Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Frank Talk Now roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Monday, 10th January 2022.
According to The PUNCH, the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency has urged state governments to step up mass vaccination against COVID-19 as part of moves to combat the virus. The agency, in its latest advisory obtained by one of our correspondents in Abuja, also urged state governors to enact and enforce vaccination mandate for local and state government workers.
In December 2020, when President Muhammadu Buhari promised Nigerians, especially labour leaders, that an autogas policy would ensure that vehicles plying the country’s roads run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), not many considered it as another government hot air that would add to the administration’s list of failed promises, The Guardian reports.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has begun mass mobilisation of civil society organisations (CSOs) ahead of its planned January 27 and February 1 nationwide protests against the proposed removal of petrol subsidy by the Federal Government. The Nation gathered that meetings between the congress and leaders of the CSOs are expected to hold tomorrow in Abuja and Friday in Lagos.
The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) kicked off the first trading week of 2022 on a positive note as its market capitalisation gained N1.33 trillion. This followed foreign investors’ and high net worth investors’ demand for Airtel Africa Plc, BUA Foods, Lafarge Africa Plc, and FBN Holdings Plc, which pushed market capitalisation to N23.628 trillion from the N22.296 trillion the stock market opened with trading on the first day, This Day reports.
Eight months after, the panel set up by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to investigate alleged infractions by the suspended Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, is yet to submit its report, Daily Trust reports.
According to Daily Independent, analysts have said that the country’s ambitious 2022 budget size of N17.1trillion and the unpredictable revenue outlook will elevate the risk of higher fiscal deficit than projected. They also lamented that the external debt stock is set to widen further as the 2022 budget provides for total expenditure of N17.1 trillion, and a deficit of N6.4 trillion, with N5.1 trillion coming from domestic and external borrowings.