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Newspaper Headlines: Doctors’ strike halts activities in hospitals, and price of beer soars

Ayodele Oluwafemi

The impact of the strike by resident doctors on hospitals and patients dominated the headlines of Nigerian newspapers. The comment of Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, that citizens without national identity number (NIN) may face jail terms also made the headlines.

Business Day says President Muhammadu Buhari overlooks the growing world-class hospitals in the country by his preference for foreign hospitals. The newspaper says there is a hike in the price of beer owing to the high cost of production and inflammatory environment for brewers.

The Guardian reports that the strike by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) paralysed activities in public hospitals as patients groan. The World Health Organisation and Africa Center for Disease Control (CDC) have warned against a surge in COVID-19 cases as Christians celebrate Easter.

Despite the threat by the federal government, resident doctors embarked on strike, The Punch reports. The newspaper says that customs officers sparked controversy after invading a Lagos market carting away bags of rice and other items.

The Nigerian Tribune reports that the federal government said Nigerians without NIN risk imprisonment. The newspaper says the report of the US Department of State that there is no evidence of fatalities in the October 20, 2020 shooting incident at Lekki tollgate stirred fresh debate.

The Nation says the strike by NARD paralysed activities in public hospitals. The newspaper also reports that patients are moving out of public hospitals in some states. 53 suspects of kidnapping and banditry were arrested in Osun, Kwara and Plateau states, the newspaper reports.

The plan to bridge the metering gap in the country is facing challenges as electricity distribution companies and consumers trade blame, Daily Independent says. The newspaper reports that five soldiers, a civil defence officer and five others were killed in an attack in some communities in Niger state.

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