The leadership of the Labour Party (LP) in Plateau says that Mr Daniel Ago is the party’s candidate for Jos Federal Constituency.
Plateau LP Publicity Secretary, Mr James Adara, made the clarification on Wednesday in Jos when he briefed newsmen in Jos.Adara warned the person parading himself as the candidate of the party to desist or face the wrath of the law.
The publicity secretary said that Ago was validly nominated in a primary election conducted by the party.
“Citizens of Jos , community leaders, stakeholders, the religious and the public should note that Mr Deniel Ago is the only LP candidate for Jos Federal Constituency”.
Adara said that Plateau LP was united and would not tolerate anything that would bring disunity among its members.
Ago, is his remarks, expressed optimism that LP would take over Plateau come 2023.The House of Reps candidate described LP as movement that could not be stoped.
A Federal High Court in Lafia on Wednesday reserved judgment on a case filed by Mr Labaran Magaji against Shehu Mr Tukur, Nasarawa West Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general elections.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Labaran Magaji, an aspirant at the APC senatorial primaries, took the party and the winner to court for alleged irregularities during the primaries.
Justice Afolabi Nehizena, trial Judge of the court reserved the judgment after listing to submissions from the counsels representing various parties in the matter.
The judge said that the day fixed to deliver the judgment would be communicated to all parties.
Meanwhile, Ghali Ahmed, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), the lead counsel to the plaintiff, told newsmen that the processes took place at the sitting of the court that lasted for more seven hours.
He said the processes include, presentation of a witness, debate on preliminary objection that the court lack jurisdiction to handle the matter by the defenders and debate on all the processes filed on the substantive suit.
He added that everything is now before the court and they believed that justice would be served based on the facts and evidences the brought before it.
On his part, Mubarak Adekilekun, counsel to the first defendant (Shehu Tukur, APC Senatorial candidate), said that they filed objection that the court did not have jurisdiction to entertain the matter because in is an internal affairs of the party.
Also speaking to journalists, the plaintiff urged his supporters to remain calm and deliver the party in all elections at the 2023 general elections.
The Postmaster-General (PMG) Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) Dr Adebayo Adewusi, has called for an intervention from the Federal Government to save the service from shutting down.
Adewusi said this at the hearing on Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Finance in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said that the NIPOST revenue generation has gone down drastically with the advent of COVID-19 in 2020 as it affected 60 to 65 per cent revenue of the organisation which was from exporting mails.
“When you take half of our revenue, that you are saying in essence is that we should shut down business; the truth of the matter is that, our cost of operation is higher than our revenue.
“last year, we had a deficit of about N1.7 billion; the way we are today, NIPOST is in comatose, it is just a matter of time before NIPOST dies if no intervention is made,’’ he said.
He said that as a result reforms made in 2020, a major NIPOST source of revenue was transferred to Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS) saying that NIPOST was now looking for alternatives.
The Deputy Chairman of the Committee Rep. Abdulallhi Saidu (APC-Niger) said that he was aware of the difficulties faced by NIPOST.
He said that the Finance Act 2020 stated that, partially funded agencies like NIPOST should pay 50 per cent of their revenue into government coffers.
“For us not to be seen breaching the law, it is expected that we make an exceptional case for NIPOST, am aware you have a peculiar and difficult case, but we have a law, the Finance Act,’’ he said.
Saidu recommended that the finance committee, the supervising committee and management of NIPOST should work together, explore their networks to get NIPOST back on its feet again.
Earlier, the Registrar of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, told the committee that the board was in need of a bailout.
She said that compared to WAEC and NECO, the number of candidates who sit for NABTEB are very few and some state governments who sponsored candidates from their states are owing.
Isiugo-Abanihe said that the exams are conducted on credit for the state governments involved out of hardship and the need to encourage them and the students to take the exams.
The registrar said that monies released to run the agency was barely enough for the board to mobilise and organise examinations annually.
The chairman of the committee ruled that NABTEB should mobilise and get more candidates to take the exams to increase income while trying to recover all liabilities before the end of September.
He said that if the liabilities were not recovered, NABTEB’s account should be blocked and monies recovered and paid into government coffers.
In a related development, the committee resolved to carry out a status inquiry on the accounts of the National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) The resolution followed discrepancies observed in NITDA records and records made available by the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) on amount remitted into government coffers by NITDA.
An NGO, Ayo Adun Foundation (AAF) and Millennium Christian Ministry (MCM), have empowered over 36 widows and awarded scholarships to 10 of their children from Nursery to Primary school level.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the foundations also trained the widows on skills’ acquisition such as baking and soap making, and distributed foodstuffs like noodles, garri, spaghetti as well as clothing materials to the widows.
Speaking at the event tagged, ”Widows Outreach” in Lokoja, the Executive Director of AAF, Mrs Mercy Ayo-Adun, said the outreach was organised to mark the 54th posthumous birthday of her late husband, Pastor Ayo Adun, the founder of MCM.
According to her, the AAF was established to keep the vision of our founder, Pastor Ayo Adun of the blessed memory alive.
“My husband touched many lives, his driving force was affecting and impacting lots of lives especially the vulnerable people during his lifetime “The vision of the foundation is in line with the vision of the Millennium Christian Ministry which is to shine the light of God in the dark areas of the society.
“The intensive skill acquisition training will continue for the next one week for thorough understanding,’’ she said.
NAN reports that the Foundation also offered cash donations to the widows to start small businesses.
Present at the occasion were the Senior Pastor of Emphasis Assembly, Pastor Mrs Maurine Frank, and Pastor Mrs Alice Halidu of Revival House Church, who both delivered messages of hope and encouragement to the widows.
One of the widows, Mrs Aisha Sanni, thanked the Foundation for the gesture, saying the materials given and the scholarship would go a long way to alleviate their sufferings.
She prayed God to continue to bless the Foundation and the Church to be able to reach out to more vulnerable people and the less privileged in the society.
The Kogi Enterprise Development Agency (KEDA) on Wednesday, launched Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) programme toward boosting food production in the state.
KEDA Managing Director, Hajia Rekiyat Sanni, said during the launching of the OFSP that the training and empowerment programme for women and youths was organised in commemoration of the two years of operation of the agency.
Already more than 50,000 women and youths have been trained by the agency on various entrepreneurial schemes and programmes in the state.
“It’s our belief as an agency that the OFSP programme will go a long way not only to boost food production in Kogi and Nigeria, but will transform the lives of both women and youths.
“The new variety of the potato will also help improve the people’s health and quality of life, giving its nutritional value to mankind,” she said.
Sanni said that the vision of the agency was to enhance businesses of the people of Kogi, especially women in cooperative societies.
She said that the agency had been operating an open door policy.
She noted that 70 per cent of the beneficiaries of their programmes were women and urged beneficiaries to listen attentively to get all the value addition on the OFSP products and embrace it.
The State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who flagged-off the programme, congratulated the head and management of KEDA for the positive impacts they had recorded within two years of operation of the agency.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Afolashade Ayoade, Bello urged the beneficiaries to take the training very seriously as it would increase their socioeconomic wellbeing, the state and the nation at large.
The governor assured the agency of government’s support to all its empowerment programmes, especially as the 70 per cent beneficiaries were women.
He urged the beneficiaries to put up a new effort to ensure they achieved the best of the OFSP programme to set a new record for products’ exportation.
”Let us not repeat the error of Cocoa and Palm tree.
Let us set a new record of ensuring that the OFSP will be produced to the maximum not just for Kogi but Nigeria at large and for exportation.
”Let our focus be toward large scale production and exportation of the fleshy sweet potato,” Bello said.
In their goodwill messages, the State Commissioners for Agriculture, Commerce & Industry, Messrs David Apeh and Gabriel Olofu, respectively, commended KEDA for the initiative and its contributions to the economic growth of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that earlier in the day, KEDA organised a breakfast chat with newsmen, where the managing director highlighted the agency’s achievements for the past two years of operation.
The Internet Society Nigeria (ISOC- has urged internet users and stakeholders to contribute to policy formulation to foster robust and secure internet use in Nigeria and globally.
Mr Caleb Ogundele, President of Internet Society (Nigeria Chapter) made the call at the opening of the third Nigerian School on Internet Governance (NSIG) Forum on Wednesday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NSIG Forum is a pre-event to the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) scheduled to hold in Lagos from Sept. 12 to 15. According to him, the internet governance spectrum, which consists of the national, regional, continental, and global spectrums,is to ensure access for all stakeholders in the internet ecosystem.
He, therefore, charged members of the internet ecosystem, including individuals, corporate organisations, Civil Society Organisations, the Media and Government, to ensure proper understanding of their importance in the internet governance space.
“Everyone of us is important in the multi-stakeholder approaches regarding internet governance processes.
“That is why whenever NCC comes up with a framework or policy, they usually call for public comments where an individual, the academia, Civil Society, etc can make useful contributions.
“You can then say that the internet belongs to no one.
“This is, therefore, to remind us of how important you are in making the internet to be a good and a safer environment for all,” Ogundele said.
In his presentation, Mr Yaovi Atohun, the representative of International Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) harped on the importance of the Internationalised Domain Name (IDN) and how it is managed by ICANN.
Dr Wale Adedokun, an academic from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a discussant at the event, underscored the need for a proper understanding of the evolution of the internet and the components of Internet Governance.
According to him, the components include but are not limited to, Critical Internet Resources, Openness, Diversity and Inclusion, Access, etc.
“As far as internet governance is concerned, access is key; obtaining information without any form of discrimination.
“Nobody says because you are black, you can’t get information; the access should be done with as much ease as possible.
“The internet governance also emphasises diversity and inclusion; openness has to do with respect for one another which must be within a defined moral acceptable standard of expression.
“One very important thing to be concerned with regarding internet governance is cyber security; security of your devices and contents,” Adedokun said.
Mrs Chiderah Ikeokonkwo Esq., Head of Research, Development and Innovation and representative of the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), said her organisation was established to provide security and safeguard Nigerians from vulnerability to cyber attacks.
According to her, the Bureau is poised to protect Nigerians from cyber fraud, cyber bullies, data manipulations and intrusions into private affairs, etc, through the National Data Protection Right (NDPR).
“The Bureau is hoping that, before the end of the current administration, the NDPR Act of 2022 bill will be passed by the National assembly.
“That will repeal the present NDPR, to further institutionalise Data protection in Nigeria,” Ikeokonkwo said.
NAN reports that the aim of the Forum, which will end on Tuesday, Sept. 13, is to deepen the role of Internet Governance in Nigeria.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved an online portal for the recruitment of ad hoc staff for the 2023 general elections.
INEC said this in an notice titled “Online recruitment of ad hoc staff via the INEC portal for recruitment of election staff (INECPRES) for the 2023 general elections” released on its social verified media handles on Wednesday.
The commission stated that it approved the use of INECPRES pres.
org) and its reactivation for interested applicants who wish to serve as ad hoc staff for the 2023 general election.
“The INECPRES is for registration of ad hoc staff (Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs) Presiding Officers (POS) Assistant Presiding Officers (APO) Registration Area Technicians (RATECHS) and RAC Managers for the 2023 General Election.
” It added that the help desk details were : Vanity number: 0700-CALL-INEC; and Email address: pres@inec.
ng, while phone numbers of specific officers per state are detailed on the portal.
INEC added that the INECPRES would be opened to the public on Wednesday Sept. 14 by 8 a.
m.and would be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 14, by 8p.
m. “A link to the INECPRES is also available at the INEC website www.
org “All applicants are encouraged to fill the registration forms online – The MOBILE APP (for android phone only) or web portal (using the ) to be eligible for consideration as ad hoc staff in 2023 General Election.
” The News Agency of Nigeria also reports that the commission aside from listing the qualifications for each category of ad hoc to be recruited added that applicants must not be political party members.
“Applicants must not have demonstrated or expressed support for any candidate or party.
“Applicants must reside in the STATE selected.
The Lagos State Government on Wednesday urged the Ilashe community members in Oriade Local Council Development Area to ensure ‘clean air’ in the environment.
Mr Omobolaji Gaji, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, gave the advice during the Eko Clean Air Advocacy at POP Beach, Ilashe.
The advocacy was organised by the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) to mark the Year 2022 International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies.
Gaji, represented by Mr Bankole Michael, Director, Climate Change and Environmental Planning, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, said that keeping the air clean would ensure sound health.
He encouraged members of the community to be environmental conscious and avoid air pollution through burning of trees, refuse or plastics.
”We know that pollution is not friendly to us.
So, we are trying to teach Lagosians how to manage the environment, to stop burning of trees, refuse, burning of plastics, to recycle their plastic very well and also to use gas in replacement for firewood,” the permanent secretary said.
The LASEPA General Manager, Dr Dolapo Fasawe, said that the Eko Clean Air was an advocacy that would be replicated across all the Local Government Areas of the state, with the objective of improving quality of life.
Fasawe said that ensuring clean air also entailed proper waste management, hence, the introduction of ”Cash for Trash” to the community members.
”We have a programme called Cash for Trash, where you pick up your plastic bottles, don’t let them go into the oceans.
”Protect the ecosystem in the oceans because the microplastics, when the fishes eat them, we then eat the fish, and it causes all sorts of diseases, cancer, heart disease, blood disease, even sudden death, because plastic is non biodegradable,” she said.
The General Manager said that trash collected could be converted to cash, as they are recycled for other purposes.
According to her, there is no need burning the waste as it hampers on clean air, making one prone to ill-health.
”Even vegetal waste can be used for fertilizers, plastic waste especially can be used for recycling, so today, we are collecting plastic waste from the community members and giving them incentives, including money.
”The high point is that we are partnering with the Lagos State Health Insurance Management Agency by giving insurance to persons who bring 30 plastic bags filled with empty water bottle, pets bottles.
”You or a family of four are entitled to free healthcare for a year in any hospital registered under the LASHMA scheme.
”Health is wealth and we have merged environment and health together, so they start to understand the impact of the way they treat their environment on how it affects their health,” she said.
The Department of State Services (DSS) has confirmed the detention of the self acclaimed Kaduna train hostage negotiator, Mr Tukur Mamu. Dr Peter Afunanya, the Public Relations Officer of DSS said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said the clarification followed series of enquires in respect of the arrest or otherwise of Mamu.“This is to confirm that Mamu, as a person of interest, was intercepted by Nigeria’s foreign partners at Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday while on his way to Saudi Arabia.
“He was returned to the country on Wednesday and had been taken into the Service’s custody,” he said.
Afunanya said the arrest followed a request by Nigeria’s Military, Law Enforcement and Intelligence Community to their foreign partners to bring back Mamu to the country.
He said the request was for him to answer critical questions on ongoing investigations relating to some security matters in parts of the country.
The DSS spokesman sad the law would appropriately take its course in the matter.