(NAN)The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), has urged political parties and stakeholders in Kogi and Bayelsa governorship poll to shun hate speech, misinformation and other forms of vices during the election.
IPAC President, High Chief Peter Ameh gave the advice in Abuja on Wednesday while briefing newsmen after the 9th National Executive Committee of the council.
Amen urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), political parties, Civil Society Groups and other stakeholders to disseminate correct information at all times.
He said that hate speech and misinformation do not add value to the county’s electoral or political systems as well the unity of Nigerians.
Amen added that hate speech, deliberate misinformation and dissemination of fake news were factors affecting the fairness of electioneering processes in Nigeria.
“IPAC condemns in strong terms all forms of hate speech and dissemination of fake information during and after campaigns, and even after the election is held.
“It is expedient to note that the damage caused by hate speech affects our political system and our national unity adversely affecting our continued peaceful co-existence in our country.
“IPAC, has always been on the frontline of campaign against hate speech in all election in Nigeria,” he said.
Ameh said that IPAC would foster adequate compliance of political parties, candidates and their supporters to ensure that statements that could cause violence, disintegration and electoral disinformation were not made during campaign in Kogi and Bayelsa poll.
“We are working with the media to make sure that our campaign and re-orientation programmes against hate speech and disinformation reach as many people in the two states.
“We believe that the more committed we are to the cause of seeing our democracy devoid of hate speech and disinformation, the more peaceful, free and fair and credible election will have in Nigeria.
“We shall not rest until we have succeeded in making sure that Nigerians in every states of the federation see elections as not a do or die affair but the only platform to produce managers of state resources trough good governance.
“It will be better for all of us to focus on the messages of commitment of political parties and their candidates through the commitment of political parties and their manifestos,” he said.
He also stressed the need to ensure that all participants were given level playing ground to exercise their franchise.
Ameh said that the council would work with INEC and stakeholders to ensure that the election is credible.(NAN)
Edited by Ali Baba-Inuwa
NCDC announces 176 new COVID-19 infection in Nigeria
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Wednesday.
According to the agency, the new infection takes the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 57,437.
The NCDC said that the new cases were reported from 14 states of the federation.
It stated that Lagos reported the highest infection in the country with 73, Plateau (50), FCT (17), Rivers (8), Ondo (6), Niger (5), Ogun (5), Edo (3), Kaduna (3), Oyo (2), Bauchi (1), Bayelsa (1), Delta (1), and Nasarawa (1).
According to it, till date, 57613 cases have been confirmed, 48836 cases have been discharged and 1100 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT.
The health agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, have continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.
It added that the drivers of COVID-19 were different across the country, therefore subnational understanding of transmission was critical.
“We can’t celebrate decline in national figures until we test sufficient numbers in every state,” it stated.
The agency said that in addition, most patients who died were reported to have difficulty in breathing.
“Most people who died were 61-70 years of age.
The agency said that a properly worn face mask acts as a protective barrier to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Wear a mask properly covering your nose and mouth, no gaps secured with straps.
“Remember, a face mask is a personal item and must not be shared,” it said.
Edited By: Ejike Obeta
Minister advocates return of state sports festivals to enhance athletes’ competitiveness
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Tuesday in Abuja urged all state governments to ensure a return of the state sports festivals.
Dare, while receiving Daniel Igali, the Bayelsa Commissioner of Youths and Sports who paid him a courtesy visit, said the state sports festivals would enhance the competitive level of Nigerian athletes.
He lamented the fact that most states have in the last 15 years completely stopped holding their sports festivals.
“If the sports festival is done as expected, it will increase the competitiveness of our athletes,” Dare said.
He congratulated Bayelsa on its forthcoming state sports festival, and assured that the ministry would ensure the proper development of sports at the grassroots.
Dare disclosed that the ministry had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the state over the upgrading of the Sports Academy at Asoama.
“The ministry will ensure that the academy spots and grooms young talents for the country.
“I think it will go a long way to accelerate and deepen sports development in this country,” he said.
Dare thanked the state government for its effort in encouraging grassroots sports development in the state.
The minister also noted that the wrestling sport was one of the country’s hopes for medals at international competitions.
He then urged Igali, who is an Olympic champion in the sport, to use his talent to bring up other wrestlers to enable the sport win more medals for Nigeria.
“Bayelsa is the wrestling theatre of Africa, and this had made Nigeria stand tall in the medals category in various international sports competitions,” Dare said.
He also promised that the ministry would support Igali to seek nomination to be a member of the United World Wrestling Bureau.
While speaking, Igali pointed out that Bayelsa had been home for the national wrestling team for the past 10 years.
He appreciated the minister for his efforts to help boost sports in the state, saying the wrestling theatre under construction was nearly completion.
The commissioner then called for collaboration with the ministry as he seeks to be nominated into the world wrestling bureau.
”From history, Nigeria has not had any person who contested to be a member of the body,” he said.
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
TETFUND pledges support to Kogi confluence university
The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), has pledged support to Kogi Government’s Confluence University of Science and Technology in Osara.
TETFUND Executive Secretary, Prof. Elias Bogoro, made the pledge when he received Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, who was on a working visit to his office, in Abuja on Tuesday.
A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Onogwu Muhammed, Bogoro described the efforts of Bello in establishing a specialised university in Kogi as laudable.
Bogoro assured the governor that the agency would give maximum support to the new university, like all other tertiary institutions in the country.
He said the idea of setting up a university of science and technology by the state government was a well-thought out one, noting that it would bridge the human capacity gap in the nation’s industries.
He said that TETFUND had core objectives of providing funding for educational facilities and infrastructural developments across the country.
TETFUND’s mandate, according to him, include promoting creative and innovative approach to educational learning and services and to stimulate, support and enhance improvement activities in the educational foundation areas.
He said that these areas included teachers’ education, teaching practice, library development and special education programmes.
Speaking earlier, Bello said that the aim of his visit was to brief the executive secretary on the establishment of the new university, as well seek the agency’s support for the rapid development of the institution.
Bello disclosed that funds necessary for the take-off of the school project had been earmarked, while calling on TETFUND and relevant international organisations to assist in the development of the new institution.
He said that in an era where almost everything was done with technology, an institutions like the Confluence University of Science and Technology would provide the needed manpower for the country in her technological advancement bid.
The bill for the establishment of Confluence University of Science and Technology earlier passed by the Kogi House of Assembly, was assented to by Gov. Bello in August.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide
Police arraign carpenter for allegedly receiving stolen property
The police on Tuesday arraigned a 45-year-old carpenter, Ebenezer Olorunleka, in a Chief Magistrates’ Court, Gwagwalada, FCT, for allegedly receiving a stolen car.
The police charged Olorunleka of Zango village, Lokoja, Kogi, with dishonestly receiving stolen property.
The Prosecution Counsel, Dabo Yakubu, told the court that in May, the defendant allegedly bought a stolen Toyota Corolla salon car, for N120,000 from a suspect Adeoye Olayemi, of Kabba Odohi village, Kogi.
Yakubu alleged that the car belonged to Josephine Odulana, of No. 15A, Pere Kule Crescent, Phase 1, Kuje Road, Gwagwalada, Abuja.
He said that the car was stolen from Gwagwalada Market.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 317 of the Penal Code.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Defence Counsel, Ajayi Ilesanmi, prayed the court to grant the defendant bail in the most liberal terms, citing Sections 162 and 158 of the Administrative Criminal Justices Act (ACJA).
He stated that the offence was bailable and that the defendant would not jump bail, but would be available anytime the matter was fixed.
Chief Magistrate Aliyu Shafa admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two reasonable sureties in like sum.
Shafa ordered that the sureties must swear to affidavit and must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.
He adjourned the case until Oct. 22 for hearing.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Sadiya Hamza