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INEC committee reports alleged underage voting.



Alleged underage voting

INEC Committee reports alleged underage voting.

The Committee set up by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to scrutinize the charge of Underage Voting that trailed the Local Government Area elections conducted by the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission has submitted its report.

The board in reference to a statement issued by INEC Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi in Abuja, proposed his report to INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday.

It quoted Mr. Ahmed Nahuche, Chairman of the committee, while presenting the report to Yakubu, as saying meticulous and wide meeting with stakeholders were made by the committee.

The committee was installed by INEC in February, to examine the claim of underage voting which was supposedly associated with the Voters’ Register in Kano.

Nahuche said that in carrying out the duty, the board consulted with significant stakeholders through visitations and cooperative sessions.

“The cooperative sessions included Civil Society Organizations, political parties, print and electronic media organizations as well as security agencies.

“The board, in the course of the meeting and interactive sessions, received a number of pictures, video clips, reports, documents and presentations from the stakeholders`.

“It instantly embarked on careful review and investigation of these materials in order to determine the actual link with KASIEC LGA elections.

“The committee also inspect the social media reports of pictures and video clips that triggered the outrage and the alleged participation of Underage Voting in the KASIEC LGA elections as a key area of focus for the investigation.

“The pictures and video clips were carefully analyzed by the committee,’’ he added.

Nahuche advised that the State Independent Electoral Commissions and political parties be encouraged to work towards improving electoral logistics to enhance the credibility of their respective processes and procedures.

He urged political parties to observe best practices for the sustenance of democracy.

Receiving the Report, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu commended the Committee for discharging the assignment diligently.

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Yakubu reiterated that the Commission was committed to ensuring that the voter register was purged of ineligible persons.“

“The credibility of the voter register is very important to the Commission; (and) that the outcome of the investigation, in the interest of transparency, would be shared with the general public.”

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Kogi Governor Approves Implementation of N30,000 Minimum Wage for workers



Kogi Governor Approves Implementation of N30,000 Minimum Wage for workers

Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, has approved the implementation of N30,000 as minimum wage for the workers in the state.


The secretary to the state government, Folashade Ayoade disclosed this on Tuesday after an extensive meeting with the organized labour in Lokoja


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She blamed the delay in the implementation on the inability for the committee to meet regularly due to the covid-19 pandemic which has been overcome.


The SSG equally commended the organised labour for their understanding and patience, which she said has resulted into the signing of the implementation of the new minimum wage.

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No Petrol Price Hike in June, Says FG



No Petrol Price Hike in June, Says FG

The Federal Government on Friday said it would not increase petrol price in June despite the recommendation by the Nigeria Governors Forum that the cost of the commodity is increased.

A committee set up by the Nigeria Governor’s Forum had on Wednesday recommended a petrol price of between N408.5/litre and N380/litre, and also called for immediate removal of petrol subsidy.

However, in a statement issued and signed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, in Abuja on Friday, the government ruled out the possibility of a hike in petrol price any time soon.

The minister guaranteed Nigerians that the cost of the commodity would remain the same at between N162/litre and N165/litre.

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Sylva said, “Once again it has become necessary to assure Nigerians that despite the huge burden of under-recovery, the Federal Government is not in a hurry to increase the price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) to reflect current market realities.

“The current price of petrol will be retained in the month of June until the ongoing engagement with organised labour is concluded.”

“This clarification becomes necessary in the light of recent reports regarding the resolution of the Nigeria Governors Forum to increase the pump price of petrol.” He added.

The minister stated that he would like to strongly urge petroleum products marketers, not to engage in any activity that could jeopardise the supply and distribution system in place.

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NIMC Calls for Reduced Public Panic




The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Thursday said that there is no cause for panic regarding the two weeks deadline for deactivation of subscribers identity module (sim) cards that are not linked with users’ national identity number (NIN).

The Commission explained that adequate arrangements have been made to capture the data of 200 million Nigerians within the next five years.

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It added that the steps taken so far to ensure that all subscribers have NIN in their sim cards are meant to address the security challenges facing the country.

The Commission also said the telecommunications operators would be involved in the exercise.

The Spokesman of NIMC,  Kayode Adegoke said that government has approved licensing of over 200 institutions to carry out “enrolment of Nigerians and legal residents into the national identity database on behalf of the national identity management commission.”

Adegoke said the initiative was aimed at addressing the bottlenecks associated with the capturing of citizens data by NIMC.

He added that the method would increase the enrolment centres from the current 1,000 to 10,000 across the country.

He said the NIMC is desirous of scaling up its assignment to regulatory functions after the completion of the exercise.

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