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Delta NUJ Inaugurates Platform To Set Agenda For 2023 Elections Candidates

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Delta NUJ Inaugurates Platform To Set Agenda For 2023 Elections Candidates

By Patrick Ochei
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council has inaugurated a committee to set agenda for candidates of political parties standing elections in 2023, naming the channel of activities as “The Platform’.

Inaugurating the Committee, the NUJ Chairman, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu said that The Platform was a creation of the Council to enable it to interface with candidates of political parties running for the 2023 general elections for the purpose of bringing them to interface with journalists in the state.

He quoted sections of the Constitution of Nigeria where the power to hold government to account and mount surveillance on the society was vested in the media.

According to him, times are gone when the union would remain silent and not activate constitutional mechanisms to interrogate the processes of elections and the actors involved.

He declared that the time had come to get involved by engaging different political parties and their candidates through The Platform.

Comrade Ikeogwu emphasised that the engagement would cover all candidates from House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and Governorship. He noted that it would afford the electorate the opportunity to make informed decisions on who to represent them.

He used the medium to call on political parties fielding candidates for the 2023 general elections in Delta State to prepare their candidates for the engagement aimed at showcasing the candidates, their policies, programmes and plans for the actualization of their mandate when they eventually emerge from the elections.

In his acceptance speech, the Chairman of the Committee, Chief Sony Neme assured the Chairman and the State Working Committee of NUJ that the programme would not fail.

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He said that he and other members of the committee would work to reciprocate the implicit confidence reposed in them to carry out the onerous task of getting candidates standing elections to talk to Nigerians and Deltans in particular.

The committee comprises eminent journalists such as Chief Sony Neme as Chairman, Chief Festus Ahon as Alternate Chairman, Deacon Chijioke Ugbolue as Secretary, Barr. Akpokona Omafuaire, Comrade Sunny Apah, Comrade Shedrack Onitsha, Comrade Theophilus Onojeghen and Lady Nneka Ozegbe.

Others are Comrade Felix Igbekoyi, Comrade Nkem Nwaeke, Lady Lucy Ezeliora, Chief Emmanuel Ekebe, Comrade Nelson Agbajor, Comrade Abel Johngold and Comrade Barry Agbanigbe.

The Secretary of the Council, Comrade Patrick Ochei commended the committee members for accepting to serve the union at a critical time as this, urging them to make the union proud by representing it in good light.

He said that in times of elections, the people look towards the journalist as their hope and defender, maintaining that such credible image being portrayed over the years by the NUJ must be nurtured and well represented.

 

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IGP, Three Police Officers Face Contempt Charges

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IGP , Three Police Officers Face Contempt Charges

For their continued disobedience and disregard to the lawful order of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba and three of his officers are to face contempt charges.

A High Court of the FCT judiciary had on December 14, 2022, restrained the IGP and his officers from taking any action against a litigant, Abubakar Umar Shagari pending the resolution of issues brought before the court.

The order of the court is in respect of a suit marked FCT/HC/CV/3407/2022 instituted by Abubakar Umar Shagari against the Inspector General of Police and three others.

However, in flagrant disobedience and disregard to the order of the court, the respondents, especially, the staff of the DCP Ayuba Usman of the IGP Special Tactical Squad invaded the residence of the said Abubakar Umar Shagari in Sokoto on January 23, 2023.

During the unlawful invasion, the respondents ransacked the entire building and arrested the aged mother, two wives and two children of the plaintiff and had since hauled them into unlawful custody.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Blessing Anazodo who issued the threat to file contempt charges against the respondents asked them to conduct their statutory functions within the ambit of the law.

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The lawyer pleaded with the IGP and his officers to obey the court order and release the aged mother, two wives and two children of the plaintiff forthwith or be ready to face contempt proceedings.

She also indicated enforcement of monetary damages against the respondents jointly and severally unless they respect the order of the Court in the matter.

 

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BREAKING: How Nigerians Keeping N2.7 Trillion At Home, Others Caused Naira Redesign – Emefiele

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BREAKING: How Nigerians Keeping N2.7 Trillion At Home, Others Caused Naira Redesign - Emefiele

The need to stop Nigerians from keeping N2.7 trillion at home instead of banks was among the reasons the federal government redesigned the naira notes.

The Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, disclosed this on Sunday.

He revealed that N2.7trillion was lying idle in people’s homes prior to 2015 when the Buhari administration came on board.

He said as at 2015 currency-in-circulation was only N1.4 trillion, while as at October 2022, currency in circulation had risen to N3.23 trillion, out of which only N500 billion was within the banking industry.

“N2.7 trillion was held permanently in people’s homes,” Emefiele stated after he paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina state, where both parties approved a ten-day extension for old currency swap.

Giving further explanations, the apex bank governor said ordinarily, when CBN releases currency into circulation, it is meant to be used and after effluxion of time, it returns to the CBN thereby keeping the volume of currency in circulation under the firm control of the CBN.

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He said since the commencement of the currency redesign and other monetary programmes, “about N1.9 trillion has been collected, leaving us with about N900 billion (N500 billion + N1.9 trillion).”

With the approval of the president, the deadline for the currency swap has been moved from January 31, 2023 to February 10, 2023.

Buhari had on Sunday, urged the CBN to allow more time, discretion and order to enable Nigerians to successfully change their currencies to the redesigned notes, and reduce the risk of loss, especially among the underserved in rural areas.

 

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WPO Launches Book, Inaugurates Peace Programme For Political Candidates

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WPO Launches Book, Inaugurates Peace Programme For Political Candidates

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Nigerian politicians have been charged to embrace peace and shun violence or acts that will endanger the lives of the masses.

This was part of the keynote messages delivered at the official inauguration of the Peace Development Program for all political candidates in Nigeria organized by the World Peace Organization, Nigeria Chapter in conjunction with the Albania Diplomatic Mission and suported by World Peace Programme .

The occasion was also used for the launch of a book titled “The Peaceful Man”.

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The Director General of the World Peace Organization (WPO), Ambassador (Prof). Olumuyiwa Babalola stressed that the continuous Peace Development Programme covered matters related to mediation and conflicts prevention to always support the activities of subsequent general elections in Nigeria and also, to substantiate the just-concluded Peace Accord the candidates have signed with the National Peace Committee.

He further stressed the importance of the programme, noting that it was meant to empower the political candidates, chairmen of political parties and prepare them to strengthen mechanisms and capacities for inclusive dialogue, mediation and national peace before, during and after elections and to effectively adapt and respond to complex political situations and identify areas for preventive actions.

These are some of the objectives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – UN Department of Political and Peace Building. It is the signature cross-pillar initiative that aims to embrace support for national stakeholders on conflicts prevention, sustaining peace and tranquility.

 

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