WORLD NEWS JUNE 27, 2021

HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • LAWMAKERS BACK SENATE LEADERSHIP ON NIGERIA CONSTITUTION REVIEW.
  • RESIDENTS OF NIGER DELTA CALL FOR REFEDERALISATION IN NIGERIA, ISSUE 3 MONTH ULTIMATUM.
  • U.S PRESIDENT APPROVES BIPARTISAN DEAL ON INFRASTRUCTURE.
  • AUSTRALIA’S SYDNEY AND DARWIN BEGIN COVID-19 LOCKDOWNS.

LAWMAKERS/CONSTITUTION

SOME SENATORS HAVE TAKEN A SWIPE AT THOSE CALLING FOR A NEW CONSTITUTION AS AGAINST THE ONGOING REVIEW OF THE 1999 CONSTITUTION AS AMENDED, SAYING THE STEP COULD LEAD TO ANARCHY IN THE COUNTRY.

THE DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE ON THE REVIEW OF THE 1999 CONSTITUTION, SENATOR OVIE OMO- AGEGE, WHILE SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF A TWO- DAY NATIONAL PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ALTERATION TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, SAID THAT THE SENATE CANNOT GIVE NIGERIA A BRAND NEW CONSTITUTION, SAYING THE BEST IT CAN DO IS THE PRESENT AMENDMENTS THAT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IS DOING TO THE EXISTING 1999 CONSTITUTION.

OMO- AGEGE NOTED THAT THE SENATE RESPECTS THE OPINION OF THOSE WHO WANT A NEW CONSTITUTION, BUT A SECTION OF THE 1999 CONSTITUTION DOES NOT GIVE THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY THE POWERS TO PRODUCE A BRAND NEW CONSTITUTION.

FG/RE-FEDERALISATION

SOME INDIGENES OF NIGER DELTA HAVE ISSUED A THREE-MONTH ULTIMATUM TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RE-FEDERALISE NIGERIA AND CONVENE A NATIONAL DIALOGUE COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF ETHNIC GROUPS IN ORDER TO CHART A NEW COURSE FOR THE COUNTRY.

THE POSITION WAS CONTAINED IN A COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF A SOUTH-SOUTH ZONAL CONFERENCE ON RESTRUCTURING, TAGGED; IMPERATIVES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, UNITY AND SECURITY HELD IN PORT HARCOURT, RIVERS STATE.

THE CONFERENCE, WHICH HAS CRITICAL STAKEHOLDERS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF ETHNIC NATIONALITIES IN THE REGION, STRESSED THE URGENT NEED FOR RESTRUCTURING AND DEVOLUTION OF MORE POWER TO THE STATES, URGINGTHE APEX GOVERNMENT TO STOP SELLING OUT THEIR RESOURCES TO THE CHINESE AND OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRIES.

FG/CYLINDER BAN

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS NO IMMEDIATE PLAN TO BAN THE IMPORTATION OF GAS CYLINDERS AS PART OF ITS LPG EXPANSION AND IMPLEMENTATION PLAN.

SENIOR SPECIAL ASSISTANT ON DOMESTIC GAS IN THE OFFICE OF THE VICE-PRESIDENT, DAYO ADESINA, MADE THE DISCLOSURE IN AN INTERVIEW WITH NEWSMEN IN ABUJA, THE NATION’S CAPITAL, SAYING NIGERIA STILL HAS A LOT OF CYLINDER DEFICITS TO FILL IN MEETING THE LPG EXPANSION PLAN.

ACCORDING TO ADESINA, WHO DOUBLES AS THE PROGRAMME MANAGER OF THE NATIONAL LPG EXPANSION AND IMPLEMENTATION, EXPLAINED THAT THE PLAN WAS TO GET LPG TO THE REMOTEST OF VILLAGES AND DISCOURAGE USE OF FIREWOOD AND OTHER FUELS THAT ARE INIMICAL TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

THE PROGRAMME MANAGER, HOWEVER, STRESSED THAT BANNING IMPORTATION NOW WOULD NOT BE A SOLUTION BUT THAT NIGERIA SHOULD RATHER BUILD LOCAL CAPACITY GRADUALLY UNTIL THE NATION CAN BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT IN CYLINDER PRODUCTION.

OYO/GOV

GOVERNOR SEYI MAKINDE OF OYO STATE HAS SOUGHT TRADITIONAL LEADERS’ SUPPORT IN TACKLING ISSUES AROUND INSECURITY AND OTHER CHALLENGES CONFRONTING THE STATE.

GOVERNOR MAKINDE MADE THE CALL IN IBADAN, OYO STATE CAPITAL, ENJOINING TO TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS TO PARTNER HIS ADMINISTRATION IN ENSURING BETTER STANDARD OF LIVING FOR THE PEOPLE.

HE ALSO SAID HIS ADMINISTRATION WAS PASSIONATE ABOUT THE SECURITY OF LIVES AND PROPERTIES, BUT MAINTAINED THAT THE EFFORT OF OBAS IN ENSURING THE SECURITY OF LIVES AND PROPERTIES CANNOT BE OVER EMPHASIZED.

GOVERNOR MAKINDE, THEREFORE, CALLED ON TRADITIONAL LEADERS ACROSS THE STATE TO JOIN THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION IN ITS EFFORTS TO PUT AN END TO THE CHALLENGES.

BIDEN/INFRASTRUCTURE

UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, JOE BIDEN HAS ENDORSED A FRAGILE BIPARTISAN DEAL ON INFRASTRUCTURE WITHOUT HESITATION, WALKING BACK FROM A THREAT TO VETO THE PLAN IF CONGRESS FAILED TO ALSO PASS A LARGER PACKAGE TO EXPAND THE COUNTRY’S SOCIAL SAFETY NET.

PRESIDENT BIDEN WHILE SPEAKING MOMENTS AFTER FULFILLING HIS HOPES OF REACHING A BIPARTISAN ACCORD, SAID IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY.

HOWEVER, THE PRESIDENT WHO IS SET TO TRAVEL ON JUNE 29 TO WISCONSIN FOR THE FIRST STOP ON A NATIONWIDE TOUR TO PROMOTE THE INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE, EARLIER REMARKS HAD DRAWN SHARP CRITICISM FROM SOME REPUBLICANS, INCLUDING SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM.

TRUMP/RALLY

FORMER UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP HAS HELD HIS FIRST CAMPAIGN STYLE RALLY SINCE LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE, REPEATING HIS ELECTION GRIEVANCES AND URGING HIS SUPPORTERS TO HELP REPUBLICANS WIN BACK MAJORITIES IN THE CONGRESS.

THE FORMER PRESIDENT IN THE 2020 ELECTION MARKS A RETURN TO THE KIND OF FREEWHEELING MASS GATHERINGS THAT HAVE BEEN CRITICAL TO RETAINING THE SUPPORT OF TRUMP’S BASE.

MEANWHILE, ACCORDING TO NEW YORK, REPRESENTATIVE, JOHN KATKO, SAID THE FORMER PRESIDENT PLEDGED TO BACK AND EVEN OFFERED TO SUPPORT ANYONE WHO STEPS FORWARD TO CHALLENGE THE REMAINING CANDIDATE.

HE THEREFORE ENDORSED A CHALLENGER TO SENATOR LISA MURKOWSKI, THE ONLY ONE OF THE SEVEN SENATE REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED TO CONVICT HIM IN HIS JANUARY IMPEACHMENT TRIAL WHO IS UP FOR RE-ELECTION IN 2022.

AUSTRALIA/COVID

AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST CITY, SYDNEY, HAS BEGAN  A TWO-WEEK LOCKDOWN  TODAY, JUNE 27, AS A CLUSTER OF CASES OF THE HIGHLY INFECTIOUS CORONAVIRUS DELTA VARIANT ROSE TO 110, WHILE AN OUTBREAK IN THE NORTHERN CITY OF DARWIN PROMPTED A HARD TWO-DAY STAY-AT-HOME ORDER.

SPEAKING WITH NEWSMEN ON HOW CONTAGIOUS THE STRAIN OF THE VIRUS IS, NEWS SOUTH WALES STATE PREMIER, GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN EXPLAINED THAT IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, CASE NUMBERS ARE LIKELY TO INCREASE.

MEANWHILE, AUSTRALIA HAVE BEEN MORE SUCCESSFUL IN MANAGING THE PANDEMIC THAN MANY OTHER ADVANCED ECONOMIES THROUGH SWIFT BORDER CLOSURES, SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES AND HIGH COMPLIANCE, REPORTING JUST OVER 30,450 CASES AND 910 COVID-19 DEATHS.

US/CANADA/HEAT

AUTHORITIES IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES AND CANADA HAVE WARNED RESIDENTS TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AS A HISTORIC HEAT WAVE HIT THE REGION, SENDING TEMPERATURES SOARING AND PUSHING LOCAL OFFICIALS TO OPEN EMERGENCY COOLING CENTRES.

REPORT HAS IT THAT THE HEAT WAVE COMES AFTER OFFICIAL DATA SHOWED THAT EARLIER THIS MONTH, 88 PERCENT OF THE WESTERN U.S WAS IN A STATE OF DROUGHT MADE WORSE BY CLIMATE CHANGE, WHILE  LAKES HAVE BEEN AT HISTORICALLY LOW LEVELS AND RESTRICTIONS WERE IMPOSED ON WATER USE ACROSS THE REGION.

ACCORDING TO REPORT, SOME OF THE AFFECTED AREAS ARE GENERALLY ACCUSTOMED TO MILDER WEATHER AND MANY RESIDENTS DO NOT HAVE AIR CONDITIONING, WHICH HAD RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT THE SAFETY OF ELDERLY, UNHOUSED AND OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE IN EXTREME HEAT.

MEANWHILE, A PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, KRISTIE EBI WHO STUDIES GLOBAL WARMING AND ITS EFFECTS ON PUBLIC HEALTH, SAID THE EXTENDED HEAT DOME WAS A TASTE OF THE FUTURE FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AS CLIMATE CHANGE RESHAPES WEATHER PATTERNS WORLDWIDE.

PALESTINE/PROTEST

PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS AND SECURITY FORCES HAVE CLASHED IN THE OCCUPIED WEST BANK CITY OF RAMALLAH ON THE THIRD DAY OF DEMONSTRATIONS THAT WAS SPARKED BY AN ACTIVIST’S DEATH IN CUSTODY.

REPORT SAYS HUNDREDS OF PROTESTERS WERE SEEN ON THE STREET OF RAMALLAH, THE SEAT OF THE PALESTRINIAN AUTHORITY PA IN THE OCCUPIED WEST BANK CARRYING PLACARDS, CALLING FOR PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT, MAHMOUD ABBAS TO QUIT.

ONE OF THE PROTESTERS, ISMAT MANSOUR WHILE SPEAKING WITH NEWSMEN, SAID THE DEATH OF BANAT WAS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG, AND ALSO ACCUSED THE AUTHOURITIES OF A MOUNTAIN OF CORRUPTION, DEMANDING THAT ELECTIONS BE HELD.

IT WOULD BE RECALLED THAT REPORT FROM THE DECEASED FAMILY DISCLOSED THAT NIZAR BANAT, A 43-YEAR-OLD FROM HEBRON KNOWN FOR SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEOS DENOUNCING ALLEGED CORRUPTION WITHIN THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY, P.A, DIED SHORTLY AFTER SECURITY FORCES STORMED HIS HOUSE AND VIOLENTLY ARRESTED HIM.

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