The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said it was ready for the smooth conduct of Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi and Bayelsa.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this at a stakeholders meeting in Lokoja.
Yakubu said that 12 out of the 14-point steps for the smooth conduct of the election had been achieved.
“Only four days to the election, how prepared is INEC?
“The short answer is that we are ready. So far, the commission has successfully implemented 12 out of the 14-point plan for the election as required by law. We have just two more activities outstanding.
“The first one is the last day of campaign which is at midnight on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The second is the election day itself which is Saturday, Nov. 16.
“The commission has delivered nonsensitive materials for the election to our office here in Lokoja. The sensitive materials for both the governorship and Kogi West Senatorial re-run elections are ready.
“As usual they are being handled by the Central Bank of Nigeria,” he said.
Yakubu added:“The normal process of inspection and distribution of sensitive materials within the state will be done in the presence of party leaders, security agencies and the media.
“We are combining the governorship election with the court-ordered re-run election for the Kogi West Senatorial District in seven Local Government Areas.”
He urged stakeholders to abide by the slogan, “Election No Be War, Vote Not fight,” saying that he was praying the Almighty God to guide INEC’s efforts towards hitch-free conduct of the election.
Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), pledged that corps members would be apolitical during the poll.
Ibrahim said that corps members had been consistently selfless in serving the country.
He appealed to traditional rulers and other stakeholders to help safeguard corps members on election duties in their various communities, saying they were precious to the nation.
The Obaro of Kabba, Oba Solomon Owoniyi, represented by High Chief Joseph Osagbemi, said democracy was about quality representation to the people and leadership which could only be actualised through credible election.
He said that the traditional institution in the area had held regular meetings in Kabba towards ensuring peace before, during and after the election.
“We want to ensure that democracy is given the right meaning,” he said.
Edited by Ejike Obeta/Ali Baba-Inuwa
LASG harps on effective management of construction, demolition, disaster waste
Lagos State Government says proper management of Construction, Demolition and Disaster Waste (CDDW) will ensure sustainable environment.
Mr Tunji Bello, the Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, said this on Thursday, during a Stakeholders’ Forum on Construction, Demolition and Disaster Waste (CDDW) Management in Lagos State.
Represented by the Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, Bello said that proper and effective management of CDDW would ensure safety, liveability and sustainability of human race and the environment.
He said the management of CDDW had evolved over the years with the introduction of various strategies with treatment options for reuse and recycling of CDDW to guard it from constituting environmental nuisance.
”Lagos State is quite aware that the degree or choice of management options deployed to waste is critical to climate change management, mitigation and adaptation and so, Lagos state is implementing this ‘green’ approach to waste management.
”All these efforts are being concerted with due realisation that any omission or error that can be recorded in the adoption of options shall not create new challenges; otherwise, the world eco-balance will be negatively affected.
” Responsible management of construction and demolition waste is quite apt for us in Lagos at this moment that we are stepping up efforts toward solving the challenges of waste management in the state.
He said that Lagos State had continued to blaze the trail in innovative approaches to effective management of the waste sector, in line with its determination and commitment to ensuring a cleaner and healthier environment.
According to him, the state has re- energised the solid waste management sector by promoting the concept of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, as a major thrust of waste management in the state.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, said that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had laid exemplary effort at ensuring that the state met the highest international standard in Solid Waste Management, across the value chain.
Gbadegesin said that LAWMA was synonymous with Solid Waste Management and had focused on Domestic, Commercial, Industrial and Public waste in time past.
He said that as the population of Lagos increased, more waste was generated and construction work for shelter and infrastructure was also on the increase.
According to him, the rate of construction and demolition activities going on in the state is very alarming and the attendant waste generated from these activities must be properly managed.
”Owing to its significant impact to the natural environment, CDDW needs to be properly managed.
”Lagos has limited land, yet we are producing waste at a significant rate due to the high population rate.
”An average of 13,000MT of waste is being generated on daily basis and if this trend continues, all our dumpsites will run out of space in less than five years time.
”Hence, the need to create value from waste through reuse, reduce and recycle, so we can decrease the volume of waste that goes to the dumpsite,” he said.
Gbadegesin said the recent launch of the Blue Box programme by Sanwo-Olu was an attempt to harness opportunities that abound in the waste sector and to promote a healthier environment.
He said the administration was committed to the Zero Waste Initiative, which was a means to consciously engage the populace on environmental issues, through Community Clean-up Campaign, distribution of colour coded thrash bags to encourage sorting at source.
Edited & Vetted By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi
LASG extends clean-up of Lagos Marina to adjoining streets
The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, said in a statement on Thursday that the extension became necessary following the successful evacuation of street traders, shanties, illegally parked vehicles and miscreants on outer Marina.
Bello said the enforcement would extend to the Flag Staff House, Police AIG Zone 2 office road, Onikan to the Race Course Roundabout and stretching to the old State House Marina.
He declared a zero tolerance for street trading, food vendors on roadsides and indiscriminate parking inhibiting the free flow of traffic.
The commissioner also gave operatives of the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) marching orders to continually ensure that no street trader was found in the areas.
He said that they should also maintain motorised patrols to clear any spill over of traders and goods.
The commissioner urged owners of all vehicles abandoned or parked indiscriminately on the roadsides to remove them immediately or risk being towed away.
He directed the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to deploy more street sweepers to all the listed areas to ensure continuous hygiene in the the areas.
Bello added that Lagos State Parks and Garden Agency (LASPARK) on its part, should on a daily basis clear all vegetal nuisances noticed in the listed areas and roads.
He said that LASPARK should also ensure that some of the areas that had lawns converted into clothes hanging lines are cleaned up immediately.
Bello said the task of cleaning up Lagos and restoring the greenery had begun and that there would be no looking back.
He said that after the completion of the clean-up of Marina and its surrounding areas, the next port of call would be Ikoyi and Victoria Island.
Edited & Vetted By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi
We’re putting you on 3 months probation, Gov. Matawalle tells new cabinet members
The governor made the remark on Thursday when members of his new cabinet comprising 19 commissioners and 28 special advisers took their oath of office.
“You will be placed on three months’ probation within which your capability and efficiency will be measured. It is, therefore, my hope that you will live above board so that together we move our state to a higher level of development.
“There will be a quarterly review of your performances as any form of laxity will not be entertained,” the governor cautioned.
He called on members of the public in the state especially the youth to allow the new government functionaries to operate and render their contributions to the development of the state.
“Do not distract them from their official responsibilities through unofficial visits and unnecessary demands. We are putting in place measures to guard against loitering within the premises of government offices.
“The Secretary to the State Government and the Head of Service are to ensure that government offices are adequately secured and public officials discharge their functions as expected without any form of molestation or harassment,” he ordered.
The Nigeria News Agency recalls that the governor submitted the list of 19 commissioner-nominees and that of special advisers for confirmation by the state House of Assembly on Tuesday and they were all screened and cleared the next day leading to their inauguration on Thursday.
The new commissioners are: Alhaji Sulaiman Tunau, Alhaji Aminu Sulaiman, Abdulkadir Buhari Gora, Jinaidu Muhammad, Muhammad Sadiq Maiturare, Zainab Lawal Gummi, Jamilu Aliyu, Dr Nura Isah and Rabiu Garba,
Others are, Sufyanu Bashir Yuguda, Ibrahim Jibo Magayaki, Yahaya Chado Gora, Yahaya Muhammad Kanoma, Sheik Tukur Sani Jangebe, Ibrahim Isah Mayana, Abubakar Abdullahi Tsafe, Barrister Nura Ibrahim Zarumi, Bilyaminu Yusuf Shinkafi and Abubakar Muhammad.
The 28 Special Advisers include Alhaji Abdullahi Gurbinbore a former commissioner in the immediate past Yari-led APC administration in the state, Alhaji Danyaro Abdullahi, Sa’adu Muhammad, Yusuf Zugu former Special Adviser under Yari’s administration, Aliyu Madawaki Adabka, Ahmad Mukhtar Muhammad, Faika Ahmed Muhammad, lbrahim Ma’aji Gusau and Aminu Abdullahi.
Others are, Gazali Shehu Ahmad, Malam Aminu Zailani former Special Adviser Ulama Council to former Governor Abdul’aziz Yari, Aliyu S Fawa, Umar Sani Katuka, Ahmad Muhammad, Lukman Bisallla Majidadi, Muhammad Bello Galadima, Junaidu Sani Kaura, Rufai Abubakar Chiroma, and Umar G Muhammed.
Othes also are Zailani Baffa, Aminu Iliyasu, Ahmad Muhammad Kabir, Abdullahi Habibu Sirajo, Sambo Garba Marafa, Lawali Abubakar, Abdurrahman Bala, Rabi Ibrahim and Sule Magayaki.
Edited & Vetted By: Chioma Ugboma/Tukur Muntari.
Lagos Dep Gov tasks residents to imbibe maintenance culture
The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, on Thursday called on residents to imbibe maintenance culture to compliment the development strides of the state government.
Hamzat gave the advice while addressing participants at a two-day strategy session held in Lagos with the theme: “Building Capacity for a Clearly Defined and Delivered Infrastructure Asset Management Responsibilities in Lagos State”.
The deputy governor said that the current administration in the state understood the importance of the agency.
“When we build a house, we must maintain it and make sure that buildings stay relevant for it desired usage so that we don’t build and it just gets deteriorated.
“Government-owned asset must be well maintained so that it can serve the purpose for which it was built
“Everybody that has an asset should endeavor to maintain it,” Hamzat said
He commended LASIAMA for being one of the agencies in the state which was very apt in data collation
He charged them to pull their weight in maintaining all the infrastructure in the state.
The General Manager of LASIAMA, Mrs Adenike Adekanmbi, said that the workshop was to help them plan better in the maintenance of public infrastructure.
Edited & Vetted By: Tajudeen Atitebi
INEC to conduct 28 outstanding court-ordered re-run in January 2020
The commission announced this in a statement issued by
Education Committee on Thursday in Abuja.
Okoye said that the decision was arrived at the 51st regular meeting of INEC held on Thursday when the commission discussed re-run elections arising from petitions following the 2019 general election.
Okoye said that the commission considered several issues surrounding the rerun elections, including the time needed for preparations, establishing the full details of the affected areas from court judgments as well as the intervention of the Yuletide.
He said that there were so far 30 court-ordered re-run and supplementary re-run elections of which two namely, the re-run election for the Ajaokuta Federal Constituency and the supplementary re-run election for the Kogi West Senatorial District were conducted on Nov. 30.
“Consequently, there are 28 court-ordered elections still outstanding which are distributed across 12 States of the federation.
“The break down comprises one senatorial district out of 109, 12 federal constituencies out of 360 and 15 state assembly constituencies out of 991.
“In many of the cases, elections are to be re-run in only a few polling units.
“The commission will make available further details of the affected areas, including the polling units on its website in due course.”
The national commissioner said that further details of various activities and timelines for the elections would be published later
He noted that that arising from the 2019 general election, a-total of 807 post-election petitions were filed at various tribunals.
“Out of this figure, 582 were dismissed, while 183 were withdrawn by the petitioners.
“Out of the remaining 42, the tribunals ordered reruns in 30 and issuance of certificates of return in 12 cases.”
Okoye assure Nigerians that INEC was doing everything within its control to ensure that elections were free, fair and credible.
“We will continue to ask for the understanding, support and commitment of all stakeholders and agencies involved in elections to achieve this purpose.
Reps C’ttee demands explanation on IGR spending by PENCOM
The House of Representatives Committee on Pensions has frowned at the Nigeria Pension Commission (PENCOM) for spending it’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) without the approval of the National Assembly.
The Chairman of the Committee Rep. Alhassan Rurum (APC-Kano) expressed dissatisfaction for the expenditure at an investigative hearing on Thursday in Abuja.
He said that manner in which the finances of PENCOM were being managed by the commission’s management called for concern.
Also, the Deputy Chairman of the committee, Rep. Bamidele Salam (PDP–Ondo) said that the maagement of PENCOM must explain the spending of N2.13 billion of PENCOM’ IGR on administrative activities without approval.
“The spending of N731 million of it’s IGR on capacity building and the spending of N1.8 billion Operational and Monitoring Expenses’, among other huge expenses, all without approval of the National Assembly,” he said.
Responding to the queries, the acting Director-General of PENCOM, Hajia Dahir-Umar, attempted to make verbal clarifications of the issues raised.
Her verbal explanations were, however, not accepted as the committee insisted on sighting documented approvals and evidence of appropriation for the 2019 spending of PENCOM.
The committee gave the commission up until Monday, Dec. 9 to present to the committee the approvals for 2019 spending of PENCOM.
The committee also demanded the cash flow analysis for the IGR already spent and other necessary documents for clarity.
Edited & Vetted By: Kayode Olaitan
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