The National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS) has called for respect for womanhood by law enforcement authorities.
Mrs Gloria Shoda, President of the council, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday that it was wrong to arrest women and molest them without been tried.
She said the call became necessary in the light of the recent raid and arrest of some women in nightclubs in Abuja.
According to her, if there are allegations made against women or women have breached the law, the police should conduct their investigations in a proper and professional manner.
”The women should be treated with dignity and respect.
“While we do not condone prostitution, at the same time, we do not want women to be subjected to inhumane treatment or sexual violence, while in the custody of the police.
“We also do not believe that broad allegations of prostitution should be made against anyone without any concrete evidence.
“The law says one is innocent until proven guilty’, therefore, we expect that when citizens are arrested, they should not be humiliated.
“They should not be maltreated just because they were found in night clubs during raid,’’ she said.
Shoda appealed to the Nigeria Police to respect the rights of all human beings and treat arrested citizens according to laid-down procedures.
Shoda called on the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, to initiate an independent inquiry on allegations of rape and sexual assault of women by policemen during the raids.
“Incarceration of women after an arrest is no justification for verbal abuse, physical and sexual violence.
“We are calling for an independent investigation to unravel the truth about these allegations.
“We want the named officers to step aside and allow an independent body do its work free of bias and influence.
“Those found to be involved in any illegal acts should be made to face the full wrath of the law. Girls and women should not be afraid of the police.
“Indeed no one should be fearful of engaging with our law enforcement agencies.
“The security officers must do all within their power to maintain trust and confidence in their mandate towards Nigerians,’’ Shoda said.
NCWS calls on Edo Govt. to fish out killers of UNIBEN undergraduate
The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) has called on Edo Government to ensure that killers of Vera Omozuwa, a 100-level Microbiology student of University of Benin (UNIBEN) are brought to book.
The President NCWS, Mrs Laraba Shoda, made the call in statement on Monday in Abuja.
The 22-years-old undergraduate was gang-raped and had her head smashed with a fire extinguisher by unidentified assailants inside a Pentecostal church in Ikpoba Hill in Benin, Edo, where she had gone to read.
The victim was attacked on May 13; she died on May 31 at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.
Shoda, who condemned the action, said such act should not be condoned in the society.
According to her, the news of death of Omozuwa, a 100-level Microbiology student of UNIBEN is shocking and disheartening.
“This goes a long way to show how bad our society has become. People no longer have the fear of God to have raped a girl in a church and murder her.
“We are facing many social vices on top of the current COVID-19 pandemic which is already hard on everyone, compounding it with inflicting additional pain on any families and the society is simply wicked.
“I am calling on all well-meaning Nigerians to join hands in condemning this act, it can happen to anyone.
“It is high time that government at all levels strengthened our security operatives. Our core values of know your neighbours should also be activated to help curb some of these vices,” she said.
Shoda commiserated with the bereaved family on the loss of their daughter and prayed to God to grant her soul peaceful rest.
Use lockdown to bond with your children, NCWS tells parents
The National President of NCWS, Mrs Laraba Shoda, made call in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja while congratulating Nigerian children on the 2020 Children’s Day celebration.
“I congratulate you all on this special day set aside to celebrate Nigerian Children. I wish you all the best as you mark the 2020 Children’s Day celebration.
“We wish you the very best as we promise a better celebration come 2021 by God’s Grace,’’ she said.
She urged parents to dutifully play their role in providing the immediate needs for their children, adding that the peace of Nigeria in the future depended on the foundation currently being laid.
According to her, this is an opportunity for mothers to inculcate good moral upbringing and values in their children as this is the best gift for the child.
“Good upbringing, norms, values and proper education will make them stand tall irrespective of the challenges ahead of them.
Shoda also called on government at all levels to invest in the future of children by improving quality and affordable education.
She said that children constituted a large per cent of the country’s population, adding that the rate of out- of -school children in the country was worrisome.
”Our children must be given all the necessary care and attention, especially quality education, needed to attain their goals in life.
”As such, government at all levels and other relevant stakeholders must make concerted efforts to provide quality and accessible education to children to safeguard their future,” she said.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitr: NCWS urges Muslims to imbibe Ramadan lessons
The National Council of Women’ Societies (NCWS), has advised Muslim Ummah in Nigeria to imbibe the values and lessons of Ramadan, to help the country overcome its current challenges.
Mrs Gloria Shoda, National President, NCWS gave the advice in a statement on Sunday, in Abuja.
According to Shoda, the sacrifice of Muslims during the Ramadan gives hope that Nigerians can always make adjustments to halt all challenges rocking the country.
“As Muslims, try reflecting on the salient lessons learnt in the holy month, for the betterment of the society.
“As usual, this Eid-el Fitr signals the end of Ramadan. It is therefore a period of feasting, celebration and prayers to the Almighty.
“We should celebrate the occasion with moderation, while reflecting deeply on the useful lessons of the season which includes love, forgiveness and ensuring peace with all men,” she said.
“While we celebrate, I urge that we comply with the lockdown order, especially restriction on movements, and ban on religious and social gatherings of any sort.
“These safety measures, though very inconvenient, are for our own good as they are necessary to keep us safe from the deadly coronavirus,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Eid el-Fitr, also called “Festival of Breaking the Fast”, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)
NCWS congratulates Gambari as Chief of Staff
The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) has congratulated Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, on his appointment as the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The President of NCWS, Mrs Gloria Laraba Shoda, in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, described the appointment as a well-deserved one.
According to Shoda, Prof. Gambari is a renowned diplomat, statesman and scholar who has served Nigeria in various capacities.
”As a women group, we are grateful to President Buhari for finding the renowned scholar and an illustrious son of Ilorin Emirate worthy of being appointed to this exalted position in his administration.
”I am sure that his diligence, integrity and reputation as an international bureaucrat and unblemished character made the President opt for Prof. Gambari.
”I am congratulating you today on behalf of all Nigeria women, wishing you the best in the service to your father land.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Prof. Gambari’s appointment was confirmed at Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting presided by the President.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
COVID-19: NCWS expresses readiness to partner women groups
The National President of NCWS, Mrs Gloria Shoda in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said that women groups should be included in all committees setup by government agencies at all levels.
Shoda, however, noted that the failure of ministries, departments and agencies of government not to include women groups and NGOs was worrisome.
She said that in these trouble times, women and children were worse hit, hence the need for women as care givers to be included in the frontline for the fight against COVID-19.
”NCWS is the umbrella body of Women Organisations in Nigeria with affiliates across board and structures in all the 774 LGAs in the country.
”Part of our mandate is assisting and enabling the nation to meet the needs of women but the exclusion of NCWS and other women who are the most vulnerable, should be urgently addressed.
”It is organisations like the NCWS that will articulate women’s needs and help to build the needed structures in collaboration with government to ensure appropriate response mechanism to women priorities.
”It will also address the concerns, especially in the disbursement of palliative to cushion the effects of the lockdown,’’ she said.
Shoda said that the council was ready and willing to galvanize all its branches, chapters and affiliates across the country to work with reliant committees of government to reached the vulnerable in the distribution of palliatives.
She said that all hands must be on deck in the presence of increasing spread of this virus in order to complement government efforts, “which is commendable, and together we shall succeed’’.
”We appreciate the different tiers of governments, NCDC and other health workers, the media, all those that have contributed in anyway, including the First Lady for their hard work and sacrifices.
”The media is really working hard creating awareness and especially the health workers who sacrifice their time, expertise and risking their lives to save others.
”The essentials service providers are also helping in their various ways. We pray for those that have died, may their souls rest in peace.
“Coronavirus is no respecter of anyone, stay safe,’’ the NCWS national president said.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)
Kyari’s death, rude shock – NCWS
The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) has expressed sadness over the death of Malam Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The NCWS National President, Mrs Gloria Shoda, said in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday that Kyari’s death came as a rude shock, having heard that he was already recovering from his illness.
”May the Almighty grant him eternal rest and give his loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss.
”Our thoughts and prayers go to his family, as we also commiserate with President Muhammadu Buhari.
”I received the news with shock, having heard earlier that he was already getting better.
”The fact that he died of Coronavirus further confirms that the virus is real and that people must stop joking about Blacks being immune to it and that heat weakens the strength virus.
”Coronavirus is no respecter of status, age, race or colour. We must all adhere strictly to the advice of the health workers and obey government instructions on the preventive methods, ”she said.
Shoda said Kyari lived a life worthy of emulation, adding that his legacies, intellectual prowess and commitment to service would continue to inspire generations of leaders.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
Lockdown: Be vigilant, more tolerant, NCWS advises women
Mrs Gloria Shoda, National President, NCWS, gave the advice in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday.
According to her, the lockdown comes with a lot of challenges and women, as care givers, mothers and wives should be more tolerant to accommodate the excesses of their children and husbands
”Since the lockdown has made it compulsory for everybody to sit at home, this no doubt will be a challenging time to women who have the responsibility of providing safe landing for their families.
“It’s a tough time for many homes where the bread winner has to go out to earn money daily to feed the family.
”It’s time for corporation, understanding and patience amongst all members of the families, friends, relatives and even neighbors. We must all do the best we can for one another.
”NCWS, as a women umbrella organization , we appeal to our women to keep eyes on what their children are doing during the lock down, especially the young adults and teenagers to avoid unwanted pregnancies, drug abuse and other social vices.
”Now that schools have been closed and offices shut down to curtail the spread of the virus, most people are idle and as the saying goes, an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.
”Lots of crimes are bound to occur in times like this. Therefore, women must talk to their children and engage them in meaningful activities.
”Women must be very watchful particularly to our young adults that are not in school. I know some schools are running online lectures but for the benefit of those that are not, mothers should look for things to keep them busy.
”I advise women to keep a date with DSTV Channel 317, where primary school lessons on all subjects are going on throughout the day. We should also look out for other stations with similar programmes and enforce that all children living with us participate in the programmes.
”This will go a long way to keep the children busy and take their minds away from social vices.
Shoda said that since the number of infected persons had continued to increase in the country, we should all abide by the instructions of social distancing, use of face mask and washing of hands thoroughly and regularly.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Easter: NCWS calls for intensive prayers against COVID-19
The National Council of Women Societies, (NCWS) has urged Christians, especially women, to use the Easter celebration to pray for divine intervention on the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria and the world at large.
Mrs Gloria Shoda, the National President of NCWS, made the appeal in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
”Christians should use the Easter period to intensify prayers for God to heal the country and help to overcome the challenges of coronavirus.
“There is no doubt that these are trying times in our nation and I am optimistic that it will pass by God’s grace.
”The global pandemic has posed serious challenges to the nation and the world at large, especially as it affects the health, religion, wellbeing of Nigerians and the socio-economic development of the country.
”The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ demonstrated God’s power over all creation, circumstances, infirmity and even death.
“I also call on all Nigerians to take responsibility at this critical time, adhering religiously to the precautionary measures, protocol, and guidelines released by various strata of government in order to prevent community spread of the virus,” she said
Shoda called on Nigerians to have faith in God, support one another and cooperate with government in order to contain the spread of the disease in the country.
“Easter is a period to reflect on the love of God for mankind as He gave His only begotten son as sacrifice for the salvation of mankind.
“We should also make sacrifices to our fellow human beings and to God, keeping the faith in the midst of the coronavirus crisis,” she said.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo)
Covid-19: NCWS advises Nigerians to abide with stay at home order
The National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS) has advised Nigerians to abide by the stay at home order of the Federal and State Governments to curb the spread of the novel conronavirus.
Mrs Gloria Shoda (mni), National President of NCWS, gave the advised in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
She said obeying the lockdown by both Federal and state governments would go a long way to curb the spread and help to trace people that are already infected with covid-19.
According to her, while obeying the stay at home order people must be conscious of proper hygiene such as continuous and proper washing of hands, keeping of the manded distance and monitoring the kids.
”The stay at home order is in our best interest. It is helping us to secure our lives and that of our love ones.
”We are calling on the government to provide welfare to all indigent Nigerians that constitute over 70 per cent of the population. These group of persons should get the palliative from the government.
”Anyone earning less than N50,000 a month is vulnerable and all those earning daily wages and the petty traders should also be considered.
”The payment should start from locked down states so as to encourage other states to do same, so as to reduce the spread of this dreadful virus.
”Please politicizing the distribution of government intervention will only negate the objectives of the exercise, if any section is neglected it can only delay further spread of the Coronavirus to other parts in the future.
”However, the mask, hand sanitizer and other health materials should go to everyone no matter their status because there is shortage of safety materials already.
”We plead with shop owners to please stop escalating prices of medical and preventive materials and food items, Let us be kind to our fellow humans at this crucial time of our lives.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
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