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We’ll sensitise our people on Electoral Act — Oyo Deputy Gov.



…As Senate Committee commends Makinde for massive projects in Oyo

The Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Barrister Abdulroheem Bayo Lawal, on Wednesday, declared that the state government will adequately sensitise the people of the state on the positions and gains of the amended Electoral Act 2010.

Lawal stated this while receiving the Senate Committee on Electoral Matters led by its Vice Chairman, Senator Olalekan Mustapha, on behalf of Governor Seyi Makinde.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the Deputy Governor received the Committee at the Conference Hall, Secretariat, Ibadan, noting the state will use various fora to help the Committee amplify and expand the message to the nooks and crannies of Oyo State.

He added that the country has been making progress with regards to election conduct and management.

He said, “The Electoral Act 2022 represents a significant departure from that of 2010 as amended. I happened to operate Electoral Act 2002 as a lawyer and there were various amendments up until 2010.

“Even in 2010, few alterations happened and we operated with the court, interpreting all the positions of the Act. But the worst aspect of it was the election of 2011 when incident forms were introduced in the conduct of the election. And that occasioned many manipulations to the extent that international observers declared the elections of year 2011 as imperfect in Nigeria.

“That was the only time we have heard that from international observers.

“Progressively, Nigeria is making progress with respect to electoral processes. But the recent one, even though we cannot say a piece of legislation is completely perfect, they captured all of those imperfections. We have been able to identify and codify as an Act.

“The Act of 2022 was used in the last election in Osun State and even before INEC declared results, we all knew what was coming out. INEC was only giving imprimatur of authority by declaring results.

“Respective political parties already knew the outcome of the exercise. So, this sensitisation is good and coming at an approprate time. This will make members of the public to be aware of what they are expecting to come across in the 2023 general elections

“Gone are the days of ballot box snatching, which is quite significant. Sanity is being introduced now, because parties must work hard to make sure their candidates win the election as there is no magic. As you get accredited, you vote and your votes will count and that is the hallmark of electoral transparency.

“So, we thank the Senate for making this significant amendment of the Electoral Act 2010, which is translated into different Electoral Act 2022. The sensitisation is not just about this Committee, as I believe INEC will take it upon itself a little more than what the Senate Committee is doing. This is because we must have a template across the nation to give impression that it will no longer be possible to rig election.”

The Deputy Governor equally urged political parties in the country to embrace the idea of sensitising their members on the Act so that they can be better educated.

He added, “Political parties must embrace this idea of sensitisation so that their members will be well-educated on the current position of the Electoral Act.

“As a government, I can assure you that this message will be put on various fora to help amplify and expand the message to the nooks and crannies of Oyo State.”

Earlier, the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Electoral Matters,  Senator Mustapha, said that the purpose of visit was to sensitise the Oyo State people on the Electoral Act 2022

“The last Electoral Act we had was in 2010 and there were many infractions in it. We have come so that we can let our people know that there are certain rights they don’t have to sleep upon. As it is now, activities of every party must be monitored by INEC.

“You would have noticed a lot of things going on in the country, like people trying to replace candidates but they can no longer do that. This is one of the reasons we have come around to enlighten our people and to let them know that this Act has actually returned power back to the people, and I think a lot of our people are happy with this.

“The turnout is quite impressive and participants went home with good impression of the process of electioneering in the country. We also want our people to know that everything we are doing in the National Assembly is in the interest of our people.

“We have taken note of the various progressive projects being done in Oyo State. We are happy and we really commend the government of Oyo State.”


COP28: Sanwo-Olu seeks partners on implementation of Lagos climate adaptation plan



Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Sunday called for global partnership in implementing the state climate adaptation and resilience plan.

Sanwo-Olu made the appeal while speaking in Dubai at the side event organised by the Lagos Government at the ongoing climate conference known as COP28.

The Lagos governor said the state had a huge potential in three critical areas, which the prospective partners could help to harness for global development.

The areas, the governor said, include waste management and recycling, public transportation and renewable energy.

These sectors, he noted, offer “huge opportunities” for reducing emissions and promoting sustainable practices.

The governor called on climate financiers to move from talk to action, saying it requires concerted efforts to achieve the net-zero emission target.

“We are here as a government to have commitments, there are so many talks and now is the time for action, through partnership and investment,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He, however, expressed the support of the state to the national net zero emission target.

This support, he said, was part of the state’s broader commitment to combating climate change and improving environmental sustainability.

He said Lagos was not just passively supporting the target but is actively working towards it.

According to him, the state is ahead to achieve zero net carbon emissions both in terms of preparedness and strategic actions.

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MI-35P crash: CAS visits crew, tasks personnel on resilience



The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, has visited crew members of the Nigerian Air Force MI-35P attack helicopter that crashed on Friday in Port Harcourt.

Abubakar commended the five crew members receiving treatment at the NAF medical centre in Port Harcourt, for the professional manner in which they handled the emergency.

He said that their action was commendable and a decisive factor in mitigating the extent of damage to public property and loss of lives.

The CAS, who visited the injured crew members on Sunday, directed the medical director of the centre to render first class treatment to them.

According to a statement by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the CAS also addressed troops of 115 Special Operations Group (115 SOG) during the visit.

He encouraged them to see the setback as a step for a more resilient comeback, and channeling efforts towards thwarting the activities of economic saboteurs and oil thieves in their area of operation.

He urged them not to be discouraged, saying that the hope of millions of Nigerians rest on their shoulders.

According to him, the realisation of these aspirations is hinged on their ability to combat all forms of criminality that threaten the peace and stability of the nation.

Abubakar urged all NAF personnel to regard the incident as a challenge to improve safety measures, while remaining undeterred and focused in tackling the myriads of security threats facing the nation.

“Times like these are a sad reminder of the inherent risks in military aviation, especially when flying activities, occasioned by our current security challenges, have tremendously increased.

“As we continue to fly intensively, incidents are bound to occur.

“Nevertheless, we must continue to ensure we minimize the risk factors as reasonably practicable,” he said.

He said that that 115 SOG had been well known for its gallantry and fighting spirit and the presence of the MI-35P helicopters on the battlefield had been a game changer.

According to him, the helicopters have over the years, continued to strike fear deep into the hearts of terrorists and other criminals, and at the same time boosting the morale of surface forces.

The CAS extended President Bola Tinubu’s appreciation to the personnel for their sacrifices, assuring them of improved welfare and logistics to effectively carry out their assigned duties.

He said investigation had commenced to unravel the circumstances behind the crash with a view to prevent future occurrence.

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Impactful development, solution to security challenges – Akume



The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. George Akume, says impactful development is a major solution to security challenges.

Akume said this while delivering a paper titled, “Leadership, Policy Implementation, and Development in Nigeria”.

The the paper was presented at the 12th Leadership Lecture Series organised by the Centre for Leadership and Complex Military Operations, Nigerian Defence Academy, on Saturday in Abuja.

The SGF was represented by a retired Federal Permanent Secretary, Dr Olusegun Adekunle.

He said that Nigeria, like most other nations, had grappled with security challenges for over a decade, adding that there was a nexus between leadership, policy implementation, development and security.

According to him, when a country experiences significant development in various sectors, such as education, healthcare, infrastructure, and economic opportunities, it can lead to improved security conditions.

The SGF said that development initiatives, such as job creation, entrepreneurship programmes, and investments in industries, could help alleviate poverty and reduce inequality.

This, according to him, would minimise social unrest, crime, and extremist ideologies driven by economic desperation.

He added that development projects enhance social cohesion and inclusion, promote dialogue, and address grievances by fostering inclusive societies where citizens have equal access to opportunities and feel represented.

“Development can help build trust, strengthen community bonds, and reduce intergroup tensions that may lead to conflicts.

“Investing in quality education equips individuals with skills, knowledge, and critical thinking abilities because education can promote tolerance, respect for diversity, and awareness of human rights, which are essential for building peaceful societies.

“It can also contribute to countering radicalisation and extremism by providing alternative paths for vulnerable individuals.

“Development initiatives that improve infrastructure, including roads, hospitals, schools, and access to clean water and sanitation, benefit communities in multiple ways.

“Adequate infrastructure enhances citizens’ quality of life, boosts economic activities, and provides essential services that contribute to stability and security.”

Akume added that strengthening governance systems can help prevent corruption, promote the rule of law, ensure equal access to justice, and build strong institutions capable of maintaining security and stability.

“By investing in impactful development strategies, our country Nigeria can address root causes of insecurity and mitigate the risks of conflicts and security challenges thereby create environments conducive to peace and stability,” he said.

Akume said it was important to recognise that development alone might not be sufficient and should be complemented by other measures, such as conflict resolution efforts, peacebuilding initiatives, and effective security institutions.

He said the administration of President Bola Tinubu had brought into governance, experience, energy, capacity and commitment that fits into leadership, policy and development.

According to him, six months on the saddle, the government has taken strategic steps on its eight priority areas around which policies and legislations are being developed for implementation, development and growth.

“As a way of reminder, the priority areas are food security, ending poverty, economic growth and job creation, access to capital and inclusivity,” he added.

The Director, Centre for Leadership and Complex Military Operations, NDA, Dr. Bem Audu., said the lecture series was designed to match the concept in the practice of leadership.

Audu said the series would also give the participants the opportunity to interact and understand government policies and their implemention and how they contribute to national development.

According to him, most times we make criticisms of government without actually understanding the issues involved.

“So this is a platform that we have deliberately designed to ensure that practice meet theory so that people can understand the policies of government and how they are implemented and be better aware and also contribute to development of Nigeria.

“So what we’re doing basically is to see to the extent to which we can generate this knowledge and transfer it to as many as possible, and security is the core of what we do,” he said.

Hajiya Mariam Hamza, Deputy Head of the center, said the lecture series was a platform where theory meet with practice, where ideas of shared issues were being clarified and questions been answered.

Hamza said that identifying solutions to national challenges require all hands to be on deck.

A participant, retired Lt.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, former Chief of Policy and Plans (Army), said that right leadership, and policy implementation were key to achieving development by any nation, adding that there was no one-fit solution to challenges. 

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