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  •  Chief Vincent Ighile President of Edo Community Leaders Association in the FCT has urged the Federal Government to complete the dualisation of the Benin Auchi Okene road which has turned into a death trap Ighile made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria after a stakeholders meeting of the association in Abuja He said that the government should hasten work on the road project to save lives of commuters using the road Chief Vincent Ighile President Edo Community Leaders Association FCT According to him the road has completely broken down and required immediate intervention The terrible state of the road is causing untold hardship to our people back home and has prevented them from pursuing their day to day activities Most crops get bad due to the delay in transportation from the source to its destination while commuters now lose quality hours as a result of the traffic gridlock he added The association president said it was more cheaper now to travel by air than drive through the dilapidated Benin Auchi Okene road Ighile said that they have made several appeal on government to repair the road before it becomes completely impassable The road has become a death trap and spot for kidnappers to carry out their evil activities the association president added He therefore appealed to the Minister of Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola and members of the National Assembly to save the situation Look at the sufferings and untold hardships of the good people of Edo and commuters who hold their hearts in their hands when using the road Commuters at times spend days on the road when heavy trucks fall or vehicles break down he said Ighile also said many commuters have died as a result of accidents on the road while some were abducted by gunmen who take advantage of the bad state of the road to perpetrate their criminal activities He advised the government to have a sincere culture of road maintenance instead of waiting till the complete collapse of a road before intervening The cost of maintaining roads is cheaper than constructing new ones we ll continue to engage with the government to ensure the completion of the dualization of the road he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Community leader urges FG to complete dilapidated Benin-Auchi-Okene road  project
     Chief Vincent Ighile President of Edo Community Leaders Association in the FCT has urged the Federal Government to complete the dualisation of the Benin Auchi Okene road which has turned into a death trap Ighile made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria after a stakeholders meeting of the association in Abuja He said that the government should hasten work on the road project to save lives of commuters using the road Chief Vincent Ighile President Edo Community Leaders Association FCT According to him the road has completely broken down and required immediate intervention The terrible state of the road is causing untold hardship to our people back home and has prevented them from pursuing their day to day activities Most crops get bad due to the delay in transportation from the source to its destination while commuters now lose quality hours as a result of the traffic gridlock he added The association president said it was more cheaper now to travel by air than drive through the dilapidated Benin Auchi Okene road Ighile said that they have made several appeal on government to repair the road before it becomes completely impassable The road has become a death trap and spot for kidnappers to carry out their evil activities the association president added He therefore appealed to the Minister of Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola and members of the National Assembly to save the situation Look at the sufferings and untold hardships of the good people of Edo and commuters who hold their hearts in their hands when using the road Commuters at times spend days on the road when heavy trucks fall or vehicles break down he said Ighile also said many commuters have died as a result of accidents on the road while some were abducted by gunmen who take advantage of the bad state of the road to perpetrate their criminal activities He advised the government to have a sincere culture of road maintenance instead of waiting till the complete collapse of a road before intervening The cost of maintaining roads is cheaper than constructing new ones we ll continue to engage with the government to ensure the completion of the dualization of the road he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Community leader urges FG to complete dilapidated Benin-Auchi-Okene road  project
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    Community leader urges FG to complete dilapidated Benin-Auchi-Okene road  project

    Chief Vincent Ighile, President of Edo Community Leaders Association in the FCT, has urged the Federal Government to complete the dualisation of the Benin-Auchi-Okene road, which has turned into a death trap.

    Ighile made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria after a stakeholders meeting of the association in Abuja.

    He said that the government should hasten work on the road project to save lives of commuters using the road.

    Chief Vincent Ighile, President, Edo Community Leaders Association, FCT According to him, the road has completely broken down and required immediate intervention.

    “The terrible state of the road is causing untold hardship to our people back home and has prevented them from pursuing their day-to-day activities.

    “Most crops get bad due to the delay in transportation from the source to its destination while commuters now lose quality hours as a result of the traffic gridlock,” he added.

    The association president said it was more cheaper now to travel by air than drive through the dilapidated Benin-Auchi-Okene road.

    Ighile said that they have made several appeal on government to repair the road before it becomes completely impassable.

    “The road has become a death trap and spot for kidnappers to carry out their evil activities,” the association president added.

    He, therefore, appealed to the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola and members of the National Assembly to save the situation.

    “Look at the sufferings and untold hardships of the good people of Edo and commuters who hold their hearts in their hands when using the road.

    “Commuters at times spend days on the road when heavy trucks fall or vehicles break down,” he said.

    Ighile also said many commuters have died as a result of accidents on the road while some were abducted by gunmen who take advantage of the bad state of the road to perpetrate their criminal activities.

    He advised the government to have a sincere culture of road maintenance instead of waiting till the complete collapse of a road before intervening.

    “The cost of maintaining roads is cheaper than constructing new ones, we’ll continue to engage with the government to ensure the completion of the dualization of the road,” he added.


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  •  NAN The All Progressives Congress APC governorship candidate in Niger Malam Umar Bago has promised to enthrone a proactive government that would provide more dividends of democracy if elected in 2023 He also pledged to initiate policies and programmes that would reduce the poverty to bearest minimum level in the state Bago told the News Agency of Nigeria NAN in Minna on Sunday said that it was only by so doing that people s oriented policies and programme would be implemented Bago said the incoming administration would focus on health rule of law education social justice agriculture commerce and industries among others He stated that his passion to serve the state as governor if elected was the brain behind his coming out to contest for the governorship position so that he can liberate the state When elected I will ensure that more money remains in the pockets of our citizens When that is done people would have money to spend I will ensure that more money comes into the economy of the state According to him this could be done through new investment opportunities by attracting new companies to the state adding so that the unemployed can be given employment rather than depending on federation allocation Bago said that his administration if elected would come up with a policy that would ensure all the money meant to boost the coffers of state government go directly into the state government s coffers and no where else We will set up skills acquisition centres across the 25 local government areas to train youth and women in various trades to enable them to be self reliant If we get into power we will increase the welfare of our security personnel to enable them perform optimally We will use modern technologies and intelligence to combat all forms of security challenges We will ensure absolute security because that is the number one condition for economic prosperity Bago further vowed to bolster mechanized farming systems and develop the extant agricultural value chains We will encourage local administrations to embark on aggressive rural development through the construction of rural roads and healthcare services with modern facilities to take care of the heath of the people We will also provide farming implements at subsidised rates to our farmers to ensure massive food production of assorted crops he said Bago also called on party supporters to collect their PVCs and to work towards the successful implementation of electoral processes NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Niger APC gubernatorial candidate promises to enthrone a proactive govt
     NAN The All Progressives Congress APC governorship candidate in Niger Malam Umar Bago has promised to enthrone a proactive government that would provide more dividends of democracy if elected in 2023 He also pledged to initiate policies and programmes that would reduce the poverty to bearest minimum level in the state Bago told the News Agency of Nigeria NAN in Minna on Sunday said that it was only by so doing that people s oriented policies and programme would be implemented Bago said the incoming administration would focus on health rule of law education social justice agriculture commerce and industries among others He stated that his passion to serve the state as governor if elected was the brain behind his coming out to contest for the governorship position so that he can liberate the state When elected I will ensure that more money remains in the pockets of our citizens When that is done people would have money to spend I will ensure that more money comes into the economy of the state According to him this could be done through new investment opportunities by attracting new companies to the state adding so that the unemployed can be given employment rather than depending on federation allocation Bago said that his administration if elected would come up with a policy that would ensure all the money meant to boost the coffers of state government go directly into the state government s coffers and no where else We will set up skills acquisition centres across the 25 local government areas to train youth and women in various trades to enable them to be self reliant If we get into power we will increase the welfare of our security personnel to enable them perform optimally We will use modern technologies and intelligence to combat all forms of security challenges We will ensure absolute security because that is the number one condition for economic prosperity Bago further vowed to bolster mechanized farming systems and develop the extant agricultural value chains We will encourage local administrations to embark on aggressive rural development through the construction of rural roads and healthcare services with modern facilities to take care of the heath of the people We will also provide farming implements at subsidised rates to our farmers to ensure massive food production of assorted crops he said Bago also called on party supporters to collect their PVCs and to work towards the successful implementation of electoral processes NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Niger APC gubernatorial candidate promises to enthrone a proactive govt
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    Niger APC gubernatorial candidate promises to enthrone a proactive govt

    NAN) The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Niger, Malam Umar Bago, has promised to enthrone a proactive  government that would provide more dividends of democracy, if elected in 2023.He also  pledged to initiate policies and programmes that would reduce the poverty to bearest minimum level in the state.

    Bago told the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) in Minna on Sunday said that it was only by so doing that people’s-oriented policies and programme would be implemented.

    Bago said, ”’the incoming administration would focus on health, rule of law, education,social justice, agriculture, commerce and  industries, among others.

    ”He stated that his passion to serve the state as governor, if elected, was the brain behind his coming out to contest for the governorship position,”so that he can liberate the state.

    “When elected, I will ensure that more money remains in the pockets of our citizens.

    ”When that is done, people would have money to spend.

    I will ensure that more money comes into the economy of the state.

    ”According to him, this could be done through new investment opportunities by attracting new companies to the state, adding, ”so that the unemployed can be given employment rather than depending on federation allocation.

    ”Bago said that his administration, if elected, would come up with a policy that would ensure, ”all the money meant to boost the coffers of state government go directly into the state government’s coffers and no where else.

    ” We will set up skills acquisition centres across the 25 local government areas to train youth and women in various trades to enable them to be self reliant.

    ” If we get into power, we will increase the welfare of our security personnel, to enable them perform optimally.

    “We will use modern technologies and intelligence to combat all forms of  security challenges.

    “We will ensure absolute security because that is the number one condition for economic prosperity.

    ”Bago further vowed to bolster mechanized farming systems and develop the extant agricultural value chains.

    ” We will encourage local administrations to embark on aggressive rural development through the construction of rural roads and healthcare services with modern facilities to take care of the heath of the people.

    ”We will also provide farming implements at subsidised rates to our farmers to ensure massive food production of assorted crops”,he said.

    Bago also called on party supporters to collect their PVCs and to work towards the successful implementation of electoral processes.

    ( NAN)
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  •  Over 9 800 supporters of the PDP and NNPP in Goronyo local government area have dumped their parties for the All Progressives Congress APC This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Sokoto by Bashar Abubakar Special Assistant on New Media to APC leader in the state Sen Aliyu Wamakko APC Sokoto North Abubakar said that the defectors included NNPP State House of Assembly candidate in the area Alhaji Maniru Malami alongside hundreds of his supporters Abubakar said that Malami dumped the party alongside all his local government and 11 ward executive committee members The new entrants into the APC also included an ex State House of Assembly aspirant Alhaji Shehu Dan Tsamaye and the incumbent Financial Secretary Alhaji Hamza Yar Dole Others were the Chairman Forum of wards Chairmen in the area Alhaji Amadu Dan Kansila and another PDP bigwig Alhaji Hamisu Mai Alewa Abubakar said that they were received into the fold of the APC by the party s Gubernatorial candidate for the 2023 General Elections Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Aliyu said that the mass exodus into the APC was a sign of the increasing acceptability of the party Aliyu said PDP in the state has failed to redeem all the promises it had made to the people of the state since 2019 The state Chairman of the party Alhaji Isa Sadiq Achida pledged to treat the defectors equally with the older members of the party Sadiq Achida said we are hopeful that APC will emerge victorious during the forthcoming general polls at all levels APC Zonal Secretary North West Alhaji Bello Goronyo and it s Senatorial candidate for Sokoto East Alhaji Ibrahim Lamido said the party at the national level was strategising towards successful campaigns in the country APC Chairman in Goronyo Local Government Alhaji Kabiru Sarkin Fulani lauded the defectors for taking the right decision at the right time A cross section of the defectors cited the alleged failure of the PDP led state government to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state as one of their reasons for dumping it NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: 9,800 supporters dump PDP, NNPP for APC in Sokoto
     Over 9 800 supporters of the PDP and NNPP in Goronyo local government area have dumped their parties for the All Progressives Congress APC This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Sokoto by Bashar Abubakar Special Assistant on New Media to APC leader in the state Sen Aliyu Wamakko APC Sokoto North Abubakar said that the defectors included NNPP State House of Assembly candidate in the area Alhaji Maniru Malami alongside hundreds of his supporters Abubakar said that Malami dumped the party alongside all his local government and 11 ward executive committee members The new entrants into the APC also included an ex State House of Assembly aspirant Alhaji Shehu Dan Tsamaye and the incumbent Financial Secretary Alhaji Hamza Yar Dole Others were the Chairman Forum of wards Chairmen in the area Alhaji Amadu Dan Kansila and another PDP bigwig Alhaji Hamisu Mai Alewa Abubakar said that they were received into the fold of the APC by the party s Gubernatorial candidate for the 2023 General Elections Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Aliyu said that the mass exodus into the APC was a sign of the increasing acceptability of the party Aliyu said PDP in the state has failed to redeem all the promises it had made to the people of the state since 2019 The state Chairman of the party Alhaji Isa Sadiq Achida pledged to treat the defectors equally with the older members of the party Sadiq Achida said we are hopeful that APC will emerge victorious during the forthcoming general polls at all levels APC Zonal Secretary North West Alhaji Bello Goronyo and it s Senatorial candidate for Sokoto East Alhaji Ibrahim Lamido said the party at the national level was strategising towards successful campaigns in the country APC Chairman in Goronyo Local Government Alhaji Kabiru Sarkin Fulani lauded the defectors for taking the right decision at the right time A cross section of the defectors cited the alleged failure of the PDP led state government to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state as one of their reasons for dumping it NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: 9,800 supporters dump PDP, NNPP for APC in Sokoto
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    2023: 9,800 supporters dump PDP, NNPP for APC in Sokoto

    Over 9,800 supporters of the PDP and NNPP in Goronyo local government area have dumped their parties for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

    This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Sokoto by Bashar Abubakar, Special Assistant on New Media to APC leader in the state, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko (APC-Sokoto North).

    Abubakar said that the defectors included NNPP State House of Assembly candidate in the area, Alhaji Maniru Malami, alongside hundreds of his supporters.

    Abubakar said that Malami dumped the party alongside all his local government and 11 ward executive committee members.

    The new entrants into the APC also included an ex-State House of Assembly aspirant, Alhaji Shehu Dan-Tsamaye and the incumbent Financial Secretary, Alhaji Hamza ‘Yar-Dole. Others were the Chairman, Forum of wards Chairmen in the area, Alhaji Amadu Dan-Kansila and another PDP bigwig, Alhaji Hamisu Mai-Alewa.

    Abubakar said that they were received into the fold of the APC by the party’s Gubernatorial candidate for the 2023 General Elections, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu.

    Aliyu said that the mass exodus into the APC was a sign of the increasing acceptability of the party.

    Aliyu said,” PDP in the state has failed to redeem all the promises it had made to the people of the state since 2019.” The state Chairman of the party, Alhaji Isa Sadiq-Achida pledged to treat the defectors equally with the older members of the party.

    Sadiq-Achida said,”we are hopeful that APC will emerge victorious during the forthcoming general polls at all levels.

    ” APC Zonal Secretary, North West, Alhaji Bello Goronyo and it’s Senatorial candidate for Sokoto East, Alhaji Ibrahim Lamido, said the party at the national level was strategising towards successful campaigns in the country.

    APC Chairman in Goronyo Local Government, Alhaji Kabiru Sarkin-Fulani lauded the defectors for “ taking the right decision, at the right time.

    ” A cross section of the defectors cited the alleged failure of the PDP-led state government to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state as one of their reasons for dumping it.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The President of Rotary Club of Owerri Uptown Mrs Olaedo Ike Godson has promised to donate four room toilet facility with water source and generating set to a girl secondary school in Imo Ike Godson made the promise after her installation as the charter president of the club in Owerri She promised to carry out sensitisation on the various variants of the hepatitis diseases screening against blood sugar as well as distribute insecticide treated mosquito nets According to her we will organise seminar and workshop on peace and conflict prevention for youths in the municipal We plan to carry out cervical cancer and breast cancer screening She said scholarship would be awarded to an under privileged but brilliant student in examination class covering tuition WAEC fees and books Extensive economic tree planting to encourage afforestation at erosion prone areas within the municipal will be carried out she said Ike Godson said within her one year in office she would erect two bill boards for advocacy and crusade against drug abuse and election violence She pledged to provide free eye donate eye glasses three wheel chairs and erect bill board advocacy to end polio as part of activities to commemorate this year s World Sight Day She added that five widows would benefit N100 000 each as business capital start up while three entrepreneurs would receive a sewing machine each Donation of exercise books and school bags and shoes to pupils in a primary school would be made she added Ike Godson solicited the support and solidarity of board members and fellow Rotarians to achieve her goals There are lots of under privileged and needy persons in our communities and the world at large whose only hope will come from us and our friends I urge us to decide here and now to make their lives better in any way that we can she stressed NewsSourceCredit NAN
    New Rotary President rolls out project plans in Imo
     The President of Rotary Club of Owerri Uptown Mrs Olaedo Ike Godson has promised to donate four room toilet facility with water source and generating set to a girl secondary school in Imo Ike Godson made the promise after her installation as the charter president of the club in Owerri She promised to carry out sensitisation on the various variants of the hepatitis diseases screening against blood sugar as well as distribute insecticide treated mosquito nets According to her we will organise seminar and workshop on peace and conflict prevention for youths in the municipal We plan to carry out cervical cancer and breast cancer screening She said scholarship would be awarded to an under privileged but brilliant student in examination class covering tuition WAEC fees and books Extensive economic tree planting to encourage afforestation at erosion prone areas within the municipal will be carried out she said Ike Godson said within her one year in office she would erect two bill boards for advocacy and crusade against drug abuse and election violence She pledged to provide free eye donate eye glasses three wheel chairs and erect bill board advocacy to end polio as part of activities to commemorate this year s World Sight Day She added that five widows would benefit N100 000 each as business capital start up while three entrepreneurs would receive a sewing machine each Donation of exercise books and school bags and shoes to pupils in a primary school would be made she added Ike Godson solicited the support and solidarity of board members and fellow Rotarians to achieve her goals There are lots of under privileged and needy persons in our communities and the world at large whose only hope will come from us and our friends I urge us to decide here and now to make their lives better in any way that we can she stressed NewsSourceCredit NAN
    New Rotary President rolls out project plans in Imo
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    New Rotary President rolls out project plans in Imo

    The President of Rotary Club of Owerri Uptown, Mrs Olaedo Ike-Godson, has promised to donate four-room toilet facility with water source and generating set to a girl-secondary school in Imo. Ike-Godson made the promise after her installation as the charter president of the club in Owerri.

    She promised to carry out sensitisation on the various variants of the hepatitis diseases, screening against blood sugar as well as distribute insecticide treated mosquito nets.

    According to her, “we will organise seminar and workshop on peace and conflict prevention for youths in the municipal.

    “We plan to carry out cervical cancer and breast cancer screening”.

    She said scholarship would be awarded to an under privileged but brilliant student in examination class, covering tuition, WAEC fees and books.

    “Extensive economic tree planting to encourage afforestation at erosion prone areas within the municipal will be carried out,” she said.

    Ike-Godson said within her one year in office, she would erect two bill boards for advocacy and crusade against drug abuse and election violence.

    She pledged to provide free eye , donate eye glasses, three wheel chairs and erect bill board advocacy to end polio as part of activities to commemorate this year’s World Sight Day. She added that five widows would benefit N100,000 each as business capital start-up,  while three entrepreneurs would receive a sewing machine each.

    “Donation of exercise books and school bags and shoes to pupils in a primary school would be made,” she added.

    Ike-Godson solicited the support and solidarity of board members and fellow Rotarians, to achieve her goals.

    “There are lots of under-privileged and needy persons in our communities and the world at large, whose only hope will come from us and our friends.

    “I urge us to decide here and now to make their lives better in any way that we can,” she stressed.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mr Peter Hawkins the Country Representative UN Children s Fund UNICEF in Nigeria says the improvement recorded in the number of children immunised against diseases in the country is fantastic He gave the commendation on Sunday during the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja NAN reports that the National Immunisation Coverage Survey NICS 2021 revealed that 57 per cent of Nigerian children received all three doses of pentavalent vaccines Hawkins said that in spite of the COVID 19 pandemic Nigeria was able to record an improvement in immunisation indices even when some other countries witnessed a drop He added that the situation in Nigeria it s not so much where we are today it s where we have come from In 2016 it was 34 per cent Penta three so three Penta vaccines for a child Now it is at 57 per cent so that improvement is fantastic Over the past three to four years it increased from 50 per cent to 57 per cent So that increase is fantastic in actual fact given that in the middle we had COVID and in most countries immunisation dropped In Nigeria we put a lot of efforts the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA puts a lot of effort in maintaining importation of vaccines for routine immunisation maintaining the structures so that they continue to provide vaccination to children and 50 to 57 per cent is a fantastic achievement Hawkins however said that though there was measurable improvement 57 per cent is still insufficient for a country like Nigeria and that the indicators around child mortality demonstrates that According to him the problem is in the fact that some states are performing at a high level while some only record little improvement He added that Lagos State is at 82 per cent if I remember correctly and they have sustained it at that level whereas a state like Sokoto has gone from seven per cent to 11 per cent Eleven per cent is the problem there So it s looking at the states where immunisation is low seeing what the fundamental problems of why and then unbottling those bottlenecks to ensure that they go up to the 57 per cent 60 per cent and ultimately get to 80 per cent He also said that there are communities with zero dose children adding that there are some communities even in Lagos State where immunisation has not reached He explained that the NPHCDA together with Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunisation GAVI and UNICEF have been working hard to ensure that those communities are not left behind He also said that continuous financing for vaccines should be enabled to ensure that the gap is closed For malaria vaccine for children he said it would herald a significant change in child mortality He added that though the vaccine is still expensive it will be included in routine immunisation to prevent children from dying from malaria once they become available We are also coming up with malaria that will be a significant change in the way that the child mortality is looked at The vaccine is still expensive That new vaccine is starting to be developed and once that becomes available for children it will change the dynamic and it s how you include that in the routine immunisation to prevent children from dying from malaria NAN reports that the 2021 World Malaria Report WMR 2021 indicates that Nigeria contributes 27 per cent of the global malaria cases and 32 per cent of global malaria deaths In 2021 the World Health Organisation WHO announced its recommendation of widespread use of the RTS 01 RTS S malaria vaccine among children in sub Saharan Africa and in other regions with moderate to high P falciparum malaria transmission The recommendation was based on results from a pilot programme in Ghana Kenya and Malawi that reached more than 900 000 children since 2019 Though the malaria vaccine is still under review the global target of the World Health Organisation is to reduce the incidence of the disease by at least 30 per cent by 2030 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Improvement on immunisation in Nigeria fantastic — UNICEF 
     Mr Peter Hawkins the Country Representative UN Children s Fund UNICEF in Nigeria says the improvement recorded in the number of children immunised against diseases in the country is fantastic He gave the commendation on Sunday during the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja NAN reports that the National Immunisation Coverage Survey NICS 2021 revealed that 57 per cent of Nigerian children received all three doses of pentavalent vaccines Hawkins said that in spite of the COVID 19 pandemic Nigeria was able to record an improvement in immunisation indices even when some other countries witnessed a drop He added that the situation in Nigeria it s not so much where we are today it s where we have come from In 2016 it was 34 per cent Penta three so three Penta vaccines for a child Now it is at 57 per cent so that improvement is fantastic Over the past three to four years it increased from 50 per cent to 57 per cent So that increase is fantastic in actual fact given that in the middle we had COVID and in most countries immunisation dropped In Nigeria we put a lot of efforts the National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA puts a lot of effort in maintaining importation of vaccines for routine immunisation maintaining the structures so that they continue to provide vaccination to children and 50 to 57 per cent is a fantastic achievement Hawkins however said that though there was measurable improvement 57 per cent is still insufficient for a country like Nigeria and that the indicators around child mortality demonstrates that According to him the problem is in the fact that some states are performing at a high level while some only record little improvement He added that Lagos State is at 82 per cent if I remember correctly and they have sustained it at that level whereas a state like Sokoto has gone from seven per cent to 11 per cent Eleven per cent is the problem there So it s looking at the states where immunisation is low seeing what the fundamental problems of why and then unbottling those bottlenecks to ensure that they go up to the 57 per cent 60 per cent and ultimately get to 80 per cent He also said that there are communities with zero dose children adding that there are some communities even in Lagos State where immunisation has not reached He explained that the NPHCDA together with Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunisation GAVI and UNICEF have been working hard to ensure that those communities are not left behind He also said that continuous financing for vaccines should be enabled to ensure that the gap is closed For malaria vaccine for children he said it would herald a significant change in child mortality He added that though the vaccine is still expensive it will be included in routine immunisation to prevent children from dying from malaria once they become available We are also coming up with malaria that will be a significant change in the way that the child mortality is looked at The vaccine is still expensive That new vaccine is starting to be developed and once that becomes available for children it will change the dynamic and it s how you include that in the routine immunisation to prevent children from dying from malaria NAN reports that the 2021 World Malaria Report WMR 2021 indicates that Nigeria contributes 27 per cent of the global malaria cases and 32 per cent of global malaria deaths In 2021 the World Health Organisation WHO announced its recommendation of widespread use of the RTS 01 RTS S malaria vaccine among children in sub Saharan Africa and in other regions with moderate to high P falciparum malaria transmission The recommendation was based on results from a pilot programme in Ghana Kenya and Malawi that reached more than 900 000 children since 2019 Though the malaria vaccine is still under review the global target of the World Health Organisation is to reduce the incidence of the disease by at least 30 per cent by 2030 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Improvement on immunisation in Nigeria fantastic — UNICEF 
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    Improvement on immunisation in Nigeria fantastic — UNICEF 

    Mr Peter Hawkins, the Country Representative, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Nigeria, says the improvement recorded in the number of children immunised against diseases in the country is fantastic.

    He gave the commendation on Sunday during the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja.

    NAN reports that the National Immunisation Coverage Survey (NICS) 2021 revealed that 57 per cent of Nigerian children received all three doses of pentavalent vaccines.

    Hawkins said that in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria was able to record an improvement in immunisation indices even when some other countries witnessed a drop.

    He added that “the situation in Nigeria, it’s not so much where we are today, it’s where we have come from.

    “In 2016, it was 34 per cent Penta three, so three, Penta vaccines for a child.

    “Now it is at 57 per cent, so that improvement is fantastic.

    Over the past three to four years, it increased from 50 per cent to 57 per cent.

    “So, that increase is fantastic, in actual fact, given that in the middle, we had COVID and in most countries, immunisation dropped.

    “In Nigeria, we put a lot of efforts, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) puts a lot of effort in maintaining importation of vaccines for routine immunisation, maintaining the structures so that they  continue to provide vaccination to children and 50 to 57 per cent is a fantastic achievement.

    ”Hawkins, however, said that though there was measurable improvement, 57 per cent is still insufficient for a country like Nigeria, and that the indicators around child mortality demonstrates that.

    According to him, the problem is in the fact that some states are performing at a high level, while some only record little improvement.

    He added that “Lagos State is at 82 per cent, if I remember correctly, and they have sustained it at that level, whereas a state like Sokoto has gone from seven per cent to 11 per cent.

    “Eleven per cent is the problem there.

    So it’s looking at the states where immunisation is low, seeing what the fundamental problems of why and then unbottling those bottlenecks to ensure that they go up to the 57 per cent, 60 per cent and ultimately get to 80 per cent.

    ”He also said that there are communities with zero dose children, adding that there are some communities even in Lagos State where immunisation has not reached.

    He explained that the NPHCDA, together with Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunisation (GAVI) and UNICEF have been working hard to ensure that those communities are not left behind.

    He also said that continuous financing for vaccines should be enabled to ensure that the gap is closed.

    For malaria vaccine for children, he said it would herald a significant change in child mortality.

    He added that though the vaccine is still expensive, it will be included in routine immunisation to prevent children from dying from malaria once they become available.

    “We are also coming up with malaria, that will be a significant change in the way that the child mortality is looked at.

    “The vaccine is still expensive.

    That new vaccine is starting to be developed and once that becomes available for children, it will change the dynamic and it’s how you include that in the routine immunisation to prevent children from dying from malaria.

    ”NAN reports that the 2021 World Malaria Report (WMR 2021) indicates that Nigeria contributes 27 per cent of the global malaria cases and 32 per cent of global malaria deaths.

    In 2021, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced its recommendation of widespread use of the RTS,01 (RTS,S) malaria vaccine among children in sub-Saharan Africa and in other regions with moderate to high P.

    falciparum malaria transmission.

    The recommendation was based on results from a pilot programme in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi that reached more than 900,000 children since 2019.Though the malaria vaccine is still under review, the global target of the World Health Organisation is to reduce the incidence of the disease by at least 30 per cent by 2030.
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  •  The UN Children s Fund UNICEF has emphasised the importance of birth registration saying it identifies a child as an entity not just a statistic The UNICEF Country Representative to Nigeria Mr Peter Hawkins said this on Sunday in Abuja when he featured on the special flagship News Agency of Nigeria Forum NAN reports that the Multi Indicator Cluster Survey MICS 6 2021 inaugurated in August revealed that 57 per cent of Nigerian children under the age of five years had their births registered with civil authorities in 2021 This according to the survey is an increase of 10 per cent from what it was in 2016 NAN also reports that MICS is a household survey developed by UNICEF to assist countries in filling data gaps for monitoring human development indicators in general and the situation of children and women in particular It has evolved over the years to respond to changing data needs expanding from 28 indicators in the first round in 1999 to 200 in its current sixth edition Implemented by the National Bureau of Statistics NBS MICS provides data on child mortality health nutrition education child and social protection women s healthcare and empowerment among others The UNICEF country representative therefore said that apart from giving a child an identity birth registration also has an impact on the economy health and the education sectors of a nation He said I think it has an impact on all three but fundamentally it is the impact about the child being recognised by the state that they exist their unique identity so that they know that they are there Not just a statistic that a child was born and then died and that s it It allows the state or it puts the burden on the state to recognise them as an entity within their domain and that they have the responsibility to provide that child with the services required to grow So if you want you know from birth that they exist then it s about survival in the first six months and then it s about immunisation then it s about going to school and then it s about receiving the protection that the state has a responsibility to provide that child with On the 2021 MICS 6 Hawkins said it is a very significant report adding that it gives an indication of women and children in post COVID 19 pandemic and allows for comparison with what the situation was in 2016 and 2018 He said I think many of the indicators have increased in a margin of around 10 per cent for most of the indicators show the evolution that has taken place in Nigeria over a 20 30 year period service delivery at the state level showed progress What is worrying about the progress that has been made is a differentiation state by state some states progress is very very low and very weak other states showed dramatic improvement over the past 20 years So it is very different in different parts but I think one of the things that we can take out of it is there is sustained improvement for many of the indicators that we saw in the MICS He however said that to sustain the tempo and record more improvements accountability should be strengthened especially by state authorities in delivering services He also urged authorities to ensure that financing was commensurate to the population while the needs of the people were prioritised NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Birth registration recognises child as an entity, not just statistic — UNICEF
     The UN Children s Fund UNICEF has emphasised the importance of birth registration saying it identifies a child as an entity not just a statistic The UNICEF Country Representative to Nigeria Mr Peter Hawkins said this on Sunday in Abuja when he featured on the special flagship News Agency of Nigeria Forum NAN reports that the Multi Indicator Cluster Survey MICS 6 2021 inaugurated in August revealed that 57 per cent of Nigerian children under the age of five years had their births registered with civil authorities in 2021 This according to the survey is an increase of 10 per cent from what it was in 2016 NAN also reports that MICS is a household survey developed by UNICEF to assist countries in filling data gaps for monitoring human development indicators in general and the situation of children and women in particular It has evolved over the years to respond to changing data needs expanding from 28 indicators in the first round in 1999 to 200 in its current sixth edition Implemented by the National Bureau of Statistics NBS MICS provides data on child mortality health nutrition education child and social protection women s healthcare and empowerment among others The UNICEF country representative therefore said that apart from giving a child an identity birth registration also has an impact on the economy health and the education sectors of a nation He said I think it has an impact on all three but fundamentally it is the impact about the child being recognised by the state that they exist their unique identity so that they know that they are there Not just a statistic that a child was born and then died and that s it It allows the state or it puts the burden on the state to recognise them as an entity within their domain and that they have the responsibility to provide that child with the services required to grow So if you want you know from birth that they exist then it s about survival in the first six months and then it s about immunisation then it s about going to school and then it s about receiving the protection that the state has a responsibility to provide that child with On the 2021 MICS 6 Hawkins said it is a very significant report adding that it gives an indication of women and children in post COVID 19 pandemic and allows for comparison with what the situation was in 2016 and 2018 He said I think many of the indicators have increased in a margin of around 10 per cent for most of the indicators show the evolution that has taken place in Nigeria over a 20 30 year period service delivery at the state level showed progress What is worrying about the progress that has been made is a differentiation state by state some states progress is very very low and very weak other states showed dramatic improvement over the past 20 years So it is very different in different parts but I think one of the things that we can take out of it is there is sustained improvement for many of the indicators that we saw in the MICS He however said that to sustain the tempo and record more improvements accountability should be strengthened especially by state authorities in delivering services He also urged authorities to ensure that financing was commensurate to the population while the needs of the people were prioritised NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Birth registration recognises child as an entity, not just statistic — UNICEF
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    Birth registration recognises child as an entity, not just statistic — UNICEF

    The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has emphasised the importance of birth registration, saying it identifies a child as an entity, not just a statistic.

    The UNICEF Country Representative to Nigeria, Mr Peter Hawkins, said this on Sunday in Abuja when he featured on the special flagship News Agency of Nigeria Forum.

    NAN reports that the Multi Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS 6) 2021 inaugurated in August revealed that 57 per cent of Nigerian children under the age of five years had their births registered with civil authorities in 2021.This, according to the survey, is an increase of 10 per cent from what it was in 2016.NAN also reports that MICS is a household survey developed by UNICEF to assist countries in filling data gaps for monitoring human development indicators in general and the situation of children and women in particular.

    It has evolved over the years to respond to changing data needs, expanding from 28 indicators in the first round in 1999 to 200 in its current sixth edition.

    Implemented by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), MICS provides data on child mortality, health, nutrition, education, child and social protection, women’s healthcare and empowerment, among others.

    The UNICEF country representative, therefore, said that apart from giving a child an identity, birth registration also has an impact on the economy, health and the education sectors of a nation.

    He said “I think it has an impact on all three, but fundamentally, it is the impact about the child being recognised by the state that they exist, their unique identity so that they know that they are there.

    “Not just a statistic that a child was born and then died and that’s it.

    “It allows the state or it puts the burden on the state to recognise them as an entity within their domain and that they have the responsibility to provide that child with the services required to grow.

    “So if you want, you know, from birth, that they exist, then it’s about survival in the first six months, and then it’s about immunisation, then it’s about going to school, and then it’s about receiving the protection that the state has a responsibility to provide that child with.

    ”On the 2021 MICS 6, Hawkins said it is a very significant report, adding that it gives an indication of women and children in post COVID-19 pandemic and allows for comparison with what the situation was in 2016 and 2018.He said “I think many of the indicators have increased in a margin of around 10 per cent, for most of the indicators show the evolution that has taken place in Nigeria over a 20, 30 year period; service delivery at the state level showed progress.

    “What is worrying about the progress that has been made is a differentiation state by state; some states’ progress is very, very low and very weak; other states showed dramatic improvement over the past 20 years.

    “So, it is very different in different parts, but I think one of the things that we can take out of it is there is sustained improvement for many of the indicators that we saw in the MICS.

    ”He, however, said that to sustain the tempo and record more improvements, accountability should be strengthened, especially by state authorities in delivering services.

    He also urged authorities to ensure that financing was commensurate to the population, while the needs of the people were prioritised.


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  •  The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State Mr Ahmed Ammani has interacted with members of different communities on how to effectively checkmate crime and criminality in the state The commissioner interacted with members and security stakeholders from different communities in Ezeagu Local Government Area and 9th Mile community of Udi local area This is contained in a statement issued by the state Police Public Relations Officer DSP Daniel Ndukwe on Sunday The commissioner in the two series of meetings held on Sept 17 specifically interacted on ways of tackling existing and emerging security challenges in the communities These meetings are pursuant of the Inspector General of Police s policing vision and mission especially as it concerns giving full effect to the concept of community policing and delivering of quality police services The meeting highlighted and brainstormed on a number of security issues in Ezeagu council area including induced situations He dwelt on the viral video of a prophesy suggesting the attack and massacre of villagers in Ezeagu council area by terrorists said to have caused panic among the people The incidents of kidnapping in 9th Mile community of Udi council area amongst other issues he said The commissioner addressing the stakeholders of Ezeagu council area led by the Chairman of Ezeagu council Chief Chukwudi Ozoeluba also reiterated the resolve of the police to ensure optimal security and safety of citizens of the communities The state police boss charged them to be security conscious and believe in Almighty God in view of the said prophecy as God was the ultimate source of peace and protector of mankind Responding the stakeholders commended the commissioner for bringing them together to discuss issues of security in their communities while assuring him of support to the police The commissioner was joined in the meeting by the Command s management team and other senior police officers including Divisional Police Officers of the concerned council areas and communities The stakeholders were drawn from the traditional rulers of the areas led by Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu the traditional ruler of Eziama Olo Kingdom in Ezeagu council area Others included Presidents General of towns unions Police Community Relations Committee PCRC members leaders of Neighborhood Watch security support groups as well as the Hausa and Fulani communities Also in attendance was gwe Emmanuel Ugwu the traditional ruler of Ibagwa Nike Kingdom and the Chairman of Enugu State Security and Peace Committee NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CP interacts with Enugu communities to checkmate crime
     The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State Mr Ahmed Ammani has interacted with members of different communities on how to effectively checkmate crime and criminality in the state The commissioner interacted with members and security stakeholders from different communities in Ezeagu Local Government Area and 9th Mile community of Udi local area This is contained in a statement issued by the state Police Public Relations Officer DSP Daniel Ndukwe on Sunday The commissioner in the two series of meetings held on Sept 17 specifically interacted on ways of tackling existing and emerging security challenges in the communities These meetings are pursuant of the Inspector General of Police s policing vision and mission especially as it concerns giving full effect to the concept of community policing and delivering of quality police services The meeting highlighted and brainstormed on a number of security issues in Ezeagu council area including induced situations He dwelt on the viral video of a prophesy suggesting the attack and massacre of villagers in Ezeagu council area by terrorists said to have caused panic among the people The incidents of kidnapping in 9th Mile community of Udi council area amongst other issues he said The commissioner addressing the stakeholders of Ezeagu council area led by the Chairman of Ezeagu council Chief Chukwudi Ozoeluba also reiterated the resolve of the police to ensure optimal security and safety of citizens of the communities The state police boss charged them to be security conscious and believe in Almighty God in view of the said prophecy as God was the ultimate source of peace and protector of mankind Responding the stakeholders commended the commissioner for bringing them together to discuss issues of security in their communities while assuring him of support to the police The commissioner was joined in the meeting by the Command s management team and other senior police officers including Divisional Police Officers of the concerned council areas and communities The stakeholders were drawn from the traditional rulers of the areas led by Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu the traditional ruler of Eziama Olo Kingdom in Ezeagu council area Others included Presidents General of towns unions Police Community Relations Committee PCRC members leaders of Neighborhood Watch security support groups as well as the Hausa and Fulani communities Also in attendance was gwe Emmanuel Ugwu the traditional ruler of Ibagwa Nike Kingdom and the Chairman of Enugu State Security and Peace Committee NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CP interacts with Enugu communities to checkmate crime
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    CP interacts with Enugu communities to checkmate crime

    The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Ahmed Ammani, has interacted with members of different communities on how to effectively checkmate crime and criminality in the state.  

    The commissioner interacted with members and security stakeholders from different communities in Ezeagu Local Government Area and 9th Mile community of Udi local area.  

    This is contained in a statement issued by the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, on Sunday.  

    The commissioner, in the two series of meetings held on Sept. 17, specifically interacted on ways of tackling existing and emerging security challenges in the communities.  

    “These meetings are pursuant of the Inspector-General of Police’s policing vision and mission, especially as it concerns giving full effect to the concept of community policing and delivering of quality police services.  

    “The meeting highlighted and brainstormed on a number of security issues in Ezeagu council area, including induced situations.  

    He dwelt on “the viral video of a prophesy suggesting the attack and massacre of villagers in Ezeagu council area by terrorists, said to have caused panic among the people.  

    “The incidents of kidnapping in 9th Mile community of Udi council area amongst other issues,” he said.  

    The commissioner, addressing the stakeholders of Ezeagu council area, led by the Chairman of Ezeagu council, Chief Chukwudi Ozoeluba, also reiterated the resolve of the police to ensure optimal security and safety of citizens of the communities.  

    The state police boss charged them to be security conscious and believe in Almighty God in view of the said prophecy, as God was the ultimate source of peace and protector of mankind.  

    Responding, the stakeholders commended the commissioner for bringing them together to discuss issues of security in their communities, while assuring him of support to the police.  

    The commissioner was joined in the meeting by the Command’s management team and other senior police officers, including Divisional Police Officers of the concerned council areas and communities.  

    The stakeholders were drawn from the traditional rulers of the areas, led by Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, the traditional ruler of Eziama-Olo Kingdom in Ezeagu council area.  

    Others included Presidents-General of towns unions, Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) members, leaders of Neighborhood Watch, security support groups, as well as the Hausa and Fulani communities.  

    Also in attendance was Ígwe Emmanuel Ugwu, the traditional ruler of Ibagwa-Nike Kingdom and the Chairman of Enugu State Security and Peace Committee.


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  •  Peter Hawkins UN Children s Fund UNICEF Country Representative to Nigeria says Gender Based Violence GBV is detrimental to the development of the girl child He said this during News Agency of Nigeria s magazine programme NAN Forum on Sunday in Abuja The UNICEF country representative identified Female Genital Mutilation FGM as one of the most profound abuse of rights as a form of GBV NAN reports that FGM is a procedure performed on a woman or girl to alter or injure her genitalia for non medical reasons It involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organ Hawkins however acknowledged that incidences of FGM had dropped in the country attributing the decrease to efforts toward tackling it from geographical perspective NAN also reports that the Multi Indicator Cluster Survey MICS 6 2021 inaugurated in August revealed that 15 per cent of women aged 15 49 years in Nigeria had undergone FGM down from 18 per cent in 2016 The Survey also found that eight per cent of Nigerian girls aged 0 14 years underwent FGM in 2021 down from 25 per cent in 2016 MICS is a household survey developed by UNICEF to assist countries in filling data gaps for monitoring human development indicators in general and the situation of children and women in particular It has evolved over the years to respond to changing data needs expanding from 28 indicators in the first round in 1999 to 200 in its current sixth The National Bureau of Statistics NBS implemented MICS which provides data on child mortality health nutrition education child and social protection women s health care and empowerment water sanitation and hygiene The UNICEF country representative said the engagement of governors on this very serious issue has been very good and they have taken it forward but as long as one child is abused in this sense it is one child too many One of the good indicators is the domestication of the Child Rights Act that was passed at the national level in 2003 So that is starting to have a profound effect on how state governments are responding to situations like FGM because it is enshrined in the law and it is illegal But the major challenge is around social and behavioural change and shifting social norms from what they have been to what we require them to be under a rights based framework and those social norms will take a while It is still unacceptable but we need to move slowly Hawkins however expressed optimism that with social and behavioural change the improvement would be sustained On the issue of sexual harassment against the girl child he said getting communities to report incidences to relevant authorities had been the most difficult part He said it was not about the communities and institutions of learning alone but also about the homes too He added that it is all within the immediate environments of the homes in ccommunities and it is about reporting it It is when we stop it there that we are in a much better position to stop it in schools and institutions of learning There has to be a social change around respect to young girls and protection of young girls Hawkins said that teenagers being pregnant is a violation in itself adding that the pregnant girl cannot go back to school so there s a triple whammy and her aspirations are immediately curtailed He advocated for the Child Protection Information Management System which ensures that the judiciary the police and social services departments specifically focus on the protection of the rights and wellbeing of children According to him there is nothing more important than the protection of a child because the child will become an adult and if abused he or she may perpetrate same on others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNICEF Country Rep., Hawkins, says GBV detrimental to girl-child’s development
     Peter Hawkins UN Children s Fund UNICEF Country Representative to Nigeria says Gender Based Violence GBV is detrimental to the development of the girl child He said this during News Agency of Nigeria s magazine programme NAN Forum on Sunday in Abuja The UNICEF country representative identified Female Genital Mutilation FGM as one of the most profound abuse of rights as a form of GBV NAN reports that FGM is a procedure performed on a woman or girl to alter or injure her genitalia for non medical reasons It involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organ Hawkins however acknowledged that incidences of FGM had dropped in the country attributing the decrease to efforts toward tackling it from geographical perspective NAN also reports that the Multi Indicator Cluster Survey MICS 6 2021 inaugurated in August revealed that 15 per cent of women aged 15 49 years in Nigeria had undergone FGM down from 18 per cent in 2016 The Survey also found that eight per cent of Nigerian girls aged 0 14 years underwent FGM in 2021 down from 25 per cent in 2016 MICS is a household survey developed by UNICEF to assist countries in filling data gaps for monitoring human development indicators in general and the situation of children and women in particular It has evolved over the years to respond to changing data needs expanding from 28 indicators in the first round in 1999 to 200 in its current sixth The National Bureau of Statistics NBS implemented MICS which provides data on child mortality health nutrition education child and social protection women s health care and empowerment water sanitation and hygiene The UNICEF country representative said the engagement of governors on this very serious issue has been very good and they have taken it forward but as long as one child is abused in this sense it is one child too many One of the good indicators is the domestication of the Child Rights Act that was passed at the national level in 2003 So that is starting to have a profound effect on how state governments are responding to situations like FGM because it is enshrined in the law and it is illegal But the major challenge is around social and behavioural change and shifting social norms from what they have been to what we require them to be under a rights based framework and those social norms will take a while It is still unacceptable but we need to move slowly Hawkins however expressed optimism that with social and behavioural change the improvement would be sustained On the issue of sexual harassment against the girl child he said getting communities to report incidences to relevant authorities had been the most difficult part He said it was not about the communities and institutions of learning alone but also about the homes too He added that it is all within the immediate environments of the homes in ccommunities and it is about reporting it It is when we stop it there that we are in a much better position to stop it in schools and institutions of learning There has to be a social change around respect to young girls and protection of young girls Hawkins said that teenagers being pregnant is a violation in itself adding that the pregnant girl cannot go back to school so there s a triple whammy and her aspirations are immediately curtailed He advocated for the Child Protection Information Management System which ensures that the judiciary the police and social services departments specifically focus on the protection of the rights and wellbeing of children According to him there is nothing more important than the protection of a child because the child will become an adult and if abused he or she may perpetrate same on others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNICEF Country Rep., Hawkins, says GBV detrimental to girl-child’s development
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    UNICEF Country Rep., Hawkins, says GBV detrimental to girl-child’s development

    Peter Hawkins, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Country Representative to Nigeria, says Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is detrimental to the development of the girl-child.

    He said this during News Agency of Nigeria’s magazine programme, NAN Forum, on Sunday in Abuja.

    The UNICEF country representative identified Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as one of the most profound abuse of rights as a form of GBV.

    NAN reports that FGM is a procedure performed on a woman or girl to alter or injure her genitalia for non-medical reasons.

    It involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organ.

    Hawkins, however, acknowledged that incidences of FGM had dropped in the country, attributing the decrease to efforts toward tackling it from geographical perspective.

    NAN also reports that the Multi Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS 6) 2021 inaugurated in August revealed that 15 per cent of women aged 15-49 years in Nigeria had undergone FGM, down from 18 per cent in 2016.The Survey also found that eight per cent of Nigerian girls aged 0-14 years underwent FGM in 2021, down from 25 per cent in 2016. MICS is a household survey developed by UNICEF to assist countries in filling data gaps for monitoring human development indicators in general and the situation of children and women in particular.

    It has evolved over the years to respond to changing data needs, expanding from 28 indicators in the first round in 1999 to 200 in its current sixth.

    The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) implemented MICS, which provides data on child mortality, health, nutrition, education, child and social protection, women’s health care and empowerment, water, sanitation and hygiene.

    The UNICEF country representative said “the engagement of governors on this very serious issue has been very good and they have taken it forward, but as long as one child is abused in this sense, it is one child too many.

    “One of the good indicators is the domestication of the Child Rights Act that was passed at the national level in 2003.“So, that is starting to have a profound effect on how state governments are responding to situations like FGM because it is enshrined in the law and it is illegal.

    “But the major challenge is around social and behavioural change and shifting social norms from what they have been to what we require them to be under a rights-based framework and those social norms will take a while.

    “It is still unacceptable, but we need to move slowly.

    ”Hawkins, however, expressed optimism that with social and behavioural change, the improvement would be sustained.

    On the issue of sexual harassment against the girl-child, he said getting communities to report incidences to relevant authorities had been the most difficult part.

    He said it was not about the communities and institutions of learning alone but also about the homes too.

    He added that “it is all within the immediate environments of the homes in ccommunities, and it is about reporting it.

    “It is when we stop it there that we are in a much better position to stop it in schools and institutions of learning.

    “There has to be a social change around respect to young girls and protection of young girls.

    ”Hawkins said that teenagers being pregnant is a violation in itself, adding that “the pregnant girl cannot go back to school, so there’s a triple whammy and her aspirations are immediately curtailed.

    ”He advocated for the Child Protection Information Management System which ensures that the judiciary, the police and social services departments specifically focus on the protection of the rights and wellbeing of children.

    According to him, there is nothing more important than the protection of a child because the child will become an adult, and if abused, he or she may perpetrate same on others.


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  •  NAN The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC said that a petroleum laden tanker had been gutted by fire in Badeggi village along Bida Lapai road in Bida Local Government Area of Niger Mr Kumar Tsukwam the state Sector Commander told the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Sunday in Minna that the incident occurred at about 7 30 pm on Saturday Tsukwam said that the tanker was conveying PMS to Abuja adding while in motion the tanker started leaking The driver parked and tried to fix the leakage a fire from a tea shop ignited followed the trail of the leakage and set the tanker ablaze as well as two other articulated vehicles Tsukam said that four people were involved in the incident but they all unhurt He explained that the men of FRSC RS7 24 Bida fire service personnel and other security agencies were at the scene managing the situation The sector commander advised drivers of articulated vehicles to always ensure safety of their vehicles while on the roads to avoid unnecessary crashes NAN ww NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Fire guts petrol-laden tanker in Niger–FRSC
     NAN The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC said that a petroleum laden tanker had been gutted by fire in Badeggi village along Bida Lapai road in Bida Local Government Area of Niger Mr Kumar Tsukwam the state Sector Commander told the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Sunday in Minna that the incident occurred at about 7 30 pm on Saturday Tsukwam said that the tanker was conveying PMS to Abuja adding while in motion the tanker started leaking The driver parked and tried to fix the leakage a fire from a tea shop ignited followed the trail of the leakage and set the tanker ablaze as well as two other articulated vehicles Tsukam said that four people were involved in the incident but they all unhurt He explained that the men of FRSC RS7 24 Bida fire service personnel and other security agencies were at the scene managing the situation The sector commander advised drivers of articulated vehicles to always ensure safety of their vehicles while on the roads to avoid unnecessary crashes NAN ww NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Fire guts petrol-laden tanker in Niger–FRSC
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    Fire guts petrol-laden tanker in Niger–FRSC

    NAN) The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said that a petroleum-laden tanker had been gutted by fire in Badeggi village, along Bida- Lapai road in Bida Local Government Area of Niger.

    Mr Kumar Tsukwam, the state Sector Commander, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Sunday in Minna that  the incident occurred at about 7:30 pm on Saturday.

    Tsukwam, said that the tanker was conveying PMS to Abuja, adding, ” while in motion, the tanker started leaking.

    ‘The driver parked and tried to fix the leakage, a fire from a tea shop ignited, followed the trail of the leakage and set the tanker ablaze, as well as two other articulated vehicles.

    ”Tsukam said that four people were involved in the incident, but they all unhurt.

    He explained that the men of FRSC RS7.24 Bida, fire service personnel and other security agencies were at the scene managing the situation.

    The sector commander advised drivers of articulated vehicles to always ensure safety of their vehicles while on the roads to avoid unnecessary crashes.

    ( NAN) (ww.


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  •  Islamic Foundation for Sustainable Peace Transparency a religious group has called on the Federal and State Governments to enact stiffer laws that will tackle incessant rape cases across the country The foundation made the call in a statement in Ado Ekiti on Sunday jointly signed by Alhaji Suleiman Sanusi and Sheik Abdulsalam Ibrahim President and Secretary of the foundation The foundation noted that the high rate of rape cases specially against minors had become worrisome and a source of grave concern to religious leaders in the country It charged government s regulatory agencies parents teachers and other stakeholders to collaborate and eradicate the ugly trend The foundation also advocated the urgent need for the review of the relevant laws to allow for stiffer punishment for rape offenders According to the body such a review is necessary to empower the judiciary with proper legal backings to accelerate rape related cases across various courts in the country Such intervention will accelerate adjudication of rape cases and also serve as a deterrent to would be offenders he said The foundation expressed the need for the Federal Government to evolve proper regulatory framework on the usage of social media especially by the youth to reduce exposure to indecent acts Today our youths are exposed to different gadgets that can easily destroy their lives and lead them astray Many parents have failed in their parental responsibility in giving the desired close monitoring and supervision on the daily activities of their children More worrisome is the high number of youths involving themselves in drug abuse and other cyber related crimes and criminality These indecent acts and immorality are major contributors to the high number of rape incidents witnessed in recent times I think it s time those concerned institute stiffer legislation to deal with rape perpetrators and other related acts the foundation added It also advised religious leaders to use sermons to bring the desired sanity to the society nannew NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Foundation seeks stiffer punishment for rapists
     Islamic Foundation for Sustainable Peace Transparency a religious group has called on the Federal and State Governments to enact stiffer laws that will tackle incessant rape cases across the country The foundation made the call in a statement in Ado Ekiti on Sunday jointly signed by Alhaji Suleiman Sanusi and Sheik Abdulsalam Ibrahim President and Secretary of the foundation The foundation noted that the high rate of rape cases specially against minors had become worrisome and a source of grave concern to religious leaders in the country It charged government s regulatory agencies parents teachers and other stakeholders to collaborate and eradicate the ugly trend The foundation also advocated the urgent need for the review of the relevant laws to allow for stiffer punishment for rape offenders According to the body such a review is necessary to empower the judiciary with proper legal backings to accelerate rape related cases across various courts in the country Such intervention will accelerate adjudication of rape cases and also serve as a deterrent to would be offenders he said The foundation expressed the need for the Federal Government to evolve proper regulatory framework on the usage of social media especially by the youth to reduce exposure to indecent acts Today our youths are exposed to different gadgets that can easily destroy their lives and lead them astray Many parents have failed in their parental responsibility in giving the desired close monitoring and supervision on the daily activities of their children More worrisome is the high number of youths involving themselves in drug abuse and other cyber related crimes and criminality These indecent acts and immorality are major contributors to the high number of rape incidents witnessed in recent times I think it s time those concerned institute stiffer legislation to deal with rape perpetrators and other related acts the foundation added It also advised religious leaders to use sermons to bring the desired sanity to the society nannew NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Foundation seeks stiffer punishment for rapists
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    Foundation seeks stiffer punishment for rapists

    Islamic Foundation for Sustainable Peace, Transparency, a religious group, has called on the Federal and State Governments to enact stiffer laws that will tackle incessant rape cases across the country.

    The foundation made the call in a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, jointly signed by Alhaji Suleiman Sanusi and  Sheik Abdulsalam Ibrahim, President and Secretary of the foundation.

    The foundation noted that the high rate of rape cases, specially against minors, had become worrisome and a source of grave concern to religious leaders in the country.

    It charged government’s regulatory agencies, parents, teachers and other stakeholders to collaborate and eradicate the ugly trend.

    The foundation also advocated the urgent need for the review of the relevant laws to allow for stiffer punishment for rape offenders.

    According to the body, such a review is necessary to empower the judiciary with proper legal backings to accelerate rape-related cases across various courts in the country.

    “Such intervention will accelerate adjudication of rape cases and also serve as a deterrent to would-be offenders,” he said.

    The foundation expressed the need for the Federal Government to evolve proper regulatory framework on the usage of social media, especially by the youth, to reduce exposure to indecent acts.

    “Today, our youths are exposed to different gadgets that can easily destroy their lives and lead them astray.

    ”Many parents have failed in their parental responsibility in giving the desired close monitoring and supervision on the daily activities of their children.

    “More worrisome is the high number of youths involving themselves in drug abuse and other cyber related crimes and criminality.

    ”These indecent acts and immorality are major contributors to the high number of rape incidents witnessed in recent times.

    “I think it’s time those concerned institute stiffer legislation to deal with rape perpetrators and other related acts,” the foundation added.

    It also advised religious leaders to use sermons to bring the desired sanity to the society.

    nannew.


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