Men have role to play in entrenching women’s rights –Tinubu
Sen. Oluremi Tinubu says men have a role to play to adequately entrench the rights of women, abrogate gender-based violence and ensure equal opportunities for all.
Tinubu, senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, expressed the view in a statement in Lagos on Thursday, on the commemoration of the 2019 International Women’s Day.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the International Women’s Day is commemorated every March 8, to celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.
The theme for this year ‘s International Women’s Day is ‘Balance for Better’.
Tinubu said that the menfolk should be enrolled into gender-based discussions and actions to
address issues of gender disparity and bias.
She said: “I celebrate with Nigerian Women all over the world on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, 2019.
“Beyond the recognition of the struggles and achievements of womenfolk, it is a celebration of womanhood – her strength, resilience, power and doggedness.
” The commemoration is a pointer to the way forward in the quest for the protection of rights of women and a reminder that we must devise new strategies in the pursuit of gender equity and balance.
“Conscripting men into gender- based discussions and actions will enable us address issues of gender disparity, equality in every strata of life, ensure gender balance in government, employment, remuneration of employees and wealth creation.
“Thus, I enjoin men to speak up in support of Women. Gender balance will benefit us all and our Nation as a whole.”
Tinubu urged Nigerian women to rise up and equip themselves to fill gaps in politics, public office, and management.
“This can only be done if we are all ready to make a difference, speak up for worthy causes and impact on our immediate communities, the type of change we wish to see.
“Thus, I congratulate you all once again and assure you of my unwavering commitment to the empowerment of Nigerian Women,” she said.
London to offer COVID-19 risk assessments to Black, Asian and minority ethnic workers: mayor
Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff in London will have access to risk assessments after reports showing they have a higher risk of being affected by COVID-19, Mayor Sadiq Khan announced Monday.
The risk assessments — which will be open to those working across the Greater London Authority family, including Transport for London, The Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade — will consider the physical and mental health needs of all vulnerable staff, including BAME, older and those with pre-existing conditions, said City Hall in a statement.
“Far from being a great leveller, the coronavirus crisis has exposed the unacceptable major inequalities in our society,” Khan said.
“This pandemic must be a wake-up call to our country and we need the Government to show their commitment to tackling these great injustices and immediately commission an independent public inquiry that will properly address this issue,” he added.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die from coronavirus than white men and women, after taking into account age and socio-demographic factors.
City Hall published Monday a new research to further understand this disproportionate impact, comparing coronavirus cases in London to a range of measures including ethnicity, job security, poverty, deprivation, age and a range of health conditions.
The study from City Hall’s Intelligence Unit shows the highest COVID-19 death rate in London is an area of Newham, where 82 percent of the population are BAME, one in three is in insecure employment and there are high levels of deprivation, obesity and diabetes.
COVID-19 : Oyetola commends group for donating protective items to Osun
Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, on Monday, commended Al-Azeez Medical Venture, a Pharmaceutical Company for donating protective items to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.
The medical consumable donated include 1,800 liquid soap, 300 bottles of hand sanitiser, Two gallons of hand washing liquid and 200 pieces of hand gloves.
Oyetola, represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamatu, said the gesture by the group was laudable, saying it would be of great benefits to citizens.
” Health financing takes a lot of funds and the state government is doing its best with the limited resources available to tackle the Coronavirus,” he said.
“We shall continue to synergies with your venture and other phamarceutical companies for the health benefit of residents, ” he said.
In his remarks, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Al-Alzeez Medical Ventures Ltd, Dr Adebayo Adedokun, said the state government had performed creditably, especially in the health sector.
“We donated these items to support the government of Osun when we realised that government has done a lot within its powers and the limited available resources to curb the spread of Coronavirus .
“As an indigene of Osun, we will continue to assist and support the government in whatever way for the benefit and well-being of the people,” Adedokun said .
He, therefore, commended the government for being proactive with the measures put in place to contain the spread of the pandemic, saying the measures had assisted in reducing the number of cases in the state.
Public vote on Russian constitutional amendments set for July 1: Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that a public vote on a set of constitutional amendments will take place on July 1.
On Tuesday, Putin said that the country’s military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory against the Nazis in World War II, postponed from May 9 because of the pandemic, will be held on June 24.
Minister tasks lawmakers on ending violence against women, girls
The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, on Monday urged lawmakers to enact laws and evolve polices that would ensure a safe society and end violence against women and girls.
Tallen made the call in the ministry’s official twitter handle, @FMWA-ng in Abuja.
She was reacting to the recent killings of Miss Uwaila Omozuwa and Miss Tina Ezekwe by yet-to-be-identified hoodlums and police respectively.
Omozuwa, a 100-level Microbiology student of the University of Benin was killed after her attackers had raped her inside a church in Benin, while Ezekwe was allegedly shot dead by a policeman in Lagos.
The minister decried the increase in sexual violence in homes across the country, stressing the need to urgently address the issue and ensure dependable security in the country.
”I condemn these horrific acts and call on our lawmakers to take emergency actions on this dastardly oppression that is suddenly on the increase.
“The Ministry of Women Affairs is aware of how vulnerable Nigerian women are, and record of cases being reported indeed stirs rage.
“We are working passionately to address these issues of violence and abuse against women in Nigeria, and are doing this from all angles – policies, legislature and regulations – to create a Nigerian society that is safe for every woman.
Our goal is to build systems that are efficient and reliable,’’ the minister said.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the UNWomen recently disclosed a rise in Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Lagos State with 300 per cent increase between March and April.
Commentary: China determined to further open up despite COVID-19 epidemic
China on Monday announced it will build its island province of Hainan into a free trade port, a move that demonstrates the resolve to contribute to a stable world economy by continuing to advance reform and opening-up, widen market access, improve the business environment and expand imports and outbound investment.
By building a free trade port, Hainan will implement zero tariffs and low taxes, simplify the tax system, and offer special policies in trade, investment, capital flow, visa and entry, transportation, and flow of data, thus becoming a new hub for reform and opening up in China.
It will bring tremendous opportunities to countries across the world. Global companies, either multinationals or small and medium ones, can tap into the Chinese market or expand their market shares in China through Hainan free trade port.
As the coronavirus epidemic continues to deal a body blow to the global economy, it’s not easy to overcome external challenges to start development of a free trade port. However, China never wavers in its determination to further open up, and always goes all out to fulfill its promise.
China advocates building a community with a shared future for humanity. No country can isolate itself from the interconnected world. To bolster wider opening-up is what China says and what China does, as always.
For instance, the China International Import Expo, the world‘s first national-level exhibition dedicated to import, will be held for the third year in Shanghai. More than 1,400 companies have signed up. More countries and overseas companies are sharing China‘s large cake of the market.
The construction of a free trade port in Hainan is not only China‘s latest move to expand opening up, but also comes as a confidence booster to the world which is facing economic recession and rising protectionism.
The epidemic will eventually be defeated by mankind, after which globalization is expected to accelerate.
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Court remands security man for alleged defilement of a 9-year-old girl
The police charged Sunday with one count charge of procuration of a minor.
The Judge, Sani Umar granted the application made by the prosecuting counsel, Akaso Sunday not to grant bail to the defendant.
Umar ordered that the defendant be remanded under police custody for one week.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Sunday told the court that on May 12, 2020 one Grace Abitayo reported the case at the police station.
He said that the defendant on May 6 2020 took the girl to his room and have carnal knowledge of her.
He added that during police investigation the defendant confessed to have committed the offence.
He prayed the court not to grant bail to the defendant, saying that the offence was not bailable.
He said that if granted bail the defendant would jump bail and would also jeopardise ongoing investigation, adding that the court should refuse him bail.
The offence, he said, contravened the provision of sections 275 of the Penal Code.
The defendant however pleaded not guilty.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
3 men appear in court for alleged impersonation
Three men, on Monday, appeared before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court for alleged impersonation.
He alleged that the defendants and others at large, impersonated themselves to be Amotekun security agents.
Leranmo said the offence contravened Section 108 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
The prosecutor asked the court for adjournment to enable him study the case file and present his witnesses.
The defendants pleaded not guilty and their counsel, Mr Busuyi Ayorinde, urged the court to grant the defendants bail, promising not to jump bail.
The chief magistrate, Mr Abdulhamid Lawal, in his ruling, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
He adjourned the case until June 29 for mention.
Rep lauds Buhari over appointment of Obioma as NECO Registrar
Rep. Benjamin Kalu (APC-Abia), has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Prof. Godswill Obioma as Registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO).
Kalu, who represents Bende Federal Constituency in Abia said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
He said the appointment came at a time, the examination body was confronted with several challenges, which had undermined its operations.
The lawmaker, however, expressed confidence that Obioma’s breadth of experience and wealth of academic achievements would be used to address the challenges.
Kalu disclosed that he had been privileged to preview the registrar’s proposed 11-point roadmap for NECO, which showed a determination to reignite hope in inclusive and quality education for Nigerian children.
“Following the fourth UNESCO COVID-19 Education Webinar, organised on April 9, 2020 to examine the coping strategies currently considered by various countries to manage high-stake exams, it has become clear to me that unique home grown solutions are required for the peculiarities of our own challenges.
“NECO’s leadership must figure out exam delivery modes that are complaint with new public health standards and technological realities while remaining inclusive and accessible to the millions of Nigerian children in rural areas.
“This responsibility is an intricate dance which will require the innovativeness and insight of a leader, possessing extensive local and international experience.
“Obioma’s breadth of experience, academic achievements, as well as his far reaching contributions to education policy reforms in national and global contexts, distinguishes him as the right fit for the job; the square peg in a square hole,” he said.
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