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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 11 January, 2021 Edition)

President Muhammadu Buhari

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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.

Buhari, govs should resign if unable to tackle insecurity – Falana

Lagos lawyer Femi Falana’s wife, Mrs Funmi Falana, on Sunday said the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the 36 state governors should resign from office if they were helpless on the insecurity in the country.

Falana, who is also a human rights activists, said governments had failed on security and something needed to be done, lamenting that “Nigerians are afraid to go out, Nigerians fear for their lives, they are afraid for their security. It is very sad. Nobody ever envisaged that Nigeria will get to a situation like this.”

The human rights lawyer, who spoke in Iyin Ekiti, Ekiti State, during her yearly New Year celebration with motherless children, called on states yet to domesticate the Child’s Right Law to do so.

It’s unsafe to reopen varsities now, COVID-19 guidelines absent – ASUU

Branches of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday assessed COVID-19 protocols in the universities and said the institutions were not ready for safe reopening.

The chapters of the union, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, commented on the directive of the National Universities Commission that universities could resume on January 18, but must adhere to COVID-19 protocols in hostels and lecture halls.

ASUU said although its members were ready to start work, government had not put measures in place for safe reopening of the schools. ASUU’s concern came amid coronavirus cases and deaths, which rose to 99,063 and 1,350 respectively on Saturday.

Oil nears $56, FG may reintroduce fuel subsidy

The sustained increase in global crude oil prices has pushed up the landing cost of imported petrol closer to the current pump prices of the product in Nigeria, and appears to have triggered a return to petrol subsidy era, ’FEMI ASU reports

Since November 13, 2020 when the pump prices of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) were last increased in the country, the price of the international oil benchmark, Brent crude, has been on an upward trajectory, rising from $41.51 per barrel to close at $51.22 per barrel on December 31.

Fuel marketers had in December expected another upward adjustment of PMS prices to reflect the further rise in crude oil prices. However, a N5 reduction in petrol price, effective December 14, was announced by the Federal Government – a development that left them reeling in shock and questioning the deregulation of petrol price.

Contestants kick as Obiozor emerges Ohanaeze Ndigbo president

A former Nigerian ambassador to United States, Israel and Cyprus, Prof. George Obiozor, has emerged the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. Obiozor emerged in an election held at Dan Anyim Stadium in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

This was even as other candidates for the position boycotted the election. Chief Jackson Omenazu, who spoke with newsmen at the venue of the election, declared the process that brought Obiozor to power as fraudulent. Omenazu, who is the Board of Trustee Member representing Rivers State at Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said the outgoing president general was misleading the Igbo nation.

Chief Gerry Igariwe, who declared Obiozor the winner, said he (Obiozor) got 304 votes to beat other candidates. Though our correspondents observed that other candidates boycotted the election, Igariwe said the process was smooth and transparent.

EndSARS: N2.5bn lost to 95-day Lekki tollgate closure

The Lagos State Government has lost at least N2.5bn in projected revenue due to the closure of the Lekki toll plaza and the Ikoyi Link Bridge toll plaza in the last 95 days, The PUNCH has learnt.

The figure was obtained from the daily and monthly targets set for the tollgates by the Lagos State Government, which owns the tollgates but is being managed by the Lekki Concession Company.

The Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge is expected to generate about N10m daily, while the Lekki toll plaza is not expected to generate less than N16.6m a day. This implies that the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge has lost N950m, while the Lekki toll plaza has lost N1.5bn.

Aggrieved APC members attack Osun Senator, vandalise vehicles

The senator representing Osun West Senatorial District, Adelere Oriolowo, was whisked away from the venue of a constituency meeting in Ikire, Osun State, on Sunday, after some gunmen attacked him.

Oriolowo posted on his Facebook page that his assailants attempted to kill him. He wrote, “Just escaped an assassination attempt on my life and that of my entourage. To God be the glory, we are safe and alive. God is my helper, my shelter and my fortress, I fear no evil.”

The senator’s senior legislative aide, Adams Adedimeji, who confirmed the development to our correspondent, said Oriolowo was the main target of the hoodlums. He said the senator had gone for a constituency meeting at Ikire town in the Irewole Local Government Area of Osun State, which is under his constituency. “The meeting was already in progress when the assailants struck. They shattered the windscreen of his vehicle, but he is okay now. He is already in his Osogbo home,” he added.

Varsity workers plan three-day protest over IPPS, N40bn sharing

Non-teaching staff in universities under the aegis of the Joint Action Committee will from Tuesday embark on a three-day nationwide protests against the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, sharing formula of the N40bn earned academic allowances and non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage.

The committee said other contentious issues that informed the decision included inconsistencies in IPPIS payment and the delay in the renegotiation of the FGN/ ASUU/SSANU 2009 agreement, non-payment of retirement benefits to former members and non-constitution of visitation panels to universities.

JAC, which comprises the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, directed all its branches to mobilise their members on for the rallies. The decision to embark on the protest was taken on Friday at a meeting by the leadership of NASU and SSANU in Abuja, where they reviewed the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Federal Government on October 20, 2020.

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