2023: APC expresses doubt about BVAS, wants INEC’s re-assurance
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has expressed doubt over the possibility of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) producing a fair result for the 2023 elections.
Senator Adamu expressed his reservation during a courtesy visit by a delegation from the Commonwealth Election Observation Mission for the 2023 General Election to the party secretariat on Wednesday.
“To transmit results, every part of the nation – Nigeria, I’m not sure that the network covers it, I know that even in parts of Abuja, there is no network, and we have from now till February when in substantial parts of the country, there is no electricity.
INEC must assure us 100 per cent that as of when due in transmitting results, they are ready because they spoke about recharging batteries. But we heard in previous elections when it says it can’t recharge,” the APC Chairman remarked.
2023: “It’s realistically impossible to resume Voters Registration” – INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has clarified that it will be “constitutionally and legally impossible” to resume the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise, which it ended on July 31.
Spokesperson of the election management body, Festus Okoye, made this disclosure on Tuesday during a Channels Television interview when he commented on reports that a Federal High Court in Abuja had ordered INEC to resume the CVR exercise.
“This is without prejudice to the commission’s position that we abide and obey judgements and orders from properly constituted courts of law. Realistically, it will be next to impossible for the commission to mobilise the necessary resources to go back and start the CVR,” Okoye explained.
Reps okays bill seeking to establish Commission for Almajiri Education
A bill seeking to establish a ‘National Commission for Almajiri Education and Out-of-School Children’ has scaled second reading in the House of Representatives.
The piece of legislation is titled, ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish National Commission for Almajiri Education and out of School Children to Provide for a Multimodal System of Education to tackle the Menace of Illiteracy, Develop Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Programmes, Prevent Youth Poverty, Delinquency and Destitution in Nigeria; and for Related Matters.’
Sponsored by Shehu Kakale (PDP, Sokoto) and 18 others, Kakale on Wednesday in his lead debate on the bill at its second reading, said, “Nigeria is among many other countries that is confronted with the phenomenon of out-of-school children. As you may be aware, millions of children and teenagers across the country are currently out of school, due to one reason or the other.”
Plateau Assembly loses second member in twelve months
The Plateau State House of Assembly was on Monday thrown into mourning following the death of the member representing Qu’an Pan North Constituency, Eric Dakogol, who died after a brief illness.
“Hon. Eric was selfless and committed to addressing challenges of his constituents both within and outside the Chambers of the House of Assembly and always sponsored and supported legislations that had a direct impact on the lives of the citizens,” a statement by the Plateau Governor, Simon Lalong, read.
Dakogol’s death is coming months after the Assembly on 28th November 2021 lost the member representing Pankshin South Constituency, Henry Long, following a leg surgery.
Osun Assembly okays N138bn 2023 budget
The Osun State House of Assembly has on Wednesday passed the 2023 budget estimate of N138 billion.
The budget estimate totalling N136,265,988,140 billion and tagged ‘Budget of Consolidation’ had on September 29 been sent to the Assembly by the outgoing State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, through a letter.
According to the Speaker of the Assembly, Timothy Owoeye, the N2 billion increase was for the take-off of Ilesa University carved out of the Osun College of Education in Ilesa.