Good day, and welcome to the Concise News roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today, Saturday, October 12th, 2019.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the discovery of hydrocarbon deposits in the Kolmani River II Well on the Upper Benue Trough, Gongola Basin, North-East Nigeria. This was achieved eight months after President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated drilling of the Kolmani River II Well.
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate suspension of international travels by all ministers and heads of federal agencies to hasten the passage of the Appropriation Bill for 2020 at the National Assembly. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and the Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, are two of Buhari’s 43 ministers appointed in July.
The Court of Appeal, Abuja, has upheld the judgment of the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal that sacked Senator Dino Melaye (PDP-Kogi West) in August. The court affirmed the judgment of the Tribunal and ordered a fresh election within 90 days in the Senatorial District. The tribunal delivered the judgment on the back of the petition filed by Smart Adeyemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the February 23 election.
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged victims of sexual harassment not to cover up cases of abuse but report incidents to relevant agencies. The President, who made this known in a statement on Friday, was reacting to the BBC documentary showing how a lecturer at University of Lagos (UNILAG), Dr Boniface Igbeneghu, was caught on camera soliciting sex from an “admission seeker,” and how another UNILAG lecturer, Dr. Samuel Oladipo, was caught on video soliciting sex from a “student that wants to change course of study.”
While there have been speculations that President Muhammadu Buhari is set to take second wife, Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari, has joined the female gender to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child. Ignoring the rumours, the first lady, in a tweet revealing the theme for this year’s celebration of the girl child, said she was happy to see that much progress had been made in the areas of activism.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said that the Federal Government had set up a committee that would prepare the ground for a total salary review in 2020. The minister noted that the government had envisaged difficulty in reaching an agreement with labour especially on salary increase and consequential adjustment.
Apostle Johnson Suleman of the Omega Fire Ministry (OFM) has knocked the Federal Government over plans to fine news platforms N5m for hate speech. Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had on Thursday in Abuja revealed this while inaugurating the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Reform Implementation Committee. Reacting to this development, Apostle Suleman noted that it was a deliberate plan by the Nigerian government to silence people.
The Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II, has commended Kano State Governor Umaru Ganduje on his new Free and Compulsory Education policy and urged other states to emulate him in what is a twist of political events. Congratulating the governor for the initiative, the monarch described it as “greatest moves for serving humanity and I believe that this is genuinely initiated because of the zeal to serve Kano people and humanity in general.”
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have dismissed reports of them owing Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr three-month salary. The federation, on their official Twitter handle, admitted that they were owing the Franco-German tactician only September salary and said that they were working on settling the payment.
With much reactions over Nollywood actress Regina Daniels’ real age and early marriage, her mother Rita has revealed that she clocked 20 on October 10. This comes after some Twitter users alleged that Regina suddenly increased her age, from 18 to 22. Addressing her daughter’s age and marriage criticisms during an interview with BBC pidgin, Rita knocked those berating the young actress over her decision to get married at 19.