The Mariam Ashley Yusuf (MAY) Foundation says it will start sensitisation campaign against human trafficking and sexual abuse to secondary schools in and around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Ms Ashley Yusuf, the President of the foundation said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.
MAY Foundation is a humanitarian NGO that rallies support and lead advocacy for displaced and vulnerable persons as well as the less privileged.
The NGO works in collaboration with relevant local and foreign humanitarian organisations as well as relevant government agencies that address social issues, including the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
According to Yusuf, the school campaign is a flagship initiative of the foundation geared toward sensitising teenagers and other vulnerable youths, especially those in secondary schools.
“Our society today is being ravaged by the scourge of human trafficking, and at the rate it is going if not checked, it will overwhelm us in the next decade.
“When talking about human trafficking and abuse, a lot of focus has always been on adults with little or no attention given to our young people in secondary schools.
“They need to be educated on the menace of allowing themselves to be trafficked for whatever reason as they grow up and to avoid becoming victims of sexual abuse.
“We are starting the campaign with selected Secondary Schools in Abuja including the Girls Secondary School in Dutse.
“Teenage pregnancy is an issue plaguing the lives of young girls across the country, and it is caused by rape in many cases.
“These vices strive on ignorance and that is why we going to sensitise these adolescents and equipped them with adequate knowledge for informed decisions,” she said.
Yusuf that the school campaign team would include volunteered professional counsellors and officials of NAPTIP.
She said that some of the victims of human trafficking, especially youths were actually in desperate search for greener pastures to cities and foreign lands because of harsh economic realities at home.
She therefore appealed to government at all levels to make effort toward making life better for the average Nigerian, especially the youths. (NAN)
Edited by Grace Yussuf
Inflation rate in Germany down to 0.6 pct in May
The inflation rate in Germany declined to 0.6 percent in May, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) announced on Tuesday.
“The inflation rate decreased for the third consecutive month,” Destatis noted. Back in February, the inflation rate in Germany had been more than one percentage point higher at 1.7 percent.
“The decline in inflation was caused by lower energy prices,” Axel Lindner, deputy head of the department of macroeconomics at the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), told Xinhua on Tuesday. Crude oil prices were nearly 60 percent lower than a year ago.
The prices of goods (total) in Germany decreased by 0.4 percent in May compared to the same month last year but the price drop in energy products had “accelerated” to 8.5 percent, according to Destatis.
Due to the “oil price slump in the world market” since the beginning of the year, the prices of motor fuels declined by more than 20 percent while prices of heating oil even dropped by around 30 percent year-on-year, Destatis noted.
Food prices in May, on the other hand, rose above average and increased 4.5 percent year-on-year. Destatis noted that German consumers paid higher prices in particular for fruits and meat.
“Since the COVID-19 pandemic increases the costs of production for many goods, we think that the risk of deflation is small,” stressed Lindner. “That said, the current oil price of about 40 United States dollars per barrel (Brent) means that headline inflation rates will stay at low levels in Germany for the coming months.”
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)
UK retail sector continues to suffer in May despite reopening of some shops
Footfall in retail shops in Britain continued to decrease significantly in May but slightly improved compared with April as some shops returned to business during the eased lockdown, a report said Friday.
Footfall decreased by 81.6 percent year on year. Retail parks, with more supermarkets and essential stores on their sites, saw a shallower decline in footfall while high streets and shopping centers remained massively down over the previous year, according to a latest report from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
“The decline was less severe than April as more retailers, including garden centers and homeware shops, began to reopen, though the vast majority of stores remained closed,” said Helen Dickinson, chief-executive of the BRC.
On Monday, all non-essential retailers are able to reopen in England as part of the government’s further move to relax restrictions. Queues are expected outside some shops ahead of their opening times. Primark, a fast fashion retailer, tweeted: “There might be queues on our first few days of opening so please consider this before travelling.”
However, some analysts cautioned the reopening of non-essential shops is unlikely to deliver immediate relief.
“A mix of low consumer confidence and limits on the number of people able to enter stores mean that many shops will continue to suffer lower footfall — and lower sales — for some time to come,” Dickinson said.
“In the short term we expect consumers will visit less, but buy more each visit, making each shopper all the more precious. Footfall has a totally new value,” said Andy Sumpter, retail consultant at ShopperTrak.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday that people should be able to “shop with confidence” when non-essential stores reopen in England on Monday.
Speaking during a visit to the Westfield shopping center in east London, the prime minister said he hoped to see a “gradual” build-up in the numbers of people returning to the high street.
“I am very optimistic about the opening up that is going to happen tomorrow…I think people should shop and shop with confidence, but they should of course observe the rules on social distancing and do it as safely as possible,” he said.
Indonesia car sales plunge by 96 pct in May
The number of auto sales in Indonesia fell heavily in May due to depressed demands as the economy stretched deep during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Data from the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association showed on Monday that the car sales plunged by 95 percent to 3,551 units in May annualized.
May’s sales were less than half those in April when the number was recorded at 7,868 units.
The sales in April tumbled by 90.6 percent from those in the same period of last year.
The temporary closure of car factories during the partial lockdowns had factored to the plunge of the sales, Head of the association Yohannes Nangoi has reckoned.
Domestic car sales have been frequently used to gauging the private consumption in the country, as an indicator showing the health of the economy.
For the whole of this year, the number of Indonesia’s car sales target has been cut by half as the novel coronavirus pandemic has dragged down exports and domestic demands of the products, according to the Industry Ministry.
Last year, Indonesia sold 1.03 million cars domestically and shipped 843,000 others offshore, data from the country’s Automotive Industry Association said.