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Appointments:Group Tasks FG On Gender Equality

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A non-governmental organisation, NGO, operating under the aegis of CUSO International Nigeria has called on women in Nigeria to intensify the fight against all forms of injustice against women, especially in terms of opportunity distribution.
Team Leader for YouLead project in Nigeria sponsors of CUSO’s projects, Jerry Nwigwe dropped the charge in an address that he read at the International Women’s Day Celebration 2018 which took place in Calabar.
Nwigwe told women that the time had come when all women around the world and Nigeria in particular should fight for themselves so as to take their destinies in their hands.
He urged the federal government to initiate policies and programmes that would address the gender gap index existing between women and their male counterparts in political and economic spheres in the country.
The Canadian NGO stated that progress towards gender equality in Nigeria had been slow, stressing that Nigeria ranked 106 out of a total of 136 countries for gender gap index which according to the NGO measured gender equality in terms of economic participation.
Other areas used to measure gender equality include educational attainment, health and survival, political empowerment.
He called on government at all levels to come up with strategies that would help to mainstream gender equality in opportunity distribution by government of the day.
The Team leaders maintained that it was on the basis of trying to strike a balance that Youlead came up with a gender equality strategy that would guide the organisation in designing and implementing the Youlead project.
He said, “Empowering women and girls is not just a goal in itself, but a key element for long term sustainable development, economic growth, resilient societies, and social advancement for all”.
In his goodwill message, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director, Dr. Natali Kanem who was represented at the event by Kenneth Ehzou, noted that the economic inequality plaguing the world today was reinforced by many other forms of inequality, including inequality in sexual and reproductive health care.

 

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Rivers, Delta Top List Of 12,000 Abandoned NDDC Projects, Akpabio Confirms

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The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Tuesday night, disclosed that over 12,000 projects awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), have been abandoned across the nine states that make up the region.

Akpabio, who made the revelation while inaugurating the Security Committee for the field forensic auditor of NDDC in Abuja, said Rivers and Delta states have the highest records of abandoned projects in the region.
The former governor of Akwa Ibom State also revealed that NDDC was operating 311 accounts in different banks, before the advent of Treasury Single Account, TSA.
He added that some funds were even forgotten in some banks because of the large numbers of accounts been maintained by the commission during the period.
The minister charged the security committee to be vigilant and ensure adequate security is provided for the 16-member auditors in the course of discharging their duties.
The committee membership is drawn from the military; Department State Services (DSS); Independent Corrupt Practice and other related offences (ICPC); Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC and the Police.
Akpabio noted that the scope of the investigation is massive and first of its kind, adding, “I can say this is the first time in the history of this country that this kind of exercise is taking place. It is a very major exercise.
“And I am happy that the armed forces have taken it very serious by sending very senior officers to be on this security committee.
“There was an attempt in 1958 to set up a developmental agency for the Niger Delta region, that did not go down well at the end.
“And various attempts have been made up to 1990-91 when OMPADEC was also inaugurated and came in to be. But the result did not solve the problem of the Niger Delta.
“The agitation that the neglect and the seeming poverty of the region continued because of the environmental hazard and exploitation and all that, are still there.”

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MOSOP Renews Call For Exoneration Of Saro-Wiwa, Others …Unveils Ogoni Dev Authority, Oct

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The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has called for the support of the Federal Government to MOSOP’s initiatives at resolving the lingering Ogoni conflicts.

This follows the overwhelming approval of a proposal for the establishment of the Ogoni Development Authority on Sunday.

President of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke, speaking during the presentation of the proposal before the MOSOP Executive Committee, said MOSOP was fully committed to a resolution of the Ogoni problem and needed the goodwill of the Federal Government to push forward the plans and proposals.

The Ogoni Development Authority is a creation of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP).

According to Nsuke, “This Ogoni Development Authority is a frantic effort by MOSOP to set forth a clear path and plan which when implemented will: (1) provide for the future development of Ogoni, and (2) provide for the future economic security of the citizens and residents of Ogoni”.

Nsuke also called for the exoneration of Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa and eight others executed with him on November 10, 1995 to build goodwill from the government, garner support for the proposed development plans, and encourage the Ogoni people to push the proposals through.

“The exoneration will provide the goodwill needed to push forward the proposals for Ogoni development and encourage the Ogoni people to support the plans and initiatives,” he said.

Nsuke assured the Ogoni people of MOSOP’s commitment to resolving the Ogoni problem in a way that fulfills the intentions of the founding fathers of the Ogoni struggle and brings happiness to the larger Nigerian society.

“The goal of the movement at the moment is to clear the names of Ken Saro-Wiwa and move forward to achieve an acceptable solution to the Ogoni problem. We will therefore call for the support of the Ogoni people to achieve the most rewarding deal” Nsuke said.

He commended the Ogoni people for their peaceful disposition and commitment to the struggle for human rights, dignity of peoples and minorities, and for a better future for the Ogoni people and assured them that their sacrifices and contributions can never be in vain.

The proposal for the establishment of the Ogoni Development Authority was presented by the President of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke.

It went through a robust debate after which the MOSOP Executive Committee unanimously agreed to establish the Authority which would be charged with planning and implementing the development programme for Ogoni.

Nsuke further said development in the perspective of MOSOP was not awarding contracts for road construction.

He said development in the mind of MOSOP will be comprehensive, planned, designed, diligently implemented and should address all aspects of the people’s lives including infrastructure, telecommunications, education, job creation, water supply, housing, security, electricity, agriculture, and all other aspects of the people’s lives.

He said that it will not be an easy task to change the Ogoni society which had been a victim of divide and rule from Shell and people with personal interests to control the Ogoni oil and gas resources.

He, however, assured that MOSOP will be fully committed to what is good for the Ogoni people.

Nsuke noted that with the support of the larger majority of Ogoni people, the goal will be achieved seamlessly and the Ogoni people will ultimately reap the rewards of their struggles.

The full details on the proposed Ogoni Development Authority will be made public in October.

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Okowa Allays Concerns Over Early LG Polls

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Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has declared that against the hope of early local government election in January 2021 when the tenure of the current local government officials shall elapse, council elections will not hold immediately.
Speaking yesterday during the open air Thanksgiving service to mark the second term in office of the State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Barr Kingsley Esiso, the governor cautioned aspirants to various positions in the coming polls to slow down and wait for the release of time table by the State Independent Electoral Commission.
He stated further that the party would come up with modalities for the election to minimize expenses from the aspirants, adding that no aspirant should go and sell property because of Council election, stressing that the process for picking the candidates of the party would be so managed that less fund would be expended by contestants.
He congratulated the State Chairman of the party on his re-election which is a vote of confidence in his running of the party in the last four years.
Earlier in his address, Chairman of the Party, Chief Kingsley Esiso thanked the party leaders and members for the support which, he said, yielded appreciable harvest in the Victory of the party in the 2019 general elections.
In another development,Traders and Residents in Asaba-Ase, Ndokwa East Local Government Area of Delta State and Ekregbesi community in Uzere Kingdom, Isoko South Local Government Area have been placed in unforeseen dilemma after flooding cut off access road between the two communities
The flood disaster which took yesterday was said to have occurred on the Asaba-Ase market day of Ndokwa-East when traders from neighbouring villages were in the community market to trade.
While visiting the scene where the ravaging flood cut the link road of the communities, President-General of Isoko Development Union ( IDU), High Chief Iduh Amadhe expressed shock over the incident.
He referred to the incident as a life threatening danger as he urged the state government to embark on rescue mission to save the people and vehicles trapped by the flood.
He expressed worry over the negative impact of the unwelcomed development, saying that people from Isoko, Urhobo, Kwale and Ijaw areas were at the market when the flood suddenly cut across the road.

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