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Nigeria losses lots of benefits from non- passage of PIB, says PENGASSAN

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The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), has appealed to the Federal Government to ensure urgent passage of the Petroleum Industrial Bill (PIB).


Mr Ndukaku Ohaeri, PENGASSAN President, who made the appeal on Thursday, at the union’s 6th Triennial National Delegates’ Conference in Abuja, said non-passage of the bill was denying the country lots of benefits accrued from the hydrocarbon industry.

The conference had as theme: “The Future of Work, Post COVID-19 and Energy Transition”.

Ohaeri therefore, urged the National Assembly to resolve the challenges that had over time, marred non-passage of the PIB.

“Nigeria has lost so much revenue that could have accrued to government coffers, as existing investments are stalled and potential investors are scared of coming,” he said.

He noted that many other countries that had started the same process of legislation for their oil and gas industries behind Nigeria, had completed same and were now `savouring the taste of the exercise’.

“We appeal to the government, especially the Technical Committee putting finishing touches to the new PIB, to ensure greater stakeholders’ engagement to improve on the final outcome of the bill sent to the National Assembly for consideration and passage.

“The passage of this very important piece of legislation will give room for meaningful progress to be made in the oil and gas industry in particular, and Nigeria in general, ” he said.

On the issue of Integrated Personal Payroll Information System (IPPIS), Ohaeri said the union had observed with dismay the reluctance and opacity of the office in the enrolment of its members.

He said that the association had many times yielded to the demands of the IPPIS, in spite of the obvious loss of confidence in the workability of the platform.

“Our Association picked holes in the authority’s stoppage of salaries of PENGASSAN members, which led to the industrial unrest in the Nation’s Oil and Gas sector.

“We call for continuous engagement with a view to amicable resolution of our members’ concerns,” he said.

Ohaeri, who also expressed concerns over the the current state of Nigeria’s economy, noted that the poor implementation of both fiscal and monetary policies, as well as inconsistencies, had continued to militate against projected growth and development of the country.

“We expect to see government’s coordinated response towards divestment from dome public agencies that will allow for private sector participation and freeing up resources for key areas of need,” he said.

He further advised the Economic Advisory Council to come up with economic recovery and growth roadmap, that would prevent a total collapse of the economy from the global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On his part, Mr Ayuba Wabba, President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said the that the current global economic model had only concentrated greater per cent of wealth in the hands of just one per cent of the extremely rich.

According to Wabba, more than 90 per cent of the country’s population are extremely poor, adding that there is therefore, need for social justice.

He said though wealth had more than tripled, poverty had also become pervasive, leading to the rising global insecurity.

The NLC helmsman expressed concerns that 80 per cent of workers in Africa had no social security cover.

He commended PENGASSAN for what he described as its very strategic role in the economic development of the country, and its collaboration with the NLC.

“This is in the pursuit of prosperity for the Nigerian people and to the entire Nigerian workforce, especially during the struggle for the realisation of the June 12 mandate,” he said.

Wabba said that the labour movement would continue to resist such policies that sought to put national assets in the hands of friends and cronies of government, to the detriment of the people.

Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

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Edo 2020: Group commends INEC on equal access for PWDs

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Campaigns for Equal Voting Access for Persons with Disabilities (EVA4PWDs), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has commended the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) on the equal access voting given to Persons with Disabilities in the Edo Governorship election.


Mr David Anyaele, the Chairman of the group, said this on Saturday in its preliminary statement on the conduct of the election.

Anyaele however, said that although priority voting was given to the PWDs, the elderly and pregnant women, other disability support aids where missing at polling units which hindered full participation of the PWDs.

“EVA4PWDs is impressed to observe that marginalised sects such as the aged, nursing mothers and pregnant women and PWDs generally were offered priority voting in most of the polling units observed.

“However, we are disappointed that INEC displayed minimal commitment to the implementation of the framework on access and participation of PWDs in the electoral process, as provided in the National Disability Act, 2018.

“The promised Braille voters’ guide and Braille ballot paper by INEC for easy access of election day instructions, guidelines and ballot paper for Blind voters were scarcely available.

“Where it was available, many INEC ad hoc staff did not understand its usage but got assistance from observers on how to use the Braille materials.

“This was the case in Polling Unit 003, Car Park Ward 1, Oredo LGA, where an observer assisted in locating the Braille material.

“There was absence of magnified lens at the Polling Units, INEC ad hoc staff who claimed to have at some polling units were unable to neither display it for observation and usage,” he said.

An Observer said that other observers reported that the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials such as Election Day instructions and guidelines to assist the deaf or persons with hearing impairment were also unavailable at majority of the PU’s visited.

Anyaele also said that reports showed that a large numbers of the PUs were not accessible to physically-challenged persons as they were sited at buildings without ramps and handrail, across gutters, and over staircases.

He noted that INEC Covid-19 guidelines were not adhered to in majority of the Polling Units visited due to uncontrolled large crowds.

“We have reports from areas like Greater Tomorrow High School, Oredo Ward 1, Ramat Park at Ikpoba/Okha, Oredo LGA, among other Polling Units, where the crowds were uncontrollably large,” he said.

Anyaele, however, urged INEC to address the major barriers identified in the Edo elections and make necessary provisions ahead of the Ondo State Governorship election slated for Oct. 10.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the group, in collaboration with the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), an NGO, trained and deployed INEC accredited observers to the three senatorial zones of the Edo State.

The observers focused on equal voting access for persons with disabilities and monitored the provisions made by INEC for PWDs. .

Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo
Source: NAN

 

 

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Banditry: Lawmaker urges FG to deploy more security to Sokoto

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A Member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Yusuf Kurdullah has urged the Federal Government to deploy more security personnel to Gudu and Tangaza Local Government Areas of Sokoto State to protect residents from recurring attacks by bandits.


Kurdullah who was reacting to the recent attack by bandits at Gidan Madi in Tangaza LGA, made the call while briefing newsmen in Sokoto on Saturday.

News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Police had confirmed the death of a Divisional Police Officer and an Inspector during the Gidan Madi attack by bandits dressed in military uniform.

The police also said about 100 gunmen attacked the town.

The lawmaker who represents Gudu/Tangaza Federal Constituency, said that the bandits had in recent times, also attacked many villages and towns in the two local government areas, where a number of innocent citizens were kidnapped or brutally killed.

He however, commended the dedication of security personnel on ground, but said more should be deployed to save the people from further attacks.

Kurdullah pledged to support all efforts to ensure the security of lives and properties, not only in the area but across the country.

He urged people of the area to remain law abiding and support security agencies with useful information to help in restoring peace and stability in the area.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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Edo Poll: PDP alleges move to replace election results in Edo North

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has alleged of plots by some paid agents to replace the Saturday Edo governorship election results where the PDP was leading, particularly in Edo North.


The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Saturday alerted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Department of State Services (DSS) on the allegation.

Ologbondiyan said that the PDP urged its members to remain vigilant and follow their results to all the collation centers.

He also said that it cautioned the security agencies against being used to replace results already being declared at the respective polling units.

“Already, we are aware that results are being manufactured in Kogi state to be used as replacements for already declared results, particularly in Edo North.

“We draw the attention of INEC to such results being bandied by the APC, including the fake result claimed to have emanated from Etsako West, where a vote of 914 was allocated to the APC, as against the genuine declaration at the polling units.

“A cursory check on the results being circulated in the public space by the APC failed a litmus test of the identification numbers of INEC declaration of results.

“Whereas polling unit results are identified as Form EC8A, the results being paraded by the APC carry a fake identification number of Form EC60E.

“Our party expresses concerns that this sinister adventure of the APC is being encouraged by the slow pace of uploading already declared results in INEC’s virtual portal,” Ologbondiyan said.

He said that the PDP was alarmed by the report that the development had led to avoidable post-election violence, including reported killing of innocent Edo citizens.

He alleged that the victims had come out to perform their civic responsibilities as the police allegedly withdrew their men in certain collation centres.

Ologbondiyan called on the Inspector-General of Police to protect innocent Nigerians from the violent act.

“We charge the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to ensure that his officials are not compromised to replace results.

“The people of Edo state have spoken loud and clear with their votes in their respective units, and they are already aware of the authentic results,” Ologbondiyan said.

Reacting to the statement, Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee,  told the News Agency of Nigeria , that INEC was committed to following through its processes and procedures for a successful and credible election.

Okoye said that INEC officers were uploading the results on the commission’s Result Viewing Portal.

“The Commission is irrevocably committed to following through its processes and procedures.

“As at 18.49p.m. 702 results have been uploaded in the INEC Result Viewing Portal.

“Our Presiding Officers are uploading Form EC8A which is the Polling Unit Result.

“Presiding Officers must complete Form EC 60E (The People’s Result Sheet), and paste at the polling unit.

“We understand the challenges posed by poor network in some of our communities and our Registration Area Technical Assistants are working hard at overcoming the challenges.

“The Commission is focused on completing the process. The Commission is not interested in the outcome but focused on the processes and procedures,” Okoye said.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu
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Akaeze-Ukwu tragedy: Buhari condoles with govt, people of Ebonyi

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his condolences to the government and people of Ebonyi State over the Akaeze-Ukwu tragedy that claimed several lives.


The president’s condolence message was conveyed in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday.

“We are saddened and aggrieved at this colossal loss of human lives,” he said.

According to the president, the thoughts and prayers of the government and people of Nigeria are with the families of the victims of the accident.

He commended the Ebonyi government for spearheading the rescue and also hailed efforts by  neighbouring state governments in that regard.

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