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  •  Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya has described sports as very critical to the physical and mental alertness of military officers Yahaya made the remark during the ceremonial tee off of a golf tournament at the Arsenal Golf Course on Saturday in Owerri The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the tournament was part of hellip
    Sports critical to physical, mental alertness of officers, says COAS  
     Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya has described sports as very critical to the physical and mental alertness of military officers Yahaya made the remark during the ceremonial tee off of a golf tournament at the Arsenal Golf Course on Saturday in Owerri The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the tournament was part of hellip
    Sports critical to physical, mental alertness of officers, says COAS  
    Sports18 hours ago

    Sports critical to physical, mental alertness of officers, says COAS  

    Chief of Army Staff, Lt.- Gen. Farouk Yahaya, has described sports as very critical to the physical and mental alertness of military officers. Yahaya made the remark  during the ceremonial tee-off of a golf tournament at the Arsenal Golf Course on Saturday in Owerri.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the tournament was  part of activities marking the year 2022 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL).Yahaya, who was represented by Maj.-Gen. Victor Ezeugwu, the Corps Commander, Infantry Corps of the Nigerian Army, also launched hole 4 at the Golf Course.He said that the game would go a long way in helping the physical training of officers as well keep them mentally alert to the happenings in their environment.“The physical and mental alertness of a military officer form part of his welfare, which is key to success in the discharge of his constitutional duties.“We will continue to support the game and to promote national unity as part of our core mandate through sports,” he said.Speaking, Captain of the Arsenal Golf and Country Club,  Commodore Ogechi Osuagwu (rtd), of the Nigerian Navy, thanked the COAS for identifying with the club during the auspicious occasion of the commemoration of the Nigerian Army Day.Osuagwu described the club as the best of its kind in the South-East geo-political zone.According to him, the hole 4,  launched by the COAS, would, among other things, add feathers to golf in Imo, thus providing a platform for the improvement of civil-military relations in the state.He appealed to the COAS to support the club with a  300KVA Transformer for generation of  electric power  and  an annual subvention  to keep the club going.The golf captain requested that the hole 4 be annually maintained with a subscription of N200,000.He further thanked Gov. Hope Uzodimma for his efforts at ensuring the security of Imo residents and providing the enabling environment for social activities to thrive in the state.He also advised youths to eschew criminality, and work towards ensuring lasting peace and security in their various communities.“The Arsenal Golf Course has played an enormous role in strengthening civil-military relations in the state and we  thank the COAS for accepting the hole 4 which we offered to him, and for launching it,” he said.Highlight of the event was the presentation of an award to the COAS in appreciation of his support for the club as well as awards, cash and gift prizes such as flat screen televisions and refrigerators to winners of different categories.NAN also reports that the event was attended by serving and former military officers, prominent among whom was the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja.VINNewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Saturday said it was closely monitoring the security situation in Osun ahead of July 16 governorship election INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this in Abuja at a special meeting of the Inter agency Consultative Committee on Election Security ICCES The meeting was convened to review security arrangement and hellip
    INEC monitors security situation ahead Osun guber poll – Yakubu
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Saturday said it was closely monitoring the security situation in Osun ahead of July 16 governorship election INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this in Abuja at a special meeting of the Inter agency Consultative Committee on Election Security ICCES The meeting was convened to review security arrangement and hellip
    INEC monitors security situation ahead Osun guber poll – Yakubu
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    INEC monitors security situation ahead Osun guber poll – Yakubu

    The  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday said it was closely monitoring the security situation in Osun, ahead of July 16 governorship election.

    INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this in Abuja at a special meeting of the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES).

    The meeting was convened to review security arrangement and plans to ensure a  successful governorship poll in the state.

    Yakubu said that although the situation in Osun was generally calm at the moment,  INEC was concerned about some reported clashes in parts of the state.

    “In one recent example, the collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) was disrupted in Erin Oke and Erin Ijesha Wards of Oriade Local Government Area resulting in the loss of 46 PVCs.

    “While the matter is being investigated by the police, the collection of PVCs for the affected wards is now taking place in the INEC office in Ijebu-Jesha.

    “Meanwhile, the state office has compiled the Voter Identification Numbers (VINs) of the cards and the commission has already reprinted the PVCs for the affected voters.

    “ I willl  like to assure all valid registrants in Osun  that no one will be disenfranchised on account of such incidence.

    “It is futile for anyone to attempt to vote using another person’s PVC. The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System will expose such fraud and persons apprehended will be prosecuted under the law,” Yakubu said.

    The chairman said the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Abdulganiyu Raji, and the Commissioner of Police,CP Wale Olokode, would brief the meeting on the readiness for the  Osun election.

    Yakubu said that on the part of INEC headquarters, all necessary arrangements had been completed for a hitch  free poll.

    He said that INEC  would soon deploy a- readiness-assessment team to Osun  to assess its preparations for the election.

     “It will also meet its staff, security agencies, transporters and traditional rulers to solicit their support for peaceful elections.

    “We will also observe the mock accreditation of voters in some Polling Units across the three Senatorial Districts of the state to test the functionality of the BVAS.

    “A few days to the election, we will return to Osun  to meet with the stakeholders and for the signing of the Peace Accord by political parties and candidates under the auspices of the National Peace Committee,” he said.

    The chairman described vote buying as a major concern in the nation’s elections, but disclosed that INEC was working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prosecute  persons arrested in connection with vote buying  in the   Ekiti governorship election.

    “Action will commence as soon as the EFCC completes its investigations. I appeal to all security agencies to continue to join hands with the commission to tackle this menace.’’

    Yakubu appreciated the role played by the anti-corruption and security agencies in apprehending some of the perpetrators of the brazen assault on the nation’s democracy.

    He commended the synergy between the commission and the security agencies that ensured a seamless coordination in the widely acclaimed success of the Ekiti governorship election.

    “Security was well-coordinated. The election was peaceful. Personnel and materials were deployed promptly.

    “Election day processes commenced as scheduled. Election technology functioned optimally. Results were transmitted from the polling units and collated at the various collation centres in record time.

    “ I must, on behalf of the commission, convey our appreciation to all members of ICCES for the success of the election.

    “We must continue to build on the success of the Ekiti experience to ensure improved performance in subsequent elections, including the 2023 general elections,” Yakubu said.

    The chairman  also reassured  Nigerians who applied for Certified True Copies (CTCs) of documents arising from the recent party congresses, primaries and nomination of candidates that all the requests were being attended to expeditiously, in spite the huge number of documents.

    “ Nigerian elections, especially the conduct of primaries for the nomination of candidates by political parties, is one of the most litigated in the world.

    “As at yesterday evening (Friday July 1, 2022), 216 requests have so far been processed involving the certification of over 1,650,000 pages of documents.

    “Indeed, there are now far more cases challenging the breach of internal democracy within political parties than those involving the conduct of the main elections by INEC.

    “We will continue to work round the clock, including the weekends, to ensure that we attend to all applications received at the headquarters of the commission promptly,” he said.

    The National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, who is also Co-Chair of ICCES, urged INEC and ICCES members to build on the successes recorded from the Ekiti election.

    Mongunu, represented by Sanusi Galadima, said that it was important as some disgruntled politicians might  attempt to sabotage the process for their selfish gains, through vote buying and other forms of voter inducement as well as political thuggery.

    Monguno commended  INEC for the extension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), which was scheduled to close on June 30, a development he said would enable more eligible voters to obtain their voter cards.

    “The NSA commended INEC, members of ICCES and other strategic stakeholders for their immense contributions toward improving the electoral process in Nigeria.

    “You will all agree with me that the commission is currently undergoing tremendous transformation through re-calibration of the electoral process in the areas of voter education, screening of voters at the polling units (using BVAS) as well as election result collation  and transmission.

    “ Records from the conduct of the last Ekiti governorship election indicated an impressive performance by the INEC as well as the ICCES member agencies as there were no any major incident of security concern recorded during and after the election.

    “However, more needs to be done in terms of enlightenment campaign to encourage voters to come out and cast their votes on the day of the election.

    “This is because of the low turnout recorded during the election compared to the total number of registered voters in the state.

    “Consequent upon the above, the NSA enjoined INEC, through the Department of Voter , to redouble efforts ahead of the Osun guber election and the forthcoming general elections in 2023,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that  heads and representatives of various security agencies, INEC National Commissioners, Resident Electoral Commissioner for Osun, Commissioner of Police and Secretary to the Commission attended the meeting.

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  •  The Imo Government has pledged to increase its support for women entrepreneurs in the state through access to loans The state s Commissioner for Women Affairs and Vulnerable Groups Mrs Nkechinyere Ugwu made the pledge at a sensitisation workshop for businesswomen and their support providers The workshop was organised by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council NEPC hellip
    Imo Government pledges increased support for women entrepreneurs 
     The Imo Government has pledged to increase its support for women entrepreneurs in the state through access to loans The state s Commissioner for Women Affairs and Vulnerable Groups Mrs Nkechinyere Ugwu made the pledge at a sensitisation workshop for businesswomen and their support providers The workshop was organised by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council NEPC hellip
    Imo Government pledges increased support for women entrepreneurs 
    Economy1 week ago

    Imo Government pledges increased support for women entrepreneurs 

    The Imo Government has pledged to increase its support for women entrepreneurs in the state through access to loans.The state’s Commissioner for Women Affairs and Vulnerable Groups, Mrs Nkechinyere Ugwu, made the pledge at a sensitisation workshop for businesswomen and their support providers.The workshop was organised by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and the International Trade Centre (ITC), in Owerri on Wednesday.

    Ugwu, who commended the women for their resilience in spite of numerous economic challenges, promised to help them access loans for their businesses. She thanked Gov. Hope Uzodimma for providing the enabling environment for women-owned businesses to thrive in the state and pledged continued support for women-friendly initiatives. “Despite the numerous challenges facing businesses in the country and beyond, you, our businesswomen, have remained resilient and we are proud of you. “The state government will continue to support you financially and otherwise so as to improve our economy, improve livelihoods and maintain our place in the comity of states,” she said. In his remarks, NEPC’s Executive Director, Mr Ezra Yakusak, said that 25 Business Support Organisations (BSOs) had already been listed in the NEPC’s directory.Yakusak, represented by NEPC’s Trade Promotion Advisor in Imo, Mr Anthony Ajuruchi, called on women exporters to avail themselves of the financial and other forms of support. “Today, we are providing detailed information on various services offered by BSOs and the process of accessing the services and we’re doing on-the-spot registration with BSOs for those who cannot register on their own. “Many women are not benefitting from the BSOs for lack of information and sensitisation, hence this workshop,” he said.Ajuruchi, in his address, said that the programme, a brainchild of the Women in Export division of NEPC’s Export Development and Incentives Department, was designed to move the business landscape in Imo to the next level.He mentioned some of the BSOs to include women associations, cooperatives, government and Non Governmental Organisations.“One of the aims of the BSO directory project is to close the gap between women entrepreneurs and BSOs who can help them to grow their businesses.“Knowledge is power and we shall continue to seek it for entrepreneurs in Imo to build their capacity”, he said.Also, Vice President of the Imo Exporters League, Mrs Amaka Onwumere, urged women exporters to identify with the League so as to have increased access to vital information and available incentives.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was attended by businesswomen, entrepreneurs and exporters from various parts of the state.VIN

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  •  The Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri chapter of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union COEASU says it has officially joined a nationwide strike embarked upon by the Union This is contained in a statement co signed by the Chairman of COEASU Alvan chapter Mrs Jovita Ogu and Secretary Mr James Akaraonye and made hellip
    Alvan Ikoku College of Education joins COEASU strike
     The Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri chapter of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union COEASU says it has officially joined a nationwide strike embarked upon by the Union This is contained in a statement co signed by the Chairman of COEASU Alvan chapter Mrs Jovita Ogu and Secretary Mr James Akaraonye and made hellip
    Alvan Ikoku College of Education joins COEASU strike
    Education2 weeks ago

    Alvan Ikoku College of Education joins COEASU strike

    The Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri chapter of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), says it has officially joined a nationwide strike embarked upon by the Union. This is contained in a statement co-signed by the Chairman of COEASU Alvan chapter, Mrs Jovita Ogu and Secretary, Mr James Akaraonye, and made available to newsmen in Owerri, on Thursday.According to the duo, the four-week  strike which began on June 14, is in compliance with a decision reached by its National Executive Council (NEC).The statement said NEC noted that the strike  was due to the Federal Government’s failure to implement its year 2010 agreement with the union. ” The Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri chapter of the COEASU, on June 14, embarked on a four-week strike in compliance with the decision reached by the Union’s NEC at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, ” the statement said.It listed contentious issues to include alleged failure of the Federal Government to constitute its own team and commence renegotiation of Federal Government and COEASU 2010 Agreement in spite of all entreaties by the Union.Others are refusal of Federal Government to mainstream demonstration school staff in the payroll of the Colleges, non-payment of outstanding promotion arrears from year 2016 to date and non-payment of responsibility allowance to librarians.Also in contention was the non-release of N15 billion approved by the Federal Government out of the N456,599,691,914 revitalisation fund recommended for both federal and state colleges of education.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the strike is in continuation of the industrial action embarked upon by the Union, which was suspended on December 2018.VIN

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  •  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Senate President Ahmed Lawan and Gov Dave Umahi of Ebonyi have consulted with delegates of the All Progressives Congress APC in Imo The trio consulted with the delegates in separate meetings in Owerri the Imo capital on Tuesday ahead of the APC s presidential primaries slated for May 29 The News Agency hellip
    Osinbajo, Lawan, Umahi consult APC delegates in Imo
     Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Senate President Ahmed Lawan and Gov Dave Umahi of Ebonyi have consulted with delegates of the All Progressives Congress APC in Imo The trio consulted with the delegates in separate meetings in Owerri the Imo capital on Tuesday ahead of the APC s presidential primaries slated for May 29 The News Agency hellip
    Osinbajo, Lawan, Umahi consult APC delegates in Imo
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    Osinbajo, Lawan, Umahi consult APC delegates in Imo

    Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi have consulted with delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo.The trio consulted with the delegates in separate meetings in Owerri, the Imo capital, on Tuesday, ahead of the APC’s presidential primaries slated for May 29.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Osinbajo met with delegates from Abia and Ebonyi states in a closed-door session.Lawan, who consulted with the delegates at the party’s secretariat in Owerri, pledged to fully accommodate the interests of the South-East geo-political zone, if elected president.He thanked Gov. Hope Uzodimma for his “excellent leadership skills” in Imo and the South-East, promising not to let Nigerians down.Also speaking in the course of his consultation, Gov. Umahi pledged to make Nigeria proud if elected president of the nation in 2023.He assured that his developmental strides in Ebonyi were only a glimpse of his planned developmental initiatives for Nigeria.“It is with a deep sense of responsibility and humility that I inform you of my intention to contest for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of the All Progressives Congress come 2023.“If elected President, we shall run a participatory government and, together, develop policy frameworks that will enhance the physical and social environment and tackle corruption and insecurity.“I will make you proud as president of Nigeria come 2023. The transformation you see in Ebonyi is a microcosm of the macrocosm of Nigeria’s attainment come 2023.“We shall address squarely, the problems that deter the growth of our economy, especially through the creation of critical infrastructure and manpower development,” he said. VIN

    (NAN)