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Ending human trafficking, a collective responsibility – NGO

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By Edeki Igafe (edekiigafe@gmail.com/08039724275)
Warri (Delta), Dec. 17, 2018 (NNN) Mrs Chigbo Uche, Chairperson, PHEW Foundation International, on Monday called for collective action to end human trafficking in Nigeria.

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Ending human trafficking, a collective responsibility – NGO

Trafficking
By Edeki Igafe (edekiigafe@gmail.com/08039724275)
Warri (Delta), Dec. 17, 2018 (NNN) Mrs Chigbo Uche, Chairperson, PHEW Foundation International, on Monday called for collective action to end human trafficking in Nigeria.

Uche made the call in Warri at the presentation of a film organised by the Foundation to educate people on the dangers inherent in illegal migration.

Uche told newsmen that the fight to end human trafficking should involve individuals, corporate organisations and all levels of government.

She urged the Federal Government to create the right policies and enabling business environment that would generate employment for the nation’s teeming unemployed youths and dissuade illegal migration.

“To end human trafficking, all hands must be on deck; individuals, corporate organisations and the government.

“Government should put the right policies in place that will galvanise employment for the youth. By so doing, they will not be frustrated and think of travelling abroad through illegal means to seek for greener pastures.

“Also, parents should not encourage their children to travel abroad through the desert because it is a suicide mission.

“Corporate organisation should be more humanitarian in their dealings, give back to host communities by way of empowerment,’’ the Foundation’s chairperson said.

Uche said the NGO, founded in 2018, was collaborating with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the federal government to stem, what she described as “modern day slavery’’, through aggressive awareness and advocacy.

“We are making impact, recently, IOM returned some persons to us from Libya.

“One of them is a 13-year-old girl. She was 11 years when she travelled with the consent of her parents, the little girl passed through harrowing experience which could have destroyed her life.

“Another girl travelled to Libya without even telling her parents. So ending trafficking is not going to be immediate, it is a collective and gradual process,’’ Uche said.

The chairperson said that the NGO was in the process of floating a skill acquisition centre to train and empower the unemployed to become productive.

One of the viewers at the film show, Mr Isaac Asowata, a commercial motorcyclist, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) that the film had dissuaded him of the desire to travel abroad through illegal means in search of greener pasture.

“Sho, I’m okay with the Okada wey i dey ride o,’’ Asowata said in local parlance. (NNN)
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Edited by Oluyinka Fadare/Maharazu Ahmed 

 

 

 

 

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Africa CDC closely monitoring new outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo

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The African Union (AU) on Wednesday said its specialized health institution, the Africa CDC, is closely monitoring the situation while preparing to support responses to the new outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Following a notification by the Equateur provincial health authorities of community deaths on May 23 and 30, the DRC government on Sunday declared a new outbreak of EVD in Mbandaka in the northwest Equateur Province.

This is the 11th EVD outbreak in the DRC and it has already claimed four lives and infected four other people in the community, said a statement from the 55-member pan-African bloc.

The outbreak began at a time when experts were close to declaring an end to the 10th EVD outbreak in North Kivu Province, and when countries are fighting hard to control the COVID-19 pandemic, noted the statement.

As the DRC Ministry of Health is currently establishing a coordination and response mechanism to effectively contain the outbreak, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) is closely monitoring the situation while preparing to support response to the outbreak at the national and regional levels.

The Africa CDC has briefed the leadership of the AU Commission about the outbreak and the Commission has pledged its solidarity and support to the DRC in responding to the outbreak, according to the statement.

It also said that the Africa CDC would redeploy its resources and team of experts supporting response to the 10th EVD outbreak in North Kivu to support response to the new outbreak in Equateur Province.

Cognizant of the risk that multiple disease outbreaks have on the DRC, the Africa CDC is working with the DRC government, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners to strengthen response to both the 10th and 11th EVD outbreaks and the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Africa CDC is a specialized technical institution of AU, which supports member states in their efforts to strengthen health systems and improve surveillance, emergency response, prevention and control of diseases.

(XINHUA)

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Angola to join G20 initiative to suspend debt payments

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Angola will join the Group of 20 (G20) Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI), which allows the country to direct funds to combat the impact of COVID-19, the country’s finance ministry said Tuesday.

Following consultations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the ministry said in a statement that it has decided to use the G20’s DSSI to negotiate with its sovereign peers the suspension of the debt in bilateral loans.

The DSSI will be able to ease financial pressure and allow the liberalization of funds to combat the impact of COVID-19 in Angola in the coming months, according to the statement.

Without disclosing any figures, the ministry said the renegotiation of the debt focuses on the amounts owed to bilateral creditors included in the agreement proposed by the G20, which excludes private creditors.

“Following the already announced public administration reforms and budgetary adjustments, the ministry of finance is currently at an advanced stage of negotiations with some of its oil importing partners to reprogram the financing facilities to better reflect the current market environment and the production quotas of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries,” the ministry said.

Thanks to the above measures, and in cooperation with the IMF as well as its multilateral partners, the ministry believes that it is on the right track to guaranteeing the emergency aid needed for the country in 2020 and Angola’s long-term macro-financial stability.

(XINHUA)

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Angola’s central bank allocates funds to help business

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The National Bank of Angola (BNA) on Tuesday said it has used almost 25 percent of all the 100 billion kwanzas (174 million U.S. dollars) available for national companies.

The BNA said it had 55 purchases of treasury bonds at Angola Securities Exchange from 35 companies by May 29.

A total of 23.8 billion kwanzas (41.1 million dollars) have been disbursed for Angolan companies to deal with the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and another 76 billion kwanzas has been used to provide liquidity to the economy, the country’s central bank said.

The BNA also reports that banks bought foreign currencies with an estimated worth of 122.3 million dollars from the oil sector last month.

(XINHUA)

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Poverty rate at 41 pct in Angola

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Angola’s poverty rate stands at 41 percent, meaning that about 4 out of 10 Angolans have a consumption level below the poverty line of 12,181 kwanzas (21 U.S. dollars) per month, said the 2020 Poverty Report for Angola on Tuesday.

The poverty rate in rural areas is 57.2 percent, almost double that in urban areas, which is 29.8 percent, according to the report released by Angola’s National Statistics Institute.

Luanda has the lowest poverty rate of 20 percent, while Cunene Province and Moxico province have the highest rate of 62 percent, the report said.

(XINHUA)

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NGO provides trauma healing for IDPs in Gombe

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The Kishimi Shelter and Care Foundation, an NGO, has commenced a one-year trauma healing programme for 300 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Gombe State.

Mrs Grace Samuel, the Executive Director of the foundation, disclosed this at the opening of a two-day training workshop for stakeholders on the programme.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the targeted beneficiaries are being sheltered in Gombe and Akko Local Government Areas of the state.

She said the foundation would execute the programme through a collaboration with Psycare Initiative with support from African Transitional Justice Legacy Funds (ATJLF).

According to her, the project will provide palliative care for traumatised victims and survivors of conflict in the North East region.

She explained that the programme would provide care to victims who lost everything and have no source of livelihood with skills acquisition and income generating activity.

According to her, the NGO will settle the hospital bills of those in the second category and then link them to additional medical service through referrals and professional counselling.

Samuel said: “African Transitional Justice Legacy Funds is a  MacArthur Foundation sponsored programme which basically has to do with reforming the justice system in Africa.

“This time around, we are not only looking at the justice system, we are looking at the non-justice components.

“This is, those that have not only been denied rights but are suffering trauma and some other challenges. That’s the part we are working on,” she said.

The executive director said the organisation was targeting a minimum of 300 out of the 10,000 IDPs in the state.

Samuel therefore appealed to spirited persons and organisations for more interventions to help displaced persons who are still leaving their homes because of insurgency in the region.

She said that a technical working group would be established to reflect all the stakeholders or components identified for easy execution of the project.

The affected IDPs, traditional and religious leaders, heads of security agencies, CSOs, the media, health personnel and legal practitioners attended the event.


Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVID-19: NGO distributes face masks to cleaners, security guards in Kano

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A Kano based Non-Governmental Organisations, Community Health Research (CHR), has distributed over 1,000 face masks to messengers, cleaners, security guards and food vendors in Government offices in Kano State.

Distributing the face mask to the beneficiaries on Tuesday, Hajiya Rabi Mustapha, one of the AMMKaS officials, an NGO under the CHR, said the donation was a collective effort of various humanitarian organisations in Kano.

 

According to her, the distribution of the face masks was to ensure that the beneficiaries protect themselves from COVID-19,  so as to halt the transmission of the virus.

 

Mustapha added that the NGOs have also distributed face mask to water vendors, market women, vegetable, meat and fruit sellers across the state.

 

“We hope to reach more people wherever they are doing their businesses and enlighten them on the disease and preventive measures.”

 

According to her, the CHR has also distributed over 5,000 sanitiser  and soap to various health facilities across the state.

“The main objective is to raise awareness, prevent and control COVID-19 spread in the state.

 

“We are also discouraging issues related to stigma and discrimination towards discharged COVID-19 patients, and enlightening people to differentiate between fake and genuine information on COVID-19,” she said.

 

Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to newsmen commended the effort of the group, calling on individuals and other organisations to emulate the gesture.

 


Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Leader of Mongolia’s ruling party calls for synergy to promote national development, interests

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Ukhnaa Khurelsukh, leader of Mongolia’s ruling Mongolian People’s Party (MPP), on Tuesday called on voters to promote synergy and unity for the country’s development and interests.

Khurelsukh made the remarks during the launching ceremony of the party’s election campaign for the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

“There are no party interests that go beyond the interests of the country. I am calling on all people or voters to synergize their efforts to promote the interests of Mongolia, support the economic growth, strengthen justice in the country, and to improve people’s livelihood,” said Khurelsukh.

“I am confident that the next four years will be the years for Mongolians to consolidate their achievements, increase economic growth, reduce unemployment and poverty, create new jobs, and strengthen freedom and justice,” he said, calling for a resounding support from voters.

A total of 76 candidates from the MPP are running in the upcoming parliamentary elections under the slogan “Let’s synergize.”

According to the country’s General Election Commission, 485 candidates from 13 political parties and four coalitions as well as 121 independent candidates are running for the parliamentary elections scheduled for June 24.

Mongolia’s opposition Democratic Party is participating in this year’s elections under the slogan “Let’s allot the benefits of economic growth to every household and protect citizens by laws.”

The Asian country’s parliament, the State Great Khural, is unicameral, consisting of 76 lawmakers with a four-year term.

The previous parliamentary elections in Mongolia were held in 2016.

(XINHUA)

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Cititrust donates N1m to NGO to combat COVID-19

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Cititrust Holdings on Tuesday donated N1 million to Health Emergency Initiative (HEI), an NGO, to procure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers.

Presenting the cheque, Mr Yemi Adefisan, Group Chief Executive of the Company, said that the donation was their own quota and support towards fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Adefisan said that the company operates across 13 African countries and still expanding its frontiers in the globe.

He said that they had made donations in other Africans countries as well as in Lagos and Osun states as the company would continue to donate food, materials and PPE to state governments.

“Today is a cash donation to HEI for PPE for health workers, which is part of what we have planned to do.

“We hoped that the equipment will get down to the right people to help support the vulnerable and those affected by the pandemic,’’ he said.

Receiving the cash donation, Mr Paschal Achunine, Executive Director, HEI said that his NGO recognized that timely provision of PPE was critical to winning the war against COVID-19.

“If you check across the globe, in most places where the pandemic killed a lot of people, it happened because they don’t have enough PPE or it was not timely provided.

HEI embarked on setting up of an emergency trust fund, purchased and distributed to organisation in Nigeria.

“With the fund provided by Cititrust Holdings, who saw and verify what we have done is to get PPE across to the critical ones that need them.

“We have been working with hospitals in the last five years and we know their touch points, every kobo committed to us, gets maximum value,” he said.

Achunine said that HEI has been consistent in 27 hospitals in Lagos including LUTH, LASUTH and IDH, Yaba.

He said that his NGO had been providing support and resuscitation for indigent patients and accident victims when taken to the hospital.

“The resources are limited and challenges are there but l urge companies and individuals to key into the emergency trust fund and appeal to the masses to take precautions, stay alive as the landscape has changed,’’ he said.


Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

 

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Parliamentary election campaign begins in Mongolia

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Campaigning for Mongolia‘s parliamentary elections began Tuesday after the country’s election commission approved a list of qualified candidates.

A total of 485 candidates from 13 political parties and four coalitions as well as 121 independent candidates are running for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for June 24, the GEC said in a statement.

The commission said 75 percent of the candidates are male and 25 percent are female.

Mongolia’s parliament, the State Great Khural, is unicameral, consisting of 76 lawmakers with a four-year term.

The previous parliamentary elections in Mongolia were held in 2016.

(XINHUA)

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