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Newspaper Headlines: Outrage over impending petrol price hike, and FG kicks over sale of vaccine

Newspaper Headlines: Outrage over impending petrol price hike, and FG kicks over sale of vaccine
March 26
09:53 2021

The report that the price of petrol may go up to N234 per litre soon as the federal government says it can no longer pay for fuel subsidy dominated the headlines of Nigerian newspapers. The circumstances surrounding Nigeria’s COVID-19 vaccination drive also dominated the headlines.

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Business Day reports that vaccine apathy has dropped as turnout for COVID-19 vaccination rises in Lagos. The newspaper says lawmakers’ Easter break and intrigues may delay the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill. The committee in charge of the bill has failed to submit its report two months after public hearing, the newspaper reports.

The Nigerian Pilot says the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) demanded the sum of N150 billion for ranching and livestock development. The newspaper also reports that Igbo leaders threatened to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), if the party did not zone the 2023 presidency to the south-east.

The Nigerian Tribune reports the statement of the NNPC group managing director that the price of petrol may go up to N234 per litre, soon, as the federal government plans to stop paying N120 billion monthly subsidy. Peter Ogban, a professor of soil science, has bagged a three-year jail term for electoral fraud in Akwa Ibom, the newspaper reports.

On the country’s COVID-19 vaccination drive, The Punch reports the reactions to the alleged sale of the COVID-19 vaccine at vaccination centres. The Lagos state government and the federal government have asked Nigerians not to buy COVID-19 vaccine because it is free, the newspaper reports.

Daily Independent reports that Mele Kyari, the group managing director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), said the federal government cannot bear N120 billion monthly fuel subsidy. The newspaper reports that Ahmad Gumi, a cleric, explained why the abducted students Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna, cannot be rescued.

Daily Sun reports that an Igbo group asked the PDP to respect zoning, and zone the 2023 presidency to the south-east. The newspaper says the United Arab Emirates has lifted the suspension of flights from Nigeria to Dubai.

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