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Edo, Ondo Polls: INEC Clears Air On Use Of Z-Pad
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said, Wednesday, that no political party or vendor will compel it to deploy any technology, which it has not fully and satisfactorily tested, for the forthcoming Edo and Ondo elections.
The National Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Public Information, Mr Festus Okoye, specifically clarified that the recently introduced tablet (Z-pad) would not serve as “secondary authentication process for the Edo and Ondo governorship elections because we are still test-running it.”
Speaking at a virtual dialogue on ‘Nigeria Electoral System Audit: Edo and Ondo Elections in Perspectives’ organised by the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), Okoye stated that the Z-pad is still being test-run.
Magu: I’m Ready To Testify At Presidential Panel – Malami
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Wednesday expressed his readiness to testify before the Presidential Judicial Inquiry investigating corruption allegations against former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.
In the letter signed by his lawyer, Wahab Shittu, Magu had said Malami should appear to give evidence and tender relevant documents on his memo to the president alleging abuse of office against him.
Speaking as a guest on Arise News TV on Wednesday, Malami said he would appear before the panel without hesitation as he had nothing to hide.
Buhari Inaugurates Committee For Agenda 2050, Development Plan
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday inaugurated the National Steering Committee to oversee the development of the Nigeria Agenda 2050 and Medium-Term National Development Plan to succeed the Vision 20:2020 and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017 – 2020.
The membership of the newly inaugurated committee to be co-chaired by Atedo Peterside and the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, comprises representatives of one state governor from each of the six geopolitical zones, the Senate and House of Representatives, ministers and representatives of key agencies.
Other members are major political parties, the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, captains of industries, labour organizations, youth organizations and women’s societies, farmers’ associations, traditional and religious leaders, people with special needs and members of the press.
The committee is to develop Successor Plans to Vision 2020 and ERGP.
IMF Loans, Others Push Nigeria’s Debts To N31tn — DMO
Nigeria’s total debt stock has risen to N31 trillion as of June 2020, from N28.6tn reported in March, the Debt Management Office, DMO has said.
According to the periodic data which it released on Wednesday, DMO said the public debt stock consist of those for the Federal Government, the 36 state governments and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The N31.009tn debt is about $85.897 billion while that of March which was N28.628tn was about N79.303bn, growing by N2.38tn or $6.59bn due to the $3.36bn Budget Support Loan from the International Monetary Fund, New Domestic Borrowing to finance the Revised 2020 Appropriation Act, the issuance of the N162.557 billion Sukuk, and Promissory Notes issued to settle Claims of Exporters.
Edo 2020: CAN Calls For Fasting, Prayer For Peaceful Poll
Ahead of the September 19, governorship election in Edo State, the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in conjunction with the Light of Peace for Africa Foundation, has called for fasting and prayers on September 16 for peaceful election in the state.
Briefing journalists, on Wednesday in Benin, the association’s Chairman, Bishop Oriname Oyonnude Kure, said the fasting and prayer were necessary for peaceful election in the state.
Kure stressed the need for all people in the state to come together in one voice to seek the face of God to avoid bloodshed and violence before, during and after the election.
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