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Group seeks introduction of online voting for speed, credibility



Polling Units Ambassadors of Nigeria (PUAN), a non-partisan organisation and its partners have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to introduce online voting in subsequent elections to reduce human interference and enhance the credibility of the elections.

Mr Sulieman Dabas, the leader of the group known as the Ambassador General of PUAN said this while addressing a news conference on the aftermath of the Presidential and National Assembly elections as observed by the group.

”Voters can vote easily from any device which makes the entire voting process simple and more transparentm” he said.

He commended Nigerians for coming out en mass to exercise their franchise and for contributing to change the political trajectory of the country .

The ambassador od the group pleaded with Nigerians at home and abroad to use all available means as provided by the law to seek redress for their grievances.


He also called on stakeholders in the electoral process to talk to their supporters and agents to remain calm and ensure peace prevails in Nigeria.

He said that the group identified some of the challenges experienced during the elections to include, inability of Nigeria’s electoral umpire the Independent National Electoral Commission( INEC) to upload election results at some polling Units.

“Yes polling PUAN stands for the use of technology by INEC because we believe that election result cannot be rigged at the polling unit, the chances are very slim.

“Our election result collation centres were the challenge but we hope that all of this will be addressed by INEC.

“We have individually and collectively put so much effort for the success of the Implementation of the Electoral Act 2022. Let us for look answers from the commission after this very major national exercise.


“We must find a professional and global acceptable standard or practise to address our grievance which is already provided by the Nigeria constitution and the Electoral Act 2022,”he said

Dabas said the nation had already lost some young people due to violence and called on youths to shun social vices adding that “elections will always come and go, but we the people will remain.”

He said that other PUAN partners in attendance were :Dr Abdulahi Isa of the Gamji of Gamji Foundation and Non-Governmental Association for Literacy Support Services, (NOGALSS )represented by Prince Kure.

Others are Centre for Grassroots Development and Crime prevention( CGDCP),Ms Maureen Chinwe, Hayiya Farida Sada of Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria(FOMWAN),.

Also in attendance were Akam Asindi, Society for a United Africa, Dr. Patrick Attah a Political Analysis and the Secretary General, PUAN Ambassador Prince Osa-Osaghae.

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Indefinite Strike: NLC set to announce suspension of indefinite action




The Organised Labour has agreed to suspend its planned nationwide indefinite strike.

According to AIT, the Labour bodies reached the agreement after a closed-door meeting with Federal Government officials at the Presidential Villa Abuja, on Sunday.

NLC President, Joe Ajaero, who was said to have addressed newsmen after the four-hour meeting, disclosed that the N25,000 announced by President Bola Tinubu in his Independence Day anniversary broadcast is now applicable across board and not only “low-grade workers”.

Leadership of the NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, will meet with organs of workers’ unions across the country to announce a decision to suspend the planned nationwide indefinite strike.

The indefinite industrial action was scheduled to begin from midnight of Tuesday, October 3.


Meanwhile, the meeting between FG officials, led by the President’s Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, will continue on Monday to further streamline issues surrounding fuel subsidy removal interventions.

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Independence: How Nigerians should mark anniversary — NLC



Joe Ajaero

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says there is reason for hope in the country, in spite of the challenges that have beset it.

NLC President, Mr Joe Ajaero, said this in a statement on Saturday, on the commemoration of Nigeria’s Independence Day, marked on Oct. 1.

He urged Nigerians to mark the 2023 Independence Day with a renewed sense of purpose.

Ajaero charged them to acknowledge the past, confront the present challenges, and collectively work toward a brighter future for Nigeria.

According to him, Nigeria remains a nation with enormous potential.


“Our young and dynamic population, if properly empowered, can be the driving force behind our resurgence.

“It is imperative that we invest in education, skills development, and job creation to harness the untapped potential within our youth, “ he said.

The labour leader also called on Nigerians to demand accountability from their leaders, adding that the days of impunity and unbridled corruption must come to an end.

He called on all Nigerians to actively participate in the democratic process, holding elected officials to the highest standards of integrity and performance.

“We must then in the spirit of this year’s independence go beyond questioning why we have found ourselves in the cesspool of poverty and despair.


“Also, we must build a determination to put a stop to this inexorable march to the cesspit and morass of excruciating pains and impoverishment.

“The citizens have a strong role to play in our collective quest for freedom from the shackles of mindless exploitation and pauperisation.

“Holding our leaders accountable is one of the very critical roles we must all play to free ourselves from the gyres of the oppressive forces of retrogression.

“It is the highest form of participation in the democratic space; if we cannot hold our leaders to account for every of their action then, we lose our democracy and we lose our nation.

“It therefore remains our patriotic duty for those that truly love our nation to rise at this time and speak truth to power.


“This is to ensure that the salvation of our nation becomes real and our people from the North, the West, South and the East are able to enjoy the full benefits of their “Nigerianness” which holds a great promise, “ Ajaero said.

The leader, while noting that NLC was the voice of Nigerian workers, said that it had tirelessly championed and would continue to champion the rights and welfare of Nigerian workers and people.

He said, however, the numerous challenges that persisted could not be overlooked.

“Issues such as unfair labour practices, inadequate safety standards, and insufficient protection for workers continue to plague our labor force.

“It is imperative that we work together to address these issues and create an environment where every worker can thrive, “ he said.

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