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, March 2, 2022.

1. Alaafin, Ooni Intervene In Aregbesola, Tinubu Feud [Independent Newspaper]

In the bid to reconcile the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, with his estranged leader and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, have met with the former governor of Osun, Aregbesola, in Ibadan on Tuesday.

Though the meeting was held under closed doors, it was gathered that the meeting was held to resolve the crisis between Aregbesola and former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu.

Media aide to the minister, Sola Fasure, confirmed that the meeting took place without giving details.

2. FG loses out, NASS affirms states’ power to collect VAT [Punch Newspaper]

The Federal Government’s plan to retain the collection of Value Added Tax despite a Federal High Court ruling, hit a brick wall on Tuesday as the National Assembly rejected a proposal seeking to shift the collection of VAT from the concurrent to the exclusive legislative list, effectively leaving the decision to the Supreme Court which is hearing the matter.

3. Reps reject life pension for Senate President, Speaker, Deputies [NewsWireNGR]

Members of the House of Representatives has rejected the life pension Bill proposed for the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House, and their deputies.

A total of 193 votes were cast by the members while 162 rejected the Bill. 3 reps members abstained.

The National Assembly’s Joint Special Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution which laid its report containing 68 recommendations in the respective chambers on Wednesday has recommended the life pension amendment. Read more.

4. Nigerians must look beyond the military and the security agencies for enduring solutions to insecurity – Buhari [NewsWireNGR]

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to support security agencies to tackle the challenges facing the country noting that Nigerians must look beyond the military and the security agencies for enduring solutions to the security challenges.

In an address at the opening ceremony of the Alumni Association of the National Defence College, the President extolled the courage and bravery being displayed by security agencies and service chiefs in promoting peace and order. Read more.

5. Senate passes bill to grant Local Govts financial autonomy [NewsWireNGR]

Nigeria Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to grant financial and administrative autonomy to local governments in the country.

The proposed law seeks to amend the Constitution to repeal the state joint local government account and provide for a special account where all allocations due to the local governments’ councils, from the federation account and state government, shall be paid. Read more.

6. Senate rejects proposal for special seats for women in legislature [NewsWireNGR]

The Senate on Tuesday has turned down a bill to provide for more seats for women in the National and State Houses of Assembly.

The red chamber also rejected were bills to alter Part I of the Second Schedule to the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to include Value Added Tax on the Exclusive Legislative List; Removal of Transitional Law-making Powers of the Executive; to provide for Diaspora voting; to grant Mayoralty Status for the FCT; and appointment of Minister from the FCT. Read more.

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