THE NATION

I. Why COVID-19 restrictions are back, by Fed Govt

The surge and violence of infections of the new variant resulting in mass deaths in India, among others, are the reasons the Federal Government re-introduced COVID-19 restrictions, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha said yesterday.

He explained that the government was being pro-active to prevent a third wave of the virus in the country.

II. 11-man panel to probe NPA under Bala-Usman

An 11-man ,panel of inquiry will probe the activities of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) between 2016 to 2021 under suspended Managing Director Hadiza Bala-Usman. The MD was suspended on Thursday for various infractions, including failure to remit surpluses to the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

Minister of Transportation Chibuike Amaechi inaugurated the panel headed by Mr. Suleiman Auwalu,   the director of maritime service of the ministry.

III. Between huge military spending and worsening insecurity

How much can be given to the military that can be said to be sufficient? The Nigerian Army got N1 trillion in 28 months and yet troops in the frontline have continued to complain of inadequate weapons to fight.

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, while appearing before the Senate Committee on Army, said the Army got N1,008.84 trillion as budget releases between January 2019 and the first quarter of 2021.

IV. Sanwo-Olu gets full backing to tackle security challenges

Lagos State government yesterday unfolded plans to further regulate the activities of commercial motorcyclists in a bid to enhance security in the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who decried the display of lawlessness and criminality by the Okada riders, said he would announce further changes to their operations in certain areas of the metropolis.

 

INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

I. PDP Demands Amaechi, Usman’s Sack Over NPA’s Unremitted N165bn

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the immediate sack, investigation and prosecution of Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, as well as the suspended Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, over alleged outstanding un­remitted balance of N165 billion by the management of NPA.

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The party also asked Amaechi to come clean on his reported connec­tion in the alleged involvement of his wife, Mrs. Edith Amaechi, in the exposed N48 billion contract scam currently rocking the Niger Delta Development Commis­sion (NDDC).

II. FG Considers 228 Building Component Firms For Social Housing Projects

As part of the measures to grow local industries, while pursuing delivery of mass housing in the country, the Family Homes Funds Limit­ed (FHFL) is currently engag­ing 228 building component firms.

Reporters learnt the firms have expressed in­terest in supplying inputs in­cluding doors, glazing, paint, roofing sheet, among others, in the ongoing Federal Gov­ernment’s Social Housing Programme.

III. Banks Boards Jittery As CBN Moves To Clamp Down On Insider Abuse

Banks boards in the country are said to be unsettled and taking another look at their loan books following the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) move to crack down on insider abuse.

A reliable source said the apex bank is worried at the rate at which the board and management of deposit money banks (DMBs) in the country are involved in insid­er abuse at the detriment of customers and shareholders.

IV. Burglars Tried Breaking Into Gambari’s Residence — Presidency

There was an attempt to bur­gle the residence of Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to President Muham­madu Buhari, according to the presidency.

Malam Garba Shehu, Se­nior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President, in a statement Monday night, said, “The Chief of Staff, Pro­fessor Ibrahim Gambari, has confirmed that there ‘was a foolish attempt’ to burgle his residence at 3:00 a.m this morning but it turned out to be unsuccessful.

 

THE GUARDIAN 

I. Insecurity, secession calls top agenda as 17 Southern governors meet in Asaba today

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The 17 governors in the Southern part of the country under the aegis of Southern Nigeria Governors Forum will meet today in Asaba, Delta State, with insecurity and secession among issues forming the focal points. It is described as an emergency make or mar meeting for the future of the region and Nigeria at large.

II. Maritime industry rattled as Bala Usman faces probe4

The suspension of Hadiza Bala Usman as the managing director of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) has caused a crack on the wall of the authority, leaving the maritime sector with substantial afflictions.

Few days after the suspension of Bala Usman who is currently facing a probe, the development has unsettled the NPA and the entire maritime sector.

III. ‘Nigerians can’t stand two more years of Buhari regime’

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF), yesterday, threw its weight behind calls for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari, warning Nigeria cannot survive two more years under this regime.

Speaking during AIT’s ‘Kakaaki’ programme, spokesman of the forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, called on members of the National Assembly to begin the process of impeaching the president, noting that the lawmakers must realise that the country is in a dire state.

IV. Nigeria to face Ghana in first round of qualifying series

Fate yesterday dealt Nigeria and Ghana a bad hand, and now, one of them will not play at the 2022 African Women Cup of Nations billed to hold in Morocco.

Yesterday in Cairo, Egypt, the Super Falcons were drawn to meet Black Stars in the first round of the qualifying series for the Morocco 2022 AWCON. This means that the competition will hold without one of its biggest teams.

 

PUNCH NEWSPAPERS

I. Deadly COVID-19 variants: Experts warn as FG restricts gatherings, revives curfew, bans nightclubs, others

The Federal Government on Monday restricted gatherings at worship centres and banned night clubs as parts of measures aimed at preventing the spread of devastating strains of COVID-19 into the country.

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Amid concern about the strains of the virus in India, South Africa, Turkey and Brazil, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 at its press briefing in Abuja reintroduced some measures which were put in place during the second COVID-19 wave in the country.

II. Subsidy removal advice wrong, implementation suicidal, says NUPENG

It is going to be highly suicidal to remove petrol subsidy now and the advice by the Presidential Economic Advisory Committee on subsidy removal is wrong, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers has said.

The PUNCH reported on Monday that the PEAC advised the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to remove subsidy on petrol and adopt a pricing regime that reflects the cost of the commodity.

III. Sallah: FG bans concerts, carnivals, street parties amid Covid fears

Amid concerns about deadly COVID-19 strains in India, South Africa, Turkey and Brazil, the Federal Government has reintroduced some measures which were put in place during the second COVID-19 wave in Nigeria.

The government restricted gatherings at worship centres and banned night clubs, concerts, carnivals and street parties which are ubiquitous during Sallah celebrations. The government has also declared Wednesday and Thursday as public holidays to mark the 2021 Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations.

IV. COVID-19: FG extends work-from-home directive for workers tíll June 11

As part of measures aimed at preventing the spread of deadly strains of COVID-19 in the country, the Federal Government on Monday extended its work-from-home directive for civil servants on Grade Level 12 and below.

According to the Presidential Steering Committee On COVID-19 domiciled in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, civil servants will continue to work from home till June 11, 2021, after which the directive may be reviewed.

 

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