Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Thursday 27th December 2018

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Today’s Thisday Newspaper Headlines, Thursday 27th December 2018

INEC: 2019 Elections in N/East to Be Determined by Security
Thu, 27 Dec 2018

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reiterated its readiness to hold next year’s general elections, clarifying, however, that the conduct of the polls in security-challenged places in the North-east would be determined by security reports from the military.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of Publicity and Voter Education Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye, told THISDAY Wednesday that the commission was ready to conduct elections in all parts of the country next year.
His words, “INEC will conduct election in all parts of the country, unless it becomes impracticable to conduct election in maybe in some part of the country or in some local governments. But this decision will be taken based on security report, our own internal dynamics and appreciation with the issues. But as at today, we are determined to conduct election in all parts of Nigeria.

“So, in some of these local government, we are going to document and conduct election at the local government headquarters rather than going into the remote areas where there are still challenge of insurgency. We are collecting data and compiling report relating to each local government where we have security challenges.

“But for us to make this determination, we are going to work with the Nigerian military, we are going to work with SEMA and other agencies who are working in these areas to make a determination on places where it is practically impossible to conduct elections. But any place where it is possible to conduct election, we are going to conduct elections in those areas.”

There has been renewed Boko Haram attacks on military bases in the North-east, raising anxiety about the possibility of the general elections holding in arears prone to terrorists’ raid.

According to the INEC national commissioner, however, “INEC will conduct 2019 elections in all parts of the country. As at today, the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in all the States of the federation have been sending in reports on the state of security in their various states. We have also gotten detailed report of places where there have been internal displacement of persons from the various RECs and we are taking up these thing on board.

“By our processes and procedures, we are to conduct, organise and supervise elections in constitutionally recognised states of the federation. But the Constitution recognises the fact that there are so many states where the Nigerian military are engaged in internal security operations and we are liaising with the security agencies through the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in relation to some of these places where the Nigerian military and the police are conducting internal security operations.”

Okoye stressed that the security agencies have assured INEC that they have the capacity and capability to secure the electoral environment to enable INEC to conduct elections.

He also explained that the reports the commission received from some of the RECs indicated that a few local governments, not only from Borno State have security challenges, but added there was full activity at the local government headquarters of some of the local governments, while there are challenges in some of the constituencies making up the local governments.

Okoye noted, “We have cases of insurgency in the North-east and we have persons who are internally displaced in the North-east. We also have persons who are internally displaced in the North central, especially in places like Benue, Plateau and we are taking all these things on board,

“We also have persons who are internally displaced who are living in states other than their own, so we are working with State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMA) and National Emergency Management Agency in documenting some of these people.”

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BCN, Google Collaborate to Bring Free Wi-Fi to Abuja
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
In a move to foster internet connection in Nigeria, Backbone Connectivity Network (BCN), in partnership with Google, has launched a free, high-speed and public Wi-Fi hotspot in Abuja. The station, which was launched recently, was the kickoff of Google’s intention to rollout free internet service in Northern Nigeria, as it was launched in three strategic []The post BCN, Google Collaborate to Bring Free Wi-Fi to Abuja appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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itel Mobile Empowers 6000
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
By Kayode Fasua No fewer than 6000 persons who include rural dwellers, orphans and school children have benefited from the week-long ‘Love Always On’ campaigns of itel Mobile, as part of the telecommunication outfit’s corporate social responsibility (CSR). The CSR programme took place in Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Kano, and Kaduna, with a warm []The post itel Mobile Empowers 6000 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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In CSR Initiative, Church Supports Less Privileged
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Ugo Aliogo The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Lagos Province 40, has embarked on the feeding 50 million persons as part of the church’s Christian Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. Speaking at the event, the Special Assistant to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG) in charge of Prayers Pastor Peter []The post In CSR Initiative, Church Supports Less Privileged appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Gains of Telecom Sector in 2018
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Despite some challenges, the telecoms industry surpassing 30 per cent broadband penetration by December 2018, was a big feat among several other achievements recorded by the sector in the outgoing year, writes Emma Okonji During the first quarter of 2018, hopes were dampened and industry players and subscribers were confused as to how Nigeria would []The post Gains of Telecom Sector in 2018 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Glo Unveils New Offering
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Subscribers to Globacom are in for better times as the operator has unveiled a new voice and data combo offer, the Glo Super Value Pack. The new product is available to Glo customers within Nigeria and those who are roaming their lines abroad. They can enjoy the products in the two variants of More Data []The post Glo Unveils New Offering appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Ojobo, Ex-NCC Director Becomes African ICT Foundation President
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Emma Okonji A new Board of Trustee has been announced for the African ICT Foundation, with the former Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo, named as the President of the Foundation. Ojobo who has spent close to 30 years of his public service career in the industry starting from the []The post Ojobo, Ex-NCC Director Becomes African ICT Foundation President appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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CWG Appoints New MD, As Agada Resigns
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
The Board of CWG Plc has announced the appointment of Mr. Adewale Adeyipo, an Executive Director of the company, as the Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the technology company, with effect from January 1, 2019. His appointment followed the resignation of the Managing Director and Chief Executive, Mr. James Agada, with effect rom December []The post CWG Appoints New MD, As Agada Resigns appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Building Sustainable Niger Delta
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
At the end of the seventh edition of the Niger Delta Development Forum, Edo and Abia States emerged winners for producing the long-term development planning reports Ugo Aliogo The commitment to build sustainable future for the Niger Delta, is one that requires an accelerated development strategic plans in the long term. This commitment requires the []The post Building Sustainable Niger Delta appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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2018: Boko Haram, UN and Journey So Far
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Kayode Fasua reviews global efforts being championed by the United Nations to save the north-east victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the outgoing year, as well as ways aimed at restoring peace For world’s apex humanist body, the United Nations Organisation (UNO), a whooping sum $1.05 billion will be needed to alleviate the suffering of []The post 2018: Boko Haram, UN and Journey So Far appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Importance of Setting Goals
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score’ ‘ Bill Copeland I currently have the 2019 goal setting workbook on sale on my Instagram page @dee_larry and thought it necessary to explain the importance of setting goals. You know the []The post Importance of Setting Goals appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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