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Breaking: Council of State okays April 2023 for national census

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Nasir Isa Kwarra

The National Council of State has okayed the national population census for April 2023 after the general elections.

Director-General of National Population Commission (NPC), Nasir Isa-Kwarra, disclosed this to State House Correspondents after a meeting of the Council of State presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.

Isa-Kwarra also said the NPC would be conducting a pilot census from June 2022 after political parties must have concluded their pre-general elections activities.

The NPC boss, who recalled the last census exercise held in 2006, disclosed that the commission will deploy high technology for the exercise.

He said through census data is generated for planning, noting that the data currently being used are mere projections and obsolete.

Isa-Kwarra said: “It is very crucial because I have highlighted that the census is a very important exercise for the nation.

“Because through census we generate the data that we use for policy making, for planning, for development, by the three tiers of government, and the private sector, they all need this.

 “If you are a private sector, you’re producing something, certainly, you need to know the population of an area if you want to create a market there.

“So census data is very crucial, very important. Because, the data we’ve been using are just projections, estimation. And are sort of obsolete, we need the actual census data to use for our planning.“

Jigawa Governor Abubakar Badaru disclosed that Buhari will meet security chiefs next Tuesday over worsening security situation following recommendations and comments by the Council of State.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said the Council of State approved 159 out of 162 applications presented for consideration for perogative of mercy for convicts and inmates in correctional centres.

The Minister of Special Duties, George Akume, said the council approved the conferment of National Honours Award on 434 Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in the various field of endeavours.

This is the fourth time the President will preside over the meeting with the first held on October 21, 2015 and the second on September 7, 2016 and the third virtually in August 2020.

The Council of State is an organ of the Federal Government saddled with the responsibility of advising the executive on policy making matters.

Members of the council include: President Vice President, past presidents, Senate President, House of Reps Speaker Chief Justice of Nigeria, serving and past.
Others are Attorney General of the Federation, all State Governors and the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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2023: Victor Adoji wins PDP senate ticket for Kogi East

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Dr Victor Alewo Adoji (DVAA), the erudite banker-turned politician, on Monday emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Kogi East Senatorial District for the 2023 general election.

Adoji polled 117 to defeat Engr. Aminu Suleiman, Elder Ubolo Okpanachi and Isaac Alfa, a former Chief of Air Staff and senator, and who scored 54, 43 and 20 respectively.

The PDP chieftain who contested the senatorial election during the last 2019 general elections is a grassroot politician who has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the Igala Kingdom (Kogi State) in several areas, especially around education, empowerment, health care delivery and physical development.

Mr Adoji, in an interview with journalists, thanked the party’s delegates for their overwhelming support and confidence they had in him.

He said the victory was the beginning of a new dawn in Kogi, particularly the Kogi East while expressing confidence for victory in the general election.

The silent philanthropist extraordinaire assured Kogi East people that his presence in the National Assembly would impact the generality of the state in areas of economy, security and infrastructural development.

The election was peaceful and monitored by a team of joint security agents, the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the media.

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Osun Guber: Oyetola campaign council condemns attack on supporters, Journalists

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The Campaign Council for the re-election of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has condemned in strong terms the attack in Gbongan on its supporters and other members of the public, including journalists by some hoodlums, said to be loyal to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The condemnation was contained in a statement signed by the Director-General of the Campaign Council and the Senate’s spokesperson, Sen. Ajibola Basiru.

The attack took place on Monday shortly after the Governor and his entourage left the Campaign ground at Gbongan in Ayedaade Local Government Area of the State.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and incumbent Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, had visited Gbongan, Orile-Owu and Ode-Omu, all in Ayedaade Local Government as part of his campaign tour ahead of the July 16 governorship contest.

The Campaign Council further noted that its intelligence gathering indicates that those who carried out the attack are known PDP supporters in Gbongan. It, therefore, urged the PDP to rein in its supporters, just as it appealed to its supporters to remain calm in the face of this obvious provocation.

While insisting that violence cannot give the PDP votes, the Campaign Council further urged its supporters not to fight the PDP but come out en mass on July 16 to vote massively for Oyetola so as to shut their mouths permanently.

“The PDP candidate had given enough notice that he was ready for violence. But we have better things to offer the State, that is why we have been marketing our candidate in a most peaceful and responsible manner. And as we all know, our candidate, Mr Governor is a peace-loving man and will not encourage any action that can jeopardise the peace we enjoy in the State.

“They had their State and National Assembly primaries on Sunday, it was characterised by violence and attacks. We never knew they would extend the same to us on Monday. We were done with our campaign. Our candidate had left the place, the rest of us were leaving when they launched the attack.

“We have it on good authority that one Yinka Tailor of Arapajo Street, in Gbongan, a known PDP supporter led the attack on our people and the journalists in our convoy.

“We condemned this attack and urge the police authority to fish out the perpetrators, especially the alleged ring leader that has been identified,” the statement added.

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