The Nigerian security situation calls for attention, even as there are noticeable loop holes that needs to be filled. This issue and a few others make up the major stories for Nigerian dailies this Friday, December 2.
We begin with The Guardian which bears the headline: “Terror attacks loom at nation’s airports over porous security”.
Security experts in the aviation industry yesterday warned that terror attacks were imminent at airports around the country.The experts, after a close look at happenings in and around the aerodromes, said that the news of another stowaway on Arik Air aircraft suggested that attacks might just be closer than the authorities were aware of.
The concerned stakeholders, who spoke at the breakfast meeting of the Aviation Safety Round Table (ASRT), a think-tank group of the sector, urged an immediate review of the aviation security programmes at the airports and operating airlines, if the country must prevent a possible attack.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said it is doing its best to ensure that security standards are duly implemented at the airports.
The lifeless body of a stowaway was on Wednesday found in the main wheel well of one of the Arik Air’s A330-200 aircraft at the Oliver Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.
An aviation security consultant, Group Captain John Ojikutu (rtd), observed that it was the second time Arik was being targeted within three days, after some armed robbers told police in Port Harcourt, Rivers State that they were headed for an Arik plane when they were apprehended in a shootout.
The Nation bears the headline: “Trump: Soyinka throws away his U.S green card”.
Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka has thrown away his United States residency green card.
Shortly before the United States presidential election, Prof. Soyinka had vowed to give up his permanent US residency over a Donald Trump victory to protest against the Republican billionaire’s campaign promises to get tough on immigration.
“I have already done it. I have disengaged (from the United States). I have done what I said I would do,” the 82-year-old told AFP on the sidelines of an education conference at the University of Johannesburg.
“I had a horror of what is to come with Trump… I threw away the (green) card, and I have relocated, and I’m back to where I have always been” — meaning his homeland Nigeria.
Soyinka, rights activist, playwright, novelist and poet won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986 and has been a regular teacher at US universities, including Harvard, Cornell and Yale.
The Vanguard bears the headline: “FG seeks prosecution of 33 agencies”.
The Federal Government is seeking prosecution of 33 of its agencies over non-remittance of N450 billion revenue generated between 2010 and 2015.
The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeousun, made the announcement, yesterday, in Abuja at a news conference.
She said an audit had been carried out on the agencies in compliance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act, FRA, 2007.
According to her, a Demand Notice has been issued to the affected agencies for their Payment Plans, which must be complied with within seven days.
Leadership bears the report: “To Avoid Repetition Of Kogi Saga, Senate Proposes Fresh Primary When Candidate Dies”.
The Senate yesterday moved to strengthen the nation’s democratic process as it amended the Electoral Act.
The Senate recommended that in the case that the candidate of a political party dies before the conclusion of the election, the party shall within 14 days conduct a fresh direct primary to replace the dead candidate.
It also recommended that in such circumstance, the commission shall continue with the election, announce the final result and declare the winner of the election.
This amendment to the INEC Act puts to rest the controversy that arose at the November 21, 2015 Kogi State governorship election where the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Abubakar Audu, died before the conclusion of the election.
According to the report, a presiding officer, who wilfully and knowingly contravenes any provision of this section that applies to him, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable, on conviction, to imprisonment for at least five years without an option of fine.
The debate on the recommendation of the committee on the use of card reader became controversial as some lawmakers kicked against it.
Daily Trust reports: “N7trn budget can’t make huge impact – Osinbajo”.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday confirmed that the Federal Government has proposed about N7 trillion as budget estimate for the 2017 fiscal year but said it could not make a huge difference in a N90 trillion economy like Nigeria’s.
Daily Trust had exclusively reported on Thursday that President Muhammadu Buhari proposed a N7.2 trillion budget for 2017.
Speaking yesterday after visiting two agricultural factories in Sagamu, Ogun State, Osinbajo said the Federal Government believed very strongly that it could not deliver on its economic agenda without a serious partnership with the private sector.
He stated: “Our entire budget size for 2016 is something in the order of just over N6 trillion, and we will probably be moving to about N7 trillion in the 2017 budget. But N7 trillion is certainly not the kind of money.
It does sound like a fair amount of money, but certainly, it is not the kind of size that can really make a huge difference in a N90 trillion economy such as we have.”
New Telegraph has the report: “FG sacks 13 lecturers”.
The Federal Government has sacked 13 lecturers and demoted 16 others in connection with sexual-related offences.
The Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr. Masa’udu Kazaure, who made this known at a news conference in Kaduna yesterday, said those affected are from the Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi in Edo State. Kazaure also said two others were cautioned, while one lecturer would be mentored.
His words: “The minister approved the dismissal from the services of the polytechnic two chief lecturers, two principal lecturers and one Lecturer I.
“Also, four Chief Lecturers, one Principal Lecturer, one Lecturer I, one Lecturer II and one Higher Technician had their appointments terminated.
“The minister also approved the demotion of one Chief Lecturer, four Principal Lecturers, three Senior Lecturers, three Lecturer I, four Lecturer II, and one Senior Instructor.
“One Chief lecturer, one Principal Lecturer, one Lecturer I, and one Lecturer II were warned, while a Chief Lecturer and one Senior Technologist were advised to be of good conduct.”