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Voter registration: INEC partners ECES for effective exercise

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rom Abel Daniel, Lafia

The Independent Electoral Commission, (INEC) has collaborated with the European Center for Electoral Support, (ECES) to organize a four Day capacity building workshop for staff of the Electoral Party Monitoring, (EPM) department.

This is part of efforts to ensure effective participation of women, youths and people living with disabilities in the forth coming voter registration exercise.

Speaking at the opening ceremony yesterday in Akwanga, venue of the workshop, Mr. Aminu Kasimu, the director, EPM said that the commission is prepared to carry out voter registration exercise across the country from 28th June.

He stated however that apart from the voter registration exercise, the commission would conduct the Anambra state election this year and that of Ekiti next year before the 2023 general elections.

“Skill acquisition, manpower development are key to effective electoral management. The EPM department play a major role to ensure effective communication between the political parties, party agents and other major players in our electoral environment.

“That is why the workshop is timely. We are working with our major partner, ECES to build stills and capacity of our staff for effective election management.

He urged participants to make good use of the opportunity to improve on their skills development.

In hisremark, the representative of ECES Mr. Wilson Manji said that effective communication will promote transparency and integrity, which he said are much needed ingredients for the consolidation of democracy.

Manji however noted that expansion of Polling Unit for citizens if concluded will definitely be a great achievement.

According Manji, the objectives of the workshop among others is to practice audience analysis and develop suitable communication strategies for internal and external purposes.

He explained further that the workshop will Improve the ability of participants to differentiate between the use of facts, inferences and judgments in electoral management.
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Senate okays Maj. Gen Yahaya as substantive COAS

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The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya as substantive Chief of Army Staff.
The confirmation came after consideration of the report of the joint Committee on Defence and Army which was laid by the joint chairman, Senator Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto North) during plenary.

Wamakko had indicated that the joint committees found Maj. Gen Yahaya worthy of the appointment considering his pedigree in the Nigerian Army and experience in tackling insurgency in the country. 

The chairman, Committee on Army, Ali Ndume (Borno North) also said during the screening exercise, almost all members of the committee were present though the exercise was done behind close doors due the sensitivity of the screening.

Senator Gabriel Suswam (Benue West) said Maj. Gen Yahaya”s appointment is justified because he knows a lot about how to handle terrorism and  insurgency.

“I believed that once he is confirmed ,he would be able to tackle the problems of terrorism and insurgency “, said Suswam.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan commended members of the two committee’s to the screening exercise. He said this shows how dedicated and committed they are to national security.

Lawan called for the support by everu citizenr and other sectors in the country against insecurity as the military alone cannot solve the security challenges

President Muhammadu Buhari had on June 3 forwarded to the Senate, a request for the confirmation of Maj. Gen.. Yahaya as Chief ofArmy Staff.

Buhari in the letter said Yahaya’s appointment was in compliance with the provisions of Section 18 subsection 1 of the Armed Forces Act 2004.

The letter reads in part: “In compliance with the provisions of section 18(1) of the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, I hereby forward for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

“His CV is herewith attached. It is my hope that the Senate will consider and confirm the nominee in the usual expeditious manner.”

The new nominee took over from former Chief of Army Staff, Major General Attahiru Ibrahim, who died in a plane crash near the Kaduna International Airport about two weeks ago. 

The new Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya was born on January 5,1966 in Sifawa, Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto state. Maj Gen Yahaya who is a member of the 37 Regular Course of the prestigious Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), started his cadet training on September 27, 1985 and was commissioned into the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps on  September 22, 1990.
Maj Gen Yahaya has held several appointments including Staff, Instructional and Command.
Notable among the appointments held by the new COAS are Garrison Commander Headquarters Guards Brigade, Directing Staff at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Deputy Director Army Headquarters Department of Military Secretary, Deputy Director Army Research and Development and the Chief of Staff, Headquarters Joint Task Force Operation Pulo Shield.

He also served as the Principal General Staff Officer (PGSO) to the Honourable Minister of Defence, the Commander, Headquarters 4 Brigade and 29 Task Force Brigade (Operation Zaman Lafiya). He was also Director Manpower at the Army Headquarters, Military Secretary, Army Headquarters and General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division of the Nigerian Army.

Until his appointment as the COAS, Maj Gen Faruk Yahaya was the Theatre Commander Operation HADIN KAI, responsible for Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency operations in North East Nigeria.

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Disability commission moves to ensure 5% employment for PLWDs at Federal, State levels

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The executive secretary, National Commission for Persons With Disabilities (NCPWD) Mr. James David Lalu has convened a Multi Sectoral Stakeholders Meeting on vacancies for replacement/employment of at least 5% for Persons With Disabilities.
The meeting also worked out a modalities for the constitution of a National Technical Working Group on access to employment for Persons Wth Disabilities across the six geopolitical zones.
They brainstormed on the development of an action plan for engaging State Governments on the implementation of signing the disability act into law to facilitate employment of Persons with Disabilities into the mainstream Civil and Public Service.
The stakeholders meeting brought together Members of the National Assembly, Federal Civil Service Commission, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation, Sight Savers, and JONAPWD.

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Respite at last, as NDLEA promotes 3, 506 officers after decades of stagnation

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Respite has come the way of 3,506 officers and men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) after years of stagnation as
Chairman/Chief Executive of the agency Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has approved their immediate promotion to the next ranks.
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Femi Babafemi of the agency in a statement in Abuja on Thursday indicated that the approval is sequel to a report by the harmonisation committee set up by Gen. Marwa soon after assuming leadership of the agency in January.
He explained further that the committee was set up to address the issues of low morale and stagnation in the career path of personnel.
“After due consideration of the recommendations by the committee, the NDLEA Chief Executive approved the immediate promotion of 2,910 officers between the rank of Narcotic Assistant I and Superintendent of Narcotics while 596 others between Chief Superintendent of Narcotics and Assistant Commander General of Narcotics were recommended to the Board of the Agency for elevation to their next ranks, a recommendation that was approved by the Board on Wednesday 16th June, 2021.
“A breakdown of the list of promoted officers and men shows eight Assistant Commanders General of Narcotics (ACGN) were elevated to the rank of Deputy Commander General of Narcotics (DCGN); 20 Commanders of Narcotics (CN) to Assistant Commander General of Narcotics.
Others are, “54 Deputy Commanders of Narcotics to Commander of Narcotics; 14 Assistant Commanders of Narcotics to Commander of Narcotics; 150 Assistant Commanders of Narcotics to Commander of Narcotics; and 350 Chief Superintendents of Narcotics to Assistant Commander of Narcotics.
“A total of 630 Superintendents of Narcotics were also moved to the next rank as Chief Superintendent of Narcotics; Deputy Superintendent of Narcotics to Superintendent of Narcotics- 41; Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics I to Superintendent of Narcotics -481.

Others are,, “Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics I to Deputy Superintendent of Narcotics -157; Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics II to Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics I -12; Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics II to Deputy Superintendent of Narcotics -187; Chief Narcotic Agent to Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics I -119; Chief Narcotic Agent to Assistant “
“Superintendent of Narcotics II -47; Senior Narcotic Agent to Chief Narcotic Agent – 1,006; Narcotic Agent to Chief Narcotic Agent – 4; Narcotic Agent to Senior Narcotic Agent -68; Narcotic Assistant I to Senior Narcotic Assistant -1 and Narcotic Assistant I to Narcotic Agent -78.”

Gen. Marwa charged the promoted officers and men to see their elevation as a call to give their best in the task to rid the nation of illicit drug trafficking and abuse

He said his commitment to push the Agency to the frontline in efficiency is becoming a reality due to the unquantifiable support of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“To whom much is given, much is expected. I will therefore urge all of our officers and men who have been promoted to double their efforts as a mark of their commitment and appreciation to the President and Commander –in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, whose political willpower and mandate to bring an end to the scourge of illicit drug abuse and trafficking in the country we are implementing in the agency”, he added.

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