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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 16 September, 2020)

Governor Godwin Obaseki

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Oyegun’s refusal to endorse Ize-Iyamu, plus for Obaseki – Nehikhare

The Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State, Chris Nehikhare, has said the refusal of a former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to endorse the party’s candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu, is a plus for Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Obaseki is the standard bearer of the PDP for the Edo State Governorship Election scheduled to hold on Saturday.

He told our correspondent in an interview in Benin, on Tuesday, that the action of the elder statesman spoke volumes.

NDDC probe: Akpabio recants, meets National Assembly clerk, panel

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, on Tuesday held a series of meetings with some stakeholders in the National Assembly over the ongoing investigation of the Niger Delta Development Commission.

Akpabio was at the offices of the acting Clerk to the National Assembly, Olatunde Ojo; and Chairman of the House Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, where he met with them separately behind closed doors.

Both the Senate and the House are investigating the alleged illegal spending and mismanagement of N81.5bn by the NDDC under Akpabio’s supervision as minister. The committee had only laid its interim report in which it indicted Akpabio and the NDDC management, while the House had resolved that the panel continues with probe and present a comprehensive report.

FG, Labour’s eight-hour meeting ends in deadlock

An eight-hour meeting involving the Federal Government, the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress ended in a deadlock on Tuesday, following the inability of the parties to reach a consensus.

While the organised labour was demanding the reversal of the hikes in the price of petrol and electricity tariffs, the Federal Government pleaded for understanding, saying it could not sustain the fuel subsidy.

Although the government team made presentations on its policies, it didn’t specify how the effects of the hikes in electricity and petroleum products would be alleviated. Also on Tuesday, the TUC has said the indefinite strike and nationwide protest billed to commence from Wednesday, September 23, would hold as planned.

Poverty, Nigeria’s strongest weapon against COVID-19 – PTF coordinator

The Senate on Tuesday reviewed the nation’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and submitted that the European style adopted by the Presidential Task Force, which is coordinating the exercise, was killing Nigeria’s economy.

But the National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, said poverty was the strongest weapon used in Nigeria to fight the pandemic.

Both parties spoke at an interactive session between the Joint Senate Committee on Health and Aviation, members of the PTF and other stakeholders in the Aviation and Health sectors.

Edo carpets Tinubu as Lagos APC defends ex-gov

The Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, has said the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, cannot extend his political empire to Edo State. Osagie expressed confidence that Edo people were determined to end godfatherism in the state.

This was contained in a statement he issued in Benin on Tuesday.

Osagie who was responding to a call by Tinubu for the people of Edo to reject Governor Godwin Obaseki in Saturday’s governorship election, said Tinubu’s call, which was made during a television programme, was part of his plot to expand his political dominance to Edo State.

Lagos promises to pay minimum wage October

The Lagos State Government has promised to pay the new minimum wage to all tertiary institutions in the state with effect from October. Some unions in the tertiary institutions had staged protests on Monday.

All the executive of the unions met with the Lagos State Government Tuesday.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had pledged to commence payment of the new minimum wage/consequential adjustments to the tertiary institution workers.

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