Newspaper headlines: Workers lament non-payment of wages by states

Reports on issues affecting Nigerian workers, particularly delays in the payment of wages and salaries, dominated the front pages of Nigerian newspapers.

The Punch reports that the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) has not made any payments on the federal allowance since the start of the year as states reneged on payment of wages and pensions. The newspaper says the unions have demanded better conditions and a pay rise from the government.

Daily Independent says rising inflation in the prices of goods and services has weakened the purchasing power of Nigerians. The newspaper reports that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has pleaded with union leaders to intervene in the dispute between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The Nigerian Tribune claims that cabinet ministers of President Muhammadu Buhari with political ambitions in 2023 have refused to resign as stipulated in Section 84(12) of the Elections Act. The newspaper reports that the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has warned that no political party will hold primaries until the ASUU ends the ongoing strike.

The Guardian reports that President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech at the May Day event was silent on the ongoing ASUU strike. The newspaper claims that the police have banned political campaigning at Eid prayer sites in Kwara and Gombe.

Daily Sun reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has approved automatic senatorial tickets for incumbent governors. The newspaper indicates that Nigeria has signed an agreement with Cuba on the production of vaccines.