Good day, and welcome to the Concise News roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today, Friday, October 4th, 2019.
1. Minimum Wage: Here’s Why FG Would ‘Sack’ Some Workers – Ngige
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, announced on Thursday that the Federal Government would have to lay off workers to be able to meet a wage bill of N580 billion needed to meet labour’s demand on the new wage, Concise News reports. Ngige told labour leaders in Abuja that the sum was what would be needed by government to pay the consequential adjustments as demanded by labour.
2. Jonathan Speaks On Regretting Concession Of Defeat To Buhari
Former President Goodluck Jonathan says he never regretted conceding defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential election of 2015. Jonathan, who was the incumbent at the time, polled 12,853,162 votes – 2.5 million less than – Buhari’s 15,424,921 votes.
3. Buhari’s 2020 Budget Presentation Date Revealed
The 2020 Appropriation Bill will be presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, October 8, to a joint session of the National Assembly. Senator Adeyeye Adedayo, Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, disclosed this in Abuja while responding to questions from Senate Correspondents in Abuja.
4. House Of Reps Passes 2020-2022 MTEF
The 2020–2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP) was passed into law on Thursday by the House of Representatives. The House Joint Committees of Appropriations and Finance laid their report on the MTEF/FSP at the plenary, which was immediately considered and unanimously adopted by the House.
5. Xenophobia: Buhari Meets South Africa’s Ramaphosa, Tells Him What To Do (Pictures)
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, asked his South African equivalent, Cyril Ramaphosa, to ensure the protection of Nigerians and other foreigners in the ‘rainbow nation.’ Concise News reports that the Nigerian leader, who departed Abuja for South Africa on Wednesday, condemned the xenophobic attacks in the country.
6. Xenophobia: Former Minister Reacts To Buhari’s Visit To South Africa
A former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to South Africa, Concise News reports. The Presidency had on Thursday noted that Buhari arrived in the country for a 3-Day State visit on the invitation of President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa.
7. Don’t Increase VAT, Ndume Tells FG
A former Senate Leader Ali Ndume on Thursday called on the Federal Government to jettison its plan to increase Value Added Tax from 5% to 7.2%. He said it will affect the poor masses more. He spoke with State House correspondents after closed doors meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
8. APC To Appeal Judgment Of Sokoto Governorship Tribunal
The All Progressive Congress (APC) Sokoto State Chapter has vowed to appeal the judgement of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which affirmed the election of Governor Aminu Tambuwal. The state APC Chairman, Alhaji Sadiq Achida, made this known in a statement available to newsmen in Sokoto on Thursday.
9. Buhari Reacts To Ganduje, Lalong’s Victories At Tribunal
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Governors Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and Simon Lalong of Plateau State on the affirmation of their elections. President Buhari, who travelled with the two governors to South Africa on a State Visit, extended his goodwill to the duo shortly before departure from the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
10. How Nigerians Reacted To Death Of Former Flying Eagles Captain
Nigerians have lamented the death of a former international Isaac Promise who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 31. Concise News had reported that Promise’s death was announced on Thursday by his US-based club Austin Bold.