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Sourabh Chandrakar nega veementemente a acusação na fraude da aplicação Mahadev

Sourabh Chandrakar insiste que os meios de comunicação corrijam a narrativa predominante e oferece total cooperação para garantir que a justiça seja feita

DELI, Índia, Oct. 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sourabh Chandrakar, que recentemente enfrentou graves acusações relacionadas com a Aplicação Mahadev, afirma veementemente que não tem qualquer envolvimento no suposto esquema de fraude financeira. Lamenta profundamente ter sido erroneamente implicado e retratado como o orquestrador por trás dessa operação.

Afirma firmemente que essas alegações carecem de qualquer fundamento e são um esforço para manchar a boa reputação de um cidadão íntegro. Sublinha que desfrutar de um estilo de vida confortável não deve ser mal interpretado como prova do seu envolvimento em atividades ilegais.

Insiste que todos os meios de comunicação considerem estes factos, corrijam a narrativa predominante e direcionem os recursos para os verdadeiros infratores. Está empenhado em oferecer a sua total cooperação às autoridades para garantir que a justiça seja feita e a verdade prevaleça sem manchas.
Apela a uma investigação justa e imparcial sobre o assunto, sublinhando o seu compromisso de cooperar plenamente para levar os verdadeiros autores à justiça.

Sobre Sourabh Chandrakar

Na Índia, a empresa de Sourabh Chandrakar, “Juice Factory”, tem 25 filiais em Bhilai, Chhattisgarh.

Vem de uma origem humilde e tem gerido vários negócios relacionados com FMCG, construção, subcontratação e desenvolvimento no Médio Oriente, juntamente com vários parceiros e marcas.

A sua experiência de empreendedor no Médio Oriente é a “Empire One Global Real Estate”, onde detém o cargo de Codiretor-geral. Tanto o Sr. Uppal como o Sr. Chandrakar têm criado valor além do setor imobiliário para os seus clientes do Médio Oriente Médio e em todo o mundo.

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Sourabh Chandrakar nie avec véhémence les accusations liées à l’arnaque de l’application Mahadev

Sourabh Chandrakar exhorte les médias à rectifier le discours dominant et s’engage à coopérer pleinement pour garantir que justice soit rendue

DELHI, Inde, 13 oct. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — M. Sourabh Chandrakar, qui a récemment fait face à de graves accusations liées à l’application Mahadev, affirme fermement qu’il n’est en aucune façon impliqué dans le stratagème de fraude financière présumé. Il regrette profondément d’avoir été impliqué à tort et accusé d’être le cerveau de cette opération.

Il affirme fermement que ces allégations sont dénuées de tout fondement et constituent une tentative visant à ternir la réputation d’honnêtes citoyens. Il souligne que le fait de jouir d’un style de vie confortable ne doit pas être interprété à tort comme une preuve de son implication dans des activités illégales.

M. Chandrakar exhorte tous les médias à prendre en compte ces faits, à rectifier le discours dominant et à orienter les ressources vers les véritables fautifs. Il s’engage à offrir sa pleine coopération aux autorités pour garantir que justice soit rendue et que la vérité prévale sans tache. Il appelle également à une enquête juste et impartiale sur cette affaire, soulignant son engagement à coopérer pleinement pour traduire les véritables auteurs en justice.

À propos Sourabh Chandrakar

En Inde, l’entreprise « Juice Factory » propre à Sourabh Chandrakar compte 25 succursales dans tout Bhilai, Chhattisgarh.

Issu d’un milieu modeste, il a dirigé plusieurs entreprises liées aux produits de grande consommation, à la construction, à la sous-traitance et au développement au Moyen-Orient.

La principale station tout au long de son parcours entrepreneurial au Moyen-Orient est « Empire One Global Real Estate », où il occupe le poste de co-directeur général. M. Uppal et M. Chandrakar ont tous deux créé de la valeur au-delà de l’immobilier pour leurs clients basés au Moyen-Orient et dans le monde.

Le texte du communiqué issu d’une traduction ne doit d’aucune manière être considéré comme officiel. La seule version du communiqué qui fasse foi est celle du communiqué dans sa langue d’origine. La traduction devra toujours être confrontée au texte source, qui fera jurisprudence.

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CISLAC tasks Akpabio on transparency, public participation in legislative works

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has urged the leadership of the National Assembly to prioritise transparency, openness, legislative participation, and fairness in conducting legislative activities and advancing their agenda.

The Executive Director of CISLAC, Mr Auwal Rafsanjani Mr Auwal Rafsanjani, made the call in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

According to Rafsanjani, the call is a response to concerns expressed by senators about the senate’s leadership, under Godswill Akpabio.

He said that this was imperative because senators were fast-tracking the passage of bills without adequate public hearings and debates.

He alleged that this was done without giving consideration to the requirement for two-thirds of legislators to be present before passing a bill.

He quoted Sen. Ali Ndume of Borno South saying , “you are passing bills without prior notification, even money bills, without anyone’s contribution and within two hours. This is not good for Nigeria, and history will judge you.”

Rafsanjani emphasised, that while expediting the legislative process is essential, it is equally important to ensure meaningful input from legislators and Nigerians.

“A bill passed without sufficient involvement of the people can result in a significant deficit for Nigerians.”

“Senators and House of Representatives members must ensure that the NASS leadership considers popular views before passing legislation to uphold transparency and accountability.

” The general public should be invited to participate in public hearings, as they are stakeholders whose views should be heard and respected.

“If the Senate leadership, under Akpabio, undermines this, it implies a limitation on the functions of the Senate.”

“The relationship between the legislature and the executive should not merely be a rubber stamp. The legislature should play a critical role and scrutinise every legal framework presented to them,” he said.

Rafsanjani said that the passage of bills did not define legislative activism; other responsibilities, such as oversight and public hearings, must also be prioritised to enhance the quality of life for Nigerians.

He said that legislative bills should not be pursued based on personal and selfish interests, but they should reflect the aspirations of Nigerians.

“CISLAC calls on NASS to adhere to its legislative activities with a focus on openness and transparency, aiming to boost Nigerians’ trust and confidence in the legislative process and the legislature’s ability to effectively carry out their duties in line with NASS rules.

“Additionally, CISLAC urges the executive not to intimidate the legislature but to engage them in meaningful debates and discussions, allowing them to fulfill their functions in participatory democracy.

“The legislature should welcome meaningful stakeholder engagement and set aside personal and private interests that may undermine their work,” he said

Rafsanjani said that the general public was encouraged to actively participate in National Assembly public hearings, engage in research, and provide legislative support to enable the legislature to effectively carry out their activities.

He said that furthermore, Ministries, Departments, and Agencies are urged to honor invitations from the legislature, promoting effective activity and reducing duplication and waste in budgetary allocations.(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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CISLAC tasks Akpabio on transparency, public participation in legislative works

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has urged the leadership of the National Assembly to prioritise transparency, openness, legislative participation, and fairness in conducting legislative activities and advancing their agenda.

The Executive Director of CISLAC, Mr Auwal Rafsanjani Mr Auwal Rafsanjani, made the call in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

According to Rafsanjani, the call is a response to concerns expressed by senators about the senate’s leadership, under Godswill Akpabio.

He said that this was imperative because senators were fast-tracking the passage of bills without adequate public hearings and debates.

He alleged that this was done without giving consideration to the requirement for two-thirds of legislators to be present before passing a bill.

He quoted Sen. Ali Ndume of Borno South saying , “you are passing bills without prior notification, even money bills, without anyone’s contribution and within two hours. This is not good for Nigeria, and history will judge you.”

Rafsanjani emphasised, that while expediting the legislative process is essential, it is equally important to ensure meaningful input from legislators and Nigerians.

“A bill passed without sufficient involvement of the people can result in a significant deficit for Nigerians.”

“Senators and House of Representatives members must ensure that the NASS leadership considers popular views before passing legislation to uphold transparency and accountability.

” The general public should be invited to participate in public hearings, as they are stakeholders whose views should be heard and respected.

“If the Senate leadership, under Akpabio, undermines this, it implies a limitation on the functions of the Senate.”

“The relationship between the legislature and the executive should not merely be a rubber stamp. The legislature should play a critical role and scrutinise every legal framework presented to them,” he said.

Rafsanjani said that the passage of bills did not define legislative activism; other responsibilities, such as oversight and public hearings, must also be prioritised to enhance the quality of life for Nigerians.

He said that legislative bills should not be pursued based on personal and selfish interests, but they should reflect the aspirations of Nigerians.

“CISLAC calls on NASS to adhere to its legislative activities with a focus on openness and transparency, aiming to boost Nigerians’ trust and confidence in the legislative process and the legislature’s ability to effectively carry out their duties in line with NASS rules.

“Additionally, CISLAC urges the executive not to intimidate the legislature but to engage them in meaningful debates and discussions, allowing them to fulfill their functions in participatory democracy.

“The legislature should welcome meaningful stakeholder engagement and set aside personal and private interests that may undermine their work,” he said

Rafsanjani said that the general public was encouraged to actively participate in National Assembly public hearings, engage in research, and provide legislative support to enable the legislature to effectively carry out their activities.

He said that furthermore, Ministries, Departments, and Agencies are urged to honor invitations from the legislature, promoting effective activity and reducing duplication and waste in budgetary allocations.(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Citizens’ centre promises to give older persons quality care, build certified skills – DG

Dr Emem Omokaro, the Director-General (DG) of the National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC), says older persons in Nigeria should expect quality care, where geriatric care giving will become a certified skilled area.

Omokaro disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after the final validation of National Occupational Standard in geriatric social care on Friday in Kaduna.

She said that the NSCC would cause geriatric social care skills to be admitted into the national skills qualification framework.

“We also want to develop an occupational standard which will be the minimum in certification of caregivers and in accreditation of care agencies, facilities, training providers, centres and all that goes into care quality assurance.”

She therefore, said older persons should expect the coming of quality care, where Nigeria would begin to build a skilled paid workforce for geriatric care.

She said the NSCC had signed an MoU with the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to develop quality assurance in geriatric social care.

Omokaro noted that MoU was in line with the NBTE’s mandate as a regulatory body in charge of skills acquisition.

She also noted that in Nigeria, traditionally, care of older persons was seen as family concern.

In that regard, she therefore lamented that older persons were left with a standard of care not developed with a national benchmark and in the hands of any person.

She also said that global trends had affected care giving, where migration and urbanisation among other factors left a huge vacuum on the care of older persons.

According to her, because the care is not standardised, and caregivers are not trained or certified, the older persons suffered abuse.

She, therefore, noted that the NSCC had the mandate to identify and cater for the needs of the older persons.

She mentioned the needs to include health and social care.

“It is a flagship initiative to bring professionalism and sanity in the area of care for older persons and a long term care system for them.”

Further speaking on the MoU with NBTE, she said the NSCC wanted to cause caregiving for older persons to be recognised as a skill.

Omokaro noted that the NSCC would ensure that all the care giving agencies that sprang up out of necessity were certified and all the caregivers and operators trained.

“Henceforth, caregiving is going to be a certified skilled area with career progression up to HND for whoever chooses the line.

“It is a whole geriatric industry that is springing up for employment in the caregiving industry,”she said.

The DG said the NSCC as a baby agency, had been able to develop a strategic road map on ageing.

“So, 14 years from now, we know the direction Nigeria is going. We have operationalised the national policy which means we have a national action plan on ageing.

“We have also developed flagship programmes on income generation and have empowered older persons that are artisans, to improve the lives of older persons,”she said.

Speaking about the NCSS, she said it had developed a continued engagement programme.

She explained that in the programme, retired professionals and technocrats in any area such as Diplomats and Armed Forces among others, could upload their profiles on the portal, stating their certifications, skills and areas of interest where they wanted to continue to engage.

She also explained that the portal provided opportunities for existing organisations that required the service of the older persons in any area, to keep them moving.

“We have also been able to obtain presidential executive directive for the accelerating enrollment of older persons in obtaining their National Identification Number which is NIMC’s statutory mandate.

“Also, we are working with NIMC to issue multipurpose identity cards that will be priority access based to recognise older persons in accessing social services.”

On NSCC area of critical concern, Omokaro said abuse and violence against older persons were inhumane, which made the centre develop a campaign on elder justice which is carried out through the media.

She said the campaigns were also carried out through institutions of elder justice clubs in secondary schools to create awareness and prevent older persons abuse.

The DG also said the centre was working with The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) by using the

Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law (VAPPL), to ensure remedy and rescue where elder abuse occurred.

She explained that through NAPTIP, NCSS had a toll free line when incidences of older persons abuse occurred.

“Through our partnership with NAPTIP, we deploy the call center and it now activates the NAPTIP squad for remedy and rescue,” she said.

She noted that the perpetrators of the older persons abuse could be prosecuted, adding that through the partnership, they had successful incidences where perpetrators were arrested and faced the law.

She added that the NSCC developed information, education and communication materials in three major languages which they distributed .

She also said the NCSS developed a stakeholders consultative forum on ageing across the country who were their mechanisms to reach out to the states.

She explained that the forum helped them advocate to the state governments for domestication of the NSCC Act.

According to her, once the acts are domesticated, the state governments can create a central body or entity like the NSCC where they could have a focal institution on issues of older people.

She described the issues of older persons as multi-sectoral, noting that when the states aligned with the NSCC, it would stretch issues of older persons to be a development issue, not a small welfare issue.

“The consultative forums are our very necessary mechanisms because they are involved with us through programmes, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

“They are in fact, our independent monitors in all the states,” she said.

The DG appealed to the state governments to ensure inclusive development for equity and human rights of older persons not to be left behind.

“The only way to ensure inclusivity and universality in any social development is to create their legal policy institutions which the Federal Government did in passing the NSCC bill into a law.

“So doing, if the states do the same, it will serve as a legal entity that will compel multi-sectoral development,” she said.(NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Citizens’ centre promises to give older persons quality care, build certified skills – DG

Dr Emem Omokaro, the Director-General (DG) of the National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC), says older persons in Nigeria should expect quality care, where geriatric care giving will become a certified skilled area.

Omokaro disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after the final validation of National Occupational Standard in geriatric social care on Friday in Kaduna.

She said that the NSCC would cause geriatric social care skills to be admitted into the national skills qualification framework.

“We also want to develop an occupational standard which will be the minimum in certification of caregivers and in accreditation of care agencies, facilities, training providers, centres and all that goes into care quality assurance.”

She therefore, said older persons should expect the coming of quality care, where Nigeria would begin to build a skilled paid workforce for geriatric care.

She said the NSCC had signed an MoU with the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to develop quality assurance in geriatric social care.

Omokaro noted that MoU was in line with the NBTE’s mandate as a regulatory body in charge of skills acquisition.

She also noted that in Nigeria, traditionally, care of older persons was seen as family concern.

In that regard, she therefore lamented that older persons were left with a standard of care not developed with a national benchmark and in the hands of any person.

She also said that global trends had affected care giving, where migration and urbanisation among other factors left a huge vacuum on the care of older persons.

According to her, because the care is not standardised, and caregivers are not trained or certified, the older persons suffered abuse.

She, therefore, noted that the NSCC had the mandate to identify and cater for the needs of the older persons.

She mentioned the needs to include health and social care.

“It is a flagship initiative to bring professionalism and sanity in the area of care for older persons and a long term care system for them.”

Further speaking on the MoU with NBTE, she said the NSCC wanted to cause caregiving for older persons to be recognised as a skill.

Omokaro noted that the NSCC would ensure that all the care giving agencies that sprang up out of necessity were certified and all the caregivers and operators trained.

“Henceforth, caregiving is going to be a certified skilled area with career progression up to HND for whoever chooses the line.

“It is a whole geriatric industry that is springing up for employment in the caregiving industry,”she said.

The DG said the NSCC as a baby agency, had been able to develop a strategic road map on ageing.

“So, 14 years from now, we know the direction Nigeria is going. We have operationalised the national policy which means we have a national action plan on ageing.

“We have also developed flagship programmes on income generation and have empowered older persons that are artisans, to improve the lives of older persons,”she said.

Speaking about the NCSS, she said it had developed a continued engagement programme.

She explained that in the programme, retired professionals and technocrats in any area such as Diplomats and Armed Forces among others, could upload their profiles on the portal, stating their certifications, skills and areas of interest where they wanted to continue to engage.

She also explained that the portal provided opportunities for existing organisations that required the service of the older persons in any area, to keep them moving.

“We have also been able to obtain presidential executive directive for the accelerating enrollment of older persons in obtaining their National Identification Number which is NIMC’s statutory mandate.

“Also, we are working with NIMC to issue multipurpose identity cards that will be priority access based to recognise older persons in accessing social services.”

On NSCC area of critical concern, Omokaro said abuse and violence against older persons were inhumane, which made the centre develop a campaign on elder justice which is carried out through the media.

She said the campaigns were also carried out through institutions of elder justice clubs in secondary schools to create awareness and prevent older persons abuse.

The DG also said the centre was working with The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) by using the

Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law (VAPPL), to ensure remedy and rescue where elder abuse occurred.

She explained that through NAPTIP, NCSS had a toll free line when incidences of older persons abuse occurred.

“Through our partnership with NAPTIP, we deploy the call center and it now activates the NAPTIP squad for remedy and rescue,” she said.

She noted that the perpetrators of the older persons abuse could be prosecuted, adding that through the partnership, they had successful incidences where perpetrators were arrested and faced the law.

She added that the NSCC developed information, education and communication materials in three major languages which they distributed .

She also said the NCSS developed a stakeholders consultative forum on ageing across the country who were their mechanisms to reach out to the states.

She explained that the forum helped them advocate to the state governments for domestication of the NSCC Act.

According to her, once the acts are domesticated, the state governments can create a central body or entity like the NSCC where they could have a focal institution on issues of older people.

She described the issues of older persons as multi-sectoral, noting that when the states aligned with the NSCC, it would stretch issues of older persons to be a development issue, not a small welfare issue.

“The consultative forums are our very necessary mechanisms because they are involved with us through programmes, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

“They are in fact, our independent monitors in all the states,” she said.

The DG appealed to the state governments to ensure inclusive development for equity and human rights of older persons not to be left behind.

“The only way to ensure inclusivity and universality in any social development is to create their legal policy institutions which the Federal Government did in passing the NSCC bill into a law.

“So doing, if the states do the same, it will serve as a legal entity that will compel multi-sectoral development,” she said.(NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Oil/Gas: RusselSmith obtains NUPRC’s approval for 3D manufacturing solution approval

Lagos, Oct. 14, 2023 (NAN) The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), has granted RusselSmith approval to deploy its industrial non-metallic additive manufacturing solution in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

The Commission Chief Executive (CCE), Mr Gbenga Komolafe, who disclosed this on Saturday in Lagos, said that the additive manufacturing solution from RusselSmith utilises advanced 3D printing technology.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that RusselSmith is an integrated energy solutions provider with a focus on technology solutions for asset integrity management, oilfield management, smart manufacturing and sustainable energy.

Komolafe said that the technology would produce fully functional and corrosion-resistant industrial components locally, in a fraction of the time that it would take oil and gas companies to order such parts through traditional supply chain methods.

“It offers significant time savings and cost savings, in addition to substantially reducing companies’ carbon footprints and making their operations more efficient.

“Additive manufacturing is a rapidly evolving space, and the technology has the potential to solve many of the supply chain challenges in Africa.

“The continent has a significant number of industries that use heavy machinery in sectors such as manufacturing, oil and gas, medicine, and transportation, and relies on part manufacturers across the world,” he said.

According to him, in partnership with Roboze, the renowned provider of Industrial 3D Printing systems, RusselSmith’s manufacturing solution is a response to prevailing supply chain challenges in the region.

He said that the RusselSmith’s solution was also intended to help advance manufacturing in Nigeria through technology innovation, digitising the supply chain by leveraging additive manufacturing technology to optimises production processes.

Speaking on the approval, RusselSmith’s CEO, Mr Kayode Adeleke said, “This is a new milestone in the Nigerian energy sector, and we are excited to be leading the charge in industrial 3D manufacturing.

“We are also proud that the NUPRC has once again exhibited its role in the industry as not just a regulator, but a facilitator of business in Nigeria.

“We are building the foundation for a digital supply chain across Africa, and this is just the beginning.

“With this approval, our non-metallic additive manufacturing solution is now operational and available to service the needs of the Nigerian market.”

In his remarks, Mr Alessio Lorusso, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Roboze said that the RusselSmith’s additive manufacturing solution utilises high-performance materials such as super polymers and composites to produce finished parts.

Lorusso said that these finished parts were less susceptible to material degradation and corrosion.

“Super polymers are ideal for diverse applications because they can endure extreme conditions without compromising their functionality and desirable properties.

“We at Roboze are proud to be associated with this innovative development.

“The approval by the NUPRC for the use of this additive manufacturing technology is a significant step forward for Nigeria’s energy sector in embracing digitalisation.

“We are fully committed to supporting our partner, RusselSmith, with our expertise and global network to ensure the success of this solution,” he said.

Lorusso said that with its extensive technical capabilities and access to Roboze’s wealth of experience and its global 3D Parts Network, RusselSmith was set to accelerate the development of best practices for industrial 3D printing in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

NAN also reports that RusselSmith has a history of delivering maintenance and inspection solutions to the oil and gas industry in Nigeria and in other parts of Africa.

As a member of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), it is taking the lead in developing industrial 3D manufacturing solutions in Nigeria and driving a sustainable manufacturing revolution in Africa while building the foundation for a digital supply chain across the continent. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Security challenge is our major concern in Kogi guber poll-INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says one of its major concern in the conduct of the Nov.11 Kogi governorship election is the prevailing security challenge in the state.

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman, INEC, said this when he visited the Kogi Local Government (LGA) office of the commission, in Kotonkarfe during a visit to the state to monitor mock accreditation in Lokoja on Saturday.

Yakubu said that the commission was working with the security agencies to provide secured environment for peaceful and credible election.

“Wherever you go in Nigeria, you are sure to see two government offices. One is INEC. You will see an INEC office in the LGA headed by an electoral officer, an Electoral Officer (EO). You will also see the police office headed by a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for the local government.

“So, we are everywhere working together. And I’m happy that we are working together as we prepare for the elections,“ he said.

Yakubu advised the Electoral Officers (EOs) in the state to follow the standard template for logistics deployment at Registration Area Centres (RACs), as well as work with security agencies, for the election to commence in Polling Units (Pus)at 8.30a.m.

“My advice to you is that you have to use the standard template for this election.

“I am glad to hear that all the non-sensitive materials have been received in your local government. And I’m sure it’s the same story in other local governments as well.

“But it’s not only the receipt of the material that is important. You have to batch them so that they go into the box per polling unit.

“So, on election day, as you move to the super RACs or the RAC centers, you will then move to the polling units,” he said.

Yakubu added: “We are giving our words to Nigerians that we must open polling units at 8.30am on the dot. Therefore, you must activate the RACs. If you don’t activate the RACs we can’t actulise the commencement of the votes at 8.30am.

“You must activate the RACs with security and I am happy that you are working in partnership with them.”

He commended all the INEC staff and security agencies in the state.

Earlier speaking, Mr Hassan Musa, the Electoral Officer, Kogi Local Government Area (LGA) office, Kotonkarfe, said that the preparations for the election was in advance stage.

Musa said that the LG office had already received all the non-sensitive materials for the election and was working with security agencies for a peaceful election.

He said that in the next few weeks the commission would round the RACs centres in the LG to monitor the preparations.

“We have received virtually all the non-sensitive materials for the election and we have successful dispatched them to PUs level and we are good to go. We don’t have any shortfall for now.

“What we are waiting for is sensitive materials. As you know sensitive materials come few days close to the election . More so we are having cordial relationship security agencies and they are doing their best to address places that have security challenges.

“We have received virtually all the non-sensitive materials and we have successfully dispatched them to PU levels. And we are good to go, sir. We don’t have any shortfall for now.

“What we are waiting for is the sensitive materials, which normally come a few days before the elections,” he said

He added:“Also, we are having a very cordial relationship with the security personnel. We are meeting with them, as you can see. We even hold a brief meeting with them every day and they are doing their best to crop down places that have security challenges.

“We have also met with transportation unions, waiting to sign MoU with them. ”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yakubu used the opportunity to plant a tree in the premises of the INEC office for peace election, before proceeding to visit some PUs where mock accreditation was held in Lokoja. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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MOSIEND urges NASS, N/Delta Govs, stakeholders to collaborate on regional devt

Yenagoa, Oct 13, 2023 (NAN) The Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND) on Friday advocated multi stakeholder collaboration on Niger Delta development.

MOSIEND’s position is contained in a statement by its National President, Kennedy Tonjo-West in Yenagoa.

He expressed concern over the poor state of development in Niger Delta communities, calling on political office holders at the Federal and state levels to join forces in the interest of the region.

Tonjo-West urged elected representatives and political appointees including Senators, Members of House of Representatives and State Legislators, especially from the South-South geopolitical Zone to emulate their counterparts from the North.

He said that most Federal lawmakers from the North were synergizing and lobbying Members of the Federal and States Executive Council, governmental Agencies and Development partners to site meaningful projects in their localities.

Tonjo-West noted that while preparation of the 2024 budget was ongoing, it was the appropriate time for Federal lawmakers from the region to lobby those in the executive arm to capture meaningful projects into the budget.

The MOSIEND president noted that it was about time the people who voted them into office to enjoy the dividends of democracy, because the region is behind in terms of infrastructure and human capital development.

He urged Niger Delta Senators, Members of House of Representatives and State Legislatures to be proactive and not wait until it is time for budget defence before being seen as performing their legislative functions.

Tonjo-West urged Niger Delta leaders to behave like their colleagues from the north to see how they can infuse life-transforming projects into interventionist agencies like the Niger Delta Basin Development Authority (NDBDA).

Also like the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and other governmental agencies to fast track developments in the Niger Delta.

He further urged that as Representatives of the people, they should build bridges, lobby and initiate projects.

He advised them to collaborate with the governors, reach out to traditional rulers, LGA chairmen, community development groups and other development channels to ensure that what form parts of NDDC and NDBDA etc. Budgets are what is best for the people and the region. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Father of 11-year-old boy buried alive on the run

Mr Oshodi, the father of the 11-year-old boy allegedly buried alive by his stepbrother at Apamsede, in Kogi, is said to be on the run, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NAN gathered that the shovel and the cutlass allegedly used to perpetrate the dastardly act by the stepbrother were also missing.

Passers-by rescued the 11-year-old on Wednesday after he had been buried by his stepbrother in a bush at the Silo community in Zango Daji, the Adavi Local Government Area of the state.

The 11-year-old boy was alleged to have stolen N1,000 belonging to his stepmother who instructed her son to punish him.

In meting punishment to the 11-year-old, the 17-year-old took his stepbrother into the bush where he allegedly buried him alive.

The Police Public Relation Officer, Kogi Command, SP Williams Ovye-Aya, had told NAN that Oshodi travelled and that the police were waiting for him to return for his own side of the story.

When NAN visited Apamsede community on Saturday, it was revealed that the father of the victim had absconded and that when the incident happened the father of the victim was at home.

The district head of Apamsede, Malam Garba Ahmed told NAN that on the day of the incident, the father of the 11-year-old boy, the stepmother and the stepson were summoned to the palace of the traditional ruler on what led to such act.

“When they came to the chief’s palace, Mr Oshodi, the father of the 11-year-old boy was present at the palace when both the stepson and stepmother gave reasons for their action,” the district Ahmed explained.

“The boy’s father probably ran away when we insisted on inviting the police to handle the matter.

“The stepmother and her son, Goodness, had confessed to committing the dastardly act.

“But the traditional council of our community has decided not to harbour such people in our land.

“Once the stepmother and her son finished facing the wrath of the law, we shall banish them from this land.

“But before we banish them, we will ensure that the family offer a sacrifice to cleanse the land,” he said.

NAN reports that the police team who brought the boy’s stepmother to their house in Apamsede on Saturday morning discovered that the shovel and cutlass allegedly used in burying the teenager were missing.

Although the house was under lock and key, the police team observed that there were some changes in the environment unlike what they saw on Friday during their visit.

“Somebody must have entered this your house. Yesterday, when we came here the house was locked and the window curtain inside wasn’t down as we can see now.

“Some of the things that we met outside here yesterday are no more here. Somebody must have come around here.”

The police who had to break the lock and key to gain entrance into the house when the woman claimed that she had no key to the house, alleged that most of the things inside the house had been taken away.

“Where’s the shovel and cutlass you said were in the house? This is because nothing is here. Somebody must have packed the valuables here,” one of the officers said.(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Shell confirms leak from Peremabiri flow station in Bayelsa, says investigation underway

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has confirmed the Oct. 3 oil spill from its facilities at Peremabiri community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area (LGA) of Bayelsa.

Mr Michael Adande, a Spokesperson for SPDC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday that a Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) to the incident site to unravel the cause and volume of oil discharged was underway.

JIV is a statutory probe comprising representatives of the operator, host community and regulatory agencies that generate a report to show cause, extent of pollution after every spill is reported.

Adande said: “A government-led Joint Investigation Team is currently on a Joint Investigation Visit to the site of the incident to determine the cause and the impact of the incident.”

Meanwhile, the people of Peremabiri have appealed to all tiers of government to prevail on the SPDC to immediately embark of a clean up exercise at the oil spill site.

NAN reports that the leak from the Diebu Creek Flow station, operated by SPDC in Peremabiri, discharged a yet-to-be ascertained volume of crude oil to adjourning areas of the community and the Nun River.

Mr Alagoa Morris, Programme Manager, Environmental Right Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), in a reaction said the oil leak had polluted the ecosystem.

He said that the resultant pollution from the oil spill has adversely affected the predominantly farming and fishing settlements along the banks of River Nun.

Morris, who is also the Technical Adviser to the Bayelsa Governor on Environment, commended the peaceful disposition of the victims.

He urged the regulatory agencies to ensure that SPDC immediately carries out the required clean up process to save indigenes of Peremabiri Community from economic and health challenges.

Mrs. Yenimi Timipre, an impacted farmer, also bemoaned having her fishing gear stained by crude and rendered useless.

Also, the Deputy Woman Leader of Peremabiri Community, Mrs Favour Morgan, lamented that the spill has destroyed their fishing nets, traps, crops and polluted the whole aquatic environment, and demanded for succour.

“This oil spill has thrown the Peremabiri people into despair. We are into farming and fishing as our means of livelihood and the toxic oil from Shell’s oil field has damaged our livelihood sources.

“We are helpless and in dire need of intervention by way of relief and succour to farmers and fishermen,” Morgan said. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi Guber results to be transmitted electronically – INEC Chairman

The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, says that the results for Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi governorship elections will be uploaded on its Result Viewing Portal (IReV).

Yakubu stated this, while speaking with newsmen at Ward 009, LEA School, Ganaja Village, Ajaokuta LGA, Kogi.

Yakubu was in the state to monitor the mock accreditation exercise, ahead the Nov. 11 governorship election.

He said that the commission would follow the laws for accreditation and results collation during the states elections.

“The method is as provided by law, electronic accreditation, electronic upload of results on the IREV portal and that is why we are doing this mock.

“So, please disregard whatever was reported about what the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) was said to have said in Bayelsa.

“That’s going to be the procedure and it’s for that reason that I will advise you also for those who are registered on the IREV portal.

“That in the next two hours or so, go to the IREV portal and you will see the result of the mock accreditation from all the three states.

“We are uploading, as we have done in previous elections,” Yakubu said.

On the issue of security concerns ahead of the elections in the three states, Yakubu said that the commission was already working with security agencies.

“Next week Friday there is going to be a high level meeting in Abuja co-chair by myself and the National Security Adviser in which all the security chiefs will be present, no representation to discuss the issue of security.

“For the three states elections, we are on top of the situation in terms of security arrangement and security deployment,” he said.

On how INEC intend to control crowd at PU 009 in Ganaja, Yakubu said that INEC was taking proactive measures to give voters a pleasant voting experience on Election Day.

He said that INEC choose the PU 009, LEA School, Ganaja Village, because it is the largest and most densely populated in Nigeria PU with 13,000 registered voters.

He said that on the Election Day Voter register would be broken down alphabetically by the voter surnames to fast track voting process.

“After the election, the Commission will redistribute the voters to other approximate locations.

“But for now, we’ll have to conduct the elections with the number of registered voters in this polling unit.

“For that reason, we are deploying a minimum of eight BVAS machines on election day, Saturday, Nov. 11 for easy accreditation of voters,” he said.

Yakubu identified flooding as one of the challenges of the PU.

He said that INEC was already making arrangement to use Family Support Programme (FSP) Nursery, Primary and UBE JSS, Gadumo-Lokoja as alternative supper RAC in case there was flood during the election.

“If there is flooding before the election, we’ll pull the ad hoc staff out of here and move them at first light on Saturday to this polling unit.

“But our preference will be to use this place as a super-RAC where we will camp the ad hoc staff overnight,” he said.

Yakubu thereafter met with members of staff of the commission at INEC State headquarters in Lokoja.

He said the visit was to ask the staff questions on their preparations, what had been done and what were still outstanding.

Yakubu said that the purpose was to assess the readiness of the state for the Nov. 11 election, adding that similar visit would be undertaking to Imo and Bayelsa states.

“So far, so good on the part of the commission, we have delivered over non sensitive materials for the election.

“Now the challenge is for you at the state level to begin to organise the materials and patch them.

“Each polling unit has a pack that is going to be carried by the presiding officer supported by the system presiding officer.

“I saw in Koton-Karfi that some of the materials have already been batched into the bags. I hope that all the local government areas will the same all over,” Yakubu said.

Speaking earlier, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Kogi, Dr Gabriel Longpet, said that all none sensitive materials for the election had been received and sent to the LGAs.

“We have received 60 per cent of our budget and have also started disbursing to LGAs to start those activities that need to be undertaken.

“We would like to request the Central Bank to be directed to give us our cash directly to avoid delays and problems with transportation and RAC activation,” he said.

Longpet said that details of areas of possible flash points in the state had been identified, and would be the basis of security deployment.(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria