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Newspaper Headlines: Buhari to decide on UTAS, salary raise for varsity lecturers, says Ngige

Newspaper Headlines: Buhari to decide on UTAS, salary raise for varsity lecturers, says Ngige
June 27
06:00 2022

The directive of Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara, to residents of the state to start carrying arms for protection amid rising insecurity dominated the cover pages of Nigerian newspapers.

The Punch reports that governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the north-west and north-east are divided over the choice of running mate of Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate. The newspaper says the Lagos state government has demolished over 100 structures in eight months.

The Nation says governors are taking drastic measures to battle worsening insecurity in their states. The newspaper reports Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, said President Muhammadu Buhari will soon take a decision on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) and the condition of service for varsity lecturers.

The Guardian says the country’s  dependency ratio and unemployment rate have worsened as many youths are currently idle. The newspaper reports that Matawalle has asked residents to take up arms over rising insecurity.

THISDAY reports that the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has confirmed that David Ukpo, the “kidney donor” at the centre of the organ harvesting allegation against Ike Ekweremadu, is 21 years old. The newspaper says Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has asked Nigerians to judge him with his track records as the country’s former vice-president.

Daily Sun reports that intrigues and infighting in the APC, especially within the ranks of the northern governors, have stalled the decision of Tinubu in picking a running mate. The newspaper says the proposed alliance between Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) is under threat.

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