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COAS Tasks Army Clerks On Dissemination Of Classified Information

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The Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, yesterday charged Nigerian Army (NA) chief clerks to avoid contravening the Official Secret Act.
Yahaya said yesterday that the chief clerks should rather exhibit a high level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
He gave charge at a three-day Nigerian Army Chief Clerks’ Convention with theme: “Enhancing Professionalism and Responsiveness in NA Chief Clerks For Optimal Performance”.
The event held at the Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps, Abalti Barracks, Lagos State.
Yahaya was represented by the Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Logistics, Lagos State, Maj.-Gen. Martins Enendu.
 The COAS charged the clerks to desist from fraudulent practices such as falsification of documents, non-rendition of returns, unauthorised publications and dissemination of classified information.
He said that such unpatriotic acts could have dire consequences on the image of the Nigerian Army.
Yahaya said that the convention would enable the clerks to develop the needed capacity for discharge of their duties as trained confidential secretaries and chief clerks of their various formations and units.
 “Your role, if carried out effectively, will no doubt, contribute immensely toward the actualisation of my vision for the Nigerian Army,” he said.
 According to the army chief, the  vision is to have a Nigerian Army ready to accomplish assigned mission in a joint environment in the defence of Nigeria.
 “Consequently, I strongly implore all of you to take this convention very seriously and make good use of the opportunity to enhance your professional skills,” the COAS said.
Participants of the 2021 Chief Clerks Convention.
Yahaya said that the convention buttressed the value the Nigerian Army accorded its chief clerks’ role  in ensuring that its units would  function optimally.
 “It is also expected that your actions will portray you as role models to your subordinate clerks in the branches, wings, cells or orderly rooms of your various formations, units or establishments.
 “You must therefore strive to lead by example and imbibe all the core values of the NA to ensure professionalism and honesty in the discharge of your duties.
 “Additionally, you must consider your service as a sacrifice for the betterment of the system especially on issues bordering on all clerical matters,” he said.
 The COAS advised the clerks to take the convention serious and maximise the associated  benefits  so as to ensure effectiveness in accordance with the theme of the convention.
 “You must endeavour to seize every opportunity to develop yourselves and acquire requisite skills so as to be prepared to surmount challenges,” he said.
 Yahaya noted that there were challenges associated with the modernisation and technological advancement of the society especially as regards discharge of chief clerks’ duties.
  Yahaya said that the clerks  should endeavour to key into using modern technology for greater effectiveness in their duties.
  “To this end, you must be computer literate and proficient in the use of internet facilities and be capable of performing cloud computing and other related clerical aspects of these emerging technologies.

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Telecom Firm Trains Journalists On Artificial Intelligence

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Telecommunication company, 9mobile  Plc, has said that the company had trained some journalists across media houses in Nigeria on Artificial Intelligence-powered journalism.
The training, which was the third edition of the telco’s  capacity building initiative, designed to acquaint journalists with emerging trends in journalism, was  by multimedia producer and social media strategist, Usifo Omozokpea, who is currently the Audience Development Manager (West Africa) at The Conversation Africa.
According to Omozokpea, Artificial Intelligence (AI) was the simulation of human intelligence process or human activities through machines, especially computer systems.
He noted that there are specific applications of AI which includes expert systems, natural language processing, speech recognition and machine vision.
These tools, he said, enhance the job of media practitioners and can help them collaborate better.
According to him, there are various tools that have been designed to address specific media needs.
He urged participants to take advantage of the various AI tools at their disposal to improve their professional practice.
Speaking on the session, the Executive Director, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, 9mobile, Abdulrahman Ado, represented by 9mobile’s Public Relations  Lead, Chineze Amanfo, said that the knowledge shared during the training session had proven to be useful to all participants.
Ado noted that the knowledge gained by participants during the training will obviously aid them to work smarter and even create room for intelligent collaboration with their colleagues in a seamless and professional manner.

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INEC Admits Improvement On Voter Registration Exercise

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that over one million Nigerians have been added to the nation’s voter register.
The number of fresh online pre-registrants  was 3,165,189 while 1,457,766 have applied for voter transfer, replacement of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) and update of information records.
National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, disclosed this in a statement announcing the end of the first quarter of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
He said youths between the ages of 18 and 34 constituted the majority, with 771,770 (71.33 per cent) having completed registration.
In terms of occupation, students formed the largest category with 439,608 (40.63 per cent). In gender distribution, 555,872 (51.38 per cent) were male and 526,075 (48.62 per cent) female.
He said the second quarter of the exercise would begin October 4, 2021, and end December 20, 2021.
 “As provided by Section 19 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the Commission is mandated to publish the register of voters for a period of not less than five days and not more than 14 days for public scrutiny during which citizens may make claims and objections,
“In compliance with the law, the register of new voters will be displayed in the local government offices of the Commission nationwide from September 24 to 30, 2021.
“The aim is to enable citizens to assist the Commission by identifying ineligible registrants on the list ahead of the cleaning up of the register before adding the fresh registrants to the current register and printing their PVCs for future elections”, he said.
Okoye observed that ineligible registrants included foreigners and Nigerians below the age of 18. He also urged people to help the Commission identify multiple registrants and deceased persons so that they can be removed from the register.
Also, INEC placed a suspension on online pre-registration and in-person voter registrations across Lagos State.
It said the suspension was to give room for all registrants to check the appropriateness of information supplied. It said the stoppage would afford its officials the opportunity to embark on necessary housekeeping activities in preparation for the next quarter.
In a statement, yesterday, by its Head of Department, Voter Education/Publicity for Lagos, Femi Akinbiyi, INEC said online pre-registration and in-person registration exercise started on June 28, 2021, and July 26, 2021.

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LG Boss Constitutes Voters Mobilisation, Registration Committee

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Ahead the 2023 general elections, the Executive Chairman of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area, Hon Vincent Nemieboka, has constituted voters mobilisation/ registration committee across wards and communities in the area.
Hon Nemieboka urged the constituted committee members to liaise with councillors to achieve the  desired objective. 
He  made the declaration during a stakeholders meeting on voters registration at Ogu,the council headquarters, recently.
The council boss reiterated that  eligible voters utilise  the opportunity as provided by the Independent Electoral Commission ( INEC ) to register for the 2023 elections.
He said that Ogu/ Bolo under his leadership would not hesitate to  provide the logistics and enabling environment  for the exercise.
“The essence of the exercise can never be over emphasised. The electorate can decide the future of Rivers cum Nigeria with their vote,” he said.
He  further  urged the Councillors,traditional rulers, Community Development Committees and youth bodies to assist in carrying out the  awareness and stressed  the need for eligible voters to participate in the on going exercise.
The council boss urged the electoral umpire to improve on its services to avoid disefranchising eligible voters in the area. 
Describing Governor Wike’s performance in infrastructural and human capital development as unprecedented, he called for improved network in order to enhance the process. 
He was of the view  that the only way to reciprocate the Governor’ s kind gesture was to  show more support and ensure that  eligible voters do the needful.
In his remarks, the  Assistant Electoral Officer in charge of voters enlightenment , Mr Austin Jonas thanked the Chairman for organising  such event and said that it was a welcome development.
Austin said the electoral body would work in synergy with council authorities to ensure the exercise was  hitch free.
In their Separate speeches,the leader  of Ogu/Bolo Legislative Assembly, Rt Hon Thompson Ogwunna, said that  the councillors would give the Chairman necessary support to succeed in his determination to deliver democratic dividends to the people. 
Thompson, who represent, Ward 11, described the chairman as God-sent , as he urged  eligible voters on the  need to  avail themselves of the opportunity. 
The Deputy Leader, Hon Tamuno Dikibala Ofori, in his contribution, said that the councillors were working  in synergy with the executive to achieve  the aim of the exercise. 
Hon Tamuno, who represents Ward Five in the Ogu/Bolo Legislative  Assembly, also urged  his people to register for the elections.

By: King Onunwor

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