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ITV/Radio Pre-independence Anniversary Lecture: Nigerians Must Take Control Of Electoral Process – Don

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As the 2023 elections draw nearer, the need for the Nigerian citizens to take control of the electoral process by fully participating in the forthcoming elections has been emphasised.

Professor Sonnie Adagbonyin, Acting Vice Chancellor, Ambrose Alli University, AAU, Ekpoma, Edo State, expressed the need in Benin on Friday at the occasion of Independent Television/Radio (ITV/Radio) Pre-independence Anniversary Public Lecture with the theme: Engendering Good Governance, Transparency and Accountability Through Citizens Ownership of the Electoral Process.

The Prof. of English who was the Guest Lecturer of the anniversary, noted that it is when the Nigerian citizens get hold of the electoral processes that the need to have a good leadership can be discussed, adding that considering the myriads of problems besetting the nation today, a good leadership for the country is more than a desirable.

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While noting that the Nigeria voter needs to use the ballot wisely, the Prof. of English said, Nigeria and Nigerians have no choice other than to get it right in 2023.

A cross section of participants at the anniversary lecture.

He said: “Nigeria has no choice other than to get it right in 2023. The people must take charge; their votes must count so that Nigeria will be great again.

“Active participation is required from the voter, as voting oils the machinery of the democratic process.

“There is apathy in our election because some voters believe their votes will not count, but I want to assure you that with the introduction of new technologies, our votes will count.

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“Nigerians must come out in 2023 to ensure that the right people are voted into leadership positions; people that will make a difference to their lives and to their country. Wrong people must not and should never be given leadership position,” he added.

While blaming leadership of the country for the woes that have befallen on her, Prof. Adagbonyin lamented: “the failure of our leaders accounts much of the troubles we are facing today. No doubt Nigeria is a troubled country, a country with immense possibility yet nothing to show for it.”

He called on the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, to “rise to its responsibility as we approach 2023. They should be the true electoral umpire they are expected to be; they must shun partisanship, either before, during or after the elections. INEC must remain unbiased. It officials must shun corrupt practices.”

Earlier, in his opening remarks, Chairman of the anniversary lecture, Chief Matthew Emiohe, said the introduction of the electronic transmission of votes has made the process credible in recent times, just as he called on the Federal Government to make the process more simplified by allowing commercial activities rather than restricting vehicular movement and total shutdown of commercial activities.

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He called on Nigerians to reposition the country by voting competent and those who have interest of the nation.

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On his part, keynote speaker, Rev Benson Akhigbe, said there’s need for Nigerians to vote the right candidates, hence everyone must participate in the 2023 elections at all levels, adding that no election, regardless of its level, is less important.

Cutting of the anniversary cake.

In his remarks, the Managing Director, ITV/Radio, Engr. Elvis Obaseki, said the gathering was not to talk of who Nigerians should vote for, but to chart a course, adding that it was the best time to talk about Nigeria and the forthcoming elections.

Pannel of discussants at the event all agreed that, at 62, Nigeria is not where it ought to be in the committee of nations, hence Nigerians must come out to vote good leaders in the 2023 elections.

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Highlights of the pre-independence anniversary was the cutting of cake and giving of awards to deserving individuals and corporate organisations.

 

 

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PAP Admin Head Visits Edo/Delta Liaison Office, Harps On Commitment

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Members of staff of the Delta/Edo Liaison Office of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, have been charged to be more committed to the discharge of their statutory duties.

The head of administration, PAP, Mr. Zorab Monday gave the charge when he paid an official visit to the liaison officer in Warri recently.

The head of administration who emphasized the need for the members of staff the liaison office to work in unison, also urged them to establish a mutual working relationship with one another,which, according to him would move the office forward.

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He stressed on the significance of learning from one another, which he said would further enhance the overall productivity and workplace harmony amongst members of staff.

Earlier, the manager of the liaison office, Captain Presley Prebo, while using the opportunity of the visit to appeal to the head of administration for the provision of a larger office space, said due to the increasing number of employees.

He also used the visit to inform the head of administration some of the needs of the liaison office.

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Why We Accepted Tinubu’s New Minimum Wage – Labour

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The leaders of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) announced that they have accepted the N70,000 minimum wage approved for Nigerian workers by President Bola Tinubu.

A statement by Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, indicated that President Tinubu also pledged to find ways to help the private sector and sub-national entities meet the minimum wage requirement.

Following the meeting, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joe Ajaero, briefed the media and confirmed that the unions had accepted the offer.

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Ajaero, accompanied by Comrade Festus Usifo, President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and other representatives of Nigerian workers, stated that the unions had accepted the offer because there were other incentives attached.

He said that the president’s pledge of a review every three years, as opposed to what had previously been received, was another factor in his decision to accept the offer.

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BREAKING: Tinubu Approves New Minimum Wage

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President Tinubu has finally approved a N70,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers with a promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) are at the Presidential Villa, Abuja for a scheduled meeting with President Bola Tinubu.

A statement by Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, said: “President Tinubu also promised to find ways to assist the private sector and the sub-nationals to pay the minimum wage.

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“President Tinubu announced the decisions at the meeting held with leaders of TUC and NLC on Thursday in Abuja, the second time the parties met in 7 days.

“The Labour leaders applauded President Tinubu for the fatherly gesture as the President also promised to use his discretionary powers meet the demands of university unions demanding unpaid 4 months salaries.”

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