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Current Affairs in Short: 2 June 2021

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Twitter deletes President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet on dealing with ‘secessionists’

  • Twitter has deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet wherein he threatened to treat Nigerians “misbehaving” in “the language they understand”.
  • In the tweet shared on Tuesday, Buhari spoke about the civil war experience and threatened to deal with those “bent on destroying” Nigeria through “insurrection.”
  • “Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand,” he had said.
  • The microblogging site deleted the message on Wednesday following public outcry. “This tweet violated the Twitter rules,” it noted.

Senate Passes Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Between Bsc/HND Holders

  • The Senate, on Wednesday, May 2, 2021, read for the third time and passed a Bill that seeks to end discrimination between First Degree (BSc) graduates from universities and Higher National Diploma (HND) holders from polytechnics in the country.
  • The passage of the Bill followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Joint Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters; and Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, during plenary.

Senate receives Executive Bill to extend teachers’ retirement age by five years

  • The Senate on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 received an executive bill seeking to increase the retirement age for teachers in the country from 60 years to 65 years.
  • The bill also seeks to extend the years of service for teachers from 35 years to 40 years.
  • President Muhammadu Buhari, in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and read on the floor, explained that the piece of legislation would provide for harmonised retirement age for teachers in Nigeria.
  • According to Buhari, the move to increase the retirement age and service years was pursuant to Section 58(2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Africa best so far, says WHO

  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday ranked Nigeria’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout as the best in Africa in terms of storage and utilisation of the covid-19 vaccines for its population.
  • It noted that although Africa has not received its fair share of vaccines owing to global vaccine shortages, many African countries cannot still utilise their vaccines before they expire. It stated that many countries are now looking up to Nigeria to learn how to better roll out vaccination programmes.
  • WHO Country Representative Dr. Kazadi Mulombo spoke during a joint news briefing on COVID-19 vaccination update of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), WHO and the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in Abuja.

WHO Has Granted Emergency Approval to a Second Chinese COVID Vaccine</strong >

  • The World Health Organization has issued an emergency use listing for the COVID-19 vaccine made by Sinovac for adults 18 and over, the second such authorization it has granted to a Chinese company.
  • In a statement Tuesday, the U.N. health agency said data submitted to its experts showed that two doses of the vaccine prevented people from getting symptoms of COVID-19 in about half of those who got the vaccine. WHO said there were few older adults enrolled in the research, so it could not estimate how effective the vaccine was in people over 60.

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