NATIONAL NEWS 04-08-2021

  • FG DISCLOSES PLANS TO UNBUNDLE NIPOST.
  • COURT GRANTS IGBOHO AIDES BAIL, STOPS DSS, AGF FROM ARRESTING YORUBA NATION AGITATOR.
  • CHOLERA OUTBREAK KILLS OVER 100 IN JIGAWA.
  • ON SPORT, GOV DIRI APPLAUDS OBORUDUDU.

FG/NIPOST

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS DISCLOSED PLANS TO UNBUNDLE THE NIGERIAN POSTAL SERVICE, NIPOST INTO A COURIER SERVICE, MICROFINANCE BANK AMONG OTHERS.

THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL ECONOMY, ISA PANTAMI, MADE THE DISCLOSURE DURING THE UNVEILING OF NIPOST’S N50 REVENUE STAMP FOR DENOTING TRANSACTIONS IN THE COUNTRY.

ACCORDING TO HIM, CHANGING NIPOST INTO A COURIER SERVICE IS PART OF EFFORTS TO BOOST NIGERIA’S REVENUE GENERATION WHICH WILL BE INVESTED INTO EDUCATION, SECURITY, AGRICULTURE, AND OTHER SECTORS IN THE COUNTRY.

THE MINISTER FURTHER LISTED OTHER ASPECTS OF NIPOST UNBUNDLING WHICH WOULD TAKE PLACE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR TO INCLUDE NIPOST TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS, COURIER SERVICES, AND MICROFINANCE BANK.

COURT/IGBOHO AIDES

THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT SITTING IN ABUJA HAS GRANTED THE BAIL APPLICATION BROUGHT BEFORE IT BY THE 12 DETAINED AIDES OF SUNDAY ADEYEMO, POPULARLY KNOWN AS SUNDAY IGBOHO.

THE PRESIDING JUDGE, JUSTICE OBIORA EGWUATU ORDERED ALL THE DETAINED AIDES TO BE ADMITTED TO BAIL, FOLLOWING THE SUBMISSIONS OF THE COUNSELS ON BOTH SIDES.

REPORT INDICTED THAT THE LAWYER TO THE DETAINED AIDES, PELUMI OLAJENGBESI HAD PRAYED THE COURT TO ADMIT THE IGBOHO AIDES TO BAIL UNCONDITIONALLY, WHILE THE DSS LAWYER, I. AWO, TOLD THE COURT THAT HE WAS NOT OPPOSING THE BAIL OF EIGHT OF THE APPLICANTS.

ALSO, OLAJENGBESI URGED THE COURT TO RELEASE AIDES ON BAIL AND ASSURED THE COURT THAT THEY WILL ENSURE A REASONABLE SURETY TO GIVE THE DSS ASSURANCE THAT THE APPLICANTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS.

NARD/STRIKE

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RESIDENT DOCTORS, NARD HAS REVEALED THAT THE MEDICAL AND DENTAL COUNCIL OF NIGERIA DOES NOT HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT TO BAR HOUSE OFFICERS FROM JOINING THE STRIKE.

THIS IS CONTAINED IN A STATEMENT SIGNED BY NARD NATIONAL PRESIDENT, DR. UYILAWA OKHUAIHESUYI AND THEIR SECRETARY  DR. JERRY ISOGUN, IN AWKA.

ACCORDING TO THE STATEMENT, THE MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS DISMISSED THE THREAT BY THE MDCN THAT HOUSE OFFICERS WHO JOINED THE ONGOING NATIONWIDE STRIKE WOULD BE SACKED OR MADE TO REPEAT THEIR INTERNSHIP.

NARD HOWEVER RESTATED ITS READINESS TO COLLABORATE WITH MDCN ON AREAS OF IMPROVED HEALTH SYSTEM AND WORKERS’ WELFARE.

OSUN/FLOOD

THE OSUN STATE GOVERNMENT HAS CALLED FOR CALM AMONG VICTIMS OF FLOOD DISASTER IN THE STATE AND ASSURED THEM THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS ALREADY ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF THE FLOOD.

THE STATE GOVERNMENT MADE THE APPEAL IN A STATEMENT BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR INFORMATION AND CIVIC ORIENTATION, FUNKE EGBEMODE AND MADE AVAILABLE TO NEWSMEN.

EGBEMODE WHO EXPLAINED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS ACTIVATED ITS EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEM, COMPRISING STAKEHOLDERS IN DISASTER MANAGEMENT, WHICH INCLUDE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT OFFICERS, HEALTH WORKERS AND SECURITY AGENCIES, TO RESPOND EFFICIENTLY TO THE INCIDENT WHERE NECESSARY.

THE GOVERNMENT THEREFORE APPEALS TO THOSE WHO THIS SAD INCIDENT HAS AFFECTED IN ANY WAY TO REMAIN CALM AND AWAIT PROMPT AND LASTING SOLUTION IN THE OVERALL INTEREST OF THE STATE.

NNPC/COMMUNITY

HOST COMMUNITIES OF CRUDE OIL PRODUCTS IN ITSEKIRI LAND OF DELTA STATE HAS CALLED ON THE NIGERIA PETROLEUM PRODUCING COMPANY TO FIX THE AILING WARRI REFINERY WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY.

THE DEMANDS WERE CONTAINED IN A PETITION SIGNED BY ITS SECRETARY, OMAGBEMI AJOFORTAN AND TWO OTHER EXECUTIVE MEMBERS OKORODUDUN GBESIMI AND NEYE MICHEAL GOLLY RESPECTIVELY BY THE ITSEKIRI LIBERATION GROUP, AND MADE AVAILABLE TO JOURNALISTS IN WARRI THE STATE CAPITAL.

IN THE PETITION THE GROUP ALLEGED THAT THE ACTIVITIES OF WRPC WARRI AND NIGERIA GAS COMPANY HAD POLLUTED THE RIVERS SINCE DECEMBER 2019, THEREFORE URGED   THE NATIONAL BEHEMOTH TO MAKE THE REFINERY OPERATIONAL AT FULL CAPACITY IN ORDER TO MAKE IT SERVE THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH IT WAS ESTABLISHED.

OYO HIGH COURT/IGBOHO

AN OYO STATE HIGH COURT  HAS GRANTED AN EX-PARTE MOTION STOPPING THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE SECURITY DSS AND ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION AGF FROM ARRESTING YORUBA NATION AGITATOR, CHIEF SUNDAY ADEYEMO, POPULARLY KNOWN AS SUNDAY IGBOHO.

JUSTICE LADIEAN AKINTOLA IN HIS RULLING  GAVE THE ORDER FOLLOWING AN EX-PARTE MOTION MOVED BY HIS LAWYER, YOMI ALIU SAN,  ALSO RESTRAINED DSS AND AGF FROM BLOCKING BANK ACCOUNTS OF THE YORUBA RIGHTS ACTIVIST.

 MEANWHULE, IGBOHO HAD THROUGH HIS COUNSEL, CHIEF YOMI ALIYYU  SAN, FILED AN APPLICATION BEFORE THE COURT ASKING FOR 5 BILLION NAIRA DAMAGES FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF HIS CARS AND RESIDENCE IN IBADAN DURING JULY 1 RAID ON HIS RESIDENCE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE SERVICES.

THE COURT THEREBY ADJOURNED THE SUIT UNTIL AUGUST 18.

ON SPORT

BAYELSA STATE GOVERNOR, SENATOR DOUYE DIRI, HAS PRAISED THE HISTORIC FEAT OF 2020 TOKYO OLYMPICS FREESTYLE WRESTLING SILVER MEDALIST, BLESSING OBORUDURU, DESCRIBING HER AS AN AMAZON AND GREAT AMBASSADOR OF THE STATE.

IN A STATEMENT, MADE AVAILABLE TO NEWSMEN, THROUGH THE CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR, DANIEL ALABRAH, THE GOV QUOTED AS SAYING THAT WINNING AN OLYMPIC MEDAL IS NOT A MEAN FEAT, BUT HE WAS PARTICULARLY IMPRESSED THAT DESPITE NURSING A KNEE INJURY, SHE BRAVED THE ODDS TO CLINCH A GOLDEN SILVER MEDAL FOR HER COUNTRY.

GOV DIRI WHILE DESCRIBING OBORUDURU AS A GREAT AMBASSADOR OF BAYELSA AND A TRUE INSPIRATION NOTED THAT HER SUCCESS IS UNPRECEDENTED IN THE HISTORY OF NIGERIA’S PARTICIPATION IN WRESTLING AT THE OLYMPICS,PLEDGED  HIS ADMINISTRATIONS COMMITMENT   TO ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT YOUTHS  IN SPORTS AT ALL LEVELS.

JIGAWA/CHOLERA

JIGAWA STATE GOVERNMENT HAS CONFIRMED THE DEATH OF 100 PERSONS AS A RESULT OF CHOLERA OUTBREAK IN 19 LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WITHIN THE STATE.

PERMANENT SECRETARY TO THE STATE MINISTRY OF HEALTH, DR SALISU MU’AZU DISCLOSED THIS WHILE SPEAKING WITH   NEWSMEN IN HIS OFFICE SAYING THE STATE HAS RECORDED OVER 5,000 CASES OF CHOLERA WITHIN ONE MONTH.

ACCORDING TO HIM, 251 PERSONS WERE ADMITTED AT VARIOUS HEALTHCARE FACILITIES ACROSS THE STATE, DISCLOSED THAT THE STATE GOVERNMENT WITH SUPPORT FROM UNICEF AND LAFIYA PROGRAM, HAVE FORMED A RAPID RESPONSE TEAM TO CURTAIL THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE

HE HOWEVER WARNED AGAINST THE USE OF CONTAMINATED WATER, VEGETABLES, FOOD SUPPLIED FROM RIVER BANKS, URGED THE CITIZENS TO IMPROVED PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE.

HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS

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