The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has fixed the re run elections in Rivers State for next week Saturday.
The outgoing Resident Electoral Commissioner, Rivers State, Dame Gesila Khan who disclosed this while interacting with political leaders in Rivers State, said the re-run elections will be conducted for 37 elective positions in the state.
Khan, who also used the occasion to initimate stakeholders of her transfer ahead of the re-run elections, said the re-run elections will be conducted for 22 House of Assembly seats, 12 House of Representatives and three Senate seats
The former State REC said only registered voters for the 2015 general elections will be allowed to vote, adding that the number of registered voters is 2,148,289.
She also said a total of 6,806 card readers will be deployed for the re-run elections, adding that political parties should not hesitate to come to the office of the electoral body for clarifications on any issue relating to the elections.
Meantime, the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) and other parties (except the APC ) in the state have expressed dissatisfaction with the February 6 date for the re-run elections, saying the time was not enough for parties to prepare adequately for the exercise.
State Chairman of the PDP, Bro Felix Obuah, who spoke under the aegis of Inter- Party Advisory Council,of Nigeria , (IPAC) said from yesterday when they announced the date for the re-run elections and the day of the exercise, was too close for serious campaign.
He accused the leadership of INEC of conniving with the APC to rig the elections,
His words, “ this is a proof of some allegations that there was a grand conspiracy between INEC and the APC . It had never been done that only one week notice will be given for election. We have not started our campaign, only informing us that election is coming up in less than one week. “, he said,
He called on INEC to revisit the date for the election, adding that the parties had not even inspected materials for the election
“That date must be revisited. We have to discuss it. We are aware of,plans by your office and the APC to recruit ad-hoc staff for the election, which we reject. When can we inspect all these materials,from today is only eight days to the election. This is the view of IPAC. We don’t want people to come and create problem in our state. IPAC will partner with INEC to make sure the election is done peacefully.”, he said.
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Three Out Of 10 Nigerians Are Mentally Sick -Reps
The House of Representatives has said that three out of every 10 Nigerians have one form of mental illness or another.
Quoting the World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, the House added that over 20,000,000 Nigerians were currently suffering from various degrees of mental illness or disorder without psychiatric health care.
To this end, the House mandated its Committees on Health Institutions and Healthcare Services to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Health towards improving mental health facilities around the country and further carry out serious sensitization of Nigerians on this issue.
It also asked the Committee on Health Institution to explore the modalities of liaising with stakeholders in the health sector to promote, educate and sensitise Nigerians on mental health.
The resolution, however, followed a motion titled “Need to Address the Rising Cases of Mental Health in Nigeria” presented by Hon. Uchechuku Nnam-Obi from Rivers State and considered by the House at yesterday’s plenary.
Presenting his motion, Nnam-Obi noted that the World Health Organisation (WHO) considers mental health as a state of well-being in which the individual can cope with the stress of life, work productively and contribute to the community.
According to him, mental illness manifests in mood disorder, anxiety disorder, trauma-related disorder, personality disorder, old age-related disorder, substance abuse disorder or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning.
He said: “According to the World Health Organisation statistics, over twenty million Nigerians are currently suffering from various degrees of mental illness or disorder without psychiatric health care.
“Three out of 10 Nigerians have one form of mental illness or the other, presently there is no mental health legislation in Nigeria. However, the Nigerian mental health policy is the only framework that has access to mental healthcare, dealing with mental and neurological disorders in Nigeria, discouraging stigmatisation against persons with mental disorders and has institutionalised standards for Psychiatric practice.
“The increase in cases of depression is traceable to multifactorial inter and intrapersonal issues which leads to suicidal death in the country and this requires urgent attention.
“Nigeria has only 130 Psychiatrists with over 20million citizens suffering from mental disorders.
“With the few functional Mental Health Facilities and inadequate mental health practitioners in the country, mental health cases are left for traditional practitioners, hence the upsurge in mental health in Nigeria.
“The statistics are troubling and the continued lack of a legal framework on mental health in the country will simply cause the situation to degenerate”
Adopting the motion, the House gave six weeks to the committees within which to carry out the assignment and report back to it for further legislative action.
Wike, PDP Govs Commiserate With Tambuwal Over Brother’s Death
Representatives of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, yesterday, paid a condolence visit to the Sokoto State Governor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal over the death of his elder brother, Alhaji Muhammed Bello.
Bello, who is also the Waziri of Tambuwal, passed on in Sokoto, last Tuesday night at the age 87.
He was the head of the Tambuwal family.
On the PDP governors’ delegation were, Governors Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State; Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu); Oluseyi Makinde (Oyo); and Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State.
The Vice Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, who led the delegation, said they were in Sokoto to commiserate with Tambuwal and his entire family over the sudden death of his elder brother.
“We feel your pain, and we understand that a great vacuum has been created, not only within the caliphate, but across Nigeria and other places where Daddy had sphere of influence. We believe that God Almighty will grant you the fortitude to bear this great loss.
“We are, however, consoled by the fact that Daddy left legacies that will remain indelible; one of them is your very good self and your impact and contributions to our dear country.”
The governors urged the Tambuwal family, particularly the Sokoto State governor, to remain strong, steadfast and uphold those virtues which the late Waziri of Tambuwal, cherished so much.
In his response, Sokoto StateGovernor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, who is the PDP Governors’ Forum chairman, said the entire Tambuwal family was gladdened by the condolence visit.
According to him, his late elder brother, who lived his life in the service of community, held the family title, Waziri of Tambuwal for 37 years after the demise of their father.
“We are, indeed, very highly consoled not only by your presence, but your words of consolation. For you to have left behind whatever you are doing in your respective states to come all the way to Sokoto this afternoon, shows clearly how you sympathise with us and how close you are to us. I assure you that we appreciate this.”
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