The electoral commission, INEC, has commenced the formal announcement of results at the INEC headquarters in Osogbo, Osun State.
PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported the results as announced in each local government collation centre in Osun where the governorship election held on Saturday.
Those results are now being formally announced at the INEC headquarters.
Although 48 political parties are taking part in the election, five are considered major contenders. They are APC, ADC, ADP, PDP and SDP.
The results of the five major parties in the election as announced at the INEC headquarters are as follows.
Boluwaduro Local Government
Atakunmosa West LGA
Ifedayo Local Government Area
Ede South LGA
Ethiopia appoints first female Defence Minister
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has appointed the country’s first female defence minister in a new cabinet in which half the posts are taken up by women.
Aisha Mohammed, from the country’s Afar region in the north-east, had served as construction minister before being picked to head the ministry of defence.
Prime Minister Abiy has slimmed down the cabinet from 28 portfolios to 20, which includes the new ministry of peace.
Announcing the changes in parliament, the prime minister said that his reform process needed to continue to address the structural and strategic problems that pushed the country into chaos.
Since coming to power in April, Mr Abiy has introduced a series of reforms which has transformed the political landscape in the country.
Mufuriat Kami, who served as the speaker of the parliament for the past five months, has been appointed as Minister of Peace
She will be overseeing the country’s intelligence and security apparatus including the Federal Police Commission.
The prime minister’s chief of staff has tweeted the full cabinet list:
HE PM Abiy Ahmed has formed a new cabinet. He downsized the number of ministerial positions to 20. Women compose 50% of the new cabinet. Women are assignedto to run key ministerial portfolios including ministries of Peace, Trade and Industry, and Defense. #Ethiopia pic.twitter.com/cWApq587sZ
— Fitsum Arega (@fitsumaregaa) October 16, 2018
Angola sets to close down unregistered churches
Angola is planning to close down unregistered churches starting November, nearly a month after the state made public legislation to regulate religious activity, online newspaper Jornal de Angola has reported.
“Religious denominations that are illegal in Angola will be closed starting in November, the national director for religious issues at the Ministry of Culture, Francisco de Castro Maria, said,” the website reported.
The move is expected to impact foreign-led churches in Angola, as “Mr Castro Maria affirmed that 50% of the churches in the country are established by foreigners from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Brazil, Nigeria and Senegal”.
Defending the plan, Culture Minister Carolina Cerqueira said that while the government was neutral, it was forced to act against unregistered bodies which “exercise commercial activities or which are a threat to human rights and against the principals of urban life and positive coexistence”.
More than 1,000 churches are waiting to pass the legal process, with the government giving unregistered denominations a month after the 4 October publication to regularise their status.
However, the discussion has been in the pipeline since as early as 28 August, when the council of ministers passed proposed legislation on freedom of religion, faith and worship to establish more rigorous conditions for the legalisation of religious activities in the country.
LAUTECH lecturers drum support for students
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) chapter of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) has condemned the management of the institution for increasing tuition fee.
The increment by nearly 100 percent with effect from the 2018/19 academic session was announced by the school, which is jointly owned by the Oyo and Osun state governments, on Monday.
This newspaper reported that the decision was taken at the 133rd meeting of the governing council of the university on July 5 to hike the fee.
Until the adjustment,100-level students who are indigenes of Oyo or Osun paid N120,000 while those who are not from either state paid N150,000 as part of the resolution of the management of the institution after a strike by its workers that lasted several months.
However, this time around, indigenes are now to pay N200,000 while non-indigenes are to pay N250,000 for the new session which will commence on October 29.
The new fees are against the initial N63,500 for indigenes and N72,500 for non-indigenes who are returning students.
Barely 24 hours after the announcement on Monday, a protest by the students ensued leading to a shutdown of the school’s main campus in Ogbomosho as well as it’s medical school in Osogbo.
The spokesperson of the university, Lekan Fadeyi, has not been responding to calls and text messages sent to his line on the development.
PREMIUM TIMES also reported that students locked the institution’s campus gates in Osogbo and Ogbomoso to protest against the increment with the hashtag, #OccupyLautech.
However, the Secretary of LAUTECH ASUU, Toyin Abegunrin, in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday condemned the increment and vowed that the teachers would continue to support the agitation of students.
“We are not in support of the increment and ASUU believed that education should not be privatised,” Mr Abegunrin said.
“It is the duty of the management to pay necessary fee and not to put their responsibilities on parents who are struggling to survive.
“ASUU is in support of the students’ agitation because we did same during our time. If not, some of us will not graduate. It is important for them to express their displeasure and we condemn the authorities for their acts,” he said.
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