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President Buhari reappoints prof Yakubu as INEC boss for another 5 years

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President Buhari reappoints prof Yakubu as INEC boss for another 5 years

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Prof. Mahmood Yakubu for reappointment as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
His reappointment is, however, subject to senate ratification.
Yakubu was first appointed INEC chairman in November 2015 when he took over from Professor Attahiru Jega.
His first tenure of five years would elapae on November 9.
Yakubu superitended over the 2019 general election and aome off-cycle elections in states.
His nomination for reappointment was contained in a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan by President Buhari.
The letter reads ” In accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I am pleased to present for confirmation by the Senate, the nomination of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second and final term”

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Disability Commission demands streamlining of PLWDS in Governance

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Disability Commission demands streamlining of PLWDS in Governance

The Executive Secretary of the federal commission for persons with disabilities (FCPWD), James Lalu has called on Governments at all levels to streamline the inclusion of persons with disability in governance.
He made  the call while speaking at the occasion to mark this year’s International day for persons with disability with a theme titled ”Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19.Lalu said the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed  Nigerians living with disabilities to more tasking challenges.
He listed some of the challenges to include difficulty in accessing public facilities like schools, train stations, airports and the neglect of persons with disabilities.
Lalu also observed that people with disabilities can contribute to the growth of the economy if given the audience and included in the governance of the nation.He urged Nigerians to stop the discrimination against the people living with disablilities as they equally have a say in the society.

Earlier at the occasion,  the minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Sadiya Farouk represented by the director, special needs in the ministry, Mrs. Nkechi Onwukwe expressed confidence in the ability of the Executive secretary of the Commission to successfully manage the affairs of the new organization which is under the ministry of humanitarian affairs.
She said the creation of the disability commission will ensure that issues affecting persons living with disabilities will now be included in every policy of government.In a related issue, the Instructor and Trainer in Armed Forces Electrical Mechanical Engineering  (AFEME) Mechatronics School, Mr Adamu Alexander has described as discrimination, anti social and intimidation for building and establisilning separate schools for People Living with Disabilities (PWDs) in Nigeria.
Alexander who spoke at the event said it is high time for the federal government and individuals to established inclusive Technical Vocational Education Training Schools (TVETS) across Nigeria for PWDs and non PWDs to co-exists as provided in the disability law.Quoting from the disability law and policy, that says any public or private school that have no environmental plan or reject PWDs would be sued, faced  imprisonment or an option of fine.
He noted that PWDs constitutes 15% population of Nigeria citizenry which he said is at the high alert.He added that the PLWDs are no longer people to be pited or feel sorry for but are capable to work, to be educated and to learn other vocations to help the country and society at large if the leaders provide inclusiveness in every aspect of their development.

Also speaking at the celebration,  the Project Manager of Sight Saver, Mr. Rasak Adekoya requested that the Executive Secretary of the newly created National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Mr James Lalu ensure that 30% of all inclusive procurement will go to PWDs entrepreneur like Kenya is committed.

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SMA to Chair Investiture ceremony of New ICAN District Society Chairman

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SMA to Chair Investiture ceremony of New ICAN District Society Chairman

Member Representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Niger State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Saidu Musa Abdullahi (SMA) is billed to chair the Investiture ceremony of Mallam Yahaya Zakari as the new Chairman of Minna and District Society of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN).

This was communicated through a letter to Hon Abdul requesting him to Chair the ocasion that will take place on Thursday, December 10, 2020 by 11:00am prompt at Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna, Niger State.

Mallam Zakari, who is the immediate past Director of Bida Campus of the Niger State Polytechnic, was recently elected as the Chairman of Minna and District Society of ICAN, Niger State.

When it was more rewarding to work with Federal Government, the Lavun born Chartered Accountant, Mallam Zakari Yahaya resigned his service as a Lecturer from the Federal Polytechnic, Bida and joined Niger State Polytechnic in order to champion the accreditation of its Accountancy Department by National Board for Technical Education(NBTE).

Hon Abdullahi who is a graduate of Economist from the prestigious Sir Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, holds a Masters of Science in Development Studies.
The reps member is the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Finance and a strong Member of House Committees on Public Petition; Banking & Currency; Insurance & Acturial Matters; FCT; Agric Colleges & Institutions; and Interpaliamentary Affairs of the ninth Assembly. The Lawmaker had worked in three critical sectors of Nigerian economy i.e. Oil & Gas; Banking and Construction before venturung into politics fully.

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Professor Yakubu gets senate’s confirmation as INEC chairman for another 5 years

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Professor Yakubu gets senate’s confirmation as INEC chairman for another 5 years

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Prof Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for another five years.
Yakubu was first appointed as INEC chair on October 21, 2015, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He was reappointed after his first tenure  came to an end in October this year.
His confirmation followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on INEC, chaired by Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano).

Senator Gaya, while presenting the committee’s report, said the nominee possessed the requisite qualifications for the INEC top job and therefore recommended his confirmation.
Opposition PDPsenators, who spoke after the presentation of the report, backed Yakubu’s nomination, saying that he’s unbiased and apolitical.
Senate Minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe commended Yakubu for the technological innovations he introduced at INEC, especially the transmission of election results to the central portal from polling units.
He’s moving in the right direction and we should give him the necessary support, said Senator Sandy Onor (PDP, Cross River).
Senate President Ahmad Lawan congratulated the nominee and wished him success in his second term.

Prof Yakubu had, during his screening last week, challenged the National Assembly to expeditiously consider and pass the electoral act to ensure seamless 2023 election.
According to him, the ammended electoral framework was germane to the conduct of 2023 general elections.
“We would like to see a situation where the electoral ammendment is expeditiously considered and passed and I am confident that this is going to be done.”
He said elections cannot be conducted in an atmosphere of uncertainty, adding that work on the electoral framework has to be finalized before 2023 elections would be conducted.

“I want to appeal to the Senate to please expedite work on the Electoral Act so that we can conduct elections in an atmosphere of certainty,” he said.
He said when the commission met with members of the Senate and House committees on the electoral matter in Lagos, the had extensive interaction where they submitted 78 areas of electoral ammendments adding that he also forwarded additional 13 areas of ammendment to the two committees.
“The earlier that is done the better for us. There is no way we can conduct election successfully without uncertainty unless the electoral legal framework id finalised for us to deploy our regulations and guidelines for the election.
“We have to develop the regulations and guidelines for the election for us to produce manuals for the training of adhoc staff, So it is critical.”
When asked what INEC would do differently he said

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