Word on the Street: Governor Ganduje’s bribery scandal continues, NLC’s minimum wage protest and more
Hello there. Today’s Thursday, you already know how I feel about the approaching weekend. Let’s catch up with stories you may have missed yesterday.
Ganduje Saga: Volume 3
Remember those two controversial videos of Kano state Governor Abdullahi Ganduje receiving wads of cash in US Dollars from contractors?
Following the release of the exclusive videos by Daily Nigerian, the Kano state House of Assembly set up an investigation process into the matter, summoning the publication’s Editor-in-Chief.
Anyway, there’s a third video. If you remember well, it’s a 15-clip corruption scandal with $5 million at stake. In the new video, we can see Daddy Ganduje clearly, it has clear audio and he’s seen accepting the Dollar bills with a wide smile on his face. Someone said US Dollars is the governor’s love language.
Right now, Daily Nigerian says they didn’t leak the video because they turned all their evidence over to the Kano state House of Assembly. Now, the five million Dollar question now is, “who did?”.
In response to the third video, the Kano state House of Assembly has reportedly summoned Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to answer to the corruption allegations. Will justice finally take its course? Watch out for Volume 4.
NLC demands increased minimum wage
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has demanded that Nigeria’s minimum is upped from ₦18,000 to ₦66,500. After much deliberation, the congress agreed to ₦30,000. Now, state governments say they can’t pay more than ₦22,500.
Do you see how the fate of Nigerians is being negotiated like a basket of tomatoes?
Anyway, NLC will not back down and is threatening to embark on a strike from November 6 if their demands are not met.
Nigerian Special Eagles win their first game at the Amputee Football World Cup
After losing their first two games at the ongoing Amputee Football World Cup in Mexico, Nigeria’s amputee football team called Special Eagles won their El Salvador counterparts by a lone goal.
Considering the hurdles the team had to go through to make a debut at this year’s tournament, after missing out on the last three editions, due to a lack of support from the government, their victory is actually one to be celebrated.
By the way, the goal scored by Nigeria’s Ezeji Kennedy is the first ever goal to be scored by a Nigerian in an amputee World Cup game. Write that down!
Another day, another negative ranking for Nigeria
This time, it’s that our beloved country has the highest record of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in the world.
According to Prof. Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, Nigeria produces 30% of children born with HIV/AIDS globally. It’s 2018 and we’re struggling with preventing a mother from transferring the HIV virus to her baby. *Deep sigh*
That’s all for today. Have a wonderful weekend.