UK APPOINTS MINISTER FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION

** UK Prime Minister, Theresa May has appointed the first ever Suicide Minister dedicated to reducing suicide across the country.

The PM promoted junior health minister Jackie Doyle-Price and pledged £1.8million to fund The Samaritans helpline for four years.

Mrs May said her appointee would lead a taskforce, introduce suicide prevention plans nationwide and work with victims’ families and charities.

To mark World Mental Health Day, the PM said: “We aren’t ­looking after our health if we aren’t looking after our mental health. We need true parity between physical and mental health.”

TRENDING

*. President Muhammdu Buhari, serving and past governors are billed to grace the inauguration of the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on October 16. The invitation has also been extended to the outgoing governor, Ayodele Fayose, it was learnt on Wednesday as Part of the programme lined up for the ceremony is a lecture entitled, “Reclaiming Our Land, Restoring Our Values, Ekiti of my Dream,” to be delivered by a renowned poet, Prof. Niyi Osundare.

*. Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) from the south-west have called on people in the region to vote out President Buhari in 2019. Addressing journalists during a protest at the entrance of the presidential villa in Abuja on Wednesday, Muftau Zakariya, south-west coordinator of the group, said the president has no “moral justification” to remain in office beyond 2019. The group accused Buhari of being a dictator, saying he has no regard for the rule of law.

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Iran’s economy was previously expected to grow this year, but due to new U.S. sanctions it has now entered recession, a report from IMF has estimated. The IMF World Economic Outlook report, which was released on Monday, predicts that Iran’s economy will contract by 1.5 percent in 2018, with the trend continuing and increasing in 2019, shrinking by 3.5 percent, Radio Free Europe reported. In May, before President Donald Trump moved forward with sanctions against the Islamic Republic, the financial organization predicted 4 percent growth for this year and next.

2. AFRICAN ISSUES:
Authorities in Cameroon are appealing for calm after hundreds of youths marched through the streets of Yaounde, celebrating what they called the victory of their candidate, Maurice Kamtos, in Sunday’s presidential election. No results have been released yet from the election, in which eight candidates challenged longtime President Paul Biya. Hundreds of young people demonstrating in the streets of the capital sing songs urging President Paul Biya to step down. They sing that they believe their candidate, Maurice Kamto won Sunday’s presidential election.

3. PRESIDENCY:
MORE governors elected under APC have met with President Buhari ostensibly to find ways to resolve contentious issues arising from the party’s just-concluded primary elections. With the president for a meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja on Wednesday were; Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Umar Ganduje (Kano) and Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi). On Tuesday, those who met with the president over the same issue were Jubrilla Bindow of Adamawa state and Ibikunle Amosu of Ogun state.

4. FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL:
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on Wednesday said that the Tripartite Committee on Minimum Wage had yet to agree on any figure on the matter. Ngige, who briefed State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, dismissed media reports that the committee had agreed on N30, 000 as new minimum wage. The FEC meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

5. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
President Buhari has requested the National Assembly to approve N242 billion (242,445,322,600) as requested by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies for the 2019 elections. Mr Buhari’s request came in a letter dated September 19, and read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at plenary on Wednesday. In the letter titled ‘Request for virement/supplementary budget,’ President Buhari referred to the 2019 election budget hetransmitted to the Senate in July.

6. STATE GOVERNMENT:
A human rights organization, Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has debunked media reports that a governor was filmed receiving a bribe of $5m from contractors. In a statement through its National Coordinator and Media Affairs Director, Emmanuel Onwubiko and Zainab Yusuf respectively on Wednesday, HURIWA said it was unethical to publish the purported video without authenticating the source. HURIWA asserted that the report in the social media was being unethically used by a former governor of Kano State to blackmail the said incumbent governor.

7. POLITICS:
National Chairman of APC Adams Oshiomhole has replied INEC setting the records straight that his party indeed held governorship, national assembly and state assembly primaries in Zamfara state and will present candidates for the general elections.
Oshiomhole’s statement came hours after a letter from the acting secretary of INEC, Okechukwu Ndeche, accused the APC of not conducting primaries within the timeframe stipulated by INEC. By default, he claimed the APC may have lost the opportunity to present candidates for the elections.

8. ECONOMY:
WITH foreign reserves down by $1.7 billion in one month, IMF has advised Nigeria to use its available foreign exchange reserves judiciously while thinking about the future as more extreme periods and bouts of economic volatility is likely. Figures from the Central Bank of Nigeria website revealed that gross foreign reserves level dropped from $45.3 billion on September 10, 2018, to $43.6 billion on October 8. President Buhari has again asked National Assembly to approve his plans to take another $2.868 billion Eurobond to fund 2018 budget.

9. ENTERTAINMENT:
Kanye West will reportedly meet President Trump and Jared Kushner at the White House this week. The rap star — who recently voiced his support for Trump on “Saturday Night Live” — will have lunch with the president and his son-in-law on Thursday, according to the New York Times. During last week’s “SNL” season premiere, West wore a “Make America Great Again” hat while speaking about a Democratic plan to “take the fathers out the home and put them on welfare.” West later received praised from Trump

10. SPORTS:
Monaco are set to name former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry as their new manager after deciding to sack Leonardo Jardim, sources have told ESPN FC. Jardim will lose his job with Monaco after a dismal start to the season that sees them marooned in 18th place in Ligue 1 nine games into the season, one point off the foot of the table. Monaco have not won since the opening day in any competition, and Sunday’s loss at home to Rennes extended their run of consecutive defeats to four games, and 10 matches without a win.

@Authentic Nicky Reporting

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