Start your day with the latest news in Nigeria on the Naija News roundup of top newspapers headlines for today, Friday, 17th June 2022.
Former Vice President and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has chosen Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta as his running mate ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Okowa was chosen from the ranks of serving governors and credentialed politicians in the South-East and South-South regions.
The Delta Governor was made the ultimate nominee after a fierce contest with Governor Nyesom Wike of Delta. The choice was believed to be in the best interest of the party as it seeks a return to power next year.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has sealed a warehouse in Lagos for importing 4000 bags of foreign parboiled rice, which is equivalent to seven truckloads of rice.
According to the service, the bags of rice were seized within eight weeks.
Speaking recently in Ikeja, Lagos, the coordinator of Team A, Controller General of Customs Strike Force, Muhammad Yusuf, said that the service got the information about the importation of that quantity of rice from a terminal operator.
Overland Airways’ flight crew made a successful landing of a distressed aircraft on the Runway 18R of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The ATR 42 aircraft, which has 37 passengers on board, was en-route Ilorin-Lagos when the plane suddenly developed a major fault.
The pilots had sent out a Mayday to the Lagos control tower after the plane’s engine caught fire mid-air on Wednesday evening.
The World Bank has advised President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to discontinue funding for fuel subsidies and instead focus on other pro-poor causes in order to reduce poverty in the country.
In its latest Nigeria Development Update (NDU) report, released on Tuesday, the bank warned that continuing to pay fuel subsidies “will generate significant fiscal costs.”
The bank stated that the amount spent on fuel subsidies by the Buhari administration far outweighed the amount spent on other critical sectors such as health, education, and social protection.
The Chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Sanusi Garba, has said that Nigerians will witness improved power supply from July 1 as industry stakeholders intensify their efforts.
Mr Garba gave the assurance at an interactive session with reporters after the Second Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) meeting on Wednesday in Lagos.
The meeting was attended by top officials of NERC, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Generation Companies as well electricity Distribution Companies.