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NHRC advocates domestication of Child Rights Act to curb sexual abuse



The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has appealed to the Gombe State Government to domesticate the Child Rights Act to curb the increasing cases of child sexual abuse in the state.

The Gombe State Co-ordinator, NHRC, Mr Mohammed Ayuba, made the appeal in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Gombe on Thursday.

He said that culprits were not being convicted as a result of the absence of the Child Rights Act in the state.

According to Ayuba, with the increase in cases of child rape, every girl child is at risk of being abused and as such all hands must be on deck to fight the menace.

He said that the dignity of every girl child was at stake if this menace was not properly addressed with the right laws in place, saying “convicting culprits is difficult because of the absence of the Act.

According to him, child rape is becoming alarming and a major concern for NHRC in Gombe State.

“The government should for the sake of the girl child domesticate the child rights act.

“This act will go a long way to address the threats against the girl child that are being almost endangered.

“We have to domesticate the act in line with the socio-political factors of the state and send a strong signal to those who may want to attempt such heinous crime.

“The psychological impact of rape on the girl child is shattering. Dreams can be shattered by this menace. Our girls and children must be protected because they are our future,” he said.

Ayuba identified the lack of strong adherence to legal framework by the society, parents, and women groups as major factor contributing to the increasing menace of child sexual abuse in the state.

According to him, people should jettison the option of settling rape cases out of court.

“We have been hearing of several cases of rape, which are neither reported to the police, nor NHRC but it is happening.”

He decried the refusal of most parents to speak out whenever their daughters were violated, blaming victimisation from members of the public as the major reason for parents’ silence.

“In most of the cases of child rape taken to court, hardly will you find that a culprit was convicted; in 10 rape cases, hardly will you find two convictions.

“The child right act will help to break the technicalities of the rigorous nature of our law because the act specifically seeks to address violations against children.”

He advised that the acts should incorporate other means of getting evidence in addition to the medical evidence that currently prove or disprove rape cases in a court.

“When a child is raped in rural areas without medical facilities that are equipped enough to examine such case and gather the evidence and in matter of days such evidence would have been wiped out.

“How will the evidence be gathered to ensure justice for the person that has been sexually violated or abused? The Act must put into consideration extreme cases in rural communities,” he said.

NAN reports that 9 states alongside Gombe, are yet to domesticate the Act and the states include Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara.(NAN)


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Queen’s College principal urges parents to join hands in moulding the girls into future leaders of refute



The Principal, Queen’s College Lagos, Dr (Mrs) Tokunbo Yakubu-Oyinloye on Monday, called on parents of its newly admitted students to join hands with management in moulding the girls into future leaders of repute.

Yakubu-Oyinloye made the call at the matriculation ceremony for new intakes for the 2019/2020 academic session.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that a total of 350 JSS1 students and few others for JSS2 and SS1 took the matriculation oath at the ceremony.

She said that counselling and continuous admonishing were keys in achieving greatness and academic excellence.

“I want parents of these new intakes especially to join hands with the college in moulding these young ones.

“Ensure that their fees are also paid on time as well as provide them with all their needs and provide counselling and admonition as required.

“Discipline and grooming of the child should be a joint effort between the school and the home. You need to spend time with your children, do not abandon them to the school.

“Finally, take time to pray for your children because unless the Lord builds a house, the labourers build in vain, ” she admonished.

The principal also advised the new students to be determined to put in their best in Queen’s College to enable them to pass on a very brightly gleaming and brightly burning torch.

Yakubu-Oyinloye lauded the efforts of the Federal Government in ensuring that the college continued to remain the flagship college for girls in the country.

She also expressed delight at the contribution of the old girls of the college over the years, in a bid to ensure that their alma mata returned to its glory days.

Also speaking, Mrs Modupe Adeyinka-Oni, Executive Director, Standard Bearers School in Lekki, urged the newly admitted students to ensure that they sustained the age-long tradition of excellence the college was known for.

Adeyinka -Oni, also the guest speaker at the event, urged the students to challenge themselves by thinking critically and come up with solutions to challenges of the digital age.

“You must be prepared to always think out of the box as the future of work has changed and so you too must shift.

“In all, be focused, disciplined within and outside the school, learn to adapt, be creative and show resilience,” she said.

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Nigeria’s stability is our priority – Sultan



The Chairman, Northern Traditional Rulers Council and the Sultan of Sokoto, Dr Sa’ad Abubakar, says the stability of Nigeria remains the top priority of traditional rulers in the region.

The Sultan made the remarks at the opening of the 6th General Assembly of the Northern Traditional Rulers Council, on Monday in Kaduna.

He said as leaders at the grassroots, the traditional rulers have much at stake in ensuring peace and stability in the country and will continue to advise government at all levels.

Abubakar stressed that the traditional institution was not in conflict with the government, but working as partners to enhance national unity, growth and development.

The Sultan urged traditional leaders acros the country to contribute their best towards nation building.

He said that the meeting would focus on the challenges in the northern region and proffer solutions.

According to him, the Council would deliberate on raising access to qualitative education in the region, as a tool of fighting crime and insecurity.

He expressed the belief that the more people became educated, the less the level of criminality.

We are working on uplifting the standard education in our various communities and quality teachers, with good teachers, we will have quality education and good graduates,” he said.

To our governors, we will support them when they have good programmes, we will work very hard to ensure successful completion of their programmes,” he added.

He explained that they would continue to caution political leaders and advise them to always put the people first and to fear almighty Allah.

Abubakar appreciated the contributions of the Arewa Consultative Forum in finding solutions to the problems in the region.

On his part, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State said the meeting is coming at a time government was working with security agencies to maintain peace.

He called on the traditional rulers to continue to encourage  youth in their respective communities to identify with government policies geared towards improving  their standard of living and development of communities.

The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Hadiza Balarabe said the state government would continue to encourage traditional rulers to take strong decisions on issues of education and security.

In his message, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha said Federal Government appreciated the importance of traditional institutions to the success or failure of security in the country in view of their closeness and daily interactions with Nigerians.

He reiterated government commitments to addressing security the challenges in Nigeria.

Mustapha said that apart from deploying huge resources and political will to address security challenges, the Federal Government recently launched a new National Security Strategy to sustain current efforts and introduce new methods and technology into national security architecture.

The SGF urged the traditional rulers to come up with new solutions to the challenges of insecurity in the country.

He also called on them to continue to complement the efforts of government to stem the rising tide of insecurity and save the future of the nation.

“I wish to leave this gathering with this, the nation must remain peaceful, united and strong so that our economic potentials would be fully realised.”

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Truck crushes driver to death on Lagos-Abeokuta expressway  



The Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) on Monday said that a driver was crushed to death in an accident involving two trucks around Conoil Bus-Stop, along the LagosAbeokuta expressway.

Mrs Temitope Oseni, Owode-Ijako Unit Commander of TRACE, told the Nigeria News Agency in Ota, Ogun, that the accident happened at about 3.00 p.m. on Monday.

Oseni said that a tipper with registration AKD 411 XJ and a truck of the Nigerian Breweries, marked FST 115 XN, had slightly hit each other; a situation that was amicably resolved by other drivers around.

The unit commander said the tipper driver was, however, adamant, thereby, jumping on the truck of the Nigerian Breweries’ driver.

Unfortunately, his legs slipped off the vehicle and as he fell under the tyre, he was crushed to death on the head,” she said.

The body of the driver, Oseni said, had been taken away by the relatives for immediate burial.

She, however, said normalcy had since been restored to the highway to ease the free flow of traffic.

She advised motorists to always exercise patience, especially in the face of conflicts.

“Two wrongs cannot make a right,” she said.


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Harnesssing of mines sector key to industrial development — Gov. Ihedioha



Imo Governor, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, says that no country can develop industrially without harnessing her mines and metal sector.

Ihedioha stated this at the 2nd Nigeria Metallurgical Industry Stakeholders’ Forum (MISF) organised by the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development for South-East stakeholders on Monday in Owerri.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the two-day seminar had the theme, “Building Local Capacities for the Development of the Nigeria Metal Sector.”

Ihedioha, who commended the ministry for the choice of Imo as host, said the theme was in tandem with the Rebuild Imo Agenda of his government which main trust was to revive the power sector for industries to thrive.

He said most industries depended on the metal sector, adding that any country that ignored the metal sector does so at her own risk, pointing out that the metal sector contributed to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of countries.

The governor noted that the state was committed to the growth and development of its technical and industrial sector, adding that in most developed economies the metal sector was the highest employer of labour.

He called on the Federal Government to improve on the steel capacity of the country for it to achieve much and by extension connect Owerri and Onitsha to the rail line.

Ihedioha urged the participants to take advantage of the programme and dedicate themselves to finding solutions to the technical and steel need of the country.

Earlier, Dr Uchechukwu Ogah, Minister of State, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, said the theme was in tandem with federal government’s resolve to vigorously pursue the diversification of the economy inter-alia the minerals and metals sector of the Nigerian economy.

He noted that the metal industry formed the bedrock on which the industrialisation and development of any nation of the world was built.

The minister said that without the steel and other metal industry, no meaningful technological advancement would be achieved.

Virtually, all other sectors of the economy rely on the metal sector in one way or the other to thrive, including power, agriculture, transportation, industry, electricity/electronics, construction, roads, and housing,” he said.

Ogah pointed out that Nigeria’s interest in the development of iron and steel industry dated back to 1958, with further action taken in the immediate post-independence era.

According to him, other countries that started their metallurgical sector in a similar way like Nigeria have been able to lift their economies from third world poverty and starvation due to the industrialisation they had achieved via a well-developed metallurgical industry.

He identified these countries to include South Korea, Algeria, Tunisia, India, Egypt, Libya, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran and Irag.

Ogah described metallurgy as the branch of science and technology concerned with the study of the properties of metals, their production and purification.

He added that mineral processing, physical metallurgy, smelting, extractive metallurgy and steel production were all metallurgical processes.

The minister said that the metal sector had to be positioned to amongst others improve the power, transportation, construction industry, manufacturing, agricultural sectors, and the mining and mineral processing.

He solicited for local and foreign private investments in these areas and many other sectors, assuring that government would create the enabling environment.

The desire of the federal government of Nigeria to diversify the economy from a mono-product economy predominantly dependent on oil and gas revenues to other sectors such as minerals and metals is well known to you.

Aside the seven strategic minerals (Iron ore, Lead/Zinc, Gold, Baritas, Bitumen and Limestone) every local government in Nigeria has one or more minerals located in it,” he said.

The minster identified other advantages of the metal industry on other sectors of the economy to include foreign exchange earnings and sustenance, contribution toward increasing the Gross Domestic Product, creation of job opportunities and acquisition of technical skills leading to technology transfer to Nigerians.

Others were exploitation of the abundant metal ore deposits and associated minerals to meet local demand and possible exports of surplus, springing up of economic activities in down-stream metallurgical industries and the mineral sector of the national economy and the mechanisation of the agricultural sector through the production of agro-processing plants and farm implements.

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Apapa LG to empower 160 petty traders with N100,000 each



Mr Owolabi Adele, Chairman, Apapa Local Government of Lagos State, said that the council would soon provide N16 million as empowerment to 16o petty traders in the area.

Speaking at the council’s Consultative Stakeholders Meeting ahead of its 2020 Budget in Apapa on Monday, Adele said that each of the 160 identified beneficiaries would receive N100,000 to grow their petty trade.

The council boss advised those to benefit from the empowerment to use the money to improve their businesses and not to channel the money into Christmas gift.

He said that the council had completed Oluwole Primary  Health Centre which would be commissioned to improve the health outreach of people in Apapa Community.

We have embarked on first round of outreach on community vaccination and also we recruited additional medical personnel to augment the existing staff.

The council also bought Sienna buses so as to boost the Internal Generated Revenue (IGR), but it is highly disturbing that our people’s attitude towards paying their taxes, levies and rates is not encouraging because of evasion.

Our administration has been able to rehabilitate some streets such as Pelewura, North Avenue, Maybin, Ijora Oloye, Tide Adeyemi, Tijani Adele, Lander, Ibiere among others with interlock bricks, ” Adele said.

He said that the council had provided 1000 of three in one pairs desk and benches for public primary schools for a conducive learning environment.

The council boss said that the council had been able to complete the renovation of most offices in the council.

Adele said that the council also bought General Certificate Examination (G. C. E), Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) forms, as well as organising talk shows and training for teachers and students.

Adele said that the council also organised continuous Spelling Bee competition, supported public schools, inter-sports competitions, purchased life jackets for pupils in  riverine communities, organise adult literacy and many more.

He said that from experience that different wards in the local government had peculiar needs ranging from infrastructure, toilets, environmental changes, school boats among others, adding that the consultative meeting would enable wards representative to present their needs before the council. .


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Over 100m Nigerians lack Identity, says DG NIMS



The Director General, National Identity Management Commission, Aliyu Abubakar said over 100 million Nigerians have no official identity.

The DG made this known on Monday in Kaduna, in a paper on Importance of National Identity to National Building, presented during the 6th General Assembly of Northern Traditional Rulers Council.

According to him, those with no identity comprised the poorest most vulnerable groups, including women and girls and less educated people among others.

He explained that inclusive and trusted identity system can help in empowering individuals and enhance their access to rights, services and formal economy.

Abubakar added that it would also assist in generating reliable and continuous statistics to measure progress, support informed policies and enable the growth of digital economy.

In his presentation on Border Closure, the Comptroller General, Nigerian Customs Service,  Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), explained that the measure had curved smuggling of prohibited items into the country.

Ali also said it had raised the NCS daily revenue collection from N4 billion before the border closure to N6 billion.

The NCS boss, who was represented by Comptroller Omiye Adesanmi, noted that smuggling of illicit drugs and weapons into the country had also drastically reduced.

He explained that Nigeria has engaged Customs administrations of neighboring countries to comply with the ECOWAS protocol on transit of goods and persons, to protect Nigerian economy from the effects of smuggling.

Ali pledged to seek stakeholders support including the media to ensure that the desired objectives of the exercise were fully achieved.

He urged Nigerians to patronise local rice and other goods, to boost the nation’s economy.

Another presentation on “Northern Youths and the Challenges of Drug Abuse in Nigeria”, by the Chief Executive Officer, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammad Abdullahi (rtd), noted that the future of the youth in Northern Nigeria was being threatened by the flow of illicit drugs.

He lamented that the positive support, dedication, integrity and leadership that the region expected from the youths have vanished, as large part of the youth population have resorted to the use hard of drugs.

Abdullahi called for massive education and enlightenment campaign across the country on the dangers of illicit drugs use, noting that ignorance and lack of adequate knowledge were partly responsible for drug abuse.

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Anti-Corruption Day: ActionAid Nigeria advocates death penalty for corrupt officers



Anti-Corruption Day: ActionAid Nigeria advocates death penalty for corrupt officers


Abuja, Dec. 9, 2019 As Nigerians join the rest of the world to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day, Mrs. Ene Obi, Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria (AAN), has advocated for a death penalty for corrupt officers in the country.

Obi was speaking in Abuja on Monday, during a rally to mark the day which has the theme: “United Against Corruption. My constituency, my project.”

She regretted that many people, who had looted the economy, were moving freely in their houses and even sitting in the parliament, urging Nigerians to stand up against such characters.

She called on public officers owing salaries to do the needful so as not to encourage people to get involved in corrupt tendencies.

According to her, the government should ask themselves how many hospitals and schools they have built to improve the society.

“We are standing here today because many women are dying in our hospitals due to the poor healthcare system; many young Nigerians are in the universities without allowances.

“We are standing here today because somebody gave us scholarship. Many years ago, our colonial masters gave scholarships to build human capital that will build Nigeria. The story is different today.

“What is happening to our education? Our public schools have been rendered almost powerless. Many people have so many houses; why do you have so many houses when you can sleep on only one bed at a time?

“We stand here to say that all those who are found guilty and charged for corruption should be brought to book.

“I want to advocate that those who are looting the economy should be sentenced  to death if found guilty.”

Obi, however, called on Nigerian government to stand against corruption, especially since President Muhammadu Buhari had vowed to fight the menace.

She, therefore, said that corruption should be fought from all fronts, and called on those in government, who had been indicted in corruption cases, to step down from office.

Mr Newton Otsamaye, Manager, Strengthening Citizens Resistance Against Prevalence of Corruption (SCRAP-C) project, an NGO, said that there was the need for a consensus to end corruption in the country.

“We are collaborating with civil society groups, ICPC, NOA so that we can have collective engagement to end corruption.

“As Nigerians, we are tired of living without water, hospitals, good roads and transparent government. We are here to join other voices to end corruption in our government, Churches, families, schools, parliament and executive.”

Otsamaye called on communities to report abandoned projects in their various constituencies to ICPC.

Mrs. Rasheeda Okoduwa, Director, Public Enlightement, ICPC, in her remarks, said that corruption should be fought to a standstill from the home before it spread to the wider society.

She emphasised the need for Nigerians to report corruption cases to ICPC to enable it bring those involved to book, saying that there was no hiding place for corrupt officers. 

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Mrs. Buhari distributes food items, cash to widows, orphans, others in Adamawa



The Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has distributed food items and cash worth millions of naira to widows, orphans and other vulnerable groups in Adamawa.

The First Lady, represented by Hajia Fatima Rafindadi, a member of her campaign team for President Buhari’s 2019 re-election, who presented the items on Monday in Yola, said the intervention was under Mrs Buhari’s Future Assured Foundation.

Mrs. Buhari said the core objective of the food and cash intervention was to compliment Federal Government’s effort towards improving rural communities’ livelihood and income.

About 20 different groups are today receiving free donation of food items and cash worth millions of naira.

The intervention is under the Future Assured Foundation, which is established to support and improve living conditions of the less privileged across the country.

It is also part of an end of year gesture to bring smiles on the faces of common Nigerians,’’ she said.

In her remarks, Hajia Lami Fintiri, wife of Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri, who was represented by Mrs Justina Patrick, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs in the state, thanked the President’s wife for the kind gesture.

Mrs. Fintiri said the intervention would go a long way in improving and sustaining the lives of the beneficiaries.

She appealed to the beneficiaries to ensure that the items were used for the purpose they were intended for in order improve their living conditions.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Malam Yau Babayi and Esther Donald, of Actualisation Group and Yola South Widows Group respectively, thanked the first lady for the gesture.

The Nigeria News Agency , reports that benefiting groups include; widows’ association, orphanages, the Nigerian Prisons Service, Federation of Muslim Women Association (FOMWAN), and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), among others.

The items distributed include; bags of rice, yams, cooking oil and wrappers.

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Gender Based Violence: NGO urges journalists to focus on survivors



A non governmental organization, Mercy Corps Nigeria, on Monday called on journalists to focus on survivors while reporting cases related to Based .

Oluwawemimo Onikan, Communication Officer, Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprise (ENGINE), a program being implemented by Mercy Corps, made the call during a press conference in Abuja.

The conference was organized ahead of the international Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, and to commemorate the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence declared by the United Nations, from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10.

She said that survivors centered approach in news reporting would empower survivors by putting them at the center of healing process.

Onikan said journalists should be emphatic, but avoid judgemental language during interviews with GBV survivors.

When GBV is a manifestation of power, the media can unintentionally create another experience where the survivors feel further disempowered.

Applying the survivor-centered approach involves prioritizing the survivors’ best interest, by following the guiding principle of safety, confidentiality, respect and non discrimination”, she said.

She stated that survivors of violence were often blamed by the society for dressing indecently or talking too much, urging journalists to challenge the norm by exposing perpetrators.

Onikan also said reporters must respect the right of survivors to refuse questions or divulge sensitive information and also avoid questions that are insensitive to culture.

She added that journalist should not report details that could put survivors at further risk and should provide information on local support service that address GBV cases.

Earlier, Mr Ram Kishan, Deputy Country Director, Mercy Corps said the organization was ready to partner with the media in fighting gender based violence in the country.

He said the issue of violence against children and vulnerable adult was a serious issue affecting the society and could be tackled with the help of the media.

Also, Mrs Chinelo Ezeobi, Policy and Governance Manager, ENGINE ll urged the media to publish names of perpetrators so as to serve as deterrent to others.

She added that perpetrators should be labelled mentally unstable and be made to undergo rehabilitation before going to prison.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Mercy Corps, with support from the UK International through its Education Fund, implements the New II programme.

The program is aimed at addressing barriers to girls education and gender inequalities for 18,000 marginalised girls in Kano, Kaduna, Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory.

The programme facilitates Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection in the four states, working with various stakeholders including the Federal and State Governments, as well as line agencies to establish Reporting Protocols for Abuse.

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