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E-Transmission Of Results: CAN Lauds Senate Decision

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…Urges Buhari, Reps To Follow Path

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has commended the Senate for making a U-turn on its earlier position not to allow electronic transmission of election results.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly rescinded its decision on some clauses in the Electoral Amendment Bill passed in July.

The Senate re-deliberated Clause 52 which deals with the methods of voting and collation of results in an election.

The clause was amended to allow the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to determine the use of electronic voting and transfer of results.

In a statement on Thursday, CAN Secretary, Joseph Daramola recalled the controversy Senate’s initial stance generated.

“We commend the leadership of the Senate for being sensitive to the yearnings and aspirations of the people. That is the beauty of democracy. The more the government does this, the better for our nation.

“CAN call on the House of Representatives to follow this path of honour by rescinding its own decision too. We also advise President Muhammadu Buhari to do the needful by signing the amendment Bill as soon as he receives it”, Daramola noted.

The Christain leadership advised the Senate and House to let political parties decide how their candidates will emerge instead of imposing direct primaries on them.

The body also appealed to INEC, the Federal Government, security agencies, parties and civil society to work together to ensure free and fair polls.

“The situation where courts decide those occupying our political offices is totally unacceptable, reprehensible and disheartening.

“If by now our democracy is still a baby, Nigeria would not be regarded as a serious country in the comity of nations”, the statement warned.

Last week, CAN President, Rev Samson Ayokunle reconstituted the Chaplaincy Committee of the National Christian Centre.

The team will organize regular prayers for the country’s economic recovery and against security challenges.

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Lawyer, Ejimakor Threatens DSS Over Refusal To Release Nnamdi Kanu

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Aloy Ejimakor, Special Counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, has threatened the Department of State Services, DSS, over failure to comply with a court ruling ordering his client’s release.

Ejimakor warned that failure to release Kanu would trigger prompt judicial measures against DSS.

The Special Counsel disclosed this while noting that he had served the DSS a final administrative demand for Kanu’s release.

In a tweet, Ejimakor wrote: “Yesterday, I served on the DSS a final ‘administrative’ demand to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in line with the 26th October Judgment of the Federal High Court (Umuahia). Failure to comply will trigger prompt ‘judicial’ measures to enforce compliance.”

Kanu had been locked up by the DSS since he was arrested in June 2021 in Kenya and subjected to extraordinary rendition.

The IPOB leader was picked following his agitation for the actualization of Biafra.

Following his arrest and arraignment, the Court of Appeal in Abuja granted Kanu bail, but the Nigerian government refused to release him.

A Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia State, also declared the IPOB leader’s rearrest in Kenya unconstitutional and illegal.

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Scores Of Workers May Lose Jobs As Amazon Shuts Wholesale Distribution Unit

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E-commerce giant, Amazon is shutting down its wholesale e-commerce website for neighbourhood stores – Amazon Distribution.

This is its third business closure in the country. Last week, the company announced that it will shut down the online learning platform, ‘Amazon Academy’ and that it will also discontinue its pilot food delivery business, ‘Amazon Food’ in Bengaluru.

“As part of our annual operating planning review process, we have made the decision to discontinue Amazon Distribution, our wholesale e-commerce website for small neighbourhood stores around Bengaluru, Mysore & Hubli.

“We don’t take these decisions lightly. We are discontinuing this programme in a phased manner to take care of current customers and partners and we are supporting our affected employees during this transition.

“We remain committed to India and will continue to invest across those areas where we can bring value to our customers including Grocery, Smartphones and Consumer Electronics, Fashion & Beauty, as well as our B2B offerings such as Amazon Business”, Amazon said in a statement.

Amazon Business is a B2B marketplace where third-party sellers sell only to business customers.

Amazon Distribution, which is now being discontinued, operated in three cities in Karnataka.

The exit will result in the layoffs of hundreds of workers

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FG Approves 14-Day Paternity Leave For Civil Servants

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The Federal Government has approved 14-day paternity leave for serving male officers whose spouse delivers a baby.

Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, in a circular said the leave will take effect from November 25, 2022.

She said the leave is in line with the provisions of the Public Service Rules, 2021 Edition.

“Government has also approved Paternity Leave for serving male officers whose spouse delivers a baby. The period of the leave shall be fourteen working days. The leave shall not be more than once in two years, and a for maximum of four children.

“Where the family of a male officer adopts a child under four months old, the officer will similarly enjoy Paternity Leave for a period of fourteen working days,” the circular read.

Yemi-Esan also said request for such leave must be accompanied by the Expected Date of Delivery’s (EDD) report of the officer’s wife or evidence of approval of the adoption of the child by the relevant government bodies.

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