The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday organised a one day retreat to review the 2019 elections.
The retreat, holding at Adamawa State INEC headquarters in Yola has in attendance, no fewer than 100 national, state and local government officials.
In his opening remarks the INEC Supervising Commissioner in charge of Adamawa, Gombe and Taraba State AVM Mu’azu Tijjani said the retreat was to review conduct of the elections and also impart knowledge on staff and key stakeholders at local and state levels.
Tijjani added that the retreat would enable a review of the operational framework put in place by the commission during the just concluded 2019 general elections.
“The core objectives of the retreat is to identify areas of success with a view to consolidating and sustaining them.
“It will also enable us highlight areas of challenges with a view to proffering solution for the conduct of future elections,’’ Tijjani said.
He stated that at the end of the treat, participants were expected to consolidate on identified strategies and successes, aggregate different challenges for policy formulation, as well as harness information and materials for the report of 2019 elections.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, a Lecturer at Modibbo Adamawa University of Technology, Yola, Dr Yunis Vadon said the retreat was timely.
Vadon, who was the Michika Local Government Area Election Returning Officer in the just concluded general elections said the retreat would correct and strengthen the conduct of future elections.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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