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Good Day! Below is a Summary of News Stories Across Nigeria and Abroad: 

1. The President-elect, Bola Tinubu, has assured all Nigerian workers of good minimum wage, social and economic justice when his administration takes off. The former Lagos governor stated this on Monday in Abuja in his solidarity message issued to Nigerians to mark the 2023 International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day. The president-elect added that workers in Nigeria would have a living wage which would give them a decent life and provide for their families under his administration. Tinubu also assured the workers that he would be a dependable ally and co-labourer in the fight to attain social and economic justice for all citizens of the country. DAILY POST

2. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has reaffirmed that the agency has banned the importation of Indomie noodles into the country. The Director General of the Agency, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, reiterated this in a press statement Monday. This is coming on the heels of the recalling of indomie noodles by Taiwan and Malaysia authorities following the discovery of ethylene oxide, a cancer causing agent. According to the NAFDAC boss, the compound of interest was ethylene oxide said already the Director of Food Lab Services Directorate has been engaged and has started working on the methodology for the analysis. The statement reads in parts,” Indomie noodles have been banned from being imported into the country for many years. It is one of the foods on the government prohibition list. It is not allowed in Nigeria, and therefore not registered by NAFDAC. VANGUARD

3. Two-time champions Nigeria picked all three points in a 1-0 win over Zambia to commence their Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Algeria on a promising note yesterday. Favour Daniel struck powerfully past the Zambian goal-tender from a goal mouth melee 14 minutes to the end in Algeria’s second city, giving Nigeria all the honours in a largely average encounter that opened the campaign in Group B. LEADERSHIP

4. At least 10 people were killed overnight when heavily armed assailants opened fire outside a shop in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s main port city and economic hub that is under a state of emergency due to rising drug violence, police said Sunday. The gruesome attack occurred at a mechanic shop in the city’s southwest as people were inside drinking and watching a soccer match on TV, witnesses said. Several people drove up in a black truck, stepped out without saying a word, and opened fire using “long weapons,” said General Willian Villarroel, the police commander for Guayaquil and neighboring Duran and Samborondon. Hours later, bodies could be seen lying on the sidewalk in pools of blood, as people cried and hugged one another while police cordoned off the area. CHANNELS

5. The National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joseph Ajaero, on Sunday, vowed that the labour union will create a “hall of shame” for judges that undermine the tenets of the judiciary and come up with ridiculous judgements on election petitions. Ajaero, who spoke in Abuja at a joint briefing with members of the civil society group under Labour and Civil Society Front stressed the need to rescue the judiciary. The movement, comprising several civil society and youth organisations, insisted that the Independent National Electoral Commission had seriously damaged the country’s democracy with its poor showing at the elections. They also vowed to name and shame corrupt leaders. PUNCH

6. Nigerian singer Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe, better known as Ayra Starr, has been directed to take immediate bed rest due to health issues. The Mavin Signee was scheduled to perform at the Industry Night Show in Houston but had to cancel due to a health condition. Ayra Starr expressed her regrets at not being able to perform at the show and apologised to her fans in a statement posted on her Instagram story. PULSE

7. Super Eagles striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, has constructed a modern day dressing room for Sheikh Abdulkadir College, Ilorin, Kwara State. Awoniyi was discovered in the college. The former Liverpool forward also renovated the pavilion of the school in an attempt to give back to the society . The chairman of the organising committee for the striker’s sponsored football tourney, “Never Stop Dreaming Cup 2023”, Coach Mustapha Olokode, told newsmen in Ilorin on Saturday at the opening ceremony of  the tournament that the new gesture is one in many to come for the college.  Olokode also hinted of the Super Eagles’ striker plans to lay an artificial grass on the pitch later on, which is in the next phase of Awoniyi’s project for the college. LEADERSHIP

8. Ahead of the November governorship election, the White Witches and Wizards Association of Nigeria has urged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in Kogi State, Dino Melaye to consult them ahead of the poll. The spokesman of the group, Okhue Oboi, asked Melaye to consult the group if he wants to emerge the winner of the forthcoming election. Oboi said they have consulted with the major tribes in Kogi State, adding that it would be in his best interest if he reaches out to them. He, however, warned that the threat by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State may work against Melaye if he fails to consult the witches and wizards. DAILY POST

9. Hollywood faced a cliffhanger moment Monday as talks to avert a potentially catastrophic strike by thousands of TV and movie writers remained unresolved just hours before a crunch deadline. Major studios and networks including Disney and Netflix are locked in talks with the powerful Writers Guild of America (WGA), which has threatened to order a walkout just after midnight Tuesday unless a new deal is agreed. If a strike takes place, late-night shows could immediately grind to a halt, and television series and movies scheduled for release later this year and beyond could face major delays. The last time talks failed, in 2007, Hollywood writers laid down their pens and keyboards for 100 days, costing the Los Angeles entertainment industry around $2 billion. CHANNELS

10. Mr. Cross River, Abubakar Usman, has emerged as the winner of Mr. Nigeria International 2023. Usman, a hair stylist, beat 11 other finalists after three rounds of displays in cultural, official, and beach outfits. The event was held on Sunday night at Lekki, Lagos State. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Usman, an indigene of Kogi State, but born in Cross River, is also a make-up artist. He was crowned by the outgoing Mr. Nigeria, Ajewole Odunayo. PUNCH

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