Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Wednesday morning????. Enjoy!
1.The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, has said that Nigeria’s debt which is currently at N24.3trillion is still within sustainable limit.
According to her, our debt is still lower compared to Ghana, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt and Angola.
“In the borrowing, we are still at 19 per cent to GDP; our borrowing is still low,” she said.
“What is allowed by our Fiscal Responsibility Act is the maximum of 25 per cent of our GDP compared to other countries like Ghana, Egypt, South Africa, Angola and Brazil and we are the lowest in terms of borrowing,” she added.
2. The Presidency on Tuesday said that it expects every state of the federation to comply and pay the N30,000 new National Minimum Wage.
Senate Ita Enang, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), while speaking with The Punch said; “the governors and the local governments were all heard before eventually it was agreed that N30,000 should be the minimum wage from the initial demand of labour.
“I don’t think we should entertain any fears until there is any implementation problem.”
“The only fear may be that some states may have already passed their budgets (2019) on the basis of N18,000, without the inclusion of the wage increase; in which case, they may have to consider a supplementary budget.”
3. Prof. Wole Sonyinka said that his generation has failed Nigerians.
The Noble Laureate stated this while speaking recently on a BBC Programme, ‘Hard Talk’.
“Has your generation of older Nigerians failed the people?”, Zeinab Badawi, the anchor of the programme, had asked Soyinka.
In his reply the professor said; “Yes, I believe so. I compare today with dreams and aspirations we had when we all rushed home after studies abroad. We considered ourselves the renaissance people that were going to lift the continent to world standards, competitors anywhere. It hasn’t happened.”
4. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, in his response to the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said that the APC leader is lust for power.
“Is this how wayward lust for power blinds the reasoning of people we should ordinarily respect? Is it not most unfair, unpatriotic and wicked for Asiwaju Tinubu to have resorted to factoids in promoting his known fascist agenda which he mistakenly thinks he is keeping secret,” Dagara said.
Tinubu had in a statement on Sunday which was published on Naija Buzz accused the leaders of the National Assembly, Dogara and Senate President Bukola Saraki of hijacking the budget process for 4 years and padding the budgets with their pet projects.
Saraki had earlier responded to Tinubu’s statement which he (Saraki) described as lies. Read Saraki’s response here.
5. Adamu Mohammed, the acting Inspector General of Police, has ordered the arrest of hoodlums who attacked four policemen attached to the IGP Intelligence Response Team in Ogoja, Cross River State.
According to the police, the policemen on April 17 were in the community to arrest armed robbers who stole a bus when they were attacked with machetes.
Frank Mba, the Nigeria Police Public Relations Officer, in Abuja on Tuesday revealed that the incident was masterminded by someone identified as ‘Ikenga’, who was the receiver of the stolen bus.
“Four police officers attached to the IGP Intelligence Response Team unit were seriously and grievously wounded, with deep machete cuts on their heads and other parts of their bodies,” he said.
6.On Tuesday, a man identified as Deji Adenuga (aka, Dakar), allegedly set a family of eight members ablaze because his lover jilted him.
The very gruesome incident happened on Adetuwo Street, Igbodigo town located in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Report has it that Dakar was dating Titi, a girl in the family. But problem started when Titi ended the relationship.
As a result, the man decided to retaliate by setting the house where the family of Titi resides on fire, killing about 5 of her family members instantly, while 3 others are still in the hospital.