President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will on Sunday meet to finalise decisions on the party’s drawn out national convention.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau, who doubles as the Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, disclosed this after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday in Abuja.
“I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but the visit to the President has already assured us and you know that there is already a notice that all the governors are meeting on Sunday. By Sunday we will tell you when we’re doing the convention,” Mr Lalong said.
This comes amidst calls for ...ponement of the convention earlier slated for February 2022. Some party chieftains had also feared that postponing the convention puts the party at risk of losing power to its major opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
However, Mr Lalong announced that the party would hold its convention next month and expressed optimism that the exercise would be successful.
“You know, when a convention is coming there are fears here and there, some people will tell you it will work, it will not work,” the governor said.
“We’ve taken a date already. I think our first date before Christmas we said we’re going to do a convention in February and we are still working for the convention, as far as I’m concerned, except things change from another angle. But as far as I’m concerned, we’re working for our convention in February,” he asserted.
“These are things that the President was raising his fears about, but we’ve already given him assurances that nothing will stop us from having a very peaceful election.
On the impending litigation that might mar the holding of the proposed convention and the chances of the party, Mr Lalong dismissed such fears.
“There are procedures for holding court processes. Many of the court processes were there when we set up the caretaker committee, but up to this moment, if you go to take a census of some of the court proceedings, you will realise that a lot of them have been resolved out of court.
“But we must not wait to resolve all court processes before you go to the convention. I don’t think so, because there are also machineries for resolving court processes, even after the convention,” the governor said.
NiMet predicts 3-day haziness from Wednesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted hazy weather condition from Wednesday to Friday across the country.
NiMet’s weather outlook released on Tuesday in Abuja, predicted the North-Western states to be under moderate dust haze on Wednesday.
The agency further predicted horizontal visibility between 3km to 7km with the North-East to be in thick dust haze with horizontal visibility between 300m to 1,500m during the forecast period in the region.
“The North-Central cities as well as the inland cities of the South should be predominantly in dust haze throughout the forecast period.
“The coastal region of the country should also experience dust haze throughout the day,” it said.
According to NiMet, the Northern states are expected to be in thick dust haze on Thursday, with horizontal visibility of less than or equal to 1,000m throughout the day.
The agency forecast the North-Central cities to be predominantly in moderate dust haze with horizontal visibility of 2km to 5km throughout the forecast period.
NiMet anticipated the inland and coastal regions to also experience moderate dust haze with horizontal visibility of 2km to 5km throughout the forecast period.
“For Friday, Northern states are expected to be in thick dust haze during the forecast period. The North central cities should be in thick dust haze throughout the day.
“Inland cities of South and coastal regions should be in moderate dust haze with horizontal visibility range between two-km to five-km and localised visibility of less than or equal to 1000m during forecast period,” it said.
NUC approves two more universities for Lagos: Sanwo-Olu
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos says the National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the establishment of two more universities for the state.
Mr Sanwo-Olu dropped the hint at the public presentation of a book titled: Oluwatoyin Temitayo Ogundipe @60; Audacity of Resilience, on Tuesday in Lagos.
According to him, the development is timely, as it will expand access to the teeming youth who aspire for higher education.
He stressed that the two existing universities in the state were not enough to accommodate the quest for the growing number of youths seeking higher education.
The governor emphasised that education remained the only potent weapon to eradicate poverty and breach all limitations.
According to him, there is also the need to groom future leaders, as well as develop a curriculum that speaks to the needs of tomorrow.
Mr Sanwo-Olu added that Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu would henceforth become University of Science and Technology, while Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education would now merge with Michael Otedola College of Primary Education and upgraded as University of Education.
INEC withholds pay of 630 ad hoc staff over election materials
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it withheld the allowances of 630 ad hoc staff who failed to return election materials and devices used for the gubernatorial election in Anambra on November 6, 2021.
The state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Nkwachukwu Orji, during a news conference on Tuesday, said the commission was displeased that the ad hoc staff failed to return the commission’s materials.
“The commission has taken the unfortunate decision to withhold the allowances of staff involved in the act, pending the return of the materials to the commission,” he said.
The INEC official named some of the materials to include; Bio-modal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) machines, battery chargers, cables and other accessories.
Mr Orji said although some of the staff concerned have started returning the items, the commission has resolved to place an order that all the materials must be returned before payment would be made to them.
The REC also announced that INEC had lifted the suspension placed on the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) in the state.
“INEC suspended CVR in Anambra on Sept. 15, 2021 because of the governorship election in the state, but with the election successfully completed, the commission has from today Tuesday Jan. 25 lifted the suspension,” he said.
He said the exercise would take place in the 21 LGAs of the state and the commission’s headquarters in Awka.
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