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FG Approves September 16, as National ID Day

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The Federal Government has set aside September 16 every year to be observed henceforth as National Identity Day.

This is a practical move to create awareness on the importance of identification as a modern tool for national development and social cohesion.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr.

Boss Mustapha conveyed the government’s approval in a letter dated August 29, 2019 and addressed to the Director-General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr.
Aliyu Aziz.

In the letter signed on the SGF’s behalf by David K.

Gende, the Director, Planning, Research & Statistics in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mustapha conveyed government’s approval to the NIMC chief executive officer that henceforth Nigeria “should join the Coalition for International Identity Day,” in response to the latter’s earlier request.

The letter reads in part: “I am to inform you that the SGF has considered and approved (i) that Nigeria should join the Coalition for International Identity Day, which will recognise the role of identity management for proper planning, governance and efficient service delivery;

“ The National Identity Management Commission was also empowered to proceed with educational and awareness campaigns on the proposed identity day to other public and private sector stakeholders including institutions in the movement.”

By that approval therefore, Nigeria becomes the first country in the world to formally adopt September 16, otherwise called 16.9, as Identity Day (ID-Day).

Aziz said in a statement said NIMC has lined up a number of activities to formally launch Nigeria’s Identity Day on September 16, 2019 this year being the debut edition. The programme will take place in Abuja, with stakeholders from public and private sectors attending.

The ID-Day campaign was initiated at the 4th Annual Meeting of the ID4Africa Movement on April 24, 2018, in Abuja, Nigeria, as a global coalition calling for the recognition by the United Nations of September 16 – or 16.9 – as International Identity Day (ID Day) given that identity plays an increasingly important role worldwide in developed as well as developing economies.

NIMC D-G explained that: “The purpose of International Identity Day was to raise awareness about the important role identity plays in empowering individuals to exercise their rights and responsibilities fairly and equitably in a modern society.”

He added: “And we are delighted that Nigeria has become the first country in the world to declare September 16 as ID Day, thereby leading the rest of the world in this important direction.”

He explained that the choice of the date, 16 September, was in recognition of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.9 which calls for legal identity for all including birth registration by 2030.

The United Nations states that “observances contribute to the achievement of the purposes of the UN Charter and promote awareness of and action on important political, social, cultural, humanitarian or human rights issues.

“They provide a useful means for the promotion of international and national action and stimulate interest in United Nations activities and programmes.”


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“We did not Seal NLC Secretariat” – Police

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Police did not seal the secretariat of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) at Yaba, Lagos, on Monday as being rumoured, police spokesman in Lagos State, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, has said.

Hundeyin told newsmen that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Adegoke Fayoade, only went to the NLC secretariat to address protesters.

He was reacting to the rumour and giving reasons for heightened security upgrade in hotspots around Lagos on Monday.

Heavily armed police operatives were seen at Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ojota and other parts of Lagos on Monday, in readiness for a planned protest by organised labour.

The NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had scheduled a nationwide strike for Feb.

27 and Feb. 28 to protest what they called hardship currently being faced by Nigerians.

They charged that the hardship was inflicted on Nigerians following hike in prices of goods and services consequent upon the removal of fuel subsidy and the free fall of the naira.

The TUC, however, pulled out of the scheduled protest on Saturday.

Hundeyin told NAN that the police proactively arrived at the NLC secretariat and at other hotspots to ensure adequate security for planners of the strike and to prevent their procession from being hijacked by hoodlums.

“The Commissioner of Police, Mr Fayoade addressed the protesters before the procession took off in his presence.

“The procession was peaceful and without any untoward incident,’’ Hundeyin said, adding that Mr Fayoade personally monitored the security operation and the protest.

He stated that the protesters neither caused traffic obstruction nor got involved in violent activities.

He explained that the procession moved from Yaba area to Maryland, stressing that the police were with the protesters all the way.

“The protesters played their part well and did not obstruct traffic.

“The police provided adequate security and ensured the procession was not hijacked. Everything went fine.

“All the protesters have since dispersed. It has been a good day,’’ Hundeyin stressed. (NAN)

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VP Shettima Arrives Enugu for project Inauguration

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Nigeria’s Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima, on Monday arrived  Enugu State for project inauguration.

Shettima, who arrived Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu at 9.

52a.m. with a Presidential Jet 5N-FGW, was received by Gov.
Peter Mbah of Enugu Enugu, Hope Uzodimma of  Imo, Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra and Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi.

Others are Sen. Rochas Okorocha, former Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim, Traditional Rulers, Government Officials and many South-East dignitaries.

The visit is his first to the South-East since he assumed office on May 29, 2023.

He is expected to attend South-East Business Roundtable and formal launch of South-East phase of the Light Up Nigeria Project.

He is also expected to inaugurate Aba Integrated Power Project being organised by the Management of Geometric Power Limited. (NAN)

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Police College Ikeja Prepares for New Recruits in Lagos

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Police College Ikeja in Lagos State says it is prepared to start training the screened new Police constables for the next six months.

The College Spokesperson, ASP Owajulaye Saka, disclosed this on Monday in an interview in Lagos.

Saka said that ahead of the training, all the drilling instructors had started training their personnel, stressing that the college had enough instructors to take care of the trainees.

He said that the Minister of Police Affairs, Sen.

Ibrahim Gaidam, had visited for spot assessment of the institution’s facilities.

The college’s spokesperson said the minister was satisfied with what he saw but requested the management of the school to submit the list of materials needed by the institution.

Saka said the school had since submitted the list to the ministry, which included mattresses, kitchen utensils and fans for the classrooms.

NReports says that the Police Service Commission (PSC), had successfully screened no fewer than 171,956 applicants for the position of constables nationwide.

The PSC spokesperson, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, said in a statement that the successful applicants were currently receiving messages, inviting them for Computer Based Tests scheduled for Tuesday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 6th, across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Ani also said that 43,778 out of the applicants, who were successful in the specialists cadre during the screening, were expected to go through practical tests at a date to be announced soon by the commission. (NAN)

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