Nigerian Newspapers: 10 Key Updates for this Friday Morning
Greetings! Here’s a concise roundup of the latest developments from Nigerian Newspapers for your Friday morning:
1. New Minimum Wage Effective from April 1, 2024
The Federal Government has announced that a new minimum wage will be implemented from April 1, 2024. Minister of Information and National Orientation, Idris Mohammed, shared this information, highlighting that the current N30,000 minimum wage is set to expire at the end of March 2024.
2. Directive to Increase Admissions in Medicine and Surgery
The Federal Government has instructed universities to admit more students into Medicine and Surgery to address the shortage of manpower in the health sector due to health workers leaving the country. Prof. Dili Dogo, Vice Chancellor of Nile University, conveyed this directive on Thursday.
3. Lagos State Government Firm on Drainage Reclamation
Despite reported threats and propaganda, the Lagos State Government remains steadfast in its decision to reclaim drainage within the seven-metre setback by demolishing some structures. Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, affirmed the state government’s commitment to this cause.
4. House of Representatives to Scrutinise 2024 Appropriation Bill
The House of Representatives has pledged to thoroughly examine the 2024 Appropriation Bill presented by President Bola Tinubu. This commitment follows their scrutiny of the 2023 supplementary budget, which revealed a controversial N5 billion provision for a presidential yacht.
5. Kogi State Election Petitions Tribunal Adjourned
The Kogi State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lokoja has been adjourned indefinitely. This decision is pending the completion of an inspection of election materials by the Social Democratic Party (SDP). The SDP sought more time despite confirming INEC’s cooperation in the inspection.
6. President Bola Tinubu Meets British Monarch at COP28 Climate Summit
President Bola Tinubu engaged with the British monarch, His Majesty, King Charles III, on the sidelines of the COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai. President Tinubu shared details of the productive meeting with the 75-year-old monarch on his X account.
7. Pastor Arrested for Allegedly Killing Wife
A pastor, Abiodun Sunday, has been apprehended by the police for allegedly murdering his wife, Tosin Oluwadare, in Ido-Ile, Ekiti State. Ekiti State Police Command’s spokesman, DSP Sunday Abutu, confirmed the incident and stated that investigations are ongoing.
8. Court of Appeal Dismisses Ondo State Speaker’s Impeachment Application
The Court of Appeal in Abuja dismissed the application by Ondo State House of Assembly Speaker, Olamide Oladiji, and other lawmakers seeking the impeachment of the state’s Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa. The application was withdrawn by the lawmakers, citing the “interest of peace.”
9. Senate Expresses Support for Nigerian Military
The Senate, led by President Godswill Akpabio, has pledged its readiness to support the Nigerian military in achieving its national security goals. This assurance was given during a meeting with the management of the National Defence College (NDC), led by Rear Admiral Muyiwa Olotu.
10. Naira Updates in Parallel and Foreign Exchange Markets
On Thursday, the naira appreciated to N1,165 per dollar in the parallel market, showing a slight improvement from N1,167 per dollar on Wednesday. However, in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM), the naira depreciated to N832.32 per dollar.