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Nigerian Newspapers Headlines For Today, Saturday, 15th January 2022

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Get your day started with the latest newspapers headlines in Nigeria for today, Saturday, 15th January 2022 on Newsrand.com.

1. NNPC To Get Approval To Reconstruct Roads Under Tax Credit Scheme – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the Federal Government is planning on allocating some roads for reconstruction in Ogun State to the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) under a tax credit scheme.

This was revealed in a visit by the President to Ogun State, where he inaugurated five landmark projects undertaken by State Governor.

The President listed the roads that are being considered for reconstruction, which include; the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Expressway, Sango Otta-Idi-Iroko Expressway, and the Sagamu-Ogijo road.

2. Tinubu Donates N50m To Zamfara Insecurity Victims

Former Lagos governor Bola Tinubu has donated N50 million to victims of insecurity in Zamfara State.

Tinubu disclosed his donation to the state’s communities recently attacked by bandits after he commiserated with Governor Bello Matawalle in Gusau, the state capital.

His words: “I could offer prayers for the people from anywhere, but coming in person is important.

The enemies of knowledge, Boko Haram, and other criminal elements will be defeated through commitment in humanity.

We pray for the entire country to be stable and if the enemies refuse to stop the carnage, we shall eliminate them.

“We believe in President Muhammadu Buhari’s ability to restore law and order and bring back our country to stability and tracks of development.

3. Prudential Announces Africa Cup of Nations 2021 Sponsorship

Prudential Africa has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to become the official insurance partner of the ongoing 33rd edition of Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021.

At a press conference to announce the sponsorship, Eric Mboma, Chief Representative Officer, Prudential Northern Africa Region noted that the sponsorship underscores Prudential’s commitment to the African continent.

“As we grow our business in Africa, we also want to support the passion and talent of its people. Africans share a common love for football and we are honored to be part of a tournament that unites the continent and brings together the brightest talents of African football”, he said.

4. Dollar To Naira Exchange Rate Today (Friday, Jan. 13, 2022)

Dollar to naira, on Friday, January 14, 2022, opened at (undisclosed) at the Investors & Exporters FX window ( I&E FX Window), where the currencies officially trade.

According to the data at the FMDQ Security Exchange where forex is traded officially, dollar to naira exchange rate stood at (undisclosed).

This would mean that the Nigerian currency either gained or lose against the United States dollar, as foreign exchange (forex) trading closed at ₦414.29 per $1 on Thursday, January 13.

5. NLNG To Supply 100 Percent Of Cooking Gas To Nigerian Market

The Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) has disclosed that all cooking gas produced will be supplied only to the domestic market.

This was revealed in a statement by the company, stating that privatization will be given to the Nigerian market for 100 percent of its cooking gas (Butane) production.

The NLNG added that for the country’s economy to further deepen its utilization of gas, a scheme has been developed to sustainably supply propane for usage in cooking gas blending as well as in agro-allied, autogas, power, and petrochemical sectors.

6. Bolt Receives €628 Million Funding, As Its Valuation Inclines

Top transport system platform in Africa, Bolt, has received its largest-ever funding to help increase its existing products, from owned cars to shared mobility in cities.

With a €628 million investment, the valuation of the company inclines to €7.4 billion. The fund was headed by Sequoia Capital and Fidelity Management and Research Company LLC with participation from Whale Rock, Owl Rock (a division of Blue Owl), D1, G Squared, Tekne, Ghisallo, and others.

According to the founder of Bolt, Markus Villig, he stated that for decades, cities have been built for cars, not people, which led to unsustainable traffic, pollution, and loss of public space to parking places. We think this approach is outdated.

7. WHO Approves 2 New COVID-19 Treatments

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has approved two new COVID-19 treatments, which are added to the growing arsenal of tools along with vaccines to stave off severe illness and death from the infectious disease.

In their recommendation in British Medical Journal (BMJ), WHO experts said arthritis drug baricitinib used with corticosteroids to treat severe or critical COVID-19 patients led to better survival rates and reduced need for ventilators.

Experts also recommended synthetic antibody treatment Sotrovimab for people with non-serious COVID-19 at the highest risk of hospitalisation, such as the elderly, people with immunodeficiencies, or chronic diseases such as diabetes.

Sotrovimab’s benefits for people not at risk of hospitalisation were deemed insignificant and the WHO said its effectiveness against new variants like Omicron was “still uncertain”.

8. Why Amended Electoral Bill’s Adoption May Suffer -INEC

The adoption of the Electoral Act (2010) amendment bill may suffer a setback. This is according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, who made this known explained that the 2023 general elections are around the corner.

According to the INEC chief, it was important to have the law that would guide the elections in place at least 12 to 18 months before the exercise.

His words: “The commission operates on the basis of the existing legal regime. The commission released the timetable and schedule of activities for the Ekiti and Osun states governorship elections based on the extant and existing constitutional and electoral legal framework.

9. Portable: I’m Dating A Lady I Intend To Marry

Popular singer Habeeb Okikiola, otherwise known as Portable, has revealed that there is a lady he’s currently dating, and he would love to marry her.

Speaking with rap artiste Jahbless on his podcast Jahbless Original Intelligence, Portable said there is a lady in the picture that he intends to walk down the aisle someday, adding that in spite of his affection for her, she’s messing up.

There is a girl I want to marry now. I love her but she’s now acting up. She’s been talking too much since I became famous, and I don’t like it. I genuinely wish things work out between us, but things didn’t go as planned, I would move on,” the father of two stated.

10. IPPIS Loan Application Form Link For Nigerian Civil Servants

Although the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) might have been conceptualised in 2016, the usage continues to gain rise among Nigerian civil servants.

Wondering what the system was designed to do? It’s not that difficult to use, as it is a centralised payroll platform that President Muhammadu Buhari floated to help his administration plan and manage the payments of the government’s workers.

With IPPIS, the government is sure that there is no loophole in the disbursement of pays.

Interestingly, aside from the fact that IPPIS is used for paying workers, civil servants can also take advantage of it to process non-interest loans.

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Boarded MaxAir Passengers Disgruntled Over Delay Caused By NCAA

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Boarded MaxAir Passengers Disgruntled Over Delay Caused By NCAA

Passengers of MaxAir airline were aggrieved over the delay caused by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) after boarding.

It was learned that the NCAA had stopped the already taxiing airline, to carry out a safety inspection on the airplane.

The VM1609 of MaxAir flight was to depart to Lagos from the Abuja airport.

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According to an official report, the flight was stopped due to technical issues as commuters were left stranded in the aircraft.

Narrating the event, a passenger named Raymond had explained how the 11.30 am flight had moved some distance on the tarmac preparatory for take-off before it was eventually turned back to the hangar and parked.

When contacted to explain what actually happened, the Station Manager for MaxAir at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Kehinde Ogunyale, said the aircraft had to follow the rules of the aviation industry regulator-NCAA.

“It was just a delay on the flight, nothing like stranded passengers please, and it is because we were told that the NCAA wanted to do an inspection. That was it,” he told our correspondent.

Ogunyale added, “So the delay came because we were waiting for the NCAA to do the inspection. There is nothing like stranded passengers on our flight.

“The aircraft was ready to take off and they said they wanted to do an inspection on the flight. So the time spent had to do with waiting for the NCAA officials to do the inspection.

“After the inspection, the flight was meant to take off and as I am talking to you now I’ve just got information that the plane is now taxiing for take-off.”

It was learnt that the flight finally took off around 2 pm after the civil aviation authority had completed the safety inspection on the aircraft.

Although the spokesperson for NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, stated that he had yet to be briefed on the MaxAir incident in Abuja when contacted, he explained that it was a standard practice to inspect an aircraft, especially whenever a pilot raised a concern.

“The pilot might have noticed an issue and might have called the NCAA to inspect the plane. So it is a standard practice to carry out such inspection before clearing the aircraft for takeoff,” he stated.

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BREAKING: Kanu’s Trial Adjourned

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BREAKING: Kanu's Trial Adjourned

Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), would again appear before a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, as his trial was adjourned today (Tuesday, January 18).

The court adjourned Kanu’s trial after the IPOB leader complained that the federal government didn’t serve him the fresh 15 amended charges on time.

Kanu, through his team of lawyers led by Mike Ozoekhome (SAN), informed the court that the amended charges were served to them barely 24 hours prior to the former’s appearance in court, which they argued was a limited time for them.

My Lord, the proposed amended charges were served on us yesterday (Monday) evening. As I speak to you, my lord, the defendant, who was just brought in, has not even seen the charges which he is being told to enter his plea.

With due respect, that is not justice. It is ambushing. I know that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act allows the Federal Government to amend, but this is the sixth amendment they are making, and each time they do it, they serve us a day to the hearing, just to frustrate the trial,” Ozekhome stated.

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