The Direct Data Capture Machines (DDC) to be used for the voters registration exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in January have started arriving into the country.
The chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, who disclosed this on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, in an interactive forum warned that the electoral body would follow strictly with the time table released last month by the body.
Jega who was represented by the National Commissioner for INEC, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River State, Mrs. Thelma A. Iremien reassured Nigerians that INEC had concluded plans to stop all forms of electoral frauds and malpractices in 2011 and beyond.
He noted that INEC cannot afford to make mistake of the past, stressing that to have a credible, fair and free election in 2011, is the responsibility of all Nigerians and stakeholders.
The INEC boss warned that politicians should not see election as a do or die affair, adding that if the people elect their leaders, there would be development and peace.
He further said the voters registration exercise would commence as scheduled and warned that double registration would be detected by the machine and such persons would not have a voter’s card.
He further said INEC would engage Nigerian Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for both the registration exercise and election stating that INEC is collaborating with the Nigerian Airforce on how to airlift some materials to some areas where cars cannot reach.
Jega said already the INEC has trained some staff that would train the adhoc staff that would carry out the registration exercise in various wards across the country.
Earlier, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Hon. Aniedi Ikoiwak said the purpose of the forum was to acquaint the people with the preparedness of INEC on the 2011 registration and election.
Ikoiwak commended political parties that have started the process of identifying flag bearers in the forthcoming elections and praised them for the peaceful atmosphere that exists during the exercise.
“We know that once in a while there must be some misunderstanding amongst you but the ability to handle such without breach of law and order is what makes the process very democratic and a family affair”, he said.
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Entrepreneurship, Panacea To National Unemployment – Ooni
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja 11, says entrepreneurship is the only panacea to unemployment, and will pave way for Nigeria to develop economically and educationally.
Ogunwusi made this known at the National Micro and Small Medium Enterprises (MSME) Awardees/Nominees of the Federal Government in Ile-Ife.
According to him, entrepreneurship should be prioritised as the nation’s engine room to address unemployment.
He expressed great concern for youths, who were mostly unemployed, saying he feared for them because no one knows where God is taking them to.
“Am your Cheer Leader; I have a group like that ‘Royal African Youth Leadership Forum’ in which I pick 100 annually and recognise them through special awards.
“I take them to the President and dialogue with them on the way forward,” the traditional ruler said.
He said that youths were the heartbeats of the nation, and they needed to be encouraged and empowered.
Ogunwusi then urged the media to always celebrate the young ones, especially those with business orientation with positive stories, rather than broadcasting negative news about our youths.
Also, Mrs Pemi Folarin, the Guest Speaker at the programme, from U.S congratulated the awardees and the nominees for being privileged to be part of MSME Awardees/Nominees.
Folarin said though, their beginning might be small and rough, with steadfastness, they would get to their promise land.
She encouraged them to ensure they package their products in a best way that would be acceptable to the generality of people.
According to her, the Ooni of Ife has been playing a fatherly role in supporting, and empowering people, which he would continue doing.
“You don’t know where your products would take you to, be diligent in whatever you are doing and ensure you give your best for human consumption,” she said.
The awardees include: Oluwakemi Shobowale, the Chief Executive Officer Glam Concept; Amb.Orioye Gbayisemore, the Chief Executive Officer First Moreys Foods; Abiola Adebajo, Chief Executive Officer of Easyblurd.
Group Tasks C’River, Ebonyi On Harmonious Boundary Demarcation
A non-governmental organisation, Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre, has charged Governors of Cross River and Ebonyi States to work with their community leaders on demarcating the boundary portion in the parcel of land that has occasionally triggered crises between the two states.
The Executive Director of the group, Mrs Emem Okon, dropped the charge while delivering a speech at the capacity building/training workshop on community leadership held at Transcorp Hotel, Calabar.
The training programme, which was co-sponsored by OXFAM and Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre was organised to build capacities of opinion leaders and leaders of thought from two states of Cross River and Akwa Ibom to educate participants on how to impact positively on their immediate communities.
Okon, who spoke before the participants stated that, for leaders to remain influential, they must be visionary in a manner that can accommodate different shades of opinions brought before them by their followers.
She urged the community leaders to, at regular intervals, organise skills acquisition programmes for youths in their communities, so that they can become self-reliant enough to fend for themselves.
“As a leader, you must be straight forward, coach others, be visionary, change agent, decision maker, influencer, team player and above all, a peace maker,” Okon enthused.
FG Engages 70 N-SIP Monitors In Kebbi-Minister
The Federal Government says it has engaged 70 Independent Monitors to fast track implementation of the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP) in Kebbi State.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, disclosed this at the presentation of engagement letters and devices to the monitors, on Monday in Birnin Kebbi.
Umar-Farouq, represented by the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Legal Matters, Aminu Shamaki, said each of the independent monitor was expected to monitor a designated number of beneficiaries of the programme.
She said that each of the monitors would be paid a monthly stipend of N30,000, adding that they must meet up to 80 per cent of their deliverables monthly to be eligible for the stipend.
The engagement letters, she said, clearly articulated the scope of work to include; routine monitoring of all programmes under the N-SIP in their assigned Local Government Area (LGA) and provision of evidence-based report on findings in the field.
She listed other services to include the submission of reports in accordance with the set timelines, attending all trainings and meetings as required by the ministry as well as other duties that may be assigned by the ministry.
“Please be informed that independent monitors are not allowed to assign their responsibilities to third parties. Each monitor will be held accountable by the ministry for the task given to them.
“The ministry reserves the right to disengage an independent monitor for misconduct or non-compliance with set guidelines and directives.
“I hereby urge you all to carry out this assignment with utmost sense of patriotism, diligence and sincerity,” she said.
Umar-Farouq said the N-SIP was created by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 with the mandate of lifting citizens out of poverty through a number of social interventions.
She listed the intervetions to include the Job Creation Programme (N-Power); National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), and Government Enterprises and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).
The minister said that all the programmes were moved to the ministry in 2019, noting that they were being implemented across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
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