Cleen Foundation, a non-governmentaloOrganisation, has advised the Federal Government to revamp the criminal justice system in the country and equip the police for holistic investigations.
Mr Joshua Sebiotimo, Cleen Foundation’s state coordinator gave the advice in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
Sebiotimo said that there was also a need to sensitise the public to the existence of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) and Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA).
According to him, human rights are inalienable, indivisible and interdependent; hence, the public should be enlightened, their rights should be respected at all times by persons and organisations saddled with the responsibility of enforcing the law.
Sebiotimo urged stakeholders to organise seminars, simplify the law and the act with adequate sensitisation on the contents and distribute them to all security agents to guide them in their operations.
He said that this would ensure that the security agents and agencies and law enforcement agencies were kept abreast of the new innovations in the law.
Sebiotimo said that the foundation would begin to monitor the effective implementation of the ACJL and the ACJA in the country and in states where the laws have been domesticated.
Foundation preaches increased advocacy against gender-based violence
The Sir Ahmadu Memorial Foundation (SABMF) has called for increased advocacy against gender-based violence in order to promote positive behavioural change in the country.
Mr Abubakar Umar, it’s Managing Director made the call in a statement in Kaduna on Monday which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria.
He said there was need for the empowerment of women and adolescent girls in order to reduce their vulnerability to gender-based violence.
Umar said that SABMF was concerned about the spate of sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based Violence in the country.
“The foundation recommends gender inclusiveness to increase women participation in the socio-economic and political activities in their communities..
“We also call for improved and free medical attention to victims of rape and other forms of gender-based violence,” he said.
He called for the strengthening of extant laws on gender-based violence to ensure effective justice delivery for victims.
Umar who described rape as a crime that required serious attention, urged community and religious leaders to get involved in the advocacy against it.
“We are talking about a crime that has direct negative impact on the economic development of not only women, but the nation.
“We all need to stand out to support the victims, we must encourage them to speak out,” he said.
Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Foundation seeks free, comprehensive healthcare for older persons
An Enugu-based NGO, the Daniel Ukwu Leadership Foundation, on Monday, advocated for a free and comprehensive healthcare for older persons nationwide.
The Executive Director of the foundation, Mr Daniel Ukwu, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of an event to mark the UN International Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Celebrated annually on June 15 around the globe, the UN International Elder Abuse Awareness Day is to focus global attention to the problems of physical, emotional and financial abuse of elders.
Ukwu, therefore, called for free and comprehensive healthcare package for older persons “so that they woukd age gracefully.”
He noted that older people visit health facilities more than the younger ones, and they continue to manage one form of health condition or the other with their meager finances.
He added that “most people enjoy free health facilities provided by either their employers or the government while they are young and working.
“You find out that since most young people do not frequently get sick, they do not take advantage of these health provisions.
“But as they retire and get older, they visit hospitals often and some come down with illnesses that they have to continue to manage when the health facilities are no longer available to them.
“So, when older persons need more resources to take care of their health needs, they are no longer entitled to the facilities and no provision is made for them.
“Our policy makers and those in government should provide free and comprehensive healthcare for older persons; make their burden less.”
Ukwu, however, called on the Enugu State Government to build old peoples’ homes in each of the 17 council areas of the state.
According to him, older persons that are abandoned and living inhuman conditions should be taken to such homes for proper care and welfare.
He said “most times, it is not that the older persons do not have children or relatives but all of them might be far from home.
“Hence, older persons need to be taken to well-managed homes for welfare, care and human companion that will keep them fit and healthy,’’ he added.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
COVID-19: Foundation donates food items, PPE to journalists in FCT
An NGO, Rachel D Piper Foundation, on Saturday donated food items and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as palliatives to journalists in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) amidst the fight against coronavirus pandemic.
According to her, selected journalists from 10 media houses, including NTA and NAN were scheduled to benefit from the items that included noodles and other food items, as well as face masks.
Bakam explained that the foundation was mindful of the fact that journalists were providing essential services as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
She noted that many of such palliatives distributed by some other organisations were directed mainly at health workers and security agents, forgetting journalists whose roles in the COVID-19 crisis were indispensable.
“We understand the place of the media in the fight against COVID-19, and we want them to know that they are not left behind, and that is why we are distributing these palliatives to them.
“As a humanitarian foundation, we have donated sanitiser, face masks and food items to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) within and outside the FCT, and we have decided to extend it to journalists.
“There is no doubt that media practitioners work tirelessly to make sure that the message about coronavirus is spread accurately and timely,” she said.
Also, Mr Ekene Ezepue, Chief Executive Officer of Alert News Magazine, who partnered with the NGO in the project, said that the media were critical stakeholders in the collective fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As people in the media sector, we want to reach out to our brothers and sisters, who are most susceptible to being infected by this virus.
“They need to be encouraged because they risk their lives in striving to give us information we need to stay safe and alive,” he said.
Mr Alex Nwankwo, PRO of the foundation and publisher of Alex Reports, told NAN on the sideline of the event that journalists were in dire need of protective equipment and special palliatives to enable them perform optimally.
“Nigerians depend on the media for reliable information and without them (journalists) the information about coronavirus preventive measures will not get to the people,” he said.
Responding, Mr Julius Enehikhuere, NAN Deputy Editor-In-Chief expressed gratitude to Rachel D Piper Foundation on behalf of the benefiting journalists in the Agency.
He noted that the gesture was an indication that journalists were recognised as important stakeholders, especially in times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Bush China Foundation awards Chinese American Florence Fang for promoting bilateral relations
Founded in 2017, the Bush China Foundation is a nonprofit that seeks to advance United States-China relations. The award is the latest in an award series created to recognize those individuals who have made profound contributions to the development of United States- China relations.
In 2019, the inaugural George H. W. Bush Award for Statesmanship in United States-China Relations was presented to former United States President Jimmy Carter.
Fang, also a prominent businesswoman and philanthropist, is being recognized for her decades of significant personal efforts to bridge the United States and China, and deepen understanding between the peoples of the two countries.
In accordance with public health guidelines, the in-person award ceremony will not be held at this time, according to the foundation.
Fang’s lifetime of innovative efforts to bring together China and the United States have greatly benefited both countries and their people, said Neil Bush, founder and Chairman of the Bush China Foundation, and son of the 41st United States President George H. W. Bush.
“A visionary and charismatic bridge-builder, Florence has played a unique and invaluable role in deepening United States-China understanding and friendship,” he added.
“Her drive, her intelligence, her force for good inspires us all. We’ll always be marveling at Florence Fang,” said Max S. Baucus, former United States senator and ambassador to China.
“The Bush China Foundation couldn’t be more pleased and proud to honor Florence Fang, a living legend in the arena of United States-China people-to-people engagement,” said David Firestein, inaugural president and CEO of Bush China Foundation.
“Florence’s vision, leadership, passion, dedication and philanthropic generosity in the service of building ever-stronger bonds between the peoples of the United States and China have made a real and meaningful difference in the lives of countless people in both countries and in the bilateral relationship itself,” he noted.
“I am deeply honored to receive the George H. W. Bush Award for Lifetime Achievement in United States-China Relations,” said Florence Fang.
“Receiving this award and this recognition of my 60 years of efforts to bring the United States and China closer together means the world to me. I am humbled and most grateful for this honor.” said Fang.