An international Non-Governmental Organisation, Ipas Nigeria, has called for domestication of
all international and regional instruments that promote Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (WSRHR) in Nigeria.
The Country Director of Ipas, Mr Lucky Palmers, made the call at the ongoing training for journalists on “Women’s Sexual Reproductive
Health and Rights/Global Gag Rule” in Owerri on Friday.
Palmer, who spoke on “Laws on Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (WSRHR), said there was need for adequate legislation
to address women’s reproductive health, as well as review restrictive abortion laws.
He said that although there were multiple laws in Nigeria such as the Statutory Law, Customary and Islamic Law on WSRHR,
there was need to domesticate international and regional instruments that promote WSRHR.
The country director added that “the needs of Nigerian women and girls command attention, not only in Nigeria but regionally and globally.”
He explained that unlike other countries in Africa, Nigeria had yet to reform restrictive domestic laws and policies that place women and girls’
health and lives at risk, preventing them from exercising their reproductive rights to which Federal Government had been committed under international law.
He said “there is need for political will on the part of government to domesticate international and regional treaties that promote women’s reproduction
health and rights such as the African Union Protocol on the Rights of Women of Africa.”
Palmer also called for the adoption of National Guidelines for termination of pregnancy for legal indication, as well as women empowerment and gender equality.
On the burden of maternal mortality and unsafe abortion, Palmer said that “global statistics indicate that 295,000 women died during pregnancy and
childbirth in 2017, while 95 per cent of the deaths occurred in low resource settings.
He noted that sub-Saharan Africa accounted for two third (196,000 ) of the maternal deaths, while Asia accounted for one-fifth (58,000).
The director said statistics in Nigeria show that a woman die every 13 minutes, while 109 women die each day from preventable pregnancy and childbirth related issues.
He attributed this to poor health facilities.
The Ipas country director said that the status of Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) of Nigerian women remained abysmally poor,
while available data tend to suggest worsening indices with child rights yet to be domesticated in some states.
He called on the United States Government to review the Global Gag Rule to enable foreign NGOs to access funds to make more positive
impact on women and girl-child’s reproductive health and rights, especially the vulnerable ones.
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
7 killed, 4 injured iñ ‘massacre’ in south-western Colombia
Seven people were killed and four others injured in an attack in south-western Colombia on Sunday, local media reported.
“Seven young people … were massacred with grenades and gunshots,” Senator Temistocles Ortega told broadcaster Caracol.
The attack happened in Munchique, in the south-western state of Cauca.
“You have no alternatives in Cauca,” Ortega said, adding that those who live there are “exposed to criminals of all types.”
Army spokesman Marco Vinicio Mayorga told the broadcaster that the crime was “preliminarily attributed” to the Jaime Martinez column, which emerged from the 2016 demobilisation of the guerrilla movement FARC and operates in the area.
The country’s ombudsman for human rights condemned the Cauca events on Twitter, saying: “We urgently need to eradicate the … violence which affect rights and constantly endanger the lives of Colombians.”
More than 240 people have died in 60 massacres – defined as killings of at least three people – in the country so far this year, according to the NGO Indepaz, which monitors the violence.
According to the NGO, the Munchique attack was the eleventh this month alone.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
NCDC records 97 new COVID-19 infections, total cases now 57, 242
The NCDC disclosed this on its official twitter handle on Sunday .
It added that three persons died of COVID-19 complications while 138 patients, who recovered at various isolation centres across the country the same day, were discharged.
Based on the figures released, Lagos state recorded the highest number of infections with 46 new cases.
The data released also indicated that Kwara recorded 12 new infections, Rivers 11, and Adamawa 4.
Others were Niger – 4, Ogun – 4, Osun – 4, Ekiti – 3, Imo – 3, Kaduna – 3, Plateau – 2, and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) – 1.
“Till date, 57, 242 cases have been confirmed, 48, 569 cases have been discharged, and 1,098 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT,” the centre said.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Emmanuel Yashim
Golf: DeChambeau muscles his way to United States Open victory
A bulked-up Bryson DeChambeau bashed his way to a six-shot United States Open victory on Sunday, silencing any lingering questions as to whether his brawny game could translate to the major stage.
World number nine DeChambeau, who began the day two shots back of United States Open debutant Matthew Wolff, clinched his first major title with a mix of jaw-dropping drives and clutch putts.
He shot a virtually flawless three-under-par 67 to reach six under for the tournament at Winged Foot.
“On nine is when I first thought, ‘OK, this could be reality’,” DeChambeau, speaking during the trophy presentation, said of his mindset after an eagle at the par-five ninth.
“I made that eagle, long eagle putt and I shocked myself by making it, too, and I thought to myself, ‘I could do it’. And then immediately after, I said, ‘nope, you’ve got to focus on each and every hole’.”
Wolff (75), appearing in only his second major, was one shot back of DeChambeau at the turn but fell apart over a back nine that included two bogeys and a double-bogey.
A fearless DeChambeau, whose final round included the eagle, two birdies and a bogey, attacked at every chance.
For his efforts was the only player to break par in the final round as he cruised to a maiden major at his 16th attempt.
He attacked Winged Foot all week like few other golfers can.
So confident in his approach, DeChambeau unleashed his driver on practically every par-four and par-five hole as he figured the birdie chances would outweigh the risk that Winged Foot’s nasty rough creates.
DeChambeau grabbed the solo lead after five holes, hit a perfectly-paced 40-foot eagle putt at the ninth to maintain a one-shot cushion.
It was a tournament that came down to a two-horse race between him and Wolff as they made the turn.
The 21-year-old Wolff was bidding to become the first player to win the United States Open on his tournament debut since Francis Ouimet in 1913.
But he bogeyed the 10th and 14th holes, before a double-bogey at 16.
“I battled hard. Things just didn’t go my way,” said Wolff. “But first United States Open, second-place is something to be proud of and hold your head up high for.”
Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen (73) birdied the last to finish alone in third-place, a distant eight shots back of DeChambeau.
He was one shot clear of Harris English (73), who made a double-bogey at the first where he lost his tee shot.
Xander Schauffele (74) looked ready to make a back-nine charge after making the turn fresh off back-to-back birdies.
But the world number seven made five consecutive bogeys from the 13th and finished in fifth-place.
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy (75), who finished in a share of eighth-place, was almost left in a state of disbelief at DeChambeau’s win.
This was given his inaccuracy off the tee at a tournament renowned for its thick rough.
“I don’t really know what to say because that’s just the complete opposite of what you think a United States Open champion does,” said McIlroy.
“Look, he’s found a way to do it. Whether that’s good or bad for the game, I don’t know.
“But it’s just – it’s not the way I saw this golf course being played or this tournament being played. It’s kind of hard to really wrap my head around it.”
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
Australian, British citizen killed in Solomon Islands bomb blast
An Australian man and his British colleague were killed on Sunday night in a bomb blast in the Solomon Islands, local police said.
“We are devastated by what has happened, and for the loss of two good colleagues,” NPA’s secretary general Henriette Killi Westhrin said in a statement.
The aid agency named the men as Trent Lee (Australian) and Stephen Atkinson (British citizen).
The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) are investigating the incident and urged residents in West Honiara to stay away from the area.
“We call on members of the public in the Tasahe area of West Honiara to please stay well away from the area of the incident and allow RSIPF officers to do their work as we investigate this tragic incident,” police spokesperson Clifford Tunuki said.
The NPA said it had been working on a project with the government to locate unexploded bombs.
Its activities in Solomon Islands have temporarily been put on hold.
Tunuki confirmed no RSIPF officers were present at the time of the blast, “despite the fact that we work together on the Project.”
“On behalf of the RSIPF, I wish to convey my sincere condolences to families and relatives of those two foreign nationals, who died in this tragic incident,” he added.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim