The headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers for October 3, 2018, are on the controversy that surrounded the Lagos state All Progressives Congress (APC) primary held on Tuesday, October 2 amongst other top stories.
Vanguard reports that Controversy, yesterday, trailed the rescheduled governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State as the panel of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party, distanced itself from the earlier exercise conducted and fix today for a fresh primary.
The NWC APC nullified the governorship primary, saying due process was not followed. The panel’s decision was, however, faulted by the state chapter of the party which insisted the exercise was credible.
This Day President Muhammadu Buhari on in Abuja, said Nigeria was prepared to help South Sudan stabilise politically and economically.
He made the promise while receiving Special Envoy of the South Sudanese President, Mr. Ezekiel Gatkuoth, in the State House.
The president’s spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement, said the president noted that Nigeria and Sudan had a lot in common in the area of developmental aspirations.
“It has not been smooth sailing for us all the way, too. But since South Sudan wants to share from our experience, we will support where we can, and pray hard for your stability,” he quoted Buhari as saying.
The statement also said the president advised the leaders of South Sudan to keep making sacrifices “till the environment is completely stabilised,” adding that stability should always be number one priority.
“You can’t manage a country efficiently till you have first stabilised it. Then, the economy must follow. You must provide jobs for the people, particularly the youths.
“Also, you need to check corruption. Guide your national resources jealously. We will do our best to support,” the president said.
The Nation reports that the federal government has appealed to accountants and auditors to assist it in fighting corruption.
President Muhammad Buhari made the call while addressing the 48th Annual Accountants’ Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in Abuja.
Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of National Planning and Budget, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, noted that “with regards to fighting corruption, you have a special contribution to make as accountants in this regard”.
“Your members serving as accountants and auditors can bring to bear your special skills in ensuring that books and records are properly kept. Working closely with the statutory agencies responsible for fighting corruption, ICAN will no doubt assist government in its effort at fighting this national malaise,” the President said.
Buhari urged ICAN members to deliberate on how they could contribute to support government’s efforts at reducing corruption, restoring the economy and ensuring security.
The Guardian reports that as the organised labour pushes forward its demand for a new national minimum wage, opinions are varied regarding the timeliness of the demand, which resulted in a warning strike following a breakdown in negotiations among committee members.
According to some of the views, embarking on a strike in a pre-election period is not a good sign that demand would be immediately met, as majority of the governors, who would implement the agreements, would be out of office by 2019 at the expiration of their two terms, while those hoping for a second term are still struggling to get their parties’ nomination.
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The organized labour had called for a nationwide warning strike over refusal of the Federal Government to come up with a new national minimum wage for Nigerian workers.
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