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Activist Tasks Youths On Active Participation In Politics

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Hamzat lawal, Chief Executive officer, Connect Development
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Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

Against the backdrop of the noticeable flaws in the body politics, an international election monitor, Hamzat Lawal, has charged Nigerian youths to actively participate in electoral processes and structures in order to bring about positive change.

Hamzat lawal, Chief Executive officer, Connect Development, an anti-corruption activist.co-founder of Follow The Money, gave the charge on Saturday on the sidelines of APC primary election for Kogi Central Senatorial District held in Okene, headquarters of Central District of the state.

Lawal who averred that, for the desired change to occur, the youth should change their attitudes from being passive in the democratic evolution to buy into the nitty gritty of electoral processes.

He urge them to first of all, register as a member of political parties, attend wards, local government, state and National meetings, stressing that standing on the edge would not bring meaningful governance.

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According to him, remaining aloof will be antithetical to good governance, hence, they should be part of the structure and processes of their parties.

He added that, although, all the citizenry cannot be partisan, but they could be identified with political system in order to enthroned democratic dividends.

He said, although, the nation’s democracy is very young and evolving, he was pleased with its fast growth and its high level of progress.

He commended president Muhammadu Buhari for his courage to have signed into law the 2022 Electoral law as Amended, stressed the need for INEC to be properly funded to enable her to build human capacity to ensure seamless services to the Nation.

”Our Democracy is very young, and in as much as we want it to grow very fast, we need to put all hands on deck. For the process to remain seamless, INEC must be provided with resources, so that they could build human capacity in her processes and systems. We need to ensure adequate security to guarantee safety of personnel, Sensitive materials and indeed the electorate in order to instill confidence in them to exercise their franchise.

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”For us to curtail voters’ apathy, security should be the first point of Government, as they owe us a duty as our constitutional rights” he demanded.

Lawal, who has monitored elections in Nigeria, United States, United Kingdom; Kenya and other parts of Africa, challenged politicians and lawmakers to put aside personal and selfish interests, insisting that ,even though the lawmakers are primarily concerned with law making, they should not be a judge and a jury at the same time.

He lamented at the scenario in which the lawmakers allegedly wanted to get at some categories of Nigerians through section 84 of the amended Acts, however, wanted themselves to be compulsive delegates.

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He advised the party Executives to consider the nation first in their choices of delegates and Agents and to allow them to do their work.

While condemning the use of money to buy the consciences of the delegates and all those in the election Management chain ,urge them to ensure that only those with relevant democratic credentials are allowed to fly their flags at the general elections.

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ICDA North Central: Prince Oruma Sues for Igala Unity

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The Igala Cultural Development Association, ICDA North Central Coordinator, Prince Musa Oruma has charges every Igala sons and daughters to remain united.

This is contained in a press release signed by his Advisor on Press and Publicity Prince Abdulrahman Adejoh Obaje, and made available to journalists in Zamfara State, Thursday.

Prince Oruma said, “There is need for Igala Nation to reclaim her lost glory and we can only achieve this if all igala sons and daughter should be committed to unity of all and sundry.”

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“I am ever committed to bringing cohesion to the North-Central ICDA and that is why we have gone round all the states in the north-central to ensure that we are all on the same page.

“I implore all the chairmen to be present at the inauguration of the advisory think tank slated for December 18th, 2022, so that we can have the round-table stakeholders discussion as earlier discussed.

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Prince Oruma further call on every ICDA leader to eschew bitterness and work for the betterment of Igala Nation.

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Girls’ Education: Kano Govt Disburses N1bn For Projects – Official

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The Kano State Government has so far released more than N1.02 billion for girls’ education related projects in its 2022 budget.

Hajiya Mairo Bello, the Co-chair, Girl Education Partnership, an NGO, made this known in Kano on Saturday, at the dissemination of the Kano State 2022 girl education budget performance with citizens and relevant stakeholders.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the dissemination was supported by Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), a governance programme of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

Bello explained that while N868.6 million was released for girls’ specific budget lines, N155.5 million were released for both boys and girls related education projects.

She said that of the N868. 6 million, N32.9 million was for feeding, N116.6 million for transitional examination, N177.6 million for National Examination Council, and N90 million for National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies examination.

Others, she said, included N12 million for the State Agency for Mass Education, while N132 million was released for renovations of girls’ secondary schools.

She added that N12.5 million was also released for repairs of shuttle buses for transportation of girls to school, under the state’s Girl Education Project.

She particularly commended the state government for the release of 12.5 million for the repair of 20 shuttle buses for the transportation of girls to schools within the metropolitan towns of the state.

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She explained that the development was the result of consistent advocacy to government agencies by citizens groups to push for increased investment on girls’ education.

“This is a milestone for us, because the shuttle buses will support in transporting girls from poor households to school at no cost.

“This will significantly increase girls’ access to education by removing transportation and distance barriers.

“It also provides security as a safety measure by taking the girls from their homes to school and returning them back to their houses safely.

“This, in the long run, will increase girls’ school enrolment, retention, transition, and completion,” she said.

She said that an analysis of the 2021 budget supported by PERL, shows that only three per cent of the total state budget was specific to girls’ interventions.

This, she said, prompted the citizens group to conduct series of advocacies to relevant government agencies to increase budgetary allocation for specific girls’ education interventions.

According to her, the advocacy yielded significant results with the creation of budget lines for girls’ education projects in the state.

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Bello said that one of the budget lines was N20 million for the purchase of 10 shuttle buses for Girl Education within eight metropolitan local government areas and repair of 20 grounded vehicles for the girl education pppproject.

“Another budget line was N20 million for the construction of and rehabilitation of toilets for children and students with special needs in girls’ schools across the three Senatorial Zones in the state.

“A total of N50 million was also allocated to enhance inclusive education for girls with disabilities across the state and N120 million for the recruitment of female teachers for basic and secondary schools.

“Similarly, N15 million was allocated for the construction of blocks of classrooms, provision of furniture, instructional materials, and supply of buses for girls in primary and secondary schools,” she said.

She explained that of all the allocations amounting to N225 million, N12.5 million had been released for repair of shuttle buses.

She also said that a memo for the release of N100 million for the recruitment of female teachers and N19.6 million for the renovation of toilet facilities in girls’ schools were being processed for releases.

Earlier, Hajiya Hajara Suleiman, PERL State Partnership Facilitator in the state, said that the objective of the meeting was to provide an overview and update on the girl education budget.

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She added that the meeting was also organised to disseminate findings from the relevant ministries, departments and agencies with girl specific education projects.

“The meeting was also organised to identify possible ways for further engagement with stakeholders that will facilitate budget releases and implementation of girls’ education projects,” Suleiman said.

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Several Persons Trapped As 7-storey Building Collapses at Lekki

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Six persons are reportedly trapped as a seven-storey building collapses at Lekki, Lagos State.

Zonal Coordinator South West, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.

Farinloye said that the building located at Oba Idowu Oniru Street, Lekki, was under construction when it collapsed.

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He said that six persons were apparently trapped under the rubbles of the building.

Emergency responders included the Nigerian Police Force, NEMA and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

Operations are ongoing as at the time of report.

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