The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Farouq says Nigeria is moving from just giving humanitarian relief to its vulnerable population to empowering them with skills.
Farouq told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York at the 77th session of UN General Assembly that the Nigerian Government was working to build the resilience of the population.
The minister spoke on the sidelines of High-Level Side Event on “Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development: A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No one Behind.
’’ “We are shifting away from just giving humanitarian relief to see how we can build the resilience of our people and empower them.
“We are moving towards a sustainable way of building the lives of the vulnerable people, those who have been affected by displacement to have a dignified way of life by empowering them.
“We have provided for them different empowerment opportunities for them to learn different skills, to earn a living with those skills and for their prosperity,’’ she said.
According to her, empowering the vulnerable population is a right step to reduce poverty, noting that Nigeria has done well under the present administration to reduce poverty index.
The minister said that the United Nations (UN) had been working with Nigeria to achieving sustainable development, like eradication of poverty and addressing issues of vulnerability.
Earlier at the event, UN Deputy Secretary General, Ms Amina Mohammed said humanitarian action and lifesaving relief remained critical, saying, “we must recognise that protracted crises require a synchronised and complementary development and peace support.
“This must be supported by long term investments to address the drivers and the root causes of crises in the first place, and the ensuing fragility.
“This is at the core of the humanitarian development peace nexus approach.
We know that investing in development is the best way to prevent the crisis in the first place.
“This is where I would like to commend the Government of Nigeria for now, practically in its adoption of the triple nexus approach, particularly in relation to those who have been displaced internally and supported by the creation of enabling frameworks and mechanisms,’’ she said.
The UN deputy chief said the Government of Nigeria also used the triple Nexus approach beyond the issue of finding durable solutions to empowering its displaced population “ For example, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) kickstarted 1.5 million U.
S. dollar pilot project to the Nigeria humanitarian fund.
’’ According to her, the fund is to address durable solutions, working closely with the governance of Borno, Adamawa, Yobe, and the UN under the leadership of UNDP.
She said that UN had helped on the stabilisation programme and restoration of the social contract working with the private sector and resulted in constructing many permanent shelters and classrooms in those states.
“The stabilisation efforts are conducted under the auspices of the Lake Chad Commission’s regional stabilisation strategy, and this is an important cross border coordination and cooperation, which is even more pressing not just in the Lake Chad region, but also in the Sahel.
In her remarks, Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen said women were driving force in disaster risk reduction, and emergency response and therefore should not be left unattended to.
“We see this thing during the public lighting pandemic, where 70 to 80 per cent of health volunteers are women.
“Women were at the forefront front of risk communications and are trusted by their communities,’’ she said.
The General Debates, which started on Sept. 20 with the theme: “Watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges,’’ ended on Monday.
First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent.
Buhari made the call at an event in New York on “The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security: Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings’’.
The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the high level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.
The first lady, the President of AFLPM, who spoke virtually, said she it was necessary to include peace education in curriculum because of the peculiarity of conflicts in Africa.
“I made a case for the mandatory inclusion of “peace education” as an essential subject in the curriculum of Basic Education of schools in Africa during the Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in May, 2022. “I am happy to report that the initiative was well received,’’ she said.
The first lady said as core partners and implementers of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, she extended a similar call on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) She said the call to UNESCO in consultation with other entities and partners was to consider the development of a universal curriculum on gender, peace and security education for all schools, as a way of giving concrete expression to Resolution 1325. She said the event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on WPS, and subsequently, nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework.
She said it was also important to note that these landmark resolutions about the pre-eminent position of women and girls in peace-building, peace-making and peace-keeping processes were adopted in this great city of New York. “We are meeting at a time of heightened tension and conflict in all regions of the world.
“Therefore, it is time for women and their organisations to step up their contributions to the cause of peace and justice, and for the international community to attach greater value to the special voices of women in the peace process.
’’ According to her, as a guardian and partner in the struggle for African Peace, the challenge is even greater for our 12 year-old institution to rise and insist that women’s priorities are central to peace and security policy at all levels.
“It is evident that violent conflicits are greatest toll on women and girls, although we form more than half of the world’s population.
“In conflict situations, we are pre-disposed to the double jeopardy of horror and gender injustice in various forms.
“Already, there is a wide deficit in the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), due to limited access to healthcare, welfare services, economic opportunities and political participation by women and girls in Africa,.
“In a continent plagued by widespread disorder and state fragility, our individual countries are more than ever before faced with alarming ratios of maternal and child mortality.
“Besides death, injury and displacement, conflict destroys infrastructure, undermines social ties, and reduces the capacity of states to deliver on the development agenda promised the African electorate.
“Our vital resources are increasingly being diverted to put out the fire at various battle across Africa – from the Sahel, to the Oceans,’’ the first lady said.
Buhari said it was in the face of these difficulties that women had proved their peculiar skills-set as peace agents in conflict situations although this role has largely been ignored.
She said accepting and integrating the unique experience, capability and particularity of women into all aspects of the peace and security sector was therefore essential for the success of each of the component of the peace efforts.
“To achieve this and other goals, the social, cultural and political barriers that limit women’s full participation in achieving sustainable peace should therefore be addressed with renewed tempo.
“Happily, follow-up UN Security Council Resolutions 2242 have provided for “measures and standards” with which to monitor the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security mandates”, among others,’’ the First Lady said.
The Minister of Women Affairs Mrs Pauline Tallen; the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Amb. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande and his wife.
The wife of the Consul-General of Nigeria in New York, Mrs Florence Egopija, wife of Edo governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, wife of Plateau governor, Mrs Regina Lalong, among others, attended the event.
Mrs Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, has been nominated as Africa’s Leading Woman for Women Affairs and Social Development Award.
The award was conferred at the on-going 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the largest gathering of World leaders where policy makers, Captains of industries and the business community converge to interact on global challenges and also sign pacts.
The Special Assistant (Technical) to the minister, Mrs Jummai Idonije, in a statement on Thursday, said the nomination was at the Foreign Investment Network Limited (FIN) Business and Investment Forum holding on the wings of the on-going UNGA.
Idonije said the global recognition was due to her immense contribution to women’s development and empowerment in the country.
She added that the civil decoration by FIN was to recognise persons who have made meritorious contributions to their country .
The statement quoted INGO Third Sector Resource, UK, to have described the nomination as “inspite of the daily challenges she faced in combating issues affecting Women and vulnerable people in her country.
“She has remained dogged in her determination to selflessly serve those in distress and ordinary citizens of her country through her laudable initiatives and interventions.
The Federal Government on Thursday inducted four outstanding female athletes into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame. Mrs Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, disclosed this during the reception in honour of Nigerian female athletes in Abuja.
Those honoured are Tobi Amusan (World Record Holder 12.12 second 100 metres hurdles), Folashade Oluwafemiayo, (Gold medalists Women’s Heavyweight Champion, para powerlifti.
Others are Ese Brume (Olympic World Champion African Champion in Long Jump) and Blessing Oborududu (Olympic Silver medalist, Commonwealth Games Champion in wrestli.
( Tallen, while commending the athletes for their outstanding performance during the various international sporting competitions, said the induction was a way to immortalise Nigerian women’s achievements globally.
Also speaking, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, described Nigerian women as exceptional and talented.
“Whatever sphere they find themselves, Nigerian women are very committed, talented, determined and resilient in whatever they do.
“We are very proud of you all and didn’t expect anything less, the sky will be your limit as you continue to make us proud,” she said.
On his part, Mr Sunday Dare, Minister of Youths and Sport, while commending the athletes, said the President had approved a Presidential Award for Competitive Excellency (PACE) Dare said, “the award was to recognise any athlete that represent Nigeria and achieve a remarkable level in sport.
“About 27 athletes will be the first recipients of the Presidential award to appreciate our great sports men and women,” he said.
He gave the assurance that the country place a lot of value on sports men and women and they would be rewarded and celebrated for showing up for the country.
Nigeria is prepared to partner with Burundi for the advancement of women’s causes on the African continent.
Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, gave the assurance in Abuja on Tuesday when she received Ms Marie-Jeanne Ntakirutimana, ambassador of Burundi to Nigeria.
Tallen described Burundi as a sister country and noted that challenges facing African women, particularly in poor representation in leadership positions, were similar.
“Women work so hard for little pay; women are not acknowledged and given their rightful positions particularly in the political space,’’ she noted.
The minister called on African leaders to concede more positions to women if they wanted the African continent to move forward and progress.
She cited Rwanda as a clear example within the African continent where women held sway with the highest number of women at controlling heights of governance and in the private sector.
“For Rwanda, women’s participation in the Judiciary is 50 per cent; in the Legislature, it is 62 per cent; in the Executive, it is 62 per cent.
“When compared with Nigeria, we have less than 7 per cent,’’ she lamented.
Earlier, Ntakirutimana said the visit was to strengthen cooperation already existing between Burundi and Nigeria.
She said her country’s minister of women affairs would be glad to work with Nigeria on issues concerning women in general.
The ambassador stressed the need for the two countries to partner for the advancement of women’s causes on the African continent.
Gender-based violence and wellbeing of women and girls Gender-based violence and wellbeing of women and girls By Uche Anunne, News Agency of Nigeria Mrs Joy Michael (not real name) is a resident of Aso, outskirt of Abuja.
A round black patch is visible on her right chick.
The mark is a blood clot, the product of a beating unleashed on her by her husband during a heated argument over feeding money.
She is not alone in this situation.
Every day, the media is filled with stories of women and girls who suffer one form of violence or another.
The United Nations defines sexual and gender based violence as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.
” Experts say sexual and gender based violence is a growing phenomenon in Nigeria and has become a source of concern to many stakeholders in human rights, mental health and general wellbeing of women and girls.
“Sexual and Gender Based Violence is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violation of women and girls today.
“It has immediate, long term, physical, sexual and mental health consequences for women and girls affected,” says Mr Matthias Schmale, the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria in Abuja at the launch of the landscape analysis’ report of SGBV, Harmful Practices and Obstetrics Fistula.
Statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) is not palatable.
According to the United Nations agency, globally, one in three women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, perpetrated mostly by an intimate partner.
Citing a 2018 National Demographic Health Survey (NDHS), Onyinye Chime and her team of researchers said 33 per cent of women from 15 to 49 years in Nigeria have experienced physical or sexual violence.
They further say that 24 per cent of women have experienced only physical violence, 2 per cent have experienced only sexual violence, while 7 per cent have experienced both physical and sexual violence.
According to the lecturer at the Enugu State University College of Medicine and her team of scholars, aside from physical and sexual violence, other forms of violence reported by Nigerian women include; socio-economic and psychological violence, adding that although gender based has been increasingly recognised as a public health problem, it has been largely ignored.
The Country Representative of United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), Ulla Mueller, painted a grimmer picture.
According to her, about 10,000 Nigerian women suffer from all forms of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) on daily basis.
She spoke at the End Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria Summit, organised by the Nigeria Academy of Science and the Ford Foundation in Abuja.
Section 34 of 1999 constitution as amended provides that: “that every individual is entitled to respect for the dignity of person and accordingly no person shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment”.
The Violence Against Person’s Prohibition Act of 2015 was enacted to prohibit all forms of violence in private and public life; and provides the maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishment of offenders.
This law is applicable in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and domesticated by many other states, including Enugu, Oyo, Kaduna, Anambra and Bauchi.
Specifically, Section 19 (1) of the Act provides that “ a person who batters his or her spouse commits offence and is liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or to a fine not exceeding N200,000.00 or both.
” Also, subsection 2 provides that: a person who attempts to commit the act of violence provided for in sub-section(1) of this section commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 1 year or to a fine not exceeding N100,000.00 or both.
” Unfortunately sexual and gender based violence has thrived in spite of laws both at the national and state levels that prohibit them and prescribe punishments for offenders.
Poverty and illiteracy at the top the list of factors responsible for sexual and gender based violence and if the menace must be conquered, these twin challenges must be addressed.
This position has been acknowledged by the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen while speaking in Abuja through the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Olufunso Adebiyi, at the presentation of statistical tool for data gathering on Gender-Based Violence Case Information Management System.
She other factors include traditional practices, girl child marriage, social inequalities that tilt towards men.
This perspective is supported by the Council of Europe which argues that “Patriarchal and sexist views legitimise the violence to ensure the dominance and superiority of men.
“Other cultural factors include gender stereotypes and prejudice, normative expectations of femininity and masculinity, the socialization of gender”.
From religious perspective, the council posits that religious and historical traditions have sanctioned the physical punishment of women under the notion of entitlement and ownership of women.
Legally speaking it argues that “being a victim of gender-based violence is perceived in many societies as shameful and weak, with many women still being considered guilty of attracting violence against themselves through their behavior,” adding that “this partly accounts for enduring low levels of reporting and investigation”.
Against the background of its extensive effects of the victims and the entire society, the war against sexual and gender based violence is one that must be won.
It dehumanises them, its impact on their psychology is enormous, imposing inferiority complex on victims.
Its impact on their mental health is far-reaching.
At the presentation of Landscape Analysis report on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Harmful Traditional Practices and Obstetrics Fistula at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, Wife of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, called for zero tolerance against the menace.
“Stand up for the girl that is chased around the office table by her superior, at work.
“What do we want?
Advocate for punishment for the crimes, not only for help for the survivors,’’ she told her audience.
In Anambra, traditional rulers have already keyed into the war.
During a recent town hall meeting on the problem, The Chairman, Anambra Central Traditional Council, Igwe Christopher Okpala, condemned some harmful traditional practices against women, insisting that the situation must change.
A Cleric, at the meeting, Prof. Boniface Obiefuna, said that the religious institutions have a role to play in addressing the problem by being committed to preaching equity and fairness rather than hiding under the Holy Books to promote inequalities.
Obiefuna also urged parents to raise their children and wards in a manner that they would respect others’ rights and be responsible citizens.
A sociologist, Isma‘il Mshelia, argues that in addition to every member of the society contributing his or her quota to end the problem, institutions involved in the fight must in strengthened to enable them deliver.
Mshelia, a lecturer in the department of sociology, University of Abuja, in a study submitted that “ The personnel across all the agencies should as well be equipped with modern gadgets and should be well trained in line with global best practices of maintaining law and order hinged on the ideals of equality before the law, freedom and justice.
” A just society is one in which everybody feels safe and secured irrespective of gender.
The war to make our society safe for women and girls is one that must be one.
It is possible through team work.
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The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen has urged mothers of school age children to invest their time in ensuring good moral upbringing of their children.
Tallen gave the advice at the 13th Anniversary of Betneely Charity Foundation, Children’s Club Inauguration and Awards to NGOs working in communities, held on Friday in Abuja.
The minister said that the greatest investment any parent could give to his or her child was good moral upbringing.
” Children are our last hope.
They are the future of this nation and that’s why I keep calling on mothers, particularly young mothers of school age children to give more attention to their children.
” The Bible tells us bring up your child so that when they grows up they will not depart from it.
” We must invest in bringing up of our children well.
We must invest in paying more attention to their friends, the company they keep, so that we can have better leaders and better well groomed children that will stand in the gap for us.
” We need well behaved children to take care of us in our old age.
To take care of the needs of the family and the society at large.
” And without us paying the necessary attention to this children all our efforts and investment will be in vain,” she said.
The minister commended the President, Betneely Charity Foundation, Mrs Betty Olutunde, for the great work she had done and her service to humanity.
” Not just service to humanity but given more focus to children who are the future hope of our nation.
” I therefore want to specially congratulate my sister Betty for the charity work you are doing.
” Touching lives, given hope to the hopeless and investing more in this children in order to groom them well to bring them to be better leaders of tomorrow.
” Tallen, therefore, called on all well-meaning Nigerians both men and women of goodwill to follow the good step of Betty and give hope to the hopeless, put smiles on the downtrodden, and to make the society a better place.
Earlier, the President of the foundation, Olutunde, said taking care of children was everybody’s business, saying ” we must show love to children in our neighborhood and worship centres.
” I am a member of the National Council of Child Rights Advocates.
I go round advocating that everyone should enroll their children in schools.
” We have this school programmewe call Community In-house Programme, where we talk to the District Heads to do homes school.
Once a child is educated it reduces poverty in the society.
” Joy brings peace, poverty brings war.
So, we will rather go for peace, she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the highpoint of the event was the cutting of the foundation’s 13th Anniversary cake and inauguration of the Children’s Club by the Minister of Women Affairs, Tallen.
Mr Matthias Schmale, UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, has described Sexual and Gender Based Violence( SGBV), as a global human rights violation that requires concerted efforts to be stopped.
Schmale, represented by Dr Oliver Stolpe, said this on Wednesday in Abuja at the launch of the landscape analysis’ report of SGBV, Harmful Practices and Obstetrics Fistula.
Stolpe is the Country Representative of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
“Sexual and Gender Based Violence is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violation of women and girls today.
“It has immediate, long term, physical, sexual and mental health consequences for women and girls affected,” he said.
According to him, the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goals represents a unique opportunity to promote human rights, equality and wellbeing of all in particular, women and girls.
Ms Ulla Mueller, Country Representative UN Population Fund (UNFPA), described the fight to end Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) as one of the key objectives of UN Population Fund. Mueller said that one of the key objectives of UNFPA and Global Affairs Canada, one of its partners, was addressing gaps in Gender Based Violence and harmful practices in Nigeria.
She said that the programme was a three-year project adding that the success made so far in the fight against SGBV had been encouraging.
“It is a three-year programme and you just saw in the video that more than 20,000 adolescent girls are retained in schools and safe spaces in order to delay child marriage.
She said that the project had recorded huge successes through community-based surveillance against SGBV in Sokoto and Bauchi States Earlier, Minister for Women Affairs Minister and Social Development, Mrs Pauline Tallen, said that prevention of SGBV and other harmful practices would boost economic growth.
Tallen, represented by Alhaji Shehu Shinkafi, Permanent Secretary in the ministry described SGBV as harmful to both humanity and nations.
“Preventing this violence can promote economic growth, human dignity and egalitarian society.
“So far we have prioritised and given increased attention to Gender Based Violence, social structural inequalities and other harmful practices,” she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the launch was sponsored by UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and Global Affairs Canada.
The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs says it will partner with the UN Women on its digital agricultural platform to harness the benefits for rural women in Nigeria.
Mrs Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, disclosed this in a statement by Mr Olujimi Oyetomi, Director, Press and Public Relations, of the ministry on Wednesday in Abuja.
She stated this when she received Ms Beatrice Eyong, the new UN-Women Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS.
Tallen said the digital platform of the UN-Women aligns with the Ministry’s World Bank assisted project on women economic empowerment, “Nigeria for Women Project (NFWP)”.
She noted that the main challenge affecting women was poverty, hence the need for the government and other stakeholders to prioritise and channel resources toward addressing it.
“If government could focus more on empowering women, it will not only change the lives of women alone, but jump-start the economy.
“More resources should be devoted to women empowerment projects.
Once a woman is empowered, the home and lifestyle of her family will change and the nation will be healthier and better-off,” she said.
The minister stressed the need for more support and advocacies for the empowerment of many more Nigerian women, especially those in the rural areas.
Earlier, Eyong said the digital agriculture platform would enhance economic and financial capacities of rural communities, introduce them to digital economy and prepare them for climate change.
She said that the platform had been applied in Mali, Senegal and other parts of Africa and had been embraced and met with many successes to the benefit of rural women farmers and even men.
Eyong revealed that the UN-Women in Nigeria are developing a “new strategy note” which is the organisation’s plan for the next five years on the needs of women, girls and the vulnerable in the country.
The country’s Representative said they had incorporated field-data from six geo-political zones covering 36 States of Nigeria into the document.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen has extoled the role of the youth to bring about the national development of the country.
Tallen, who was represented by an aide, Mrs Angela Nkwocha, disclosed this in Abuja at a programme organised by Teens and Nubile Club (Teenub), an NGO.
She stated that no nation can develop when a large percentage of its population are idle and ineffective.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme was organised towards transforming the mindset of Nigerian youths for sustainable national development.
The minister said that a society that prepares the youth for the sake of future aspirations would secure its future development.
She said that it will also prepare its next set of leaders who will champion reconciliation and development.
“Therefore, the role of the youth in national development is sacrosanct to the whole development aspiration of any society.
“The youth in any society are the engine of growth and development; because they provide the labour force for production of goods and services to take effect.
“They are also the critical stakeholders, whose action and inaction can develop or destroy the fabrics of our society.
“Given their strategic role, the youth have the greater responsibility to promote peace, security, stability and national unity through their active involvement in the electoral process.
“They are there to build bridges of understanding across ethnic groups, political affiliations and religious divide,” she stressed.
Mrs Mayen Ebong, Programme Coordinator, Teenub, FCT said that the organisation was out to imbibe in the youth moral behaviour and transform them into better people for the future.
She said that the NGO was out to teach the youth on how to handle situations in the society, adding that, recently moral decadence and social vices were prevalent among the youth.
“Teenub means teens and nubile, and then we work with young people and the teenage range, widows, vulnerable women, whatever involves in training them is what we do.
“Now, today’s programme is centred on the youth, about transforming them, transforming their minds, about how they handle situations in the society.
“This programme is about transforming Nigerian youth so that we could have a better society from the current one we are having,” she stressed.
Mrs Tessy Nnalue, Director, Orientation and Behavior Modification Department, National Orientation Agency (NOA,) spoke on a theme “The growth in me, I am a part of the country”.
Nnalue stated that the agency was doing its best to reorient Nigerians on what was right and wrong.
She said that the agency covers every nook and cranny of the country, adding that it is present in the 774 local governments in the country.
“NOA focuses on sensitisation of the populace particularly on government policies and programmes.
“We are doing a lot, we always organise programmes where we invite the youth, we create awareness, we do that by also making use of the traditional rulers, religious leaders.
“We go to the churches, mosques, we do that in order to make sure the youth understand what will be beneficial to them.
“My advice for the youth in the 2023 elections is for them to think very carefully before going on an illegal errand for any politician who will use them and dump them,” Nnalue urged.