NATIONAL NEWS JULY 14, 2021

HIGHLIGHTS

  • ICC CONFIRMS RECEIPT OF YORUBA AGITATORS’ PETITION AGAINST PRESIDENT BUHARI.
  • NCDC WARNS MUSLIMS TO CELEBRATE SALAH WITH CAUTION AMID FRESH DELTA VARIANT.
  • UNILAG CLOSES HOSTEL AFTER DISCOVERY OF FRESH COVID-19 CASES.
  • ON SPORTS, MINISTER SALUTES D’TIGER’S PATROTIC STRIDE IN PRE-OLYMPIC GAME.

Ncdc/eld el kabir

As muslim faithful prepare to mark the 2021 eid-el-kabir celebrations, the nigeria centre for disease control, ncdc has warned nigerians against trips that characterised the period.

Ncdc head of risk communications division, dr yahya disu, gave the warning while featuring on a televison programme, saying second wave of the covid-19 pandemic started in nigeria because people travelled for christmas last december.

Disu stated that world health organisation, w.h.o had discovered a new variant of the pandemic in nigeria, called delta variant, hence the need for the people to avoid unnecessary trips as sallah celebrations hold next week.

Fg/covid-19

The national primary health care development agency, nphcda has ended the country’s first phase of covid-19 vaccination.

Nphcda executive director, dr. Faisal shuaib, made this known at a news conference in abuja, saying over 3 million people across the 36 states including the fct were successfully vaccinated with 4,024,000 doses of the oxford astrazeneca vaccine.

Shuaib, who said no vaccine doses were left unused or expired, noted that the oxford-astrazeneca vaccine is 88 per cent potent against the newly delta variant detected in the country.

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Representative of unicef in nigeria, dr. Peter hawkins and representative of world health organisation, dr. Walter kazadi, explained that the delta variant had riped around the world at a scorching pace, hence the need for all to take precautions.

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They also urged nigerians to stay safe because a large portion of the country still remained unvaccinated.

Icc/petition

The international criminal court has acknowledged a 27-page petition filed by yoruba nation agitators against president muhammadu buhari.

The petition signed by the leader of ilana omo oodua, emeritus professor banji akintoye; yoruba activist, sunday igboho; and other 49 persons fighting for the actualization of oduduwa republic was in agitation for the sovereign state for yoruba nation.

Apart from president buhari, the petition was also filed against the minister of justice and attorney general of the federation, abubakar malami, san; former chief of army staff, tukur buratai; as well as the former and present inspectors general of police, ibrahim idris and muhammed adamu.

The agitators petitioned the government officials over alleged genocide against the yoruba people of southwestern nigeria.

Electoral/bill

The senate president, dr ahmad lawan has denied the alledged manipulation of the proposed amendment to the electoral act, 2004 by leadership of the upper and lower legislative chambers.

There had been reports in sections of the media that the clause that deals with empowering inec to transmit election results electronically had been hijacked by the all progressives congress, apc parliamentarians.

However, discrediting the reports, lawan described those behind the theory as mischief makers, insisting the report was being laid on the floor of the senate for the first time.

Buhari/senators meeting

President muhammadu buhari, has hosted members of  the national assembly to dinner in aso villa, abuja.

President disclosed this in a statement by his media aide, femi adesina, informimg the lawmakers that his administration is ready to use everything within its powers to end insecurity in nigeria and bring perpetrators of criminal activities to justice.

The president was quoted as saying in the statement that insecurity, manifesting as insurgencies, banditry, kidnapping and urban crime of all sorts is the single most difficult challenge facing nigeria recently.

He noted that some of the people who perpetrated the various manifestations of insecurity do so for profit, others, in the name of discredited ideologies.

Buhari/aprm

President muhammadu buhari has pledged his support for african peer review mechanism process due to its benefits to good governance and democracy.

President buhari gave the assurance at the launch of nigeria second review country self-assessment report and flag-off of the validation of the report at the six geo-political zones of the country, including the federal capital territory, fct.

Describing the review as timely and handy, the president said his administration with its change agenda had overhauled, revitalized and institutionalised its machinery for a successful conduct of the second peer review of the country.

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The president therefore reiterated the government’s commitment to the implementation of the new national programme of action that will come up after the review process.

Sports

The minister of youth and sports development, sunday dare has again congratulated the nigerian male basketball team, d’tigers on their second straight pre- tokyo olympics friendly win against world number four, argentina.

D’tigers had on july 12 defeated the argentine team by a 23- point margin 94-71 to record their second major upset in three days.

The minister, who explained that the players showed up for business and took care of business, noted that their performance in their recent two games signposts the future of basketball in nigeria.

He therefore commend the team for their patriotism and the courage as well confidence they brought to the game.

Navy/recruitment

The house of representatives, has directed the nigerian navy to suspend forthwith its forthcoming pre-screening exercise for the shortlisted candidates.

The house gave the directive after fingering the lopsidedness in the nigerian navy recruitment in the country.

The house also asked the navy to provide details of all recruitment from 2014 till date, showing the geographical spread.

The parliament said essence of this was to help strengthen the federal character law as well as to ensure better and more vigorous enforcement and implementation.

Lasu/closure

Management of the university of lagos has shut down the student hostels over reported cases of coronavirus on the campus.

The management reached the decision at an emergency senate meeting held at the j. F. Ade ajayi auditorium, directing the students to vacate the halls of residence latest by noon tomorrow, thursday, july 15, 2021.

It also approved that lectures for the rest of the semester should be delivered virtually with effect from july 26, 2021.

A member of the university’s senate confirmed this, saying, after getting some ugly undisclosed report, the management decided that the hostels should be shut down, advising the students to move all their personal belongings out with immediate effects.

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