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INEC to deploy 1, 825 staff for Kwara By- election

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The Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Kwara on Wednesday said it was deploying a total of 1, 825 electoral staffs for the scheduled Nov. 17 House of Representative By-election in the state.

Malam Garuba Madami, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), disclosed the figure in his remarks at a stakeholders’ meeting in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.

The meeting that took place at Government Secondary School, Omu-Aran Hall of Fame, was at the instance of INEC to interact with stakeholders ahead of the election.

The By-election is in respect of Ekiti, Isin, Irepodun and Oke-Ero Federal Constituency following the death of the last occupant of the slot under the All Progressive Congress Party (APC), late Rep. Funke Adedoyin.

According to Madami, 1, 532 of the ad hock staff would be Corps members while the rest are officials of the commission and other categories of workers.

Madami, while giving the breakdown of the election statistics across the four local government areas said the councils consist of 42 Registration Areas (RAs), 330 Voting Units and 383 Voting Points.

He gave the total number of already collected Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) across the councils as 122, 656 leaving a balance of 46, 700 yet to be collected.

The INEC boss, who expressed disappointment at the low level of PVC collection in the state, urged party leaders, traditional rulers and other stakeholders to rise up to the occasion.

He described the bye-election as a litmus test for both the Commission and the contending parties ahead of the 2019 general elections, saying all eyes are on all stakeholders to deliver accordingly.

Madami also expressed the commission’s readiness to conduct a credible, free and fair election that would meet the aspirations of all stakeholders including the international community.

“Please do not exercise fear, let us conduct ourselves peacefully before, during and after the election in order to achieve the desired aims and objectives,” he said.

Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, the Olomu of Omu-Aran, represented by Chief Jide Adebayo, the Eesa of Omu-Aran, on his part, appealed to the stakeholders to join hands with the commission and security agencies in achieving the desired success.

Present at the meeting were party leaders, party supporters, security agents, traditional rulers, market women and men as well as transport union members.

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FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

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Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
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SAD… Taraba INEC REC is dead

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The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf, is dead.
INEC Secretary, Rose Oriarian-Anthony, said the REC died on Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he had been on admission.
She said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission regrets to announce the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf.
“He died last (Saturday) night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission for sometime.
He was buried today (Sunday) September 29 2019 at 4pm in Maiduguri.
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Transgender: Sade Adu’s daughter finally becomes a man (PHOTOS)

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Sade’s transgender son has shared a heartfelt message of thanks to the soul singer, as he completes his transition from female to male.

Izaak Theo Adu, born Mickailia ‘Ila’ Adu, has spent the past six months in recovery after undergoing phalloplasty surgery, the reconstructive procedure typically undergone by transgender and non-binary people.

After returning home to his family, Izaak shared a sweet photo of himself hugging Sade, 60, along with a message praising the iconic singer for her unwavering support. In the Instagram post, Izaak wrote: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! ‘Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. ‘Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou.’

Izaak is Sade’s only child from her former relationship with reggae music producer Bob Morgan.

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