Participants at the just concluded Institute of Social Work of Nigeria (ISOWN) 10th Annual Conference, in Abuja, have called for media support on regular reportage of cases of modern day slavery.
In a communiqué issued on Friday, the participants said that it was important for media organisations to increase the awareness of modern slavery in order to curtail the menace.
The communique was signed by Dr Ottun Kemi, the council’s secretary.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the conference had as theme, “Repositioning Social Work Practice for National Development.”
It also had “Modern-day slavery, rehabilitation and reintegration, community development, boarder control, access to legal aid service as well as social welfare interventions’’ as sub-themes.
The participants said such awareness would help combat human trafficking and forced labour, as well as addressing its root cause.
“This awareness is critical, especially for those in the rural communities.
“Human trafficking is such a dynamic industry of exploitation that law must carefully address and stiffer penalties meted on perpetrators.
“We also resolved that during engagements with the vulnerable, communicating key messages using simple language that best suit the person should be made paramount.
“It is also important that sister agencies collaborate to curb trafficking crimes in Nigeria, as this fight cannot be left in the hands of NAPTIP only.
“There is also a need for social workers to conduct effective inquiries into human trafficking and forced labour issues before attempting to address issues.
“As they may not necessarily be slavery in the real sense when family is the point of focus,” participants said.
Participants also stressed that victims of modern slavery should be treated victims and not criminals.
They also called on the Nigerian Bar Association to support the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria in providing free legal services to victims who need it.
edited by Sadiya Hamza
Boundary commission says AUBP will control crime in border areas
The National Boundary Commission (NBC) says African Union Border Programme (AUBP), will control crime in border areas across the West African sub-region.
Mr Adamu Adaji, its Acting Director-General, stated this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , on Wednesday in Abuja.
Adaji said that AUBP was targeted at ensuring peace and stability at the international boundaries among the West African states.
“AUBP will provide facilities that will engage border communities which will inevitably curb the rate of crimes and other vices at our borders.
“The German Government has indicated willingness to provide support which will help affected countries to ensure they have defined boundaries. We are looking out for modalities towards managing and policing the affected boundaries,” Adaji said.
Edited by Joseph Edeh and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)
World Children Day: UNICEF pledges to support Nigeria’s child rights programmes
The United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF), has pledged to support programmes targeted at promoting the rights of children in Nigeria’s local communities.
UNICEF Country Representative, Mr Peter Hawkins, said this on Wednesday in Abuja at a ceremony to mark the 2019 International World Children’s Day.
The theme of the 2019 World Children’s Day is “Children of Today, Our Keepers Tomorrow”.
Hawkins also said that more attention must be paid to educating the children to enable them know and defend their rights in the society.
He said that the celebration of the 2019 World Children’s Day, which coincided with the 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC), was to showcase the talent of the Nigerian child and re-affirm the need to value and recognise his or her rights.
He described the Nigerian child as the light, dream and the hope of tomorrow.
“Thirty years ago, world leaders made a commitment to the world’s children by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which made provision for 42 rights in the passports as enshrined in the convention on the rights of the child.
“Every Nigerian Child is born with a talent and a future.
“Today, UNICEF Nigeria says the children are the tomorrow of Nigeria; that is why this year’s 2019 world Children’s Day, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the CRC, provides a platform to showcase their talent,” he said.
Addressing the students of Government Day Secondary School, Garki, a special guest at the event, Mr Cobhams Asuquo, said that the Nigerian children have the chance and opportunity to re-write all that is wrong with the country.
According to him, “you are all that is right with Nigeria because you all have the chance to re-write all the wrongs the previous generations before committed. I envy you all because you have the chance”.
Cobhams, who called for equal and better treatment of the Nigerian child, challenged the students to do better than anyone they had ever admired in the society.
“Greatness is achievable for all Nigerian children; you are every thing that is right with Nigeria and you have a chance to make it better and greatness is in you and you all deserved to be treated well,” he said.
In his statement to the children of the world, the UN Secretary General, Anthonio Gutteres, called on the governments of the world to build on advances and re-commit to putting children first.
Gutteres said: “Around the world, children are showing us their strength and leadership. They are advocating for a more sustainable world for all. Let’s build on advances and re-commit to putting children first.”
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the event showcased dance competitions with two winners receiving a cell phone each.
Edited by Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)
NLC urges workers to intensify fight against injustice
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has urged workers in Africa to intensify the fight against injustice so as to fast-track the continent’s democratic and economic growth.
Its National President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, made the call on Wednesday in Abuja at the 4th Quadrennial Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
“To win any fight, we must strive to build workers and trade unions’ power. We must bear in mind that the fight for stronger unions are the best safeguards for democracy.
“I urge us as workers and leaders of workers’ organisations to always be in the forefront of the struggle for a sustainable planet that provides guarantees for a just transition to a future of socially protected work.
“We must continue to strive for redistribution of global wealth and continue to call on our governments to be alive to their distributive role through progressive tax reforms, welfare programmes and widening safety nets,” he said.
According to him, Africa wants to add value to her raw materials.
“The continent wants to create jobs for her teeming youths; we want to export semi-finished and finished products for the global market without overbearing restrictions of trade tariffs and unwieldy standardisation constraints placed by the developed world,” he said.
He added that Africa wanted to reverse her dismal contribution to global trade which United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 2015 Report did put at 2.39 per cent.
“Fair trade is the only way Africa can attract genuine investments on the continent, accumulate capital, industrialise, create decent jobs, bring peace, stop forced migration and beat poverty, disease and untimely deaths.
“Africans want global support and solidarity to institutionalise a democratic culture that is popular, transparent, accountable and beholden to Africans.
“The challenges before us as workers and as workers’ representative are not only daunting, but also almost overwhelming. We must be strengthened by the fact that the fight before us is a fight for survival.
“There are very few options left to us. We are condemned to fight for our very life and to engage in a good fight, we must draw strength from the avalanche of our survival instincts.
“The most useful of these instincts is the instinct to unite because our greatest strength lies in our unity; unity of purpose, unity of voice, and unity of action. Another profound instinct is the instinct to organise.
“We cannot do more than our abilities to organise. There is no force on earth that can withstand the power of an organised working-class movement,” he said.
Wabba, who said that the event came by the Centenary of the International Labour Organization (ILO), pointed out that it was also important to rally round progress and profound declarations made at the ILO 2019 conference.
He added that the event also marked the time popular protests had taken place for the past few months in many parts of the world.
According to him, the common denominator in the protests is the resolute will of the people to resist low wages and pensions, adverse labour laws reforms, and punitive austerity robes sewn by international financial institutions.
He said that the voice of working people of the world through the protests was very loud and clear as workers demanded improved working and living conditions, real democracy and social progress through creation and sustenance of decent jobs.
“In the struggle of the past few weeks, we draw a useful lesson ‘a people united can never be defeated’. Indeed, it is possible to unite and make a difference.
“We regret the loss of lives and injuries in the course of these protests. We call for diligent investigation and prosecution of those who used excessive force on peaceful protesters.
“For us in Nigeria’s labour movement, the timing of this congress is also very significant as it coincided with the implementation of the N30,000 increase in our national minimum wage and the consequential adjustments for all salary grades.
“We commend the support of the ITUC throughout this struggle using the Wage Review in Africa Mechanism (WRAM),” he said.
The theme of the congress is “Unite and Make a Difference”.
Edited by Saidu Adamu/Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)
NiMet predicts good visibility for Thursday
Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted stable atmosphere in good visibility for Thursday.
NiMet’s weather outlook on Wednesday in Abuja predicted pocket of thunderstorms over the southern region within the period of forecast.
NiMet predicted sunny and hazy conditions over the Northern states with day and night temperatures of 34 to 39 degree Celsius and 18 to 24 degree Celsius.
“For Central states, partly cloudy to hazy conditions should prevail over this region throughout the forecast period.
“Day and night temperature values are expected to be 29 to 36 degree Celsius and 14 to 23 degree Celsius,” it said.
According to NiMet, day and night temperatures of the region are expected to be 31 to 35 degree Celsius and 18 to 24 degree Celsius.
Edited by Felix Ajide (NAN)
Christmas: Gov. Obiano begins distribution of rice to workers, pensioners in Anambra
Obiano, represented by Mr Harry Uduh, Head of Service (HoS) in Anambra, said the gesture was to keep his promise of ensuring that workers in the state enjoyed their Christmas since he assumed office.
He said the rice was for workers in the state and local government services, judiciary, legislature, ministries, departments and agencies as well as retirees.
“What we are doing today is to flag off the distribution of the rice to the owners, that is the workers of Anambra State.
“It is the usual Christmas largess of Gov. Willie Obiano for the workers to have beautiful Christmas celebration, so every worker and every pensioner will get one bag each.
“I cannot tell you the number of bags that will be distributed off-hand, but I can tell you it will be more than 50,000 bags because it is not just the regular civil servants we have public servants in the state and council workers.
“He has been consistent with this since he assumed office and we thank him for keeping faith with workers. This goes to show that he never makes a promise he does not intend to keep, which is why workers trust me,” the governor said.
Obiano said that he had directed in the implementation schedule for payment of workers salary that they be paid their November salaries on the 25th, receive their leave allowance on Dec. 5 and December salary on Dec. 15.
He lauded Anambra workers for their loyalty and charged them to reciprocate and to support the kind gestures.
“Anambra workers deserve this because they are hard working, but there is always room for improvement; they are loyal, they have helped the government to successfully implement its policies.
“This is another way the governor is adding value to Agriculture; the rice being distributed are Anambra rice. Government is encouraging people to cultivate and consume Nigerian rice, there is ready market for the produce,” Obiano said.
One of the workers who received her rice, Miss Amaka Uzoezie, expressed both surprise and gratitude that Obiano could fulfill his promise in spite of the country’s economic situation.
Uzoezie said the largesse would serve as a motivation for her and make her to be more productive in the coming year.
Also, Mr Ifeanyi Okechukwu, Chairman, Trade Union Congress in Anambra, thanked Obiano on behalf of his members and urged workers to continue to support the governor.
“I want to thank the governor for his kind disposition to Anambra workers, for ensuring that we enjoy our Christmas every year, and more importantly for extending it to retired civil servants.
“He is a good leader, I pray for him and his family and also call on workers to support him to do more,” Okechukwu said.
(Editing by Oluyinka Fadare/Peter Ejiofor)
Emirates gets awards for best wi-fi,food & beverage in the Middle East Award
Emirates’ inflight comfort has clinched awards for best wi-fi and best food & beverage in the Middle East at the APEX 2020 Regional Passenger Choice Awards held in Singapore.
Its spokesperson, in a statement on Wednesday, said the best food & beverage award recognised Emirates’ regionally inspired cuisine and extensive drinks menu.
“Each year, more than 110 million meals are served on board Emirates’ restaurant in the sky with the same attention to detail in first, business and economy class.
“Emirates runs a round-the-clock kitchen with 1,800 chefs based in Dubai whipping up 12,450 recipes. The airline’s chefs focus on simple, well cooked dishes that emphasise fresh ingredients of the highest quality.
“Emirates brings the finest products on board through long standing partnerships worldwide, and supporting local suppliers and artisans,” he said.
He said to complement the dining experience onboard, Emirates pays special attention to its drinks menu boasting world class champagne, wines and spirits.
“The beverages on each route are carefully selected to complement the menu and include exclusives found only on Emirates.
“A long term buying strategy also means that the airline has 7 million bottles of wines currently stored in its cellar in France to be served by 2035,” he said.
According to him, Emirates was also awarded the airline with the best wi-fi in the Middle East.
“Its entire fleet is wi-fi enabled and Emirates provides free wi-fi across all classes – a choice of 20MB complimentary data to use on any app or 2 hours of unlimited text messaging on popular messaging apps.
“More than 1 million passengers log on to wi-fi each month and 40 per cent of travellers choose the unlimited free text messaging option to keep in touch with family and friends.
“Emirates skywards members enjoy special benefits depending on their membership tier and class of travel, including free unlimited wi-fi for all members travelling in first class or business class and for gold and platinum members in economy.
He said Emirates had started an upgrade programme to retrofit faster wi-fi onto its older A380 aircraft as part of its continued investment in product to enhance the onboard experience.
“55 aircraft will be fitted with faster broadband in the next 2 years,” he said.
Edited by Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)
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