There’ll be no double registration for 2019 elections – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that anyone who attempts to register twice in the ongoing continuous voter registration exercise will be caught.

According to the commission, the technology it is using for the exercise is capable of checking and flagging all attempts at double registration.

The Director of Information Technology Development, INEC, Chidi Nwafor, said this on Thursday in an exclusive interview.

He explained that attempts at double registration would be spotted an eliminated via a process called deduplication, which would be run at both state and national levels.

“What it does is that when you do two registrations, it matches them and strikes one of your registration off,” he said, adding that it did not matter whether an individual registered in two different states.

Nwafor also warned those who might be planning to register twice that attempting to do so is a criminal offence.

He said, “Whichever way you do it, before 2019 when we run the system you will be caught and you will not be allowed to vote. Also, people should know that it is a criminal offence and people have been in trouble because of that.”

Nwafor explained that the continuous voter registration exercise started by INEC on Thursday would not only allow those who have turned 18 since the last general elections to register, it would also give people who could not vote due to one issue or the other with their registration to resolve the problem.

He said, “This is what we call housekeeping, making sure that we start this process of doing the registration and solving the issues of the cards, making sure everybody has their cards before the 2019 elections.”

With new registrations ongoing, Nwafor said that about seven million voter cards have yet to be collected from the commission, while between 52 and 53 million people had collected cards and could vote in elections.

Source: Channels

Value Of Nigeria’s Forest Cover Depletes To 5% – Institute

The Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria has confirmed that Nigeria’s forest cover is now depleted to 5% as against the expected minimum value of 25% which is recommended by global agencies such as the United Nations, (U.N).

The Executive Director of the Agency, Dr. Adesola Adepoju, stated this during a courtesy visit to the Government House in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

He, however, lauded the Edo State government for its contribution to forest development in the country.

“Edo State is still one of the stakeholders in the left-over forest cover of the country. Even when our forest cover has been depleted to less than 5% as against the expected minimum of 25%, according to the FAO, U.N and other conventions recommendations.”

Meanwhile, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has disclosed plans of establishing forestry commission in the state, adding that his administration is set to clamp down on illegal logging activities.

“What we decided and what we have done is to take out forestry and create a forestry commission. And for us, it is urgent and important. We are not unaware of some activities that are going on and threatening our forest, and as a government, we are going to fight back and reclaim our forest”.

The visit is expected to open a window of opportunities for collaboration between the state government and the institute in areas of forest development and employment generation.

BREAKING: FG To Crack Down On Cattle Rustlers

The Federal Government is set to go tough to crush cattle rustlers and militant groups across Nigeria.

The resolution forms part of the outcome of the meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC), which held on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, under Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, made this known while giving a report of the security situation in the country to the council.

Meanwhile, also at the meeting, governors of Nigeria’s 36 states formed a committee to audit the country’s Ecological Fund.

Speaking on the reasons behind the development, the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, said the governors decided to audit the fund because although states have not collected any money since the beginning of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, the balance appeared to be diminishing.

“No state has collected money from the ecological funds in the last one or two years and we notice that the balance is going down. Somebody must be touching it,” he said.

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, addressing journalists at the end of the meeting, stated that members of the committee include governors of Oyo, Borno, Imo, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna, Anambra as well as the Ministers of Finance and Environment.

He also noted that the balance in the Ecological Fund currently stands at 33.6 billion Naira.

Source: Channels

Dangote Set to Hit it Big in Another Industry! (Read What He Said)

President of the Dangote Group, Mr Aliko Dangote, says his group of companies’ expansion into agro-allied local production of tomato, rice and sugar is the game-changer.

He also noted that the expansion is in line with the Federal Government’s focus on agriculture.

The Africa’s richest man said this on Monday while addressing journalists at the Nigerian Stock Exchange in Lagos State, south-west Nigeria.

He also closed the first trading day of the week, in company of top stock exchange executives, as well as Mr Femi Otedola and the NSE President, Mr Aigboje Aig-Imokhuede.

Mr Dangote, who celebrated his 60th birthday with the closing gong, gave an update on his ongoing 750,000 barrels per day refinery in Lagos.

Source: Channels

Songhai Farms To Be Replicated In Oyo – Ajimobi

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has reiterated the commitment of his administration to replicate Songhai farms model in the state within nine months, in his quest to maximise opportunities of areas of comparative advantages, especially in agriculture.

He made the disclosure in Ibadan while receiving a delegation from Songhai farms led by its Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Godfrey Nzamujo in his office.

The visit was a follow up to the Governor’s earlier visit to Songhai farms, Port Norvo in Benin Republic to understudy the farms with the aim of establishing a partnership, likewise replicating such in the state.

The Governor said the agricultural sector of Oyo state would experience a total turn around sequel to a new partnership with Songhai farms.

Also, implementations have been made on one of the state farmlands with a further spread across different farm settlements within the state.

Governor Ajimobi said that they have been very much keen to take advantage of all areas where the state has comparative advantage, such as agriculture.

“Our state is well positioned as the food basket of Nigeria. The state is the largest in the south and with good climate.

“If you are talking about an integrated, well managed farm model, it is Songhai farms.

“I am confident that any state that replicates the model will be among the topmost in the comity of nations. Songhai has multiplier effects,” he said.

Governor Ajimobi added that the fastest way to development was through templating, adding that it was the reason for their visit to Songhai to understudy the template.

“I have no doubt in my mind that our efforts in replicating Songhai farms model in the state is a long lasting legacy which would begin to yield results in nine months,” he said.

Earlier, the founder and director of Songhai farm, Nzamujo Godfrey, hinged his visit to the state on the vision and inspiration exhibited by the Governor during his visit to the farms in Port Novo.

“Your excellency, we are here because you inspired us when you came to Port Novo. We are really impressed about your vision and determination to leave a lasting legacy in Oyo state.

“It is that inspiration that brought us down to the state and I am here with two of my leading assistants to help with the vision of replicating the farms here.

“I am sure that your vision will be carried out because we will give it all the necessary pushes,” he said.

He added that the replication of Songhai farms in the state would begin to yield results in nine months.

Source: Channels

Naija React: See What Nigerians Are Saying About Suspended Covenant Varsity Students!

Several Nigerians have condemned the suspension of students of Covenant University, Sango-Ota, Ogun State for not attending the Easter Youth Alive Programme recently organised by the faith-based institution.

This is even as the university stressed that the need to build total students informed its discipline culture.

The concerned people have asked the university to rescind the decision and recall the students who have been sent home.

According to them, university education, whether in a faith-based or secular institutions, should allow freedom of worship and expression.

An economist, Mr. El Khalil ,  warned that if  the punishment was allowed to take effect, those affected might never recover from the psychological and emotional impact of the action.

He said, “Yes, there are rules governing Covenant University, but there is also the existence of the rule of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which guarantees freedom of worship. The nation’s rules are more superior to the extant rules of Covenant University.

“I think it’s high time parents of  these students challenged the excesses of this institution  in court.”

Meanwhile,  although efforts to speak with the university’s Public Relations Officer on whether or not the school will reconsider its stance, it stressed on its website that the vision it had for students made it imperative for it to pursue discipline vigorously.

It stated on its Students Affairs section of its website, “The high demand placed on discipline as a fundamental requirement for making a total graduate as embedded in the core values of Covenant University makes it imperative to pursue it with the required doggedness.”

Source: Vanguard

Nigeria Association of Agricultural Students (NAAS) AAUA Chapter Inaugurates Newly Elected Executives for the 2016/2017 Academic Session! (Photos)

It was a thrilling moment earlier today as NAAS AAUA inaugurated her 2nd set of student executive council members of the association.
The inauguration was chaired by the Chairman, NAAS electoral committee, in person of Dr. Oginni.

NAAS Electoral Committee Chairman, Dr. Oginni Reading the Oath of Office at the Inauguration today

These set of executive executives will be the defendants and protectors of the interest of NAAS AAUA for the 2016/2017 academic session.

The Newly Elected Executive members for the 2016/2017 Academic Session

The members of the pioneer executives as well as other well minded NAASITES were present to grace the occasion.

Some members of the Pioneer and immediate past administration rejoices with the new executives at the inauguration ceremony

The entire BAGIT team wishes the newly elected executive members a peaceful stay in office.

Comr. Adewunmi Blessing                                     PKA Sedulous                                              President,                                                            NAAS AAUA for 2016/2017 Session




Happy Birthday to a Vibrant, Diligent Lecturer in AAUA: Mr Edamisan Ikuemnisan

The entire  BAGIT team uses this moment to celebrate one of the very best, finest and brightest lecturer, not only in faculty of Agriculture, but in Adekunle Ajasin University as a whole.

Mr Edamisan Ikueminsan is an Agricultural Economics Lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.

We know you to be diligent, vibrant and amazingly concerned about the academic, social. physical, moral and general welfare of your students.

We wish you many more happy, prosperous and years ahead sir!


And Yes, We do miss you!

Agriculture Development: Ogun Govt. Provides Fertilizers At Subsidized Rate

The Ogun state government has confirmed the availability of 20,000 tonnes of fertilizer at 5,500 Naira per bag, to farmers across the state to ensure a hitch free 2017 planting season.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Adepeju Adebajo, mentioned this at a meeting with officials of the World Bank and members of the private sector in Abeokuta the state capital.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Bimbo Ashiru, also assured business owners in the state of right policies and programmes to support their investments.

“There is need to close the gap between the government and the private sector, which is very key and that is wha we are working on. You would see that you are our greatest asset.

“The Ogun state government wants to engage you, we want to know what your problems are. We will look at the issue of policy, where we have the wrong policies, you can come back to us and say this your policy is not moving business forward.”

While advising entrepreneurs not to leave everything to the government alone, he also noted that both the entrepreneurs and the government are partners in progress.

Source: Channels

INEC Starts Continuous Voter Registration Nationwide

The Independent National Electoral Commission has commenced the continuous voter registration exercise across the country.

The Chairman of the commission, Prof. Yakubu Mahmud, said at a ceremony to mark the commencement of the exercise in Karu, Abuja that the exercise would afford eligible voters yet to register to do so before the 2019 general election.

He promised that the exercise will be taken to the ward level to allow for wider coverage.

INEC had on Tuesday said the continuous voter registration would run till few months to the 2019 general election.

The elections slated for 2019 will see voters elect their candidates for the presidential, states, legislative and council elections.

All those who were unable to vote in the last exercise and are now above eighteen years are expected to participate but not until they are registered to vote.

INEC is providing this opportunity through a nationwide voter exercise.

In the meantime, the electoral body is calling for cooperation from those participating in the registration and it is putting up a warning to prospective voters to avoid attempting to registers twice as the new electronic device procured for the ongoing exercise has a device that could disqualify anyone attempting to register twice.

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