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Again INEC reverses self, stops Bauchi guber poll collation

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Again INEC reverses self, stops Bauchi guber poll collation

The Independent National Electoral Commission has for the second time reversed itself over the Issue bordering on the collation and declaration of results for the Gubernatorial election held on March 9th, 2019.
The electoral umpire had earlier declared the Bauchi State guber election inconclusive along with five other States for which March, 23rd was fixed for the rerun election but later after due consultations the electoral body reversed that decision settling rather for resumption of collation
The decision to resume collation of the Bauchi State governorship election results has also been stalled by an interim injunction by a Federal High Court in Abuja restraining the electoral authority.

The court Tuesday morning ordered the INEC not to go ahead with its plan to collate, conclude and announce the results of the governorship election in Bauchi State held on March 9.

The judge, Inyang Ekwo, made the order based on an ex-parte application filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the incumbent governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar.

Abubakar has stated his preference for supplementary polls to be conducted in the state.

The restraining order is to last till the determination of the suit brought before the court by the two plaintiffs.

The state poll was earlier declared inconclusive by INEC returning officer in the state, Mohammed Kyari.

Kyari said the differences of 4,059 votes between the two leading parties, All Progressives Congress and People’s Democratic Party, was less than the number of cancelled votes.

There was a disruption in the collation process at Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area which led to the cancellation of results for the entire LGA.

INEC said it would investigate the cancellation of the result from Tafawa Balewa Local Government of the state following a report by the state’s returning officer.

On Friday, INEC said it would resume the collation of results of the LGA after considering a report submitted by Kyari.

The electoral authority also appointed a new collation/returning officer for the LGA to conclude the collation process after Mrs Dominion Anosike withdrew over alleged threat to her life and her family.

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Young females in government worry over sexual harrassment from bosses

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Young females in government worry over sexual harrassment from bosses

Young females who are in Government as aids or holding political positions across Africa have raised concerns over the burden of sexual harrassment from their bosses that impedes their political carrier advancement.
The females who converged in Abuja yesterday was at the instance of the African Young Female Advisers Initiative in partnership with Cedar Seed Foundation and ActionAid.
The two Days National Consultation is centered on the discourse; Young Women in Governance and Young Women with Disabilities as enshrined in the 1999 constitution and the proposed women fair representation in elective and appointive positions bill 2020.

The President of the group who is also the special adviser to chairman Abuja Area Mjnicipal Council on ICT, Donor Agency and Civil Society Abiodun Essiett said they were fathered as young female advisers and young women in Government with disability to review the 1999 constitution and make some of the ammendments as it affects young females in Government.

“Our Organization is African Young Female advisers and we are special aids serving, appointed or electoral officers from the Local level to the federal level across Africa.
“So we are young females from across Africa who are special advisers to Presidents, Governors other political office holders.
“So we have come together as a group to say that we also want our voices to be heard and also review the 1999 constitution since the constitution is undergoing ammendment.
“We want to make our review and make our own ammendement and put together our own memorandum which we will send to the committee at the national assembly reviewing the constitution currently.”
She said Sexual harrassment has been the major issue saying that the women were only relaying their experiences.
Apart from that she believes women have the vigor and the capability to hold any political office and excel.
“A lot of people know the challenges of women in Government but we are now coming down for people to also know the challenges of young females in Government.
“We have these young women working as aids, special advisers to a senator, to a president, to a Governor, to a local Government chairman and they have identified sexual harrassment as a major issue.
“One reason is because they are young people and they see them as being vulnerable as someone they can approach and ask, ‘can you have sex with me’?
According to her, they are vulnerable because they are working majorly with older people and they find it so annoying as a major upset to carrying out their work.
“When you go to work everyday the major person you are working for is harassing you everyday.”

The secretary of the group Adaora Onyechere said the next conversation will be on 2023 with consultation on Constitution Review. 
“Some of us, will be governors; House of Representatives members, some of us will Senators. I see that here in this hall. 
“One of us said something that women do not support one another, I think that to me is the stereotype that continue to resonate which the men use to reduce the level of our capacity to be on top and I think it’s time for us to demystify that stereotype.”

“I know that there are levels of difficulties in terms of communication and how those Communications are received because we all come from different environment.
“But are we working together to see more women in Governance? Are we doing it differently, if yes, the call for me, is to harmonise so it will be as if are Consultant together. 

“Women are great assets when they come together. You cannot break it; its something you can feel and there is a silent code. 
“The issue of where women are gossiping  is everywhere, its in the banking sector,  it’s in the business,  even men are doing it differently. In fact their own is the worst. They do it and gossip about it.”

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The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has recently organised a Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop and Orientation on its Interventions, Inventory and Logistics Dashboard for its Agencies and Partners.This was contained in a statement that was issued by media adviser to the minister Nneka Ikem Anibeze.It indicated that the workshop which took place at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre was designed to ensure that systems are in place for accountability and transparency in all activities of the Ministry, its Agencies, Programmes, and Partners. 
According to the Director Planning Research and Statistics Mr Raphael Oraeluno, the workshop is to ensure transparency in the activities of the agencies, programmes and partners of the ministry which requires reliable data in the development of the Monitoring and Evaluation system.
“The importance of reliable data cannot be overemphasized, and this is a step in ensuring that adequate processes are put in place for effective monitoring and reporting”.
In attendance at the workshop were all Agencies of the Ministry  including  the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA); National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI); North East Development Commission (NEDC); National Agency for Prohibition and Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP); National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPwD); Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Development Partners and Non-Governmental Organizations.

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Disability commission challenges ministers on mainstreaming of disability in development

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Disability commission challenges ministers on mainstreaming of disability in development

The Executive secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities James David Lalu has expressed concern that ministers and heads of agencies of Government do not understand the importance of mainstreaming of disability in development.

Speaking yesterday at the International Day of Persons Living With Disability, he said ministers and other heads of Government agencies should not just make promises on mainstreaming but should approach the ministry of Humanitarian affairs to properly grasp what mainstreaming of disability in development actualy entails.
He said such ministries and agencies that have something to do with the Humanitarian ministry should approach the ministry to learn about mainstreaming of disability in development
“Talking about mainstreaming of disability in development, inclusion of disability in development one very important things.
“I want to say that our ministers that are here should volunteer to come to the humanitarian affairs ministry one day to learn about mainstreaming of disability in development.
“Today is one of the most important day in the disable community in Nigeria. It is a day we stand together with all people to recognize the value and importance of the contribution of the disability community in Nigeria.”Sincerely speaking I like to state here that since independence the disability community had never had it so good as it is happening in this Government.”President Muhammadu Buhari remained the only Presdent that has treated disability in Nigeria more positively.”He came and put in place the national disability act to protect the rights of people with disability in Nigeria. “Again he moved on to provide the establishment of the National Commission for persons with disability, which gave me the opportunity to stand here before you and speak as the executive secretary of the commission.” He described the humanitarian minister Sadiya Umar Farouq as mother of persons with disability in Nigeria.”I think what she has done is something that will be indelible on the minds of persons with disabilities for ever.”When she assumed office as the minister the first thing she took as priority is the establishment of the commission for persons with disabilities.”I remember when I was watching her on Television from Jos last international day for persons with disability her commitment was the establishment of a commission for PLWD and she lived up to it and today I am here standing here from Jos to Abuja.” He said from now henceforth in the next few years the disability community may have no more excuses again because “we have been given the act, we have been given the commission, now is the time for us to make the necessary impact in the disability community.”

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