The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says over 389,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), are still unclaimed in Kano State.
Prof. Riskuwa Shehu, the state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), said this when the Federal Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission (PCC), Alhaji Ahmad Dadinkowa, visited him on Thursday in Kano. Shehu, represented by the state INEC Administrative Secretary, Alhaji Garba Lawan, said that the PVCs were those produced from 2011 to 2018. “People were reluctant to come and collect their PVCs, hence the need for all stakeholders to assist in sensitising the voters to go and collect their own before the general elections,” he said.
The REC said that 569, 103 new voters were captured in the state at the just-concluded Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
“This is in addition to the already existing 5.4 million voters registered before the 2019 elections.
“With the 389,000 uncollected PVCS and the registration of over 569,000 new registrants, we will have about 1 million PVCs waiting to be collected before the 2023 General Elections,” he said.
Shehu urged all stakeholders to assist the commission in mobilising people and collect their PVCs. He said that the CVR would resume after the 2023 elections.
The REC said that before the 2019 elections, the state had about 8,017 polling units and over 3,000 voting points.
According to him, INEC converted those voting points to full-pledged polling units.
“So, now in Kano, we have 11, 222 polling units to be used during the 2023 elections.
”This was achieved with the contribution of all the stakeholders, that is, the traditional institutions and political parties, among others,” he said.
Shehu stated that the commission has initiated various reforms in the electoral process with a view to ensuring credible elections.
He also urged stakeholders to assist in sensitising the people against electoral violence and vote-buying.
Earlier, Dadinkowa, said that the visit was to seek for partnership with INEC to ensure free, fair and credible 2023 general elections.
The Nigerian equity market extended loses on Thursday, as the capital market closed on a negative note, making the market capitalisation to stand at N27.28 trillion.
The market shed N6.83 billion, representing 0.03 per cent when compared with N28.29 trillion recorded on Wednesday.
The negative performance was driven by continued sell-offs of stocks of BUA Cement, Dangote Sugar, Transcorp and Fidelity Bank among others.
Similarly, All-Share Index (ASI) closed 0.03 per cent lower at 50,582.30 points from 50,594.97 points posted at the previous trading.
Consequently, the year-to-date (YTD) return fell to 18.41 per cent.
Market breadth closed positive at as 24 stocks advanced and 16 declined.
The current market capitalisation of the Nigerian Stock Exchange is N27.3 trillion.
A total of 130.45 million shares valued at N1.62 billion were exchanged in 3,993 deals.
PZ Cussons Nigeria led the gainers with 10 per cent share price appreciation closing at N9.35 per share.
Honeywell Flour Mill followed by 9.64 per cent to close at N2.73 per share, while Stanbic IBTC Holdings rose by 9.15 per cent to close at N31.Wapic Insurance went up by 8.11 per cent to close at 40k per share and Sovereign Insurance increased by eight per cent to close at 27k per share.
However, Multiverse Mining & Exploration led the losers by 10 per cent at N1.71 per share.
The next, which is Lasaco Assurance, declined by 7.07 per cent to close at 92k, while FTN Cocoa Processors lost by 6.25 per cent to close at 30k per share.
BUA Cement depreciated by 4.51 per cent to close at N58.25 per share.
Also, Unity Bank declined by 4.44 per cent to close at 43k per share.
Analysis of today’s market activities showed trade turnover declined compared to the previous session, with the value of transactions decreasing by 61.08 per cent.
A total of 130.45 million shares worth N1.622 million in 3,993 deals.
Aiico Insurance recorded the highest volume of 16.3 million traded shares worth N9.38 million, followed by Transcorp with 11.2 million shares sold at N12.92 million.
Access Holdings traded 9.74 million shares worth N87.63 million.
Consolidated Hallmark Insurance transacted 7.49 million shares valued N4.65 million, while Japaul Gold sold 6.89 million shares worth N2.14 million.
AIICO led the volume chart with 16.32 million shares, while MTNN led the value chart in deals worth N403.58 million.
The Chief Executive Officer of Sightsavers International, Dr Caroline Harper, says the organisation is very close to eliminating trachoma disease in Nigeria.Harper disclosed this at a breakfast round table organised by Access Bank on Thursday in Lagos.She said: “Trachoma is a bacterial infection in the eye; and repeated infections of Trachoma turns ones eyelids inside out, so that the eyelashes scrape on the cornea.“It is agonising and it is really an unpleasant disease and years ago, it was one of the most common causes of blindness in Nigeria,” Harper said.She said the organisation was close to eliminating the disease in Nigeria at the moment.Harper noted that when she visited Nigeria in 2011 the trachoma disease map was at red but in green at the moment, indicating that the disease was being tactically defeated.“The only area where we have significant problems are in the Northeast.“And it’s the problem of conflict that is stopping us.And if we can do that, I believe within the next three years, we should be able to eliminate trachoma in Nigeria.“That is the only thing stopping us and will not be fabulous to be able to stand there.“And for Nigeria to say that we have eliminated one of the most horrible, painful diseases, and that’s the sort of progress that we have been able to make working with partners,” Harper said.She said that the organisation would continue to eliminate the disease in the countries where it works to free millions of people from the blindness, poverty and social isolation caused by trachoma.She said that the focus of her engagement was on how Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) could have access to work and be given the enabling environment to be productive in the work place.According to her, Sightsavers work on issues of eye health; working to prevent blindness, treating blindness, and also educating people about these issues.“But we also work very closely with organisations and persons with disabilities and the private sector on how we can ensure PWDs fight for their rights.“We want to ensure they speak up for themselves and make sure that not only is the government passing those relevant acts, but also enforcing them?“They don’t just sit on the shelf.The other piece that we are doing and increasingly important to us, is economic empowerment,” Harper said.She said that the inclusion work programme officially came to an end in June, adding that it was very successful.Harper described the inclusion programme as phase one of its economic empowerment programme.“We are moving on to a much bigger programme in nine countries across Africa.“We are going to be investing five million dollars of Sightsavers funding into helping PWDs engage with work and helping employers learn how to employ them,” she said.Harper said that she was excited that employers were starting to recognise that this was not a charitable thing to do.“This is not about feeling sorry for PWDs. “If we are a nice organisation, we should employ a few.“What it’s really about is a whole group of people with tremendous potential talent that has been left out to waste.“Now we all know in today’s world there’s a fight for good talent.It’s not easy to find good people.There’s a lot of competition.“There’s a lot of staff turnover, right across the world.And yet we still seem to leave out 15 per cent of the people that could be part of the workforce.“Let’s recognise that these people could tremendously add to the economic success of your company as well as the country,” she added.Also speaking, the Executive Director, Access Bank, Mr Gregory Jobome, said that the bank was deliberate in formulating disability friendly policies for its staff and customers.Jobome said that the bank had a pedigree in engaging with a range of international partners over the past 15 years on sustainability.“Part of the bank’s sustainability journey is ensuring that in terms of the best practices around inclusiveness, gender and disability that we are keyed in, we understand them and we embed them in the business that we run.“Now to do this means that you have to identify key global players like Sightsavers, like all the big international fund finance organisations, and all the other big global players in our space.“Most of the time, the gap is closing gradually, but we know that we still have to learn one or two things from those who have done it before us.“So, having Sightsavers around who have worked in this space for so many years, means that we can leapfrog right so what took them 100 years to achieve, it can take us 10 years, if we take it seriously.“So, in Access Bank, we will take this very seriously.And that is why we deliberately look out for some global partners to work with and ensure that we are leapfrogging as a company and as a country to get to those best practices around inclusion and disability,” Jobome said.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Chief Adeniyi Adebayo, the Minister of Industry, Trades and Investment, on Thursday launched a new taxi hailing service Codenamed: “AFRICAR” in Ibadan.
The taxi hailing service was launched at a well-attended ceremony with 150 of the taxi.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new taxi hailing service had already commenced operations in Ibadan with residents hailing the introduction and operations.
Makinde said that introduction of the taxi hailing service in Ibadan was in line with his administration’s goal of bringing investors into the state.
The governor, represented by his Chief of Staff, Segun Ogunwuyi, said that launching of AFRICAR in Ibadan, had attested to the business-friendly atmosphere provided by his administration for investors.
Makinde expressed delight for witnessing another demonstration of his administration’s commitment to make life comfortable for residents of the state.
“I am very delighted to be at the event of today, which is a further demonstration of our administration’s commitment to making life comfortable for our people.
“This will improve the socioeconomic activities of the citizenry and the state at large,” he said.
The governor said that transportation was evidently important for economic activity and social life in a state.
According to him, the current economic status of Oyo State is due to many factors, chief among which is the development and continuous improvement of our public transport system.
“The state has witnessed and still witnessing tremendous growth in the transport sector since the inception of this administration in the areas of transport infrastructure and procurement of vehicles for mass transit,” he said.
The governor said that his administration had purchased 109 buses for mass transit tagged: “Omituntun” Bus Mass Transit and constructed four Bus Terminals at Iwo Road, Challenge, as well as Ojoo. He congratulated Stallion Group, owners of AFRICAR, expressing hope that the launch would birth more interesting fruits as they collaborate with his government for the wellbeing of the people.
In his remarks, the minister appreciated Stallion Group, a home-grown conglomerate, that has been adding value for the past 52 years.
The minister thanked Makinde for the welcoming environment provided to AFRICAR, adding AFRICAR’s platform would transform the transportation industry in the state, provide both employment opportunities and low-cost rides.
Commenting, Mr Sahil Vaswani, AFRICAR Chief Executive Officer, said all the cars used for the project were assembled in Lagos at Stallion Group’s Von Plant.
Vaswani said AFRICAR, in Partnership with the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), had developed the Bajaj Qute cars used for the new ride hailing taxi.
“This car is assembled in Nigeria by Nigerians and is environmentally friendly, with 50 per cent lower carbon emissions than the average car,” he said.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) says it is solidly behind the leadership of the National Chairman, Sen. Iyorcha Ayu. The Party National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba, reacting to questions from journalists on Thursday in Abuja said there was no any misgiving among the party NWC.
“For the emphasis, I need to make this very clear that the NWC, led by Ayu is united, no misgiving, we are solidly behind him and his leadership.
“We believe in his leadership and every organ of the party is associated.
We have a relationship within the NWC that is based purely on the interest of the party “So we are fine and Ayu is leading us well and I am sure that the party is satisfy with him,” he said.
On what the party was doing to reconcile the party Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar and Gov. Nyesom Wike, the party image maker said that efforts were ongoing.
Ologunagba said that in a family there was a tendency to be misunderstanding but the capacity to handle it well would always make the difference.
“In PDP we believe that people should speak.
We don’t give instructions.
We allow issues to be discussed openly and that’s what we’re doing.
The processes of the party is working well.
“We are competent in our processes.
It might be slow, by the expectations of other people but within our democratic process it is ongoing.
“It is a work in progress.
We are making progress.
We are very certain we will do well.
Not just for the party but for the interest of Nigeria, ” he said.
On the appointment of Sen. Dino Malaye and Daniel Bwala by Abubakar as his spokespersons for 2023 electioneering campaign, Ologunagba said that Abubakar has the right to make appointment, as he also did last week.
He, however, said that the party and Abubakar were working in synergy to achieve victory in 2023 presidential election.
“We are moving steadily, surely and consistent with our policy of mass and extensive consultation in composition to do things orderly.
“Whatever action is taking by any part of the party, whether by the candidate or the party is all in sync with each other and there is no concern about it.
“We are not acting piece meal.
We are acting together, moving in the same direction, working toward 2023 and surely we will have victory,” the national publicity secretary said.
Ologunagba reading the communiqué of the Interactive meeting of the NWC with former national publicity secretaries, states publicity secretaries and other stakeholders said that the meeting restated confidence in Ayu and the NWC in running the affairs of the party.
“The meeting restates confidence in the capacity, experience and competence of Abubakar to rescue, redirect and rebuild this country to earn the respect of the International Community.
“We believe that only the PDP under the leadership of Abubakar has the capacity to protect and secure the lives and properties of Nigerians as well as rebuild the economy of the nation in such a manner as to put food on the table.
“We commit to remain loyal and integral in the mission of the PDP to make all sacrifices necessary to achieve success in rescuing, redirecting and rebuilding our nation,” Ologunagba said.
Members of Parliament ad hoc Committee on the Bujagali Hydroelectric Project have discovered what they described as inconsistencies in the ownership and registration of Bujagali Electricity Company Limited.
Lawmakers established that the company won a multimillion-dollar contract even before it was registered.
The committee also found that the original owners of the projects lost their shares when the company was incorporated.
Bujagali officials where on Thursday August 04, 2022 they appeared before the Adhoc committee investigating Bujagali operations.
The committee seeks to determine the Government of Uganda's capital contribution in Bujagali, the return on investments and the cost-benefit and value for money of overtime income tax exemption, among others.
Member of Parliament for Sheema Municipality, H.E. Dickson Kateshumbwa was left wondering after Josephine Ossiya, chief financial officer of Bujagali Electricity Limited, said the company was incorporated in August 2005 after learning the government hired it in 2004.
"We want to know; since 2004 until the date of incorporation of the company, how did you respond to the request for an offer proposal before the incorporation of the company?” Kateshumbwa asked.
AUDIO Kateshumbwa Ossiya said that when the tender notice was published, a special purpose vehicle was formed to participate in the government's bid.
Alaister McDougall, the General Manager, informed the committee that the current equipment is new and has little information on how the company was formed This led Otuke County Deputy Hon. Paul Omara to question how a general manager does not have such information The committee was also surprised to learn that when Bujagali Electricity Limited was incorporated, formed with two people, Ebert Isaiah Byenkya and Innocent Kihika, each injecting Shs1 million and the duo later lost their shares, after the company was brought in.
The revelation drew questions from MPs about how a Shs2 million company won a contract multi-million dollar tender and what the government relied on to invest US$20 million Bujagali's team did not explain the controversies that prov They caused Kateshumbwa, who was presiding, to suspend the meeting.
In May 2022, Speaker Among created the ad hoc Committee after Parliament rejected a request to extend the company's five-year tax exemption, instead agreeing to a one-year exemption to allow the government to make a forensic audit in the previous 15 years.
years of tax exemption.
This followed a proposal by the Minister of State for Finance, the Hon. Henry Musasizi, to extend the income tax exemption for the Bujagali hydropower project from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2027.
The proposal was rejected in part with MPs demanding the government conduct a comprehensive study into the costs and benefits of tax breaks, after realizing that in 2021/2022 tax breaks cost Uganda Shs 7.7 billion in income.
Senegalese President Macky Sall’s coalition lost its absolute majority in parliament but finished first by a narrow margin in parliamentary polls, official results showed Thursday.
His coalition won 82 seats of the National Assembly’s 165, while the opposition alliance nabbed 80 in total in the election on Sunday, the national commission in charge of counting votes said.
Three other seats were won by three small coalitions, that could serve as kingmakers.
It is the first time since the historically stable West African country’s independence in 1960 that the ruling party’s camp has lost its absolute majority and will have to rely on other forces in parliament to pass legislation.
In the previous legislative election in 2017, the president’s coalition, which includes his party Alliance for the Republic (APR) and other parties, won 125 seats.
Opposition parties had already begun gaining momentum in municipal elections in January, when they won major cities including the capital Dakar, Ziguinchor in the south and Thies in the west.
For Sunday’s vote, the main opposition coalition, Yewwi Askan Wi (which means “Liberate the People” in Wolof), formed an alliance with the Wallu Senegal (“Save Senegal”) coalition, led by former president Abdoulaye Wade.They won 56 and 24 seats, respectively.
Yewwi Askan Wi’s highest-profile member, Ousmane Sonko, came third in the 2019 presidential election.
He was prevented from running in Sunday’s vote over a technicality.
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase, says the All Progressives Congress (APC), is bridging the gaps created by its primaries by reconciling aggrieved members toward a victory in 2023 poll.
Wase said this when he visited Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo in Abuja on Thursday.
Sen. Haliru Jika emerged the Bauchi State gubernatorial candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) on Thursday through a voice vote.
Jika emerged unopposed following the voluntary withdrawal of Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim, who was initially elected as the candidate of the party at its primary election.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 630 delegates unanimously adopted Jika in the voice vote.
Chairman of the election committee, Malam Yusuf Kofar-Mata, said it was sent by the party’s national headquarters to conduct the election following the receipt of the letter of withdrawal by Ibrahim.
“Since Sen. Jika is now the only aspirant in the race, I hereby, affirm him as the gubernatorial candidate of the NNPP in Bauchi State.
“We have 630 delegates here with us who have also affirmed and adopted Jika as gubernatorial candidate.
“I want to appreciate INEC officials for their presence to observe all that we have done here today,’’ he said.
Speaking after his affirmation, Jika, a former Member of the House of Representatives and former Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, expressed gratitude to the delegates.
He also appreciated the NNPP for the honour done to him by giving him the opportunity to fly the party’s flag at the 2023 governorship election.
He expressed appreciation to the INEC officials for witnessing the process.
“What is about to happen in Bauchi State is what we have laid the foundation of today; it is a revolution, a generational change, agitation for youths and women that is about to take place.
“You will agree with me that youths and women are the backbone of any society and we are duty-bound to support them and mobilise them so that we can have good governance,’’ Jika said.
He said also that he had put youths in Bauchi State into perspective and would soon announce a blueprint that would address their plights.
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has inaugurated the newly renovated and equipped General Hospital Tede in Atisbo Local Government area, after a long period of neglect.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the General Hospital, Tede, was renovated and equipped by the state government through the State Health Insurance Agency Scheme (OYSHIA) from capitation on its scheme.
In his remarks, Makinde said healthcare delivery is a major pillar of his administration.
On the four agenda of his administration, the governor said: “We are collaborating with the security agencies to keep our people safe and secured.
“We have invested in education, expanding our economy and security.
The fourth pillar is healthcare.
” He promised residents of the area that the”Light up Oyo” would be implemented in Tede, as well as the enrolment of 1,250 people in health insurance from the two communities for the next one year.
Also, Dr Sola Akande, the Executive Secretary, OYSHIA, said that to achieve universal health coverage, there has to be places to access quality healthcare.
“What we are doing is in line with the vision of Gov. Seyi Makinde, who has an objective of ensuring that healthcare services are available to every citizen of the state, regardless of social status or location.
“This General Hospital in Tede is one of the manifestations and what OYSHIA is simply doing is to align with the direction of the government in implementation of qualitative healthcare facilities and equipment,” Akande said.
The OYSHIA secretary said the General Hospital in Tede, dilapidated for over 15 years and worsened by torrential rainfall of over 10 years, had been brought back to life.
He commended the healthcare workers, who had continued and persisted in giving care with the horrendous state of the hospital before the overhaul of the facility.
Akande said training and retraining would be continuous in ensuring that personnel get a hold on the use of the equipment provided for the hospital.
“The essence of the health insurance with our agency is to have about 2,500 people enrolled in the facility, such that the facility will be receiving N500, 000 monthly from OYSHIA for its sustenance aside what it will get from the government,” he said.
Also, Fasasi Adeagbo, the Chairman, Atisbo Local Government, commended the governor for bringing development to the state.
“This hospital was renovated and equipped in line with his vision despite economic hardship in the country.
“We thank him for what he has done because many people in Oke-Ogun will benefit from the hospital, they won’t have to travel to Ibadan for care,” Adeagbo said.
According to him, to ensure sustainability of the hospital, the local government will sponsor people’s treatment through the health insurance scheme yearly and also be responsible to support it financially and otherwise.
Also, Dr Salisu Salawu, the Head of General Hospital, said it was a delight for the general hospital, being the oldest hospital in Oke-Ogun to have received a complete overhaul and state-of-the-art facilities.
Salawu said: “The condition of the hospital was terrible before and like 12 years ago, the whole roof was blown away by wind, but with the help of community leaders and philanthropists, they were able to fix some parts.
“Since the creation of the hospital, it has not received a total renovation like we are witnessing now and equipping.
“The whole hospital has been renovated and it has also been stocked with state-of-art equipment in the theatre, laboratory and even wards.
” According to him, the hospital has electronic delivery machine, borehole powered supply system, newly installed 20 KVA Diesel Generator, backed with solar power and a newly constructed fence.
It also has street light to serve as a hub for all the primary healthcare centres in both Atisbo and Saki East Local Governments.
He said that before the renovation, about 200 to 250 patients were accessing care, but in the last one and half months of its renovation, more 500 patients received care in July only.
Some of the patients at the hospital, Mrs Mutia Yusuf and Mrs Aminat Oladejo, who delivered sets of twins, appreciated the state government for refurbishing the hospital and equipping it for the good of residents in the area.