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Gov Ikpeazu Hale And Hearty – CPS

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Abia State governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Onyebuchi Ememanka, has reacted to claims in some quarters that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has been sick and bedridden.

The CPS in a statement on Saturday refuted the claim and described it as the handiwork of political fifth columnists and agents of destabilisation.

He said the governor “is hale and hearty” and even had a busy schedule on Friday, attending to a long line of official visitors, who were at the state government house in Umuahia for one issue or the other.

Ememanka therefore called on the citizens of the state to totally ignore the rumour, which he insisted was from “agents of confusion” who derive joy in evil.

He emphasised, that the “Governor is in perfect state of health and is prepared to challenge any of those spreading the rumour to a game of soccer.”

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Carrington Fellows Urge Nigerian Youth to Get PVCs and Participate in Election Processes

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As part of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) ongoing PVC Drive Campaign, distinguished members of the organisation hosted a webinar tagged “Your PVC; Plastic or Power? To encourage young Nigerians to see their PVCs as their power and access to political significance.

The webinar which was held on Zoom brought young people from different spheres together to discuss issues around electoral participation, with respect to the forthcoming elections.

During the event, which was moderated by Kawthar Salahudeen, a 2019 fellow of the Carrington Youth Fellowship, she stated that more young people still need to understand the importance of their PVC, and so stop seeing it beyond mere plastics. “We need to understand that these powerful PVCs will determine the fate of the nation in about 14 months to come”, Salahudeen explained.

The President of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Alumni Network, Olusola Owonikoko, in his opening remark where he expressed the reason for this webinar, said CYFI remains committed to mobilizing increased youth participation in Nigeria.

“The PVC drive is directly connected to the future of the youths, because only through strategic participation can we make our voices heard, and the 2023 elections provide a significant window of opportunity”, Owonikoko said.

He went further to say that the youth including women must shun all forms of indifference and contribute to the national conversation around the coming elections. We all must register for the PVC and be fully involved in electoral and political processes.

According to Paul Enejo, Programs Manager, Elections Yiaga Africa, “PVC is power and it gives a voter the power to vote”. He stated that aside from getting the PVC, it is more important to have the right attitude towards political participation. Enejo is of the opinion that the right attitude will birth novel ideas and strategies towards meaningful engagement in the 2023 elections.

Kunle Lawal, Executive Director, Electoral College, noted that “your PVC is your key card to your country, essentially because it unlocks your voting power.” According to Lawal, the PVC gives power and takes power!

Oyeyemi Immanuel, a legal practitioner, and social entrepreneur explained to participants at the webinar that the corporate sector and individuals have a role to play in the electoral process of our great country. “The corporate sector has a bigger role to play in driving choices that directly impacts our nation. Our economy is in need of resuscitation and the corporate sector plays a critical role towards the sustainable development of our nation.”

Lying emphasizes the need for increased participation amongst the youth she said “Individuals should see the need to participate actively and strategically in the electoral process, not until then can say we have made a choice.”

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Lack Of Electricity Killing Nigerian Industries, Says AfDB President, Adesina

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President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, on Tuesday lamented that a paucity of energy was negatively affecting the growth of Nigerian industries.

Adesina made the comment while speaking at a meeting organised by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) in Abuja.

“Today, no business can survive in Nigeria without generators,” Adesina said. “Consequently, the abnormal has become normal.

“Unless Nigeria decisively tackles its energy deficiency and reliability, its industries will always remain uncompetitive.”

Also speaking at the meeting was the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Dr Okonjo-Iweala noted that trade was a key part in the global economy recovery and called for more support for micro, small and medium enterprises.

“Poor countries need access to bigger markets to grow rapidly,” she said. “With trade projected to grow at 10.8 percent this year, more than twice as fast as GDP, external demand will far outpace domestic demand for many countries, especially those on the wrong end of the k-shaped recovery.

“For Manufacturers, trade is also important because they need better access to imports as well as competitive logistics and other services critical to international competitiveness.

“Digital is very important here, especially for young Africans and the businesses they create; many businesses have been able to weather the pandemic because they were able to access the Internet and sell online.

“We should work harder, first to understand the barriers facing micro, medium and small enterprises in global trade and then to lower these barriers.

“At the WTO, different groups of members are seeking to do just that. One group is working on an e-commerce agreement. Another is working on empowering MSMEs to trade; and a third is working on lowering barriers facing women in global economic trade.”

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Anambra Guber: INEC Gives Update On Available PVCs

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said that 81,778 newly printed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were ready for collection in Anambra State.

INEC disclosed this in a statement titled “ Update on Preparations for the Anambra State Governorship Election”, signed by Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, on Tuesday in Abuja.

Okoye said that the new printed PVCs included newly registered voters and those who applied for replacement or transfer of their cards in the state during the just concluded first phase of the Continuous Voter Registration in the state.

He said that the cards had been printed and would be delivered to the INEC office in Anambra State on Thursday.

“In our previous update, the Commission informed the public that a total of 138,802 Nigerians completed the registration in Anambra State.

“After a thorough cleaning up of the data, it was discovered that the number of multiple registrants was 62,698.

“Consequently, the number of valid registrants dropped to 76,104.

“During the same period, there were 5,674 requests for transfers, update of voter information and replacement of lost or damaged cards, giving a cumulative total of 81,778 PVCs.

“These cards have been printed and will be delivered to our office in Anambra State on Thursday, Oct. 28.

“The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Anambra State and his staff shall work out the most efficient means of ensuring that the voters concerned collect their PVCs in earnest.

“Fortunately, the Commission has the telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of all the new registrants. They will be contacted to make the collection seamless,” Okoye said.

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