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Organisation seeks NCC’s collaboration to set up university for deaf



The ChamsConsortium, a subsidiary of Chams Plc, says it is seeking collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to set up a Gallaudet University in Nigeria.

The Chairman of the organisation, Mr Ademola Aladekomo, made this known on Thursday in Abuja when he led a delegation of the organisation to NCC’s headquarters.

Aladekomo explained that the university would be a bilingual, diverse and multicultural institution of higher learning, for the professional advancement of the deaf, deaf-blind and hard-of-hearing individuals in the society.

He also said that over 10 million Nigerians were in the category of people with disabilities, adding that the development would help the affected people to also feel very important and wanted in the society.

The Chairman also said the collaboration would include  a national video relay service which the company had pioneered to ensure Nigerians had increased access to telecoms services.

Responding, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, reiterated NCC’s readiness to support any initiative aimed at ensuring universal access to telecommunication services by Nigerians.

Danbatta, who was represented by Ubale Maska, Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, however said that the issue of setting up a university was outside the mandate of the commission.

The executive vice chairman noted that the commission would be willing to have a formal proposal regarding the national video relay service for appropriate review.

He said that NCC would continue to ensure that projects, programmes and requests for partnership connected with NCC’s mandates were reviewed and considered for necessary support within its budgetary provisions.

“As a commission, we have a mandate to ensure availability of universal services in all nooks and crannies of the country.

“This will ensure that all Nigerians, regardless of their circumstances and locations, have access to telecoms services, either voice or data, and we are committed to the fulfillment of this mandate,” Danbatta said.
Edited by Nick Nicholas/Dada Ahmed


Rape Crisis: NICO Director Seeks Culture Policy Review Rape



After 32 years since Nigeria’s cultural policy was put in place, the acting Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mrs Bridget Yerima, has told the Federal Government to review the policy, to tackle the country’s rape crisis.

Yerima told newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja that reviewing the policy was central to tackling the incessant rape cases plaguing Nigeria currently.

She lamented that Nigeria’s cultural policy, formulated in 1988 had become obsolete and needed to be re-appraised and updated, to tackle emerging social issues, including rape, child-molestation and domestic violence.

According to her, Nigeria needs to consider the methods adopted by some foreign countries in their resolve to curb incidences of rape in their countries.

“Countries like India, China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia have instituted punishment options of death, castration, beheading and death by firing squad.

“Nigeria may need to move in that direction as means to curb the rising incidence of rape cases.’’

Yerima, who is the Director, Overseeing the Office of the Executive Secretary of NICO, argues that no punishment should be considered too harsh in protecting minors and old women, who have been at the receiving end of rapists in recent years.

“There is no doubt that the rising cases of rape, child molestation and domestic violence in Nigeria are causing many citizens sleepless nights. This calls for creative solutions to stem the ugly tide.

“The rape cases involve illegal sexual acts and violence often leading to death. In most cases, the victims are females and children who are vulnerable and weak.

“These cases have become so rampant and discomfiting, prompting Nigeria’s parliament to call for a state of emergency to deal with the embarrassing crisis.

Yerima, however, recommended that it had become auspicious for parents and guardians to rise to the occasion by playing their required roles to stem the worsening tide of rape nationwide.

“Parents and guardians must resume their traditional responsibilities as parents, who must be on ground to guide, direct or instruct their children all the time.

“In recent times, due to the harsh economic climate, most parents have had to pick up jobs that take them away from home in order to make ends meet.

“While this is explainable, parents must learn the balancing act and avoid being absentee parents most of the time.’’

Yerima suggested that at least one parent must be on ground all the time, to not only supervise but to also instruct kids.

According to her, a situation where parents transferred their roles and responsibilities to domestic helps and caregivers or to teachers and neighbors is totally unacceptable.

She said that parents should ensure that their children dressed decently at all times, to avoid attracting the attention of marauding rapists.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation is currently grappling with a rape pandemic that that has seen babies and geriatric citizens being raped by young men.

Citing a recent report, Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen, said that up to two million Nigerians are raped every year.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
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United States COVID-19 cases top 2.1 mln: Johns Hopkins University




The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 2.1 million on Monday, reaching 2,100,749 as of 12:33 p.m. (1633 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the national death toll reached 115,827, according to the tally.

New York remains the hardest-hit state with 383,944 cases and 30,825 fatalities. Other states with over 100,000 cases include New Jersey, California, Illinois and Massachusetts, the tally showed.

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Ondo 2020: Adelami is on rescue mission, says Campaign Organisation



The Olayide Adelami Campaign Organisation says its candidate for the governorship race in Ondo State under the All Progressives Congress (APC),  is to rescue the state from underdevelopment.

The Spokesman of the campaign organisation,  Mr Segun Ogodo, said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria  recalls that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has slated Oct. 10, for governorship elections in Ondo State.

Ogodo described Olayide Adelami, aspiring for the governorship ticket under the APC, as perfect replacement for Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu towards providing an all inclusive government in the state.

“We will not be distracted even in the face of intimidation.

“Our focus is to rescue our dear sunshine state from the present underdevelopment and personalised government of ‘the father, the wife and the children’ in Ondo state,” he said.

According to him, the campaign organisation has also dismissed a report claiming that Adelami is not a registered member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ogodo was reacting to a claim by the Chairman of the APC in Owo, Mr Sydney Ogunleye, that Adelami was not a member of the party.

According to him, Adelami is a financial and card-carrying member of the ruling APC.

He recalled that Adelami was the former coordinator of the presidential support committee for the Buhari/Osinbajo 2019 project in Ondo state.

Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
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Insecurity: Tambuwal Seeks death sentence for unlawful possession of arms



Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has urged the National Assembly (NASS) to produce a legislation that would prescribe death sentence or life imprisonment for unlawful possession of arms in the country.

Tambuwal made this call in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Malam Muhammad Bello.

The statement said Tambuwal was talking to students and youths in an interactive session on security matters in Sokoto State on Saturday.

The governor said that there are more small and light weapons in the hands of non-actors across the country, than there are in the hands of security operatives.

He expressed dissatisfaction over the proliferation of small and light weapons in the country.

“I am therefore appealing to NASS and the Presidency to come up with a legislation that will proscribe disarmament in the country.

“Those in possession of unlicenced arms should go and register them and if the arms cannot be licensed, they should be surrendered to government and the government will pay them,” he said.

He however said they should be given a grace period, after the grace period, those who did not comply, if caught, should be given a maximum punishment.

He said “like a death sentence or life imprisonment should be prescribed for unlawful possession of arms. This is the only way we can have peace in this country,” he said.

He also suggested a robust recruitment and equpping of security agencies, especially, the police, in order to ensure the protection of the citizens.

He urged stakeholders to improve renumeration and life insurance policy for security operatives in the country.

Tambuwal commended the federal government for establishing the Police Trust Fund, which would go a long way in addressing their challenges.

On the activities of bandits in some parts of Sokoto, the governor said arrangements are in top gear to establish a state vigilante group which could be deployed to troubled areas.

He explained that the group would operate within the ambit of the law and in conjunction with the security agencies, so that “they will not take laws into their hands”.

He recalled that the recent reprisal attacks in which the bandits killed dozens was triggered by the activities of vigilante in some of the areas attacked.

The governor noted that ignorance and climate change are among the causes of insecurity in the state.

He said some of the bandits lacked even basic knowledge of Islam, thus, ignorant of what the religion says on killing of innocent souls.

He tasked the dominant religious groups in the state to take their preachings to villages and other remote areas where it was needed the most, noting that education is vital to peace and development.

Edited By: Nkiru Ifeajuna/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
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