Here we present to you the top ten stories across Nigerian newspapers today, Saturday, January 14, 2023, on politics, business, entertainment and economy.
1. Debt Burden: Buhari Charges Global South Leaders On Common Agenda
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged leaders of the Global South to agree on a common agenda to reduce the increasing debt burden and inflation.
Buhari made the call while addressing the Global South Virtual Summit on Friday, January 13, 2023. Read more.
2. Supreme Dethrones Obong of Calabar, Orders Fresh Election
Nigeria’s Supreme Court on Friday, January 13, 2023, sacked the Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V after years of a protracted legal battle.
The apex court through a unanimous judgment on Friday read by Justice Akomaye Agim ordered a fresh election for the traditional stool. Read more
3. Africa Superstars Storm Dakar For AFRIMA Terenga Edition
The highly anticipated 8th edition of the All-Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) tagged ‘Teranga Edition’ scheduled to hold in Dakar, is finally here and the award organisers have unveiled a stellar line-up of music performances for the AFRIMA music village concert and the main awards ceremony. Read more
4. How Insecurity Threatens Nigeria’s $4.12bn Rail Infrastructure Investment
There are concerns that with the recurring incidents of attacks, kidnapping and destruction witnessed in Nigeria’s rail infrastructure, the over $4.12 billion so far spent by the current administration in the sector may be threatened.
Last week Saturday, some gunmen besieged a railway station in Igueben, Edo State and abducted over 30 passengers.
This is just 10 months after the Abuja-Kaduna rail attack where many were also kidnapped and others killed or injured.
5. Banks and Customers Urge CBN to Shift Deadline On Old notes
With the January 31 deadline given by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) drawing close, bank customers have called for an extension of Time.
The apex bank, however, is insisting on maintaining the deadline for phasing out the old N1,000, N500 and N200 notes.
Many have raised the alarm about the near non-availability of the newly redesigned naira notes since they were introduced into the system on December 15.
Many commercial banks Automated Teller Machines across the country are still dispensing old notes instead of new ones.
6. 2023: Court Dismisses PDP’s Suit Seeking Disqualification Of Tinubu/Shettima Candidacy
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday dismissed a suit by the Peoples Democratic Party seeking the disqualification of the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, for the 2023 general elections. Read more
7. 2023: Tinubu Pledges To Run Private Sector-driven Economy
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said he would run a private sector-driven economy if elected in the upcoming election.
Tinubu made the promise when he unveiled his economic plan before the organised private sector under the aegis of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group at a gathering in Abuja.
8. NNPC Confirms Discovery of Oil In Nasarawa, To Begin Drilling March
The Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has confirmed the discovery of oil deposits in Nasarawa, State in the North Central part of the country.
Group Chief Executive Officer, NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, said it is set to begin the exploration of the first oil well in Nasarawa State in March 2023.
9. Buhari Allowed Level Playing Ground In Osun Guber Poll – Adeleke
Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke, Friday visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House to thank him for providing a level playing ground during the state gubernatorial election that was held in July last year.
10. Economy: Non-oil Exports Rose to $4.8bn in 2022 – NEPC
Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has revealed that the country’s non-oil exports grew by 39.91 per cent in 2022 to $4.820 billion.
Executive Director/CEO of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Ezra Yukusak, disclosed on Friday during the presentation of the non-oil export performance for the year 2022 in Abuja.