Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM) has uncovered a set of Nigerians in hundreds battling with critical situation in Saudi Arabia.
JIFORM President, Mr Ajibola Abayomi, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja
Abayomi said that the body had profile of 138 ladies trafficked to the Arabian nation by a company identified as TTCO.
NAN reports that this came days after the body raised the alarm over critical situation of some trafficked 30 Nigerian ladies stranded in Lebanon.
According to him, some of the names on list included 23 years old Amina Idris, an indigene of Kano whose passport is beign withheld by her host.
“Atanda Easter Idowu, 42 with passport number A09118374; Salawu Yetunde Victoria, 37, with passport number A08233422 both from Oyo State.
“And Gift Israel Johnnu, 25, with passport number A09136678 from Rivers State, ” he stated.
Abayomi commended the spirited effort of Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State for picking the bills of 55 victims out of 120 list of trafficked ladies in Lebanon recently released by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM).
“Since we launched rescue campaign that led to the rescue of the 30 girls and others in Lebanon by the Nigerian government, several international agencies had been reaching out to us.
“And we have been directing them to relate with the National Agency for Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) accordingly.
“JIFORM is committed to humanitarian service and we are willing to do more, ” he said.
The JIFORM President called for prompt attention from the Federal Government, saying some of the ladies at different locations in Saudi Arabia were in critical health condition and needed to be attended to in good time.
Also worried by the situation, the Executive Director of RAIS, Ms Omotola Fawunmi said that temporal arrangement had been made to give the ladies first aid treatment in Saudi Arabia.
Fawunmi, however, pleaded for action to save the lives of the trafficked victims.
According to her, one of the victims who spoke under anonymity, an English and Social Studies graduate from Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Lagos state appealed for help urgently.
“She said all efforts to get the attention of the Nigerian ambassador in Saudi Arabia have proved abortive as non- English speaking staff placed as front desk officers refused to give them attention.
“The 26 years old lady on salary equivalent of N70, 000 per month lamented that she was fed up with hash treatments being meted to her by her host.
“The Ogun state indigene said she applied as a teacher through her agents over two years ago only to be given out as house maid when she arrived at the country,” she stated.
Also appealing for government’s attention, The Migrant Project (TMP), Media Lead, Tayo Elegbede, noted with concern that:”The trend of stranded Nigerians in dire conditions across the Middle East was, unfortunately, worrisome.
Elegbede appealed to relevant authorities to ensure the safe and speedy return of these ladies and other Nigerians trapped across the middle east.
“Unarguably, there is the need to address the fundamental factors responsible for gross undocumented migration of Nigerians, particularly from South-West states, to Middle East countries.
“Public campaigns and enlightenment on the risk and realities of irregular migration and human trafficking need to be advanced across the nooks and cranny of the country, whilst providing viable alternatives,” Elegbede stated.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)https://nnn.ng/journalists-forum-uncovers-nigerians-in-critical-situation-in-saudi-arabia/
Emir of llorin mourns Zazzau’s counterpart, Shehu ldris
The Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has commiserated with people of Zazzau Emirate and Kaduna State Government over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
In a condolence message signed by his media aide. AbdulAzeez Arowona in llorin on Monday, Sulu-Gambari described the demise of the frontline monarch as a colossal loss to the entire people of Zazzau Emirate, Kaduna State and Nigerians in general.
The monarch said late Shehu Idris was a compassionate personality whose contributions to nation building would not be forgotten in a hurry.
He condoled with Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State as well as the entire traditional rulers in the state over the irreparable loss.
Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Maharazu Ahmed
Lagos Speaker greets Oluremi Tinubu at 60
The Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, on Monday felicitated Sen. Oluremi Tinubu on the occasion of her 60th birthday celebration.
Obasa, who is also the Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, disclosed this in a congratulatory message in Lagos.
The speaker described Mrs Tinubu as a priceless gift to Lagos State and a great source of inspiration for women.
He said: “Your tenacious and resilient commitment to the cause of girl-child education is widely acknowledged.
“You have continued to work hard for the well-being of others with unquantifiable zeal, and with zest for the less privileged.
“You have been doing this with a large heart pulsating with care and compassion for all, regardless of class or creed.
“Your motherly disposition to societal welfare is legendary and your exemplary character is worthy of appreciation and emulation.”
Obasa prayed that Almighty God would continue to bless Sen. Tinubu, be with her and grant her divine enablement in her unrelenting quest for a better life for all.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Wale Ojetimi
International Peace Day: Commission calls for collective action to promote peace in Kaduna
The Executive Vice Chairman, Kaduna State Peace Commission, Priscilla Ankut, has called for collective action to promote peace and security in the state.
Ankut made the appeal in a statement issued in Kaduna on Monday, to mark the International Day of Peace.
The theme of the International Peace Day is ‘Shaping Peace Together in the COVID-19 era.’
She said residents must enthrone actions, individually and collectively, for peace and justice to thrive in the state.
“Today’s event offers the people of Kaduna State an opportunity for further reflection on actions that can be taken together to shape peace and justice in the state in the COVID-19 era.
“Despite the existing security challenges in flash point local governments of Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Chikun, Kajuru, Kaura, Kauru, Jemaa and Zango Kataf, the Commission, joined by stakeholders and well-meaning residents of Kaduna state, have continued to persevere and sustain the momentum of peace-building.”
Ankut regretted that the commemoration was taking place at a time when the state is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, insecurity and criminality which have led to avoidable loss of precious lives in the state and Nigeria in general.
She, however, said that with the support of government, security agencies, NGOs, CBOs, women and youth groups, traditional and religious leaders, the commission has been shaping the peace and transforming the narrative from one of violence to one of sustainable peace and development.
“The resilience of peace artisans, especially in our local communities have been a source of encouragement.
“The commission believes that with further commitments and efforts, creativity and resourcefulness, the match toward peaceful and harmonious coexistence will be achieved sooner than later,’’ she said.
Ankut urged individuals and groups across communities, especially those that have been affected by violence, not to relent in their quest for peace and harmonious coexistence.
“This is because sustained community-driven initiatives are the most reliable and lasting instruments of building peace.
“Today, should remind us of where we are coming from, and the possibility that we are heading toward overcoming and containing insecurity, criminality, mutual misunderstanding and mistrust in our communities.
“Together, we will ensure a just, secure and peaceful environment for everyone in our dear state,’’ she added.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/ Maharazu Ahmed
Expert calls for more awareness on dementia
Dr Idris Giwa, a general practitioner in Lagos, has called for creation of more awareness on dementia in order to ensure healthier living by the elderly.
Giwa who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday, said that stigmatistion and lack of information surrounding dementia, remained a global problem that called for a global action.
Dementia is a group of progressive neurodegenerative condition characterised by impairment in at least two brain functions such as memory loss, thinking, problem solving and cognition which interferes with daily function.
“Dementia is common in the elderly over 65 years, but it can also occur in those younger.
He said that about 60 per cent to 80 per cent of alzheimer disease, the most common form of dementia cases was a progressive disease that involved memory disorders and loss of other cognitive functions.
“Vascular dementia the second most common cause of dementia is due to blood vessels leakage into the brain,” he said.
Giwa explained that the brain had many distinct regions responsible for different functions, and added that when cells in a particular region were damaged, the region would not carry out its functions normally.
The general practitioner said most changes in the brain from dementia were permanent and worsened over time.
He however said that memory loss and thinking impairment caused by other conditions like vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems and excessive intake of alcohol could be reversed.
Giwa further said that aging and genetics were the most important risk factors in dementia.
He added that lifestyles like healthy diet, regular exercise as well as smoking and alcohol cessation, might decrease the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Ejike Obeta