Nigerian Newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Monday morning
Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers
1. The Department of State Services (DSS) has spoken on Sunday’s clash with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members in Enugu State.
Peter Afunanya, Public Relations Officer, who narrated the incident in a statement Sunday night, said a patrol team was attacked in the Emene area by IPOB members.
2. Former House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, has spoken on the speculation that he would run for the presidency in 2023 with former Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu in 2023.
Dogara said 2023 is still years away, and therefore, it is unnecessary, distracting and insensitive to start making unfounded declarations at this time when all hands ought to be on deck in tackling the challenges of the nationhood.
3. Nigeria has recorded over 1,000 COVID-19 related deaths, according to statistics released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Sunday night.
According to the statistics, Nigeria also recorded 322 new COVID-19 cases in the country.
4. Ibrahim Magu, the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) has warned the Justice Ayo Salami-led panel probing him not to end sittings without hearing from him.
Magu’s reaction followed the news that the panel has recommended his sack and prosecution to President Muhammadu Buhari.
5. Amnesty International on Sunday said Nigerian authorities have left rural communities at the mercy of rampaging bandits.
AI said gunmen killed at least 1,126 people, and kidnapped at least 380 in the northern part of the country between January and July.
6. Former Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi, has condemmed the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) for withdrawing invitation sent to Kaduna State governor Malam Nasir el-Rufai, to be one of the speakers during its forthcoming conference.
Sanusi, who made this disclosure while speaking with reporters, shortly after meeting with El-rufai at government house, Kaduna, on Sunday, said, rather than withdraw el-Rufai’s invitation, the lawyers should have rubbed minds with him to identify areas that need to be addressed for the purpose of governance.
7. As the re-election of the President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina draws closer, Nigeria has increased its shares in ownership of the Bank.
Nigeria, according to a report by Bloomberg now owns 16.8% of the shares of the Bank, from 13% prior to this new acquisition.
8. Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to the controversies generated over the disinvitation of the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai by the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA.
Fani-Kayode, who is also a lawyer, noted that the Governor’s withdrawal as one of the guest speakers at the NBA annual general conference, is now being given religious colouration.
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.