The main headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers of Monday, July 8, are focused on the call by Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka and Ooni of Ife to Nigerians on the need to protect their ancestral lands, Africa's free trade deal among others.
The Nation reports that Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka and Ooni of Ife have counselled the government on ensuring co-existence among Nigerians, saying that Nigeria cannot survive another civil.
The duo stated this in a communique they issued at the weekend after the royal father visited the literary icon in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
They called on the government to find solutions to the challenges threatening national cohesion and survival.
The duo asked the federal government to make efforts in dousing the tension over the suspended Ruga settlements.
The communique read: “We have in mind destructive forms of social transactions that characterize groups such as nomadic cattle herdsmen, and their umbrella groupings in the nature of Miyetti Allah."'
The Guardian reports that Dr Solomon Olakojo of the Department of Economics, University of Ibadan, said Nigeria can make the Africa's free trade deal work well if the country is able to push its goods across borders.
Recall President Muhammad Buhari signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement on Sunday, July 7.
Dr Olakojo said: “The gains depend on the ability of Nigeria to push its goods across borders. The question is, can we push? What do we export to other African countries? They are basically vessels and other floating structures, electrical energy, cement, pasta and refined petroleum products. So, our gains depend on how offensive we can be in pushing tradable goods abroad."
A former consultant to the World Bank, Dr. Samson Olalere, sad: “For this to be advantageous to Nigeria, the industrial sector of the economy has to be improved upon. The implication of the signing is that Nigeria will become a dumping ground for goods from better industrially developed countries who are signatories to the said agreement."
The Punch also reports that Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, called on Nigerians to defend the sanctity of their ancestral lands against usage for Ruga settlement plan of the federal government.
The literary icon and the monarch made the call in a communiqué issued on Sunday, July 7, to document highlights of a meeting between the monarch and Soyinka at the latter’s home in Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Ogun state.
This Day on its part reports that stakeholders in the oil and gas industry have tasked the new group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to pressurise the federal government to remove fuel subsidy and sign the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) into law.
The chairman of the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), Bank-Anthony Okoroafor, said: “Mele should clear uncertainties around commercial frameworks and make room for attractive fiscals and regulatory regimes to pull investors.
"The NNPC should approve and escalate to other projects, the proposed framework between itself and operators on Oil Mining Lease (OML)118. Government should speedily sign the PIGB, PIFB (Petroleum Industry Fiscal Bill), PIAB (Petroleum Industry Administration Bill) and the PHICDB (Petroleum Host and Impacted Community Development Bill).”
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