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Post Inauguration: Govs avoid govt houses

Post Inauguration: Govs avoid govt houses

•Order spiritual cleansing of official residences

 

Almost 72 hours after they took over as the governors of their states, especially the newly elected ones, most of them are yet to access their offices or occupy their residential quarters.

Sunday Telegraph’s investigations revealed that many of the newly elected governors have engaged the services of either clergymen or Imams to help them cleanse the Government Houses, where they and their families would live in the next four years.

Our investigations discovered that some of them, immediately after their inauguration, also went straight to either their church or mosque for special prayers or thanksgiving for the success at the polls and wisdom to enable them succeed in their new assignments.

Also, while some of them hit the ground running, others are in the dark, as their predecessors left without leaving detailed hand over notes.

For instance, the immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, failed to effect a formal handover to the new governor, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, as the ex-governor allegedly did not hand over a single document to his successor.

Chairman of the Inauguration Planning and Handover Committee, Chris Okewulonu who made this known also said, no official handover was affected.

He said: “We are literally in the dark so to speak. Of course, the out-gone governor gave us no cooperation whatsoever throughout the build up to the inauguration. Unlike what we have had in the past during previous transitions, here in Imo State and as was performed in other states, not one document has been handed over to the new administration.

“Yet he (Okorocha) made fantabulous claims about the amount in the treasury but as at today (May 29), there is no single paper or document to back up those claims.”

Meanwhile, Ihedioha as at Thursday was yet to enter the governor’s office. He had moved straight to his Civic Centre home amid cheers from jubilant residents of the state, immediately after his inauguration as the 6th executive governor of the state.

Our correspondent also learnt that the portrait of the out-gone governor had already been removed, even before the new governor took over.

Though many believe Okorocha may have left town, remnants of his supporters had on Tuesday in what appeared to be a ‘pulling out parade’, escorted the former governor back to his Spibat home in Owerri.

Many of his key officials were conspicuously missing at the event as it was said that they were mostly lying low for fear of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Staffers of the Government House, who confided in our correspondent, were certain that Governor Emeka Ihedioha would not step into the Governor’s office without a clergy coming to sanitize the office.

“This has been the traditional practice here over the years and it is obvious it would not be different now. A cleric would have to cleanse the office before our brand new governor will step into the office. And I totally support that,” he said.

DSS apprehends technicians removing Kwara Government House property

And in Kwara, men of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday arrested some technicians who were going out with some government property from the Government House Ilorin.

Staffers of the Government House, who confided in Sunday Telegraph, quoted those apprehended as insisting that they were authorized to take out the items on the orders of an unnamed former senior special assistant to the out gone governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed.

Even before the inauguration there had been allegations of former government officials denuding the Government House of its furniture. The immediate past administration repeatedly denied it.

The goods were reportedly retrieved while the technicians were arrested for interrogation. Also, it was learnt that few hours to the inauguration, the state government’s account in a new generation bank (name withheld) was frozen on alleged frivolous withdrawals by the immediate past administration. EFCC was reported to have been on the alert towards the expiration of the tenure of former Governor Ahmed’s administration with a view to forestalling any untoward situation.

This notwithstanding, the inauguration of the new helmsman Governor AbdulRahaman AbdulRazak, with his deputy, Kayode Alabi went on smoothly as, even though the event was unexpectedly low key. It was devoid of the usual pomp and ceremony for an event of that nature and magnitude. Hence the major reason it held inside the Council Chambers of the Government House, Ilorin, the state capital. Attendance was strictly by invitation.

Though it was supposed to be a low key event, there was a mammoth crowd outside the gates of the Government House and the surrounding places. Indeed, the reception was overwhelming as people lined the streets waiving at the convoy of their new governor. Curiously, they defied the early morning downpour which ordinarily should have kept them indoor.

A strikingly noticeable thing at the event was that Governor AbdulRazak drove himself and his immediate family to the Government House for the inauguration.

Also, former Governor Ahmed was conspicuously missing at the inauguration/swearing in programme. He was represented by the Head of Service, Mrs. Susan Modupe Oluwole, who performed the handing over of necessary documents on behalf of the ex-governor to his successor.

AbdulRazak did not go straight to his office after inauguration as there were other events lined up for the day.

While the governor proceeded to the Ilorin Central Mosque for prayers for the smooth take off of the administration as well as for God’s guidance, his deputy also attended an Interdenominational Service at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Sabo Oke, Ilorin, for a similar thing.

But the governor, it was reliably learnt, has not moved to his official residence at the Government House. He is still staying in his private residence for now.

The early morning downpour meant different things to different people. To some, the rain was divine, meant “to cleanse the state and wash away all calamities, evils and rituals”, while to others who also spoke to our correspondent under condition of anonymity, “the early morning rain symbolised the clearing off of the bad government and the ushering in of a new regime that is truly for the people and by the people of Kwara State.”

There has been a change of photographs of the former with the new governor. In fact, it happened almost immediately after the swearing in.

Although Sunday Telegraph learnt that there was no purification of the Government House before the new helmsmen moved in, however, there had been series of prayers by both Islamic and Christian clerics for both the governor and his deputy prior to inauguration.

Air conditioners, freezers others missing in Zamfara

Immediately after the Supreme Court nullified the election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and named the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the winner of all the elections in the Zamfara State, officers of the immediate administration began to remove items such as air conditioners, freezers and furniture from the Government House in Gusau.

This was made known by some staffers who spoke to Sunday Telegraph on condition of anonymity.

However, this did not stop the inauguration and the handover of the reins of government by former Abddulaziz Yari.

Yari on Tuesday personally handed over to Bello Mohammed Matawalle of the PDP, 24 hours before to the official inauguration.

During the hand over, Yari thanked Almighty Allah who spared his life to see the day and the opportunity to serve the people of the state and coming to the end of his tenure successfully without leaving a debt of single kobo.

“I inherited a debt of over N40billion when I took over in 2011 and the good news for you is that I have left no single kobo as debt for you” said Yari.

Sanwo-Olu banners, stickers replace Ambode’s portrait

As the new governors take charge in various states across the country, Lagos State House recorded a total clean up with the change of guards, security pictures and some other apparatus.

From the Governor’s Office Road to other adjoining roads in and around the Ikeja State House, Alausa large banners bearing the portraits of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Kadri Hamzat replaced those of his predecessor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. Other pictures of the ex-governor placed at strategic places were also replaced.

While some were removed on May 28, others were removed in the early morning of inauguration day. So also were the security apparatus. It was a total change of guards and other paraphernalia of office.

In addition to that, the government, in a circular dated 24th May, 2019, signed by the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, said that all appointees of the immediate past governor, resigned at the close of work on May 28. The government, however, explained that the political appointees whose appointments are by legislation and tenure-based are not affected by the directive contained in the circular.

Almost all the blocks of various ministries and agencies in the state secretariat replaced Ambode’s banners with the new governor and his deputy. Areas or spaces said to be practically ‘customized’ for adverts of Ambode’s policies and programmes were immediately replaced with solidarity messages and pictures of the new governor and his deputy.

Civil servants who had the stickers and pictures of the former governor on their cars and in their offices quickly removed them to avoid being labelled as loyalists of the out gone administration.
Marina State House which used to be the official residence of the state governor but which the past administration converted to historical centre is now wearing a new look, as Governor Sanwo-Olu plans to live in the posh residence like Mr. Babatunde Fashola did.

Excitement as Abiodun takes over as Ogun gov

The new governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, was sworn in on Wednesday. Since his inauguration, however, the governor has not accessed the Government House, Oke-Igbein, Abeokuta.

 

What he only did was to assume duty, barely 24 hours after his inauguration, at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Abiodun was accompanied by the newly elected deputy governor, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele and chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Shortly after the immediate past governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, left office, his portrait was replaced with that of the new governor.

Some of the vehicles in the convoy of the former chief executive were seen parked at one corner of the State Secretariat. Besides, there have not been any noticeable changes at the Governor’s Office.

On Thursday, Abiodun officially took over the reins of power as he assumed office. The governor, who arrived at 9:30am, inspected a guard of honour mounted for him by policemen attached to the Government House.
Makinde renames Agodi Link Bridge

Immediately he was inaugurated as the 8th Civilian Governor of the 36 years old Oyo State at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Oke Ado, Ibadan, Engineer Seyi Makinde, his convoy and that of his deputy Engineer Rauf Olaniyan, went straight to the Government Secretariat, where the Head of Service Mrs. Ololade Agboola on behalf of the former Governor Abiola Ajimobi handed over the reins of government.

Before, then, the photograph of Ajimobi was removed from where it was hung in the past eight years and placed on the left hand side below those of past governors. Makinde’s picture was conspicuously hung in the middle of another row.

The fly over, which connects the Agodi Government Secretariat with the Agodi Government House which ex-Governor Ajimobi had closed down and reserved only for his own, his family and Deputy Governor’s use, was immediately opened to the public for use.

Makinde in his inaugural speech had said that the bridge, constructed by the Brigadier David Jemibewon military administration some four decades ago, be opened immediately for all. He christened it “Freedom Bridge”.

Promptly following this, any people started traversing the bridge with their vehicles, taking photographs on it while advising Governor Makinde to urgently rehabilitate it because of cracks noticeable on some parts of it due to abandonment for the two terms of the former administration.

However, Sunday Telegraph was unable to confirm if there items were stolen both at the Governor’s Secretariat and the Agodi Government House, which even former Governor Ajimobi had moved out of since about three months ago.

But while we were unable to confirm whether Makinde slept in the Government House, a politician told us: “But that will be too early now! Does he not have his own house? Why will he rush to go and sleep in the Government House the very same day that he was sworn in?”

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Osinbajo to Monarchs: Condemn drug abuse in your domains

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Disturbed by the myriad of social vices in the country, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on royal fathers in Nigeria to use their royal stools and moral authority to condemn drug abuse and other social problems in the country.
According to the Vice President, if the traditional institution declares a particular practice as wrong and worthy of condemnation, or affirms it as right and laudable, such messages of prohibition or affirmation go a very long way.
Professor Osinbajo spoke at the 11th General Assembly of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria with the theme: “Imperative of Community Policing and Menace of Drug Abuse: The Role of Traditional Rulers”, saying that the traditional rulers must join hands in condemning bad habit which is gradually destroying the society.
He said: “Your Royal Majesties possess a moral authority that arguably transcends the legitimacy conferred on political leaders by electoral cycles. It is this moral authority that we respectfully urge your Royal Majesties to exercise against drug abuse in your domains. It is the combined effect of the corrective and coercive powers of state agencies and actors, and the moral authority of the throne that we believe can deal a death blow to this terrible scourge that today destroys the lives of thousands of our young people.
“We are, your majesties, faced with a major drug abuse and addiction problem. The 2018 National Drug Use Survey indicates that there are 14.3million drug users between the ages of 15 and 64. Drug use is most common among those between the ages of 25 and 29 years which are the years of peak productivity in anyone’s lifespan. In effect, young Nigerians that should be in the prime of their lives are being ravaged by the plague of substance addiction. In addition, Nigeria’s drug use prevalence rate is almost three times above the global prevalence rate.”

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Kogi, Bayelsa polls disasters – NSA

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The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Mungono has scored the conduct of the November 16 governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states low, and said things “unthinkable happened” during the election.
The NSA, who spoke on Wednesday at an Inter-Agencies Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) meeting in Abuja, said despite the assurances of adequate security before the elections, the polls “were a fiasco where the unthinkable happened.”
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, however, disclosed that 49 persons have been arrested on election related violence in the two states, including six persons arrested in connection with the killing of the woman leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mrs. Salome Abuh.
Mungono, who was represented by Mr Sanusi Galadima, recalled that prior to the two elections, the ICCES was told of the level of the preparedness and assured of adequate security.
“They made promises and told the meeting of the level of their preparedness but unfortunately, the fiasco was the answer. What happened was quite unthinkable.
“Violence erupted in the two states of Bayelsa and Kogi, particularly, the violence that occurred in Kogi State which aftermath of that election led to the death of a woman leader in that state,” he regretted.
The NSA expressed the fear that if nothing is done to curtail such violence in future elections, voters might not come out to vote.

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Ex-lawmaker to EFCC: Probe NASS over severance allowances, constituency projects

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A Second Republic politician and former House of Representatives member, Chief Olumuyiwa Akinboro, on Wednesday, decried the huge sums accruing to National Assembly members from severance allowances and constituency projects.
Akinboro, a legal practitioner, who was called to Bar in 1968, asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to commence immediate probe of the money received by federal lawmakers.
The octogenarian, who is also the Convener, Advocate for Peace and Better Nigeria, spoke at a press conference held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
He bemoaned the level of corruption in the country, saying the situation requires urgent attention.
Akinboro accused the National Assembly, which is the second organ of government, of gross abuse in remuneration of members.
He said, “I was a member of the National Assembly during the Second Republic representing Abeokuta on two terms, 1979 and 1983 till December of that year during which the late indefatigable Senator Olusola Saraki, from Kwara State, was the Senate Leader.
“At that time, our wages, a mere peasant compared with what it is now, were fixed by all the party leaders. What the National Assembly pays its members at present is at the whims and caprice of the members of the National Assembly themselves which should not be so.
“Apart from the vast sums of money set aside for the so-called constituency projects which is often subject to gross abuse, they usually pay themselves the so-called severance package at the end of each term of four years.
“Is there any Act of the National Assembly that fixed and permitted that kind of payment? Do they pay the so-called severance package to all members or those who lost at the last election and would not be coming back like the last Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, or to all Senators even those who were reelected?
“In England, what parliamentarians earn is fixed and controlled by an Act of Parliament and is verifiable by all and sundry. Do other democracies in the world pay their legislators such so-called severance package? Do our legislators pay any corresponding income tax on their self-fixed earnings? How much do they pay?”

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Buhari sends 2020 FCT budget to National Assembly

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has sent the 2020 statutory budget of the Federal Capital Territory Administration to the National Assembly for consideration and approval.
Buhari, in the letter dated December 10, 2019 and addressed to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, explained that his request to the Senate was in compliance with Sections 121 and 299 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
The letter read: “Pursuant to Sections 121 and 299 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), I forward herewith, the 2020 statutory budget proposal of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, for the kind consideration and passage by the Senate.
“While hoping that this submission will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the Senate, please accept, Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”
Meanwhile, the red chamber also on Wednesday referred the retired general’s request for the confirmation of the Chairman and Members of the Federal Inland Revenue Service to the Senate Committee on Finance.
Lawan asked the Committee to start work on the screening and confirmation of the newly appointed Chairman of the FIRS, Mr. Muhammad Nami.
Lawan, who stated this at the plenary, also asked the finance panel to carry out the confirmation and that of 13 other members of the FIRS  board and submit its report  Wednesday.
The Senate President also referred the screening and confirmation of Mr. Edward Adamu, as the new Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria to the Committee of Banking,  Insurance and other Financial Institutions.
Nami will replace Mr. Tunde Fowler in the FIRS while Adamu will replace Muiz Banire at AMCON.
Lawan asked the Chairman of the Finance Committee, Senator Olamilekan Adeola, to submit his report on December 18 before the National Assembly adjourns on Thursday for the Christmas break.
The upper chamber also, on Wednesday, approved the report of the Conference Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives on the Finance bill passed by the National Assembly recently.

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Malami: FG has ordered probe of court invasion by DSS

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The Federal Government has ordered an investigation into the Friday invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja, by the operatives of the Department of State Service, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, has said.
The DSS, in their bid to rearrest the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 general election, Omoyele Sowore, had invaded the court, during which the judge fled the scene.
Malami spoke to reporters on the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, after paying a courtesy visit to the Chief Judge of the court, Justice John Tsoho.
He evaded question on the reason for Sowore’s rearrest, which had drawn criticisms locally and internationally.
Fielding questions from reporters, he said did not visit the Chief Judge over Sowore’s case but to congratulate him on his confirmation by the Senate as the substantive Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.
Asked if he was not appalled by the DSS’ conduct, Malami said, “Whatever affects the integrity of the court is a worrisome issue for us.
“I can never be preemptive of an incident over which I was not a live witness to.”
He added: “But one thing I am certain of is that the government has put in place mechanism for investigation of the reported incident.
“So, I would not like to be preemptive in terms of a conclusion, one way or the other, without allowing the consummation and conclusion of the investigation process.”

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JUST IN: US seizes jet of Nigerian ‘involved in multi-million dollar fraud’

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The US federal authorities have seized an aircraft belonging to a Nigerian facing multi-million dollar fraud charges in the country.
According to WSB-TV, the seizure was made on Tuesday at the Peachtree DeKalb Airport in Georgia.
Federal agents were said to have ransacked the aircraft for evidence, while another team searched for drugs and other contraband.
However, the authorities did not mention the name of the Nigerian whose aircraft was seized, reports TheCable.
“For the most part, people don’t even understand. They don’t know what’s happening in Atlanta, Georgia,” one of the special agents said.
“This is all day, every day. I mean, this is the fruits of our labor, and this is the successes of a great team effort by our state, local and federal partners coming together to hit the bad guys where it hurts, in their pocket.
“When we see a certain type of aircraft get sold, it raises our suspicions.”
In November, US authorities indicted Allen Onyema, Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, for allegedly moving more than $20 million from Nigeria through US bank accounts in a scheme involving false documents based on the purchase of aircraft.
Onyema was said to have started travelling frequently to Atlanta, where he opened several personal and business bank accounts. Between 2010 and 2018, over $44.9 million was allegedly transferred into his Atlanta-based accounts from foreign sources.
Onyema was indicted alongside Ejiroghene Eghagha, the airline’s chief of administration and finance, who is said to have committed aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme.
A US district court of the northern district of Georgia was also reported to have issued a warrant to arrest Onyema and authorised US Marshals Service to bring him into custody.

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ASUU Strike, Naira Marley,Reginal Daniels, others top most searched on Google in 2019

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ASUU Strike, Naira Marley,Reginal Daniels, others top most searched on Google in 2019

Popular search engine, Google on Wednesday announced the results of its ‘2019 Year in Search’ with Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) strike topping this year’s trending news search.
Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google Communications Officer, said that ASUU strike was followed by `AFCON 2019’, ‘Naira Marley’ and the ‘Women’s World Cup 2019’.
Kola-Ogunlade said that the results of the ‘Year in Search’ offered a unique perspective on the year’s major moments and top trends based on searches conducted in Nigeria.
“This year’s top trending news search is `ASUU Strike’, which took the highest place over other trending news topics like ‘AFCON 2019’, ‘Naira Marley’ and the ‘Women’s World Cup 2019’.
“Naira Marley’, leads the list as the most searched person over ‘Atiku’ (Abubakar), Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party at the 2019 Nigerian general election.
“Neymar’, Brazilian professional footballer. ‘Neymar’ made the lists as the top trending sports person searched by Nigerians in 2019,’’ Kola-Ogunlade said in a statement.
According to him, Regina Daniels was the most searched actor, ranking over other actors like Genevieve Nnaji, Tonto Dikeh, Hadiza Gabon, among others, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said that Wizkid, “Joro” was the most searched song this year; ‘what is xenophobia?’ the most asked question; while Big Brother Naija and Mehek were the most searched movies and TV shows.

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Uber, Bolt, others not banned at airports – FAAN

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The Management of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said it did not ban Uber, Bolt and others at Lagos and other airports in the country.
Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, said in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday that the attention of FAAN was drawn to an online report, which she said was false.
Yakubu said: “We will like to state with all emphasis that passengers and the general public are free to use whatever means or mode convenient to transport themselves to the Lagos and other airports in Nigeria.
“We will, therefore, like to use this medium to inform the general public that the said signpost did not emanate from FAAN.
“Our security personnel have been instructed to remove the signpost and investigate the issue.”

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Kogi, Bayelsa elections peaceful, IG insists

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Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), says the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states were peaceful.
Adamu said this while speaking at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) inter-agency consultative committee on election security (ICCES) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.
The elections, conducted on November 16, were marred by cases of violence, thuggery, ballot box snatching and intimidation of voters and electoral officials.
At least four persons were reported dead in separate attacks in the two states.
But speaking at the meeting which was held at the INEC headquarters, Adamu, who was represented by Bashir Makama, an Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), said the polls were “relatively peaceful”.
He, however, admitted that there is a need to improve election security.
“In the whole, despite the related infractions or some sort of thuggery observed and other challenges that were faced, the election could be said to be relatively peaceful,” he said, adding that “there is still room for improvements.”
He said the police arrested at least 43 suspects in connection with violence and violation of electoral laws during the elections in the two states.
In his remarks, Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, asked for proper identification of all police officers deployed in polling units “so that they will be held responsible for the conduct of elections in those locations”.
“The commission believes that the purpose of security deployment during elections is to protect the voters, election officials and materials, accredited observers, the media and to safeguard the integrity of the processes generally, including the polling units and collation centres,” he said.
“Therefore, the deployment of security personnel in all future elections should be tied to specific locations and activities.
“All security personnel deployed to polling units and collation centres should be identified by name as is the case with INEC officials.
“This will not only enhance transparency, but the commission and security agencies will know who to contact in specific locations during elections when the need arises.”

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Greta Thunberg is TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year

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Greta Thunberg is TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year

Greta Thunberg, the soft-spoken Swedish teenager who became a global conscience for climate change and environmental activism, has been named Time’s Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.

The magazine announced 16-year old Thunberg as its choice Wednesday exclusively on “TODAY.”

“She became the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet this year, coming from essentially nowhere to lead a worldwide movement,” Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal told “TODAY,” adding that Thunberg is the magazine’s youngest choice ever to be named Person of the Year, reports NBC News.

Thunberg quickly bloomed into one of the world’s most notable and youngest climate change activists, sparking a collective movement to fight climate change after protesting alone outside the Swedish parliament during school hours on Fridays when she was 15. The teen held up a now universally recognized hand-painted sign that read “skolstrejk för klimatet,” which translates to “School strike for the climate.”

Thunberg’s initiative to strike galvanized students to protest against climate change throughout Europe and that momentum quickly fanned across the globe, becoming the “Fridays For Future” movement.

Her solo protest, Fensenthal noted, eventually prompted millions of people in 150 countries “to act on behalf of the planet.”

He also said that Thunberg “represents a broader generational shift in the culture,” with youth standing up for what they believe in — from Hong Kong to Chile.

“Young people are demanding change, and urgently,” Felsenthal said. “She embodies youth activism.”

Thunberg’s signature no-nonsense blunt style of speaking made her a force that could not be ignored by world leaders and she was asked to speak in front of several high-profile entities, including the United Nations and the United States Congress.

Thunberg, who has Asperger’s syndrome, first learned about climate change at 8 years old and said she became instantly concerned to the point that she plunged into depression over it.

“I remember thinking that it was very strange that humans that are an animal species, among others, could be capable of changing the Earth’s climate,” she said during a 2018 Ted Talk.

She gave up eating meat and traveling via airplane, among other things, to reduce her carbon footprint.

In October, Thunberg was the recipient of another honor — an environmental award at a Stockholm ceremony held by the Nordic Council. But she declined it, explaining in an Instagram post, “The climate movement does not need any more awards.”

“What we need is for our politicians and the people in power start to listen to the current, best available science,” she wrote.

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