WORLD NEWS 02-09-2021

Here are the highlights

  • Ondo nma suspends strike.
  • Zamfara governor calls for prayers over insecurity.
  • Un nwarns afghans against possible food crisis.
  • Egypt to manufacture 1 bilion doses of covid vaccine.

Details of these and more in a moment. Please stay tuned.

NMA/ONDO

Members of the ondo state chapter of the nigeria medical association nma have suspended their industrial dispute with the state government after the intervention by lawmakers and other stakeholders.

In a ststement made available to newsmen , stated  that the medical practitioners at a parley with lawmakers at the ondo state house of assembly  called on the state government to honour the terms of the agreement reached with them, especially payment of their outstanding salaries.

Nma state chairman, dr. Stella adegbehingbe while appreciating  the lawmakers and other stakeholders for their intervention,called for the prompt payment of their outstanding salaries, to act as stimulant to members who have been out of work for sometime.

He therefore urged the government not to intimidate any member for participating in the strike, through any form of victimization.

PLATEAU/LALONG

 The save middle belt nigeria smbn, has called on the plateau state house of assembly to immediately take steps towards the impeachment of governor simon bako lalong.

The plateau state coordinator of the group, barrister dabilong voeldong in a statement  made available to newsmen condemned the  recent killings across the state, especially the killing of 35 persons in yelwa zangam, jos north local government area of the state.

The group  while observing that since the governor had failed to fulfil the duties of his office, called on  the state house of assembly to  commence impeachment proceedings  in order to redeem the state’s glory that is known to be a peaceful place immediately.

BAUCHI/VACCINE

 The executive chairman, bauchi state primary healthcare development agency basphcda, dr rilwanu mohammed has decried people’s neglegence towards covid-19 vaccine in the state despite government’s efforts in educating and sensitising them.

Mohammed stated this while giving an update on the vaccination situation in the state at a one-day media orientation on the second phase of covid-19 vaccination exercise in bauchi state, held at the polio emergency operations centre  eoc, bauchi.

Mohammed while lamenting that the disbelief had made people not to come out to take the vaccine, decried a situation whereby 2,000 doses of covid-19 vaccine were sent to one of the local government areas in the state but only paltry 30 were administered as people refused to accept it.

The basphcda boss therefore appealed to community and religious leaders to educate their followers on the need to take the vaccination, declaring that the vaccine had over 90 per cent protection potency against the deadly pandemic.

 ZAMFARA/PRAYER

Zamfara state governor, bello matawalle has urged nigerians to intensify prayers for god’s intervention on insecurity.

Matawalle  in his speech  during a special prayer organised by the ulamau consultative committee ucc, held at the gusau central mosque, appealed to the citizens to complement the government and security agencies’ efforts in tackling banditry and other challenges.

The gov while revealing that the state had been under bandits’ seige in recent years, maintained that prayer is the only powerful weapon that can solve any calamity on the people.

NAICOM/ONLINE

The national insurance commission, naicom, has commenced online live operations of its activities.

In a statement titled, adjustment of naicom operation  signed by its director, policy & regulations, leonard akah, and sent to all managing directors/chief executive officers of all insurance institutions, stated that the import of the adjustment  effective from 1st september 2021.

Consequently, all insurance institutions are required to align their operations to naicom portal for submission and processing of all requests such as certificate of registration/renewal; approval -in-principle aip product authorization, governance and complaints issues, etc.

EGYPT/VACCINE

Egypt has revealed plans to manufacture one billion doses of china’s sinovac vaccine in a year, claiming it would become the middle east and africa’s biggest vaccine producer.

Heba wali, the doctor in charge of the project stated that the egyptian drug authority had given its go ahead noting that one million doses have already been distributed in egypt.

Health minister hala zayed while speaking at a news conference explained that under the deal with the chinese pharmaceutical company, a factory in cairo will produce more than 200 million doses per year to cover national needs.

Meanwhile, chinese experts had previously travelled to egypt to inspect equipment and materials for producing the sinovac vaccine at factories belonging to state firm vacsera.

UN/AFGHANISTAN

The united nations is warning that afghanistan could face a food crisis within a month, leaving one out of three people hungry, as the country’s taliban rulers try to form a new government to run the country.

Un humanitarian coordinator in afghanistan, ramiz alakbarov while revealing that the situation from a humanitarian perspective continues to be extremely tense adding that more than half the children in the country already struggle to find the next meal.

According to him, noting  that with most international aid shut, then government services cannot function as public employees are not receiving their salaries.

Meanwhile, a qatar airways flight has landed in kabul carrying a team that will help get the airport running again as a lifeline for aid.

PHILLIPINE/COVID FUND

Allegations of misuse of covid-19 funds have emerged in the philippines, prompting anger among healthcare workers, who protested in the philippine capital to demand the release of unpaid benefits as they battle another surge in cases due to the delta variant.

Report says protesters were seen wearing protective medical gear gathered on wednesday at the department of health doh and held placards demanding their risk allowances, hazard pay and the resignation of health secretary francisco duque.

Despite the record-breaking surge in recent days, president duterte had defended his administration’s pandemic response.

In an interview with reporters, a former adviser to duterte on the covid-19 response, dr tony leachon warned that the philippines may soon be the epicentre of the pandemic in southeast asia.

Meanwhile, the world health organization’s representative in the country had announced that the delta variant is now the dominant case in the philippines.

NEWYORK/EMERGENCY

New york governor kathy hochul has declared a state of emergency as the remnants of storm ida caused enormous flooding in new york city and across the northeastern united states.

According to a post on the governor’s website explaining that declaration of the  state of emergency would  help new yorkers that  affected by the  ida  storm, which slammed into the southern united states as a category 4 hurricane, caused tornadoes and flooding as it steamed north.

Earlier, new jersey governor phil murphy had also declared a state of emergency in response to ida.

In the meantime, the new york city mayor bill de blasio also urged citizens to stay off the streets and let responders and emergency services get their work done.

 

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