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90 days after LG elections in Kogi no results, Human Right activist raises concern

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90 days after LG elections in Kogi no results, Human Right activist raises concern

Executive director Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) Idris Miliki Abdul has raised concern that 90 days after LG elections in Kogi results are yet to be declared

In a statement that was signed by Idris Miliki Abdul and made available to the National Update on Thursday the  elections were conducted  in Kogi State on the 12th of December 2020, the State Independence electoral commission (SIEC) it is yet to release the results to the public. “Despite colossal amount claimed to have been spent on water he refferred to as kangaroo elections, in a digital age by the state government, the SIEC in the state despite having a website. He said, “Investigation carried out and the complaint received by CHRCR, many of those engaged during that period that performed one role or the other are yet to be paid their entitlements, which he said  is corruption espite the huge amount provided in the 2020 budget.
For the purpose of records, research and and documentation, transparency and accountability he is calling on the Kogi State Independence Electoral Commission and the States Government to release results without further delay.
According to him, the statistical data of the local government council elections conducted on the 12 December 2020 should be made public

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Post Covid-19: Synergos Nigeria urges states to go e-governance

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Post Covid-19: Synergos Nigeria urges states to go e-governance


By Friday Idachaba


Synergos Nigeria, an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) on Wednesday, enjoined State governments to adopt e-governance as part of measures to bridge gaps created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Country Director of Synergos Nigeria, Mr Victor Adejoh, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja, Kogi State.

Adejoh said that government at all levels needed to adopt e-governance to address the challenges created by the global pandemic.

“I dare say that life today is unpredictable and it’s very important that we adapt to changes in our world today by continuously renewing ourselves to succeed in our current turbulent environment.

“How the different sectors and stakeholders in Nigeria manage the existing and emerging socio-economic challenges will depend largely on the gaps in leadership that are bridged.

“The states now need to begin to look at how to computerise some of their activities and allow people work from different locations to add value to the work of the state.

“The states need to begin to look at how to apply Information Technology (IT) for delivering government services. Technology is advancing the delivery of obligations in all the sectors.

“So, in this post-covid era, a lot of activities are taking place online, changing how people organise themselves, how they communicate, how they learn and indeed, how they lead to become leaders,” he said.

He urged the states to improve on how they engage with citizens, saying that, like Synergos, the states should embrace ambiguities and approach governance with a mindset of continuous adaptation. (NAN)

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Cross River North Senate Seat: Gov Ayade storms Abuja to stop Jarigbe

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Cross River North Senate Seat:   Gov Ayade storms Abuja to stop Jarigbe

Concerned stakeholders from Cross River State have raised alarm over alleged pressure on the  Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan by the state government to scuttle the planned swearing in of Hon. Jarigbe Agom as duly elected  senator for Cross River north .
The group at a chat  with  journalists in Abuja  today alleged,last minute moves by  Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River to  armtwist the leadership of the Senate to ignore the recent judgment in of the Supreme court which recognised Hon. Jarigbe as the PDP candidate for the December 5th  bye election for Cross Rivers North .
The Governor was alleged to have arrived Abuja last minute, yesterday and had since met with a powerful political associate of the Senate president for preliminary talks on Cross River north Senate Seat.

Leader of the group James Ikem told journalists that the Governor may have met with proxies of the Senate president earlier to further dru support for senator Stephen Odey whose stay in the Senate has since been nullified by the apex court . I speak on behalf of many democrats in the state, we ate worried over the turn of events in the case of Cross Rivers north and we want  the Senate president to act now and fast “Stephen Odey whose Certificate of Return has been nullified, is still being allowed to take part in Plenary. It’s an act that desecrates the sanctity of the Senate Chamber.

The fresh offensive is coming barely 48 hours after the Governor was reported to have threatened to dump PDP over his neglect.
But the group in Abuja today claimed the Governor may have reached out to the Senate in his desperate bid to stop the swearing in of Hon.Jarigbe to take his seat in the red chamber .
 According to him “Governor Ayade hurriedly caught a flight to Abuja yesterday, after he received a Call, asking him to get to Abuja, immediately. His trip to Abuja is to afford him the opportunity of seeing the Senate President or through proxies, reach out to him, to stop the Swearing In of Hon Jarigbe Agom, as Senator for Cross River North. He got a call and was informed of the pressure on the Senate President to do the right thing. He boasted in Calabar before his departure, that he was going to Abuja to stop the Swearing In, with everything available to him.

Gov Ayade should know that the Treasury of Cross Ricer State, cannot buy an Institution, such as the National Assembly. Sen Ahmed Lawan should avoid Ayade and his proxies. The Rule of Law should prevail. The Senate President should act on the Legal Advice by the Legal Department of the National Assembly and the recommendations of the Clerk of the National Assembly. The Judgment of the Supreme Court is final. Our Institutions should not be desecrated. “

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Bishop Kukah’s christmas day message on Nepotism rattles FG

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Bishop Kukah’s christmas day message on Nepotism rattles FG

***Lai Muhammed to the rescue

The fiery catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese of the catholic Church Mathew Kukah, was at his usual self on Chrismas day as his message condemned the glorification of nepotism which has defined the President Muhammadu Buhari regime.
Entitled “A nation in search of vindication,” his message touched on a sensitive aspect that indicated there could have been a coup or war in the country if a non- Muslim was the president and goes ahead to do a fraction of what Buhari did.
The cleric whose Episcopal seat is right in the heart of the caliphate did not minx words when he explained that the behaviour and attitudes of the Buhari was causing tension and anxiety in the country.
Though he indicated he was not speaking because he is a Christian but because he is a Nigerian, he however was particular about the lopsidedness in some appointments made by the president which he said some northern elite are not happy about.
In a swift reaction, the minister of information and culture Lai muhammed warned him to stop stigmatising President Muhammadu Buhari.
Lai, in a statement titled , ‘ FG Urges Religious Leaders To Eschew Message of Disharmony’ also warned other religious leaders in the country to “refrain from stoking the embers of hatred and disunity ”which could“ trigger unintended consequences”.
Continuing in his message, Kukah said, “This government owes the nation an explanation as to where it is headed as we seem to journey into darkness. The spilling of this blood must be related to a more sinister plot that is beyond our comprehension. Are we going to remain hogtied by these evil men or are they gradually becoming part of a larger plot to seal the fate of our country?
“President Buhari deliberately sacrificed the dreams of those who voted for him to what seemed like a programme to stratify and institutionalise northern hegemony by reducing others in public life to second class status. He has pursued this self-defeating and alienating policy at the expense of greater national cohesion.
“Every honest Nigerian knows that there is no way any non-Northern Muslim President could have done a fraction of what President Buhari has done by his nepotism and gotten away with it.
“There would have been a military coup a long time ago or we would have been at war. The president may have concluded that Christians will do nothing and will live with these actions.
“He may be right and we Christians cannot feel sorry that we have no pool of violence to draw from or threaten our country. However, God does not sleep. We can see from the inexplicable dilemma of his North.”
The Bishop applauded the media for its efforts in setting agenda and putting those in authorities on their toes.
He said that the Nigerian media is facing serious challenges, but pointed out that, that should not deter it from performing its duties.
“You know some journalists have been incarcerated. This is a difficult time for our country,” he said.
Kukah appealed to the federal government to respect the freedom of the press as enshrined in the country’s constitution, adding that the media is not the enemy of government.
According to him, the country cannot develop only on the good will of a single individual but through collective efforts of all and sundry.
Reacting on Saturday, the minister said Kukah and other religious leaders have a responsibility to speak truth to power but “such truth must not come wrapped in anger, hatred, disunity and religious disharmony ” .
Mohammed said it was “ graceless and impious for any religious leader to use the period of Christmas, which is a season of peace , to stoke the embers of hatred, sectarian strife and national disunity ” .

Speaking against the backdrop of Kukah’s statement that there could have been a coup or war in the country should any other leader exhibit Buhari’s “nepotistic behaviour” , the minister warned, “ Calling for a violent overthrow of a democratically -elected government, no matter how disguised such a call is, and casting a particular religion as violent is not what any religious leader should engage in, and certainly not in a season of peace.”

“While some religious leaders , being human, may not be able to disguise their national leadership preference, they should refrain from stigmatising the leader they have never supported anyway, using well – worn and disproved allegations of nepotism or whatever,” Mohammed further stated.

“Whatever challenges Nigeria may be going through at this moment can only be tackled when all leaders and indeed all Nigerians come together , not when some people arrogantly engage in name-calling and finger -pointing , ” he added .

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