Cholera outbreak kills 59 in Nasarawa
Nasarawa State Government on Thursday confirmed the death of 59 people following the Cholera outbreak in the state.
The Director of Public Health in the State Ministry of Health, Dr Ibrahim Alhassan, who said this in an interview with newsmen in Lafia, explained that since the outbreak of cholera in the state about six months ago, 892 cases have been recorded with 59 deaths.
According to Dr Alhassan, the disease has been reported in eight out of the 13 local government areas of Doma, Lafia, Wamba, Kokona, Obi, Nasarawa, Toto and Karu, adding that most of the communities that the disease has been reported, practised open defecation and lacked potable water.
Fire Service threatens to pull out of Kogi over constant attacks on personnel
The Federal Fire Service, FFS has threatened to pull out of any state which cannot guarantee the protection of firefighters and assets, decrying Wednesday’s bloody attack on firemen by hoodlums in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital.
The Controller General of the service, Liman Ibrahim, who has called on the Kogi State governor to address the situation said the continued attacks on his personnel and assets have justified his call for arming the service through the establishment of a Fire Police.
As part of measures to reduce fire incidents in the country and its attendant loss of lives and property, the Service had extended its tentacles to all the states of the Federation, with plans to establish model fire stations in all the 109 Senatorial districts of the country.
Plateau Assembly delaying ban on Open grazing ― Lalong
The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong has said despite using his position as the Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum to prevail on his colleagues to stand against open grazing by adopting modern ranching, the effort to outlaw the practice in Plateau State is being delayed by the State House of Assembly.
Speaking on Thursday at the Azi Nyako Youth Centre, Dadin Kowa, Jos, while swearing in the Executive members of the Plateau Youth Council, Lalong urged the youths to be wary of some politicians who take pride in trying to set the youths against the Government by insinuating that the Governor or the Government does not care about the people, or is allowing land belonging to Plateau indigenes to be grabbed by foreign herders.
He said that the bill sent to the Assembly which would outlaw open grazing in the State if passed into law is yet to be passed. Rather, a false narrative accusing the Government of not doing anything is spread in the State.
Oil marketers push for subsidy removal within 6 months
Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN, has called for the full deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry within six months in line with the provisions of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).
Addressing the press on Thursday, the new Chairman of MOMAN, Olumide Adeosun, said that the association has made its position on the issue known to the Federal Government through a letter to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.
He noted that the group expects a free, fair and competitive downstream sector, stressing that Nigeria has the potential to become Africa’s energy hub if the Petroleum Industry Act is properly implemented.
Olumide emphasized the need for the act implementation committee to work with industry practitioners and operators to ensure that there is no disconnect between the policy provisions and actual practice.
ON THE FOREIGN SCENE
Lebanon forms new government after 13-month gridlock
The Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, after meeting with Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati and Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri in the presidential palace in Baabda on Friday has announced that Lebanon has formed a new government.
The formation of a government aims to end 13 months of uncertainty, as Lebanon has been without an official government since August of last year, after the previous one resigned in the wake of the Beirut port explosion.
Messi scores hatrick to break Pele’s South American record
Lionel Messi was overcome with emotion as he fulfilled a dream by eclipsing Brazil great Pele as the all-time leading scorer for a South American nation.
Messi scored a hat-trick as Argentina cruised to a 3-0 victory over Bolivia in Thursday’s Conmebol World Cup qualifier and those goals took him past Pele.
His first, a curling effort, saw him go level with Pele on 77, before a close-range finish just past the hour saw him set a new record and then added another for good measure at the end to complete his hat-trick and reach 79 goals for Argentina on a momentous night at the Monumental.
With the Argentine national team also finally able to celebrate July’s Copa America triumph – a first in 28 years – in front of their own supporters at full-time, record-breaker Messi failed to hold back the tears.
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