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PLagos CAN backs Sanwo-Olu for second term

The Lagos State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has thrown its weight behind Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, as they seek re-election.

News Source: Punch Newspaper

According to the association, the support for their re-election is due to the excellent performance in the last four years.

This was stated by the Lagos CAN Chairman, Rev Stephen Adegbite, at a press briefing on Monday, ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

Adegbite said, “Today, we would like to inform the residents of Lagos State that the Christian Association of Nigeria, in Lagos and the Christian community in the state are throwing our weight solidly behind the candidacy of the incumbent governor, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Kadri Hamzat, for second term.

It is important to make abundantly clear that the Christian community in Lagos, led by leaders, including my humble self, demanded a Christian governor, and by divine providence and listening ears of party leaders, the present governor was given to us.

Let me say that this endorsement is based primarily on one thing; performance and nothing else.

Delta increases teachers’ retirement age to 65

The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Monday, approved a new retirement age for teachers in the state public service.

By the governor’s approval, teachers in Delta State will now retire at age 65 or after spending 40 years in service.

News Source: Punch Newspaper

The same is applicable to non-academic staff of state-owned polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, told newsmen that the decision was made during the State Executive Council meeting in Asaba.

The commissioner said the council’s resolution was to enable teachers and workers in tertiary institutions to contribute more to nation building.

“We did this because we have seen that even at age 65, many have garnered lots of experience to be able to teach more and have a clearer understanding of their fields of study.

“And they can continue to contribute to moulding minds. Forty years of service is also not a bad idea, because we have seen most often that many teachers retire without getting tired.

“Also for the non-teaching staff of our Colleges of Education and polytechnics, we have given them the advantage of remaining in service as non-teaching staff for as many as 40 years.

“They will also remain in service for as long as 65 years of age. So they now have an extra five years added to their retirement age and service year.”

FULL LIST: INEC releases names of 109 senators-elect

The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the full list of members-elect of the 10th Senate.

Recall that the National Assembly elections held last Saturday, February 25, 2023, alongside the presidential election, ushering in a new set of members, with returning familiar faces in the Hallowed Chambers.

News Source: Vanguard News

The new and returning lawmakers will sit in the legislative arm of government making up the Red and Green chambers

However, in the recently released list by INEC, eight names are missing, as the commission noted that supplementary elections will be held in the affected senatorial districts.

Presidential election: Investigate every infraction, redeem yourself – Group to INEC

The Chen Education and Development Empowerment, CEDE, group has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to investigate various infractions recorded during the Presidential elections and prosecute those found culpable, of any infractions

News Source: Daily Post

The group said its call in the wake of the presidential election follows the verifiable reports of irregularities and violence during voting in many states.

Explaining that democracy remains the most viable option for Nigeria, the Executive Director of the group, Cynthia Anaele at a press conference warned that the democratic process must not only be transparent but be seen to be so.

Anaele tasked INEC to do more to redeem its image by ensuring that the upcoming Governorship and States Assembly elections are free, fair and credible.

She noted that Nigerian youths had trooped out in their numbers to participate in the election following promises by INEC that election results will be uploaded on its server in real time from polling units but expressed worry that INEC did not obey its own rules.

‘‘INEC had assured Nigerians that it was prepared to conduct a free, fair and credible election that all will be proud of, young Nigerians trusted INEC to respect and comply with its own rules, however, what Nigerians saw on the day of the elections contradicted INEC’s assurances.

‘‘In many places, materials or election officials arrived late to the polling units or did not arrive at all and other varied blunders by the electoral body.

‘‘In most places, INEC ad-hoc staff did not have complete materials such as ink or ballot papers while in some other polling units, there was only one BVAS which was a challenge considering the high number of registered voters in those units.

‘‘There were incidents of violence and voter suppression in many states, there were also reports of assaults on INEC staff, election materials as well as security flaws. And more significantly, INEC was unable to quickly update the iRev Portal for citizens to monitor poll results, despite all its assurances’’, she emphasized.

The group worried that despite all the anomalies, the electoral body went ahead to announce a winner, claiming he satisfied all criteria.

It, however, advised INEC to quickly fix the challenge with the BVAS and its iRev portal, noting that the integrity of any electoral system is critical to the legitimacy of any government emanating from it.

CEDE appealed to politicians to desist from utterances and actions that would further fuel tension across the country, ahead of the gubernatorial and state assembly elections.

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