Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines for Today, Saturday 20th August 2022


Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Saturday August 20, 2022.

As acrimonious as their last statements were, it is heartening to hear both sides of the protracted labor dispute at universities across the country talking again about what should happen after the strike is called off. Previously, mum had been the word of the Minister of Education, as students at public universities languish at home, their future openly taken away from them. President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has so far shown a “provocative indifference” to the social conflict, which began on February 14, 2022, even as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is determined to do what he wants. If the history of previous strikes and their resolution is any indication, the current back and forth or spat between the two sides is a telltale sign that the debilitating action is in its twilight, though that optimism is dampened. by the current demagoguery and subtle casus belli blackmail usually associated with an action that has run its course.

Reports from Tuesday’s meeting between the two sides indicate that members of Professor Nimi Briggs’ renegotiation committee have tabled no new offers other than to beg teachers to suspend the ongoing strike, with the promise that their concerns will be addressed. included in the 2023 budget. The ASUU leadership, which would have none of this, organized a bargaining strike, which lasted about three hours. ASUU President Professor Emmanuel Osodeke followed up later with a statement in which he revealed that the union had asked the federal government, through the Ministry of Education, to return to the new draft d agreement of the FGN/ASUU Renegotiation Committee of 2009, the work of which lasted a total of five and a half years as a sign of good faith. He added that “the renegotiation committee led by Munzali Jibril submitted the first draft agreement in May 2021, but the official response from the government did not come until about a year later! Again, the rewards presented by the Nimi Briggs-led team came in the form of a take-it-or-leave-it piece of paper. No serious country in the world treats its scholars this way.

The presidency has said there is no truth to the widely acclaimed position that President Muhammadu Buhari has caused more damage to the Nigerian economy since he came to power in 2015.

The president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, denied this in a post on his Facebook page on Thursday.

He asserted that inflation, stagflation, recession and depression and other economic challenges are in no way unique to Nigeria and no economic challenges have been brought about by the inabilities of the Buhari administration.

Adesina argued that many other countries around the world are struggling with the same issues, adding that this is a global phenomenon.

The presidential aide argued that those who play politics with the economic situation are insincere but only focus on amplifying the negative events while ignoring the positives.

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) revoked the broadcast licenses of Silverbird TV, AIT, Raypower FM and Rhythm FM, among others, due to their non-renewal of broadcast licenses.

Naija News reports that this was made known by NBC General Manager Mallam Balarabe Shehu.

He also ordered NBC’s state offices to liaise with security agencies to ensure that those stations are shut down within the next 24 hours.

Shehu said the licenses of around 52 television and radio stations had been suspended for non-payment of federal license fees of N2.6 billion.

According to the NBC CEO, the suspended stations were warned for several months to pay licensing fees for their operations but failed to comply.

The presidential panel that investigated the former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, accused him of compromising deals worth N333 billion, N2 billion dollars and £13 million.

Naija News reports that the presidential panel set up to investigate Magu disclosed this in the final report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2020.

It is understood that the final report has now been forwarded to the office of the Secretary to the Federation Government and that a group to produce the white paper will soon be set up.

The panel, led by former President of the Court of Appeal, Ayo Salami, was set up to survey the EFCC from May 2015 to May 2020.

In the final report, the judicial panel said the operation and management of the anti-corruption commission during Magu’s tenure was characterized by impunity and arbitrariness.

The federal government announced Thursday that it will end gas subsidy payments in June 2023.

Finance, Budget and National Planning Minister Zainab Ahmed said so on Thursday during a House of Representatives Committee investigation into the federal government’s gasoline subsidy payments.

It is understood that the House of Representatives committee is investigating petroleum products for the 2013-2022 subsidy regime.

In his presentation, Ahmed revealed that the subsidy regime was not sustainable and that the government will end subsidy payments by the middle of next year as outlined in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework 2023- 2025 and the budget strategy document.

The minister said the petrol subsidy payment could force the government to borrow more in 2023.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the 2021 Anambra gubernatorial elections, Valentine Ozigbo, has announced his decision to shed the party and back Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi.

Giving reasons for his decision to quit the PDP, Ozigbo told Arise TV on Thursday that at this precarious time in Nigeria’s history, a capable and visionary leader must be elected to lead Nigeria into the future.

He said Nigerians had been divided into two categories: “those who are working to maintain the status quo and those who are not comfortable with the status quo and want to bring about positive change.

“I belong to the group that is not comfortable with the status quo, and we have to do what we have to do to save this country and get us back on the path to progress.”

In a statement released earlier to reporters, Ozigbo endorsed Peter Obi for the 2023 general election.

He described Peter Obi as a leader with the right vision for this country, temperance, ability and experience to pull Nigeria out of troubled waters.

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has announced the revocation of the broadcast licenses of some television and radio stations in the country.

In a statement on Friday, NBC chief executive Balarabe Shehu said the media’s broadcast licenses had been revoked due to their non-renewal of their licenses.

Shehu said the media stations were in debt of about 2.6 billion naira, saying that even if they paid their fees, they would have to pay for a reboot to resume their broadcasts.

He listed some of the affected media platforms including Silverbird TV, African Independent Television (AIT), Raypower FM and Rhythm FM among others.

Shehu ordered the Commission’s state offices to liaise with security agencies to ensure the stations’ operations are halted within the next 24 hours.

He, however, called on all stations that have not renewed their licenses for the current term to do so within 30 days to avoid penalties.

The government led by Muhammadu Buhari has awarded a pipeline monitoring contract to a former militant leader, the Ekpemupolo government, popularly known as Tompolo.

Naija News has learned that the contract signed between the government, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited and Tompolo is said to be worth more than N4 billion per month.

A source told The Nation that following the contract, the former militant leader would help monitor and oversee other monitoring contracts, contractors and their activities throughout the Niger Delta.

The commander of the now defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) is also reportedly helping the government stop illegal bunkering, illegal refining and other forms of oil theft in the Niger Delta.

He said it was a similar role Tompolo played under the former administration of President Goodluck Jonathan when Diezani Alison-Madueke was oil minister.

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has reportedly reduced his delegation to three to meet Governor Nyesom Wike and his allies over the crisis that is rocking the opposition party.

Recall that the PDP plunged into crisis after Atiku ignored Wike and chose Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his presidential running mate.

Governor de Rivers, who came second in the party’s presidential primary, refused to openly support Atiku’s presidential ambitions.

Some senior party members who are unhappy with the leadership of the PDP have also joined Wike in calling for the resignation of the party’s national chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu.

Atiku and Wike had agreed to create a 14-member committee to meet and iron out differences so that peace would return to the opposition party.

But the committee responsible for exploring avenues of reconciliation between the two men did not meet as planned on Monday.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed President Muhammadu Buhari as chairman of the party’s presidential campaign council.

Naija News learned that the decision was taken during the meeting between the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu and the APC governors.

Political campaigns are expected to kick off in September ahead of the 2023 elections.

The campaign structure chart seen by ThisDay showed that Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong remains the chief executive of the presidential campaign.

Lalong, however, would report to President Buhari, who was given the power to make the final decision on operations and campaign finance.

Tinubu would replace President Buhari on the board, while the party’s national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, would serve as vice-chairman (2).

These are the headlines of Nigerian newspapers today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you tomorrow.


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