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Voters Registration: Women Demonstrate Renewed Consciousness

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Since the unjustified annulment of the 1993 presidential election, which was adjudged by Nigerians as the freest and by extension, the fairest of all known elections in Nigeria, many citizens, the bulk of which are women, have lost interest in matters pertaining to elections in the country, be it at the local, state or national levels.

The reason is simple, it is feared that their effort may amount to a futile and wasted one in the long run. Moreso, there is also the mentality that one’s vote does not count afterall, so, why put in effort that does not worth the hassle?

The era of “carry-go” syndrome by some privileged political parties did not also help matters. This era  was characterised by high level political thuggery, intimidation,  harassment and killings. This made the Nigerian political atmosphere unfriendly and made most polling centres a “no-go” area for the opposition. The adornments of youths with security personnel’s uniforms, made it difficult for one to actually differentiate the real security men from the fake, and security at the polling centres was eventually abused.

This heightened the level of insecurity during elections and further killed the zeal among Nigerian women to participate in subsequent elections.  Guess what? A mentality of nonchalant disposition to political matters as well, as the fear of losing their lives or being maimed in the course of exercising their franchise, not excluding the fear of the possibility of the abuse of the overall choice of the populace in the elections by the government of the day, governed the reasoning of the typical Nigerian woman.

However, it is quite surprising to observe a renewed consciousness among women to political matters in this dispensation.

Aside the interest indicated by some women to gun for  political positions, at both the local government and  national levels, the ongoing voters registration exercise explains it all.

In spite of all odds occasioned by the malfunctioning of INEC’s Data Capturing Machines, women are seen abandoning their homes and businesses early enough to patiently queue to be registered. More to be applauded are those at the grassroots, who ordinarily could have feigned ignorance and less-concerned as it were, yet they set aside other engagements to participate in the electoral process by registering.

This renewed consciousness is not only limited to the young women, the elderly ones are also involved. Mrs. Ruth Katiak, an 80-year-old woman did not only stop at registering, she even constituted a sensitisation forum to make other women see the importance of the voters registration exercise.

Calling on women on Monday to embrace the on-going registration exercise, Mrs. Katiak, who hails from Kaduna said “If at 80, I was brought by my daughter to be registered, I see no reason why any woman should give an excuse not to be registered”.

Katiak, after registering at the Layin Sarki Street centre in Narayi, confessed that she had always participated in the electoral process in the country.

“This one will not be an exception. Although I am not a politician, I have always known the importance of voting for a leader of one’s choice”, she added.

Here in Rivers State in particular, most elderly women in the villages when interviewed said they did not bother what it cost them to be registered because they would want to vote for the governor again because of his exceptional performance.

Sylvia ThankGod-Amadi

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60 -Year – Old Man Commits Suicide After Assaulting Daughter

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A sixty-year-old man (name withheld) has committed suicide after he was caught having sex with his biological daughter of 17 years old.
The incident occurred at Amaigbo in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State recently.
Report reaching The Tide, said the man denied when the news was making the rounds that he was having affair with his daughter for some years.
The Tide learnt that after his denial, the community set a close watch on him and set a surveillance on.
The cat was let out of the bag, when after about one week of his denial, he was caught on top of his daughter, having carnal knowledge of her.
According to the report, the members of his community descended on him and gave him thorough beating and stripped him naked and he was taken to the palace of the traditional ruler of the community, where they performed certain rituals to appease the land.
Apparently worried about the stigma and scandal involved, he decided to commit suicide to avoid the embarrassment he might face from the community.
When the sad news reached the wife of the man who was already in the market, out of shame, she decided to abscond.
When contacted on phone, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abutu Yaro said that such report had not reached his table, adding that he would find out later. 

By: Joe Nwachukwu, Owerri

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Women Now Drink As Much As Men

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Research shows women suffer health consequences of alcohol liver disease, heart disease and cancer more quickly than men and even at lower levels of consumption. 
Researchers worry the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could amplify the rise in alcohol and mental health concerns among young women.
For nearly a century, women have been closing the gender gap in alcohol consumption, binge-drinking and alcohol use disorder. What was previously a 3-1 ratio for risky drinking habits in men versus women is closer to 1-to-1 globally, a 2016 analysis of several studies suggested.
And the latest U.S. data from 2019 shows that women in their teens and early 20s reported drinking and getting drunk at higher rates than their male peers in some cases for the first time since researchers began measuring such behavior.
This trend parallels the rise in mental health concerns among young women, and researchers worry the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could amplify both patterns.
“It’s not only that we’re seeing women drinking more, but that they’re really being affected by this physically and mental health-wise,” said Dawn Sugarman, a research psychologist at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts who has studied addiction in women.
Research shows women suffer health consequences of alcohol liver disease, heart disease and cancer more quickly than men and even at lower levels .
Perhaps most concerning is that the rising gender equality in alcohol use doesn’t extend to the recognition or treatment of alcohol disorders, Sugarman said. So even as some women drink more, they’re often less likely to get the help they need.
Although the gender gap in alcohol consumption is narrowing among all ages, the reasons differ. For people over 26, women are increasing their alcohol consumption faster than men. Among teens and young adults, however, there’s an overall decline in drinking. The decline is simply slower for women.
That may sound like progress, said Aaron White, a senior scientific adviser at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. But it may indicate larger underlying issues.
“We have a real concern that while there might be fewer people drinking, many of those who are drinking might be doing so specifically to try to cope,” White said. “And that is problematic.”
Research suggests that people who drink to cope as opposed to drinking for pleasure have a higher risk of developing alcohol-use disorder. And while every individual’s reasons for drinking are different, studies have found women are more likely to drink to cope than men.
From Kaiser Health.com.

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Woman Sells Two Daughters For N300,000 In Ogun

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A 35-year-old housewife, Blessing Agoro, has been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for allegedly selling her two daughters, Semilore Agoro (four), and Deborah Agoro (two).
The suspect was arrested, following a report lodged at Redeemed Camp Divisional Police Headquarters by her husband, Oluwaseyi Agoro.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement, yesterday.
Oyeyemi said the husband reported that when he returned from travelling last Tuesday he couldn’t find his two daughters.
The PPRO said, “The man stated further that all efforts to make his wife tell him the whereabouts of the children proved abortive, hence his report.
“Upon the report, the DPO Redeemed Camp division, CSP Alabi Akinjide, detailed his detectives to apprehend the suspect, who had already been with the camp’s code of conduct department.
“On interrogation, the suspect explained to the police that her husband left home for the past two years, and while he was away, she found it difficult to cater for the two children with her other two children she had for another man.
“She stated further that while she was contemplating on what to do, one Kolawole Imoleayo introduced her to a couple in Port Harcourt who was in need of children. She sold the two daughters to the couple at the rate of N300,000.
“Her confession led to the arrest of the said intermediary, Kolawole Imoleayo. They are both assisting the police in their investigation.”
The Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID) for discreet investigation.
Oyeyemi added that Ajogun directed that the children must be rescued and brought back to their parents as soon as possible.

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