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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 20th May, 2021 Edition)

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

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2023: Attacks On INEC Offices May Affect Elections — Yakubu

The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has said the series of attacks on the commission’s facilities may undermine its capacity to organise the 2023 general elections. He added that the trend, if not checked, would negatively impact on the nation’s electoral processes.

Yakubu stated this on Wednesday during an emergency meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, over the burning of some of the commission’s offices in parts of the country.

He said some events in the recent past have challenged the commission and adversely affected its commitment to continue to improve on the electoral process, adding that the spate of arson and vandalisation targeting the commission’s facilities and property has become worrisome.

Again, Buhari Demands Total Debt Relief For African Countries

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on European countries and global financial institutions to consider reducing devastating effect of the Coronavirus pandemic on African economies by restructuring debt portfolios and opting for complete reliefs. Buhari made the call in Paris, France, while speaking at the Financing Africa Summit held at Grande Palais Ephemere, on Tuesday.

The president said the effect of the pandemic should also be reduced by releasing vaccines to the continent, which is still behind in protecting majority of its citizens. He said the fall in commodity prices as COVID-19 took a toll on the global economy further slowed growth in some countries and strained health facilities.

“It is in this vein that we solicit the support of the French government with its influence in the European Union to lend its voice to the efforts being made to mobilize additional resources for developing economies most especially Africa in order to strengthen the quantum of investments to our economies. This financial support should also be extended to the private sector,” he said.

Wabba Will Never Return To Kaduna By The Time I’m Done With Him – El-Rufai

The Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has vowed that Comrade Ayuba Wabba and other labour leaders will never return to Kaduna by the time his government is done with them. The protest of the organised labour in Kaduna is in its third day.

Governor El-Rufai, who stated this while addressing the 23rd Annual Tax Conference organised by the The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) in Kaduna on Wednesday, described the labour leaders as “criminals”.

He said actions of the labour union under the auspices of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), which prevented businesses like banks, petrol stations and others from opening is criminal, illegal and the government will deal with “the criminals”.

NLC Suspends Mass Action In Kaduna

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has suspended the warning strike in Kaduna State.

Labour unions had declared a five-day warning strike against the administration of Governor Nasir El-Rufai over the mass sack of workers. The strike had brought Kaduna to a standstill as hospitals, banks, train station, the airport, among others were shut.

The governor had dared the labour leaders, saying their action would not make him change his stance on the sacked workers. But speaking after an emergency meeting in Kaduna on Wednesday night, the National President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said the strike had been suspended. The federal government had waded into the row between the Kaduna State government and labour unions.

N/Assembly Approves N74bn Budget For Police Trust Fund

The Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Police Affairs has approved N74bn for the Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF) as 2021 budget.

NPTF Executive Secretary Ahmad Sokoto disclosed this Wednesday after a close-door meeting with the committee.

He said the budget would be used to, among other things, train personnel of the Police Force and purchase equipment.

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