Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Wednesday morning
Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:
1. President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, received the COVID-19 booster Pfizer Biontech vaccine, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. This comes as Nigeria enters the fourth wave of coronavirus disease following a 500 percent increase in the number of cases in the past two weeks.
2. Strong indications emerged on Tuesday that senators may override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto on the Electoral Amendment Bill, 2021. Senator Thompson Sekibo, representing Rivers East Senatorial district and Chairman, in an interview confirmed that signatures of lawmakers were being collated in earnest to override Buhari.
3. The Police Service Commission (PSC), on Tuesday, rejected the service extension granted Abdulkarim Dauda, a former Chief Security Officer to President Muhammadu Buhari, by the immediate past Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
4. Governors have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for withholding assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who spoke on behalf of his counterparts, said governors are not fixated on any mode of primary election to choose candidates of political parties.
5. First Lady Aisha Buhari has directed all her staff to proceed on leave until further notice. This was contained in a statement signed by Dr. Mohammed Kamal, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Office of the First Lady on Health and Development Partners.
6. The Federal Government has finally reinstated Emirates Airline’s 21 frequencies to Nigeria. This was contained in a letter signed by the Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA), Musa Nuhu, addressed to the country manager, Emirates Airlines.
7. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for declining to assent to the 2021 Electoral Act Amendment Bill. Speaking to journalists on Tuesday in Makurdi, Ortom insisted that party primaries were the exclusive reserve of political parties.
8. Abductors of two clerics at Ayetoro, headquarters of Yewa-North local government area of Ogun State, have freed their captors after collecting N2.2 million ransom. It was gathered that the kidnappers took the ransom from their families despite the efforts of the police to arrest them.
9. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to deploy the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in future elections despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill. Its chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, stated this yesterday during a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in Abuja.
10. The House of Representatives, yesterday, passed the 2022 budget of N17.126 trillion as against the N16.391 trillion presented by President Muhammadu Buhari and extended the lifespan of the 2021 Appropriation Act by 90 days. This followed a unanimous adoption of a report laid on the floor of the House during plenary by its Chairman, Appropriation Committee, Murktar Betera.
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