Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Thursday morning. Enjoy!
1. Mr. Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State, on Wednesday after he was sworn-in by Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Muntar Abimbola, said that the state cannot afford to pay the new N30,000 minimum wage because of its lean resources.
“Recently, the Federal Government announced a new salary scheme in which the lowest cadre of civil servants are expected to earn at least N30,000 per month. I know how access to this type of money will improve the lives of many of the families that I have had direct contact with. However, with the way the Oyo State account currently stands, I will be deceiving you if I say we are capable of taking on this burden,” he said.
The governor who revealed that the state doesn’t have enough resources however scrapped out N3,000 secondary school tuition fee.
He also promised to donate his salary to the pensioners in the state.
2. Report has it that the Federal Government has spent a total of N407.8billion in 3 years for the Social Investment Programme (N-Power, Conditional Cash Tansfers, National Home-Grown School Feeding and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programmes) which was created to improve the lives of poor Nigerians.
FG recruited about 500,000 persons across 774 Local Government Areas in the country.
The National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme has feed 9.7million pulpils for 200 school days.
For the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, about 1,681,491 loans have been disbursed to applicants across the nation.
3. The Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the new Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, against victimizing his predecessor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
The “undoing of Mr Sanwo-Olu will be for him to attempt unnecessarily going after his immediate predecessor and or opposition interests, rather than concentrating on his programmes to better the living conditions of Lagosians,” PDP said, describing Ambode as the best governor of Lagos State since 1999.
“The Lagos State PDP attests to the unparalleled achievements of former Governor Ambode in developing the state, especially compared to the performances of former governors Bola Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola.
“The PDP thus counsels Sanwo-Olu to rather look into how to surpass Ambode’s legacies instead of attempt to victimise any perceived opponents before and after his emergence.
4. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has confirmed that he was on board in an Ethiopian Airline that almost crashed at the Murtala Muhammmed International Airport in Lagos.
The incident happened on Wednesday afternoon around 12:20pm when the pilot tried unsuccessfully to land at the Lagos airport. The situation was caused by the downpour in Lagos.
Unable to land successfully, the pilot got the plane back on air, flying around Lagos and Ogun area before eventually returning to the Lagos airport to land about 10 minutes later (12:30pm).
“He touched the ground. Then he took off and apologised and landed again at about 12.30. We spent just about 10 minutes in the air before we landed again,” Obasanjo revealed. Read More details on Naija Buzz
5. Just 24 hours after his inauguration for second term, President Muhammadu Buhari will today travel to Saudi Arabia.
Buhari is traveling to Makkah to attend the Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
“The 14th session of the Summit Conference of the OIC, scheduled to hold on Friday, May 31, will be hosted by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and attended by Heads of State and governments of member states.
“President Buhari is expected to address the forum and underscore the need for member countries to unite and work together to combat common challenges such as terrorism and violent extremism.