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Foundation partners UNESCO to end school-based gender violence

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The Vicar Hope Foundation, a pet project of the Wife of Abia Governor, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu, has sought the partnership of UNESCO in ending school-based gender violence in the state.


The foundation’s Programme Manager, Mr Raymond Ukwa, disclosed this at an ongoing training of education stakeholders in Umuahia on Wednesday.

The training was organised by UNESCO and its implementation partner, Hope for Community Child Initiative (H4CC) to develop a protocol for preventing, mitigating, and reporting School Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV).

Ukwa, however, thanked UNESCO and H4CC for implementing the UNESCO’s Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future (UNESCO_O3) Programme in Abia.

He noted that the project was crucial in ending gender-based violence in schools.

According to him, the UNESCO_O3 programme provides the needed platform to engage relevant stakeholders in the education sector toward making the school environment safe for learners.

“Mrs Ikpeazu is very committed to ending sexual and gender-based violence in the state.

“This, she is doing through her pet project, the Vicar Hope Foundation that is impacting on the lives of the physically challenged, vulnerable persons, women, teenagers, children and the aged.

“The UNESCO_O3 programme is, therefore, a good initiative and presents a viable platform for collaboration to rid school’s environment of gender-based violence by ensuring that learners are safe while in school.’’

Ukwa said that the collaboration would not only prevent SRGBV but ensure that related cases were adequately reported for appropriate action.

He said that the partnership would build a strong eco-system that would foster the needed change in Abia communities, which in the long would ensure safe places for learners in school.

The Executive Director, H4CC, Hadiza Umar, explained that the UNESCO_O3 programme was being implemented in partnership with the Swedish Government and the Federal Ministry of Education.

Umar said that the protocol for preventing, mitigating, and reporting SRGBV was being developed in nine states.

She identified the states as Kaduna, Nasarawa, Benue, Ebonyi, Abia, Cross River, Lagos, and Taraba states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

Umar explained that the UNESCO_O3 programme aims to make the schools and community environment safer, healthier, and inclusive for all young people.

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Maharazu Ahmed
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Osimhen, young lad with head of 40-year-old — Gattuso

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Napoli’s coach Gennaro Gattuso on Sunday dished out rare praises on new Nigerian signing Victor Osimhen, describing him  as “a young lad with the head of a 40-year-old”.


Osimhen became Napoli’s record signing when he joined from Lille in the summer for a reported 70 million euros.

He was brought on for his debut after an hour of Sunday’s Serie A match and the Nigerian made an instant impact in their 2-0 win.

”I was struck by Osimhen’s serious attitude. He has not forgotten where he came from and the sacrifices he made.

”He built himself up on his own and I congratulate him for his will and desire.

“He is a young lad with the head of a 40-year-old. I hope he does not make mistakes and does not change his attitude,” Gattuso said.

Osimhen, 21, grew up in a tough district of Lagos, lost his mother at a young age and along with his brother and sister, sold bottled water in Lagos traffic to help his family make ends meet.

Gattuso said he wanted to get Napoli back into the top four again after last year’s turbulent season, where they finished seventh after a late recovery and won the Coppa Italia.

”It  is natural that, given the history of the last 10 years, we want to return to the top four.

”I want to see a well-organised team that have clear principles in their heads and that know how to make themselves available in difficult moments,” the coach said.

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Iru land is committed to environmental, national development- Oba Lawal

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The Oniru of Iru Land, Oba Omogbolahan Lawal, Abisogun II, says the Kingdom is  committed to national, environmental and security development for the growth and progress of Lagos State and Nigeria.


Lawal made this known when the Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Governors’ Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi paid him a courtesy visit on Sunday in Lagos.

The monarch said that various developmental projects were already in place for the benefit of Iru land.

Lawal disclosed that over the past few weeks, Iru land had carried out various exercises bothering around environmental awareness and development such as tree planting and the cleanup of the beach fronts in Iru land.

According to him, the need to maintain a healthy environment will at the long run translate to a generally healthy community, hence the importance of being committed to environmental development.

“I am very grateful and delighted that you are here all the way from Ekiti State. We see all that you are doing in your state and we feel the impacts here in Lagos State as well.

“It is a thing of joy that you have successfully played your part as a governor in developing our nation.

“As governors and traditional rulers, we are enjoined to play our parts in making the nation great again.

“This is why, over the last few weeks here in Iru, we have been engaging in activities bothering around environmental development.

“We started with a tree planting where we distributed no fewer than 1,500 seedlings for coconut and other trees as well as the beach cleanup where we cleaned up waste from beach fronts all around Iru.

“This brings me to the issue of waste management. We need to promote the use of reusable bags as against single use plastic bags,” the Oniru said.

The traditional ruler said that the security of the states’ Liason Offices at the Oniru Beach Front was of optimum importance as the offices were old and dilapidated hence they served as hideouts for miscreants and hoodlums.

“We have written to the Police and I will like you to use your office as the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum to look into this.

“Let us see how the palace can collaborate with those states because a lot of people come into this axis and their security should be our priority.

“We have a lot of financial institutions there, investors as well so we need to redevelop those places.

“There is what we call land value capture in land economics, where property of government, especially those that are not fit for the purpose they were built but are strategically located.

“Such property can still be utilised in some way and it will generate a lot of impact and revenue still comes back to the owners of such property” the Oba said.

The Oniru said that governors and traditional rulers should be able to work hand in hand to bring security and environmental health to people in the community hence, traditional rulers should be included in governance apart from their traditional responsibilities.

He appealed to Fayemi to support the call for giving traditional rulers a role in governance, saying that as traditional rulers, they were more informed about the communities’ needs and they were like a grassroots government.

He said that Iru land always looked forward to a regional integration with neighbouring states such that any development or project proposed was mostly welcome because they would have a positive impact on the national economy.

Earlier, Gov. Fayemi, who expressed delight being at the palace of the Oniru, said that he had no doubts in the abilities of the traditional ruler to deliver his optimum best to the people of Iru land.

Fayemi said that Iru land was one of the primmest and economically viable lands in Nigeria, adding that Oba Lawal was bound to leave it in a better state than he met it considering his many years of experience and the projects that he had already started.

“I am extremely delighted to be here today. This is like a home to me; Kabiyesi has been my brother for years, the better part of the last three decades.

“We have been coming on this journey of progressive development in our communities so I am especially delighted that he has been chosen by our ancestors to continue in the path of our fathers in this very critical community to Lagos and to Nigeria.

“I have no doubts in my mind that his period on the throne is going to be beneficial to our country.

“He is not just a progressive thinker, he is exposed, experienced and has an extensive knowledge of development at the local community and global level.

“The Oniru has received first class education in community development and he has network that will benefit this special community,” he said.

Fayemi said that issues concerning the liaison offices would be looked into by the governors’ forum and everything would be done to ensure the security of the beach front.

He said that he had been abreast of all the developmental projects and programmes that the monarch engaged in since he ascended the throne, adding that he was certain that Iru land was in the best of hands.

“I pray that your reign continues to bring in more prosperity and peace to your people. Everything you lay your hands upon since your ascending the throne will prosper and yield positive results and may God take evil far away from you.

“In the little time I have spent with you, we have discussed nothing but the development of Iru land and you have very grand ideas on how to turn this place around already.

“I am delighted and excited at the opportunities that are staring us in the face with you as our royal father,” Fayemi said.

OOG /GY

Edited By: Grace Yussuf
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Dep. speaker House of Reps mourns Zazzau Monarch

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Rep Ahmed Wase, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, says the nation has lost a paragon of virtue as a result of the demise of Emir of Zazzau, His Highness, Alhaji Shehu Idris.


Wase, in a statement issued and made available to newsmen by Mr Umar Puma, his Chief Press Secretary, on Sunday in Abuja expressed regret over the passage of the emir.

He stated that the royal father passed on at a critical period in the history of the nation when his wisdom was needed most.

Wase said he was saddened by the loss of the emir, adding that he joined the people of Zazzau Emirate Council, the governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, and the entire country to mourn the late royal father.

According to him, we have lost one of the illustrious traditional rulers, a loving father, a man of peace filled with wisdom and a paragon of virtue.

“He was a stabiliser and a virtuous man who ruled with the fear of God and contributed immensely to the development of his Emirate, Kaduna state and the nation at large.”

He asked Allah to console the family he left behind, the people of Zazzau Emirate and Kaduna state over the unfortunate but inevitable occurrence.

“We cannot question Allah’s decision, but may Allah forgive all his wrong doings while on earth and grant his soul abode in Aljanna Firdaus,” he said.

The News Agency of Nugeria , reports that the emir died at the Military Hospital, Kaduna, on Sunday.

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Edo Guber: IPAC commends Buhari, INEC, security agencies over peaceful poll

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The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Lagos State has commended President Muhammadu Buhari, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies over the peaceful Edo governorship poll.


IPAC described the poll and its outcome as exemplary and recommended the same for the Ondo governorship poll coming up on Oct.10.

The commendation was made by IPAC Chairman, Mr Tade Ademola,  in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday.

Ademola said that the level playing ground allowed by the President and INEC had further deepened Nigeria’s democracy.

Ademola, who is  also  the Chairman, Alliance for Social Democrats (ASD) in Lagos State, urged that the standard already built in Edo poll should not be compromised in the forthcoming Ondo governorship election on Oct. 31.

“The truth about Edo election is that the people were determined, and that was what won the election. If people are determined everywhere and are not complacent, we will get there.

“It is better this time around, but it can be improved upon. We should be able by now to be conducting our election online.

“In the coming Ondo election, I hope they will not change style and that there will be a level playing ground for all so that only the peoples’ will will prevail.

“If the same template as used in Edo, is used in Ondo election, it will be a progress in the nation’s electoral system.

“Generally, this election was peaceful and fair as we could see. We cannot say 100 per cent perfect, but it was better than what we had in Kogi and Bayelsa,” Ademola said.

According to him, though there are areas to improve upon, the relatively peaceful and credible Edo election is a milestone in the history of elections in recent time.

He said that INEC could improve on timeliness of staff and materials at polling units.

NAN reports that INEC has declared Gov. Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  winner of the Sept. 19, governorship election in the state.

Obaseki polled a total of 307,955 votes to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619.

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