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Here’s our picks on today’s top stories on Daily Trust.
Protect Nigerian Businesses In Your Country, Lawan Tells South Africa
Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Thursday urged the South African authorities to reciprocate the Nigerian Government’s gesture by ensuring that the business interests of Nigerians in South Africa were secured.
He spoke when a three-man delegation led by the High Commissioner of South Africa to Nigeria, Thamsanga Dennis Mseleku, visited him.
He said efforts by both countries to secure the business interest of its nationals would create better chances of employment for their citizens across board and guarantee stronger economic prospects for Nigeria and South Africa.
We Deliberately Shut Down Refineries – NNPC GMD
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, on Thursday said the country’s refineries were shut down despite maintenance carried out because crude could not be supplied to them through the vandalized pipelines.
This was contained in the 2021 budget proposal Kyari presented to the House of Representatives Joint Committee on Petroleum Upstream, Downstream and Gas.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kyari said the corporation deliberately shut down the refineries because they no longer made sense to be operated. He said it was only excravos pipeline which the NNPC managed to sustain through contracting process. According to him, it is practically impossible to run pipeline at their optimum capacity.
Vendor’s Widow Disowns Family Over N500m Suit Against Gbajabiamila
Mrs Josephine Okereke, wife of an Abuja newspaper vendor killed by a security detail attached to the speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday disassociated herself from the N500m compensation lawsuit.
Okereke told newsmen in Abuja that she was not privy to the N500m compensation requested by the family. On November 23, a letter signed by Mike Ozekhome, counsel to Okereke’s family, had demanded a N500m compensation from the speaker.
The letter also stated that failure to comply with the N500m demand within seven days would lead to legal action against the Speaker. Mrs Okereke, however, said Gbajabiamila had since reached out to the family with a promise to take care of the children.
Over 1m Nigerians Denied Voting Right During General Elections — Prof Yakubu
The chairmanship nominee of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, says over one million Nigerians of voting age were being denied voting right during elections due to the provisions of the country’s electoral law.
Speaking on Thursday at his confirmation hearing organized by the Senate Committee on INEC, Yakubu noted that the current law allows voters to vote only where they have registered. He said until the law is amended to allow voters to cast their ballots wherever they are, millions of registered voters would continue to be denied voting rights.
He said this has denied INEC staff and ad hoc ones deployed for election duties, journalists and election observers the opportunity to exercise their civic duty during elections. “We engaged about one million ad hoc staff during the last general elections. This means that the staff and others deployed for election duties did not vote,” he said.
North Is The Worst Place To Live In Nigeria — Sultan
The Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III has said that the north is the worst place to live in the country. He said that in the North-west in particular, people don’t sleep with their eyes closed, adding that even on Wednesday, a village was razed down in Sokoto, but people don’t hear about it.
Sultan Abubakar said this on Thursday in Abuja at the 4th Quarter Meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC).
The Sultan who is also the NIREC Co-Chairman also complained on the high cost of living in the country, especially the prizes of foodstuff which he said has skyrocketed to high heavens and beyond the reach of majority.
APC, Atiku Bicker Over 2023 Presidency
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and a former vice president Atiku Abubakar on Thursday “clashed” over the 2023 presidency.
The ruling party, in a statement, by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, alleged that Atiku, the 2019 presidential candidate of the PDP, was eyeing the 2023 presidency and had started early campaign. APC also alleged that the former vice president was planning to ‘purchase’ PDP’s presidential ticket to contest in the election.
But reacting, the Special Adviser on Media to Atiku, Mr Paul Ibe, said focusing on Atiku would not improve the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or take the country out of the current recession. “It will not create jobs for the youth of Nigeria. Focusing on Atiku will not solve the problem of inflation and high cost of food items; and neither would it lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty.
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