Monday, May 20, 2024


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

1. The House of Representatives has turned down a motion urging the Federal Government to take necessary steps to stabilize the Naira. This decision came in response to a motion raised by Honourable Beni Lar concerning the government’s unification policy. Honourable Lar noted that the importation of vehicles and other commodities has significantly decreased since the floating of the Naira with the single exchange rate. This decision came in response to a motion raised by Honourable Beni Lar concerning the government’s unification policy. Honourable Lar noted that the importation of vehicles and other commodities has significantly decreased since the floating of the Naira with the single exchange rate. CHANNELS

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2. Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has issued a nationwide strike notice to seek the reversal of fuel pump price hike and other policies by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government. NLC spokesperson, Mr. Ben Upah confirmed this exclusively to Newsmen on Wednesday. According to him, the nationwide strike would commence on 2nd August, 2023. DAILY POST

3. 46 days after he was arrested by the Department of State Services, DSS and two weeks after a Federal High Court in Abuja gave an order for his release or arraignment for any offence he might have allegedly committed, suspended Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, was yesterday arraigned for illegal possession of firearms and granted bail by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos. Emefiele’s arraignment was, however, enmeshed in drama, following a scuffle between DSS operatives and officials of the Nigerian Prisons Service, over which of the agencies should take custody of Emefiele after he was granted bail in the sum of N20million by Justice Nicholas Oweibo. VANGUARD

4. The Presidency has categorically refuted claims of any increase in tuition fees of federal universities in the country. The clarification comes in response to widespread media reports earlier this week, which erroneously suggested a hike in educational costs. Presidential spokesman, Dele Alake, in a statement on Wednesday clarified that the recent announcements made by some universities pertaining to discretionary charges, were unrelated to tuition fees. He further explained that the charges encompass various aspects, such as hostel accommodation, registration, laboratory usage, and other sundry expenses. LEADERSHIP

5. The Bauchi State government on Wednesday confirmed the outbreak of diphtheria and yellow fever in the state. Confirming the outbreak, the Executive Secretary, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BSPHCD), Dr Rilwabu Mohammed, said out of the 58 suspected cases, three returned positive, while two have died of the disease. Diphtheria is an acute contagious bacterial disease causing inflammation of the mucous membrane and formation of false membrane in the throat, hindering breathing and swallowing. DAILY POST

6. Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen is expected to earn €50m (N43bn) if he makes the move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain in this transfer window. Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis expects to receive a million-dollar offer for the player and has credited PSG as the only club that can afford the Nigeria international. Other top clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Bayern Munich have pulled out of negotiations for Osimhen due to De Laurentiis’ high asking price. PUNCH

7. Zambia has become the first country, alongside Costa Rica, to be eliminated from the ongoing women’s world cup in Australia and New Zealand. The Copper Queens were drawn in group C alongside Spain, Japan, and Costa Rica. They were one of the eight debutants at the tournament. The team needed a favorable result after their 5-0 loss to Japan in their first game. However, another 5-0 loss to Spain has ended the team’s dream debut. VANGUARD

8. There are fears that medical services might be paralysed in Zamfara State as the State branch of the National Association of Resident Doctors have joined their counterparts Nationwide to embarked on indefinite strike until Government acceding to their demands. The General Secretary of the National Association of Resident Doctors, Zamfara State branch, Doctor Ibrahim Dauran while speaking to newsmen, the branch obeyed the directive of the national executives of the association, to observe the industrial action, to press home their demands.He said the failure of the government to implement the agreement reached over issues of hazard allowances, upward salary review, medical residency training funds 2023, immediate release of the circular on one-for-one replacement among other demands, led to the indefinite strike embarked upon by members of the Association. CHANNELS

9.  The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) says it plans to hold an international festival in Miami, Florida, to create network for Nollywood actors with their global colleagues. National President of AGN,Emeka Rollas, who disclosed this on Tuesday at a news conference in Lagos, said the festival would be done in partnership with the African Travel Film Festival. According to him, the essence of the festival is to create networking platform for Nollywood actors with their global colleagues. He added that the festival would hold in Miami, Florida , from November 9 to November 11, to spur cross-cultural collaborations in filmmaking. PULSE

10. Niger President Mohamed Bazoum is being detained by members of the Presidential Guard, who have been given an “ultimatum” by the army, a source close to Bazoum said on Wednesday. Disgruntled members of the guard sealed off access to the president’s residence and offices, and after talks broke down “refused to release the president,” the source said, adding: “The army has given them an ultimatum.” Dr Dauran called on the Federal Government to allow the doctors to “breathe” by approving and implementing at least 80% of their demands. CHANNELS















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