Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.The Nigeria Labour Congress on Tuesday insisted that it will organise workers across the country to protest the increase in fuel and electricity prices on September 28.Speaking in Abuja at a press briefing, NLC President, Ayuba Wabba said the protest action was inevitable since the federal government has refused to reverse the increase in electricity and fuel prices.
2-.A musician sentenced to death in Kano, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, can appeal the judgement up to the Supreme Court, the Kano State Government said on Tuesday. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said this during a briefing with State House Correspondents in Abuja after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
3-.The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) is set to prosecute some staff of the National Examination Council (NECO) for allegedly possessing fake certificates. The move to prosecute the affected staff followed a request by the Registrar of NECO, Professor Godswill Obioma during a recent courtesy visit to the Commission. This was disclosed in a statement signed on Tuesday by the spokesperson for the Commission, Azuka C. Ogugua
4-.The Nigerian Air Force has immortalised the late Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile who died on July 14 in Kaduna State. Speaking during the newly renovated and remodelled Pilots’ Crew ‘Room’ at the 115 Special Operations Group (115 SOG) Port Harcourt on Tuesday, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, stated that immortalizing the deceased was in fulfilment of the Force’s promise.
5-.Zamfara Government has accused the administration of ex-Governor Abdulaziz Yari of diverting N10.8billion meant for the State’s university project. Commissioner of Finance, Rabiu Garba, made the accusation at a press briefing in Gusau on Tuesday.
6-Some lawmakers in the United Kingdom parliament have reported President Muhammadu Buhari to the Secretary-General of Commonwealth over the unabating spate of killings in the country. The British lawmakers wrote the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland QC, over widespread violence in Nigeria.
7-.The federal government has insisted there is no going back on the passage of the National Water Resources Bill. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated this during a press conference on Tuesday.
8-.The United States “seriously obstructs” the battle to control global emissions, China’s foreign ministry said Wednesday, as Beijing tries to occupy the high ground over the environment. By pulling out of international agreements to moderate carbon emissions, the US has failed in “its duty to restrict the amount of emissions, and refuses to take minimum action to protect the earth,” foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said in a statement.
9-.Saudi Arabia will gradually resume the year-round umrah pilgrimage from October 4, the interior ministry said on Tuesday, seven months after it was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. In the first stage, “6,000 citizens and residents within the kingdom will be allowed to perform the umrah per day from October 4”, the ministry said in a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency.
10-.Kevin De Bruyne has urged Manchester City to make a fast start as they aim to win back the Premier League title. Pep Guardiola’s side finished 18 points behind champions Liverpool last season after making an inconsistent start to the season.