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INEC Extends Continuous Voter Registration Till End Of July 2022

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INEC Extends Continuous Voter Registration Till End Of July 2022

…after a meeting yesterday to review the suspension of CVR

INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION, (INEC) SUSPENSION OF THE CONTINUOUS VOTER REGISTRATION (CVR)

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met in an extraordinary session yesterday, Friday 15th July 2022, and discussed among other things, the suspension of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

This followed the judgement delivered by the Federal High Court on Wednesday 13th July 2022 in which it dismissed the suit filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) which is seeking an extension of the exercise beyond 30th June 2022.

The Court has affirmed that INEC is at liberty to appoint a date of its choice to suspend the CVR, provided it is not later than 90 days before the date fixed for the General Election as provided in Sec. 9(6) of the Electoral Act 2022.

In compliance with the interim injunction of the Court pending the determination of the substantive suit, and in order to enable more Nigerians to register, the Commission continued with the CVR beyond 30th June 2022. For this reason, the CVR has already been extended beyond 30th June 2022 for a period of 15 days.

With the judgment of the Federal High Court, all legal encumbrances have now been removed. Accordingly, the Commission has taken the following decisions:

  1. The CVR is hereby extended for another two weeks until Sunday 31st July 2022, thereby bringing the total duration of the extension to 31 days (1st – 31st July 2022).
  2. The exercise has also been extended to eight hours daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm instead of the current duration of six hours (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) daily.
  3. The exercise is also extended to include weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) as against only weekdays.

We appreciate that the timeframe may be tight for many prospective registrants, but there is a lot that the Commission is required to do under the electoral legal framework in relation to voter registration and compilation of the register that will require time to accomplish. For instance, the Commission is required to:

  1. Clean-up of the register to remove multiple registrants using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS);
  2. Consolidate the national register of voters (existing voters and new registrants) and display the same on a polling Unit basis for each of the 8,809 Registration Areas (Wards) across the 774 Local Government Areas nationwide for public scrutiny. This lasts for a period of one week. On the basis of a new projection of 95 million voters, on the basis of 10 voters per page, the Commission has to print 9,500,000 pages for the display;
  3. Print millions of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for all fresh registrants and applicants for transfer and replacement of lost or damaged PVCs;
  4. Ensure that there is ample time for voters to collect their PVCs ahead of the 2023 General Election;
  5. Print the final register of voters in triplicate for the 2023 General Election involving a projected 28,500,000 pages for accreditation and display at 176,846 polling units for national elections (Presidential and National Assembly) on 25th February 2023 and State elections (Governorship and State Assembly) on 11th March 2023; and
  6. Make copies of the updated national register of voters available to political parties not later than 30 days to the date fixed for the General Election.
INEC Extends Continuous Voter Registration Till End Of July 2022

We appeal for the patience and understanding of all Nigerians as we conclude the exercise which will resume after the 2023 General Election.

We observed that following the continuation of the exercise beyond 30th June 2022, many of the registration centers recorded a low turnout of prospective registrants. With this two-week extension, we appeal to eligible citizens not to wait until the last few days before they inundate the centres again to register.

We appreciate the interest of Nigerians to register and participate in the electoral process and once again reiterate our commitment to credible and transparent elections. This can only be achieved with the support and cooperation of all Nigerians.

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Influential Nigerians Collaborate To Support Women, Girls During 16Days Of Activism Campaigns

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Influential Nigerians Collaborate To Support Women And Girls During The 16days Of Activism Campaigns

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Top artists, rising female artists, movement leaders, and influencers join forces with Industry
Nite to fight against gender inequality, and create opportunities for marginalized talents.

On the eve of the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, 24th November 2022, Change.org and Industry Nite, founded by Matthew Ohio, will kickstart the 16 days of Activism Campaign to sensitize Nigerians about the issues impacting women and girls in
Nigeria and across the globe.

The two organizations are joined by the United Nations, African Development Bank, and other
impactful organizations including Invictus Africa, founded by Bukola Shonibare, Nordic Hotels, Eyowo, Sanaa Afrika, with support from influencers and creatives such as Blaqbonez, Dija, Alhanislam and goodwill messages from renowned American poets and songwriters like J Ivy, Aja Monet, and Defi.

The expression of power is the fundamental driver of violence against women and girls – this is why advocacy for gender equality is critical if we must exponentially eradicate sexual and
gender-based violence worldwide. Gender equality and gender-based violence emerged as the
largest topics of discussion and decision-maker engagement with over 9 victories in Nigeria via Change.org.

There are several petitions on the platform with a combined supporter base of 500K+ people
that address the issue of child marriage in Nigeria, and sexual harassment accounts for about
25% of all petitions started on our platform,” said Wale Ajiboye, Change.org Nigeria’s Country
Director. Hence, the need for us to take action now.

According to UNWomen, The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual
campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence
against Women, and runs through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December. Led
by civil society, the campaign is supported by the United Nations through the Secretary
General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women initiative. This year, the UN marks 16 Days under the theme “UNiTE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”.

“We are thrilled to be working together on the 16 Days of Activism initiative,” says Matthew
Ohio, Founder of Industry Nite. “Industry Nite has helped many upcoming and successful female artists, including Tiwa Savage and Ayra Starr, over the last 13 years. This month’s show features incredible female talents in music, dance, and spoken word – these creatives will speak on behalf of our women and girls – with the aim of raising awareness”

Influential Nigerians Collaborate To Support Women And Girls During The 16days Of Activism Campaigns

Know More About Change.org: Change.org is the world’s largest and fastest-growing platform for social change, where its users can start, sign and share petitions on issues that matter to them. More than 450 million
people use Change.org in around 196 countries. Launched in Nigeria in August 2021,
Change.org currently has about 3 million users in the country and has successfully piloted its
movement accelerator, She Creates Change and We Create Change, which is an incubator for
civil society leaders who collectively use their voices for change.

Change.org is the world’s largest petition platform, empowering people everywhere to create
the change they want to see. Visit www.change.org.

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“The Candidates” 

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The Candidates

Olushola Okunlade Writes

As political parties and their respective Presidential candidates vie to lead Nigeria’s next administration by winning the 2023 Election, ‘The Candidates’ presidential town hall series, an original Daria Media Concept, supported by the MacArthur Foundation, NTA, and YouTube, launched on the 17th of November, 2022 going out live on NTA, FRCN, Radio Now, DSTV, Silverbird, Youtube, Facebook and more.

So far, The Candidates, a two-hour live televised town hall meeting series, of the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates of the six leading political parties, featured:

Prince Adewole Adebayo and running mate, Alh. Yusuf Buhari, of the Social Democratic Party on the 17th November, 2022

Mr. Omoyele Stephen Sowore and running mate, Barrister Haruna Garba Magashi, of the African Action Congress Party on the 18th of November, 2022

Sen. Rabiu Musa Nwankwaso and running mate, Bishop Isaac Idahosa, of the New Nigeria Peoples Party on the 19th of November, 2022

Mr. Peter Obi (CON) and running mate, Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, of the Labour Party on the 21st of November 2022

Today, joining this esteemed lineup of Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates on The Candidates Presidential Town Hall Series is presidential hopeful Abdul-Lateef Kolawole Abiola and running mate Haro Haruna Zego of the Peoples Redemption Party.

Due to unavoidable conflicts Alh. Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa of the People’s Democratic Party, will not be participating in The Candidates Presidential Town Hall Series.

The final town hall tomorrow will feature Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima of the All Progressives Congress Party.

Kole Shettima, the Africa Director of the MacArthur Foundation says “the foundation is privileged to support an opportunity for Nigerians to interact with the leading Presidential candidates in the 2023 general elections.”

The Candidates
Kadaria Ahmed, TV Host.

Kadaria Ahmed, a leading Nigerian broadcaster and journalist, is moderating each town hall. She has been moderating Presidential Debates and town halls since the 2011 elections. ‘The Candidates’ this year is produced by Obi Asika, Ceo Cabal Ent who has produced several major live events, festivals, tv shows, reality formats and has been at the forefront of media production for decades. He and his team will seek to bring that quality to The Candidates.

Obi Asika, CEO of Cabal Entertainment and Executive Producer of The Candidates says, “ I am hugely excited to be working with Kadaria Ahmed, one of Nigeria’s most distinguished journalists and broadcasters with a long and impressive track record in print, tv, and radio. We are delivering a town hall series that is making all Nigerians proud regardless of which candidate they support as we enable the best possible platform for all the leading candidates to come and share their best plans for Nigeria with Nigerians.”

The Candidates is a live streaming and live broadcast production, providing a unique platform for direct interaction between the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates of the leading political parties in Nigeria and her citizens. In the Candidates Presidential Townhall series, we are delivering six presidential town halls and 7 pundit shows with leading national commentators hosting these conversations before each town hall. Each edition of the series also has 6 remote locations in Nigerian universities with live interactive audiences in Maiduguri, Enugu, Bayelsa, Kano & Abuja who are part of the live town hall series.

There is an audience of 100 people for each town hall, including CSOs and the Diplomatic Corps, it is an opportunity for Nigerians to hear directly from the aspirants and to ask them questions on governance and nation-building. The Candidates have partnered with Zikoko Citizen to distill the conversation for the young, social media-engaged audience, and with Africa Fact Check to ensure accuracy and accountability.

The “Candidates” is broadcast across Nigeria on all platforms: live on NTA, over 30 FRCN radio stations, and other partner TV stations, as well as streamed online on YouTube and social media platforms to enable Nigerians in the diaspora to participate.

For more information, go to @TheDariaMedia on Twitter and Facebook, @dariamediang on Instagram, and @NTAnewsnow

For further details regarding attendance, please contact Kamri Apollo (Kamri.Apollo@daria.media 08095219463) and Bimbola Amao (bimbola.amao@daria.media 08060997556).

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CNN Uncovers Dark Origins Of Massive Brain Collection In Denmark 

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‘World’s Untold Stories: The Brain Collectors’ featuring Dr. Sanjay Gupta airs November 12 on CNN International 

Olushola Okunlade Writes

CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta travels to Denmark to uncover the dark origins and mysteries of what’s believed to be the largest collection of human brains anywhere in the world in a new hour-long special, World’s Untold Stories: The Brain Collectors, airing Saturday, November 12 at 1:00 pm CET on CNN International. 

Stored in the basement of a university in southern Denmark, nearly 10,000 brains sit in white plastic buckets on rolling shelves. The brains are from men and women who died in Danish psychiatric hospitals from 1945-1982, most taken without consent. 

In this nearly year-long investigation, Gupta interviews Dr. Martin Wirenfeldt Nielsen, a pathologist and current director of the Brain Collection. Nielsen became the custodian of the brains several years ago when the University of Southern Denmark in the city of Odense took possession of the collection. There are 9,479 brains in Nielsen’s care, with roughly 5,500 brains with dementia, 1,400 with schizophrenia, 400 with bipolar disorder, 300 with depression, and more. 

“Back then, doctors really had no idea about what these diseases were,” Nielsen said of the psychiatric disorders central to this decades-long brain bank. “We still know very little about them, but they knew that those diseases were in the brain. So they said ‘okay, we’ll gather all the expertise that we have to sort of help future patients in the same situation.” 

CNN Uncovers Dark Origins Of Massive Brain Collection In Denmark 
Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Gupta also speaks to Lise Søgaard, a Danish journalist who began tracking her family’s connection to the brain collection. She discovered her great aunt, Kirsten, was one of the many patients at Danish psychiatric hospitals who received treatment for her schizophrenia, including a lobotomy or ‘white cut’ as it’s commonly called in Denmark. Following her death in 1951 at just age 24, Kirsten’s brain was removed and sent to the brain collection, where it was transferred to bucket #738. 

In 2019, the Southern Swamp Associated Gas Solutions project was commissioned, and the SPDC JV is planning to reduce associated gas flaring further through its Forcados Yokri gas-gathering project, of which large parts are set to be completed in 2022. Despite such efforts to reduce continuous flaring, unfortunately flaring intensity (the amount of gas flared for every tonne of oil and gas produced) at both SPDC- and SNEPCo-operated facilities increased in 2021 owing to short-term operational issues. Flaring from SPDC-operated facilities increased by around 5% in 2021 compared with 2020. The increase was primarily because of the extended outage of the gas compression system in SPDC’s shallow-water operations. The system was restored and became operational from January 2022. Flaring at SNEPCo-operated facilities rose by around 160% in 2021 compared with 2020. This was mainly because of an increase in flaring on the Bonga floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. Repairs to a flex-joint on the Bonga FPSO’s gas export riser in the second quarter took longer than expected, in part because of weather conditions. While repairs were under way, the FPSO continued to produce oil and therefore flaring was necessary for safety reasons. The repairs were safely concluded in July 2021. Although flaring intensity levels rose in 2021, SPDC and SNEPCo over the last 10 years have almost halved the combined amount of hydrocarbons they flare from 1.5 million tonnes in 2012 to 0.8 million tonnes in 2021. This reduction is the result of a strict flaring reduction management process and both SPDC and SNEPCo will continue to work in close collaboration with joint-venture partners and the government to make progress towards ending routine flaring of associated gas. NIGERIA LNG EXPANSION UNDERWAY Global demand for LNG continues to grow as the world increasingly seeks reliable supplies of lowercarbon energy. Shell’s investment in Nigeria’s gas infrastructure for export is expected to help 6 This is according to a data provided by global research and consultancy business Wood Mackenzie. the country benefit further from revenues. Shell Gas B.V. and its partners took a final investment decision in 2020 on a new LNG processing unit – known as Train 7 -- at NLNG. The expansion is expected to create around 12,000 jobs for Nigerians during construction and stimulate growth of the local oil and gas service sector, with 55% of engineering and procurement of goods and services being sourced in-country. Train 7 is expected to ensure Nigeria’s continued place as a global player in a lower-carbon energy source. Once operational, Train 7 will add around 8 million tonnes per annum of capacity to the Bonny Island LNG facility, taking the total production to around 30 million tonnes per annum. In 2021, NLNG began awarding procurement and construction contracts. Early works started at the site. 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In addition to Bonga, SNEPCo’s exploration activities have led to several significant discoveries of oil and gas over the last two decades, including the Bolia and Doro fields (Shell interest 55%). Nigeria Briefing Notes Helping to power Nigeria’s economy 13 In the right investment climate, SNEPCo believes that there are opportunities to expand. In 2021 the OML 118 (Bonga) production sharing contract was renewed and the lease extended for 20 years. Bonga North and Bonga South West Aparo (BSWA) oil fields are two such potential opportunities. Bonga North is a proposed tie-back project to the existing Bonga FPSO with Phase 1 comprising 14 wells. BSWA is a development of a new FPSO with Phase 1 comprising 23 wells. SUPPORTING RENEWABLE ENERGY STARTUPS Millions of Nigerians are excluded from the country’s power grid and Shell Companies in Nigeria have established and provided substantial funding for a not-for-profit, impact-investing company called All On. Operating as an independent company, All On works to bring reliable electricity – often from renewable energy sources -- to off-grid urban and rural customers. This support aims to build a solid pipeline of viable businesses that can create the scale required to address Nigeria’s access to energy gap. In December 2019, SPDC and SNEPCo made a significant additional 10-year financing commitment of $160 million in All On, bringing the total commitment to $200 million. By the end of 2021, All On had provided investment capital to over 40 renewable energy start-ups in its portfolio – an increase of more than 30% from 2020. One such company is Infibranches Technologies Limited, to which All On has committed $2 million, which is expected to enable the indigenous technology company to expand sales of solar home systems via its more than 13,000 agent banking partners across Nigeria. With the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, the All On Hub was established in 2020 to provide nonfinancial support and build the capabilities of off-grid energy entrepreneurs. In 2021, the hub supported 81 ventures – nearly double the 41 supported in 2020. Also in 2021, All On, Odyssey Energy Solutions and the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet launched a $10 million equipment financing facility as part of the DART pilot programme in Nigeria. 7 Hydraulic flying leads support the delivery of hydraulic fluid and/or chemicals between subsea equipment. 8 Subsea trees are an assembly of valves and other components used to monitor and control the production of a subsea well. DART will combine demand pooling, aggregated purchasing of solar equipment, and access to affordable finance to unlock economies of scale for solar companies, achieve cost savings for end-users, and accelerate the growth of the renewable energy sector in Nigeria and beyond. 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SNEPCo has awarded major engineering and construction contracts to companies that are indigenous, have local staff, or possess domestic capabilities in the country. At present, the manufacture and rebuild of hydraulic flying leads7 (HFLs) is being carried out in-country by wholly indigenous companies. Pressure Controls Systems Nigeria Limited, another Nigerian company, continues to refurbish old subsea trees.8 Sometimes, a lack of access to capital hinders Nigerian companies from competing for and executing contracts effectively. Shell Companies in Nigeria have provided access to nearly $1.6 billion in loans to 901 Nigerian vendors under the Shell Contractor Support Fund since 2012. These loans help improve their tendering opportunities.

Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, later gets access to something he has never seen before – a brain that had undergone the ‘white cut.’ He explains that lobotomy is an integral part of Denmark’s psychiatric history as the country reportedly did more lobotomies per capita than any other country during the time the brain collection was running. Now considered barbaric, the procedure was developed by a Portuguese doctor who won the Nobel Prize for the procedure in 1949, not long before Kirsten underwent the ‘white cut’ herself. 

“I don’t think that the doctors wanted to do bad. I think they actually wanted to do good and their actions were horrible,” Søgaard said. “And if we look at them today, you could say, ‘how could you do that?’ But they were a part of a system.” 

World’s Untold Stories: The Brain Collectors airs at the following times: Saturday, November 12 at 12:00 am, 7:00 am, and 10:00 pm; and Sunday, November 13 at 11:00 am, 4:00 pm, and 8:00 pm. All times Eastern. 

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