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  •  The Trailblazer Initiative Nigeria TBI a Non Governmental Organisation NGO in collaboration with the United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF Nigeria has reiterated its commitment to end rising cases of Female Genital Mutilation FGM in Nigeria The Executive Director TBI Mr Dare Adaramoye made this known at a day state level orientation meeting with the executives of youths and women organisations for partnership on Movement for Good M4Good campaign to put an end to female genital mutilation in the society Adaramoye a UNICEF facilitator said that the objectives of the meeting was to increase the knowledge of FGM mobilse orientate and secure partnership of youths and women led Community Based Organisations CBOs on FGM and to develop an action plan for M4Good partners He noted that FGM could be described as all procedures that involve the partial or total removal of external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non medical reasons He said that the act is violence against the female body and a human rights violation According to him FGM brought complications such as intense pain excessive bleeding urinary inconvenience difficulties during menstruation clitoral neuroma and difficulties during sexual intercourse and childbirth among others FGM violates a series of well established human rights principles norms and standard such as right to freedom from torture or cruel inhuman or degrading treatment M4Good is a community led undertaking to accelerate grassroots efforts to end FGM in Ebonyi Ekiti Imo Osun and Oyo States The movement will mobilse five million people who will pledge and act to end FGM in the five states We call on people to join the movement and act to end FGM by visiting https 2endfgm to make pledge to end FGM online Trailblazer Initiative Nigeria is currently implementing the community based activities on FGM in partnership with UNICEF Nigeria in Kajola and Iseyin Local Government Areas of Oyo state asides our state level engagement to end FGM in the state he said Also speaking the Director Children Welfare Oyo State Ministry of Women Affairs Mr Lateef Ariori urged the participants to advocate to religious and community leaders to denounce FGM and lead a collective action to abolish FGM practice Ariori called on the participants to identify report respond and always refer FGM cases to appropriate authorities in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state level orientation meeting featured endorsement and signing of development of Plan of Action questions and answers among CBOs religious organisations and other participants NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO, UNICEF seek to end Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria
     The Trailblazer Initiative Nigeria TBI a Non Governmental Organisation NGO in collaboration with the United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF Nigeria has reiterated its commitment to end rising cases of Female Genital Mutilation FGM in Nigeria The Executive Director TBI Mr Dare Adaramoye made this known at a day state level orientation meeting with the executives of youths and women organisations for partnership on Movement for Good M4Good campaign to put an end to female genital mutilation in the society Adaramoye a UNICEF facilitator said that the objectives of the meeting was to increase the knowledge of FGM mobilse orientate and secure partnership of youths and women led Community Based Organisations CBOs on FGM and to develop an action plan for M4Good partners He noted that FGM could be described as all procedures that involve the partial or total removal of external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non medical reasons He said that the act is violence against the female body and a human rights violation According to him FGM brought complications such as intense pain excessive bleeding urinary inconvenience difficulties during menstruation clitoral neuroma and difficulties during sexual intercourse and childbirth among others FGM violates a series of well established human rights principles norms and standard such as right to freedom from torture or cruel inhuman or degrading treatment M4Good is a community led undertaking to accelerate grassroots efforts to end FGM in Ebonyi Ekiti Imo Osun and Oyo States The movement will mobilse five million people who will pledge and act to end FGM in the five states We call on people to join the movement and act to end FGM by visiting https 2endfgm to make pledge to end FGM online Trailblazer Initiative Nigeria is currently implementing the community based activities on FGM in partnership with UNICEF Nigeria in Kajola and Iseyin Local Government Areas of Oyo state asides our state level engagement to end FGM in the state he said Also speaking the Director Children Welfare Oyo State Ministry of Women Affairs Mr Lateef Ariori urged the participants to advocate to religious and community leaders to denounce FGM and lead a collective action to abolish FGM practice Ariori called on the participants to identify report respond and always refer FGM cases to appropriate authorities in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state level orientation meeting featured endorsement and signing of development of Plan of Action questions and answers among CBOs religious organisations and other participants NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO, UNICEF seek to end Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria
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    NGO, UNICEF seek to end Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria

    The Trailblazer Initiative Nigeria (TBI), a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Nigeria, has reiterated its commitment to end rising cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria.

    The Executive Director, TBI, Mr Dare Adaramoye, made this known at a day state-level orientation meeting with the executives of youths and women organisations for partnership on ‘Movement for Good (M4Good)’ campaign to put an end to female genital mutilation in the society.

    Adaramoye, a UNICEF facilitator, said that the objectives of the meeting was to increase the knowledge of FGM, mobilse, orientate and secure partnership of youths and women-led Community Based Organisations (CBOs) on FGM and to develop an action plan for M4Good partners.

    He noted that FGM could be described as all procedures that involve the partial or total removal of external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

    He said that the act is violence against the female body and a human rights violation.

    According to him, FGM brought complications such as intense pain, excessive bleeding, urinary inconvenience, difficulties during menstruation, clitoral neuroma and difficulties during sexual intercourse and childbirth among others.

    “FGM violates a series of well established human rights principles, norms and standard such as right to freedom from torture or cruel inhuman or degrading treatment.

    “M4Good is a community led undertaking to accelerate grassroots efforts to end FGM in Ebonyi, Ekiti, Imo, Osun and Oyo States.

    The movement will mobilse five million people who will pledge and act to end FGM in the five states.

    “We call on people to join the movement and act to end FGM by visiting https:2endfgm.

    to make pledge to end FGM online.

    “Trailblazer Initiative Nigeria is currently implementing the community based activities on FGM in partnership with UNICEF Nigeria in Kajola and Iseyin Local Government Areas of Oyo state asides our state level engagement to end FGM in the state,” he said.

    Also speaking, the Director, Children Welfare, Oyo State Ministry of Women Affairs, Mr Lateef Ariori, urged the participants to advocate to religious and community leaders to denounce FGM and lead a collective action to abolish FGM practice.

    Ariori called on the participants to identify, report, respond and always refer FGM cases to appropriate authorities in the state.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state level orientation meeting featured endorsement and signing of , development of Plan of Action, questions and answers among CBOs, religious organisations and other participants.


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  •  The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Wednesday called on media houses especially Federal Government media to champion the advocacy for successful 2023 census He made the call at the opening of a three day National Capacity Building Workshop on 2023 Population and Housing Census for state directors and management staff of National Orientation Agency NOA by National Population Commission NPC in Abuja Represented by Dr Garba Abari the Director General National Orientation Agency NOA the minister who described census as very important milestone in National Development urged Radio Nigeria Voice of Nigeria Nigerian Television Authority NTA and others to rise to the occasion He commended the National Population Commission NPC for the commitment toward conducting an accurate and reliable digital census come 2023 The Chairman of NPC Alhaji Nasir Kwarra said that the workshop was a demonstration of the commission s commitment to the census He added that the conduct of this important workshop underscores the determination of the commission to effectively mobilise Nigerians not only for the 2023 Census but also other activities of the commission Kwarra explained that the commission would leverage on the nationwide grassroots outreach of the NOA to communicate with Nigerians He reiterated NPC s need to collaborate with NOA in areas where the agency has comparative advantage over the commission listing such areas as community engagements field sensitisation campaign engagements with traditional institutions Community Based Organisations CBOs Civil Society Organisations among others Prof Uba Nnabue the Deputy Chairman Publicity and Advocacy Committee called for increased publicity and advocacy aimed at sensitising Nigerians on the importance of census Nnabue expressed the willingness of the commission to collaborate with relevant agencies and the media for a successful census The News Agency of Nigeria reports that following the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for the next Population and Housing Census to be conducted in 2023 the NPC has intensified preparations to give the nation the first digital census and guide for development planning The commission has completed the Enumeration Area Demarcation EAD in local government areas of the country as well as the first and second Census Pretest in selected Enumeration Areas in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory in preparation for the census The methodology for the next census has been designed to produce not only accurate reliable and acceptable census but also inclusive and user friendly census data The National Capacity Building Workshop is therefore aimed at educating the management and state directors of NOA on the methodology and processes for the 2023 census The workshop is also to leverage on the nationwide and grassroots reach and structures of NOA in the publicity campaign of the 2023 census NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lai Mohammed charges media houses to champion advocacy for 2023 census
     The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Wednesday called on media houses especially Federal Government media to champion the advocacy for successful 2023 census He made the call at the opening of a three day National Capacity Building Workshop on 2023 Population and Housing Census for state directors and management staff of National Orientation Agency NOA by National Population Commission NPC in Abuja Represented by Dr Garba Abari the Director General National Orientation Agency NOA the minister who described census as very important milestone in National Development urged Radio Nigeria Voice of Nigeria Nigerian Television Authority NTA and others to rise to the occasion He commended the National Population Commission NPC for the commitment toward conducting an accurate and reliable digital census come 2023 The Chairman of NPC Alhaji Nasir Kwarra said that the workshop was a demonstration of the commission s commitment to the census He added that the conduct of this important workshop underscores the determination of the commission to effectively mobilise Nigerians not only for the 2023 Census but also other activities of the commission Kwarra explained that the commission would leverage on the nationwide grassroots outreach of the NOA to communicate with Nigerians He reiterated NPC s need to collaborate with NOA in areas where the agency has comparative advantage over the commission listing such areas as community engagements field sensitisation campaign engagements with traditional institutions Community Based Organisations CBOs Civil Society Organisations among others Prof Uba Nnabue the Deputy Chairman Publicity and Advocacy Committee called for increased publicity and advocacy aimed at sensitising Nigerians on the importance of census Nnabue expressed the willingness of the commission to collaborate with relevant agencies and the media for a successful census The News Agency of Nigeria reports that following the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for the next Population and Housing Census to be conducted in 2023 the NPC has intensified preparations to give the nation the first digital census and guide for development planning The commission has completed the Enumeration Area Demarcation EAD in local government areas of the country as well as the first and second Census Pretest in selected Enumeration Areas in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory in preparation for the census The methodology for the next census has been designed to produce not only accurate reliable and acceptable census but also inclusive and user friendly census data The National Capacity Building Workshop is therefore aimed at educating the management and state directors of NOA on the methodology and processes for the 2023 census The workshop is also to leverage on the nationwide and grassroots reach and structures of NOA in the publicity campaign of the 2023 census NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lai Mohammed charges media houses to champion advocacy for 2023 census
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    Lai Mohammed charges media houses to champion advocacy for 2023 census

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, called on media houses, especially Federal Government media to champion the advocacy for successful 2023 census.

    He made the call at the opening of a three-day National Capacity Building Workshop on 2023 Population and Housing Census for state directors and management staff of National Orientation Agency (NOA) by National Population Commission (NPC) in Abuja.

    Represented by Dr Garba Abari, the Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), the minister, who described census as “very important milestone in National Development”, urged Radio Nigeria, Voice of Nigeria, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and others to rise to the occasion.

    He commended the National Population Commission (NPC) for the commitment toward conducting an accurate and reliable digital census come 2023. The Chairman of NPC, Alhaji Nasir Kwarra, said that the workshop was a demonstration of the commission’s commitment to the census.

    He added that “the conduct of this important workshop underscores the determination of the commission to effectively mobilise Nigerians, not only for the 2023 Census but also other activities of the commission.

    ” Kwarra explained that the commission would leverage on the nationwide grassroots outreach of the NOA to communicate with Nigerians.

    He reiterated NPC’s need to collaborate with NOA in areas where the agency has comparative advantage over the commission, listing such areas as community engagements, field sensitisation campaign, engagements with traditional institutions, Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Civil Society Organisations, among others.

    Prof. Uba Nnabue, the Deputy Chairman, Publicity and Advocacy Committee, called for increased publicity and advocacy aimed at sensitising Nigerians on the importance of census.

    Nnabue expressed the willingness of the commission to collaborate with relevant agencies and the media for a successful census.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that following the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for the next Population and Housing Census to be conducted in 2023, the NPC has intensified preparations to give the nation the first digital census and guide for development planning.

    The commission has completed the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) in local government areas of the country, as well as the first and second Census Pretest in selected Enumeration Areas in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory in preparation for the census.

    The methodology for the next census has been designed to produce not only accurate, reliable and acceptable census but also inclusive and user-friendly census data.

    The National Capacity Building Workshop is therefore aimed at educating the management and state directors of NOA on the methodology and processes for the 2023 census.

    The workshop is also to leverage on the nationwide and grassroots reach and structures of NOA in the publicity campaign of the 2023 census.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Government has renewed its commitment to improve maternal and infants nutrition in the country The Minister of State for Health Mr Joseph Ekumankama said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the launch of the Accelerating Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutritio MIYCN project Represented by Dr Salma Ibrahim Anas he decried the slow progress recorded in maternal and infants nutrition Ekumankama government would upscale its collaboration with relevant stakeholders to achieve the goal He noted that the 5 year MIYCN project was been implemented by an NGO Alive and Thrive A amp T and funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation The minister said the slow progress was from a survey currently going on supported by Acceleration of Reduction of Nutrition in Nigeria which recently launched the preliminary findings He however added that the survey showed progress in immunisation coverage and family planning We are still not yet there we have also seen progress in immunisation coverage family planning which is associated with child survival and nutrition of children But in other aspects of nutrition we are still lagging behind The progress has been very slow he said According to him malnutrition contributes to developmental delays impaired educational ability lifetime of poor health increased risk of diseases especially chronic diseases and decline in human development While emphasising on the optimum requirements of nutrition to the growth and health of the mother and infant he added that the MIYCN project would address the challenges and bring about the desired goals We are not yet there We need to double our efforts to ensure that we really put in enough time and resources most importantly we need to acknowledge that there is a problem What we give to the children really matters and what the mothers eat at that time also matters I believe that this project will not only accelerate maternal infant and young children feeding interventions but it will greatly impact the nutrition narrative in the country by directly addressing nutrition issues he said On his part Dr Victor Ogbodo the Country Project Director A amp T said the project would be implemented in Bauchi Borno Kaduna Kano Lagos Sokoto and Yobe States to increase access to high quality maternal and child nutrition services Ogbodo said We are building the capacity of Community Based Organisations CBOs and strengthening primary healthcare platforms for efficient and integrated delivery of maternal and young child services This is in collaboration with government the CBOs and other nutrition stakeholders Mr Likoma Julius representing the Federal Ministry of Budget and Planning urged the benefitting states to ensure sustainability of the project Also Ms Laurie Rushton representing USAID while reiterating their commitment towards improving Nigeria s health status assured that the project would enable Nigeria achieve the World Health Assembly Nutrition target 2025 Speaking on behalf of the focal states Dr Tijjani Hussain the Executive Secretary Kano State Primary Health Care Management Board pledged their support to the success of the project The launch of this project comes at the right time that the states are making concerted efforts to improve nutrition It will complement what the states does as it will improve our system and we stand to benefit from it I wish to express our commitment and we will provide the needed support to make sure the project succeeds he said Mr Ifedilichukwu Innocent the Chairman Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria CS SUNN said they would support nutritional needs of women and children especially in poor and hard to reach communitities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG renews commitment to upscale maternal, infants nutrition
     The Federal Government has renewed its commitment to improve maternal and infants nutrition in the country The Minister of State for Health Mr Joseph Ekumankama said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the launch of the Accelerating Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutritio MIYCN project Represented by Dr Salma Ibrahim Anas he decried the slow progress recorded in maternal and infants nutrition Ekumankama government would upscale its collaboration with relevant stakeholders to achieve the goal He noted that the 5 year MIYCN project was been implemented by an NGO Alive and Thrive A amp T and funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation The minister said the slow progress was from a survey currently going on supported by Acceleration of Reduction of Nutrition in Nigeria which recently launched the preliminary findings He however added that the survey showed progress in immunisation coverage and family planning We are still not yet there we have also seen progress in immunisation coverage family planning which is associated with child survival and nutrition of children But in other aspects of nutrition we are still lagging behind The progress has been very slow he said According to him malnutrition contributes to developmental delays impaired educational ability lifetime of poor health increased risk of diseases especially chronic diseases and decline in human development While emphasising on the optimum requirements of nutrition to the growth and health of the mother and infant he added that the MIYCN project would address the challenges and bring about the desired goals We are not yet there We need to double our efforts to ensure that we really put in enough time and resources most importantly we need to acknowledge that there is a problem What we give to the children really matters and what the mothers eat at that time also matters I believe that this project will not only accelerate maternal infant and young children feeding interventions but it will greatly impact the nutrition narrative in the country by directly addressing nutrition issues he said On his part Dr Victor Ogbodo the Country Project Director A amp T said the project would be implemented in Bauchi Borno Kaduna Kano Lagos Sokoto and Yobe States to increase access to high quality maternal and child nutrition services Ogbodo said We are building the capacity of Community Based Organisations CBOs and strengthening primary healthcare platforms for efficient and integrated delivery of maternal and young child services This is in collaboration with government the CBOs and other nutrition stakeholders Mr Likoma Julius representing the Federal Ministry of Budget and Planning urged the benefitting states to ensure sustainability of the project Also Ms Laurie Rushton representing USAID while reiterating their commitment towards improving Nigeria s health status assured that the project would enable Nigeria achieve the World Health Assembly Nutrition target 2025 Speaking on behalf of the focal states Dr Tijjani Hussain the Executive Secretary Kano State Primary Health Care Management Board pledged their support to the success of the project The launch of this project comes at the right time that the states are making concerted efforts to improve nutrition It will complement what the states does as it will improve our system and we stand to benefit from it I wish to express our commitment and we will provide the needed support to make sure the project succeeds he said Mr Ifedilichukwu Innocent the Chairman Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria CS SUNN said they would support nutritional needs of women and children especially in poor and hard to reach communitities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG renews commitment to upscale maternal, infants nutrition
    General news1 month ago

    FG renews commitment to upscale maternal, infants nutrition

    The Federal Government has renewed its commitment to improve maternal and infants nutrition in the country.

    The Minister of State for Health, Mr Joseph Ekumankama, said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the launch of the Accelerating Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutritio, (MIYCN) project.

    Represented by Dr Salma Ibrahim-Anas, he decried the slow progress recorded in maternal and infants nutrition.

    Ekumankama government would upscale its collaboration with relevant stakeholders to achieve the goal.

    He noted that the 5-year MIYCN project was been implemented by an NGO, Alive and Thrive (A&T), and funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation The minister said the slow progress was from a survey currently going on supported by Acceleration of Reduction of Nutrition in Nigeria, which recently launched the preliminary findings.

    He, however, added that the survey showed progress in immunisation coverage and family planning.

    “We are still not yet there, we have also seen progress in immunisation coverage, family planning which is associated with child survival and nutrition of children.

    “But in other aspects of nutrition, we are still lagging behind.

    The progress has been very slow,” he said.

    According to him, malnutrition contributes to developmental delays, impaired educational ability, lifetime of poor health, increased risk of diseases especially chronic diseases and decline in human development.

    While emphasising on the optimum requirements of nutrition to the growth and health of the mother and infant, he added that the MIYCN project would address the challenges and bring about the desired goals.

    “We are not yet there.

    We need to double our efforts to ensure that we really put in enough time and resources, most importantly, we need to acknowledge that there is a problem.

    “What we give to the children really matters and what the mothers eat at that time, also matters.

    “I believe that this project will not only accelerate maternal, infant and young children feeding interventions, but it will greatly impact the nutrition narrative in the country by directly addressing nutrition issues,” he said.

    On his part, Dr Victor Ogbodo, the Country Project Director, A&T, said the project would be implemented in Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Sokoto and Yobe States to increase access to high-quality maternal and child nutrition services Ogbodo said: “We are building the capacity of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and strengthening primary healthcare platforms for efficient and integrated delivery of maternal and young child services.

    “This is in collaboration with government, the CBOs and other nutrition stakeholders.

    ” Mr Likoma Julius, representing the Federal Ministry of Budget and Planning, urged the benefitting states to ensure sustainability of the project.

    Also, Ms Laurie Rushton, representing USAID, while reiterating their commitment towards improving Nigeria’s health status, assured that the project would enable Nigeria achieve the World Health Assembly Nutrition target 2025. Speaking on behalf of the focal states, Dr Tijjani Hussain, the Executive Secretary, Kano State Primary Health Care Management Board, pledged their support to the success of the project.

    “The launch of this project comes at the right time that the states are making concerted efforts to improve nutrition.

    “It will complement what the states does as it will improve our system and we stand to benefit from it.

    “I wish to express our commitment and we will provide the needed support to make sure the project succeeds,” he said.

    Mr Ifedilichukwu Innocent, the Chairman, Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), said they would support nutritional needs of women and children, especially in poor and hard to reach communitities.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Community Based Organisations in Delta have been urged to sensitise their members to the enormous health facilities domiciled in the various primary health care centres in their areas The chairman of the State Advocacy Team SAT Pastor Greg Sifo gave the charge at the monthly coordination meeting held with members of Community Based Organisations CBO in Asaba The members are part of the implementation of the Covid 19 Response Mechanism and Resilience and Sustainable System for Health Strengthening and Community Strengthening System C19 CSS in Delta Sifo disclosed that though there were Federal and State hospitals that might take care of specific health care needs the unique role of the primary healthcare should be considered due to its nearness and accessibility to community members health challenges He charged the CBOs to sensitise the various stakeholders to the numerous health commodities and services that could be found and rendered in the various healthcare centres According to him people are not aware that good health services can be provided in the various primary healthcare places He acknowledging the numerous challenges encountered by the CBOs in the course of implementation of the assignment Sifo suggested possible ways of reaching out to notable individuals who might be willing to give financial assistance The State Programme Officer Miss Juliet Obiajulu appreciated the CBOs for their sincere commitment towards actualising the programme of reducing the health challenges in the communities they were assigned to She advised them not to rest on their oars but to see how they could surmount the various challenges they encountered during the focus group discussions In their separate remark the State Coordinators Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria NEPWHAN Mr Christopher Ogberetinor and Mr Miracle Onyeukwu informed the CBOs that the job they undertook was to save lives and give succour to humanity They stressed the need for the reduction of Tuberculosis and Malaria diseases to the barest minimum in this period where Covid 19 pandemic is prevalent The 15 CBOs present at the meeting that cut across Oshimili South Oshimili North Uvwie Udu and Warri South Local Government Areas gave their success stories challenges and recommendations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group urges community-based organisations in Delta to utilise healthcare facilities
     Community Based Organisations in Delta have been urged to sensitise their members to the enormous health facilities domiciled in the various primary health care centres in their areas The chairman of the State Advocacy Team SAT Pastor Greg Sifo gave the charge at the monthly coordination meeting held with members of Community Based Organisations CBO in Asaba The members are part of the implementation of the Covid 19 Response Mechanism and Resilience and Sustainable System for Health Strengthening and Community Strengthening System C19 CSS in Delta Sifo disclosed that though there were Federal and State hospitals that might take care of specific health care needs the unique role of the primary healthcare should be considered due to its nearness and accessibility to community members health challenges He charged the CBOs to sensitise the various stakeholders to the numerous health commodities and services that could be found and rendered in the various healthcare centres According to him people are not aware that good health services can be provided in the various primary healthcare places He acknowledging the numerous challenges encountered by the CBOs in the course of implementation of the assignment Sifo suggested possible ways of reaching out to notable individuals who might be willing to give financial assistance The State Programme Officer Miss Juliet Obiajulu appreciated the CBOs for their sincere commitment towards actualising the programme of reducing the health challenges in the communities they were assigned to She advised them not to rest on their oars but to see how they could surmount the various challenges they encountered during the focus group discussions In their separate remark the State Coordinators Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria NEPWHAN Mr Christopher Ogberetinor and Mr Miracle Onyeukwu informed the CBOs that the job they undertook was to save lives and give succour to humanity They stressed the need for the reduction of Tuberculosis and Malaria diseases to the barest minimum in this period where Covid 19 pandemic is prevalent The 15 CBOs present at the meeting that cut across Oshimili South Oshimili North Uvwie Udu and Warri South Local Government Areas gave their success stories challenges and recommendations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group urges community-based organisations in Delta to utilise healthcare facilities
    General news2 months ago

    Group urges community-based organisations in Delta to utilise healthcare facilities

    Community Based Organisations in Delta have been urged to sensitise their members to the enormous health facilities domiciled in the various primary health care centres in their areas.

    The chairman of the State Advocacy Team (SAT), Pastor Greg Sifo, gave the charge at the monthly coordination meeting held with members of Community Based Organisations (CBO) in Asaba.

    The members are part of the implementation of the Covid-19 Response Mechanism and Resilience and Sustainable System for Health Strengthening and Community Strengthening System (C19-CSS) in Delta.

    Sifo disclosed that though there were Federal and State hospitals that might take care of specific health care needs, the unique role of the primary healthcare should be considered due to its nearness and accessibility to community members’ health challenges.

    He charged the CBOs to sensitise the various stakeholders to the numerous health commodities and services that could be found and rendered in the various healthcare centres.

    According to him, people are not aware that good health services can be provided in the various primary healthcare places.

    He acknowledging the numerous challenges encountered by the CBOs in the course of implementation of the assignment.

    Sifo suggested possible ways of reaching out to notable individuals who might be willing to give financial assistance.

    The State Programme Officer, Miss Juliet Obiajulu, appreciated the CBOs for their sincere commitment towards actualising the programme of reducing the health challenges in the communities they were assigned to.

    She advised them not to rest on their oars but to see how they could surmount the various challenges they encountered during the focus group discussions.

    In their separate remark, the State Coordinators, Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), Mr Christopher Ogberetinor and Mr Miracle Onyeukwu, informed the CBOs that the job they undertook was to save lives and give succour to humanity.

    They stressed the need for the reduction of  Tuberculosis, and Malaria diseases  to the barest minimum  in this period where Covid-19 pandemic is prevalent.

    The 15 CBOs present at the meeting that cut across Oshimili South, Oshimili North, Uvwie, Udu and Warri South Local Government Areas gave their success stories, challenges and recommendations.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Community Based Organisations CBOs in Anambra have urged the use of the whistleblowing policy of the Federal Government to expose the social ills in the state Prof Mercy Anigbogu of the Faculty of Education Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka made the call on Wednesday at Awkuzu Oyi Local Government Area at a step down training for some CBOs on whistleblowing policy as a tool for fighting corruption The training was organised by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy AFRICMIL an NGO funded by McArthur Foundation Anigbogu who was the guest lecturer said that other than financial corruption there were other vices affecting public safety and inhibiting development in the community The guidance and counselling expert said that the trainees should use their knowledge of the principles of whistleblowing to report corruption and other socially unacceptable behaviours including gender violence child rights abuse and drug abuse She said they should endeavour to maintain their anonymity status while giving out factual verifiable and public interest information Anigbogu urged the trainees to use whistle blowing to expose the ills in the society including corruption rape gender violence child abuse and drug abuse On her part Mrs Goodluck Ogbogu a participant said the training had further enriched their knowledge on how to hold public office holders accountable She said though the reward system was a welcome development it could not compare with the benefit of making people to execute rightly the jobs they were elected to do She praised AFRICMIL for bringing the awareness on whistleblowing to the grassroots while promising that they would put it to good use Mr Chris Azor Chairman Anambra State Civil Society Network said the three day step down training across the three senatorial districts in Anambra was a successful one Azor commended the trainees for their active participation noting that imbibing the principles would result in better governance in the communities Mr Godwin Onyeacholem Senior Programme Officer AFRICMIL said the step down training was to build public confidence for the whistleblower policy of the government NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group urges women to extend whistleblowing to gender violence, child abuse
      Community Based Organisations CBOs in Anambra have urged the use of the whistleblowing policy of the Federal Government to expose the social ills in the state Prof Mercy Anigbogu of the Faculty of Education Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka made the call on Wednesday at Awkuzu Oyi Local Government Area at a step down training for some CBOs on whistleblowing policy as a tool for fighting corruption The training was organised by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy AFRICMIL an NGO funded by McArthur Foundation Anigbogu who was the guest lecturer said that other than financial corruption there were other vices affecting public safety and inhibiting development in the community The guidance and counselling expert said that the trainees should use their knowledge of the principles of whistleblowing to report corruption and other socially unacceptable behaviours including gender violence child rights abuse and drug abuse She said they should endeavour to maintain their anonymity status while giving out factual verifiable and public interest information Anigbogu urged the trainees to use whistle blowing to expose the ills in the society including corruption rape gender violence child abuse and drug abuse On her part Mrs Goodluck Ogbogu a participant said the training had further enriched their knowledge on how to hold public office holders accountable She said though the reward system was a welcome development it could not compare with the benefit of making people to execute rightly the jobs they were elected to do She praised AFRICMIL for bringing the awareness on whistleblowing to the grassroots while promising that they would put it to good use Mr Chris Azor Chairman Anambra State Civil Society Network said the three day step down training across the three senatorial districts in Anambra was a successful one Azor commended the trainees for their active participation noting that imbibing the principles would result in better governance in the communities Mr Godwin Onyeacholem Senior Programme Officer AFRICMIL said the step down training was to build public confidence for the whistleblower policy of the government NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group urges women to extend whistleblowing to gender violence, child abuse
    General news2 months ago

    Group urges women to extend whistleblowing to gender violence, child abuse

     Community- Based Organisations  (CBOs) in Anambra have urged the use of the whistleblowing policy of the Federal Government to expose the social ills in the state.

    Prof. Mercy Anigbogu  of the Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, made the call on Wednesday at Awkuzu, Oyi Local Government Area at a step-down training for some CBOs on whistleblowing policy as a tool for fighting corruption.

    The training was organised by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) an NGO funded by McArthur Foundation.

    Anigbogu, who was the guest lecturer, said that other than financial corruption, there were other vices affecting public safety and inhibiting development in the community The guidance and counselling expert said that the trainees should use their knowledge of the principles of whistleblowing to report corruption and other socially unacceptable behaviours, including gender violence, child rights abuse and drug abuse.

    She said they should endeavour to maintain their anonymity status while giving out factual, verifiable and public interest information.

    Anigbogu urged the trainees to use whistle blowing to expose the ills in the society, including corruption, rape, gender violence, child abuse and drug abuse.

    On her part, Mrs Goodluck Ogbogu, a participant, said the training had further enriched their knowledge on how to hold public office holders accountable.

    She said though the reward system was a welcome development it could not compare with the benefit of making people to execute rightly the jobs they were elected to do.

    She praised AFRICMIL for bringing the awareness on whistleblowing to the grassroots while promising that they would put it to good use.

    Mr Chris Azor, Chairman, Anambra State Civil Society Network, said the three-day step-down training across the three senatorial districts in Anambra was a successful one.

    Azor commended the trainees for their active participation, noting that imbibing the principles would result in better governance in the communities.

    Mr Godwin Onyeacholem, Senior Programme Officer, AFRICMIL, said the step-down training was to build public confidence for the whistleblower policy of the government. 


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy AFRICMIL has recommended early detection and exposure of mismanagement or theft of public funds and other illicit acts to combat corruption in the country The group said the proactive strategy is an effective strategy in the fight against corruption The Coordinator of the centre Dr Chido Onumah said this on Saturday in Ilorin at separate training for stakeholders and Community Based Organisations CBOs in Kwara South Central and North senatorial districts The training has its theme as Community Based Organisations as Change Agents in Promoting Whistleblowing Onumah who was represented by the Programme Manager of AFRICMIL Mr Kolawole Ogunbiyi said that whistleblowing had proven to be the most direct method of exposing corrupt acts He said that the rural dwellers felt the pains and gains of both poor and good governance more hence the need to bring training to the rural communities The coordinator said that the centre was ready to work with CBOs at the grassroots to encourage people to adopt the culture of whistleblowing as a way of fighting corruption in Nigeria He commended MacArthur Foundation for its support while also appreciating the CBOs and other participants at the meeting Since 2017 AFRICMIL has been working on a project tagged Corruption Anonymous CORA supported by the MacArthur Foundation The project is designed to build public confidence and support for the whistleblowing policy of the Nigerian government Creating awareness and sensitising the public on the importance of whistleblowing as tool to fight corruption advocating honest implementation of the policy and ensuring effective protection for whistleblowers are the aims of the project We have added another plank of engagement which aims at institutionalisation of whistleblowing as a vital mechanism for transparency and democratic good governance in Nigeria We are morally and legally bound as citizens not to keep quiet to any act of corruption or wrongdoing when we see one Onumah said He called on Nigerians to expose abandoned projects and other corrupt acts by visiting www partnersunited org and clicking on whistleblowing form or visit https africmil In Kwara Central Mrs Christy Abayomi Oluwole the CEO Global Hope for Women and Children Foundation GLOHWOC said there was need to speak up against corruption misappropriation of funds bad governance sexual and gender based violence Abayomi Oluwole in an open discussion with participants on the effects of constituency projects on the rural dwellers expressed dissatisfaction with negative effect of norm of silence by whistleblowers Dr Oluwabunmi Niyi Gafar of the Dept of Jurisprudence and International Law University of Ilorin speaking on the culture of silence and she or he is our own mentality of Nigerians condemned the silence of the people owing to ethnicity and religious bias Niyi Gafar urged resident participants to rise beyond ethnic religious and gender biases to every act capable of shortchanging Nigeria s development and common good At Ojoku in Kwara South His Royal Highness Olojoku of Ojoku Oba Abdulrasaq Afolabi Iyiolasemi III commended AFRICMIL for deeming it fit to sensitise the community on whistleblowing Oba Afolabi charged the public on good character saying that curbing corrupt practices is everyone s business He called on the people to unite in the fight against corruption while reporting anyone or anything that jeopardises communal development The Executive Director of Centre for Community Empowerment and Poverty Eradication Mr AbdulRahman Ayuba one of the resource persons while speaking at the meeting at Bode Sa adu Kwara North said that it was important for citizens to speak against every wrongdoing Ayuba also said that the passage of the Freedom of Information FoI Act has empowered citizens to ask questions to demand for accountability from government officials One of the community leaders Alhaji Ibrahim Baba appreciated AFRICMIL for taking it upon itself to introduce whistleblowing at the community level Baba said the policy would help reduce corruption in the society saying government should be open to providing information when necessary especially when projects are awarded to enable citizens monitor its implementation One of the participants who simply identified herself as Mufahat speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria commended the organisers for the programme Mufahat said that there was need for employment and empowerment opportunities for the youths in order to avoid bad characters She urged the participants to speak out against all forms of impunity Another participant Ariyo Fatimah tasked the government on provision of more healthcare centres water supply and adequate electricity Fatimah said that corruption was denying ordinary citizens their basic rights to education and social infrastructure She however urged all those involved in corruption to stop the evil act NAN also reports that Mrs Jumoke Olaoye the Kwara Coordinator National Human Rights Commission among other dignitaries attended the event NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Whistleblowing: Early detection, exposure, panacea to fighting corruption – AFRICMIL
     The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy AFRICMIL has recommended early detection and exposure of mismanagement or theft of public funds and other illicit acts to combat corruption in the country The group said the proactive strategy is an effective strategy in the fight against corruption The Coordinator of the centre Dr Chido Onumah said this on Saturday in Ilorin at separate training for stakeholders and Community Based Organisations CBOs in Kwara South Central and North senatorial districts The training has its theme as Community Based Organisations as Change Agents in Promoting Whistleblowing Onumah who was represented by the Programme Manager of AFRICMIL Mr Kolawole Ogunbiyi said that whistleblowing had proven to be the most direct method of exposing corrupt acts He said that the rural dwellers felt the pains and gains of both poor and good governance more hence the need to bring training to the rural communities The coordinator said that the centre was ready to work with CBOs at the grassroots to encourage people to adopt the culture of whistleblowing as a way of fighting corruption in Nigeria He commended MacArthur Foundation for its support while also appreciating the CBOs and other participants at the meeting Since 2017 AFRICMIL has been working on a project tagged Corruption Anonymous CORA supported by the MacArthur Foundation The project is designed to build public confidence and support for the whistleblowing policy of the Nigerian government Creating awareness and sensitising the public on the importance of whistleblowing as tool to fight corruption advocating honest implementation of the policy and ensuring effective protection for whistleblowers are the aims of the project We have added another plank of engagement which aims at institutionalisation of whistleblowing as a vital mechanism for transparency and democratic good governance in Nigeria We are morally and legally bound as citizens not to keep quiet to any act of corruption or wrongdoing when we see one Onumah said He called on Nigerians to expose abandoned projects and other corrupt acts by visiting www partnersunited org and clicking on whistleblowing form or visit https africmil In Kwara Central Mrs Christy Abayomi Oluwole the CEO Global Hope for Women and Children Foundation GLOHWOC said there was need to speak up against corruption misappropriation of funds bad governance sexual and gender based violence Abayomi Oluwole in an open discussion with participants on the effects of constituency projects on the rural dwellers expressed dissatisfaction with negative effect of norm of silence by whistleblowers Dr Oluwabunmi Niyi Gafar of the Dept of Jurisprudence and International Law University of Ilorin speaking on the culture of silence and she or he is our own mentality of Nigerians condemned the silence of the people owing to ethnicity and religious bias Niyi Gafar urged resident participants to rise beyond ethnic religious and gender biases to every act capable of shortchanging Nigeria s development and common good At Ojoku in Kwara South His Royal Highness Olojoku of Ojoku Oba Abdulrasaq Afolabi Iyiolasemi III commended AFRICMIL for deeming it fit to sensitise the community on whistleblowing Oba Afolabi charged the public on good character saying that curbing corrupt practices is everyone s business He called on the people to unite in the fight against corruption while reporting anyone or anything that jeopardises communal development The Executive Director of Centre for Community Empowerment and Poverty Eradication Mr AbdulRahman Ayuba one of the resource persons while speaking at the meeting at Bode Sa adu Kwara North said that it was important for citizens to speak against every wrongdoing Ayuba also said that the passage of the Freedom of Information FoI Act has empowered citizens to ask questions to demand for accountability from government officials One of the community leaders Alhaji Ibrahim Baba appreciated AFRICMIL for taking it upon itself to introduce whistleblowing at the community level Baba said the policy would help reduce corruption in the society saying government should be open to providing information when necessary especially when projects are awarded to enable citizens monitor its implementation One of the participants who simply identified herself as Mufahat speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria commended the organisers for the programme Mufahat said that there was need for employment and empowerment opportunities for the youths in order to avoid bad characters She urged the participants to speak out against all forms of impunity Another participant Ariyo Fatimah tasked the government on provision of more healthcare centres water supply and adequate electricity Fatimah said that corruption was denying ordinary citizens their basic rights to education and social infrastructure She however urged all those involved in corruption to stop the evil act NAN also reports that Mrs Jumoke Olaoye the Kwara Coordinator National Human Rights Commission among other dignitaries attended the event NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Whistleblowing: Early detection, exposure, panacea to fighting corruption – AFRICMIL
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    Whistleblowing: Early detection, exposure, panacea to fighting corruption – AFRICMIL

    The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) has recommended early detection and exposure of mismanagement or theft of public funds and other illicit acts to combat corruption in the country.

    The group said the proactive strategy is an effective strategy in the fight against corruption.

    The Coordinator of the centre, Dr Chido Onumah, said this on Saturday in Ilorin at separate training for stakeholders and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in Kwara South, Central and North senatorial districts.

    The training has its theme as “Community Based Organisations as Change Agents in Promoting Whistleblowing”.

    Onumah, who was represented by the Programme Manager of AFRICMIL, Mr Kolawole Ogunbiyi, said that whistleblowing had proven to be the most direct method of exposing corrupt acts.

    He said that the rural dwellers felt the pains and gains of both poor and good governance more, hence the need to bring training to the rural communities.

    The coordinator, said that the centre was ready to work with CBOs at the grassroots to encourage people to adopt the culture of whistleblowing as a way of fighting corruption in Nigeria He commended MacArthur Foundation for its support while also appreciating the CBOs and other participants at the meeting.

    “Since 2017, AFRICMIL has been working on a project tagged Corruption Anonymous (CORA), supported by the MacArthur Foundation.

    “The project is designed to build public confidence and support for the whistleblowing policy of the Nigerian government.

    “Creating awareness and sensitising the public on the importance of whistleblowing as tool to fight corruption, advocating honest implementation of the policy and ensuring effective protection for whistleblowers are the aims of the project.

    “We have added another plank of engagement, which aims at institutionalisation of whistleblowing as a vital mechanism for transparency and democratic good governance in Nigeria.

    “We are morally and legally bound as citizens not to keep quiet to any act of corruption or wrongdoing when we see one,” Onumah said.

    He called on Nigerians to expose abandoned projects and other corrupt acts by visiting www.

    partnersunited.

    org and clicking on whistleblowing form or visit https:.

    africmil.

    .

    In Kwara Central, Mrs Christy Abayomi-Oluwole, the CEO, Global Hope for Women and Children Foundation (GLOHWOC), said there was need to speak up against corruption, misappropriation of funds, bad governance, sexual and gender based violence.

    Abayomi-Oluwole in an open discussion with participants on the effects of constituency projects on the rural dwellers expressed dissatisfaction with negative effect of norm of silence by whistleblowers.

    Dr Oluwabunmi Niyi-Gafar of the Dept. of Jurisprudence and International Law, University of Ilorin, speaking on the culture of silence and ‘she or he is our own’ mentality of Nigerians, condemned the silence of the people owing to ethnicity and religious bias.

    Niyi-Gafar urged resident participants to rise beyond ethnic, religious and gender biases to every act capable of shortchanging Nigeria’s development and common good.

    At Ojoku in Kwara South, His Royal Highness, Olojoku of Ojoku, Oba Abdulrasaq Afolabi Iyiolasemi III, commended AFRICMIL for deeming it fit to sensitise the community on whistleblowing.

    Oba Afolabi charged the public on good character, saying that curbing corrupt practices is everyone’s business.

    He called on the people to unite in the fight against corruption while reporting anyone or anything that jeopardises communal development.

    The Executive Director of Centre for Community Empowerment and Poverty Eradication, Mr AbdulRahman Ayuba, one of the resource persons while speaking at the meeting at Bode Sa’adu, Kwara North, said that it was important for citizens to speak against every wrongdoing.

    Ayuba also said that the passage of the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act has empowered citizens to ask questions to demand for accountability from government officials.

    One of the community leaders, Alhaji Ibrahim Baba, appreciated AFRICMIL for taking it upon itself to introduce whistleblowing at the community level.

    Baba said the policy would help reduce corruption in the society, saying government should be open to providing information when necessary, especially when projects are awarded, to enable citizens monitor its implementation.

    One of the participants who simply identified herself as Mufahat, speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria , commended the organisers for the programme.

    Mufahat said that there was need for employment and empowerment opportunities for the youths in order to avoid bad characters.

    She urged the participants to speak out against all forms of impunity.

    Another participant, Ariyo Fatimah, tasked the government on provision of more healthcare centres, water supply and adequate electricity.

    Fatimah said that corruption was denying ordinary citizens their basic rights to education and social infrastructure.

    She however urged all those involved in corruption to stop the evil act.

    NAN also reports that Mrs Jumoke Olaoye, the Kwara Coordinator, National Human Rights Commission, among other dignitaries, attended the event.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Recognizing the critical role that civil society organizations CSOs play in development the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development ISFD https ISFD IsDB org the Climate Change and Resilience Department of the Islamic Development Bank IsDB in partnership with the United Nations Development Program UNDP held an Introductory Seminar for CSOs in Jordan on September 11 2022 The purpose of the Seminar was to present the NGO Empowerment Program for Poverty Reduction TADAMON an initiative that aims to lift people out of poverty The program is a smart partnership funded by ISFD managed by the IsDB Climate Action and Resilience Department and implemented by UNDP The seminar began with welcoming remarks from HE Mr Barq Al Dmour Secretary General Ministry of Social Development of Jordan Dr Hiba Ahmed Director General ISFD Syed Husain Quadri Director Climate Change and Resilience Department IsDB and Randa Aboul Hosn Resident Representative UNDP Jordan A panel of speakers elaborated on TADAMON the Arabic word for solidarity showing that TADAMON was developed to empower CSOs to be effective in improving the socio economic well being of hard to reach communities TADAMON is used to pilot grassroots initiatives that help address the poverty and social exclusion faced by the poor in general and refugees internally displaced persons orphans women youth and people with disabilities in particular The Seminar showed that TADAMON recognizes the scarcity of financial resources as a major obstacle faced by CSOs especially in poor areas Therefore crowdfunding alternative financing solutions as well as improving the financing ecosystem for CSOs were considered important program areas The TADAMON Crowdfunding Academy and TADAMON Kaya were established to provide e learning programs for CSOs to develop their own resource mobilization strategies and campaigns as well as to interact with other crowdfunding platforms TADAMON also connects CSOs with partners and funders in addition to other relevant support programs from IsDB ISFD and UNDP The seminar was very pragmatic where the participants discussed the comparative advantage of the TADAMON program in general and in Jordan in particular This is in addition to the membership benefits of signing up for TADAMON including the Jordan Mapping Exercise the TADAMON Aggregation Platform and upcoming activities such as Crowdfunding Academy TADAMON Accelerator TADAMON Capacity Building Center TADAMON grants During the Seminar a discussion led by the Naua Organization Bank Etihad and Local CBO explaining the opportunities and challenges of crowdfunding in Jordan
    Introductory Seminar for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Jordan on the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) – Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Empowerment Program for Poverty Reduction (TADAMON )
      Recognizing the critical role that civil society organizations CSOs play in development the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development ISFD https ISFD IsDB org the Climate Change and Resilience Department of the Islamic Development Bank IsDB in partnership with the United Nations Development Program UNDP held an Introductory Seminar for CSOs in Jordan on September 11 2022 The purpose of the Seminar was to present the NGO Empowerment Program for Poverty Reduction TADAMON an initiative that aims to lift people out of poverty The program is a smart partnership funded by ISFD managed by the IsDB Climate Action and Resilience Department and implemented by UNDP The seminar began with welcoming remarks from HE Mr Barq Al Dmour Secretary General Ministry of Social Development of Jordan Dr Hiba Ahmed Director General ISFD Syed Husain Quadri Director Climate Change and Resilience Department IsDB and Randa Aboul Hosn Resident Representative UNDP Jordan A panel of speakers elaborated on TADAMON the Arabic word for solidarity showing that TADAMON was developed to empower CSOs to be effective in improving the socio economic well being of hard to reach communities TADAMON is used to pilot grassroots initiatives that help address the poverty and social exclusion faced by the poor in general and refugees internally displaced persons orphans women youth and people with disabilities in particular The Seminar showed that TADAMON recognizes the scarcity of financial resources as a major obstacle faced by CSOs especially in poor areas Therefore crowdfunding alternative financing solutions as well as improving the financing ecosystem for CSOs were considered important program areas The TADAMON Crowdfunding Academy and TADAMON Kaya were established to provide e learning programs for CSOs to develop their own resource mobilization strategies and campaigns as well as to interact with other crowdfunding platforms TADAMON also connects CSOs with partners and funders in addition to other relevant support programs from IsDB ISFD and UNDP The seminar was very pragmatic where the participants discussed the comparative advantage of the TADAMON program in general and in Jordan in particular This is in addition to the membership benefits of signing up for TADAMON including the Jordan Mapping Exercise the TADAMON Aggregation Platform and upcoming activities such as Crowdfunding Academy TADAMON Accelerator TADAMON Capacity Building Center TADAMON grants During the Seminar a discussion led by the Naua Organization Bank Etihad and Local CBO explaining the opportunities and challenges of crowdfunding in Jordan
    Introductory Seminar for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Jordan on the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) – Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Empowerment Program for Poverty Reduction (TADAMON )
    Africa3 months ago

    Introductory Seminar for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Jordan on the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) – Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Empowerment Program for Poverty Reduction (TADAMON )

    Recognizing the critical role that civil society organizations (CSOs) play in development, the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) (https://ISFD.IsDB.org), the Climate Change and Resilience Department of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), held an Introductory Seminar for CSOs in Jordan on September 11, 2022.

    The purpose of the Seminar was to present the “ NGO Empowerment Program for Poverty Reduction (TADAMON)”, an initiative that aims to lift people out of poverty.

    The program is a smart partnership funded by ISFD, managed by the IsDB Climate Action and Resilience Department and implemented by UNDP.

    The seminar began with welcoming remarks from HE Mr. Barq Al Dmour, Secretary General, Ministry of Social Development of Jordan, Dr. Hiba Ahmed, Director General, ISFD, Syed Husain Quadri, Director, Climate Change and Resilience Department, IsDB and Randa Aboul Hosn, Resident Representative UNDP Jordan.

    A panel of speakers elaborated on TADAMON, the Arabic word for “solidarity”, showing that TADAMON was developed to empower CSOs to be effective in improving the socio-economic well-being of hard-to-reach communities.

    TADAMON is used to pilot grassroots initiatives that help address the poverty and social exclusion faced by the poor in general and refugees, internally displaced persons, orphans, women, youth, and people with disabilities in particular.

    The Seminar showed that TADAMON recognizes the scarcity of financial resources as a major obstacle faced by CSOs, especially in poor areas.

    Therefore, crowdfunding, alternative financing solutions, as well as improving the financing ecosystem for CSOs, were considered important program areas.

    The TADAMON Crowdfunding Academy and TADAMON Kaya were established to provide e-learning programs for CSOs to develop their own resource mobilization strategies and campaigns, as well as to interact with other crowdfunding platforms.

    TADAMON also connects CSOs with partners and funders, in addition to other relevant support programs from IsDB, ISFD and UNDP.

    The seminar was very pragmatic where the participants discussed the comparative advantage of the TADAMON program in general and in Jordan in particular.

    This is in addition to the membership benefits of signing up for TADAMON, including the Jordan Mapping Exercise, the TADAMON Aggregation Platform, and upcoming activities such as (Crowdfunding Academy - TADAMON Accelerator - TADAMON Capacity Building Center - TADAMON grants).

    During the Seminar, a discussion led by the Naua Organization, Bank Etihad and Local CBO explaining the opportunities and challenges of crowdfunding in Jordan.

  •  The National Commission for Mass Literacy Adult and Non Formal Education NMEC has said it will partner with Non Governmental organisations NGOs for Literacy Support Service NOGALSS to tackle illiteracy and female marginalisation Prof Simon Akpama Executive Secretary of NMEC said this on Thursday during an advocacy visit to his office in Abuja by the Spotlight Initiative Project Activity 4 2 17 Project The project being carried out by NOGALSS in partnership with the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO is aimed at providing accelerated second chance education and livelihood skills for out of school girls and young women facing marginalization Akpama commended UNESCO and NOGALSS for the initiative adding that it would help the commission to seamlessly and expeditiously achieve its sacred mandates I always describe the out of school syndrome as a very potent instigator and sustainer of the hydra headed problem of illiteracy in Nigeria So for us to make this as a cause for this initiative is not only inspiring it is encouraging and a welcome idea we are aware that the poorest most deprived and most marginalised people under the sun are women and the girls The more this set of human beings are marginalised the more we increase illiteracy and its bye product poverty I treat those two terms as a vicious cycle This is because the higher the literacy rates the higher the poverty rates with its attendant socio economic indices of under development According to Akpama the more women and girls face neglect the more the nation compounds its problems because when a woman is educated a whole nation is educated We undermine the greatest source of our strengths because this is a woman and the girl who is empowered that will empower the male he said Akpama pledged the commission s support to the initiative and called for a collectively and focused commitment towards the mission of eradicating illiteracy Mr Noah Emmanuel NOGALSS President said the aim of the advocacy visit to NMEC was to seek support for the project that targets empowering 10 000 women and girls Emmanuel said the spotlight initiative is focusing on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls adding that civil society and women organisations form a comprehensive approach to ending violence against women This is being implemented eight African countries including Nigeria the CSOs work to complement the efforts of government by providing accelerated second chance education to some out of school women and girls facing intersecting marginalisation They also provide livelihood skills for their empowerment NOGALSS is the umbrella body of all NGOs complementing government s efforts at all levels in the provision of functional literacy It is saddled with the responsibility of uniting serving and coordinating the activities of all NGOs CBOs and other private voluntary organisations involved in mass literacy delivery in Nigeria As an offshoot of the National Commission for Mass Literacy Adult and Non formal Education NOGALSS has very strong and elaborate structure spread across the 36 state he said Dr Stephen Onyekwelu Spotlight Project Manager UNESCO said that NOGALSS was chosen by UN for the project because of its mandate towards promoting literacy and called for synergy to ensure the sustainability of the project According to Onyekwelu NOGALSS is on board for the second phase of the spotlight initiative and they are going to work in FCT Ebonyi and Adamawa He added that NMEC would support by directly providing guidelines for non formal education The emphasis of this second chance education in line with education 2023 and inline with NMEC vision is to leave no one behind and in doing so we focused on people with disability he said He therefore urged the NGOs to give preference to vulnerable women and girls and PWDs NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMEC partners NGOs on curbing illiteracy, female marginalisation
     The National Commission for Mass Literacy Adult and Non Formal Education NMEC has said it will partner with Non Governmental organisations NGOs for Literacy Support Service NOGALSS to tackle illiteracy and female marginalisation Prof Simon Akpama Executive Secretary of NMEC said this on Thursday during an advocacy visit to his office in Abuja by the Spotlight Initiative Project Activity 4 2 17 Project The project being carried out by NOGALSS in partnership with the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO is aimed at providing accelerated second chance education and livelihood skills for out of school girls and young women facing marginalization Akpama commended UNESCO and NOGALSS for the initiative adding that it would help the commission to seamlessly and expeditiously achieve its sacred mandates I always describe the out of school syndrome as a very potent instigator and sustainer of the hydra headed problem of illiteracy in Nigeria So for us to make this as a cause for this initiative is not only inspiring it is encouraging and a welcome idea we are aware that the poorest most deprived and most marginalised people under the sun are women and the girls The more this set of human beings are marginalised the more we increase illiteracy and its bye product poverty I treat those two terms as a vicious cycle This is because the higher the literacy rates the higher the poverty rates with its attendant socio economic indices of under development According to Akpama the more women and girls face neglect the more the nation compounds its problems because when a woman is educated a whole nation is educated We undermine the greatest source of our strengths because this is a woman and the girl who is empowered that will empower the male he said Akpama pledged the commission s support to the initiative and called for a collectively and focused commitment towards the mission of eradicating illiteracy Mr Noah Emmanuel NOGALSS President said the aim of the advocacy visit to NMEC was to seek support for the project that targets empowering 10 000 women and girls Emmanuel said the spotlight initiative is focusing on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls adding that civil society and women organisations form a comprehensive approach to ending violence against women This is being implemented eight African countries including Nigeria the CSOs work to complement the efforts of government by providing accelerated second chance education to some out of school women and girls facing intersecting marginalisation They also provide livelihood skills for their empowerment NOGALSS is the umbrella body of all NGOs complementing government s efforts at all levels in the provision of functional literacy It is saddled with the responsibility of uniting serving and coordinating the activities of all NGOs CBOs and other private voluntary organisations involved in mass literacy delivery in Nigeria As an offshoot of the National Commission for Mass Literacy Adult and Non formal Education NOGALSS has very strong and elaborate structure spread across the 36 state he said Dr Stephen Onyekwelu Spotlight Project Manager UNESCO said that NOGALSS was chosen by UN for the project because of its mandate towards promoting literacy and called for synergy to ensure the sustainability of the project According to Onyekwelu NOGALSS is on board for the second phase of the spotlight initiative and they are going to work in FCT Ebonyi and Adamawa He added that NMEC would support by directly providing guidelines for non formal education The emphasis of this second chance education in line with education 2023 and inline with NMEC vision is to leave no one behind and in doing so we focused on people with disability he said He therefore urged the NGOs to give preference to vulnerable women and girls and PWDs NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMEC partners NGOs on curbing illiteracy, female marginalisation
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    NMEC partners NGOs on curbing illiteracy, female marginalisation

    The National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non- Formal Education (NMEC) has said it will partner with  Non-Governmental organisations (NGOs) for Literacy Support Service (NOGALSS) to tackle illiteracy and female marginalisation.

    Prof. Simon Akpama , Executive Secretary of NMEC, said this  on Thursday during an advocacy visit to his office in Abuja by the ”Spotlight Initiative Project Activity 4:2:17 Project”.

    The project  being  carried out  by  NOGALSS in partnership with the  United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)  is aimed at providing accelerated second chance  education and livelihood skills for out-of-school girls and young women facing marginalization.

    Akpama commended UNESCO and NOGALSS  for the initiative, adding that it would help the commission to seamlessly and expeditiously achieve its sacred mandates.

    “I always describe the out of school syndrome as a very potent instigator and sustainer of the hydra headed problem of illiteracy in Nigeria.

    “So, for us to  make this  as a cause for this initiative is not only inspiring, it is encouraging and a welcome idea,we are aware that the poorest,  most deprived and  most marginalised people under the sun are  women and the girls.

    “The more this set of human beings are marginalised, the more  we increase illiteracy and its bye product  poverty, I  treat those two terms as a vicious  cycle.

    “This is  because the higher the literacy rates, the higher the poverty rates, with its  attendant socio- economic indices of under development.

    ’’ According to Akpama , the  more  women and girls face neglect ,the more the nation  compounds its  problems, because when a woman is educated, a  whole nation  is educated .

    “We undermine the greatest source of our strengths, because this is a woman and the girl who is empowered that will empower the male,’’ he said Akpama pledged the commission’s support to the initiative  and called for a  collectively  and focused  commitment towards the  mission of eradicating  illiteracy.

    Mr Noah Emmanuel, NOGALSS President, said the aim of the advocacy visit to NMEC was to seek support for the project that targets empowering 10,000 women and girls.

    Emmanuel said the spotlight initiative is focusing on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls adding that civil society and women organisations form a comprehensive approach to ending violence against women.

    “This is being implemented eight African countries including Nigeria , the CSOs work to complement the efforts of government by providing accelerated second chance education to some out-of-school women and girls facing intersecting marginalisation.

    “They also provide livelihood skills for their empowerment, NOGALSS is the umbrella body of all NGOs complementing government’s efforts at all levels in the provision of functional literacy .

    “It is  saddled with the responsibility of uniting, serving and coordinating the activities of all NGOs, CBOs and other private  voluntary organisations involved in mass literacy delivery in Nigeria .

    “As an offshoot of the National Commission for Mass Literacy , Adult and Non-formal Education, NOGALSS  has very strong and elaborate structure spread across the 36 state,.

    ’’ he said.

    Dr Stephen Onyekwelu, Spotlight Project Manager , UNESCO, said that NOGALSS was chosen by UN for the project because of its mandate towards promoting  literacy and called for synergy to ensure the  sustainability of the project .

    According to Onyekwelu, NOGALSS is on board for the second phase of the spotlight initiative, and they are going to work in FCT, Ebonyi and Adamawa .

    He added that NMEC would support by directly providing guidelines for non-formal education.

    “The emphasis of this second chance education in line with education 2023 ,and inline with NMEC vision is to leave no one behind ,and in doing so ,we focused on people with disability,” he said.

    He, therefore, urged the NGOs to  give preference to vulnerable women and girls and PWDs.(
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Agency seeks fund s partnership to implement SCALE 3 0 in Lagos Agency seeks fund s partnership to implement SCALE 3 0 in Lagos L R Dr Hamza Abubakar Kaduna SPHCDA Dr Miapkewap Livinus Plateau SPThe Lagos State Primary Health Care Development Agency SPHCDA is seeking the partnership of the Nigerian Solidarity Support Fund NSSF to expand its support of the COVID 19 vaccination SPHCDA said that the partnership was important as the country launches SCALES 3 0 through the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency NPHCDA This is contained in a communiqu issued by NSSF at the end of its meeting with representatives of SPHCDA s Forum of Chief Executive Officers CEOs in Lagos The communiqu signed by Dr Fejiro Chinye Nwoko General NSSF was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos SCALES is an acronym for Service delivery Communication Accountability Logistics Electronic reporting and Supportive supervision for the ongoing COVID 19 vaccination SCALES was introduced to rapidly ramp up COVID 19 vaccine coverage and reinvigorate routine immunisation uptake by expanding access to COVID 19 vaccines outside the health facility Dr Mohammed Adis Executive Secretary Nasarawa State PHCDA expressed gratitude to NSSF for its previous and ongoing support towards the implementation of the COVID 19 vaccination programme in six states They are Adamawa Edo Imo Katsina Ogun and Nasarawa Adis who is also the chairman of the forum said with the aid of the funds received from NSSF Nasarawa state moved from 32nd place at the last evaluation before December 2021 to first position in June 2022 He said that NPHCDA had kicked off the SCALES 3 0 strategy in August to close the gaps identified during the implementation of SCALES 2 0 which NSSF was a part of According to him the agency was soliciting additional support from the fund to make this a success as well He said in addition to the six previously supported states six more states were nominated to be considered for inclusion They are Taraba State Kaduna Plateau Cross River Enugu State and Ondo The communiqu said that both partners agreed that with the benefit of key lessons from the implementation of SCALES 2 0 some gaps were identified during its implementations Some logistics issues but not limited to transportation data entry in EMID platform and security were identified during the implementation of SCALES 2 0 And these need to be addressed with new strategies that has been put in place for SCALES 3 0 The new phase also intends to address last line visibility and would ensure that gaps at all levels down to the PHCs can be identified at the national level and attended to immediately Additionally the database used for COVID 19 vaccinations has been improved to capture performance the performance of the teams involved against their targets to promote accountability the communiqu said On how NPHCDA was addressing the challenges posed by the pandemic the agency said that all the states were making efforts to solve the problems with health service delivery and are at various stages of implementation The forum further said that they had recognized that technology was versatile and important adding we are making efforts to integrate it into the already existing systems However limited funding and supply of human resources for health remain their major blockers On the presence of donor agencies and credible fund utilization SPHCDA said that each state has an accountability framework that was developed by the World Bank along with NPHCDA It however stated that a software was being developed to enable all stakeholders to track and monitor expenditure It added there is an Open Governance partnership in place that is funded and monitored by the Department for International Development DFID Bill amp Melinda Gates Foundation BMGF and UNICEF This gives all stakeholders access to all activities and programme areas and allows transparency On grassroots engagement to bridge existing gaps the forum said that stakeholder meetings were held regularly It said that the meetings involved community based organizations CBOs and traditional rulers adding that grassroots involvement was an integral part of the work that SPHCDA does The meeting considered several opportunities for expansion of NSSF s interventions especially in areas that do not necessarily relate to vaccination It was suggested that NSSF could consider looking into other issues like flooding and displacement or find a way to key into the insecurity situation and come up with interventions that will offset some of the effects Other areas of support such as research programme design and development of scientific papers were also highlighted for consideration NAN reports that NPHCDA is the agency that is concerned with the management and coordination of Primary Health Care PHC services in Nigeria To scale up COVID 19 vaccination efforts across the country the NSSF signed an MOU with the NPHCDA in December 2021 The programme is currently ongoing in six states across the country They are Nasarawa Imo Edo Katsina Adamawa and Ogun NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Agency seeks fund’s partnership to implement SCALE 3.0 in Lagos
      Agency seeks fund s partnership to implement SCALE 3 0 in Lagos Agency seeks fund s partnership to implement SCALE 3 0 in Lagos L R Dr Hamza Abubakar Kaduna SPHCDA Dr Miapkewap Livinus Plateau SPThe Lagos State Primary Health Care Development Agency SPHCDA is seeking the partnership of the Nigerian Solidarity Support Fund NSSF to expand its support of the COVID 19 vaccination SPHCDA said that the partnership was important as the country launches SCALES 3 0 through the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency NPHCDA This is contained in a communiqu issued by NSSF at the end of its meeting with representatives of SPHCDA s Forum of Chief Executive Officers CEOs in Lagos The communiqu signed by Dr Fejiro Chinye Nwoko General NSSF was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos SCALES is an acronym for Service delivery Communication Accountability Logistics Electronic reporting and Supportive supervision for the ongoing COVID 19 vaccination SCALES was introduced to rapidly ramp up COVID 19 vaccine coverage and reinvigorate routine immunisation uptake by expanding access to COVID 19 vaccines outside the health facility Dr Mohammed Adis Executive Secretary Nasarawa State PHCDA expressed gratitude to NSSF for its previous and ongoing support towards the implementation of the COVID 19 vaccination programme in six states They are Adamawa Edo Imo Katsina Ogun and Nasarawa Adis who is also the chairman of the forum said with the aid of the funds received from NSSF Nasarawa state moved from 32nd place at the last evaluation before December 2021 to first position in June 2022 He said that NPHCDA had kicked off the SCALES 3 0 strategy in August to close the gaps identified during the implementation of SCALES 2 0 which NSSF was a part of According to him the agency was soliciting additional support from the fund to make this a success as well He said in addition to the six previously supported states six more states were nominated to be considered for inclusion They are Taraba State Kaduna Plateau Cross River Enugu State and Ondo The communiqu said that both partners agreed that with the benefit of key lessons from the implementation of SCALES 2 0 some gaps were identified during its implementations Some logistics issues but not limited to transportation data entry in EMID platform and security were identified during the implementation of SCALES 2 0 And these need to be addressed with new strategies that has been put in place for SCALES 3 0 The new phase also intends to address last line visibility and would ensure that gaps at all levels down to the PHCs can be identified at the national level and attended to immediately Additionally the database used for COVID 19 vaccinations has been improved to capture performance the performance of the teams involved against their targets to promote accountability the communiqu said On how NPHCDA was addressing the challenges posed by the pandemic the agency said that all the states were making efforts to solve the problems with health service delivery and are at various stages of implementation The forum further said that they had recognized that technology was versatile and important adding we are making efforts to integrate it into the already existing systems However limited funding and supply of human resources for health remain their major blockers On the presence of donor agencies and credible fund utilization SPHCDA said that each state has an accountability framework that was developed by the World Bank along with NPHCDA It however stated that a software was being developed to enable all stakeholders to track and monitor expenditure It added there is an Open Governance partnership in place that is funded and monitored by the Department for International Development DFID Bill amp Melinda Gates Foundation BMGF and UNICEF This gives all stakeholders access to all activities and programme areas and allows transparency On grassroots engagement to bridge existing gaps the forum said that stakeholder meetings were held regularly It said that the meetings involved community based organizations CBOs and traditional rulers adding that grassroots involvement was an integral part of the work that SPHCDA does The meeting considered several opportunities for expansion of NSSF s interventions especially in areas that do not necessarily relate to vaccination It was suggested that NSSF could consider looking into other issues like flooding and displacement or find a way to key into the insecurity situation and come up with interventions that will offset some of the effects Other areas of support such as research programme design and development of scientific papers were also highlighted for consideration NAN reports that NPHCDA is the agency that is concerned with the management and coordination of Primary Health Care PHC services in Nigeria To scale up COVID 19 vaccination efforts across the country the NSSF signed an MOU with the NPHCDA in December 2021 The programme is currently ongoing in six states across the country They are Nasarawa Imo Edo Katsina Adamawa and Ogun NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Agency seeks fund’s partnership to implement SCALE 3.0 in Lagos
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    Agency seeks fund’s partnership to implement SCALE 3.0 in Lagos

    Agency seeks fund’s partnership to implement SCALE 3.0 in Lagos Agency seeks fund’s partnership to implement SCALE 3.0 in Lagos    L-R: Dr. Hamza Abubakar (Kaduna SPHCDA), Dr. Miapkewap Livinus (Plateau SPThe Lagos State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), is seeking the partnership of the Nigerian Solidarity Support Fund (NSSF), to expand its support of the COVID-19 vaccination.

    SPHCDA said that the partnership was important as the country launches SCALES 3.0 through the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA).

    This is contained in a communiqué issued by NSSF at the end of its meeting with representatives of SPHCDA’s Forum of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) in Lagos.

    The communiqué, signed by Dr Fejiro Chinye-Nwoko, General , NSSF, was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos.

    SCALES is an acronym for ‘Service delivery, Communication, Accountability, Logistics, Electronic reporting and Supportive supervision’ for the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination.

    SCALES was introduced to rapidly ramp up COVID-19 vaccine coverage and reinvigorate routine immunisation uptake by expanding access to COVID-19 vaccines outside the health facility.

    Dr Mohammed Adis,  Executive Secretary, Nasarawa State  PHCDA, expressed gratitude to NSSF for its previous and ongoing support towards the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in six states.

    They are Adamawa, Edo, Imo, Katsina, Ogun and Nasarawa.

    Adis, who is also the chairman of the forum said, ”with the aid of the funds received from NSSF, Nasarawa state moved from 32nd place at the last evaluation before December, 2021 to first position in June, 2022.” He said that NPHCDA had kicked off the SCALES 3.0 strategy in August to close the gaps identified during the implementation of SCALES 2.0, which NSSF was a part of.

    According to him, the agency was soliciting additional support from the fund to make this a success as well.

    He said, ”in addition to the six  previously supported states, six more states were nominated to be considered for inclusion.

    ”They are Taraba State, Kaduna , Plateau,Cross River, Enugu State and Ondo.” The communiqué said that both partners agreed that with the benefit of key lessons from the implementation of SCALES 2.0, some gaps were identified during its implementations.

    “Some logistics issues, but not limited to transportation, data entry in EMID platform and security were identified during the implementation of SCALES 2.0. ”And these need to be addressed with new strategies that has been put in place for  SCALES 3.0. “The new phase also intends to address last-line visibility and would ensure that gaps at all levels, down to the PHCs, can be identified at the national level and attended to immediately.

    “Additionally, the database used for COVID-19 vaccinations has been improved to capture performance; the performance of the teams involved, against their targets, to promote accountability,” the communiqué said.

    On how NPHCDA was addressing the challenges posed by the pandemic, the agency said that all the states were making efforts to solve the problems with health service delivery and are at various stages of implementation.

    The forum further said that they had recognized that technology was versatile and important, adding, ”we are making efforts to integrate it into the already existing systems.

    “However, limited funding and supply of human resources for health remain their major blockers.

    ” On the presence of donor agencies and credible fund utilization, SPHCDA said that each state has an accountability framework that was developed by the World Bank along with NPHCDA.

    It, however, stated that a software was being developed to enable all stakeholders to track and monitor expenditure.

    It added, ”there is an Open Governance partnership in place that is funded and monitored by the Department for International Development (DFID), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and UNICEF.

    “This gives all stakeholders access to all activities and programme areas and allows transparency.

    ” On grassroots engagement to bridge existing gaps, the forum said that stakeholder meetings were held regularly.

    It said that the meetings involved community-based organizations (CBOs) and traditional rulers, adding that.

    grassroots involvement was an integral part of the work that SPHCDA does.

    The meeting considered several opportunities for expansion of NSSF’s interventions, especially in areas that do not necessarily relate to vaccination.

    It was suggested that NSSF could consider looking into other issues like flooding and displacement or find a way to key into the insecurity situation and come up with interventions that will offset some of the effects.

    Other areas of support such as research, programme design, and development of scientific papers were also highlighted for consideration.

    NAN reports that NPHCDA is the agency that is concerned with the management and coordination of Primary Health Care (PHC) services in Nigeria.

    To scale up COVID-19 vaccination efforts across the country, the NSSF signed an MOU with the NPHCDA in December.

    2021. The programme is currently ongoing in six states across the country.

    They are:  Nasarawa, Imo, Edo, Katsina,, Adamawa and Ogun.  
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Mr Tony Ojukwu the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission NHRC has urge Nigerians to be advocates of humanitarian services particularly with the high scale violence and the attendant humanitarian issues in parts of the country Ojukwu SAN made the call in Abuja in a statement to commemorate the 2022 World Humanitarian Day WHD on Friday The WHD is commemorated annually on Aug 19 to pay tribute to humanitarian workers killed and injured in the course of their work We cannot afford to leave humanitarian protection in the hands of aids workers alone International partners such as UNHCR UNDP UNICEF UNODC EU USAID ICRC OHCHR etc and relevant Civil Society Organisations CSOs have been grappling with the huge humanitarian duties in the country Every citizen should lend their support to this noble cause for a more inclusive and egalitarian society Personal sacrifices ranging from empathizing with the victims offering accommodation to the distressed and dislocated he said Ojukwu added that networking with Community Based Organisations CBOs to donate basic needs for livelihood and other necessities to the victims within and outside the Internally Displaced Persons IDPs camps across the country are highly encouraged in this critical time He stated that the 2022 theme of WHD TheHumanRace serves as a reminder that all of us are members of one humanity irrespective of colour He added respective of sex religious belief socio cultural and political orientation or status hence the need to care for one another and eschew all forms of discrimination To the humanitarian workers who are still in the field be assured that your sacrifices are not in vain but rather appreciated I commend the federal government for the thoughtfulness in creating a Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development and other interventions to address the plights of the Internally Displaced Persons IDPs Also to address the plight of refugees returnees migrants which if left unattended to will snowball into further violations of human rights he said Ojukwu commiserated with the families of humanitarian workers who lost their lives during the course of their work He used the opportunity to urge Nigerian institutions and organizations to always mainstream human rights in their daily activities He added in line with extant national regional and international human rights and humanitarian laws to enhance the inherent dignity of mankind In order to ameliorate the plight of and humanitarian workers the National Human Rights Commission is working with the Ministry of Justice Defence Civilians in conflicts Also with other stakeholders to adopt a National Security Policy for the protection of civilians When adopted this will improve the climate for humanitarian workers and displaced communities in the country he said Ojukwu said the commission with the support of UNDP and EU is currently promoting reconciliation reintegration and transitional justice in seven pilot project communities in Borno Adamawa and Yobe NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Be advocates of social services, Ojukwu tells Nigerians
     Mr Tony Ojukwu the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission NHRC has urge Nigerians to be advocates of humanitarian services particularly with the high scale violence and the attendant humanitarian issues in parts of the country Ojukwu SAN made the call in Abuja in a statement to commemorate the 2022 World Humanitarian Day WHD on Friday The WHD is commemorated annually on Aug 19 to pay tribute to humanitarian workers killed and injured in the course of their work We cannot afford to leave humanitarian protection in the hands of aids workers alone International partners such as UNHCR UNDP UNICEF UNODC EU USAID ICRC OHCHR etc and relevant Civil Society Organisations CSOs have been grappling with the huge humanitarian duties in the country Every citizen should lend their support to this noble cause for a more inclusive and egalitarian society Personal sacrifices ranging from empathizing with the victims offering accommodation to the distressed and dislocated he said Ojukwu added that networking with Community Based Organisations CBOs to donate basic needs for livelihood and other necessities to the victims within and outside the Internally Displaced Persons IDPs camps across the country are highly encouraged in this critical time He stated that the 2022 theme of WHD TheHumanRace serves as a reminder that all of us are members of one humanity irrespective of colour He added respective of sex religious belief socio cultural and political orientation or status hence the need to care for one another and eschew all forms of discrimination To the humanitarian workers who are still in the field be assured that your sacrifices are not in vain but rather appreciated I commend the federal government for the thoughtfulness in creating a Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development and other interventions to address the plights of the Internally Displaced Persons IDPs Also to address the plight of refugees returnees migrants which if left unattended to will snowball into further violations of human rights he said Ojukwu commiserated with the families of humanitarian workers who lost their lives during the course of their work He used the opportunity to urge Nigerian institutions and organizations to always mainstream human rights in their daily activities He added in line with extant national regional and international human rights and humanitarian laws to enhance the inherent dignity of mankind In order to ameliorate the plight of and humanitarian workers the National Human Rights Commission is working with the Ministry of Justice Defence Civilians in conflicts Also with other stakeholders to adopt a National Security Policy for the protection of civilians When adopted this will improve the climate for humanitarian workers and displaced communities in the country he said Ojukwu said the commission with the support of UNDP and EU is currently promoting reconciliation reintegration and transitional justice in seven pilot project communities in Borno Adamawa and Yobe NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Be advocates of social services, Ojukwu tells Nigerians
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    Be advocates of social services, Ojukwu tells Nigerians

    Mr Tony Ojukwu, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urge Nigerians to be advocates of humanitarian services, particularly with the high scale violence and the attendant humanitarian issues in parts of the country.

    Ojukwu, SAN, made the call in Abuja in a statement to commemorate the 2022 World Humanitarian Day (WHD) on Friday.

    The WHD is commemorated annually on Aug. 19 to pay tribute to humanitarian workers killed and injured in the course of their work.

    ”We cannot afford to leave humanitarian protection in the hands of aids workers alone.

    ” “International partners such as UNHCR, UNDP, UNICEF, UNODC, EU, USAID, ICRC, OHCHR etc and relevant Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have been grappling with the huge humanitarian duties in the country.

    “Every citizen should lend their support to this noble cause for a more inclusive and egalitarian society.

    “Personal sacrifices, ranging from empathizing with the victims, offering accommodation to the distressed and dislocated” he said.

    Ojukwu added that networking with Community Based Organisations (CBOs) to donate basic needs for livelihood and other necessities to the victims within and outside the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the country are highly encouraged in this critical time.

    He stated that the 2022 theme of WHD, “#TheHumanRace”, serves as a reminder that all of us are members of one humanity irrespective of colour.

    He added respective of sex, religious belief, socio-cultural and political orientation or status, hence the need to care for one another and eschew all forms of discrimination.

    ”To the humanitarian workers who are still in the field, be assured that your sacrifices are not in vain but rather appreciated.

    ” I commend the federal government for the thoughtfulness in creating a Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and other interventions to address the plights of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

    ” Also to address the plight of refugees, returnees, migrants which if left unattended to, will snowball into further violations of human rights” he said.

    Ojukwu commiserated with the families of humanitarian workers who lost their lives during the course of their work.

    He used the opportunity to urge Nigerian institutions and organizations to always mainstream human rights in their daily activities.

    He added in line with extant national, regional and international human rights and humanitarian laws to enhance the inherent dignity of mankind.

    ” In order to ameliorate the plight of and humanitarian workers, the National Human Rights Commission is working with the Ministry of Justice, Defence, Civilians in conflicts.

    ” Also, with other stakeholders to adopt a National Security Policy for the protection of civilians.

    ” When adopted, this will improve the climate for humanitarian workers and displaced communities in the country” he said.

    Ojukwu said, the commission with the support of UNDP and EU is currently promoting reconciliation, reintegration and transitional justice in seven pilot project communities in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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