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Buhari’s campaign council condemns postponement of elections

Mr. Festus Keyamo, spokesman of APC Presidential Campaign Council, has condemned postponement of the general elections, but urged its supporters to remain resolute, patient and determined.

The Council was reacting to the shift of the presidential and NASS elections to February 23 and that of governorship and state houses of assembly to March 9.

Keyamo, the Director, Strategic Communications, APC Presidential Campaign Council, said in a statement on Saturday“We condemn and deprecate this tardiness of the electoral umpire in the strongest terms possible.

Keyamo said they received the news of the postponement with “great disappointment and disillusionment’’.

“President Muhammadu Buhari had since cooperated fully with INEC by ensuring everything it demanded to conduct free and fair elections were promptly made available to it.

“This news is therefore a huge disappointment to us and to our teeming supporters nationwide and around the world, many of whom have come into the country to exercise their franchise.

“We do hope that INEC will remain neutral and impartial in this process as the rumour mill is agog with the suggestion that this postponement has been orchestrated in collusion with the main opposition, the PDP, that was never ready for this election.

“We note that all the major credible demographic projections have predicted a defeat of the PDP and it seriously needed this breather to orchestrate more devious strategies to try and halt President Buhari’s momentum. Read more

#PMBinLagos: Lagos Stadium agog for Buhari’s Next Level campaign

The Teslim Balogun Stadium Lagos, on Saturday bubbled with a lot of activities as residents and the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) faithful thronged the venue for the 2019 Presidential campaign rally.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the atmosphere was charged with excitement as thousands of people holding brooms sang and chanted APC slogans, while awaiting the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari.

While supporters in APC attires and dresses were waiting as at 11:54a.m., musicians like King Wasiu Ayinde and some other upcoming acts delighted them with various musical renditions.

Nollywood personalities like Jide Kosoko, Funke Daramola and `Remi Surutu’ were also around, adding spice to the gathering.

Market women, youths holding brooms and APC flags danced endlessly to rave songs being dished out by the DJ.

Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and his running mate, Dr @FemiHamzat with their wives in APC Colours ready for today’s Presidential Rally.

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Ekiti Governorship Election: Tribunal gives judgment Monday

Ekiti Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal will give its judgment in Abuja on Monday, ruling on whether Governor Kayode Fayemi was validly elected.

Ahead of the judgment, the police on Sunday warned politicians  and their followers in the state against unlawful  protests.

The Police Commissioner in the state, Mr Asuquo Amba, gave the warning while speaking with newsmen in Ado Ekiti.

The commissioner, who was represented by the police spokesman in the state, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, said the command would not allow anyone to destabilise the state under the guise of protests  at  the outcome of the judgment. Read more

Inec Portal For 2019 Recruitment Of Election Staff

Available Positions

  1. Supervisory Presiding Officer (SPO)
  2. Registration Area Center (RAC) Manager
  3. Presiding Officer (PO)
  4. Assistant Presiding Officer (APO)
  5. Registration Area Technical Support (RATECH)

Click here for eligibility criteria

 

The independent national electoral commission (INEC) today opened the official recruitment portal for electoral adhoc staff for the 2019 general elections. All Interested applicant for the available Election Staff Positions for the 2019 Elections are required to Click on this Link to Register. All applicant who are yet to complete their application for available Election Staff Positions for the 2019 Elections, are required to Click on this Link below to Login.

All Applicants are to visit the Eligibility Page, where they will review the qualification criteria for their chosen Election Staff Position.

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Nigeria suffered major infrastructural deficits in 16 years PDP rule, Osinbajo says #2019Debate

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria suffered major infrastructural deficits in the 16 years of the Peoples Democraty Party’s (PDP) rule.

Prof. Osinbajo said this on Friday in Abuja at the 2019 Vice Presidential Debate organised by the Nigeria Election Debate Group in collaboration with the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) and Civil Society Organisations.

The debate featured Ganiyu Galadima of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN); Khadija Abdullahi-Iya of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), and incumbent Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The other two were Peter Obi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Umma Getso of the Young Progressives Party (YPP).

Vice President Osinbajo noted that corruption was the major cause of the country`s current challenges and must be tackled head-on.

He said the country`s Gross Domestic Product had consistently gone up under the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration which he added was building the country`s infrastructure, especially the road and rail sector. Read more

2019: Osinbajo, Obi clash at first TV debate #2019Debate

There were some moments of wrangling in Nigeria’s first TV debate on Friday night among political party candidates ahead of the February 16 presidential election.

And expectedly the feud was between Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Dr Peter Obi, the vice-presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

The first argument arose when Obi derided Buhari administration’s anti-corruption efforts as tantamount to closing the shop and chasing the thieves.

Osinbajo rebutted the analogy and asked Obi, whether anything will be left in the shop if criminals looted all the inventory.

The two speakers also disagreed on whether Nigeria has improved its ambience to attract foreign investment. While Obi reeled out statistics about the volume of foreign investment in other economies, Osinbajo punctured by the fact that the countries Obi cited, such as South Africa and China have one thing in common: adequate infrastructure. Read more

Governors join Adeboye, Gowon at Christmas Carol

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Head of State Yakubu Gowon and Pastor Enoch Adeboye, set aglow, the presidential Christmas Carol held at the State House Banquet Hall in Abuja.

Aside Adeboye, the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, many state governors attended the Carol.

The Carol tagged “Christmas Praise Concert”, was also attended by Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha.

The first Bible reading taken from Luke 2:18 –18, was read by Mrs Victoria Gowon, wife of the former Head of State, Gowon, while the second reading taken from Isaiah 7:14–15, 9:6–7, was read by Gov. Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State.

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His Love Foundation: RCCG’s Initiative to Impact & Change Lives Globally

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) worldwide announces her global charity arm, His Love Foundation, with an initial focus on 6 key areas: Education, Health, Prisons, Hunger, Social Enterprise and Rehabilitation.

His Love Foundation is a culmination of RCCG’s Christian Social Responsibility (CSR), which has been in operation for a long while. With active participation from 42,796 operating centres/parishes in Nigeria alone and in 197 countries worldwide, RCCG has successfully implemented in Nigeria from March 2018 to date over 30,626 projects nationwide, with hundreds of thousands of projects being done in the nations of the world where the church is operating.

As a charity organisation, His Love Foundation will achieve scalability and reach more people around the world through institutional partnerships. The foundation is firmly focused on its mission which states, “Help for the helpless. Hope for the hopeless. Food for the hungry. Strength for the weak.”

In the words of the Special Assistant to the General Overseer on CSR, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade“To love God and to love our neighbours as ourselves, therein lies the whole duty of man. We need to have a compelling sense of responsibility to our community, which should be rooted in love. CSR is, therefore, a faith-based obligation to meet societal needs through the demonstration of love that positively impacts communities and individuals.”

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Apapa gridlock: Ambode flags off expansion of Orile tanker terminal

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Sunday flagged off the expansion of the Orile Tanker Terminal, as part of solutions to the Apapa gridlock. It will now accommodate trucks.

Ambode assured that work would be accelerated on the 1000-capacity terminal at Orile-Iganmu area of the state.

Ambode, while on an inspection tour of the Apapa-Iganmu axis said the expansion of the terminal was one of the resolutions reached at the recent meeting with stakeholders, especially in the maritime sector.

He said that lasting solutions were suggested to take off the roads, the containerised trucks , majorly responsible for the gridlock in the Apapa area.

“One of the other resolutions is that we should have authorised truck terminal park and so my visit to this place today is to flag off the reconstruction of this terminal so that we can accommodate 1000 trucks.

“We will do this in collaboration with the Nigerian Ports Authority so that the call-up system can work efficiently.

“The expansion we are adding to this particular terminal in which we have decided to acquire the adjoining land, we will use that primarily for non-petroleum trucks so that we can sectionalise these trucks and allow the call-up system to work,” he said.

Ambode said this was part of the efforts of the State Government to make sure that Apapa gridlock and the truck menace become a thing of the past permanently.

He also disclosed that the State Government had concluded plans to utilise an expanse of land in Ijanikin area, along Lagos-Badagry Expressway with a capacity to accommodate at least 5,000 trucks.

“I have just been briefed that we have an additional land space in Ijanikin that can accommodate 5000 trucks.

“We will explore that possibility immediately; all that we are doing is just to make sure that there is a permanent solution to this whole idea of trucks destroying our bridges and roads,” Ambode said.

While appealing to residents for their understanding, the governor assured that within the next six to eight weeks, the terminals would be up and running to get the trucks off the roads and bridges within the axis.

He said aside the expansion of the terminal, the commitment by the Federal Government to commence the reconstruction of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway was on course with the approval of N72.9billion by the Federal Executive Council for the project.

“You will recall that about two weeks ago, we had a stakeholders’ meeting with the Vice President presiding in Apapa and at that meeting, we resolved that we will ensure that the reconstruction of the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway will be awarded within two weeks.

“This has been fulfilled by the Federal Government; they have awarded the contract and construction should commence within the next two weeks.

“We thank the President, Vice President, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, and that of Transport for reconstruction of Oshodi-Apapa Expressway and the rail track from Apapa Ports to Ibadan which is strictly a cargo rail that will assist in moving heavy-duty goods away from the Apapa axis,” Ambode said.

The governor said his administration was also looking at utilising barges on the waterways to move heavy cargo as a way of complementing efforts on road and rail transportation system.

“I just think Lagosians will have the relief to see that we have actually done what is right and in their overall interest.

“I want to thank all the stakeholders for their interest and we must continue to join hands like I said and we will get the results that we so desire,” he said.

Chairman of Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), Chief Remi Ogungbemi, said the commissioning of the truck terminal by the governor was a new dawn toward addressing the Apapa gridlock.

“Today, I must say is a beginning of a good thing that will start happening in our sector as haulage operators in the state. Today is the beginning of a new era as far as Lagos State is concerned.

“The governor coming here today has shown that he is very dynamic and pragmatic.

“This is what we have been expecting and for the governor to be here to see things for himself and flag off the rehabilitation and expansion of this terminal shows that he is not only talking but matching words with action,” Ogungbemi said.

He expressed optimism that the steps taken by the State Government would go a long way to end the menace of trucks parking on roads and bridges in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor also inspected the progress of work on the modern bus terminals in Yaba and Oyingbo.

He also inspected the failed section of Sari- Iganmu Road which had been abandoned for over two years, assuring residents, who trooped out to welcome him, that contractors will move in to fix it within the next two weeks.

Ambode also assured them that their blocked canals would also be cleared.

NAN also reports that the governor and his team inspected the ongoing palliative work embarked upon to fix the bad sections of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

UN receives 70 cases of sexual abuse, others

The UN said it received 70 new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse across all its entities and implementing partners, between the beginning of April to the end of June 2018.

UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, while announcing the allegations, said 18 cases involved peacekeeping operations, and 25 from “agencies, funds and programmes”.

“Please note that not all the allegations have been fully verified and many are in the preliminary assessment phase,” he explained, breaking down the 70 allegations.

A total of 43 allegations involved UN personnel, 24 related to non-UN personnel working for implementing partners, and three others related to non-UN international forces, which had been authorised by a Security Council mandate.

Of these 70 reported incidents, 27 took place in 2018, nine in 2017, five in 2016, 10 in 2015 and two allegedly occurred in 2014, while the date is unknown for 17 allegations.

The vast majority, 46, were categorised as sexual exploitation, the UN deputy spokesperson said. Read more

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