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Protect your children from violence, UNICEF tells parents

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The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday advised parents to communicate freely with their children in order to ascertain their lifestyles and protect them from harm.

UNICEF’s Child Protection Specialist, Mr. Dennis Onoise gave the advice in Zaria at the ongoing workshop on Violence Against Children (VAC) organised by UNICEF and NOA for community facilitators in Kaduna State.

According to him, parents need to pay more attention to their children and provide them with their basic needs in order to insulate them from sexual, emotional and physical violence.

“Many of the children who are abused are children whose parents are not paying attention to them. We need to talk to parents about appropriate parenting.

“Parents have the responsibility to make sure their children are well protected, because abused children tend to engage in negative activities like terrorism and prostitution,” he said.

Onoise said that the workshop was organised to discuss and develop dialogue guidelines with community facilitators where violence against children was common.

He said that UNICEF and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) had  conducted similar workshop for religious and traditional leaders to sensitise them on the menance of  violence against children.

The UNICEF official said that the religious and traditional leaders were prepared to collaborate with UNICEF and NOA in putting an end to violence against children in their communities.

He said that social health workers, sexual assault center managers, youth leaders and women leaders in the communities would  be engaged as community facilitators.

Onoise also disclosed that parents and caregivers would be engaged through theatre for development, video screening of real life stories of  violence against children and other channels of sensitisation.

He said that the grassroots community dialogue would commence in December.

Edited / Maharazu Ahmed

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UNICEF, Kwara renew partnership in critical sectors

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Kwara State Government on Monday rolled out their key activities towards achieving development in the critical sectors in the state for 2020.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the activities were drawn from the plenary reflections of sectoral teams, constituted at the 2019 End of Year Review and Planning Meeting of the UNICEF and Kwara Government.

Dr Zakari Adam, Chief of Kaduna Field Office of UNICEF, said the objective of the meeting was to question what the funding agency had achieved in terms of cooperation with the Kwara government.

This, he said, was to identify challenges in the course of its 2019 activities with a view to avoiding such challenges in 2020.

The objective is to know if we have achieved any result. If yes, which one can we put forward as the more important result.

If partially, what is going to be our arrangement to complete what is remaining; and if nothing was achieved, or if we are faced with some challenges, what are we going to put in place to ensure we don’t face similar challenges in 2020,” he said.

The UNICEF boss expressed delight with the outcome of the exercise, saying that sectoral groups were able to agree on the way forward in education, nutrition, health and HIV as well as communication for development among others.

He also applauded the media participation in the review and planning exercise, rather than merely coming to cover the event.

The (media) partnership should not be about coming to report the meeting alone, but having you as part of our reflections.

Even your views, aspirations and the way media people communicate are needed.

The media has this capacity to develop clear participation from crowd, community and grassroots,” he said.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Shuaib Akanbi, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, commended UNICEF for coming back to the state after some years of lack of intervention.

Akanbi assured the agency of the state government’s cooperation at ensuring that the state is moved forward in the critical areas of interest to UNICEF.

He expressed optimism that UNICEF would soon help to restore the lost benefits of the state.

Mrs Memunat Adams, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry Information and Communications, pledged that the state would not default in its responsibilities at ensuring a smooth partnership with the agency.

Edited by: Moses Solanke/Ismail Abdulaziz
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FG donates relief materials to flood victims in Kebbi

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Management has donated relief materials to over 351 victims of 2019 flood disaster in three Government s) of Kebbi.

The Director-General of the Agency, Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, who was represented by the Head of NEMA, Sokoto Operations Office, Dr Kofoworola Soleye, distributed the relief materials in Yauri Local Government Area of the state on Monday.

Soleye said the materials were given to alleviate the sufferings faced by flood victims in the affected local government areas.

We know that it will not be enough to take care of all what you lost, but just for you to know that the federal government is aware of your plight and commiserates with you,” he said.

Maihaja said that government would distribute 450 bags of rice, 220 bags of millets, 450 bags of beans,among others to the 2018 flood victims in three local government areas of the state.

 “An assessment was carried out by NEMA in conjunction with Management and officials of affected LGAs.

The areas are: Ngaski, Yauri and Shanga; where over 351 farmers affected by the 2019 flood in the areas,” he said.

The state Chairman of SEMA, Alhaji Sani Dododo urged the beneficiaries to ensure they use the items for the purpose they were meant.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Malam Musa Shehu thanked the federal government and NEMA for assisting the victims. .

Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Tukur Muntari.
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Man, 33, arraigned over alleged fraud, stealing

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A 33-year-old man, Mr Sola Adebayo, was, on Monday, arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged fraud and stealing.

The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Jonathaan Okunade, told the court that Adebayo, with no fixed address, was facing a two-count charge bordering on fraud and theft.

He said that Adebayo collected the sum of N 2.8 million from Mr Akingbe Collins, under the pretext of giving him fortune-making charms.

Okunade said that the accused and others, now at large committed the offences sometime in October at Odo, Ado-Ekiti.

He said that Adebayo also stole a wrist watch belonging to the complainant, valued at N250,000.

According to him, the offences contravene Sections 419 and 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

He prayed the court for adjournment to enable him study the case file and present his witnesses.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Counsel to the defendant, Mr Stephen Olumuagun, prayed the court to grant him bail, assuring that his client would not jump bail.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Adesoji Adegboye, admitted Adebayo to bail in the sum of N500,000, with two sureties in like sum.

He ordered that one of the sureties must be a civil servant.

Adegboye adjourned the case till Jan. 15, 2020, for hearing.

Edited by: Azubuike Okeh and
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Osinbajo makes public letter to organisers of 2019 anti-corruption defender award

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Osinbajo makes public letter to organisers of 2019 anti-corruption defender award

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Abuja, Dec. 9, 2019 The Office of the Vice President has made public the letter which Vice President Yemi Osinbajo wrote to the organisers of Anti-corruption Defender Award of 2019.

The letter made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja, indicated that the vice president had given two reasons why he would not be able to attend the event held on Monday in Lagos.

Osinbajo said his first reason was that he would be in Abu Dhabi for an international meeting under the auspices of the government of the United Arab Emirates where he was the keynote speaker.

The vice president’s second reason was that he thought it insensitive to attend the ceremony in view of the recent  developments on Friday in the Sowore case.

I am extremely grateful for the recognition and award of the ‘Integrity Specialty of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Anti-corruption Defender Award of 2019’ to me.

The award, I note, is for our Justice reform efforts in Lagos State. I had accepted the award with pride on behalf of the excellent Justice Sector team we had.

However, two reasons explain my absence. First is that I am currently in Abu Dhabi for an international meeting under the auspices of the government of the UAE where I am the keynote speaker.

Second, in view of the developments on Friday in the Sowore case, I think it would be insensitive and inappropriate to attend the ceremony.

“Please accept my heartfelt apologies and extend the same to the other members of the organising team. God bless you,” the letter reads in part.

Edited by: Muhammad Suleiman Tola
(NAN)

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ActionAid Nigeria, ICPC, CSOs decry decay in education sector

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ActionAid Nigeria has called on Nigerians to collectively work in truth, trust and transparency in the fight against corruption to salvage the nation’s educational system.

Ms Halima Sadiq, ActionAid Project Manager in Kogi, made the call after a procession of students, youths corps members, members of Society s) to Secondary , Lokoja, on Monday in Lokoja to mark the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the event was organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria, INGRA, SOFADONDO and other concerned CSOs.

Sadiq decried the corruption and attendant decay in the nation’s educational system, saying that the state of most of the nation’s educational institutions from primary to secondary and tertiary levels was pathetic.

We should collectively fight corruption to revive our educational system. If we don’t fight corruption, corruption will kill our education sector as well as other sectors such as Agriculture, Health and the entire economy.

Chilezie Commissioner in the state, speaking in same vein, said the decaying standard of education would not allow proper training of students and youths for the leadership task ahead of them.

Talking about the level of decay and dearth of infrastructure in MCSS, Lokoja, Ogwuegbu said, “We are talking about decaying standard of education. Can we produce Future Leaders in such schools.

This is even within Lokoja,the state capital. Only God knows what will confront us when we go to the villages.

So, that is the main reason why we must wake up to fight corruption so that doctors of tomorrow will be trained here. I beg all of you. Wherever you see corruption, report it to us and leave the rest to us,”Ogwuegbu said.

Principal of the school, Mr Yakubu Aliyu-Danaladi, charged the students to guard against corruption and corrupt tendencies if their future must be guaranteed. “Look at the decay and dilapidation of school structures. You must rise up against corruption.

Otherwise, it will come to a level where we will not be able to access the basic necessities of life as government would no longer be able to provide. I urge you all to support the government and the ICPC to kill corruption,” Aliyu-Danladi said.

Ella, , “Sofadondo”, a registered advocacy group for campaign against “Sex for Marks/Marks for Sex”, said the menace had truncated a lot of ambitions and caused untimely deaths through suicide among victims.

Edited by: Abdullahi Yusuf
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Kano Anti-graft agency boss urges public support on fight against corruption

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Mr Muhuyi Magaji, the Chairman, Kano state Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission, has renewed his calls to the public to support the agency in the ongoing fight against corruption in the state.

He made the appeal at a musical concert and drama performance organised by the Anti-graft agency at the popular Minat Event Centre in Kano on Monday.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the event was organised as part of activities to commemorate the 2019 International Anti-corruption Day.

He said there was an urgent need for the public to support the crusade because “if we allow corruption to thrive, it will cripple the economy of the country”.

We can trace all the problems facing us and Nigeria as a country to high level of corruption because if a country like Ethiopia can have a national carrier, I see no reason why Nigeria will not have,” Magaji said.

According to him, the essence of organising the event was to raise public awareness against the menace so as to enable people support the agency by joining the campaign.

The anti-graft agency boss urged Nigerians to consider the anti-corruption campaign as a collective responsibility which should not be left to the government or its agencies.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of the state re-affirmed the commitment of his administration to continue to support the agency and all other anti-graft agencies to enable the country to move forward.

The governor, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Works and Housing, Mr M. A. Lawal, said corruption is the main reason why the country is not moving forward.

Kano state is in the forefront in the fight against corruption because it is only in Kano state that we have vibrant agency fighting corruption and we are getting results,” he said.

He commended the chairman of the state anti-graft agency, Mr Muhuyi Magaji, and his team for their doggedness in carrying out their duties.

NAN reports that a Hausa drama on the ills of corruption was presented by popular Hausa actors in Kannywood.

The event was attended by various stakeholders including representatives of EFCC, ICPSociety s), NYSC anti-corruption club as well as students, among others.

Edited /Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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Ghost workers: Ondo Govt. stops salaries of 51 LG staff

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The Ondo State Government, on Monday, said it had stopped salary payment to 51 workers who refused to show up for the recently-concluded local government verification exercise.

The state Head of Service (HoS), Mr Dare Aragbaiye, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Akure, as part of the activities marking the 2019 Public Service Week celebrations.

Aragbaiye described the 51 affected persons as ghost workers, saying that the verification exercise was part of government’s efforts to ensure that ghost workers were not included in government payroll.

He praised Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for prioritising the salaries of civil servants in the state.

Recall that this administration inherited seven-month unpaid salaries and allowances. Within a space of about two years, the salary backlogs are almost completely cleared, leaving only a month.

To date, all promotions have been effected and works are in progress for the 2020 promotion exercise.

Notwithstanding the lean resources of government, some critical recruitments have been made to boost the health sector.

Some redeployments have also been made from other sectors to shore up the staffing positions in our schools, pending when a full-scale recruitment of teachers will be made,’’ he said.

On the Public Service Week celebrations, the HoS said that it was a yearly event agreed on by all African Union member-states in 1994, in Morroco.

Aragbaiye said a two-day programme, commencing from Tuesday, had been lined up for the celebration in the state.

According to him, the theme for this year’s celebrations is “ICT and Innovative Governance: Panacea for Youth Unemployment and Migration’’.

Edited by: Oluyinka Fadare and
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We will deal ruthlessly with corruption – ICPC

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offence Commission (ICPC) on Monday vowed to deal with corruption and corrupt tendencies with a degree of ruthlessness to reduce its effect on the nation’s economy and development.

The commission also said that the fight against corruption in the country could only succeed if Nigerians changed their ways of doing things and effectively embraced integrity, transparency and accountability as the way of life.

Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, National Chairman of ICPC, said this at an occasion to mark the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day organised by ICPC on Monday in Lokoja.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the meeting was organised in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria and its local rights partners in Kogi, Participation Initiative for Behavioral Change in Development (PIBCID.

Owasanoye said the commission would be ruthless in dealing with corruption and corrupt tendencies within permissible limits under the nation’s extant laws to bring the menace to it knees.

He said that the 2019 Anti-Corruption Day tagged: “United Against Corruption” was not limited to the Anti-corruption agencies , but to every eligible Nigerians , stressing that the menace had affected all Nigerians and would continue to do so if not tackled headlong.

The chairman, who was represented by the Kogi Commissioner, ICPC, Mr Chilezie Ogwuegbu, said that the commission would intensify efforts at detection and investigation of acts of corruption.

He said the commission’s searchlight would also beam on embezzlement of public funds and abuse of office, stressing that it should be loud and clear that corruption would be dealt with decisively without fear or favour.

When a country’s institutions are weakened by corruption, its security forces would not be trusted, its borders would become porous, criminality will fester and its insecurity may be internationalised .

Halima Sadiq, acting Executive Director, PIBCID, in her Speech, said the country was endowed with great potentials to achieve greatness but lamented that corruption had created poverty and manifested in many forms through waste and misallocation of resources.

It has been established that corruption leads to massive poverty, lack of facilities such as good roads, electricity, water , health facilities and other infrastructure such as industries and educational facilities, among others,” Sadiq said.

She commended ICPC, NOGrassroots , Hands Across Africa Initiative, Activista and SOFADONDO for their support in fighting corruption in Nigeria.

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Edited by: Abdullahi Yusuf
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Shun unhealthy rival while pursuing gender parity, Group cautions women

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Dr Modupe Ogunniyi, National Coordinator, Agricultural and Entrepreneurial Skills Development Initiative for Women and Youths (AESDIW&Y), has called on women groups to shun unhealthy rivalry while trying to achieve gender equality.

Ogunniyi made the call in Ilorin on Monday while speaking at the plenary discussion on “Gendered Work-Space: Realities and Responses” at an International Conference on Workers Education and Employment Relations.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the programme was organised by Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, Ilorin, in conjunction with the Nigerian Industrial and Employment Relations Association.

NAN also reports that the Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources Management, University of Lagos, is also one of the organisers of the programme.

Ogunniyi stated in her presentation that rather than engaging in rivalry, women should make conscious efforts to present the best in their midst for socio-political engagements, leadership and effective representation in all spheres.

Though creation, thoughts, language, science and psychoanalysis as well as urban/rural spacing have already made the gender difference clear, I want to observe that creation equally made the gender to complement each other in innumerable ways.

Women should be self-aware of who they are, not with arrogance, but with the boldness and assertiveness of that awareness.

They should insist on maintenance of their spaces and their self-worth; proving the self-worth by their level of intelligence, commitment and effective service delivery.

Though the society has created limits and diminishing spaces for women, by tagging them ‘respectable women’, provided the limits are not broken, women should not have their human rights gagged.

Those so-called limits in urban/rural spacing, religion, socio-political economic realities and even governance need to be restructured through high-level engagement of powers that be,” she said.

Ogunniyi identified advocacy/lobbying, intense and non-stop awareness creation at all strata and deployment of other machineries at the disposal of women as techniques to break such limits and for them to have fulfilment and happiness which, she said was their right.

She stressed the need to appeal to the understanding of the powers that be for at least 35 percent women representation in governance.

Ogunniyi also called on women in positions of authority to mentor the girl-child and young women for assertiveness, courage, boosting of self-esteem and leadership.

Edited by: Razak Owolabi and
(NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

Dr Modupe Ogunniyi, National Coordinator, Agricultural and Entrepreneurial Skills Development Initiative for Women and Youths during her presentation

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