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Newspaper Headlines: 35 MDAs fail to appear before reps panel probing job racketeering

Reports on additional sanctions imposed on the military junta in Niger Republic, and the inauguration of the presidential committee on tax reforms, permeate the cover pages of Nigerian newspapers.

The Punch reports that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has imposed heavier financial sanctions on the Niger junta and entities supporting them, including the governments of Mali and Burkina Faso. The newspaper says President Bola Tinubu set a 30-day tax reform target for the presidential committee on tax reforms.
The Nation reports that Tinubu has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to implement a new set of financial sanctions against the Niger Republic’s junta as well as their associates. The newspaper says Taiwo Odukoya, the senior pastor of Fountain of Life Church at Ilupeju in Lagos, is dead.
THISDAY reports that Tinubu has vowed to end Nigeria’s overreliance on borrowing for public expenditure. The newspaper says Zenith Bank Plc has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the African Continental
Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) secretariat for the development of the SMARTAfCFTA portal, for trade promotion within the African continent.
Daily Independent reports that Azman Air has suspended operations over inability to access foreign exchange. The newspaper says the All Progressives Congress (APC) has backed the 48 ministerial nominees presented by Tinubu.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the federal government has begged resident doctors to end their ongoing strike. The newspaper says the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported that 1,534 cases of diphtheria disease were recorded in 14 months.

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