Good morning, Nigerians! Today, we’ll highlight the biggest news stories from Nigeria’s top newspapers for Tuesday, September 26, 2023.
Insecurity: Zamfara gov alleges FG in secret talks with bandits
The war against insecurity in the country took a dramatic turn, yesterday, with Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State accused some agencies of the Federal Government of engaging in secret talks with bandits.
Tasking the Federal Government on clarification of the issue, Lawal said reports indicated that a delegation allegedly sent by some agencies of the federal government had been holding talks with bandit groups in Zamfara without his knowledge.
Fee hike: OAU slashes tuition 50 %, allows installmental payment
The management of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, Osun State, has reviewed the school’s tuition fees, which were recently increased.
The Public Relations Officer of the university, Abiodun Olanrewaju, announced in a statement on Monday that the management has reduced the fees after a meeting held with the students.
Abducted Zamfara students: FG not negotiating with terrorists – Ministry of Defence
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has described as misleading, allegation that the Federal Government was negotiating with the Zamfara terrorists to secure the release of the abducted students of Federal University, Gusau.
This is contained in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, by Mr Hope Attari, Acting Director of Press and Public Relations, MoD.
Tinubu reviews document as CBN investigator submits interim report
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, has said the Federal Government will soon unveil the audit report of probe of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
On July 28, 2023, President Bola Tinubu named Jim Obazee, a former Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, as the Special Investigator for the CBN.
Senate screens CBN gov Cardoso, deputies today
The Senate will today (Tuesday) screen the acting Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Olayemi Cardoso, for confirmation into a substantive capacity alongside four nominees for the positions of CBN Deputy Governors, to steer affairs of the apex bank in the next five years.
The Red Chamber, which is returning from its two-month annual vacation, has also scheduled the screening of two additional ministerial nominees by President Bola Tinubu for Tuesday, October 3, 2023.
Strike: Labour accuses FG of delay, NLC exco meets today
The Nigeria Labour Congress has accused the Federal Government of delaying the negotiations on post-subsidy palliatives for workers four months after the removal of the fuel subsidy, which has compounded the hardships in the country.
In response to the perceived lethargy of the government, the organized labour will on Tuesday (today) hold an emergency National Executive Council meeting where it will take decisions on its next steps.
Presidency Mum Over Tinubu’s Return After UNGA
The presidency has refused to speak on whether President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had returned to the country after his participation at the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting or not.
As of press time, yesterday, calls and text messages sent to the president’s media adviser, Ajuri Ngelale, on the whereabouts of the president were not replied to.
Secret Negotiation: We Have Enough Facts To Expose You, Zamfara Fires Back At FG
Governor Dauda Lawal, on Tuesday, said the Zamfara State Government has enough facts to expose the agents of the Federal Government behind the secret negotiation with bandits.
The governor, who had consistently ruled out the option of negotiating with bandits, had earlier raised the alarm that the Federal Government had entered a secret dialogue with the criminals.
Experts Decry Govt Inaction As Diphtheria Spreads To 18 States
Diphtheria has so far killed 453 persons, infected 7,202, and spread to 18 states across the country, the federal government said yesterday.
This is amid calls by experts on the need for government at all levels and other stakeholders to work towards curbing the spread of the disease in the country.