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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, January 19, 2022.

1. APC zones chairmanship seat to North-Central, lists South-East for secretary [Punch Newspaper]

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress may have decided to zone the National Secretary position of the APC to the South-East while the North-Central will get the chairmanship of the party. The deputy national chairman (South) is expected to go to the South-South, The PUNCH has learnt.

A top chieftain of the APC revealed, even as he stated that the party would be alternating certain positions.

He said positions that were occupied by northerners in the last National Working Committee would be given to southerners and vice versa.

2. Sit-at-home: Enforcers wreak havoc in S-East [Vanguard Newspaper]

The enforcement of the sit-at-home order declared by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, took a bloody twist yesterday in Nsukka as gunmen enforcing the order killed two persons  at Nkpologwu, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Three persons were also injured in the attack.

The sit-at-home, which grounded the entire South East zone, was in solidarity with the IPOB  leader, Nnamdi Kanu,  who was brought to court in Abuja yesterday.

The attack at Nkpologu occurred  as early  morning worshipers at St Theresa of Calcutta Catholic Church, Awada Onitsha, had a raw  deal in the hands of gunmen who claimed to be enforcers  of the sit-at-home stormed the church and ordered the worshipers to disperse.

3. Prices of Rice, Other Food Items to Crash Soon, Buhari Assures [ThisDay Newspaper]

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that prices of food items, especially rice will soon come down.

The president, who gave the assurance yesterday, during the official unveiling of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)/Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) Rice Paddy Pyramids in Abuja, urged Nigerians to exercise some patience, saying the growing food production in the country, especially expansion in rice farming would eventually bring down prices of food, making it more affordable for all.

This was just as the Governor of the CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, revealed that following the successes recorded in the implementation of the CBN-led Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP), the country had been able to significantly reduce rice importation from Thailand by over 99.83 per cent within the past seven years.

4. 2023: Electoral Bill is reason timetable not released yet — INEC [NewsWireNGR]

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that the timetable and schedule of the 2023 general election will be released after the signing of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law.

Stating this on Tuesday, INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, during the first quarterly consultative meeting with political parties said; “On the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before the National Assembly, the Commission is encouraged by the Senate President’s assurance to give priority attention to the Bill when the National Assembly reconvenes from its recess today, and the commitment by the President to assent to the Bill as soon as the issue of mode of primaries by political parties is resolved. Read more.

5. Lagos commercial buses to pay N800 daily in addition to ‘agbero’ levy [NewsWireNGR]

Commercial buses in Lagos will be paying N800 daily dues instead of about N3,000 paid as levies charged by local government and other agencies.

This was disclosed by the state’s Commissioner for Finance, Dr Rabiu Olowo. According to him, the levy pegged at a flat rate of N800, covers monies for the local government, clearing of waste from the motor parks, which was being paid to the Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), and pollution, dues which were collected by Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), among others. Read more.

6. Why the Federal Government has to borrow funds – Senate President, Ahmad Lawan [NewsWireNGR]

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has justified the need for the Federal Government to borrow funds, saying it is necessary for infrastructural development in the country.

He stated this on Tuesday at the Senate Chamber upon the resumption of the lawmakers from recess. Read more.

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