Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Edo State, Johnson Alalibo, has assured Nigerians that they will be able to access the results of the Edo State Governorship election in good time. He gave the assurance on Friday during a press parley in Benin City, just hours to the election in the state.
2-.The INEC National Commissioner for Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Festus Okoye, has said that as long as a registered voter comes to the Polling Unit before 2:30 pm they will be allowed to vote regardless of how long the process takes. Okoye said this during a press briefing on Friday while explaining what steps the umpire has put in place to ensure a smooth run for the Edo governorship election which is set to hold Saturday.
3-.Nigeria will engage the services of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members across the country and 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Ambassadors to champion the implementation of SDGs 2030 at the grassroots. President Muhammadu Buhari said this on Friday at the virtual inaugural SDGs Moment, convened by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, during the high-level week of the 75th UN General Assembly.
4-.THERE is heavy presence of security personnel at the Benin City office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) along Ramat Park. The electoral umpire had moved back to its permanent office after vacating the premises to a rented apartment along Sapele Road as a result of flooding.
5-.Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is still in the race of becoming the next Director-General World Trade Organisation (WTO) even after the international body reduced the number of candidates to five.WTO in a Tweet on its official handle @wto on Friday announced that the five “candidates will be moving on for members’ further consideration in the next round of consultations, which resume on 24 September.”
6-.Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is projecting that the fashion industry will be one of the biggest sources of revenue to the country in the near future. “The fashion industry will be one of Nigeria’s biggest sources of revenues and I can assure you, it will be much bigger than all that we see today,” Osinbajo said on Friday at the virtual commissioning of the Fashion Cluster Shared Facility for MSMEs, the Eko Fashion Hub 1, in Lagos State.
7-.The project contractor handling a building that killed four persons and injured others on Wednesday has been arrested by the police in Abia state. The state government arrested the suspect, Bassey Afokwalam who was initially on the run following the tragic incident. This was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police, Janet Agbede, during an interview on Friday.
8-.Poland’s parliament on Friday passed an animal rights law that had angered fur farmers and kosher meat producers and divided the country’s right-wing governing alliance. The junior partners in the three-party ruling coalition had refused to vote in favour, provoking the ire of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the powerful leader of the Law and Justice (PiS) ruling party that put forward the legislation
9-.While institutions, governments, elected officials, companies and sports federations are all having to adapt to new constraints under the coronavirus pandemic, experts say they are often using the health crisis as an excuse to restrict journalists’ access. Fewer physical press conferences, questions that must be submitted in advance or sometimes no questions at all, queries that go unanswered — information does not circulate well in the age of COVID-19.
10-.The Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun on Friday received SDP and ADC Councillorship candidates in the last LG election in Ifedore into the All Progressives Congress (APC). The candidates thereafter endorsed the re-election of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu. The politicians, who were from different political parties, according to Oleyelogun, would boost the re-election bid of Gov. Akeredolu in ifedore local government area.