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INEC receives electoral management innovative tools from EU



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday received electoral management innovative tools from the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN).


The tools came through the Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI), to further enhance Nigeria’s electoral system.


The technology tools, received by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu at the INEC headquarters in Abuja, were presented by acting Head of Development Cooperation of the European Union Delegation, Mr Ruben Aguilera.


They include Collation and Returning Officers Management System (CROMS); Election Results Management System (ERMS); Political Parties Financial Reporting and Audit System (PFRAS).


Also were Media Monitoring and Analysis tool as well as online App for voters and electoral officers, to easily locate existing polling units across the country.


Yakubu, while commending the EU-SDGN for the support, said INEC would closely examine the tools with a view to adopting or tweaking them where necessary, to meet the immediate and emergent challenges in the conduct of elections.


He commended EU-SDGN for its support for INEC under its Phase II Project with several components, the first of which focused on support to INEC through the DAI.


Yakubu said that the support was designed to address five thematic areas i.e. enhancing and strengthening planning and operational capacities.


Other areas are improving the Commission’s internal communication and external engagements with stakeholders and enhancing the Electoral Institute’s capacity for training and research, among others.


He said that within the current electoral cycle, DAI had provided support towards capacity building, technical support, printing of non-sensitive reports and information flyers.


He said INEC was glad that today, some of the tools developed in collaboration with DAI were being handed over to the commission.


These included the CROMS intended to streamline, simplify and enhance the security, reliability and credibility of the recruitment process for collation and returning officers, açcording to Yakubu.


“The ERMS seeks to ensure better results management process, enhancing accuracy and creating a repository of election results, something envisaged by Section 62 (1) and (2) of the Electoral Act, 2022.


“The Media Monitoring and Analysis tool intends to enhance the Commission’s capacity to filter media coverage of the Commission.


“The PFRAS seeks to assist the commission to monitor political party finance more efficiently and effectively,” he said.


Yakubu said that in developing the tools, DAI consultants worked closely with the technical team and directing members of staff of INEC.


He added that the tools sought to respond to specific challenges encountered in the implementation of electoral activities, thereby bringing technology to enhance the commission’s operational effectiveness.


“The tools therefore offer innovative solutions that could foster efficiency, speed, due diligence, and trust in the electoral process,“ Yakubu said.


The INEC chairman added that the tools were not specifically designed for a particular electoral cycle, hence their utility to future elections and electoral activities.



He said that the support to INEC under EU-SDGN Phase II covered the period 2022-2027, traversing two electoral cycles (2023 and 2027).


He said that the support also included support to the National Assembly and the judiciary, political parties, the media, civil society organisations and the promotion of inclusivity (women, youth and persons with disability).


Yakubu, who reiterated the commission’s readiness for future collaboration with the EU, re-emphasised that core electoral activities in Nigeria were fully founded by the Nigerian government.


“I would like to thank DAI and the EU-SDGN Project Phase II. The commission is open to future collaboration with the EU through its implementing partners.


“I must also continue to emphasise that core electoral activities are still funded by the Federal Government of Nigeria as a sovereign responsibility,” Yakubu said.


On his part, Aguilera said that the EU was hopeful that the tools handed over to INEC would contribute to improving the commission’s operations and Nigeria’s electoral system.


“Today’s handing over of these management tools is another example of how this collaboration can translate into concrete actions and supports for the benefit of INEC and Nigeria as a whole.


“We are looking at providing you new election results management systems tools that facilitate and provide an efficient management of results,” Aguilera said.


He said that handing over of the developed tools also demonstrated EU’s commitment to improving democratic system in Nigeria and across the globe.


“As you know EU support for election is consistent and part of our core principles.


“It is also in our own interest because we believe that without democracy there is no way a country can address its citizens’ needs and can really fulfill its capacity for development and to provide for opportunity for all.


“Therefore, we think that strong democratic institutions are the core.


“We are really investing and doing our best to help in Nigeria to provide support for those institutions to get stronger everyday.


“Stronger Nigeria also means stronger EU and we really hope and sincerely believe that this a common endeavour,” he said.


Commending the collaboration between the EU and INEC since return of democratic governance to Nigeria since 1999, Aguilera reiterated EU’s commitment to continue working and collaborating with all.


He added that the EU looked forward to the conclusion of ongoing INEC review of the 2023 general elections and lessons learnt would serve as road map for future collaborations and engagements.


“We are really looking forward to see how this will be implemented and could be part of review of upcoming of circle elections taking place in Bayelsa, Kogi and Imo States.”

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Kaduna NASS Legislator, Rep Dan Amos, orchestrates free medical surgeries for 600 constituents



Kaduna NASS Legislator, Rep Dan Amos, orchestrates free medical surgeries for 600 constituents

In a remarkable display of commitment to the welfare of his constituents, Rep Dan Amos, representing the Jema’a/Sanga Federal Constituency in Kaduna State, has spearheaded a program offering free medical surgeries to 600 individuals. The initiative, conducted in collaboration with the Graceland Health Care Development Foundation, was inaugurated in Kafanchan on Friday.


Amos, a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), emphasized that the initiative was a fulfillment of his campaign promise to bring relief to those silently grappling with health challenges. The lawmaker acknowledged the harsh economic realities in the country, which often left vulnerable individuals struggling to cover their medical expenses.


Speaking at the inauguration, Rep Dan Amos stated, “This exercise is in line with my campaign promise to put smiles on the faces of those suffering in silence. The purpose is to show care to people who have health challenges and are unable to foot their bills due to the hardship in the country. Health is the biggest wealth in life because without it you can barely do anything.”


The free medical surgeries, estimated to cost nearly ₦100 million, covered a range of procedures, including 500 general surgeries such as fibroid and appendix removal, along with 100 eye surgeries. Dr Joseph Thot, Head of the medical team, revealed that the surgeries began the previous day, with approximately 50 already completed. Additionally, 1,000 eyeglasses were distributed to individuals with various forms of eye defects.


Rep Dan Amos emphasized that this philanthropic endeavor would become an annual event, extending beyond his tenure in office. He reaffirmed his commitment to fairness and justice for all constituents, soliciting their cooperation and support in fulfilling the mandate entrusted to him.


Commending the legislator’s efforts, the Chief of Godogodo, Rev. Habila Saidu, urged other well-meaning individuals and organizations to follow Amos’s example in providing assistance to the downtrodden.


Sen. Sunday Katung, represented by Yohanna Allah-Magani, lauded Amos for prioritizing the health of his people. Beneficiaries, expressing gratitude to the lawmaker, prayed for blessings and additional opportunities for him to continue making a positive impact in his constituency. The initiative not only addresses immediate health needs but also underscores the importance of public servants actively engaging in initiatives that directly impact the lives of their constituents.

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Corruption crackdown: 11 LASTMA officers face disciplinary panel as agency vows to weed out bad elements



Corruption crackdown: 11 LASTMA officers face disciplinary panel as agency vows to weed out bad elements

In a determined effort to root out corruption within its ranks, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has confirmed the arraignment of 11 officers before a disciplinary panel. The officers face various charges related to corrupt practices, with one officer being found not guilty out of the 12 originally arraigned.


The acting General Manager of LASTMA, Mr Olalekan Bakare, affirmed the disciplinary proceedings in a statement released on Friday, providing insights into the agency’s commitment to upholding its rules and regulations as guided by the Lagos State Civil Service Rules.


Bakare, who also served on the disciplinary panel, disclosed that the cases were adjudicated by a panel, statutorily constituted with the presence of three permanent secretaries. The outcome saw 11 officers found guilty of corrupt practices, while one officer was exonerated.


The disciplinary panel has forwarded its recommendations to the State Civil Service Commission for ratification in accordance with public service rules. The recommended punishments range from dismissal, reduction in rank, to immediate termination of appointment from the state public service.


Addressing the public, Bakare issued a stern warning to corrupt officers within the agency, emphasizing that stiff and severe punishments would continue to be meted out to those tarnishing LASTMA’s image. He urged residents, especially the motoring public, to support the ongoing restructuring by promptly reporting errant officers through the agency’s complaints hotlines, providing proof of evidence.


Bakare emphasized, “All officers are, hereby, warned to always carry out their duties without fear or favour, but in accordance with the stipulated laws guiding the authority. Any operative caught in the process of bringing the agency or the state government into disrepute shall equally face the consequences.”


While commending LASTMA officials for their dedication, dutifulness, diligence, and professionalism, Bakare issued a warning to the motoring public against inducing traffic personnel with bribes. He highlighted that the law frowns upon both the giver and the receiver in such transactions and urged compliance to avoid prosecution.


The move to discipline corrupt officers aligns with LASTMA’s commitment to maintaining transparency, efficiency, and public trust. The agency’s resolve to root out corruption reflects broader efforts within Nigeria to instill accountability and uphold ethical standards in public service. For complaints and inquiries via its social media handles, the following social media handles were given for motorists to reach out to LASTMA management. including Instagram – ekolastma; Twitter ‘X’ – @followlastma; Facebook – ekolastma and Youtube – LastmaTV.

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Ruger’s ‘Asiwaju’ reigns supreme: Most streamed song in Sub-Saharan Africa on Spotify in 2023



Ruger's 'Asiwaju' reigns supreme: Most streamed song in Sub-Saharan Africa on Spotify in 2023

In a resounding celebration of the global dominance of Nigerian mainstream music, Afrobeats has emerged triumphant on Spotify’s list of the most streamed songs in sub-Saharan Africa for 2023. Notably, eight Nigerian songs have claimed spots in the top 10, underlining the genre’s continuous ascent on the international stage.

Leading the pack is Ruger’s chart-topping single ‘Asiwaju,’ a smash hit that has resonated across the continent and secured its status as the most streamed song in sub-Saharan Africa for the year. The accomplishment highlights Ruger’s prowess and the widespread acclaim his music has garnered.

Following closely at the second spot is Ayra Starr with her sensational track ‘Rush,’ a global hit that propelled her into the international spotlight and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best African Music Performance. The recognition affirms Ayra Starr’s rising influence in the music industry.

Claiming the fourth spot is the award-winning superstar Asake with ‘Lonely At The Top,’ a compelling single from his sophomore album ‘Work of Art.’ Asake’s ability to blend impactful lyrics with infectious beats has solidified his position among the musical elite.

Omah Lay, one of the most streamed artists in sub-Saharan Africa for 2023, secures the fifth spot with ‘Soso.’ His consistent chart presence reflects the profound impact he continues to have on the music scene.

Notably, Davido makes a double appearance on the list with ‘Feel’ and ‘Unavailable’ claiming the sixth and seventh spots, respectively. The versatility and popularity of Davido’s music are underscored by his dual presence in the top 10.

The complete list of the most streamed songs on Spotify in sub-Saharan Africa for 2023 is as follows:

1. Ruger – Asiwaju
2. Ayra Starr – Rush
3. Tyler ICU – Mnike (feat. DJ Maphorisa, Nandipha808, Cecka RSA & Tyron Dee)
4. Asake – Lonely At The Top
5. Omah Lay – Soso
6. Davido – Feel
7. Davido – Unavailable ft. Musa Keys
8. Libianca – People
9. Burna Boy – Last Last
10. BNXN – GWAGWALADA ft Kizz Daniel, Seyi Vibez

This remarkable achievement not only underscores the influence of Nigerian artists but also highlights the diverse talent and global appeal of Afrobeats. As the genre continues to dominate international music charts, artists like Ruger, Ayra Starr, and Davido are at the forefront of shaping the contemporary sound that resonates with audiences across the world.

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