Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today, Sunday, 11th September 2022.
The Unacceptable Number Of Out-Of-School Children In Nigeria
Since the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, disclosed that over 20 million Nigerian children are out of school over a week ago, this publication has been waiting for the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu to contradict this stat or shed perspective. This is because as recently as three weeks ago, the minister was reported as saying that “At my 2020 annual ministerial briefing, I informed the press that we have reduced the number of out-of-school children from an estimated 13 million to 6.9 million. May I inform you that we have further recorded an impressive enrolment in the last one year, especially in some of the frontline states—Kano, Kaduna, Kastina, Sokoto, Gombe, Bauchi, Adamawa, Taraba, Rivers and Ebonyi States”.
The minister was invariably saying that the out-of-school figure he gave two years has further declined as a result of the intervention of the government. Now, UNESCO did not only stop at estimating the number of Nigerian kids who are out of school at 20.2 million children, it took a dig at Nigeria by citing the country as one of those “where no administrative data of good quality has been available for over a decade”. Perhaps, this may be the reason why Minister Adamu was out of sorts with his data. Many must have applauded him when he dropped that stat. Considering that the statement was made during the State House Ministerial Briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team, it has all the trappings of a calculated attempt to ratchet up goodwill for the administration.
Nnamdi Kanu: IPOB Declares South-East Sit-at-home As Buhari Visits Imo
The outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared Tuesday, September 13, as a sit-at-home across the South-East.
Naija News reports that President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to visit Imo State on the same day to commission some projects.
In a statement on Saturday, the IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful stated that the sit-at-home was in solidarity with its detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who will be appearing in court on that day.
They insisted that there shall be a total lockdown of the whole five states in the South-East for two reasons: Kanu’s court appearance and the visit of Buhari to Owerri, Imo State.
‘How Queen Elizabeth Stopped Buhari’s Regime From Extraditing Umaru Dikko’
Elder statesman and Second Republic politician, Isyaku Ibrahim, has narrated how the late Queen Elizabeth helped stopped the extradition of a former Transportation Minister, Umaru Dikko, by the General Muhammadu Buhari-led (Rtd) regime in 1984.
Naija News recalls that on July 5th, 1984, in what is now infamously known as the ‘Dikko Affair’, the Buhari regime allegedly sanctioned the abduction and extra-ordinary rendition of Dikko, who served in the Shehu Shagari government toppled by Buhari.
Dikko was found with a Jewish doctor drugged and kept in a crate at Stansted Airport destined for Lagos State.
Speaking with Daily Trust on Saturday in Abuja, Ibrahim said he was deeply pained by the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
According to the elder statesman, the late British monarch played a key role in stopping the extradition of Umaru Dikko.
Buckingham Palace Announces Date For Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral
Buckingham Palace on Saturday announced that Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will take place on September 19, 2022.
Recall that Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest serving monarch, died on Thursday at 96.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace disclosed that the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will hold in London at 11 a.m on Monday, Sept. 19.
The late monarch’s coffin will lie in state in Westminster Hall starting on Wednesday, giving the public an opportunity to pay their respects.
The Dean of Westminster or the Archbishop of Canterbury, the senior bishop of the Church of England, is expected to lead the service.
Queen Elizabeth: Charles III Takes Oaths To Succeed Mother
At age 73, Charles III on Saturday, September 10, 2022, took an oath to officially become the King of the United Kingdom.
Naija News reports that an elaborate ceremony was held today at St James’ Palace, London as Charles assumed the royal position following the demise of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Recall that Britain’s long-reigned monarch passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2022.
The Accession Council immediately declared Charles the next king of England.
The event today reports said was attended by over 200 people who gathered in the room and cheered ‘God save the King’ before documents were signed.
BBC reports that flags that were lowered in mourning in honour of the late Queen will fly full-mast for a short time after the swearing-in today.
Late Queen Elizabeth enjoyed over three decades of reign and passed out at the age of 96.
ASUU: FG Drags Striking Lecturers To Court
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had been dragged to the Industrial Court by the Federal government over its lingering strike action which has kept students at home for nearly seven months.
Naija News understands that ASUU has been on strike since February 14th of 2022 to press home its numerous demands to the Federal Government, which include payment of earned allowances and salaries for lecturers, improved funding and maintenance for tertiary institutions, the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability system (UTAS) for salary payment instead of the government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the renegotiation of the ASUU FG 2009 agreement, among others.
However, several negotiations between the union and the government have ended in deadlock.
Sources at the federal ministry of Labour told ThisDay on Friday that the ministry’s Trade Dispute Department had filed a case before the Industrial Arbitration Court in Abuja and that the hearing would commence next Monday.
Ayu Asks New PDP BoT Chairman To Reach Out To Wike, Fayose, Makinde, Others
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has urged the newly appointed chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Adolphus Wabara, to reach out to aggrieved members of the party.
Naija News reports that Ayu made the plea when he led the party’s national working committee (NWC) to visit Adolphus Wabara at his residence on Friday.
Recall that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his allies have demanded Ayu’s resignation as a condition for resolving the crisis.
However, the PDP national executive committee (NEC) on Thursday passed a vote of confidence in Ayu and the NWC, despite calls for the resignation of the party chairman.
Speaking at the meeting, Ayu asked Wabara to reach out to the Rivers State governor and others over the crisis rocking the party.
The PDP national chairman also asked the new BoT chairman to ensure efforts are in top gear for the party’s victory in the 2023 presidential election.
Wike Mocks Secondus, Says No Amount Of Confidence Votes Would Save Ayu
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has said no amount of confidence votes would save the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Iyorcha Ayu from being ousted from the position.
Naija News reports that the governor made this known at the grand reception for over 90 defectors from various political parties into the PDP at the Isaac Adaka Boro Park in Port Harcourt on Saturday.
Wike also mocked the former National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus for celebrating the vote of confidence passed on his successor, Ayu.
According to Wike, no amount of confidence vote can save the sitting chairman, noting that this is not the first time a sitting national chairman was removed after a vote of confidence was passed on him.
He maintained that all he wants is to make sure that the right thing is done.
He further challenged Secondus to come back home and mobilise support for the candidate he was supporting for the 2023 elections, adding that when campaign starts, people would know who’s in charge of Rivers state.
PDP Crisis: Labour Party Discussing With Wike, Others To Support Peter Obi
The leadership of the Labour Party (LP) is making moves to convince Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and some other relevant stakeholders to support its presidential candidate, Peter Obi for the 2023 election.
This was disclosed by a former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State, Valentine Ozigbo who has since defected to the Labour Party.
Naija News reports he made this known on Friday on the sidelines of the Labour Party’s stakeholders’ meeting in Awka.
The LP might be looking at exploiting the current crisis rocking the PDP which has put the Wike camp on one side and the camp of the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar on the other side.
Ozigbo in his declaration, urged the electorate not to be deceived by those who will give them peanuts to but their votes and then make them suffer for the next four years.
The party chieftain urged the people to support Obi who he noted is the choice of a majority of Nigerians.
I Won’t Accept Chairmanship Of PDP Gov Forum — Makinde
The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde on Friday said he would not accept the chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum.
Makinde stated this while commissioning the newly constructed Nwaobasi Estate Road and the Osaa Okea–Umuakatawom Road in Aba, Abia State.
The PDP Governor noted that the claim in some quarters that he had been appointed as the chairman of the forum is a lie.
Makinde said if they give him the position, he will reject it because there must be an order.
According to Makinde, if the chairman of the forum, the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal resigns, the deputy chairman of the forum, Okezie Ikpeazu is expected to take over.
The Oyo State Governor further stated that the south is not fighting for the office of the governor’s forum.
He wondered how PDP will restructure Nigeria as promised when it has not restructured the party.
That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.
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