As part of efforts to ensure victory for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, no fewer than 600 vote canvassers began training at the weekend in Abuja.
The training organised by one of the Tinubu’s support group – Asiwaju Beyond 2023, is aimed at selling his candidacy and that of his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima to Nigerians particularly at the grassroots.
Mr Realwan Okpanachi, the Director-General of the group told News Agency of Nigeria on the sideline of the training which took place in Maitama Abuja that 10 canvassers were selected from each polling unit across the country.
NAN reports that the training is part of the programmes lined up by the group to commemorate Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Anniversary with the theme: ‘’ Ticket, A Pan-Nigerian Project’’.
Okpanachi said the training would prepare the canvassers with adequate information about their ‘’political products’’ to be marketed to Nigerians in the next five months of the campaign exercise.
“Unlike before, the 2023 presidential election is going to be a very unique election where you have four prominent persons contesting for the office of the president.
“There is a need for us to train the support groups about the products that we in APC have to offer to Nigerians.
They need to know about their backgrounds, their achievements and even their plans for Nigeria.
‘’So that as we engage the electorate, we will be able to properly address their concerns and questions if any.
All these are aimed at winning the presidential election in 2023,’’ he said.
When asked about the possibility of covering the entire country in view of its size, the director-general said that ‘’this group has been in existence for the past 13 years; we have structures and state coordinators in all the 36 states including FCT.
‘’We have local government and ward coordinators also; we are now recruiting 10 canvassers in every polling unit so that this message we are hearing here is taken it down to the grassroots level.
‘’This is because elections are not won in Abuja.
Elections are won at the grassroots.
Through this training, this message will get to the nooks and crannies of the country from the mouths of the canvassers who are getting ready to take the products to the state, local government and ward levels.
’’ Some of the trainees who spoke with NAN in separate interviews expressed their readiness to take the message to the grassroots and canvass votes for joint ticket.
They expressed hope to achieve success in their task due to their closeness to the people in their respective wards and polling units, adding that language, religion and cultural barriers would not impede their given assignments.
Hajia Hafsat Usman, Women Coordinator of the group said, ‘’in furtherance to the training, in a couple of days from now we will invite all our state coordinators and women leaders and their deputies here for a similar training.
‘’’We are doing this because we know that when it comes to gender issue; Jagaban is not known for bias.
As you can see, even his wife is a politician and he is someone who encourages women to get involved in politics.
‘’We are equally going to train young girls through our ‘’Women in Politics Forum’’ to furnish them with necessary details and information about proposed programmes, policies and manifestoes of joint ticket and why Nigerians should vote for them.
NAN further reports that among those who delivered lectures at the event were Dr Kayode Opeifa, a Former Commissioner for Transport in Lagos State and Dr Abubakar Alkali, a Former APC Presidential Aspirant in 2019. The duo extolled the political and leadership virtues of Tinubu and his running mate using their stewardships as state governors and members of the senate at various times.
Highpoint of the vent was the presentation of certificates to the trainees which followed their affirmation to set out and deliver victory for APC in the 2023 elections.
Sen. Ajayi Boroffice, the Senate Deputy Majority Leader on Wednesday led inter-faith special prayer session for the presidential ambition of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the prayer programme was organised by Asiwaju Project Beyond 2023, one of the foremost support groups working for the former Lagos governor.
The programme which held in Asokoro, Abuja also had in attendance, APC chieftains and prominent Nigerians including Sen. Musliu Obanikoro, former Minister of State for Defence.
Boroffice, who currently represents Ondo North Senatorial District called on all Nigerians to seek the face of God in selecting a passionate leader like Tinubu, who he described as the leader Nigeria needs.
The lawmaker who stepped down for Tinubu during the June 8 APC Presidential Primary said, “I have been with Asiwaju for a long time and I know that he is the person who can salvage the economy, provide the leadership we need now.
So I have no choice than to step down and support him.
“I established several platforms to market him.
I established the ‘’Yoruba Koya” which is going around the country on his behalf.
‘’This election is going to be strategic and scientific that we have to do a lot in information analysis.
Not only going round wearing T-shirts, no.
So we are gathered here today to begin the campaign with God. “We have started here today with God as according to INEC time table, campaign is allowed beginning from today.
We are praying for his guidance and grace to finish well too.
’’ On the Muslim-Muslim ticket which has raised some concerns in the polity, the lawmaker said ‘’we are not looking for a religious leader; we are looking for a leadership that can solve the problems of Nigeria.
” On his part, Obanikoro said the prayer session was important to usher in the months of campaign which will take Asiwaju and his team across the length and breadth of the country.
He called on Nigerians of diverse religious backgrounds to seek the face of God for the APC presidential candidate and his running mate Sen. Kashim Shettima.
Obanikoro said since it is only God that gives power to mankind, all APC supporters home and abroad should combine the campaign exercise with spiritual intervention for the realisation of Tinubu presidency.
He also commended the organisers of the programme for their wisdom in putting God forward in their 2023 election journey.
‘’ I strongly believe that nothing happens without God’s knowledge and it is commendable that Asiwaju Project Beyond 2023 is taking this good of seeking the face of God for our leader Asiwaju.
‘’With this step and the crowd you see here today, I have no doubt in my mind that we have started well and we shall end well come February 2023. I urge all Nigerian to follow this step regardless of their faith,’’ he said.
The Director-General of the group, Bar. Realwan Okpanachi, said the motive behind the special prayer programme was to drum support for Tinubu and to present him to God before in first week of the campaign.
‘’Asiwaju as a great leader and his running mate, Sen. Shettima deserve our best wishes through prayers and spiritual presentation to God Almighty their creator as the campaign begins today,’’ he said.
‘’That’s why we are gathered here to talk to God on behalf of these two great men who have touched lives of many citizens positively in the past.
‘’This evening, we have with us prominent spiritual leaders from both Islam and Christianity to lead us in intercessory prayers for God’s protection and divine guide as we move into the campaign proper.
‘’We believe that God has answered our prayer both for the candidate, his running mate and for Nigeria as a whole.
NAN reports that the Muslim prayers at the event were coordinated by Sheikh Danazumi Musa, National Deputy Chairman, Council of Ulama of Nigeria and Dr Abdul Mumeen Ashiribo, another prominent preacher from University of Ilorin.
The Christian prayers were led by Pastor Taiwo Aregbesola of Heaven Focus Mission, Akure and Pastor Micheal Ogala of Christ Favour and Deliverance, Abuja.
NAN reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lifts ban on political campaign on Wednesday Sept. 28, in line with the electoral act.
The incumbent Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Sen. Tokunbo Abiru was on Saturday returned unopposed as flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the result of the primaries held at the CMD ground, Magodo GRA, was announced by the Returning Officer, Mr Fuad Oki.
Oki announced Abiru as the winner with 344 votes cast with no invalid vote.
The Lagos East Senatorial District consists of five local government areas namely: Epe, Ikorodu, Somolu, Kosofe.
The Epe LGA Chairman, Mrs Wuraola Animashahun, noted that the electoral process was peaceful, free and fair.
“Accessing the exercise, it is a good one since there is no opposition which is due to the love they have for the sitting senator which is immeasurable.
“Even if he is going for four terms, people will not contest against him because he is doing well and representing their interest at the National Assembly.
“If someone is representing us well, why should we oppose him? For the people of Epe, we want the senator to assist us with good roads and to assist our youths and women with empowerment programmes.
“My advice to him is that he should be more tolerant because he is dealing with different type of people in politics. At the same time he should keep up with the good work,” she said.
The Chairman of Agboyi-Ketu LCDA, Mr Dele Oshinowo, also described the process as peaceful, adding that the incumbent had helped the constituency.
“Sen. Abiru has been in touch with the party leaders, he always carries the party members along and doesn’t take decision alone without consultation.
“I want to advice the senator to continue with the good work which makes the people not to be interested in contesting against him because that is what the people want,” he said.
A former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Segun Olulade, commended the incumbent for quality representation of the people of the senatorial district.
“The exercise is a confirmation of his services rendered to people of his senatorial district, it is just to come and affirm that he has been returned unopposed,” he said.
Abiru on his emergence at the primaries commented the party and faithfuls for their support and patience.
He added that to whom much is given, much is expected, he therewith promised to do more for his constituency.
NAN reports that the primaries was held under heavy presence of security personnel,, the DSS, Nigerian Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSDC), Neighborhood Watch.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) representatives were also on ground to monitor the election.
The Federal Government says it is hosting the first Global Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry to reposition the creative industry as the engine of growth for Nigeria and Africa.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Tuesday in Madrid, Spain, at a bilateral meeting between Nigeria and the United Nation World Tourism Orgaisation (UNWTO)
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting witnessed the signing of hosting agreement for the global conference between the minister and the UNWTO Secretary General, Mr Zurab Pololikashvili.
The Minister said the conference which would hold from Nov. 14 to Nov. 17 at the National Theatre in Lagos, currently being renovated, would affirm Nigeria’s status as the hub of the creative industry on the African continent.
“Whether it’s music or movie or fashion, among others, Nigeria dominates and also greatly influences what happens within the sub-region and indeed the region.
“The essence of hosting this event, therefore, is to reposition the Creative Industry as the engine of growth not just for Nigeria or Africa but indeed all countries of the world.
“Today’s signing of the hosting agreement is the clearest indication yet of our commitment to hosting a successful conference.
“This global conference is very important, not just for Nigeria but for the entire Sub-Saharan Africa,’’ he said.
Globally, the minister said the conference would help in improving the recovery process of the creative sector badly hit .
“This inaugural conference couldn’t have been conceived at a better time. The Creative industry was badly hit , and it is just beginning a slow and long recovery process.
“For example, it is estimated that in 2020, the cancellation of public performances alone cost the organisers roughly 30 per cent of global royalties, while the global film industry lost 7 billion dollar in revenues.
“The start reality is that millions of jobs were also lost during the shutdown period. That’s why the global conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry is not only expedient but timely,’’ he said.
Mohammed commended the UNWTO for coming up with this conference and also for giving Nigeria the hosting rights.
He assured that the country would hold a trailblasing conference, just as it successfully hosted the UNWTO CAF Meeting in Abuja in 2018.
Speaking in the same vein, Folorunsho Coker, the Director-General, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), said the conference would have a multiplier effects on the nation’s creative and cultural sector.
Coker who was on the entourage of the minister said the conference would dispel a lot of tourism related inertia that people think about Nigeria negatively.
“This is an opportunity for us to reverse the conversation about Nigeria.
“Nigeria is a great place and there is no country that does not have one issue or the other.
“I look forward to everyone coming to Lagos in November to come and enjoy the fare, the film, the food, theatre, dance and so many other things that form the flavour of Nigeria,’’ he said.
The Nigeria Ambassador to Spain, Mr Ademola Seriki, said it was gratifying for the UNWTO to have given Nigeria the hosting right because it would bring a huge reputation to the country.
He assured that Nigeria would build a template for others to follow in the hosting of the maiden global conference.
For his part, the UNWTO DG said the conference would afford the opportunity to promote Nigeria and Africa to the world.
Pololikashvili who disclosed that many UNWTO-member countries were willing and ready to identify with Nigeria also assured his organisation’s support for a successful hosting of the conference. (NAN)
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The Adamawa government said it had achieved full coverage in routine immunization across the state.
Chief Crowther Seth, Lieutenant Governor of Adamawa, revealed this while addressing a team from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Yola on Friday.
The team was led by Dr. Omotayo Bolu, Director of Immunization at the center, based at the US Embassy in Abuja.
The lieutenant governor, who is also chair of the Statewide Immunization Task Force, said significant achievement has been recorded in the areas of polio and COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
The Adamawa government has recorded a significant performance in its first and second rounds of routine immunization exercise in the state.
“So far, the state has recorded 101 percent routine immunization coverage.
“The development was due to intensive supervision support teams and government matching funds,” Seth said.
The Lt. Governor praised development partners for their tremendous involvement in the state.
He called for more partnership to allow the state to get additional projects to strengthen its health system.
Speaking earlier, Bolu said his visit was to review some of the achievements and advocate for sustainable healthcare for the people of the state.
Bolu noted that the state had improved routine immunization coverage from 33% in 2016 to 55% in 2021, among numerous other achievements.
“It is a remarkable record that Adamawa has improved COVID-19 vaccination from seven percent to 13.7 percent first dose and six percent second dose in the last 50 days,” Bolu said. ( ) ( www.noticias.com )
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African Alliance Insurance Plc, said on Friday that it had paid a total of N1.42 billion in claims between January and February of the current fiscal year.
Ms. Joyce Ojemudia, CEO of the firm, had this to say in a statement issued late in the evening from members of the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB) South-South Area Committee which she sponsored in Port-Harcourt, Rivers.
"We have paid N268.14 million in group life claims, N248.79 million in individual life claims, N165 million in Takaful claims, Esusu took N8.77 million, while Annuity was N726.18 million," he said.
Ojemudia reiterated the firm's commitment to strengthen and improve business relationships with intermediaries.
She said: “We do not take their support for granted, we are well aware of their critical role in our industry, as well as being our long-standing partners in progress.
“For every business we receive from you, we thank you, but like Oliver Twist, we want more.
“Wanting more for us isn't just about racking up more premiums, it's also about partnering with you to grow your business while helping our mutual customers and driving industry penetration.
” We reiterate our tireless commitment to make you happy; after all, we are all in the business of putting smiles on people's faces,” she said.
According to her, as a follow-up to the Brokers Roadshow, the insurance company has finalized plans to host the Abuja Area Committee on March 24.
Incorporated in 1960 to transact life insurance in Nigeria, African Alliance Insurance Plc has grown by leaps and bounds serving people and helping businesses across the country for more than six decades.
The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to invest in the irrigation sub-sector to achieve sufficient food security.
The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, disclosed this on Thursday in Enugu during the South East Regional Workshop on Establishment/Strengthening of Water Users Association for Management of Public Irrigation Schemes.
Adamu also said that the irrigation sub-sector was one of the key policy thrusts to help the Federal Government to lift 100million Nigerians out of poverty by the year 2030.
He said the Federal Government had resolved to massively invest in the sector to achieve food and water sufficiency by moving from drought-prone, rain-fed agriculture to irrigated agriculture for self-sufficiency.
“This is the first in the series of workshops planned to establish or strengthen water users of public irrigation schemes for effective and efficient management of the schemes.
“The current administration is committed to increasing food production through irrigated agriculture and ensuring greater efficiency and equity in the distribution and use of these resources for the well-being of Nigerians,” he said.
Adamu said that the Water Bill was being presented to the National Assembly (NASS) to address various issues in the water sector.
“We are aware that it has been misunderstood. However, it is clear that the bill is not with any negative intension but to promote sustainable integrated water resources management nationwide,” Adamu said.
Also, the Ebonyi State Commissioner for Water Resources, Chief Sunday Inyima, appealed to the Federal Government to reactivate the various irrigation projects in the South East.
He listed the Adani Irrigation Scheme and Ezzamgbo Veterinary Dam, built by the former Premier of Old Eastern Region, Dr. Michael Okpara, as irrigation schemes that needed to be rehabilitated.
The commissioner also appealed to the Federal Government to complete the Ivo Water Project and other abandoned dams attracted by some members of the national assembly to the state.
“It is good to see how we can bring to life these dams that are not working in Ebonyi and other states in the region for the benefits of our farmers,” he said.
He commended the Federal Government for its policies in the sector which he said had impacted positively on rice farmers in Ebonyi.
“Nature blessed our rice and the farmers are doing better today,” Inyima said.
Mr Gerald Osuagwu, the Managing Director, Anambra Imo River Basin Development Authority, said that the South East needed efficient irrigation practices due to scarcity of land.
“We are relevant to the farmers only if we are able to provide them the needed extension services that will enhance their productivity, including the provision of adequate water for irrigation,” he said.
According to the statement, Chukwu resumed duties on Tuesday, Nov. 17 after a brief handing-over ceremony at the commission’s state headquarters in Abakaliki.
Edeani said that the commissioner until his appointment was a lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. (UNN).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Chukwu replaced Prof. Godswill Obioma, the immediate past resident commissioner in the state.
“Chukwu who assumed duty yesterday, November 17 is a former lecturer with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a seasoned academic,” Edeani said.
Dr Jonathan Obaje, Vice President of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NiDO), Singapore Chapter, says current security challenges will not deter members of the organisation from investing in Nigeria.
Obaje gave the assurance in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , on Thursday in Abuja.
Obaje, who is also the Vice-Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Movement (NDM), a non-profit organisation, said although the country’s economy was bedevilled by security challenges, NiDO-Singapore would not be deterred from promoting national growth.
“Historically, we were colonised by Britain and they speak English as official language, they are multicultural, they have various religions and the diversity is as much as we have here.
“And, they have managed all those things to bring development to everybody.
“Besides that, they are not dependent on any natural resources; Singapore stands out as an example of how a nation can be developed with just brain power alone.
“And Nigeria is lucky to have so much brain power that we are not harnessing.
“And so, the day Nigeria will start to harness their brain power, Singapore will just be a joke.
“We are concerned about the security issues, but this is our country, we cannot run away, it does not matter if you carry guns or whatever we will come.
“Because, if do not do something, nobody is going to do it for us, we are not happy about the insecurity, we hope that things will get better.”
The NiDO-Singapore vice president noted that Asia is not generally populated with Nigerians when compared to the U.S. and U.K., adding that a total of 200 Nigerians reside in Singapore.
He commended the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission for organising the National Diaspora Day celebration on July 25, aimed at encouraging interaction among Nigerian citizens abroad.
Obaje further enjoined every state across the country to do better by utilising their natural resources, to bring progress in the country.
He, however, urged the Federal Government to partner Singapore to strengthen cultural and economic relations between the two countries.
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Sen. Bamidele Opeyemi (APC Ekiti), who was on Tuesday announced as the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, ha’s felicitated with Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo on his confirmation as a minister by the senate.
The senator disclosed this in Abuja in a statement issued by his media office.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that President Muhammad Buhari had sent Adebayo’s name and 42 others to the Senate for screening and confirmation as ministers on July 22.
NAN further reports that the former governor of Ekiti was screened by the senate on Thursday, July 25.
Bamidele in the statement noted that Adebayo’s nomination as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was in recognition of his excellent leadership credentials, strength of character and his consistent progressive politics.
He stressed that “as the first civilian Governor of Ekiti, Adebayo laid the foundation for good governance and the steady growth of the state.
“The sense of vision and the managerial acumen of Adebayo provided a leverage for subsequent administrations to move the State forward,” he said.
Bamidele added that Adebayo’s stable political character and commitment to progressive ideals ever since his foray into Nigerian politics was never in question.
“The appointment of my elder brother and highly respected kinsman from Iyin-Ekiti, Ekiti State is an eloquent testimony to his humility inspired by his noble family background,” he said.
He said he had no doubt that Adebayo would perform excellently in any portfolio he finds himself in the proposed cabinet.
He also pointed out that as a seasoned lawyer, an accomplished business magnate and statesman his profile would contribute most meaningfully to nation building.
He,however, commended President Mohammadu Buhari for the appointment, including that of Dr. Kayode Fayemi as minister during his first term.