Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Wednesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. According to report by Punch, the governors in the South-West are currently divided over the removal of the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole. Some of the governors are aggrieved over the outcome of the APC primary election in their states, while others are against the alleged removal plot. According to report, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State are the 3 governors against Oshiomhole’s removal. However, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State are angry with the APC Chairman over the outcome of the primary elections in their states.
2. The Federal Government of Nigeria has appealed to the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities to exercise restraint in their demands from the government, saying that the current demands cannot be met now. According to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, ASUU’s problems with FG began during the administration of late President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2009. “The issues necessitating this strike date back to 2009 when the then government of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua signed an agreement with ASUU on the funding of federal universities. The agreement provided for funding of universities to the tune of N1.3tn over a period of six years. It is instructive to know that Nigeria was experiencing oil boom at that time. It was therefore expected that government would meet the terms of agreement. However, international oil prices crashed in subsequent years, thereby throwing the country into an economic hardship. At the inception of this administration, the country’s economic fortunes worsened, nose-diving into a recession, with dire consequences on all sectors of the economy, including education,” he said.
3. President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday while receiving the Tripartite Committee report on the recommended N30,000 new national minimum wage at the Presidential Villa in Abuja said that he was committed to ensuring that the nation’s workers get a new minimum wage as soon as possible. Buhari further noted that his plan was to transmit an Executive Bill to the National Assembly within the shortest time possible. “The committee chairman highlighted some of the challenges encountered during your deliberations, especially as it relates to having a consensus position acceptable by all parties. I understand, on the government side, the concerns raised were around affordability – that today many states struggle to meet their existing salary requirements. On the side of labour, the points raised focused on the need for any increase to be meaningful. In a way, both arguments are valid. I want to assure you all that we will immediately put in place the necessary machinery that will close out these open areas,” he said.
4. Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, the man spearheading the Biafra secession movement, has reportedly threatened to reveal a deep secret about President Muhammadu Buhari. According to the spokesman of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Emma Powerful, the Federal Government was working towards closing down Radio Biafra so as to stop the revelation. “It has been brought to the attention of the worldwide family of the Indigenous People of Biafra that plans by the government of Nigeria are at advanced stages to shut the internet. Following the sensational revelations by our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on Radio Biafra and other media platforms about the true identity of the current occupier of Aso Rock, the APC government has gone into overdrive to conceal the truth from the masses by proposing to shut down social media in the coming weeks,” IPOB said.
5. The HIV/AIDS Clinic at the Asokoro District Hospital in Abuja has revealed that HIV/AIDS is the highest cause of death among patients in the entire hospital. The Project Coordinator, Anti-Retroviral Therapy, Dr. Henry Onyegbutulem, and his Deputy, Dr Whera Sagay, said this when members of the board of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS visited the facility in Abuja on Tuesday.