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Press focuses on contentious $26b petroleum contracts

The controversy surrounding the award of contracts valued at $26 billion continues to dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Friday.The Sun newspaper said that the drama and confusion over the raging contract controversies rocking the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) got messier.

It said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo denied approving the contentious $26 billion deal, barely hours after his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande confirmed he did, in a series of tweets.

The Leadership newspaper reported that the Senate on Thursday passed for second reading, a bill for an Act to make it an offence, employment by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to fill existing vacant positions without advertising the vacancies.

The Vanguard newspaper said that the Federal Government on Thursday announced a ban for medical doctors working in public hospitals to engage in private practice.

The Guardian reported that the House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the N11.01 billion State House Clinic’s budgets under former President Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the lawmakers, the N11.01billion represents budgets of the clinic in the last three years.

This Day newspaper said the Supreme Court on Thursday fixed January 25, 2018, to decide the appeal filed by the former National Security Adviser, Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

The Nation newspaper screamed that lethal weapons have been recovered from the home of the run-away secessionist leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.


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