Garba Abari, Director-General, NOA told newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja that the agency would partner more organisations to increase its campaign against gender based violence.
He said that the aim of the campaign and partnership was to draw Nigerians’ attention on the upsurge of sexual based violence.
According to him, the partnership is focused on ridding the nation of the act by creating more awareness.
Abari said that the partnership was a continuation of search for the solution to the spate of sexual and gender based violence in Nigeria.
“Our major objectives as outlined during the initial stakeholders’ engagement session is to identify the trends and causes of gender based violence in Nigeria.
“We will also try to identify the drivers and impacts of gender based violence in Nigeria and discuss ways to tackle this upsurge of sexual and gender based violence in our society.
“We have identified a number of factors that are necessary for a successful battle against the problem and they include adequate funding and training for institutions relevant to the fight.
“There is need to develop a contingency plan within our laws for GBV and emergencies and need for timely prosecution and adequate penalty for offenders.
“Consistent advocacy and sensitisation in a collaborative manner to sustain the awareness and incorporating disability sensitive, gender sensitive public health management approach is important.
“Fortification of the gender desk in the Nigerian Police Force is also key.
“As stakeholders, if you like frontline officers, in the relevant agencies, this meeting is intended to look very deeply and broadly so as to find a way forward.
“It is not enough to sweep it under the garb of officialdom by saying “we are doing a lot”.
“The truth is that our efforts is not good enough and that is why we are faced with an upsurge.
“The way forward is to do more sensitisation and awareness creation that will permeate the grassroots and resonate with all of society, this task has to be collaborative to achieve desired results,” Abari said.
The NOA boss restated the determination to join forces with stakeholders and other partners in making sure that success was achieved in this regard.
He added that gender based violence was a phenomenon deeply rooted in gender inequality and continued to be one of the most notable human rights violations in our time.
“Increase the number of para-legal organisations members in the communities; also there is need to engage the opinion of leaders, especially in the North against early marriage through Advocacy.
“There is need to include our social justice mechanism in solving GBV issues in Nigeria and the need to empower women so that poverty will not be an excuse for violating women.
“We also need to encourage women to report cases and follow to logical conclusion, need to have a holistic collaboration by relevant institutions especially at the grassroots,’’ he said.
He urged parents to inculcate positive values in their children/wards and also support them during litigation, adding that the issue of rape should be expanded to capture both male and female.
He called for the need of inclusion of sex education at home and in schools curricular, adding that religious leaders should condemn sexual and gender based violence in churches and mosques.
Mrs Cynthia Mbamalu, Director of programmes, Yiaga Africa, in her goodwill message, commended NOA for creating the awareness programme, adding that the fight against sexual and gender based violence was not only for one institution.
According to her, a lot is needed to fight this act; fund has to be released in order to tackle the issue appropriately.
“National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in person (NAPTIP), and the rest can function effectively if they have human and financial capacity.
“Justice delayed is justice denied, we need prompt effectiveness of the law.
“Proactive change begins with action that we take today, Nigeria will only succeed when we work together to find a lasting solution to GBV,” she said.
Mr Yusuf Bichi, Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS), represented by Dr Peter Afunanya, Public Relation Officer of DSS, in his goodwill message said that sexual and gender based violence was a national challenges that should be prevented.
“In order to restore values, we have to collaborate with NOA to draw the attention of the government to certain aspects that affect the society,” he said.
Bichi added that DSS officials would continue to do what they were mandated to do in order to discharge their duties effectively.
Maj-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, Director-General of Defence Headquarters, represented by Brig-Gen. Christiana Thomas, Gender Advisor, in his goodwill message, commended NOA’s effort and bold step to fight against the act.
Ezugwu said such steps would bring great impact to the society at large, adding that families, communities, traditional leaders, religious leaders, among others had great roles to play in the fight.
Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu, Executive Director PAACA said that it was necessary to sensitise Nigerians to the upsurge of the sexual and gender based violence.
Nwagwu, while appraising NOA’s efforts, also urged stakeholders to be committed in ensuring that incidence of rape and gender violence was eliminated in Nigeria.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Donald Ugwu (NAN)https://nnn.ng/noa-paaca-lunch-campaign-to-end-sexual-gbv-in-nigeria/
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
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
NIDO-Ghana plans webinar to mark Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary
The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), Ghana chapter, said on Saturday that it would organise a webinar as part of events to celebrate Nigeria’s sixtieth independence anniversary.
Mr Elija Iposu, Public Relations Officer of NIDO-Ghana, disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .
Iposu said the event would be organised by NIDO-Ghana in collaboration with a Ghana-based private firm, Diplomats Extra and Milestone Communications.
According to him, the webinar, which will hold on Oct. 2, is a virtual ceremony with Zoom ID: 742450910 and the title: ’60 years of Ghana-Nigeria diplomacy’.
Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, former Director-General Institute of International Affairs, and Amb. Bulus Lolo, former Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria are among high-ranking personalities expected to participate in the event.
Some other expected guests are Mr Oluwaseyi Adeyemi, Publisher, Inside Watch Africa Magazine, Mr Emmanuel Bombande, UN Senior Mediation Advisor, Prof. Baflour Agyeman-Duah, former UN Special Governance Advisor and Affail Monney, President Ghana Journalists Association.
NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari on Sept. 16, unveiled the logo and theme for the 60th independence anniversary celebration.
He said that the celebration would be observed for a whole year, to end on Sept. 30, 2021 and would be muted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
Ekiti Deputy Gov eulogises late theatre icon, Jimoh Aliu
The Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, has paid tributes to the late theatre icon, Chief Jimoh Aliu.
He eulogised the late prominent artiste for using his talent in promoting arts and culture locally, nationally and internationally.
Egbeyemi, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on media, Mr Odunayo Ogunmola, on Saturday, described the late Aliu as a worthy Ekiti Ambassador, who placed the name of the state on the global map of theatre, arts, culture and entertainment.
He described the death of the former National President of the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP), as a great and monumental loss not only to Ekiti, his state of origin but also to entire Nigeria.
According to him, the late dramatist and producer exhibited the famed Ekiti virtues of honesty, integrity, hard work and good name, which the youths of nowadays must emulate.
Egbeyemi noted that the Aliu mentored many young artistes and promoted local content in the nation’s entertainment industry.
The Deputy Governor said the plays and films produced by the deceased taught moral lessons, bravery, valour, strong will, determination and self-belief in pursuit of dreams and vision.
He said that Aliu rose to stardom by hard work and perseverance, and never forgot his roots as he lived among his people throughout his lifetime.
Egbeyemi regretted that the late Aliu died at a time his wise counsel was still needed, noting that the deceased contributed his quota to the development of Ekiti State.
The Deputy Governor, while commiserating with the family and associates of the deceased, urged them to be consoled by the good life he lived and the legacies he left behind.
“Surely, the vacuum left behind by this great legend of the stage and movies will be difficult to fill owing to his sterling contributions over the years.
“This is a monumental loss not only to Ekiti, but to our entire country. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family of the deceased.”
He prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Felix Ajide