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FCT NUJ challenges Buhari on electronic voting, transmission of results to reduce human interface

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FCT NUJ challenges Buhari on electronic voting, transmission of results to reduce human interface

The only panacea to electoral violence in Nigeria is the adoption of electronics voting and transmission of results, chairman, Nigerian Union of journalists, Federal Capital Territory chapter, Emmanuel Ogbeche has said.
Speaking after an event organised by the council tagged ‘Democracy Hang Out’ to mark the June 12th Democracy Day over the weekend, he said if electronics voting is backed with law and adopted, human interface will be minimal, highjacking /carting away of ballot boxes and kidnapping during election would become a thing of the past.

He spoke against the background that the Nigerian recent experience in 2019 and subsequent elections where there was free reign of arms and ammunition in the hands of thugs that killed and maimed many citizens even as winners emerged.
Speaking further, he said,”One would have imagine that by now Buhari would have sign into law the transmission of results electronically to set the process in motion where we will have electronic voting in 2023 but in as much as we continue to use ballot papers and converge at polling units for people to queue and to cast manual ballot people will continue to highjack the ballots.
However, he said the ‘do or die’ politics will cease if the country step up the ante with electronic voting and transmission of results.
“Politicians must begin to understand that election is a game where you either win or lose and when you lose, you should accept it in good fate.
He Said the country must also strengthen the law on electoral violence, saying that at the moment the Government has not made example of any perpetrator of violence in election to serve as deterrent to others.
“Until people are jailed or fined for participation in electoral mayhem we would not find any respite to this.”
On the place of the media and democracy he said,
“Almost three decades after June 12th 1993 the place of the media in that struggle has not been really appreciated by successful administrations.
“We have had instances where the media is mentioned but they have not placed the media where it belongs as the fulcrum of the struggle of the realisation of June 12th, 1993.

“Years after principal actors in that struggle have been recognized by Government, monuments have been built in their honor, days have been declared in their favor but non has really appreciated what the media meant to the June 12th struggle and democracy in General.”
He said journalists and
media practitioners have become victims in the entrenchment of democracy in Nigeria.
“COVID19 pandemic has added to the woes of the media in Nigeria. We are victims in all ramifications, economically we are backward, polically we have not been taken into cognizance despite the fact that chapter 22 of the Nigerian constitution gives the media the right to hold Government and its officials accountable to the Nigerian people. “20 years of democracy we can count the number of journalists and media workers that have become casualties, we can count the number of those that have been sent to prison, we can count the number of those that have become destitute by the Nigerian State.”
He however, pointed out that in the face of all the challenges the media has remained focus in ensuring that there is transparency in the processes of Government.
He said the challenge is on how to go forward as media practitioners and as journalists adding that his consolation lies in the fact that the Nigerian journalist would not shy away from his or her responsibility of holding Government and its officials accountable to the Nigerian people.
Ogbeche said the
“Democracy Hang Out” is meant to provide an avenue for journalists to brainstorm on issues of National Development and also issues that affect the profession in Nigeria.
He said, “As we celebrate June 12th, the democracy day twenty seven years after 1993 when election that was adjudged to be free and fair was annulled, we felt it a time for journalists to also share their thoughts beyond where they work and canvass opinion on issues of National development.
“We at the NUJ FCT felt it is necessary to create this platform going forward to engage on topical issues.”
He said it is through such engagements the sort of leaders that can take Nigeria from doldrum that it finds itself at the.momeny to where it is envisioned to be can be brought to power.

“So after all the conversation without participation it amounts to nothing.
“I think when we continue to engage we would also begin to identify individuals who will fully participate in the political process not only choosing those will govern us but also people that can also stand for election”

Treasurer NUJ, FCT council, Hajia Aisha Kadalla, in her contribution said there is nothing like democracy where she comes from in the Northeast.
This she said is because her people are dying everyday. “Nobody is talking about this one. People are being slaughtered like rams nobody is taking it in to cognizance.
“I don’t know where our democracy is heading us to. If you try to make any move to expose them they will go after you.
“Are you telling me now that they don’t know the sponsors of Bokoharam? Most of these things happening some Government officials have hand in it nobody is talking about it, we have to say it now or we continue to die in silence.
“If you don’t open up and talk to them the way they are supposed to be addressed we are going nowhere.
“This is our country we were born here and when we die we would be buried here.” She said talking about democracy the media have to open up and put all the people calling themselves leaders on their toes.
“Let them come and show us that at least Government is Still existing, otherwise we don’t know what we are doing there. Anything that affects them you will see them calling press conferences saying that somebody has been kidnapped but if a journalist is kidnapped nobody says anything.

“Once you write a story you have to go into hiding because you don’t know what will happen next.
“We live in this country we have to defend our mandate. We are bonifide citizens of this country.”

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Jamb conducts tests for interior ministry’s recruitments

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Jamb conducts tests for interior ministry’s recruitments

To ensure transparency in the conduct of Computer-Based Aptitude Test for recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) the Ministry of Interior has said it will sustain the partnership with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB)
The ministry indicated that the collaboration is aimed at providing all eligible and qualified Nigerians who applied for various positions in the Services under the Ministry’s purview equal opportunity to be employed into the Services.
This was contained in a statement issued Tuesday by Director (Press & Public Relations)
Mohammed Manga.
The state explained that the partnership
is also in line with the present administration’s policy thrust of ensuring transparency in the conduct of government business.
It would be recalled that the Minister of Interior and Chairman,  Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB), Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola recently assured Nigerians that the Ministry will ensure transparency in the recruitment processes in to the services.
To this end, the Ministry has concluded arrangements with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board to conduct the aptitude test for eligible candidates into the Nigeria Immigration Service on the 7th of December 2020 while that of the NSCDC is expected to hold 8th December, 2020 in the 36 States of the  Federation  and the federal capital territory.
“The Ministry has also worked out modalities to enable qualified candidates access the notification for the aptitude tests for CBAT from 6pm on 1st December, 2020 through their e-mail addresses and phone numbers.
“Accordingly, all candidates who applied for NIS  are expected to visit the Website of the Service at https://immigrationrecruitment.org.ng while those who applied for NSCDC and subsequently updated their educational records are to visit https://cdfipb.careers to print individual letters of invitation.

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2020 IDPWD: Humanitarian Ministry Presents Palliative to the Vulnerable in the Mosque

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2020 IDPWD: Humanitarian Ministry Presents Palliative to the Vulnerable in the Mosque

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development on Friday made a symbolic presentation of gifts to the vulnerable at the FCDA Central Mosque Abuja to commemorate the 2020 International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

Representative of the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Sadiya Umar Farouk, Deputy Director of Humanitarian Affairs Department, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman said” the presentation is on behalf of the Honourable Minister and the Permanent Secretary.

The Imam of the FCDA Central Mosque, Mallam Abdallah Ahmad Karshi, appreciated the gesture of the Ministry as he lauded the ministry for the good reports on its activities.

He said, “when somebody meets the needs of others, God will also meet theirs.

He promised to ensure the distribution of the items is done transparently to reach the targeted persons within the Mosque as he prayed for the Progress of the Ministry.

The items include 5 bags of Rice,5 Cartons of milk, 20 wrappers, bail of clothes and cash donation.

The Jumat Prayers will be followed by a Church Service on Sunday, 29th November, 2020 at St. Matthews Anglican Church Gwarinpa and other activities lined up for the commemoration.

The annual global commemoration of the International Day for PWDS is aimed at promoting the rights and well being of the Persons With Disabilities in all aspects of society and development.

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APC lacks authentic membership register says Buni

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party has said it lacked authentic membership registration of its members nationwide.

Speaking at a meeting of APC Senate Caucus wednesday the party’s caretaker committee chairman Maimala Buni said since the membership registration exercise of 2013, the party has no authentic register in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Buni said some members who left the party in 2018 and joined the opposition party still have their names on the party’s register. 

He added that many others who joined the party from 2014 to date do not have their names in the register.

Buni said the revalidation of the party’s membership register has become imperative to expunge names of those who had left the party and include those who have joined the party from 2014 to date in compliance with Article 9:4 of the Party Constitution. 

He also disclosed that the caretaker committee has set up a high powered committee made up of eminent party leaders, legal practitioners and experts to study the reviewed Constitution and to make recommendations to the effect of the necessary amendments.

Tthe Chairman, APC caretaker committee, Governor Maimala Buni said the party’s reconciliation effort to settle aggrieved persons and factions has paid off, noting that the conflicts in most of the state chapters of the party have been settled.

Speaking at a meeting of APC Senate Caucus, Buni said the party now proudly paraded political heavy weights in various states who have either returned back to the party or freshly joined the party. 

He said the defection of Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi and several legislators of the state assembly was great milestones in the party’s restoration process.

“Many others have indicated interests to either return or join the party. In fact, I want to assure you all that APC will soon shock Nigeria’s political space with massive and unprecedented defections ever witnessed in the political history of our great country, and by the grace of God, APC will undoubtedly remain Nigeria’s leading political party,” he added. 

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