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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Monday, 15 March, 2021 Edition)

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State

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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.

Two Umahi’s aides resign, govt says they’re incompetent

Two aides of Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, have resigned their appointments and announced their defection to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party. Mr. Amaechi Oken, a Senior Technical Assistant to the Governor and Benjamin Obaji, a Technical Assistant, tendered their letters of resignation early this month.

In their resignation letters dated March 1 and March 8, 2021, respectively, they cited non-payment of salaries as reason for quitting their jobs. It was gathered that on resignation, the duo joined the Peoples Democratic Party from the ruling All Progressives Congress.

But the state government on Sunday said Oken and Obaji resigned over alleged incompetence, not because they were not paid their salaries.

Petrol subsidy to gulp N102.96bn in March

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation may spend N102.96bn on petrol subsidy this month going by the recent pricing template for the commodity.

A Federal Government agency, Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, on Thursday published the expected new lower and upper prices for petrol at retail outlets in March 2021, putting the rates at N209.61/litre and N212.61/litre respectively.

It also put the ex-depot price of petrol for the month at N206.42/litre and pegged the expected landing cost at N189.61/litre. However, the ex-depot price approved by NNPC for March was N148.6/litre and the corporation insisted that it had not and had no plan to increase petrol price this month.

Asari-Dokubo declares self new Biafran body’s leader, names officials

A former militant in the Niger Delta region, Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo has announced himself as the leader of the new Biafra de facto Customary Government, citing “injustice and marginalisation” on the Igbo people found in various zones of the country as the reason for his aspiring for a “better life for his people”.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Head of Information and Communication of the customary government, Uche Mefor, copies of which were made available to journalists in Warri on Sunday.

The online statement, which has gone viral, also announced that George Onyibe would be the Secretary while Emeka Esiri would be in charge of the Legal Matters.

Burna Boy makes history, clinches Grammy, Wizkid wins with Beyonce

Nigeria Afrobeat musicians, Burna Boy and Wizkid, on Sunday won their first Grammy Awards.

Burna Boy, whose real name is Damini Ogulu, won the best global music album category after beating four other nominees at the 63rd Grammys.

The musician won the category with his Twice As Tall album released in August 2020. The album featured guest appearances from Naughty by Nature, the Kenyan band, Sauti Sol, Senegal’s musical titan, Youssou N’Dour, and Chris Martin of Coldplay. The Grammys described Twice As Tall as a master class in the vibe and hustle that have made Burna Boy an international musical force.

ASUU warns of fresh strike over unremitted deductions

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday blamed the Federal Government, as well as the Accountant General of the Federation, over what it called the victimisation of its members.

It said the Federal Government had refused to pay its members salaries despite the ‘no victimisation clause’ of the suspended strike.

According to ASUU, while its members are back to their duty posts to work, the harsh economy being experienced due to unpaid salaries and non-refund of deducted check-off dues will affect productivity.

Join mainstream politics through APC, Lawan tells Igbo

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has advised the Igbo in the South-East to seize the opportunity provided by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) regime to gravitate to the centre of the Nigerian politics.

Lawan gave this advice in a statement by his Media Office on Sunday during the thanksgiving/interdenominational service held in Owerri, Imo State, to commemorate the one year in office of Governor Hope Uzodimma.

The Senate President said Uzodimma had achieved so much in one year because he had taken politics beyond the South-East to the centre.

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