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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 2 September, 2020)

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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.

NLC, MAN, others kick against electricity tariff hike

Electricity consumers, labour unions and key stakeholders in the economy on Tuesday kicked against increase in electricity tariff implemented by power distribution companies across the country on Tuesday.

Those that spoke to The Punch on the tariff adjustments included the Nigeria Labour Congress which vowed to resist the increase, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria which said the hike could precipitate recession in the third quarter of the year, the and the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The NLC said the hike would further impoverish Nigerians.

Tribe can’t determine who becomes President, says Uzodinma

The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, on Tuesday said the choice of who emerged presidential candidate in 2023 would be based on political party and not by tribe.

Uzodinma said this in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting he had with the President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The governor said, “You know that the position is not vacant now; there is a sitting President and we are practising partisan democracy and not tribal democracy. So, the emergence of presidential candidate will come on party by party basis, not tribe by tribe basis,” he said.

Water resources: Confusion over bill as Reps leaders disagree over hearing

There was confusion on Tuesday over the Water Resources Bill as two leaders of the House of Representatives sharply disagreed over public hearings on it.

The Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Peter Akpatason, said public hearings would be held on the controversial bill, which was abandoned by the eighth National Assembly.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business, Abubakar Fulata, who reintroduced the bill on July 23, 2020, said there would be no more public hearings on it. He said a public hearing on the bill was held in the eighth National Assembly, adding that there was no need for another in the current ninth assembly.

Two policemen killed as truck crashes into Oshiomhole’s convoy

Two policemen attached to the a former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, died on Tuesday, while two others were in critical condition when an articulated vehicle lost control and ran into Oshiomhole’s convoy near Oluku junction in the Ovia North-East local Government of the state.

Oshiomhole was on his way to Usen to join the All Progressives Congress campaign train when the accident occurred.

It prompted the candidate of the APC in the September 19 Governorship Election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, to call off his rally in Usen.

Petrol price should be about N155/litre – Marketers

The pump price of petrol should be closer to N155 per litre, the Chairman of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, Mr Adetunji Oyebanji, has said.

Oyebanji, who is the managing director/chief executive officer of 11Plc (formerly Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc), said this on Tuesday on CNBC Africa.

Petrol price was increased by marketers to between N148 and N150/litre in August, as the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency remained silent as regards the guiding retail price for the month.

National Assembly denies receiving N20m palliative from NDDC

The Senate said on Tuesday that none of its members received N20m COVID-19 palliative from the Niger Delta Development Commission.

The Director of Projects, Interim Management Committee of the NDDC, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, had alleged in a recent newspaper interview that the agency gave N20m to each senator while each of the House of Representatives members collected N15m as palliative.

But the Spokesperson for the Senate, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, denied Ojougboh’s claims in a statement titled, “NDDC boss says senators got N20m, Reps N15m each for COVID-19 – a disclaimer’ on Tuesday.

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