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GDI Inaugurates Lagos Chapter

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The Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI) has inaugurated its local government executives members in Lagos State.
Lagos State Co-ordinator, GDI, Mr Richard Oru, made this known at the inauguration exercise of the local government executive officials in the state last Thursday in Lagos, saying the development is to push for Chief Wike’s presidential ambition in 2023.
He said, “today we have come together to establish GDI in Lagos and in this place, we have all the LGA chairmen and the state exco members which constitute of 39 members that form the excos.
“The reasons why we have come together to form GDI in Lagos is that we have come to support His Excellence, Gov. Nyesom Wike for his presidential ambition in 2023.
“We are poised to give him all the support and we are ready to position and grow membership in all LGs and wards across the Lagos State and even in very remote environments.
“We are sure that we will definitely push this movement to a very strong force”.
Oru said he believed that the group would become one of the most formidable ones in terms of independent political groups initiative ideology”.
The group leader said he had initiated and inaugurated LGA coordinators and the state excos had given them the structure to follow so they would go home and come up with their members.
According to him, “We will also follow them up to ensure that the LGA and wards exco members comprise members that can perform and grow the membership even in the remote areas.
Oru noted that the group was looking at raising funds from well-meaning Nigerians that they had spoken to about Wike’s presidential ambition.
“Hence, because of the love that they have for him, they have given us the assurance that they will support us to ensure that this comes to limelight”.
“Their support was to ensure that such man is giving the opportunity to serve the country as the president of Nigeria.

By: Kevin Nengia

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FG Activates Passport Tracking System

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The Federal Government has activated a passport tracking system that allows applicants to monitor and know the status of their application online.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said this during the passing out parade of the 47th Basic Superintendent Course, 2021/2022 at Nigerian Immigration Service training school, Kano, yesterday.
“One of the challenges of the NIS in recent past is in the issuance of the Nigerian passport. I am however, happy that we have overcome this and have now put in place a seamless passport administration system.
“We have also activated a tracking system that allows applicants to monitor and know the status of their application online,” he explained.
Represented by Commissioner, Civil Defense, Customs, Fire Service and Immigration Board, Emmanuel Bassey said before the end of the year, the service would have a fully digital application system that would remove any stress in the process.
“Let me reiterate my appeal to Nigerians to follow laid down regulations on passport application by going through the NIS online portal.
“Those who go through touts and unscrupulous NIS officials are undermining our effort to eliminate corruption and institute a stress-free application system.
“It is, therefore, your patriotic duty to go through the official channel and avoid any practice that subverts the due process,” he noted.
The minister said that their engagement into the Nigeria Immigration Service reaffirmed government’s commitment to strengthening internal security of which our borders were an integral part of.
According to him, without secure borders, no security measure can work, external criminally minded persons can infiltrate the country and escape at will, if the borders are not well secured.
He said that diseases spread also from one country to the other through cross border movements.
Aregbesola urged the personnel to put the training and indoctrination to use in manning the boarder.
“You need to know what the organisation you have joined, the NIS, is all about.
As you have been taught, your main mission is to man the nation’s borders,” he added
He lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his support to the ministry and by extension the Nigeria Immigration Service.
The minister also commended the Acting Comptroller General of the NIS for his professionalism, diligence, patriotism and the sterling way he had handled the affairs of the Service since his assumption of duty.
Earlier, the acting Comptroller General of the service, Idris Jere, advised the officers to always be guided by the rules governing the operations of the service premised on honesty and professionalism.
Jere thanked the minister of interior and the Federal Government for the continuous support accorded the service in its operations and manpower development activities.
Speaking also, the Commandant of the school, Comptroller Ado Rano, stated that the 548 cadets were taken through modern Border Security and Migration Management trainings, including physical drills to make them fit for the tasks ahead.
He stressed that members of the directing staff of the school demonstrated uncommon commitment during the course and thanked the CGI for the opportunity.
Hheads of security agencies, traditional rulers and members of the public graced the occasion.

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I’ll Represent You Effectively, Banigo Assures Rivers West Senatorial Zone …Hails Justice Nyesom-Wike On Birthday

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has assured the people of the Rivers West Senatorial District of effective representation at the Senate come 2023.
Banigo stated this shortly after being declared winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Rivers West Senatorial District Primaries at Ahoada East, last Monday.
The deputy governor expressed gratitude to the delegates and the entire leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state and Rivers West Senatorial District for their support in her emergence as the flag bearer of the party in the upcoming elections, stressing that the exercise was transparent and hitch-free.
“Accreditation was very smooth I want to thank all the delegates of the Rivers West Senatorial District who came out in their large number to show you the acceptability of our great party the PDP, this shows that we are very much on ground. You can be sure that I will represent you very much effectively in Jesus name,” the deputy governor stressed.
Earlier, the Returning Officer, Hon. Anthony Okeah had declared Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, the winner of the Rivers West Senatorial District Primaries, who scored a total of 264 votes.
In another development, Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo has felicitated with Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike as she marked the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of her birthday, yesterday.
In a statement in Government House, Port Harcourt, Banigo described Hon Justice Nyesom-Wike as a God-fearing virtuous woman, caring mother and devoted wife of Governor Nyesom Wike.
According to the deputy governor, Hon. Justice Nyesom-Wike has contributed immensely to the success story of Governor Wike over the years, which has translated to his superlative performance as the best governor Rivers State has been blessed with.
She wished the first lady of the state many happy returns, and prayed the Almighty God to continue to protect, guide, bless and lift Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike many happy years ahead.

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NPC Plans Digital Census In 2023 Seeks Army’s Support

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The National Population Commission (NPC) has said that it was ready to deploy digital equipment for the conduct of the 2023 National Population and Housing Census.
The Federal Commissioner in charge of Bayelsa State, Mrs. Izonfuo Gloria disclosed this at the opening ceremony of second level management training workshop for staff of the commission in the South-South zone in Port Harcourt.
Gloria, who represented the Zonal Director of the commission, Dr Ipalibo Harry said the commission was determined to ensure that the results of the exercise was credible and accepted by Nigerians and the international community.
She said a good knowledge of the processes as well as the census document was key to the success of the exercise.
Also speaking, the Director, Data Administration and Zonal Coordinator, Prince Abubeka Afegbua, said the use of digital technology in the conduct of the exercise would reduce human errors.
He said the commission expects its staff to key into the drive and the processes.
According to him, the commission was using hybrid technology in the conduct of the exercise.
Earlier, Rivers State Director of the exercise, Madam Barika Nwineh, said it was important that management staff of the commission be adequately trained and acquainted with the activities and having good knowledge of the census document, the techniques and the organisation of the census materials.
According to her, “The objective of the training is to ensure that the state directors, comptrollers and other senior management staff are exposed to detailed principles and methodologies for a successful census in the country”.
She also said that the training would provide a platform to train key personnel at the state and local government levels.
“During the training, areas of concentration will be on management rules, regulation and procedures that are necessary for the implementation of census taking”, she said.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), Mr Nasir Isa-Kwarra, yesterday, solicited the support of the Nigerian Army to conduct the pre-census exercise and the main census in 2023.
Isa-Kwarra made the call when he led the management team of the commission on courtesy visit to the Army Headquarters in Abuja.
He said that NPC required the collaboration of the Nigerian Army to carry out its assignment considering the security challenges bedevilling the nation.
NPC boss said the Nigerian Army had continued to play important role in providing security for its officers on the field bearing in mind the volatile nature of some parts of the country.
“We are here to solicit your continued support as we continue to carry out other sensors exercises that will lead to the national census in April, 2023.
“We want to also engage with you to make sure that we deliver to Nigerians an accurate and generally acceptable census come 2023.
“Our job entails a lot of fieldwork and because of the current security challenge, we cannot go anywhere without the support of your men,” he said.
Isa-Kwarra said the delineation exercise had been completed in 774 local government areas remaining Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State and Abadem in Borno because of security challenge.
He also called on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya to direct commanders of the various formations to grant access to census officials to count Army structures during census.
Responding, the Chief of Army Staff, Farouk Yahaya, pledged to ensure adequate support for the commission in carrying out its assignments, adding that army had always supported all government agencies towards national objectives.
He said that both army and NPC were partners in progress in pursuing national agenda, especially the responsibilities for the population census.
Yahaya said that population census remained an important ingredient in national development, saying the data generated from the census would also be useful in the efforts to ensure national security.
“Be rest assured that the Nigerian army will continue to support you any time because this is a national call. So, anytime you come calling, we are ready willing to provide security and support for your job,” he said.

By: John Bibor

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