Here are ten Nigerian news headlines that you probably missed this week:
1. Soyinka to Government: Release Sowore.
Nobel laureate Prof Wole Soyinka has urged civil society organisations (CSOs) to rise against what he called the steady entrenchment of impunity in the dealings of state with the citizenry.
The globally renowned literary icon noted that the impunity occurs at individual and organisation levels.
He said the level of arrogance among government functionaries had crossed permissible lines.
2. CAN ‘didn’t pray’ for Bello’s re-election.
Leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Thursday refuted claims on social media that its President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, had visited Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, to pray for his re-election.
CAN stressed that it was not partisan and couldn’t have identified with any particular candidate or candidates in the forthcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.
3. Obaseki provides for new minimum wage in 2020 budget proposal.
Edo State Government has provided N34bn in next years budget for the implementation of the new minimum wage.
This was contained in the 2020 budget proposal of N177.601bn presented yesterday to the Edo State House of Assembly by the Edo State House of Assembly.
4. Convene NEC now or resign, APC govs tell Oshiomhole.
The Director-General of the Progressive Governors’Forum (PGF), Salihu Moh. Lukman, has charged the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to convene the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party or resign immediately.
5. World Bank hails Osun over projects.
Osun State Government has received the commendation of the World Bank for successfully completing the Rural Access and Mobility Projects (RAMP) in parts of the state.
6. Pipeline explosion: Senate orders NNPC to refund N382m to FG.
The Senate has directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to refund the sum of N382,203,055.74 it claimed to have used in firefighting operation during a pipeline explosion in Kom-kom, Rivers State.
7. Senate gets eighth female as Olujimi takes seat.
Clerk of the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh, on Thursday administered the Oath of Office and Oath of Allegiance on Senator Biodun Olujimi to represent Ekiti South Senatorial District.
The senator’s swearing-in followed the directive of Senate President Ahmad Lawan.
8. Jonathan: only electronic voting can solve election problems.
Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Thursday blamed politicians for undermining the electoral process in the country.
He said bad politicians groom boys whom they use as political thugs, while they send their children to good schools abroad.
Jonathan warned that until votes begin to count, the wrong people will continue to occupy leadership offices.
9. No going back on social media regulation, says Fed Govt.
There is no going back on social media regulation, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed said on Thursday.
He told online publishers in Abuja that the government will not be deterred by criticisms.
10. Navy monitors pipelines with drones.
The Nigerian Navy (NN) on Thursday said drones and helicopters have been deployed for surveillance of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines from Atlas Cove, Apapa to Ejigbo and Mosimi depots in Lagos and Ogun states.
This deployment, the service said, was to beat pipeline vandals who loot petroleum products from ruptured pipes and then find ways to smuggle them out of the country.
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