Okonjo-Iweala Ranked Among Forbes’ Most Powerful Women in Africa | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

  • Femi Gbajabiamila debunks rumours of receiving ₦20 billion for residence renovation
  • Okonjo-Iweala ranked among Forbes’ Most Powerful Women in Africa
  • Protest ensues as indigenous demand for the sacking of Wike
  • FG loses ₦161 million to nine-year conflict with INTELS – NPA
  • NJC recommends 11 justices to the Supreme Court bench

Across Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, these are the five top Nigerian news stories you shouldn’t miss.

Femi Gbajabiamila debunks rumours of receiving ₦20 billion for residence renovation

The Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, has debunked the rumours claiming there was no fund allocation in the 2024 budget, supposedly aimed at renovating his residence.

Gbajabiamila stated that he was instead ₦10 billion to renovate his residence and ₦10.1 billion to install computer software.

The Chief of Staff warned bloggers as he called them out for mischievously quoting the sums he received and spreading fake news.

“The sums mischievously quoted by online bloggers and fake news merchants are for renovating the Presidential Quarters in Dodan Barracks and the Vice President’s Lodge in Lagos, to overhaul the information management and communications facilities in the Presidency to meet modern standards and to provide vehicles for the staff of the Presidency. The sums proposed for these projects are clearly stated in the budget proposal and bear no resemblance to the deceptive online commentary,” he said on X.

Okonjo-Iweala ranked among Forbes’ most powerful women in Africa

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), was ranked one the most powerful women in Africa, above Tanzania’s president, Samia Hassan.

Okonjo-Iweala was ranked as the 87th most powerful woman in the world. At the same time, South African businesswoman Mpumi Madisa followed with 88th, and Tanzania’s president Samia Hassan was ranked 93rd.

Another Nigerian woman on the list was philanthropist and media tycoon Mo Abudu, ranked 98th.

Protest ensues as indigenous demand for the sacking of Wike

The indigenous of FCT have taken to the streets to display their dislike of the Minister of the FCT, Nyesom Wike.

Nigerians have raised their voices to the ears of President Tinubu as they demand the immediate sack of Wike over allegations of land racketeering.

Hundreds of indigenous citizens and civil groups took to the streets to request the resignation of Nyesom Wike; they marched to the gates of the National Assembly, claiming that Wike was unfit to remain as a leader in FCT.

FG loses ₦161 million to nine-year conflict with INTELS – NPA

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has shared the latest news with the nation, revealing that the FG lost ₦161 million due to the withdrawal of the Integrated Logistics Services Nigeria Limited (INTELS).

In a statement released by the NPA, it was disclosed that the funds lost were due to insufficient technology to observe the operations.

“An analysis of its impact on the authority’s revenue showed a sharp decline from $216m and $209m in 2014 and 2015, respectively, under Intels agency to $130m and $99m in 2020 and 2021 after taking over by NPA. The situation in 2023 is even worse as the collection up to June 2023 was only $55.3m,” the statement read.

NPA also revealed that in a bid to resolve the issues between the FG and INTELS, over $193 million in debt was waived by INTELS.

NJC recommends 11 justices to the Supreme Court bench

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has approved 11 justices from the Court of Appeal to be assigned to the Supreme Court’s bench.

A statement made by the NJC’s director of information, Soji Oye, reveals that the swearing-in of all recommended 11 candidates will take place after the approval of President Tinubu and the Senate.

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