Nigerian Newspapers Headlines Today: 12 things you need to know this July 20, 2023

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Top Nigerian Newspapers Headlines for Thursday, July 20, 2023.


Good morning Nigeria! Welcome to Summary of Nigerian Newspapers headlines for today.

1. Supreme Court Clarifies Tinubu’s Phone Conversation Rumor


The Supreme Court has dismissed rumors of an alleged phone conversation between President Bola Tinubu and the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, aimed at influencing the ongoing proceedings before the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC). In a statement issued by its spokesperson, Dr. Festus Akande, the apex court clarified that there was no such conversation between the two individuals, countering the social media speculations surrounding the matter.

2. President Tinubu Seeks Senate Confirmation for NEDC Governing Board Appointments

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has written to the Senate requesting confirmation for the appointment of members to the governing board of the North East Development Commission (NEDC). The list of nominees includes General Paul Tarfa as Chairman, Hon Gambo Maikyau from North East Taraba, Abdullahi Abbas from North West Kano, Zaf Steven Ondora from North Central Benue, Chief Mutiu Lawal Areh from South West Lagos, Samuel Ifeanyi Onuigbo from South East Abia, Frank Achinike Owo from South-South Rivers, and Mohamed Goni Alkali as Managing Director from North East Borno. Additionally, the nominations for re-appointment include Musa Yashi as Executive Director of Humanitarian Affairs from North East Bauchi, Ahmed Abdulsalam Yahaya as Executive Director of Operations from North East Gombe, and Dr. Abubakar Garba Ileah as Executive Director of Admin and Finance from North East Yobe.


3. UTME Candidate Mmesoma Ejikeme Apologizes to JAMB

Mmesoma Ejikeme, a 20-year-old candidate in the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) fraud saga, has tendered an apology to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Ejikeme read the apology letter during an investigative hearing by the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee probing the matter. She pleaded for leniency, asserting that she has never been involved in any form of examination malpractice. JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, was present at the hearing.

4. PDP Addresses Tinubu Over Fuel Price Hike

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has issued a statement addressing President Tinubu following the recent increase in the pump price of petrol/fuel. The party expressed its dissatisfaction with the current fuel price hike, accusing the Tinubu-led government of insensitivity and maladministration towards Nigerians. PDP insisted that the fuel price should not exceed N150 per liter and warned that the situation could lead to a serious crisis if not resolved.

5. House of Reps Confirms Service Chiefs Appointment

The House of Representatives confirmed the appointments of Service Chiefs after screening them. The confirmation came following the adoption of the report of an ad hoc committee set up to screen the nominees. The screening process had commenced earlier in the week and was led by the Majority Leader of the House, Julius Ihonvbere.

6. Tinubu’s Ministerial List Missing On Senate Order Paper


President Tinubu’s expected ministerial list was not present on the Senate Order Paper during the plenary session. Several reports and sources had previously indicated that the President had submitted a list of ministerial nominees to the legislators. According to the law, President Tinubu has less than ten days remaining to forward his ministerial list to the National Assembly for screening and confirmation.

7. CUPP Slams Tinubu Govt Over Fuel Price Increase

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) criticized President Tinubu’s government for the recent increase in the pump price of petrol. The CUPP accused the government of implementing a fuel subsidy removal that appears to be a scam to the citizens. The party expressed concern over the continuous and drastic fuel price hikes, which it believes are exacerbating the economic challenges faced by Nigerians.

8. APC Responds to Atiku and Obi’s Allegations

The All Progressives Congress (APC) stated that some of the allegations made by PDP candidates Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi against President Tinubu at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal are criminal in nature. The APC argued that the petitioners failed to provide credible evidence to substantiate their claims of election rigging and victory for President Tinubu.


9. House of Reps Rejects Motion to Stop Fuel Price Increase

The House of Representatives rejected a motion seeking to halt the increase in the price of petrol and to revert the fuel price to N537 per liter. The House decided to investigate the price hike and the subsequent increase in transport fares across the country, stating that it would be premature to suspend the price increase before the completion of the investigation.


10. NLC Rejects Proposed N8,000 Cash Palliative

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) rejected the Federal Government’s plan to distribute N8,000 as palliatives to 12 million households to offset the impact of fuel subsidy removal. The NLC argued that the government’s approach was an attempt to further impoverish the people, describing it as robbing people whose income is below the poverty threshold to feed the rich. The labor union expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s actions, stating that it seemed like a dictatorial approach rather than a response to the needs of Nigerian workers.


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