Nigerian Daily Trust Newspaper

Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 16 October, 2020 Edition)

Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq

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Here’s our picks on today’s top stories on Daily Trust.

Kwara Governor Leads #EndSARs Protesters To Police Headquarters

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Thursday, walked along with hundreds of #EndSARS protesters to the police headquarters in Ilorin, urging them to remain calm and peaceful while their grievances are promptly addressed.

His spokesman, Rafiu Ajakaye, in a statement, said the governor joined the protest from the Government House, Ilorin, where they had converged.

He said AbdulRazaq briefly addressed the protesters and then led them to the police headquarters on their request. AbdulRazaq said the young people had spoken loud and clear and would have their interest protected by the government.

Northern Governors Oppose SARS Ban

Governors of states in the north of the country have opposed the recent disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a police outfit that’s come under criticism for rights violations and abuses.

The Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, announced the stance on Thursday while fielding questions from State House reporters after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari on the improving security situation in the north and the plan to host National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) in his home state.

The governor, while speaking on the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), said what is needed is the reformation of the unit to enable it to discharge its functions optimally.

FG Agrees To Pay N30bn Earned Allowance To ASUU

The Federal Government of Nigeria, on Thursday, agreed to release N30bn earned academic allowance to the university lecturers.

It was gathered that the money would be paid in tranches between May 2021 and January 2022.

The government, it was learnt, also pledged to spend N20bn on the revitalisation of the education sector as part of concessions meant to end the seven-month strike declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. These were part of the agreements reached during the meeting between the FG and ASUU leadership on Thursday.

Senate To Pass 2021 Budget December 3

The Senate, on Thursday, pledged to pass the N13.08 trillion 2021 budget proposal on December 3, 2020.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Barau Jibrin, disclosed this in Abuja at a brief with chairmen of Standing Committees.

This is as the 2021 Appropriation Bill passed second reading after a three-day debate on the general principle of the fiscal document

NEC Says Govs To Take Charge Of SWAT, Directs Compensation For SARS Victims

State governors are to take charge of the newly created tactical unit SWAT in respective states, according to directive issued by the National Economic Council.

The council has also commissioned a judicial panel to investigate police brutality nationwide.

The panel has six months to complete its assignment. The council has also directed special funds be set aside to compensate victims of SARS brutality. The directives come as protests against the Special Anti Robbery Squad continue across the country.

INEC Fixes Date For 2023 Presidential Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed February 18 for the 2023 presidential election.

The INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, announced the date at the inauguration of the House of Representatives committee on 1999 constitution review which took place at the National Assembly Complex on Thursday.

He said there are just about 855 days left for the 2023 general election, urging the federal lawmakers to ensure a timely review of the 1999 constitution and the electoral act to help improve the country’s electoral process.

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