The main headlines in mainstream newspapers today, Friday, May 18, are focused on the federal government's response to the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa, reactions to the federal government’s looters list, the novel approach proposed by governors on fuel subsidy payments, and the National Economic Council’s directive that the NNPC should refund N8 trillion.
Vanguard reports that the federal government has expressed helplessness over the continued killing of Nigerians in South Africa, in xenophobic attacks.
Senior special adviser to the president on foreign affairs and diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, revealed that 116 people were killed in South Africa in two years. Following the number of deaths recorded since February 2018 however, the figure has since increased to 118.
During a visit to the South African high commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mngun, Dabiri stated: “In the last two years, 116 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa and according to statistics, 63% of them were killed by the police.”
She lamented that efforts at curbing the killings were not working.
The Nation is focused on continued reactions to the publishing of the looters list, by the federal government.
According to the publication, some stakeholders at the Second Forum of the Anti-Corruption Situation Room, on Thursday, May 17, chided those criticising the federal government for listing names of treasury looters.
Femi Falana (SAN) was one of the attendees at the forum which was organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA). He said that contrary to the claim by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some of its leaders, there was nothing wrong with the listing of looters by the federal government.
The legal luminary pointed out that there was nothing wrong with naming treasury looters, if the Police could parade common men for petty crimes.
On its part, This Day is reporting that the 36 state governors are canvassing a new initiative that will see individual states take responsibility for subsidising petroleum products consumed within their territories.
The publication reports that the governors are discontented over the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s claim, that it supplies 60 million litres of petrol daily to the domestic market.
According to the governors, every state should be responsible for paying its own subsidy according to its consumption, instead of deducting the difference between the landing cost of petrol and the official pump price of the product before remitting net crude oil receipts to the Federation Account.
Meanwhile, Guardian is focused on the directive from the National Economic Council (NEC), that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other agencies in the country should refund un-remitted revenues in the sum of N8 trillion (about $21 billion) and another N526 billion into the Federation Account.
The NEC consists of governors of the 36 states of the federation, minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and minister of finance; and is headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The Council gave the directive on Thursday, May 17, following the adoption of a report by auditing firm, KPMG.
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