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Nigerian Newspapers: Headlines that will interest you today, Wednesday

Good day, good citizens of Nigeria, here are headlines from Nigerian Newspapers that may interest you today, Wednesday, December 29, 2021.

1. 2023: Electronic transmission of results doubtful, 301 LGs lack Internet facilities [Punch Newspaper]

The Independent National Electoral Commission’s plan to transmit election results electronically in 2023 is currently doubtful as the Federal Government has revealed that only 473 out of 774 local government areas in the country have Internet access.

By implication, 301 local government areas have no Internet access, thus transmitting election results in those areas may not be possible in 2023 even if the Electoral Act is amended.

2. 15,049 Nigerian nurses move to UK in five years [Punch Newspaper]

No fewer than 15,049 nurses trained in Nigeria obtained licence to practise in the United Kingdom within a period of five years spanning from March 2017 to March 2021.

This was disclosed in a report obtained from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of the UK on Tuesday in Abuja.

Our correspondent observed that Nigeria is the third highest country with foreign nurses in England coming after the Philippines and India.

3. Ivorian police officer involved in Itunu’s case reported to Interpol — FG [NewsWireNGR]

The Federal Government and the family of the late Itunu Babalola, the Nigerian lady who died in Côte d’Ivoire after she was wrongly jailed have rejected the autopsy on the cause of her death.

Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) and the father of the deceased, Mr Emmanuel Babalola, on Tuesday gave this position at a meeting at the NiDCOM office in Lagos.

Dabiri-Erewa also noted that the police officer in the case had been reported to Interpol, saying; “we are not going to relent. That police officer must be questioned”. Read more.

4. Direct Primaries: Buhari’s decision in Nigeria’s best interest — Presidency [Vanguard Newspaper]

AGAINST the backdrop of the litany of criticisms that have trailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to withhold his assent to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2021, the Presidency, yesterday said that the decision of the President was in the best interest of the country.

The Presidency also said that though President Buhari’s decision to withhold his assent to the bill has come under scrutiny from media and political circles, the reaction was quite correct because it was a decision that will impact all Nigerians.

5. Oil in Niger Delta; gold in Zamfara belongs to FG, Obasanjo writes Clark [NewsWireNGR]

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has denied the allegation by Chief Edwin Clark, that he (Obasanjo) bore resentment against the people of the Niger Delta region.

Obasanjo, in a letter addressed to Clark, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, insisted that he had been an advocate of Nigeria’s unity and had never hated the people of the region or any part of the country. Read more.

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