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Census: NPC trains journalists in Plateau

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The National Population Commission (NPC) has trained journalists in Plateau ahead of the April 2023 census.

The NPC Federal Commissioner in the state, Mrs. Cecilia Dapoet, said on Monday in Jos that the workshop focused on effective ways that journalists could report and enlighten the public on the exercise.

Dapoet, represented by the state Director, NPC, Mr. Pam Deme, said that the media had an important responsibility to properly educate and enlighten Nigerians on the need to support the successful conduct of the census.

She said that the capacity building workshop for journalists in the state was important as the commission could not achieve the task alone.

“The aim is to train the journalists on effective ways to report and enlighten the public on the exercise.

“It is to equip the media on how to properly enlighten the public on the difference between election and census and improve on the quality of their content,” he said.

Dapoet said the training would also neutralise the negative prejudices and misrepresentation about census among Nigerians.

Deme, in a paper on: “Processes and Methodology of the 2023 Population Census”, said that the 2023 population and housing census would leverage full digital methodology through mobile application devices.

He said that there was a shift in the method of census-taking which implied that a change on how data on population and housing information were to be captured.

The state chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Paul Jatau, lauded the commission for the workshop.

He pledged on behalf of the journalists to give the exercise accurate reportage.

Similarly, the state chairperson of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs. Nene Dung, urged government to use the data on women, children and the vulnerable to plan for their welfare and inclusiveness in governance.

Dung regretted that women were always sidelined in spite of representing a larger percentage of the population and hoped that the outcome of the census would lead to the desired change.

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Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves surge by 5% to $33.58bn

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Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves increased by 5 percent to $33.58 billion in the last two months.

This is according to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN’s latest FX data as of June 19, 2024.

Accordingly, the foreign exchange reserves figure represents a $1.47 billion increase compared to $32.11 billion on April 19, 2024.

The Monetary Policy Committee, MPC during its 295th meeting reiterated its commitment to boosting Nigeria’s external reserves.

“The Committee also noted the marginal increase in the external reserve balance between March and April 2024 and urged the Bank to sustain its focus on accretion to reserves”, reads in part.

Recall that the Nigerian government received $925 million from Afrieximbank barely two weeks ago as the $3.3 billion crude oil-backed prepayment facility organized by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.

Meanwhile, despite the increase in the country’s foreign reserves, Naira depreciated N1485.36 for the second consecutive time against the dollar on Thursday.

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Ondo Govt breaks silence after court declared 33 LCDAs illegal

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Following the judgment of an Ondo State High Court which declared the creation of the 33 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, as unconstitutional, the state government has stated that it is studying the judgement.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Kayode Ajulo, in a statement on Friday, said the state government would duly analyze the judgement, adding that the rule of law would be followed.

The late former Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu created the LCDAs in 2023.

But in his judgement on Thursday, Justice A.O. Adebusuoye stated that the LCDAs were not lawfully created.

According to Ajulo, the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgement has been requested and will be studied accordingly.

“All necessary measures, in accordance with our laws, will be taken to safeguard the interests of our citizens, foster peaceful coexistence, and uphold the rule of law.

“The Honourable Attorney General remains steadfast in his commitment to prioritising the well-being and welfare of our citizens, working tirelessly to ensure that justice and the law are served.”

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Nigeria Customs generates N249b within 5 months in Rivers

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Area 2 Command, Onne in Rivers, said it has generated more than N249 billion as at May, 2024 representing 40.3 per cent of its current annual revenue target.

Comptroller of the command, Muhammed Babandede, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen at Onne.

According to him, the 40.3 per cent revenue record followed a recent review of the command’s annual revenue target from N494 billion to N618 billion.

The comptroller noted that when compared to the same period in 2023, the command had recorded an increase of more than N153 billion.

He also said that six containers laden with codeine, contraband drugs and goods valued at more than N3 billion were also confiscated within the period under review.

He said that the seizures included four containers laden with bales of clothing, lace and fabrics with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of more than N911 million.

Others, the controller said, were two containers laden with 2,625 cartons of codeine syrup among other contraband valued at more than N2 billion.

Babandede commended the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for inter-agency collaboration while also assuring adequate handover of seizures.

He also emphasised that the command would not relent on its core function of trade facilitation which entailed streamlined and simplified technical and legal procedures for clearing import or export goods.

On the operations of bonded terminals, the comptroller explained that the final destination for clearing of consignment was at the importer’s discretion.

“These procedures are guide which all Customs officers must adhere to.

“This negates the erroneous belief that officers of the Onne command connive with operators of Bonded Terminals to transfer containers,” he said.

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