Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Tuesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Monday that it has removed over 300,000 names from its voter register. INEC also says that it will publish the voter register across the 120,000 polling units across the nation from today. This was revealed by INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, while receiving the ECOWAS pre-election fact-finding team in Abuja on Monday. “For the registered voters, we have been cleaning up on our own with the help of the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System. As of last week before I travelled, I was told that over 300,000 names were dropped after the fingerprint system was used. But cleaning up the register is not just the responsibility of the commission but the responsibility of every Nigerian and that is why the law says we should display the register for claims and objections which will be done between November 6 and 12 in the 120,000 polling units nationwide,” he said.
2. The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has revealed that Senator Iyiola Omisore, its governorship candidate in the last Osun State Election, did not present himself for the ticket of the Osun East Senatorial District. This was revealed on Monday by Mr. Taiwo Akeju, the Secretary of the SDP in Osun State. “Omisore didn’t inform us that he was interested. If he did, we could have considered him but he did not. Omisore is one of the prominent leaders of the SDP and we have no quarrel with him. But the truth is that he did not present himself for senatorial election. He has not presented himself for any post after the governorship election. You know that he was our candidate in the Osun governorship election and he did well. I think he wants to give other people an opportunity to be elected, he doesn’t have interest in the senatorial election,” he said.
3. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reported that losses recorded by banks from armed robbery cases and other criminal activities perpetrated by members of staff and non-staff members of banks rose to N12billion in six months. According to the CBN, the attempted fraud and forgery cases which were no successful were N7.99billion between January and June. “There were 20,768 reported cases of fraud and forgery (attempted and successful), valued at N19.77bn in the review period, compared with 16,762 cases, involving N5.52bn and $ 0.12m in the corresponding period of 2017. The actual loss by banks to fraud and forgery, however, amounted to N12.06bn, compared with the N0.78bn and $0.03m suffered in the first half of 2017,” CBN said.
4. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called off the nationwide strike scheduled to commence today. The decision to suspend the strike came following an apparent successful meeting of the tripartite committee which ended around 10pm on Monday night. The strike call off was announced by the National Chairman of the NLC, Mr. Ayuba Wabba. According to Wabba, the decision to suspend the action was reached after agreements were reached and documents signed. “Having reached this position and agreements signed, the proposed strike action is hereby suspended,” the NLC leader said. The signed report will be submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari today by 4:15pm. The final minimum wage figure was however not disclosed yet.