Buhari Writes Senate, Seeks Confirmation Of 26 New Nominees

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President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate seeking approval for 26 nominees.

In the separate letters, President Buhari is requesting confirmation of one National Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), two non-legal practitioner members of the Federal Judicial Service Commission and 23 other members of the National Population Commission (NPC).

In the first letter, the President is requesting the confirmation of Barrister Festus Okoye as National Commissioner of INEC and Abba Ali (Katsina-North west) and Mohammed Sagir (Niger-North central) as Non-Legal Practitioner Members of the Federal Judicial Service Commission.

President Buhari in the second letter also forwarded the names of twenty-three nominees for appointment as members of the National Population Commission.

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Senate President Bukola Saraki while reading from the letter on Tuesday said that the President hopes that his request will receive speedy consideration of the Senate.

“I write to forward to the Distinguished Senate, the name of Barrister Festus Okoye, for confirmation as a National Commissioner representing the South East Geopolitical Zone.

“While hoping that this request will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the Senate, please accept Mr Senate President, the assurance of my highest regards,” he read.

The Senate President also read to the National Assembly, President Buhari’s letter seeking confirmation for the 23 other National Population Commission (NPC) members.

The 23 nominees for the NPC are; Nwanne Johnny Nwabuisi (Abia), Dr Clifford Zirra (Adamawa), Mr Chidi Christopher Ezeoke(Anambra), Barrister Isa Audu Buratai (Borno), Navy Captain Charles Iyam Ogwa(Cross River), Sir Richard Odibo (Delta), Okereke Darlington Onaubuchi (Ebonyi) and Mr A.D. Olusegun Aiyajina (Edo).

Others are; Ejike Ezeh (Enugu), Hon. Abubakar Mohammed Danburam (Gombe), Prof. Uba S.F. Nnabue (Imo), Dr. Abdulmalik Mohammed Durunguwa (Kaduna), Sulaiman Ismaila Lawal (Kano), Prof. Jimoh Habibat Isah (Kogi), Dr. Sa’adu Ayinla Alanamu (Kwara), Nasir Isa kwarra (Nasarawa).

Also nominated are: Barrister Aliyu Datti (Niger), Yeye (Mrs) Seyi Adererinokun Olusanya (Ogun), Prince Oladiran Garvey Iyantan (Ondo), Senator Mudashiru Oyetunde Hussain (Osun), Mrs Cecilia Arsun Dapoet (Plateau), Dr Ipalibo Macdonald Harry (Rivers), Sale S. Saany (Taraba).

However, the Senate adjourned the plenary to Wednesday, April 11.

National Population Commission Staff Members Protest In Abuja

Two weeks after an initial protest by members of staff of the National Population Commission (NPC) in Abuja, the workers have again trooped out in protest.

The staff members on Monday, January 29 mobilised their colleagues from states to protest at the commission’s Headquarter in Abuja.

Unlike the previous protests, the protesters this time bared every staff of the commission from gaining access to their offices as they blocked the gate.

The Federal Government had earlier appealed to the aggrieved workers on Friday, January 19, to resume duty as their grievances were being addressed.

The Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, made the appeal at a stakeholders meeting to resolve the crisis in Abuja.

Part of the demands of the protesting staff members is the call for the sack of the reappointed Director-General, Dr Ghaji Bello. The union leader also confirmed that the Directors and Commissioners of the commission have passed a vote of no confidence on the newly appointed DG.

Senate Asks Buhari To Conduct Census In 2018

Senate, Legislature, Aliyu Abdullahi,The Nigerian Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to issue a proclamation for a population and housing census to be held in 2018.

Moving the motion on the floor of the Senate, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi expressed displeasure with the inability to conduct the exercise this year due to inadequate funding.

The lawmakers directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the National Population Commission and other relevant agencies to make adequate provision in the 2018 budget as a critical prerequisite towards the proposed 2018 population census.

The last time Nigeria held a census was in 2006 and that exercise was steeped in controversy with allegations of fraud.

Many Nigerians complained of being left out of the exercise as well as boycotts, protests and enumerators complaining of not being paid for their work.

Regardless of these complaints, federal lawmakers are mindful of the importance of census to national planning and have asked the executive to abide by the recommendation of the United Nations that census be conducted every 10 years.

Some of the lawmakers also stressed the need for the provision of funds in the 2017 budget to aid planning for the census.

To address concerns of irregularities, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, asked relevant agencies to take advantage of the development in technology to conduct a credible census exercise.

The Senate also asked relevant committees to join the Federal Government in the planning towards the forthcoming population census to achieve a credible exercise.

Former Presidential Spokesman, Abati, Advices Youths To Participate In Governance

Reuben Abati, YouthsA former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Rueben Abati, has advised youths in Nigeria to take interest in politics.

Dr. Abati, who made the call at a gathering on Wednesday in Abuja, asked the youths to register with political parties of their choice.

He advised the youths to be well armed educationally, if they must take charge of affairs of governance.

Abati explained that non-inclusion of youths in Nigeria’s developmental process led to the marginalisation and under-development in some cases.

former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili,

In her speech, a former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, said that the statistics from the National Population Commission showed that the youths constitute at least 65 per cent of the population, wondering how their expertise could be harnessed.

Another speaker at the event, Hamza Farouq, criticised the five billion Naira Special Intervention Fund set aside for the youth by the Federal Government.

He insisted that a large chunk of the funds should have been channeled into the agricultural sector and youth development.

Nigeria is yet to attain the acceptable percentage of youths in governance as many Nigerians would be eager to see steps taken to address the issue.

While the clamour for the inclusion of youths in governance increases, some speakers at the event believed that they should first be involved in the activities of political parties.

2017 Census: NPC Begins Advocacy Visits In Kwara

NPCThe National Population Commission (NPC) has begun the advocacy visit to traditional rulers in Kwara State on the need to sensitise the people on next year’s census.

The Federal Commissioner of NPC for Kwara State, Mr Abubakar Ndakene, disclosed this while leading a team from the commission on an advocacy visit to the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari.

The traditional ruler commended the early preparations of the commission and expressed his readiness to support them.

The team then moved over to Isin Local government where they were received by the Olusin of Isanlu Isin, Oba Solomon Oloyede.

There, Mr Ndakene solicited for the support of traditional rulers in enlightening the populace on the importance of the exercise.

He noted that the exercise should not be mistaken for a census as the commission only wants to update its database by registering the new births in the area.

While urging the people to provide factual figure and cooperate with the enumerators, Ndakene observed that the figures to be collated would be useful during the actual census exercise.

The Chairman of Isin Local government, Maruf Thanni, who was also at the gathering, thanked the commission for choosing the area for the exercise and assured of their readiness to cooperate fully with them.

The National Population Commission has chosen February 22 to March 13, 2016 for the phase two of enumeration area demarcation.

29 states across Nigeria have been chosen for the exercise and Isin Local Government has been selected in Kwara State.

The exercise is meant for demarcates to move around the communities numbering houses and dividing them into enumeration areas using satellite image maps.

Group Urges Buhari To Approve Disability Bill

Group Urges Buhari To Approve Disability BillThe Centre for People living with Disability has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give assent to the National Disability Bill.

The Director of the centre, David Anyaele, made the call on Wednesday at a conference organised  to mark the 2015 International Day For Persons With Disabilities in Abuja.

Mr Anyaele said discrimination against persons with disability was a burden even in states where there were established laws to protect their rights.

He lamented that government had not given enough attention to their plights especially during population census, which he said was critical for planning.

The Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Roy Ugo and the Director of Planning and Research, National Population Commission, Oloyede Olanipekun, who were present at the gathering assured the group of the government’s support.

There is no clear statistics of people living with disabilities in Nigeria, but the World Health Organisation said there was an estimated 1.9 million people with disabilities as against the 1.8 million estimated by the National Population Commission in 2011.

Buhari Asks Government Agencies To Harmonise Biometric Data

Muhammadu-BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has asked government agencies in Nigeria to harmonise the collection and usage of biometric data, instead of replicating their efforts in this regard.

After receiving a briefing on the activities of the National Population Commission from the Chairman, Eze Duru Iheoma, who led other National Commissioners to the Presidential Villa on Monday, President Buhari wondered why each agency would gather its own biometric data when such data could easily be shared.

Government organisations that currently collect biometric data include: the National Population Commission, National Identity Management Commission, Federal Road Safety Commission and the Independent National Electoral Commission, among others.

President Buhari added that all the agencies should work collaboratively, instead of going in different directions, stressing that adequate data was necessary for planning and development in any country.

Mr Iheoma had briefed the President on what would be required for the commission to conduct a national census next year, 10 years after the last exercise, as stipulated by the United Nations.

A National Population Census, the Chairman said, would cost about 273 billion Naira, while about 10 billion Naira of the amount would be needed immediately.

He told the President that a biometric based census was being proposed because it would eliminate multiple respondents, and ghost respondents, while making the outcome easy to audit.

NPC Urges FG To Make Provisions For IDPs

NPC Urges FG To Make Provisions For IDPsThe National Population Commission (NPC) has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to create structures that will cater for the needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP).

The agency’s appeal is coming as Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the World Population Day.

Chairman of the commission, Eze Duruiheoma, made the call on Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, to mark the event tagged ‘Vulnerable Population in Emergencies’.

Mr Duruiheoma said that government at all levels must work together to address the plight of the vulnerable population, including the IDPs.

He also urged the government to step up the fight against insurgencies in the country.

Nigeria Needs 131 Billion Naira For Census – Chairman NPC

eze 1The Chairman of the National Population Commission, Mr Eze Duruiheoma, says Nigeria would require about 131billion naira to carry out the 2016 national census.

Mr Duruiheoma made the revelation while receiving the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, Professor Babatunde Oshotimehin.

According to him, a strategy document has already outlined the procedures for the census, however, the lack of adequate resources has remained a draw-back for the commission.

He urged the UNFPA to assist Nigeria in mobilizing the funds and other resources needed to make the census hitch free and credible.

The Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund said that his organization was ready to help Nigeria achieve the goals of the census, however it would require Nigeria to send a strong message to the world and donor agencies to enable the organization work for it.

He further added that it becomes imperative as population data is key to economic data and planning.

Jonathan Meets With Population Commission Over 2016 Census

jonathan_goodluckThe National Population Commission is making  last a minute preparation towards another head count in 2016.

This is the outcome of the meeting President Goodluck Jonathan held with members of the board of the commission led by its chairman Eze Duruiheoma(SAN) in the Presidential Villa.

The commission members who were in the Presidential Villa to seek the presidents go ahead, appealed to Nigerians to shun mistakes of the past and assist the commission to provide the nation with the necessary data for national development.

Eze Duruiheoma said most of the problems confronting the country today is because Nigeria does not have accurate data which has consequently led to improper planning.

The Chairman pledged the commitment of the commission to bring integrity to bear in the next census exercise scheduled for 2016.

Speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting, Duruihoma said the commission was optimistic about conducting a credible head count come 2016.

“The last census was in 2006, so in 2016 there ought to be another exercise, so we have come to tell Mr. President about that because we cannot commence until he says go-ahead and the go ahead is by way of proclamation. Therefore, our mission here is to seek Mr. President’s proclamation on the matter, to tell us to go ahead with the exercise so that we can hit the road running.”

The NPC boss, who admonished Nigerians to change their views about census, noted that emphasis was being placed on numbers and revenue sharing, rather than stressing the need for accurate data for development purposes.

Jonathan Congratulates Shagari At 89, Commiserates With Emir Of Kano

Nigeria’s first democratically-elected President, Shehu Shagari

President Goodluck Jonathan has written to congratulate Nigeria’s first democratically-elected Executive President, Shehu Shagari, on the occasion of his 89th birthday, on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the letter was addressed to the former President at his residence in Sokoto.

President Jonathan praised his continued dedication to the unity and well-being of the nation.

“On behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and on my own behalf, I write to felicitate with you as you celebrate your 89th birthday anniversary.

“May Almighty Allah ceaselessly prosper you and bless you with robust health as you continue to give of yourself in the service of our dear nation,” President Jonathan wrote.

President Jonathan wished Alhaji Shehu Shagari a very happy birthday and also conveyed assurances of his highest consideration and warm personal regards to the former President.

The President has also written to commiserate with the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero on the death last Friday of the Tafidan Kano, Alhaji Tijani Abubakar.

“On behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and on my own behalf, I write to commiserate with Your Highness, the people of Kano Emirate, and the entire people of Kano State on this sad loss,” President Jonathan wrote.

He prayed that Almighty Allah would grant the Emir, Alhaji Tijani’s family and the people of Kano the fortitude to cope with the painful loss of the Tafidan.

Council Of State Approves Holding Of National Conference

The Council of States on Tuesday approved the convocation of a National Conference as suggested by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Council meeting, presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan ended at the Presidential Villa, with the body endorsing some key national programmes.

Some of the decisions taken by the council after a comprehensive deliberation by its members include the approval of the appointment of a new chairman for the National Population Commission, NPC.

At the end of the meeting, the Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam told journalists that the Council of State is worried about the insecurity situation in the country, and following a briefing by the National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (Rtd), the council said that some of the unguarded statements by some politicians are capable of inciting the people.

It therefore warned politicians to be careful, to avoid issues that would incite the generality of the people.

Present at the meeting were former president, Shehu Shagari, Generals Yakubu Gowon, Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar, as well as Senate President, David Mark, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, some state governors, and former chief justices of the federation.

The meeting lasted for about six hours, from 10.45am till 5pm.