Good morning Nigeria and welcome to the concise roundup of top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines today, Tuesday, October 30th.
1. Governors Summon Emergency Meeting Over Minimum Wage
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has called an emergency meeting to discuss the new minimum wage and various issues surrounding it. The meeting, which will hold in Abuja on Tuesday, is said to be compulsory for all the 36 governors. A statement issued by the NGF secretariat in Abuja said that all the governors must be present and that they should not send any representative.
2. New #MinimumWage: Osinbajo Meets Governors
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led Economic Management Team on Monday met with some state governors with a view to taking a position on the new national minimum wage. State governors who attended the meeting at the Presidential Villa, are Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari; Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu; Osun State Governor, Rauf Aragbesola; and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.
3. Nigerian Air Force Deploys Special Troops To Kaduna
Special Forces personnel of the Nigerian Air Force have been deployed in Kaduna to support internal security operations after the recent killings in the northwest state. Spokesman for the force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the team would join their colleagues in Kaduna and sister security agencies to end the spate of killings in some parts of the state.
4. Why Atiku Selected Peter Obi As Running Mate
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar selected ex-Gov of Anambra state, Peter Obi, as his running mate to reward him (Obi) for his loyalty and competence, a source has disclosed. Speaking from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where the Atiku campaign strategy is being mapped out, the source told ThisDay that Atiku had given a firm commitment to spend one term and hand over to a South-easterner in 2023.
5. Again, Buhari Faults Past Govts For Nigeria’s Poor Infrastructure
President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed previous governments for the infrastructural challenges Nigeria is facing. The President said this when he received the outgoing British High Commissioner to the country, Paul Arkwright, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. According to him, it is sad that infrastructure went to rot completely within the same period when Nigeria has “humongous resources” at its disposal between 1999 and 2014.
6. President Buhari Receives Governor General Of Canada
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday welcomed the Governor General Of Canada Julie Payette to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. The Nigerian leader received the top Canadian, alongside officials in her entourage, at the courtyard of the Presidential Villa. Concise News understands that Payette would address journalists after meeting with the Nigerian leader.
7. Fayose Meets Bail Conditions, Released From EFCC Custody
Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose has been released from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) custody after meeting his bail conditions. Media aide to the former governor Lere Olayinka disclosed in a tweet on Monday, adding that the ex-governor would return to court on November 19.
8. Certificate ‘Non-Issue’ As Buhari Has Done Exceptionally Well – Lai Moh’d
President Muhammadu Buhari has done exceptionally well and criticisms over his West Africa Examination Council (Waec) result is a “non-issue,” according to Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed. Speaking on the development, Mohammed noted that Buhari had done well by repositioning the economy and thus those clamouring for his certificate are distracting the government.
9. Oby Ezekwesili Calls PDP ‘A Bad Tree’, APC ‘A Reprobate Government’
Former Minister of Education and ACPN Presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili, says PDP is a bad tree that has over the years bore bad fruits. She made this known through a series of tweet on her page, adding that if Atiku wins the election, his administration will achieve nothing because it is a PDP syndrome. She went ahead to describe the APC led administration as a “reprobate government”, stressing that the incumbent leader of the country is incapable and unfit for the duty.
10. Again, Mikel Missing As Rohr Invites 23 Eagles For S/Africa Showdown
John Obi Mikel has, again, been left out of the Super Eagles team as Gernot Rohr called up 23 players for a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa on 17 November. The same group of players would feature in a friendly with Uganda’s Cranes at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, three days later.