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LG Poll: Adeyemi Ikuforiji Sends Message To Politicians, Stakeholders



LG Poll: Adeyemi Ikuforiji Sends Message To Politicians, Stakeholders-Crystal News

Ahead of the Lagos State local government elections, former Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Sabit Ikuforiji has advised politicians and other stakeholders to embrace positive attitudinal change for the emergence of a new electoral mindset.

Ikuforiji made the call at the conference organised by the Centre for Human and Socio-Economic Rights (CHSR) and held at the Right House Ikeja, Lagos at the weekend.

While emphasizing the importance of the people in a democracy, he said, the people are the beauty of democracy.

Ikuforiji said, “When the people’s element of the democratic system of government is ignored, the entire system fails and such a nation will not progress.

“I am therefore urging the electoral bodies, political parties, security agencies, and citizens to see themselves as stakeholders in the democratic process. They must actively participate in every election to bring about peace, progress and stability at the grassroots and in the country.

“For us to have true democracy at the grassroots, the State Independent Electoral Commission and Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) must not be seen to be independent in theory. They must be seen to practice independence in reality. The electoral bodies must recognize the sanctity of its role as the results of its conduct will determine the future for many years to come.

LG Poll: Adeyemi Ikuforiji Sends Message To Politicians, Stakeholders-Crystal News

LG Poll: Adeyemi Ikuforiji Sends Message To Politicians, Stakeholders-Crystal News

“There has to be an attitudinal change among political stakeholders. A new electoral mindset has to emerge. It is time we embrace issue-based electoral campaigns. As the local government elections approach, candidates must not see winning as a do or die affair. They must strategise and productively engage the electorates to gain their votes and supports. Votes must be earned and not stolen or rigged.

“Society is afflicted today because many citizens have a debased perception of the electoral process, thereby placing individual priorities above national interest. It is therefore expedient to keep in mind that leaders don’t drop from the sky like snow during winter, they are products of societal value.

“It is noteworthy to state that our democracy is bedevilled with numerous challenges, ranging from corruption, nepotism, tribalism, inefficient public systems and citizens’ political apathy all of which have made grassroots democracy a mirage till date.

“We, therefore, need to take a drastic step to stall the dwindling state of our democratic experience by urging Stakeholders and political parties to perceive politics and statesmanship as a tool to correcting these ills.”

Police Caution Youths, Hoodlums, Others

In his speech, the State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ahmed M.Kontagora (Operations) cautioned those that have premeditated motive to wreak havoc during and after the election to have a rethink as the command is combat ready to curb any act of electoral malpractices and other illegalities.

“Permit me at this juncture to issue a warning to those who have the intention to disrupt the local government election to desist from doing so forthwith.

“The experiences the police have had in past elections have now formed a watershed that will factor effective and efficient police participation in the forthcoming local government election.

“For us to have a genuine grassroots democracy, it implies that the governments, political parties, regulatory bodies/umpires and other stakeholders must formulate policies that will enhance equal participation of all and sundry in political processes and decision making.

“As a roadmap for a successful outing in the forthcoming local government election, I enjoin the politician to shed the toga of intrigues, subterfuge, self-conceit and brinkmanship, so as to make way for the right culture of decency, responsibility and responsiveness to emerge in the political space.”

Earlier in his speech, President, CHSR Alex Omotehinse, appraised the precarious situation of the country’s national life in relation to the pocket of skirmishes recorded in the wake of the electoral process.

He said, “Youths should shun violence, take an active part in partisan politics and eschew being used as thugs to snatch ballot boxes.

“The recent clampdown of every Nigerian that speaks against injustice in this country with fictitious, frivolous obnoxious charges is a serious threat to peace as it poses security challenge to our hard-earned and most cherished democracy, rule of law, civility and corporate existence as villages, communities which makes the local government as the third tier of government stands vulnerable.

“This must be resisted not only by freedom fighters and activists alone but by the Nigerian masses irrespective of their tribes, ethnic nationality, religion or political affiliations.”

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Missing Journalist: IG Assures NUJ Of Resolving Case



Missing Journalist: IG Assures NUJ Of Resolving Case
The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Usman Alkali has assured the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) of the police force’s readiness to unravel the disappearance of Mr. Tordue Henry Salem, a reporter with the Vanguard Newspapers.
The I-G gave the assurance when members of NUJ, FCT Council, carried out a peaceful march to his office on Monday in Abuja to express displeasure with the silence of the police on the matter.
Alkali, represented by Mr Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, disclosed that Salem’s case was with them, explaining that it was officially reported to the National Assembly Police Station on Oct. 15.
He said from their investigation, Salem slept in the house of his sister some where around Life Camp on Oct. 12, woke up on Oct. 13, took a Bolt Taxi to National Assembly, where he worked for Vanguard.
“After close of work, he was last seen at the National Assembly between 4pm and 5pm on Oct. 13, and thereafter his colleagues never saw him again.
“On Oct. 15, the matter was formally reported at the National Assembly’s Police Station.
“The attention of the FCT Commissioner of Police and IG were drawn to the case. The IGP gave a firm instruction that all materials and human resources should be deployed at locating and understanding the rationale behind Salem’s disappearance.
“As I speak to you, we have made significant process in the investigation.
“However,  I am glad that the Chairman of NUJ, FCT Council, understood the significance of confidential briefing and because of that request, I would rather do more of confidential briefing.
“But, we were able to trace when he left the National Assembly. We were able to interact with a young lady who spent time with him that night.
“We have the recordings of the last call he made. Also,  we were able to speak with six different persons he spoke to that night.
“So, there are a lot of efforts behind the scene taking place. The Police intentionally kept quite on the case.
“We call it ‘Technical Silence’, because, we want to get to a comfortable altitude before we talk to the public,” Alkali said.
He said that the suspects or whoever had a hand was still out there, adding that the police would not want to provide too much for the suspects to know how much or how far the police had  gone.
“So, I just want to give a strong assurance that everything, humanly and operationally possible, would be done to solve this case.
“We see the media as integral part of what we do. We appreciate Journalists’ collaboration and support.”
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of NUJ, FCT Council, Mr Emmanuel Ogbeche, submitted a petition to Alkali signed by himself and Secretary of Council, Mr Ochiaka Ugwu.
The petition is titled “Demand to expedite action for the locating of Mr Tordue Henry Salem, Journalist and Correspondent with the Vanguard Newspaper who has been missing for 12 Days”.
Ogbeche said the FCT Council was optimistic that with adequate funding, up-to-date deployment of technology, well-motivated personnel and proper synergy, the Nigeria Police Force would be positioned to rise up to the task of securing our country alongside other security agencies.
“The IG, Sir, as you are aware, a colleague of ours and a journalist of note, Mr Tordue Henry Salem of the Vanguard Newspapers, went missing on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, right in front of the Total Filing Station less than a 100 meters from the Force Headquarters.
“Some 48 hours after, fellow colleagues who cover the House of Representatives realised he had disappeared, a report was immediately incidented at the National Assembly Police Division.
“This was followed by a petition to both your office and that of the Director-General of the Department of State Service by his employers, Vanguard Media Ltd.
“This was outside calls by the leadership of the NUJ to senior officers of the Police.
 “It is regrettable to note that 12 days after Salem disappeared, nothing much has happened to indicate whether he is alive or dead, whether he is captive of the State, a non-state or an alien.
“it is relevant that we remind you that the State owes every Nigerian, particularly a journalist, protection and assurance of safety,” Ogbeche said.
The FCT NUJ Chairman explained that Nigeria had continued to fare badly on the Press Freedom Index for six successive years and it would be most unfortunate if the disappearance of Salem added to the poor rating.
Ogbeche noted that in 2020, a report of Reporters Without Borders showed that Nigeria went five spots down the Press Freedom Index from 115 to 120 out of 180 countries, with the telling remark that Nigeria remained “one of West Africa’s most dangerous and difficult countries for journalists.”
He further stated that a June 2021 report of the Nigeria Union of Journalists and Media Foundation for West Africa revealed that the media industry recorded seven unresolved killings and 300 violations, affecting about 500 journalists, media workers, and media houses in Nigeria.
“What all these underscores is that the prevailing environment is unsafe, suffocating and dangerous not just for journalists and other media workers but for the sustenance of democracy itself.
“It is in this wise that we are here to demand that Mr Tordue Henry Salem not only be found but that adequate protection be offered to journalists going forward. That the culture of harassment, intimidation, brutalization, and disappearances ends.
“Our demand is reinforced by the fact that as we approach 2023, a General Elections year in Nigeria, the political and economic elites become more desperate to hang on to power and because they will not want to be held accountable to the Nigerian people, the media become their major targets.
“This culture of impunity should and must be arrested by the Nigeria Police as the primary security agency as well as other sister agencies,” Ogbeche stressed.
Journalists during the March
Meanwhile, some journalists who participated in the peaceful March spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Mr Olakunle Awoniyi of WE FM, Abuja said he was happy with what the IG said, adding that he was convinced that the Police would do the needful to find Salem.
Miss Tina Olaitan of the ministry of Information said the disappearance of Salem was not the first of it kind in the country.
“But it has to stop. It is not a crime to be a Journalist. Please the Police should look for Salem.
“If he is dead, let us see his body. If he is alive, let is know what he did. We are worried,” she added

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NYSC Coordinator Charges Corps Members On Skills Acquisition



NYSC Begins Training 200 Corps Members As Enumerators In Bauchi-Crystal News

Mr. Chris Jimba, the Imo coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps, has urged Batch C Stream I corps members in the state to acquire skills to increase their capacity.

Jimba made the call while inaugurating the Scheme’s Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme at its permanent orientation camp in Eziama Obaire, Nkwerre Local Government Area of the state on Monday.

He said that painstaking efforts to learn viable skills were required of the corps members as an opportunity for self-development, job creation and improvement of their individual and family lives.

He added that the skills training would avail participating corps members the opportunity of exposure to demand-driven ventures and enhancement of technical capacity.

According to him, such skills will be useful during job search as well as afford beneficiaries a birds eye view of start-up funding options available for corps members.

” The SAED programme affords you an opportunity to acquire useful skills with which you can make a living.

“It also exposes you to funding options for business start-up after national service.

“Take advantage of this opportunity provided by management to stay a step ahead in job and wealth creation and improve your lives,” he said.

In response, one of the corps members, Olaniyan Abimbola, thanked the organisers of the training for the opportunity and pledged to put the skills to good use.

The event featured exhibitions by the respective skills classes coordinated by the director of SAED department, Mr Hilary Nasamu.

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eNaira Officially Launched In Nigeria Amidst Mixed Reactions




Nigerian digital currency, eNaira has officially been launched amidst mixed feelings, Crystal News reports

eNaira was officially launched at the at the States House in Abuja today, (Monday) after an earlier planned launch on October 1.

eNaira was developed by fintech company Bitt, which is also behind the creation of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) in some East Caribbean countries.

Present at the unveiling were the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

eNaira: Buhari Officially Launch Nigerian Digital Currency

Nigerian authorities say the currency is not intended to replace cash but will function as a safe and efficient alternative means of payment.

At the eNaira launch the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, said 500 million eNaira ($1.21 million) has already been minted.

Emefiele added that there had been “overwhelming interest and encouraging response”, adding that 33 banks, 2,000 customers and 120 merchants had already registered successfully with the platform, which is available via an app on Apple and Android.

The CBDC’s digital currency app and its merchant wallet are now live and available for download.

The two apps, eNaira speed wallet and eNaira merchant wallet, are now available on Google playstore and Apple store.

A notice on the enaira website gives details into how the currency and the wallet will work.

“Get Ready With Your Accurate BVN Data For Your Hitch-Free Enrolment,” it says.


eNaira site

“To sign-up on the eNaira speed wallet, you would be required to input the following details exactly as captured during your BVN enrollment.

“First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth, State of Origin, and Email.

eNaira launched with mixed reactions

Some Nigerians have reacted to the launch of eNaira, while some  believe its form of exploit other question CBN and the Buhari-led federal government.

OluwaFemi J. Olagunju said, “Under this present Central Bank governor, our economy has nosedive than ever before, and the naira is at its weakest. “Instead, the Central Bank of Nigeria has continually look for ways to exploit Nigerians through silly numerous bank charges. Instead of launching the e naira, the failed Central Bank governor should be interested in at least returning the value of naira to what he met when he got into office. “The Central Bank governor witch haunted those who took part in EndSARS protest by placing embargo on their account. Why has he not done same to bandits or killer herdsmen?” 

Abdullah Idris Garba Talasse “We are becoming digital Nigeria. Thank you CBN, thank you PMB for making such a reality.” Abdallah Mohammed “At least, if it will reduce banks exploitation, it’s a welcome idea but I don’t see any different with our money in bank account.”

Ademitunji Afolabimi, “What about the general public? What is the level of their preparedness about this digital currency? Or it only for the financial gurus and experts? What sensitization have you done about the currency and how the general public can key into it use? Will it be acceptable by the Nigerian public?”.

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