NATIONAL NEWS 19-06-2021

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SANUSI REFUTES 2023 POLITICAL AMBITION CLAIMS.
  • ASUU TO BEGIN FRESH STRIKE.
  • AMINA MUHAMMED RE-ELECTED AS U.N DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL.
  • ON ENTERTAINMENT, DRAMA, ACCUSATIONS TRAIL 2021 BBNAIJA LOCKDOWN REUNION.

BUHARI/ECOWAS SUMMIT

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently participating in the 59th ordinary session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government holding in Accra, Ghana’s federal capital.

President Buhari joined other ECOWAS’ heads of state of government for the mid-year statutory meeting of the regional bloc, which is being held with the exception of Mali, which was recently suspended from the group.

Matters bordering on Covid response; Mali crisis; sea piracy; The African Continental Free Trade Area, AFCFTA; Eco-West African single currency; Rotation of leadership inside the region and continent; Security challenges and terror attacks for West Africa, among others, are being discussed.

Meanwhile, former President Goodluck Jonathan who is a special ECOWAS envoy and mediator to Mali is expected to present a report on his latest working visit to the West African country to the summit chaired by Ghanaian president, Nana Akufo-Addo.

SANUSI/POLITICS

Former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi the second, has quelled growing speculations in some quarters that he intends to join politics.

Sanusi made the denial while fielding questions from reporters in Kaduna, pointing out that he has no intention of joining politics.

He however unraveled plans to continue educating the public on the right candidates/leader to vote for during elections.

The Former CBN Governor noted that priority must be given to education, especially for children, before the country’s problems could be addressed.

ASUU/STRIKE

Leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, are threatening to embark on another strike over the alleged refusal of Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, to pay the salaries and remittance of check-off dues of over one thousand staff for 13 months.

The ASUU Chairman, University of Jos, Dr Lazarus Maigoro, gave the threat in a press statement made available to journalists in Jos, the Plateau state capital.

Maigoro accused the Accountant-General of fanning the embers of discord between the federal government and the union for completely violating the terms of the agreement signed between the union and the federal government.

He further asserted that staff members of the Accountant-General’s office have been insisting that the affected lecturers register with the controversial Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, before they are paid their ransom.

U.N/AMINA

Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed has been reappointed as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The newly re-elected U.N Secretary-General, António Guterres, asked Mohammed to serve as his deputy for a second term, shortly after his re-appointment by the U.N general assembly, UNGA.

Addressing journalists after taking the oath of office for a second term, Muhammed, who is serving as the fifth deputy U.N secretary-general, described the re-appointment as an absolute honour.

Meanwhile, the 72-year-old Portuguese, who succeeded Ban Ki-Moon in January 2017 as the ninth Secretary-General, is expected to officially begin his second term on January 1, 2022.

ABIODUN/LAGOS FIRE

Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun, says the gas explosion at the state’s property investment corporation, OPIC plaza located in Ikeja, Lagos, was avoidable if necessary checks had been made.

Governor Abiodun stated this while addressing journalists shortly after his on-the-spot assessment of the premises of the Ogun state-owned OPIC plaza in Ikeja.

The governor, who expressed sadness over the loss of lives and destruction of property caused by the inferno, therefore, called for extra safety measures to be put in place for the transport of Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG, across the country.

Meanwhile, Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, disclosed that the fire emanated from kitchen of the Chinese restaurant, resulting in several damages to the OPIC plaza building structure.

ENTERTAINMENT

It’s been a week of drama and sagas as the BBNAIJA reunion hit the airwaves this week with most of the housemates letting out numerous cats out of the bags on the never-heard-before incidents that happened on the show.

Speaking with Ebuka on the show, 2020 Big Brother Naija reality star, Neo, admitted that he told male housemates that they needed financial facilities to date fellow housemate, Nengi.

On her part, Nengi cleared the air on her relationship with Prince outside the reality show, insisting the duo are just friends.

Meanwhile, Florence Wathoni Anyansi popularly known as Wathoni dropped a bombshell on fellow star Dorathy, accusing her of performing oral sex on a male housemate.

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