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  •  Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji the Federal Commissioner National Population Commission in Oyo State has pledged the commission s commitment towards conducting a credible and acceptable census He gave the pledge on Wednesday in Ibadan during the Oyo State Stakehholders Summit on the 2023 Population and Housing Census Get Involved The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commission had organised the workshop to broaden the support base for the successful conduct of 2023 census in the state Oyetunji commended the state government for its support during the trial census reiterating the commission s resolve to conduct a credible census that would be acceptable by citizens He said that the stakeholders engagement was more necessary in view of the need to use digital methodology for the conduct of the census The need to engage all stakeholders is made even more paramount in view of the digital methodology which has resulted in the deployment of the latest relevant technology for the census The commission is set to conduct a fully digital census that is transformational and that will incorporate geo referenced census data to meet the best international standards It will provide the data needs for the development aspirations of our nation he said Oyetunji said that without buy in from critical stakeholders all technical efforts would be in vain imploring them to all get involved He solicited the support of the state government in the creation of a platform for clarification and toward a successful conduct of the exercise Mr Bayo Lawal the State Deputy Governor commended the NPC for sensitising the people and involving all stakeholders saying such was a right step in the right direction This sensitisation workshop being conducted by National Population Commission is a step in the right direction to really wake our people up to the challenges of census Get us in the right mood the right template so that when we go into the national census we will be aware of the importance of national census figures We do not want to be going before national population commission tribunal We want to do it right from the beginning that s why this sensitisation is key he said He pledged the state government s readiness to support the commission on the conduct of a credible and acceptable census Whatever we need to do as a state we must do to complement the efforts of national population commission he said Some other stakeholders in their goodwill messages commended the commission for its efforts so far They called on the commission to conduct a successful census and ensure accurate data that could help the nation plan very well NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NPC committed to credible, acceptable 2023 census – Commissioner
     Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji the Federal Commissioner National Population Commission in Oyo State has pledged the commission s commitment towards conducting a credible and acceptable census He gave the pledge on Wednesday in Ibadan during the Oyo State Stakehholders Summit on the 2023 Population and Housing Census Get Involved The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commission had organised the workshop to broaden the support base for the successful conduct of 2023 census in the state Oyetunji commended the state government for its support during the trial census reiterating the commission s resolve to conduct a credible census that would be acceptable by citizens He said that the stakeholders engagement was more necessary in view of the need to use digital methodology for the conduct of the census The need to engage all stakeholders is made even more paramount in view of the digital methodology which has resulted in the deployment of the latest relevant technology for the census The commission is set to conduct a fully digital census that is transformational and that will incorporate geo referenced census data to meet the best international standards It will provide the data needs for the development aspirations of our nation he said Oyetunji said that without buy in from critical stakeholders all technical efforts would be in vain imploring them to all get involved He solicited the support of the state government in the creation of a platform for clarification and toward a successful conduct of the exercise Mr Bayo Lawal the State Deputy Governor commended the NPC for sensitising the people and involving all stakeholders saying such was a right step in the right direction This sensitisation workshop being conducted by National Population Commission is a step in the right direction to really wake our people up to the challenges of census Get us in the right mood the right template so that when we go into the national census we will be aware of the importance of national census figures We do not want to be going before national population commission tribunal We want to do it right from the beginning that s why this sensitisation is key he said He pledged the state government s readiness to support the commission on the conduct of a credible and acceptable census Whatever we need to do as a state we must do to complement the efforts of national population commission he said Some other stakeholders in their goodwill messages commended the commission for its efforts so far They called on the commission to conduct a successful census and ensure accurate data that could help the nation plan very well NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NPC committed to credible, acceptable 2023 census – Commissioner
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    NPC committed to credible, acceptable 2023 census – Commissioner

    Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji, the Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission in Oyo State, has pledged the commission’s commitment towards conducting a credible and acceptable census.

    He gave the pledge on Wednesday in Ibadan during the Oyo State Stakehholders Summit on the 2023 Population and Housing Census-Get Involved.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commission had organised the workshop to broaden the support base for the successful conduct of 2023 census in the state.

    Oyetunji commended the state government for its support during the trial census, reiterating the commission’s resolve to conduct a credible census that would be acceptable by citizens.

    He said that the stakeholders engagement was more necessary in view of the need to use digital methodology for the conduct of the census.

    “The need to engage all stakeholders is made even more paramount in view of the digital methodology which has resulted in the deployment of the latest relevant technology for the census.

    “The commission is set to conduct a fully digital census that is transformational and that will incorporate geo-referenced census data to meet the best international standards.

    “It will provide the data needs for the development aspirations of our nation,” he said.

    Oyetunji said that without buy- in from critical stakeholders, all technical efforts would be in vain, imploring them to all get involved.

    He solicited the support of the state government in the creation of a platform for clarification and toward a successful conduct of the exercise.

    Mr Bayo Lawal, the State Deputy Governor, commended the NPC for sensitising the people and involving all stakeholders, saying such was a right step in the right direction.

    “This sensitisation workshop being conducted by National Population Commission is a step in the right direction to really wake our people up to the challenges of census.

    “Get us in the right mood, the right template, so that when we go into the national census, we will be aware of the importance of national census figures.

    “We do not want to be going before national population commission tribunal.

    We want to do it right from the beginning; that’s why this sensitisation is key,” he said.

    He pledged the state government’s readiness to support the commission on the conduct of a credible and acceptable census.

    “Whatever we need to do as a state, we must do to complement the efforts of national population commission,” he said.

    Some other stakeholders in their goodwill messages, commended the commission for its efforts so far.

    They called on the commission to conduct a successful census and ensure accurate data that could help the nation plan very well.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Some stakeholders in Enugu State including the Igbo Apex Socio Cultural Group Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide have pledged to ensure successful conduct of the 2023 national census They made the pledge in Enugu on Wednesday during the National Population Commission NPC Stakeholders Summit ahead of the 2023 National Census with the theme Getting The People Involved The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NPC is collaborating with the Enugu State Government in organising the summit participated by Religious and Traditional Leaders Labour Unions and Lawmakers Others are the Government and Security Agencies UNICEF NUJ WHO and Local Government Chairmen amongst others The National Publicity Secretary of Ohaneze Dr Alex Ogbonna said the call became necessary to avoid pressing the Igbo population down by denying them their fair share in the country According to him the summit is important not to only Igbos but for the entire country noting that without it planning becomes difficult He stated that getting actual and credible census had become challenging to Nigeria since pre Independence If you look at 1952 1963 1964 and 1974 censuses they were all rejected for not meeting the expectation of the people The 1988 and 1991 heralded crisis which was detrimental to Igbo cause and we also discovered in 2006 the census was not accepted due to errors in the figures So now they are talking about electronic census I hope they will come out with better and credible result he said Ogbonnia said the problems associated with census in the country include federalism porous borders across the country While allaying fears for successfully conducting the census the national secretary said security agencies should ensure who were Nigerians and had them counted The Chairman Enugu State Traditional Ruler Council HRH Lawrence Agubuzu said NPC had demonstrated the importance of attaching everyone in the country in the forthcoming census in the country through the summit Therefore it is our responsibility to support the exercise to ensure it is successful and we in Enugu State especially the traditional rulers is in support of what they are doing Agubuzo said In a remark the Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Enugu Chapter Rev Emmanuel Ositadimma said churches were ready to partner with NPC and make their structures available for the success of the census According to him during counting NPC should go to all the churches in Enugu and ensure that every Christian is counted Speaking in same view the Chief Immam Enugu Central Mosque Alhaji Zulkarnain Saeed appealed to NPC to include them when counting people in Enugu as they had became part of Enugu Saeed represented by Abdulaziz Adebayo however expressed displeasure on the level of killing in the country saying If we kill ourselves who will NPC be counted NPC should be truthful and avoid manipulating the figures obtained during the exercise so that they can be in good book of Allah he said Earlier in his welcome address the Federal Commissioner representing Enugu Mr Ejike Eze said the summit was to broaden the state level support base for successful conduct of the 2023 census Eze added that the summit would help to create public awareness on the conduct of the census and provide platform for clarification and feedback This is the first time the Commission is using digital technology for its census so we have embarked on massive sensitisation programme for the southeast people We will continue to sensitise the people on the need to participate in the national census for the benefit of the zone Eze said In his goodwill message Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State said the state would continue to support NPC to ensure successful census for the state next year Ugwuanyi represented by his Special Adviser on Information Mr Steve Oruruo said the state would continue to sensitise it s citizens to get themselves counted to enable the state plan Enugu is peaceful and we will continue to provide peaceful environment during and after the census Ugwuanyi said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Census: Ohaneze, CAN, royal fathers pledge support for successful conduct in S/East
     Some stakeholders in Enugu State including the Igbo Apex Socio Cultural Group Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide have pledged to ensure successful conduct of the 2023 national census They made the pledge in Enugu on Wednesday during the National Population Commission NPC Stakeholders Summit ahead of the 2023 National Census with the theme Getting The People Involved The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NPC is collaborating with the Enugu State Government in organising the summit participated by Religious and Traditional Leaders Labour Unions and Lawmakers Others are the Government and Security Agencies UNICEF NUJ WHO and Local Government Chairmen amongst others The National Publicity Secretary of Ohaneze Dr Alex Ogbonna said the call became necessary to avoid pressing the Igbo population down by denying them their fair share in the country According to him the summit is important not to only Igbos but for the entire country noting that without it planning becomes difficult He stated that getting actual and credible census had become challenging to Nigeria since pre Independence If you look at 1952 1963 1964 and 1974 censuses they were all rejected for not meeting the expectation of the people The 1988 and 1991 heralded crisis which was detrimental to Igbo cause and we also discovered in 2006 the census was not accepted due to errors in the figures So now they are talking about electronic census I hope they will come out with better and credible result he said Ogbonnia said the problems associated with census in the country include federalism porous borders across the country While allaying fears for successfully conducting the census the national secretary said security agencies should ensure who were Nigerians and had them counted The Chairman Enugu State Traditional Ruler Council HRH Lawrence Agubuzu said NPC had demonstrated the importance of attaching everyone in the country in the forthcoming census in the country through the summit Therefore it is our responsibility to support the exercise to ensure it is successful and we in Enugu State especially the traditional rulers is in support of what they are doing Agubuzo said In a remark the Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Enugu Chapter Rev Emmanuel Ositadimma said churches were ready to partner with NPC and make their structures available for the success of the census According to him during counting NPC should go to all the churches in Enugu and ensure that every Christian is counted Speaking in same view the Chief Immam Enugu Central Mosque Alhaji Zulkarnain Saeed appealed to NPC to include them when counting people in Enugu as they had became part of Enugu Saeed represented by Abdulaziz Adebayo however expressed displeasure on the level of killing in the country saying If we kill ourselves who will NPC be counted NPC should be truthful and avoid manipulating the figures obtained during the exercise so that they can be in good book of Allah he said Earlier in his welcome address the Federal Commissioner representing Enugu Mr Ejike Eze said the summit was to broaden the state level support base for successful conduct of the 2023 census Eze added that the summit would help to create public awareness on the conduct of the census and provide platform for clarification and feedback This is the first time the Commission is using digital technology for its census so we have embarked on massive sensitisation programme for the southeast people We will continue to sensitise the people on the need to participate in the national census for the benefit of the zone Eze said In his goodwill message Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State said the state would continue to support NPC to ensure successful census for the state next year Ugwuanyi represented by his Special Adviser on Information Mr Steve Oruruo said the state would continue to sensitise it s citizens to get themselves counted to enable the state plan Enugu is peaceful and we will continue to provide peaceful environment during and after the census Ugwuanyi said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Census: Ohaneze, CAN, royal fathers pledge support for successful conduct in S/East
    Economy2 days ago

    Census: Ohaneze, CAN, royal fathers pledge support for successful conduct in S/East

    Some stakeholders in Enugu State including the Igbo Apex Socio-Cultural Group, Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, have pledged to ensure successful conduct of the 2023 national census.

    They made the pledge in Enugu on Wednesday during the National Population Commission (NPC) Stakeholders’ Summit ahead of the 2023 National Census with the theme “Getting The People Involved”.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NPC is collaborating with the Enugu State Government in organising the summit, participated by Religious and Traditional Leaders, Labour Unions and Lawmakers.

    Others are the Government and Security Agencies, UNICEF, NUJ, WHO and Local Government Chairmen amongst others.

    The National Publicity Secretary of Ohaneze, Dr Alex Ogbonna said the call became necessary to avoid pressing the Igbo population down by denying them their fair share in the country.

    According to him, the summit is important not to only Igbos but for the entire country, noting that without it, planning becomes difficult.

    He stated that getting actual and credible census had become challenging to Nigeria since pre- Independence.

    “If you look at 1952, 1963, 1964 and 1974 censuses, they were all rejected for not meeting the expectation of the people.

    “The 1988 and 1991 heralded crisis which was detrimental to Igbo cause and we also discovered in 2006 the census was not accepted due to errors in the figures.

    “So now they are talking about electronic census, I hope they will come out with better and credible result,” he said.

    Ogbonnia said the problems associated with census in the country include federalism, porous borders across the country.

    While allaying fears for successfully conducting the census, the national secretary said security agencies should ensure who were  Nigerians and had them counted.

    The Chairman Enugu State Traditional Ruler Council, HRH Lawrence Agubuzu, said NPC had demonstrated the importance of attaching everyone in the country in the forthcoming census in the country through the summit.

    “Therefore, it is our responsibility to support the exercise to ensure it is successful and we in Enugu State especially the  traditional rulers is in support of what they are doing,” Agubuzo said.

    In a remark, the Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Enugu Chapter, Rev. Emmanuel Ositadimma said churches were ready to partner with NPC and make their structures available for the success of the census.

    According to him, during counting, NPC should go to all the churches in Enugu and ensure that every Christian is counted.

    Speaking in same view, the Chief Immam, Enugu Central Mosque, Alhaji Zulkarnain Saeed, appealed to NPC to include them when counting people in Enugu as they had became part of Enugu.

    Saeed represented by Abdulaziz Adebayo however, expressed displeasure on the level of killing in the country, saying, “If we kill ourselves, who will NPC be counted.

    “NPC should be truthful and avoid manipulating the figures obtained during the exercise so that they can be in good book of Allah,” he said.

    Earlier in his welcome address, the Federal Commissioner, representing Enugu, Mr Ejike Eze said the summit was to broaden the state level support base for successful conduct of the 2023 census.

    Eze added that the summit would help to create public awareness on the conduct of the census and provide platform for clarification and feedback.

    “This is the first time the Commission is using digital technology for its census, so, we have embarked on massive sensitisation programme for the southeast people.

    “We will continue to sensitise the people on the need to participate in the national census for the benefit of the zone,” Eze said.

    In his goodwill message,  Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State said the state would continue to support NPC to ensure successful census for the state next year.

    Ugwuanyi represented by his Special Adviser on Information, Mr Steve Oruruo, said the state would continue to sensitise it’s citizens to get themselves counted to enable the state plan.

    “Enugu is peaceful and we will continue to provide peaceful environment during and after the census,” Ugwuanyi said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  By Kingsley Okoye News Agency of Nigeria Nigeria attained political Independence in 1960 This came in the gale of independence agitation that hit colonised countries in Africa and Asia Its quest for complete sovereignty materialised in 1963 when it was granted a Republican status The implication of this is that its political allegiance to Great Britain and the Queen was severed Since independence Nigeria has experimented with the parliamentary system popularly known as the Westminster Model and the presidential systems of democratic governance Nigeria s Presidential system of government is modeled after the United States of America political system arguably the two most notable political systems in the world There has also been military incursions into governance culminating in the retrurn to civil rule in 1999 Observers in the political and governance space have expressed divergent opinions about the appropriate form of governance system that can drive Nigeria s accelerated development while accommodating its over 250 ethnic groups Nigeria s journey into self governance started with a parliamentary system of government in which late Sir Abubakar Tafwa Belewa of Northern People s Congress was the Prime Minister Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe of National Convention of Nigerian Citizens NCNC was the ceremonial president The Senate President was Nwafor Orizu the NPC and NCNC edged out the Obafemi Awolowo s Action Group which became the opposition party in parliament Some Political commentators and scholars contend that given its cost effectiveness the parliamentary system of government is the best option for Nigeria Mr Oluwagbenga Akinwande a political scholar posits that the system is more democratic as we will see more people oriented policies Most of the policies will emanate from the legislature who are elected representatives of the people legislators who are in touch with their constituencies It will give the people greater participation in governance His submission is product of a research on Parliamentary System of Government Nigeria s Best Hope for Democratic Stability Similarly a frontline politician and Peoples Redemption Party national chairman Alhaji Falalu Bello has thrown his weight behind parliamentary system of government Parliamentary system is less expensive it is the elected people that would go to parliament and from among them they would elect a prime minister who will in turn pick the ministers from the parliament The prime minister has to go to parliament for any policy decision and to debate his bill and expenditure If autocratic they can remove him unlike the presidential system where presidents retain their position till their tenure expire he said recently at an event in Kaduna he said Dr Dele Oluwatade chairman of City Gate Elders of Nigeria in Benin also argues that the Presidential system which requires maintaining many states and two legislative chambers and a huge cabinet is too expensive for Nigeria s economy to shoulder Nigeria should be restructured into twelve or eight regions with premiers as the heads of each region for easy administration and reduction in the cost of governance he said at a recent public lecture However another political school of thought holds that given the pluralistic nature of Nigeria it is best to stick to the presidential system to which it switched in 1979 after years of post civil war military rule After years of post civil war military rule Nigeria returned to democratic governance in 1979 Under this political arrangement Alhaji Shehu Shagari was elected the president while Dr Alex Ekwueme was the Vice President Mr Senate President Joseph Wayas became the Senate President while House Speaker Mr Edwin Ume Ezeoke was the House of Representative Speaker in a bicameral legislature arrangement Advocates of presidential systems cite the democratic nature of presidential elections the advantages of separation of powers The presidential system of government is not complicated for Nigerians posits Mr Anthony Akiola a United Kingdom based political analyst The presidential system is more or less a form of coalition that brings a heterogeneous group together The president has the entire nation as his or her constituency while the powers of government are shared responsibilities between the three arms of government he was quoted as saying by the media he said Yet to another school of thought the delivery of good governance and dividends of democracy far outweighs the system of government being practiced and ethnic and political differences Regardless of all these challenges we must learn from our past and from the experiences of other developed countries if we want to create an even better future We must utilise the great strength we have in our diversity and the unique resilience that is second nature to us to achieve the Nigeria of our dream Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos State said Dr Romanus Okoro a Financial and Anti Corruption crusaders Analysts say Nigeria was yet to maximise the numerous potential at its disposal saying that the greatest challenge facing the nation was leadership and corruption related issues As Nigerians go to the polls in 2023 he advises that leaders at all levels Leaders should be elected based on competence and ideologies rather than based contribe and other sentiments President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the main concern of his administration is to conduct an election that will produce the type of leadership that will deliver on good governance in line with his political ideology At the 77th United Nations General Assembly UNGA77 in New York he declared as president I have set the goal that one of the enduring legacies I would leave is to entrench a process of free fair transparent and credible elections It is through that mechanism that Nigerians will elect leaders of their choice adding that we have invested heavily to strengthen our framework for free and fair elections The political paths have their pros and cons what matters to Nigerians now is how to improve on good governance infrastructure development job creation improved standards of education poverty alleviation among other meeting other yardsticks for democracy dividends The Presidential system may have its challenges but for now it is delivering on these expectations and things can only get better NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria@62:  A nation and its political trajectories.
     By Kingsley Okoye News Agency of Nigeria Nigeria attained political Independence in 1960 This came in the gale of independence agitation that hit colonised countries in Africa and Asia Its quest for complete sovereignty materialised in 1963 when it was granted a Republican status The implication of this is that its political allegiance to Great Britain and the Queen was severed Since independence Nigeria has experimented with the parliamentary system popularly known as the Westminster Model and the presidential systems of democratic governance Nigeria s Presidential system of government is modeled after the United States of America political system arguably the two most notable political systems in the world There has also been military incursions into governance culminating in the retrurn to civil rule in 1999 Observers in the political and governance space have expressed divergent opinions about the appropriate form of governance system that can drive Nigeria s accelerated development while accommodating its over 250 ethnic groups Nigeria s journey into self governance started with a parliamentary system of government in which late Sir Abubakar Tafwa Belewa of Northern People s Congress was the Prime Minister Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe of National Convention of Nigerian Citizens NCNC was the ceremonial president The Senate President was Nwafor Orizu the NPC and NCNC edged out the Obafemi Awolowo s Action Group which became the opposition party in parliament Some Political commentators and scholars contend that given its cost effectiveness the parliamentary system of government is the best option for Nigeria Mr Oluwagbenga Akinwande a political scholar posits that the system is more democratic as we will see more people oriented policies Most of the policies will emanate from the legislature who are elected representatives of the people legislators who are in touch with their constituencies It will give the people greater participation in governance His submission is product of a research on Parliamentary System of Government Nigeria s Best Hope for Democratic Stability Similarly a frontline politician and Peoples Redemption Party national chairman Alhaji Falalu Bello has thrown his weight behind parliamentary system of government Parliamentary system is less expensive it is the elected people that would go to parliament and from among them they would elect a prime minister who will in turn pick the ministers from the parliament The prime minister has to go to parliament for any policy decision and to debate his bill and expenditure If autocratic they can remove him unlike the presidential system where presidents retain their position till their tenure expire he said recently at an event in Kaduna he said Dr Dele Oluwatade chairman of City Gate Elders of Nigeria in Benin also argues that the Presidential system which requires maintaining many states and two legislative chambers and a huge cabinet is too expensive for Nigeria s economy to shoulder Nigeria should be restructured into twelve or eight regions with premiers as the heads of each region for easy administration and reduction in the cost of governance he said at a recent public lecture However another political school of thought holds that given the pluralistic nature of Nigeria it is best to stick to the presidential system to which it switched in 1979 after years of post civil war military rule After years of post civil war military rule Nigeria returned to democratic governance in 1979 Under this political arrangement Alhaji Shehu Shagari was elected the president while Dr Alex Ekwueme was the Vice President Mr Senate President Joseph Wayas became the Senate President while House Speaker Mr Edwin Ume Ezeoke was the House of Representative Speaker in a bicameral legislature arrangement Advocates of presidential systems cite the democratic nature of presidential elections the advantages of separation of powers The presidential system of government is not complicated for Nigerians posits Mr Anthony Akiola a United Kingdom based political analyst The presidential system is more or less a form of coalition that brings a heterogeneous group together The president has the entire nation as his or her constituency while the powers of government are shared responsibilities between the three arms of government he was quoted as saying by the media he said Yet to another school of thought the delivery of good governance and dividends of democracy far outweighs the system of government being practiced and ethnic and political differences Regardless of all these challenges we must learn from our past and from the experiences of other developed countries if we want to create an even better future We must utilise the great strength we have in our diversity and the unique resilience that is second nature to us to achieve the Nigeria of our dream Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos State said Dr Romanus Okoro a Financial and Anti Corruption crusaders Analysts say Nigeria was yet to maximise the numerous potential at its disposal saying that the greatest challenge facing the nation was leadership and corruption related issues As Nigerians go to the polls in 2023 he advises that leaders at all levels Leaders should be elected based on competence and ideologies rather than based contribe and other sentiments President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the main concern of his administration is to conduct an election that will produce the type of leadership that will deliver on good governance in line with his political ideology At the 77th United Nations General Assembly UNGA77 in New York he declared as president I have set the goal that one of the enduring legacies I would leave is to entrench a process of free fair transparent and credible elections It is through that mechanism that Nigerians will elect leaders of their choice adding that we have invested heavily to strengthen our framework for free and fair elections The political paths have their pros and cons what matters to Nigerians now is how to improve on good governance infrastructure development job creation improved standards of education poverty alleviation among other meeting other yardsticks for democracy dividends The Presidential system may have its challenges but for now it is delivering on these expectations and things can only get better NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria@62:  A nation and its political trajectories.
    Foreign1 week ago

    Nigeria@62:  A nation and its political trajectories.

    By Kingsley Okoye, News Agency of NigeriaNigeria attained political Independence in 1960. This came in the gale of independence agitation that hit colonised countries in Africa and Asia. Its quest for complete sovereignty materialised in 1963 when it was granted a Republican status.The implication of this is that its political allegiance to Great Britain and the Queen  was severed.Since independence, Nigeria has experimented with the parliamentary system popularly known as the “Westminster Model”, and the presidential systems of democratic governance.Nigeria’s Presidential system of government is modeled after the United States of America political system, arguably the two most notable political systems in the world.There has also been military incursions into governance, culminating in the retrurn to civil rule in 1999. Observers in the political and governance space  have  expressed  divergent opinions  about the appropriate form of governance system that can drive Nigeria’s accelerated development, while accommodating its over 250 ethnic groups.Nigeria’s journey into self-governance started with a parliamentary system of government in which late Sir Abubakar Tafwa Belewa of Northern People’s Congress was the Prime Minister.Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe of National Convention of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC) was the ceremonial president.The Senate President was Nwafor Orizu, the NPC and NCNC edged out the Obafemi Awolowo’s Action Group which became the opposition party in parliament.Some Political commentators and scholars contend that given its cost effectiveness, the parliamentary system of government is the best option for Nigeria.Mr Oluwagbenga Akinwande, a political scholar, posits that “the system is more democratic as we will see more people-oriented policies.“Most of the policies will emanate from the legislature who are elected representatives of the people-legislators who are in touch with their constituencies .It will give the people greater participation in governance.”His submission is product of a research on Parliamentary System of Government: Nigeria’s Best Hope for Democratic Stability.Similarly, a frontline politician and  Peoples Redemption Party national chairman, Alhaji Falalu Bello has thrown his weight behind parliamentary system of government “Parliamentary system is less expensive, it is the elected people that would go to parliament and from among them they would elect a prime minister who will in turn pick the ministers from the parliament.“The prime minister has to go to parliament for any policy, decision and to debate his bill and expenditure.“If autocratic, they can remove him, unlike the presidential system where presidents retain their position till their tenure expire,” he said recently at an event in Kaduna”, he said.Dr Dele Oluwatade, chairman of City Gate Elders of Nigeria in Benin, also argues that the Presidential system which requires maintaining many states and two legislative chambers and a huge cabinet is too expensive for Nigeria’s economy to shoulder.“Nigeria should be restructured into twelve or eight regions with premiers as the heads of each region for easy administration and reduction in the cost of governance”, he said at a recent public lecture.However, another political school of thought holds that given the pluralistic nature of Nigeria, it is best to stick to the presidential system to which it switched in 1979 after years of post-civil war military rule.After years of post-civil war military rule, Nigeria returned to democratic governance in 1979. Under this political arrangement, Alhaji Shehu Shagari was elected the president, while Dr Alex Ekwueme was the Vice President.Mr Senate President, Joseph Wayas became the Senate President while, House Speaker,Mr  Edwin Ume-Ezeoke was the House of Representative Speaker in a bicameral legislature arrangement.Advocates of presidential systems cite the democratic nature of presidential elections, the advantages of separation of powers The presidential system of government is not complicated for Nigerians, posits Mr Anthony Akiola, a United Kingdom-based political analyst.“The presidential system is more or less a form of coalition that brings a heterogeneous group together.“The president has the entire nation as his or her constituency, while the powers of government are shared responsibilities between the three arms of government he was quoted as saying by the media”, he said.Yet to another school of thought, the delivery of good governance and dividends of democracy far outweighs the system of government being practiced and ethnic and political differences.“Regardless of all these challenges…we must learn from our past and from the experiences of other developed countries if we want to create an even better future.“We must utilise the great strength we have in our diversity and the unique resilience that is second nature to us to achieve the Nigeria of our dream,”  Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State said.Dr Romanus Okoro, a Financial and Anti-Corruption crusaders Analysts  say Nigeria was yet to maximise the numerous potential at its disposal, saying that the greatest challenge facing the nation  was leadership  and corruption related issues.As Nigerians go to the polls in 2023, he advises that leaders at all levels Leaders should be elected based on competence and ideologies rather than based contribe and other sentiments.President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the main concern of his administration is to conduct an election that will produce the type of leadership that will deliver on good governance in line with his political ideology.At the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77) in New York he declared: “as president, I have set the goal that one of the enduring legacies I would leave is to entrench a process of free, fair, transparent and credible elections.It is through that mechanism that Nigerians will elect leaders of their choice,” adding that “we have invested heavily to strengthen our framework for free and fair elections.”The political paths have their pros and cons, what matters to Nigerians now is how to improve on good governance, infrastructure development, job creation, improved standards of education, poverty alleviation, among other meeting other yardsticks for democracy dividends.The Presidential system may have its challenges but for now, it is delivering on these expectations and things can only get better.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The leadership of the 18 registered political parties and their presidential candidates signed the first peace accord on Thursday in Abuja to commit themselves to peaceful electioneering campaign The candidates included Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress APC represented by his running mate Aljhaji Kashim Shettima Others were Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party LP and Sen Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP Some more were Mr Adewale Adebayo of the Social Democratic Party SDP and Justice Peter Umeadi the flag bearer of the All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA In his remarks Chairman of the National Peace Accord retired Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar said the signing of the peace accord which started in 2015 was still relevant for 2023 He noted that the issue of fake news and misinformation posed a singular threat to the 2023 general elections Abubakar thanked political parties party chairmen and candidates and indeed everyone that turned out for the 2015 and 2019 peace accord He noted that NPC s efforts contributed significantly to mitigating violent conflicts in previous elections in spite of the challenges Now that the 2023 general elections are around the corner issues of major concern that have the potential to negatively impact on the integrity are better imagined One of such issues is the spreading of fake news Fake news and misinformation continue to pose a significant threat to the 2023 general elections I am told already that fake news has also declared the winner of the 2023 election even before the exercise It has shifted focus away from issue based campaigns and created the platform for political parties to resort to name calling personal insults and character assassination It has taken away our civility and decency in public discourse and conversations and created a toxic atmosphere that has the potential to incite citizens against the state against other political parties and candidates It is for this reason that the NPC has organised the signing of two peace accords with the 2023 general elections on the way he said Abubakar explained that Thursday s peace of accord was to commit political parties presidential candidates and their spokesperson to peaceful political campaigns and rallies devoid of violence incitement and personal insults He said it was also to ensure that the campaigns were defined by issues at the very heart of the national development and progress The second accord God willing will come up shortly before the elections and it is intended to commit the candidates to accepting the outcome of the votes as long it is adjudged to be free fair and credible We hope this will take place sometimes in January 2023 he said Abubakar also urged political parties and their candidates to base their campaign on issues affecting the country and not on personal attacks or fake news It is time for us to promote issue based campaigns We are calling on politicians to address issues that are fundamental to Nigerian citizens We also want to promote respect and tolerance of differences in opinions We want to ensure that there is civility and decency in public discourse I appeal to political parties party chairmen candidates and their spokespersons to please campaign on the basis of issues that are of significant concern to Nigerians Avoid the spread of fake news personal attacks and insults and comply with the spirit and letter of this accord I appeal to the electorate also to realise that do no good to our electoral process Gen Abubakar added A 14 year old student at the event Miss Naomi Oloyede urged leaders and political actors especially candidates to Nigeria first in all their conducts He charged them to avoid violence and promote peace during their campaigns As you start your campaigns please in the name of God have our future in mind and try to leave a safe country for us This is not the time to settle scores This is the best gift you can give to us and the greatest assurance that you will retire in peace If you do this you will be remembered with fondness and not with blame I look forward to growing in a beautiful country where there is peace and the rule of law is respected Oloyede said In his remarks Chairman of Inter party Advisory Committee IPAC Malam Yabaji Sani said all political parties were committed to peaceful credible and reliable election Sani is also the National Chairman and presidential candidate of the Action Democratic Party ADP He said parties had been praying for peace so that Nigeria would continue to maintain its leadership position in Africa and in the comity of nations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Presidential candidates, party leaders sign first peace accord
     The leadership of the 18 registered political parties and their presidential candidates signed the first peace accord on Thursday in Abuja to commit themselves to peaceful electioneering campaign The candidates included Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress APC represented by his running mate Aljhaji Kashim Shettima Others were Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party LP and Sen Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP Some more were Mr Adewale Adebayo of the Social Democratic Party SDP and Justice Peter Umeadi the flag bearer of the All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA In his remarks Chairman of the National Peace Accord retired Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar said the signing of the peace accord which started in 2015 was still relevant for 2023 He noted that the issue of fake news and misinformation posed a singular threat to the 2023 general elections Abubakar thanked political parties party chairmen and candidates and indeed everyone that turned out for the 2015 and 2019 peace accord He noted that NPC s efforts contributed significantly to mitigating violent conflicts in previous elections in spite of the challenges Now that the 2023 general elections are around the corner issues of major concern that have the potential to negatively impact on the integrity are better imagined One of such issues is the spreading of fake news Fake news and misinformation continue to pose a significant threat to the 2023 general elections I am told already that fake news has also declared the winner of the 2023 election even before the exercise It has shifted focus away from issue based campaigns and created the platform for political parties to resort to name calling personal insults and character assassination It has taken away our civility and decency in public discourse and conversations and created a toxic atmosphere that has the potential to incite citizens against the state against other political parties and candidates It is for this reason that the NPC has organised the signing of two peace accords with the 2023 general elections on the way he said Abubakar explained that Thursday s peace of accord was to commit political parties presidential candidates and their spokesperson to peaceful political campaigns and rallies devoid of violence incitement and personal insults He said it was also to ensure that the campaigns were defined by issues at the very heart of the national development and progress The second accord God willing will come up shortly before the elections and it is intended to commit the candidates to accepting the outcome of the votes as long it is adjudged to be free fair and credible We hope this will take place sometimes in January 2023 he said Abubakar also urged political parties and their candidates to base their campaign on issues affecting the country and not on personal attacks or fake news It is time for us to promote issue based campaigns We are calling on politicians to address issues that are fundamental to Nigerian citizens We also want to promote respect and tolerance of differences in opinions We want to ensure that there is civility and decency in public discourse I appeal to political parties party chairmen candidates and their spokespersons to please campaign on the basis of issues that are of significant concern to Nigerians Avoid the spread of fake news personal attacks and insults and comply with the spirit and letter of this accord I appeal to the electorate also to realise that do no good to our electoral process Gen Abubakar added A 14 year old student at the event Miss Naomi Oloyede urged leaders and political actors especially candidates to Nigeria first in all their conducts He charged them to avoid violence and promote peace during their campaigns As you start your campaigns please in the name of God have our future in mind and try to leave a safe country for us This is not the time to settle scores This is the best gift you can give to us and the greatest assurance that you will retire in peace If you do this you will be remembered with fondness and not with blame I look forward to growing in a beautiful country where there is peace and the rule of law is respected Oloyede said In his remarks Chairman of Inter party Advisory Committee IPAC Malam Yabaji Sani said all political parties were committed to peaceful credible and reliable election Sani is also the National Chairman and presidential candidate of the Action Democratic Party ADP He said parties had been praying for peace so that Nigeria would continue to maintain its leadership position in Africa and in the comity of nations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Presidential candidates, party leaders sign first peace accord
    General news1 week ago

    Presidential candidates, party leaders sign first peace accord

    The leadership of the 18 registered political parties and their presidential candidates signed the first peace accord on Thursday in Abuja to commit themselves to peaceful electioneering campaign.

    The candidates included Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), represented by his running mate, Aljhaji Kashim Shettima.

    Others were Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) and Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

    Some more were Mr Adewale Adebayo of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Justice Peter Umeadi, the flag bearer of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

    In his remarks, Chairman of the National Peace Accord, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, said the signing of the peace accord which started in 2015 was still relevant for 2023. He noted that the issue of fake news and misinformation posed a singular threat to the 2023 general elections.

    Abubakar thanked political parties, party chairmen and candidates, and indeed everyone that turned out for the 2015 and 2019 peace accord.

    He noted that NPC’s efforts contributed significantly to mitigating violent conflicts in previous elections in spite of the challenges.

    “Now that the 2023 general elections are around the corner, issues of major concern that have the potential to negatively impact on the integrity are better imagined.

    “One of such issues is the spreading of fake news.

    “Fake news and misinformation continue to pose a significant threat to the 2023 general elections.

    I am told already that fake news has also declared the winner of the 2023 election even before the exercise.

    “It has shifted focus away from issue-based campaigns and created the platform for political parties to resort to name calling, personal insults and character assassination.

    “It has taken away our civility and decency in public discourse and conversations and created a toxic atmosphere that has the potential to incite citizens against the state, against other political parties and candidates.

    “It is for this reason that the NPC has organised the signing of two peace accords with the 2023 general elections on the way,’’ he said.

    Abubakar explained that Thursday’s peace of accord was to commit political parties, presidential candidates and their spokesperson to peaceful political campaigns and rallies, devoid of violence, incitement and personal insults.

    He said it was also to ensure that the campaigns were defined by issues at the very heart of the national development and progress.

    “The second accord, God willing, will come up shortly before the elections, and it is intended to commit the candidates to accepting the outcome of the votes as long it is adjudged to be free, fair and credible.

    “We hope this will take place sometimes in January 2023.’’ he said.

    Abubakar also urged political parties and their candidates to base their campaign on issues affecting the country and not on personal attacks or fake news.  

    “It is time for us to promote issue-based campaigns.

    We are calling on politicians to address issues that are fundamental to Nigerian citizens.

    “We also want to promote respect and tolerance of differences in opinions.

    We want to ensure that there is civility and decency in public discourse.

    “I appeal to political parties, party chairmen, candidates and their spokespersons to please campaign on the basis of issues that are of significant concern to Nigerians.

    “Avoid the spread of fake news, personal attacks and insults and comply with the spirit and letter of this accord.

    “I appeal to the electorate also to realise that do no good to our electoral process,’’ Gen. Abubakar added.

    A 14-year-old student at the event, Miss Naomi Oloyede urged leaders and political actors, especially candidates to Nigeria first in all their conducts.

    He charged them to avoid violence and promote peace during their campaigns.

    “As you start your campaigns, please, in the name of God, have our future in mind and try to leave a safe country for us.

    “This is not the time to settle scores.

    This is the best gift you can give to us and the greatest assurance that you will retire in peace.

    “If you do this, you will be remembered with fondness and not with blame.

    “I look forward to growing in a beautiful country where there is peace and the rule of law is respected,’’ Oloyede said.

    In his remarks, Chairman of Inter-party Advisory Committee (IPAC), Malam Yabaji Sani said all political parties were committed to peaceful, credible and reliable election.

    Sani is also the National Chairman and presidential candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP).

    He said parties had been praying for peace so that Nigeria would continue to maintain its leadership position in Africa and in the comity of nations.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Bureau of Statistics NBS says it will contribute its quota by providing the Federal Government with data and evidence to help tackle insecurity in the country The Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the NBS Prince Semiu Adeniran said this on the sidelines of the 45th Annual Statistical Conference in Keffi on Thursday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference has as its theme Security Challenges in Nigeria and Associated Consequences A Statistical Overview Adeniran said the bureau was working on a new Crime and Security Survey in collaboration with the Nigerian Army According to him the survey is expected to commence in 2023 It is going to be a household based survey where we are going to visit a selected sample of households across the country to ask them about the security situation in their neighbourhood and their environment We have quite some data available on security which we have provided for the Nigerian Army but that data is not national it is only adopted in the North East part of the country So we are planning to have a larger and national survey on crime and security The idea of this initiative is to contribute to the solution of insecurity in the country by providing the government with important information and evidence that can assist in tackling the challenge He said that apart from insecurity the crime and security survey would also address the issue of victimisation and gender based violence In his paper presentation titled Consequences of Security Challenges on the National Statistical System in Nigeria Adeniran said the spate of insecurity in the country had profound negative effects on the general macroeconomic and socioeconomic conditions in the country He said no sector or group of persons was immune from the effects of insecurity in the country adding that it affected the statistical system both directly and indirectly So in direct terms you are looking at the safety of lives and equipment disruptions to the field processes which have significant financial implications and possible data quality issues if not properly checked The statistical system suffers indirectly also by its inability to produce adequate reliable and timely statistics for proper policy design implementation and monitoring The NBS boss said the bureau had taken some measures to address the issue of insecurity in the country one of which includes adopting the use of technology We established a call centre at the headquarters through which we now conduct phone surveys Using this platform we can collect data in inaccessible and hard to reach areas when necessary The statistician general said other measures taken using technology to mitigate the effects of insecurity include remote data monitoring for quality assurance Using digital Enumeration Area EA Maps with GPS coordinates we can monitor the movement of field staff within the selected EAs and review their submissions while they are still in the EAs This has significantly reduced the need for physical monitoring from officers at the headquarters and the entire fieldwork period can be observed remotely while ensuring the quality of the returns from the field He said the bureau also engaged local community guides for its survey exercises usually provided by the local communities saying it had helped reduce the hostile reception faced by the fieldworkers when they go to communities for data collection We have also introduced a new module on security awareness into our survey training which was designed by professional security personnel This model provides information that will assist the fieldworkers on how to be conscious and aware of any environment they enter to collect data and how to approach security issues when they arise in the field The Chairman National Population Commission NPC Nasir Kwarra in his presentation said the spate of insecurity had affected preparations for the 2023 Census like other sectors of our national life Kwarra represented by the Director General NPC Mr Ojogun Osifo however said the insecurity had not stopped the march toward the next census He said due to insecurity the commission had not been able to demarcate two out of the 774 LGAs in the country The two LGAs affected are Birni Gwari in Kaduna State occasioned by cases of banditry and Abadam in Borno State due to Boko Haram insurgency Following consultations with the respective State Governments and the security agencies the demarcation of these LGAs has commenced and the exercise will be concluded well ahead of the 2023 Census Kwarra said that with proper planning and operational deployment as done in successive elections the census could be conducted in Nigeria Our optimism in this regard is reinforced by the patriotic roles of the traditional institutions and security agencies They have provided adequate security cover for the Enumeration Area Demarcation first and second pretests and trial census in their various communities during the exercise NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NBS to provide data to help tackle insecurity in Nigeria- Statistician-General
     The National Bureau of Statistics NBS says it will contribute its quota by providing the Federal Government with data and evidence to help tackle insecurity in the country The Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the NBS Prince Semiu Adeniran said this on the sidelines of the 45th Annual Statistical Conference in Keffi on Thursday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference has as its theme Security Challenges in Nigeria and Associated Consequences A Statistical Overview Adeniran said the bureau was working on a new Crime and Security Survey in collaboration with the Nigerian Army According to him the survey is expected to commence in 2023 It is going to be a household based survey where we are going to visit a selected sample of households across the country to ask them about the security situation in their neighbourhood and their environment We have quite some data available on security which we have provided for the Nigerian Army but that data is not national it is only adopted in the North East part of the country So we are planning to have a larger and national survey on crime and security The idea of this initiative is to contribute to the solution of insecurity in the country by providing the government with important information and evidence that can assist in tackling the challenge He said that apart from insecurity the crime and security survey would also address the issue of victimisation and gender based violence In his paper presentation titled Consequences of Security Challenges on the National Statistical System in Nigeria Adeniran said the spate of insecurity in the country had profound negative effects on the general macroeconomic and socioeconomic conditions in the country He said no sector or group of persons was immune from the effects of insecurity in the country adding that it affected the statistical system both directly and indirectly So in direct terms you are looking at the safety of lives and equipment disruptions to the field processes which have significant financial implications and possible data quality issues if not properly checked The statistical system suffers indirectly also by its inability to produce adequate reliable and timely statistics for proper policy design implementation and monitoring The NBS boss said the bureau had taken some measures to address the issue of insecurity in the country one of which includes adopting the use of technology We established a call centre at the headquarters through which we now conduct phone surveys Using this platform we can collect data in inaccessible and hard to reach areas when necessary The statistician general said other measures taken using technology to mitigate the effects of insecurity include remote data monitoring for quality assurance Using digital Enumeration Area EA Maps with GPS coordinates we can monitor the movement of field staff within the selected EAs and review their submissions while they are still in the EAs This has significantly reduced the need for physical monitoring from officers at the headquarters and the entire fieldwork period can be observed remotely while ensuring the quality of the returns from the field He said the bureau also engaged local community guides for its survey exercises usually provided by the local communities saying it had helped reduce the hostile reception faced by the fieldworkers when they go to communities for data collection We have also introduced a new module on security awareness into our survey training which was designed by professional security personnel This model provides information that will assist the fieldworkers on how to be conscious and aware of any environment they enter to collect data and how to approach security issues when they arise in the field The Chairman National Population Commission NPC Nasir Kwarra in his presentation said the spate of insecurity had affected preparations for the 2023 Census like other sectors of our national life Kwarra represented by the Director General NPC Mr Ojogun Osifo however said the insecurity had not stopped the march toward the next census He said due to insecurity the commission had not been able to demarcate two out of the 774 LGAs in the country The two LGAs affected are Birni Gwari in Kaduna State occasioned by cases of banditry and Abadam in Borno State due to Boko Haram insurgency Following consultations with the respective State Governments and the security agencies the demarcation of these LGAs has commenced and the exercise will be concluded well ahead of the 2023 Census Kwarra said that with proper planning and operational deployment as done in successive elections the census could be conducted in Nigeria Our optimism in this regard is reinforced by the patriotic roles of the traditional institutions and security agencies They have provided adequate security cover for the Enumeration Area Demarcation first and second pretests and trial census in their various communities during the exercise NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NBS to provide data to help tackle insecurity in Nigeria- Statistician-General
    Economy1 week ago

    NBS to provide data to help tackle insecurity in Nigeria- Statistician-General

    The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), says it will contribute its quota by providing the Federal Government with data and evidence to help tackle insecurity in the country.

    The Statistician-General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the NBS, Prince Semiu Adeniran, said this on the sidelines of the 45th Annual Statistical Conference in Keffi on Thursday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference has as its theme: ” Security Challenges in Nigeria and Associated Consequences: A Statistical Overview.

    ” Adeniran said the bureau was working on a new Crime and Security Survey in collaboration with the Nigerian Army, According to him, the survey is expected to commence in 2023. “It is going to be a household-based survey where we are going to visit a selected sample of households across the country to ask them about the security situation in their neighbourhood and their environment.

    “We have quite some data available on security which we have provided for the Nigerian Army but that data is not national, it is only adopted in the North- East part of the country.

    “So, we are planning to have a larger and national survey on crime and security.

    “The idea of this initiative is to contribute to the solution of insecurity in the country by providing the government with important information and evidence that can assist in tackling the challenge.

    ” He said that apart from insecurity, the crime and security survey would also address the issue of victimisation and gender-based violence.

    In his paper presentation titled: Consequences of Security Challenges on the National Statistical System in Nigeria, Adeniran said the spate of insecurity in the country had profound negative effects on the general macroeconomic and socioeconomic conditions in the country.

    He said no sector or group of persons was immune from the effects of insecurity in the country, adding that it affected the statistical system both directly and indirectly.

    “So, in direct terms, you are looking at the safety of lives and equipment, disruptions to the field processes which have significant financial implications and possible data quality issues, if not properly checked.

    “The statistical system suffers indirectly also by its inability to produce adequate, reliable and timely statistics for proper policy design, implementation, and monitoring.

    ” The NBS boss said the bureau had taken some measures to address the issue of insecurity in the country, one of which includes adopting the use of technology.

    “We established a call centre at the headquarters through which we now conduct phone surveys.

    Using this platform, we can collect data in inaccessible and hard-to-reach areas when necessary.

    ” The statistician-general said other measures taken using technology to mitigate the effects of insecurity include remote data monitoring for quality assurance.

    “Using digital Enumeration Area (EA) Maps with GPS coordinates, we can monitor the movement of field staff within the selected EAs and review their submissions while they are still in the EAs. “This has significantly reduced the need for physical monitoring from officers at the headquarters, and the entire fieldwork period can be observed remotely while ensuring the quality of the returns from the field.

    ” He said the bureau also engaged local community guides for its survey exercises, usually provided by the local communities, saying it had helped reduce the hostile reception faced by the fieldworkers when they go to communities for data collection.

    ” We have also introduced a new module on security awareness into our survey training, which was designed by professional security personnel.

    “This model provides information that will assist the fieldworkers on how to be conscious and aware of any environment they enter to collect data, and how to approach security issues when they arise in the field.

    ” The Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), Nasir Kwarra in his presentation said the spate of insecurity had affected preparations for the 2023 Census like other sectors of our national life.

    Kwarra, represented by the Director-General, NPC, Mr Ojogun Osifo, however, said the insecurity had not stopped the march toward the next census.

    He said due to insecurity, the commission had not been able to demarcate two out of the 774 LGAs in the country.

    “The two LGAs affected are Birni Gwari in Kaduna State, occasioned by cases of banditry and Abadam in Borno State due to Boko Haram insurgency.

    “Following consultations with the respective State Governments and the security agencies, the demarcation of these LGAs has commenced and the exercise will be concluded well ahead of the 2023 Census.

    ” Kwarra said that with proper planning and operational deployment as done in successive elections, the census could be conducted in Nigeria.

    “Our optimism in this regard is reinforced by the patriotic roles of the traditional institutions and security agencies.

    “They have provided adequate security cover for the Enumeration Area Demarcation, first and second pretests and trial census in their various communities during the exercise.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Gov Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has said that his administration will provide the support necessary for the success of the 2023 Population and Housing Census in the state Ikpeazu made the promise in Umuahia on Thursday during the Abia stakeholders summit on the upcoming exercise He said that the outcome of the census would help to further strengthen the State Government s planning metrics He said that the outcome of the exercise would help the government to work with empirical data of the population and housing units in the state These figures have relevance across indices of human and infrastructural development planning There is no gainsaying the fact that an accurate population and housing census is a condition precedent for proper development planning the governor said He argued that over the years census in the country had been dogged by controversy over the accuracy of figures assigned to states Most states have disputed the figures while some have taken steps to conduct their own exercise he said Ikpeazu represented by his Chief of Staff Mr Okey Ahaiwe said that the summit signposts the seriousness the State Government attaches to the exercise He hoped that the meeting would help to minimise such controversies in the 2023 census He opined that the more people are involved in a process the less likely it is that they will question the outcome This is why we empanelled a high level state census committee to coordinate our participation in the exercise The committee is to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are properly carried along so as to ensure a credible and acceptability outcome Our administration places high premium on data for planning purposes It is for this reason that we collaborated with the Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta to produce a long term plan for Abia The document is a testament to our attention to data driven planning Ikpeazu said He therefore charged all the relevant stakeholders to cooperate fully with the committee to ensure a successful outcome of their assignment The governor thanked the National Population Commission NPC for working closely with the state to ensure a seamless exercise He also commended the members of the committee for their dedication and hard work He charged all hands to be on deck as we carry out this all important exercise Chief Johnny Nwabisi the Abia Federal Commissioner in NPC thanked the governor for his commitment to ensure a successful and result based census in Abia He expressed delight over the setting up of a committee which he said would help to sensitise and mobilise the citizenry to present themselves for the exercise He expressed disappointment with the ugly experience encountered by the commission in some parts of the state during the trial census Nwabisi warned the people of the South East not to allow themselves to be misled by any group of agitators He said that the 2023 census offered a golden opportunity for the zone to have its population accurately enumerated He recalled that the population of the area was grossly under enumerated in the 2006 census due to the disruptions by the separatist Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra Nwabisi argued that the request for the UN to conduct a referendum for the South East could only be realised after the actual population of the zone had been ascertained Stakeholders at the well attended meeting including traditional rulers individuals and groups were unanimous in their demand for an accurate head count in Abia to ascertain the true population of the citizenry They emphasised that accurate Abia population data would translate to improved infrastructure revenue and other development indices in the state Other speakers at the event included the Chairman Abia Council of Traditional Rulers Eze Joseph Nwabeke the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress Chief Uchenna Obigwe Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria Emmanuel Agonmuo and representatives of the state chapter of the National Council of Women Societies amongst others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ikpeazu promises support for 2023 census
     Gov Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has said that his administration will provide the support necessary for the success of the 2023 Population and Housing Census in the state Ikpeazu made the promise in Umuahia on Thursday during the Abia stakeholders summit on the upcoming exercise He said that the outcome of the census would help to further strengthen the State Government s planning metrics He said that the outcome of the exercise would help the government to work with empirical data of the population and housing units in the state These figures have relevance across indices of human and infrastructural development planning There is no gainsaying the fact that an accurate population and housing census is a condition precedent for proper development planning the governor said He argued that over the years census in the country had been dogged by controversy over the accuracy of figures assigned to states Most states have disputed the figures while some have taken steps to conduct their own exercise he said Ikpeazu represented by his Chief of Staff Mr Okey Ahaiwe said that the summit signposts the seriousness the State Government attaches to the exercise He hoped that the meeting would help to minimise such controversies in the 2023 census He opined that the more people are involved in a process the less likely it is that they will question the outcome This is why we empanelled a high level state census committee to coordinate our participation in the exercise The committee is to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are properly carried along so as to ensure a credible and acceptability outcome Our administration places high premium on data for planning purposes It is for this reason that we collaborated with the Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta to produce a long term plan for Abia The document is a testament to our attention to data driven planning Ikpeazu said He therefore charged all the relevant stakeholders to cooperate fully with the committee to ensure a successful outcome of their assignment The governor thanked the National Population Commission NPC for working closely with the state to ensure a seamless exercise He also commended the members of the committee for their dedication and hard work He charged all hands to be on deck as we carry out this all important exercise Chief Johnny Nwabisi the Abia Federal Commissioner in NPC thanked the governor for his commitment to ensure a successful and result based census in Abia He expressed delight over the setting up of a committee which he said would help to sensitise and mobilise the citizenry to present themselves for the exercise He expressed disappointment with the ugly experience encountered by the commission in some parts of the state during the trial census Nwabisi warned the people of the South East not to allow themselves to be misled by any group of agitators He said that the 2023 census offered a golden opportunity for the zone to have its population accurately enumerated He recalled that the population of the area was grossly under enumerated in the 2006 census due to the disruptions by the separatist Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra Nwabisi argued that the request for the UN to conduct a referendum for the South East could only be realised after the actual population of the zone had been ascertained Stakeholders at the well attended meeting including traditional rulers individuals and groups were unanimous in their demand for an accurate head count in Abia to ascertain the true population of the citizenry They emphasised that accurate Abia population data would translate to improved infrastructure revenue and other development indices in the state Other speakers at the event included the Chairman Abia Council of Traditional Rulers Eze Joseph Nwabeke the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress Chief Uchenna Obigwe Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria Emmanuel Agonmuo and representatives of the state chapter of the National Council of Women Societies amongst others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ikpeazu promises support for 2023 census
    General news1 week ago

    Ikpeazu promises support for 2023 census

    Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has said that his administration will provide the support necessary for the success of the 2023 Population and Housing Census in the state.

    Ikpeazu made the promise in Umuahia on Thursday during the Abia stakeholders’ summit on the upcoming exercise.

    He said that the outcome of the census would help “to further strengthen the State Government’s planning metrics”.

    He said that the outcome of the exercise would help the government to work with empirical data of the population and housing units in the state.

    “These figures have relevance across indices of human and infrastructural development planning.

    “There is no gainsaying the fact that an accurate population and housing census is a condition-precedent for proper development planning,” the governor said.

    He argued that over the years, census in the country had “been dogged by controversy over the accuracy of figures assigned to states.

    “Most states have disputed the figures while some have taken steps to conduct their own exercise,” he said.

    Ikpeazu, represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Okey Ahaiwe, said that the summit “signposts the seriousness the State Government attaches to the exercise”.

    He hoped that the meeting would help to minimise such controversies in the 2023 census.

    He opined that “the more people are involved in a process, the less likely it is that they will question the outcome.

    “This is why we empanelled a high-level state census committee to coordinate our participation in the exercise.

    “The committee is to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are properly carried along so as to ensure a credible and acceptability outcome.

    “Our administration places high premium on data for planning purposes.

    “It is for this reason that we collaborated with the Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta to produce a long-term plan for Abia. “The document is a testament to our attention to data-driven planning,” Ikpeazu said.

    He, therefore, charged all the relevant stakeholders to cooperate fully with the committee “to ensure a successful outcome of their assignment”.

    The governor thanked the National Population Commission (NPC) for working closely with the state to ensure a seamless exercise.

    He also commended the members of the committee for their dedication and hard work.

    He charged “all hands to be on deck as we carry out this all-important exercise”.

    Chief Johnny Nwabisi, the Abia Federal Commissioner in NPC, thanked the governor for his commitment to ensure a successful and result-based census in Abia. He expressed delight over the setting up of a committee which, he said, would help to sensitise and mobilise the citizenry to present themselves for the exercise.

    He expressed disappointment with the ugly experience encountered by the commission in some parts of the state during the trial census.

    Nwabisi warned the people of the South-East not to allow themselves to be misled by any group of agitators.

    He said that the 2023 census offered a golden opportunity for the zone to have its population accurately enumerated.

    He recalled that the population of the area was grossly under enumerated in the 2006 census, due to the disruptions by the separatist Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra.

    Nwabisi argued that the request for the UN to conduct a referendum for the South-East could only be realised after the actual population of the zone had been ascertained.

    Stakeholders at the well-attended meeting, including traditional rulers, individuals and groups, were unanimous in their demand for an accurate head count in Abia to ascertain the true population of the citizenry.

    They emphasised that accurate Abia population data would translate to improved infrastructure, revenue and other development indices in the state.

    Other speakers at the event included the Chairman, Abia Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Joseph Nwabeke, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Chief Uchenna Obigwe, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Emmanuel Agonmuo, and representatives of the state chapter of the National Council of Women Societies, amongst others.


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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari says the signing of the Peace Accord with former President Goodluck Jonathan and other presidential candidates in the build up to the 2015 elections contributed largely to the peaceful outcome of the polls The president stated this when he received the National Peace Committee NPC led by former Head of State retired Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar on Thursday at State House Abuja He therefore urged all the signatories to the 2023 election Peace Accord and their supporters to abide by its content and spirit He noted with delight the signing of the First National Peace Accord by presidential candidates in the 2023 election earlier at a separate event on Thursday He said this was aimed at committing political parties aspirants and their supporters to conduct their campaigns in a peaceful manner devoid of ethnic religious and hate speeches that could mar the upcoming elections The timing of the First National Peace Accord is significant considering political party campaigns have already commenced in the country The initiatives undertaken by the NPC are commendable as these efforts would ensure issue based campaigns I look forward to the second phase of the signing of the National Peace Accord coming up in January 2023 You may recall that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and I signed the first National Peace Accord before the 2015 elections It is my conviction that it contributed significantly to the peaceful outcome of the 2015 election It is my hope that the National Peace Committee continues this important work post 2023 the president said Buhari reiterated that credible free and fair elections could only be achieved in a peaceful environment He added that the signing of the Electoral Act 2021 as amended with landmark provisions underlined his resolve for transparent and all inclusive Electoral Process He therefore urged all stakeholders to conduct themselves in a manner that would ensure the successful conduct of the 2023 elections as well as smooth transition from one democratically elected government to another Abubakar who briefed the president on the activities of the Committee in the build up to the 2023 elections said they met with various stakeholders including the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and the Heads of security agencies He affirmed that the meetings further reassured the readiness and preparedness of the affected stakeholders to conduct the polls creditably The former Head of State told the president that the membership of the Committee had been expanded to bring in some young minds He expressed confidence that the Committee would do its utmost to ensure that all political actors live up to expectations The NPC Chairman also lauded the president for repeatedly reaffirming his commitment to fairness in the 2023 elections particularly at international outings He noted with delight that the off season elections in Anambra Ekiti and Osun States had confirmed the President s irreversible commitment to credible and violence free polls in the country The members of the National Peace Committee are Abubakar Chairman Alhaji Muhammad Sa ad Abubakar III the Sultan of Sokoto John Cardinal Onaiyekan Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Prof Ameze Guobadia Others are Sam Amuka retired Justice Roseline Ukeje Prof Ibrahim Gambari Bishop Mathew Kukah retired Lt Gen Mathew Luther Agwai and Mr Femi Otedola Alhaji Ahmed Yayale Ms Idayat Hassan John Momoh Sani Suleiman Atsu and Attah Barkindo Head of NPC Secretariat are also members of the committee NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Siging of Peace Accord with Jonathan contributed to peaceful elections in 2015 – Buhari
     President Muhammadu Buhari says the signing of the Peace Accord with former President Goodluck Jonathan and other presidential candidates in the build up to the 2015 elections contributed largely to the peaceful outcome of the polls The president stated this when he received the National Peace Committee NPC led by former Head of State retired Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar on Thursday at State House Abuja He therefore urged all the signatories to the 2023 election Peace Accord and their supporters to abide by its content and spirit He noted with delight the signing of the First National Peace Accord by presidential candidates in the 2023 election earlier at a separate event on Thursday He said this was aimed at committing political parties aspirants and their supporters to conduct their campaigns in a peaceful manner devoid of ethnic religious and hate speeches that could mar the upcoming elections The timing of the First National Peace Accord is significant considering political party campaigns have already commenced in the country The initiatives undertaken by the NPC are commendable as these efforts would ensure issue based campaigns I look forward to the second phase of the signing of the National Peace Accord coming up in January 2023 You may recall that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and I signed the first National Peace Accord before the 2015 elections It is my conviction that it contributed significantly to the peaceful outcome of the 2015 election It is my hope that the National Peace Committee continues this important work post 2023 the president said Buhari reiterated that credible free and fair elections could only be achieved in a peaceful environment He added that the signing of the Electoral Act 2021 as amended with landmark provisions underlined his resolve for transparent and all inclusive Electoral Process He therefore urged all stakeholders to conduct themselves in a manner that would ensure the successful conduct of the 2023 elections as well as smooth transition from one democratically elected government to another Abubakar who briefed the president on the activities of the Committee in the build up to the 2023 elections said they met with various stakeholders including the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and the Heads of security agencies He affirmed that the meetings further reassured the readiness and preparedness of the affected stakeholders to conduct the polls creditably The former Head of State told the president that the membership of the Committee had been expanded to bring in some young minds He expressed confidence that the Committee would do its utmost to ensure that all political actors live up to expectations The NPC Chairman also lauded the president for repeatedly reaffirming his commitment to fairness in the 2023 elections particularly at international outings He noted with delight that the off season elections in Anambra Ekiti and Osun States had confirmed the President s irreversible commitment to credible and violence free polls in the country The members of the National Peace Committee are Abubakar Chairman Alhaji Muhammad Sa ad Abubakar III the Sultan of Sokoto John Cardinal Onaiyekan Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Prof Ameze Guobadia Others are Sam Amuka retired Justice Roseline Ukeje Prof Ibrahim Gambari Bishop Mathew Kukah retired Lt Gen Mathew Luther Agwai and Mr Femi Otedola Alhaji Ahmed Yayale Ms Idayat Hassan John Momoh Sani Suleiman Atsu and Attah Barkindo Head of NPC Secretariat are also members of the committee NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Siging of Peace Accord with Jonathan contributed to peaceful elections in 2015 – Buhari
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    Siging of Peace Accord with Jonathan contributed to peaceful elections in 2015 – Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari says the signing of the Peace Accord with former President Goodluck Jonathan and other presidential candidates in the build up to the 2015 elections contributed largely to the peaceful outcome of the polls.

    The president stated this when he received the National Peace Committee (NPC), led by former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on Thursday at State House, Abuja.

    He, therefore, urged all the signatories to the 2023 election Peace Accord, and their supporters, to abide by its content and spirit.

    He noted with delight the signing of the First National Peace Accord by presidential candidates in the 2023 election, earlier at a separate event on Thursday.

    He said this was aimed at committing political parties, aspirants and their supporters to conduct their campaigns in a peaceful manner, devoid of ethnic, religious and hate speeches that could mar the upcoming elections.

    “The timing of the First National Peace Accord is significant considering political party campaigns have already commenced in the country.

    “The initiatives undertaken by the NPC are commendable as these efforts would ensure issue-based campaigns.

    “I look forward to the second phase of the signing of the National Peace Accord coming up in January 2023. “You may recall that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and I signed the first National Peace Accord before the 2015 elections.

    “It is my conviction that it contributed significantly to the peaceful outcome of the 2015 election.

    “It is my hope that the National Peace Committee continues this important work post 2023,” the president said.

    Buhari reiterated that credible, free and fair elections could only be achieved in a peaceful environment.

    He added that the signing of the Electoral Act 2021 as amended with landmark provisions underlined his resolve for transparent and all-inclusive Electoral Process.

    He, therefore, urged all stakeholders to conduct themselves in a manner that would ensure the successful conduct of the 2023 elections as well as smooth transition from one democratically elected government to another.

    Abubakar, who briefed the president on the activities of the Committee in the build-up to the 2023 elections, said they met with various stakeholders, including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Heads of security agencies.

    He affirmed that the meetings further reassured the readiness and preparedness of the affected stakeholders to conduct the polls creditably.

    The former Head of State told the president that the membership of the Committee had been expanded to bring in some ‘‘young minds’’.

    He expressed confidence that the Committee would do its utmost to ensure that all political actors live up to expectations.

    The NPC Chairman also lauded the president for repeatedly reaffirming his commitment to fairness in the 2023 elections, particularly at international outings.

    He noted with delight that the off-season elections in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States had confirmed the President’s irreversible commitment to credible and violence-free polls in the country.

    The members of the National Peace Committee are: Abubakar, Chairman; Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto; John Cardinal Onaiyekan; Alhaji Aliko Dangote and  Prof. Ameze Guobadia.

    Others are; Sam Amuka; retired Justice Roseline Ukeje ; Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; Bishop Mathew Kukah; retired Lt.-Gen. Mathew Luther Agwai and Mr Femi Otedola.

    Alhaji Ahmed Yayale; Ms Idayat Hassan, John Momoh; Sani Suleiman Atsu and Attah Barkindo, Head of NPC Secretariat are also members of the committee.


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  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has promised to monitor political parties campaigns and expenses for the 2023 general elections to ensure compliance with the laws The INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu said this at the signing of the peace accord for peaceful campaign organised by the National Peace Committee NPC on Thursday in Abuja Yakubu said that would be done to ensure that parties shun abusive language and comply with spending limits for elections He said the Electoral Act 2022 provided for campaign in public by political parties to commence not earlier than 150 days before polling day of which that of national elections had officially commenced Sept 28 He added that campaign would continue until 24 hours before polling day Feb 23 2023 for national elections Presidential and National Assembly and March 9 2023 for state elections Governorship and Houses of Assembly The implication is that for the next 148 days political parties candidates and their supporters are free to traverse the country holding meetings rallies processions and door to door campaigns They will grant interviews sponsor indoor and outdoor advertisements and publish other campaign materials This is often a delicate period characterised by excitement and anxiety In line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 and in our determination to play our role as a regulator the Commission will vigorously monitor compliance To ensure that parties shun abusive intemperate or slanderous language as well as insinuations or innuendoes likely to provoke a breach of the peace during the electioneering campaigns Similarly the Commission will also closely monitor compliance with the limits on campaign spending under the Electoral Act There are sanctions provided by law Political parties and candidates should study and familiarise themselves with the electoral legal framework to avoid any infraction of the law and the unhappy consequences that will follow any act of misdemeanour Yakubu therefore urged all political party candidates to show appreciation to the work of the NPC by abiding and showing commitment to the peace accord that they signed Therefore the commitment to peaceful and issue based electioneering campaign should resonate beyond the 18 Party Chairmen and Presidential candidates present here today It is not enough to simply sign the Peace Accord What is more important is to abide by its letter and spirit You should similarly pass the message to all your candidates members and supporters across the country for compliance This will be your own way of showing appreciation for the work of the NPC and an affirmation of your contribution to electoral peace in Nigeria Yakubu disclosed that the 2023 General Election would be conducted for 1 491 constituencies nationwide made up of one Presidential constituency 28 Governorship elections 109 Senatorial Districts 360 Federal constituencies and 993 State Assembly constituencies He commended the Chairman of the NPC Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar as well as the convener and members of the Committee saying INEC appreciated their partnership for peaceful elections He said that the signing of peace accord which started in 2015 general elections has continued to yield positive result The result is not only the peaceful conduct of these elections but the process keeps improving one election after another Yakubu said The Head Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS Amb Samuela Isopi urged Nigeria to continue to take decisive steps to seek a further consolidation of democracy peaceful inclusive credible and transparent elections Isopi said that as the largest democracy in Africa Nigerian elections do matter not only for Nigeria but also the future of democracy in West Africa and the continent Nigeria has an opportunity to lead to contribute to reversing the trend of undemocratic change of power and to its leadership consolidate democracy in the region and beyond As leaders of political parties and presidential candidates you have a vital role to play in ensuring peaceful elections in engaging in peaceful and issue based campaigns in taking a firm stance against violence against hate speech against misinformation and fake news As you well know in politics words do count and as political leaders you are role models for your candidates for your supporters for voters and for citizens Isopi said The ambassador called for the needed support to INEC to conduct credible election while also calling on security agencies to demonstrate neutrality and professionalism toward the conduct of credible elections We have to keep the neutrality and guarantee safety of all campaigners and voters and in particular of women people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups Isopi said She also called on the media as the watchdogs and public educators to adhere to their own common code of conduct Isopi expressed the commitment and support of international community especially the European Union and its member states in particular to peace elections in Nigeria But also to stress our impartiality We are not here to support any particular party or any particular candidate We are here at your invitation to support the process through international expertise independent observation and support for key institutions We are committed to continue supporting the consolidation of the democratic process in Nigeria with our technical support sharing of experience and good practices and political engagements NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 electioneering: INEC vows to monitor parties’ campaigns, elections expenses
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has promised to monitor political parties campaigns and expenses for the 2023 general elections to ensure compliance with the laws The INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu said this at the signing of the peace accord for peaceful campaign organised by the National Peace Committee NPC on Thursday in Abuja Yakubu said that would be done to ensure that parties shun abusive language and comply with spending limits for elections He said the Electoral Act 2022 provided for campaign in public by political parties to commence not earlier than 150 days before polling day of which that of national elections had officially commenced Sept 28 He added that campaign would continue until 24 hours before polling day Feb 23 2023 for national elections Presidential and National Assembly and March 9 2023 for state elections Governorship and Houses of Assembly The implication is that for the next 148 days political parties candidates and their supporters are free to traverse the country holding meetings rallies processions and door to door campaigns They will grant interviews sponsor indoor and outdoor advertisements and publish other campaign materials This is often a delicate period characterised by excitement and anxiety In line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 and in our determination to play our role as a regulator the Commission will vigorously monitor compliance To ensure that parties shun abusive intemperate or slanderous language as well as insinuations or innuendoes likely to provoke a breach of the peace during the electioneering campaigns Similarly the Commission will also closely monitor compliance with the limits on campaign spending under the Electoral Act There are sanctions provided by law Political parties and candidates should study and familiarise themselves with the electoral legal framework to avoid any infraction of the law and the unhappy consequences that will follow any act of misdemeanour Yakubu therefore urged all political party candidates to show appreciation to the work of the NPC by abiding and showing commitment to the peace accord that they signed Therefore the commitment to peaceful and issue based electioneering campaign should resonate beyond the 18 Party Chairmen and Presidential candidates present here today It is not enough to simply sign the Peace Accord What is more important is to abide by its letter and spirit You should similarly pass the message to all your candidates members and supporters across the country for compliance This will be your own way of showing appreciation for the work of the NPC and an affirmation of your contribution to electoral peace in Nigeria Yakubu disclosed that the 2023 General Election would be conducted for 1 491 constituencies nationwide made up of one Presidential constituency 28 Governorship elections 109 Senatorial Districts 360 Federal constituencies and 993 State Assembly constituencies He commended the Chairman of the NPC Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar as well as the convener and members of the Committee saying INEC appreciated their partnership for peaceful elections He said that the signing of peace accord which started in 2015 general elections has continued to yield positive result The result is not only the peaceful conduct of these elections but the process keeps improving one election after another Yakubu said The Head Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS Amb Samuela Isopi urged Nigeria to continue to take decisive steps to seek a further consolidation of democracy peaceful inclusive credible and transparent elections Isopi said that as the largest democracy in Africa Nigerian elections do matter not only for Nigeria but also the future of democracy in West Africa and the continent Nigeria has an opportunity to lead to contribute to reversing the trend of undemocratic change of power and to its leadership consolidate democracy in the region and beyond As leaders of political parties and presidential candidates you have a vital role to play in ensuring peaceful elections in engaging in peaceful and issue based campaigns in taking a firm stance against violence against hate speech against misinformation and fake news As you well know in politics words do count and as political leaders you are role models for your candidates for your supporters for voters and for citizens Isopi said The ambassador called for the needed support to INEC to conduct credible election while also calling on security agencies to demonstrate neutrality and professionalism toward the conduct of credible elections We have to keep the neutrality and guarantee safety of all campaigners and voters and in particular of women people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups Isopi said She also called on the media as the watchdogs and public educators to adhere to their own common code of conduct Isopi expressed the commitment and support of international community especially the European Union and its member states in particular to peace elections in Nigeria But also to stress our impartiality We are not here to support any particular party or any particular candidate We are here at your invitation to support the process through international expertise independent observation and support for key institutions We are committed to continue supporting the consolidation of the democratic process in Nigeria with our technical support sharing of experience and good practices and political engagements NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 electioneering: INEC vows to monitor parties’ campaigns, elections expenses
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    2023 electioneering: INEC vows to monitor parties’ campaigns, elections expenses

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to monitor political parties’ campaigns and expenses for the 2023 general elections to ensure compliance with the laws.

    The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this at the signing of the peace accord for peaceful campaign organised by the National Peace Committee (NPC) on Thursday in Abuja.

    Yakubu said that would be done to ensure that parties shun abusive language and comply with spending limits for elections.

    He said the Electoral Act 2022 provided for campaign in public by political parties to commence not earlier than 150 days before polling day of which that of national elections had officially commenced Sept. 28. He added that campaign would continue until 24 hours before polling day (Feb 23, 2023) for national elections (Presidential and National Assembly), and March 9, 2023, for state elections (Governorship and Houses of Assembly).

    “The implication is that for the next 148 days, political parties, candidates and their supporters are free to traverse the country holding meetings, rallies, processions and door-to-door campaigns.

    “They will grant interviews, sponsor indoor and outdoor advertisements and publish other campaign materials.

    This is often a delicate period characterised by excitement and anxiety.

    “In line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022 and in our determination to play our role as a regulator, the Commission will vigorously monitor compliance.

    “To ensure that parties shun abusive, intemperate or slanderous language as well as insinuations or innuendoes likely to provoke a breach of the peace during the electioneering campaigns.

    “Similarly, the Commission will also closely monitor compliance with the limits on campaign spending under the Electoral Act. There are sanctions provided by law.

    “Political parties and candidates should study and familiarise themselves with the electoral legal framework to avoid any infraction of the law and the unhappy consequences that will follow any act of misdemeanour.

    ’’ Yakubu therefore urged all political party candidates to show appreciation to the work of the NPC by abiding and showing commitment to the peace accord that they signed.

    “Therefore, the commitment to peaceful and issue-based electioneering campaign should resonate beyond the 18 Party Chairmen and Presidential candidates present here today.

    “It is not enough to simply sign the Peace Accord.

    What is more important is to abide by its letter and spirit.

    “You should similarly pass the message to all your candidates, members and supporters across the country for compliance.

    “This will be your own way of showing appreciation for the work of the NPC and an affirmation of your contribution to electoral peace in Nigeria.

    ” Yakubu disclosed that the 2023 General Election would be conducted for 1,491 constituencies nationwide made up of one Presidential constituency, 28 Governorship elections, 109 Senatorial Districts, 360 Federal constituencies and 993 State Assembly constituencies.

    He commended the Chairman of the NPC, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, as well as the convener and members of the Committee, saying INEC appreciated their partnership for peaceful elections.

    He said that the signing of peace accord, which started in 2015 general elections, has continued to yield positive result.

    “The result is not only the peaceful conduct of these elections, but the process keeps improving one election after another,’’ Yakubu said.

    The Head,Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Amb. Samuela Isopi, urged Nigeria to continue to take decisive steps to seek a further consolidation of democracy, peaceful, inclusive, credible and transparent elections.

    Isopi said that as the largest democracy in Africa, Nigerian elections do matter, not only for Nigeria but also the future of democracy in West Africa and the continent.

    “Nigeria has an opportunity to lead to contribute to reversing the trend of undemocratic change of power and to its leadership, consolidate democracy in the region and beyond.

    “As leaders of political parties and presidential candidates, you have a vital role to play in ensuring peaceful elections in engaging in peaceful and issue based campaigns, in taking a firm stance against violence, against hate speech, against misinformation and fake news.

    “ As you well know, in politics, words, do count and as political leaders you are role models for your candidates, for your supporters, for voters and for citizens,’’ Isopi said.

    The ambassador called for the needed support to INEC to conduct credible election, while also calling on security agencies to demonstrate neutrality and professionalism toward the conduct of credible elections.

    “We have to keep the neutrality and guarantee safety of all campaigners and voters and in particular of women, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups,’’ Isopi said She also called on the media as the watchdogs and public educators to adhere to their own common code of conduct.

    Isopi expressed the commitment and support of international community, especially the European Union and its member states in particular to peace elections in Nigeria.

    “But also to stress our impartiality.

    We are not here to support any particular party or any particular candidate.

    “We are here at your invitation to support the process through international expertise, independent observation and support for key institutions.

    “We are committed to continue supporting the consolidation of the democratic process in Nigeria with our technical support, sharing of experience and good practices and political engagements.

    ’’
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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has urged political actors in 2023 poll to place Nigeria first above regional or sectional interest ahead of the 2023 general election Buhari made the call in a goodwill message at the signing of National Peace Accord by Presidential Candidates of political parties for the 2023 general election in Abuja on Thursday He urged the media to shun fake news and show commitment to issue based campaigns to ensure free fair and credible election The 2023 general election is more than an election it is an opportunity to serve Nigeria to defend Nigeria and to uphold her unity and progress Therefore I call on all Nigerians political parties politicians security agencies the election management body Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and all stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria is placed first above regional and sectional claims I call on the contestants especially their publicity agents and media advisers to shun personal attacks avoid insults and incitement reject the spread of fake news and commit to issue based campaigns and political rallies Buhari said He said that as the president he has always reiterated his commitment to a peaceful credible and transparent election Buhari commended the National Peace Committee NPC led by retired Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar for its commitment to supporting peaceful elections in Nigeria He said what the committee has been doing over the years aligned with his belief that Nigeria needed peace to achieve credible elections However the rise of fake news and misinformation continue to pose a significant threat to the pattern of democracy in Nigeria It has shifted focus away from issue based campaigns to amplifying the potential for personal attacks insults and incitement It has also significantly diminished the civility and decency in public discourse and debate The initiatives undertaken by the National Peace Committee to commit all political actors to issue based campaign devoid of incitement personal insults and attacks is a welcome development he said Buhari said that everything must be done to support NPC in its efforts to ensure peace elections in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari urges political actors to place Nigeria first, ahead of 2023 poll
     President Muhammadu Buhari has urged political actors in 2023 poll to place Nigeria first above regional or sectional interest ahead of the 2023 general election Buhari made the call in a goodwill message at the signing of National Peace Accord by Presidential Candidates of political parties for the 2023 general election in Abuja on Thursday He urged the media to shun fake news and show commitment to issue based campaigns to ensure free fair and credible election The 2023 general election is more than an election it is an opportunity to serve Nigeria to defend Nigeria and to uphold her unity and progress Therefore I call on all Nigerians political parties politicians security agencies the election management body Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and all stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria is placed first above regional and sectional claims I call on the contestants especially their publicity agents and media advisers to shun personal attacks avoid insults and incitement reject the spread of fake news and commit to issue based campaigns and political rallies Buhari said He said that as the president he has always reiterated his commitment to a peaceful credible and transparent election Buhari commended the National Peace Committee NPC led by retired Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar for its commitment to supporting peaceful elections in Nigeria He said what the committee has been doing over the years aligned with his belief that Nigeria needed peace to achieve credible elections However the rise of fake news and misinformation continue to pose a significant threat to the pattern of democracy in Nigeria It has shifted focus away from issue based campaigns to amplifying the potential for personal attacks insults and incitement It has also significantly diminished the civility and decency in public discourse and debate The initiatives undertaken by the National Peace Committee to commit all political actors to issue based campaign devoid of incitement personal insults and attacks is a welcome development he said Buhari said that everything must be done to support NPC in its efforts to ensure peace elections in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari urges political actors to place Nigeria first, ahead of 2023 poll
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    Buhari urges political actors to place Nigeria first, ahead of 2023 poll

    President Muhammadu Buhari, has urged political actors in 2023 poll to place Nigeria first above regional or sectional interest, ahead of the 2023 general election.

    Buhari made the call in a goodwill message at the signing of National Peace Accord by Presidential Candidates of political parties for the 2023 general election in Abuja on Thursday.

    He urged the media to shun fake news and show commitment to issue-based campaigns to ensure free, fair and credible election.

    “The 2023 general election is more than an election, it is an opportunity to serve Nigeria, to defend Nigeria and to uphold her unity and progress.

    “Therefore, I call on all Nigerians, political parties, politicians, security agencies, the election management body, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and all stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria is placed first above regional and sectional claims.

    “I call on the contestants, especially their publicity agents and media advisers to shun personal attacks, avoid insults and incitement, reject the spread of fake news, and commit to issue-based campaigns and political rallies,’’ Buhari said.

    He said that as the president, he has always reiterated his commitment to a peaceful, credible and transparent election.

    Buhari commended the National Peace Committee (NPC) led by retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, for its commitment to supporting peaceful elections in Nigeria.

    He said what the committee has been doing over the years, aligned with his belief that Nigeria needed peace to achieve credible elections.

    “However, the rise of fake news and misinformation continue to pose a significant threat to the pattern of democracy in Nigeria.

    “It has shifted focus away from issue-based campaigns to amplifying the potential for personal attacks, insults, and incitement.

    It has also significantly diminished the civility and decency in public discourse and debate.

    “The initiatives undertaken by the National Peace Committee to commit all political actors to issue-based campaign devoid of incitement, personal insults and attacks is a welcome development,’’ he said.

    Buhari said that everything must be done to support NPC in its efforts to ensure peace elections in Nigeria.


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  •  Gov Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State says population data is essential to development planning and any government desirous of achieving developmental strides needs to know the number of people requiring certain amenities Ganduje stated this while addressing a Stakeholders Meeting on the 2023 population and housing census with the theme 2023 Census Getting People Involved held at the Government House Kano Represented by his deputy Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna Ganduje said population is a critical factor in nation building and attaining sustainable development The people are both the agents and beneficiaries of the development process therefore knowledge of national population in terms of size distribution and socio economic characteristics is required for planning purposes making the conduct of census one of the essential governance activities We are delighted that the deployment of state of the art technology by the Commission to ensure the conduct of the first fully digital census in Nigeria will enhance the data quality he said He said the Kano state government requires new data to drive the implementation of the recently launched revised National Policy on Population for sustainable development and other government policies in all human endeavour According to him Kano has the conviction that the National Population Commission NPC has the capacity and is ready to deliver to the country a reliable credible and acceptable census come 2023 Ganduje assured the commission of the state government s support and commitment in ensuring that the 2023 census exercise was successful and conducted for the benefit of all The Federal Commissioner NPC Kano Alhaji Ismail Lawal Sulaiman said that the goal of the census was to conduct acceptable and credible exercise that would be transformational and meet the international standard The need for engagement with the stakeholders to get their feedback on the instruments and to enrich the process In attendance were Members of the Kano State Executive Council traditional rulers women and youth groups development partners and civil society organisations The News Agency of Nigeria reports that according to Kano state official website as at 2020 the Kano state population is estimated currently at 20 million people NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Population data critical factor in sustainable development planning, says Ganduje
     Gov Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State says population data is essential to development planning and any government desirous of achieving developmental strides needs to know the number of people requiring certain amenities Ganduje stated this while addressing a Stakeholders Meeting on the 2023 population and housing census with the theme 2023 Census Getting People Involved held at the Government House Kano Represented by his deputy Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna Ganduje said population is a critical factor in nation building and attaining sustainable development The people are both the agents and beneficiaries of the development process therefore knowledge of national population in terms of size distribution and socio economic characteristics is required for planning purposes making the conduct of census one of the essential governance activities We are delighted that the deployment of state of the art technology by the Commission to ensure the conduct of the first fully digital census in Nigeria will enhance the data quality he said He said the Kano state government requires new data to drive the implementation of the recently launched revised National Policy on Population for sustainable development and other government policies in all human endeavour According to him Kano has the conviction that the National Population Commission NPC has the capacity and is ready to deliver to the country a reliable credible and acceptable census come 2023 Ganduje assured the commission of the state government s support and commitment in ensuring that the 2023 census exercise was successful and conducted for the benefit of all The Federal Commissioner NPC Kano Alhaji Ismail Lawal Sulaiman said that the goal of the census was to conduct acceptable and credible exercise that would be transformational and meet the international standard The need for engagement with the stakeholders to get their feedback on the instruments and to enrich the process In attendance were Members of the Kano State Executive Council traditional rulers women and youth groups development partners and civil society organisations The News Agency of Nigeria reports that according to Kano state official website as at 2020 the Kano state population is estimated currently at 20 million people NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Population data critical factor in sustainable development planning, says Ganduje
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    Population data critical factor in sustainable development planning, says Ganduje

    Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State says population data is essential to development planning and any government desirous of achieving developmental strides needs to know the number of people requiring certain amenities.

    Ganduje stated this while addressing a Stakeholders’ Meeting on the 2023 population and housing census with the theme: “2023 Census-Getting People Involved” held at the Government House Kano.Represented by his deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna, Ganduje said population is a critical factor in nation building and attaining sustainable development.

    “The people are both the agents and beneficiaries of the development process, therefore knowledge of national population in terms of size, distribution and socio-economic characteristics is required for planning purposes making the conduct of census one of the essential governance activities.

    “We are delighted that the deployment of state of the art technology by the Commission to ensure the conduct of the first fully digital census in Nigeria will enhance the data quality,” he said.

    He said the Kano state government requires new data to drive the implementation of the recently launched revised National Policy on Population for sustainable development and other government policies in all human endeavour.

    According to him, Kano has the conviction that the National Population Commission (NPC) has the capacity and is ready to deliver to the country a reliable, credible and acceptable census come 2023.Ganduje assured the commission of the state government’s support and commitment in ensuring that the 2023 census exercise was successful and conducted for the benefit of all.

    The Federal Commissioner NPC, Kano, Alhaji Ismail Lawal -Sulaiman said that the goal of the census was to conduct acceptable and credible exercise that would be transformational and meet the international standard.

    “The need for engagement with the stakeholders to get their feedback on the instruments and to enrich the process.

    In attendance were Members of the Kano State Executive Council, traditional rulers, women and youth groups, development partners and civil society organisations.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that according to Kano state official website as at 2020, the Kano state population is estimated currently at 20 million people.


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