INEC COMMRNCES ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR VOTERS An online continuous voter registration exercise, where intending voters can register before they complete the process at a designated center, has been commenced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) The portal requires new voters to pre-register by filling out a form on the portal with their bio data and necessary documents after which they are expected to visit an INEC state or local government office. At the INEC office which they can visit from July 19, the new voters will be required to provide finger prints to complete the registration. Additionally the INEC portal, requires those who have registered in the past to review their voter registration status; and if need be request for replacement of damaged or defaced Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) on the portal. Other features of the portal, include the ability to update personal information or transfer voter registration to another pulling unit.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EXTENDS NIM-SIM VERIFICATION TO JULY 26 The extension of deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to July 26 this year has been approved by the Federal Government. A statement signed jointly by the spokespersons of the concerned agencies; Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Nigeria Identity Management Commission (NIMC) informed that at least 57-3million Nigerians have enrolled for the NIN, with an average of three to four SIMs per NIN. According to the above agencies, the decision to extend the deadline was made after a request by stakeholders, on the need to consolidate the enrolment of NIN-SIM verification process following the rapid increase in the number of enrolment systems across the country. The agencies in the Statement, further noted that as at June 28, a total of 5,410 enrolment systems have been made available nationwide to significantly ease the process and the subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM. The Statement also informed that this is against only about 800 of such enrolment systems as at December 2020.

PROVIDENCE HOTEL SET TO BE THE BEST IN NIGERIA Providence hotel, determined to be the best in the industry, is set to transform hospitality to a next level of greater excellence in the country. Financial Controller, Providence hotel, Mr. Stephen Olabanji Oyeleye, in a chat with Crystal Springs Magazine in his office in Lagos, said the hotel is the in-thing in Lagos currently, explaining that services are rendered with best practice. He said the hotel which is managed by Mantis, offers out-of-this-world hospitality, providing home-away-from–home comfort; with cheaper rates and flexible services. Reacting to a question on how the hotel survived the Covid-19 pandemic lock down in Nigeria in the year 2020, he said indeed the entire hospitality Industry was hard hit and as good as dead at the peak of the period. According to him, “no one patronized hotels during the months of June, July and August last year as people were not allowed to gather together by reason of the pandemic”; saying, “hotel business practically died in the country”. However, he said things picked up in September and by December, “we started recording high sales and this was largely due to the fact that many people resorted to have their vacation in hotels instead of travelling for holiday outside the country because of the pandemic”. He added that hotel business has nevertheless, stabilized to a great extent.

ARMY LEADERSHIP Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Farouk Yahaya, assumes office following the death of Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru; even as the military dispel rumor of compulsory retirement.