Some women groups have called for further review of the N50 stamp duty charges on electronic payment recently introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The women groups made the call on Tuesday at a news conference organised by Women’s Research and Documentation Centre (WORDOC), Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.
According to them, the N50 stamp duty charges, if reviewed, will aid the plight of women who are into small scale businesses.
The group also noted that the policy had a major effect on women and by extension, the entire family.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the stamp duty charges on electronic payments in the country have been reviewed by the Federal Government on Nov. 28.
According to the Financial Bill currently before the National Assembly, the N50 charge will be imposed on transactions above N10,000 as against payment above N1,000 that had taken effect across the country in September.
The bill, however, exempts bank transfers between two accounts owned by the same person or organisation.
The Coordinator of WORDOC, Dr Sharon Omotosho, said that the centre, in collaboration with women focused organisations, was asking the government to review the N50 stamp duty charges on only transactions from N50,000.
Omotosho said: “We hereby petition and question the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the ripple effects of the N50 Point of Sale (PoS) stamp duty charge on women entrepreneurs.
“The Federal Government should withdraw the instruction with immediate effect, pending when the issue will be resolved.
“In the spirit of democracy, we seek government’s accountability and transparency on the hitherto deducted N50 stamp duty which would have accrued to millions since the policy took effect.”
She noted that the implementation of N50 stamp duty charges had been triggering a move from grocery stores and supermarkets to the local cash markets.
The coordinator further said that the hitherto successful cashless policy in Nigeria was gradually degenerating, as people now carry cash in deference to the stamp duty.
In her remarks, Mrs Deborah Collins, Chairperson, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Oyo State chapter, said that the body also condemned the charges.
Collins said: “FIDA stands for the promotion of women’s rights. FIDA Nigeria, as represented by FIDA Oyo State, condemns N50 PoS stamp duty.
“Government should review it and help women achieve self-reliance and be economically wise.”
Akande Ahmed, a Paga Agent, said that the effect of the stamp duty on his business was affecting the interests accrued to him on every transaction.
“Youths are the ones in this business and the stamp duty is making many people run away from the business.
“Government should please reduce the stamp duty so that we can have enough profit to meet our daily needs,” he said.
Also speaking, the representative of the Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria, Mrs Mariam Zakariya, said that the policy had affected the livelihoods of an average Nigerian.
According to her, the government should do something immediately to address the hardship experience by the masses.
Also at the conference were Mrs Oyenike Adeleke, Coordinator, Ibadan Entrepreneurs Network, Alhaja Surura Oyero, Chairperson, Nigerian Women Trust Fund and Mrs Jadesola Ajibola, Chairperson, Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ).
Edited & Vetted By: Olawunmi Ashafa and
Rape Crisis: NICO Director Seeks Culture Policy Review Rape
After 32 years since Nigeria’s cultural policy was put in place, the acting Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mrs Bridget Yerima, has told the Federal Government to review the policy, to tackle the country’s rape crisis.
Yerima told newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja that reviewing the policy was central to tackling the incessant rape cases plaguing Nigeria currently.
She lamented that Nigeria’s cultural policy, formulated in 1988 had become obsolete and needed to be re-appraised and updated, to tackle emerging social issues, including rape, child-molestation and domestic violence.
According to her, Nigeria needs to consider the methods adopted by some foreign countries in their resolve to curb incidences of rape in their countries.
“Countries like India, China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia have instituted punishment options of death, castration, beheading and death by firing squad.
“Nigeria may need to move in that direction as means to curb the rising incidence of rape cases.’’
Yerima, who is the Director, Overseeing the Office of the Executive Secretary of NICO, argues that no punishment should be considered too harsh in protecting minors and old women, who have been at the receiving end of rapists in recent years.
“There is no doubt that the rising cases of rape, child molestation and domestic violence in Nigeria are causing many citizens sleepless nights. This calls for creative solutions to stem the ugly tide.
“The rape cases involve illegal sexual acts and violence often leading to death. In most cases, the victims are females and children who are vulnerable and weak.
“These cases have become so rampant and discomfiting, prompting Nigeria’s parliament to call for a state of emergency to deal with the embarrassing crisis.
Yerima, however, recommended that it had become auspicious for parents and guardians to rise to the occasion by playing their required roles to stem the worsening tide of rape nationwide.
“Parents and guardians must resume their traditional responsibilities as parents, who must be on ground to guide, direct or instruct their children all the time.
“In recent times, due to the harsh economic climate, most parents have had to pick up jobs that take them away from home in order to make ends meet.
“While this is explainable, parents must learn the balancing act and avoid being absentee parents most of the time.’’
Yerima suggested that at least one parent must be on ground all the time, to not only supervise but to also instruct kids.
According to her, a situation where parents transferred their roles and responsibilities to domestic helps and caregivers or to teachers and neighbors is totally unacceptable.
She said that parents should ensure that their children dressed decently at all times, to avoid attracting the attention of marauding rapists.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation is currently grappling with a rape pandemic that that has seen babies and geriatric citizens being raped by young men.
Citing a recent report, Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen, said that up to two million Nigerians are raped every year.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
Kaduna :Women groups stage stand-still-peaceful rally against rape
Some women groups in Kaduna on Thursday staged stand still peaceful rally to end rape in the country.
The rally was organised by the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in collaboration Jammiyyar Matan Arewa and other women organisations in the state.
Mrs Zainab Atoba, President, Federation of women Lawyers (FIDA), Kaduna branch said the rally was aimed at saying “enough is enough of all forms of girl-child abuses and abuses of other children that are facing rape cases on daily basis across the country”.
Atoba said that the rate of violence against women and children in the society was getting out of hand, hence the need to quickly address it to save lives of women and children in communities.
She said that the rally was to raise more awareness on the dangers of rape in the society that is affecting lives of innocent children and women, including elderly women and widows.
She pointed out that most of the rape victims faced psychological trauma and other health challenges.
According to her, the gathering was to say No to rape in the society, as almost every minute, there is report of rape of a child in the country.
“This is not really good for women and children in the country, ” she said.
The president said the women were calling on Government to consider castrating rapists or sentence them to death as deterrent.
She called on religious leaders, traditional title holders and other stakeholders to support the battle against rape and other abuses against children.
Similarly, the National President of Jamiyyar Matan Arewa, Rabi Saulawa emphasised the need to educate parents and guardians to always monitor the movement of their children.
Saulawa noted that there was need to engage traditional rulers and clerics in sensitizing the public on the dangers of rape in the society.
Also in her remark, the National President of Interfaith Dialogue, Kaduna Women Wing, Hajiya Aisha Kazaure, expressed worries over increased abuse of children and women in the society due to lack of commitment in punishing offenders.
Kazaure called for the review of Nigeria’s laws dealing with issues of child abuses and rape in the society.
She applauded the organisers of the peaceful rally saying, it should be a continuous process.
Meanwhile, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, an interfaith specialist, has called on Civil Society Organisations to embark on advocacy visit to necessary stakeholders in the state to push for review of laws on rape and sexual abuse
She urged women across the country to join the campaign against all forms of child abuses and domestic violence in their communities.
Tijjani who spoke in an interview with newsmen, stressed the need to co-opt all necessary stakeholders such as UNICEF, WHO, federal and state ministry’s of women affairs, security forces and para-military in the fight.
She said daily report of violence which included sexual assault, battery, rape, defilement, trafficking, forced marriage, abuse and host of other vices against women and children must be tamed.
“There is need for Government to start castrating rapists so as to make life better for children in both rural and urban centers,” she said.(NAN)
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup host: FIFA confirms submission of 3 bids to Council
The world football governing body, FIFA has confirmed the submission of the three host bids for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to the FIFA Council for the selection of host on June 25.
This is contained in a statement on the federation’s website on Wednesday.
”Following a detailed assessment of the bid books and visits to the bidding countries, today, FIFA confirmed that three bids will be submitted to the FIFA Council in order for it to select the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 host(s) at its meeting to be held online on June 25, 2020.
”The three qualifying bids are: joint submission by Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football; submission by the Colombian Football Association and submission by the Japan Football Association, ” the statement read.
“One year after the record-breaking eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, the FIFA Council will decide on the host(s) for the ninth edition of the tournament in 2023, which we hope will be even bigger and better.
The quality of the bids is testimony to the tremendous momentum women’s football has generated.
“We are looking forward to building on this to take women’s football to the next level at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Brazilian Football Association had on June 8, informed FIFA of its decision to withdraw its bid.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will be the first edition to feature 32 teams.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Women group calls for enforcement of stringent laws against rape, GBV
A Muslim Humanitarian group, Sisters of Jannah (SOJ), has urged the Federal Government to adopt stringent measures to check the rising cases of rape and violence against women in the society.
The National President of the group, Mrs Ramatu Aliyu, made the appeal in a visual news conference in Abuja on Monday.
She said that the organisation, out of concern for increase incident of rape cases, had resolved to be a voice for the voiceless females, whose lives had been horrendously cut short by rapists.
Aliyu said international statistics revealed that over half of the total population of women received unwanted sexual attention at some point in their lives.
“The most innocent segment of society have not been spared, as young children are also targeted by the perpetrators of rape, who are devoid of conscience, she said..
Aliyu said that girls suffer sexual exploitation and molestation, adding that the endemic nature of sexual crimes and violence against females was shocking and callous.
” This must be urgently addressed, hence this call to action at every strand of society; including our homes, schools, all levels of government, humanitarian organisations and places of worship.
” We call for stricter laws on rape and violence against women and children. We call for training and investment in resources for law enforcement.
” We call for collective effort in preventing these crimes, as exposing such incidents via word of mouth and all forms of media also go a long way.
” As such, we are publicly declaring our stance against rape and violence against females.
“To this end, we have organised a lecture on rape as part of the various topics to be addressed in our upcoming online marriage seminar slated to hold between June 19 and 20.
” We are also sensitising our members by publishing self-defence techniques to help keep ourselves safe, but these will only go so far so we desperately need robust protection of the government on this matter, ” Aliyu said.
She disclosed that the organisation had established counselling unit dedicated to supporting women in distress with a view to encouraging survivors and families of the demised to seek professional help in dealing with the trauma.
She noted that the crimes not only affect a specific ethnic group, region of the country, religious sect or class of society.
Aliyu, therefore, enjoined all members of the public to show solidarity by condemning the acts openly.
” We all must support victims and survivors rather than insinuate blame of any kind on them, because absolutely nothing can excuse or justify such crimes.
” Similarly, we are mourning Uwaila Omozuwa, a 23-year-old student, raped and murdered as she studied in a place of worship, and for many more others that have been violently destroyed by heartless perpetrators in our country, ” she said.