Jos Residents Search For PVCs At Different Collection Points

pvc-2Over one million Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) have been distributed in Plateau State, but some voters are still having a hard time over the collection of their cards.

Some registered voters in the north central Nigerian state are visiting several polling units in search of their cards, which the electoral body had insisted would only be used for the elections scheduled to hold on March 28 and April 11.

A visit to Jos North Local Government Area of the State by Channels Television indicated that voters were finding it difficult to collect their cards at the polling units where they registered. At the polling units they were directed to other units.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Plateau State, with a registered voters of over two million had received a total number of 1,671,038 PVCs out of which 1,427,227 have been distributed so far.

However, voters in some areas are yet to collect their PVCs due to some challenges ranging from missing names on the voters sheets at the polling units where they registered and mix up in the distribution method.

With these challenges of uncollected PVCs, community and religious leaders had been asked to sensitise their followers to check for their cards at various designated centres for collection.

One of the voters in search of her PVC expressed concerns over the difficulties, but remained undeterred in collecting her card in order to exercise her rights at the polls.

With the shifting of the general elections and postponement for the collection of PVCs to March 8, citizens now have ample opportunity to collect their cards while the electoral body should improve on the distribution channels.

National Planning Minister Accuses Kwara State Government Of Corrupt Practices

kwara stateThe Minister of National Planning in Nigeria, Mr Abubakar Suleiman, has accused the Kwara State government of being corrupt.

The allegation has triggered war of words between the state government in western Nigeria and the Minister.

While addressing reporters in Ilorin few days ago, Mr Suleiman insisted that there were corrupt practices in the state, saying it had hampered development.

He accused the APC leaders, especially in Kwara State, of being corrupt.

Responding to the Minister’s claims, the State government on Tuesday denied the allegation, insisting that it is transparent.

The State Commissioner for Information, Tunji Moronfoye, denied the accusation, citing several due process being followed by the government in awarding contracts.

“Anti-graft agencies would have swooped on the state to investigate if the government was corrupt,” he said.

Mr Moronfoye asked the Minister to provide evidence instead of false accusation.

Greece To Submit Economic Reform Plans To EU

greeceGreece is set to submit a list of economic reforms demanded by its creditors to extend the country’s bailout programme on Tuesday.

The proposals had been due by late Monday night as a condition of the support from the European Union (EU), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Greece needed to present its plans as a condition for extending its bailout program for an additional four months, in a deal struck with Euro zone partners on Friday.

It was painted by the country’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as a victory for the Greek people, though it does little to reduce its financial obligations.

The list is understood to contain pledges to raise more in tax from the country’s top earners and from a crackdown on smuggling.

“In the Commission’s view, this list is sufficiently comprehensive to be a valid starting point for a successful conclusion of the review.”

“We are notably encouraged by the strong commitment to combat tax evasion and corruption” he said.

A German tabloid, Bild, reported that the Greek government hoped to take €2.5bn (£1.8bn) more from powerful Greek tycoons, citing sources close to the hard-left government.

A similar amount would be drawn from back taxes owed to the state by individuals and businesses, Bild said.

However, the document is also said to include commitments on raising the minimum wage and protecting pensions.

The pledges highlight the difficulties faced by the Syria government, as it must be seen to be honouring its election pledges on ending austerity and raising living standards while also keeping commitments to its creditors.

In return for its new agreement in Brussels, Athens had to pledge not to compromise its fiscal targets and had to abandon plans to use some €11bn (about £8bn) in leftover European bank support funds to help restart the Greek economy.

The Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras staged a climbdown on Friday to win the four-month extension.

Tsipras had promised to scrap the program when he won election last month.