FG to register poor, vulnerable persons

The Federal Government is to open a register for the poor and vulnerable persons, Hajia Maryam Uwais, Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Interventions, said on Friday.

Uwais made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

The special adviser said that the register would promote due process and reduce the number of vulnerable and poor people in the country.

“I urge community leaders to be sincere and transparent in selecting genuine poor and vulnerable people in their areas.

“They live among the people, so we believe they can help us out in identifying the real people that need government’s assistance.

“We will still meet with the state focal persons on the conditions for the national cash transfer,’’ Uwais said.

Also, Mr Peter Papker, the Coordinator, National Social Safety Net, told NAN that the national cash transfer fund was aimed at reducing extreme poverty in the society.

Papker said that it would also bridge the gap of inequality between the rich and the poor.

“Five thousand naira has been earmarked for each vulnerable and poor person per household.

“At the end of the exercise, the living conditions of the people will improve,” Papker told NAN

Recruitment: Police Websites Crash As 8,000 Applicants Register

Attempts by many candidates to apply for enlistment into the Nigeria Police Force were frustrated on Friday as the two police portals for the recruitment crashed and were inaccessible for most part of the day.

The Police Service Commission had directed interested candidates to apply through its website, www.psc.gov.ng or that of the Nigeria Police Force, www.npf.gov.ng, but the two websites crashed due to huge traffic.

It was gathered that many candidates could not apply online at different cyber cafés and had to go back home in frustration.

Attempts to access the websites between 2pm and 6pm were abortive as the PSC website simply said, “This Account has been suspended. Contact your hosting provider for more information.”

The police website –www.ngf.gov.ng – on the other hand, was inaccessible for over 10 hours during which our correspondents monitored the website. But police sources said about 8,000 candidates had registered as of 2pm.

“Candidates started registering online from 4am on Friday when the portals opened for registration; as of 2pm, over 8,000 candidates had registered online. The traffic was huge and this explains why many applicants could not access the websites because the servers were down,” a source explained.

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Court Orders INEC to Register New Party

The rescheduled general election on Wednesday suffered another setback following the judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accord full recognition to the Young Democratic Party.

The judgement is coming barely three weeks to the commencement of the elections. Justice Ahmed Mohammed made the order in his judgment on the suit filed by the party, challenging its denial of registration by INEC.

The judge held that YDP was deemed registered when INEC failed to inform the then political association? of its decision not to register it as a political party within 30 days of receiving its application, as required under Section 78 (4) of the Electoral Act, 2010?.

The judgement is definitely going to affecte INEC’s preparations for the elections as the commission would now have to accomodate the new party in its programmes.

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