No new registrant has been added to Voters’ Register – INEC No new registrant has been added to Voters’ Register – INEC Registration By Emmanuel Oloniruha Abuja, Sept. 15, 2023 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has yet to add new registrants, captured at the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR)to the Voters’ Register for 2023 General Election.
INEC said this in a statement by Festus Okoye, its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee in Abuja on Thursday.
Okoye said that no new registrant would also be added to the register until the supplemental activities for their integration have been completed in line with the law.
“The attention of the commission has been drawn to a report of a press conference addressed by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on the Register of Voters for the 2023 general election.
“The commission recognises and respects the right of citizens, either as individuals and groups, to demand explanation from public agencies, including INEC, and to hold them accountable.
“However, it is always important that caution is exercised so that such interventions do not unwittingly sow doubts in the public mind, thereby diminishing public confidence and trust in the electoral process,” he said.
Okoye said that Nigerians would recall that on July 31, the commission suspended the CVR to commence supplemental activities that would culminate in the integration of new registrants into the final register of voters for the 2023 General Election.
“It Is important to reiterate that no new registrant has yet been added to the Register of Voters for the 2023 General Election or will be included until these supplemental activities have been completed in line with the law.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we restate the main components of these activities.
“ First, the Commission is conducting a comprehensive Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) cleanup of the registration data by scrutinising every record.
“Based on the Electoral Act 2022, any record that does not meet all the criteria for inclusion as stipulated in Section 10, including the appearance in person by the registrant at the registration venue with proof of identity, age and nationality and our business rules requirements of adequate number of fingerprints and clear pictures will be invalidated.
“Further, in line with Section 19(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, after the ABIS and clean up, the Commission shall appoint a period of seven days during which the register will be published for scrutiny by the public for objections and complaints.
“Finally, it is only after the cleanup and claims and objections have been completed that the final register will be published,” he said.
Okoye said that INEC would continue to provide the public with updates on the progress made on the processes.
“The ABIS for the period of registration between Jan. 15 and July 31 is being concluded presently, and the outcome in terms of multiple and ineligible records will be made public.
“For instance, in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo, where the commission allegedly registered ineligible persons, 3,316 ineligible registrants have so far been invalidated and the process is still ongoing,” he said.
Okoye appealed to Nigerians to await the commission’s display of the register for claims and objections, so they can raise any concerns that they might have on the registration.
He reiterated that “ABIS was robust and would detect practically all ineligible records for removal.
“Nigerians should be reassured of the commission’s commitment to the credibility of the electoral process in Nigeria.
“We appeal for your support while we painstakingly deal with the cleanup of the register and other processes that will guarantee that the general election in 2023 is free, fair, credible and inclusive,” he said.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday advised the Committee of Pro-chancellors of State Owned Universities in Nigeria (COPSON) to stop playing to the gallery.
ASUU said the committee should learn from their counterparts in the Federal universities who were impressing on the government to do the needful for public universities.
This is contained in a statement on Thursday by the Convener, ASUU Rapid Response, Prof. Ade Adejumo, entitled: “COPSON: Stoking the Blaze of Discord”.
Adejumo said that no amount of threats would make the union stop fighting for quality education and welfare of its members.
ASUU was reacting to the communique issued at the end of the meeting of COPSON where they said the government should enforce “No Work No Pay” and that the centrally agreed negotiations would not be binding on them.
Adejumo said that COPSON needs to understand that the principle of collective bargaining was sanctioned by the law.
He asked COPSON to explain “why have they not insisted that policies and directives of central regulatory bodies like JAMB, NUC and NYSC are not binding on them?
” Adejumo said, “ASUU is one, a thousand communique and threats from COPSON cannot break our ranks and iron resolve to see this struggle and any other one in the future to its successful end.
” He asked the pro-chancellors to provide evidence where they have improved the salaries and welfare of their schools.
Adejumo said that the pro-chancellors of state universities “are always eager to run to Abuja to collect money from TETFUND which was brought into existence by ASUU.
“But, only wonder whether some people’s consciences go on holiday when they sit down to make certain pronouncements.
“These indeed are grave moments.
Ominous signs on the horizon for our education system.
“The latest assault on the university system in Nigeria is captured by the communique released by the committee of pro-chancellors of state universities.
“The ‘ fatuwah’ declared on the principle of collective bargaining by a duly registered union like ASUU for its members is quite worrisome.
“If we may ask, what is the function of a union if not to see to the welfare of its members?
“Why is COPSON fixated on the curious idea that centrally negotiated salaries by ASUU with the government will not be binding on them when they have always been represented in such negotiations?
“Why have they not insisted that policies and directives of central regulatory bodies like JAMB, NUC and NYSC are not binding on them?
Why is COPSON behaving like Chichidudu of Ayi Kwei Armah’s tale?
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President Muhammadu Buhari has commended security agencies on recent feats achieved in taming issues of banditry and kidnapping in the country.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said the president made the commendation during the National Security Council meeting in Abuja on Thursday.
The president, who presided over the meeting, however, charged the security agencies to consolidate on the gains so far achieved on or before December.
The president had earlier given a marching order to the security chiefs to go after and wipe out all forms of terrorism in the country, especially banditry and kidnapping.
Aregbesola, along with the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammed Dingyadi, briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Aregbesola said that the president was particularly pleased with the Nigeria Police Force for maintaining high professionalism during the conduct of gubernatorial elections in Ekiti, Osun and Anambra states.
He also revealed that the meeting deliberated on the activities of the National Taskforce on the Prohibition of Illegal of Arms, Ammunition, Light Weapons, Chemical Weapons and Pipeline Vandalism (NATFORCE).
He said the meeting faulted the activities of NATFORCE, accusing it of impersonating security personnel in other similar agencies.
“The Council has just concluded today’s meeting.
It received briefings from all security chiefs and the Council is very satisfied with the performances of all our security chiefs; the military, the police and other security agencies.
”We are happy with their performances and the gains recorded so far.
“We are moving to the phase of consolidation of all those gains, such that by December, as ordered by the Chairman of the Council, the President.
”The president has said to all Nigerians before now, that we’ll put, essentially, most of the challenges of banditry particularly, insurgency, kidnapping for ransom, criminalities of that nature, far behind us.
“We are equally pleased with the performance of the Nigeria Police on the elections in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun, which elections had demonstrated our commitment to democracy and expression of the will of the people at the polls,”he said.
Aregbesola said that of equal concern is the presence of some illegal outfits that impersonate the legitimate security agencies.
”Of particular concern is a body called National Task Force on Illegal Importation of Goods, Small Arms and what have you, but the short name for it is NATFORCE.
”The Council declares that body an illegal organization, it should just simply disband itself.
“This is because the Council has ordered all security agencies to enforce the disbandment of that body and other such bodies that operate illegally without any force of law,” he said.
Climate Envoy Kerry Announces Funding at African Ministers Meeting in Dakar; Funding Will Drive Achievement of Global Methane Pledge Goals The US government has announced that it will provide a $5 million grant to the African Development Bank to support efforts to reduce methane gas emissions across Africa.
Methane accounts for about half of the net increase in global average temperature since the pre-industrial era.
The grant, subject to the completion of US national procedures and approvals, will go to the multi-donor Africa Climate Change Fund (https://bit.ly/3DtKhno), which is managed by the African Bank developmental.
The Fund supports a wide range of activities spanning climate resilience and low-carbon growth.
US Special Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry made the announcement at a breakfast on the sidelines of the 18th African Ministerial Conference on the Environment in Dakar.
He said: "Over 25 countries on the continent have joined the Global Methane Pledge, a resounding level of support for the importance of methane in keeping 1.5 degrees within reach."
"I am very pleased that the African Development Bank is responding to increased global attention on methane emissions and is planning to increase its own focus on methane reduction in the coming years," Kerry added.
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the Global Methane Center have also pledged additional funding to address methane emissions in African countries.
The Global Methane Center will contribute $5 million dollars over the next three years.
The Center funds methane mitigation efforts.
The Coalition, a voluntary association of governments, intergovernmental organizations, companies and research institutions, will provide $1.2 million.
The global methane commitment, launched during COP26, aims to reduce methane emissions by at least 30 percent from 2020 levels over the next seven years.
Acknowledging the contributions, African Development Bank Vice President for Energy, Climate and Green Growth Kevin Kariuki said (https://bit.ly/3R1C7G1) that the Bank planned to create activities within the ACCF to support methane reduction.
“With the support of the US government and other donors and non-state actors, we intend to create a dedicated pillar of activities within our African Climate Change Fund to support methane reduction, including working with countries to include methane in their Nationally Defined Contributions and develop pipeline methane reduction projects for future investment,” Kariuki said.
The African Development Bank will publish a methane benchmark report covering methane emissions from the energy and waste sector in Africa at the upcoming COP 27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
"This will provide an excellent foundation for further focus on methane emissions," Kariuki said.
The African Development Bank's Africa Economic Outlook 2022 projects that Africa will need up to $1.6 trillion between 2020-2030 to implement its climate action and NDC commitments.
The African Development Bank has committed to mobilizing $25 billion for climate finance by 2025; more than 50% of that funding will go to adaptation projects.
The resumption of the five-day 18th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (https://bit.ly/3SahAQb) in Dakar ends on Friday, September 16.
Organized by the United Nations Environment Programme, it provides African environment ministers with a forum to offer policy guidance that will help strengthen Africa's voice at COP27.
The ECA Sub-Regional Office for West Africa has urged African media to put pressure on governments concerning policies on education, health, job creation, women and youth Empowerment.
Ms Ngone Diop, the Director, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), said this at a virtual news briefing on youth and women empowerment on Thursday.
The director said that policy commitments at national and regional levels were not always matched by actions with many youths and women still jobless or in informal employment, with few prospects and no representation.
She said youths and women struggle to access public resources and quality social services.
She said that concrete actions were required to create decent jobs for the 16 million unemployed young Africans facing unemployment.
She, however, said the commission would keep on working with the media to put “pressure on your governments”.
“Education, health, job creation, not only in the informal sector, those pillars have to be taken into account in those policies.
You have your economic policy, and others as well.
“Planners are sitting around the table to figure out where they want to go, where their objectives are.
“We have to be always aware of the demographic dividend when all these policies are being designed.
But at the end of the day, the responsibility rests with the state.
“And this is why we need to do advocacy.
” Diop said that governments in Africa had inadequate funds to put right policies in place and pledged the support of the ECA.
“We have to have this policy uptake by governments to say well, we want to have the right policies but our budget does not show our priorities to take into account the structure of our population.
“It does not answer to short term needs, middle or long term needs of our youth because we need youth and women in empowerment with the right policies at hand.
“So, this is the kind of support we are trying to give to governments.
So we are trying to do a lot but this is not enough yet.
“And we need to have also together with what we are trying to do, the right policies and other interventions as well, which should be undertaken by our countries, by our governments.
Abubakar Chika-Ladan, Chairman, Kebbi Football Association has faulted the order of a Federal High Court in Abuja to restrained the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) from holding its elective congress.
A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, restrained the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, and President, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick from conducting the NFF executive election scheduled for Sept. 30 in Benin,Edo. Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a ruling on an ex-parte motion by counsel for the claimants, Celsus Ukpong, ordered the the minister, Pinnick or any person, acting on their instruction, to maintain a status quo.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria later on Thursday, Chika-Ladan said that the indefinite postponement of the NFF Elections was uncalled for as the tenure of the current board was almost over.
He noted that the action taken by the court was tantamount to a third party interference, adding that FIFA does not accept such decision by the court and would react accordingly.
“It is unfortunate that some people are putting their personal interests above national interest.
“The amendment of the NFF Statutes is not a one day affair and thus does not warrant the postponement of the elections.
“This is because the tenure of the current Board will expire and there will be no room for any arrangement after that.
“The court action therefore amounts to third party interference, as per FIFA Statutes and we should await the consequences,” he said.
Uyi Olubor, a Sports lawyer said that the cause of dispute by the claimants in the case, lacked merit and thus should be struck out immediately.
“If the cause of dispute as stated above is what the claimants are disputing then that throws a lot of questions as to the merit of the matter.
“In my humble opinion, It’s the job of the court to enforce the Constitution of an organisation.
However, it is not the duty of the court to amend the Constitution of an organisation.
“As for the issue of maintaining the ‘res’ during the pendency of an action, I can’t oppose the injunction.
Because that is the right thing to do,” he said.
Olubor said it was the duty of the Senate and House Committee on Sports to come up with laws which would insulate the football body from such actions taken by the court.
“I think the way forward is for the Nigerian legislature to put in place a regulatory framework for our sports that would insulate us from the Nigerian circumstances.
“You would take a matter to court.
The court would treat it like ever other matter.
Which is invariably bad for the development of our sports.
“Sports and football in particular do not need the type of delay and interruptions you find in other disputes.
“In my opinion sports disputes should be as “sui generis” (of it’s own kind).
It should have its own laws, it’s own court, and it’s own procedure of enforcement,” he said.
Also, Adama Idris, a former Director of marketing and sponsorship at the NFF, said the case before the court was a matter of technicality and may not hold sway.
“If they are sued as NFF, it may not hold sway because NFF is not a body recorgnised by the laws of this country.
“Also, if they are sued as Nigeria Football Association (NFA), NFA does not have an existing executive committee getting ready for elections.
“So, it is a matter of technicality,” he said.
The Police Command in Kaduna State, says it’s operatives have rescued two female kidnapped victims and recovered a motorcycle in Galadimawa district of Giwa Local Government Area of the state.
The Command Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the development in a statement issued on Thursday in Kaduna.
Jalige said that the victims were rescued on Sept. 3, at about 16:40hrs by operatives of the command’s Operation Whirl Punch.
He said that the personnel were on crime prevention patrol and surveillance along Shillalai road, Galadimawa district, where they intercepted a gang of bandits bearing sophisticated weapons.
“The bandits succumbed to the superior tactical fire power of the Police and fled in disarray into the forest with varying degrees of bullet wounds.
“Upon further push into the forest, the operatives rescued two female kidnapped victims forced to be abandoned by their fleeing abductors.
“An unregistered operational Honda motorcycle belonging to the kidnappers was equally recovered,” he said.
The PPRO gave the identities of the rescued victims as Halima Rabiu, 16, and Suwaiba Nura, 27, who were kidnapped from Dindibis Gangara in Galadimawa district.
He added that the kidnaped victims were medically evaluated and handed over to their respective families.
Jalige said the Commissioner of Police, Mr Yekini Ayoku, has commended the personnel and assured the public of the command ‘s commitment to sustain ongoing operation against criminals.
He added that the police command was committed to restoring public order and sanity in all nooks and crannies of the state.
“To do this, the police hereby solicit for continuous support from all and sundry in that direction,” Ayoku was quoted as saying.
Dr Muda Yusuf, Founder, Centre for the Promotion of Private Enterprises (CPPE), has called on the Federal Government to address the unabating drivers of inflation to provide succour for the citizens.
Yusuf, made the call on Thursday in Lagos, while reacting to the August inflation rate of 20.52 per cent which is 0.88 per cent higher than that of the preceding month.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that analysis by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) revealed that food inflation for the period under review also surged to 23.12 per cent; an increase of 1.1 per cent month on month.
According to Yusuf, the reality is that the major inflation drivers have not abated, if anything, some have become even more intense.
He stated that factors responsible for inflationary pressure included high transportation costs, increasing logistics challenges, worsening exchange rate depreciation and foreign exchange liquidity issues.
Others, the former Director General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) said were hike in energy prices, climate change issues, insecurity in many farming communities and structural bottlenecks to production.
He stated that the accelerated fiscal deficit financing by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was also a significant inflation driver.
Yusuf noted that the financing of fiscal deficit had been elevated to disturbing levels at almost N20 trillion.
All these, he stressed, had huge implications for money supply and knock on effect on inflation.
“CBN financing of deficit is high powered money and very inflationary; it is inflation tax.
“Mounting inflationary pressures weaken purchasing power of citizens as real incomes are eroded, aggravate pressure on production costs, negatively impact profitability, erode shareholders value and undermine investors’ confidence.
“In most cases, increases in production costs cannot be transferred to consumers by industrialists and by implication, producers are also taking a major hit.
“Tackling inflation requires urgent government intervention to address the challenges bedevelling the supply side of the economy and the moderation of fiscal deficit monetisation,” he said.
Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) says it will shut down Ladipo and Oyingbo markets till further notice over reckless waste dumping, refusal to pay for waste services, and general poor waste management.
Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, Managing Executive Officer (CEO) LAWMA, said in a statement on Thursday in Lagos that the markets would be shut by Sept. 22. Odumboni said that the unwholesome environmental practices by traders in the markets, despite repeated warnings, called for necessary and immediate sanctions.
“Our attention has been drawn to the deplorable state of the environment around Ladipo Market, Mushin and Oyingbo Market, resulting from reckless waste dumping by traders.
“Despite serving them abatement notices, they have continued the mindless environmental violation.
“We are left with no other choice than to evoke the necessary sanction of shutting down the markets.
“This is also meant to serve as a deterrent to other nonchalant markets,” Odumboni said.
He said that the authority had in recent times redoubled its efforts to ensure that business activities in all Lagos markets were carried out in a clean and safe environment, for the good of all.
“We have intensified our sanitation efforts by deploying trucks to clear black spots across the metropolis, especially business facilities.
“However, these efforts are being tainted by the activities of mischievous persons who would rather dump their waste indiscriminately on the roads, than pay for waste services,” Odumboni said.
He urged traders in other markets to adhere strictly to environmental hygiene or risk indefinite closure of their markets.
Meanwhile, LAWMA said that a mobile court sitting in Oshodi had sentenced two environmental offenders for waste burning and dumping refuse in the drain during rainfall.
The Authority said that both offenders were apprehended at Ikeja and Lekki axis respectively.
It said the first offender was sentenced on a two-count charge: one year imprisonment or a ₦50,000 fine, and one month imprisonment, without the option of a fine.
The second offender was remanded in a correctional facility, pending bail conditions, according to LAWMA The LAWMA boss reiterated the determination of the Authority to stamp out all forms of indiscriminate waste disposal in the metropolis.
He said that the enforcement team had been mandated to monitor the environment and arrest persons bent on derailing efforts of the Authority to make Lagos cleaner and livable.
Odumboni appealed to residents to imbibe the habit of effective waste management by bagging and containerising their waste, for easy evacuation by assigned Private Sector Participants (PSP) operators.
He said that delay of evacuation by PSPs should be reported to the Authority using its toll-free lines, as excuse, when caught, would not be entertained.
“For waste management-related issues in your location, please call LAWMA toll-free numbers: 07080601020 and 617,” the statement read in parr.
Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Thursday, presented Certificates of Occupancy to traders of the remodelled Sheikh Abubakar Mahmud Gumi and Kawo markets in Kaduna.
Presenting the certificates, El-Rufai said that the allocation of the shops was through a mortgage system, after the allottees make a 10% payment of the costs of the shops.
He said that the arrangement was in partnership with Sterling and Jaiz banks, which will provide loan to the traders on a single digit interest of 9 per cent.
According to him, traders will have a mortgage arrangement of 40 years after which they can assign or sale their shops after payment of the mortgage dues.
He said that the certificate of occupancy would be deposited in the banks as collateral to obtain the facility.
“We are transfering ownership of all shops to genuine traders in our markets starting with the Abubakar Gumi market,” he added.
He appealed to the banks engaged in the exercise to extend the period of loan repayment by traders from seven to ten years.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Sheikh Abubakar Gumi Market, Abdulrahman Muhammad thanked the state government for the gesture and appealed for more support.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Sheikh Abubakar Mahmoud Gumi Market is the largest in the state established in 1975 with more than 6,500 shops.