WORLD NEWS 31-08-2021

HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • GOVERNOR AKEREDOLU DARES PRESIDENT BUHARI, SET TO SIGN ANTI-OPEN GRAZING BILL INTO LAW.
  • ORGANISED LABOUR MOVES AGAINST FG’S PLAN TO HIKE ELECTRICITY, PETROL.
  • US COMPLETES WITHDRAWAL OF TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN.
  • ON SPORT, WILLIAM BEGS ARSENAL FANS AFTER CLUB EXIST.

ONDO/OPEN GRAZING

Following the move to curb insecurity in ondo state as well cases of farmers/herders clashes, governor oluwarotimi akeredolu is set to sign the anti-open grazing bill into law.

Report says the move by governor akeredolu was in line with the resolution of the southern governors forum at its last meeting in lagos on july 5, 2021 and a pointer that he was unperturbed by the approval of president muhammadu buhari that 368 grazing sites across the 25 states of the country should be reviewed.

It would be recalled that lawmakers in the state house of assembly had during the passage of the bill on july 2, 2021 maintained that it would enhance the growth of livestock and encourage modern techniques of animal husbandry in the state.

It was therefore gathered that the governor will sign the bill into law today, august 31 as it was said would also ensure the establishment of ranches and prevent the destruction of farm crops in the state.

FG/PETROL PRICE

The organised labour has pleaded to the federal government to refrain from any plan to increase the price of electricity or petrol to avert crisis in the economy.

President, national union of chemical, footwear rubber leather and non-metallic product employees, babatunde olatunji made the appeal at the 29th annual industrial relations seminar of the union in ibadan, oyo state capital.

Olatunji, who hinted that currently, power supply in nigeria stood at 4,000 megawatts for about 200 million population compared to south africa with 58,000 megawatts and has 50 million population, warned that any plan to increase electricity or petrol would be a wrong step and the organized labour would do everything within its capacity to resist it.

While declaring that industrialisation cannot take place in the absence of power, the union president therefore adviced the government to ensure adequate power, security of lives and properties as well regulate multiple taxation and charges to allow manufacturing companies survive in the country.

SOUTH AFRICA/NEW VARIANT

South african scientists have detected a new coronavirus variant with multiple mutations but are yet to establish whether it is more contagious or able to overcome the immunity provided by vaccines or prior infection.

An infectious disease specialist in south africa, richard lessells said the new variant, known as c.1.2, was first detected in may, 2021 and has now spread to most south african provinces as well to seven other countries in africa, europe, asia and oceania.

Lessells who is also one of the authors of the research on c.1.2, explained that the new variant contains more immune evasion properties than other variant like delta and beta variant, 1 of only 4 labelled of concern by the world health organization, w.h.o with increased transmissibility and reduced sensitivity to neutralising antibodies

The specialist who explained that c.i.2 occur in a different mix and scientists are not yet sure how they affect the behaviour of the virus, however revealed that laboratory tests are underway to establish how well the variant is neutralised by antibodies.

Beta variant is believed to spread more easily than the original version of the coronavirus that causes covid-19, leading some countries to restrict travel to and from south africa.

ALGERIA/TUNISIA

Algerian authorities have arrested tunisia’s former presidential candidate and media mogul, nabil karoui after he entered the country secretly and illegally.

Karoui, head of the heart of tunisia political party and the second largest in parliament was said to have been arrested with his brother, a lawmaker, ghazi karoui on august 30, 2021.

It was gathered that the former presidential candidate secretly entered the algerian city of tebessa and he will appear in algerian court on september 6.

Report revealed that after karoui spent more than six months in tunisian custody on money laundering and tax evasion charges, he was released on june 15 but the court is still investigating his case as he pleaded not guilty and that his political opponents were behind his imprisonment.

In 2019, karoui beat most candidates to reach a run-off for the presidency despite spending most of the campaign behind bars but eventually lost in a landslide to president kais saied.

UN/AFGHANISTAN

The united nations security council has adopted a resolution, requiring the taliban to honour their commitment to let people freely leave afghanistan.

The united nations secretary-general, antónio guterres confirmed this in a televised address, acknowledging that  over the past weeks, chaotic scenes have broken out at kabul’s international airport as desperate afghans fearing taliban repression sought to leave the country, hence the need to adopt a resolution with the group.

Speaking, the united states ambassador to un, linda thomas-greenfield and her uk counterpart, dame woodward said the resolution is the best and would allow humanitarian aid.

It would be recalled that an attack at the airport last week killed not less than 170 people, including dozens of afghan civilians and 13 us soldiers.

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US/EVACUATION

The pentagon has announced that the final united states military flight has left the afghan capital, officially ending the united states’s 20-year war in afghanistan after a disordered evacuation effort.

The commander of us central command, general kenneth mckenzie made the announcement in a statement issued to newsmen, revealing that the us authority had evacuated not less than 79,000 people from kabul, in afghanistan including 6 thousand american citizens, since august 14, a day before the taliban took control of the city.

It would be recalled that the taliban group took over afghanistan earlier this month, reaching kabul on august 15 as president ashraf ghani fled the country.

AUSTRALIA/LOCKDOWN

Australia has extended its hard lockdown in canberra by a further two weeks as the capital city struggles to contain a surge in the highly infectious delta variant.

Australian capital territory chief minister, andrew barr made the announcement in a statement issued to newsmen, saying the state would remain in lockdown until friday, september 17, asking canberrans to continue to stay at home and to minimise close contact with others outside of their household to reduce the transmission potential of the virus.

Lauding the government’s decision, chief health officer in the region college of physician, kerryn coleman said there had been an increase in the number of positive cases who had been infectious in the community in the past week and that a lockdown extension was the best decision.

It would be recalled that the country had used a system of strict lockdowns and quarantine to keep coronavirus infection and death rates lower than in most comparable nations but the delta variant is now pressuring health services amid a slow vaccination rollout.

SPORT

The newly departed arsenal star, william has tendered his apology to all fans for not living up to their expectation at the club.

William made the appeal in a statement posted on his verified social media page, after he terminated his contract at the emirates stadium, apologising for breach of the contract to one-year spell instead of two.

It would be recalled that willian scored just one goal for arsenal having arrived at the emirates on a free transfer from chelsea back in august 2020.

However, the brazilian still had two years remaining on his 200 thousand pounds, a week contract but decided to forgo it as he rejoins boyhood team corinthians.

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