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Osinachi: Madam Tallen, stop traumatizing the kids further

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***Osinachi will want her kids far away from their father

For exposing children of late iconic gospel singer, Osinachi Nwachukwu to the parade of their embattled father, Mr. Peter Nwachukwu, being investigated for her death, a – child and gender rights advocacy group has called on Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen to focus on the management of the three children for trauma rather than expose them to more traumatizing events..

In a statement issued by the Executive Director of the group – Men Against Rape Foundation (MARF), Lemmy Ughegbe, wondered why Dame Tallen was more interested in posing for the camera than the state of the mental health of Osinachi’s children.

Ughegbe said despite MARF’s unalloyed stand that Mr. Nwachukwu be made to face the full wrath of the law, global best practices and even common sense forbid that the children be exposed to a parade of their father for it further traumatizes them.

According to him, their father can be paraded even on the street for all he cares, but the children who are minors ought not be exposed to it in line with global best practices.

Ughegbe said the Minister was too well traveled and exposed to feign ignorance of the psychosocial consequences of continually exposing the children to traumatizing experiences such parading of their father before them especially after the trauma of losing their mother to years of abuse by same man.

“Priority should be genuine care for the mental health of the children not political.mileage for the minister through publicity stunts. Even if she wants publicity, she can leave the children out. They deserve to be protected from further trauma.

Part of the statement reads: “Minister Pauline Tallen seems more focused on publicity stunts and clout chasing in the Osinachi Nwachukwu case than protecting the mental health of the late music maestro’s children.

“Despite how traumatized the kids are, Tallen and all those around her rather than get the children completely away from the radar of the public and away from all of these further traumatizing activities, they soak them in, apparently, for the optics.

“For a minister who is well traveled and exposed, she can’t feign ignorance of the effect of parading their father before them. It is lack of care for the kids that she has demonstrated.

“As a Child and Gender Rights Advocate, I condemn the continuing traumatization of those kids and urge Madam Minister to make the welfare and psychosocial need of the children a priority even as we call for a thorough investigation into the allegations of Domestic Violence brought against Osinachi’s husband, Peter Nwachukwu. That is what justice will mean for Osinachi if we could here her speak to us

“It is therefore incumbent on Madam Minister and relevant agencies to excuse the children from the scene and provide the needed psychosocial support for them which is mandated by the provisions of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP) 2015.

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Kogi Central: Again, Natasha distributes six trucks of grains to constituents

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The lawmaker representing Kogi Central senatorial district, Senator Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan has distributed another six trucks of grains to her constituents to cushion the effects of the economic hardship ravaging the country.

At the Yuletide, the senator had distributed six trailers of rice, 20,000 notebooks, and 10,000 wrappers to her constituents for Christmas and New Year celebrations Additionally, she provided 5,000 branded bags to school children in the senatorial district’s five local government areas.
In that round of empowerment programme she targeted widows and the underprivileged, with the senator stating that the items were not exclusive to PDP members but for every deserving constituent, irrespective of party affiliation

This time, the six trucks of grains contain 7,200 bags of rice, beans, and millet distributed to the 57 Wards of the five local government areas of the senatorial district.

The beneficiaries included Muslim community, Christian community, Drivers’ union, Okada/Keke union, Mechanics’ union, pensioners, Hausa/Fulani community, Yoruba community, amongst others.

She reiterated the position that the distribution must reach all her constituents irrespective of party affiliations, adding that she will continue to do her best to bring the very best dividends of democracy to them.

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Easter: Woman leader tells women traders to involve God in all their businesses

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By Ekuson Nw’Ogbunka

The woman leader, National Association of Nigeria Traders (NANTs) in Abuja the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chief (Mrs) Rachael Adewumi has advised women traders in the nation’s capital to always involve God in their businesses.

Adewumi gave the admonition to the women traders in her Easter message on Thursday.

Adewumi was last year reelected as the woman leader and inaugurated along with others in ither positions with her in March.

Reiterating the essence of involving God in one’s business and other dealings, the woman leader said with the fear of God and His involvement in their business, sky would be their limit.
She urged them to have faith in God, adding that everyone who put his faith in God will never be disappointed.

The woman leader wished them well in the Easter celebration, as she reminded them that Easter is celebrated to observe the sacrifice of Jesus for mankind, adding that Easter is usually celebrated to promote peace, love and worship God, among other good gestures.

Enjoining them to remain law abiding and be supportive to the government, Amb Adewumi noted that, that will do a lot of good, as no government would plan evil for its citizens.

She further urged the women traders to neither hoard food items and other goods, nor sell at exorbitant profit as it would deny their customers and other Nigerians, the right to enjoy the Easter.

The woman leader also advised the women traders to neither spend above their income, nor make their husbands to do likewise, even as she urged husbands to accept Christ as their boss, for the wife to know that the husband is the head of the family.

She however appealed to the government at all levels to always intervene in the high rates commercial banks charge for loans, saying that the women traders, if encouraged or empowered would contribute immensely to the economy. Adewumi indicated that the markets, plazas, streets, among other areas where buying and selling are done, more than 80% of the traders are women.

“These women, if encouraged in the area of empowerment, among other similar gestures would go a long way to boosting the economy. Most of these women started with little or nothing, but today, they are doing wonderfully well, beyond imagination.
“So let the government find a way of encouraging and empowering the women traders, which if done will go a long way for this country,” she stated.

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Kogi first Lady lauds Mrs Tinubu for promoting access to education

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The First Lady of Kogi State, Mrs Sefinat Usman Ododo has hailed the First Lady of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu over her Renewed Hope Initiative that is promoting access to education for Nigerian children

Mrs Ododo who is the Coordinator of RenewedHopeInitiative in Kogi State spoke at the flag off of the distribution of exercise books to students and pupils of the Police Officers’ Wives Association (POWA) International Children School in Abuja by the First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

According to her, Senator Oluremi Tinubu has demonstrated her commitment as a true mother of the nation by ensuring that students and pupils are encouraged to enroll and stay in schools with the distribution of exercise books to them under her RenewedHopeInitiative.
She added that the initiative will enhance learning in schools and reduce the menace of out of school children especially among female children in Nigeria.

Mrs Ododo while highlighting the remarkable impact of outreaches by Senator Tinubu indicated that the Alternative School Programme and donation of exercise books to school pupils have the potential to improve access to education and contribute to human capital development.
“I am very happy to be part of Her Excellency’s RenewedHopeInitiative in reaching out to Nigerian children who are in need of a role model and a source of inspiration like our mother, Her Excellency, Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

She has been a true mother and a role model for our nation and this gesture will go along way in encouraging more students and pupils to enroll and stay in schools.

It will also encourage all First Ladies in the country to do more in promoting access to education in all the states in Nigeria,” Mrs Ododo stated.

Mrs Ododo said she was particularly delighted by the passion and dedication demonstrated by Senator Oluremi Tinubu in promoting access to education and for making women and children focal points of the RenewedHopeInitiative.

She further assured of her support for all activities of the RenewedHopeInitiative in Nigeria especially in Kogi State where her pet project is also supporting indigent women and children through formal and vocational education as well as empowerment for widows, orphans and People Living With Disability.

Mrs Tinubu plans to distribute about 2 Million Exercise books across the 36 states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory under the education component of Her RenewedHopeInitiative.

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