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NPC demarcates 772 LGs for 2022 census

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The Chairman, National Population Commission, Nasir Kwarra, says a total of 772 local government areas across the 36 states of the federation and Abuja have been ‘demarcated’ for the conduct of the planned census in 2022.

According to him, the first-ever digital population census is also realistic in May 2022.

Kwarra spoke during a courtesy visit to the Kaduna State Governor,  Nasir El-Rufai, at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, in the state capital on Monday.

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The NPC boss maintained that the commission was more than set for the conduct of the first-ever digital population census in the country.

According to him, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, (retd) will be willing to make a proclamation for the census.

Kwarra told the governor that the purpose of the visit was to create public awareness about the forthcoming headcounts and solicit the support of the government and the good people of the state.

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He further told the governor that the commission had conducted an Enumeration Area Demarcation exercise in 99 per cent  of the listed areas across the federation

He said, “A total of 772 LGAs have been successfully demarcated across the 36 states and FCT.

“The demarcation of the last two LGAs will be completed in the next one month. In Kaduna State, only Birnin-Gwari LGA is remaining because of insecurity.  We are ready to give the country a first-ever digital census by May 2022.

“We have the map data in our system, androids which, unlike the analogue era will make it very easy for a reliable and credible census.”

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In his remarks, El-Rufai said the state was in dire need of an update of the headcounts of its citizens for proper planning.

The governor noted that as the third most populated state in the country,  the state would work with the commission to ensure the successful conduct of the census.

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Osun education review now attracts over N2 billion alumni fund, Oyetola boasts

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From Lateef Dada, Osogbo

Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has boasted that alumni associations have contributed over N2 billion to the education sector as a result of the review of education policy by his administration.

Speaking at the 60th anniversary of St. John’s Grammar School, Ile-Ife, organised by the Old Students Association, Saturday, he said many old students association are now relating with government and also investing hugely in infrastructure provision in their alma mater.

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Represented by the Commissioner for Education, Folorunso Oladoyin, Oyetola commended the SJOBA for setting the pace for other schools alumni to follow, saying his administration’s vision is to deliver a 21st century education and gradually tackle the rot that has taken over education, especially in public schools.

He said, “Since the reform of education policy that we carried out, we have attracted over N2 billion intervention fund from old students across the state.

“We thank you for your quick intervention in the structural renewal of your school infrastructures, we are immensely grateful that you heeded our call for a partnership between the government and all stakeholders in the education sector to move education to the next level. Infact, your own student association set the pace and since your massive intervention old students of other schools have followed suit.

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“I remember you injected close to N150 million last year or the year before and since your intervention, other old students have followed suit, Ilesha Grammar School inject almost N150 million, St Lawrence injected about N65 million, among many others.

In his benediction, Bishop of Osogbo Diocese, Catholic Church, Lord Bishop John Oyejola said the government must do more to revamp public education for the sake of the common man since politicians no longer send their children to public schools.

“Many of you are in politics, or friends to those in government, talk to them, let’s have good education for our children. We went to public school and we had quality education. Today, those in government do not send their children to public schools, but missionary or private schools.

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“It is unfortunate that the Europeans came and plan a good future for us, but we cannot replicate the same for our children. We must rise for the youths. The building built by the government is already dilapidated while those built by missionaries still stand. We must learn to begin to do the right thing for the benefit of the youth,” he added.

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Only a credible primary will make APC retain power in Ekiti – Ojudu

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From Priscilla Ediare, Ado Ekiti

The Presidential Adviser on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, has appealed to members and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State to ensure a peaceful primary that is devoid of violence and bloodshed, stressing that it is the only way the party can help itself to retain power in the state.

Ojudu also called on the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led National Caretaker executive to conduct a free, fair, credible primary that can produce the right candidate that will be able to confront candidates from other parties and win the June 18 governorship poll.

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Ojudu made the appeal on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti, when he was interacting with newsmen on the APC primary to hold on January 27.

“I want to appeal to party men to be civil and peaceful. The only glory we can record in our party is to be peaceful and for our leaders from Abuja to conduct a primary we can all be proud of. Don’t let us be violent just because of the internal election.

“Primary of any party should be a day of celebration of democracy and not a day of bloodshed. We should be able to do this election without rancour. I am of the belief that politicians who want to use money to hire thugs to win elections should rather use such money for the development of our unemployed youths.

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“Our party officials should be fair and transparent. They should also be efficient with the process.

“I commend Governor Buni-led executive for allowing direct primary for this election, so that every member of the party, either rich or poor, high or low can participate. This will enable us to produce a candidate that can face the candidates of other parties.

“If by any means we impose someone or throw up someone who uses money to induce the people, or relying on federal might, we will have a candidate that cannot win or that wouldn’t be acceptable to the party people.

“Let me clarify that this government of President Muhammadu Buhari doesn’t believe in using federal might to win elections, you have to go through the people to get votes.”

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On the aspirant he is supporting in the party for the primary, Ojudu said: “For now, I am not in support of anybody. I want to remain neutral so that I will be able to call all aspirants together and settle their differences after the primary.

“Losing an election is hurting, so we need an arbiter to be able to hold the party together and that is the role I intend to play.

“President Muhammadu Buhari lost election three times. Nobody thought he would ever be President again, but when the time God assigned to him came, he won and it was glorious for him. There is no point bringing guns to win elections.”

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The presidential aide warned aspirants against the use of thugs to beat anyone, saying everyone in the party is useful in winning the June poll.

“The aspirants shouldn’t bring thugs to bash and beat the people. Whoever is causing trouble should be exposed, because Ekiti must be in peace. All of us in APC must be able to come together and work to win in June. This is one election that we can’t afford to lose.”

Ojudu told aspirants to shun vote-buying saying leaders who emerge through such means care less about the people.

“When any leader buys votes to win elections, such leader wouldn’t care about the people, because he would have the impression that he had paid for the votes cast for him by the electorate.”

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He also urged security agencies to be neutral and not work for any of the aspirants.

“The security agencies should also be neutral. They must not work for any aspirant. They should owe their allegiance to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and their code of conduct as officers of the law. Through this, whoever wins will be that democracy has won.”

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