11 O’CLOCK NEWS UPDATE 07 07 2021

ZULUM/POWER SHIFT

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has backed the southern governors’ forum’s resolution on the zoning of the presidential seat in 2023, re-echoing calls for power to shift to the southern part of the country. 

Speaking in an interview with newsmen, Zulum corroborated the Southern Governors’ resolution at their meeting in Lagos on Monday, July 5, that the region should produce Nigeria’s next president based on the principles of equity, and fairness.

Zulum maintained that in a bid to achieve the unity of Nigeria, the presidency should go to the south in the year 2023.

N’EAST/INSURGENCY

Northeastern Governors are asking the Nigerian military to sustain its momentum in the fight against insurgency in the region by taking advantage of the current division among the insurgents.

The governors made the call at the 5th edition of the north east governors’ forum held at the Taraba state government house in Jalingo.

In the separate speeches, they called on the federal government to extend the exploration of oil to the chad basins so as to put the northeast states on the list of oil-rich states.

On their, the Governor of Borno State and Chairman of the forum along with professor Babagana Zulum and the host governor, Darius Ishaku, harped on the need for more infrastructural development in the northeast, including electricity supply.

SYDNEY/COVID-19

As part of efforts to curb the raging surge of Covid-19 across Australia, authorities in the state of New South Wales, NSW, have announced a week-long extension of Sydney’s lockdown measures which were due to end on Friday, July 9.

The state premier, Gladys Berejiklian, announced this in an interactive session with newsmen, warning that the new cases could rise as the country’s biggest city grapples with the highly infectious delta variant.

Describing the delta strain as a game-changer, Berejiklian cautioned that the new variant is extremely transmissible and more contagious than any other form of the virus, directing that the stay at home order should be extended till July 16

Sydney, which is home to a fifth of Australia’s 25 million people, entered a severe lockdown on June 26 as the country battles its worst outbreak of the year with   total infections topping 350 since the first case was detected.

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