Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Thursday 21st July 2022
The national electricity grid collapsed for the seventh time in 2022 on Wednesday.
Reports obtained by Naija News confirmed that the network crashed after an outage, throwing the whole country into a blackout.
Electricity distribution company Eko reported that the grid went down around 11:27 a.m. earlier in the day (Wednesday).
“Dear Customers, We regret to inform you of a System Collapse on the National Grid at 11:27 a.m. sharp today, Wednesday July 20. We are in discussions with the Transmission Company of Nigeria to determine the cause of the collapse. and a possible restoration schedule.
“We will keep you updated on the situation,” the Disco company announced on its social media page.
The federal government led by Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the two-day nationwide protest planned by the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) in support of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other university unions.
Naija News previously reported that the NLC had set July 26-27 to embark on a nationwide protest to force the Federal Government and ASUU to resolve their issues and suspend the ongoing strike.
In a statement to reporters, the ASUU said the protest would take place in all 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
Speaking to State House correspondents on Wednesday at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed called the planned protest illegal. .
He said the planned sympathy strike became illegal because the NLC had no dispute with the federal government, adding that such a move would be an attempt to instigate lawlessness.
Mohammed asserted that what Congress does is a matter of self-interest, noting that it should completely isolate itself from politics.
All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Bola Tinubu has officially unveiled a former Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, as his running mate.
It comes two weeks after the former Lagos State governor announced the lawmaker as his running mate.
Tinubu announced Shettima as the APC vice-presidential candidate during his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Kastina State.
The APC presidential candidate has announced Shettima as his running mate despite protests over the ruling party’s Muslim/Muslim ticket ahead of the 2023 general election.
Tinubu on Wednesday alongside other APC stalwarts including the party’s National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, officially unveiled Shettima at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center in Abuja.
A former lawmaker representing the Rivers South-East Senate District in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Abe has confirmed his exit from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State.
In a statement to Naija News by his spokesman, Parry Benson, Abe said he was still part of the family of APC presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The former gubernatorial aspirant maintained that he had left to seek his fortune elsewhere.
On the issue of Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidency, Senator Abe felt that most Nigerians are looking for assurances as to what the future holds.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for transforming the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) into a limited liability company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL).
The former vice president revealed that the move was part of his 2018 proposal to overhaul the oil industry to generate more profits and be profitable.
Recall that Naija News earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari unveiled the new NNPC logo on Tuesday with the motto: “Energy Today, Energy Tomorrow”.
The new company will no longer belong to the State, but the public bodies will remain shareholders and will be audited each year.
Reacting to NNPC’s new status, Atiku said via a social media post that he was happy with the development.
He said, “In 2018, I had made public my plans to reform the NNPC to make it more cost effective, transparent and efficient. The APC-led government denigrated me for my patriotic outlook. But today, I am happy to see that the same government has taken a timid step in the direction of the suggestions I made.
The Christian Association of Nigeria reacted to the presence of some clerics during the presentation of Kashim Shettima as the running mate of All Progressive Congress presidential candidate Bola Tinubu.
Reacting to the event on Wednesday, the vice president of the CAN (19 northern states and Abuja) and its president in Kaduna State, the Reverend Joseph John Hayab, compared the bishops to desperadoes who got there. rendered for themselves.
John Hayab further said that APC presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu was free “to hire mechanics and other craftsmen and sew office clothes for them”, this effort would only add to their many strings but would not change the need for fairness and Justice.
The Independent National Election Commission on Wednesday presented the return certificate to People’s Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate Ademola Adeleke, who won the July 16 gubernatorial election in Osun State.
National Commissioner of INEC, overseeing Osun, Ogun and Oyo States, Prof. Kunle Ajayi, presented the certificate to Adeleke and Deputy Governor-elect, Kola Adewusi.
The electorate presented the certificate 72 hours after Adeleke defeated incumbent governor Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress.
Adeleke garnered 403,371 votes to defeat Oyetola who garnered 375,027 votes.
The Governor-elect, while accepting the certificate in a brief ceremony held at Osun INEC headquarters in Osogbo, dedicated his victory in the gubernatorial election to the memory of his late elder brother, Senator Isiaka Adeleke and the people of the state.
Lecturers under the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) have extended their extended strike for another 21 days.
Speakers expressed concern that the government had yet to respond to their pressing demands.
He noted that the federal government does not care about the problems specific to public educational institutions, especially in the states of Oyo, Ogun, Kwara, Abia, Kogi, Kaduna, Zamfara, Yobe , Akwa Ibom, Benue, Edo and Ebonyi.
COEASU said the strike has deteriorated further in some of these states with the application of the draconian “no work, no pay” rule and the victimization of union leaders.
Governor Bello Mohammed Matagall of Zamfara State has banned traditional rulers from awarding chieftaincy titles without seeking approval.
This was announced in a statement from the Special Advisor for Public Information, Media and Communications on Wednesday. Zailani Bappa.
Recall that the emirate of Yandoto had bestowed a title on notorious bandit Adamu Alero, a development that received widespread condemnation from inside and outside the state.
Zamfara State would later suspend the emir of the Emirates for giving the wanted killer a traditional title.
All Progressive Congress, APC presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu has opened up on why he made the difficult choice to choose former Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima as his running mate.
Sharing his thoughts via Twitter, Tinubu said Nigeria was at a point where it needed a bold and pragmatic approach.
The former Governor of Lagos explained that although choosing Shettima is a difficult choice, it is the best for the nation.
“This chapter in our nation’s history demands a bold yet pragmatic approach. By choosing Senator Shettima, I have taken this path. I made the hard choice because I think it’s the best choice,” he tweeted.
Tinubu had picked Shettima as his running mate amid backlash from Nigerians for presenting a Muslim-Muslim ticket.