The Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin(UNIBEN),Prof Lilian Salami has approved a virtual matriculation for students admitted into the 2019/2020 academic session of the university.
Dr Benedicta Ehanire,Public Relations Officer of UNIBEN disclosed this in a statement in Benin on Friday.
“The event holds on Tuesday 15th September, 2020.
“Only the university’s principal officers and a few designated officials as well as student representatives of the various college, schools, institutes and faculties are expected to be physically present”.
“The provost, deans, directors, other matriculating students and members of the university community are to participate via a link that would be provided by the ”,she said.
She noted that the use of face masks is compulsory for those who will be physically present at the venue.
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Edo Election: European Centre decries non-compliance to COVID-19 protocols
Mr Wilson Manji, the deputy project coordinator, told the News Agency of Nigeria , that although the voters were all wearing face masks but they did not maintain social distancing.
“So far the election is going smoothly and calm. We are at Ologbosere primary in Ikpoba-Okha local government area of the state.
“So far everything is peaceful and calm here. Just that the INEC staff just arrived at about 10a.m. and accreditation and voting started at about 10.30a.m. instead of 8.30a.m,” he said.
According to him, the polling officers came with hand sanitisers and thermometers to check the temperature of every voter.
“But we are aware that there are some few isolated cases that started 9.a.m. or after 9.a.m. because of some issues they needed to sort out.
“From the reports we are getting, almost all the polling units have started voting,” he said.
Wariowei, however, said he observed that the voters were all wearing face masks but did not maintain social distancing.
According to Wariowei, before I left the polling units I visited, I educated the people on the need to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 regulations by maintaining social distancing for the safety of all.
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Edo: Presiding Officers, Observer commend electoral process in Ward 4
Some Presiding Officers in the Sept.19, governorship election in Edo and an international Observer team, Centre for Strategic Conflict Management, have commended the peaceful electoral process in Oredo Ward 4.
They gave the commendation at the on-going governorship election on Saturday in Benin.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the Oredo Ward 4 is the voting point of the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki.
A presiding officer in the Ward 4 poling unit 25, Jonathan Ayo, commended the electorate for conducting themselves peacefully and in an orderly manner during accreditation and voting.
According to him, the process so far has been smooth, with everything working well.
”The card readers are working perfectly well today; we have not had any issue of failure of card reader today.
“The voters are conducting themselves very well too and everything is going on smoothly and we thank God for that,” he said.
Another Presiding officer in the ward, Blessing Mbagwu, stated that everything was going on well t as expected except for the aged people whose accreditation processes constituted a slight delay.
She said that the delay was based on the inability of the card readers to capture their thumbs.
“But outside that, everything is fine, with 10 seconds we are done with reading the thumbs,” She said.
Also speaking, an observer, Mr Ekperobe Bigman, of the Centre for Strategic Conflict Management, commended the INEC over prompt distribution of electoral materials, both sensitive and non sensitive ones.
“INEC has done its beat and it is quite commendable, the commencement of the exercise is also commendable, as you can see the large turnout of voters in the ward.
“On the part of security too, they are well on ground to ensure peaceful polls,” he said.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Donald Ugwu
Restriction order in Edo: Motorists, travellers stranded in Okpella
Many motorists and travellers are stranded at Okpella, Etsako West Local Government area of Edo, due to restriction of movement order during the governorship election.
The police directed a restriction order on movement of vehicles between 11:59 p.m. on Friday and 6:00 p.m on Saturday.
Articulated vehicles and others were on long queues on Benin-Auchi-Okene way, having been stopped and parked by the military officers on duty.
Some of the truck drivers who spoke to NAN said that they thought they could beat the restriction period before the beginning of the election.
Mr Bello Abdulraman said: “I am coming from Abuja going to Benin with the intention to get to Benin before 8:30 p.m.
“I am surprised that getting to Jattu junction, we were stopped by the military officers who barricaded the road, refusing us to go through.
“They said we all will remain quietly here until after the election”.
NAN reports that several other security check points were noticed in Etsako West and other areas in Edo North Senatorial District.
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Kayode Olaitan
Edo governorship election begins orderly amid massive securirty, movement restriction
The governorship election in Edo begins peacefully with impressive voters’ turnout in most wards across the state, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Although the situation does not suggest the likelihood of violence, there is massive security presence in cities, town and villages.
With total compliance with restriction movement across the state, the processes of making the election peaceful and credible is uninterrupted.
Major streets, especially in Benin, don’t witness the usual traffic as the residents move to their respective polling stations for accreditation.
Also reports from other areas of Edo, such as Uzzebba, Igueben, Auchi, Ososo, Ekpoma, Jattu and Ughoton, among other towns and villages, say there is impressive turnout and orderly situation. Edo has 193 wards with 18 local government areas.
In most polling units, security operatives arrived in their duty points to enforce restriction on movement of people and vehicles during election.
NAN correspondents that went round observed that security operatives were present as early as 6a.m. in strategic locations in the city centres of the three senatorial districts of Edo South, Central and North.
Bondaries, including Edo South — Idogbo, Etete/Adesuwa, Oluku, Upper Siluko, Ologbo and Eyean — are supervised by security personnel that ask motorists without movement permit to park and check for Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to pass.
The situation is similar in Ekpoma, Iruepken in Edo Central, Okepella, Jattu junction and Agbede in Edo North.( NAN)
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Kayode Olaitan