EDITED by FRANK MEKE
***The war between Russia and Ukraine is taking a huge toll on historical and cultural heritage sites in Ukraine. In the port city of odesa, the Russians targeted and destroyed the Transfiguration Cathedral, odesa largest church building, consecrated in 1809. The church is a UNESCO world heritage site. Odesa is a foremost culture city with a strong affinity with Russia and founded by Catherine the Great.
***Vice President of Nigeria, kashim shettima, is in Rome to join world leaders to find solutions to food matters ravaging the world. The World Bank says over one billion people risk hunger all over the world. Shittima will chair the section on “Innovative Financing for Food system Transformation: the case of Nigeria and scaling up Multi stakeholders Collaboration and investment in the implementation of Food systems Transformation Pathways in Nigeria”..recall that Nigeria recently flagged a food emergency alert by president Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
** lagos state government task force on environment raided and swept clean the Agege railway line corridor of traders and debris in order to restore sanity along all railway routes in the state. Officials of the state government assured that the excise will be a continuous one.
** Still on lagos state, residents living in flood prone areas have been warned to relocate to higher grounds as red flags are also targeted to warn residents against building structures on drainage right of ways. The state Emergence Management Agency, Lasema on flood sensitization campaign across the state local government areas, warned that 2023 flooding predictions by Nigerian Meteorological Agency for state necessitated the campaign to prepare and put the residents on red alert to avoid devastating effects of flooding in lagos.
***Andrew Okungbowa has been appointed the chief press secretary to Edo state governor. Okungbowa is a notable travel journalist and one of the editors of new Telegraph newspapers. He has assumed duties at his new post in Benin, Edo state.
*** Enugu state government has taken the battle to free the state from the sit at home order by Indigenous People of Biafra to the streets, as businesses and schools which refused to open its doors on Mondays in compliance to the ipob order, will automatically be shut down by the state government. On Monday, civil society groups led the people of state on state wide protest against the ipob order, which has brought untold hardship to the people, crippling economic activities and disruptive to movement of the people within and outside the state.
** Manufacturers Association of Nigeria says that an unbridled increase in prices of energy consumption and petrol prices will impact the cost of finished products and advised a review of policies in these directions. The Association lament that about 40% of its production cost is deployed to service energy consumption.
The naira continued its free fall against the dollar as it traded at 876 naira against the dollar over the weekend. The development spiralled prices of goods and services across the board, with Nigerians suffocating on all fronts. Basic amenities, particularly food, are out of the reach of the people and in the travel business, air tickets out of Nigeria alarmingly high as summer holidays set in.
** An accident insurance cover for categories of Nigerian passengers will be unveiled soon if all the details are worked out by the Nigerian Insurers Association and the Road Safety Corp, representing the federal government According to Mrs Yetunde ilori , the idea is to help reduce the rate of untimely death and to ensure insurance is made compulsory for all passengers on transit. Still on insurance, the national insurance commission disclosed motorists in Nigeria are now better positioned to enjoy more benefits under the new motor insurance cover. Third-party insurance for private motors’ new premium rate at 15k attracts claims of 3 million naira , own goods, third-party cover at 20 thousand naira premium, tails with five million naira compensation , staff Bus on twenty million naira premium, runs through a three million naira compensation, commercial trucks at 100 thousand naira premium, compensated at five million naira claims, tricycles premium of five thousand naira, compensated with two million naira and many more.