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Nigerian press focuses on delegation to UK on $9.6bn award against Nigeria

The delegation of the federal government to the United Kingdom on the $9.6 billion judgement against Nigeria and the payment of minimum wage to junior workers are the leading stories in the Nigerian press on Monday.The Guardian newspaper and many others are agog with the dispatch of a delegation by the Federal Government to the United Kingdom to meet with the legal team over the $9.6 billion judgment awarded against Nigeria.

The judgement is in respect of the botched gas swap deal Nigeria entered with the Irish firm, Process and Industrial Development Limited (P&ID).

The Nation quoted the labour minister Chris Ngige as saying that junior workers in the employment of the Federal Government have started receiving the $90 (N30,000) monthly minimum wage.

But the Tribune reported that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Federal Government to inform workers on their position in the implementation of the new minimum wage instead of the delay currently being witnessed.

The labour union, while describing the delay as deliberate and frustrating, noted that leaders of the union are having a difficult time to convince workers on reasons for the delay in the implementation by the government.

The Punch reported that anti-corruption advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has urged the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, to enter a nolle prosequi to terminate the charges filed against the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, and Olawale Bakare, alias Mandate.

The Sun said the Lagos State Police Command has busted a child’s theft syndicate in Lagos, rescuing a one-week-old-baby stolen from Gombe State from the syndicate.

The Daily Trust reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has launched  electrification projects in 37 federal universities across Nigeria.

ThisDay said new intelligence gathered and shared among Nigerian security operatives in the theatre of war has revealed that the reinvigorated Boko Haram terrorist group may have drawn strength from the support by some foreigners of Arab origin.



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