Christian women, civil society groups and other residents of Plateau on Tuesday held a special prayer session for Leah Sharibu to mark her 16th birthday.
Leah Sharibu is among students of Girls Science Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe Stae, who were abducted in their hostels in February 2018.
While other girls have been released, Leah is still being held by the captors.
They also payed for other captives in the hands of others abductors, and prayed God to intervene.
In her special prayer for Leah, Mrs. Edith Temlong, the wife of the Vicar of St Piran’s Anglican Church in Jos, asked for divine intervention for her release and the freedom of other abductees in Nigeria.
“I pray God keeps her under his bosom for standing by her faith. I also pray for the deliverance of our children under the captivity of drugs, waywardness and those who left home under the influence of evil.
“I pray for our children who have refused to go to school and have become a burden to their parents. We ask for God’s intervention in all these cases,” she prayed.
In her prayer, Mrs. Esther Gongdem, a member of Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), begged God to strengthen Leah’s parents and give them the grace to hold on till the release of their daughter.
“I pray God to grant Leahs’ parents the grace to hold on despite the prolonged period of waiting. I ask that God gives every parent the grace to train children in good morals so that they become responsible persons in society.’
The delegation was led by Mrs. Joy Machunga, Secretary General of the Christian Women for Excellence and Empowerment in Nigeria(CWEENS), who is also the secretary for Leah foundation and Catalyst for and Justice
Emir of Lafia tasks journalists on objective reporting
The Emir of Lafia, Sidi Bage on Tuesday advised journalists in the state to be objective in their reportage and to always uphold the ethics of their profession.
The Emir said that it was imperative for journalists to always be conscious of the sensitive nature of their jobs in any society.
“Journalists anywhere in the world are very important organs that can make or mar the society; so, we need to be careful not to destroy this country.
“Please, continue to be patriotic as you are already and help the country in surmounting her challenges for the benefit of the entire citizens,” he said.
Bage, also the Chairman of Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs, said that especially now that the country was experiencing some challenges, governments needed the support of journalists.
He implored journalists to project positive about the country and place less emphasis on negative developments in the country.
Bage said that it was unprofessional for journalists to be involved in activities that would lead to conflicts and disunity in the country.
He said that the Emirate would provide the necessary assistance to journalists to enhance the effective discharge of their responsibilities.
Mr Isaac Ukpoju, Chairman of the Correspondents’ Chapel, said that the visit was to pay homage and get royal blessings from the Emir.
Ukpoju assured the Emir of the journalists’ readiness to objectively and positively report the activities of the state nationally and internationally.
Edited /Adeleye Ajayi
Naval intra command competition: NAVTRAC FOC preaches spirit of sportsmanship
Rear Adm. Stanford Enoch, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC) has urged participants featuring in the Intra Command Competition to exhibit spirit of sportsmanship.
“As you participate in this competition, please exhibit the highest standard of discipline and sportsmanship. To the officials, be fair and just in the spirit of the game, “he said.
Enoch, who was represented by Rear Adm. Idowu Yusuf, the Chief Staff Officer (CSO) of the Command,gave the advice at the opening ceremony of the event on Tuesday in Lagos.
He said that the competition would enhance personnel physical fitness, mental alertness and foster good sportsmanship among schools/units in the Command.
“There are a lot of advantages of being an athlete, it gives you the confidence, strength and enhances physical productivity,” he said.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the competition is scheduled for Dec. 10 to Dec. 11 at the Command.
He said that the aim was to promote physical fitness, foster friendship, cooperation among participants and combat readiness.
“This event is aimed at promoting physical fitness and to foster friendship and cooperation among participants in the face of the security challenges around the globe.
“The need to keep personnel combat ready and fit for peace support missions cannot be overemphasised.”
The FOC also urged participants should put in their best, adding that the competition would be used to select the Command’s representatives for the inter command competition.
“I have been made to understand that this competition would be used to select NAVTRAC representatives in preparation for inter command sports competitions.
“I therefore enjoin you to put in your best.”
Edited by: Edith Bolokor/Dada Ahmed
CLO urges FG, states to establish human rights desks
A human rights group, Civil Liberty Organisation (CLO), has called on the Federal and State Governments to establish human rights desks to tackle social injustices in the country.
The group made the call in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Secretary and Public Relations Officer (PRO), Messrs Vincent Ezekwueme, Chidi Mba and Nicholas Amoke respectively, on Tuesday in Onitsha, Anambra.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the statement was issued to commemorate the 71st Universal Declaration of Human Rights Day celebrations.
NAN also reports that the theme of this year’s celebration is: ‘Stand for Your Human Rights’.
The CLO said when established, the desk or office would eradicate human rights abuses, poverty as well as violation of civil, economic, political and social rights of the citizenry.
If we collectively stand for human rights and government establishes human rights desks, social justice will be the order of the day and our way of life.
It is of prime importance for us to spare no effort to stand for our rights and those of others; human rights are inalienable; they are the divine and natural rights we inherited because we are human beings,” the statement said.
The group also called on all tiers of governments to respect and uphold the inalienable rights of the citizenry.
It urged the state government and church leaders to order for three days praying and fasting, following the incessant fire disaster and roads accidents recorded in the state.
CLO equally welcomes the autonomy to local governments and scrapping of states electoral commission.
Efforts should be made for its prompt implementations as well as conduct of local government elections.
We graciously appeal to the Federal and Anambra Governments to expedite action on trunk A and B roads in the state, in view of the Christmas and New Year celebrations,” the statement said.
However, the CLO expressed sadness over the death of some civilians and police officers who might have lost their lives at the Oraifite incident in Anambra, and called for investigation and prosecution of culprits.
Edited by: Kamal Tayo Oropo and
70% of gas facilities in Ado-Odo/Ota LG, Ogun illegal-DPR
Alhaja Muinat Bello-Zagi, Operations Controller, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Abeokuta Field Office, on Tuesday said that 70 per cent of gas facilities in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun were illegal.
The theme of the programme was “Safety of Domestic Gas Utilisation’’.
She noted that certain roads in the state had an average of 10 gas facilities at a stretch of 5kms – 10kms, saying that the DPR was currently mapping gas facilities in its area of operations.
Bello-Zagi said that the aim of the exercise was to map the geographical spread, facilities concentration, conduct proximity analysis, ensure safety and also guide future approval based on the listed elements.
“The mapping of gas facilities has demonstrated the capacity of technology to monitor and evaluate DPR procedures, enhance surveillance and enforcement.
“The mapping will also serve as useful advocacy tool for the department to engage stakeholders and other relevant agencies in terms of provision of facilities, business opportunities and tax collection,” she said.
She noted that the DPR had directed gas pipeline facility owners to clear their Pipelines Right-of-Way, saying that the department had sanctioned some facilities for encroaching on Gas Pipelines Right-of-Way.
Bello-Zagi said that the department’s engagement with stakeholders during the current year had been participatory, saying that DPR had been able to create awareness and educate stakeholders on the agency’s requirements.
“The strategy was developed in order to reach a larger segment of the different oil and gas associations in the state.
“Such engagements include awareness campaign on safety of petroleum tanker drivers and others.
“The engagement process this year was able to reach an estimated number of 5,000 stakeholders and routine surveillance to all nooks and crannies of the state was stepped up, ’’ she said.
She noted that as much as DPR would continue to encourage gas utilisation in line with Federal Government’s policy, it would not compromise safety and adherence to stipulated regulations.
Edited by: Emmanuel Nwoye/Adeleye Ajayi
FG urges support on ending sexual harassment in workplace
The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Pauline Tallen, has called on Nigerians to support the Ministry in its effort to end sexual harassment and violence in the workplace.
Tallen, who was represented by Mr Iheanyichi Amanambu, an official in the ministry, said this at the Seminar and 16-day Campaign on Ending Rape and Gender-Based Violence in the workplace in Abuja.
“Violence against women is understood as a violation of human right and a form of discrimination against women and shall mean all acts of gender based business that results in physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to women
Including threats of such acts, collateral or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether in public or private life. I want us to note that gender based violence including domestic violence and sexual violence or abuse have long affected women’s lives.
Whether violence occurs within the workplace or outside, the detrimental effects of violence at the workplace are substantial.
Along with this awareness has come the need for proactive strategies to facilitate safety and reduce employer’s economic losses associated with employees experience of gender based violence.
I therefore call upon you to join forces with the Ministry to fight to an end the menace of sexual harassment, and other vices in the workplaces.
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) President, Ayuba Wabba, says the congress is committed to ensuring a safe environment for all workers, employees, affiliates and members free from discrimination and violence in workplace.
Wabba, represented by Emmanuel Ugboaja, General Secretary NLC, said the congress supports and encourages the zero tolerance policy on any form of harassment and violence.
He added that the campaign was a right step towards ending sexual violence in the workplace.
Mercy Okezie, Vice President of NLC, said that the seminar would provide solutions to ending sexual violence and abuse in the workplace.
Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz
Lagos FRSC boss warns motorists against assaulting traffic officers
The Lagos State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned motorists in the state to desist from assaulting traffic officers in the line of duty or be prepared to face the full weight of the law.
The Sector Commander, Mr Hyginus Omeje, gave the warning in a statement issued on Tuesday in Lagos by the sector’s Public Education Officer, Mrs Olabisi Sonusi.
Omeje spoke against the backdrop of some recent attacks on some corps personnel, while discharging their constitutional mandates.
He cited the case of one Bernard Ogechi, a traffic offender, who was recently remanded in prison custody for allegedly hitting and running his vehicle over the leg of an FRSC Marshal.
The commander therefore underscored the need for motorists to always obey traffic rules and regulations during the festive period and beyond.
He warned that any motorists arrested for allegedly assaulting any corps personnel in the discharge of their would be prosecuted.
Nigeria News Agency recalls the death of an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, Ola Oyeshina, who was attacked on November 29, while controlling traffic at Iganmu-Sifax axis of Apapa.
(Edited by: Sam Oditah)
Agency spends N1bn on intervention in 400 communities in Niger in 11 years
Niger State Community Social Development Agency (NSCSDA) said it spent over N1 billion on its intervention programmes in over 400 communities from 2009 to date across the state.
Alhaji Yusuf Usman, the General Manager of CSDA, disclosed this during the monitoring tour of projects the agency executed in Leprosy Colony in Paiko and Hamdallahi communities, Lapai Local Government Areas of the state.
He said CSDA had supported Kompani Kutare community with renovation of classrooms, provision of portable water, construction of toilets, and purchase of five tricycles to empower members of the community.
In Hamdallahi community, a Fulani settlement, CSDP provided health center, community hall and classrooms to encourage western education among Norman.
Malam Yunusa Jatau, from Leprosy Colony, commended the agency for empowering members of the community with tricycles and motorcycles and renovation of schools for conducive learning environment for children.
“This intervention is a laudable one because they are beneficial to us. We used the money given to us to build town hall, clinic and schools; this has made access to education and health facilities easier.
“Our pregnant women can now deliver safely without traveling to a nearby a health facility in Lapai, ” he said.
Jatau, who noted that the intervention had eradicated street begging and increase school enrollment in the community, pledged to ensure the maintenance of the facilities for sustenance.
Also, Malam Unaru Bello, Secretary, Project Management Committee in Hamdallahi, disclosed that before CSDP intervention, there was no health facility in the community.
He said that the intervention had brought about development in the area.
Meanwhile, Alhaji Ahmed Kontagora, Chairman of CSDA, commended the communities for successful implementation of the micro projects with the funds given to it.
Kontagora, who was represented by Mrs Elizabeth Shaba, Vice-Chairman of CSDA, expressed optimism that the projects would impact on the life expressed the agency’s commitment to empowering of rural communities for sustainable development.
He advised the beneficiaries of the projects to take ownership of the projects and ensure their maintenance for sustainability.
Edited by: Bayo Sekoni/Dada Ahmed
FRC expresses satisfaction with FG projects executed in Ekiti, Ondo.
Mr Sule Musa, Acting Director Head of Finance of the commission, said this on Tuesday during the inspection of projects at Federal Teaching Hospital, FTHI, Ido-Ekiti and Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) office in Ado-Ekiti.
The Nigeria News Agency , reports that projects inspected by the team include a modern adult accident and emergency building, Tunde Aladesanmi Theatre Complex, Physiotherapy building, Radiology and House officers buildings all at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti.
Other projects were the completed building at the Federal Road Safety Corps, Ado-Ekiti, which is already in use by staff.
Musa said the inspection was part of the commission’s mandates to ensure that funds released by the Federal Budget Office for projects were commensurate with level of work delivered so far.
The FRC official also said that the tour was to ascertain that the federal government money was spent judiciously and serve as checks on these federal government agencies to quicken completion of the projects.
Also for transparency and accountability in ensuring that, there is value for the money released by the Federal government for projects.
‘’We are following up on government projects, even to swamp areas, to ensure contractors maintain international standards and to ensure that there is value for money.
We shall subject them to do the right thing to ensure that quality services are delivered to Nigerians, “Musa said.
He, however, said that the commission was satisfied with the quality of work on the projects inspected at the FTHI , Ido-Ekiti and FRSC, Ado-Ekiti, adding that the agencies made best use of the money given to them.
Musa said that the team would proceed to the Federal Medical Centre,Owo, in Ondo state and other states in the South-West for inspection.
Earlier, while receiving the team at the FTHI, Ido-Ekiti, the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee of the hospital, Dr Idowu Adebara, commended FRC for being a check on the institution, adding that the institution had made judicious use of the money sent by the federal government.
Edited by: Dada Ahmed
Activist tasks parents on good child upbringing for better society
Mrs Helen Nduka, a lawyer and rights activist, has attributed the high rate of corruption and social vices in the country on poor family upbringing of today’s average Nigerian child.
Nduka made the remark in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Nsukka on Tuesday.
She, therefore, advised parents to lead examplary life and endeavour to instill integrity and morality in their children for a better society.
She said that corruption, banditry, armed robbery, rape and kidnapping pervading the country could be effectively tackled, when children imbibe sound moral values from home.
Nduka said: “A country is a collection of families and that’s why the type of child upbringing in families affect the character and development of a country.
“The family is the first school a child attends and whatever he or she learns forms the foundation of his or her life.
“Parents should be good examples to their children. When you tell your child not to tell lies, make sure you don’t tell lies yourself. That is the only way that child will respect you.”
She expressed concern that some parents had abandoned their responsibility of teaching their children good values that would make them succeed in life and become patriotic citizens because of the quest for material wealth.
“In some families, both father and mother leave the house as early as 6:00am only to come back late at night.
“Some children do not see their parents in the morning before they go to work and before they come back the children have gone to bed.
“Tell me when such parents will teach their children what is good and what is bad,” she said.
According to the activist, society is reaping the consequences of abandoning the care and upbringing of children to house-helps and nannies.
“God knows that an abandoned child is a problem to society.
“That is why He instructed us in the scripture to ‘train the child in the way of the Lord and when he grows he will not depart from it’.
“To make Nigeria one of the best in the world, we must give our children quality training both in our families and schools since they are future leaders of the country,” Nduka said.
(Edited by: Ejike Obeta/Sam Oditah)
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