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2023 elections: Abdulsalami advises electorate

Nigerian Observer - Gio, 22/09/2022 - 10:45pm

Former Head of States and Chairman National Peace Committee, retired Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, has advised Nigerians not to sell their voters card during the 2023 general elections.

Abubakar spoke to newsmen at the end of a closed door meeting of the National Peace Committee in Minna on Thursday.
“I appeal to Nigerians, especially the electorate, to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner as the programme of electoral process is about to start.
“Don’t sell your votes but vote for credible leaders that will provide basic infrastructure to enhance the wellbeing of Nigerians,” Abdulsalami said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that campaign by the presidential and National Assembly candidates would start by Sept. 28 while that of governorship and State House of Assembly candidates is expected to start by Oct. 12.
Abubakar said that it was only through the peaceful conduct of elections that credible and honest representatives would emerge.
“If we want to have it good, we must work towards electing responsible leaders to manage our national resources,” he said.
He urged Nigerians to shun violence in order to achieve the desired objectives of having good democratic governance in the country.
He also called on politicians, especially those seeking elective positions, to mobilise their supporters against violence and to play by the rules during and after elections.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Indepedent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, said that the commission was fully prepared to conduct free, fair and credible elections.
He also called on politicians to cooperate with the commission for the successful implementation of the various electoral process.
He appealed to the media to sensitive eligible Nigerians to the dangers involved in political violence and thuggery.
“We at the commission are battle ready to provide a level-playing ground for the smooth implementation of all the electoral processes,” he said.
NAN reports that Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar, Etsu Nupe Yahaya Abubakar, Bishop Hassan Kukah, retired Gen. Martins Agwai and Alhaji Yayale Ahmed attended the meeting.(NAN)

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Restructuring, ratification of MDAs ‘ll ensure efficiency, reduce cost of governance, says Edo govt …lists affected MDAs, ministries

Nigerian Observer - Gio, 22/09/2022 - 10:29pm

The Edo State Government has said the restructuring and ratification of the state’s civil and public service will enhance efficiency and reduce the cost of governance.

The Edo State Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa Esq., while addressing journalists in Benin City, on Thursday, said the move became necessary as a result of dwindling revenue from the federations account.

With the development announced after the weekly Executive Council (EXCO) meeting chaired by Governor Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday, ministries in the state have now been cut down from 22 to 18, while Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have been reduced from 105 to 72.

According to the Head of Service, “The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, approved a rationalization of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government. The essence is to ensure efficiency and reduce the cost of governance.

“This has become necessary because the monies from the federations account is becoming increasingly nonexistent as the monies we used to collect are not there anymore.

“So, we had to look inward because we cannot afford to run a big government. The governor and his team are working to ensure that the government is slim without sacrificing efficiency on the altar of brevity. Hence, the government came up with this idea to reduce the number of MDAs.”

Okungbowa listed the affected ministries to include the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Ministry of Budget, Ministry of Mining, Oil and Gas, Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs, Ministry of Social Development and Gender and the Ministry of Youth.

He noted that the “Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives has now been changed to Ministry of Business, Trade and Cooperatives; the Ministry of Housing has been moved to become Ministry of Housing, Urban, Regional Planning and Development; the Ministry of Budget has been combined with finance to now become Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning; the Ministry of Mining, Oil and Gas has become the Ministry Mining and Energy.

“The Ministry of Youth has been taken to Gender which now becomes the Ministry of Youth and Gender, while the Ministry of Social Development and Gender is now called Ministry of Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs. The Ministry of Local Government and Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs have become one and now called The Ministry of Local Government, Community and Chieftaincy Affairs.”

“The Ministry of Science and Technology, in line with the federal government’s directive for states to create a ministry of digital economy has now been improved to become the Ministry of Digital Economy, Science and Technology,” the head of service added.

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Military eliminates 36 terrorists, several others in air raids in NE – DHQ

Nigerian Observer - Gio, 22/09/2022 - 10:26pm

The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation Hadin Kadin eliminated more than 36 terrorists and several others in air strikes across North East in the last two weeks.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, said this at the bi-weekly news briefing on the operations of the armed forces on Thursday in Abuja.

Danmadami said that two top commanders of Bolo Haram and Islamic States in West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists, identified as Abu Asiya and Abu Ubaida (A’Qaid) were among those eliminated during the period.

He said that while Asiya was killed at Parisu, Ubaida was eliminated at Sheruri all in Sambisa forest general area on Sept. 12 and Sept. 15 respectively.

“Consequently, within the period under review, troops neutralised 36 terrorists, rescued 130 civilians and arrested 46 suspected Boko Haram terrorists as well as 12 suspected Boko Haram Terrorists/ISWAP logistic suppliers.

“Furthermore, 21 AK47 rifles, 163 rounds of 7.62mm special, two RPG bombs, 25 Dane guns, four explosive ordinance store, two bandoliers, 10 solar panels, 23 bicycles, 10 motorcycles and one tricycle were recovered.

“Other items recovered are, 19 cell phones, 28 torch lights, bags of assorted grains, 122 rustled sheep, and the sum of N203,125 among other items.

“Equally, a total of 368 suspected terrorists and their families comprising 53 adult males, 116 adult females and 214 children surrendered to own troops at different locations in the theatre.

“All recovered items, rescued civilians and apprehended suspected terrorists were handed over to the relevant authority for further action while surrendered terrorists and their families are being profiled for further action,” he said.

Defence spokesman said the air component had on Sept. 9 eliminated several terrorists at Somalia in Sambisa forest in an air bombardment.

He said that similar operation was carried out on terrorists’ enclaves at Abdallari, Mafa, Zanari and Tumbun Baba between Sept. 10 and Sept. 14 killing several terrorists and destroying their structures. (NAN)

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Obaseki assures support for judiciary, urges use of tech to improve justice administration

Nigerian Observer - Gio, 22/09/2022 - 10:22pm

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said his government will continue to support the judiciary, promising to partner with the judicial arm of the government to deploy technology to facilitate justice administration in the state.

The governor said this when he declared open a two-day seminar on ‘technology and its impact on legal practice,’ held at the John Odigie-Oyegun Public Service Academy in Benin City, Edo State.

Obaseki said, “The deployment of technology for the judiciary workers is a priority for us because as the executive arm of government, we are almost completing our end-to-end in the deployment of technology in the way we work. The Edo State Government now runs on a technology-driven e-governance platform where we treat issues online. We are working to do the same for the judiciary.

“We will continue to invest in the judiciary and I believe that our investment so far has been far reaching and is becoming well-entrenched, as can be seen in the ultra-modern work environment being provided for the speedy delivery of justice.”

He added, “From the refurbishing of the State High Court Complex, the Multi Court Complex, the National Industrial Court and the Magistrate Court as well as other infrastructure upgrades currently ongoing in the judiciary, we are ensuring that our judges work in comfortable, conducive standard courtrooms.”

Noting that the government is deploying technology to improve service delivery to Edo people, Obaseki stated, “Deploying technology into the judiciary will certainly improve the justice system in the state and improve the delivery time for judgement by judges in the state. I hope that the judges we have now in the state will be the last set of judges that will use manual records in delivering judgement.

“The Combination of forces between your Lordships and the services to be rendered by the trained court reporters will set Edo State Judiciary at the top of their games in terms of the deployment of technology to fast track the delivery of justice in Edo State.”

Describing the seminar as apt, the governor said, “the import and impact is that the Edo State Judiciary will go digital starting from this legal year.”

He further stated, “This training aligns perfectly with the overall objectives of our government to place technology at the heart of our operations so that we can ensure seamless public service that is fast, reliable, responsive and efficient. We expect that at the end of the two-day training programme, your Lordships will deploy cutting-edge technology for research and preparation of judgement that enriches the Edo judicial system.

“I assure you that the Judiciary has our support in terms of professional development as well as improving their welfare and the condition of service of our judges. Considering other areas, we appeal to you to cooperate with us to enable us to transform the judiciary.”

“Our purpose in building the John Odegie-Oyegun Public Service Academy is to re-engineer a new crop of workers in Edo State and equip them with the contemporary skills required for optimum performance in the 21st century working environment,” the governor noted.

In his response, the Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice Joe Itsebaga Acha hailed the governor for his continued support to the judiciary.

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ICPC raises alarm over diversion of public funds

Nigerian Observer - Gio, 22/09/2022 - 10:19pm

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) raised the alarm on Thursday in Abuja about diversion of public funds.

ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasannoye, raised the alarm at a two-day capacity-building workshop for members of the House of Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption.

He frowned at the diversion of public funds, both in revenue receipts and expenditure, while condemning illicit financial flow, misapplication of funds and budget padding.

He said it was time corruption was confronted headlong, adding that Nigerians were yet to recognise the death knell that corruption meant.

He warned that if citizens did not deal with the ethical issues of corruption, it would further impact negatively on the country.

Owasannoye noted that Nigerian was never in short supply of anti-corruption legislation but in short supply of integrity.

He noted also that this had been worsened by high level hypocrisy.

According to him, the CBN, the Bureau of Public Procurement and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, are all anti-corruption gate keepers.

He stated that most regulatory agencies also played anti-corruption roles.

Owasannoye observed that corruption accentuated political patronage and encouraged sabotage of governance, stressing that funds appropriated on paper, were never used for the purpose for which they were meant.

In his remarks, Rep. Shehu Garba, Chairman of the House Committee on Anti-Corruption, noted that the challenge and the fight against corruption had remained a topical issue.

He said that the ills of corruption had been well documented, adding that Nigerians did not need to be reminded of the consequences.

Garba added that corruption denied citizens a promising future and development, adding that it was heart-warming when the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration made the fight against corruption one of its tasks.

He said that the fight against corruption remained multi-dimensional; involving all institutions, adding that there would be no success without collaboration.

The lawmaker added that information sharing and capacity building workshops were crucial in the fight against corruption.

In his contribution, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman, Director-General, National Institute for Legislative Studies commended the National Assembly for the continuous building of staff capacity.

This, he said, had reflected in the 9th assembly, especially in the way it took the issue of the fight against corruption seriously.

He added that the workshop was important as the current Federal Government administration winds down.

Suleiman stressed that corruption also fuelled instability and conflicts.

He noted that there had been allegations of non-payment of allowances of security operatives, which according to him, undermines the fight against insecurity.

“Corruption undermines security and human capacity development,’’ he stressed.

Marija Peran, the Resident Representative, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, a German political foundation, decried the complex security challenges and corruption in the security sector.

She said that corruption in the security sector had a detrimental impact, both on security apparatuses and on wider peace and security.

Peran said the German foundation’s core mandate was to strengthen good democratic governance and the rule of law, adding that the fight against corruption was an integral part of its mandate (NAN)

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Obaseki meets Turkish Ambassador, seeks investment in health, agric, others

Nigerian Observer - Gio, 22/09/2022 - 8:58pm

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, is in talks with the Turkish Government to explore areas of investment so as to sustain the gains recorded by the government in agriculture, healthcare and education, among other sectors of the state’s economy.

The governor received the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hidayet Bayraktar, who was on a courtesy visit at the Government House, Benin City.

Obaseki said the state has initiated bilateral trade talks with the Turkish Ambassador to agree on areas of collaboration that will bolster the government’s efforts at growing the economy, in line with the vision of achieving a progressive and prosperous Edo.

Also at the parley were the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Obehi Akori and her Industry, Trade, and Cooperatives counterpart, Afishetu Braimoh, as well as the Special Adviser, Strategy, Policy, Projects and Performance Management, Sarah Esangbedo Ajose, among others.

Obaseki said, “We are optimistic about our bilateral relationship with Turkiye and we know Turkiye has invested in various areas in Nigeria, especially in the healthcare sector and would like to collaborate with them in that area.

“We know of the hospitals they run and where some of those hospitals are and the opportunities to collaborate with them in the area of healthcare.

“We also realize that there are lots of Turkish imports to Nigeria today. A lot of our people go to Turkiye to import furniture and other things we can make here but with our Industrial Park, we hope it will be attractive to Turkish businessmen to come and locate their industries and manufacturing businesses here in Edo.

He added, “We have electricity, raw materials and potential for the skilled labour to add value to what you are importing. We have looked at the areas of cooperation, particularly in terms of human capacity development. Turkiye has done so well in various areas of hospitality. They have built huge industries in hospitality and people go for holidays and spend money. There is a lot to learn from them as that is the way we want to go.”

On his part, the Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Bayraktar said, “The possible areas of investment include healthcare, vocational training, agriculture, eco-tourism and furnishing. We are looking at these areas and others for possible investment in the state.”

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Edo Sports Commission Restates Commitment To Sports Devt as former world champion donates boxing equipment

Nigerian Observer - Gio, 22/09/2022 - 8:54pm

The Permanent Secretary, Edo State Sports Commission Mrs Sabina Chikere has restated that the Commission is committed to the overall development of sports in the state, assuring all the sports associations of equity and fairness.

The female sports administrator who doubles as the General Coordinator of Bendel Insurance Football Club and Edo Queens gave the assurance today in Benin during a ceremony when the commission received former professional boxer Albert Eromosele who donated some boxing equipment to the Commission.

Some of the equipment the sports Commission received from the former champion include Boxing Gloves,Head Guards, shoes and other necessary protective items in their dozens.

“Collaboration for development is what we want in Edo state. So,I want to onbehalf of the chairman of the Edo state sports Commission Yussuf Alli say thank you to the donor Mr Albert Eromosele for his kind gesture. We appreciate you for giving back to the society. We sincerely appreciate you and all that you represent for supporting our young boxers with these expensive equipment. We want to assure you and out boxing Association that we will work towards actualising some of the advice you have given us today concerning the progress of boxing in our state.”

” We also want to reassure all stakeholders that Edo state government and the sports Commission will not relent in our determination to take sports generally to an enviable height in Edo state. We urge others who have also made it through sports to emulate our guest Albert Eromosele by giving back to the society”. Sabina stressed.

Earlier in an address,the former Nigerian professional boxer Albert Erhumusele while presenting the boxing equipment to the Edo Sports Commission lamented the current state of boxing in Edo state and vowed that he is willing to collaborate with government and other stakeholders to resurrecte and promote the combat sports in Edo state.

“We need to encourage our young boxers and I am willing to commit my resources to achieve results in the pursuit of producing Edo boxers to represent Nigeria at international stage. We used to have all Edo finals in National Boxing competitions. We can achieve that feat again if we all work together.

The former boxing champion Eromosele promised to sponsor a one-day boxing competition at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium this weekend as part of his efforts to help lift the combat sports in the state .

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EDSPHCDA intensifies advocacy on vaccination against communicable diseases

Nigerian Observer - Mer, 21/09/2022 - 11:39pm

Following the recent outbreak of measles in Edo State and accelerating efforts to ramp up the demand for COVID-19 vaccination uptake in Edo State, the Edo State Primary Health Care Development Agency (EDSPHCDA) has intensified advocacy for measles vaccination and other communicable diseases to reduce the spread.
The Health Education Officer, Mrs. Irene Uabor while on an advocacy tour to National Orientation Agency(NOA) Head Office in Benin City to solicit NOA’s collaboration in creating awareness on measles vaccination, explained that measles virus could spread through direct contact with infected persons who are either coughing or sneezing.

Mrs. Uabor noted that several cases of the outbreak of measles have been recorded in some Local Government Areas of the State hence the need for vaccination.

She urged the general public to access the nearest health centers for vaccination to prevent the spread of the disease.

Also speaking, the Edo State Director, National Orientation Agency(NOA), Mr. Austin Odile assured of NOA’s support in creating the much needed awareness of measles vaccination. He Stressed that the Community mobilization Officers (COMOS) will be instructed to increase COVID-19 vaccine awareness, raising efforts across the 18 LGAs and measles campaign.


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Religion, ethnicity fueling division in Nigeria, says Foundation

Nigerian Observer - Mer, 21/09/2022 - 9:46pm

The Country Director, Global Peace Foundation Nigeria (GPFN), Rev. Joseph Hayab, has called on Nigerians to end religious and ethnic sentiments, as it had continued to fuel division and strife in the country.

Hayab, who made this call at an event to commemorate the World Peace Day, in partnership with the alumni of International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) in Abuja on Wednesday, said Nigerians must learn to tolerate differences.

The UN General Assembly unanimously agreed that Sept. 21 is marked and celebrated annually and globally as the World Peace Day, with the 2022 theme, ‘Fostering Peace, Tackling Racism’.

He said religion and ethnicity has continued to fuel division and exclusion in the country, saying no meaningful development could happen in an atmosphere of strife.

According to him, religion and ethnicity seem to be doing worse than racism and the organisation will continue to preach peace through the umbrella of ‘One Family under God’.

“So, permit me to add here that religion and ethnicity have unfortunately instead of being what brings mankind together, turned out to be great lines of the divide in our societies today.

“For our society to have peace and get to a point of celebrating the benefits of peace, we must understand, tolerate and accept one another’s differences.

“We, therefore advocate that we look at a fellow based on humanity first before the differences in religion, ethnicity, tribe, region, among others.”

Hayab said the day was a reminder that all humans were the same, irrespective of language, skin color, race and religion.

The country director added that all Nigerians must make it a point of duty to promote peace wherever they found themselves, saying the country must remain united.

The National President, IVLP Nigeria, Dr Barakat Sani, said the organisation pride itself in ensuring that peaceful coexistence was maintained at all times.

According to her, World Peace Day is worth celebrating as a nation without peace cannot develop in any sphere.

She said Nigerians must do all within their power to promote peace at all times, saying all stakeholders must play their part in praying for the country.

“I call on all our leaders to practice peace and make peace happen, they must keep on making Nigeria peaceful so that investors can come in.

“The whole idea of leadership is the ability to entrench peace for development; leadership cannot be practiced where there is no peace.

“Without peace, we cannot reclaim the name Nigeria, the giant of Africa, peace is not a spirit, we are the one to make it happen, It has to start from everyone, with little efforts, we can huge impact.”

Sani said IVLP sought to collaborate on impact-driven programmes, saying poverty, disunity, lack of cooperation promotes strife and underdevelopment in the country. (NAN)

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EDOGIS Assures Public Of Prompt Release of C of O

Nigerian Observer - Mer, 21/09/2022 - 9:42pm

BENIN CITY –The Management of Edo State Geographic Information Service (EDOGIS) has assured members of the public of plans to speed up release of Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) and other land titles in record time, even as it disclosed that Survey plans in pursuant of the procurement of C of O will be computerized henceforth.

Managing Director, EDOGIS, Mrs. Osaro Grace Aihie (ESV) who disclosed this as part of Management strategy to improve on its Service delivery approach, stated that it was in line with the “Ease of Doing business” mantra of Governor Obaseki to deliver prompt, excellent and digital services to Edo people.

Mrs Aihie frowned at a situation where over 2, 000 (two thousand) files were stucked in a unit charged with the responsibility to treat such files and directed that action be expedited to get them out forthwith.

She stressed that nothing short of urgent treatment of files was acceptable in the new dispensation, adding that Governor Godwin Obaseki’s directive to all Heads of MDAs during the recent Stakeholders retreat in the State, to embrace high optimization of the workforce will be carried out to the letter.

The MD reiterated that the immediate concern of management was to broaden the revenue base of the Agency and seek ways of encouraging the entire workforce through various incentives that will positively impact on their well- being.

She also said: “As we have resolved to double our efforts and encourage the workforce to do their bit, it is necessary that we get their minds prepared. Whoever is not ready and willing to cooperate in this regard will be asked to go.

“As things stand now, we should up our game and get more of our enumerators to be in the field. All sections will be looked into for optimal performance.”

EDOGIS is the state government Agency primarily saddled with the responsibility to process, register, grant and procure all land titles, including Certificate of Occupancy (C of O), Rights of Occupancy and grant of consent in land transactions as required by law, to anyone who requires the services of the Agency on the Subject matter of Land.

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