The National Council for Women’s Societies (NCWS) on Wednesday called on parents to seize the opportunity of the lockdown necessitated by COVID-19 to bond with their children. The National President of NCWS, Mrs Laraba Shoda, made call in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja while congratulating Nigerian children on the 2020 Children’s Day celebration. “I congratulate you all on this special day set aside to celebrate Nigerian Children. I wish you all the best as you mark the 2020 Children’s Day celebration. “As you celebrate this year’s Children’s Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic, I ask that you observe the necessary preventive measures to stay safe. “We wish you the very best as we promise a better celebration come 2021 by God’s Grace,’’ she said. She urged parents to dutifully play their role in providing the immediate needs for their children, adding that the peace of Nigeria in the future depended on the foundation currently being laid. According to her, this is an opportunity for mothers to inculcate good moral upbringing and values in their children as this is the best gift for the child. “Good upbringing, norms, values and proper education will make them stand tall irrespective of the challenges ahead of them. “As parents, we should note that giving a child all the education in the world, with no moral value, means you have trained an incomplete child,’’ she said. Shoda also called on government at all levels to invest in the future of children by improving quality and affordable education. She said that children constituted a large per cent of the country’s population, adding that the rate of out- of -school children in the country was worrisome. ”Our children must be given all the necessary care and attention, especially quality education, needed to attain their goals in life. ”As such, government at all levels and other relevant stakeholders must make concerted efforts to provide quality and accessible education to children to safeguard their future,” she said. ( Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
The National Council of Women’ Societies (NCWS), has advised Muslim Ummah in Nigeria to imbibe the values and lessons of Ramadan, to help the country overcome its current challenges.
Mrs Gloria Shoda, National President, NCWS gave the advice in a statement on Sunday, in Abuja.
According to Shoda, the sacrifice of Muslims during the Ramadan gives hope that Nigerians can always make adjustments to halt all challenges rocking the country.
“As Muslims, try reflecting on the salient lessons learnt in the holy month, for the betterment of the society.
“As usual, this Eid-el Fitr signals the end of Ramadan. It is therefore a period of feasting, celebration and prayers to the Almighty.
“We should celebrate the occasion with moderation, while reflecting deeply on the useful lessons of the season which includes love, forgiveness and ensuring peace with all men,” she said.
Shoda called on Nigerians to continue to observe all safety guidelines on COVID-19, and also respect government’s lockdown order as the country battled to defeat the pandemic.
“While we celebrate, I urge that we comply with the lockdown order, especially restriction on movements, and ban on religious and social gatherings of any sort.
“These safety measures, though very inconvenient, are for our own good as they are necessary to keep us safe from the deadly coronavirus,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Eid el-Fitr, also called “Festival of Breaking the Fast”, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
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The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) has congratulated Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, on his appointment as the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The President of NCWS, Mrs Gloria Laraba Shoda, in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, described the appointment as a well-deserved one.
According to Shoda, Prof. Gambari is a renowned diplomat, statesman and scholar who has served Nigeria in various capacities.
”As a women group, we are grateful to President Buhari for finding the renowned scholar and an illustrious son of Ilorin Emirate worthy of being appointed to this exalted position in his administration.
”I am sure that his diligence, integrity and reputation as an international bureaucrat and unblemished character made the President opt for Prof. Gambari.
”I am congratulating you today on behalf of all Nigeria women, wishing you the best in the service to your father land.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Prof. Gambari’s appointment was confirmed at Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting presided by the President.
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The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), has expressed its desire to partner with other women groups in decision-making, particularly in this critical period of coronavirus pandemic.
The National President of NCWS, Mrs Gloria Shoda in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said that women groups should be included in all committees setup by government agencies at all levels.
Shoda, however, noted that the failure of ministries, departments and agencies of government not to include women groups and NGOs was worrisome.
She said that in these trouble times, women and children were worse hit, hence the need for women as care givers to be included in the frontline for the fight against COVID-19.
”NCWS is the umbrella body of Women Organisations in Nigeria with affiliates across board and structures in all the 774 LGAs in the country.
”We ought to be involved in issues like the fight against the spread of the pandemic currently ravaging the country and the world.
”Part of our mandate is assisting and enabling the nation to meet the needs of women but the exclusion of NCWS and other women who are the most vulnerable, should be urgently addressed.
”It is organisations like the NCWS that will articulate women’s needs and help to build the needed structures in collaboration with government to ensure appropriate response mechanism to women priorities.
”It will also address the concerns, especially in the disbursement of palliative to cushion the effects of the lockdown,’’ she said.
Shoda said that the council was ready and willing to galvanize all its branches, chapters and affiliates across the country to work with reliant committees of government to reached the vulnerable in the distribution of palliatives.
She said that all hands must be on deck in the presence of increasing spread of this virus in order to complement government efforts, “which is commendable, and together we shall succeed’’.
”We appreciate the different tiers of governments, NCDC and other health workers, the media, all those that have contributed in anyway, including the First Lady for their hard work and sacrifices.
”The media is really working hard creating awareness and especially the health workers who sacrifice their time, expertise and risking their lives to save others.
”The essentials service providers are also helping in their various ways. We pray for those that have died, may their souls rest in peace.
“Coronavirus is no respecter of anyone, stay safe,’’ the NCWS national president said.
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The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) has expressed sadness over the death of Malam Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The NCWS National President, Mrs Gloria Shoda, said in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday that Kyari’s death came as a rude shock, having heard that he was already recovering from his illness.
”May the Almighty grant him eternal rest and give his loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss.
”Our thoughts and prayers go to his family, as we also commiserate with President Muhammadu Buhari.
”I received the news with shock, having heard earlier that he was already getting better.
”The fact that he died of Coronavirus further confirms that the virus is real and that people must stop joking about Blacks being immune to it and that heat weakens the strength virus.
”Coronavirus is no respecter of status, age, race or colour. We must all adhere strictly to the advice of the health workers and obey government instructions on the preventive methods, ”she said.
Shoda said Kyari lived a life worthy of emulation, adding that his legacies, intellectual prowess and commitment to service would continue to inspire generations of leaders.
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The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) has advised women to be more tolerant and vigilant during the lockdown, necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid increase in domestic violence.
Mrs Gloria Shoda, National President, NCWS, gave the advice in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday.
According to her, the lockdown comes with a lot of challenges and women, as care givers, mothers and wives should be more tolerant to accommodate the excesses of their children and husbands
”Since the lockdown has made it compulsory for everybody to sit at home, this no doubt will be a challenging time to women who have the responsibility of providing safe landing for their families.
“It’s a tough time for many homes where the bread winner has to go out to earn money daily to feed the family.
”It’s time for corporation, understanding and patience amongst all members of the families, friends, relatives and even neighbors. We must all do the best we can for one another.
”NCWS, as a women umbrella organization , we appeal to our women to keep eyes on what their children are doing during the lock down, especially the young adults and teenagers to avoid unwanted pregnancies, drug abuse and other social vices.
”Now that schools have been closed and offices shut down to curtail the spread of the virus, most people are idle and as the saying goes, an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.
”Lots of crimes are bound to occur in times like this. Therefore, women must talk to their children and engage them in meaningful activities.
”Women must be very watchful particularly to our young adults that are not in school. I know some schools are running online lectures but for the benefit of those that are not, mothers should look for things to keep them busy.
”I advise women to keep a date with DSTV Channel 317, where primary school lessons on all subjects are going on throughout the day. We should also look out for other stations with similar programmes and enforce that all children living with us participate in the programmes.
”This will go a long way to keep the children busy and take their minds away from social vices.
Shoda said that since the number of infected persons had continued to increase in the country, we should all abide by the instructions of social distancing, use of face mask and washing of hands thoroughly and regularly.
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The National Council of Women Societies, (NCWS) has urged Christians, especially women, to use the Easter celebration to pray for divine intervention on the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria and the world at large.
Mrs Gloria Shoda, the National President of NCWS, made the appeal in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
According to Shoda, women have a special place in the heart of God and their prayers would go a long way to heal Nigeria and the world from the pandemic.
”Christians should use the Easter period to intensify prayers for God to heal the country and help to overcome the challenges of coronavirus.
“There is no doubt that these are trying times in our nation and I am optimistic that it will pass by God’s grace.
”The global pandemic has posed serious challenges to the nation and the world at large, especially as it affects the health, religion, wellbeing of Nigerians and the socio-economic development of the country.
”The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ demonstrated God’s power over all creation, circumstances, infirmity and even death.
“At Easter, I call on Christians to go to God in prayer that His death and resurrection power may heal our nation and indeed the despaired world ravaged by COVID-19 pandemic.
“I also call on all Nigerians to take responsibility at this critical time, adhering religiously to the precautionary measures, protocol, and guidelines released by various strata of government in order to prevent community spread of the virus,” she said
Shoda called on Nigerians to have faith in God, support one another and cooperate with government in order to contain the spread of the disease in the country.
”This is the period for Nigerians to reflect and get closer to God by praying fervently to Him to have mercy on the world and heal our land against the pandemic.
“Easter is a period to reflect on the love of God for mankind as He gave His only begotten son as sacrifice for the salvation of mankind.
“We should also make sacrifices to our fellow human beings and to God, keeping the faith in the midst of the coronavirus crisis,” she said.
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The National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS) has advised Nigerians to abide by the stay at home order of the Federal and State Governments to curb the spread of the novel conronavirus.
Mrs Gloria Shoda (mni), National President of NCWS, gave the advised in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Shoda said that following the increase in the number of infected persons in Nigeria and around the world, it has become imperative for Nigerians to be wise and obey the stay safe at home order.
She said obeying the lockdown by both Federal and state governments would go a long way to curb the spread and help to trace people that are already infected with covid-19.
According to her, while obeying the stay at home order people must be conscious of proper hygiene such as continuous and proper washing of hands, keeping of the manded distance and monitoring the kids.
”The stay at home order is in our best interest. It is helping us to secure our lives and that of our love ones.
”We are calling on the government to provide welfare to all indigent Nigerians that constitute over 70 per cent of the population. These group of persons should get the palliative from the government.
”Anyone earning less than N50,000 a month is vulnerable and all those earning daily wages and the petty traders should also be considered.
”The payment should start from locked down states so as to encourage other states to do same, so as to reduce the spread of this dreadful virus.
”Please politicizing the distribution of government intervention will only negate the objectives of the exercise, if any section is neglected it can only delay further spread of the Coronavirus to other parts in the future.
”However, the mask, hand sanitizer and other health materials should go to everyone no matter their status because there is shortage of safety materials already.
”We plead with shop owners to please stop escalating prices of medical and preventive materials and food items, Let us be kind to our fellow humans at this crucial time of our lives.
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The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), on Thursday advised women to observe all precautions on the global pandemic, COVID-19, to curb spread and save lives.
Mrs Gloria Shoda, National President of NCWS gave the advice in a statement in Abuja.
According to her, women as mothers, wives and sisters, remain the ultimate caregivers; and so should ensure that their families are well protected.
“We should encourage our husbands and brothers to stay away from social gatherings and maintain social distance.
“I am aware that some people still find it hard to believe that the virus is in Nigeria.
“Let me assure us that this is not a joke, therefore, we must all work together to curb the spread and protect our families.
“Your life and that of your loved ones are very important, so let us be disciplined and abide by all precautions to stay alive.
“As mothers, we should also enforce all the health precautions on our children and wards.
“Now that our children are at home, we should monitor their movements and teach them to wash their hands as many times as possible, and avoid touching their faces.
“We should also make sure our husbands and family members adhere to governments and health workers’ directives and advice, she said.
Shoda advised Nigerians with Covid- 19 related symptoms to self-isolate and call the ministry’s TollFree line, 08000corona.
The Nigeria News Agency , reports that Nigeria has so far recorded 51 cases of COVID-19, as at 11:25 p.m., March 25, with two discharged and one dead.
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The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), on Saturday advised Nigerians to maintain proper hygiene to curtail the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.
Its National President, Mrs Gloria Shoda, gave the advice in a statement in Abuja as the virus continued to ravage the world.
She also advised Nigerians to maintained social distance as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
She said that maintaining social distance had become imperative as part of measures to curtail further spread of the virus in the country.
According to her, “maintaining distance and avoiding gathering are some of the ways to stem the spread of the virus.
“Maintaining distance from friends and family members and avoiding social gathering does not mean any negative feeling but to prevent the spread of the virus,”she said.
Shoda said that the information from affected countries and experts showed that personal and environmental hygiene alone were not enough to prevent the virus.
Shoda said that the effort to curb further spread of the Coronavirus had become everybody’s business.
She said People, especially from states that already have suspected and confirmed cases of the virus should avoid handshake, hugging, and large gathering at the moment in their interests.
” We should all learn to improve on our personal and environmental hygiene.
“I am also calling on women who are wives and mother to ensure their families abide by the rules to stay alive.
”We should ensure that our family members wash hands as many times as possible and followed strick the rules as recommended by the WHO , ” she said.
She urged the public to report any person exhibiting symptoms suspected to be of COVID-19 to the nearest response teams set up by the government for prompt action.
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