Nigeria’s Senate on Tuesday asked the service chiefs to step aside following the incessant killings of soldiers who are fighting insurgency and banditry in some parts of northern Nigeria. The Chairman, Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, moved the motion on the floor of the Senate via a point of order. The senators on the motion stressed on the implication of the disturbing development. They said it was capable of frustrating the war against insurgency and banditry noting that many members of the armed forces who are scared of losing their lives have started resigning from the military. The Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Customs, Senator Ayo Fadahunsi, proposed an additional prayer demanding the stepping aside of the service chiefs. Senator Betty Apiafi seconded his prayer. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, ruled on the prayer and it was overwhelmingly supported by all the senators in attendance. After the deliberation, the Senate then asked the service chiefs to step aside so that President Muhammadu Buhari can appoint new ones with fresh ideas. The joint committees on Defence, Army, Air Force, Police, and Interior were also mandated to receive briefings from the new service chiefs and the Minister of Interior on the disturbing development.
Nigeria’s National Action Committee on the African Continental Free Trade Area on Monday said Nigeria and other countries on the continent spend $650 billion annually importing goods and services from the rest of the world. According to the Executive Secretary, AfCFTA NAC, Francis Anatogu, Nigeria had been planning to successfully take advantage of the $650 billion market where on an annual basis imports goods from the rest of the world into the continent worth about $540 billion per annum, import services about $140 billion or $150 billion per annum. The Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, which will come into effect January 2021 seeks to liberalise and facilitate the free movement of persons, capital, goods, and services crucial for deepening economic integration, and promoting agricultural development, food security, industrialisation, and structural economic transformation. It also seeks to create an expanded and secure market for state parties’ goods and services, among other trade and commerce benefits.
Nigeria is extending the closure of international airspace until 15 October 2020 instead of 19 August 2020 as previously announced. The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority said this in a notice issued to Airmen Tuesday. Director of Consumer Protection, Adamu Abdullahi, told BusinessDay Newspaper that there was never a time the Federal Government gave a specific date for reopening the airspace for international flight operations but that the government had previously said the airports would be closed until August. The NCAA official added that going by the extension, the airspace would remain closed until October and if there was a need to extend the closure, it would be communicated. Though only essential and diplomatic flights would be allowed for now until the airspace is opened for international flight operations. FG had in March shut down international and domestic airports but allowed essential flight operations in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19. It, on 8 July, announced reopening of some selected domestic airports and essential flight operations.
The FG has concluded plans to sell 216 non-core assets of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria. The managing director of the Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Company, Adebayo Fagbemi, said the assets include buildings, jetties, lands, golf course, and guest houses. Fagbemi said, while speaking during a visit to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company by the senate committee on power, led by Gabriel Suswam, assets will be sold in phases. He said the agency has advertised the first phase of the non-core assets for sale, which will include the sale of 52 assets, while the second and third phases will include 106 and 58 assets respectively. He added that the idea is to do them in phases one of the key requirements in Procurement Act is that it’s offloaded at the time there’s the best of value. He said the first phase of assets that the firm is bringing out for sale are 52 in number. The managing director of AEDC, Ernest Mupwaya, said his company was indebted to NELMCO in terms of rent payments totalling ₦40 million monthly since November 2013. He said the AEDC is already communicating with NELMCO on how to settle the debts and acquire some of the non-core assets up for sale