The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Monday said that it would establish Centres and Shelters to empower victims of Gender Based Violence in the territory.
Dr Ramatu Aliyu, Minister of state for FCT, disclosed this at the Commemoration of Walk To End Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) organised by the Social Development Secretariat (SDS) in Abuja.
She said that the centres would be established in collaboration with the European Union (EU) and United Nations (UN) Spotlight Initiatives.
Aliyu said that Gender Based Violence Offenders Register had been commissioned in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Women and Social Development, to register all Gender Based Violence cases and the offenders.
“Many intervention programmes have been rolled out, locally and internationally, to eliminate gender based violence in the communities.
“FCT has established a standard and well-equipped Gender Based Violence Response Centre under Gender Department of SDS, to handle all gender based violence cases.
“It is expected that all such cases are promptly reported at the center for immediate actions.
“FCT is also collaborating with EU and UN Spotlight Initiatives to establish Centres and Shelters to empower victims of gender based violence.
“All these are efforts made to eliminate gender based violence in the society,” he said.
The minister said that the Federal Government would join United Nations to commemorate the 2019, 16 days activism against gender based violence towards eliminating violence against women, girls, men and boys.
She enjoined all stakeholders to create awareness across the nooks and crannies of FCT to ensure that everyone key into the campaign against sexual and gender based violence.
Dr Agnes Hart, Director, Gender Department of SDS, said that violence against women and children in any form and shape was not negotiable in the FCT.
Hart said FCTA had zero tolerance for sexual abuse, abuse of women, abuse of children in particular and men in general.
The director said that the aim of the campaign, being commemorated worldwide, was to increase awareness among FCT populace on the need to shun violence against women and children.
Ms Obianuju Osude, Senior Gender Equality and Inclusion, Plan International Nigeria, a Non-Governmental Organisation, called for collective effort to ensure the attainment of gender equality in the country.
Edited & Vetted By: Chidinma Agu/Ismail Abdulaziz
MNJTF assures surrendered Boko Haram terrorists of humane treatment
Yusuf made the promise in a statement by Col. Timothy Antigha, MNJTF Chief of Military Public Information on Tuesday in N’Djamena, Chad.
He was quoted to have given the assurance during an interaction with the surrendered fighters in Mora, Extreme North Region, Cameroun.
He said that the Boko Haram /ISWAP idea was misplaced and orchestrated by few misguided individuals who desired to inflict suffering on millions of people in the Lake Chad Basin, for their own selfish and personal interests.
He said that countries affected by Boko Haram insurgency had developed their respective Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration and Resettlement () programmes to address the peculiar challenges introduced by the Boko Haram insurgency.
The Commander urged them to encourage their former colleagues and friends who are still in the bush to come out and surrender.
In his reaction, the spokesperson of the group (name with held) commended MNJTF authorities for accommodating and catering for them and their families.
The spokesperson noted that contrary to a widely held opinion that fighters who surrendered are being killed, members of his group are safe.
According to the representative, their commanders told them that they will be killed if they surrender.
”But here we are being treated like human beings,” the spokesperson said.
The representative expressed regret over the atrocities that they were misled to commit and prayed for forgiveness.
The statement noted that the Force Commander also used the opportunity to operationalise the EU funded direct supply of Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants to Sector 1 of the MNJTF.
”It will be recalled that fortnight ago, the MNJTF launched the programme in Sector 4 Diffa (Niger Republic).
“All sectors of the MNJTF are benefiting from the EU intervention,” it added.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Felix Ajide (NAN)
UN, United States commiserate with Lebanon over deadly explosions
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has commiserated with the people and government of Lebanon over Tuesday’s explosions in the capital, Beirut.
No fewer than 70 people died while 2,700 others were injured in the massive blasts at the city’s port, the Minister of Health, Hamad Hassan, said.
Officials said the two blasts originated from highly explosive materials stored in a warehouse although investigations were ongoing to determine the exact cause.
The UN chief’s reaction came in a statement by his deputy spokesman, Mr Farhan Haq.
“The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the people and government of Lebanon following the horrific explosions in Beirut today.
“He wishes a speedy recovery to the injured, including several United Nations personnel working in Lebanon.
“The United Nations remains committed to supporting Lebanon at this difficult time, and is actively assisting in the response to this incident,” Haq said.
United States Ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea, also reacted to the incident with a condolence message, in which she described the explosions as horrific.
“Having witnessed the horrific explosions at the port this evening, our heartfelt sympathies go out to the victims and their families.
“We mourn each loss from this terrible tragedy alongside the Lebanese people,” the embassy quoted her as saying in a tweet.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Risks of COVID-19 infection through breastfeeding negligible — WHO
Dr Laurence Grummer-Strawn, Head of the organisation’s Food and Nutrition Action in Health Systems unit, stated this on Tuesday, according to the United Nations.
In a report, the UN quoted Grummer-Strawn as making the statement at a news briefing on the 2020 World Breastfeeding Week where he appealed for greater support for the practice.
“WHO has been very clear in its recommendations to say absolute breastfeeding should continue.
He said that the advantages included the fact that breastmilk, including milk which is expressed, provides lifesaving antibodies that protect babies against many childhood illnesses.
“This is only one of the reasons why new mothers should initiate skin-to-skin contact and room-in with their babies quickly.
He explained that the conclusion followed the testing of the breastmilk of many mothers around the world in a variety of studies.
Grummer-Strawn said although a few samples had the virus followup tests showed that the virus was not viable and could not be infective.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
LCCI to engage VP Osinbajo in virtual presidential policy dialogue
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) said on Tuesday that it had concluded plans to host virtual Presidential Policy Dialogue, futuring Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the Keynote Speaker.
He said it would also focus on regulatory issues and their effects on the business environment as the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Dr Amina Mohammed, would also make remarks at the session.
“As part of its public sector engagement programmes, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry initiated the “Presidential Policy Dialogue” to create a platform for the organised private sector and the Federal Government to deliberate on issues pertaining to the state of the economy.
“The 2020 edition of the event is expected to bring together key government officials and major players in the organised private sector spanning various sectors of the economy.
“The dialogue session would also explore collaboration possibilities and synergy between the private sector and the government,” he stated.
Yusuf said the forum would bring together, captains of industry, leaders of the private sector as well as members of the diplomatic corps.
He said that the stakeholders would deliberate on issues bothering on the economy and as they related to the mandate of the present administration in order to take it to the next level.
“The chamber believes that through engagements such as this, the government and the organised private sector can identify and address issues affecting the growth of our economy, with a view to proffering long-lasting solutions to them,” Yusuf said.
Edited by Vivian Ihechu/Ejike Obeta