Major Nigeria Newspaper headlines & Naija News Friday, July 1st can be accessed below.
Below are the Major Nigeria Newspaper Headlines from Nigerian Newspapers today:
POLITICS AND NATIONAL NEWS
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the House of Representatives has passed for second reading a bill to establish the election offences tribunal.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has vowed to shut down its portal for submission of particulars of governorship and state assembly nominees from all parties on July 15, 2022.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the organised labour movement is planning to hold a protest on the state of the nation.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Peter Gregory Obi is a Nigerian politician and businessman who was nominated as the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) vice presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election
EKO HOT BLOG reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the renewal of the appointment of Patience Oniha as the Director-General of the Debt Management Office (DMO) for a second term of five years.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has said that the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, ought to have reached out to Governor Nyesom Wike before announcing his running mate for the 2023 election.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the leadership of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), has debunked claims of holding Muslims/Almajiris hostage with the intent of forcefully converting them to Christianity
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved a flat rate increase by N100 in fares for all Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Standard routes.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Lagos State, Mr. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday said the State Government is committed to protecting its water resources in order to make portable clean water available and accessible for Lagosians.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Lagos State Government has extended its short-term training and empowerment programmes to 250 women residents of Agbede Community in Ikorodu-North LCDA to grant them financial independence.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that residents braved the unabated Thursday downpour to receive Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was in the town for the inauguration of key constituency projects facilitated and delivered by the lawmaker representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Sen. Tokunbo Abiru.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Ketanji Brown Jackson has been sworn in as the newest associate Supreme Court justice, becoming the first black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Yair Lapid has become Israel’s interim prime minister, taking over from PM Naftali Bennett after just one year.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the US President, Joe Biden said on Thursday that the United States will provide another $800 million in weapons and military aid to Ukraine, hailing the courage of Ukrainians since Russia invaded in February.
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EKO HOT BLOG reports that Barcelona are ready to launch a bid worth up to £60million for Raphinha that could end Chelsea’s hopes of signing the Leeds United star.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Manchester United playmaker, Bruno Fernandes, has said he expects Cristiano Ronaldo to return for pre-season training with the club.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Manchester United are poised to send three forwards out on loan despite Erik ten Hag’s desire to sign a new attacker this summer, reports say.
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Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Major Newspapers in Nigeria
1. NBA decries Ayade’s directive on military operation in Cross River community
The Nigerian Bar Association, Calabar Branch, Cross River State, has decried Governor Ben Ayade’s directive to the Nigerian Army to sustain the military operation in Nko community.
A statement signed by the branch Chairman, Attah Ochinke, and Secretary, Eno Edet, said “The attention of the Nigerian Bar Association, Calabar Branch, has been drawn to the directive issued to the Nigerian Army by the Governor of Cross River State, Senator Ben Ayade, in respect of the army’s operations currently being conducted in Nko and Oyadama communities.
“In a press statement issued by his Deputy Chief Press Secretary, the governor ordered the sustenance of army operation in Nko community until those behind the shooting of six military personnel are produced or fished out.
“While we join the governor in condemning the embarrassing and seemingly intractable communal clashes between these neighbouring communities, we view the directive of the governor to the army to sustain its operations in Nko community as appalling and ill-advised.
2. Slain Kaduna Catholic priest laid to rest amid tears
Amid tears, the remains of the slain Catholic priest killed by terrorists on his farm, were buried in Kaduna on Thursday.
Reverend Father Vitus Vaishima Borogo was killed on June 25, 2022 while his brother, CY Borogo, was kidnapped by his abductors.
Meanwhile, Catholic priests of the Kaduna Archdiocese embarked on a peaceful protest after the funeral mass of the slain priest.
The priests carried placards with inscriptions such as ‘we are priests and not terrorists’, ‘government should secure Nigerians’, ‘anyone who kill lost his/her right to life’, ‘justice must be served’ , ‘do we still have a government?’ among others.
3. Ex-Ebonyi lawmaker invites EFCC, others to probe fraud allegation
A former Senator, who represented Ebonyi Central Zone in the Senate, Emmanuel Onwe, has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Federal Investigation Bureau, and the Department of States Services to, as a matter of urgency, swing into action to unravel alleged contract fraud involving a company, Express Concerns International Limited, and one Chief Onny Igbokwe, an Abuja-based contractor.
This was as Senator Onwe alleged that Igbokwe opted to drag him and the company in the mud when his attempt to allegedly syphon and steal the mobilisation fund meant for the execution of the contract, blew up and was foiled.
It was gathered that Igbokwe, had through his lawyers, Kanu Ogbonnia and Co, allegedly petitioned the Presidential Amnesty Programme; the Federal Ministry of Justice, among others, claiming that the senator and the company were involved in an illegal N500 million deal.
According to the alleged petition, dated June 10, 2022, a copy of which was sighted by The PUNCH, Igbokwe claimed he was the founding father of the Presidential Amnesty Training contract programme.
But during an interaction with journalists in Abakaliki, on Thursday, Onwe, who is the Director of the Agric Division of Express Concerns International Ltd, alleged that Igbokwe became aggrieved because he scuttled his criminal efforts to steal the 30 per cent mobilisation fund, for a project meant to train Niger Delta youths.
4. Masari launches disbursement of N2.1b grant to improve schools in Katsina
Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, Thursday, at Government Day Secondary School, Kofar Yandaka, flagged off the disbursement of School Improvement Grant (SIG) to the tune of N2.1billion (N2,113,180,000) to Junior and Senior Secondary Schools across the State under the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) Project.
Speaking at the flag-off, Governor Masari said the funds shall be disbursed in two tranches to each school after reaching progress level and certification by the technical monitors.
According to Masari, “the AGILE project, like other sister projects in the state is being implemented after fulfilment of certain conditions as agreed between the state and the World Bank. It is a project for Katsina State.
“The project was earlier designed as a result of the report of Annual School Census of the year 2018/2019 which shows a large percentage of our children who graduates from Primary and Junior Secondary Schools and do not transit to the next level of education.
5. Trouble in Abia PDP as court reverses self on 3-man delegate list
The fate of the governorship candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abia State, Professor Uche Ikonne, appears to be hanging in the balance as an Abia State High Court sitting in Aba has reversed itself on its earlier order which recognised the three-man Ad hoc delegates list that produced them.
One Akuoma Friday, had on May 16, 2022, approached the court, urging it to vacate its earlier order.
After due consideration of the suit, the court, presided over by Justice C.U. Okoroafor, yesterday, averred that it erred in law to have granted its earlier order.
Justice Okorafor explained that the new National Judicial Council guideline had stripped the court of the jurisdiction to entertain such matter.
6. EU ban on mobile roaming fees extended for 10 years
The European Commission, on Thursday, said mobile phone users in the EU will beable to call, text, and surf the internet within the bloc at no additional cost until at least 2032.
According to the commission, the new rules for the suspension of the roaming charge will replace current regulations and enter into force from Friday for another 10 years.
It indicated that consumers could access the same quality of service abroad whenever possible and better access to emergency communication.
“The commission also wants clearer information on fees that might still apply, for example when calling a number abroad while present in the mobile phone user’s home country,” it added
Roaming charges in the 27 EU countries as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway were first suspended in June 2017.(NAN)
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7. Hajj: 10,000 remaining Nigerian pilgrims to be airlifted before Monday – NAHCON
About 10,000 remaining Nigerian pilgrims billed to perform this year’s Hajj would be airlifted on or before Monday to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, it was learnt on Thursday.
The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Zikrullah Hassan, disclosed this during an interactive session with the media in his office in Abuja.
Hassan said that all necessary arrangements have been made to ensure that no registered pilgrim is left out of this year’s Hajj exercise.
He said over 20,000 Nigerian pilgrims are already in Saudi Arabia, adding that some airlines involved in the airlift have added additional aircraft to make the airlift seamless.
8. Osun Decides: Oyetola’s re-election ordained by God — APC elders
The Elders’ Caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osun State, pioneered by the first interim chairman of the party and former governor, Chief Bisi Akande has said the reelection of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has been ordained by God.
The caucus in a communiqué signed by its chairman and ex-Secretary to the State Government, Chief Sola Akinwumi after a stakeholder meeting held in Ilobu, Irepodun Local Government area on Thursday disclosed that they have resolved to throw weight behind Oyetola.
“We appreciate all steps and activities undertaking by the Governor towards ensuring quick transformation of our State through his numerous developmental projects spread across the State.
“We enjoined residents to continue to give their support towards re-election of Oyetola on July 16. Let us troop out to vote for re-election of Governor Gboyega Oyetola.”
9. Bauchi Deputy Gov, Tela clears air on resignation
Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Baba Tela, has debunked reports that he resigned his position.
Tela made this known in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Sani Mu’azu Ilelah.
He described the viral social media report making the rounds as a figment of the imagination of the author.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we would like to assure the peace loving and hard-working people of Bauchi State, in particular and the nation in general, that Sen. Baba Tela has not resigned as the Deputy Governor of Bauchi State.
“His Excellency, the deputy Governor, remains committed to the objectives and ideas of the Government of Bauchi State under the able leadership of His Excellency, Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, CON (Kauran Bauchi),” the statement said.
10. ASUU strike: NLC moves to force FG, lecturers to resolve issues immediately
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), says it will embark on one-day nationwide protest to compel the Federal Government to find immediate resolutions to contending issues with education sector unions.
The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, who stated this during the opening of the Congress’ Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Thursday in Abuja, said the move was to call the attention of the Federal Government to resolve the lingering issues immediately.
Wabba expressed sadness over the closure of the country’s tertiary institutions due to unresolved labour disputes between the Federal Government and unions in education.
NAN reports that while the Federal Government continues to work on the demands of the unions, academic activities across all public universities, polytechnics and colleges of Education have been suspended.
The unions are demanding funding of the revitalisation fund, earned allowances, implementation of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) scheme, as well as promotion arrears.
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