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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 13 April, 2021 Edition)

President Muhammadu Buhari addresses Nigerians on COVID-19

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Ramadan: Buhari asks Muslims to reject voices of division

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Monday urged Nigerian Muslims to exercise patience and tolerance and reject voices that seek to divide the nation.

Buhari made the call in a message to mark the beginning of Ramadan which was contained in a statement made available to journalists by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

The statement was titled ‘President Buhari welcomes Ramadan, asks citizens to remember the poor and the Internally displaced.” In the statement Buhari “urged Muslims in the country to exercise patience and tolerance and reject voices that seek to divide the nation. “He also urged all citizens to show compassion to the millions of the less endowed and remember those that have been displaced by conflict in their charity and prayers in this important period.”

Ballot not courts should decide election winners —Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has admonished youths to participate in politics, noting that the political system controls everything globally.

He observed that his administration gave the youths the opportunity to take part in politics, noting that that was the only way they can influence government programmes and policies and effect changes.

Speaking in Abuja on Monday, during a studio visit to the digital pan-African news network, the TOS TV network, led by Ms Osasu Igbinedion, the former president said the ballot and not the judiciary should declare the winners of elections. He said, “Ballot papers should be the basis of selecting political officeholders. If it is the judiciary that should select them then we are not yet there.

South-West PDP Congress: Arapaja emerges chair, Makinde, Fayose settles differences

Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, the candidate backed by the camp of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, got 343 votes to emerge new South-West Zonal Vice Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party on Monday. Dr Eddy Olafeso backed by the camp of ex-governor Ayo Fayose got a total of 330 votes.

Announcing the votes scored by the candidates, the Chairman of the congress committee, Dr Benson Abounu, said 684 voters were accredited. Abounu added that 674 votes were cast, while 10 votes were voided. He subsequently declared Arapaja as the winner of the poll having scored the highest lawful votes in the contest.

In his speech, Olafeso conceded defeat, saying the he gave the contest his best efforts. “The storm is over; there is a new beginning for our party. We have to thank God that despite odds, there is a new beginning for our party. The time is now. I thank everybody who supported me,” Olafeso said.

DPR revokes 32 refinery licences, says Dangote plant 80% complete

Thirty-two refinery project licences issued to private investors in the country have become invalid in the past three years, according to the Department of Petroleum Resources.

The DPR said on Monday that the number of valid refinery project licences stood at 23 as of March 2021, down from 44 in April 2018.

An analysis of the agency’s new list of valid refinery project licences and that of April 2018 showed that 32 licences had become invalid while 11 new licences were granted between May 2018 and March 2021. As of April 2018, there were 38 proposed modular refineries with capacity ranging from 5,000 barrels per stream day to 30,000bpsd, and six conventional plants with a total capacity of 1.35 million bpsd.

The DPR had said then that 20 of the licences were active, adding that 24 of the licence holders were still sourcing funds, although most of the licences had expired as of April 2018.

Wike mandated our transition panel to destroy Amaechi politically – CMD

A member of Wike’s transition committee, now Chief Medical Director of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Prof. Henry Ugboma, has accused the Rivers State Governor of setting an agenda to discredit his predecessor and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

Speaking on Arise TV programme on Monday, Ugboma stated that tarnishing Amaechi’s image was Wike’s number one agenda even before his inauguration as governor of the state.

Ugboma said, “I can rightly tell you that the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has this paranoid issue against the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. I noticed this as a member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party and that was one of the reasons I left the party. “I was a member of the transition committee set up by Wike immediately after the election to marshal out and put together things that will destroy the honourable Minister of Transportation, and Governor Wike immediately set us to task, that we must derive, contrived things that will mess up Amaechi and destroy him politically, and make sure that he doesn’t take up any political position in the country.”

Kaduna justifies mass sacking as NLC convenes prayer summit

Kaduna State Government on Monday justified its decision to lay off some of its workers, citing high wage bill and dwindling revenues.

The state government disclosed this in a statement titled, “‘Why Kaduna is right-sizing its public service,’ issued by the Special Adviser to the state Governor on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye.

Already some local government workers in state, it was learnt, had received their disengagement letters. Justifying its decision to lay off workers, the Kaduna State Government said what it had been receiving “from FAAC (the Federation Account Allocations Committee) since the middle of 2020, like most other sub-nationals, can barely pay salaries and overheads.’’

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