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Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum Commemorates Global 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender-based Violence

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Nigeria Governors' Wives Forum Commemorates Global 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender-based Violence
Erelu Bisi Fayemi, First Lady, Ekiti State and Chairperson, Nigeria Governors'Wives Forum,

The Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum (NGWF) will be commemorating this year’s global 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence with a range of activities as a collective and in the various States of the Federation. The theme for 2021 is “Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now”.

In a statement by HE Erelu Bisi Fayemi, the First Lady, Ekiti State and the Chair, Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum, the group said: “In June 2020 the NGWF helped influence the declaration of a State of Emergency on Gender Based Violence by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. The theme for the 2021 16 Days of activism carries a sense of urgency and that is the spirit in which the State of Emergency was declared in 2020. We still need urgent action. We need to ensure adequate funding of all interventions, respond effectively to the needs of survivors, intensify strategies for prevention of GBV and collect relevant data for analysis and planning. We all need to leverage whatever platforms and competencies we have to make this happen. Whilst we acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of all those who have been working  tirelessly on these issues, we are painfully aware that there is so much more to be done.

“On November 25th 2021, to flag off the 16 Days campaign, NGWF is using its GBV Survivor Fund to support many Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Survivors in States across the Federation.

“It is our own small way of calling attention to the need for more survivor-centered approaches to GBV interventions.

“As the 16 Days of Activism for 2021 begins, the NGWF joins millions of women around the country to demand for an end to all forms of violations against women and girls. This is a summary of some of the activities being coordinated by State First Ladies around the country. Most First Ladies are organising multiple events during the 16 Days, ranging from marches to community advocacy, media campaigns and policy dialogues.  The activities listed for each State here are just one of many that will take place during this period. With each activity, no matter how modest, it is hoped that we will all take giant strides together to END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN NOW!”

The NGWF’s schedule of activities for  16 days of activism against  GBV is as follows:

“November 25th: NGWF GBV marches in several States to open the 16 Days campaign

“November 25th: Adamawa State, Street Walk on GBV awareness and advocacy for the passage of the Child Protection Bill.

November 25th: Akwa Ibom State, Symposium on ‘War against Rape’.

“November 25th: Edo State, Statewide advocacy and sensitisation activities throughout the sixteen days and the inauguration of school GBV Clubs in all Senatorial districts

“November 26th: Kebbi State, launch of Orange Page on social media for GBV sensitisation

“November 29th– 9th December: Gombe State, Skills acquisition training for women in all Local Government Areas (LGAs)

“November 29th: Cross River State, Engaging community leaders to ban ‘Money Marriage’ in Obanliku LGA of Cross River State.

“November 29th: Niger State, GBV sensitisation walk

“November 29th: Lagos State, Grassroots sensitisation on SGBV and adverts on major bridges

“November 29th:  Sokoto State, Empowerment of 100 adolescent GBV survivors across 23 LGAs

“November 29th-December 1st:  Osun State, Public presentation of the recently signed VAPP Law and stakeholder meetings

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“November 29th-December 7th, Ogun State, SGBV Town Hall meetings, media sensitisation and Stakeholders Meeting with Ogun State VAPP Committee.

“November 30th:  Oyo State, Sensitisation program on GBV with selected groups in the 33 LGAs of the State.

“December 1st-2nd: Ondo State, Forum of Spouses of Ondo State Officials (FOWOSO) Annual Conference

“December 2nd: ‘Sustaining Action on the State of Emergency against GBV’: Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum Conference, Abuja

“December 3rd: Ford Foundation/National Academy of Science review of pilot project on Strengthening GBV Responses in Abia, Edo, Ekiti and Niger States in Abuja.

“December 4th: Benue State, Town Hall meetings across the 23 LGAs

“December 6th: Ekiti State, annual GBV Summit with the theme ‘Consolidating gains made in the fight against GBV in Ekiti State’.

“December 7th: Kwara State, Kwara Women’s Conference

“December 7th: Imo State, IMO SGBV Conference

“December 7th-9th: Bayelsa State, SGBV Town Hall Meetings in 3 Local Government Areas

“December 6th– 8th: Abia State, Community Tour of selected LGAs and interactive session with SGBV clubs

“December 6th-8th: Ogun State,

“December 9th: Enugu State, Empowerment of women and GBV survivors drawn from across the State

“December 9th, Borno State, Empowerment of 225 GBV Survivors and vulnerable women

“December 10th: NGWF GBV marches in several States to close the 16 Days campaign.”

 

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South West NUJ Commends  Abiodun’s Appointment Of Journalist As Head Of Service

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Kehinde Onasanya

The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) South West Zone has commended the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on the appointment of Mr. Kehinde Onasanya, as the Head of Service.

It would be recalled that Onasanya, a leading journalist in the service of Ogun State Government, was recently appointed by the governor as the 20th Head of Service.

In a communique issued at the end of the zonal meeting of the union held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Friday, Abiodun was lauded for appointing Onasanya as the first journalist to become Head of Service in the State.

The NUJ also praised the governor for his unflinching support for the Ogun State Council of the Union since his assumption of office in 2019, calling on other State Governors to emulate Abiodun’s exemplary gesture.

“The leadership of the NUJ Zone B specifically appreciated the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, for appointing a journalist, Mr. Kehinde Onasanya, as the first NUJ member to be the Head of Service of the state.

“The Union appealed to other state governors to magnanimously elevate qualified journalists/information officers to the position of permanent secretary, Head of Service and other key public offices,” the communique reads in part.

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Ogun State Launches Initiative To Sell 100 Truckloads Of Rice At Affordable Prices

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L-R: Representative of the Awujale of Ijebuland and Orimolusi of Ijebu-Igbo, Oba Lawrence Adebajo; the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle; the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Micheal Adedotun Gbadebo with the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun during a stakeholders' engagement on palliatives distribution at the June 12 Cultural Center, Kuto, Abeokuta

The Poor,Elderly, Vulnerable To Get Free Allocation

Ogun State has purchased 100 truckloads  of rice to be sold at cheap rates to residents of the state to cushion the effect of the rise in the prices of goods in the country.

The state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun stated this on Wednesday while speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Prince Abiodun disclosed that the rice would be subsidized and made available at the rate it was before the recent astronomical rise in the prices of the commodities.

He, however, said the poor, the elderly, and the vulnerable would enjoy free allocation.

“We have decided to give our people foodstuffs like rice, garri, beans. I have ordered almost 100 trailers of rice, they will start offloading them tomorrow (today).

“We have decided that the poor, the elderly, and the vulnerable will be given the rice free of charge, while others will have to buy the rice at the price we formally bought it before the dollar rose very high so that it won’t be a one-off and we can continue till the issue of the dollar is settled,” he said.

Governor Abiodun assured the people of Ogun State that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is fully in charge and knows what he is doing.

According to him, the President is on top of the situation, adding that Nigerians will soon start seeing the manifestation of the several policies put in place to curtail the rising inflation

He added that the Central Bank Governor, Mr. Yemi Cardoso, at a meeting he had with him, has assured that the dollar would soon fall.

“Everything we are experiencing at the moment is very transient, it will soon pass away. Let me assure you, the meeting we had yesterday (Tuesday) and today (Wednesday) after I left that meeting this evening, I am convinced that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is fully in charge. He knows what he is doing.

“With the plan that he has begun to implement, you will soon begin to see the change. We must remain very hopeful.

“The last meeting I had was with the CBN Governor. He said I should quote him and tell you that, very soon, the dollar will crash,” he said.

Abiodun noted that his administration in realization of the present hardship facing the country took some steps to cushion the effect, even as he recalled that an intervention worth more than N5 billion was announced by his administration last week.

Tertiary students of Ogun State origin across the country will receive N50,000 each, the governor said.

The secondary and primary school category with about 800,000 students, Prince Abiodun noted, will be done in phases, with the first phase, comprising 100,000 students getting N10,000 each.

Those not captured now would get five exercise books while waiting for the next phase.

The governor said women and the elderly would benefit from free medical care with insurance cards worth N18,000.

Abiodun further noted that his administration would set aside about N500 million monthly to offset the payment of deductions for civil servants in the state public service.

Governor Abiodun urged Nigerians, especially the youths not to allow themselves to be used by unscrupulous elements to disrupt the peace of the country.

“It is now so bad that they have planned to use our youths, give them money to disrupt the peace of the country by staging protests.

“What we  are going through isn’t what other countries around the world haven’t also experienced. But they were very patriotic, calm because they know the solution is on the way,” he said.

 

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Eghagha Urges Peace, Understanding Over Relocation Of Delta University Faculty

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Prof. Hope Eghagha

A Delta State Education Consultant, Prof. Hope Eghagha, on Thursday called for peace and understanding over the relocation of the Faculty of Management Sciences of the Delta State University, Ozoro.

In a statement, Eghagha said as part of the Delta State government’s determination to spread campuses of tertiary institutions to all parts of the state, the Governing Council of Delta State University Ozoro recently announced that the Faculty of Management Sciences will be moved to Orerokpe.

He described this as a welcome development which the people of Orerokpe have received with expectation and happiness.

But according to Eghagha, while some people received the information with joy and appreciation of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s broad vision, a few persons from Ozoro took to the streets to protest  against the decision.

He said: “This is a call for understanding. Multiple campuses as a way of achieving balance is not a new phenomenon in Delta State and indeed in Nigeria. It was because of this culture that the Delta State government sited the Faculties of Law and Engineering in Oleh, while Agriculture and Management Sciences were sited in Anwai, Asaba. All other stakeholders showed understanding and the rest as they say has become history. Put explicitly, the good people of Abraka did not go up in arms. On this score, we commend the leadership of the Isoko apex body Isoko Development Union (IDU) led by Professor Chris Akpotu on their recent congratulatory visit to the governor.

“The decision to move one out of six faculties ought not to generate the kind of tension which was seen in the last three odd days. Apart from having a full-fledged university, it should be noted that three other faculties – Faculties of Basic Medical Sciences, Pharmacy, & Health Sciences- which are yet to take off have been approved by the NUC for Ozoro. Delta State government is committed to fully developing the university at Ozoro. The movement of Management Sciences Faculty to Orerokpe should be seen as a way of bringing development to the ancient town of Orerokpe, a town which serves as the ancestral home of the Okpe people. All stakeholders should also remember the ancestral link between the people of Orerokpe and the Isoko nation.

“We therefore call for understanding, peace, and patience on the part of all stakeholders. In no distant time the picture will be clearer and both the people of Ozoro and Orerokpe will appreciate the development strides of the Oborevwori administration.”

 

 

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