WORLD NEWS 24-09-2021

HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • AAUA VOWS TO SUSPEND STUDENTS OVER INDECENT DRESSING:
  • WHO BACKS REGENERON DRUG FOR COVID-19, 
  • INDIAN AMERICANS PROTEST OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE OVER MODI’S VISIT
  • ON SPORT OSIMHEN, ONUACHU, NDIDI TOP ROHR SQUAD’S LIST

AAUA/INDECENT DRESSING

THE MANAGEMENT OF ADEKUNLE AJASIN UNIVERSITY, AKUNGBA-AKOKO, ONDO STATE HAS WARNED THAT IT WOULD NO LONGER TURN A BLIND EYE TO INDECENT DRESSING AMONG UNDERGRADUATES OF THE INSTITUTION.

THE INSTITUTION’S REGISTRAR, OLUGBENGA ARAJULU, GAVE THE STERN WARNING IN A CIRCULAR, DISCLOSING THAT FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE DIRECTIVE WOULD ATTRACT RUSTICATION FROM THE SCHOOL FOR A SEMESTER.

ACCORDING TO HIM, INDECENT DRESSING THAT WOULD NO LONGER BE ALLOWED ON CAMPUS INCLUDE, WEARING OF SKIMPY SKIRTS AND BLOUSES, LEAVING CLEAVAGES OPEN BY FEMALE STUDENTS, WEARING OF BRAIDS OR DREADLOCKS, EARRINGS, AND OTHERS BY SOME MALE STUDENTS.

OLUGBENGA, WHO URGED THE STUDENTS TO ADHERE TO THE NEW DIRECTIVES HOWEVER WARNED THAT ANYONE CAUGHT VIOLATING THE SENATE DECISION WOULD BE SANCTIONED ACCORDINGLY.

OGUN/INEC

THE INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION, INEC HAS BERATED THE LOW PARTICIPATION OF ELIGIBLE VOTERS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE ONGOING CONTINUOUS VOTERS’ REGISTRATION, CVR EXERCISE IN OGUN STATE.

OGUN STATE NEW RESIDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSIONER, OLUSEGUN AGBAJE DISCLOSED THIS TO NEWSMEN AT A PRESS BRIEFING WITH JOURNALISTS IN ABEOKUTA, THE STATE CAPITAL, STATING THAT THE STATE RECORDED THE LOWEST REGISTRATION OF VOTERS IN SOUTHWEST, COMPARED TO OSUN, ONDO AND EKITI STATES.

AGBAJE THEREFORE CALLED ON ALL RELEVANT STAKEHOLDERS INCLUDING THE TRADITIONAL RULERS, RELIGIOUS BODIES, POLITICAL LEADERS, WOMEN GROUPS, AND MARKET LEADERS AS WELL AS THE MEDIA TO STEP UP THEIR ONGOING EFFORTS GEARED TOWARDS SENSITIZING THE PEOPLE ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CVR EXERCISE.

WHO/COVID

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION, W.H.O HAS ADDED REGENERON ANTIBODY DRUG COCKTAIL TO ITS LIST OF TREATMENTS FOR PEOPLE WITH COVID-19, URGING THE MANUFACTURER TO REDUCE THE PRICE AND ENSURE EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION.

W.H.O’S INFECTIOUS DISEASE ADVISOR, MSF ACCESS CAMPAIGN, DR ELIN DAHL, MADE THIS KNOWN IN A STATEMENT, SAYING IT IS SIMPLY NOT FAIR THAT PEOPLE LIVING IN LOW AND MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES CANNOT ACCESS NEW COVID-19 TREATMENTS THAT CAN DECREASE THE RISK OF DEATH BECAUSE OF PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES’ MONOPOLIES, WISHING FOR HIGH RETURNS.

DAHL REVEALED THAT CLINICAL STUDIES HAVE SHOWED THE DRUG COMBINATION WAS EFFECTIVE IN PATIENTS WHO WERE NOT SEVERELY ILL BUT AT HIGH RISK OF BEING ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL WITH COVID-19, OR THOSE WITH SEVERE CASES OF THE DISEASE AND NO EXISTING ANTIBODIES.

IT WOULD BE NOTED THAT REGENERON IS THE FIRST DRUG AGAINST COVID-19, WHICH THE HEALTH AGENCY HAS RECOMMENDED FOR USE IN NON-SEVERE HIGH-RISK PATIENTS TO REDUCE THE CHANCES OF THE DISEASE PROGRESSING.

UNICEF/CHILDREN

CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF TWO ARE NOT GETTING THE FOOD OR NUTRIENTS THEY NEED TO THRIVE AND GROW WELL, LEADING TO IRREVERSIBLE DEVELOPMENTAL HARM.

UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND, UNICEF, MADE THE REVEALATION IN A REPORT INDICATING THAT DURING CRUCIAL PERIOD WHEN CHILDREN BEGIN TO TRANSITION TO SOLID FOODS, JUST 1 IN 3 HAVE BEEN FED A DIET DIVERSE ENOUGH TO GROW WELL, ADDING THAT THE SITUATION HAS A TENDENCY TO GET WORSE DUE TO RAMPAGING COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

ALSO, UNICEF NIGERIA DEPUTY REPRESENTATIVE, RUSHNAN MURTAZA HINTED THAT THE FINDINGS OF THE REPORT ARE CLEAR, AS MILLIONS OF YOUNG CHILDREN ARE NOT BEING FED DIETS ADEQUATE FOR THEIR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT.

THE GLOBAL BODY HOWEVER CALL FOR PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT TO HELP CONFLICT-AFFECTED CHILDREN MANAGE THEIR EMOTIONS, SOLVE PROBLEMS, DEAL WITH CRISES, AND MAINTAIN HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS.

US/BANGLADESH

THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT HAS REVEALED PLANS TO SHIP IN ANOTHER 2.5 MILLION COVID VACCINE DOSES TO HARD-HIT BANGLADESH, AFTER PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN ANNOUNCED A RAMPING UP OF GLOBAL DONATIONS.

A WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL SPEAKING ON CONDITION OF ANONYMITY MADE THE DISCLOSURE IN A STATEMENT TO NEWSMEN, EXPRESSING SATISFACTION THAT THE COUNTRY IS ABLE TO DELIVER THE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE VACCINES TO THE PEOPLE OF BANGLADESH WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHEDTO THE DONATION.

THE OFFICIAL, WHO NOTED THAT THE IMPOVERISHED COUNTRY OF ABOUT 170 MILLION PEOPLE, WHICH NEIGHBORS INDIA, HAS STRUGGLED TO GET THE PANDEMIC UNDER CONTROL, IMPOSING SOME OF THE WORLD’S LONGEST LOCKDOWNS, WHILE CHILDREN ONLY WENT BACK TO SCHOOL TWO WEEKS AGO AFTER BEING OUT OF CLASSROOMS FOR 18 MONTHS.

IT WOULD BE RECALLED THAT PRESIDENT BIDEN HAD DECLARED THE UNITED STATES THE WORLD’S VACCINE ARSENAL IN THE WAR ON COVID-19 AND U.S DONATIONS TOTAL MORE THAN THOSE FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD COMBINED.

AUSTRALIA/COVID-19

AUSTRALIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE DISCLOSED THAT MORE THAN HALF OF ITS ADULT POPULATION HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19, AS THEY STEP UP VACCINATION IN HOPES OF EASING RESTRICTIONS.

COUNTRY’S CHIEF HEALTH OFFICER, KERRY CHANT MADE THIS KNOWN DURING AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NEWSMEN IN SYDNEY.

CHANT DISCLOSED THAT AUSTRALIA IS GRAPPLING WITH A THIRD WAVE OF INFECTIONS FROM THE HIGHLY INFECTIOUS DELTA VARIANT THAT HAS LED TO LOCKDOWNS IN ITS TWO LARGEST CITIES, SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE, AFFECTING NEARLY HALF THE COUNTRY’S 25 MILLION RESIDENTS.

THE CHIEF HEALTH OFFICER, THEREFORE REVEALED THAT THE COUNTRY HAS LARGELY AVOIDED HIGH NUMBERS SEEN IN MANY COMPARABLE COUNTRIES, AS THE DEATH RATE IS LOWER THAN LAST YEAR BECAUSE OF HIGHER VACCINATION RATES.

INDIAN/MODI VISIT

DOZENS OF INDIAN AMERICANS HAVE GATHERED AT THE PARK IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE, TO PROTEST AGAINST THE VISIT OF INDIAN PRIME MINISTER, NARENDRA MODI TO THE UNITED STATES.

REPORT SAYS THE PROTESTERS WERE SEEN CHANTING SLOGANS AND HOLDING PLYCARDS WITH THE INSRIPTION; SAVE INDIA FROM FASCISM TO CASTIGATED MODI OVER HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, PERSECUTION OF MUSLIMS, AND THE CRACKDOWN IN INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR, AMONG OTHERS.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, THE PRIME MINISTER IS CURRENTLY IN THE US TO ATTEND THE QUAD SECURITY DIALOGUE, WITH PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER, SCOTT MORRISON AND JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER, YOSHIHIDE SUGA, AND WILL ALSO EXPECTED ADDRESS THE ONGOING UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN NEW YORK TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 25, 2021.

IT WOULD BE NOTED THAT MODI HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF PRESIDING OVER AN UNPRECEDENTED RELIGIOUS POLARISATION IN HIS COUNTRY, WITH SEVERAL LAWS DISCRIMINATING AGAINST MINORITY GROUPS SINCE HIS ELECTION AS INDIA’S PRIME MINISTER IN 2014.

UN/MYANMAR

THE UNITED NATIONS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS HAS WARNED OF A HUMAN RIGHTS DISASTER UNDER MILITARY RULE IN MYANMAR, CALLING ON THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO DO MORE TO PREVENT THE CONFLICT IN THE COUNTRY FROM GETTING WORSE.

THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER, MICHELLE BACHELET GAVE THE WARNING IN STATEMENT ISSUED TO NEWSMEN, URGING ALL ARMED FORCES TO PROTECT CIVILIANS.

ACCORDING TO HER, MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO OPPOSED TO THE MILITARY POWER HAVE BEEN KILLED WHILE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED BY SECURITY FORCES ON STRIKES.

IT WOULD BE RECALLED THAT MYANMAR HAS BEEN IN DISORDER SINCE THE MILITARY SEIZED POWER IN A COUP ON FEBRUARY 1, 2021, ENDING 10 YEARS OF TENTATIVE STEPS TOWARDS DEMOCRACY.

SPORTS

SUPER EAGLES COACH GERNOT ROHR HAS INCLUDED IN-FORM STRIKERS VICTOR OSIMHEN, PAUL ONUACHU, KELECHI IHEANACHO AND CAPTAIN AHMED MUSA IN HIS SQUAD FOR THE A WORLD CUP QUALIFIER DOUBLE HEADER AGAINST CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC NEXT MONTH.

A TEAM OFFICIAL WHO SPOKE WITH OUR CORRESPONDENT ON THE CONDIDITION ANONYMITY CONFIRED THIS IN A STATEMENT ISSUED NEWSMEN

 THE STATEMENT STATED THAT THE   ROHR LISTED HIS REGULAR PLAYERS LIKE WILLIAM TROOST-EKONG, OGHENEKARO ETEBO, ALEX IWOBI, MOSES SIMON, MADUKA OKOYE, MOSES SIMON, SAMUEL KALU AND   KENNETH OMERUO FOR THE GAMES.

THE EAGLES WHO HAVE FEATURED IN SIX OF THE LAST SEVEN WORLD CUP FINALS LEAD GROUP C WITH SIX POINTS AFTER THEIR WINS OVER LIBERIA AND CAPE VERDE.