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Over 1milliom Old PVCs, 28,000 New Ones Uncollected in Lagos — INEC



INEC makes U-turn, admits ownership of server

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State, has revealed that a total of 1,091,157 old Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) are still uncollected by their owners in the state.

The commission also said that after two months it flagged off distribution of  34,242 newly printed PVCs for new registrants, only 6, 382 applicants had come for collection across the state.

Mr Olusegun Agbaje, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC,  made this disclosure at the Stakeholders’ Meeting on Election with leaders of political parties, on Tuesday in Ikeja.

Agbaje, who described as worrisome the low rate of PVCs collection across the 20 local government areas, added that the turnout for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) was not impressive at the start.

This development, he said,  puts the state at fifth position nationwide in the number of new registered voters.

He said: “The low rate of PVC collection in Lagos State is worrisome as only 6,382 PVCs out of 34,242 received from the Commission’s Headquarters for the first and second quarters CVR had been collected by their owners. This is just 18.6 per cent.

“Similarly for the old PVCs, a total of 1,091,157 are still uncollected by their owners.

“In view of the foregoing, I want to strongly urge you to continue to assist the Commission in mobilising the eligible citizens residing in Lagos State that are yet to collect their PVCs to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the ongoing collection of PVCs at the INEC LGA offices where they registered to collect their PVCs.

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“As anyone without the PVC cannot vote during any election.”

The INEC boss, who hinted that the June 30 deadline for the ongoing CVR would slightly be extended, cautioned political leaders against do-or-die politics.

According to him, this has become stock in trade of some politicians who want to win elections by all means including violence, malpractices, thuggery and all other election vices.

Agbaje said that INEC was more worried that Lagos State was one of the most violent states during the last primary elections with five people reportedly killed in two local fovernment areas.

“We cannot continue like this. Therefore, all hands must be on deck with the political party leaders at the forefront to make Lagos State one of the most peaceful states during electioneering campaigns and elections in 2023.

“The political class must change her do or die attitude to good conduct in politics by doing away with all election vices including destroying the bill boards of opponents, using vulgar languages during campaigns and using thugs to harass political opponents.

“It is important to stress that the inability of the political parties to imbibe the culture of genuine internal party democracy is unhealthy for the electoral process.

“If we must achieve our collective goal of building a durable democratic culture, political parties must embrace the culture of sincere internal party democracy while also avoiding all forms of contraventions to the extant laws,” he said.

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Agbaje, who decried voter apathy, urged the party leaders to increase political awareness.

He said that increased political education would no doubt increase the PVC collection rate and check voter apathy that had characterised past elections in the state.

According to him, only 1,156,590 out of 6,570,291 registered voters (17.6 per cent) participated in the 2019 General Election in Lagos State while only 104, 405 out of 1,343, 448 registered voters (7.8 per cent) participated in the 2020 Lagos East Senatorial District bye-election.

Agbaje, who noted that INEC was working assiduously round the clock toward ensuring the successful conduct of the 2023 elections, said that the commission would continue to focus on its mandate, guided by its mission and vision.

He said: “The Commission will equally as usual, remain an unbiased umpire in dealing with all political parties in Lagos State.

“It is imperative to once more enjoin all stakeholders to play strictly by the rules as part of our collective efforts towards ensuring the successful conduct of the general election.

“It is pertinent to note that the Commission has also taken a bold step in her ongoing efforts to inject technological impetus into the electoral system and has further strengthened the voting process for the conduct of very free, fair, credible and acceptable elections by introducing the Bi-modal Voter Authentication System (BVAS).”

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He said in Lagos State, 640,786 eligible voters had done the online registration before it ended on  May 30, but as at June 20, only 338,955 had completed their registration.

He said that the commission was making frantic efforts toward ensuring that all eligible citizens were captured before the end of the CVR.

Speaking, Mr Philip Aivoji, the Chairman, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos State, called on INEC to further decentralise the CVR and PVCs distribution.

According to him, centralisation of CVR and PVCs can disenfranchise millions of eligible voters.

Aivoji urged INEC to compile and publish list of uncollected PVCs and engage political parties’ leaders in each local government to meet their owners.

Also, Mr Moshood Mayegun, the Deputy Chairman, APC in Lagos State, said that the party leaders were putting machinery in place to mobilise applicants.

He advised INEC to engage community associations.

Mr Ibrahim Adeoye, the State Organising Secretary of Young Progressive Party (YPP), called on INEC to embrace technologies fully in electoral processes,above the use of BVAS only.

This, he said, would help to curb stress in registration and electoral violence.

In his remarks, Mr Olusegun Mobolaji, Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC), Lagos State, said that INEC needed to do more in decentralisation of CVR and PVCs.

He pledged that party leaders would work with INEC. (NAN)


Bello Inaugurates Planting of 3,000 Hybrid Shea Trees in Niger




Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger on Wednesday inaugurated the planting of 3,000 hybrid shea trees aimed at increasing the number of shea trees for economic transformation of the state.

Bello, while inaugurating the project at the Beji Parkland in Kodo, Bosso Local Government Area of the state, explained that the project was a pilot scheme in collaboration with the National Shea Products Association of Nigeria (NASPAN).

He explained that the global shea butter market had grown rapidly due to increased demand in making confectioneries, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products, amongst others.

Bello said that the state with the highest number of shea trees in the world would harness the comparative advantage of the economic trees and the value-chain which had potential of engaging thousands of women and youths across the state.

He said that 3,000 of the trees would be planted in phase one of the project to cover 20 hectares of land in which each hectare would accommodate 150 seedlings of the shea trees.

“The shea trees have some distinctive features such as short gestation period of five to seven years from the traditional 15 to 20 years. It also produces quality shea fruits and in more quantities.

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“Therefore, this hybrid trees have the potential to turn around the economic fortunes of the state and Nigeria at large,” the governor said.

He noted that through commercialisation of the seedling nursery, youths and women would be trained and equipped, leading to the development of shea seedlings particularly in shea communities around the Beji Shea Parkland.

Bello appealed to the host community to protect the project, saying that the law prohibiting felling of economic trees in the state had been in place to punish individual or group of people engaged in felling of economic trees.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Environment and Forestry, Dr Daniel Habila, decried the level of deforestation by some individuals, saying that the project would change the narrative.

“The shea trees will not only bring economic benefits to the state but will bring climate change mitigation benefits that will minimise the environmental impacts from carbon prints,” he said.

In his goodwill message, Alhaji Muhammad Ahmed, the National President of National Shea Products Association of Nigeria (NASPAN), said the project was initiated due to prevent indiscriminate felling of shea trees.

Ahmed noted that the project was targeted to plant 10 million shea trees in the next 10 years.

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He said farmers would be allowed to farm on the Parkland while taking care of the shea trees, saying that the project would be spread across other communities in the state. (NAN)

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NPA seeks Partnership with Media to Publicise Port Activities




The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has solicited partnership with the media to positively project its activities, particularly at the Calabar Port to Nigerians and the world.

The NPA Calabar Port Manager, Chief Festus Olumati, said this in Calabar on Wednesday when he received the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Cross River State Council in his office.

According to him, the insinuation that Calabar Port is dead is not true.

He said that the port recently received a large vessel and is currently expecting more of such vessel.

The port manager noted that this was coming after three years, saying that efforts were being made to see that importers nearby patronised the port.

Olumati said, “You will recall that activities at the Calabar Port were boosted recently as a general cargo vessel berthed with 204 heavy-duty trucks, pipes and other containers.

“The port is still viable and of economic benefit to the state and to Nigeria and it is safe for berthing, hence the need for customers to patronise it to clear their general containers.

“The significance of the berthing of this vessel is to tell the world that Calabar port is active and working. The rumour going round that nothing is happening in Calabar Port is not true.”

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Olumati said that some infrastructure were being put in place to ensure the safety of vessels and others patronising the port.

“We have installed 36 buoys to give proper direction to vessels coming into the port and also security boats and marine police have been approved for the port,” he stated.

Speaking on the need to patronise the port, the manager said that the management was talking with stakeholders.

“We have resumed discussions with importers in Aba, Nnewi, Anambra and others to make them understand why they should start patronising Calabar port.

“The Nigerian Export Processing Zone was built in Calabar because of this port and not because of Port Harcourt.

“It will make more meaning for importers around here to patronise Calabar port instead of Lagos or Port Harcourt,” he said.

On the dredging of the port, he said that it would resume once the issues around it were settled out of court.

Earlier, the NUJ Chairman, Mr Gill Nsa, promised the management of the port that newsmen would be fair and just in their reportage of the port’s activities. (NAN)

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Envoy Lauds NADDC for reviving Automotive Industry




The Nigerian Ambassador to Japan, Mr Husaini Moriki, has commended the Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr Jelani Aliyu, for reviving the Nigerian Automotive Industry.

Moriki made the commendation during Nigeria’s delegation meeting with key Japanese automotive manufacturers in Japan.

According to him, Aliyu had successfully brought many reform initiatives to the industry that have yielded results in terms of investment capacity building of Nigeria’s auto industry players.

The ambassador, therefore, urged the Japanese companies to identify areas of focus that the companies would like the Nigerian government to intervene in.

Moriki added that the intervention will be aimed at providing a better business environment

He said that this cannot come at a better time than now when the National Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) and the Auto Policy were being reviewed by the council.

He urged the Japanese companies to collaborate with the council in training of Nigerian youths at the 18 Automotive Training Centers built by the council across the country.

Speaking earlier, the NADDC boss called on Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Suzuki and Yamaha to set up mega production and assembly plants in Nigeria.

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According to him, Honda West Africa, Nissan/Stallion, Toyota/Elizade, Mitsubishi/CFAO, Suzuki/Boulos, Isuzu/Kewalrams and Yamaha/CFAO were already building vehicles in the country.

Aliyu said, “these larger investments would come at a time when the need for diversification in Nigeria is paramount to the country’s economy as the population continues to grow.”

The DG added that the Africa Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA, was also opening up Africa-wide opportunities for Nigerian automotive manufacturers.

“The discussions with the companies were very fruitful, with strong potential for the various manufacturers to significantly increase their operations and market footprint in Nigeria.

“This will contribute at an even higher level to the growth and
sustainability of the Nigerian Automotive space,” Aliyu dis.

He added that the council had engaged an international firm, KPMG, to support with the review of the Auto Policy.

This, he said, is in order to beef it up to the current pattern of global and regional automotive production and distribution.

He said: “KPMG is getting good support from the AAAM – African Association of Automotive Manufacturers.

” As soon as the draft policy is done by KPMG, it shall go as an executive bill to the National Assembly.

“The Senate and House Committees on Industry are giving their full support towards having this reviewed policy be backed by a legal framework.”

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While highlighting some of the key areas of the reviewed policy, Aliyu said ”when the draft becomes law, it would further boost the financial advantages of local production/assembly.

“It will also provide clear import duty differential between locally
assembled vehicles and those imported fully built and also provide tax waivers.

“Other key areas would include facilitating the establishment of dedicated customs corridors/services, provision of single digit capital financing for both manufacturers and buyers.

“It will also entail mandatory government patronage, all in favour of local production/assembly,”Aliyu added.

On his part, the Chairman, House of Represenatatives Committee on Industry, Mr Enitan Badru, promised to provide necessary legislative support to the new auto policy.

He said,”so that it gives the investors the confidence and stability to invest in Nigeria.”

Badru underscored the importance of the vehicle financing scheme, saying it would bolster the purchase of locally produced vehicles. ( NAN )

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