Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Thursday 18th August 2022
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is due to make an official visit to Maiduguri, Borno State on Thursday, August 18.
It is understood that the President last visited Borno State on December 23, 2021.
During Thursday’s visit, President Buhari is expected to unveil projects including humanitarian aid to vulnerable people, a commission teachers’ quarter in Bukumkutu district and 500 resettlement houses in Molai executed by the state government. .
Naija News has collected that the President is also responsible for paying tribute to the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Ababukar Umar Garbai Ibn El-Kanemi.
Nigeria has been plunged into a nationwide blackout as the country’s electricity workers went on strike on Wednesday to pressure the federal government to meet their demands.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), in a statement by its spokesperson, Ndidi Mbah, confirmed that electricity workers under the umbrella of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) have cut several lines 330 kV transmission and 33 kV feeder lines on Wednesday.
Union members shut down major electricity substations across the country, Naija News reports.
The TCN added, however, that it was already negotiating with affected union members on how to resolve the situation.
Naija News understands that power workers under the umbrella of NUEE are protesting the non-payment of arrears owed to former workers of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), suspension of terms of service and track of workers’ careers, among others.
The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) ended its national strike on Wednesday evening.
The union took the decision after an emergency meeting with Labor and Employment Minister Chris Ngige.
Union members across the country had previously closed their offices, leading to a nationwide power outage.
Naija News has collected that electricity workers under NUEE and the Association of Senior Electricity and Allied Enterprises Executives (SSAEC) after the meeting agreed to suspend the industrial action.
NUEE General Secretary Joe Ajaero, speaking to reporters after the meeting, said they had been asked to call off the strike.
Ajaero expressed hope that the government would act in good faith on the disputed issues that have dragged on for years.
All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu held a closed-door meeting with former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday.
The presidential candidate met Obasanjo as part of his consultation ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Naija News gathered that the former Lagos State Governor’s helicopter landed at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Oke Mosan, Abeokuta at around 1pm.
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun who was there received Tinubu, while his Deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele and former Governors Olusegun Osoba, Gbenga Daniel also welcomed their Chief.
Tinubu immediately went straight to the closed-door meeting with Obasanjo.
Other participants in the meeting were Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, former APC President Bisi Akande, Nuhu Ribadu and others.
Former spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party, Kola Ologbondiyan reacted to the decision of the Governor of Rivers State to invite members of the opposition party to commission projects in his state.
According to Ologbondiyan, Governor Wike is known to have invited members of the opposition party to commission a project, adding that it is not because of the PDP crisis.
He recalled that Wike once invited former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha and Senator Ali Ndume to commission projects.
Ologbondiyan further said that Wike’s decision at that time was not condemned by people, he wondered why people were suddenly attacking him.
Speaking during Wike’s meeting with Peter Obi, Ologbondiyan said the former Anambra State Governor may meet with him due to the vote.
Members of the Nigerian Governors Forum held a meeting at the State House Banquet Hall at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja on Wednesday.
Naija News reports that the governors met on the state of the country’s economy, insecurity and healthcare, among other issues.
The meeting comes weeks after governors met with President Muhammadu Buhari in July and suggested 33 urgent measures to prevent the nation from collapsing economically.
At their meeting on Wednesday, the governors pledged to gradually allocate more resources to primary health care.
This was revealed by the chairman of the forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike said on Wednesday that he will tell people in Rivers who to vote in the 2023 general election.
Wike, in his statement, said he was very familiar with all of the candidates vying for the 2023 race.
He further stated that some people want to be governor without an agenda.
Wike said he owes the state a lot for giving him the opportunity to lead for two terms.
The People’s Democratic Party governor pledged to oppose anyone who misguides the state, calling such people armed robbers.
Wike said as much on Wednesday during the commissioning of the refurbished water mains building in Port Harcourt.
Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan on Wednesday dismissed claims that Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike is endangering the party and its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.
Ologbondiyan, while talking about the crisis in the PDP, said he was confident that Wike would not take any action that would prevent Atiku from winning in 2023.
The PDP leader also noted that Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom and Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu who have senatorial ambitions would also work in favor of the party.
Ologbondiyan said he does not see them aligning themselves with another political party until the 2023 general election.
He further stated that Governor Wike remains a member of the party until he decides whether to choose the card of the All Progressives Congress or any other party.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar criticized All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu for his comment on federal government borrowing.
Naija News reports that Adamu during an interview on Trust Television on Monday justified the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s recurring need for borrowing.
He noted that the federal government can borrow from here for eternity because loans are the source of the country’s infrastructure.
Adamu argued that countries like the US and UK borrow funds from international financial institutions to meet their needs and Nigeria is no exception.
Reacting in a statement on Tuesday evening by his media assistant, Paul Ibe, Atiku said the statement made by the APC National President is reckless and reckless.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate said it was disheartening that Adamu still advocates reckless borrowing amid the economic challenges facing the nation.
Atiku said that despite his earlier warnings against borrowing, Adamu was still talking about mortgaging Nigeria’s future with borrowing.
Former Military Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida has urged Nigerians to seek God’s help in the political activities of the country.
Babangida, gave the advice while speaking to reporters in Minna on Tuesday, Naija News reports.
The former head of state who will turn 81 in August 2022 implored citizens to have faith in the unity of the country and to remain committed to seeing things improve.
He said, “I beg us to be patient with each other and pray for God’s intervention in our socio-economic and political activities,” he said.
“We must continue to educate people on how to live in peace and harmony for peace, progress and continued existence as a nation.”
He also called on the media to promote unity and peace in the country and among Nigerians.