Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
(1).The phase two of the ease of lockdown in the country has been extended by the Federal Government by another one week. This was announced by Mr Boss Mustapha, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, on Monday at the briefing of the PTF in in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
(2).Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, says he wasn’t ready to approve the resumption of rail services in the country, but had to succumb to pressure. Amaechi announced on Saturday, July 25, 2020 that the Abuja-Kaduna train service will resume on Wednesday, July 29. While speaking during a media briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday, July 27, the minister said the upcoming Eid el Kabir celebrations forced his hand.
(3).The Delta State Government says it has flattened the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state through effective contact tracing and adequate treatment of patients. According to Mr Olisa Ifeajika, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, who announced this via a statement on Monday in Asaba, the early reporting and increased detection of the virus accounted for the significant drop in the number of cases being recorded in the state. He explained further that currently, the state has treated and discharged 1,303 cases out of 1,464 confirmed cases, and 41 patients died from the complications of COVID-19.
(4).The Federal Government has met with the leadership of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) over the planned industrial action of the medical practitioners.The conciliation meeting which held on Monday in Abuja, the nation’s capital ended with high expectations that the planned strike would be shelved.
(5).The future of Super Eagles attacking winger, Henry Onyekuru, may be hanging in the balance after he was dropped from Monaco’s pre-season training tour in Poland. Monaco coach Niko Kovac announced a 26-man squad for the tour on Monday with the name of the Nigerian missing. Although reasons for his exclusion were not disclosed, it appears that his services at the Principality club may not be needed by Kovac who just took over the reins.
(6).The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has ordered full enforcement of the curfew imposed on parts of Southern Kaduna by the state government following recent violence in the area. The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja. He said that the curfew was part of efforts by the government to restore law and order in the affected areas.
(7).The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the defection of the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara. In a statement on Monday, the party’s BoT Chairman, Senator Walid Jubril, said the lawmaker may have left the PDP because of his underground plans to run for the office of the Vice President in 2023. He added that Dogara did not explore all the available dispute resolution mechanisms within the PDP before defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
(8).The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic on Monday said it would not impose precision lockdowns on 11 high-burden local government areas of the country. The National Coordinator of PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, gave the explanation at the media briefing by the task force in Abuja. He said that locking the council areas down would most certainly pull the entire states where such council areas belong into lockdown with them. Aliyu said that the geographical natures of the council areas made it rather impracticable to do isolated lockdown.
(9).North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons guarantee its safety, state media reported Tuesday, signalling once again that it will not give up its arsenal. Kim was addressing a conference of veterans on the 67th anniversary of the 1953 armistice that ended Korean War hostilities, the official Korean Central News Agency said. Up to three million Koreans died in the three-year conflict, in which the armistice has never been replaced with a peace treaty, leaving North and South technically still at war.
(10).Nigeria climate change activist, Gloria Bulus, has bagged the “Alfredo Sirkis Memorial Green Ring Award” from former U.S Vice-President, Al Gore, at the 44th Climate Reality Leadership Corps Global Training. Newsmen report that the Green Ring Award is presented to outstanding Climate Reality Leaders who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to their role as climate communicators and activists. Presenting the award to Bulus virtually, Gore said she was the first to receive the award in Africa.