HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS
- KWARA SWEAR-IN TWO FEMALE COMMISSIONER NOMINEES.
- G7 GROUP CALLS FOR URGENT APPOINTMENT OF NEW TUNISIA PM.
- SRI LANKA PARLIAMENT APPROVES STATE OF EMERGENCY ON FOOD CRISIS.
- TALIBAN CLAIMS TOTAL CONTROL OVER AFGHANISTAN.
Kwara state governor, abdulrahman abdulrazaq, has sworn in two female commissioner nominees recently screened and confirmed by the state house of assembly.
According to report, florence oyeyemi was sworn-in as finance commissioner, while harriet oshatimehin, was sworn-in as commissioner, ministry of youth development.
Governor abdulrazaq, therefore charged the new commissioners to be team players and key into the administration’s commitment to rebuild the state for greatness.
He further noted that the state is confronted with huge challenges of human capital and infrastructural developments, hence the need to urgently lift the masses out of poverty.
Katsina state governor, aminu masari, has revealed the identities of bandits wreaking havoc in nigeria, particularly the northern parts of the country.
Masari, who was the governor of president muhammadu buhari’s state of origin made the revelation while featuring on a television programme,saying the criminal elements who had plunged the entire nation into unusual security crisis are majorly fulani herdsmen.
The governor further noted that the bandits share the same religion and language like himself, stressing that they had been living among the people for years.
It was reported that like other states in the north, katsina had witnessed high level of insecurity emanated from the activities of bandits who had consistently killed residents and had continued with the abduction of others for ransom purposes.
The g7 group of industrialised nations has called on tunisia president, kais saied, to urgently appoint a new head of government.
The group made the call in a joint-statement released to newsmen, saying naming a prime minister would pave way for dialogue about proposed constitutional reforms.
It would be recalled that president saied swept aside the government, suspended parliament and took control of the country in july this year.
However, his opponents had accused him of staging a coup, though his measures were broadly welcomed by tunisians, who had been deeply disappointed by the performance of their political parties.
South african president, cyril ramaphosa has welcomed the decision to release former president, jacob zuma on medical parole.
President ramaphosa, during his concluding remarks at a meeting of the ruling party anc’s national executive committee wished zuma a quick recovery.
It would be recalled that the department of correctional services announced that the former president would serve the remainder of his 15-month prison sentence at home even as the nature of his illness was not yet specified.
The former president’s foundation therefore described the development as an act of humility.
Brazil’s president, jair bolsonaro has signed a decree aimed at restricting the powers of social media companies to remove accounts and content.
The announcement came on the eve of what are expected to be large pro-bolsonaro demonstrations across brazil as supporters of the president would be protesting against the country’s congress and supreme court, which last month added bolsonaro’s name to a list of people being investigated over the alleged production of misinformation.
President bolsonaro further stated that a change of regulations was needed to combat the arbitrary removal of profiles from social media.
It would be noted that facebook had complied with an order by the brazilian supreme court to block the accounts of dozens of the president’s top allies accused of promoting misinformation against federal judges.
SRI LANKA/STATE OF EMERGENCY
Sri lanka’s parliament has approved a state of emergency declared by the president, who said it is needed to control food prices and prevent hoarding amid shortages of some staples.
President gotabaya rajapaksa had declared the emergency on august 30, saying the emergency law enables authorities to detain people without warrants, seize property, enter and search any premises, suspend laws and issue orders that cannot be questioned in court.
Report says authorities had been accused of using the rules to suppress opponents as opposition legislators said the emergency declaration is not needed because other laws could be used to maintain essential supplies and the tough emergency rules could be misused to stifle critics.
Reacting, the ruling party legislators said the emergency was declared only because other options were not working and that the government does not intend to use the emergency regulations against opponents.
The taliban has claimed total control over afghanistan after claiming capture of the panjshir valley, the last remaining enclave of resistance against their rule.
Taliban chief spokesman, zabihullah mujahid claimed the victory in a video released on social media, raising their flag over the governor’s house in panjshir.
Mujahid also warned against any further attempts to rise up against their rule while urging former members of the security forces to join their group’s ranks.
However, the leader of the resistance forces in panjshir, ahmed massoud, did not concede defeat, saying his forces, drawn from the remnants of the regular afghan army as well as local militia groups, were still fighting.
IN THE MEANTIME,
The taliban has fired shots to disperse the crowd at a large protest in the afghan capital, kabul.
It was reported that thousands of protesters took to the streets to demand women’s rights and denounce taliban rule, chanting anti-pakistan slogans, as many believed that neighbouring pakistan supported the taliban, which the country denies.
Report says the demonstrations came a day after the leader of the resistance forces, ahmad massoud, called for a national uprising against the taliban.
Reacting, pakistan military spokesperson, maj. Gen babar iftikhar, denied the allegation, saying pakistan had nothing to do with what is happening inside afghanistan.