- NO NEW MINIMUM WAGE: Vanguard Newspapers reported that there were no provision made for the increase of salary for federal government workers, in the newly proposed 2017 Budget. The total budget figure of N7,281,361,611,853, marks an increase of 19.95 per cent, compared to that presented in 2016.
- ATIKU’S RUNNING MATE 2019: Former Finance Minister, Okonjo Iweala, disowns social media campaign posters touting her as the proposed running mate of former vice president Atiku Abubakar for 2019 presidential elections. Atiku is rumored to be the presidential flag bearer of a new mega political party, which is yet to be formed. Iweala said she had not spoken to anyone as regards running for a political office.
- TWO NIGERIANS GET GRAMMY NOMINATION: Kah-lo and WizKid gets nomination at the 59 Grammy Awards. ‘Rinse and repeat’ by Riton ft. Kah-lo was nominated for Best Dance Recording of the year category). In WizKid’s case, his contribution to Drake`s 2016 ‘View’ and lead single ‘One dance’. could see him go home with two awards for production and guest feature on the album, if the award is won by American Pop star, Drake.
The award which was originally presented to the artist alone is now presented to the main artist, the featured artist(s), the producer, the engineer and/or mixer and the mastering engineer.
- PAKISTANI PLANE CRASH:
CNN reported that all 47 people on board the Pakistan International Airlines flight that crashed near Abbottabad were killed, according to the airline. A pilot made a mayday call, saying he had lost control of one of the two engines, the airline’s chairman said. “We were confident that the plane could land with one working engine,” Saigol said.
- FOREX UPDATE: Naira exchange at 485 per Dollar, 600 per Pound Sterlings, and 510 per Euro.