The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says days of wanton manipulation of election results are over in Nigeria, as it has blocked all avenues for such.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman, INEC said this at a Stakeholder Roundtable on Election Result Management and the Launch of the Election Results Analysis Dashboard (ERAD) Report on Electronic Transmission of Results organised by Yiaga Africa in Abuja on Friday.
He said that INEC recorded a breakthrough with the new Electoral Act, 2022, which empowered it to adopt electronic means for both accreditation and results management and this made it a legal requirement for INEC to transmit results electronically.
According to him, the most critical technological tools introduced by the commission in recent times are the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal adding that while the former was a device, the latter was a web portal.
He said the BVAS was used for two principal purposes; to identify and accredit voters using two biometric modes: fingerprint and facial recognition, as well as capturing and uploading the image of the Polling Unit result form (Form EC8A), to the IReV portal.
“ Indeed, using the law, administrative measures and technology, the commission has drastically tackled major problems in result management in Nigerian elections.
“Among the top ten of such problems are falsification of scores at Polling Units, falsification of number of accr
The International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has enjoined the African Union (AU) to use the African Union Day to push for the promotion of peace and social-economic development in the continent.This is contained in statement issued by Dr Edward Olutoke, a director in the commission, in Abuja on Friday.The statement quoted the of the Africa Region Headquarters of IHRC, Dr Tivlumun Ahure, as saying that AU Day should be used to stimulate Africa’s development.Ahure commended IHRC Human Rights Radio for the roles it played during the observance of the day which takes place on every Sept. 9.He emphasised that “the IHRC’s apex committees on Africa are to honour, celebrate and pay homage to black people building synergies to contribute in the emancipation of Africa.“The mandates of the committee members will henceforth include the recognition of those of African origin, both within the continent and Diaspora, who have made a significant contribution to the development of African culture.“The intention is to inspire our youth, and then to empower them to holistically reach their full potential”.Ahure stated that the IHRC Africa Region Headquarters decided to participate in the activities marking the 2022 AU Day.He said the commission had also given notice to the structures of the union on the upcoming African Businesses in Diaspora Awards which will hold in Dublin, Ireland, on Nov. 11.According to him, the event is organised by African Businesses in Diaspora Network in collaboration with Ikeja Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.He said the sixth region of Africa which had been adopted in the resolutions of the AU, earned a status of a state with the new State of African Diaspora.He also said that this had begun to receive confirmation of friendly relations with African countries such as Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritania, Nigeria and Benin Republic, among others.“The IHRC Africa Region Headquarters is sending a delegation to the event to contribute in the deliberations that will aim to empower the African youths to become holistically developed.“It is our conviction that they will become so by aspiring to something not only good, but bigger than themselves,” he said.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Federal Government has called on state governments across the federation to domesticate the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) Prohibition Act to enhance and promote their lives and welfare.
Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, made the call at the opening of the Conference of Directors responsible for the Rehabilitation of PWDs on Friday, in Abuja.
The Conference was organised by the Department of Social Needs of the Ministry, headed by the Director, Mrs Nkechi Onwukwe.
Sani-Gwarzo, said the objectives of the gathering included providing a platform for experience sharing, brain-storming and learning lessons on issues affecting the well-being of PWDs.He added that it would chart a way forward on effective service delivery for PWDs in the country.
“Over the years, the ministry has continually trained visually impaired adults at the Nigeria Farm craft Centre for the Blind.
55 of them graduated in 20212022 Session and 47 of them are currently enrolled for 20222023 Session“We regularly providing Assistive Devices and empowerment tools to PWDs.“You will recall that in early 2019, the present Administration signed into law, the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act after the bill suffered many years of setbacks.
“The Act led to the establishment of the NCPWDs vested with the responsibilities for education, health care, social, economic and civil rights of PWDs and other related matters.
“Therefore, it is pertinent for the States to domesticate this Act for effective service delivery to all PWDs across the country,” Sani-Gwarzo said.
The Permanent Secretary said that the conference would accord them the opportunity to rub minds, deliberate and come up with concrete steps towards ensuring that the disability community, for which they serve, gets their best.
In her welcome address, Onwukwe said the ministry deemed it fit to hold the conference towards promoting activities that enhances the interaction, mainstreaming and empowerment of PWDsShe added that it would lead to more sustainable economic, social political growth of the nation and to chart a way forward.
“This conference is aimed at resolving emerging issues affecting the overall survival, care and development of PWDs in Nigeria.
“It is also aimed at Sensitising the State Directors on the need to domesticate the Discrimination Against Person with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, for the states yet to do so, among others,” Onwukwe said.
Also speaking, the Programme Manager, Social Inclusion of Sightsavers, Ms Esther Angulu said PWDs faced barriers to social services.
“We are excited that this conference brought together people to carry out activities that would enhance the lives of PWDs. “We will continue to support the Ministry and stakeholders to enhance the lives of PWDs. We are proud to be associated with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and the work you do for PWDs,” Angulu said.
Speaking on behalf of the directors, Mr Edward Yadzugwa, the Director of Rehabilitation from Adamawa, said the ministry had always carried them along in activities that concerned PWDs.Similarly, Mr Sani Amar Rabe, Secretary of the Social Development Secretariat, FCTA said the lectures in the conference were eye openers.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference attracted 36 State Directors and Chief Executives in charge of rehabilitation of PWDs including the FCT.
The Edo Government has promised to reward outstanding teachers to further boost education in the state.
The state’s Deputy Governor, Chief Philip Shaibu, said the state government is watching the performance of the teachers with a view to appreciating their hardwork.
Shaibu disclosed this on Friday in Benin at the closing of technology-based training and induction of 1,446 teachers into the EdoBEST, the education reform programme of the state.
According to him, the state will also not hesitate to mete out necessary sanctions to any teacher found wanting in responsibility.
The deputy governor charged the new digitally trained teachers to go back and fill the gaps in the junior secondary and the hard-to-reach primary schools in the state.
This, he said, was in line with the administration’s education reform programme and the implementation of disarticulation strategy.
“I am sure the past 10-days of training have been rigorous and challenging and well worth it because no investment is too great in seeking to improve learning outcomes for our Edo children and ensuring that teachers are placed in every class and for a wider range of subject specifications.
“With you, we have accomplished this.
Education is the bedrock for development of any civilised people, we are therefore hopeful that the training you received here will redefine teaching and learning.
“Not just for you, but also for over 32,000 additional Edo children in junior secondary and primary schools, in whose hands the future of our dear state lies.
“Now, you have the capability to deliver lessons in more structured, more encouraging and impactful ways, you have no reason to fail.
“Gov. Godwin Obaseki has declared that for us as a state, under EdoBEST 2.0, the emphasis has shifted to the provision of Quality Education at all levels.
“As your new journey begins, I must remind you that you have been entrusted with the responsibility of building the lives that will define tomorrow,” said Shaibu.
Earlier, Mrs Ozavize Salami, the Executive Chairman, Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said the training was a landmark achievement for the board.
Salami said she was optimistic that the deliberate investment in teachers through professional development programmes would lead to measurable improvement in the learning outcomes of all students located in urban, rural or even hard-to-reach areas.
The Police Command in Kogi on Friday said only one person was killed while two were injured in an attack by bandits on traders in Bagana village, Omala Local Government Area, Kogi. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the villagers claimed that four traders were killed during the attack said to have taken place about 8. 30 p.
m. on Thursday.
Confirming the incident, SP William Ovye-Aya, told NAN that, “From the report that reached our Command only one person, and not four, that was killed in the unfortunate attack by bandits.
“The person killed was the rider of the tricycle and the two injured are the traders who were rushed to a medical facility in Abejukolo, headquarters of Omala LGC after a reconnaissance mission by our officers and men.
“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of police (CP), Edward Egbuka, quickly mobilised and deployed a tactical squad and officers of the Division to the scene to possibly fish out the perpetrators.
” Ovye-Aya said the victims, all residents of Abejukolo Community, had gone to Bagana market to trade on that faithful day, but that as they left the market the suspected bandits attacked them around 8.30 p.
m. He said the victims were travelling in a Tricycle, popular known as “Keke Napep” when the gunmen opened fire on them, thereby killing the rider and injuring the two traders.
The traditional ruler of Omala LGA Traditional council, His Royal Highness Boniface Musa, the Ojogba of Ife, condemned the attack and prayed to God to give the family of the victim the fortitude to bear the loss.
He decried the incessant attacks on Bagana people by unknown gunmen, who denied the community the desired peace and progress.
He called on both the federal and state governments to come to the aid of the community.
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has trained Heads of Police Anti-Trafficking Units from across the country on effective methods of combating human trafficking.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was held on Friday in Lagos.
Mr Arinze Orakwe, Director of Training and Manpower Development, NAPTIP, said that the training was to remind the participants of the specific and general role of the police in tackling human trafficking.
“This is a programme designed by the Director-General of NAPTIP to build synergy with the police and also to erect structures within communities that are tuned to demands of trafficking.
“NAPTIP just has nine zonal offices, about eight state offices and liaison offices.
It is still not enough compared to Police, with presence in the 774 local governments areas.
“So, we really need the Police and that is why we have identified these trafficking units and training of the personnel to identify trafficking in persons, victims, protocols, referrals, protocols for return, integration and communication.
“Trafficking of persons has one definition as given by United Nations because those are the specific demands that are made of the agency and we need to make them to understand this,” he added.
The NAPTIP official noted that combating trafficking was most important for the survival of the nation.
Orakwe added that the training was to equally make participants understand different measures to handle trafficking related cases.
“What NAPTIP has done with the support of ECOWAS is to invite other countries in the West Coast to enact similar laws, set up similar agencies like we have, same in Ghana, Gambia, Niger.
“International organisations are helping us populate similar decision in West African region.
”Bertha Ngurulu, Project Officer, Counter Trafficking and Mixed Migration with the Inter Organisation for Migration (IOM), said collaboration and partnership of stakeholders was needed to provide comprehensive assistance to victims of trafficking in the areas of investigation and prosecution.
Ngurulu called on citizens, particularly youths, being lured with job or study offers abroad to be careful in order not to fall victims of trafficking.
According to her, some countries in the Middle East are known for exploitation, targeting young girls.
“Therefore, it’s an indicator that trafficking is involved.
“The message for everyone, particularly young people, seeking greener pastures abroad is that whenever they are in doubt of any offer and do not have adequate or genuine information on where they are going, they should please reach out to NAPTIP.
“It is most important so that they can be guided.
“For example, when you’re being offered a job that you don’t have the requirements and not qualified to get, know there’s more to it,” she added.
Mr Bello Omotosho, Technical Advisor Governance Component, Action Against Trafficking In Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM), described the programme as a holistic approach to tackling trafficking.
Omotosho said that no fewer than 60 participants were taking part in the training.
He said that the platform provided an enabling environment for stakeholders to henceforth work together and relate with one another on the fight against trafficking.
According to him, the participants have been equiped with relevant skills to respond in a timely manner to cases of trafficking in persons.
“The essence of this training is to ensure that the existing inter agency rivalry between NAPTIP and the Nigerian Police in the area of combating trafficking is bridged to a point where they are able to work together, respond to the issues and assist victims of this crime.
“Our expectations is that part of the fallout from this training is that we will be able to see that cases are being referred and feedbacks are also being provided as part of commitment from the participants,” he added.
Omotosho expressed confidence that the programme would be continuous.
“We are hoping to replicate the same with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) whereby we have NIS, the Police and NAPTIP, even Civil Society Organisations, collaborate.
“The NIS is always at the border and can easily detect the crime when it has to do with cross border trafficking and refer to either NAPTIP or Police, knowing fully well that NAPTIP’s presence is limited.
“We also have a body that is supporting NAPTIP in this fight called Network of Society Coalition Against Trafficking and Abuse.
“So, with all these collaboration, there is no hiding place for the perpetrators of this crime,” he said.
Mr Safiyanu Andaha, the Chairman, Akwanga Local Government Council of Nasarawa State, has warned supervisory councilors and other political appointees to avoid indiscipline while discharging their duties.
Andaha gave the advice during the swearing in ceremony of four supervisory councillors and other political appointees of the council in Akwanga on Friday.
He said, if the appointees shun indiscipline while discharging their duties, it would go a long way in promoting productivity and good governance in the area.
The chairman warned that he would not condone any act of indiscipline among his appointees in the interest of development.
While congratulating them, he enjoined the appointees to contribute positively to the development of the council.
“I wish to urge you to always remember that the oath you have just taken is sacred.
“As members of the first cabinet team of this administration, I expect your total commitment and dedication to the service of our people.
“You will notice that in making these appointments, we have taken care to ensure a balance that reflects the interest, sentiments and tendencies in the local government.
“We have not only tried to ensure geographical spread, but also consider religious, gender and age compositions in making the appointments.
“This is in order to ensure that every part of the local government is involved in this administration,” he said.
Andaha appreciated traditional rulers, stakeholders, security agencies, media and other stakeholders in the area for supporting his administration and called for its sustenance.
He also appealed for understanding and cooperation from the people of the area in order to take the council to the next level of development.
The council boss further restated his continued commitment to key into good policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the area.
On their parts, Mr Nehemiah Tsentse (APC-Akwanga North), who is the Deputy Speaker of the state legislature; and Mr Samuel Tsebe, member representing Akwanga South constituency at the state legislature, congratulated the appointees.
They urged them to discharge their duties without fear or favour and to justify the confidence reposed on them.
They also called on the people of the area to support Gov. Abdullahi Sule to succeed beyond 2023. Responding on behalf Responding behalf of his colleagues, Mr Innocent Konkyu, appreciated the chairman for appointing them to serve.
He pledged their readiness to live above board while discharging their duties.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that those sworn in as supervisory councillors were Jerry Ibrahim, Danbaba Maiyaki, Anna Muhammad and Innocent Konkyu, among other special advisers, senior special assistants, press secretary and personal assistants.
Public Administration and Social Development Consult a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has called for collective efforts of stakeholders in enhancing social justice in the Nigeria.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Consult, which is committed to promoting social justice, Mrs Margaret Ibeku, made the call at a news conference Abuja.
Ibeku identified lack of awareness and slow dispensation of justice as some of the major factors affecting Nigeria social justice system.
“One of the first challenges of social justice in Nigeria is awareness.
“Most Nigerians don’t even know organisations to go to for redress if there is any infringement on their rights or they are lagging in the opportunities that ought to be available to them.
“Slow justice system has made it seemed to be that offenders who infringed on the rights of the common man did not have consequences for their actions,” Ibeku said.
She said that in the light of the above, the organisation would partner with the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) to organise a maiden “Social Justice Conference and Award” event on Oct. 27 in Abuja.
Ibeku, who is the Chairperson of the National Steering Committee of the Social Justice Conference and Awards, said that the maiden event is aimed at promoting awareness on citizens rights, identifying vacuum and bridging the gap to promote Nigerian social justice system, “This conference will bring together academia, technocrats, civil society, public servants, interest group, students, cultural interest and religious groups, researchers and private organizations to interact and x-ray topical issues that borders on Social Justice and Good Governance.
” Ibeku said that the conference also cover issue of oil and gas, Internally displaced persons, housing sector and so many other sectors of the economy.
She said while the former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof Chidi Odinkalu, would be presenting a keynote address at the conference, other stakeholders including politicians would be invited for discussion on the 2023 general elections.
She said the body would thereafter present its white paper on recommendations to government and other stakeholders to promote social justice in Nigeria.
Ibeku said highlights of the occasion would include presentation of awards to Ministries, Agencies and Departments of government private organisations and individuals who had put in so much into delivering social justice in Nigeria.
She urged Nigerians to visit its website www.
com to nominate recipients for various categories of awards to be given on that day.
“We are aware that some individuals, organizations, with or without support have been trying their best in the area of social justice, human rights, fairness and equity.
“These bodies will be recognised and it is going to be a very transparent process.
“We are calling on all Nigerians to be a part of recognising these individuals and celebrating them in the way to encourage them to do better.
Trading on the Nigerian Exchange Ltd. (NGX), remained upbeat on Friday for the second consecutive day.
Specifically, market capitalisation gained N23 billion to close N26.805 trillion from N26.782 trillion recorded on Thursday.
Similarly, the All Share Index increased by 42.87 points or 0.09 per cent, to close at 49,695.12 compared with 49,652.25 achieved on Thursday.
As a result, the Year-to-Date gain increased to 16.34 per cent.
The market breadth was negative as 10 stocks advanced and 16 declined.
On the performance level, NEM Insurance led the gainers with 7.62 per cent share price appreciation closing at N5.65 per share.
Chams followed by 6.9 per cent to close at 31k per share.
First City Monument Bank (FCMB) rose by 6.06 per cent to close at N3.50 per share, while United Bank for Africa (UBA) grew by 3.42 per cent to close at N7.55 per share.
Also, Flour Mills increased by 3.41 per cent to close at N30.30 per share.
On the other hand, Honeywell Flour Mills led the losers’ chart by 10 per cent to close at N2.25 per share.
LearnAfrica came next, dropping by 8.91 per cent to close at N2.25 per share.
Linkage Assurance fell by 7.69 per cent to close at 48k per share, while WAPIC went down by 7.32 per cent to close at 38k per share.
Jaiz Bank depreciated by 4.49 per cent to close at 85k per share.
Sterling Bank was the most active stock, traded with the highest volume of 173.84 million shares worth N252.13 million.
It was followed by UBA, which transacted 54.07 million shares valued at N400.61 million.
Zenith Bank sold 14.02 million units of shares at N281.44 and Chams transacted 13.97 million shares worth N4.09 million.
Transcorp traded 6.39 million shares valued at N6.82 million.
Seeking to solidify Africa's own narrative around oil, gas and large-scale project development financing, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has confirmed that a major delegation will attend the main energy event of the continent, the African Energy Week (AEW) (www.
.AECWeek.com), which will take place from 18 to 21 October 2022 in Cape Town, to sign agreements and forge partnerships while advancing an Africa-focused dialogue on the future of African energy.
As the financing of African oil and gas projects represents a hot spot of debate globally, the African Energy Chamber (AEC) remains resilient in its support for investment in African hydrocarbons, recognizing the role that these resources will play in make energy poverty history by 2030.
While institutions are starting to ditch fossil fuels in the name of climate change, Africa-based organizations like Afreximbank have remained committed to African people and African energy.
Through the organization's association with the continent's premier event for the oil and gas industry, and the confirmation of a high-level delegation to attend AEW 2022 in Cape Town, Afreximbank's support for the energy future of Africa remains unshakeable.
As a pan-African financial services provider, Afreximbank is committed to financing projects across the energy sector and value chain, creating opportunities for partnerships and driving multi-sector growth in Africa.
Deals including investing $500 million to help South Sudan's power transmission, infrastructure and agriculture sectors; the $250 million credit to Trans Niger Oil and Gas to help facilitate the acquisition of a 45% interest in the OML 17 onshore field; the $200 million loan agreement signed with the Egypt General Petroleum Company to improve power generation and distribution; and $400 million in loans and guarantees to support the Mozambique liquefied natural gas project demonstrate the institution's commitment to expanding Africa's energy sector.
“The lack of international investment in Africa's energy sector impedes any progress in making energy poverty history and our fight against climate change.
Afreximbank has remained supportive, proactive and resilient, financing small and large-scale projects throughout the African energy sector.
In 2022, where 600 million people still do not have access to electricity and 900 million people do not have access to a clean kitchen, the support of pan-African financial providers such as Afreximbank is of paramount importance”, says NJ Ayuk, CEO of AEC , adding that, “We are excited to host such a high-level delegation from one of Africa's leading financial institutions.
Afreximbank represents a key partner for African projects, and we look forward to a series of agreements being signed and new partnerships forged that will put the continent on the right track to make energy poverty history by 2030.” Alongside other high-level delegates in Cape Town, the Afreximbank delegation will participate in roundtables, investor forums and one-on-one meetings, laying the groundwork for a strong energy future to be established through oil and gas.
Led by Professor Oramah, the Afreximbank delegation will come to AEW 2022 for a real debate on Africa's energy future, a debate focused on Africa's needs, goals and commitments.