Thursday, June 20, 2024


Good day! Below is a Summary of News Stories Across Nigeria and Abroad:

1. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has asked President Bola Tinubu to change the newly assented Students Loans Act to grant for indigent students. On Monday, Tinubu signed into law the Students Loans Bill in fulfilment of a promise he made during his campaign. The bill was sponsored by the Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, who is now the President’s Chief of Staff. Now an Act, the law provides for interest-free loans to poor Nigerian students. However, the ASUU President said the loan is impracticable. He said the loan is “not sustainable”. According to him, there are more than one million students in Nigerian public universities and the loan cannot adequately cater for students’ tuition. The ASUU President said the conditions for the loan are “not practicable”, adding that more than 90% of students won’t meet the “stringent requirements” to access and repay the loan. CHANNELS

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2. The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, has predicted cloudiness and thunderstorms from Monday to Wednesday across the country. NiMet’s weather outlook released on Sunday predicted a cloudy atmosphere on Monday with patches of clouds over the northern region, with prospects of morning thunderstorms over parts of Adamawa, Kaduna and Taraba states NiMet forecast thunderstorms over parts of Sokoto, Zamfara, Borno, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Bauchi, Jigawa, Gombe and Kebbi States later in the day. DAILY POST



3. The Middle Belt Forum (MBF), has asked the Department of State Services (DSS) and other relevant security agencies to investigate former governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, over a viral video it said could cause religious tension. The forum appealed to the security agencies to not only place the former governor under its radar, but that he should be invited by the secret police for a chat. Middle Belt said it was disappointed with the utterances of former Kaduna State governor in the viral video. At a meeting with Islamic clerics that was conducted on the eve of his departure as Kaduna State governor, el-Rufai told the preachers on how he, with others, plotted to enthrone the same-faith ticket in the state that was later successfully replicated at the federal level. But the Middle Belt Forum said el-Rufai and his like just want to throw the country into a religious tension. LEADERSHIP

4. Liberia President George Weah heaped plaudits on Victor Osimhen after the striker scored a brace in Nigeria’s 3-2 win against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone on Sunday. Osimhen scored in the 20th and 33rd minutes of the encounter played at Samuel Kanyon Doe, Stadium, Monrovia. The 24-year-old is now the leading scorer in the qualifying series with seven goals and has now racked up an impressive tally of 17 goals in 25 matches for Nigeria at the senior level. Weah, who sat in the presidential box in the stadium, was full of praise for Osimhen. DAILY POST

5. The Central Bank of Nigeria has lifted the limits placed on domiciliary accounts. In a statement by the CBN on Sunday, the new regulation allowed account holders to deposit freely, have unrestricted access to funds in accounts, and make up to $10,000 withdrawals daily. The statement was titled ‘CBN issues further guidance on operational changes to foreign exchange market’. It read in part, “Ordinary domiciliary account holders shall have unfettered and unrestricted access to funds in their accounts. Domiciliary account holders are permitted to utilise cash deposits not exceeding $ 10,000 per day or its equivalent via telegraphic transfer. PUNCH

6. The epileptic power supply in South Africa has led to the shortage of water as taps run dry in cities like Johannesburg and Pretoria, according to BBC. Sipho Mosai, the head of state-owned Rand Water, one of the country’s main water providers said the country’s electricity woes, with regular lengthy scheduled blackouts hit hard on the people. The report said wealthy individuals are resorting to private boreholes as the best alternatives to taps, naming Garsfontein as one of the places. South Africans are reportedly frustrated as much of the domestic water supply depends on electricity to pump it from the source to the vast high plain on which the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria sit. VANGUARD

7. Popular music executive, Paul Okoye, aka Paulo, has placed a N5 million bounty on the man who sent a death wish to singer, Davido recently. According to report a Twitter user @Winco_3 while sharing a six seconds video of a music performance, had taunted that Davido’s burial can’t be crowded like the clip of the event he shared. While quoting the tweet, Davido queried him for wishing him dead. DAILY POST

8. Grammy-Award-winning Nigerian artiste, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has left his fans disappointed after cancelling his show for Saturday night at the GelreDome, Arnhem, Netherlands. Fans reportedly filled the 41,000-capacity-seater waiting for hours for the ‘Last Last’ crooner to entertain them before they got the news of the late cancellation of the show. Burna Boy took to his Instastory midnight to announce that the show won’t be holding due to ‘a number of reasons’. However, Burna Boy’s excuse was unacceptable to some fans as they took to social media to berate the singer and his team over their action. VANGUARD

9. Real Madrid has confirmed the arrival of Spain striker Joselu on loan from relegated Espanyol for next season on Monday. “Real Madrid and Espanyol have agreed the loan of Joselu, who will be at the club for next season with an option to buy at the end of it,” said Madrid in a statement. The 33-year-old forward has scored three goals in four appearances for his country and helps Madrid reinforce a depleted attack. Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz have left, leaving room for major reinforcements. PUNCH

10. Pope Francis led Angelus prayers at Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican on Sunday before thousands of pilgrims, just days after undergoing a hernia operation. Francis expressed his gratitude to those who had sent him messages of support during his stay at Rome’s Gemelli hospital as he spent 10 days convalescing. The 86-year-old has suffered a series of health issues since his election in 2013, from hip problems, knee pain and weight gain, to an inflamed colon and respiratory infection. He underwent a three-hour operation under general anaesthetic on June 7 to remove a painful hernia on the site of a scar from a previous surgery. CHANNELS




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