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Women Call On Leaders To Address Insecurity

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A group, Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP), has called  on leaders to address the current state of insecurity in the North-West.
The call is contained in a statement issued by the CIPP Women Peace Council North West, yesterday in Kaduna.
The statement was issued to mark the International Peace Day.
The women expressed concern over the recurring cases of kidnapping that have forced displacement and loss of innocent lives, including women and children in the region.
“While we sincerely acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of government at all levels to address insecurity in the region, all hands must be on deck to increase investment in human security and prioritize non violent solutions over militarized action.”
They also called for inclusive planning and implementation of programs targeted at supporting vulnerable populations and communities most hit by the security challenges, including COVID-19 pandemic.
The council further raised concern on the premeditated violent attacks directed at men, women, and children, which it attributed to lack of respect for rule of law and proliferation of small arms, among others.
The women, therefore, called for effective strategies to end gender motivated killings, sexual violence against women and children as well as other practices that violated human rights.
“While advocating  for the perpetrators to face justice and the wrath of the law, we call on relevant government institutions to ensure accountability by enacting and enforcing laws that will guarantee the protection of survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and forestall future occurrences.
“We also appeal to government at all levels to use its resources and powers to protect the dignity of the citizenry and promote respect for fundamental rights of all residents in the states, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic background, and religious affiliations.”
The women also called for collective effort of the executive, legislative and Judiciary to create an enabling environment for the implementation of conflict and gender friendly policies and laws
which would serve as tools for improving lives of vulnerable populations.
It further called for the localisation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on ‘Women, Peace and Security’ National Action Plan and ‘Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015 in states that are yet to do so.
“We further call on all parties to respect the Rule of Law and stop indiscriminate killings of innocent civilians and attacks on sources of livelihood.
“Peace building actors need to work together to develop and implement innovative ways to constructively engage religious and traditional institutions, ethnic leaders, youth groups, women groups, people with disabilities, political leaders, and civil society in identifying local solutions to the current crises.
“Representation of local perspectives and their voices remains critical to improving outcomes of conflict management effort and finding common grounds in addressing the root causes of conflict at all levels.
“While reiterating on the importance of public enlightenment and education, as well as widening access to economic opportunities as vaccines for building resilience of the populace to engagement in criminal activities, and other social vices.
They pledged to support efforts of women peace builders and all parties to conflicts who chose to honour the call to end violence at all levels.
“Considering the significance of women’s engagement in building peace, we call on duty bearers to ensure the inclusion of women in both formal and informal peace processes in line with the principle of ‘leaving no one behind’ and Sustainable Development Goal 5.”
NAN reports that CIPP Women Peace Council is a platform that brings together a diverse group of influential grassroots women leaders.
The members are drawn from the Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN), Women Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (WOWICAN), and National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) and other women-led organizations.
Their target is to promote inclusive peace process and development at the grassroots for sustainable peace.
“We enjoin you all to embrace nonviolent means to demand for concrete actions to be taken to address the root causes of violence and promote meaningful participation of all groups at risk of exclusion in decision making.”
“These efforts are necessary to bringing diverse perspectives to addressing inequalities, gender specific vulnerabilities and achieving durable and sustainable peace at the local, state, and national levels.”

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NDLEA Destroys 21 Tonnes Of Drugs In Niger

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has destroyed drugs weighing 21 tonnes in Maikunkule village of Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State.
The NDLEA claimed that the destroyed drugs street value was worth more than N1 billion.
The Commander of NDLEA in the Niger State, Mr Haruna Kwetishe, said that the destruction was symbolic and in line with the NDLEA Act.
“NDLEA Act mandates us to arrest drug traffickers and dealers, seize illicit drugs and prosecute all drugs related offenders who contravene the Act and destroy seized drugs publicly, in fulfilment of this mandate.
“NDLEA Niger Command obtained court orders from Federal High Court, Minna, for the public destruction of the 21 tonnes of various types of illicit substances.
“Public destruction of drugs is therefore a continuous exercise in our quest to have a drug-free and secured society in the country and the world at large”, he said.
He said that the destroyed drugs included Cannabis Sativa, psychotropic substances and various grammes of other banned stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine.
“Nigeria used to be a transit port because of the activities of drug cartels that import drugs from drug producing countries to the country before smuggling same to Europe, Asia and America”, he noted.
The state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bello, represented by the state Commissioner for Internal Security, Emmanuel Umaru, said that the security of lives and property was a cardinal focus of his administration.

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FG Trains CSOs, NGOs To Monitor School Feeding Programme

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The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (MHADMSD) has trained members of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on school feeding programme monitoring.
Speaking at the capacity building programme in Abuja, Monday, the facilitator, Dr Grace Dafiel, said that the aim of the training was to ensure effective accountability and sustainability of school feeding programme.
“The essence of the training is to ensure that CSO/NGO capacity is built to be able to monitor the National Home-Grown School Feeding programme.
“This is to help us understand how we can institutionalise the programme which is one of the four clusters of the social protections programme under the ministry.
“The CSOs involvement means that a lot of advocacy work is going to go into it, especially at the community level for the community participation ownership.
“As well as ensuring sustainability even if all odds are there, you know the government cannot do it alone, there is a need for the CSOs to come on board’, Dafiel said.
She said that after the training, they would come up with strategies that would ensure sustainability.
“Give life to the programme as well as ensure that the programme is executed in a transparent, open and accountable manner”.
One of the participants, Mr Salaudeen Hashim, stated that building the capacity of the CSOs was very crucial as they were the ones closest to the communities.
While noting that one of the key gap noticed in the programme was stakeholders’ coordination, Hashim said the training would go a long way in breaching the gap.
“This is actually a stepping stone as it will encourage stakeholders’ participation.
“It is also important to remove the issue of politicisation of the programme”, he said.
He also expressed concern over the number of out-of-school children in some parts of the country, saying that currently 9.8 million children were already benefiting from the programme.
“While there are still about 10.5 million out-of-school children in the North East, it is very necessary to get more people to enrol and participate in school feeding programme”, he said.
On her part, the Executive Director, Youth Child Support Initiative, Enugu, Mrs Ijeoma Nnaji, described the programme as a good innovation.
She said that partnering with the CSOs would aid effective monitoring of the programme at the community level and ensure accountability.
It was gathered that the capacity building workshop under the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme was organised for the CSOs and NGOs across 34 states.

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Insecurity: NHRC, UNDP, Adamawa Govt Advocate People-Oriented Approach

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Adamawa State Government have advised that initiatives aimed at addressing the nation’s security challenge should be people-centred.
They argued that the success of any peace building and conflict resolution initiative requires the buy-in of the people.
The Executive Secretary, NHRC, Tony Ojukwu; Solicitor General of Adamawa State, Samuel Yaumande and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Humanitarian Services, Aishatu Bibi Umar Rilwanu, also suggested the adoption of transitional justice at securing peace in troubled parts of the country.
This was the submission at a training workshop on ‘Transitional Justice and Reconciliation in North-East Nigeria’, organised by the NHRC with support from UNDP and the European Union (EU) in Yola, on Monday.
Represented by his Special Human Rights Adviser, Hilary Ogbonna, Ojukwu stressed the relevance of transitional justice in the country at ensuring peace and reconciliation among inhabitants of the crisis-ridden parts of the country like the North-East.
He noted that the desire for transitional justice was no longer limited to the North-East, because other parts of the country, including the North-West, South-East are equally battling insecurity.
Ojukwu added that it was gradually becoming important to develop a national framework for promoting peace, reconciliation and reintegration.
He said the two-day training was aimed, among others, at exposing the media to the concept of transitional justice, and its application to addressing causes of conflicts and ensuring accountability.
Yaumande and Rilwanu hailed the NHRC for the initiative and pledged Adamawa State Government’s support towards engendering peace, reconciliation and reintegration of its people.
In his paper titled: “Framing speech: Roles of Media in Peace Building, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice in Conflicts Societies in West African,” Dr. Chukwuemeka Eze said the media is an important tool in conflict management.
He urged the media to refrain from emphasising issues that would escalate conflicts and avoid sensational reportage.

 

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