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2021 World Habitat Day: Climate Change Poses Serious Threat to Our Existence – Fashola
As Nigeria join other countries across the world to celebrate World Habitat day, the Minister, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola says challenges associated with climate change pose serious threats to the security of human life, property, health, economic and social welfare.
Fashola made this statement at the Commemoration 2021 world habit day and world cities day in Abuja on Monday.
According to him, the federal government has been making effort to adapt cities in Nigeria for climate resilience through the ongoing review of 2012 National Urban Development Policy.
He highlighted other areas of the federal government commitment in bringing about climate resilience, which include upgrading of urban slums across Nigeria, construction of 1.52 Megawatts Solar Power Generating System, implementation of National Housing Programme among others.
He said the event is to create awareness and highlight the benefits of Urban October activities as well as increase partnership for accelerated action in the pursuit for sustainable urban development.
Chidinma Pleads Not Guilty to Murder of Super TV CEO Usifo Ataga
Chidinma Ojukwu has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Super TV Chief Executive Officer, Usifo Ataga.
The 22-year-old made this appeal on Tuesday when she and one Adedapo Quadri, who were the key suspects in the murder case, were arraigned before Justice Yetunde Adesanya of the Lagos State High Court.
Both suspects pleaded not guilty to eight counts bordering on the offences of murder, forgery and stealing.
Chidinma’s sister, Egbuchu Chioma, was also arraigned, as an iPhone 7 belonging to the late Ataga, was said to have been recovered from her, in which she, however, pleaded not guilty to the 9th count of being in possession of the stolen property.
They are being prosecuted by the Lagos State Department of Public Prosecution, Olayinka Adeyemi.
Bandits Attack Catholic Seminary in Kaduna, Kidnap Students
Gunmen on Monday attacked the Saint Albert the Great Institute of Philosophy, a Catholic church-owned seminary in Kagoma Chiefdom of Jama’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
According to report, the gunmen who invaded the school at night, started shooting sporadically, thereby, creating fear among the students and staff of the school.
Spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige, who confirmed the attack also noted that three students were abducted by the gunmen, while some others were injured.
He said that students were taken to an unknown destination before the arrival of local vigilantes who were able to prevent them from taking more students.
According to Jalige, a combined team of police tactical and anti-kidnapping squad of the command have launched a manhunt of the gunmen with a view to arresting them as well as rescuing the victims.
Further Devaluation Will Worsen Poverty, Unemployment, Expert Counters Osinbajo
The president of the Association of Capital market Academics and Nigeria’s first professor of capital market, Uche Uwaleke has said the Naira has suffered several devaluations in the recent past, and doing so yet again is a recipe for high poverty and unemployment levels.
Uwalake was reacting to the comment of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo who called on the Central Bank of Nigeria to allow the Naira reflects the realities of the market.
Uwalake in a swift reaction said, devaluing naira would affect the 2022 Appropriation Bill, as the budget, which was predicated on four hundred and ten naira fifteen kobo per dollar is dead on arrival.
He said that the policy if considered, would trigger panic buying and speculation in the forex market, having a negative impact on pump price of fuel and multiplier effect as well as giving rise to further inflation which he said discourages investment.
ON THE FOREIGN SCENE
Five militants killed as violence escalates in Indian Kashmir
Government forces have killed five suspected rebels in India-administered Kashmir, a day after five soldiers were shot dead by militants,
The Police on Tuesday who said one of them was responsible for the death of a street hawker last week, stated that the five men were killed in two separate incidents in the southern Shopian area of the Muslim-majority region, and three of those killed were members of The Resistance Front, TRF.
Kashmir’s top army officer, Lieutenant General Devendra Pandey, said the military operations were not connected to the civilian killings.
We’re not robots, Courtois hits out at UEFA, FIFA
The Belgium and Real Madrid goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, has launched a scathing criticism of the Union of European Football Associations and Federation International Football Association for scheduling more and more matches at the expense of player welfare.
Courtois hit out at the growing football calendar after his side’s 2-1 defeat by Italy in the Nations League third-place play-off, labelling the match, in which both teams rotated their squads, a “money game”.
The calendar has been squeezed in the last 18 months due to the Covid pandemic, with the Champions League and many of the continent’s top leagues taking place in shorter spaces of time but with the same amount of matches.