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Badly Dressed Lady Escapes Attack

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A badly dressed young woman narrowly escaped being lynched at the Mararaba Garage in Nasarawa State late on Monday.

 The lady who wore a short blouse on top of a pant was “walking majestically around the “okrika” section of the garage,” when a crowd decended on her in anger.

Chairman of the Mararaba Branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Mr Bernard Adeyi, told newsmen that he was in his office when he heard people shouting  at the lady.

“As the shouting continued, I looked out and I saw a girl strolling past opposite my office dressed half naked.

“All the things on her body that were supposed to be hidden were exposed. So both market women, men and everybody followed her as she walked around the garage.

“Some people came back to say that the people were very angry with her obscene dressing and tore her pants

and cloths completely, leaving her naked,’’ Adeyi said.

Adeyi said that “some guys at the scene who were disgusted with the development brought clothes and covered the woman as she ran away to save her life. She was virtually smuggled out of the park.

“The people, including market women and some elderly people were not happy to see a sane woman dressed in such a manner in public.

“In fact, I see the attack as a lesson for her and other ladies who are fond of going about half naked.

“We have a tradition and the kind of dressing that I saw today was completely outside our accepted mode of dressing ,’’ the chairman said.

Adeyi also noted: that the lady “a young girl of about 18 or 19 years”, had learnt a lesson of her life from the treatment given to her at the park.

“If girls who go about naked were present to witness what happened to the lady today, I think there would be no need for anybody to pass any further message to them and I believe the people who saw what happened to the lady would pass the message around,’’ he stated.

Also reacting, General Secretary and Public Relations Officer of the Mararaba Branch of the Luxury Bus Proprietors Association of Nigeria, Mr Oluchukwu Chukwuji, said.  “On inquiry, I was told that they saw a girl who wore only pant strolling around and people at the park, especially commercial motorcycle operators helped her to remove it completely.

“I understand they did so since she did not see any reason for covering the sensitive parts of her body as a woman.

“You know that kind of a thing, people would want to have a glimpse of such a scenario,” Chukwuji said.

He said that the lady’s friends quickly got a T-shirt and a trouser to cover her nakedness and then took her out of the garage.

“I strongly advise all these girls that go about naked to try and dress properly when they go outside. In fact, they should respect themselves.

“Even if they are harlots, they should not go naked in public but should do so in their brotels, he advised.

Also, Malam Isah Kabiru, a trader at the park, said that “if not for prompt intervention of some well-meaning people at the park, who facilitated her escape she would have been lynched”.

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Media Women Tasked On Journalism Of Responsibility

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Members of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Rivers State Chapter, have been charged to practise “ journalism of responsibility “. The chairperson of the association, Mrs Susan Serekara Nwikhana, gave the charge two days ago in a one day capacity building workshop organized for members in collaboration with West African Network for Peace Building (WANEP) in Port Harcourt.
Mrs Nwikhana noted that journalism of responsibility which according to her, can only be achieved by presenting the facts to the audience to hold their opinion on the presented facts, remains a sure way to gaining the public’s credibility as well as enhancing the media’s reputation to the public.
She maintained that such could go a long way to debunk the age long myth that complete objectivity is not obtainable in journalism practice, as journalists are said to lack the will to be entirely separated from their personal view points despite their averred claims to objectivity.
Commenting on the topic of the event, ‘ the role of the media in the implementation of the Rivers State action plan on 1325, and, identifying fake news, facts and the journalist’, Mrs Nwikhana noted that the topic could not have come at a better time than now, considering the importance of information dissemination to peace building or escalation of conflicts in the society.
Corroborating the stand of the media women’s boss on factual presentation of information, a guest speaker in the workshop, the south-south zonal director of Business Day Newspaper, Mr Ignatius Chukwu, the principal responsibility of every journalist is to report the fact notwithstanding the resultant effect.

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Oba Extols The virtues Of Women

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The new Oba of Ogba Land, His Eminence, Barrister Nwachukwu Nnam Obi (111), has expressed great value and respect for the women folk.
This happened last week as a delegation of members of the Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Rivers State chapter, visited the palace of the late Oba, His Eminence, Sir (Dr) Chukwumela Nnam Obi (11) OON, JP, FNATT, Oba (Eze Ogba) of Ogba Land on a condolence visit to his family.
The royal father who spoke lovely of his mother, sisters and wife, recognized and acknowledged in no mean measure, the value of women to the development of the society.
He confessed a high indebtedness to the effort of women around his life for successes he ever achieved in life.
His words; “ whatever I have become today, women contributed so much to it hence I hold them so close to my heart”, were clear demonstration of the extent to which he appreciates the immeasurable role of women in societal development.
Relating his resolve to keep to the later, the legacies, wishes and aspirations of his late father, he said “ my father had longed to have a woman serve in the capacity of the vice president of Nigeria. It had also been his dream to have some obnoxious traditional rules within our domain amended in favour of women, especially as it partains to sharing of family inheritance “
He thus promised that his kingdom would continue to ensure that women are put in their right place, while issues that bothers on their well being would always be given a priority consideration.
In her response, the Chairman of NAWOJ, Mrs Susan Serekara-Nwikhana, appreciated the gesture, especially his resolve to carry on the existing relationship between his late father and the body of women journalists in the state.

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250,000 Women Suffering From VVF

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No fewer 250,000 women are battling Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in the country.
However, only 3,000 of that number are fortunate enough to be attended to annually.
This was revealed by Board Chairman, North-East Development Commission (NEDC), Maj-Gen Paul Tarfa, during the flag-off of Free Fistula Repair Campaign Project (FFRCP) by the commission in collaboration with the Borno State Government, yesterday.
VVF is an abnormal fistulous tract extending between the bladder and the vagina that allows the continuous involuntary discharge of urine into the vaginal vault.
VVF patients are usually underage/child-brides, who develop the condition mostly after childbirth.
However, experts list the causes of VVF to include abdominal surgery (hysterectomy or caesarean section); pelvic, cervical, or colon cancer; radiation treatment; bowel disease like Crohn’s or diverticulitis; infection (including after an episiotomy or a tear you had when you gave birth) and traumatic injury, such as from a car accident.
Meanwhile, in his goodwill message at the ceremony, the NEDC Board Chairman, Maj-Gen Paul Tarfa, represented by the Board member North-West zone, Hajiya Asmau Mai-Eka Muhammadu, said only 3,000 of the 250,000 VVF victims get attended to.
According to Tarfa, “Statistics indicate that there are about 250,000 women awaiting repair in Nigeria, out of which only 3,000 are fortunate to be attended to annually.
“12,000 new cases develop every year with large numbers coming from the North-East due to the insecurity and increased poverty, which further hindered access to health care.
“It is, therefore, important that all efforts are made to bring succour to this vulnerable group of women to enable them pick the pieces of their lives, by offering them a new lease for meaningful existence within their respective communities.”
The wife of the governor, Dr. Falmata Zulum, flagged off the fistula repair project (FFRCP) at the Conference Hall, State Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri.
It was also revealed that 100 women victims have undergone successful corrective surgery at the hospital.

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