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LASG charges manufacturers to use biodegradable materials



The Lagos State Government Citizens’ Mediation Centre (CMC) has urged manufacturers to use biodegradable materials for a sustainable environment.

The Chairman, Governing Council of CMC, Retired Justice Yinka Gbajabiamila, gave the advice on Friday on the sideline of the ‘Waste to Wealth’ programme organised by the Centre.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Waste to Wealth programme was part of activities to commemorate the 2019 International Day of Peace with the theme ”Climate Action for Peace: Clear Blue Skies.

Gbajabiamila said that plastic was not biodegradable, as it took a long process to break it down, hence, causing havoc in the environment.

”The reason why we have the avalent of block of drainages, the reason why we have a lot of urban pollution, water pollution is because we use too much of plastic materials and we are not good at disposing them properly.

”That is why lots of fish swallow plastic, it blocks up their system and they die.

”Paper is biodegradable and it can easily be absorbed and it doesn’t take much power to break into smaller components that would be able to recycle.

”I am using this opportunity to encourage manufacturers and producers of consumable goods to ensure that packaging for their products are biodegradable or can be recycled.

”The causes of flooding in some areas in Lagos State are traceable to the disposal of plastic and nylon products to clog the drainage channels.

”We have to synergise as a people to ensure that waste products are properly disposed,” he said.

Earlier, the Director of CMC, Mrs Omotola Rotimi, said that the Waste to Wealth activity was aimed at giving back to the society.

Rotimi said that this was through picking plastic bottles and selling them to recycling companies, after which the proceed would be used to pay school fees for indigent children.

She encouraged people to pick bottles and make money from them, thereby making the environment free from plastics.

The director said that the 2019 International Day of Peace celebration was another opportunity for people to be in harmony with nature by ensuring environmental management and conservation for the benefit of the society and future generations.

Edited by Wale Ojetimi


Group urges South East governors to fulfill electioneering promises



The Ndigbo Unity Forum (NUF), a pan-Igbo socio-political pressure group, has called on the South-East governor to fulfill their electioneering promises made to the people.

The President of NUF, Mr Augustine Chukwudum, made the call in a statement made available to Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Enugu.

Chukwudum noted that most of the five states in the zone are still lagging behind in development in spite of the 20 years of uninterrupted civilian rule.

“Moving from one state to the other especially in rural areas, you will see death traps called road as well as school building without toilets.

“Hospitals without doctors and nurses, no drugs, no equipment and most of the rural health facilities compounds overgrown by weeds and infected by dangerous reptiles.

“In some of these rural areas, people still trek about five kilometres to get water for drinking, washing and cooking,’’ he said.

The NUF boss said that past and present governors during campaigns go to rural areas and promised them better life but failed to keep to their words.

According to him, residents in the regions rural areas face difficult challenges because of the attitude of their leaders.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Bayelsa poll: APC UK tasks Lyon on good governance



The All Progressives Congress (APC) United Kingdom chapter, has urged the newly elected governor of Bayelsa, Mr David Lyon to see his election as a call to higher service.

Mr Ade Omole, leader of the chapter said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , on Monday in Abuja while reacting to the development.

He described the victory of the governor-elect on the platform of APC as a clear statement from the electorate irrespective of their geographical divides.

According to him, the victory of Mr David Lyon after 20 years of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rule in Bayelsa has rubbished the assertion that the APC is not popular in some part of the country.

“With the victory, it is now crystal clear to all that our great party, the APC has the wherewithal and capability to win election in any part of the country,” Omole said.

He said allegations by the opposition that the election was not credible and characterised by violence were baseless and untrue and should be disregarded.

He urged other contestants in the election to see power as God’s instrument, saying that “He gives it to whomever he wishes.”

Omole, therefore, urged those who contested the election with the governor-elect to be courageous and congratulate the winner, adding that politics should be seen as sport where only one winner was expected to emerge.

He advised the winner to be magnanimous in victory and embrace others to take the state to amiable heights.

The News agency of Nigeria , reports that Lyon polled 352,552 to defeat his closest rival Duoye Diri of the PDP who got 143,172 votes.

INEC’s Returning Officer and Vice-Chancellor University of Benin, Prof. Faraday Orunmuwese announced the result around 1:03a.m on Monday.

The APC recorded more than a landslide result in Southern Ijaw, polling 124,803 votes against the PDP’s 4,898 votes.

In Ogbia, the Local Government Area (LGA) of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Lyon got a massive vote of 58,016 to defeat the PDP’s Diri who scored 13,763 votes.

Also, Lyon won massively in Nembe, the LGA of former Governor of the State and Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

Edited by Ali Baba-Inuwa


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INEC declares APC’s candidate, Lyon winner of Bayelsa governorship poll



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Mr David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the governorship election in Bayelsa.

INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, Vice Chancellor, University of Benin, who anounced the result, said  APC polled 352,552 votes to win the election.

He said APC’s closest rival, Duoye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 143, 172 votes.

The returning officer said that the total vote cast in the election was 505,884 votes, total valid votes 499,551, while the total rejected votes stood at 6,333.

Orumwnese said  APC won the election in six Local Government Areas, while PDP won in two.

He declared Lyon winner and duly elected governor having polled the highest number of votes in the contest.

From the results declared by INEC in Southern Ijaw local government area, APC polled 124,803 votes, while PDP scored 898 votes.

In Ekeremor Local Government Area, APC polled 21, 489 votes and PDP scored 18, 344 votes.

In Sagbama, PDP polled 60,339 votes and APC got 7,831 votes.

In Brass, APC scored 23, 831 votes, while PDP polled 10,410 votes.

The results  showed that APC polled 83,041 votes in Nembe anf PDP polled 874 votes.

In Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area, APC got  8,934 votes, while PDP polled 15,360 votes.

According to the results declared by INEC, APC polled 24,608 votes while PDP polled 19,184 votes in Yenagoa Local Government Area,

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the total number of registered voters in the state is 922, 562 while the total number of collated voter cards is 889,308.


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Bayelsa Poll: Residents in jubilation as APC leads



NNN: The Residents of Bayelsa have thrown into jubilation as Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced results of the Saturday governorship poll from the six Local government areas out of eight in the state.

Two local government areas yet to be announced are Southern-Ijaw and Ekeremor.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the All Progressive Congress (APC) has so far won in the four local government areas, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in two.

Announcing the results by the Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, Vice-chancellor, University of Benin, said in Ogbia, that APC pulled 58, 016 votes to beat PDP that got 13, 763 votes in the local government.

According to Orumwense, APC also wins in Brass, Nembe and Yenagoa local government areas.

PDP leads in Sagbama and Kolokumo/Opokuma local government areas.

Mr Keme Jude, a resident, told NAN that the results so far announced was commendable, noting that with APC, a new Bayelsa would emerged.

“You see, people are already jubilating even when the total result has not been released.

”I know that our people already know that with the results so far announced, we are heading to a new Bayelsa.

“This should be our early dance to the promise land because we are heading to a new Bayelsa with the APC and the candidate, David Lyon.

Mr Samuel Agada, Party Agent of the United Party of Nigeria (UPN), said “the results so far announced has spoken and they are happy.”

NAN reports that six out of the eight local government areas had so far been announced by INEC; APC won in four while PDP won in two.

Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Kayode Olaitan

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Kogi Poll : PDP candidate rejects results



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Kogi governorship election, Mr Musa Wada has rejected results so far released by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the election.

Addressing newsmen in Lokoja on Sunday, Wada said that the results were doctored to favour Gov. Yahaya Bello of APC.

He alleged that the APC massively rigged the election in Kogi Central where the governor came from.

“The result is not a true reflection of what happened. The people of the state voted for PDP but APC changed the result to favour them.

“Results declared so far by INEC are written results and we can’t accept that.

“Every single result was changed and we are going to challenge the result. The election is not true reflection of what happened in the field,” Wada said.

He promised to challenge the results at the tribunal.

Edited by Joseph Edeh/Ali Baba-Inuwa

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Kogi, Bayelsa: We remain  strong, united –PDP



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it remained strong and united in the face of all its experience in the Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections conducted on Saturday.

The party stated this in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan on Sunday in Abuja while reacting to the outcome of the two states governorship elections.

He said that the PDP would  continue to fully exert itself in upholding the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians.

Edited by Kayode Olaitan

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