Newspaper headlines: Experts slam Buhari’s borrowing plan in 2023 budget

The presentation of the draft 2023 budget to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari dominated the front pages of Nigerian newspapers.

The Nation reports that Buhari prioritized roads, railways and universities in the 2023 budget proposal to the National Assembly. The newspaper indicates that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Court of Appeal to annul the judgment annulling the candidacy of Gboyega Oyetola, governor of Osun.

Saturday Punch claims that experts have questioned Buhari’s borrowing plan and the payment of gasoline subsidies in the 2023 budget proposal. The newspaper reports that Iyorchia Ayu, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) unanimously approved the allowance paid to members of the National Working Committee (NWC).

According to Daily Trust, truckers blocked the Lokoja-Abuja highway in protest against the closure of the Dangote cement plant by the Kogi state government. The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said the Cannabis Sativa agitation cannot succeed in Nigeria, the newspaper reports.

Saturday Sun says All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu will meet with Buhari on issues regarding the composition of the party’s presidential campaign council. The newspaper reports that Folasade Ogunsola, a professor of clinical microbiology, has been appointed vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

THISDAY reports that Buhari said the gasoline subsidy payment ends in 2023 and the program is unsustainable. The newspaper reports that the appeals court ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to classrooms.