• June 14, 2021

Nigerian News Summary: 10 news items you need to read this Tuesday morning

Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories. 

-. Two groups, one supporting of the forensic probe of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the second demanding the resignation of Akpabio and the commission’s Managing Director, Daniel Pondei, have staged protests at the National Assembly concerning the recent happenings in the commissions. While the first group wants the audit to be pursued to a logical conclusion, the second group wants the MD and Minister to step aside pending the conclusion of the National Assembly’s probe.

-.For allegedly taking advantage of the masses, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has been urded to scrap the Niger Delta Development Commission and the North East Development Commission. National President, Northern Youth Council of Nigeria and Chairman, Nigeria Citizen Action Group, Isah Abubakar, in a statement issued on Monday in Kaduna, made this call, in which he also advised the government to merge agencies, Ministries and commissions to cut costs and reduce corruption.

-. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the ninth Assembly will not be distracted from discharging its duties. Senator Lawan stated this on Monday when a delegation of leaders and traditional rulers from Oke-Ogun in Oyo State paid him a courtesy visit.

-.Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei has left the hospitalPondei, who yesterday slumped as the House of Representatives committee on NDDC grilled him on corruption allegations against the commission as part of ongoing forensic audit of the commission’s accounts.

 -.The Federal Government has warned Nigerians of another pandemic outbreak, if the country fails to take advantage of opportunities presented by COVID-19, to improve its health infrastructure. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, stated this while inaugurating the Board of Experts (BoE) of the Healthcare Sector Research and Development Intervention Scheme (HSRDIS) in Abuja on Monday.

-.Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has emerged the winner of the Ondo State All Progressives Congress (APC) Guber primary which took place on Monday. He polled 2458 votes to defeat other nine aspirants in the election. Two aspirants, IfeOluwa Oyedele and Olusegun Abraham had earlier stepped down for Akeredolu in the election.

-.Two COVID-19 vaccine candidates have proven safe for humans and produced strong immune reactions among patients involved in two separate clinical trials, doctors said Monday. The first trial among more than a thousand adults in Britain found that the vaccine induced “strong antibody and T cell immune responses” against the novel coronavirus. A separate trial in China involving more than 500 people showed most had developed widespread antibody immune response.

-.The Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has described as ” half-hearted” and “insulting” the congratulatory message extended to him by the Former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Chief Ndutimi Alaibe following last Tuesday’s Supreme Court’s dismissal of his appeal. Expressing dissatisfaction with the action of Chief Alaibe, who was an aspirant in the September 3, 2019 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary that he won, Senator Diri said the former Managing Direct

-.US President Donald Trump announced Monday he will resume his televised coronavirus briefings, saying he wants to tout positive news, even as the pandemic spreads across the country. Trump said he would likely start on Tuesday. The White House held dozens of coronavirus briefings over two months in the early stages of the pandemic, but abandoned them in late April.

-. There is an acute shortage of necessary medical equipment, Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) to protect health workers in Osun State, despite the rising cases of coronavirus infections in the state. According to emerging reports from investigations, workers across all the 256 newly renovated Primary Health Centres in all the three senatorial districts in the state perform under palpable fear of being vulnerable to the ravaging pandemic.

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