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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 04 August, 2020)

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Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you all are doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19!

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.

Resumption: Stay at home, FG tells students with cough, other symptoms

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has asked students with symptoms of COVID-19 to stay at home as resumption of the Senior Secondary School 3 begins this week nationwide.

The PTF faulted state governments asking students to produce results of their COVID-19 tests before resumption.

It said instead of compulsory test, which would only be valid for the period the test was conducted, students already showing symptoms of the virus should be asked to stay away.

Naming railway station after Jonathan demeaning – PANDEF

The Pan Niger Delta Forum has rejected the naming of the railway station in Agbor, Delta State, after former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, announced on July 18 while inspecting the Warri-Itakpe rail line that the President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the naming of the railway station after his predecessor.

But PANDEF, in a statement on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Ken Robinson, described the gesture as “meaningless and belittling to the person and status of the former President.”

Court orders NDDC contractors to forfeit N827.6m

The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the forfeiture of the sum of N827.6m recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from two firms described as contractors to the Niger Delta Development Commission.

The EFCC told the court that the firms, Flank Power Resources Limited and GMFD Ventures Limited, were awarded contracts and paid by the NDDC, but failed to execute the projects, while the funds were diverted and laundered.

The Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Dele Oyewale, said in a statement on Monday, titled, ‘EFCC secures final forfeiture of N827.6m from NDDC contractors’, that the forfeiture order was made by Justice C. J. Aneke on June 29, 2020.

PDP asks Oshiomhole to present Primary Six certificate

The Peoples Democratic Party, on Monday, asked a former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, to present his Primary School Leaving Certificate if he actually went to school.

The Chairman of the PDP Campaign Council for the Edo governorship election, Chief Dan Orbih, made the demand while addressing party members and supporters in the Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of the state.

Orbih also urged Oshiomhole to tell Nigerians the cause of his quarrel with his successor, Governor Godwin Obaseki, whom he described as a worthy alumnus of the University of Ibadan.

APC, PDP trade words over $2.4bn Chinese loans, others

The All Progressives Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, on Monday, engaged in a war of words over the alleged failure of the PDP to account for loans amounting to over $2.4bn received by two previous administrations and used for failed projects.

The APC’s position was contained in a statement titled, ‘PDP should account for failed $460m Abuja CCTV project, $2bn China loan – APC’, by its National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena.

Ondo deputy gov set to resign from PDP

There are strong indications that the Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr Agboola Ajayi, will be resigning his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party this week.

Ajayi, who earlier resigned his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress in June and defected to the PDP, is said to be leaving the main opposition party a few days after losing the PDP primary to Mr Eyitayo Jegede.

It was reliably gathered (according to Punch) that the deputy governor had almost concluded arrangements for his defection with the leadership of the Zenith Labour Party.

Pondei, others spent N5bn as medical allowances – Senate report

The Senate report on the alleged financial recklessness in the Niger Delta Development Commission has revealed how the top management of the agency shared N4.9bn among themselves in the guise of medical checkup.

The document also showed that the management paid N114.9m as supplementary medical allowance to 26  staff member during the same period.

It stated that both disbursements were made when the nation was under lockdown to check COVID-19 spread.

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