NAF Planes to Distribute Election Materials For Osun, Ekiti ,2023 Polls
By Kassim Omomia
The Nigeria Air Force and Election Management Board have struck a deal that will facilitate easy distribution of election materials for the Osun, Ekiti governorship elections holding this year and the 2023 general polls.
By the new pact entered yesterday between the two top government agencies, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will rely on the Nigeria Air Force to distribute electoral materials across the country.
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu who is also seeking NAF personnel support, said during a courtesy visit to the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao at the Headquarters NAF (HQ NAF) Abuja, that he was requesting the Air Force assistance in handling the delivery of outstanding election materials for the Governorship Elections holding in Ekiti and Osun States in June and July 2022, as well as the 2023 general polls to ease logistics challenges previously associated with election management.
Yakubu noted that his visit is basically aimed at exploring ways of ensuring effective collaborative efforts with other stakeholders to address issues related to poor electoral logistics management, which the Force has a critical role to play.
“This will be extended to other Armed Services in our determination to efficiently deliver materials and more efficiently serve Nigerians on Election Day”, he said.
The Election Umpire disclosed that the law empowers the Commission to seek the support of security agencies and especially the Armed Forces in delivering materials for election and protection of election officials.
Prof. Yakubu commended the Force for its neutrality and professionalism, adding that the collaboration has been of tremendous benefit to the electoral process and the consolidation of democracy in Nigeria.
However, in his remarks, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao assured the INEC Chairman of the readiness of the NAF to provide transport aircraft to enable prompt movement of electoral materials during the 2023 general elections.
Amao commended INEC for stabilizing the electoral process in Nigeria.
“As the electioneering season gradually picks up, we are aware of the need to coordinate movement of INEC logistics such as election materials and staff to remote areas preparatory to the forthcoming general election in February 2023. I believe further liaison with us is necessary to enable us incorporate INEC activities in our operational plans“, he said.
The CAF also stated that the NAF would continue to render all necessary assistance and support to make INEC more efficient in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities.
He therefore directed that a Committee comprising INEC and NAF personnel be constituted to coordinate airlift of electoral materials and other logistics movement to ensure a hitch free electioneering exercise.
FG Approves N24.2bn For Free Internet At Airports, Schools, Markets
THE Federal Government has approved free internet services worth N24.2 billion naira at 20 selected airports, 43 universities and six markets across the country.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday
Pantami said that the airports were selected from the six geo-political zones.
“Certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning and also some markets to support micro small and medium enterprises.
“In each geopolitical zone, you have around three airports. In the South-West, we have Lagos and Ondo. For the South-East, we have Anambra and Enugu.
“For the South-South, we have Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom. For the North-Central we have Abuja and Ilorin. In the North-West, we have Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi. For the North-East we have Yola, Maiduguri and Gombe.”
The minister said the markets and 43 institutions which include universities and polytechnics were also drawn from the six geopolitical zones, adding that it will ease e-learning in schools and also enhance the transition to a cashless economy.
Buhari Approves Appointment Of 6 New Perm Secs
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service
The appointments followed after a recent conducted selection process.
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF),Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a statement by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications of the Office of the HOCSF,
The appointees and their states of origin are Esuabana Asanye (Cross River), Mahmud Kambari (Borno), Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano) and Oloruntola Michael (Ogun).
DSS Confirms Plot To Install Interim Govt
The Department of State Security Service has said that the plot to Instal interim government was real
DSS noted that the plot was “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as president.
A statement on Wednesday, by Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the secret police, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.
“The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.
“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”
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