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Word Press Freedom Day: Ex-Legislator Commends Journalists, Says ‘You Deserve Reward’

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A Former member of Federal House of Representatives, Mr. Ifaluyi Isibor has urged journalists not to give up despite the challenges and hazards in the profession.

He added “if you do, there will be no hope.”

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Isibor, who was a representative of Ikpoba-Okha/Egor constituencies at the National Assembly said this on Saturday, at Edo secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists(NUJ), Benin, while addressing members of the union.

He also urged the government in various levels to reward journalists, especially during Covid-19 pandemic period, just like they are currently rewarding health workers amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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“Outside water which people say is the most important thing in life, I will say it is the journalists that are much more important, one may need the water but you need the news to direct you on how and where to get the water.

“News is life, after that, all other word or phrase will follow.

“When the civil war was raging, the soldiers said, we sacrifice our today for your tomorrow; same thing that journalists are doing today; please don’t give up as journalists, if you do, there will be no hope”, He said

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He said that journalists deserved commendation for constraining their today for others to give a future.

“Without the Press the health workers can not even know what is prevailing in the system in the current struggle to surmount the Coronavirus pandemic, hence, government should also reward Journalists like the health workers”, Isibor said

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He said that the purpose of information is to save or keep the people abreast with the latest trend, adding that for that information to get to the people, journalists are needed.

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He further said that journalists played an important roles in our society, hence cannot be compared to any others.

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“Journalists come before any other thing, now look at the coronavirus pandemic, rather than praising the health workers alone, we should also praise the men who blow the whistle which are the pressmen” he said

On his part, the state council chairman of NUJ, Mr Roland Osakue, urged members of the union to embrace investigative journalisms.

He called on stakeholders, especially the security personnel to allow journalists to carry out their constitutional duty.

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Mr. Pius Oiwoh, the Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, Benin Branch, assured the NUJ on the association’s support to fight for its constitutional right.

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Also, Mr Osazee Edigin, the Public Relations Officer of the Edo Civil Society Organisations, noted that the role of the press in area of dissemination of information cannot be undermined, adding that the role of journalists had helped CSOs to fight its challenges.

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100 Civil Servants Die In Jigawa Within One Month

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The Jigawa State and Local Governments Contributory Pension Scheme said 100 civil servants died within one month.

Executive Secretary of the Board scheme, Alhaji Kamilu Aliyu Musa, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the payment of the retirement and death benefits in his office.

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He said the Board has paid N1.215bn to 550 retirees for the month of July, 2022.

Kamilu explained that, the beneficiaries are categorized into four for the payment of their rights.

According to him “the first category include 411 beneficiaries who have retired from the service and were paid over N920,331 million.

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“The second category of the beneficiaries are those 100 people that have died while in service and their families received the total amount of N267,329 million”

“The third category of 8 beneficiaries are under the death pension balance and will get N27, 952 million as their entitlement

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“While the fourth category of beneficiaries are those who are not in service for up-to five years, the board will refund 8 percent to them amounting to N201,437 thousands as their entitlement.”

The Executive Secretary also reiterated the board’s commitments to pay each retired civil servant his entitlement within one month of his retirement.

He then commended Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubukar for his support to the Board and releasing the Pensioners entitlement in a right time.

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INEC Reacts As Hoodlums Burn Razed Its Enugu Office

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that hoodlums burnt down its office at Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The incident occurred on Sunday night when the arsonists stormed the office situated at the council’s headquarters in Ogurute.

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Confirming the incident, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, in a statement on Monday, said the arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises, and set the building ablaze.

He said although no casualties were reported, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture, and equipment were destroyed in spite of the effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.

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Ononamadu added that the Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.

”The incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.

”The attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for the 2023 General Election, is worrisome. It will be recalled that on 23rd May 2021, our office in the neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen.

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”This followed earlier attacks on the Udenu Local Government Area office on 13th May 2021 and the State Headquarters in Enugu on 16th May 2021.

”The Commission has since substantially recovered from these attacks and resumed normal activities there, including the VR and collection of
PVCs.

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”The Commission will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect our facilities,” the statement added.

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Niger Attack: Death Toll Of Security Operatives Rises To 48

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The number of security personnel killed in Niger State by suspected bandits has increased following the discovery of more bodies in the bush.

Sani Kokki, the convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths of Niger State, explained that more bodies of the security operatives were discovered in the bush by the locals.

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According to Sani Kokki, “On Saturday evening, the dead body of a mobile policeman was also discovered by a passerby.”

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Recall that a number of soldiers, policemen and civilians were killed after bandits attacked a mining site on Wednesday in Niger State.

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He explained that the death toll of the security personnel killed by the bandits had risen to 48.

He alleged that the bandits killed 34 soldiers, eight mobile policemen and six civilians.

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