Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Monday, 3rd May 2021
The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) on Sunday announced its decision to sell the five power generation companies constructed under National Integrated Power Project (NIPP).
Naija News reports that this was made known by the BPE in a document signed by the Director-General, Alex Okoh, and made available to newsmen.
The BPE asked investors to bid for the 100 percent shareholding of the government in any of the companies.
The document said that it was in continuation of the ongoing reforms of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry and consistent with the Nigerian Electric Power Policy and Electric Power Sector Reform (EPSR) Act, 2005.
It also disclosed that the Board of Directors of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) and the National Council on Privatisation had approved the sale of the five companies through a competitive bidding process.
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has disclosed that the identities of those behind attacks in Imo State will be unveiled in a few days.
Addressing the congregation at the end of the Church Service at Government House Chapel Owerri on Sunday, the governor said security agencies have identified those behind the recent disturbances in the state.
Uzodimma said` that his administration would use all within its powers to identify and flush out criminals in Imo.
Serial rapist and killers, Uduak Akpan, has revealed that he killed and buried Iniobong Umoren, a job seeker in Akwa Ibom State, in a shallow grave at his father’s compound.
Naija News recalls that the deceased was alleged to have on Thursday, April 29, 2021, went for a “job interview” at an undisclosed location on Airport Road in the outskirts of Uyo.
About two hours later, she reportedly made a frantic phone call where she was heard screaming before the call was abruptly ended. Her phone line has been switched off ever since.
The suspect was alleged to have taken the late Miss Umoren to his house where an argument ensured that he used an object to hit her on the head, resulting in her death. He was alleged to have hurriedly buried her in a shallow grave and ran to Oron to hide.
In a statement on Sunday, the police said Akpan kidnapped, sexually violated and subsequently buried the victim to cover up his atrocity.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige has submitted that state governors not paying the minimum wage are breaching the law of the country.
This is as the Minister noted that the minimum wage bill signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in April 2019 makes it compulsory for all employers that meet the condition stipulated in it to pay workers the approved minimum wage of N30,000.
Ngige made the submission on Sunday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
He clarified that the minimum wage is different from the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and any state governor or employer of labour that is not complying with it may be sued by the workers or himself.
The Minister however added that he is still working out the modalities with the Attorney-General of the federation on the next line of action that will be taken against such employers.
President Muhammadu Buhari has announced plans to double the beneficiaries of the N-Power programme from 500,000 to one million.
In a message to commemorate the workers’ day celebration on Saturday, Buhari is also seeking to expand the number of those benefitting from the conditional cash transfer programme to 32 million, from the present 13 million.
According to NAN, he stated that the expansion of the N-Power programme would ensure job creation and poverty alleviation that would in turn cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nigerians.
President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has hindered non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, India or Turkey within 14 days entry into Nigeria.
The decision was reached by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 due to increasing cases of COVID-19 and fatalities in parts of the country.
The Chairman of the committee, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this in a statement titled ‘Travel advisory for passengers arriving Nigeria from Brazil, India and Turkey.’
According to the statement, the travel advisory shall take effect from Tuesday while it shall be subjected to review after an initial period of four weeks.
Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has disclosed that officers of the Nigeria Police Force from Yoruba land are with him.
This is coming hours after the police accused the Yoruba nation promoter of attacking its officers during a rally in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Sunday.
Igboho in a statement released through his spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, said they will never fight Yoruba policemen.
Igboho directed all true Yoruba indigenes not to fight the police.
However, he re-echoed that “we do not want the Nigerian government anymore.”
The Nigerian Senate has maintained that the power to sack the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, solely rests with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Naija News reports that Nigerians had called on the Buhari govt to sack Isa Pantami for backing terrorism some years back.
But the presidency vowed not to sack Isa Pantami while insisting that the minister has apologized for his views on Boko Haram, Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
Speaking in an interview with The Punch, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, said nobody, group or organisation has approached the upper chamber of the National Assembly with any concrete evidence that could warrant the sacking of Pantami.
He also stated that the Senate should not be blamed for clearing Pantami for appointment.
Basiru added that the current controversy around the minister does not constitute any grounds for his sacking which only Buhari had the exclusive power to do.
The Department of State Services (DSS) has warned religious and political leaders against calling for a forceful change of government or mass action that will plunge Nigeria into crisis.
The warning comes after the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, called on the National Assembly to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari if he fails to resign over rising insecurity.
In a statement on Sunday by its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, the DSS stated that some clerics only make divisive comments.
The secret police warned that it will ”no longer tolerate deliberate machinations by subversive and hostile groups whose agenda is to throw the country into anarchy so as to serve the interests of their sponsors.”
Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has labelled the viral social media video of Boko Haram forcefully converting people to Islam as fake.
The Governor spoke after a video emerged on social media alleging that the terrorists are forcing people in some areas of Niger State which they have conquered to forcefully convert to Islam.
The video was shared on Twitter by former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, Naija News earlier reported.
He wrote alongside the video that: “Boko Haram and ISWA forcefully converting people to Islam in the parts of Niger state that they have captured, conquered, occupied and flown their flag.
“This is happening just two hours from Abuja! I warned you.”
However, the Niger State governor has debunked the video as fake, explaining that the video is an old video and the event depicted in it didn’t happen in Nigeria.
Governor Bello also called on Fano-Kayode to delete the video.