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A New INEC Towards a Free-Fair 2019 Election – Educates & Trains Staffs




Ahead of the 2019 general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Tuesday commenced the training of its staff on how to analyse, mitigate and manage the escalation of violence and conflict throughout election cycles.

INEC – The electoral body said that the electoral process is by nature conflictual, fraught with several challenges that often test the skills of staff of Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs).


Its Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this in Abuja while declaring open a workshop on ‘Leadership and Conflict Management Skills for Electoral Stakeholders’, organised by the European Union (EU) Support Democratic Governance in Nigeria, European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) and EU. The workshop holds between October 23 and 27.


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Yakubu, who was represented by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Election and Party Monitoring Committee (EPMC), Ms. Antonia Okoosi-Simbine, said that in developing democracies elections are at times perceived as warfare that must be won at all cost.

He stressed that the commission had realised overtime that the cost of litigation arising from these conflicts and their negative consequences contributed in no small measure to stifling the growth and consolidation of the country’s democracy, hence, the creation of the Directorate of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

The workshop, according to him, “is aimed at looking at ways in which representatives of electoral stakeholders can improve their leadership skills and take on board means for identifying, analysing, mitigating and managing the escalation of electoral violence and conflict throughout the respective electoral cycles”.

The chairman added that a cursory examination of the typical electoral cycle reveals that every phase is fraught with potential and real dangers.

Yakubu noted that an electoral cycle, which is a tool to visualise the various cyclical electoral components with different stakeholders interacting and influencing each other in each period, is now a veritable theatre of conflict.

He said: “So much contestation surrounds our elections with little or scant respect for rule of law and due process.”

The chairman said the three basic phases in the electoral cycle namely — Pre-electoral, Electoral and Post electoral period — throw up different choices with policy implications that are not often agreeable to the various stakeholders.

“It is also within this context that one notes that the target departments as this training, that is, Election and Party Monitoring (EPM) and ADR. EPM department deals directly with political parties who are almost permanently in conflict and crisis either from without (intra and inter party conflict).

“It is in order to give an adequate attention and focus to the proper management of these conflicts that the political party complaints and liaison unit was created in EPM department,” Yakubu INEC said.

On his part, the Project Coordinator of ECES, Mr. Rudolf Elbing, said that the workshop was aimed at strengthening the leadership capacities of electoral stakeholders, increase their level of confidence and self awareness, while also providing them with necessary tools to enhance dialogue development and dialogue-based decision making throughout electoral cycle.

He noted that given the competitive nature of elections, conflicts among stakeholders are bound to occur at various stages of the electoral cycle, which could be effectively managed.

Hence, Elbing said the need to strengthen the electoral administration skills to create the conditions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability in their outcomes in areas of institutional capacity building which will in turn improve drastically on the level of integrity, and credibility of the electoral process in the face of distrust from stakeholders and help minimise risks of degeneration of electoral conflict into full blown deadly clashes


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Labour Force

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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CBN to End Forex Sales to Commercial Banks in 2022



Author: Eunice Johnson, Abuja 

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has put Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) on notice that it will stop selling forex to them by the end of 2022. CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele made this known in Abuja on Thursday at the end of the Bankers’ Committee Meeting where he also introduced the RT200 Programme.




Emefiele said the time had come for the banks to go out there and source for forex by funding entrepreneurs with ideas. The CBN, Emefiele said, will support the banks by granting rebates and other support until the banks find their feet in sourcing their forex by themselves.

He also disclosed that the apex bank’s policies and measures have led to a significant improvement in diaspora inflow from an average of US$6 million per week in December 2020 to an average of over US$100 million per week by January 2022. He added that the CBN would be reviewing these intervention programmes going forward to ensure that they continue to achieve the desired results.

He said international bodies, including some embassies and donor agencies, have been complicit in illegal forex transactions that have hindered the flow of foreign exchange into the country.


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Customs CG Deploys 37 Comptrollers as Comptroller Attah Heads Kebbi Command



Customs CG Deploys 37 Comptrollers as Comptroller Attah Heads Kebbi Command

Author: Gift Wada, Abuja

The Comptroller General of Customs Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd.) has approved the deployment of 37 Comptrollers to various Units, Departments and Commands across the country.

This was disclosed in a release signed on Tuesday by the Customs Deputy National, DC Timi Bomodi for the Comptroller General of Customs.

Among those deployed are the present National PRO of Customs Comptroller Joseph Attah who will assume the office of Area Controller of Kebbi Command, Comptroller AAS Oloyede who shall be moving from ICT/MOD to Tin Can Island Port Command, while Comptroller SI Bomoi to FCT Command. Other postings are Comptroller BA Jaiyeoba to Oyo/Osun Command, Comptroller A Dappa-Williams to Eastern Marine Command, Compt. MA Umar Kano/Jigawa, Compt. KC Egwuh ICT/MOD, Compt. LM Mark Enugu/Anambra/Ebonyi, Compt. T Tachio CTC Kano, Compt. AA Umar Western Marine, Compt. M Dansakwa North Eastern Marine, Compt. AC Ayalogu T & T and Compt. KD Ilesanmi will assume duty as Comptroller Board among others.


Ali in postings released on 7th of February, charged the newly posted Comptrollers to justify the confidence reposed in them by NCS Management by bringing to bear their years of experience and training in trade facilitation and anti-smuggling activities on their new assignment.


Given the enormous expectations of government regarding revenue generation in the current year, the Comptroller General reiterated the need for all Area Controllers and Unit heads to take full charge of the affairs of their Commands by ensuring absolute compliance with extant fiscal policies while leveraging on the efficient management of data to optimize trade facilitation and revenue collection.

Furthermore, the CGC directed all officers to be extremely vigilant in protecting the lives and wellbeing of Nigerians by ensuring the full fortification of our borders against the incursion of smugglers and other cross border criminals.

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