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Persons With Disability To Obaseki: ‘Transmit Executive Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Against Us’

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Joint National Association of Persons with Disability, Edo State chapter, Friday, called on the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, to transmit a law prohibiting discrimination against people with disability and other harmful practice against them to the state House of Assembly for consequent signing.

The Association also called on the Governor to fully integrate its members into the society and issue an Executive Order directing all ministries and agencies to ensure their programmes and services accommodate persons with disability.

Chairman of the Association, Mr. Ebosa Henry, made the call in Benin City on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disability held every December of the year.

This year’s day celebration was in collaboration with the Charity of St. Vincent De Paul.

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He urged Edo State House of Assembly to compliment the Executive arm in taking appropriate measure for the speedy passage of the Bill in favour of persons with disability in the state.

Henry lamented that despite the passage and signing of law against persons with disability in states such as Lagos, Ondo, Ekiti, Kano, Anambra, etc, Edo State is yet to do so.

He expressed worries that Edo State House of Assembly has been struggling to pass a law to protect persons with disability from all forms of abuse of their fundamental human rights.

“We recognise further major challenges confronting people with disability in Edo State including discrimination on the ground of disability, exclusion from governance inaccessible social infrastructure and limited access to information and communication.

“We are worried that for the past eight years, Edo State House of Assembly has been struggling to pass a law to protect persons with disability from all forms of abuse of their fundamental human rights.” He noted.

While thanking Governor Obaseki for the employment and empowerment of some persons with disability, their family members, the chairman also thanked their development partners, the Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul and Civil Society Organisations for fighting their course in the society.

Recall that Edo State Association of Deaf (EDSAD), lamented discrimination and all forms of ill-treatment suffered by her members in the state and the society at large.

EDSAD also implored Obaseki to domesticate law prohibiting discrimination against persons with disability in the state has signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Tinubu To Unveil Aba Power Plant Monday

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Barring any last-minute change in plan, President Bola Tinubu will on Monday, February 26, inaugurate the Aba-based Geometric Power Plant.

The President is also expected to inaugurate another set of three roads rehabilitated by the administration of Governor Alex Otti.

The roads are: Omoba, Jubilee and Queens Streets all in Aba.

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In a press statement released on Saturday, the state Commissioner for Information and Culture, Okey Kanu said, “Unarguably, this is Mr President’s first commissioning of a road constructed by the current set of Governors in Nigeria. It equally marks the 9th road being commissioned in Aba since Dr Alex Otti took over the reign of power in the state eight months ago.

“This exercise is in addition to the commissioning of the Geometric Power Plant in Aba on Monday, February 26th by Mr. President; a power plant that will provide uninterrupted power supply to Aba and its environs.”

The statement enjoined citizens and Aba residents “to troop out en masse to witness the epoch-making events.”

Tinubu, in October 2023, approved more than 260 road repairs in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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INEC Releases 2023 General Elections Report

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the 2023 general elections report.

Its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

The report was released almost a year after the 2023 general elections.

Some Nigerians had expressed disappointment over the delayed uploads of the presidential election results to the INEC result viewing portal.

However, Olumekun said the election report was reviewed and approved for publication at the commission’s weekly meeting held on Thursday.

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He noted that the publication was done in keeping with the commission’s tradition over the last four electoral cycles, and its commitment to transparency.

Olumekun said the “comprehensive 526-page document, structured into 13 chapters and enhanced with 60 tables, 14 boxes, and 10 graphs, offered an in-depth analysis of the election’s key processes, achievements, and challenges, along with valuable lessons learned.”

Giving more insights, the national commissioner stated “The report showcases the election’s unparalleled diversity in party representation, demonstrating significant democratic progress.

“This election saw four political parties winning gubernatorial races, seven parties winning senatorial seats, eight in federal constituencies, and nine in state legislatures, illustrating a broad shift in political representation across Nigeria.

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“The report underscores the pivotal role of technological advancements, particularly the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, in enhancing electoral integrity and reducing fraud.

“Furthermore, it addresses public concerns about the INEC Result Viewing portal, explaining the technical issues encountered during the upload of polling unit results for the presidential election.”

He added that other aspects covered in the report include logistics, security arrangements, staff recruitment and training, inclusivity measures, and the electoral framework,” he said.

Olumekun further stated that the commission would welcome feedback to inform future electoral reforms and improvements.

 

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CJN To Swear In New Supreme Court Justices Monday

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The newly-appointed 11 Justices of the Supreme Court will be sworn in on Monday, according to The PUNCH.

The justices are Jummai Sankey, Chidiebere Uwa, Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, Haruna Tsammani, Moore Adumein, Obande Ogbuinya, and Stephen Adah.

Others are Habeeb Abiru, Jamilu Yammama Tukur, Abubakar Sadiq Umar, and Mohammed Baba Idris

The National Assembly had on December 21, 2023, confirmed the elevation of the justices following President Bola Tinubu’s recommendation.

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According to an invite sent to our correspondent on Friday, the Supreme Court’s Director of Information, Festus Akande, disclosed that the oath of office will be administered on the justices by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola.

He said, “The newly appointed 11 Justices of the Supreme Court will be sworn in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola on Monday at 10.00 a.m. at the Main Courtroom of the Supreme Court.”

When the swearing-in of the elevated justices is done, the apex court will have the full complement of 21 justices, as stipulated by the Constitution

 

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