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Nigerians to Experience a New Normal as INEC Prepares to Kick Start Voters Registration in Q1 of 2021

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Voters’ Registration to Commence 18 Months Ahead of 2023 General Election

It is the new normal in Nigeria as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu informed the media about the commission’s plan to commence voters’ registration in the first quarter of 2021.

This was stated on Wednesday in Abuja after Prof. Mhamoodu appeared before the Senate Committee led by Senator Kabiru Gaya, APC Kano south, to defend the commission’s budget for 2021.

For continuous voter registration, the commission will resume voter registration in the first quarter of 2021”, Prof. Yakubu affirmed.

He said “Once we resume, it will be continuous for one and a half years, at least until six months to the next general election. In other words, the commission is not going to resume voters registration for a week, two weeks or a month but we are working out the details.

The commission chairman, Prof. Yakubu is also advocating for diaspora voting, he employed the national Assembly to amend the Electoral Act to accommodate Nigerians in diaspora and adopt early voting system.

The commission is desirous of giving Nigerians living abroad the right to vote, after all, all our neighboring countries do so. But it requires the amendment to the constitution and the Electoral Act for that to happen.

“We have already worked out the document. Once the law is amended today, we can roll out. We are ready. We have had several meetings with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, but we can’t go beyond what the law provides,” Prof Yakubu stated.

He also called the attention of the committee to the inability of some groups to vote. He believed that an amendment to the Electoral Act should allow the group such as security personnel, INEC staff, journalist and others the right to vote even as they carry out their job activities during the election period.

Prof. Yakubu said the amendment should allow Nigerians with Permanent Voter’s Card the right to vote irrespective of their location within the country at the time of the election.

He said, “It’s not just those in the armed services, the police involved in election duty, journalists, INEC adhoc staff and some INEC staff don’t vote. The reason is that you are posted for election duty to places other than where you are registered, and the law says you vote where are registered”.

“So, if you pass some amendments to the Electoral Act to enable people to vote, two solution perhaps, early voting, so that those involved in election duty can vote early or major reform of electoral legal framework to allow people to vote wherever they are,” he added.

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Npower Batch A and B Beneficiaries Can Now Access NEXIT Portal

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Exited Npower beneficiaries of batches A and B can now access the NEXIT Portal, according to Nneka Ikem, the Special Assistant, Media & Publicity to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq.

Here is how to register on the NEXIT

1. Visit the Official NEXIT Portal by clicking here

2. Then enter the email address you used for your Npower application.

3. Create and set up a new password on the NEXIT Portal

4. Now enter your name as registered on your Npower profile

5. Kindly input your Bank Verification Number

6. Finally, agree to the terms and policy and hit the submit button.

The next stage is to re-enter your email address on the activation page. Once that is done, go to your email and click the activation link sent to your e-mail.

Now login into the NEXIT portal with your credientials and complete the questionaire.

The portal was introduced to engage exited Npower beneficiaries through the Central Bank of Nigeria’s job options.

On Monday Hajiya Sadiya Farouq said “The NEXIT portal is to determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs and is dependent on meeting the criteria and conditions set by the CBN for the said programs”.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria is very proud of the milestones you have achieved during your period of service to the nation. As we prepare to exit into prospective endeavors, we are confident that you will be able to channel all you have learnt over the years into successful ventures that will improve the economy of the country and create further opportunities for you and other citizens.

“Chasing a dream requires effort, passion and hard work which you are now halfway through. I congratulate you and wish you a very successful future”.

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Pfizer, BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be Available to UK Resident on Dec 7

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The United Kingdom is planning to approve Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in a few days, according to government officials.

According to the officials, deliveries of the COVID-19 vaccine would begin a few hours after authorisation and the first injections could take place on December 7.

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has named Nadhim Zahawi, the current junior business minister, as the minister responsible for the deployment of the vaccines.

Britain said on Nov. 20 it had formally asked its medical regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), to evaluate the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for its suitability, the first step in making it available outside the United States.

The UK ordered 40 million doses of the two-shot product, which the preliminary data showed to be more than 95 percent effective.

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Npower News: CBN Job Options for Exited Npower Beneficiaries

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The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria has launched an online portal called N-Exit to enable exited Npower Beneficiarieas apply for Central Bank of Nigeria Empowerement Options.

The ministry stated a statement signed by Bashir Nura Alkali, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry.

Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, urged interested exited npower beneficiaries to log on to the portal and add other additional information required for placements into the CBN intervention options.

The minister also stated that the NEXIT Portal will determine the suitability of the interested exited beneficiaries of Npower for teh CBN affiliate programes.

The statement reads, “The NEXIT portal is to determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs and is dependent on meeting the criteria and conditions set by the CBN for the said programs”.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria is very proud of the milestones you have achieved during your period of service to the nation. As we prepare to exit into prospective endeavors, we are confident that you will be able to channel all you have learnt over the years into successful ventures that will improve the economy of the country and create further opportunities for you and other citizens.

“Chasing a dream requires effort, passion and hard work which you are now halfway through. I congratulate you and wish you a very successful future”.

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