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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 17 April, 2021 Edition)

Senator Ali Ndume

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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.

FG yet to rebuild Chibok college seven years after destruction –Ndume

The representative of Borno South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Ali Ndume, on Friday, lamented that the Federal Government had yet to rebuild the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, which was destroyed seven years ago by Boko Haram insurgents.

Ndume, who is also the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, said the Federal Government had adopted the Borno State-owned college, following the abduction of 276 schoolgirls by the terrorists in 2014.

Ndume, who spoke with journalists in Abuja, also noted with concern that parents of the abducted schoolgirls were still living in pain without comfort since the unfortunate incident.

He said, “It is seven years since the Chibok girls were abducted. Up till today, 112 of them are not accounted for. We hear stories, but I am glad that the government issued a statement that they have not forgotten and that they are following the case.

2023: We’ll put polling units in hospitals, courts, says INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday said it would bring polling units in overcrowded areas closer to the people, particularly to public places like schools, courts and hospitals ahead of the 2023 general elections.

While admitting that availability and access to PUs had been dwindling over the years, the commission said existing PUs in overcrowded places were prone to violence.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, emphasised this in Abuja during the training of the commission’s heads (Electoral Operations) on the implementation of voter access to PUs.

Buhari’s foreign health trips pose risk, PFN tells FG

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria has said the country is not being told the truth about the health condition of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).

The PFN President, Bishop Wale Oke, urged the Federal Government to be open on the condition of Buhari’s health so that the Christian body would know how to pray for him.

Oke, who spoke in Lagos at a press briefing, also wondered why the President preferred travelling abroad for medical checkups instead of fixing the nation’s health care system.

Nine govs stealing LG funds through cronies –NULGE

The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees on Friday raised the alarm that about nine governors were diverting local government funds, in violation of the guideline issued by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit in May 2019.

The union said the actions of the governors were depriving the people of the benefits that they should ordinarily have access to, as it threatened to shut down the 774 councils in the country if their demands were not met within 30 days.

The union also called on the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to sign an executive order preventing any state that failed to conduct LG poll from accessing local government allocations.

Why northern PDP govs worked against Jonathan in 2015 –Ex-gov Aliyu

A former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, on Friday revealed why northern governors of the Peoples Democratic Party worked against the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

He said they worked against Jonathan’s re-election because he reneged on an agreement not to seek a second term.

Aliyu said this in a statement he signed titled, ‘Why We Opposed Jonathan’s Second Term Bid –Babangida Aliyu.’

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