The political sphere in Nigeria is tense and the pressure keeps mounting from every side, new developments regarding the nations polity continue to break by the minute, and headlines are being made by the day.
Below are the major headlines for the national dailies on this day, Friday, March 17.
We begin with This Day which bears the headline: "MRS to save Nigeria $120m annually from jetty expansion".
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Foremost downstream oil company, MRS Oil Nigeria Plc, on Thursday announced a record-breaking milestone by the company, with the berthing of a vessel with a deadweight of 75,000mt at its terminal at the Tin Can Island Port, Apapa, Lagos, adding that it was the first of its kind in any African port and could save Nigeria $120 million annually.
MRS was able to accomplish the landmark through the expansion of its jetty at its terminal in Lagos.
The upgraded terminal catapulted it into the international shipping arena for 80,000mt-120,000mt vessels’ calling ports within Africa.
Still on finances and economic issue, The Nation carries the headline: "Buhari to CBN: release N500b Paris Club cash"
President Muhammadu Buhari directed Minister of Finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele to quickly facilitate the payment of the second tranche of the London-Paris Club refund to – to ease states’ financial hardship.
Many Are not paying workers because they are short of cash.
The President said the money – about N500 billion – should be used to pay outstanding workers’ salaries and pension.
He gave the directive during a meeting with governors after the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting. The NEC is chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
A statement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted the President as telling the governors: “I will not rest until I address those issues that affect our people. One of these basic things is the issue of salaries.
“It is most important that workers are able to feed their families, pay rent and school fees, then other things can follow.”
Now to an entirely different issue, The Punch bears the headline: "NBA chief, SAN flay Ali as Senate turns back Customs CG"
The Senate, on Thursday, refused to grant the Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), audience, describing the dressing of the NCS boss as “improper.”
The lawmakers asked Ali to reappear on Wednesday next week in the uniform of the NCS.
The Guardian continues the story Without a voice of dissent, the Senate yesterday walked out the embattled Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Hameed Ali, for not wearing the agency’s uniform. The upper chamber accused him of appearing in “improper dressing.”
The lawmakers also directed Ali to re-appear before it in plenary next Wednesday in the proper NCS uniform. But before he was walked out of the chamber, Ali was subjected to a serious rebuke for about 40 minutes.
The customs is a major agency that is tasked with boosting government’s revenue. Its policies have serious consequences on the economy. Thus, synergy between it and the Senate is essential to the improvement of the economy.