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NANS Tasks Yoruba Leaders On Nigeria’s Unity

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Ogun State chapter has called on Yoruba leaders to stop pushing for a divided Nigeria.
The Ogun NANS Chairman, Damilola Simeon, said this at a press conference held at the NUJ Secretariat, Okelewo, Abeokuta, yesterday.
According to the students body, Yoruba leaders are urged to prioritize the unity of Nigeria above their personal or selfish interest.
“We call on Yoruba leaders that are also subscribing or pushing for a divided nation to please prioritize the unity of this nation above whatever personal or selfish interest they have,” Simeon said.
The students’ organisation also warned all South -West activists to be cautious of their utterances in response to the security challenges facing the nation.
The Ogun NANS said it condemned in its entirety, the unabated attacks on the indigenes of the state, especially farmers, by killer herdsmen in Yewa, saying such attacks were necessitated by the country’s porous borders.
Reacting to a claim by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association that the killer herdsmen were not Nigerians, NANS called on the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, create Federal Joint Border Patrol Team to basically reinforce the security architecture of all border communities in Nigeria.
The students’ leader called on royal fathers from Yewa to support the efforts of the Ogun State Government in securing the lives and property of their people.
Simeon urged them not to allow any politician to take advantage of the situation in creating rooms for destructive criticism, adding that “We also advice all activists from South-West extraction to be cautious in their utterances in response to these attacks.”
NANS also implored, “Nigerians seeking refuge outside the nation to please jettison the idea and call on those that have fled based on the security situation to return home and join hands with the provided security from government and take possession of their property.”
“The leadership of NANS implore few of the youths from Yewa extraction of Ogun State, floating different emergency youth bodies/organizations that were unknown before the occurrence of this farmers/ herders crisis in the axis to please disengage themselves from not being progressive in their agitations and should desist from being a tool in the hands of some desperate politicians.
“We commend Governor Dapo Abiodun for his swift response and untiring efforts in bringing normalcy to the security situation,” he said.

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SDP Wants Death Penalty For Election Riggers

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The Social Democratic Party, SDP, has advocated for death penalty against election riggers ahead of 2023 general elections.
This was as the party kicked against zoning of the Delta State Governorship ticket to the Central Senatorial District, saying in a state like Delta with its political maturity and as home to eggheads, competence must trump zoning.
Chairman of the party in the state, Amb. Oke Idawene, who is also the Chairman, Forum of SDP State Chairmen, stated this in an interview with The Tide source.
He commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for its decision to deploy the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, in the September 11 state Assembly bye-election in Isoko South 1, Delta state, saying the technology helped to reduce incidents of multiple voting.
Idawene said the device was able to guarantee the credibility of voters’ accreditation by preventing incidents of multiple voting or the use of stolen Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, to vote while the use of the incident form was eliminated.
On rigging, he said the problem is not with INEC but other stakeholders.
He said: “The problem we have right now is not INEC. It is the people. Somebody tried to snatch a ballot box in Isoko South and he was gunned down. I don’t like bloodshed, but that is the way to go. Ahead of 2023, the punishment for such electoral malfeasance should be death by hanging. Anybody rigging elections is an enemy of the people and must be so treated.
“With the BVAS, the votes were not adulterated. There was no rigging in that election. For the first time in Nigeria, I went for an election where until the morning of the elections, the collation officers were not known and the voting pattern was clear. “To this end, I think we should give INEC all the support for electronic voting, electronic collation and transmission of results. It is only then we can get genuine leadership and see Nigeria tilting towards progressive tendencies. I want to call on the National Assembly to support this BVAS and other technologies used by INEC.”

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Nwanosike Signs Four By-Laws

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The Executive Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon. Samuel Nwanosike has signed four bills into by-laws.
While signing the bills at the Ikwerre Council Chamber, Isiokpo, which were passed by members of the Ikwerre Legislative Assembly, Nwanosike described them as very significant to Ikwerre people.
According to him, “Just hundred days in office plus, we are here today signing into law four bylaws. It is a feat that is worth commending”.
“I want to thank the leadership of the 9th Assembly to continue flying the flag of legislative activities in Ikwerre Local Government. 
“So, I want to assure them that the executive arm will continue to collaborate with them to make sure activities of government at the third tier level is done to provide dividends of democracy for the people of Ikwerre Local Government.
The Ikwerre chairman stated that the defaulters of the by-laws would be punished accordingly. 
“As a government we will do everything within our power to make that the laws are properly executed”, he added.
He commended members of the Legislative Assembly for doing their best to serve the people of the Ikwerre LGA.
In his speech, the Leader of the lkwerre Legislative Assembly, Hon. Nwobuisi Chikwe-Tasie, said that the by-laws would be monitored and defaulters made to face the law.
The bills signed into by-laws were the Internal Control and Regulation of Sanitation Activities in Ikwerre Local Government Area as well as the Recovery of Possession and Protection of Premises and Other Matters Connected Therewith in Ikwerre Local Government Area.
Others were the Regulation and Control of Sawing of Premature Trees for Timber in Ikwerre Local Government Area and the Regulation and Control Operation of Motorcycles/Tricycles in Ikwerre Local Government Area.

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Author Urges Political Leaders To Empower Youths

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A  budding author, Iyke Ekwueme Amirize, has identified youth empowerment as the key to transform society.
Mr. Amirize in a chat with The Tide shortly after the launch of his book,” Political Milestones in Rivers State” recently, said youths should also be schooled in leadership.
According to him, when youths are fully empowered, it creates equity and peace, as those who are not positively engaged are liable to be used in carrying out violent acts.
On the tutelage of young people in leadership, the author submitted that exemplary life is very important as young people copy what they see around them.
Commenting on the book, Amirize said the publication seeks to mirror the development of Rivers State since its creation in 1967.
“ The book is all about the milestones in the state. It covers the traditional, educational and judiciary and legislature, including the electoral processes”, he stated.
He said that Rivers State was working towards massive infrastructure development, but had not gotten to a full developed state.
He urged government to give attention to security of lives and property, as a way of spreading the dividends of democracy, adding that “the youths also need scholarships and employments”.

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