A non-governmental agency under the aegis of Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC) in Nigeria has called for rights-based approach to development and women empowerment as they share global rights experiences among their counterpart youths in other countries.
Speaking during the programme organised by YEAC, Nigeria, the Executive Director, YEAC, Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface, stressed that a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to development and women empowerment is what is needed in Nigeria.
The organisation made this demand in Port Harcourt, recently, during an “Individual Plan Implementation for Putting Global Rights Connection (GRC) Learning Experience into Action with One Million Youth Volunteers Network of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters in the Niger Delta” meeting.
The Executive Director, Fyneface, while sharing his learning experience gained from participation in the Equitas, Canada’s International Human Rights Training Programme, online version, tagged “Global Rights Connection (GRC) 2021,” expressed the need for participation of youths, men, women and persons with disabilities from Rivers and other States in the Niger Delta, so that they would be fully empowered.
Such empowerment, he said, would in turn transcend to the development of the area.
On Gender and Human rights-Based approach, Fyneface said: “Gender being a social construct should not be seen as solely referring to women alone, but men as well.
“Gender in this sense refers to girls, young women, the elderly, the blind, deaf, dumb and members of the Lesbian Gay, Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community as well as those with other disabilities and the physically challenged with same thing applying to the male folks on the other hand”, he explained.
The Executive Director backed his arguments on gender equality using the impact of COVID-19 on women with short videos of the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Gutteres, and former Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, while calling on the government to create more job opportunities for women to cushion the impact of COVID-19 on their families and households.
”The gender assigned to anybody at birth should not dictate who we are, what we think we can do, and what we think we cannot do, because of our sexes because gender equality is fundamental”, he said.
Fyneface also stated that a peaceful and serene environment would be achieved in the society if the human rights-based approach, which ensures inclusion, with no one being left behind, is adopted in all development projects.
According to him, the crisis in many Niger Delta communities is as a result of the neglect of the human rights-based approach to development, which prioritizes total inclusion, including the physically challenged and persons with disabilities.
He further demonstrated graphically the learning experience with other participants from around the world during the 10 weeks programme, lasted from October 4 to December 10, 2021, the International Human Rights Day, which witnessed various interesting topics of learning and discussions.
He emphasised that the module practically demonstrates concerns between development and human rights in development projects and how to apply the elements of human rights-based approach in development through stakeholder mapping and different contexts for inclusiveness.
Group Promises To Champion Unity, Peace, Development Of Okrika
A socio-cultural organisation in Rivers State, “Wakrike National Congress” (WNC), has pledged to champion the unity, peace and development of the Okrika nation.
The congress said this in a pre-inaugural press briefing in Port Harcourt recently.
The text for the briefing, which was read by the Chairman, Central Planning Committee of the Congress, Barrister Tamuno Williams, on behalf of the President, Wakrike, USA, Solomon David, said the body, which took three years to evolve, will also look into some problems affecting the Okrika nation .
He listed some of these problems as environmental pollution, youth unemployment, and the high level of illiteracy among Okrika youths.
The organisation said it will also bring back the lost glory of the Okrika nation.
“Gentlemen of the press, it is pertinent to underscore the vision and mission of this organisation: recognising our heritage as a people, the legacies of our forebears and our unique evolution and history.
“The Wakrike people from time immemorial have been the beacon of progress, development and prosperity among the comity of nations in our dear Rivers State.
“As Wakrike people, we recall with pride and sweet memories the pivotal role played by our forebears in the struggle towards the creation of Rivers State and its nurturing to the attainment of its stardom as the ‘Treasure Base of Nigeria’”.
The group said, despite these achievements, the “walls sustaining our heritage were broken down and everything appeared lost, except our unique will and God-given spirit of never giving up”.
The congress said time has come for the Okrikans, whereever they are, to be united.
“As a people, we must become united, we must fight for the education of our people, we must take steps to protect our environment and ecosystem, we must ensure that our kings and traditional institutions are respected and given a pride of place, our youths and women shall be repositioned to play critical roles God and humanity have bestowed upon them”, they said.
Meanwhile, the inauguration of the congress was held last Friday, with an inaugural lecture titled, “Wakrike Culture, Nationalism and Prosperity: Rebuilding the Broken Walls of Unity for Politico-Economic Renaissance”, delivered by Professor Ibibia Lucky Paul-Worika at Ogu Town in Ogu /Bolo Local Government Area.
Nigerian DPO Bags UK Varsity Professorial Award
A United Kingdom-based university, St.Thomas-Becket University, Canterbury, England, has conferred an Honorary Professorial Award on the Divisional Police Officer, Kwal Division, Delta State, CSP Edwin Igoche.
The award was presented to the DPO by Professor Chidi Ehiriodo, Presiding Chancellor of the African Institute of Theology (AIT) and assisted by Dr Emeka Okanu.
A press release signed by the, media aide, Comrade Christian Isaac, and made available to The Tide in Port Harcourt, says the award was in recognition of his policing prowess in and around the Niger Delta region.
According to the release, “St. Thomas-Becket University, Canterbury, England, United Kingdom, honoured Amb. Dr. Edwin Igoche Okoh, as a Professor.
“He received his professorship Award as a Professor Of Peace Conflict and International Jurisprudence. The certificate was presented by Prof. Chidi Ehiriodo, Presiding Chancellor, African Institute of Theology, AIT. He was assisted by Dr. Emeka Okanu”.
It stated that Edwin Igoche, before now, had acquired serveral academic qualifications such as BL, LLB, LLM, LLD, as a distinguished academia, describing the award as well deserved.
It further said the Police Officer has contributed a lot to the society in curbing insecurity and also expanded the knowledge frontier through the publications of serveral books.
Speaking with newsmen later, on, the DPO said he dedicated the award to God Almighty and the Nigerian Police.
He said those in positions of authority should do their best, as society is watching them.
By: John Bibor
Climate Change: TotalEnergies Plants 114 Trees
TotalEnergies Limited planted about 114 trees and collected 4,706 kilogramme of waste in Lagos, Edo and Kano States to mitigate the impact of climate change and safeguard the environment in commemoration of the World Clean-Up Day, recently.
The Managing Director, TotalEnergies, Marketing, Dr Samba Seye, said the 2023 World Clean-Up Day is a clarion call to action for Nigerians to make the planet safe.
Seye stated that the objective of this initiative was “to meet some of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by demonstrating TotalEnergies, commitment to protecting the environment and promoting climate actions while provoking environmental consciousness among our communities and young persons.
According to him, putting the exercise in the context of the company’s transformation towards cleaner energies, the Managing Director said “We are constantly embracing initiatives that support biodiversity and environmental preservation.
“More than ever before, there is heightened need for environmental consciousness as the climate beckons for action from every individual. We are therefore intentional in creating necessary awareness and implementing actions that protect the environment”.
The Managing Director’s speech was read by representatives at the other locations of Edo and Kano States.
The call for action was corroborated by Deputy Director, Conservation and Ecology, Ministry of Environment, Lagos State, Mr. Olabode Adeola, who represented the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry.
He said, “We are harnessing the power of the people to clean up the earth. If we treat our environment well, it will treat us well. This change must begin with us”.
Over 50 permanent employees of the company participated for the activities through the employee volunteers’ platform, ACTION.
Also, over 100 staff from the company’s service stations and over 330 students volunteered across the six locations/schools in the participating States.
Representatives of the Ministries of Education and Environment in the selected States, officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), representatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Kano State, staff of the Kano State Zoological Garden and Tourism, 10 volunteers from the Ogba Zoological Park and Garden in Benin City, Edo State, and two sanitation officers from Benin City, Edo State also participated in the activities.
The World Clean-Up Day is an annual global social action programme aimed at combating the global solid waste problem.
It is celebrated annually on the third Saturday in September and brings together pro-environment enthusiasts worldwide to clean up and care for their communities.
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