Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s what you need to know this Friday morning. Our top picks from stories in Nigerian Newspapers 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, on Thursday condemned the recent gruesome killings in Plateau State, where over 100 lost their lives. He called on the government to work with all relevant actors to ensure lasting solutions to the conflicts. “The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the increasing frequency, intensity, complexity and geographic scope of violent conflict between farmers and herders, as well as related banditry, extortion and cattle rustling, in several counties across West and Central Africa.” The Amnesty International had however accused the Federal Government of encouraging the killings by failing to hold murders to account. “We are gravely concerned about the rising spate of killings across the country, especially the communal clashes between farmers and herders and attacks by bandits across at least 17 states.” The authorities have a responsibility to protect lives and property, but they are cearly not doing enough going by what is happening. The latest incident in Plateau State, where armed gunmen attacked11 villages on June 23 for atleast7 hours and killed at least 200 villagers without intervention from security forces should be investigated.”
2. The Federal Government of Nigeria says that 302,000 poor households from 19 states (Niger, Kogi, Ekiti, Osun, Oyo, Kwara, Cross River, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Anambra and Internally Displaced Camps (IDPs) in Borno) will begin to receive N5,000 monthly from July. The payment would be disbursed from the recently repatriated Abacha loot from Switzerland. The Swiss government had signed an agreement with Nigeria that the funds would be use for poverty alleviation under the supervision of the World Bank.
3. Mr. Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, while inspecting the Enugu-Port Harcourt dual carriage project in Aba, Abia State, alleges that the All Progressive Government led President Muhammadu Buhari government has done more for the Igbos than the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did in its 16 years in power. He noted that the PDP is good at awarding contracts without funding, but Buhari came in and ensured the projects got funded.
4. Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, the Minister of Finance, on Thursday while speaking to state house correspondent after the National Economic Council meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, said that she had briefed President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and state governors on the monthly meeting of the Federation Account Allocation Committee on Wednesday. Adeosun notedthat the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was operating as a business, hence the government must act once its expectations were not met. “In my capacity as the chairman of FAAC, I briefed governors on the deadlock that we have got currently in the Federation Account and explained what happened. There was quite an extensive debate on what to do. For the purpose of this briefing, we operate the NNPC as a business. We have invested public capital in that business and we have expectations of return,” she said