Top Nigerian Newspapers Headlines for Friday, July 21, 2023.
1. Fuel price hike: NEC okays massive rollout of CNG, electric vehicles.
The National Economic Council (NEC) has approved the massive rollout of compressed natural gas (CNG) and electric vehicles as part of measures to cushion the effect of the recent fuel price hike. The decision was taken at a meeting of the NEC, which was chaired by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, in Abuja on Wednesday.
The NEC said that the rollout of CNG and electric vehicles would help to reduce the demand for petrol and diesel, which would in turn help to stabilize the prices of these fuels. The NEC also said that the rollout would help to create jobs and boost the economy.
2. Subsidy palliative: APC govt doesn’t treat Nigerians as human beings – Dele Farotimi.
The former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Dele Farotimi, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government of not treating Nigerians as human beings. Farotimi made the accusation in reaction to the recent fuel price hike. He said that the government has shown no empathy for the plight of Nigerians, who are already struggling to make ends meet.
Farotimi said that the government’s decision to hike the price of fuel is a clear indication that it does not care about the welfare of Nigerians. He said that the government is more interested in lining its own pockets than in helping the people.
3. Niger Delta ex-agitators give NDDC management ultimatum to vacate office.
A coalition of Niger Delta ex-agitators has given the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) an ultimatum to vacate office within 72 hours. The coalition, which comprises the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), and the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), said that the NDDC management has failed to deliver on its mandate.
The coalition said that the NDDC management has been corrupt and inefficient. It said that the management has not been able to use the resources of the NDDC to develop the Niger Delta region.
4. Man sentenced to 25 years in prison for kidnapping, raping minor.
A man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for kidnapping and raping a minor. The convict, identified as John Adegboyega, was found guilty by a High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State. The court heard that Adegboyega abducted the victim, who was 13 years old at the time, from her home in Osogbo in 2021. He then took her to an unknown location where he raped her.
The court said that Adegboyega’s actions were “despicable and barbaric”. It said that he had shown no remorse for his actions. The court sentenced Adegboyega to 25 years in prison, with no option of parole.
5. We had chemistry but never dated – Simi clarifies relationship with Falz.
Nigerian singer Simi has clarified her relationship with fellow singer Falz. Simi, who was recently featured in Falz’s new music video, “Bop Daddy,” said that they are just friends and have never dated. She said that they have a lot of chemistry, but that it is strictly platonic.
Simi said that she is not interested in dating Falz. She said that she is focused on her career and her family.
6. Tinubu’s outburst on 25 per cent FCT votes sparks fresh controversy.
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has sparked fresh controversy with his outburst on the 25 per cent of FCT votes. Tinubu, who was speaking at a rally in Abuja on Wednesday, said that the FCT should not have 25 per cent of the votes because it is not a state.
Tinubu’s comments have been met with widespread criticism. Many people have accused him of being insensitive and discriminatory. The FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, has also condemned Tinubu’s comments.
7. APC must rethink to avoid woeful failure – SDP’s Adebayo.
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it must rethink its strategy if it wants to avoid a woeful failure in the 2023 general elections.
The SDP’s National Chairman, Rasheed Adebayo, said that the APC is facing a number of challenges, including internal divisions, corruption, and incompetence. He said that the party is also facing a strong challenge from the SDP.
Adebayo said that the APC must change its ways if it wants to win the 2023 elections. He said that the party must unite, get rid of corruption, and field competent candidates.
8. Tinubu’ll transform Nigeria into Africa’s cultural, entertainment capital – Hannatu Musawa.
The former presidential aspirant, Hannatu Musawa, has said that Bola Tinubu will transform Nigeria into Africa’s cultural and entertainment capital. Musawa, who is a member of the APC, said that Tinubu has the experience and the vision to achieve this goal.
Musawa said that Tinubu is a successful businessman who has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry. She said that he is also a politician who is passionate about promoting Nigerian culture.
Musawa said that Tinubu will use his experience and his vision to make Nigeria a global leader in the cultural and entertainment industry. She said that he will attract foreign investment and create jobs in the industry.
9. Military High Command Destroys Illegal Crude Oil Refineries and Apprehends Suspected Oil Thieves
In a significant achievement, the military high command has reported the discovery and destruction of no fewer than 23 illegal crude oil refineries in the past two weeks. Additionally, during this period, they successfully apprehended 60 individuals suspected of involvement in oil theft. This information was disclosed by Major General Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, during the military’s biweekly press briefing held in Abuja on Thursday.
10. Youth Party Officially Recognized as Registered Political Party by INEC
After yielding to mounting pressure, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has officially recognized the Youth Party as a registered political party in Nigeria. The announcement came through a statement issued by Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee at INEC. The recognition of the Youth Party came as a result of a directive from the Supreme Court, cementing its status as an officially recognized political entity in the country.
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