The Nigerian newspapers review for Monday, April 29, report on the lingering tussle by All Progressives Congress (APC) federal lawmakers regarding who emerges as Senate president and House of Representatives speaker in the National Assembly among other stories.
President Muhammadu Buhari has thrown his support behind the emergence of Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila as Senate president and House of Representatives speaker in the National Assembly.
The Nation reports that Buhari has instructed governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors to support Lawan and Gbajabiamila for the National Assembly leadership in line with the party’s directive.
The newspaper states that investigation shows that the governors are expected to meet with the National Assembly members-elect to pave the way for Lawan’s and Gbajabiamila’s election at the inauguration of the Senate and the House in June.
“The President and the APC leaders are not taking things for granted. All APC governors have been advised to take charge and unite National Assembly members-elect at the zonal level,” a top said with knowledge about the matter said.
“We want senators-elect and House members-elect to come for the inauguration of the National Assembly ready to work for the interest of the party.
“Apart from resolving issues surrounding principal offices zoned to the six geopolitical zones, our Senators and members of the House would be in a position to assist the President in ensuring the election of Lawan and Gbajabiamila.
In a related report, a group backing the candidacy of Senator Ahmad Lawan for Senate president has resolved to meet with two other ranking senators, Ali Ndume and Danjuma Goje, over the need for them to work together.
This Day reports that the group plans to stop any chance by the opposing, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to determine the leadership of the Senate that is billed for inauguration in June.
There are reports that with a division in the ranks of the All Progressives Congress (APC) senators-elect, there are indications that the PDP with its 43 seats in the upper legislative chamber may try to influence the leadership in the Senate.
The camp of the official candidate of the APC, Lawan, is making intensive efforts to achieve consensus, necessitating conversations with Goje and Ndume to prevent the PDP from springing any surprises on the APC.
In other news, prolonged power outages prompted by a huge drop of power supply from 4,000 megawatts to 2,039 mw has impacted on the economy.
Vanguard newspaper reports that the the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) adduced the drop in the national grid in part to the emergency maintenance by NGC of its gas pipeline supplying gas to Egbin, Omotosho, Olorunsogo and Paras Power Stations.
Meanwhile, reports have it that state chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will begin talks with their state governments on the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage recently approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Punch citing an investigation reports that some state chapters of the NLC plan to begin meeting with the state governments on May 1, 2019, while others insisted that they would wait for a circular from the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission before they could start negotiation.
The state unions were however united in their stand that they will kick against any reduction in the N30,000 minimum wage by any state government.
Meanwhile, a bill passed by the Bayelsa state House of Assembly approving life pension for all past and current members of the legislature is reportedly causing crisis in the state.
The Guardian reports that stakeholders in the state, including civil society organisations and political parties are preparing to protest over the bill.
The controversial bill approved N500, 000 post-service monthly pension to a speaker of the assembly, while a deputy speaker will receive N200, 000 and a member N100, 000.
Sources have accused Governor Seriake Dickson of being the person behind the bill for the purpose of assuaging the bitter feelings of some party members.
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