Hot Nigerian News Today: Friday 2 October, 2020.

NLC makes huge demands from Nigerian govt

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has called on the Federal Government to provide a resilient base for sustainable development for the wellbeing of all Nigerians regardless of ethnic and religious orientation in the country.


Mr. Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, made the call in a message to workers and Nigerians at the country’s 60th Independence Anniversary with the theme, “Together” on Thursday in Abuja, NAN reports.

Wabba also said that the journey of Nigeria’s nationhood could not be complete without citing the timeless and great contribution of the Nigerian working class in the liberation and developmental struggle for the nation.

FG lauds CAN’s roles in nation building.

The Federal Government on Sunday in Abuja applauded the roles played by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), toward the spiritual and physical development of the country.

Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo gave the commendation at an Inter-denominational Thanksgiving Service to mark Nigeria’s 60 years of Independence.

Represented by Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Osinbajo expressed delight over the choice of the 60th-anniversary theme.

The Vice President said that Nigeria needed its citizens to love her and help to rebuild the cracks on its walls.

He tasked Nigerians to emulate Nehemiah’s attitude towards his country, adding that Nehemiah’s services should serve as a metaphor for Nigerians resident in the country or outside of it.

He explained the significance of the walls around the city, saying that they signified security, prosperity, peace and contentment, and also signified the essence of a nation-state.

He also said that the rebuilding of Jerusalem represented the peoples’ renewal of faith to overcome national challenges.

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Osinbajo charged Nigerians to see the need for Nehemiah in Nigeria as a nation with a burning desire to build the nation’s broken walls, in spite of oppositions.

Rep disputes N9.3m monthly pay claim.

Two members of the House of Representatives, Simon Karu and Ossai Nicholas Ossai, have disagreed on the monthly emoluments of House members.

Karu said each member goes home with N9.3 million, but Ossai said it is not true.

Karu said the N9.3m includes the monthly salary and office running costs.

Karu, who spoke on Thursday in Abuja at an event to mark Nigeria’s 60th anniversary, tagged: Fixing Nigeria at 60 – Sustainable and Efficient Democracy: Issues on Accountability and Transparency in Governance, said: “The official salary of a member of the House of Representatives, which I also receive monthly, is N800,000. I told you I was going to say it. Why don’t you wait for me to say it? The office running cost of a member is N8.5 million.

But Ossai, who chairs the House Committee in Treaties, Agreements and Protocols, asked the audience to disregard the information.

Ossai, who is one of the oldest members of the House, said: “I have never received such salary since I came to the National Assembly and I have been in the National Assembly before him.”

Buhari lacks will to stop corruption destroying Nigeria under his nose – HURIWA

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Thursday, said President Muhammadu Buhari, lacked the political will to eradicate corruption destroying Nigeria.

HURIWA made the claim while accusing the Buhari-led government of abuse of power.

In a statement to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary, the rights group said the abuse of power has led to nepotism and lopsided appointments.

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The statement signed by HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko reads partly: “We dispute the popular cliche that Nigeria is resource cursed but agree that the major challenges crippling the economic and political advancements of Nigeria are nepotism and poor governance standards.

Nigerians Tell Buhari To Compare Minimum Wage After President Compared Oil Prices With Saudi Arabia.

Nigerians have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to increase the country’s minimum wage to the standard of Saudi Arabia.

This was in reaction to a statement by the President during the country’s 60th independence anniversary speech on Thursday when he said the price of petrol per litre in the Asian country was more than the amount it was being sold in Nigeria.

The President added that it does not make sense for Nigeria to sell petrol cheaper than Saudi Arabia.

Reacting to Buhari’s comparison, Nigerians urged the President not to only compare oil prices but also compare minimum wage and development in Saudi Arabia.

Nigeria at 60: Gov Sanwo-Olu reveals why Nigerian youths should believe in country.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, urged Nigerian youths to believe in the country because they are the future leaders.

Sanwo-Olu gave the advice when he hosted sixty students from public and private schools on “Independence Day Conversation with Nigeria’s Future Diamonds” at Lagos House, Marina.

According to Sanwo-Olu, the celebration is really to reflect on the theme for the 60th anniversary of Nigeria, which is togetherness.

Fed Govt begins implementation of new visa policy.

The Federal Government has approved implementation of the New Visa Policy (NVP) and New Visa Fees.

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The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. Muhammad Babandede, announced this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja by Immigration spokesman Sunday James.

Babandede said the implementation of the new visa fees and Nigeria Visa Policy (NVP) 2020 started on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal Government launched a New Visa Policy (NVP) on February 4, 2020, to boost the nation’s economy and allow travellers to visit Nigeria without visas and only commence the process of obtaining visa upon arrival into the country.

Hoodlums kill policeman in Rivers.

There was disarray in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State after some hoodlums reportedly attacked and killed a policeman in the community on Thursday.

The deceased, whose identity had yet to be ascertained, was attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad headquarters in Port Harcourt.

Information gathered revealed that the incident happened on Wednesday around 9.30pm after the victim, who was on duty, took permission from his superior officer to buy food.

His corpse was reportedly dumped on a bush path.

A source who spoke on the incident noted that the hoodlums were members of the Indigenous People of Biafra who came from Abia State through a border community.

The Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident, adding that details of the attack were still sketchy.

Omoni, however, added that the state Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, had ordered a manhunt for the assailants.