2019 Polls: Institute Moves To SensitiseWomen
The National Democratic
Institute (NDI), funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), has , launched women in politics programme in Enugu to sensitize women on 2019 election.
The Country Director of NDI, Jasper Veen, said in Enugu that the programme was designed to support and strengthen womens’ participation in Nigeria’s politics as their participation had declined.
The director, represented by the NDI Programme Director, Mr Raymond Esebagbon, said only 30 out of the 400 elected legislators were into the parliament in the 2015 general election women, adding that the figure was not encouraging.
Veen regretted that it was worse in the North East where no woman was elected as House of the Representatives member in the zone.
He stated that the programme had two approaches that would equip women with the required skills, strategy and support to navigate formal and informal procedures as well as increase the opportunities of women to run in an election.
The director admonished political parties and traditional rulers to break the negative cultural and religious barriers that have hindered women from seeking elective positions in the country.
He noted that similar programme would be launched in four other states of Anambra, Kaduna, Lagos and Adamawa.
The Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, said only eight out of the 109 senators were women, 20 out of 360 House of Representative members were women, while only 39 out of 990 women were elected in the 36 states Houses of Assembly.
“Enugu State has improved as l was elected as the deputy governor of the state and the state is committed to gender equality.
“The challenges facing women in active politics ranged from financial problem, discrimination, god-fatherism, political violence and name calling,” she said.
She commended the NDI for launching the programme in Enugu, saying that the state government would partner with the Institute to provide conducive environment for women to engage in politics.
The Chairman, Enugu State House of Assembly Committee on Gender Affairs, Mrs Lydia Omeje-Ogbu, urged women to work hard to participate in politics.
She advised them to be prayerful if they should succeed in politics and build a close contact with the people at the grassroots before seeking for an election.
In his reaction, the Chairman of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr Ken Ike, said that the party would support and encourage any woman interested in any position under the party.
The programme was organised in collaboration with the Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL), Enugu, a Non-Governmental Organisation on women affairs.
Participants at the event came from Jigawa, Anambra, Adamawa, Kaduna and Lagos States.
Corpse Of Woman Found In Ebonyi Hotel Room
The police in Ebonyi State say they have discovered the body of a yet to be identified middle-aged woman in a hotel room in Abakaliki, the state capital. The spokesperson of the police in the state, Loveth Odah, stated this yesterday.
She said the body has deep cuts on the chest and neck and has been deposited in a mortuary. According to the spokesman, it was discovered at Crown Garden Hotel located along the ever-busy Afikpo road in the capital city.
Mrs Odah, who said that the victim was found in the pool of her own blood, said the suspect had been identified as one Uchenna Awoke.
She said the hotel manager, Emmanuel Eze, the supervisor, and other workers had been taken to the police station for questioning and accused the hotel management of negligence.
“The manager of the hotel, the supervisor and other staff of the hotel were taken to the station for questioning and I must confess to you that the whole thing is negligence on the part of the hotel management. How can a guest be murdered in a hotel room and days after, the management is not aware of the incident.”
“We will investigate the matter properly and I assure you, the perpetrator of the act must be arrested and prosecuted. All we are asking is for the members of the public to avail the police of useful information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect.”
Senate Passes S’East Dev Commission Bill
The Senate yesterday passed the South East Development Commission (Establishment) Bill 2018.
The proposed commission aims at enhancing the infrastructural development of the South East zone, which is grappling with huge ecological challenges.
It also seeks to act as a catalyst for the development of the commercial potential of the zone.
The proposed legislation requires the concurrence of the House of Representatives to become a bill of the National Assembly, and the President’s assent to become a law.
Senators Stella Oduah (PDP-Anambra) and Samuel Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) jointly sponsored the bill read in the Senate on June 22, 2016.
Its passage in the Red Chamber followed the presentation of the report of the Committee on Establishment and Public Service by its former Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Paulker (PDP-Bayelsa), on the floor of the Senate.
The bill, after Paulker’s presentation, was considered clause by clause by the committee of the whole, and amendments made by the lawmakers were read for the third time and eventually passed.
In his remarks, presiding Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, commended his colleagues for a job well done.
In his words, “Every morning we pray that God should give us the grace to do only those things that will promote the peace and unity of this country.
“I believe that we have shown today that we are committed to the unity of this country, and it is this unity that will give us faith in this country.
“This faith will in turn help us to pursue peace and progress,” he said.
Briefing newsmen after plenary, members the South East caucus of the Senate, led by Sen. Enhinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), thanked their colleagues and members of the committee for their efforts.
Abaribe, who spoke on behalf of the caucus, urged the President to sign the bill into law “as soon as we tidy it up and bring to him, in the interest of the unity and progress of Nigeria”.
“This will put to rest the long-drawn agitation in the South East, and the difficulties in the rehabilitation and reconciliation efforts that started at the end of the civil war.
“All things we see always will end up at the negotiating table, which is what we have done,” he said.
The lawmaker said he hoped the House of Representatives would give concurrence to the bill as it went in the Senate.
When established, the South East Development Commission would be the third zonal interventionist body in the country.
2019: Oyedepo Predicts Peace In Nigeria
Bishop David Oyedepo, the Founder and Presideng Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, on Saturday predicted that nothing would disturb the peace of Nigeria and its story would change for the better in the year 2019.
Oyedepo made the declaration at the just concluded annual prophetic gathering of the Winners’ family, christened the “Dominion”, in a satellite telecast of the church.
In the telecast monitored in Abuja, the cleric also declared that 2019 would be a year of “I have Dominion”.
“Nothing will tamper with the peace of Nigeria; the story will change for the better in the name of Jesus.
“Nigeria shall not see bloodshed, the Prince of Peace will continue to dominate in Nigeria, in Africa and Nigeria is declared blessed.
“Anywhere you step, accident is forbidden; death will not come near you and our nation.
“Anything that is of grace in my life, I freely release upon you today.
“God has opened the year 2019 to us, celebrate Him because its our year of “I have Dominion,” he said.
The Bishop added that the year 2019 would be a year of humbling testimonies for Nigeria and pace-setting testimonies.
He further declared that 2019 would be a colourful year for the nation.
According to the cleric, as long as Jesus has the final say on the issues of Nigeria, it will experience greatness.
Oyedepo said that there would be no more cause of alarm in any area of the nation and its citizens.
He advised Christians in Nigeria to delight themselves in the spirit of servant-hood, adding that the spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood.
“The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of servant-hood. As you keep rising on the ladder of leadership, you must retain our spirit of servant-hood, constantly working to add value to others and be kingdom minded,” he said.
According to him, dedication is at the root of dominion, saying: “Sow yourself as a seed by being totally dedicated to God and His Kingdom’’.
He told his congregation that sacrificial giving guarantees the meeting of all their needs.
“When you engage in taking care of the well-being of others, God is also committed to your well-being,” he explained. The cleric admonished Christians would engage in meeting the needs of the needy, every barrier on their path of destiny would be crushed.
“Nobody tampers with your life, your career, your family and goes away with it because you are promoted to God’s kingdom.
“God will stand for your defence in the day of trouble. Every sacrificial giver has a defence around him in the day of trouble always have that in mind,” he said.
He reminded his congregation that the Church is not a building; the Church is a people and the Redeemed of the Lord.
Editorial4 days ago
As Nigerians Vote Again, ’Morrow…
News4 days ago
Wike Justifies Prosecution Of Amaechi, Others
Opinion16 hours ago
Lies And The Iraqi War, 20 Years On
Rivers15 hours ago
RSU Commits To Holding Inaugural Lectures
Entertainment4 days ago
BBTitans: Khosi Starts Her Own Talk Show In Biggie’s House
Niger Delta4 days ago
Shell Resumes Oil Export From Bonny Terminal
Business4 days ago
NNPCL Targets June 2023 Completion Of IPO
Nation16 hours ago
Beneficiaries Want National Social Investment Progamme Sustenance