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Foundation solicits adequate healthcare for children in rural communities



The Women of Purpose Development Foundation has called on the government and all stakeholders to provide adequate healthcare facilities for children in rural neighbourhoods across the country.

Mrs Mabel Onwuemele, the President of the Foundation, made the call on Tuesday during a medical outreach organised for children in Kushibuyi community in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

She underscored the need for all stakeholders to complement the government’s efforts to ensure the healthy living of all citizens, particularly the youth and children in rural communities who were the most vulnerable members of the society.

She said that sustained efforts should be particularly geared toward fighting child killer diseases and other illnesses which could affect the physical and cognitive development of the Nigerian child.

“This is because any investment in healthcare of the Nigerian child is not a wasted venture; such investments will definitely yield bountiful harvests in the overall wellbeing of our nation,’’ she said.

Onwuemele said that the country’s efforts to achieve Goal Three of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which was aimed at ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages, would be a mirage if pragmatic health care delivery programmes were not put in place for the younger citizens.

She pledged that her organisation would always strive to promote the wellbeing of women and children through designed advocacies, medical outreaches, education and empowerment programmes so as to engender their transformation and fulfilment.

Nigeria News Agency reports that scores of children were dewormed, while Vitamin A administered on them during the medical outreach.

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Jigawa pensioners demand N20,000 minimum pension



The Jigawa State Council of Pensioners has demanded for a minimum pension of N20,000 for its members as the state government approved the payment of N30,000 new minimum wage for its workers.

The demand is contained in a statement issued by Mr Abdullahi Tsoho, the council’s chairman, in Dutse on Friday.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa, had on Dec. 4, announced his administration’s readiness to commence payment of  the N30,000 minimum wage to its workers in December.

“The council wishes to commend Gov. Badaru for approving the N30,000 minimum wage and consequential increase to workers’ salary.

“The union, therefore, requests for immediate corresponding increase for pensioners as contained in section 173(3) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the statement said.

It pointed out that some of the pensioners were currently receiving less than N3,000 hence the need for the increment.

“Considering the fact that some pensioners are currently receiving less than N3,000, we demand for a minimum pension of N20,000.

“Afterall, we go to the same market and what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander,” the statement said.

It called on the pensioners to be calm and prayerful, while assuring that their interests would be protected at all times.

Edited & Vetted By: Razak Owolabi/Donald Ugwu

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Commissioner tasks NAWOJ on reportage of violence against women



Mrs Halima Jabiru, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Nasarawa State, has urged women journalists to play leading roles in reporting issues of violence against women.

Jabiru made this call on Friday in Lafia when the Nasarawa State chapter of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) visited her.

The commissioner said that NAWOJ had crucial roles to play in support of the crusade against domestic violence.

“As women journalists, you should give more attention to the issues of violence against women and children in your reportage,” she said.

She said the ministry would partner other stakeholders towards protecting the domestic rights of women and children.

Earlier, Hadiza Umaru, NAWOJ chairperson, Nasarawa State, expressed the commitment of the association to promote actions that would protect women’s rights and welfare.

In a related development, the commissioner has urged female teachers in the state to exhibit motherly principles in discharging their duties.

Jabiru made the call when the women wing of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Nasarawa State chapter, visited her on Friday.

The leader of the group, Salamatu Abdullahi, said the visit was to congratulate the commissioner on her appointment.

She described the efforts of the commissioner in the campaign on violence against women and children as commendable. NAN)

Edited & Vetted By: Azubuike Okeh/Yemi Idris-Aduloju

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Kogi Govt. issues operating licences to new private schools



The Kogi Government, on Friday, issued operating licences to 53 new private schools that met the minimum standard for the establishment of schools across the state.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in the state, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, made this diclosure at the licence presentation ceremony in Lokoja.

According to her, 308 private schools classified under three categories, will receive licences out of no fewer than 5,000 private schools in Kogi.

“Fifty three new schools under category ‘A’ have met the minimum standard while 21 schools under category ‘B’ that are yet to meet the standard will receive tentative licence approval based on conditions.

“The licences of 150 schools under category ‘C’ will be renewed while 84 other schools are still going through licence processing; making 308 schools both primary and secondary,’’ Adeleye said.

She said that the Ministry of Education had in 2018 and 2019, conducted an annual census to ascertain the number of schools and their status across the state.

Osikoya noted that the two reports revealed that some private schools were operating illegally and did not meet the minimum standard for school establishment.

She said that the ministry revoked the school licences based on the governors’ directive that there should not be proliferation of illegal schools.

Osikoya lauded the governor for his achievements in the education sector, as the ministry had been able to bridge the policy governance gaps and strengthened alliance with relevant stakeholders.

The commissioner, on behalf of the governor, congratulated the proprietors of the beneficiary schools for making the list, and urged them to continue to improve on quality education.

Dr Yaqeen Habeeb, the state Chairman, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), who spoke  on behalf of the proprietors, thanked the government for the gesture.

Habeeb called on the government to continue to support the association and carry them along in the scheme of things while he urged the beneficiaries to continually build on the present standard.

Edited & Vetted By: Chinyere Bassey/Yemi Idris-Aduloju


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Foundation supports 250 primary school pupils with educational materials in Adamawa



An Adamawa based NGO, Dadah Foundation for Educational Empowerment, has distributed educational materials to 250 pupils in some selected primary schools in the state.

Dr. Usman Dadah, Chairman Board of Trustees of the foundation, presented the items on Friday,0 at Makolhi Camp of Internally Displaced Persons School, in Yola South Local Government Area (LGA).

Dadah said the educational intervention was meant to support orphans, girl-child and the less privileged children in the state.

He said the educational materials distributed included exercise books, pencils, sharpeners and cleaners.

“The benefiting primary schools include Malkohi IDPs camp, Yolde Pate, Yelwa and Wuro Addayel primary schools in Yola South, Yola North and Fufore LGAs.

“The donation will ease the burden on parents and guardians as well as to complementing government efforts in educating citizens,” Dadah said.

He said among the core objectives of the foundation was the provision of educational support to children of the Internally Displaced Persons, who were affected by insurgency and other communal crises.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Malkohi IDPs Camp Manager, Mr Abdullahi Yakubu, expressed gratitude for the gesture and solicited for more in other areas.

Edited & Vetted By: Bayo Sekoni/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

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Centre suggests application of PR best practices to tackle civil unrest, strikes



Centre suggests application of PR best practices to tackle civil unrest, strikes


Abuja, Dec.6, 2019 The Centre for Public Service Productivity and Development, says effective application of best practices in public relations can reduce civil unrest, industrial strikes and enhance national productivity.

In a statement on Friday in Abuja, Mr Chris Egbu, a faculty member of the centre, said the position was reached by participants at the end of the International Public Relations and Protocol Conference, taking place between Dec. 2 and Dec. 6, in Accra, Ghana.

Egbu said participants at the conference also emphasised the need to harmonise the international protocol code by countries.

“It was observed that recent conflicts between Presidents of foreign super powers are due to non-adherence to best practices in international public relations and protocol.

“Tensions at bilateral talks among countries can be reduced if leaders of delegation observe a protocol that states “never say no while reacting to proposals expressed by their counterparts,’’ he said.

Egbu suggested that answers such as; “we will give thought to the matter; we may get back on the matter in due course’’, would be more civil and produce better results.

He said some open confrontations caused by remarks at bilateral talks could be avoided by more diplomatic responses.

Also according to the statement, Rita Rockson, Team Lead, Le Papillion Core of Ghana, called on public relations professionals to cut through the online clutter with arguments that are persuasive, believable and actionable.

Rockson said the power, value and influence of public relations had never been in greater need than now.

According to her, current unrest and crisis in most countries leading to sustained demonstration and civil unrest underscore the need for public relations in a democratic society where people have freedom to debate and make decisions.

It said participants urged organisations to train and retrain their public relations professionals to ensure peace and harmony in the community, the marketplace, the home, the workplace and the voting booth.

Edited & Vetted By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

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IOM to establish pineapple factory for returnees in Edo



The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says it will establish  a pineapple processing plant in Edo State for the  reintegration of  returnees from Libya and other countries.

The organisation’s Project Consultant, Mr Babatunde Abdulkareem, made the disclosure on Friday, while inspecting the plant’s equipment with the Ovia South West Local Government Council’s Chairman, Mr Destiny Enabulele.

Abdulkareem, who said that the initiative was a Community Based Re-integration Process (CBRP), added that it was meant to reintegrate the returnees as well as provide them with means of livelihood.

“It is our believe that this plant would serve as a means of reintegrating these returnees.

“The plant will also create job opportunities and discourage people from embarking on such journeys in search of `greener pastures’,” he said.

According to him, the pineapple processing factory and the Community Based Re-integration Process (CBRP), would be first of its kind in Africa.

The IOM’s consultant said that the organisation was working hard at curbing illegal migration and human trafficking, adding that it would continue to prioritise returnees’ rehabilitation and reintegration.

He said that the pineapple processing plant was a means of ensuring the sustainability of the resettlement programme for the victims of illegal migration.

Abdulkareem said that the decision to establish the plant in Ovia South West Local Government Council was due to the council’s bumper production of pineapple in the state.

The Council’s Chairman, Mr Destiny Enabulele, assured the organisation of the council’s readiness to provide adequate security for the factory and its personnel.

Edo State has  been rated as having the highest number of  illegal migrants and human trafficking activities in the last two years, with no fewer than 4,500 returnees from Libya.

Edited /Ifeyinwa Omowole

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