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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 5 January, 2021 Edition)

Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment

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FG To Flag-Off 774,000 Jobs On Tuesday

The Federal Government says it has concluded all arrangements about the extended Special Public Works (SPW) Programme designed to engage 774,000 unemployed persons nationwide after three consecutive postponements.

A formal invitation sent to Daily Trust on Monday morning to provide media coverage for the flag-off, noted that it would come up Tuesday January 5, 2021 at the Sports Complex (Old Parade Ground) Area 10 Garki, Abuja by 11:00 am.

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, had on Sunday night via his official Twitter handle, explained that the President, Muhammadu Buhari had approved the commencement of the initiative.

PDP Failing As Opposition – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday hit at the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its ceaseless criticism of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government.

He accused the opposition party of messing up while in government and also doing worse even as leading opposition party.

At a press conference in Lagos, the minister condemned what he called the “constant infantile press releases by the unserious, unimaginative and drab opposition, which misconstrues opposition as constantly shooting down anything the government of the day does or badmouthing whatever Mr President does or says. There is more to opposition than predictable and bring-it-down-at-all-cost media interventions. They messed up in government, and they are messing up even more in opposition. No lessons learnt either way.”

Magistrates Block Ayade’s Office Over 2-Yr Unpaid Salaries

Thirty magistrates in Cross River State yesterday blocked Governor Ben Ayade’s office in Calabar over non-payment of their two-year salaries.

The magistrates, armed with placards with various inscriptions, chanted solidarity songs while they blocked the second gate of the premises.

Speaking to newsmen in Calabar, the state’s Chief Magistrate, Solomon Abuo, said the protest was their last resort after several pleas and correspondences to the state government yielded no desired result. They threatened to boycott courts if the government failed to meet their demand.

Stop Threatening Our Troops, FG Warns ICC, Amnesty

The federal government, yesterday, declared that Nigeria, as a sovereign country, would not surrender to any international organisation. It also assured that any doomsday prediction about Nigeria would not come to pass, noting that Nigeria is not and cannot be a failed state.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this at a press conference in Lagos. According to him, Nigeria is making tremendous progress in tackling banditry and kidnapping.

He, however, lamented that Nigeria is suffering from attacks not only from terrorists and bandits “but also from some human rights organisations and the International Criminal Court (ICC) which seem to have colluded to exacerbate the challenges facing the country in the area of security.”

Atiku Sells Off Shares In Intels, Says Buhari’s Gov’t Destroying His Business

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has sold off his shares in Integrated Logistics Services Limited (Intels), just as he accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s led government of destroying his ‘legitimate business that employed thousands of Nigerians.

Founded in 1982 as Nicotes Services Ltd, Intels Nigeria Limited is regarded as Nigeria’s largest logistics company.

Atiku, in a statement on Monday by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe confirmed the sale of the shares saying the former vice president has redirected his investment to other sector of the economy.

Boko Haram: 7 Killed, Soldiers Wounded In Chibok Village

At least 7 persons were killed including six soldiers when suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked a military base in the southern part of Borno state on Sunday evening, sources said.

It was learnt that the terrorist stormed a military settlement in Kuda, near Chibok town at exactly 4:30 pm engaging troops in a gun battle killing 6 soldiers including a master warrant officer.

A member of the vigilante group, Yohanna Bitrus said the attackers burnt down houses numbering 40 and carted away three vehicles after they had looted the whole community.

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