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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 1st February, 2021 Edition)

Governor Yahaya Bello

Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you all are doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19!

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.

Bello’s 2023 presidential campaign posters surface in Damaturu

Residents of Damaturu, the Yobe State capital woke up on Sunday to see many of the structures in the town defaced with the poster of the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello for president in 2023.

The poster advertising Yahaya to take over from Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 were seen in various parts of the Damatutu metropolis, including parts of the street leading to the Government House and the big roundabout along Potiskum road. The posters were also posted on every known structure on Gashua and Gujba roads. Other areas included the Pilgrim Commission roundabout, Maiduguri bypass and House of Assembly Road roundabout.

Although, Bello is a card carrying member of the All Progressives Congress , the posters did not bear any party logo but inscription of “Yahaya Bello for President, 2023” was boldly written them.

APC membership exercise’ll deepen democracy – Bagudu

Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, has said the ongoing nationwide membership registration/revalidation of the ruling All Progressives Congress will deepen democracy.

Bagudu spoke with journalists after he and nine other APC governors joined the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to revalidate his party membership in Daura, Katsina State, on Saturday.

He said, “The exercise is meant to deepen democracy and show respect for party. Institutions of party and sanctity of those institutions are key ingredients of democratic governance and the President is personally leading by example to show that party’s organs do matter and party’s membership do matter and it is a way to deepen democracy.”

N49.68bn spent on pipeline repairs in 10 months – NNPC

With the challenge of pipeline vandalism lingering in the country, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation spent almost N50bn to repair and manage pipelines in 10 months.

The NNPC’s latest monthly report showed that a total of 363 vandalised points were recorded from January to October 2020.

The corporation spent N5.48bn on pipeline repairs and management cost in January; N6.74bn in February; N7.69bn in March; N7.84bn in April; N7.99bn in May and N6.24bn in June. It spent N1.80bn in July; N1.49bn in August; and N4.41bn in October. No repairs and management cost was incurred in September, the report showed.

Don’t follow Buhari to violate COVID-19 protocols, PDP tells Nigerians

The Peoples Democratic Party has pleaded with Nigerians not to take a cue from the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to violate COVID-19 protocols.

This was contained in a press statement titled, “PDP Expresses Dismay By Buhari’s Violation of COVID-19 Law…Charges Nigerians Not to Follow Such Examples,” signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, on Sunday.

The PDP expressed dismay over the president’s reported violation of his own executive regulation on COVID-19, which provides for 6-months jail term for defaulters.

External reserves hit $36.39bn on improved crude oil price

The external reserves stood at $36.39bn as of January 27, the latest figures from the Central Bank of Nigeria revealed.

Figures obtained from the CBN showed that the reserves, which commenced the year at $35.65bn, rose to $36.52bn as of January 25, before experiencing a slight decline. On the external reserves position, the CBN noted that there had been an increase in the level of external reserves, which stood at $36.23bn as of January 21 compared with $34.94bn at the end of November 2020.

It stated that this reflected improvements in crude oil prices, partial global economic recovery amid optimism over the discovery and distributions of COVID-19 vaccines by most developed economies.

Buhari fails to summon Police Council meeting, IGP’s tenure ends today

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has failed to summon a meeting of the Nigeria Police Council for the past 21 months despite the rising insecurity in the country.

Investigations by our correspondent indicated that the last time the council met was on May 23, 2019, when it confirmed the appointment of Abubakar Adamu as the substantive Inspector-General of Police at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President had on January 15, 2019, appointed Adamu as acting IGP following the retirement of IGP Ibrahim Idris. Adamu’s appointment was ratified in May by the council members, comprising the President who is the chairman, all state governors, Minister of Interior, Chairman of the Police Service Commission, and the Permanent Secretary of the commission.

States fail to make vaccine plans, FG blames politics for delay

State governments, except Lagos and Oyo, are not making independent plans to procure COVID-19 vaccine, officials told The PUNCH on Sunday.

Officials of states including Plateau, Delta, Ekiti, Gombe, Cross River and Bauchi, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, said they had not made any plan to buy the vaccine, rather they would depend on allocations from the Federal Government. But Lagos and Oyo states, had two weeks ago, told our correspondents that they were making independent plans to buy doses of COVID-19 vaccine, in addition to the allocations expected from the Federal Government.

As most states failed to make their own plans for the vaccine, the Federal Government on Sunday blamed politics and logistics due to no fault of Nigeria for the delay in the arrival of the vaccine in country.

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