2019: Nuhu Ribadu Joins Adamawa Governorship Race

2019: Nuhu Ribadu Joins Adamawa Governorship Race

A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, has joined the Adamawa State governorship race.

Mr Ribadu, who ran unsuccessfully for President in 2011, announced the decision in Yola, the Adamawa State capital on Saturday.

“I am overwhelmed and moved by the show of love and support I received from my people as I declared to run for the governorship of my state today in Yola. Nagode!!,” he tweeted afterward.

He plans to challenge incumbent Governor, Bindow Jibrilla, for the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

His decision to join the race comes five days after the former EFCC boss met with President Muhammadu Buhari.

This is not the first time Ribadu will be in the race for Adamawa State’s top job.

In August 2014, he defected from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and ran for governor.

But he failed to achieve his ambition as the APC swept to victory.

#OsunDecides: Police Impound 42 Motorcycles, 3 Buses For Flouting Movement Restriction

#OsunDecides: Police Impound 42 Motorcycles, 3 Buses For Flouting Movement Restriction

Police personnel on Saturday impounded 42 motorcycles and three buses during the Osun governorship election.

The motorcycles and buses were seized movement in Ikire Town, Osun State,
for violating the restriction of movement for the poll.

Confirming the seizure, the Election CP for Ikire division, Kayode Egbetokun, said the atmosphere in Ikire could be described as being peaceful throughout the voting exercise.

He said no one was arrested for thuggery or any fracas but the motorcycles and buses of those who violated the restriction order were seized until after the election.

He said, “No arrest was made yet in this jurisdiction. But a few people who flouted the restriction order had their cars and motorcycle impounded; 42 motorcycle and 3 buses are with us now.”

#OsunDecides: Police Impound 42 Motorcycles, 3 Buses For Flouting Movement Restriction

Egbetokun

Egbetokun said the seized items would be released to the owners after the election.

“So far everything is calm in this area; even the area where fighting was recorded, my official has restored peace to the area and we are on our toes now because this is the moment when we have to be extra vigilant to avoid ballot boxes being snatched,” he said.

“I can, however, assure you that we have beefed up the security in all areas.”

#OsunDecides: Police Impound 42 Motorcycles, 3 Buses For Flouting Movement Restriction

More seized bikes

INEC Warns Against Publication Of False Result

INEC Warns Against Publication Of False Result

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned against the publication of false result from the ongoing Osun governorship election.

INEC made the announcement on Saturday through its Twitter handle.

The commission said, “Announcing or Publishing a false election result is an offence. It’s a criminal offence punishable by a term of imprisonment.

“The official #OsunDecides2018 results will be uploaded on our platforms as declared by the Returning Officer”.

The commission also insisted that it has not completely banned the use of mobile phones at the polling units but rather at the polling booths.

” We can use the INEC eReporter App report incidences or any misconduct from the field during the #OsunDecides2018 election”.

Osinbajo Launches Collateral-Free Loans For Traders In Owerri

Osinbajo Launches Collateral-Free Loans For Traders In Owerri

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has launched the collateral free loan scheme for petty traders known as TraderMoni in Owerri, the Imo state capital.

TraderMoni, which is part of the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programme, is designed to assist petty traders across the country expand their trade through the provision of collateral and interest-free loans from N10,000. The loans are repayable over a period of six months.

The micro-credit scheme under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), was first formally launched on August 7 in five markets in Lagos State – Mushin, Ikotun, Agege, Ketu, and Abule Egba areas.

A statement by the spokesman of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, explains that the micro-credit scheme has since been formally launched in eight other states, including Kano, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Katsina, Osun, Kogi, Oyo, Cross River; and Abuja (Federal Capital Territory).

While the formal launch has been activated in nine states so far, disbursements have kicked off nationwide in every state.

Under the scheme, beneficiaries can get access to a higher facility ranging from N15,000 to N100,000 when they repay N10,000 within the stipulated time period.

Also, through TraderMoni scheme, the Buhari Administration aims to take financial inclusion down to the grassroots, and uplift Nigerians at the bottom of the pyramid, considering the contribution of petty traders to economic development.

The Federal Government is also aware of the fact that many of the petty traders don’t have what the commercial banks require to grant them loans.

Petty traders from across the states have continued to laud the Buhari administration for helping them in expanding their trade and empowering them economically.

By the end of 2018, the micro-credit scheme would have reached all 36 states of the federation, with an estimated two million petty traders set to become beneficiaries.

Fact sheet: States where TraderMoni has been formally launched.

• Lagos (August 7)
• Kano (August 18)
• Abia (August 20)
• Akwa Ibom (August 21)
• Katsina (September 1)
• Osun (September 3)
• Kogi (September 8)
• Cross River (Sept 12)
• Oyo (Sept 13)
• Abuja (September 19)

Kaduna Govt Declares Free Education For Girls In Public Secondary Schools

Kaduna Govt Declares Free Education For Girls In Public Secondary Schools

The Kaduna state government has declared free education for all female students in public secondary schools in the state.

The state commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Ja’afaru Sani, stated this at a press conference in his office.

He said the objective of the policy is to increase the enrolment of young girls into school, giving their strategic role to nation-building.

The commissioner said that a directive has been sent to all the Education zonal offices and secondary schools in the state to immediately commence the implementation of the free education policy.

One of the major policies of the Governor Nasir El-Rufai administration shortly after it came to power is the series of reforms it made in the Kaduna state’s education sector.

This includes the declaration of free education for primary school pupils and recruitment of newly qualified teachers.

It had been only the primary school, pupils enjoying the free education which led to Governor El-Rufai’s decision to include secondary school girls as a way of reducing high illiteracy level in the state, especially among the female folks.

Mr Sani also disclosed that the newly recruited primary school teachers in the state will be paid their outstanding salaries by end of September this year.

In addition to clearing all the backlog of salaries, the Education Commissioner says that the state government has directed that the responsibility of paying salaries and allowances of primary school teachers be transferred from the local government councils to the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to enable teachers to get their salaries in good time.

#OsunDecides: Voting Ends, Sorting And Counting Of Ballots Commence

#OsunDecides: Voting Ends, Sorting And Counting Of Ballots Commence

Sorting and counting of ballots at polling units across Osun

Voting has officially ended in the Osun State Governorship election.

Voting ended at polling units across the state by 2 pm with only those on the line at that time expected to vote beyond the time.

Electoral officials are now sorting and counting the ballots at the polling units.
Residents of Osun State had commenced voting early across the state, with the objective of deciding who will succeed Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

People started turning out at polling units as early as 7 am and accreditation and voting commenced at polling stations visited by our correspondents in the three senatorial districts of the state by 8 am.

Activities at the polling units visited were peaceful with some voters and observers hailing the turnout as satisfactory.

Beyond affording the people of the state the opportunity to elect their governor, the election is considered as a final test for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the 2019 general elections.

There are more than 1.6 million registered voters, and three 3,010 polling units spread across 30 local government areas.

The race is also a big one as there are 48 candidates battling for the top job in the state.

An election observer with YIAGA Africa, Mr Samson Itodo, told Channels TV in the morning that the process commenced early and has gone on well so far.

“There are a few non-identification of fingerprints but what we can observe is the enhanced card reader that was deployed for this election is being used to recapture the fingerprints of voters whose fingerprints were not authenticated by the card readers. So far so good.”

He, however, said it was too early to assess the election.

More than an hour later, the president of the rights groups Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, praised the security agencies, residents of the state and the contestants for their conduct.

Odumakin, who is an observer for the election, spoke to our correspondent in Ife.

“There is massive turnout. We’ve also seen that the security agencies have displayed the highest level of professionalism for now,” she said.

She also, said the political players “have comported themselves for now” and that “INEC has lived up to expectation for now”.