WORLD NEWS JUNE 30,2021

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FG EXTENDS NIN REGISTRATION TO JULY 26.
  • SENATOR TINUBU CALLS FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF STATE, LOCAL POLICE.
  • BRAZIL SUSPENDS 324 MILLION DOLLARS COVID-19 CONTRACT.
  • MYAMMAR AUTHORITIES PLANS TO RELEASE OVER 2000 PRISONERS.

FG/NIN

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS APPROVED THE EXTENSION OF THE DEADLINE FOR THE NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER -SUBSCRIBER IDENTITY MODULE, NIN-SIM DATA VERIFICATION UNTIL JULY 26, 2021.

THIS WAS CONTAINED IN A STATEMENT JOINTLY SIGNED BY DIRECTOR, PUBLIC AFFAIRS, NIGERIAN COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION, NCC DR IKECHUKWU ADINDE, AND HEAD OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, NIMC NATIONAL IDENTITY MANAGEMENT COMMISSION, KAYODE ADEGOKE, IN ABUJA.

ACCORDING TO THE STATEMENT, THE DECISION TO EXTEND THE DEADLINE WAS MADE AFTER A REQUEST BY STAKEHOLDERS ON THE NEED TO CONSOLIDATE THE ENROLMENT AND NIN-SIM VERIFICATION PROCESS FOLLOWING THE RAPID INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF ENROLMENT SYSTEMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

WHILE SPEAKING THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL ECONOMY, DR ISA PANTAMI APPRECIATED NIGERIANS FOR THEIR PATIENCE AND COMPLIANCE WITH ITS DIRECTIVE ON THE NIN-SIM REGISTRATION EXERCISE.

SEN TINUBU/POLICE

CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS, SENATOR OLUREMI TINUBU, HAS CALLED FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT POLICE, AS SUCH WOULD HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST INSECURITY AND OTHER CRIMES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

SENATOR TINUBU STATED THIS WHILE SPEAKING WITH NEWSMEN IN ABUJA AT THE INAUGURATION OF NEW EXECUTIVES FOR THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP, WITH THE THEME: UNLEASHING NIGERIA WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR INTO A CONNECTED ECONOMY.

ACCORDING TO HER, THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS A LOT OF RESOURCES AND MANPOWER IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME IN THE COUNTRY. THEREFORE ADVISED WOMEN TO EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY, IN ORDER TO PROMOTE THEIR BUSINESSES.

NIGER/GOVERNMENT

NIGER STATE GOVERNMENT HAS SACKED NO FEWER THAN 758 CIVIL SERVANTS FOR THEIR FRAUDULENT ACTS AND MISCONDUCT IN VIOLATION OF EXTANT RULES.

THE CHAIRMAN OF NIGER STATE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION, SHEHU GALADIMACONFIRMED THE SACK IN A STATEMENT TO NEWSMEN, SAYING OUT OF THE FIGURE A MEDICAL DOCTOR AND FIVE ACCOUNTANTS ARE INVOLVED.

GALADIMA, FURTHER STATED THAT ON CERTIFICATE RACKETEERING, NOT LESS THAN 328 PERSONNEL HAVE BEEN DISMISSED FROM SERVICE AFTER THE COMMISSION UNDERTOOK A FORENSIC EXAMINATION OF ALL CERTIFICATES THEY PLEDGED DURING THE INTERVIEW AND THE INSTITUTIONS THEY PURPORTED TO HAVE ATTENDED DECLARED THEIR CLAIMS AS FORGERIES.

HOWEVER, THE CHAIRMAN DEBUNKED RUMOR OF FRESH RECRUITMENT ONGOING IN THE COMMISSION BUT NOTED THAT INTENDED MASSIVE EMPLOYMENT TARGETED AT 2,000 UNEMPLOYED HAS BEEN PUT ON HOLD DUE TO COVID -19.

MYAMMAR/RELEASE

MYANMAR’S MILITARY AUTHORITIES HAVE PLANNED TO RELEASE ABOUT 2,000 PEOPLE FROM JAILS ACROSS THE COUNTRY,

THE NEWS CAME A DAY AFTER THE COUNTRY’S MILITARY GOVERNMENT DROPPED CHARGES AGAINST 24 CELEBRITIES WHO HAD BEEN DECLARED WANTED FOR INCITEMENT FOR THEIR PART IN THE MASS RALLIES AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AGAINST THE GENERALS’ POWER GRAB.

WHILE SPEAKING WITH NEWSMEN, THE PRISON CHIEF, ZAW ZAW, REVEALLED THAT AT LEAST 700 OF THE PRISONERS WILL BE RELEASED FROM YANGON’S INSEIN JAIL.

HOWEVER, DECLINED TO SPECIFY WHO WOULD BE RELEASED FROM THE COUNTRY’S VAST PRISON COMPLEX WHERE SOME OF THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN PART IN THE MASS DEMONSTRATIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN.

US/HEAT

THE RARE AND POWERFUL HEAT WAVE SHATTERING RECORDS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES NORTHWEST IS TAKING A BRUISING TOLL ON THE REGION’S INFRASTRUCTURE, BUCKLING HIGHWAYS, HOBBLING PUBLIC TRANSIT AND TRIGGERING ROLLING POWER OUTAGES.

REPORT HAS IT THAT IN PORTLAND, THE MERCURY HIT 116 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT, A THIRD-STRAIGHT RECORD, WHILE SEATTLE NOTCHED ANOTHER ALL-TIME HIGH AT 108, WHICH HAS  NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS IN 40 YEARS OF FORECASTING.

WHILE SPEAKING WITH NEWSMEN PRESIDENT, JOE BIDEN STATED THAT THE NORTHWEST HEAT SHOWED WHY BETTER POWER NETWORKS ARE NEEDED AS CLIMATE CHANGE INDUCES MORE FREQUENT AND EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS.

ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, THE NORTHEAST ALSO IS KICKING OFF A HEAT WAVE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, REVEALLING THAT  HUMIDITY WILL MAKE IT FEEL EVEN HOTTER THIS WEEK, DRIVING ENERGY DEMAND ACROSS THE REGION THAT RELIES ON AIR CONDITIONERS TO BEAT SUMMER HEAT.

BRAZIL/COVID

BRAZIL WILL SUSPEND A 324 MILLION DOLLARS INDIAN COVID-19 VACCINE CONTRACT THAT HAS MIRED PRESIDENT JAIR BOLSONARO IN ACCUSATIONS OF IRREGULARITIES,

BRAZIL HEALTH MINISTER, MARCELO QUEIROGA REVEALED THIS AT A NEWS CONFERENCE FOLLOWING THE GUIDANCE OF THE FEDERAL COMPTROLLER, CGU, SAYING HIS TEAM WOULD PROBE THE ALLEGATIONS DURING THE SUSPENSION.

QUEIROGA SAID THE DEAL TO BUY 20 MILLION DOSES OF BHARAT BIOTECH’S COVAXIN SHOT HAS BECOME A HEADACHE FOR PRESIDENT BOLSONARO AFTER WHISTLEBLOWERS WENT PUBLIC WITH ALLEGED IRREGULARITIES.

MEANWHILE, THE PRESIDENT WHOSE POPULARITY HAS FADED AS BRAZIL’S COVID-19 DEATH TOLL CLIMBED PAST 500,000, HAS DENIED ANY WRONGDOING, SAYING HE WAS NOT AWARE OF ANY IRREGULARITIES, BUT THORNY QUESTIONS MAY POSE PROBLEMS FOR HIM AHEAD OF NEXT YEAR’S PRESIDENTIAL VOTE.

HONGKONG/SECURITY

AUTHORITIES IN HONG KONG ARE USING THE NATIONAL SECURITY LAW, NSL WHICH CHINA IMPOSED A YEAR AGO TO CRACK DOWN ON LEGITIMATE DISSENT, DECIMATE THE TERRITORY’S FREEDOMS AND CREATE A CLIMATE OF FEAR.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL IN ITS REPORT, REVEALED THAT AT LEAST 118 PEOPLE HAD BEEN ARRESTED AND THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD CONTINUED TO ARREST AND CHARGE INDIVIDUALS UNDER THE NSL SOLELY BECAUSE THEY HAVE EXERCISED THEIR RIGHTS TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY AND ASSOCIATION.

MEANWHILE, MOST OF THOSE ARRESTED ARE PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS AND POLITICIANS INCLUDING, A GROUP WHO WERE ARRESTED FOR ORGANISING A PRIMARY TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN CANDIDATES FOR LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS THAT WERE LATER POSTPONED. IN NOVEMBER,

IT WOULD BE NOTED THAT FOUR PRO-DEMOCRACY MEMBERS OF THE TERRITORY’S LEGISLATURE WERE DISQUALIFIED FROM THEIR SEATS IN THE CHAMBER ACCUSSING THEM OF ENDANGERING NATIONAL SECURITY.

NORTH KOREA/COVID

NORTH KOREAN LEADER, KIM JONG UN  HAS REPRIMANDED TOP GOVERNING PARTY OFFICIALS FOR FAILURES IN THE RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC THAT LED TO AN UNSPECIFIED GRAVE INCIDENT AND PUT THE SAFETY OF THE COUNTRY AND PEOPLE AT RISK.

REPORT MADE IT KNOWN THAT LEADER KIM CALLED A MEETING OF THE WORKERS’ PARTY OF KOREA POLITBURO TO ADDRESS SOME PARTY EXECUTIVES’ NEGLECT OF DUTY, INCLUDING FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT IMPORTANT LONG-TERM MEASURES TO FIGHT THE PANDEMIC,

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, NEGLECTING IMPORTANT DECISIONS OF THE PARTY IN ITS NATIONAL EMERGENCY ANTIVIRUS FIGHT IN PREPARATIONS FOR A GLOBAL HEALTH CRISIS, OFFICIALS IN CHARGE HAVE CAUSED A GRAVE INCIDENT THAT POSES A HUGE CRISIS TO THE SAFETY OF THE NATION AND ITS PEOPLE.

MEANWHILE, NORTH KOREA HAS NOT OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED ANY CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS, A CLAIM QUESTIONED BY SOUTH KOREAN AND UNITED STATES OFFICIALS.

INDIA/VACCINE

INDIA GOVERNMENT HAS AUTHORISED THE EMERGENCY USE OF MODERNA’S COVID-19 VACCINE AS IT SEEKS TO RAMP UP ITS VACCINATION DRIVE IN THE WAKE OF A RECORD-BREAKING SURGE IN INFECTIONS AND DEATHS.

 A MEMBER OF GOVERNMENT ADVISORY BODY, VINOD K. PAUL, WHILE SPEAKING WITH NEWSMEN REVEALED THAT AN APPLICATION RECEIVED FROM MODERNA THROUGH AN INDIAN PARTNER, CIPLA, HAS BEEN GRANTED EUA EMERGENCY USE, ADDING THAT THE APPROVAL WOULD PAVE WAY FOR OTHER FOREIGN-MADE VACCINES TO BE IMPORTED INTO INDIA.

MEANWHILE, MODERNA’S SHOT IS THE FOURTH TO BE APPROVED BY NEW DELHI AFTER OXFORD-ASTRAZENECA’S COVISHIELD AND COVAXIN, WHICH WAS DEVELOPED BY INDIAN FIRM BHARAT BIOTECH, AND RUSSIA’S SPUTNIK V.

IT WOULD BE RECALLED THAT THE VAST NATION OF 1.3 BILLION PEOPLE WAS HIT BY A MASSIVE SPIKE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES IN APRIL AND MAY THAT PUSHED THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM TO BREAKING POINT.

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