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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 24 July, 2020)

Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN)

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Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Punch Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Punch News.

Jegede talks tough, vows to end Akeredolu’s reign

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the October 10, Ondo State governorship election, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, on Thursday said his emergence marked the beginning of the end of the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu-led administration.

Jegede won the PDP primary on Wednesday, polling 888 votes to defeat seven others, including the state deputy governor, Mr. Agboola Ajayi.

The PDP candidate, who spoke with journalists in Akure said, “By the support of the people of the state and other party members, we will take over the government of Ondo State come October 2020.

I rejected Funtua’s request that Sowore begged Buhari – Falana

Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), on Thursday, said he rejected the request of a delegation comprising the late Isa Funtua and two newspaper publishers to prevail on the Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, to apologise to the President Muhammadu Buhari.

Falana, in a statement titled, ‘On the collapse of secret meetings designed to compromise Omoyele Sowore in custody’, said he also rejected the delegation’s request to have Sowore, who was in detention, to write an undertaking to desist from further embarrassing the Federal Government.

Reps to probe North-East agency over missing N100bn

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the North-East Development Commission over the alleged disappearance of N100bn released to it by the Federal Government.

The resolution was based on a motion moved by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, titled: ‘Need to Investigate the Alleged Sleaze and Misappropriation of N100bn at the North East Development Commission’.

Consequently, the House mandated its committees on Finance, Procurement and the NEDC to “exhaustively investigate these allegations and report back in eight weeks.”

Nigeria lost $1.4bn to chemical importation in 2019 – NARICT

The Director-General, National Research Institute for Chemical Technology, Zaria, Prof. Jeffrey Barminas, said that Nigeria lost $1.4bn to importation of chemicals in 2019.

He made the disclosure on Thursday at an interactive session in Abuja with the Senate Committee on Science and Technology chaired by Sen. Uche Ekwunife.

WASSCE: FG considers Nov/Dec GCE option

The Federal Government on Thursday said pupils in Nigeria might be forced to sit for the General Certificate Examination in November, if the country failed to meet up with this year’s timetable for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination.

The government explained that that might become necessary since the West African Examination Council  could not shift its WASSCE scheduled to commence on August 4.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, stated these while answering questions from journalists during the press conference of the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19.

Number of Nigerian doctors in United Kingdom rises to 7,875

No fewer than 7,875 Nigerian doctors are currently practising in the United Kingdom, according to the UK’s General Medical Council.

The GMC, which is the government body that maintains the UK’s official register of medical practitioners, also says  India, Pakistan and Nigeria are the countries with the highest number of doctors practising in the UK.

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