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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Friday, 16th July, 2021 Edition)

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture

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Kwara APC Crisis: 11 Lai Mohammed’s Loyalists Suspended

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has approved the suspension of 11 party members loyal to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Kwara State for taking legal action against the party and its state chairman, Hon. Abdullahi Samari Abubakar.

The minister has formed a faction of the party in the state and refused to recognise the leadership of Samari Abubakar who is loyal to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq with the backing of the national leadership of the party.

The suspension letter, sighted by our correspondent Thursday, is dated February 5, 2021, signed by Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Sen. James Akpanudoedehe, and addressed to the Kwara State Chairman, Hon. Abdullahi Samari Abubakar.

The 11 party members loyal to Lai had approached the court to demand the removal of the approved State Caretaker Committee Chairman, Abubakar, contrary to the directive of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of 25th June 2020, where it was resolved that no member of the party should institute any court action against the party.

Electoral Act: INEC Stripped Of Sole Power To Transmit Results Electronically

The Senate on Thursday passed the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 during which it also stripped the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of the exclusive powers to transmit election results electronically.

However, the House of Representatives could not pass the electoral act amendment bill because of some contentious issues. Even in the Senate, members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and those of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were at each other’s throats on the practicability or otherwise of transmitting election results electronically, a development that made other important provisions in the bill less prominent during the debate. While most APC members supported legal backing for transmitting election results with a caveat, many PDP expressed reservations.

The Red Chamber approved electronic transmission of results during elections provided that: “The national network coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secured by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and approved by the National Assembly.” The approval followed an amendment to Clause 52(3) by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger) and seconded by Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South). The committee, in its report, recommended that INEC “may transmit results of elections by electronic means where and when practicable.”

‘God Remembered Me 37 Yrs After Composing NYSC Anthem’

The Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, yesterday, visited Dr Oluwole Adetiran, who composed the scheme’s anthem. Adetiran, who studied music at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, composed the anthem in 1984 while undergoing the one-year national service in Oyo State.

The NYSC boss led a high-powered delegation to the residence of Adetiran, now 74, at Ibafo in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The DG said he learned through social media that Adetiran was seriously ill and decided to visit him. The NYSC boss noted that the wordings of the anthem were philosophical and have continued to be a source of inspiration to serving and past corps members. Ibrahim, who presented an undisclosed cash gift to Adetiran, assured that the agency would not abandon him in his trying period.

Electric Vehicles Charging Station Debuts In Lagos

Vehicle electrification in Nigeria got a boost this week as the federal government commissioned another solar powered electric vehicle charging station in Lagos.

The project, built by the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), was commissioned at the University of Lagos.

It was the second to be commissioned by the NADDC after it commissioned one in Sokoto recently. Nigeria saw the first electric vehicle, the Hyundai Kona assembled by Stallion recently. Three brands – the Hyundai Kona EV, the Jet EV Van and the Electric Vehicle – developed by the engineering students of the University of Lagos were tested in the newly commissioned station.

Make Life Easier For The Masses, Emir Of Kano Tells Buhari

The Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to make life easier for the masses.

The monarch made the call when he received the president at his palace on Thursday. He also appealed to the president to improve security and address inflation in the country.

“We also call on the President to help make life easier for the masses, especially in the area of security and food security,” he added.

FG Declares Tuesday, Wednesday Holiday For Eid-El-Kabir

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, July 20, and Wednesday, July 21, 2021, as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration. The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration in a statement on Thursday.

In the statement Dr. Shuaib Belgore, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, signed on his behalf, Aregbesola congratulated all Muslim faithful and Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on the occasion.

“I call on Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country, considering the challenges of insecurity we face at the moment. These mainly are bandits in the North West and North Central, insurgents in the North East, kidnappers, armed robbers, ethnic agitators and sundry criminals in other parts of the country,” Aregbesola said.

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