Good day, and welcome to the Concise News roundup of the top 10 Nigerian newspapers headlines for today, Saturday, October 19th, 2019.
The Kogi State House of Assembly has impeached the Deputy Governor of the state, Simon Achuba, Achuba’s impeachment followed the submission of a report of a committee set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against him. It was learned that a seven-man committee headed by John Bayeshea submitted the report to the Speaker of the House, Mathew Kolawole, before Achuba was impeached.
The immediate past Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Simon Achuba, has condemned the state House of Assembly over his impeachment. Concise News had reported that Achuba’s impeachment followed the submission of a report of a committee set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against him. It was learned that a seven-man committee headed by John Bayeshea submitted the report to the Speaker of the House, Mathew Kolawole, before Achuba was impeached. However, speaking on Friday, Achuba insisted that he remains the deputy governor of the state.
The Federal Government has assured victims of the fire incident at the Onitsha market of its support towards ameliorating their plights. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar-Farouq, gave the assurance on Friday in Onitsha when she visited the market to ascertain the level of damage. Umar-Farouq said she was pained at the level of losses incurred by the traders as well as the damage caused by the inferno.
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has said the country is food sufficient, noting that the prices of foodstuff will crash soonest. This assurance came from the Ministry’s Director of Projects Maimuna Habib on Thursday in Abuja against the backdrop of the 2019 World Food Day. She noted that the closure of the country’s borders was done in the best interest of the nation.
Electricity Generation Companies (GenCos), comprising gas-fired and hydro stations, has explained that they could not generate 2,352.5 megawatts of electricity on Wednesday due to unavailability of distribution infrastructure. Concise News reports that this is contained in a daily energy report by the Advisory Power Team, office of the Vice President. The report also attributed the 2,352 .5 megawatts not generated to high frequency.
The police on Friday dispersed a demonstration of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) around Wuse Market in Abuja. The IMN procession which started on Sultan Abubakar road abruptly ended after the police fired tear gas canisters and gunshots in the air to disperse the procession. Concise News reports that the IMN members came out in their numbers to protest the continued incarceration of their leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky. El-Zakzaky has been in detention since December 2015 after IMN members clashed with soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna state.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that winning the war against drug abuse remains one of the critical elements of the Next Level mandate of his administration. The President stated this on Friday when he received the report of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse (PACEDA). He reiterated the commitment of the government to the welfare of the citizenry by fighting the scourge of drug abuse.
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has hinted that Nigeria’s security operatives in the police, armed forces and the Department of State Services(DSS) and National Intelligence Agency, will also benefit from the upward review of salaries for Federal government workers. The Minister in a tweet on Friday announcing the breakthrough in talks with labour leaders over the consequential salary adjustment for other cadres of government workers, following the implementation of the N30,000 miniumum wage. He, however, did not state in the tweet whether it will be along the same range approved for other workers.
In an attempt to enhance sound creation of contents in Nollywood, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has solicited support from the Indian government. Mohammed while receiving the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria Abhay Thakur who paid a courtesy visit to his office on Friday, urged the country’s government to support Nigeria’s film industry with the technology that will enhance the quality of films produced in the country.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the visit of Premier League leaders and rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford could help motivate his team to turn their season around. The Red Devils, under Solskjaer, have made their worst start to a season for 30 years, while Jurgen Klopp’s men lead the EPL table after eight wins out of eight. Concise News reports that the Reds, who are the reigning European champions, are also on a run of 17 straight league wins.