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Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho

Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you all are doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19!

Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Punch Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Punch News.

Yoruba scholars, monarchs caution Igboho, demand decentralised govt

A conference of Yoruba has called for decentralisation of government to allow the six geopolitical zones in the country to have autonomy to function.

The conference, which had in attendance Yoruba scholars and traditional rulers, was led by Professor of History, University of Texas, Austin, Toyin Falola, who submitted that decentralisation of power would solve most of the problems, including the insecurity facing the country.

The Yoruba leaders and scholars met at Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, on Monday, for the sixth Atanda lectures and conference on Yoruba culture and society. The three-day conference on Yoruba culture and society had many national and international scholars on Yoruba and culture as speakers, including a foremost private art collector in Africa, Prince Yemisi Shyllon; Director of African Studies Institute, University of Georgia, USA, Akinloye Ojo, and Professor Arinpe Adejumo of the University of Ibadan.

Final year student to sue Akwa Ibom varsity over expulsion for criticising gov

A 500-level student of the Akwa Ibom State University, Ekpo Iniobong, has decided to sue the institution over his suspension and subsequent expulsion.

PUNCH Metro gathered the final year student of the Department of Agricultural Engineering was first suspended by the management in September 2020 and then expelled via a letter dated April 9, 2021, for allegedly criticising the state governor, Emmanuel Udom, in a Facebook post.

Iniobong, through his lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, sent a pre-action notice to the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof Nse Essien, dated June 18, 2021, seeking his immediate and unconditional reinstatement, among other demands.

UAE makes U-turn, suspends flights from Nigeria

The United Arab Emirates has again suspended flights to and from Nigeria, 48 hours after lifting the initial ban. The Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management had earlier announced the resumption of flights from Nigeria on Saturday after several months of a ban in line with the country’s Covid-19 protocols.

In the statement released via the UAE government official website, travel protocols were also provided for inbound passengers from South Africa, Nigeria and India. In the statement, Nigerian passengers were required to “present a negative test result for a PCR test taken 48 hours prior to departure.” In addition, “The negative PCR test certificate should carry a QR Code and the test must have been conducted by labs approved by the Nigerian Government. Passengers must also undergo a PCR test on arrival in Dubai.”

The decision which was meant to be effective by 23rd June has been reversed as revealed in an announcement by Emirates Airlines in a statement via its official website on Monday. “In line with government directives, passenger flights to and from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) are suspended with effect from 21 June 2021 until further notice.” The statement read

Africa must harness home-grown solutions to problems – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, have reiterated the need for a home-grown solution to address vaccine access to totally defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and protect people from other vaccine-preventable diseases.

They spoke during the launch of the Independent Task Team of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA) on equitable and universal access to vaccines and vaccination in Africa held in Okada, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State.

Delivering his welcome address, Obasanjo, who was represented by Prof. Abdoulaye Bathily from Senegal, said Nigeria and Africa must begin to harness its local resources to solve their problems. “I have always believed that Africa’s main challenge is not lack of funds or resources. Our main challenge is the inability to harness available resources to provide customized home-grown solutions leading to address the challenges we see across the continent.

Media bill: Buhari re-introducing Decree 4 under different guise, say stakeholders

The President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Christopher Isiguzo, on Monday reiterated the position of stakeholders in the media towards the National Press Council (Amendment) Bill currently before the National Assembly.

He said a stakeholders’ meeting was important to settle the grey areas. He added that any regulation that tended towards the control of the media by the government would be resisted.

Isiguzo spoke while featuring on Sunrise Daily, a programme on Channels Television, monitored by one of our correspondents. He said, “From the NUJ’s perspective, we did not really object to that public hearing; but from the Nigeria Press Organisation’s perspectives, made up of the Newspapers Proprietors of Nigeria, the Nigeria Guild of Editors and the Nigeria Union of Journalists, we are opposed to the planned amendment. We told the National Assembly that the matter was of contention in court and it would be sub-judice to discuss. “I do not think anybody is allergic here if you look at the issue in court, we said ‘allow the practitioners and stakeholders to regulate themselves.’

We’ve rescued APC from collapse, says Buni

The chairman of the Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress, Governor Mai Mala Buni, on Monday said, the party under his leadership has succeeded in rescuing itself from the brink of collapse within the last 12 months.

He noted that at the time the party’s National Executive Committee took office, last year, the party was enmeshed in a civil war which threatened the core of the party but that various confidence building steps taken by the party has restored peace. Buni, who is also the governor of Yobe State, said this in an address at the first APC National Youth Conference with the theme: ‘The Future Is A Decision’, which was held at the International Conference Center, Abuja.

After recalling the circumstances which led to the setting up of the caretaker committee, Buni said “I am pleased to say that collectively, we have rescued a troubled party that was heading towards imminent collapse and disintegration, to a very strong, solid, reliable and ever-growing political party.”

APC may face challenges after Buhari’s exit in 2023 —Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday evening said that the All Progressives Congress might face challenges after the exit of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), from office in 2023, except timely interventions are taken to avert same. He, therefore, advised the party leaders to divest power to youths to sustain legacies

Lawan gave the warning on Monday night in a speech delivered to close the First Progressives Youth Conference 2021 which held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

According to a statement from his media office, Lawan said the party must begin to plan ahead to sustain the goodwill and legacies of the present administration by ensuring that its leaders hand over power to competent youths in the All Progressives Congress.

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