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We’ll Prosecute Any Political Party That Spends beyond N5billion on Presidential Campaign

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According to Section 91 of Nigeria’s Electoral Act 2018 (amended), campaign limit for presidential candidates is N5billion, while candidates campaigning for seats in the National Assembly are not to spend beyond N70million.

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is closely monitoring campaign spending of political parties and candidates towards the forthcoming elections.

Speaking on plans of the commission to ensure compliance with the law, Anthonia Okosi-Simbina, INEC national commissioner, said the commission has collaborated with relevant agencies to ensure that political parties abide by the stipulated limit for all campaign budget.

According to Section 91 of Nigeria’s Electoral Act 2018 (amended), campaign limit for presidential candidates is N5billion, while candidates campaigning for seats in the National Assembly are not to spend beyond N70million.

She noted that any candidate that exceeds the limit would “have themselves to blame”.

She said: “We will check adverts on newspapers, TV, radio, billboards and we must see to the conclusion. Those who spent beyond what the legal framework provides for or spend outrageously will have themselves to blame.”

Okosi-Simbina stated that the enlisted agencies would work with the electoral finance and party monitoring department of INEC to monitor funds spent by all candidates for the campaign.

Ishaq Garba Aliyu, INEC Assistant Director, Campaign Finance Tracking Unit, said the commission has trained its staff to closely track every fund spent by candidates.

“We have built the capacity of the staff members. They reviewed the tracking forms to include separate forms for candidates and political parties. The tracking ends on the day of the election,” he said.

 

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Aura by Transcorp Hotels Wins Tourism Innovation Award

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Aura by Transcorp Hotels, the online booking platform which allows people to book hotels and short let apartments, experiences, and order food anywhere in Nigeria, has received a Special Recognition Award for Tourism Innovation at the 5th edition of the Nigeria Tourism Awards.

According to the organisers of the award, the recognition is aimed at celebrating industry icons who have contributed to the growth of tourism in Nigeria.

“We are proud to receive the Special Recognition Award for Tourism Innovation less than a year after our official launch. With aura by Transcorp Hotels, we cater to the three major things people think about when they travel – where they stay, what they eat, and things to do.

With our verified accommodation – hotels and apartments – and carefully curated experiences, we have over the past 10 months shown people reasons to travel within the country, whether for business or leisure, solo or as a family or group,” said Ifeoma Okafor-Obi Business Development Director, aura by Transcorp Hotels.

“With just a few clicks on our platform, users can be on their way to enjoy their best staycation ever, visiting hidden gems in different parts of the country and staying in hotels and apartments that feels like home, Okafor-Obi added.

Also commenting on the recognition, Dupe Olusola Managing Director/CEO Transcorp Hotels Plc, owners of aura by Transcorp Hotels stressed that the platform has proven to be a tool for revolutionising domestic tourism in Nigeria.

“World over, governments use domestic tourism as a tool to eliminate poverty, generate employment, improve economic growth, upgrade infrastructure, as well as support and develop local and national pride.

As Nigeria’s leading hospitality company, we have set the pace in providing a platform that shows people beautiful places to travel across Nigeria, and gets the perfect place to stay, improving the attractiveness of different destinations in the country,” the MD/CEO added.

“It is quite encouraging that our investment in aura by Transcorp Hotels to support the development of domestic tourism has not gone unnoticed.”

aura by Transcorp Hotels provides a great selection of exquisite properties at the best prices, carrying out verification on all listings on the platform to ensure 2 / 2 that guests are choosing from the right pool of options, and in keeping with the known high standards of the parent company Transcorp Hotels Plc.

To enjoy access to unique accommodation, food and localised experiences listed on aura by Transcorp Hotels, users must register at aura.transcorphotels.com. They can also download aura by Transcorp Hotels on Google Play and Apple App Store.

Aura by Transcorp Hotels is very easy to use, but should users need any support, they can reach out via WhatsApp (+234 812 003 000) or the dedicated customer experience number 01 3434499.

About aura by Transcorp Hotels
Aura by Transcorp Hotels is an online platform that helps you book accommodation, order great food and everything you need for memorable lifestyle experiences.
Download Aura on Google Play or Apple App Store. You can also visit aura.transcorphotels.com

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Act Now to Avoid Another Violent Protest Worse Than End SARS in Lagos: NURTW to Sanwo-Olu

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The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW),Lagos chapter has called on the Lagos State governor Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to prevail on the suspended chairman of the union Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, to vacate the union’s office to avert another looming protest worse than End SARS.

Speaking through the caretaker committee chairman of the National union in Lagos state, Comrade Fatai Adeshina popularly known world wide as Akeweje Egbeda during a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday ask the governor to act fast.

Speaking with newsmen, Akeweje asked the Governor to instruct the embattled Lagos park management chairman popularly called MC Oluomo to vacate the office in accordance with the national body’s directives.

It will be recalled that the association has forwarded a letter to the state Governor on a proposed peaceful protest slated for tomorrow Thursday 19 of May, 2022.

The peaceful protest is slated to pick up from the Governor’s office in Alausa Ikeja, Lagos down to the NURTW state office at Agege, Lagos.

Akeweje told our correspondent that the embattled chairman of the union Alhaji Musliu Akinsanya aka Mc Oluomo has been told to vacate the office since April 2nd this year but has remained in the office in defiance to the instruction of the national leadership of the association.

Akeweje is calling on the to prevail on him to avoid possible breakdown of law and order that will engender serious security breach

According to Akeweje, “NURTW is the authentic body for transport business in Lagos state, we are all experience members of the union from different branch’s and unit in Lagos state, we are also card carrying members of the All Progressive congress (APC) under the leadership of our father who is Asiwaju BOLA AHMED TINUBU our incoming presidency come 2023.

Commenting on the protest, NURTW National Chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Baruwa confirmed the proposed protest by its Lagos branch urging them remain peaceful even in the face of provocation.

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Danbatta Applauds Pantami’s Appointment as WISIS Chair

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The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has congratulated the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on his appointment as the Chairman of the 2022 World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

 Danbatta described the choice of the Minister as chair of the Forum as a worthy recognition of Nigeria’s leadership role in the global digital economy ecosystem, noting that Nigeria has continued to hold a front-row seat in the promotion of information and communication technology (ICT) as a driving force for national development since the assumption of office of the Minister.

 “On behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of the Nigerian Communications Commission, I want to express our profound delight and congratulations to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on his well-deserved appointment by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to chair this year’s WSIS Forum”, Danbatta stated.

 “The appointment did not surprise us at NCC, given the important role the Hon. Minister has been playing in driving fundamental digital economy policies, being implemented by agencies under his supervision, in order to boost the diversification policy of the Federal Government,” the EVC said.

 “We are, therefore, happy to associate with the Minister on this feat, as it means greater recognition for Nigeria. The appointment is an indication that the world has continued to take notice of the giant strides of Nigeria’s digital economy under the supervision of the Minister.

The NCC will continue to do everything within its regulatory mandate to further support the Federal Government’s drive for ubiquitous, affordable and accessible digital services across all nooks and crannies of the country,” Danbatta said.

Following consultations with various stakeholders, the ITU recently notified the Minister via a letter, of his appointment as the 2022 WSIS Chairman.

The ITU is orgainsing the WSIS 2022 Forum in collaboration with other agencies with the United Nations with a focus on “ICTs for Well-Being, Inclusion and Resilience: WSIS Cooperation for Accelerating Progress on the SDGs”.

As has been noted elsewhere, the appointment of Prof. Pantami has given Nigeria, and indeed, the African continent, the unique role of coordinating the activities of the WSIS in its 20th year, following the WSIS Phase I meeting which took place in 2003.

The WSIS Forum 2022, which will be attended by several high-level stakeholders, including Cabinet Ministers from ITU countries, will serve as a key platform to discuss the role of ICTs as a means to bolster the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals targets. The discourse will take place in the context of the mechanism for follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UNGA Resolution A/70/1).

 The WSIS Forum also provides an opportunity to track the achievements of WSIS Action Lines in collaboration with the UN Agencies involved and provides information and analysis on the implementation of WSIS Action Lines since 2005. The Forum aims at enhancing cooperation, partnership, innovation, exchange of experiences and good practices in ICTs for sustainable development across the world.

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