Top Nigerian Newspapers Headlines For Today
Good morning Nigeria, and welcome to the Ejes Gist News roundup of today’s top newspaper headlines in Nigeria, Thursday, September 23rd, 2021.
1. United Nations General Assembly: Nigeria Is Prepared To Address And Reverse Biodiversity Loss – President
Muhammadu Buhari announced on Wednesday that the Federal Government has taken specific steps to address and reverse the severe trend of biodiversity loss that is affecting the entire world.
This was revealed in a statement by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, according to Naija News.
On the margins of the United Nations General Assembly’s 76th session, the President delivered a video message to a hybrid High-Level event titled “Transformative Actions for Nature and People” (UNGA 76).
Nigeria will champion regional and interregional cooperation to combat the scourge, according to Buhari.
2. Open Grazing Ban: What You Said Isn’t Wise – Akeredolu Retaliates Against El-Rufai
Rotimi Akeredolu, the Governor of Ondo State and Chairman of the South West Governors Forum, has slammed his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai, for his stance on the move against open grazing of animals.
While claiming that the anti-open grazing law has become entrenched in the south, Akeredolu slammed Governor El-Rufai, claiming that no sane leader would agree with him.
El-Rufai said on Tuesday that the southern governors’ policy of banning open grazing is not only unrealistic but also financially risky.
He accused the governors of the South of politicising the issue and passing the anti-open grazing bill without due diligence.
However, in a statement issued by Commissioner for Information and Orientation Donald Ojogo on Wednesday, Akeredolu said El-attack Rufai’s on his southern colleagues was completely unnecessary and mischievous.
He accused El-Rufai of attempting to downplay the harm and crises caused by Fulani herdsmen as a result of their frequent attacks on farmers in the southern region, including the loss of lives and property.
3. Senate Approves N13.98 Trillion in Budget for 2022 As It Passes 2022-2024 MTEF/FSP
The Senate approved the federal government’s Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) on Wednesday.
The lawmakers based the framework on a global oil price of $57 per barrel and daily crude oil production of 1.88 million barrels.
Other assumptions made by legislators when passing the fiscal framework include an exchange rate of N410 to the dollar and a 13 per cent inflation rate.
The assumptions will serve as the foundation for the N13.98 trillion budget figures that will be prepared and submitted to the federal government’s executive arm for approval in 2022.
Total recurrent (non-debt) expenditure of N6.21 trillion; Personnel Costs (MDAs) of N3.47 trillion; Capital expenditure (exclusive of transfers) of N3.26 trillion; Special Intervention (recurrent) of N350 billion; and Special Intervention (Capital) of N10 billion make up the N13.98 trillion estimate.
During Wednesday’s plenary, the Senate approved a report from the finance committee, which is chaired by Senator Solomon Olamilekan.
4. Attempts are being made to recover a £200 million looted fund stashed in the United Kingdom – FG
The administration of Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that it intends to recover looted 200 million pounds stashed in the United Kingdom.
Abubakar Malami, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation announced this on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.
The Federal Government, according to the minister, is embarking on a massive recovery of the country’s assets, adding that it is employing a strategy to recover the looted funds.
The government’s fight against corruption and illicit financial flow in the country, according to Malami, is already yielding positive results.
He also stated that the government is fully committed to fighting corruption and, as a result, expanding its dragnet to include those in possession of laundered or stolen funds.
The minister stated that he does not want to reveal any more details about the federal government’s recovery strategy.
5. Kumuyi Informs the FG What is more important than punishing Boko Haram terrorists who have repented?
Pastor William Kumuyi, the General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, urged the Federal Government on Wednesday to use the stick-and-carrot approach for Boko Haram members who surrender.
He stated that maintaining Nigeria’s peace is more important than punishing repentant terrorists and that the government should employ a more carrot-and-stick approach in dealing with terrorists.
Kumuyi said Nigeria will celebrate Independence Day on October 1 with true independence from attacks, oppression, and torture, speaking at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport upon arrival for a five-day crusade in Abuja.
6. Nnamdi Kanu: IPOB To ‘Totally Lockdown’ Southeast For One Month If…
If the Department of State Services (DSS) refuses to bring its leader to court, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has threatened to shut down the southeast.
Nnamdi Kanu’s trial at the Abuja High Court will resume on October 7th, 2021.
IPOB said in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, on Wednesday that if Kanu is not brought to court by October 21, the entire region will be shut down.
The IPOB leader, who was extradited to Nigeria from Kenya, is facing charges from the federal government, including treasonable felony, incitement, and others, stemming from his campaign for the Republic of Biafra.
7. The Senate establishes a conference committee to consider the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
The Senate formed a Conference Committee on Wednesday to work out differences in positions on the Electoral Act Amendments Bill.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan announced this during the plenary, according to Naija News.
He stated that the conference committee will collaborate with the House of Representatives to ensure that everyone is on the same page regarding the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) electronic transmission of results.
Senate Leader Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (APC-Kebbi North), who will lead the team, is a member of the committee.
8. The Federal Government takes over the former Kwara Governor’s Mansion
The Federal Government has taken possession of a mansion owned by Abdulfatai Ahmed, the former Governor of Kwara State, due to a N5 billion debt.
In an interview with the Daily Trust on Wednesday, the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) spokesman, Jude Nwazor, confirmed this.
The house seized, according to an AMCON spokesman, is located at Abdulrazaq road, GRA, Ilorin, the state capital.
The debt, according to Nwazor, was incurred by the former governor, Ahmed, who led the North Central state from 2011 to 2019.
On Wednesday, Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division, issued the order, according to him.
9. Fulani Herdsmen are more dangerous than IPOB, and the Buhari administration is happy with insecurity – Ortom
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said that armed Fulani herdsmen are more dangerous than the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), which the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has declared illegal.
In an interview with the Daily Post, the governor of Benue accused the Buhari-led government of being content with the country’s insecurity.
He claimed that the Fulani herdsmen who kill and kidnap people in Nigeria are mostly Malians and Nigerians.
He claims that the majority of the armed Fulani Herdsmen arrested do not speak Hausa or Fulfude (the Fulani language), and that they are from French-speaking countries.
10. Properties Destroyed As Fire Guts NPA Headquarters In Lagos
The Nigerian Ports Authority’s (NPA) headquarters in Lagos was destroyed by fire on Wednesday, destroying property worth millions of naira.
Thugs set fire to a building on Broad Street in Lagos Island during the #EndSARS protest last October.
NPA’s General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communication, Olaseni Alakija, said in a statement released on Wednesday that no one was killed in the blaze.
The fire was started by an electrical surge, according to Alakija, and three offices on the building’s sixth floor were affected by the blaze.
Officials from the NPA Fire Service Department were dispatched to the scene right away, he said, and the fire was quickly put out.
According to Alakija, the affected floor has been cordoned off in accordance with safety protocols, and investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.
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