Nigerian newspaper review for June 17: Controversy intensifies over EU election report

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The main headlines of mainstream Nigerian newspapers of Monday, June 24, are focused on the European Union report of the 2019 general elections, public secondary schools that were turned into hideouts by hoodlums in some parts of the country among others.

The Guardian reports that different interpretations have given to the recently released report of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) on the 2019 general elections in Nigeria.

The election process were faulted by the EU EOM, which said only few of its post-2015 election recommendations were implemented in the last elections.

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The report partly read: “In 2015, the EU EOM made 30 recommendations. Of these, four were implemented, including two priority recommendations. The Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, if assented to, would have increased the number of recommendations implemented as it included many positive measures including provisions on results transparency.

“The lack of legal reform was a missed opportunity and the late rejection of the bill put more operational pressure on INEC.”

The EU EOM said the elections were marred by severe operational and transparency shortcomings. But in response to a question from a journalist, EU EOM said it had to rely on the results provided by INEC.

According to supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the report (considered damning in some quarters) vindicated the party and INEC.

The Guardian Newspaper of Monday, June 17
Source: UGC

The Punch reports that hoodlums have turned some public secondary schools in many states in the country into hideouts as the schools’ infrastructure are in poor conditions.

The Punch did investigation in Edo, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ogun, Cross River, Osun, Enugu, Lagos and Sokoto, and the former found that there were public schools with dilapidated infrastructure.

The schools in question are not only suitable for learning, but could be a breeding ground for social vices.

At the Community Secondary Commercial School, Ibiaku Itam in the Itu local government area of the state, a teacher, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the fencing of the school had not been completed.

He added: “As a result, hoodlums break into classrooms after school hours to vandalise property.”

Nigerian newspaper review for June 17: Controversy intensifies over EU election report

The Punch Newspaper of Monday, June 17
Source: UGC

The Nation also reports that the director general of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, said the EU EOM report on the 2019 general elections has vindicated the APC and INEC.

According to Okechukwu, the APC and INEC had been vindicated that the electoral umpire did not generate results from any server.

In the report by EU EOM, INEC’s claim that it had no server was corroborated.

Okechukwu said: “Some of us have been vindicated, as our position has been that INEC did not generate the 2019 general elections result from a server.

“We have maintained that it’s trite in law that one cannot build something out of nothing; accordingly, we agree with EU election observer mission’s denial of knowledge of the existence of the so called server used by INEC to conduct 2019 general elections.”

Nigerian newspaper review for June 17: Controversy intensifies over EU election report

The Nation Newspaper of Monday, June 17
Source: UGC

Vanguard reports that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said parents are now scared to send their children to school due to insecurity in the country.

UNICEF communication specialist, Geoffrey Njoku, in a statement on behalf of the UNICEF representative in Nigeria, Peter Kawkins, said: “About 2,000 youths across 10 Nigerian states, including Abuja, presented petitions to their governors, parliamentarians, policy-makers and other influential persons in a mass effort to draw attention to the need to act on commitments to increasing access to safe, quality education for all children, especially girls.

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“The Nigerian campaign for access to quality education will hold the newly-elected government officials at all levels accountable for their campaign promises to provide equitable access to free, safe and quality education for every child, especially the girl child, in Nigeria.”

Nigerian newspaper review for June 17: Controversy intensifies over EU election report

Vanguard Newspaper of Monday, June 17
Source: UGC

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