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  •  First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent Buhari made the call at an event in New York on The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the high level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly The first lady the President of AFLPM who spoke virtually said she it was necessary to include peace education in curriculum because of the peculiarity of conflicts in Africa I made a case for the mandatory inclusion of peace education as an essential subject in the curriculum of Basic Education of schools in Africa during the Extra Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Malabo Equatorial Guinea in May 2022 I am happy to report that the initiative was well received she said The first lady said as core partners and implementers of the Women Peace and Security WPS agenda she extended a similar call on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO She said the call to UNESCO in consultation with other entities and partners was to consider the development of a universal curriculum on gender peace and security education for all schools as a way of giving concrete expression to Resolution 1325 She said the event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on WPS and subsequently nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework She said it was also important to note that these landmark resolutions about the pre eminent position of women and girls in peace building peace making and peace keeping processes were adopted in this great city of New York We are meeting at a time of heightened tension and conflict in all regions of the world Therefore it is time for women and their organisations to step up their contributions to the cause of peace and justice and for the international community to attach greater value to the special voices of women in the peace process According to her as a guardian and partner in the struggle for African Peace the challenge is even greater for our 12 year old institution to rise and insist that women s priorities are central to peace and security policy at all levels It is evident that violent conflicits are greatest toll on women and girls although we form more than half of the world s population In conflict situations we are pre disposed to the double jeopardy of horror and gender injustice in various forms Already there is a wide deficit in the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals SDGs due to limited access to healthcare welfare services economic opportunities and political participation by women and girls in Africa In a continent plagued by widespread disorder and state fragility our individual countries are more than ever before faced with alarming ratios of maternal and child mortality Besides death injury and displacement conflict destroys infrastructure undermines social ties and reduces the capacity of states to deliver on the development agenda promised the African electorate Our vital resources are increasingly being diverted to put out the fire at various battle across Africa from the Sahel to the Oceans the first lady said Buhari said it was in the face of these difficulties that women had proved their peculiar skills set as peace agents in conflict situations although this role has largely been ignored She said accepting and integrating the unique experience capability and particularity of women into all aspects of the peace and security sector was therefore essential for the success of each of the component of the peace efforts To achieve this and other goals the social cultural and political barriers that limit women s full participation in achieving sustainable peace should therefore be addressed with renewed tempo Happily follow up UN Security Council Resolutions 2242 have provided for measures and standards with which to monitor the implementation of the Women Peace and Security mandates among others the First Lady said The Minister of Women Affairs Mrs Pauline Tallen the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs Adejoke Orelope Adefulire Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amb Tijjani Muhammad Bande and his wife The wife of the Consul General of Nigeria in New York Mrs Florence Egopija wife of Edo governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki wife of Plateau governor Mrs Regina Lalong among others attended the event www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari advocates inclusion of peace education in African schools
     First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent Buhari made the call at an event in New York on The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the high level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly The first lady the President of AFLPM who spoke virtually said she it was necessary to include peace education in curriculum because of the peculiarity of conflicts in Africa I made a case for the mandatory inclusion of peace education as an essential subject in the curriculum of Basic Education of schools in Africa during the Extra Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Malabo Equatorial Guinea in May 2022 I am happy to report that the initiative was well received she said The first lady said as core partners and implementers of the Women Peace and Security WPS agenda she extended a similar call on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO She said the call to UNESCO in consultation with other entities and partners was to consider the development of a universal curriculum on gender peace and security education for all schools as a way of giving concrete expression to Resolution 1325 She said the event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on WPS and subsequently nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework She said it was also important to note that these landmark resolutions about the pre eminent position of women and girls in peace building peace making and peace keeping processes were adopted in this great city of New York We are meeting at a time of heightened tension and conflict in all regions of the world Therefore it is time for women and their organisations to step up their contributions to the cause of peace and justice and for the international community to attach greater value to the special voices of women in the peace process According to her as a guardian and partner in the struggle for African Peace the challenge is even greater for our 12 year old institution to rise and insist that women s priorities are central to peace and security policy at all levels It is evident that violent conflicits are greatest toll on women and girls although we form more than half of the world s population In conflict situations we are pre disposed to the double jeopardy of horror and gender injustice in various forms Already there is a wide deficit in the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals SDGs due to limited access to healthcare welfare services economic opportunities and political participation by women and girls in Africa In a continent plagued by widespread disorder and state fragility our individual countries are more than ever before faced with alarming ratios of maternal and child mortality Besides death injury and displacement conflict destroys infrastructure undermines social ties and reduces the capacity of states to deliver on the development agenda promised the African electorate Our vital resources are increasingly being diverted to put out the fire at various battle across Africa from the Sahel to the Oceans the first lady said Buhari said it was in the face of these difficulties that women had proved their peculiar skills set as peace agents in conflict situations although this role has largely been ignored She said accepting and integrating the unique experience capability and particularity of women into all aspects of the peace and security sector was therefore essential for the success of each of the component of the peace efforts To achieve this and other goals the social cultural and political barriers that limit women s full participation in achieving sustainable peace should therefore be addressed with renewed tempo Happily follow up UN Security Council Resolutions 2242 have provided for measures and standards with which to monitor the implementation of the Women Peace and Security mandates among others the First Lady said The Minister of Women Affairs Mrs Pauline Tallen the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs Adejoke Orelope Adefulire Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amb Tijjani Muhammad Bande and his wife The wife of the Consul General of Nigeria in New York Mrs Florence Egopija wife of Edo governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki wife of Plateau governor Mrs Regina Lalong among others attended the event www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari advocates inclusion of peace education in African schools
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    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari advocates inclusion of peace education in African schools

    First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent.

    Buhari made the call at an event in New York on “The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security: Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings’’.

    The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the high level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.

    The first lady, the President of AFLPM, who spoke virtually, said she it was necessary to include peace education in curriculum because of the peculiarity of conflicts in Africa.

    “I made a case for the mandatory inclusion of “peace education” as an essential subject in the curriculum of Basic Education of schools in Africa during the Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in May, 2022. “I am happy to report that the initiative was well received,’’ she said.

    The first lady said as core partners and implementers of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, she extended a similar call on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) She said the call to UNESCO in consultation with other entities and partners was to consider the development of a universal curriculum on gender, peace and security education for all schools, as a way of giving concrete expression to Resolution 1325. She said the event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on WPS, and subsequently, nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework.

    She said it was also important to note that these landmark resolutions about the pre-eminent position of women and girls in peace-building, peace-making and peace-keeping processes were adopted in this great city of New York. “We are meeting at a time of heightened tension and conflict in all regions of the world.

    “Therefore, it is time for women and their organisations to step up their contributions to the cause of peace and justice, and for the international community to attach greater value to the special voices of women in the peace process.

    ’’ According to her, as a guardian and partner in the struggle for African Peace, the challenge is even greater for our 12 year-old institution to rise and insist that women’s priorities are central to peace and security policy at all levels.

    “It is evident that violent conflicits are greatest toll on women and girls, although we form more than half of the world’s population.

    “In conflict situations, we are pre-disposed to the double jeopardy of horror and gender injustice in various forms.

    “Already, there is a wide deficit in the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), due to limited access to healthcare, welfare services, economic opportunities and political participation by women and girls in Africa,.

    “In a continent plagued by widespread disorder and state fragility, our individual countries are more than ever before faced with alarming ratios of maternal and child mortality.

    “Besides death, injury and displacement, conflict destroys infrastructure, undermines  social ties, and reduces the capacity of states to deliver on the development agenda promised the African electorate.

    “Our vital resources are increasingly being diverted to put out the fire at various battle across Africa – from the Sahel, to the Oceans,’’ the first lady said.

    Buhari said it was in the face of these difficulties that women had proved their peculiar skills-set as peace agents in conflict situations although this role has largely been ignored.

    She said accepting and integrating the unique experience, capability and particularity of women into all aspects of the peace and security sector was therefore essential for the success of each of the component of the peace efforts.

    “To achieve this and other goals, the social, cultural and political barriers that limit women’s full participation in achieving sustainable peace should therefore be addressed with renewed tempo.

    “Happily, follow-up UN Security Council Resolutions 2242 have provided for “measures and standards” with which to monitor the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security mandates”, among others,’’ the First Lady said.

    The Minister of Women Affairs Mrs Pauline Tallen; the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Amb. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande and his wife.

    The wife of the Consul-General of Nigeria in New York, Mrs Florence Egopija, wife of Edo  governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, wife of Plateau governor, Mrs Regina Lalong, among others, attended the event.

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  •  The Edo First Lady Mrs Betsy Obaseki says the state will on Sept 15 hold a workshop to sensitise students and other youths in Edo on the dangers of drug abuse Mrs Obaseki said this on Thursday in Benin while reeling the activities lined up for the second edition of the Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament BOWFT The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the second edition of the soccer tourney is scheduled to run between Sept 7 and 17 2022 The event Mrs Obaseki who is the chairperson of the organising committee said was focused on driving the government s campaign against drug abuse in the state and the country at large She told sport journalists and editors that the annual tournament was born out of the desire to check social vices among the girl child in the state According to her Edo used to be the epicentre of human trafficking and illegal migration but the maiden edition of the competition through its message achieved its goal of further complementing the government s efforts at tackling the menace Faced with trafficking of about 60 per cent of our girls we decided to do something to save the situation We housed and trained the returnees in different areas ensuring that they are equipped with requisite skills to live fulfilled lives We looked at other areas to support the girls and this gave birth to this tournament The tournament has created the opportunity for our young girls to develop skills and career for themselves in football We are focusing this year on drug abuse as it has become a menace in our society state and country at large We are encouraging our girls to choose a career path in football The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA Chairman Alhaji Buba Marwa has agreed to be in Edo for the drug seminar which will take place on Sept 15 2022 a day set aside for the teams to rest We are expecting 1 500 students across the state to attend the seminar said the Edo first lady Reassuring on the sustainability of the tournament Mrs Obaseki said since the event was private sector driven it would outlive the administration of her husband She asserted a board of trustees had been put in place to ensure the sustainability of the women soccer fiesta NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Mrs Obaseki takes campaign on drug abuse to students
     The Edo First Lady Mrs Betsy Obaseki says the state will on Sept 15 hold a workshop to sensitise students and other youths in Edo on the dangers of drug abuse Mrs Obaseki said this on Thursday in Benin while reeling the activities lined up for the second edition of the Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament BOWFT The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the second edition of the soccer tourney is scheduled to run between Sept 7 and 17 2022 The event Mrs Obaseki who is the chairperson of the organising committee said was focused on driving the government s campaign against drug abuse in the state and the country at large She told sport journalists and editors that the annual tournament was born out of the desire to check social vices among the girl child in the state According to her Edo used to be the epicentre of human trafficking and illegal migration but the maiden edition of the competition through its message achieved its goal of further complementing the government s efforts at tackling the menace Faced with trafficking of about 60 per cent of our girls we decided to do something to save the situation We housed and trained the returnees in different areas ensuring that they are equipped with requisite skills to live fulfilled lives We looked at other areas to support the girls and this gave birth to this tournament The tournament has created the opportunity for our young girls to develop skills and career for themselves in football We are focusing this year on drug abuse as it has become a menace in our society state and country at large We are encouraging our girls to choose a career path in football The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA Chairman Alhaji Buba Marwa has agreed to be in Edo for the drug seminar which will take place on Sept 15 2022 a day set aside for the teams to rest We are expecting 1 500 students across the state to attend the seminar said the Edo first lady Reassuring on the sustainability of the tournament Mrs Obaseki said since the event was private sector driven it would outlive the administration of her husband She asserted a board of trustees had been put in place to ensure the sustainability of the women soccer fiesta NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Mrs Obaseki takes campaign on drug abuse to students
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    Mrs Obaseki takes campaign on drug abuse to students

    The Edo First Lady, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, says the state will on Sept. 15, hold a workshop to sensitise students and other youths in Edo on the dangers of drug abuse.

    Mrs Obaseki said this on Thursday in Benin while reeling the activities lined up for the second edition of the Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament (BOWFT).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the second edition of the soccer tourney is scheduled to run between Sept. 7 and 17, 2022. The event, Mrs Obaseki, who is the chairperson of the organising committee, said was focused on driving the government’s campaign against drug abuse in the state and the country at large.

    She told sport journalists and editors that the annual tournament was born out of the desire to check social vices among the girl-child in the state.

    According to her, Edo used to be the epicentre of human trafficking and illegal migration, but the maiden edition of the competition through its message, achieved its goal of further complementing the government’s efforts at tackling the menace.

    “Faced with trafficking of about 60 per cent of our girls, we decided to do something to save the situation.

    “We housed and trained the returnees in different areas, ensuring that they are equipped with requisite skills to live fulfilled lives.

    “We looked at other areas to support the girls and this gave birth to this tournament.

    “The tournament has created the opportunity for our young girls to develop skills and career for themselves in football.

    “We are focusing this year on drug abuse as it has become a menace in our society, state and country at large.

    We are encouraging our girls to choose a career path in football.

    “The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Chairman, Alhaji Buba Marwa, has agreed to be in Edo for the drug seminar which will take place on Sept. 15, 2022; a day set aside for the teams to rest.

    “We are expecting 1,500 students across the state to attend the seminar,” said the Edo first lady.

    Reassuring on the sustainability of the tournament, Mrs Obaseki said since the event was private sector driven, it would outlive the administration of her husband.

    She asserted a board of trustees had been put in place to ensure the sustainability of the women soccer fiesta.


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  •  Wife of the Edo Governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki has said the staging of Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament BOWFT showed the government s commitment to all round development of youths in the state Obaseki the chairperson of the organising committee of the event stated this on Thursday in Benin ahead of the opening ceremony of the second edition of the women competition According to her the organiser is determined to increase the number of the participating teams at each edition We had 12 participating teams last year and increased the teams to 13 this year We will continue to grow and improve ensuring that we make the games a much bigger competition One of the very outcomes that we have had from this competition was that our first outing was adjudged by international stakeholders as world class The world football body FIFA at an event earlier this year in Qatar recognised our first edition as a model event with an award received by our Deputy Governor Comrade Philip Shaibu This was acknowledging our commitment to youth development through football especially women That s a huge achievement considering that it is our first outing and we will sustain efforts to support our youths and help them realize their fullest potential she said Speaking on the theme of the competition Say No to Drugs the Edo first lady noted It s beyond just playing football We are using the opportunity of the games as a platform to proffer solutions to societal problems Last year we focused on tackling human trafficking and illegal migration but this year we will concentrate on reducing the incidence of drug abuse Drug abuse is a huge problem in the country In fact it is bigger than imagined It has become endemic and is fast becoming a pandemic Drug abuse is destroying and ruining lives of many from children in primary schools to married women this year s edition will provide a fine platform to create more awareness to reduce the incidence of drug abuse We will have a seminar on September 15 2022 in this regard said Obaseki She noted that the state had set a pace with the unveiling of customised and branded soccer balls that would be used for the matches Today we are going to unveil branded and customized soccer balls that will be used throughout the tournament which is the first in the country Also Edo is the only state where female players are paid the same remuneration as the men So when we say we are leading football in Nigeria you can see that it isn t an empty boast It is the truth and reality because it is in our blood We are doing it in football now and taking the reforms to all other areas of human endeavours she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the soccer tourney would hold between Sept 7 and Sept 17 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Women soccer event shows our commitment to youth devt. – Edo First Lady
     Wife of the Edo Governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki has said the staging of Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament BOWFT showed the government s commitment to all round development of youths in the state Obaseki the chairperson of the organising committee of the event stated this on Thursday in Benin ahead of the opening ceremony of the second edition of the women competition According to her the organiser is determined to increase the number of the participating teams at each edition We had 12 participating teams last year and increased the teams to 13 this year We will continue to grow and improve ensuring that we make the games a much bigger competition One of the very outcomes that we have had from this competition was that our first outing was adjudged by international stakeholders as world class The world football body FIFA at an event earlier this year in Qatar recognised our first edition as a model event with an award received by our Deputy Governor Comrade Philip Shaibu This was acknowledging our commitment to youth development through football especially women That s a huge achievement considering that it is our first outing and we will sustain efforts to support our youths and help them realize their fullest potential she said Speaking on the theme of the competition Say No to Drugs the Edo first lady noted It s beyond just playing football We are using the opportunity of the games as a platform to proffer solutions to societal problems Last year we focused on tackling human trafficking and illegal migration but this year we will concentrate on reducing the incidence of drug abuse Drug abuse is a huge problem in the country In fact it is bigger than imagined It has become endemic and is fast becoming a pandemic Drug abuse is destroying and ruining lives of many from children in primary schools to married women this year s edition will provide a fine platform to create more awareness to reduce the incidence of drug abuse We will have a seminar on September 15 2022 in this regard said Obaseki She noted that the state had set a pace with the unveiling of customised and branded soccer balls that would be used for the matches Today we are going to unveil branded and customized soccer balls that will be used throughout the tournament which is the first in the country Also Edo is the only state where female players are paid the same remuneration as the men So when we say we are leading football in Nigeria you can see that it isn t an empty boast It is the truth and reality because it is in our blood We are doing it in football now and taking the reforms to all other areas of human endeavours she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the soccer tourney would hold between Sept 7 and Sept 17 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Women soccer event shows our commitment to youth devt. – Edo First Lady
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    Women soccer event shows our commitment to youth devt. – Edo First Lady

    Wife of the Edo Governor, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, has said the staging of Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament (BOWFT) showed the government’s commitment to all-round development of youths in the state.

    Obaseki, the chairperson of the organising committee of the event, stated this on Thursday in Benin ahead of the opening ceremony of the second edition of the women competition.

    According to her, the organiser is determined to increase the number of the participating teams at each edition.

    “We had 12 participating teams last year and increased the teams to 13 this year.

    We will continue to grow and improve, ensuring that we make the games a much bigger competition.

    “One of the very outcomes that we have had from this competition was that our first outing was adjudged by international stakeholders as world-class.

    “The world football body, FIFA, at an event earlier this year in Qatar recognised our first edition as a model event with an award, received by our Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu.

    This was acknowledging our commitment to youth development through football, especially women.

    “That’s a huge achievement, considering that it is our first outing and we will sustain efforts to support our youths and help them realize their fullest potential,” she said.

    Speaking on the theme of the competition, “Say No to Drugs,” the Edo first lady noted, “It’s beyond just playing football.

    We are using the opportunity of the games as a platform to proffer solutions to societal problems.

    “Last year, we focused on tackling human trafficking and illegal migration, but this year, we will concentrate on reducing the incidence of drug abuse.

    “Drug abuse is a huge problem in the country.

    In fact, it is bigger than imagined.

    It has become endemic and is fast becoming a pandemic.

    “Drug abuse is destroying and ruining lives of many, from children in primary schools to married women; this year’s edition will provide a fine platform to create more awareness to reduce the incidence of drug abuse.

    “We will have a seminar on September 15, 2022 in this regard,” said Obaseki.

    She noted that the state had set a pace with the unveiling of customised and branded soccer balls that would be used for the matches.

    “Today, we are going to unveil branded and customized soccer balls that will be used throughout the tournament, which is the first in the country.

    Also, Edo is the only state where female players are paid the same remuneration as the men.

    “So, when we say we are leading football in Nigeria, you can see that it isn’t an empty boast.

    “It is the truth and reality, because it is in our blood.

    We are doing it in football now, and taking the reforms to all other areas of human endeavours,” she said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the soccer tourney would hold between Sept. 7 and Sept. 17.
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  •  The wife of the Edo governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki says the second edition of the Betsy Obaseki women soccer tournament will be used for the campaign against illicit drugs Mrs Obaseki stated this on Monday in Benin while speaking with newsmen shortly after she inspected facilities at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium ahead of the opening scheduled for Wednesday The Edo first lady who is the chairperson of the organising committee of the tournament said it would feature soft type seminars and rendezvous where speakers interact with young girls players and young students on drug abuses We are planning to have soft type seminars and rendezvous with some relevant stakeholders nationally on combating drug abuse in our country because every year we come up with a theme It is not just about playing football we also want to send out messages to our young ones Last year it was about promoting girl child education but this year we are saying no to drugs Last year we did nothing around aside playing football but this year we are going to have soft discussions and we are going to continue every year some activities around the topic with our invitees our young girls and our players she said Mrs Obaseki disclosed that 13 teams would participate in the 2022 edition as against 12 that participated in the maiden edition with the winners going home with N5 million She further revealed that the idea and philosophy behind the tournament was a long standing one noting that the event will continue as long as football exists It is not what we decided to do for a few time So we decided to do it for any other reasons other than the one that would have long lasting impact on our girls not just our girls in Edo State but across the country When you have the mind you have the goal to change the narrative You know we have suffered a lot of backlash with human trafficking We had a lot of our girls going out of the country but with this current administration it s being curbed We were number one worldwide in human trafficking but now we are in number five or six in the 4 5 years of the Obaseki administration So that says a lot We are still working hard and pushing and trying to provide our girls with the alternatives for earning dollar and for finding work and building a career and gratifying meaningful career at home That is one of the objectives that is not going to last for one year five years 10 years It is going to last for 20 50 years as long as opportunity exists the wife of the governor said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 10 day event starting on Wednesday will end on Sept 17 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edo adopts 2nd Betsy Obaseki soccer for campaign against drugs
     The wife of the Edo governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki says the second edition of the Betsy Obaseki women soccer tournament will be used for the campaign against illicit drugs Mrs Obaseki stated this on Monday in Benin while speaking with newsmen shortly after she inspected facilities at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium ahead of the opening scheduled for Wednesday The Edo first lady who is the chairperson of the organising committee of the tournament said it would feature soft type seminars and rendezvous where speakers interact with young girls players and young students on drug abuses We are planning to have soft type seminars and rendezvous with some relevant stakeholders nationally on combating drug abuse in our country because every year we come up with a theme It is not just about playing football we also want to send out messages to our young ones Last year it was about promoting girl child education but this year we are saying no to drugs Last year we did nothing around aside playing football but this year we are going to have soft discussions and we are going to continue every year some activities around the topic with our invitees our young girls and our players she said Mrs Obaseki disclosed that 13 teams would participate in the 2022 edition as against 12 that participated in the maiden edition with the winners going home with N5 million She further revealed that the idea and philosophy behind the tournament was a long standing one noting that the event will continue as long as football exists It is not what we decided to do for a few time So we decided to do it for any other reasons other than the one that would have long lasting impact on our girls not just our girls in Edo State but across the country When you have the mind you have the goal to change the narrative You know we have suffered a lot of backlash with human trafficking We had a lot of our girls going out of the country but with this current administration it s being curbed We were number one worldwide in human trafficking but now we are in number five or six in the 4 5 years of the Obaseki administration So that says a lot We are still working hard and pushing and trying to provide our girls with the alternatives for earning dollar and for finding work and building a career and gratifying meaningful career at home That is one of the objectives that is not going to last for one year five years 10 years It is going to last for 20 50 years as long as opportunity exists the wife of the governor said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 10 day event starting on Wednesday will end on Sept 17 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edo adopts 2nd Betsy Obaseki soccer for campaign against drugs
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    Edo adopts 2nd Betsy Obaseki soccer for campaign against drugs

    The wife of the Edo governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, says the second edition of the Betsy Obaseki women soccer tournament will be used for the campaign against illicit drugs.

    Mrs Obaseki stated this on Monday in Benin while speaking with newsmen shortly after she inspected facilities at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium ahead of the opening, scheduled for Wednesday.

    The Edo first lady, who is the chairperson of the organising committee of the tournament, said it would feature soft type seminars and rendezvous where speakers interact with young girls, players and young students on drug abuses.

    “We are planning to have soft type seminars and rendezvous with some relevant stakeholders nationally on combating drug abuse in our country, because every year we come up with a theme.

    “It is not just about playing football, we also want to send out messages to our young ones.

    “Last year, it was about promoting girl child education, but this year, we are saying no to drugs.

    “Last year, we did nothing around, aside playing football, but this year we are going to have soft discussions and we are going to continue every year some activities around the topic with our invitees, our young girls and our players,” she said.

    Mrs Obaseki disclosed that 13 teams would participate in the 2022 edition as against 12 that participated in the maiden edition, with the winners going home with N5 million.

    She further revealed that the idea and philosophy behind the tournament was a long standing one, noting that the event will continue as long as football exists.

    “It is not what we decided to do for a few time.

    So we decided to do it for any other reasons other than the one that would have long lasting impact on our girls; not just our girls in Edo State, but across the country.

    “When you have the mind, you have the goal to change the narrative.

    You know we have suffered a lot of backlash with human trafficking.

    “We had a lot of our girls going out of the country, but with this current administration, it’s being curbed.

    “We were number one worldwide in human trafficking, but now we are in number five or six in the 4-5 years of the Obaseki administration.

    “So that says a lot.

    We are still working hard and pushing, and trying to provide our girls with the alternatives for earning dollar and for finding work and building a career and gratifying meaningful career at home.

    “That is one of the objectives that is not going to last for one year, five years, 10 years.

    It is going to last for 20, 50 years, as long as opportunity exists,” the wife of the governor said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 10-day event, starting on Wednesday, will end on Sept. 17.
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  •  Mrs Betsy Obaseki Wife of Edo Governor has called on Federal Government to give priority to healthcare delivery in order to stem brain drain syndrome in the nation s health sector Obaseki made the call on Thursday at the inauguration of Eye Clinic and Health Assessment Clinic held at the Benin Medical Care Hospital a subsidiary of the Lift Above Poverty Organisation LAPO Group in Benin The governor s wife regretted that medical personnel were emigrating from the country due to poor working environment in the health sector She said that having more facilities like the Benin Medical Care with state of the art facilities would help meet the health needs of Nigerians and as well reduce medical tourism Obaseki said With good governance we can have more health facilities in the country and reduce the huge brain drain going out in the health sector She however commended Dr Godwin Ehigiamusoe the Chairman Board of Directors Benin Medical Care and Chief Executive Secretary of LAPO for investing massively in the healthcare of Nigerians People like you are rare who exhibit the heart and mind of a true leader You are a man who in his small space thinks about how to meet the needs of people People should learn to be patriotic like you we want to see more Nigerians like you uplifting the poor and providing heath care the governor wife said She said that the Gov Godwin Obaseki led administration was working to revamp the heath sector in Edo through investment in primary healthcare Telemedicine and improved healthcare service delivery In his remarks Ehigiamusoe said the hospital to a large extent had realised the aim of its establishment According to him this is centred around best medical personnel and services cutting edge facilities and affordability He said d that eye care was a critical aspect of healthcare hence the investment in a one stop shop eye clinic as well as an assessment clinic the Chairman said that the next phase of the hospital s activities was to address the health needs in the rural communities through outreaches and referrals Commenting Dr Oluwagbemiga Durojaiye the Chief Medical Officer Benin Medical Care urged the people to embrace preventive healthcare as a lifestyle Durojaiye said the hospital had offered over 60 000 consultations 800 surgeries and more than 500 deliveries wth no single maternal mortality since inception in 2019 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Obaseki’s wife urges FG to give healthcare delivery priority
     Mrs Betsy Obaseki Wife of Edo Governor has called on Federal Government to give priority to healthcare delivery in order to stem brain drain syndrome in the nation s health sector Obaseki made the call on Thursday at the inauguration of Eye Clinic and Health Assessment Clinic held at the Benin Medical Care Hospital a subsidiary of the Lift Above Poverty Organisation LAPO Group in Benin The governor s wife regretted that medical personnel were emigrating from the country due to poor working environment in the health sector She said that having more facilities like the Benin Medical Care with state of the art facilities would help meet the health needs of Nigerians and as well reduce medical tourism Obaseki said With good governance we can have more health facilities in the country and reduce the huge brain drain going out in the health sector She however commended Dr Godwin Ehigiamusoe the Chairman Board of Directors Benin Medical Care and Chief Executive Secretary of LAPO for investing massively in the healthcare of Nigerians People like you are rare who exhibit the heart and mind of a true leader You are a man who in his small space thinks about how to meet the needs of people People should learn to be patriotic like you we want to see more Nigerians like you uplifting the poor and providing heath care the governor wife said She said that the Gov Godwin Obaseki led administration was working to revamp the heath sector in Edo through investment in primary healthcare Telemedicine and improved healthcare service delivery In his remarks Ehigiamusoe said the hospital to a large extent had realised the aim of its establishment According to him this is centred around best medical personnel and services cutting edge facilities and affordability He said d that eye care was a critical aspect of healthcare hence the investment in a one stop shop eye clinic as well as an assessment clinic the Chairman said that the next phase of the hospital s activities was to address the health needs in the rural communities through outreaches and referrals Commenting Dr Oluwagbemiga Durojaiye the Chief Medical Officer Benin Medical Care urged the people to embrace preventive healthcare as a lifestyle Durojaiye said the hospital had offered over 60 000 consultations 800 surgeries and more than 500 deliveries wth no single maternal mortality since inception in 2019 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Obaseki’s wife urges FG to give healthcare delivery priority
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    Obaseki’s wife urges FG to give healthcare delivery priority

    Mrs Betsy Obaseki, Wife of Edo Governor, has called on Federal Government to give priority to healthcare delivery in order to stem brain drain syndrome in the nation’s health sector.

    Obaseki made the call on Thursday at the inauguration of Eye Clinic and Health Assessment Clinic held at the Benin Medical Care Hospital, a subsidiary of the Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) Group, in Benin.

    The governor’s wife regretted that medical personnel were emigrating from the country due to poor working environment in the health sector.

    She said that having more facilities like the Benin Medical Care, with state-of-the art facilities, would help meet the health needs of Nigerians and as well reduce medical tourism.

    Obaseki said, “With good governance, we can have more health facilities in the country and reduce the huge brain drain going out in the health sector.

    ” She however, commended Dr Godwin Ehigiamusoe, the Chairman, Board of Directors, Benin Medical Care and Chief Executive Secretary of LAPO, for investing massively in the healthcare of Nigerians.

    “People like you are rare; who exhibit the heart and mind of a true leader.

    You are a man, who in his small space, thinks about how to meet the needs of people.

    “People should learn to be patriotic like you; we want to see more Nigerians like you; uplifting the poor and providing heath care,” the governor wife said.

    She said that the Gov. Godwin Obaseki-led administration was working to revamp the heath sector in Edo through investment in primary healthcare, Telemedicine and improved healthcare service delivery.

    In his remarks, Ehigiamusoe, said the hospital, to a large extent, had realised the aim of its establishment.

    According to him, this is centred around best medical personnel and services, cutting edge facilities and affordability.

    He said d that eye care was a critical aspect of healthcare, hence the investment in a one- stop shop eye clinic, as well as an assessment clinic.

    the Chairman said that the next phase of the hospital’s activities was to address the health needs in the rural communities through outreaches and referrals.

    Commenting, Dr Oluwagbemiga Durojaiye, the Chief Medical Officer, Benin Medical Care, urged the people to embrace preventive healthcare as a lifestyle.

    Durojaiye said the hospital had offered over 60,000 consultations, 800 surgeries and more than 500 deliveries wth no single maternal mortality since inception in 2019.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Edo Government on Thursday premiered a movie to enlighten the public on Gender Based Violence GBV issues and push for a zero incidence in the state Addressing newsmen at the event Mrs Betsy Obaseki the Chairman Edo Gender Based Violence Management Committee Edo GBV said the movie titled We will not be silent was to kick off the four day international film festival The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the festival is being organised by the state government in collaboration with private sector partners Obaseki the First Lady of the state asserted that the movie debuted the maiden international film festival in order to complement the state government s effort in achieving a violence free society The theme of the film festival which is Edo to the world she said was geared towards projecting the rich cultural heritage and history of Edo to the international community This is a day we have been looking forward to and I am very proud to be part of this unfolding the renaissance and rebirth of our heritage our rich history and culture that has been in coma for several decades I am particularly happy today because the film that will be premiered to kick off this festival happens to be the one I am part of It got borne out of the work we have been doing in Edo State in gender based violence I happen to chair the gender based violence committee in the state We had support from the Ford Foundation and they gave us a grant in Edo State among three other states to help us develop our capacity and mechanism to fight this menace in our country We expect that the history culture and the lives of Edo people of past centuries till date will be exhibited to the world Indeed it is Edo to the world Obaseki said On his part Mr Bamidele Obaitan the state Commissioner for Arts Culture and Diaspora Affairs said under Obaseki the state was leveraging its rich culture history and exemplary talents We are really undergoing a renaissance of sorts under the leadership of Gov Godwin Obaseki Edo to the world is happening now This is another first for Edo State under the leadership of Governor Godwin Obaseki This is a first of its type in Edo Earlier Lancelot Imasuen a Nigerian film director and Chairman of the festival committee expressed gratitude to the state government for taking interest in the creative sector He noted that over 1 500 film entries were received from 95 countries around the world NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Film festival: Edo premieres movie on advocacy against GBV
     The Edo Government on Thursday premiered a movie to enlighten the public on Gender Based Violence GBV issues and push for a zero incidence in the state Addressing newsmen at the event Mrs Betsy Obaseki the Chairman Edo Gender Based Violence Management Committee Edo GBV said the movie titled We will not be silent was to kick off the four day international film festival The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the festival is being organised by the state government in collaboration with private sector partners Obaseki the First Lady of the state asserted that the movie debuted the maiden international film festival in order to complement the state government s effort in achieving a violence free society The theme of the film festival which is Edo to the world she said was geared towards projecting the rich cultural heritage and history of Edo to the international community This is a day we have been looking forward to and I am very proud to be part of this unfolding the renaissance and rebirth of our heritage our rich history and culture that has been in coma for several decades I am particularly happy today because the film that will be premiered to kick off this festival happens to be the one I am part of It got borne out of the work we have been doing in Edo State in gender based violence I happen to chair the gender based violence committee in the state We had support from the Ford Foundation and they gave us a grant in Edo State among three other states to help us develop our capacity and mechanism to fight this menace in our country We expect that the history culture and the lives of Edo people of past centuries till date will be exhibited to the world Indeed it is Edo to the world Obaseki said On his part Mr Bamidele Obaitan the state Commissioner for Arts Culture and Diaspora Affairs said under Obaseki the state was leveraging its rich culture history and exemplary talents We are really undergoing a renaissance of sorts under the leadership of Gov Godwin Obaseki Edo to the world is happening now This is another first for Edo State under the leadership of Governor Godwin Obaseki This is a first of its type in Edo Earlier Lancelot Imasuen a Nigerian film director and Chairman of the festival committee expressed gratitude to the state government for taking interest in the creative sector He noted that over 1 500 film entries were received from 95 countries around the world NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Film festival: Edo premieres movie on advocacy against GBV
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    Film festival: Edo premieres movie on advocacy against GBV

    The Edo Government on Thursday premiered a movie to enlighten the public on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) issues and push for a zero incidence in the state.

    Addressing newsmen at the event, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, the Chairman, Edo Gender-Based Violence Management Committee (Edo-GBV), said the movie, titled “We will not be silent”, was to kick off the four-day international film festival.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the festival is being organised by the state government in collaboration with private sector partners.

    Obaseki, the First Lady of the state, asserted that the movie debuted the maiden international film festival in order to complement the state government’s effort in achieving a violence-free society.

    The theme of the film festival, which is “Edo to the world”, she said was geared towards projecting the rich cultural heritage and history of Edo to the international community.

    “This is a day we have been looking forward to, and I am very proud to be part of this unfolding the renaissance and rebirth of our heritage, our rich history and culture that has been in coma for several decades.

    “I am particularly happy today because the film that will be premiered to kick off this festival happens to be the one I am part of.

    “It got borne out of the work we have been doing in Edo State in gender-based violence.

    “I happen to chair the gender-based violence committee in the state.

    “We had support from the Ford Foundation and they gave us a grant in Edo State among three other states to help us develop our capacity and mechanism to fight this menace in our country.

    “We expect that the history, culture and the lives of Edo people of past centuries till date will be exhibited to the world.

    Indeed, it is Edo to the world,” Obaseki said.

    On his part, Mr Bamidele Obaitan, the state Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Diaspora Affairs, said under Obaseki, the state was leveraging its rich culture, history and exemplary talents.

    “We are really undergoing a renaissance of sorts under the leadership of Gov. Godwin Obaseki.

    “Edo to the world is happening now.

    This is another first for Edo State under the leadership of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

    This is a first of its type in Edo.” Earlier, Lancelot Imasuen, a Nigerian film director and Chairman of the festival committee, expressed gratitude to the state government for taking interest in the creative sector.

    He noted that over 1,500 film entries were received from 95 countries around the world.


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  •  Some Non Governmental Organisations NGOs have decried out of court settlements in Sexual and Gender Based Violence SGBV cases in Edo The NGOs made their feelings known during a Stakeholders meeting organised by the Global Women for Quality and Sustainable Development GWSD in collaboration with international funders in Benin The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the stakeholders dialogue meeting is the fourth quarterly meeting held in Benin with the theme Mitigating Gender Based Violence Against Women and Girls through Protection Action in Benin The groups said that perpetrators of SGBV never get burnished for their acts due to out of court settlements Speaking Ms Mariam Kadiri Ezolome Executive Director GWSD said there is a lot of reporting of SGBV cases which goes to show that we are gradually breaking the culture of silence and creating awareness But we have a lot of cases that do not go beyond the police station and this is a big challenge in mitigation of GBV The cases of child defilement rape is on the increase inspite of the level of work NGOs and CSOs are doing We need more synergy between stakeholders to ensure that we mitigate this menace he said Also contributing Stella Ojemen Coordinator Child Protection Network Edo said the issue of out of court settlement of rape and defilement cases was worrisome Ogiamen said that NGOs as well as Civil Society Organisations put a lot of efforts to ensure that rape cases are reported do that law enforcement agencies can swing into action However it is regrettable that most victims of rape and defilement do not get justice due to out of court settlement as well as slow dispensation of justice SGBV is a criminal matter and the issue of out of court settlement should not come to play Crimes are not settled they should be investigated Non willingness to take matters to court pressure from parents of victims as well as perpetrators to drop cases are big challenges to our job she said Similarly Mrs Ronke Ojeikere Initiator of the Society to Heighten Awareness of Women and Children Abuse SOTHAWACA said we are not moving forward in the fight against GBV She decried situations were the police tell victims of GBV to pay money to be used for logistics as well as to carryout investigation of rape cases We need more sensitisation in the rural areas about GBV Defilement of children is a big issue and these children cannot help themselves unless we help them she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in December 2021 wife of the governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki said family members and and friends of victims of gender based violence who solicit on behalf of the perpetrators for cases to be settled out of ourt will henceforth be joined in the respective cases and charged with obstructing justice and compounding felony Obaseki who is also the Chairperson of the Edo Gender Based Violence Management Committee gave the warning during a sensitization and advocacy tour of Edo North Edo Central and Edo South Senatorial districts to mark the 16 days of activism against gender based violence in the State She noted that most cases of gender based violence are perpetrated by close relatives friends and spouses Obaseki had led members of the Committee to sensitise traditional rulers Muslim and Christian leaders non governmental organizations and other stakeholders on the menace of gender based violence She noted that the culture of soliciting on behalf of these perpetrators encourages silence on the part of the victims which she said has become a major obstacle in the fight against gender based violence She directed the attention of the stakeholders to the existence of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition law which punishes all types of gender based violence including obsolete traditional practices that degrade humans particularly women female circumcision rape child marriage disinheriting women and spousal battery NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGOs decry out-of-court settlements for SGBV cases
     Some Non Governmental Organisations NGOs have decried out of court settlements in Sexual and Gender Based Violence SGBV cases in Edo The NGOs made their feelings known during a Stakeholders meeting organised by the Global Women for Quality and Sustainable Development GWSD in collaboration with international funders in Benin The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the stakeholders dialogue meeting is the fourth quarterly meeting held in Benin with the theme Mitigating Gender Based Violence Against Women and Girls through Protection Action in Benin The groups said that perpetrators of SGBV never get burnished for their acts due to out of court settlements Speaking Ms Mariam Kadiri Ezolome Executive Director GWSD said there is a lot of reporting of SGBV cases which goes to show that we are gradually breaking the culture of silence and creating awareness But we have a lot of cases that do not go beyond the police station and this is a big challenge in mitigation of GBV The cases of child defilement rape is on the increase inspite of the level of work NGOs and CSOs are doing We need more synergy between stakeholders to ensure that we mitigate this menace he said Also contributing Stella Ojemen Coordinator Child Protection Network Edo said the issue of out of court settlement of rape and defilement cases was worrisome Ogiamen said that NGOs as well as Civil Society Organisations put a lot of efforts to ensure that rape cases are reported do that law enforcement agencies can swing into action However it is regrettable that most victims of rape and defilement do not get justice due to out of court settlement as well as slow dispensation of justice SGBV is a criminal matter and the issue of out of court settlement should not come to play Crimes are not settled they should be investigated Non willingness to take matters to court pressure from parents of victims as well as perpetrators to drop cases are big challenges to our job she said Similarly Mrs Ronke Ojeikere Initiator of the Society to Heighten Awareness of Women and Children Abuse SOTHAWACA said we are not moving forward in the fight against GBV She decried situations were the police tell victims of GBV to pay money to be used for logistics as well as to carryout investigation of rape cases We need more sensitisation in the rural areas about GBV Defilement of children is a big issue and these children cannot help themselves unless we help them she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in December 2021 wife of the governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki said family members and and friends of victims of gender based violence who solicit on behalf of the perpetrators for cases to be settled out of ourt will henceforth be joined in the respective cases and charged with obstructing justice and compounding felony Obaseki who is also the Chairperson of the Edo Gender Based Violence Management Committee gave the warning during a sensitization and advocacy tour of Edo North Edo Central and Edo South Senatorial districts to mark the 16 days of activism against gender based violence in the State She noted that most cases of gender based violence are perpetrated by close relatives friends and spouses Obaseki had led members of the Committee to sensitise traditional rulers Muslim and Christian leaders non governmental organizations and other stakeholders on the menace of gender based violence She noted that the culture of soliciting on behalf of these perpetrators encourages silence on the part of the victims which she said has become a major obstacle in the fight against gender based violence She directed the attention of the stakeholders to the existence of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition law which punishes all types of gender based violence including obsolete traditional practices that degrade humans particularly women female circumcision rape child marriage disinheriting women and spousal battery NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGOs decry out-of-court settlements for SGBV cases
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    NGOs decry out-of-court settlements for SGBV cases

    Some Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have decried out-of-court settlements in Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) cases in Edo.The NGOs made their feelings known during a Stakeholders’ meeting organised by the Global Women for Quality and Sustainable Development (GWSD) in collaboration with international funders, in Benin.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the stakeholders dialogue meeting is the fourth quarterly meeting held in Benin with the theme ‘Mitigating Gender Based Violence Against Women and Girls through Protection Action’ in Benin”.

    The groups said that perpetrators of SGBV never get burnished for their acts due to out-of-court settlements.

    Speaking, Ms Mariam Kadiri-Ezolome, Executive Director, GWSD, said: “there is a lot of reporting of SGBV cases which goes to show that we are gradually breaking the culture of silence and creating awareness.

    “But we have a lot of cases that do not go beyond the police station and this is a big challenge in mitigation of GBV.

    “The cases of child defilement, rape is on the increase inspite of the level of work NGOs and CSOs are doing.

    “We need more synergy between stakeholders to ensure that we mitigate this menace,” he said.

    Also contributing, Stella Ojemen, Coordinator, Child Protection Network, Edo, said the issue of out-of-court settlement of rape and defilement cases was worrisome.

    Ogiamen said that NGOs as well as Civil Society Organisations put a lot of efforts to ensure that rape cases are reported do that law enforcement agencies can swing into action.

    ”However, it is regrettable that most victims of rape and defilement do not get justice due to out-of-court settlement as well as slow dispensation of justice.

    “SGBV is a criminal matter and the issue of out of court settlement should not come to play.

    Crimes are not settled, they should be investigated.

    “Non willingness to take matters to court, pressure from parents of victims as well as perpetrators to drop cases are  big challenges to our job”, she said.

    Similarly, Mrs Ronke Ojeikere, Initiator of  the Society to Heighten Awareness of Women and Children Abuse (SOTHAWACA), said “we are not moving forward in the fight against GBV”.

    She decried situations were the police tell victims of GBV  to pay money to be used for logistics as well as to carryout investigation of rape cases.

    “We need more sensitisation in the rural areas about GBV.

    “Defilement of children is a big issue and these children cannot help themselves unless we help them”, she said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in December 2021, wife of the governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, said family members and and friends of victims of gender-based violence who solicit on behalf of the perpetrators for cases to be settled out-of-ourt will henceforth be joined in the respective cases and charged with obstructing justice and compounding felony. 

    Obaseki, who is also the Chairperson of the Edo Gender-Based Violence Management Committee, gave the warning during a sensitization and advocacy tour of Edo North, Edo Central and Edo South Senatorial districts to mark the 16 days of activism against gender based violence in the State.

    She noted that most cases of gender-based violence are perpetrated by close relatives, friends and spouses.

    Obaseki had led members of the Committee to sensitise traditional rulers, Muslim and Christian leaders, non governmental organizations, and other stakeholders, on the menace of gender-based violence.

    She noted that the culture of soliciting on behalf of these perpetrators encourages silence on the part of the victims, which she said has become a major obstacle in the fight against gender-based violence.

    She directed the attention of the stakeholders to the existence of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition law, which punishes all types of gender-based violence, including obsolete traditional practices that degrade humans, particularly women, female circumcision, rape, child marriage, disinheriting women and spousal battery.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Edo State Gender based Violence Management Committee has presented consignment of books on Standard Operating Procedure to the state Commissioner of Police Mr Abutu Yaro This is contained in a statement signed by the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer ASP Jennifer Iwegbu in Benin According to Iwegbu the committee is led by Mrs Irenose Ihensekhien a Director in the Ministry of Social welfare and Gender issues She said during the visit Mrs Ihensekhie handed over to the CP consignment of the books and Gender Based Violence Training Manual for use of Officers and men of the Command Ihensekhie also briefed the CP on the Governor s Wife Mrs Betsy Obaseki s organised training for security agencies and social workers on investigation and standard operating procedure on Gender based violence issues The books are meant to be distributed to Police Divisional Headquarters Area Commands and formations in the Command Headquarters for effective use in training personnel on investigations of Gender based violence Iwegbu said the CP while receiving the books assured the representative of the governor s wife of the effective use of the books by the officers and men He added that Mrs Obaseki s gesture was borne out of hard work and love for the people of Edo NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Gender committee presents books on Standard Operating Procedure to  police
     Edo State Gender based Violence Management Committee has presented consignment of books on Standard Operating Procedure to the state Commissioner of Police Mr Abutu Yaro This is contained in a statement signed by the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer ASP Jennifer Iwegbu in Benin According to Iwegbu the committee is led by Mrs Irenose Ihensekhien a Director in the Ministry of Social welfare and Gender issues She said during the visit Mrs Ihensekhie handed over to the CP consignment of the books and Gender Based Violence Training Manual for use of Officers and men of the Command Ihensekhie also briefed the CP on the Governor s Wife Mrs Betsy Obaseki s organised training for security agencies and social workers on investigation and standard operating procedure on Gender based violence issues The books are meant to be distributed to Police Divisional Headquarters Area Commands and formations in the Command Headquarters for effective use in training personnel on investigations of Gender based violence Iwegbu said the CP while receiving the books assured the representative of the governor s wife of the effective use of the books by the officers and men He added that Mrs Obaseki s gesture was borne out of hard work and love for the people of Edo NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Gender committee presents books on Standard Operating Procedure to  police
    Defence/Security3 months ago

    Gender committee presents books on Standard Operating Procedure to  police

    Edo State Gender-based Violence Management Committee has presented consignment of books on “ Standard Operating Procedure to the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Abutu Yaro .This is contained in a statement signed by the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Jennifer Iwegbu in Benin According to Iwegbu, the committee is led by Mrs Irenose Ihensekhien, a Director in the Ministry of Social welfare and Gender issues.She  said during the visit Mrs Ihensekhie handed over to the CP consignment of the books and “Gender-Based Violence  Training Manual“ for use of Officers and men of the Command.Ihensekhie  also briefed the CP on the Governor’s  Wife, Mrs Betsy Obaseki’s organised training for security agencies and social workers on investigation and standard operating procedure on Gender-based violence issues.The books are meant to be distributed to Police Divisional Headquarters, Area Commands and formations in the Command Headquarters, for effective use in training personnel on investigations of Gender-based violence.Iwegbu said the CP while receiving the books, assured the representative of the governor’s wife of the effective use of the books by the officers and men.He added that Mrs Obaseki’s gesture was borne out of hard work and love for the people of Edo.

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  •  Irregular migration and human trafficking will no longer exist in Edo state Deputy Gov Philip Shaibu has observed He said that the feat could be attributed to the long term initiatives put in place to address the menace Shaibu spoke on Saturday in Benin during the opening ceremony of the International Organisation for Migration IOM Laliga Nigerian Women Football League NWFL Football tournament in Benin He noted that the state had continued to collaborate with stakeholders including IOM to strengthen the girl child education in the state He said that the state government had to protect the girl child through the domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law Shaibu commended IOM and the wife of the state governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki for championing the fight against irregular migration in the state He also said that the sport event came at the right time when the state government was redefining the sports management in the state We are bringing the potential of the girl child and for them to have that confidence to know that God created them and planted something in them Every woman has a natural gift as a mother and in management affairs As far as sports is concerned it is awake today Edo has been on recess for decades in terms of sport But today Edo is back and its heart is beating Shaibu said Earlier Besty Obaseki said that the state government was concerned with wellbeing of girl child in the state She promised that the initiatives to raise awareness against the scourge of irregular migration would be sustained beyond the present administration Earlier Cyprine Cheptepkeny IOM Awareness Raising Officer said that the essence of the football tournament was to enlighten potential migrants on the dangers of irregular migration Cheptepkeny said that the state as well intended to use sports as a unifier because of the stigma most returnees face We are partnering with the Edo government in this IOM NWFL Football tournament to create awareness on issues of human trafficking and also promote safe migration We are partnering to sensitise the youth of the state to the right value because Edo has the highest number of returned migrants We have carried out some intervention that have impacted positively on the lives of returned migrants With the establishment of community based pineapple factory that is currently being managed by the returnees and fish farming businesses in communities in Edo the zeal to engage in irregular migration will die she said Cheptepkeny also noted that the government had provided mental health support services and shelter for the returned migrants to integrate them to the society NAN
    No more irregular migration in Edo — Shaibu
     Irregular migration and human trafficking will no longer exist in Edo state Deputy Gov Philip Shaibu has observed He said that the feat could be attributed to the long term initiatives put in place to address the menace Shaibu spoke on Saturday in Benin during the opening ceremony of the International Organisation for Migration IOM Laliga Nigerian Women Football League NWFL Football tournament in Benin He noted that the state had continued to collaborate with stakeholders including IOM to strengthen the girl child education in the state He said that the state government had to protect the girl child through the domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law Shaibu commended IOM and the wife of the state governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki for championing the fight against irregular migration in the state He also said that the sport event came at the right time when the state government was redefining the sports management in the state We are bringing the potential of the girl child and for them to have that confidence to know that God created them and planted something in them Every woman has a natural gift as a mother and in management affairs As far as sports is concerned it is awake today Edo has been on recess for decades in terms of sport But today Edo is back and its heart is beating Shaibu said Earlier Besty Obaseki said that the state government was concerned with wellbeing of girl child in the state She promised that the initiatives to raise awareness against the scourge of irregular migration would be sustained beyond the present administration Earlier Cyprine Cheptepkeny IOM Awareness Raising Officer said that the essence of the football tournament was to enlighten potential migrants on the dangers of irregular migration Cheptepkeny said that the state as well intended to use sports as a unifier because of the stigma most returnees face We are partnering with the Edo government in this IOM NWFL Football tournament to create awareness on issues of human trafficking and also promote safe migration We are partnering to sensitise the youth of the state to the right value because Edo has the highest number of returned migrants We have carried out some intervention that have impacted positively on the lives of returned migrants With the establishment of community based pineapple factory that is currently being managed by the returnees and fish farming businesses in communities in Edo the zeal to engage in irregular migration will die she said Cheptepkeny also noted that the government had provided mental health support services and shelter for the returned migrants to integrate them to the society NAN
    No more irregular migration in Edo — Shaibu
    General news5 months ago

    No more irregular migration in Edo — Shaibu

    Irregular migration and human trafficking will no longer exist in Edo, state Deputy Gov. Philip Shaibu, has observed.

    He said that the feat could be attributed to the long-term initiatives put in place to address the menace. 

    Shaibu spoke on Saturday in Benin during the opening ceremony of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM)-Laliga-Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) Football tournament in Benin.

    He noted that the state had continued to collaborate with stakeholders, including IOM to strengthen the girl-child education in the state.

    He said that the state government  had to protect the girl-child through the domestication of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law.

    Shaibu commended IOM and the wife of the state governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, for championing the fight against irregular migration in the state.

    He  also said that the sport event came at the right time when the state government was redefining the sports management in the state

    “We are bringing the potential of the girl-child and for them to have that confidence to know that God created them and planted something in them.

    “Every woman has a natural gift as a mother and in management affairs.

    “As far as sports is concerned, it is awake today, Edo has been on recess for decades in terms of sport. But today, Edo is back and its heart is beating,” Shaibu said.

    Earlier, Besty Obaseki said that the state government was concerned with wellbeing of girl child in the state.

    She promised that the initiatives to raise awareness against the scourge of irregular migration would be sustained beyond the present administration.

    Earlier, Cyprine Cheptepkeny, IOM Awareness Raising Officer, said that the essence of the football tournament was to enlighten potential migrants on the dangers of irregular migration.

    Cheptepkeny said that the state as well intended to  use sports as a unifier because of the stigma most returnees face.

    “We are partnering with the Edo government in this IOM- NWFL Football tournament to create awareness on issues of human trafficking and also promote safe migration.

    “We are partnering to sensitise the youth of the state to the right value because Edo has the highest number of returned migrants.

    “We have carried out some intervention that have impacted positively on the lives of returned migrants.

    “With the establishment of community-based pineapple factory that is currently being managed by the returnees and fish farming businesses in communities in Edo, the zeal to engage in irregular migration will die,” she said.

    Cheptepkeny also noted that the government had provided mental health support services and shelter for the returned migrants to integrate them to the society.

    (NAN)