Good day, and welcome to the Concise News roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today, Wednesday, October 9th, 2019.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday presented a budget of N10.33trillion for the 2020 fiscal year to a joint session of the National Assembly. The president said it was a budget of Fiscal Consolidation to strengthen Nigeria’s macroeconomic environment; investing in critical infrastructure, human capital development and enabling institutions, especially in key job-creating sectors. President Buhari said the 2020 budget was based on the new VAT rate, adding that the increased revenues will be used to fund education, health, and infrastructure.
The National Assembly – comprising the Senate and the House of Representatives – has said it would pass the 2020 Appropriation Bill on 28 November 2019. Addressing newsmen on Tuesday after the presentation of the bill by President Muhammadu Buhari, spokesman for the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, said the lawmakers were committed to realising a switch from “what it used to be” to January-December budget calendar.
President Muhammadu Buhari says the Finance Bill 2019 he forwarded to the National Assembly, when passed into law, will permit government to raise the country’s Value Added Tax (VAT) from 5 to 7.5 per cent. The Nigerian leader disclosed this when he presented the 2020 Appropriation Bill to the joint session of the National Assembly in Abuja on Tuesday.
Nigeria’s major opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has claimed that the N10.33 trillion 2020 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly on Tuesday will further impoverish Nigerians. The party, in a statement issued by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, urged the federal lawmakers to redirect the fiscal proposal to serve the interest of majority of Nigerians.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is suffering from cold because he is working hard as the leader of Nigeria. Buhari said this on Tuesday during the presentation of the 2020 Appropriation Bill to the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Before presenting the details of the bill, Buhari told the federal lawmakers that he was suffering from a cold due to his hard work.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called for a thorough investigation and appropriate sanction for the lecturer indicted in the alleged “Sex for Grades” scandal, in order to sanitise the university system. ASUU University of Lagos Branch Chairman, Dr. Dele Ashiru, said the union was against all forms of unethical practices, including sexual harassment. Ashiru was reacting to a viral BBC documentary showing some lecturers of Universities of Lagos and Ghana sexually harassing female ‘students’.
Management of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria has terminated the employment of 15 staff. Also, the management demoted one academic staff on account of conducts bordering on corruption and sexual harassment. The university, however, did not disclose the names of the sacked officers The federal competition and consumer protection commission commending the university disclosed this in a statement signed by Babatunde Irukera.
The Board of Inquiry set up by the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, has recommended sanctions for five officers of the Nigerian Army and the Police over the killing of three policemen and one civilian in Ibi, Taraba State. The Board of Inquiry was put together at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the killings in Taraba on August 6, 2019.
President of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide Apostle Suleman Johnson says he became a millionaire at 19. The wealthy preacher made this known when he was reacting to a comment on his timeline when a Twitter user accused pastors of ‘stealing’ from the public.
Joe Aribo is set to feature for the Super Eagles in their friendly with Brazil on 13 October, Concise News reports. Aribo, who scored for Nigeria against Ukraine in his maiden game for the West Africans, had a head injury last month.