Here is a summary of the latest news in Nigeria newspapers today 17/10/2019.
1. A new set of aides has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari. The appointment takes immediate effect. In another development, the First Lady has apologised to members of his family as well as Nigerians over the humiliation caused by a viral online video.
2. Negotiation between the Federal Government and organized labour over the new minimum wage will continue today. Earlier meetings between both parties failed to reach a favourable conclusion necessitating the need for today’s meeting.
3. Nigeria’s main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party has faulted the imposition of a N5,000 fee for national identity card by the Buhari-led administration. PDP’s publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, revealed that such action is repressive in a time when many Nigerians are living below the normal standard of living.
4. Seven Koreans have been deported by the Federal Government, the Nigerian Immigration Service has revealed. The deportation was carried out by the Comptroller General of the service, Muhammad Babandede, after being approved by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Interior Minister.
5. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) met on Wednesday and the meeting was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari. The council authorized N5.4 billion for building an indoor shooting range as well as oil and gas parks.
6. The corruption fighting style of President Muhammadu Buhari has been faulted by the Senate Committee on Public Accounts. The committee recommended the digitization of the audit system to prevent corruption instead of running after corrupt officials with EFCC and ICPC after the deed has been done.
7. The Federal Government has been advised to private some of its enterprises so as to be able to fund the 2020 budget which has a deficit of N2.28 trillion. Giving this advice is Alex Okoh, the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), during his meeting Privatisation Committee of the Senate.
8. Foreign trips as well as estacodes have been reduced for Ministers and other high-ranking government officials by President Muhammadu Buhari. This is done so that leakages of government funds will be curbed while efficient management of scarce resources will be enhanced.
9. The Nigerian Army has changed Operation Python Dance ‘Egwu Eke’ to ‘Atilogwu Udo’. Operation Python Dance was launched to curb security challenges in the south-eastern part of the country. Revealing this is Col. Aminu Iliyasu, the Media Coordinator of the Nigerian Army Operations.