Resumption-NUT Lagos.
The Nigeria Union of Teachers, Lagos State chapter, has said it does not support the idea of reopening schools in the state.
The Lagos NUT Chairman, Mr Adesina Adedoyin, while reacting to the decision of the South-West governors to commence the West African Senior Secondary Examinations in August said it was disheartening that the governors and the Federal Government could not take a uniform decision.
He said, “The Federal Government is saying no resumption and the South-West governors are saying pupils should resume. There should be a synergy between the federal and state governments. The task force members know the extent of the pandemic and if the curve has not been flattened, they will not advise schools to reopen.
2. Court Orders EFCC To Return Saraki's Houses.
The Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday reversed its order forfeiting to the Federal Government two houses in Ilorin belonging to a former Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
The court, in a judgment by Justice Rilwan Aikawa, released the houses back to Saraki, while delivering judgment on an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, seeking to permanently forfeit the houses to the Federal Government.
The EFCC had in December last year secured a court order for the interim forfeiture of the houses – Plots No. 10 and No. 11 Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State – after telling the court that they were acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities allegedly perpetrated by Saraki while he was Kwara State Governor between 2003 and 2011.
3. Silence Is Golden.
Cheers to the hackers! It appears that Donald Trump can’t tweet at the moment while Twitter works out who hacked it. My day is sunnier without any news mentioning his latest Tweet.
4. Meet Rukaiya El-Rufai,First Female From North To Become PwC Partner.
Rukaiya El-Rufai has joined the elite partnership of PricewaterhouseCoopers Nigeria, making her the first female from the northern region to be elevated to such a position in a ‘big four’ accounting firm.
Yesterday the company announced its class of 2020 partners, which also includes Akinyemi Akingbade, Chioma Obaro, Kunle Amida, Olusola Adewole, Tosin Labeodan, Wura Olowofoyeku, and Yinka Yusuf.
Prior to the admission, Rukaiya worked at the company as the Associate Director of Risk Advisory and Head of Sustainability.
5. You Won't Get Hazard Allowance In The UK,Ehanire Tell Doctors Going Abroad.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has told Nigerian doctors willing to go to foreign that there is no such thing as ‘hazard allowance’ aside from their salary in the UK.
Ehanire, in a speech at the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, said the government was working on ensuring better welfare for the doctors.
6. Real Madrid Wins 34th La Liga Title.
Real Madrid were crowned La Liga champions for the 34th time on Thursday after they beat Villarreal 2-1 to clinch the title with one game to spare.
Karim Benzema scored twice including a second-half penalty at the empty Alfredo di Stefano Stadium to send Madrid seven points clear and end Barcelona’s two-year hold on the trophy.
Barca had to prevail against Osasuna at home and hope Madrid slipped up but their challenge ended with a 2-1 defeat at Camp Nou, despite a brilliant Lionel Messi free-kick.
7. Lagos Pays Indigent Resident N20,000 For Business.
The Lagos State Government has started disbursing funds to indigent residents as start-up capital for small scale businesses.
The empowerment scheme is under the Eko Cares Initiative
Under the scheme, each beneficiary gets N20,000 to invest in consumer goods to generate quick turnover, which is then ploughed back into the business for a higher turnover.
According to a statement on Thursday, 217 beneficiaries of the scheme, who are part of the 2,000 people earmarked for the first phase, were at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja, to receive the cash payment.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Aderemi Adebowale, said through the programme, more Lagosians, particularly the less privileged and the vulnerable, would have funds for micro-businesses and vocations.
8. PDP Will Reclaim Ondo,Says Ekweremadu.
A former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party will win the Ondo State governorship election scheduled to hold on October 10.
Ekweremadu said this in Akure, on Wednesday after monitoring the delegates election across the 18 local government areas of the state.
He said, “PDP is well positioned in Ondo State and we are ready to take over power in the state. Members here have resolved their differences and they are willing to work as a team to dislodge the APC.
9. Buhari Orders Speedy,Coordination Probe Of Corruption Allegation In NDDC.
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja ordered a speedy and effective coordination among security and investigating agencies along with the National Assembly into the allegations and counter allegations of corruption rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The president said such coordination had become imperative in view of the administration’s efforts to bring sanity, transparency and accountability to the management of huge resources being allocated to development of the Niger Delta sub-region.
In an apparent reference to the slanging match between the Minister of Niger Delta, Senator Godswill Akpabio, and former acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Ms Joi Nunieh, Presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement, said Buhari, “in his reaction to the unfolding drama, which include attacks and counter attacks between and around persons, institutions, and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)”, promised to get to the root of the matter.
10. Olafaso:'I Won't Step Down For Ajayi'.
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant, Dr. Eddie Olafeso, has vowed not to step down for the defected Ondo State Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi or any other aspirant.
Olafeso said no party leader would ask him to step down because such move would wreak havoc on the PDP and deny it the chances of winning the governorship election. Ajayi defected recently from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP ahead of the July 22, primary.
Speaking against the background of reports that some party chieftains are inducing the aspirants with money to step down and pave way for Ajayi to emerge as the consensus candidate, Olafeso said nobody has approached him and vowed that he would rebuff such move.
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