Nigeria’s annual inflation recorded its biggest increase so far this year, rising to 13.22 percent in August, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday. The 13.22 percent inflation rate is the highest since March 2018. This is 0.40 percent points higher than the rate recorded in July 2020 (12.82 percent) and the 12th month in a row where prices rose. Food inflation also rose sharply, coming in 16 percent in August compared to 15.48 per cent in July. “This rise in the food index was caused by increases in prices of bread and cereals, potatoes, yam and other tubers, meat, fish, fruits, oils and fats and vegetables,” the report added. The CBN has said inflation is likely to rise to up to 14.15% at the end of December due to supply shocks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which has curtailed economic activity and created disruptions.
Health workers demanding the payment of a hazard allowance for treating coronavirus patients have gone on strike only a week after doctors in Africa’s most populous country staged a walkout. The Joint Health Service Unions (JOHESU) – representing medical staff such as nurses, midwives and radiologists – said the strike, which began on Monday, would last for seven days. Doctors across the country however will continue to work. The trade union’s demands include life insurance for its members, full access to protective equipment and pay structure adjustments. The JOHESU said it would launch an indefinite strike if the demands are not met within the next week. Last week the National Association of Resident Doctors suspended a separate strike, the union’s second in 2020, to allow the government time to meet their demands over pay and working conditions.
A 33-year-old operative of the Department of State Services, Sadiq Bindawa, has been murdered by suspected kidnappers in Katsina State. The kidnappers reportedly collected ₦5 million ransom from his friends and relatives before killing him. Bindawa’s corpse was reportedly discovered at Kurfi town on Sunday morning. Bindawa, who worked at the Abuja office of the DSS, was said to be in Katsina over the weekend. Meanwhile, Bindawa’s remains have been buried in Katsina.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, on Monday swore in 11 judges for the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. This is coming after nearly five months of waiting for President Muhammadu Buhari to approve the National Judicial Council’s recommendation of the candidates for appointment. The 11 judges were part of the 33 candidates originally recommended to Buhari by the NJC since April 23, 2020. The NJC’s list of 33 candidates was enmeshed in controversies as a group of lawyers under the aegis of Open Bar Initiative sent a petition to the President urging him to reject the recommendation of over 20 of the names. They alleged that the process leading to the recommendation of the over 20 names was marred by “violation of applicable NJC rules”, “judicial insider dealing”, as well as violation of federal character principle. Also, not less than four suits either opposing or seeking the nullification of the NJC’s list are pending at the Federal High Court. But Buhari, without giving any explanation, picked only 11 names from the list of 33 sent to him by the NJC.