Heavy Russian strikes hit the southern Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv overnight and early on Sunday, killing the owner of one of the country’s largest grain producing and exporting companies, the local governor said.
Oleksiy Vadatursky, founder and owner of agriculture company Nibulon and his wife, were killed in their home, Mykolaiv Governor Vitaliy Kim said on Telegram.
Headquartered in Mykolaiv, a strategically important city that borders the mostly Russia-occupied Kherson region, Nibulon specialises in the production and export of wheat, barley and corn, and it has its own fleet and shipyard.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy described Vadatursky’s death as “a great loss for all of Ukraine”, saying the businessman had been in the process of building a modern grain market involving a network of transhipment terminals and elevators.
Three people were also wounded in the attacks on Mikolaiv, the city’s Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych told Ukrainian television, adding 12 missiles had hit homes and educational facilities.
He earlier described the strikes as “probably the most powerful” on the city of the entire five-month-old war.
Up to 50 Grad rockets hit residential areas in the southern city of Nikopol on Sunday morning, Dnipropetrovsk governor Valentyn Reznichenko wrote on Telegram.
One person was wounded.
Ukrainian forces hit Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Russian-held Sevastopol early on Sunday, the Crimean port city’s governor Mikhail Razvozhayev told Russian media.
Five staff members were wounded in the attack when what was presumed to be a drone flew into the courtyard at the headquarters, he said.
Reuters could not independently verify the battlefield reports.
The Sevastopol attack coincided with Russia’s Navy Day, which President Vladimir Putin marked by announcing that the navy would receive what he called “formidable” hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles in coming months.
Those missiles can travel at nine times the speed of sound.
He did not mention the conflict in Ukraine during a speech after signing a new naval doctrine which cast the U.
S. as Russia’s main rival and set out Russia’s global maritime ambitions for crucial areas such as the Arctic and in the Black Sea. Putin sent tens of thousands of troops over the border on Feb. 24, setting off a conflict that has killed thousands, uprooted millions and deeply strained relations between Russia and the West. The biggest conflict in Europe since World War II has also stoked an energy and food crisis that is shaking the global economy.
Both Ukraine and Russia are leading suppliers of grain.
Zelenskiy said on Sunday the country may harvest only half its usual amount this year due to the invasion.
“Ukrainian harvest this year is under the threat to be twice less,” suggesting half as much as usual, Zelenskiy wrote in English on Twitter.
“Our main goal — to prevent global food crisis caused by Russian invasion.
“Still grains find a way to be delivered alternatively,” he added.
Ukraine has struggled to get its product to buyers via its Black Sea ports because of the war.
But an agreement signed under the stewardship of the United Nations and Turkey on July 22 provides for safe passage for ships carrying grain out of three southern Ukrainian ports.
There is a high possibility that the first grain-exporting ship will leave Ukraine’s ports on Monday, a spokesperson for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.
Zelenskiy late on Saturday that said hundreds of thousands of people were still exposed to fierce fighting in the Donbas region, which contains Donetsk and Luhansk provinces and which Russia seeks to control completely.
Swathes of the Donbas were held before the invasion by Russian-backed separatists.
“Many refuse to leave but it still needs to be done,” Zelenskiy said.
“The more people leave the Donetsk region now, the fewer people the Russian army will have time to kill,” he added.
Russia said on Sunday it had invited UN and Red Cross experts to probe the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners held by Moscow-backed separatists.
Ukraine and Russia have traded accusations over a missile strike or explosion early on Friday that appeared to have killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war in the front-line town of Olenivka in eastern Donetsk.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Sunday condemned the attack and said it had not yet received permission to visit the site, while adding it was not its mandate to publicly investigate alleged war crimes.
“Families must receive urgent news of and answers on what happened to their loved ones,” it said in a statement.
“The parties must do everything in their power, including through impartial investigations, to help determine the facts behind the attack and bring clarity to this issue,” he added.
Mr Caleb Mutfwang, Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship candidate in Plateau says he will complete work on the Jos Township Stadium abandoned more than 32 years ago if elected in 2023. He also promised to make sports a big business in the state if given the mandate.
Mutfwang made the pledges on Sunday at the finals of the Diye, Dadinkowa Zaramaganda (DDZ) All Stars 2022 football tournament.
The governorship said he would ensure the right investment in sports so as to productively engage the youths.
According to him, sports is money spinning venture that can empower youths and generate huge revenues for the state.
“The Zaria Road Ultra-modern Stadium will be my priority because it has every sports facility ranging from football to volleyball.
“The foundation for the stadium was about 32 years and the last PDP administration is the administration that took it to the level that it is today.
“By the grace of God, if PDP comes into power, we intend to complete what we started.
“Apart from the revenue aspect, sports will provide an avenue for the abundant talents on the Plateau to thrive and help in our efforts to unite the people and promote peace and peaceful co-existence,’’ he said.
Similarly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) deputy governorship candidate, Mr Pam Botmang, said the incoming APC administration would give special attention to youths in the state.
Botmang encouraged youths to avoid behaviours or habits that could damage their future.
The deputy governorship candidate said that next administration would dedicate 10 per cent of the state’s internally generated revenue for vulnerable groups which youths were part of.
He said that apart from other empowerment initiatives, the funds would be used for the promotion of sports.
Also speaking at the occasion, Mr Gideon Danderemg, Chairman, Jos South Local Government, commended the organisers for putting together the tournament which he said had further united the people of the area.
Dandereng who was represented by Mr Simon Dunkat, Leader, Jos South Legislative Arm, promised to continue to prioritise sporting activities in the area.
The tournament usually holds during the summer break of European football leagues, especially the English Premier League to unite Plateau people and to also assist the young.
The organisers paid the National Common Entrance Examination fees of 15 pupils of RCM Primary School where the competition held, the Chairman, DDZ All Stars 2022 Tournament, Chief Isaac Ejiga said Teams that participated in the competition adopted the names of Nigeria Professional Football Leagues sides.
Akwa United emerged overall winner by beating Kwara United 2-0 while Rivers United finished third.
This year’s tournament was the sixth in the series.
The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has appointed Mr Adewale Oyerinde, as Director-General of the association, effective Aug. 1, 2022. NECA’s President, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the position of Director-General became vacant following the demise of late Dr Timothy Olawale, in September, 2021. Adeniyi said that Oyerinde was expected to build on the legacies of professionalism and excellent service that the association was known for, and take it to greater heights.
He said that Oyerinde was the Deputy-Director and Head of Membership Services of the association.
Oyerinde joined NECA in 2010, and has worked in various capacities in the Social, Economic and Labour Affairs Department and also the Learning and Development Department of the Association.
He has over 16 years’ experience in Industrial and Human Resources (HR), Business Development, Stakeholders Management and key areas of Employers’ Membership Organisation Management.
Oyerinde, according to the statement, is an HR thought-leader and International Labour Organisation (ILO) trained Master Trainer He is also a United Nations Industrial Development Organisation-trained ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System), ISO 1400:2015 Lead Auditor.
Oyerinde holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the University of Lagos.
He is an alumnus of the International Training Centre of the ILO and full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management among others.
Borno has declared Monday, Aug. 1 as public holiday to commemorate the beginning of a new Islamic Year, 1444 AH.
The Head of the Borno Civil Service, Mr Simon Malgwi, stated on Sunday in Maiduguri that all Ministries, Departments, Agencies and institutions are to observe the public holiday.
“Governor of Borno, Prof. Babagana Zulum has approved Monday as public holiday to mark the new Islamic Year (Muharram 1, 1444) AH.
“To this end, all government Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as all private establishments including financial institutions are directed to observe the public holiday.
“The governor wishes Muslim faithful happy new Islamic year and urges all to continue to pray for permanent peace to be restored to our dear state and to the nation at large,’’ Malgwi added.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has refuted report claiming mass defection from the party to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kebbi State.
Alhaji Suleiman Argungun, the National Organising Secretary, APC said this when he spoke with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.
Argungun, also a former deputy governor of the state said that contrary to the report, only two lawmakers, Sen. Abdullahi Yahaya and Sen. Adamu Aliero left the APC for PDP, saying however, that they left because they were defeated at the party’s primaries in the state.
He described the report as mischievous and fictitious aimed at popularising the opposition party in the state.
“The report has it that a former deputy governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Aliyu, APC Zonal Vice Chairman Kebbi South, Alhaji Atiku Alaramma Warra and former Secretary to the State Government, Abubakar Ummar among others have left the party.
“These are all mere mischief of the PDP and its few supporters who are bent on making the party popular in Kebbi irrespective of the bundles of problems it is facing.
“It’s unbelievable to say that the SSG , deputy governor and zonal party chief have decided to join PDP.
“As far as APC in Kebbi State is concern, hundreds of people from PDP are defecting to the APC on daily basis from all across the state,” Argungun said.
He said that the former Senate Leader, Sen. Abdullahi Yahaya left because he failed to secure APC’s governorship ticket in the state.
“Also, the former governor of the Kebbi state and a serving Senator, Alhaji Adamu Aliero defected to PDP when he lost the primaries, alledging unfair treatment.
“They tried to unseat the duly elected candidates of the PDP in Kebbi North and Kebbi Central.
The matter is now in court signifying that they were not welcomed in the PDP.
“Interestingly , the general public may wish to know that not a single executive member of their respective wards have defected with them,” Argungun said.
The Katsina State Government has partnered the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to enroll about 10,000 learners and teachers on an E-learning platform, the NIgeria Learning Passport (NLP).
The NLP Coordinator in Katsina, Malam Usamatu Mohammad-Gona, disclosed this to journalists shortly after inaugurating the platform on Sunday in Katsina.
According to him, the NLP is a digital learning platform with online, mobile and offline capability that enables continuous access to quality education.
Mohammed-Goni noted that the e-learning platform targets the enrollment of 4.5 million learners and 135,000 schools across the country by the end of 2023 and 12 million by 2025 respectively.
He added that the NLP had launched the NLP in Katsina State with the target of enrolling 10,000 learners and teachers before the end of the year 2023. He added that the learning passport was delivered by UNICEF and the Federal Ministry of Education and powered by Microsoft.
According to him, the funding and support which is from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), is free of charge for all learners across the state.
“The platform makes learning possible even outside the confines of a school which will help address the spiralling numbers of school-age children unable to learn, especially in states where insecurity hinders access to schools.
“Importantly, the learning passport provides an opportunity for teachers to access quality teachers’ guides and resources and digitised capacity building modules meant for teachers while supporting them to deliver lessons in class.
“In Katsina, we are targeting 10,000 learners and teachers across the over 300 schools in the state before the end of November 2023. “And also, 30,500 teachers and school leaders are being trained on the use of the NLP and on how to integrate technology in classroom instructional practice”.
Just a week into the Big Brother Naija reality TV show, tagged “Level Up”, two more housemates were on Sunday introduced into the level 1 and 2 houses of the show.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new housemates were introduced during the eviction night show to join the other 24 housemates in bidding for the grand prize of N100 million.
While the housemates were expecting some of their co-housemates to be evicted, they were shocked to receive an addition.
One of the new housemates, Deji from Lagos State, said his physical outlook makes him special as he confessed to be in a complicated relationship but ready to mingle.
He said his hobbies were gisting, sleeping and partying.
“I am going to be real as much as possible, spontaneous, unpredictable and will be a lover boy,” he said.
Another new housemate, Modella from Osun described herself as the content queen the house needed.
“I am special because I am multi-talented and a content creator which makes me stand out anywhere I go, I am fun to be with.
“On the scale of 100, I am 100 per cent excited to be here on the show, I will be bringing in lots of energy and vibes,” she said.
Earlier, before the eviction show, Biggie the coordinator of the show issued Beauty a strike and Ilebaye a warning after the duo engaged in a hot argument which had Beauty charge at Ilebaye, violently removing her cap.
Biggie encouraged the housemates to get themselves familiarised with all the house rules, have fun and always find ways of dealing with all disagreements without engaging in violence.
He warned the housemates that dragging of feet while he calls out on them would no longer be tolerated.
NAN alao reports that the housemates currently on the show are: Bella, Eloswag, Doyin, Adekunle, Sheggz, Dotun, Chomzy, Chichi, Allysyn, Giddyfia, Hermes, Diana, Modella, Deji, Khalid, Ilebaje, Beauty, Cyph, Grovy, Amaka, Kess, Daniella, Pharmsavi, Phyna, Bryan and Christy O.
A political group, Youths In Politics (YIP), Nigeria, on Sunday in Lagos kicked off voter education and sensitisation campaign against vote buying and vote selling ahead of 2023 general elections.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the campaign, titled, “Don’t Sell Your Vote, Tomorrow Is Now”, started in Ikeja area of the state and had in attendance some celebrities who preached against vote selling in 2023. Addressing newsmen, the of the group, Mr Micheal Nwabufo, said the sensitisation had become imperative following challenges the nation was facing.
Nwabufo said: “We are against vote buying.
We are here to educate the general public not to sell their votes in 2023. They should vote the right person.
“We are not campaigning for anybody, all we are after now is to discontinue the trend of vote buying and selling in our elections.
“Enough is enough of suffering; people should not sell their votes but vote in right leadership based on their conviction and not because of the money collected from any politicians.
” He said that the group would carry the same campaign against vote buying and vote selling to over 500 local government areas in Nigeria.
According to him, the youth group has over 9.6 million membership across the nation including celebrities to sensitise the public on the need to install right leadership.
Nwabufo said that it was better for people to go hungry for a while than to sell their votes and enthrone bad leadership that would bring years of hardship to them.
He added: “A lot of things are happening in the country that we cannot bear any longer, we just have to vote right leadership now.
“Time is going, we should not delay in putting right people in leadership.
“Nigeria should be competing with America with all the enormous human and natural resources at its disposal.
” On the July 31 INEC deadline for the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), Nwabufo urged the commission to extend the registration to capture more people who were seeking opportunity to register.
According to him, the group has about 60 celebrities who are ready to sensitise people more to come out and register to exercise their franchise.
Also speaking, Mr Seyi Awolowo, one of the group’s leaders, begged Nigerians not to sell their votes for any amount, so as to create a better country for themselves and their children.
Kneeling down openly to beg the crowd, Awolowo said that people should not because of hunger sell their votes, adding that Nigeria must get its leadership right in 2023. “The masses have the voting power, they should use this to create the country they want for themselves and their children,” he said.
On the CVR deadline, Awolowo said that it was not fair to end the exercise six months to the elections, saying many people had not got opportunity to register.
Also, Mr Odion Osaron, another leader of the group, said that the sensitisation became imperative because of the recent development in Ekiti and Osun governorship elections.
Osaron said: “It has become important for us to educate the voters on the importance of not selling their votes because where we are today as a nation is as a result of people who sold their votes.
“We should not repeat the same mistake.
2023 remains a very important year for us to install right leadership.
” The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the group doled out cash and foodstuff to the aged, children and people in need.
Scores of applicants seeking to register for the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) on Sunday besieged INEC headquarters in Lagos in the last minute rush to beat the July 31 deadline.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that INEC Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) which started on June 28, 2021 was initially billed to end on June 30 before it was extended to July 31. NAN correspondent who monitored the closing observed that many applicants were still struggling to get registered to vote in the forthcoming 2023 elections.
Many applicants defied all odds and continued to wait till night to get registered.
Speaking to newsmen, Ms Sandra Ifeanyi, one of the last minute applicants who just got registered, said she was able to register after much struggle for about six hours.
Ifeanyi said: “I came here at 6.00 a.
m. I thank God that I finally got registered to have my PVCs. It has been a long day for me.
” Also, Mr Kanu Nekowa, an applicant who was still struggling to register, said that the last minute rush was because many people got to know late that their votes would count.
Nekowa said,” Many of us didn’t believe in the system before, that is the reason why many people didn’t want to come out at first.
” Speaking on the crowd, Mr Muyiwa Yusuf, INEC Head of ICT Department, who is in charge of the enrollment machines, told newsmen that the commission would do its best to capture as many as possible.
Yusuf said that the commission was attending to applicants with 10 enrollment machines at the headquarters and had attended to more than 300 as at noon.
According to him, those who have issues with transfer of registration, replacement of lost or defaced PVCs were being handled under canopy by staff while some other INEC officials were also using phones to address some of those issues.
He said that those who wanted to register newly or had issue with their finger prints in past elections were separated from others to be attended to in the enrollment centre, to make the exercise smooth and seamless.
Yusuf said that the commission would attend to all applicants that had been given tally number since morning.
As at the time of filling this reports at 7.00 p.
m., many of the applicants were still waiting to be attended to.
In Lagos State as at July 18, those who registered online were 640,560 but many of them had not completed their registration, while those who completed the exercise were 451,156, according to INEC.
The President, National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Dr Dare Ishaya, has asked the Federal Government to implement the payment of the new Hazard Allowance and arrears stipulated as at Dec. 22, 2021. Ishaya said this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday.
According to him, the allowance is contained in the circular issued by National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC) dated Dec. 22, 2021 with reference number 04.21811406. Ishaya said that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the association at its meeting and scientific conference which ended on Saturday, decided to present the Federal Government with a two-week notice to implement the circular.
The two weeks take effect from Aug. 1 to Aug. 14, after which the group would convey another meeting and decide on what to do to drive home their demands.
He also said that a communique was issued at the end of the conference which also stipulated other demands the association wanted to be met.
“Also our medical training is just a function of the Duty Tour Allowance because just like any other person who goes out to represent the government, it is the same thing with us.
“Moreso, it has already been issued in circulars and others have started enjoying it, why can’t it be implemented for us?
“So when NEC deliberated over all these issues and considering the economic realities in the country, we felt that the government was not being serious in implementing those things they had issued circulars about.
“So there is a need to give the government some time line to act and we could have resumed the suspended strike without giving the government any notice but NEC decided to give the notice to see if they will try to resolve this issue.
“That was why we issued the two weeks notice and if after the meeting nothing is done we will review the situation and take further actions for which nationwide industrial harmony may not be guaranteed.
” In the communique which was made available to NAN, the association is also urging the Federal Government to expedite action on the payment of the newly reviewed Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF) within the two weeks.
This is to enable its members to meet up with the closing date of examination registration as advertised by the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN).
It also urged the Federal Government to expedite action on the payment of the skipping arrears for 2014, 2015 and 2016 to deserving members as the patience of the association was waning concerning the matter.
“NEC demands immediate payment of consequential adjustment of minimum wage to our members who have been deprived this benefit since it was implemented several years ago.
“NEC demands an immediate review of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) and other related allowances given the current economic situation in the country.
It said this was also in line with the agreed terms from the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that it would be reviewed regularly.
The association also urged the Federal and all State Governments to look into the issue of assault on doctors and thoroughly investigate the ongoing cases and put measures to forestall future occurrences.
It also enjoined the Federal Government to take steps towards curtailing the brain drain in the health sector and find ways of eliminating all bureaucratic bottlenecks in the employment and replacement of the resident doctors.
The doctors also called for an increase in funding of the healthcare sector in the country to the tune of 15 per cent budgetary allocation in line with the 2001 Abuja declaration for healthcare financing in Africa and global best practices.