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Nigeria Decides 2019: Benue Female Aspirant Decries Low Women Participation In Politics

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Nigeria Decides 2019

As 2019 election year draws closer, a female aspirant to the Benue State House of Assembly, Barr. Aida-Nath Ogwuche, has called for more women participation in the coming general elections.

Ogwuche, who is aspiring to represent Ogbadibo State Constituency, while addressing stakeholders of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Otukpa on Monday, said it was very unfortunate that no woman is contesting for Benue governorship, Benue South Senate or House of Representatives seat in her constituency.

“Though women are being relegated in today’s politics, but a lot of women also don’t want to dare to come out for political positions,”she said.

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She urged women not to be allowed to be subjected, stressing that since they know how to keep the home together, they can as well keep the society together.

“It is actually we women that have the heart to do good to people. The mothers know how to manage the home while the men loose their tempers.

“I was challenged and I said, right in Ogbadibo where I come from, women are very subdued and are made underdogs, as if they do not have a voice. And I said to myself, if the likes of Late Prof. Dora Akunyili who was my mentor and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala could make women proud, then I can do it. I will be the light of Ogbadibo to make other women have confidence in themselves to come out and”.

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“I will not step down for anyone, I will not back down for anyone. I will fight this course because that is whom I am and that is what I stand for. So, I want every woman out there to believe in themselves, step out and fight the course they believe in”, the young aspirant said.

Barr. Ogwuche promised to use her network to outdo what the male representatives could not achieve for the constituency in the past.

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In separate remarks, former Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland, Amb. (Dr.) Ogbe Obande, a Chieftain of PDP in Ogbadibo, Chief (Dr.) Sylvanus Itodo and former Councillor, Hon. Sunday Edoka; reiterated the need to encourage the female folk in politics, saying alot of disappointment have been experienced by the crops of leaders who are predominantly men.

Highlight of the event was the official presentation of Barr. Ogwuche to the PDP Chairman in Ogbadibo, Hon. Vincent Amuche.

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NIMC Extends Diaspora Enrolment Of Nigerians To UK, UAE

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NIMC Extends Diaspora Enrolment Of Nigerians To UK, UAE

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has extended enrolment of Nigerians under the diaspora registration programme to the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates.

Commission spokesperson, Loveday Ogbonna, said the commission has decided to extend the enrolment to these two countries after the huge success in South Africa.

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Ogbonna says the extension is in line with NIMC’s mandate to ensure all Nigerian citizens at home and abroad, as well as legal residents in Nigeria, were enrolled into the national identity database and issued the unique national identification number.

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Ogbonna said DEFCON systems limited, DSL, and the National Authentication Limited (NEAL) are the two Nigerian companies licensed by NIMC to handle the enrolment services across the globe to ensure best-in-class services and inclusivity.

He said the enrolment will involve demographic & biometric data capture of all Nigerian citizens residing in the two countries.

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The UAE programme is scheduled to take off today, while the UK programme kicks off on Friday.

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Offa Robbery: Court Grants Defence Request To Examine Gunshot Injuries

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Offa Robbery: Court Grants Defence Request To Examine Gunshot Injuries

A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin has ruled in favor of the defence counsel who asked for an independent examination of the alleged gunshot injuries sustained by three accused persons alleged to have participated in last year’s robbery incident in Offa.

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Thirty-three persons, including nine policemen, were killed during the robbery, while five accused persons are standing trial.

But the court refused a post-mortem examination on the corpse of the principal suspect in the robbery incident, Michael Adikwu, whom the accused persons claimed, was deliberately killed by a police inspector while in custody at the force headquarters in Abuja.

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Earlier, the 5th accused person (Niyi Ogundiran), had narrated to the court how the police extracted confessional statements from him under duress.

The case has been adjourned till early April.

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There Are Plans To Revisit And Deliver The National Carrier Project – Aviation Minister

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There Are Plans To Revisit And Deliver The National Carrier Project - Aviation Minister

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has revealed that there are plans to deliver the national carrier project during president Buhari’s administration.

Sirika says the federal government will revisit the project which he describes as the brain-child of the president.  He said the president would not let it die.

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The minister said this while defending the ministry’s budget before the senate committee on aviation in Abuja.

He said the ministry only suspended the project to put adequate measures in place.  He also expressed concern that Nigeria is not able to boast of a national carrier, despite being a huge aviation market.

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The minister says the national carrier project is a Public Private Partnership (PPP). The private sector will lead and deliver, while the government will play its role.

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He said the process would be transparent and would be done through local and international fora and media.

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