By Fortune Abang
Abuja, July 9, 2020 (NAN) The African Union (AU) Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) has urged the Federal Government to establish framework on “Silencing the Guns, to promote peace and security in Sokoto State.
ECOSOCC is an advisory body of the AU, designed to give civil society organisations a voice within AU institutions and decision-making processes.
Dr Tunji Asaolu, 1st-Nigerian Representative of the 3rd Permanent General Assembly of AU-ECOSOCC, gave the advice at the one-day conference on “Improving security of lives in Sokoto” on Thursday in Abuja.
The conference organised by El-Sadiq Charity and Educational Foundation in collaboration with AU-ECOSOCC, sought to create awareness on AU’s framework for sustainable peace and security in key local government areas of the state.
Asaolu said: “We are calling on Nigerian government and all relevant stakeholders, particularly the security agencies, to key into the AU theme: Silencing the Gun: create conducive environment for Africa’s development.
“Nigerian security agencies have done well in the area of peace maintenance and security, we encourage them to put in more efforts, until all guns are silent, eradicated within African borders.
“For these reasons, AU-ECOSOCC Nigeria strongly call on governments at all levels to increase awareness for peace building, alternative dispute resolutions, security education, mop-up of small and light weapons.
“Reduction of cross border crimes and arms proliferations, leveraging on ECOSOCC peace and security cluster activities with a specific focus on extremism, terrorism and illicit proliferation, and misuse of such weapons.
“We also encourage roundtable meeting with civil society on strategy mechanism, to find a way forward to this phenomenon troubling the continent, via using a civil approach,” he said.
He explained that silencing the guns in Africa to be AU’s commitment to create conditions of peace and stability necessary to foster meaningful development and integration in continent.
Also speaking, Alhaji Dahiru Tambuwal, a former Senator representing Sokoto-South constituency, stressed the need for holistic approach to tackle insecurity, saying to ensure proper implementation of security laws must be followed.
According to him, security is a responsibility of everybody and that it should not be left for government to handle alone.
Tambuwal said: “There is terrorism act and I believe it is able to combat all aspects of terrorism; kidnapping, raping and everything that you can think of.
“I believe that with the new challenges of security that are before us now, the current session of the National Assembly are up and doing.
“We are watching them debating and amending laws, collectively we can resend a proposal to the National Assembly to capture gaps in the law in any case, in terms of beefing up security.
“Those laws are designed to promote nation building and they can be collectively collated and we can put it forward. I am sure they will be able to do some amendment if there is any need for it,” he said.
Mr Sadiq Mohammed, the Founder and Chairman of the organisation, decried the issue about security to hinder peace and progress of the state.
He pledged to come up with intervention and support programmes to ensure crime was eradicated in the state.
“This is our modest support and intervention for the supposed eradication of the recurring banditry activities in Sokoto.
“We also solicit for sincere collective resolve from the government, traditional institutions, religious bodies, residents of the state and our neighbours.
“This act must end for us to live peacefully, secured to trade, farm, provide for our subsistence and return to normal life, there can be no meaningful development without peace,” Mohammed said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that El-Sadiq Charity and Educational Foundation is a non-governmental organisation that promotes education and healthcare to bring about positive change in the society. (NAN)
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Red Cross calls for grassroots sensitisation on activities in Niger
The Niger chapter of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) has called on its Bida Division in the state to take its sensitisation engagements to the grassroots to educate them on what the society stands for.
Alhaji Hamisu Jankaro, the state Chairman, NRCS made the call on Tuesday in Bida during a two-day induction course organised the executive and governing board of its Bida division.
“You have to build a stronger Red cross by sensitising people in your area about our activities and what we stand for,” he said.
Jankaro said that the measure would enable the people to know more about the NRCS and also recognise the society.
He said that a good public perception of the society would help to ease the responsibility of the members of the NRCS in the area.
According to him, the National Headquarters of the society has been training and retraining volunteers in the state for effective service delivery.
He noted that the induction course organised for the executive and governing board was to let them know what Red cross was all about and their statutory responsibilities.
Alhaji Abdulmumuni Madami, Chairman, Bida Division of the Red cross, thanked the state branch of the society for organising the course.
Madami promised to work as a team for the development of the division and Red cross.
In a presentation, Malam Abdullahi Iliyasu, one of the resource persons advised participants against talking to journalists without permission.
Iliyasu, who is also the state Branch Communication Coordinator (BCC) of the society, urged them to discharge their duties in line with the seven basic fundamental principles of the society.
Dr Aliyu Babadoko, Divisional Adviser on Disaster Management Control of the society, said that the training had exposed them to the rudiments of the Red cross.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the division had 1,000 members and volunteers in Bida Local Government Area of the state.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Expert decries deficiency in management of students with disabilities
Dr Badewa Adejugbe-Williams, an expert in the management of students with diverse physical and neurodevelopment disabilities, has decried the dearth in the educational management of students with various disabilities in the country.
Adejugbe-Williams, who is the founder, Royal School of Education Therapy Foundation (RSETF), an Abuja based school for children with disability like autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, stated this at a news conference, on Tuesday in Abuja.
She said that as part of efforts to address the deficiencies, the foundation had concluded plans to train educators and specialists to deal with variety of students and their needs.
She disclosed that the foundation would partner with the Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo to achieve its objective.
Adejugbe-Williams, also revealed that the programme had been approved by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to offer series of one-year online Special Education Teacher Certificate Courses.
“The Royal School of Educational Therapy Foundation (RSETF) is aware of the skills deficiency in the educational management of the ordinary student across the country.
“This deficiency is greater emphasised when dealing with students with disabilities who require educational specialists to help their learning process, and educational management to help them fulfil their innate potential.
“With the absence of educational specialists, who understand the issues at play when dealing with students with diverse learning styles and abilities, there is the very likelihood that these students would eventually drop out of school, get stalled in their educational progress, be largely ignored, or fall through the gaps.
” RSETF recognises the need to train educators to deal with variety of students and student-needs and therefore partner with the Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, with the aim of promoting school effectiveness and improved learning outcomes for all pupils, especially those with diverse physical and neurodevelopment disabilities in Nigeria,” she said.
She explained that the partnership programmes are in Regular Special Education Teacher Certificate, Advanced Special Education Teacher Certificate and International Special Education Teacher Certificate.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Group advises rape survivors to take PEP after 72 hours
Mrs Florita Durueke , Executive Director, NHVMAS, during a Weekly online training for journalists on HIV Prevention Research, said that access to PEP was necessary due to the increasing number of rape cases recorded in the country.
Recently, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said that about 717 rape cases have been recorded in Nigeria by the Police between January and May 2020.
“Rape is on the increase in Nigeria and there is the need to scale up acces to PEP. It is an Antiretroviral drug to be commenced after 72 hours of exposure and taken daily for 28 days for maximum protection against HIV infection.
“We also see cases of children being raped, Aside adults, children who are above two years old should receive PEP to avoid becoming infected.
“Lack of awareness and stigma have been a serious challenge and we need the media to promote this intervention to reduce the burden of s in the country.
Also speaking, Mr Oluwatosin Alaka, Programme Cordinator at NHVMAS, said there was the need to reduce risky behaviours and promote Abstenance and being faithful to a partner, to reduce the burden of HIV infection in the country.
“There are millions of HIV infection in Nigeria and we can not rely on treatment alone, we still need to prevent new infections.
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
Senator calls for deployment of more policemen to areas under bandits attacks
Sen. Ibrahim Gobir, Chairman, Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence, has urged the Federal Government to deploy more policemen to areas under bandits attacks in the country.
Gobir made the call when the members of Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), Sokoto State chapter paid him a Sallah homage at his resident in Sokoto on Tuesday.
The lawmaker said that deployment of more security personnel would give residents of such areas more courage and confidence to resume normal activities.
“The issues of banditry and kidnapping are challenges that involve the whole society which requires very urgent intervention.
“It is very unfortunate that things are getting out of hand, because some years back if somebody said such things would happen it would be very difficult to agree.
“Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah), so far so good, as security agencies have succeeded a lot toward restoring peace in some affected areas of the country.
“Things are actively becoming under control in most of the areas, as such we appeal for more commitment to enhance the success.
“This could be achieved by ensuring more police personnel are deployed to the effected areas to give more courage to the people in order to return back to their normal activities,” he said.
Gobir further said that there was no reason for any government to consider negotiations with bandits as an alternative to ending banditry in the country.
“I don’t believe in negotiation with bandits. There is no reason to go on negotiation with criminals that killed and destabilised the living standard of innocent citizens in this country.
“So, government should continue to fight such elements to the end. They have made a lot of damage to the society, instigate fear and trauma in the people of the effected areas,” he added.
Earlier, Vice-Chairman of the Chapel, Malam Ismail Umar, expressed appreciation to the senator for granting them audience, assuring him of their commitment towards restoring peace and unity among the people of the state.
Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)