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Electronic Voting: Olumide Akpata Floors Two SANs, Emerges NBA President





Electronic voting system got a boost in Nigeria yesterday with the emergence of Mr. Olumide Akpata as the National President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

Akpata defeated two other senior lawyers, Babatunde Ajibade and Dele Adesina, both of whom are Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in a contest that was strictly electronic with nearly 30,000 lawyers participating.

Mr. Akpata polled 9,891 votes, while Ajibade and Adesina polled 4,328, and 3, 982 votes respectively.

Akpata with his victory becomes one of the very few National Presidents of the NBA who was not an SAN at the point of ascension into leadership of one of the most influential professional organisations in Nigeria.

Mr. Olumide Akpata a senior partner of Lagos based law firm, Templers, the firm is reputed for its very “progressive” approach to the business of law.


We Shall Invest More in Local Technology, Buhari Promises, Inaugurates Iconic NCDMB Building



President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday pledged that his government will invest more in building lasting infrastructure that is driven by local expertise and creativity across all states of Nigeria.


President Buhari made the pledge in Abuja while virtually commission the iconic Headquarters building of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State which was conceived, designed and build by Nigeria indigenous contractors and engineers.


Buhari said that the 17-storey building, known as the Nigerian Content Tower, with the full complements of a 10MW Power Plant and 1000-seater Conference Center, reflects his administration’s drive to provide infrastructure across the country to attract investments, create jobs and eradicate poverty. The President express satisfaction with the quality of works done and praised the thousands of Nigerians behind the NCDMB Headquarters building success.


He said:

‘‘With the commissioning of this project, I want to highlight that we have put in place a landmark of reference in the Niger Delta to reflect long lasting legacies that signpost the years of oil and gas exploitation and I assure you that there is more to come.


‘‘This commissioning brings to the fore the importance of local content in all activities of our national life especially with the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.


‘‘I believe strongly in local production and patronage of our goods and services as one of the surest ways to empower our citizens and give them viable opportunities to excel in their chosen professions and business endeavors.


‘‘That is why two of the Executive Orders issued under our government are related to enforcing local content in public procurement and contracts to further replicate the successes being realized in the oil and gas industry.


‘‘Local Content and Self Reliance are key principles of the recently approved 2.3 trillion Naira National Economic Sustainability Plan. The plan is aimed at the promotion of local production, local services, local innovation, and the use of local materials.


‘‘I am also pleased that this project has been delivered by local contractors supported by other local engineering and project consultants. We must all be proud that we finished what we started.


‘‘Ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank you for being part of this historic moment even as I use this opportunity to thank the people of Bayelsa and congratulate them as the proud host of this landmark project in the heart of the Niger Delta.


‘‘It is with great pleasure that I am directing the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources to commission the 10MW Power Plant, the 1000-seater Conference Center to be known as the NCDMB Conference Center and also commission the iconic 17-storey building to be known as the Nigerian Content Tower on my behalf.


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JUST IN: Another Lagos Politician Dies of Coronavirus



The Chairman, of Onigbongbo Development Council area of Lagos state, Mr. Babatunde Oke has died from complications of the coronavirus.

Oke reportedly died early Wednesday morning after battling the virus for some weeks.


Oke was a member of the ruling All Progressive Congress and was serving a second term in office.


No official announcement has been made by Lagos State government.

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2020 Inter’l Youth Day: Rise Above Nepotism, Promote Competence, Atiku Charges Nigerian Youth



Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has called on Nigerian youths to rise above nepotism and primordial ethnic sentiments if Nigeria must make the expected developmental leap.


The former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in a message published in the US-based Medium, in commemoration of the International Youth Day, 2020 also advised Nigerian youths to take precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic as a way of securing their future.


According to Atiku, the promotion of “competence” among will ensure that Nigerian youths take their proper place in the affairs of their country.

The former Vice President stated that he believed in the energy and input of the youth population, this according to him informed his 40% youth inclusion in his last presidential bid.


Atiku’s full statement reads:


“I wish to felicitate with the youth across the globe on the 21st Anniversary of the International Youth Day celebration.


“I salute the Nigerian youth in particular for their commitment and perseverance towards the attainment of a greater Nigeria.


“The theme of this year’s celebration “Youth Engagement for Global Action” gives a critical picture of what the world perceives about the stake of young people globally.


“This global picture, which has been on my mind, informed my decision of 40% youth inclusion in my 2019 presidential campaign; a promise I am committed to keeping for the futuristic benefit of our great Nation.


“In this era of COVID19 when the entire world is faced with this plague, the youth have a responsibility to guard against being infected, as well as help to stem the rate of infection by observing the NCDC protocols of washing/sanitizing hands, wearing of face mask, avoiding crowded areas and observing social distancing.


“Indeed, the survival of humanity rests largely on the shoulders of the youths, as vigour is required to wear out this plague.


“The vigour and spirit that you embody as youth will play a crucial role in the socio-economic survival of the world, and its rejuvenation, post-COVID19.


“As leaders of today, and tomorrow, I urge you all to preach and practice peace; demonstrate patriotism at all levels; rid yourselves of nepotism and promote competence above all forms of sentiments.


“Only then can we truly have the Nigeria of our dream.


“I shall stay the course and continue to offer my shoulders for you all to climb because as youths, you are Leaders of Today.


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