Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.Nigeria and Ghana are considering the establishment of a business council, as well as a joint ministerial committee as part of efforts to address some of the disputes facing both countries.This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Official Spokesperson for the House of Representatives, Rep. Benjamin O. Kalu on Friday.
2-.The Nigerian government on Friday said it has received samples of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine.Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire received the samples from the Russia Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin, during a visit to the ministry in Abuja, on Friday.The ministry’s Director of Information, Media, and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi disclosed this in a statement.
3-.Nigeria has secured a landmark victory in its pursuit to overturn a $10 billion judgement awarded against it in a case against Process and Industrial Developments (P&ID).Delivering his judgement on Thursday, Ross Cranston, a judge of the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales, granted Nigeria’s application for an extension of time and relief from sanctions.
4-.The Senior Pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa on Friday urged the people of Ondo State to use their collective votes to end the administration of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.Giwa, while reacting to the hike in petroleum pump price and electricity tariffs under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, said the people could only send the APC out of power through their votes. The All Workers Convergence (AWC) has blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for inflicting pains on Nigerians despite the devastation already caused by the Coronavirus scourge. The National Coordinator of the group Comrade Andrew Emelieze said this while reacting to the increment of the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
5-.The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has announced that it will embark on an indefinite nationwide strike from Monday. The National Executive Council of the resident doctors said this was part of its resolutions at a virtual meeting held on Wednesday.
6-.The Delta State’s Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has disclosed that it hasn’t released a new academic calendar for the 2020/21 session. Mr Patrick Ukah, the Commissioner, made the clarification in a statement in Asaba on Friday. Ukah urged parents and guardians to disregard the 2020/21 academic calendar circulating on social media, reportedly emanating from the ministry. According to him, the ministry had not taken a decision on the 2020-21 academic calendar.
7-.Jorge Messi, the father and agent of Lionel Messi, published a response to La Liga on Friday, insisting the Barcelona striker’s 700-million-euro release clause no longer applies. Messi senior claims the release clause is removed once the player takes up the option in his contract to leave for free, which Messi’s side believe he did when he notified Barca by burofax on August 25.
8-.Britain on Friday formally began building HS2, its new high-speed railway set to deliver thousands of jobs to the country’s virus-ravaged economy. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the project — which is to cost more than £100 billion ($130 billion, 110 billion euros) funded mostly by the state — will play a part in helping the country get back on its feet following the pandemic. Prior to the virus outbreak, Johnson saw HS2 as a key infrastructure project aimed at helping drive Britain’s post-Brexit economy.
9-.The Nigerian Air Force special Operation Thunder Strike, has neutralised several armed bandits at the Kuduru and Kwaimbana forest areas of Kaduna State. According to a statement by the coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, this was achieved through separate air strikes carried out on the 2nd and 3rd of September 2020 on the basis of credible intelligence reports.
10-. President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State. He gave his approval on Friday when he met with the governor who visited him at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). While the meeting was ongoing, President Buhari presented the APC flag to Governor Akeredolu, as a sign of his endorsement.