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Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State (4th left), his wife Abimbola (3rd left) and other  voters queue for accreditation at Itolo Ward 003, Surulere, Lagos  last Saturday

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State (4th left), his wife Abimbola (3rd left) and other voters queue for accreditation at Itolo Ward 003, Surulere, Lagos last Saturday

Ekiti

As the nation awaits the results of the Presidential and
National Assembly elections conducted on Saturday, Nigerians have been urged to take the outcome of the results as the will of God.
Pastor Olusola Adewumi of the Christ Apostolic Miracle Church, Ikole in Ekiti State made the call in his sermon to mark Palm Sunday in Ikole, Ekiti State.
Adewumi attributed the successful conduct of violence-free elections in the country to the prayer and fasting by Nigerians and Christians in particular during the Lenten period which would soon come to an end.
He said “only the creator chooses a leader; whoever emerges as winner should be supported for the progress and unity of the country.
“Let us prevail on our fellow brothers and sisters to accept the outcome of the elections, be it the seat of the President or National Assembly,’’ he said.

FCT

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), FCT,
Prof. Jacob Jatau, has lauded the performance of the commission in the Saturday Presidential, Senate and House of Representatives polls at the Territory.
Jatau said this in an interview with  newsmen in his office in Abuja on Saturday.
“I am impressed with the high turnout of electorate as every polling unit in the FCT recorded massive turnout,’’ he said.
Jatau said although there were some hitches in the early hours but as at 11.30 a.m. most polls units in the territory had started accreditation.
“At the beginning of the polls we had some slight hitches especially with the opening of the poll, but after sometimes we were able to overcome the hitches and the polls were opened.
“As you are aware the commission had directed that anyone who stayed in the queue on or before one o’clock should be accredited.
“So we followed that guideline and we were able to do accreditation in many places,’’ he said.

Gombe

Communities in Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe
State have appealed to federal and state governments to beef up security before April 11 governorship and state assemblies elections in the state.
Some of the residents made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Kwami on Saturday.
A resident, Malam Abdullahi Abubakar, said the people were frightened by the disruption of the Presidential and National Assembly elections in some parts of Dukku and Nafada local government areas of the state.
He said that a lot of people had attempted to run in Kwami when they heard of an attack by gunmen.
Abubakar said that if government did not increase security measures the communities would be affected in future.

Jigawa

Alhaji Adamu Ahmad, the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) Jigawa North-East Senatorial candidate, has advocated for measures to enhance the INEC Card Reader, to ease voting process.
Ahmad made the call in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Kafin-Hausa Local Government Area of the state.
Ahmad, who is also the speaker, Jigawa House of Assembly, said it was imperative to adopt new technologies that would make it function effectively in subsequent elections.
“The card reader is a welcome development. But the failure of the machine to function well is causing unnecessary delays in vote casting.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should ensure that the machine is good to avoid repeating the mistakes in future election,” he said.

Katsina

The Nigeria Police has announced the death of the Katsina
State commissioner of police,  Alhaji Muhammad Hurdi.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Aminu Sadiq announced the demise of Hurdi in a statement issued to newsmen on Sunday in Katsina.
Sadiq said that Hurdi died on March 27, after a protracted illness.
He said that the late commissioner joined the service in 1988 as ASP cadet officer and rose through the ranks.
The PPRO said that Hurdi would be remembered as a patriotic and dedicated officer who gave his best in the service of his fatherland.

Kwara

Chieftains of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All
Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara on Saturday said the conduct of Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state was peaceful and satisfactory.
They made the remark while speaking with newsmen shortly after casting their votes in Ilorin.
Prof. Oba Abdulraheem of PDP told journalists that he was happy with the peaceful conduct of voters in his ward.
He said voters comported themselves in orderly manner during accreditation and actual voting.
Abdulraheem said people were now more enlightened to their civic responsibility as epitomised by their turnout for the election.

Niger

Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger has called for more
public education on card reader and voter card before using them for elections.
Aliyu made the call after casting his vote at the Musa Umar Ward Polling Unit in Minna on Saturday.
He said the use of the two innovations had thrown up the challenges encountered during Saturday’s election.
“You can imagine a situation where the card reader fails to identify me and I even have to use my 10 fingers on the reader without success. It was at the eleventh try that my finger was recognised.
“This is a delay that can be avoided. This card has my name, my picture and this is my polling unit. I have been recognised by even the INEC official but the process has to be followed.
Osun

Governor  Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Saturday
commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for introducing card readers for the 2015 general elections.
Aregbesola spoke after casting his vote at his polling unit, Unit Four, Ward Eight, Ifofin in Ilesha East Local Government Area  of Osun.
The governor said that the card reader device had helped to drastically reduce possible manipulation of the electoral process.
According to him, the ongoing 2015 general election in the state was better than what was witnessed during the August 9, 2014 governorship election in the state.
The governor commended the security arrangement, which he described as civil in contrast with what the people of the state experienced during the August poll in the state.

Plateau

The Emir of Kanam, Alhaji Babangida Mu’azu and the
Chairman, Panskhin Local Government of Plateau, Mr Samuel Goar, on Saturday commended the peaceful conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
They both commended the electorate in separate interviews with newsmen in Kanam and Pankshin Local Government Areas for their peaceful conduct.
While describing the election as “a success” despite the hitches in the accreditation of voters, Mu’azu said the maintenance of peace was “paramount and laudable.”
“We have every reason to thank the Almighty God for the way and manner we as Nigerians in this part of the country went about the election.

Zamfara

Mixed reactions have trailed the use of card readers in
Saturday’s election in the northern part of Zamfara state.
The state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Birnin-Magaji, commended INEC for the introduction of the technology.
He said the card reader had eliminated chances of rigging in the election which could have led to violence.
Birnin-Magaji said despite hitches in the take-off of accreditation across the zone, INEC deserved commendation for putting everything in place for the successful conduct of free, fair and credible elections.
He expressed optimism that at the end of the election, people would appreciate INEC’s effort on the card reader, adding that about 70 to 80 per cent efficiency had been recorded.

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London School Of Public Relations Launched In Nigeria

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After months in the making, the London School of PR (LSPR) Nigeria has been launched and will be offering a variety of courses including Fundamentals of Public Relations, diploma programmes, and other shorter courses focusing on brand building, reputation and risk management.
The courses, to be delivered by World-class trainers from Europe, the United States and Nigeria, are being offered at a specially discounted price for all starter courses. LSPR Nigeria is a partner company to the London School of PR in the UK.
The school has been delivering world-class training in the UK and globally since 1993, recognised in academia and the PR industry as one of the finest training establishments.
The school was founded by Professor John Dalton, biologist, communications specialist and UK business leader.
“I and my team in London are delighted that this initiative has finally come to fruition. We believe the school will be very successful in Nigeria given the position of the country in terms of its GDP, economic growth and educated workforce.
“We already have a successful operation in Ghana and expect our Nigerian business will be equally fortunate”, Dalton commented.
LSPR Nigeria is headed by entrepreneur Charles Edosomwan, who has led advertising and digital marketing company Teksight Edge for the past 8 years using data and technology to drive brand engagement and customer acquisition.
He said: “I am excited to be leading LSPR in Nigeria and I am looking forward to delivering our first courses next month. We have a team of excellent trainers who are experienced in both the virtual and the traditional classroom environments.
“The PR Landscape in Nigeria suffers from competency and standard issues especially with regards to professionalism and barrier to entry. We have the support of local business leaders and academia to ensure that professionals and business people in Nigeria can have access to world class training.”

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10 Rescued As Soldiers Battle Bandits In Kaduna

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Bandits yesterday morning invaded Unguwar Musa Tudun Wada Kudansa in Maraban Rido, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
A resident of the community, who spoke to The Tide source morning, said the bandits were resisted by the security personnel who quickly intervened.
He said before their arrival, bandits had already captured 10 residents to be taken to their den.
He added that, as soon as soldiers arrived at the scene, they engaged the bandits in a fierce battle that lasted for three hours.
According to him, the kidnapped victims were rescued while several residents fled as the gun battle raged on.
The Village Head of the community, Joseph Sauri Garba, who confirmed the incident yesterday, said the gun duel between the bandits and the soldiers lasted three hours.
Kaduna Police Command Spokesperson, ASP Jalige Mohammed, did not respond to calls, and text messages sent to him

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Benue, UNICEF Partner To Provide 2,000 Boreholes To Eight LGAs

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Benue State Government in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has provided over two thousand boreholes to communities in eight local government areas of the state.
Outgoing UNICEF Chief Field Officer in Nigeria, Ibrahim Conteh, who disclosed this on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at the Benue Peoples House during a farewell visit to the Governor, said the feat was achieved in a period of four years.
Conteh stated that the intervention was to ensure that the most deprived communities have access to safe drinking water which he said could save the people, especially children and women from contracting water borne diseases.
The UNICEF Chief Field Officer who is moving to Afghanistan stated that the UN Agency has gone a step further to connect the boreholes to primary health care centres and primary schools in the communities and assured that they would also undertake rehabilitation of the boreholes.
According to Dr Conteh, UNICEF has also expended about one million dollars to provide temporary learning centres in IDPs across the state as well as partnered the ministry of education to ensure that children were enrolled in schools.
He commended Governor Samuel Ortom for always providing the needed counterpart funding to make the work of UNICEF easier as well as consistently feeding the IDPs to ensure that children living in the camps are not malnourished.
Governor Samuel Ortom expressed appreciation to UNICEF for assisting the state through various interventions and assured that apart from the counterpart funding, the government would ensure that facilities provided by the UN Agency are well managed.
The Governor lamented unequal treatment of IDPs in Benue State as compared to what happens in the North Eastern part of Nigeria, stressing that the development was against justice, fairness and equity.
Governor Ortom prayed God to grant the UNICEF Chief Field Officer success in his new assignment in Afghanistan where he is redeployed to help intervene in humanitarian crisis.
Local government areas where the boreholes are cited include Konshisha, Katsina Ala, Guma, Tarka, Buruku, Ogbadibo, Oju and Obi.

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