The main headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers of Monday, May 27, are focused on Nigeria's oil sector, President Muhammadu Buhari's meeting with northern governors on Monday, May 27, over worsening insecurity among others.
The Guardian reports that stakeholders in the oil and gas sector are of the opinion that the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari in the sector is far below expectation.
President Buhari, who doubles as the country's petroleum minister, is said to be undeserving of a pass mark.
According to the stakeholders, critical issues, including industry reforms, transparency and accountability, overhaul of dilapidated refineries and payment of subsidy are yet to be addressed.
Former president of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Ledum Mitee, said the promises on the cleanup of Ogoni had remained elusive.
This Day reports that governors of the 19 northern states will be meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, May 27, over the worsening security situation in the region.
The disclosure was made on Sunday, May 26, by the chairman of Northern Governors' Forum and governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong.
Lalong said: “During our meeting under Northern Governors’ Forum, they said let us go and meet with Mr. President.
“As the new Chairman of the forum, I said I have not resumed. But they said we must go and meet with him before his inauguration on May 29 so that we will tell him the problems of the north and how we can address the challenges of insecurity, under-development and other matters affecting the people. That is why we have agreed to meet with him tomorrow (today) in Abuja.”
Vanguard on its part reports that the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has urged the federal government to check the killing spree of herdsmen, especially in the southwest, to prevent people from resorting to self-defence and anarchy.
The Agbekoya Farmers Society, however, said it would not sit and do nothing while herdsmen perpetrate killing, rape and kidnapping.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also raised the alarm that the southwest was under siege of herdsmen who perpetrate crime on a daily basis.
The Nation reports that Catholic archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has prayed against bad advisers for President Muhammadu Buhari.
Onaiyekan, who also prayed for the president to see the wisdom in bringing on board every segment of the nation for an improved sense of belonging, said Nigerians should be on guard against those who seek to manipulate religion for their selfish interests.
He said: “First, we have to thank God. It is the Christian thing to do in all circumstances (1 Timothy 2:1-2). We thank God that, despite much fears and anxieties, we have arrived at this stage in relative peace.
"The last elections have left behind thick clouds of acrimony that are still to clear. We are still waiting for the final verdict of the tribunals, on which we now rely, in all spirit of peaceful contest, guided by the rule of law."
The Punch reports that state governments have been blamed by the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), for the decay in public primary schools in the country.
The national public relations officer of the union, Emmanuel Hwande, said state governments are not committed to the education sector.
He said: “UBEC was created in 1994 to address the state of disrepair in public primary schools and payment of teachers among other things.
"State governments are supposed to provide the matching grant to access the UBEC fund. Unfortunately, they are not bringing their matching grant. If the state governments are not playing this crucial role, then the issue of decay as it affects public primary schools will never be addressed.
“Until state governments see the reason to put greater commitment to getting matching grant to get funds from UBEC and consider our demand that 27 per cent of the budget should be deployed into education, the issue of decay will continue.
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