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2023:INEC Commences Distribution Of Over 77 Thousand PVC’S In Kano

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Kano State, has warned against multiple registrations for Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) during the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise.

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Prof Risqua Shehu, disclosed this during a press conference on Thursday in Kano.

Shehu revealed that the commission observed that many of the people who show up for the registration already have their Permanent Voters Card (PVCs).

According to him, as at January 2022, about 40 percent of those who registered in Kano State were found to have registered before.

“This scenario is in all the states of the federation. Infact, there were states that recorded over 50 percent illegal registration.

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“We have been trying to educate people to understand that the PVCs issued by the commission do not expire, therefore, there is no need for anybody with his or her PVC to register again.

“Double registration is an offence as clearly enshrined in the Electoral Act 2022. The person involved is liable for prosecution and he will be fined for N100,000 or one year prison sentence or both,” he explained.

Shehu enjoined people to desist from multiple registrations in the ongoing CVR exercise across the state.

 

According to him, over 380,000 old PVCs that are yet to be collected.

The INEC official said that the commission had commenced distribution of 77,117 new PVCs of those who registered between June to December 2021 of the CVR.

The REC further disclosed that the commission had received 13,932 cards of all those who updated their information or requested for transfer.

Shehu who said that as at June 27, 2022, there were 396, 651 online applicants in Kano, also added that a total of 380,582 have completed their registration so far.

He said that the commission had initially announced June 30th , 2022 as date to stop the CVR but due to the recent upsurge across the states the exercise would continue and a new date for the closure would soon be announced by the commission.

The commissioner explained that the commission had created additional registration center at Indoor Sports hall of Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar-Mata in the metropolis.

According to him, the location was chosen because of convenience and sitting capacity.

He added that the commission would deploy 30 IVED machines and personnel to commence registration of eligible Nigerians on Tuesday, July 5th.

 

The INEC official urged those that had yet to register to do so in order to avoid a last-minute rush.

 

“I want to use this opportunity to urge all those that are yet to collect their PVCs to go to the INEC offices in the LGAs where they registered to do so,” he appealed.

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Northern Senators Commends ECOWAS Leaders For Lifting Sanctions On Niger Republic

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Abuja. – Today, the Northern Senators Forum expresses it’s heartfelt appreciation and commendation to the exceptional leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their decisive action in lifting sanctions imposed on Niger Republic as a result of military takeover on 26th July, 2023. We are pleased to see that ECOWAS has responded to the progressive requests made by us individually and collectively on the subject matter, and we commend their prudent and compassionate approach in addressing these critical issues.

The Northern Senators Forum believes that the principled and empathetic decision made by ECOWAS to lift the sanctions on Niger Republic is a testament to the organization’s commitment to regional solidarity, cooperation, and respect for human rights. We understand that this action will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of Niger Republic, as well as ensuring the restoration of stability and economic prosperity in our region.

We are particularly grateful that ECOWAS leaders have considered our pleas to restore electricity, open borders, and lift the sanctions on Niger Republic. These measures will not only have crucial humanitarian implications, but will also foster regional integration, trade, and cooperation. We firmly believe that this step taken by ECOWAS will positively impact the lives of the people of Niger Republic and Nigeria and facilitate the restoration of trust and harmony among all member states.

As representatives of the people and advocates for justice and democracy, we commend ECOWAS for their responsiveness and understanding of the immense challenges faced by our fellow West African nation. The Northern Senators Forum stands in solidarity with ECOWAS IN restoring democracy and rule of law in Niger Republic and other west African countries, and we are committed to working to promote stability, peace, and socio-economic development throughout the region.

The Northern Senators Forum urges the government of Niger Republic and its people to seize this opportunity to hasten the process of returning to democratic governance to build a stronger and more prosperous nation, harnessing their resilient spirit and unwavering determination. Furthermore, we urge all regional stakeholders to continue engaging in dialogue and pursuing peaceful solutions to address any remaining concern, fostering a harmonious environment for progress and development.

Finally, the Northern Senators Forum would like to reiterate its deep appreciation to ECOWAS leaders especially President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria for their proactive and benevolent intervention in lifting the sanctions imposed on Niger Republic. We are confident that this decision will leave an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of all West African nations and serve as a shining example for resolving differences through dialogue and diplomacy.

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BREAKING: ECOWAS lifts sanctions against Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso

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President Bola Ahmad Tinubu addressing the Extraordinary meeting of ECOWAS heads of state in Abuja,Photo:Channels TV

 

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted sanctions imposed on Niger Republic, Mali, Burkina Faso, member nations that are ruled by military.

The authorities of ECOWAS on Saturday said the decision was based on humanitarian considerations, especially because of the Lenten period and the approaching month of Ramadan.

The regional bloc also lifted sanctions on Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

To invite all four countries to a meeting.

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Kano Unity Forum Urges Drug Dealers to Comply with Court Directives and Relocate to Dangwauro

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Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar addressing the Press

Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar, representing the unity forum, addressed the press in Kano, highlighting the city’s historic significance as a commercial hub spanning centuries, despite facing challenges from colonial and post-colonial legacies.

Recent years have seen a surge in attempts to undermine Kano through the importation of dangerous drugs, posing a grave threat to its future and Northern Nigeria at large, with drug dealers operating openly in markets like Muhammad Abubakar Rimi Market, Sabongari.
Statistics from the NDLEA reveal alarming figures, with substantial quantities of psychotropic substances seized within a short span, prompting urgent action to safeguard society’s future.

The Kano State Government, disturbed by the situation, initiated the establishment of a modern pharmaceutical market within the new Kano Economic City at Dangwauro through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), aiming to regulate and monitor unlawful activities.

Despite efforts to relocate dealers to the new market, resistance persists, with the perpetrators going to the extent of instituting legal action against directives, recently ruled against by the court.

Stakeholders emphasize the intolerability of allowing illicit drugs to pervade society, asserting a unified stance against the trade’s detrimental impact on Kano’s fabric, and vow to employ all legitimate means to halt its spread.

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