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Group give INEC 22 day ultimatum to transfer Gov Bello PVC from Abuja to Okene or face legal action

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Group gives INEC 22 day ultimatum to transfer Gov Bello PVC from Abuja to Okene or face legal action

A group, Kogi Integrity Group (KIG) has issued a 21 working day ultimatum to INEC starting from Monday May 29, to complete the transfer of the Kogi State Governor’s PVC from Abuja to his ward in Okene or face legal action in a competent court of justice.
The electoral body had earlier accused Governor Yahaya Bello of having engaged in double registration an offence it said was criminal though it promised to sanction all its officers involved it however said it was handicapped to prosecute the Governor due to immunity.
This was contained in a statement that was signed by Barrister Zacchaeus Oluwadare Michael President of the group and was made available to the Guardian in Lokoja yesterday.
The statement reiterated that INEC action against the governor was a gross violation of his fundamental human right adding that the issue of fundamental human right violation can be taken up by anybody not necessarily the victim.
It reads, “Kogi integrity group is ready to engage INEC in a competent court of jurisdiction if within the 21 days the PVC of our governor is not transferred from Abuja to Okene as required by the Governor.”
The President took a swipe at the the INEC for Incompetence over claim that Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello registered twice.
It challenged the electoral body to prove how the system they are using can detect double registration before going further to detect multiple registration.

According to the group, INEC has used the Kogi scenario to prove to Nigerians that their claim of detecting double registration was not only false but bogus.
“INEC as an independent institution is expected to be a politically neutral organisation without partisanship, but it is so sad that some selfish individuals among them have compromised and are being used as political miscreants to destabilise Kogi State.
According to the group, “Governor Bello had requested for the transfered of his Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) from Abuja to Okene for over two to three years, but INEC has failed woefully in this regard as they were unable to get the transfer done without reason.”
Rhetorically they ask INEC how long it takes to transfer PVC from one state to another.
The statement explained further that the registration system was adjudged to have been automated to detect attempt of double registration and automatically reject the defaulter.

“This shows that INEC has failed in their responsibility and using Kogi State to do cover up.
“The question we should ask ourselves is whether one can register twice and obtain two different BVN numbers or if anyone can register twice on the National Identity Management System (NIMS)? It is therefore, a fact that INEC system is substandard and a good example of improper automation.
The statement derided senator Donor Melaye and other leaders of the APC for asking the Governor to resign on account of the registration saga.

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Zamfara NUJ State Council announces change of baton in its leadership

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Zamfara NUJ State Council announces change of baton in its leadership

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Zamfara State chaper has announced a change of Baton in the leadership of the State council of the union.
By the announcement the vice chairman Comrade Bello Muhammad Boko will serve as acting chairman pending a by-election that will bring in a new and substantive chairman.
The announcement was contained in a statement that was signed by the chapter’s Assistant secretary Nasiru Shehu Aula Dabbakal which was made available to the NationalUpdate in Abuja on Monday.
The statement indicated that
following the recent transfer of the council chairman, Comrade Abdulrazak Bello Kaura from Pride FM, Gusau, Zamfara state to Royal FM, Sokoto in Sokoto state, it became necessary to effect constitutional adjustments to avoid any vacuum.

The union assured the good people of Zamfara of a cordial working relationship .

The union also expressed its appreciation to the Governor of the State, Bello Matawallen, the Maradun Shatiman Sokoto for his support to members of the union.
The statement stressed that the union will continue to support the Matawalle-led administration especially in the fight against armed banditry through his peace accord and dialogue initiative.

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Commissioner advocates media practitioners’ involvement in farming

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Commissioner advocates media practitioners’ involvement in farming

By Friday Idachaba

Akwa-Ibom State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Glory Edet, has appealed to Solidaridad West Africa, an international solution-oriented Civil Society Organisation (CSO), to train Media practitioners in the art of farming and investment in agriculture.

Edet made the call at a wrap-up workshop for CSOs and Media practitioners from Akwa-Ibom, Cross-Rivers, Enugu and Kogi States working on Oil Palm production interventions of Solidaridad West Africa on Thursday in Uyo.

The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Mary Bassey, implored Solidaridad to involve media practitioners not only as participants but stakeholders in the Agriculture sector.

“Please, take the media people as stakeholders and also train them to become farmers. Make them go into agriculture and make millionaires out of them. Agriculture is the fastest way to become millionaires.

“Farming, aside producing the food we eat and guaranteeing food security, is now a highly lucrative business which everyone must embrace to break the shackles of poverty,’’ she said.

Edet explained that Akwa-Ibom had taken Agriculture production very seriously and was producing pepper, tomatoes and onions from its greenhouse adding, that “very soon, we would begin to export our onions”.

Speaking earlier, Dr Sam Ogallah, Senior Climate Specialist, Africa and County Technical Lead, Solidaridad Network, West Africa said the media were drawn in as participants as part and parcel of the Solidaridad interventions.

“They are stakeholders in our work and if we want to transform the Agriculture sector in Nigeria, all hands must be on deck and the media have a very crucial role to play in transforming the Agriculture sector.

“We have seen the enormous task ahead and Solidaridad alone cannot do it.

“So,we need every person on board from the CSOs, the government, the media, the Private Sector and the likes for us to bring the change that really matters in the agricultural sector in Nigeria,” Ogallah stated. (NAN)

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Bello Ambassadors Network (BAN) Launches Support Website, claims 5m Nigerians will join network

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Bello Ambassadors Network (BAN) Launches Support Website, claims 5m Nigerians will join network

Bello Ambassadors Network (BAN) has claimed it has launched website with not less than five million Nigerians as target to become Ambassadors as members if the network as it releases its network today.
This was contained in a statement that was signed by the national coordinator Mr. Anthony Edogbo and issued in Abuja

In a statement by the National Coordinator of the movement, Mr. Anthony Edogbo, the organisation is a network of young Nigerians from across the six (6) geopolitical zones and thirty-six (36) states of the Federation.

He said, BAN is non-governmental Organisation with a common agenda of emulating the leadership and charitable character of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

Edogbo stated that the movement is borne out of the urgent need to support the giant strides of Governor Yahaya Bello and promote quality leadership.

“As the youngest Governor in Nigeria, Yahaya Bello has over the years built a cabinet of young Nigerians irrespective of tribe, gender and religion.

He indicated that the giant strides of Governor Yahaya Bello in the areas of Education, Healthcare, Agriculture, Security and Infrastructure are laudable and deserve national recognition.

“In him, we have seen courage, intelligence and love for every Nigerian.
We strongly believe that a new Nigeria is possible”, he mentioned.

He stated that BAN is for every gender, tribe and religion. BAN is for every Nigerian.

“To become an Ambassador and member of the organization, you can visit  www.ban2023.org to register.”

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