Newspaper headlines: DSS report warns against NLC protest plan, says Ngige

Reports of the federal government’s revenue shortfall due to debt servicing in the first four months of 2022 dominated the front pages of Nigerian newspapers.

The Punch reports that the Nigerian economy will face further setbacks as federal government revenue runs into a major shortfall due to petrol subsidy payments and debt servicing. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labor, said a security report warned against the planned protest by the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC), according to the newspaper.

The Nation says the federal government is considering new security measures to end growing insecurity. The newspaper reports that Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue, said that Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), asked him to pacify Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers.

Daily Independent says critics followed the federal government’s plan to ban motorbikes to contain rising insecurity. The federal government has revealed that 6.7 trillion naira for gasoline subsidies in 2023 will hamper the development of investment projects in the country, the newspaper reports.

Daily Trust reports that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) will prosecute 3,657 civil servants for non-compliance with the Integrated Staff Payroll Information System. The newspaper reports 30 dead and 12 injured in the Zaria-Kano road accident.

The Guardian reports that the House of Representatives opposed the sale of five power stations. The newspaper says travelers stranded at Lagos airport protested the suspension of Dana Air.