Reports on the meeting of President Bola Tinubu with lawmakers-elect on the 10th national assembly leadership, dominates the cover pages of Nigerian newspapers today.
The Punch says Tinubu’s meetings with lawmakers-elect failed to resolve the crisis over the All Progressives Congress (APC) zoning arrangement for the 10th national assembly. The Concerned Northern Forum has called for the arrest and prosecution of Hadi Sirika, immediate-past minister of aviation, over alleged complicity in the Nigeria Air fraud, the newspaper reports.
Daily Trust reports that Tinubu has urged lawmakers-elect to support Godswill Akpabio and Tajudeen Abbas for the senate president and speaker, respectively. The newspaper reports that there is growing concern over under-utilisation of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line, two years after commissioning.
The Guardian reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) are plotting against the preferred candidates of Tinubu in the leadership positions of the 10th national assembly. The newspaper says the World Bank named Nigeria as hotspots of global food security concerns.
THISDAY reports that Abdullahi Sule, governor of Nasarawa, said the administration of former President Muhammadu expended over $19 billion on repairing Nigeria’s four
refineries in eight years without commensurate results. The newspaper says Peter Obi, LP presidential candidate, has requested the permission of the presidential election petition tribunal to question the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the information and communication technology (ICT) experts used during the conduct of the February 25 presidential election.
Vanguard reports that the federal government’s fiscal operations in the early part of this year have resulted in a 22.8 percent rise in deficit spending in February 2023. The newspaper says the federal government has put on hold payments to contractors and other service providers across all its ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).