• August 1, 2021

Extra News Items !

Good evening, readers! Here is a summary of news items you might have missed in the course of the day.

-.The Federal Government announced on Tuesday that the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos, will be shut on Friday at midnight and will not be reopened until January 2021. This was disclosed by the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, at a media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday.

-. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has given the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, 48 hours to publish the names of lawmakers taking contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) or face the full wrath of the House. The Speaker directed the Clerk of the National Assembly to send a communication to the minister today. The directive followed the adoption of a point of privilege. He also declared that the Committee on NDDC can summon the ‘slumped’ Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Keme Pondei if it wishes so.

-.Four persons have been killed with two others injured when a car plunged into a river in Ogun State. Confirming the incident, officials of the State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement said the accident occurred at the Ososa Bridge along the Ijebu Ode-Benin expressway.

-.At least 11 people have been reported killed by gunmen in another attack in Gora Gan Village of Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The latest attack comes barely 24 hours after 21 people were killed by bandits at Kukum Daji village in neighbouring Kaura Local Government Area.

-.The House of Representatives has asked the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed not to release any funds to the Public Works Programme of the Federal Government if it will breach due process. The House is also asking President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige to follow due process by ensuring that the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) takes charge of the employment progress of the public works programme.

-. Dr Eugene Ohu, a Nigerian researcher at the Lagos Business School, has won a $234,000 grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc. A statement on the website of the school said, Dr. Ohu won the grant to conduct a two-year virtual reality research titled Teaching Children Empathy and Compassion through Virtual Reality Games.

-.The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has said former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, is angry with him because he blocked his ambition to become a godfather in the state. Obaseki made this claim in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie. He said Oshiomhole was frustrated over his failure to govern Edo State for a third term using Obaseki as a proxy.

-.Former Nigeria president, Goodluck Jonathan, has said he maintains a cordial relationship with his successor, President Muhammadu Buhari. He stated this on Tuesday while speaking to State House correspondents, while on a courtesy visit to the Aso Presidential Villa, in company of ECOWAS Commission President, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou. He lost the 2015 presidential election to Buhari.

-.Coach Ndubuisi Egbo has made history as the first Nigerian to win a European league after he led KF Tirana to victory in the 2019/2020 Albania season. “Tirana is officially declared the champion of Albania after the end of the 34th week,” a Google translation of a post on the club’s website read. Coach Ndubuisi’s club will also be featuring in the UEFA Champions League for next term following their 25th league title.

-.Florida’s main teachers’ union on Monday sued Governor Ron DeSantis and other authorities to stop schools from reopening in August, as the state has become a US epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Florida Education Association, which represents 140,000 teachers, says the state constitution asserts that schools must provide a “safe and secure” environment, but that the COVID-19 resurgence “is remarkable and out of control.”

-.Lagos Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LAMATA) has increased bus fares on the routes operated by the Lagos Bus Services Limited (LBSL).The increment reflects an average of 46 percent. LAMATA spokesman, Kolawole Ojelabi, made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday.

-.The African Union (AU) has clarified that it was yet to agree on a consensus candidate for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The AU made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday. The body said the AU Commission, under the guidance of its ministerial committee, had made concerted efforts towards the endorsement of a single candidate.

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