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Economy: NLC Fires Buhari Govt, Reveals Cause Of Second Recession

Economy: NLC Fires Buhari Govt, Reveals Cause For Second Recession

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has faulted the Muhammadu Buhari-led government social intervention programmes and misapplication of foreign loans, blaming it for the recent recession suffered by the country.

Nigeria on Saturday, November 21, officially went into recession for the second time under President Buhari‘s administration, but this time, the worst since 1987.

Figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reveal that Nigeria is officially in a recession, with the West African country recording a contraction of 3.62 per cent in the third quarter of 2020.

This online news platform understands that the development shows that this is the second consecutive quarterly GDP decline since Nigeria’s 2016 recession. The cumulative GDP for the first nine months of 2020, therefore, stood at -2.48 per cent.

Speaking to The PUNCH in an interview, Emmanuel Ugboaja, Secretary-General of the NLC, noted that the misuse of foreign loans, insecurity and the cash giveaways in the form of TraderMoni, MarketMoni and other cash-sharing programmes by the Federal Government worsened Nigeria’s recession.

He faulted the taking of huge loans from China, stressing that the federal government needed to explore creative options.

Ugboaja said: “We have been going about managing our economy wrongly. That is the truth. We have tended to act as if we are an industrialised country when we are not. We have a huge population, we should encourage and do things that take into cognizance our youthful strength.

“Why must our construction be driven by external equipment we don’t produce when we could have achieved same using manual labour; direct labour kind of performance rather than use a machine costing N15bn to apply the same to 50,000 youths?

“Our people need to get more creative in terms of options, where we put our money. We borrow and 80 per cent of that still go back to the economy of the lender in terms of equipment and expertise. If all the borrowings we had done had been towards agriculture, it would have made more sense. We have youthful population but we are paying trillions in subsidy. Ask yourself, who is collecting it?”

Tradermonin vs Marketmoni

Ugboaja, who granted the interview on Wednesday, noted that tradermoni and other cash giveaways by the Federal Government was a misadventure.

He said, “If we used N3trn to do roads and rail construction through direct labour in Nigeria, we would not be talking about recession. But now, what politicians are doing is giving people N5,000, That’s not the way to go.

“Let people be productive; It cannot be about TraderMoni or MarketMoni. It must be about people being paid for being productive. The government intervention programmes cannot get us out of this problem. They are parts of what got us deeper into this recession.”

“What we need to do is get people to be productive. It is not about giving them money to buy second-hand clothes to sell. That cannot be the way to spend the money you have been giving the people,” Ugboaja stated.

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Live: Major Stories Across Nigeria & World Today, Nov 27 From Naija News Room

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Good day Nigeria, welcome to Naija News coverage of major stories across Nigeria and the world today, Friday, 27th November 2020.

In our bid to keep you updated on the go, Naija News has created a live situation report feed, where our readers can get to read the major stories across the nation and the world today without stress.

Stay on this page as our reporters across Nigeria update you with the latest events and happenings across various states and cities in the country and world at large today.

 

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Biafra: Ohanaeze Reveals Only One Condition Buhari Will Grant Nnamdi Kanu Pardon

Nnamdi Kanu

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) has stated that it can help the wanted leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, get a presidential pardon.

Ohanaeze said “there’s only one way out for Kanu, OYC is ready to help him get Presidential Pardon from Federal Government especially with the existing cordial relationships between Southeast Governors and President Muhammadu Buhari.

“But he should show remorseful repentance in actions and apologize to Southeast governors and leaders in private or public.”

Recall that the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, had fixed January 27, 2021, for the continuation of the trial of the leader of the proscribed IPOB.

Kanu’s trial was earlier fixed for hearing yesterday, November 26 but when it was called, both Kanu and his counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor were absent in court.

Mr E. Ejiofor, a lawyer in a sister case, informed the court that the lawyer of the IPOB leader had asked him to draw the attention of the court to a letter he wrote explaining why he was absent in court.

Kanu’s lawyer in the letter explained that he got the information for the new date of November 26 on November 25, adding that he had traveled out of Abuja, and would not be able to travel back immediately to attend court because of the short notice.

But Ohanaeze in a statement said the commencement of Kanu’s trial is the beginning of his repatriation process by the Federal Government.

OYC’s statement was signed by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President General; Comrade Obinna Achionye, Deputy President General and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, Secretary-General.

The OYC stated that Igbo leaders were no longer interested in helping the pro-Biafra activist, adding that it sympathizes with Senator Enyinnayah Abaribe and other sureties of Kanu.

“There is the possibility they might face the battle axe of the law, the same situation that befell Senator Ali Ndume, if they fail to produce Nnamdi Kanu in person before the court,” the group said.

The OYC pointed out that Nnamdi Kanu’s continuous threats against Southeast Governors, Igbo leaders and issuance of standing orders for them to be attacked in foreign lands confirms that he has squandered goodwill.

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Insecurity: North Is The Worst Place To Live, Bandits Now Go Into People’s Home – Sultan

Sultan Tells Muslims When To Look For New Moon

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Saad Abubakar has lamented the increasing rate of insecurity in Nigeria, particularly in the Northern region of the country.

The traditional ruler who expressed deep concerns noted that issues of kidnap and banditry have now gone beyond the highways as the criminals now boldly move from house to house to abduct their victims.

The Sultan made the submission on Thursday at the fourth quarterly meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), in Abuja which held with the theme “Questing for peace in the challenges of insecurity and COVID-19.”

He said the situation is now so worrisome that the criminals openly move about with AK-47 guns almost unchallenged by security operatives, adding that the North is now the worst place to live in Nigeria due to the collapsed security system and the increasing cost of living.

He said: “The insecurity in the north is so high that people are even afraid of travelling from Funtua to Zaria, a journey of about 48 or 50 miles. Not to talk of Sokoto to Abuja or to Kano.

“We know what we are going through. We are so insecure in the north that people are losing hope. People keep things in the house so that when the bandits come, they would let them be free.

“Couple of weeks ago, 76 people were killed in Sokoto by bandits in a day, it is not a story because I went there with the governor in Eastern part of Sokoto but you don’t hear these stories because it happened in the North and we don’t have media that is strong enough to bring out these atrocities about the bandits so people think that the North is secure.

“No north is not secure at all. In fact, it is the worst place to be in this country because bandits go about in the villages with their AK47 and nobody talks to them. They stop at the markets and buy things and even collect change with their weapons.”

“I am not only a traditional ruler, I am also a religious leader. So, I am in a better place to tell the story. I can speak for the north in this regard because I am fully aware of the security challenges there. We have to sincerely and seriously find solutions to the problem, otherwise, we will find ourselves soon, in a situation where we would lose sleep because of insecurity.”

The traditional and religious leader further lamented the rising cost of living and the seeming inability of the government to provide any meaningful and sustainable solution.

“Food prices are on the increase and we need to do something about it. The cost of onion is too high and beyond the reach of many people. A hungry man is an angry man. The rising cost of foodstuff in the markets is an issue. The amount an onion costs in Nigeria today is an insight into the current economic hardship in the country.

“I think we really need to sit down and look at these issues because a hungry man is an angry man. We do not lack recommendations and solutions to our problems. What we lack is implementation and that sense of purpose to do the right thing, but we don’t like doing the right thing, we always want to cut corners,” he said.

On the issue of the #EndSARS protests which eventually led to the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the Sultan stated that while the government took the right decision to scrap SARS, security operatives are still needed to guide the citizens.

He urged that the bad eggs among the security operatives be fished out while the good ones be empowered to do their jobs.

“We heard people calling for the scrapping of SARs, the President scrapped SARs and the same people came saying they should bring the Police back, there is insecurity everywhere.

We cannot do without the Police, we cannot do without our security agencies, no matter how bad the agency is, there are still so many excellent people within that agency, what we need to do is to fish out the bad elements from these agencies and then reform the agency and have a better force,” he said.

President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr. Samson Ayokunle Olasupo, who is also the co-chairman of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) urged the government to be proactive in dealing with issues, lamenting that Nigerians are frustrated with the way things are currently in the country.

He said the root cause of the #EndSARS protest must be addressed while issues of petrol and electricity price hike must be reversed.

“That’s not what we sent them to do for us. The decision, evidently, has added to our pains and they should reverse it as quickly as possible,” he said.

He added that “I will still call on the government to address the problems that led to the situation than to be clamping down on the people that participated in the #EndSARS protest.”

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha said the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected government revenue but all hands must be on deck to ensure the country survives as the government is not giving up on its responsibilities.

“Since the beginning of 2020, humanity has been under the siege of the COVID-19 pandemic which has warranted the deployment of drastic measures including lockdowns, closure of schools, international airspace, places of worship, businesses, government offices.”

“Today, despite all efforts including the deployment of enormous resources, our country still faces a measure of insecurity which is impacting negatively on our economy, social life, education of children and young persons, investment and remains a threat to lives and livelihood,” he said.

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Latest Npower News In Nigeria For Today, Friday, 27th November 2020

Latest Npower News In Nigeria For Today, Friday, 27th November 2020

Good morning, Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of the latest Npower news in Nigeria for today, Friday, 27th November 2020.

Here the latest Npower news in Nigeria today…

1. Ministry Speaks On Releasing Npower Batch C Shortlisted Names

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development has finally issued a statement on releasing Npower Batch C shortlisted names. Naija News recalls that the Npower portal for 2020 Batch C intakes opened at exactly 11: 45 pm on Friday, 26th June 2020, hours after some applicants had already registered for the scheme as against the directive of the social intervention scheme.

2. Minister Gives Update On When Npower Batch C Will Start

The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq has given an update on the commencement of the Npower Batch C scheme. She gave the update in a series of tweets from her Twitter account on Tuesday, 27th October where she also recounted gains from the scheme.

3. Minister Gives Update, Reveals When Npower Batch A And B Will Get Outstanding Stipends

Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development has given an important update on the payment of outstanding stipends for exited Batch A and B beneficiaries of the Npower scheme. The Minister in a series of tweets via her Twitter account on Tuesday, 27th October explained that those with outstanding payments were affected by the platform migration from NIBSS to GIFMIS by the Office of Accountant General of the Federation in March 2020.

4. Npower: FG Offer Way Out For Beneficiaries To Get Their Stipends

Beneficiaries under the N-Power Programme who were omitted from the payment of their stipends have been directed by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to report to their state focal persons for verification and revalidation. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, made this call on Tuesday.

5. N-Power ‘Commences’ Payment Of July Stipend To Npower Beneficiaries

The social intervention scheme of the Federal Government, N-Power, has reportedly started payment of July stipend to Npower beneficiaries. Naija News understands that the Federal Government commenced the payment of Npower July stipend to all the batch A and B Npower beneficiaries on Friday, a report filed by All News, quoted a graduate beneficiary of the scheme who uses UBA, Ademeso Temitope, to have confirmed the payment.

6. Npower News On Permanency For Batch A And B Beneficiaries

Npower news on permanency for batch A and B beneficiaries is what most Nigerians who enrolled in the N-Power scheme are searching for on the internet these days. Naija News has obtained the latest Npower news permanency for batch A and B beneficiaries amid the growing concern over the unpaid stipends due to the beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s social intervention scheme.

7. Former Presidential Candidate Tells Npower Beneficiaries What To Do Over Unpaid Stipends

A former Presidential candidate and human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore has urged Npower Batch A and B beneficiaries to join him on October 1 #RevolutionNow mass protest he is spearheading. Naija News recalls that the exited Batch A and B Npower beneficiaries are contesting their disengagement by the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari through protests.

8. NSIP Disburses N13.3b To 15,246 Npower Beneficiaries

A total number of 15,246 beneficiaries of both batches A and B Npower beneficiaries in Kwara state were paid a sum of N13.3 billion before they exited the programme, National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), has said. Naija News reports that Kwara state Focal Person of NSIP Hajia Bashirah Abdulrazaq who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday said that batch A beneficiaries of the programme were engaged for a period of 42
months and were paid a total sum of N7.4 billion.

9. Minister Gives Latest Update On Batch C Npower Recruitment, Stipend Payment For Exited Beneficiaries

Nigeria’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, has noted that the Npower Batch C recruitment which is currently at the review stage will be free and fair. She gave the assurance on Thursday during a meeting in Abuja with the state focal persons for the Social Investment Programmes.

10. Ministry Denies Releasing List Of Successful Batch C Npower Applicants For Stage 2

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development has denied releasing any list of successful candidates for the second stage of the Batch C Npower recruitment programme. To this end, the Ministry called on Nigerians to disregard the viral fraudulent messages which emerged on Thursday evening and claimed the list of successful candidates have been released.

11. N-Power: Sadiya Farouk Approves Payment Of Stipends To Exited Beneficiaries

Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development on Thursday approved the payment of Stipends to the exiting N-Power beneficiaries under one of its National Social Investment Programmes. The Minister on Monday noted approval has been given for the payment of the outstanding stipends for the exited N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries.

12. N-Power: FG Hints On Those To Be Enrolled For Batch C

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq, on Friday disclosed an update on the N-Power programme as Batch C will commence soon. The Minister stated this at an event in commemoration of the ministry’s first year anniversary in Abuja.

13.  N-Power Commences Payment Of Npower Stipends

The Federal Government social intervention scheme, N-Power, has commenced the payment of Npower stipends to affected beneficiaries. Naija News reports that N-Power commenced the payment of Npower stipends today, Wednesday, August 19, after seventy-nine days protests by aggrieved batches A and B beneficiaries of the social intervention scheme.

14. Npower Batch C Applicants Get E-Mail Updates As Batches A And B Get Stipends

Some Batch C applicants of the federal government social intervention scheme, Npower have started receiving e-mail updates from administrators of the scheme. It is understood that the mail is been received by some of those who had earlier completed the application process before the recruitment portal was closed.

15. Minister Reveals When Npower Batch A And B Beneficiaries Will Receive Unpaid Stipends

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has finally revealed when Npower beneficiaries will receive their unpaid stipends. Naija News reports that the Minister said batch A and B beneficiaries of the Federal Government social intervention scheme, N-Power, will receive their stipends before the onboarding of the new beneficiaries by the government led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

16. Npower Stipend: Aisha Sends Important Message To Npower Beneficiaries

Aisha Yesufu, a rights activist and co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement, has asked disengaged N-Power protesters to meet with other agitators to “protest on the same day.” Naija News reports that Aisha’s call is coming at a time Npower beneficiaries are still lamenting the delay in payment of Npower June stipend and Npower July stipend for the year 2020.

17. Where Is Our Stipend? Npower Beneficiaries Bomb Minister After Her Youth Day Message

Beneficiaries of the federal government social investment scheme, Npower have again cried out over the non-payment of their outstanding stipends and other benefits. The disgruntled beneficiaries who took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to voice their anger on Wednesday blamed Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development for the non-payment of their stipends.

18. 4 Things Minister Sadiya Farouq Umar Said In Her Weekly Updates As Npower Beneficiaries Await Stipend Payment

The Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development in Nigeria, Sadiya Umar Farouq has given a summary of her activities in the last one week. The Minister took to her verified Twitter handle on Sunday in a series of tweets to highlight what she has been doing.

19. WASSCE: Government Begs Npower Teachers To Resume

An appeal has gone out from the government of Osun State to former N-Power teachers to resume and prepare students for their forthcoming West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE). The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Intervention Programmes, Lukman Bello, made the appeal on Monday.

20. The Federal Government Has Spent ₦14 Billion On Student Feeding, N-Power And CCT In Jigawa State Alone

In the last four years, the federal government has spent ₦14 billion on the programs of the Ministry of Social Welfare under Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq in Jigawa State alone. Plans include feeding primary school students, the N-Power youth program, and the distribution of ₦5,000 stipend per month. While N9.074bn has been spent on the ₦5,000-month program for the needy, ₦5.178 billion has been spent on the primary school feeding program from 2017 to date in Jigawa.

21. 2,000 Npower Beneficiaries Storm Aso Rock, Table Fresh Request Before Buhari

At least 2,000 Npower beneficiaries held a ‘Thank You Rally’ to Aso Rock, Nigeria’s Presidential Villa over the success of the N-Power scheme and other Social Intervention Programmes in the country. Naija News reports that the ‘Thank You Rally’ to Aso Rock was led by the Concerned Citizens/ N- Power Forum with participants drawn across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

22. FG Extends Npower Online Application, Reveals Closing Date

The Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has extended Npower online application by two weeks. Naija News reports that with the development, potential beneficiaries of the Federal government empowerment programme (N-Power) can continue with the online application till the next two weeks.

23. FG Replies Protesting Npower Beneficiaries, Speaks On N600,000 Grant And Permanent Employment

The Federal Government of Nigeria has responded to the demands of some protesting N-Power beneficiaries who want exiting Batch A and B beneficiaries to be employed by the government. The protesting beneficiaries had also on Thursday, 23rd July, demanded that the government pay each of them N600,000 grants if it couldn’t employ them permanently.

24. Aggrieved Npower Beneficiaries Protest In Abuja, Make Demands (Photos)

Several aggrieved beneficiaries of the Federal government empowerment programme (N-Power) are currently protesting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Naija News reports that the aggrieved Npower beneficiaries over their disengagement from the programme and unsettled stipends.

25. Why NPower Beneficiaries Are Yet To Get Stipends – FG

Some NPower beneficiaries were not paid their stipends because the payment platform already recognised their accounts, the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management, and social development has said. In a statement on Thursday, Rhoda Iliya, deputy director of information at the ministry, revealed that 14,020 beneficiaries of NPower have existing accounts on the payroll of other agencies.

That’s the latest Npower news in Nigeria for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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Top Nigerian Newspaper Headlines For Today, Friday, 27th November, 2020

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Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Friday, 27th November 2020

1. President Buhari Approves Salary Increment For Police

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved salary increment for officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

Naija News reports that the approved salary increment made by the President cuts across all ranks of the force, Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, disclosed this on Thursday during his visit to the Ogun State Police Command.

2. EndSARS Protesters Wanted To Destabilize Buhari Govt – IGP Adamu

Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), has accused EndSARS protesters of plotting to destabilize the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

He made the claim during his visit to the Ondo State Police Command to assess the extent of damage done following the hijacking of the EndSARS protest by hoodlums.

3. 2023: APC Mocks Atiku, Says He Intends To Buy PDP Presidential Ticket

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has mocked former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who it claims is strategizing in Dubai to become the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The APC in the statement on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena however declared that Nigerians won’t vote for him as “Nigerians are wiser.”

4. FG Using Huge Loans To Buy Substandard Chinese Railway Locomotives – Sani

Shehu Sani, the former Senator who represented Kaduna Central in the National Assembly has condemned the recent breakdown of the Kaduna-Abuja railway.

The railway line was reported to have broken down between November 18 and November 20, exposing passengers on the journey to grave danger.

After the development, Senator Sani on Thursday, November 26 took to his Twitter account to lament the huge loans the federal government of Nigeria took to put the railway in place and for it to be breaking down at such an early stage.

5. Buhari Must Listen To Nigerians Or Else – Wike

Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers state, says there will be unrest in the country if President Muhammadu Buhari fails to implement some of the demands of Nigerians.

Wike made the remarks on Thursday when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme.

6. Gowon Speaks On Stealing Half Of Central Bank As President Of Nigeria

Former Nigerian Head of State General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd) has reacted to allegations by a British lawmaker that he stole half of the Central Bank of Nigeria while in office.

In his reaction on Wednesday, the former Nigerian leader described the submission by the British Parliamentarian, Tom Tugendhat as rubbish, noting that he served Nigeria meritoriously and never stole anything with the records clearly available for all to see.

7. Widow Of Vendor Killed By Gbajabiamila’s Aide Disowns Family Over N500m Demand

Josephine Okereke, the wife of the newspaper vendor who was shot by a security aide attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has disowned her husband’s family for demanding the sum of N500m as compensation.

The woman disclosed this while speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.

8. Boko Haram: Report Ranks Nigeria As 3rd Most Terrorized Country In The World

Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a fresh (2020) report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review.

9. EFCC Asks Interpol For Help In Arresting Maina, P&ID Officials

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has stated that it would be seeking the help of the International Police Organisation to arrest a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Naija News reports that Justice Abang Okon of the Federal High Court in Abuja had issued an arrest warrant against Maina and his son Faisal for jumping bail.

10. Kidnappers Kill Ondo First Class Monarch

A first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Oluifon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, has been killed by suspected kidnappers.

Naija News understands that the Ondo First Class Monarch was said to have been shot at about 5:50 pm near Elegbeka village along the Benin-Akure highway while returning to his community after a meeting in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.

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Coronavirus: NCDC Confirms 169 New COVID-19 Cases In Nigeria

Coronavirus: NCDC Confirms 169 New COVID-19 Cases In Nigeria

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday evening, 26th November 2020, confirmed 169 new cases of coronavirus disease infection in Nigeria.

Naija News reports that the new cases of COVID-19 infection were confirmed via a statement on the official Twitter handle of the health agency.

The development brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to 66974 which includes 62,585 discharged cases and 1,169 deaths.

Below is the breakdown of the latest cases according to states with Kaduna recording the highest number of new confirmed cases, followed by Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Lagos.

169 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Kaduna-74
FCT-42
Lagos-17
Kano-8
Ogun-6
Oyo-6
Rivers-6
Ekiti-3
Bauchi-3
Katsina-2
Delta-1
Ondo-1

66974 confirmed
62,585 discharged
1,169 deaths.

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Lai Mohammed Denies Announcing 5m Hate Speech Fine

Alhaji Lai Mohammed speaks on #EndSARS protest and the aftermath

Lai Mohammed, minister of information has denied that he announced the increment of the speech fine from N500,000 to N5 million.

He made this known in a counter-affidavit in response to a suit filed against him at a federal high court in Lagos.

In August, the minister unveiled the amendment to the country’s broadcasting code in Lagos, where the increment of the new fine was announced.

Inibehe Effiong, human rights lawyer, is currently challenging the fine by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) on Nigeria Info FM.

The radio station was fined for alleged hate speech. Obadiah Mailafia, former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), alleged that a northern governor is one of the leaders of Boko Haram.

However, in the affidavit deposed by Sunday Ojobo, an official of the Information ministry, the minister said he never announced the increase of the hate speech fine.

Paragraph 19 is denied. The 2nd defendant (Mohammed) did not announce an increment in any fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5,000,000 or any other because there is a governmental body or institution mandated to regulate and enforce the Nigerian Broadcasting Code,” Ojobo said in the affidavit.

“The constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria provides for derogation from fundamental rights in the interest of public safety, public order and for the purpose of protecting the rights and freedom of other persons.

“The first respondent (NBC) has powers in determining and applying sanctions including revocation of licences of defaulting stations which do not operate in accordance with the broadcast code and in the public interest.

“A public affairs commentator, anchor of programmes and the media are not to use their platform to incite public violence or disorder or in a manner detrimental to the national interest.

“It is within the purview of the federal government of Nigeria to maintain public safety, public order in the interest of all citizens of Nigeria to avoid breakdown of law and order.”

On its part, the broadcasting commission said it has the right to sanction any media outfit that does not conform to the broadcasting code.

 

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Abia Governor, Ikpeazu Will Join Us In APC Soon – Orji Uzor Kalu

JUST IN: Ikpeazu Sacks Commissioner, Makes Fresh Appointments

Senate Chief Whip and Senator representing Abia North has hinted that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu would soon dump the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressive Congress, APC.

Kalu, a chieftain of APC, disclosed this in Umuahia while fielding questions from newsmen after a condolence visit to the member representing Umuahia East state constituency, Hon. Chukwudi Apugo over the demise of his mother, Madam Dorothy Apugo.

The former governor claimed that Ikpeazu promised to join APC during his first electoral case at the Supreme Court.

Kalu who expressed delight over the recent defection of Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi State from PDP to APC said they were awaiting the arrival of Okezie in APC.

His words: ”We have been waiting for Umahi because he made us the promise long ago like Abia governor Ikpeazu.

”We are waiting for Ikpeazu unless he changes his mind. One of my friends, a top security czar in Nigeria told me that when Ikpeazu was going for his first Supreme Court judgement, he promised that he would go to APC.

”I was called to agree to welcome him, and I agreed. APC is a party for all”.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, had however, in a recent media interview, dismissed rumours that Ikpeazu was plotting to defect to APC as false, insisting that the governor has no such plans.

The former Abia Governor who claimed he was the first person to doll out the initial N500 million to sponsor PDP at ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s house, said APC meant well for Ndigbo contrary to perceptions in some quarters.

 

 

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US Election: There’s No Way Biden Got 80M Votes – Trump

Full List Of States Won By Joe Biden And Donald Trump In #USElection2020

United President, Donald Trump has stated that Democrat Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election because the election was rigged.

Naija News reports that Biden was declared the winner of the election two weeks ago and currently leads the incumbent with 80 million votes.

However, Trump had refused to concede defeat, insisting that the election was characterized by mail voting fraud.

Currently, the Democrat has 80,063,589 votes to Donald Trump’s 73,904,195 which make him the first-ever presidential candidate in the United States history to achieve that feat.

Reacting on Twitter on Thursday, November 26, President Trump claimed he just saw the vote tabulations and that there was no way Biden could gather 80,000,000 votes in the presidential election.He also insisted on previous claims that the election was ‘100%’ rigged.

Here is Trump’s tweet below

Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden and his team will soon have to decide whether to share transcripts of presidential calls with foreign leaders to a broad, security clearance-holding audience or maintain a lockdown on official transcripts of the calls and other highly sensitive information imposed by the Trump administration