Hello Nigeria, welcome to Naija News’ roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Thursday 23rd June 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to confirm the appointment of Mohammed Bello Shehu as Chairman of the Revenue Mobilization and Taxation Commission (RMAFC).
Naija News understands that the request for confirmation was communicated in a letter to the Upper Legislative Chambers on Wednesday.
The letter to the Red Chambers was read to lawmakers by Senate Speaker Ahmad Lawan.
In related news, Buhari also sought confirmation of Joe Aniku Michael Ohiani as Managing Director/CEO of the Infrastructure Concessions Regulatory Commission (ICRC) from the Works Committee.
The President’s request for the confirmation of Umar Yahaya as Co-Chair of the Unclaimed Funds Board of the Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions Committee was also forwarded.
Michael Ohiani, Bello Shehu and Yahaya are expected to appear before the relevant screening committees.
Former Anambra State Governor and Labor Party Presidential candidate Peter Obi has revealed the reason for his visit to Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.
Naija News earlier reported that Peter Obi met Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Wednesday.
Speaking about the visit, Peter Obi via his verified Twitter page on Wednesday revealed that he traveled to Port Harcourt to speak with Rivers State Governor Wike on vital matters of national interest.
Sharing the photos, he tweeted; “Earlier today, I visited Port-Harcourt, to speak with HE @GovWike on vital issues of national interest. -PO”
Details of the meeting between All Progressive Congress (APC) National President, Senator Abdullahi Adamu and elected senators on the platform have emerged.
Naija News reported earlier that Adamu arrived at the National Assembly compound minutes after 2 p.m. for a crucial meeting with lawmakers.
The national president of the APC then went to the office of the president of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, for a brief meeting before the general assembly.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Lawan described the recent defection of APC lawmakers to other parties as unfortunate and worrying.
Adamu said the defection is not only happening within the APC, but the problems facing the ruling party are being exaggerated in front of the public.
The CPA president, however, expressed hope that the defection issue would stop, adding that the issue will be addressed since he met with the senators.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, has been locked in a row with some Supreme Court Justices over his handling of the Supreme Court.
The rift between top judges came to light after letters sent to CJN Tanko Muhammad leaked to the press, Naija News reports.
The judges had accused Judge Tanko of “lack of probity and moral rectitude” in the management of the court.
The judges, fourteen in number, criticized the CJN for neglecting their well-being, not accompanying them in the management of court affairs, the deterioration of the state of services in general and the state of the department. disputes.
The 14 aggrieved judges listed their names as; Olukayode Ariwoola, Musa Dattijo Mohammed, Kudirat Motonmori O. Kekere-Ekun, John Inyang Okoro, Chima Centus Nweze, Amina Adamu Augie, Uwani Musa Abba-Aji, Mohammed Lawal Garba, Helen Moronkeji Ogunwumiju, Abdu Aboki, Ibrahim Mohammed Musa Salawa, Adamu Jauro, Tijjani Abubakar and Emmanuel Akomaye Agim.
The federal government has revealed that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will soon end its ongoing strike.
Naija News reports that the Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige made this known in an interview with State House correspondents on Wednesday.
Ngige assured that the strike will end soon and university activities will resume in earnest due to his commitment to resolving the conflicting issues with ASUU.
According to the minister, the government was interested in seeing the students return to school and continue their school activities.
He declared them after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari in the council chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The minister also denied the allegation that the federal government was planning to create a different pay table for unions.
Former Senate Deputy Speaker Ike Ekweremadu has said Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi cannot become Nigeria’s president.
Naija News reports that Ekweremadu also revealed the political party that Igbos would vote for in the 2023 elections.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the lawmaker from Enugu acknowledged that Peter Obi is a credible candidate and their son, but they need to be aggressive in the election.
According to Ike Ekweremadu, the former governor of Anambra State cannot win the presidential election and the East cannot afford to waste their votes.
He said people in the Southeast region should not make decisions that they later regret or affect their future.
Ekweremadu said he was confident the South East would vote for the opposition People’s Democratic Party, as he compared voting for Peter Obi to “throwing votes”.
A leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Femi Fani-Kayode, claimed that some senators had decided to get rid of the ruling party.
Naija News reports that Fani-Kayode took to the microblogging platform Twitter on Wednesday to sound the alarm that at least 22 lawmakers are threatening to quit the APC to join the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP). .
The former aviation minister said lawmakers were bitter at losing the party’s primary election and threatened to move on with the opposition party.
Fani-Kayode voiced his concerns about the development and urged APC National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu to contact them immediately and resolve the issue.
He said the ruling party could not afford to lose all 22 senators before the 2023 general election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has agreed to extend the ongoing continuous voter registration exercises which are scheduled to end on June 30, 2022.
The development was announced by the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters, Hon. Aishatu Jibril Dukku speaking to lawmakers on Wednesday
Aishatu in the plenary said, “The Committee held a meeting with INEC yesterday (Tuesday) and they agreed to extend the CVR, all our resolutions were approved.
The House of Representatives had last Wednesday urged the INEC to extend the deadline for continuous voter registration for another 60 days from June 30, 2022, to allow more Nigerians to register.
Workers at the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have gone on a nationwide strike over the non-payment of their wages.
Workers under the umbrella of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) announced the industrial action on Wednesday following a meeting this morning.
The union had started a seven-day warning strike in 2021 to demand payment of the 2018 and 2019 promotion arrears due to its members.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied President Muhammadu Buhari’s allegation that the group is responsible for pipeline vandalism and oil theft in the country.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Buhari had said vandalism and oil theft perpetrated by the IPOB were responsible for the shortfall in daily production quota in the country.
President Buhari accused the international community of funding the separatist group and also advised foreign countries to designate IPOB as a terrorist organization.
Reacting to the allegation, IPOB media and publicity secretary Emma Powerful said the chairman was wrong to link the group to the vandalism of oil pipelines and other infrastructure.
Powerful described the claim as funny and laughable, adding that the directive to foreign countries to designate IPOB as a terrorist organization is unwarranted.
The IPOB spokesperson said the group’s sole interest was in actualizing the “Biafra freedom struggle” and nothing else. He added that the group’s management is studying Buhari’s comments and will respond appropriately.