Top 10 Stories From Nigerian Newspapers Today, 29th September 2023

Top 10 stories From Nigerian Newspapers Today, 30th March 2023

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Here are the top 10 stories from Nigerian daily newspapers for today, 30th March 2023 on Politics, business, entertainment and economy.

1. ‘Misguided Political  Actors’ Pushing for Interim Govt – DSS

The Department of State Security (DSS), on Wednesday, raised the alarm about some entrenched interests it claimed were pushing to foist an interim government on Nigeria and by implication, undermine the civil rule. Read more.

 2. Tinubu Celebrates 71st Birthday Says His Election Greatest Gift

Nigeria’s president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, says his election as the incoming president of Nigeria is the greatest gift to him by the Nigerian people, and could therefore not request for anything else.

Tinubu said his campaign promises were not mere talks to win the election but will be put into action as they represented his bond that binds him to the task of creating a better Nigeria for the benefit of every Nigerian.

3. Shell Pays $4.5bn In Royalties, Taxes, Others To Nigerian Govt

Shell Plc has disclosed that it paid Nigeria’s federal government over $4.521 in its overall production entitlements as well as taxes, royalties and fees in 2022.

The oil giant which revealed this in its 2022 Sustainability Report obtained yesterday, however, pointed out that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine caused huge suffering and triggered instability in global energy markets and other sectors.

4. Accidents: NMDPRA Plans Safety Audit of Operations in Downstream Oil, Gas Sector

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) yesterday disclosed a plan to resume the technical safety audit of operations of petrol retail outlets, vehicle tankers, refining facilities, and depots nationwide in order to halt rising cases of accidents in the downstream sector.
NMDPRA also stated that at least one death was recorded every four days in the course of transporting petroleum products, with 412 fatalities in 244 accidents recorded between 2018 and the first quarter of 2023.

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 5. Attempts To Accuse Obidient Movement Of Promoting Ethno-religious Acts Will Fail – Obi

 Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, has stated that every attempt by his opponents to ascribe religious or ethnic colouration to the ‘Obidient’ movement would not succeed.

He said the movement has members spread across the country and is on a mission for a new Nigeria that all the citizens would be happy and proud to be part of. 

6. MDAs’ Accounting Officers Risk 5-Year Jail Term As N’Assembly Passes Federal Audit Bill

The National Assembly on Wednesday passed the Federal Audit Service Bill which prescribes among others, a five-year jail term for any accounting officer, who prevents the Office of the Auditor General for the Federation (AuGF) from accessing their account books.

7. No Questions On Religion Will be asked in Census – NPC

The National Population Commission (NPC), on Wednesday, said questions bordering on religious affiliation would not be captured in the 2023 census.

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The Commission’s director of Public Affairs, Isiaka Yahaya, said the decision to exclude religion along with ethnicity from the census questionnaire was taken in consideration of the sensitive nature of these issues within the Nigerian polity.

He made the clarification in response to a viral WhatsApp audio clip that claimed that the religious affiliation of respondents would be captured as part of the census data.

8. We’ve No Plans to Print Biafra Currency – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has denied claims of printing Biafran currency and other State paraphernalia as widely speculated in some sections of the media.

Spokesperson of the group Emma Powerful, who has also distanced the group from another pro-Biafra group, “the Auto Pilot”, alleged to be behind the speculation said it has no plan of forming any Biafra “Kangaroo Government in Exile”.

He explained that IPOB as an organised group would not embark on such an agenda without liaising with the people of the southeast.

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The federal executive council (FEC) has approved the sum of N24.20 billion for the provision of broadband infrastructure in airports, higher institutions, and markets across Nigeria.

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10. Senate Moves To Recover N6trn Ground Rents From Property Owners

The Senate has set up an ad hoc committee to investigate and recover the over six trillion naira accrued from the non-payment of ground rent from property owners across the country.

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