Good day, and welcome to the Concise News roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today, Friday, October 18th, 2019.
1. FG Speaks On Removing Fuel Subsidy
The Federal Government has no immediate plans to remove fuel subsidy, Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva has said. The minister made this known while fielding questions from legislators at a joint session of national assembly committees overseeing the oil sector. Sylva said the federal government was working to close up such leakages and when achieved, the cost of subsidy would be bearable. The minister said Nigeria is subsidising for almost half of Africa which was very difficult to manage.
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a forensic audit of the operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) form 2001 to date. A statement by the President’s Spokesman, Femi Adesina, said President Buhari gave the directive after receiving Governors of the South-South region, led by governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, on Thursday at Aso Rock.
The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has revealed that it cannot disclose the assets of President Muhammadu Buhari and those of former presidents because it has not got their consent to do so. The bureau made this known in a written address filed in response to a motion by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP). Concise News reports that SERAP was granted leave by the court to file an application for an order to compel the bureau to release the asset declaration forms of current and past public office holders.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N10 billion for the upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, Concise News reports. The President approved the fund for the Enugu International Airport on Thursday when he said that work would begin speedily at the airport and according to the highest standards. Concise News had reported that Governors of states in the southeast sub-region of Nigeria, and other leaders from the area met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday at the State House, Abuja.
Governors of states in the southeast sub-region of Nigeria, as well as others leaders from the area, on Thursday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja. Concise News reports that the leaders called for special Federal Government intervention for the quick completion of the Enugu International airport and rehabilitation of federal roads in the area. Speaking after the meeting, Chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state, said the leaders also alerted the President on the threat posed by erosion in the zone.
The Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed has said the federal government is mulling the introduction of excise duty on carbonated drinks. Ahmed noted that this would help the government in generating revenue to finance its projects. She said this recently while speaking with the press on the sidelines of the ongoing annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his sadness at the loss of lives and properties in the Onitsha fire incident which occurred on Wednesday. Concise News reports that a tanker carrying petroleum product lost control and fell around Upper Iweka area of Onitsha, Anambra state. The petroleum product later caught fire and affected many shops and houses. In a statement on his verified Twitter handle on Thursday, President Buhari called for urgent action on the part of those concerned “to stem these frequent fatal disaster on public roads”.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have described the fire outbreak at Ochanja Market, Onitsha, Anambra state, as heartbreaking and traumatizing. The opposition party and the former vice president in a series of tweets on their Twitter handle also mourned with the victims of the market fire. The party also urged public-spirited individuals and organization to support the government in finding succour for the victims over their losses.
All candidates that will sit for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) must have the National Identification Number (NIN). The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) announced this in a series of tweets on Thursday. The examination board urged prospective candidates to visit the nearest @nimc_ng office for their capturing.
South American football’s governing body has chosen Maracana stadium as the host of next year’s Copa Libertadores final. CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez announced this on Thursday. The world-famous arena beat off competition from seven other stadiums — five of which are also in Brazil — to claim hosting rights after also holding the Copa America final earlier this year when Brazil beat Peru 3-1 to win a ninth continental crown.