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Vanguard Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 29 January, 2021)

Babatunde Fashola

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FG constructs 43 roads in tertiary institutions — Fashola

Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing, says Federal Government has embarked on construction of 43 roads in different tertiary institutions across the country.

Fashola disclosed this during the inauguration of two kilometer road at Federal University Dutsinma, Katsina state on Thursday.

The minister who was represented by the Federal Controller, Works and Housing, Katsina State, Mr Babagoni Tahir, said that 29 of the road projects had already been completed. He noted that the projects were interventions to ease transportation and improve infrastructure in the institutions.

Service chiefs: Northern elders back Ohanaeze, want review of appointments

Northern elders have applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for finally taking action on Tuesday by sacking the nation’s service chiefs and appointing new ones in their stead.

They, however, knocked the president for excluding South East from the appointments, saying the president’s action against the Igbo Nation was inimical to the unity and one-Nigeria project of Nigeria’s founding fathers.

To this end, the elders operating under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development (CNEPD), appealed to the president to balance the equation by reviewing the appointments to reflect the nation’s federal character principle. Their position was contained in a statement, signed by their National Coordinator, Engr. Zana Goni, and made available to newsmen, Thursday, in Abuja.

Tension as Sule Lamido lambasts Tinubu, Fashola over attack on Fulani in South-West

The attack on Fulanis in the Southwest is leading to surmounting tension as former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido lambasts the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmad Tinubu, saying he has remained indifferent over the recent attack on Fulanis in the southwestern region of Nigeria, despite his support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency in 2015.

He stated this in Kano while receiving 27 newly elected Local Government Chapter Chairmen of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jigawa at his office on Thursday. Lamido lamented that Fulanis are being persecuted in the country, especially the southwestern part because they are Buhari’s tribe.

Lamido has also blasted the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, his counterparts in transportation and labour employment ministries, Rotimi Amaechi and Chris Ngige for not defending Fulanis in their region despite being with president Buhari. According to him, Buhari did not come to power but with the support of Tinubu and other politicians in the South, noting that those that supported him to be the president have failed to protect his people while in a difficult situation.

He further noted that Buhari being a Fulani man by tribe does not mean every Fulani in the northern part of Nigeria supported and voted for him, saying, “even me as a Fulani man did not vote for him.

Northern governors agree to take first doses of Covid-19 vaccine

The Northern States Governor’s Forum (NSGF) on Thursday, said its members have agreed to take the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine when it arrives Nigeria.

The Chairman NSGF, Governor of Plateau State, Honorable Simon Lalong in a webinar organized by an NGO, the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation (SABMF), gave the assurance on behalf of his colleagues.

Represented by the Secretary to the Plateau State Government (SSG), Professor Danladi Atu, Lalong said: “we the Northern Governors have agreed to take the first doses of the vaccines”.

Corruption Index: We’re analysing sources of data used by TI, says Presidency

The Presidency last night said that it was currently analyzing the sources of data used by Transparency International in arriving at Corruption Perceptions Index in Nigeria.

A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu said that the report was not an accurate portrayal of the facts on ground.

The Presidency further claimed that some persons at Transparency International in Nigeria were against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

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