Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Tuesday morning
Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers
1. Hon. Yekini Idiaye, the Deputy Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, and four other lawmakers have declared their support for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the forthcoming governorship election.
They are among the 10 lawmakers that were inaugurated in July 2019 while 14 others remain to be inaugurated due to the crisis that rocked the APC then.
2. Shoprite Holdings Limited, a South African company with hundreds of outlets in Nigeria, says it may not continue operation in the country.
The company in its “Operational and Voluntary Trading Update” released on Monday, said this was due to the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic.
3. Nigeria Police detectives have arrested seven armed robbers, including two soldiers – one serving, one dismissed – for alleged robbery of a bullion van in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
The Police Situation Report (SITREP) said IRT Detectives with technical Intelligence Support from TIU arrested one Alfred Robinson, 45, a native of Gelegele Town in Ovia North LGA of Edo State on 1/8/2020 in Asaba, Delta State.
4. The Federal Capital Territory Administration, on Monday, announced that all schools in Abuja can re-open for students preparing for their WASSCE and BECE examinations on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.
A statement released by the Ag. Secretary for Education, Umaru A. Marafa, on Monday, said all schools are expected to put COVID-19 measures and guidelines given by the PTF in place before they can be certified ready for resumption by the Department of Quality Assurance of the Education.
5. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, has insisted that she never said every Nigerian received COVID-19 palliative during the lockdown.
Farouq on Monday at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, said it is impossible to give palliative to all Nigerians.
6. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday night, announced 288 new cases of COVID-19.
It brings the current tally in the country to 44,129.
7. The federal government will release new protocols for the next phase of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country by Thursday.
This was disclosed by the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, during Monday’s press briefing in Abuja.
8. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that it is working hard to ensure that Nigerians have access to the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines when available.
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of NCDC, who gave the assurance during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja, said that the centre was working with the global community to ensure access.
9. Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State, on Monday, constituted an 8-man probe panel to investigate the Federal government allocations accruing to the 16 local government councils in the State.
The panel will also probe the councils’ share of the internally generated revenue from May 29, 2019 to date.
10. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has insisted that it didn’t substitute the candidates of the African Action Congress (AAC) or any other political party for the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State.
INEC, in a statement by Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, on Monday, said it received only one submission from the AAC through its dedicated online portal for candidate nomination.
Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Micro Small and Medium and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs), says 100,000 small businesses will get N50,000 each.
NAN reports that the gesture is part of COVID-19 economic stimulus.
The presidential aide made the announcement at the inauguration of the Implementation of Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off-Take Stimulus Schemes for MSMEs on Thursday in Abuja.
Johnson, the Project Coordinator, said that the schemes were part of the Economic Sustainability Plan drafted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The Payroll Support targets 100,000 businesses. However, the number of individuals who will benefit from this is 500,000. What the government has done is to say that there a lot of MSMEs that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
“Afterward, there is a CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) free registration; it is free for the MSMEs but the government is paying the CAC for this. What the government has done is to say to the CAC, you do this regularly to the MSMEs at about N12,000 or thereabout; give it to us at half price, we will give it to the MSMEs free.’’
Johnson added that under the National MSMEs Clinic, Osinbajo and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment went to no fewer than 26 states.
He said it was discovered that very creative businesses were not registered.
“They will tell you they don’t have N10,000 to N12,000 to register their businesses. The government had promised that at some point, we will do and I think the opportunity has come now; the opportunity cannot be better than now.’’
The official also announced that under the Survival Fund, the last strap would be the Transport and Artisans Support.
At least 333,000 beneficiaries will get a one-off N30,000 grant, Johnson said.
He added that the government will work with associations, individuals and the Ministry of Transportation to implement the scheme.