Good day, and welcome to the Concise News roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today, Thursday, October 10th, 2019.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that statistics being used by the World Bank, the International Monitory Fund (IMF) and other international institutions to assess Nigeria’s economy are not dependable. To this end, the Nigerian leader has asked his newly formed economic team to focus on primary data collection to enable proper planning and assessment.
The Minority Leader in the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, says the 2020 Appropriation Bill is “nothing but a budget of taxation”, one that is not “sustainable.” The lawmaker representing Abia-South, speaking at the Senate plenary on Wednesday, argues that the budget is not sustainable because debt servicing is higher than capital expenditure.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has mocked the 8th National Assembly led by Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara over the presentation of the 2020 budget. APC observed that the conduct of the 9th Legislature during the presentation was a “departure from the usual tensed and adversarial atmosphere of the previous four years.”
Operatives of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday took away four ‘Ghana-must-go’ bags from the Zamfara office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). It was learned that the commission, investigating the alleged non payment of ad hoc staff who conducted the 2019 general election, took the bags away because it suspected they contained money.
The presidential aide on Diaspora Abike Dabiri-Erewa has hailed the most recent sex-for-grade report by the BBC and called for more women to speak out. “Great journalism by BBC Africa for the #sexforgrades expose,” she wrote. “Beyond being suspended, the lecturer should be tried under the Violence Against Persons Law which I sponsored at the 6th NASS. Hopefully, more women will speak out.”
Nigeria’s electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said that it will on Monday, October 14, publish the register of voters in Kogi and Bayelsa for the November 16 governorship elections in the two states. INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, made this known on Wednesday in Abuja.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has disclosed that about 95 graduates with fake certificates from Nigerian and foreign universities were apprehended and handed to security agencies during the last orientation exercise. Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, who made this disclosure, threatened to blacklist any institution caught including the names of unqualified persons for mobilization into the NYSC.
Bernard Simon, the prime suspect in the murder of the Commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Oluyemisi Ogundana, has said that he “hit her on the head with iron rod.” The suspect said that he killed the naval commander in order “to set the whole staff of the school free from her cheats.”
Super Eagles defender and Torino Wing-back, Ola Aina, has pulled out of Sunday’s International friendly against Brazil. Aina joins a growing list, which includes Kenneth Omeruo, Samuel Kalu and Ahmed Musa, of players out of the match. The defender, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Tuesday, has earned 14 caps with the Super Eagles.
Winner of the recently concluded Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) 2019 edition, Mercy Eke has revealed that Biggie had called her into the diary room to calm her down during her fight with ‘Port Harcourt first daughter,’ Tacha. Speaking with the show host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Mercy said Biggie had called her into the diary room where he advised her to sit down for a while.