Nigerian Newspapers: Wednessday, May 10, 2017

Good morning Nigerians, we have aggregated today’s major headlines from top Nigerian Newspapers for you here on; Newspapers reviewed include: Punch, Vanguard, Premiumtimes, The Nations, National Mirror, Dailypost, Tribune, The Sun etc.

Is Buhari’s vacation letter to National Assembly on Osinbajo different from previous ones?

The choice of words employed by President Muhammadu Buhari in his latest letter to the National Assembly has elicited controversy.

Mr. Buhari had, through the letter read in both Chambers of the National Assembly on Tuesday, invoked Section 145(1) of the Constitution to notify the lawmakers of his medical trip to the United Kingdom. It was the fourth time such letter would be sent to the National since his inauguration in May 2015.


Girls refusing rescue should be forced out –Chibok leaders

Leaders of Chibok community, under the aegis of Kibaku Area Development Association, have faulted a negotiator, Zannah Mustapha, for saying that some abducted schoolgirls refused to be part of a group of 82 girls freed at the weekend.

The Chairman, Chibok Community in Abuja, Hosea Tsambido, told reporters in Abuja, on Tuesday, that the attitude of the Federal Government was not only suspicious but was at variance with how the government handled the rescue of the 21 schoolgirls in October last year.


BREAKING:‎ Unpaid Nigerian journalists lock broadcast station, commence indefinite strike

Unpaid journalists and staff of the ‎Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation, OGBC, locked up their offices as they began an indefinite strike on Wednesday morning.

The indefinite strike commences after the expiration of three separate notices the radio workers gave the management on the non-payment of their entitlements put at about N148,260,000


…N’Assembly Increases 2017 Budget by N143bn, to Pass Spending Bill Thursday

The National Assembly has increased the size of the 2017 budget proposed by the executive by N143 billion, from N7.298 trillion to N7.441 trillion.
This is as the Senate and House of Representatives laid the harmonised report of the 2017 Appropriation Bill at their respective plenary sessions on Tuesday.


Lawyer wants Buhari impeached for wording of vacation letter to National Assembly

A Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has called on the National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against President Muhammadu Buhari over the wording of his recent vacation letter to the National Assembly.

In a statement issued in Lagos, Mr. Adegboruwa said the decision by the president to ask Mr. Osinbajo to ‘coordinate’ the government  in his absence would leave Mr. Osinbajo with virtually no powers to run the country.


BREAKING: Trump fires FBI director Comey

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday made the shock decision to fire his FBI director James Comey, the man who leads the agency charged with investigating his campaign’s ties with Russia.

“The president has accepted the recommendation of the Attorney General and the deputy Attorney General regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters.


Power Generation: Nigeria seeks $5.2 billion from World Bank

Nigeria is seeking $5.2 billion from the World Bank to expand electricity generation, PREMIUM TIMES has gathered.

The money is also meant to help the nation’s economy recover from its first contraction in 25 years.


Nigerians Express Outrage as British Artist, Damien Hirst, Copies Ife Sculpture Without Giving Credit

British artist, entrepreneur and art collector, Damien Hirst, has incurred the wrath of Nigerians for copying the bust of a well-known Ife terracotta head sculpted by artists from Ile-Ife in present day Osun State between the 12th and 14th century, without giving attribution to the original work.

Hirst’s work titled, “Golden Heads (Female)”, was displayed at his Venice show “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” at Palazzo Grassi is an exact replica of Ife sculpture, with no reference to Ife or Nigeria.


 [Updated] National Assembly raises 2017 budget by N143bn

The House of Representatives on Tuesday received the report of 2017 N7.30tn Appropriation Bill from its Committee on Appropriation for final consideration.

The report indicated that the committee increased the budget to N7.44tn, representing an addition of about N143bn to the one presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on Dec. 14, 2016.


FG, Agip to Sign Unbelievable $15bn Refinery, Power Project Deal for N’Delta

The federal government and Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), a subsidiary of Italy’s ENI, have struck a deal to construct an unbelievable $15 billion refinery in the Niger Delta. The deal will also include Agip’s investment in a power project.

In this regard, officials of Agip held a meeting with acting President Yemi Osinbajo in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday with a view to opening discussions on the proposed investment.


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