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Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

1. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday night, announced 298 new confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The new cases were reported from 16 states: Plateau (108), Kaduna (49), Lagos (47), Ogun (18), Osun (17), FCT (15), Ondo (14), Edo (8), Oyo (6), Akwa Ibom (4), Cross River (4), Borno (3), Ekiti (2), Bauchi (1), Kano (1) and Rivers (1).

2. Human Rights Writers Association, HURIWA has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari government to investigate Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna State.

According to HURIWA, El-Rufai should be compelled to produce the killers of the innocent Nigerians in Southern Kaduna since he has been able to identify them and their locations.

3. The Ghanaian authorities have said Nigerian shop owners in the country must pay taxes and other fees imposed on them.

The country’s Ministry of Trades, while insisting on the payment, said that claims of unfair treatment on Nigerian traders in the enforcement of the Ghana Investment Promotion Council regulations were not true.

4. The Lagos State government has extended the hours of operations of both food markets and non-food markets in the State.

Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, said the decision was taken to further enhance trade and commerce and mitigate the hardship of COVID-19 pandemic.

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5. Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Sunday insisted that the incessant Southern Kaduna crisis will stop when people in the region are willing to embrace peace.

El-Rufai said that no number of military troops can resolve the crisis in Southern Kaduna, adding that it is far more complicated than what is obtained in other parts of Nigeria.

6. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State has accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, of printing illegal Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs.

The party’s spokesman, Chris Osa Nehikhare, said security agencies have been informed about the matter but nobody has been arrested.

7. The Presidency, on Sunday night, warned a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba, not to drag President Muhammadu Buhari into whatever issues he has with security agencies.

Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant (SSA), Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement decried what he described as Na’Abba’s “publicity stunt” because the President has no issues with him.

8. Fire, on Sunday afternoon, razed down a section of Igbudu market in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Properties, including a building reportedly worth several millions of naira were destroyed in the inferno.

9. Oyo State Police Command on Sunday announced that a suspected serial killer, Mr. Sunday Shodipe has escaped from police custody.

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The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, CP. Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, CP implored the general public to be on the lookout, arrest and immediately inform the officers and men of the Command when sighted for immediate handing over for further action.

10. Suspected gunmen have abducted Alhaji Isa Mai Buba, the District Head of Mashio town in Fune Local Government Area of Yobe State.

ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, Public Relations Officer, Yobe State Police Command on Sunday, said the yet-to-be identified gunmen stormed the resident of the District Head yesterday at about 10pm with heavy fire arms and disappeared with him into the thin air.

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N50,000, N30,000 To Be Distributed Among 433,000 Nigerians, Businesses By FG




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.

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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.

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