NIMC begins enrollment in US Tuesday

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In continuation of enrolment of Nigerians in diaspora into the National Identity Database, the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC will begin the exercise in the United States of America on Tuesday, 28th May.

Diaspora enrollment is currently going on in South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

The new phase of the exercise will involve the demographic & biometrics data capture of all Nigerian citizens residing in the USA, is in collaboration with Thebez Global Resources Ltd, Defcon Systems Limitedand National eAuthentication Limited (NeAL), Nigerian Companies licensed by the NIMC to serve as its agents, and carry out enrolment services across the globe.

Aliyu Aziz, NIMC Director General/CEO reiterated that the extension is in line with NIMC’s mandate to ensure that all Nigerian citizens in Nigeria, those in the Diaspora and Legal Residents in Nigeria are enrolled into the National Identity Database and issued the unique National Identification Number (NIN) to applicants upon successful enrolment.

“The programme will make it easier for Nigerians in Diaspora to be identified, as the Federal Government of Nigeria has made the possession of NIN a mandatory requirement for elections, Bank account opening, Land Transactions, access to Legal/health services, acquisition/renewal of the International Passport, Driver’s License and the ECOWAS travel document, amongst others”, Aziz stated.

Loveday Ogbonna Head, Corporate Communications, NIMC in a statement said, “the programme is scheduled to go live from Tuesday, 28th May, 2019 in Washington DC at 11900 Parklawn Drive, Suite 160 Rockville, MD 20852.

“Other locations and commencement dates across the United States are: 1001 Texas Avenue, Suite 5050 (Level 5) Houston, Texas, Tuesday 28th May, 2019; 9894 Bissonet Street, Suite 745 Houston, Texas, TX 77036, Tuesday 28th May, 2019; 370 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1505, New York, NY 10017, Thursday 30th May, 2019; … Read More...

Boris Johnson likely to replace May as UK prime Minister

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Following the official announcement of her resignation, Theresa May’s replacement could be her former minister. Boris Johnson is seen as the most preferred candidate by some members of parliaments to clinch the position of British Prime Minister (PM).

Johnny Mercer, a member of parliment was asked during a late night show whether he will be presenting himself for the PM position, he replied “I’m not goo enough to be PM yet. I’ll be with Boris Johnson campaigning together, trying to unite the party and the nation, and govern from the centre in a modern, compassionate, optimistic manner.”

A new poll conducted by global public opinion and data company, YouGov found that ahead of the conservative party members decision on the PM position, Boris Johnson was most likely to beat every contenter he faces by a margin of 59 per cent to 41 per cent.

Boris Johnson is also believed to command a lot of support from party grassroots, according to 

After May’s announcement of her resignation, Johnson had tweeted “A very dignified statement from . Thank you for your stoical service to our country and the Conservative Party. It is now time to follow her urgings: to come together and deliver Brexit.”

Should Johnson become the new UK prime minister he faces the uphill taks of delivering Brexit as soon as possible.

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Atiku hails Supreme  Court judgement on Zamfara Guber

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Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has commended the judgment of the Supreme Court “which has upheld the rule of law and done justice by declaring the PDP as winner of the gubernatorial election in Zamfara State as well as in the state’s House of Assembly elections.”

Atiku in a statement issued on Friday by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, said “nothing is as pleasing to the ears of believers, as justice being served in the holy month of Ramadan.”

He commended the Lord Justices for putting aside the interests of the powerful and upholding the interests of Nigeria and Nigerians, saying “God first, Nigeria second, must be our priority as trustees of the people.”

In the statement, the Wazirin Adamawa noted that “when justice prevails, the people rejoice, chains are broken, freedom is multiplied and society is enriched.”

Atiku expressed hope that the Supreme Court and the Lords Justices will let Lady Justice have

full reign in other petitions that will come before them, adding that good conscience, fear of God and the rule of law will prevail.

“In so doing, they will write their names for good on the sands of time and avoid the infamy that oppressors wish to thrust on them as their legacy.

He congratulated the Governor-elect Hon. Bello Matawalle and the people of Zamfara, who he said will finally have a government that will address the issues that have made life an ordeal in that great state.

“The storm is over and peace and calm are coming to Zamfara. May God bless the Supreme Court of Nigeria. May God bless Zamfara state, and may God bless Nigeria, now and forever,” the statement added.

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Taraba will soon become a world tourism center- Atosuma Gani

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Atosuma James Gani is the commissioner in charge of culture and tourism Taraba  state. In this interview with  NATHANIEL GBAORON in Jalingo, he spoke about tourism potentials of the state and how governor Ishaku is developing the state amidst security Challenges. Excerpts

Hon. Commissioner, May we look at  the activities of your ministry?

Thank you, since the inception of the administration of Architect Darius Dickson Ishaku who deemed it fit to appoint some of us to work under him and learn somethings as well. We came in November 2015 and it was a newly created ministry because it was created in 2014. When we came in a lot of things were not in shape, there was virtually nothing on the ground to hold on to. We had to start creating and initiating.  Actually it is a very big ministry that has a  large scope of coverage, but because there was no foundation on the ground . Most of the activities we began was how to form a formidable foundation on the ground, a sustainable one that development can ride on with out having any difficulties in  the future.

It was on this note that we started talking stock of all  tourism potentials on site, which was the documentation  and identification of all the sites. We started that in 2016, we went round the tourism sites so that we could have them in our document so that it will help us start planning towards the blue print which is the developmental master plan of the tourism sector.

Coming to the aspect of culture, culture has been in existence from time immemorial, most of the past administrations did not give attention to cultural aspect,which is a very rich heritage we have in this state in particular. What … Read More...

KEDCO targets improved employees` performance in promotion,remuneration,says management

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The management of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has clarified issues over the alleged lopsided promotion and remuneration in the company.

The management said that while, the company acknowledged there is an issue concerning promotion and remuneration, the company is out at improving employees’ performances.

In a statement issued by the company and made available to journalists by Mohammed Kandi, spoke-person of the company quoted the company’s Chief Corporate Services Officer (CCSO), Salisu Abdulsalam said that the “Performance Management is about getting the best from people, and helping them achieve their potential.”

The CCSO insisted that, the firm was more concerned with helping individuals and teams recognize their role in contributing to the goals of KEDCO.

He further explained that 25 percent of eligible employees due for promotion have been elevated across various grades, departments and units, adding that, “a total of 592 eligible staff were short-listed for promotion interviews and 149 of them became successful.”

Mr Abdulsalam reiterated that the appraisal and promotion of KEDCO employees was an annual exercise. He added that, the last promotion was based on 2017 performance appraisal exercise, saying the 2018 process had begun.  

The CCSO, who called for calmness among the KEDCO staff, insisted that, the yearly performance rating would spur employees to be hard working and goal driven.

Commenting on the his remarks, the branch president of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEC), Comrade Shehu Haruna Soba, condemned the attack launched on the person of KEDCO MD/CEO, Dr Jamil Isyaku Gwamna in some sections of the media, asserting that, Gwamna’s proven astute leadership qualities had earned him myriads of recognitions industry wide.

“The KEDCO MD/CEO was recently recognised and rewarded by the national delegate conference of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity