Good Morning! Happy New Week,here are 10 things you need to know this Monday morning:
1) There are indications that the leadership of the Senate and the Presidency has reached an agreement on the 2017-2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper earlier rejected by the senate.
The Senate, which returned the MTEF and FSP to the Presidency last week, had accepted to receive a detailed version of the document from the Executive this week.
2) The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has stated that the Federal Government is set to pay debts owed the 36 states by paying them N720bn with each state collecting N20bn apiece.
According to Dogara the said the money would be used for the provision of infrastructure by the states.
3) Tragedy was averted on Sunday after an Arik Air aircraft lost one of its two engines mid-air with over 100 passengers on board at the weekend.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737 with the registration number 5N-MJD, took off from Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, for Jos when the pilot noticed that the plane had lost one of its engines during the flight when the pilot discovered the problem, he contacted the Lagos control tower, which granted him emergency landing status.
4) Youths from the 19 Northern states under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Youths, CNY, have kicked against the recent suspension of its Acting Publicity Secretary, Comrade Timi Frank.
The coalition after a stakeholders meeting in Kaduna, also resolved to send a powerful delegation to President Muhammadu Buhari to ask him to not only wade into the prevailing crisis in the APC, but to also prevail on the National leadership and South South zone of the party to rescind the suspension of Comrade Frank.
5) The Head of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet T.B Joshua, has affirmed that it would take only those who are spiritually inclined to understand his prophecy about the winner of the 2016 US Elections.
Joshua, who spoke on Sunday at the headquarters of his church at Ikotun, Lagos, said, there was nothing controversial about the prophecy.
6) Professor Wole Soyinka, has asked Nigerians, especially the only community to save their breaths as he would be the one to announce the date of his ‘card-tearing ceremony’.
The pen icon, who has been facing harsh criticisms in the media over his claim to tear his United States of America, USA, Green Card on the day the US-President elect, Donald Trump is sworn-in, said he would let the who world know when the time is ripe.
7) First graduate from Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, and campaign director to the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo during the 1976 Presidential election, Alex Ajayi said he issued President Muhammadu Buhari, Sani Abacha and Ibrahim Babangida there WAEC certificates.
Ajayi recalled his hard-work as the Principal of Fiditi Grammar School, Oyo State, at age 26 in 1956, where he produced the first set of students in 1959, gave him a job in the West African Examinations Council where he had the opportunity of issuing certificates to three former Heads of State: Buhari, Abacha and Babangida in the 60s.
8) The Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Walid Jibrin, has warned that the former and equally struggling ruling party would finally collapse the moment some members decide to change its name.
He averred that posterity would not forgive any member of the party plotting to destroy the PDP and dumping it to form another party.
9) US President-elect, Donald Trump, has announced that he will deport or jail up to three million illegal migrants initially.
Those targeted, according to him would be migrants with criminal records, such as gang members and drug dealers.
10) In sport, the Nigeria’s U-20 women’s team, were on Sunday pummelled 6 – 0 by Japan in the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea.
Mami Ueno scored a hat-trick, while Yuka Momiki scored twice for the Asians. Falconet’s Mary Ologbosere was responsible for an own goal in the encounter.