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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 18 February, 2021 Edition)

Fuel pump prices

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

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No increase in petrol depot price, engagements ongoing –NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has said there is no increment in the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) this month despite the rise in the price of crude oil in the international market. The ex-depot price is the price at which the product is sold by the NNPC to marketers at the depots.

The NNPC ruled out any increment in the ex-depot price on Thursday in a press release by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr Kennie Obateru.

It said the decision was to allow ongoing engagements with organised labour and other stakeholders on an acceptable framework that would not expose the ordinary Nigerian to any hardship, to be concluded. The corporation urged petroleum products marketers not to engage in hoarding of petrol in order not to create artificial scarcity and unnecessary hardship for Nigerians.

Kwara protesting teachers arrested for flouting COVID-19 rules – Police

The Kwara State Police Command said it had arrested six of the 2,414 sacked teachers in the state for allegedly contravening COVID-19 protocols during a protest at the State Government House in Ilorin on Wednesday.

The State Universal Basic Education Board teachers, known as ‘Sunset Workers’ employed in the twilight of former Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed’s administration in February 2019, were sacked by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq in December 2020.

Following their disengagement, the government placed advertisement for the employment of 2,701 teachers in its basic schools. However, the sacked teachers, who had been protesting since last week Wednesday, demanded automatic slots. According to them, they have been in the state government employ for about two years before their sacking, adding that they have requisite qualifications that made them suitable for the job.

Kwara APC youths ask Buhari to sack Lai Mohammed

Members of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara South, under the aegis of APC Youth Stakeholders, on Wednesday, urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to sack the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, from his cabinet for non-performance.

Chairman of the forum, Tiamiyu Mumini, made the request on behalf of the stakeholders at a press conference, in Ilorin. He described the minister as a self-serving politician who “should not be allowed to continue his selfish politicking to the detriment of the state.”

“This is a man who surrounds himself with aides who are non Kwarans. He stubbornly refused to pick Kwarans as aides, perhaps that is why he is far from the realities on ground. We want him removed because he cannot have his son in the Lagos House of Assembly while he ventures on mortgaging the future of Kwara State youths by causing chaos in the ruling party.”

Why I prayed that COVID-19 should not end – Apostle Suleman

The General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman, says he bought his third jet during the raging COVID-19 pandemic, which pushed the country into economic recession.

Suleman said this in a recent sermon. Although the date of the sermon could not be verified, the video has gone viral on social media.

The cleric further stated that he was praying for the pandemic not to end because he was prospering and resting.

Use of cryptocurrencies, a concern – IMF

The International Monetary Fund has called for caution in the use of cryptocurrencies, describing it as a concern.

It disclosed this during a virtual briefing on the recently published 2020 Article IV IMF Staff Report for Nigeria.

The Resident Representative of IMF for Nigeria, Ari Aisen, said the concern on the use of cryptocurrencies was why many central banks were cautious about the development.

Buhari doesn’t rig elections, APC can’t win Anambra – APGA

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Victor Oye, has said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will not interfere in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election.

He urged members of the All Progressives Congress relying on the federal might to rethink their strategy because the president would not accede to any request to support the rigging of elections to favour the party.

The APGA national chairman berated the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, over his comments that the APC would take over Anambra State in the November 6 poll “by all means.”

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