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Edo Ministry takes delivery of equipment for The Observer newspapers — Commissioner

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Edo Ministry takes delivery of equipment for The Observer newspapers — Commissioner


Edo Ministry takes delivery of equipment for The Observer newspapers — Commissioner

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Benin, Nov. 20, 2019 The Edo commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Paul Ohonbamu, on Wednesday said that the ministry had taken delivery of 38 crates of equipment for the Bendel Newspapers Company Limited ((BNCL), publishers of The Observer newspapers.

Ohonbamu stated this when he appeared before house committee on Information, Orientation, Youths and Sports to present his briefs on performance of 2019 budget and also defend 2020 appropriation.

He said that the equipment were bought as part of state government’s plans to reposition it for efficient service delivery.

He noted that the ministry was expecting another batch of equipment from the contractor to complement the first batch to have a complete assemblage of a state of the art printing machine .

He added that the digitization of the Edo Broadcasting Service (EBS) was underway

“Government is poised to repositioning the state-owned media for efficient service delivery as regards dissemination of information to the members of the public.

“There are radical plans to revamp EBS, as government is thinking along the line of digitilization for this purpose.” he said.

The budget performance of both the observer newspapers and EBS according to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Joses Sede, is 34.8 per cent based on the N1.5billion earmarked for capital expenditure in the 2019 budget.

Mr Sede said that only N100m was released out of N779m allocated to EBS for its digitization project.

The chairman of the committee and speaker of the house, Francis Okiye, in his submission after the briefing by the ministry said government was committed to overall repositioning of the state-owned media.

The speaker further revealed that in the 2020 budget efforts would be made to ensure that the budgetary allocations to carry out the total digitilization of EBS would be made available.

Meanwhile, the Director General of the Edo State Sports Commission, Dudu Orumen, and members of the commission have been directed to present themselves for budget defense on a later date.

The commission members were asked to come with a comprehensive list of the performance of the various sporting activities in the 2019 budget.

The Speaker, Francis Okiye, noted in his submission that soccer events could not be treated in isolation from other sports currently under the supervision of the commission.

Edited by Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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PDP advises Oshiomhole not to overheat Edo polity

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The Peoples Democratic Party National Campaign Council (PDPNCC) for Edo governorship election has advised the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole not to overheat the polity of Edo.


Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the party National Publicity Secretary, who is also the  Secretary of the Publicity sub-committee of the campaign council gave the advice at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.

“We strongly caution Adams Oshiomhole to stop overheating the polity of Edo and the nation just because he and his candidate have no agenda to market to the people of Edo.

“Oshiomhole should remember that Edo is called the heartbeat of the nation and he should not create a crisis that would have a spiral effect to other parts of our country.”

Edited By: Kayode Olaitan (NAN)

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Edo 2020: PDP Chieftain, Afegbua, pledges support for APC’s Ize-Iyamu

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A PDP Chieftain in Edo, Mr Kassim Afegbua, says his support for Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Sept. 19 governorship election in the state remains unequivocal and unflinching.


Afegbua stated this on Monday in Benin while responding to his purported suspension by the PDP on Sunday.

According to him, “I remain unequivocal and unflinching about my support for Ize-Iyamu.

“I will ensure that I mobilise enough votes for him in the four wards of Okpella.

“Having earlier described me as inconsequential, I am wondering why they now suddenly remember that I am relevant to warrant my suspension.

“I am actually waiting for their expulsion in good time. My votes cannot be suspended or expelled. My thumb is my power,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the PDP, had, on Sunday evening in a statement, announced Afegbua’s over alleged anti-party activities.

In the statement signed by the state PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Chris Nehikhare, the party said Afegbua was suspended for one month by the leadership of the party in his ward 5, Okpella in Etsakor East Local Government area of the state.

The party said that Afegbua was suspended with effect from Aug. 2 after having been found guilty of anti-party activities.

“The state Chairman, Dr Tony Aziegbemi, has directed the local government chairman to set up a disciplinary committee to investigate the allegations of anti-party activities levelled against him.

“The composition of the disciplinary committee will be announced in due course,” the party said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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COVID-19: PTF, INEC working on elections protocols-  PTF Chairman

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are currently working out the guidelines and protocols for the forthcoming elections in Nigeria.


Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman PTF on COVID-19, made this known on Monday in Abuja.

Mustapha said: “The national response will continue to guide the adoption of the sector’s specific guidelines and protocols.

“This is just as the PTF is currently concluding discussions with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the appropriate guidelines to be adopted for elections in some parts of the country.

“The elections will begin with the Aug. 8 by-election in Nasarawa State, to be followed by Edo and Ondo State elections in September and October respectively.

“I, therefore, wish to use this opportunity to implore parties’ leaders, aspirants, members and their supporters to remain mindful of the virulent nature of COVID-19 during electioneering and other election processes.

“We need to remain alive to enjoy the benefits of our democracy.”

He also stated that the PTF would continue to push forward with the community engagement, risk communication and support to the states.

“There is an ongoing surveillance in the high-burden local government areas, just as we ramp up our precision efforts.

“Similarly, the Federal Government is supporting the states to firm up their Incidence Action Plans, preparatory to their accessing the World Bank facility for the fight against COVID-19,” Mustapha said.

Meanwhile, the SGF said that the PTF would submit its Sixth Interim Report to President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to him, subject to the President’s approval, the report would be presented with the way forward to Nigerians at the next briefing on Aug. 6.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Inauguration of EDHA members- elect will be prioritised- Ize-Iyamu

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Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives candidate in the Edo Sept. 19 governorship election says he will give priority to the inauguration of the Edo House of Assembly (EDHA) if elected governor of the state.


Ize-Iyamu stated this when he received decampees from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state on a visit in Benin on Monday.

Ize-Iyamu said that it was difficult for development to take place in the state when some seats were vacant at the house of assembly.

He said that his administration would also revamp projects abandoned in the state by the present administration for the benefit of the people.

He noted that the present administration had closed the College of Education in Ovia North East Local Government Area that would have brought development to the council.

“College of Agriculture, Iguorikhi, College of Education, would be revamped, anything that would benefit our people will not be closed.

“We are into politics so that people will progress through good governance,” he said.

He also said: “I don’t support thuggery and oppression of our people, only government officials wearing uniforms will be allowed to collect taxes.

“We must look for jobs for the thugs in the motor parks and markets. You cannot solve one problem and create another problem in the long run”.

Earlier, Mr Vincent Uwadiae, member-elect, EDHA, from Ovia North East Constituency 2, who presented the decampees to the  Edo APC governorship candidate said that more opposition members would decamp to the party. 

Uwadiae said that the decampees from opposition parties in his local government area were ready to support Ize-Iyamu to victory in the Sept. 19 governorship election.

Edited By: Kayode Olaitan (NAN)

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