The Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC) on Tuesday called for an end to all forms of slavery, servitude, racism, prejudice, racial discrimination and social injustice.
Its Director-General, Oluwabunmi Amao, made the call during a public lecture organised in commemoration of the 2020 UNESCO International Day for Remembrance of Slave Trade and its Abolition.
The webinar public lecture was tagged: “Contemporary Enslavement and its Implications for Africa’s Development”.
Amao said that countries must consciously desist from such vices to affirm the universal principles of human dignity, freedom, and equality.
“We wish to call on the global community to stand and work against all forms of slavery, servitude, racism, prejudice, racial discrimination and social injustice.
“CBAAC wishes to use this platform to condemn in the strongest terms, recent surge in racism against blacks and people of African descent across the globe that tends to suggest the superiority of one race over another.
“It is indeed a reality that slavery did not end with the abolition in the 19th century, instead, it changed its forms and continued to harm people in Africa and other parts of the world.
“It is instructive to note that today, slavery is less about people literally owning other people, although that still exists.
“But more about being exploited, decimated and completely controlled by someone else, without being able to leave, hence the need for awareness on the matter as a sure way for its eradication,” she said.
Also, Dr Adetunji Ogunyemi, Head, Department of History, Obafemi Awolowo University, urged African leaders to grow viable and formidable economies capable of setting the youths free from modern enslavement.
He said that modern enslavement was a general menace in Africa which needed to be curtailed promptly due to the numerous havoc it had wrecked across African continent.
He noted that the major solution to this problem was for the African leaders to consciously create viable economies which would provide numerous job opportunities to the citizens.
“The implications of modern enslavement are: total loss in African persona; depopulation and loss of skilled personnel to menial jobs abroad; disease contraction and spread; forced prostitution; forced organ harvest, death and total dehumanisation
“Modern enslavement was caused by poverty, human trafficking, greed, ignorance, unemployment, failure of governance, war, political instability and lots more reasons.
“People are suffering from different forms of enslavement and mental enslavement can be dealt with by practising Godliness rather than being religious, also embracing science and neglect superstition, likewise get informed,” he said.
Ogunyemi urged countries dominant in modern enslavement to desist from such.
He noted that domestic sex factory and construction enslavements as well as organ harvest and farm work were rampant in the affected countries.
Also, Dr philip Afaha, Head, Department of History and Diplomatic Studies, University of Abuja, said that mental, economic and ideological enslavements affected Nigerians directly.
He said this was obvious considering the activities of religious leaders, job vendors, housemaid contractors and all.
“Religious leaders and native doctors play major roles in encouraging enslavement in Nigeria with the subject-master relationship they encourage between themselves and their members.
“Government is also guilty here when people will be employed and they will be deprived of their salaries at month end, this is seen with some state governments.
“African governments must begin to frown at obtaining foreign loans,this is also another form of enslavement; Nigerian security operatives must also learn to use social media for intelligence purposes,” he said.
Mr Daniel Atokolo, Lagos Zonal Commander, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), said that the agency had not relented in fulfilling its mandate.
Atokolo, represented by Nosa Mamman-Odey, a NAPTIP official, noted that the agency was working unanimously with some other organisations to rescue victims of slavery from other countries and empower them to be re-integrated back into the society.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi
FCTA, NAPTIP sign MoU on women rehabilitation centre
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the centre is located at Sabo-Lugbe in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), of the territory.
Mr Austine Elemue, Special Assistant on Media to the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, in a statement on Sunday, said the minister presided over the signing of the MoU between FCTA and NAPTIP in Abuja.
She called on both parties to respect the terms and conditions spelt out in the document, adding that the centre would be managed by NAPTIP for a period of two years.
The minister commended the Director -General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, for her doggedness in the battle against trafficking in persons.
She stressed the need for collaboration and synergy between relevant agencies in the fight against human trafficking in the country.
“I want to appreciate our sister, the Director General of NAPTIP, who is always there for the plight of the vulnerable women and youths, and anything against their fundamental human rights.
” She goes out of her comfort zone to ensure that none is maligned in the society, today’s event has demonstrated her zeal to look for more decent accommodation for vulnerable women.
“These are all the giant strides of a leader and we appreciate you and your team. Hopefully and sincerely, under two -years period, all that is written here is legally binding on both parties.
‘ And as the one charged with the responsibility to oversee the signing of this document, I sincerely hope that today will mark the beginning of many beautiful things to come,” the minister said .
Aliyu also called on the management of NAPTIP , to ensure that the facility becomes a point to reckon with in the management of vulnerable women and youths.
The minister assured that the facility would provide the needed shelter for those in need.
Earlier, the Director General of NAPTIP, Okah-Donli, also commended the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello and FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, for their support in matters relating to trafficking in persons and other related offences.
She assured the FCT Administration that the collaboration between the two parties would yield positive results, adding that the centre would be a beckon of women rehabilitation and empowerment.
” You have been very supportive to our agency, I want to assure you of this existing synergy and collaboration between my agency and FCTA, it is going to be bigger and better and we are not going to take it for granted.
“I also want to thank you for giving us the opportunity of getting to this stage of signing an MoU.
” Thank you for giving us a facility where women will be rehabilitated and empowered, where children of victims of trafficking, victims of sexual and gender based violence will be empowered and rehabilitated.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Omowole
8 burnt to death in Lagos-Ibadan expressway accident
Eight persons were on Saturday night burnt to death in a lone accident involving a Mazda bus on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abeokuta on Sunday.
Umar explained that the accident, which occurred at about 8:45 p.m. near Saapade bridge, was caused by tyre burst.
This, he said, resulted in the bus summersaulting and bursting into flames.
The sector commander added that 11 people were involved in the accident made up of three male adults, one female adult, one child and six unidentified persons.
“The suspected cause of the lone accident involving the Mazda bus marked AAA 249 VX was tyre burst which led to loss of control before crash and bursting into flames immediately,” he said.
He said that FRSC operatives contacted the Sagamu Fire Service immediately for a joint rescue operation.
Umar said that three injured victims were taken to Idera Hospital, Sagamu, for medical attention while the Health Department of Remo North Local Government Area was contacted on the burnt victims.
He advised motorists to drive cautiously, obey traffic rules and regulations and ensure that their tyres were in good condition.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo)
Newborn safely delivered under Ajah bridge
The Lagos State Emergency Managment Agency (LASEMA) has said that its ambulance team at Eti-osa delivered Ms Blessing Emmanuel, a 35 year-old woman of a live male baby.
Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu,
LASEMA, told Newsmen on Saturday that the baby was delivered at about 4:30 p.m under the Ajah Bridge.
”The lady, who has no home nor family in Lagos, is from Cross River State.
”Mother and baby are fine and have been taken to Island Maternity where they will get expert care,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Omowole
NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.
“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.
“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.
The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.
“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.
The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.
“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.
“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.
“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza