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PDP Chief Tasks VON On New Exco

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The Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Hon, Dagogo Eli Legg-Jack, has challenged the newly inaugurated executive members of the Voice of Opobo Nation (VON) to maintain the bid to keep Opobo kingdom politically-relevant in the state.

 Hon legg-Jack gave the challenge at the inauguration exercise of a 14-member executive council of the socio-political group in Port Harcourt.

 The former chairman of Opobo/Nkoro local Government Area asserted that the group had come a long way despite the turbulence that had rocked the area over the years.

According to Legg-Jack no political group was as large and formidable as VON, and therefore solicited for the commitment and steadfastness of the new exco to maintain the lead.

Earlier in his remarks, Commissioner for Works in Rivers State, Hon Dakuku Peterside recalled that after nine years he piloted the affairs, as president of the organisation he was elated that another vibrant exco had come to succeed him.

The commissioner said the group had over the years changed the political frontiers of Opobo kingdom, while expressing the hope that it would continue to lift the area to political prominence.

Advising the new exco on the challenges ahead, Hon Peterside declared, “VON requires patience, VON requires sacrifice and prayed God to give them wisdom to remain steadfast and committed in lifting the body.

He also urged members of the socio-political group to support and pray for the organisation commending them for making the transition peaceful and orderly.

The same view was re-echoed by Chairman Board of Trustee of the body, Dr Sam Sam Jaja who called on the new president and his exco to ensure that a befitting secretariat was erected for the organization before leaving office.

Dr Jaja charged the exco to, “please don’t betray the members and the exco,” adding, “Mr President please don’t joke with the elders council.

In his acceptance speech, the new president, Hon Emmanuel Oko-Jaja expressed delight for being given the opportunity to serve, promising not to misplace the mandate given to him and the exco.

Hon Oko-Jaja promised among other programmes to set up a functional secretariat for the body rejuvenate VON chapters in United Stated of America and the United Kingdom.

The VON president declared that deliberate policy to empower members of the body would be pursued through capacity building and reward for hard work.

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Ayade Orders Recruitment Into Civil Service

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Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has ordered immediate recruitment into the state civil service to fill the vacuum that may occur due to workers’ retirements.
The new Head of Service (HoS), Mr Timothy Akwaji, disclosed this on Wednesday during his maiden meeting with permanent secretaries on Wednesday in Calabar.
Akwaji said the creation of AkwaIbom from Cross River in 1987 caused a mass exodus of civil servants to the new state, leading to mass recruitment by the state government to fill the attendant vacant positions.
“Most of these workers will be exiting the service, having completed their mandatory 35 years in service and this may create a bureaucratic vacuum if there is no mentoring of those who may be left behind to keep the service running.
“The governor has, therefore, given approval for the recruitment of workers to cushion the effect of the impending mass retirement from the state civil service.”
The Head of Service stressed the need for the permanent secretaries to mentor their subordinates, as directors and for other civil servants to look up to them as role models.
He said mentorship in the service had become necessary to enable civil servants discharge their responsibilities effectively.

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APC Releases Timetable For Nat’l Convention

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The All Progressives Congress has said it will begin the sale of forms for aspirants vying for its national positions ahead of the National Convention from February 14.
National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, announced this in a statement he issued on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said, “The APC CECPC at its 19th regular meeting on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at the party’s National Secretariat considered and adopted the timetable/schedule of activities for the February 26, APC National Convention.”
According to him, the schedule of activities ahead of the party’s national convention is as seen below:
“Receiving of the interim report of the National Reconciliation Committee, January 31, 2022.
“Consideration and adoption of Reports of State Congresses February 2, 2022.
“Inauguration of the State Executives February 03, 2022.
“Sale of forms to all aspirants vying for National Offices at the APC National Secretariat, February 14, 2022.
“Submission of completed forms and accompanying documents at the APC National Secretariat on or before February 19, 2022.
“Publication of Sub-Committees February 19, 2022.
“Screening of all aspirants vying for National Offices February 20 February 22.
“Screening Appeals to hear and resolve complaints arising from the screening exercise February 23, 2022.
“Accreditation of all statutory and elected delegates to the National Convention – February 24 to February 25, 2022.
“National Convention to elect National Officers to the National Executive Committee February 26, 2022.
“National Convention Appeal to hear and resolve complaints arising from the National Convention February 28, 2022.”
The APC scribe, at an interaction with newsmen at the party’s National Secretariat, had earlier described as fake, reports that the party’s leadership had zoned its national chairmanship position to a particular zone.
Akpankudohede said the report should be disregarded, adding that there was no decision on that.

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INEC Dismisses Tinubu’s Comment On PVCs

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) have not expired.
The commission said this while responding to the comment credited to Senator Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking while addressing the women leaders of the party who paid him a visit recently, Tinubu asked voters to obtain new PVCs.
Earlier in the month, after so much speculations, Tinubu formally announced his intention to contest for the 2023 presidency.
“In case they do not announce to you on time, the PVC you have has expired,” Tinubu said.
“Take one family member, two family members, knock on all doors and make sure that the new registration… Because they may not announce to you on time. The PVCs you have have expired. Yes!
“You need to spread it to various local government and wards at each levels. No matter how difficult it is. To me, I look at it closely and you look at other elections being held, you will see that it’s diminishing because those cards (is) expired. It’s mandatory that you go and register to vote and achieve your aspirations. May God bless you and bless Nigeria.”
But reacting, the Chief Technical Adviser to the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Bolade Eyinla, said those who have registered for election do not need to do so again because their cards are valid for future elections.
“This information is not correct. The PVC issued to all previously registered voters remains valid. This kind of statement will certainly push eligible voters to register more than once thereby creating the problem of double and multiple registrations,” he said.
In the same vein, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi, said that Nigerians who already have their PVCs do not need to register again.
He warned, “In fact, double registration is an offence under our laws. Eligible Nigerians are entitled to register only once.”

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