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PVC collection: Delta residents lament INEC’s poor distribution, Permanent Voter Cards

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Residents of Delta State have lamented the poor distribution of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as the deadline for collection draws near.
Newsmen correspondent monitored the distribution of the PVCs in Warri South and Uvwie local government areas.
At 8:16 am, the INEC office in Warri South Local Government Area was still locked, with many sitting down under a canopy waiting to be attended to. No staff was seen, and the office was under lock and key.
An 80-year-old man, Engr. Felix Omogbolu, in a chat with DAILY POST said, “I am here to collect my Permanent Voter Cards. When I got here, they said I should sit down and wait because people will resume work by 9 o’ clock. That’s why I’m here sitting down and waiting.”
Engr. Omogbolu, who noted that the INEC had not resumed work by 8 am, expressed surprise that government workers resumed at 9 am.
He said he had been at the INEC office a number of times but he was not attended to. According to him, “they said that the card is not ready. That we should hold on. But we heard in the radio yesterday and this morning that everything is ready and getting here now, they said the people will resume work by 9.”
Engr. Omogbolu opined that INEC is not adequately distributing/issuing the PVC well to the satisfaction of Nigerians, stressing that the time for the deadline is fast running.
Also at the INEC office in Warri, Mr Lucky Memuduaghan, who was at the office for the collection of his PVC, in a chat with our correspondent said the process is not encouraging.
He said, “As of this time, the staff are not here. People are just here queing.”
Memuduaghan said he had visited the INEC office to collect his PVC, but the responses he got are always the same.
“They (INEC) just go about painting pictures that people don’t come to collect their Permanent Voter Cards whereas, they don’t make themselves readily available to come and go through the process for people to collect their cards unhindered,” he said.
He equally called on INEC authority to improve their services, alleging that the INEC staff may be deliberately trying to prevent Nigerians from collecting their PVCs.
“At the end of the day, they will go to the media and say people don’t come to collect their cards,” he said.
At the INEC office at Uvwie Local Government Area, staff were seen attending to people.
A 78-year-old man, Mr. Peter Itoro, commended the INEC staff for attending to them, saying they gave him preference to come inside as an elderly person to be attended to.
INEC Desk Officer for PVC Collection in Uvwie Local Government Area, Nwabuzor Dumbiri, told this medium that they resumed early in their office to attend to all eligible voters.
“This is the way we are doing it. As you can see, some people came very early and wrote their names down. So, the first thing we are doing, we allow those that came very early to come in first with the name they wrote by themselves.
“Then, if we see somebody heavily pregnant, one who is carrying a little baby, breastfeeding mothers, aged man or woman, persons with disabilities, we give them preference. Like the man sitted here now. Then, by the time we finish calling some of the names that was written early, we will open the gate, allow everyone in to stay according to their wards,” he said.
He explained that the people who have been allowed in will have to stand according to their ward, stressing that the stipulated time for the PVC Collection is from 9 am – 3 pm.
According to him,”from tomorrow 6th -15th, we will be going to ward to ward distribution of PVCs. No more coming to INEC office to collect there PVC till on the 22nd January 2023 when everything about PVC collection will close. Depending on if INEC may want to extend the closing date for PVC collection.”

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3 injured as 2 armed drones from Lebanon explode in Israel

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Two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Lebanon carrying explosives exploded in northern Israel on Tuesday, lightly injuring three people, Israeli authorities said, amid heightened tensions between Israel and Iran and its allies.

The Israeli military said in a statement that the armed drones crossed from Lebanon into Israeli territory and exploded in the area of Beit Hillel in the Galilee.

Three people sustained light injuries, Israel’s state-owned Kan reported.

The drones did not trigger air raid sirens, and the military said the incident was under review.

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CBN expresses commitment to harnessing digital technologies

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The Central Bank of Nigeria says it is committed to harnessing the power of digital technologies to enhance financial inclusion.

Mr Yemi Cardoso, CBN Governor, said this on Tuesday in Abuja, during a strategic institutions tour by participants of Senior Executive Course 46 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).

Cardoso, who was represented by Dr Bala Bello, Deputy Governor, Corporate Services, said that digital technologies would also boost productivity and create an enabling environment for innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive.

According to him, the apex bank has already deployed robust digital technologies in driving most of its processes towards achieving optimal performance.

He said that NIPSS, as a foremost national policy think-tank, had made invaluable contributions to the socio-political and macroeconomic development of Nigeria.

“We are, therefore, not surprised at the apt and relevant choice of your research theme.

“The CBN and NIPSS have had a long-standing and robust working relationship since the establishment of the institute. This has culminated into positive mutual benefits for the two institutions.

“The CBN, on the one hand, has provided infrastructural support to the institute through construction of an auditorium and a hostel, in addition to the provision of technical support.

“On the other hand, NIPSS has supported the technical capacity of the CBN through the training of some personnel both at senior executive course level and intermediate course cadre,” he said.

The Director-General of NIPSS, Prof. Ayo Omotayo, said that the study visiting would be representing the institute in getting information from operators of the apex bank on the relevance of digital technology to developing jobs for Nigerian youths.

According to Omotayo, a lot of progress has been made globally in using digital systems to run the economy.

“The more of our activities that we can put in digital format, the more we get the opportunity of providing employment access to a whole lot of the 120 million active Nigerians.

“We at NIPSS always knock at the frontiers of knowledge, checking what is going to happen in the immediate future.

“We are working towards a system where we believe that almost every service can be delivered digitally,” he said.

The Acting Director, Monetary Policy Department of the CBN, Dr Lafi Bala Keffi, commended the NIPSS study group for its interest in the apex bank.

She urged the participants to explore the time-tested culture of NIPSS, which is to diagnose national, profer practical solutions and recommend ways of making such solutions realisable.

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NCAA suspends licences of 3 private jet owners

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Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended licences of three Permit for Non-Commercial Flight (PNCF), otherwise known as private jet owners, over alleged failure to comply with regulatory requirements.

Acting Director-General of NCAA, Capt. Chris Najomo, disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos.

Najomo said that after issuing a stern warning to the PNCFs in March, the authority deployed its men to monitor activities of private jet owners at airport terminals across the country.

He said that consequent upon the heightened surveillance, three private operators were found to have violated the annexure provisions of their PNCF and Part 9114 of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations, 2023.

Najomo further stated that NCAA would be carrying out a re-evaluation of regulatory requirements compliance of all PNCFs owners within the next 72 hours.

This, he said, this was in line with the authority’s zero tolerance for violations of regulations.

“In line with our zero tolerance for violation of regulations, the authority has suspended the PNCF of these operators.

“To further sanitise the general aviation sector, I have directed that a re-evaluation of all holders of PNCF be carried out on or before April 19, to ascertain compliance with regulatory requirements.

“All PNCF holders will be required to submit relevant documents to the authority within the next 72 hours,” he said.
Najomo recalled that in 2023, the use of private jets for commercial purposes had gotten the attention of the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN), who issued marching orders for cessation of such acts.

He said that in March, NCAA issued a stern warning to holders of the permit for non-commercial flights, PNCF, against engaging in the carriage of passenger cargo or mail for hire and reward.

Najomo said that the riot act was also directed at existing Air Operator Certificate (AOC) holders who utilised aircraft listed on their PNCF for commercial charter operations.

“It must be emphasised that only the aircraft listed in the Operation Specifications of the AOC are authorised to be used in the provision of such charter services.

“Any of those AOC holders who wish to use the aircraft for charter operations must apply to the NCAA to delist the affected aircraft from the PNCF and include it into the AOC operations specification.

“NCAA wishes to reiterate to the travelling public not to patronise any airline charter operator who does not hold a valid AOC issued by the NCAA, when they wish to procure charter operation services,” he said.

The NCAA boss, thereafter, encouraged legitimate players in the aviation industry to promptly report such illegal activities to the authority for necessary action.

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