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Liberian VP lauds Gov Bello for surpassing 35% gender inclusion benchmark

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Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, Dr. Jewel Taylor, has applauded the leadership style of the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, which she said is worthy of emulation, citing the inclusion of women in governance and other great exploits.

The Liberian Vice President, was hosted to a dinner by female appointees of Governor Bello’s cabinet who later proceeded to the All Progressive Congress’s National Women Progressive Congress.
Tailor in her remarks said the Governor has surpassed the 35% Gender Equality Beijing Affirmative Action.

Nigeria was signatory to the Beijing Declaration on 35 percent Affirmative Action on women inclusion in 1995.

The Vice president acknowledged that Bello’s leadership performance should be a standard for African nations.

She also noted that many politicians often talk about their vision in politics but they never come to pass and they make several commitments.

Dr. Taylor noted that the governor has laid a remarkable example and is a reference point in defining inclusiveness in governance, adding that he is doing what women and the young people want.

“I listened to you talk about the inclusion of women, minorities and even opposition and such is a strange phenomenon.
“Most times we get into office and we only think of ourselves and our political party which has always been a recipe for continued chaos and crisis, ” she stated.

She, however, thanked the Governor for going beyond the ordinary to be an extraordinary leader interested in the life of the people.

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Communique of one-day summit for female Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria

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COMMUNIQUE OF WOMEN AND GIRL’S WHO ARE CAMEROONIAN REFUGEES IN NIGERIA SETTLED IN UTANGA OF OBANLIKU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, ADAGOM 1, ADAGOM 2 AND UKENDE IN OGOJA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF CROSS RIVER STATE AND IKYOGEN IN KWANDE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF BENUE STATE; BEING AN OUTCOME OF A ONE-DAY SUMMIT ORGANIZED BY CENTRE FOR WOMEN STUDIES AND INTERVENTION (CWSI) SUPPORTED BY AFRICAN WOMEN DEVELOPMENT FUND (AWDF), HELD ON  23RD, 24th, 25th 26th FEBRUARY RESPECTFULLY.

PREAMBLE: We, the Women and Girls who are Cameroonian refugees residing in Obanliku Local Government, and in Adagom 1, Adagom 3 and Ukende in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State and in Ikyogen of Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State and which participated in the above captioned summit hereby jointly express our collective standpoint on the current state of sojourning in Nigeria as follows;

APPRECIATION:

We wish to collectively thank the Nigerian Government for being their African brothers’ and sisters’ keepers by providing a safe haven for the thousands of Cameroonians refugees who sought refuge in Nigeria as a result of the civil conflict in southern Cameroon. The Nigerian Federal Government and the State Governments of Cross River and Benue have in the spirit of Pan-Africa demonstrated exemplary care of Africa motherhood through the National Commission for Migrants Refugees and Internally displaced Persons (NCFMRI) and the State’s Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)which has very well ensured our protection and peaceful habitation in the various communities we are residing. Secondly, we wish to profoundly express our very deeply heart felt gratitude to the United Nations which through its partnership with the Government of Nigeria and the services of its agency, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) have provided us with necessaries; accommodation, water, health care services and basic education funding for our children. We also wish to immensely thank the Host Communities where we are settled for peaceful co-existence, brotherly and sisterly love and various forms of assistances they have rendered Cameroonian sojourners.

On specific and well deserving recognition; we are grateful to African Women Development Fund(AWDF) for their sterling contribution to our lives through the Inform Parents and Children Together on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (INPACT ON-SGBV) Project which they funded Centre for women Studies and Intervention(CWSI) to implement and which is currently on-going. The project which has women and girls as beneficiaries is positively imparting and impacting the lives of refugees particularly through the formation of a Girl Child Movement (GCM) which is followed up by 6 months mentoring course for the empowerment of young women and girls who are vulnerable to SGBV. The project since inception has used its unique strategies to educate and conscientized women, girl, boys and men to adopt an improved behavioral practice which not only respects the dignity of persons but enhance human development and freedom from violence.

Furthermore, their welfare packs, psycho-social counselling and medical bill assistance for refugees suffering ill health has been tremendously helpful and beneficial.

We also wish to recognize the enormous contribution of other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) whose humanitarian services and development work has brought relief to our travails. They have been a great source of inspiration, fortitude, resilience and hope away from home. The organizations which we hereby respectfully and gratefully acknowledged are as follows; Caritas Nigeria, Save The Children, Rema Care, Cuso International and Red Cross.

STATE OF AFFAIRS AND PRESENT CONCERN:

Even though we appreciate all the support given to refugees in Nigeria, particularly women and girls we still wish to solicit for more support to sustain the good works of these organizations and to reach outto many women and girls who are still in need of assistance. Our dire needs and present concern is as follows:

HUMANITARIAN SUPPORT; we wish to request for more humanitarian support as aid for refugees has dwindled in current times. Many women and girls live in austere lack and want of basic necessaries, especially, toiletries, mosquito nets, menstrual kits, mattresses, mats and blankets. We appeal to individuals, philanthropists and organizations whether local, multinational and telecommunication companies to give their support to this need.

HUNGER; this is the biggest problem we are contending with. To have a sustainable solution, apart from food donations, we appeal to humanitarian organizations and companies willing to execute corporate social responsibility to assist us with life Skill capacity building programmes that can be utilized for entrepreneurship and self-reliance as a dependable pathway to overcoming hunger. We hereby appeal to the members of the host communities to extend the privileges of allocating portions of farmland to refugees in need of land for agriculture.

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT; Our collective gratitude goes to the UNCHR and Save the Children for the free-education opportunity created for our children to go school. However, there are basic educational needs which many of our children lack. These are, school uniforms, text books, school bags and school shoes and dearth of Teachers etc. Furthermore, there is need for increased attention to be given to pupils who have graduated from primary school to access secondary school education. We shall be grateful to see that these needs are provided through any NGO or humanitarian agency.

PROVISION OF WATER AND RENOVATION OF TOILETS AND BATHROOMS; There is a general deterioration of toilet and water facility in the refugee settlements and host communities. This situation has made life uncomfortable for refugees and the host communities. The make-shift toilets provided in the settlement are now dilapidated. Also, the bore holes have become inadequate to serve the population in the settlements. Access to water is still a problem for some refugees. We hereby appeal to generous funding agencies/organization to kindly respond to and improve the water shortage situation in the settlements as well as renovation of toilets and bathrooms.

EMPLOYMENT OF MID-WIFE’ IN HEALTH-CARE CENTERS; The absence of mid-wife’ in the health care centers provided for refugees is a huge challenge for pregnant mothers. This has contributed to infant and maternal mortality of refugees. We shall be very grateful to see improvement in the health care service delivery to the refugees and we appeal to the appropriate authorities to come to our aid.

CONCLUSION; We once again thank CWSI, other national/International organizations, the state and the Nigerian government as a whole for adding value to our lives. We appeal to the government of Nigeria to continue the good works of protecting refugees by improving security in the refugee settlements.

As women, many of us have lost our husbands, children, parents and relatives in the Cameroon conflict. Though we are displaced and experiencing various challenges at the moment our indomitable spirit of the African women is not subdued. We are determined and focused as women and girls’ group to live above our challenges and create a new world of freedom for the girl child. We have a living hope of perseverance and optimism that the long dark night will be over and the dawn of a new era will emerge. The day is coming when we and our children will return back to live in a new Cameroon where every citizen will live in human dignity, justice and peace.

Signed by: Representatives of concerned female Cameroonian refugees
NYENTY OBI STEPHANIE, VICTORINE NDIFON ATOP, ANYOR PEACE ODEY MARCELINE

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Clark tells Tinubu to set up special Military Task Force to rescue Chibok Girls, others

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***Blames him for failure to rescue tgen after 10years

Elderstatesman and Leader of the Ijaw Nation, Chief Edwin Clark, has urged President Bola Tinubu to set up a special military task force to rescur the remaining Chibok School Girls and others still in the captivity of the Boko Haram insurgents.

The Ijaw national leader gave the indication at a news conference in Abuja to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Chibok Girls abduction by the dreaded Islamic sect.

He said the special military task force should be coordinated by a courageous military

While expressing displeasure over the failure of past administrations to rescue the girls, Clark urged President Bola Tinubu to leave no stone unturned to secure the release of the girls.

“About 90 of them are still missing after 10 years. This should be a source of worry and concern to any government of a nation.

“Tinubu should appoint a special taskforce with brave soldiers, competent, transparent and not nepotic.

According to the elderstatesman “It appears to some of us that the President Tinubu’s Government is not serious in the effort to rescue the remaining Chibok girls.
“About ninety (90) of them are still missing after ten (10) years. This should be a source of worry and concern to any government of a serious nation.

“I recall that in October, 2020, when a United States of America (USA) citizen, Mr. Philip Walton was held hostage between Niger Republic and Nigeria, the government of the United States deployed one of its machineries, the Naval Special Warfare group, popularly known as SEAL Team Six, who rescued Mr. Walton in Nigeria.
” The then President of the US, Mr. Donald Trump, followed the matter to up to conclusion. When the Mr. Philip was rescued,
“President Trump was so excited that a citizen of his country held hostage had been rescued and described the action as “big win for our very elite U. S. Special Forces.” Also, speaking on the incident, the then US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said “The United States is committed to the safe return of all U. S. citizens taken captive.
“We delivered on that commitment late last night in Nigeria, where some of our bravest and most skilled warriors rescued a U. S. citizen after a group of armed men took him hostage across the border in Niger”.
Clark wandered why the case of Nigeria is different.
According to him,In the case of the U. S., it was just one person, yet the government of the country went all out to ensure his rescue.
“In Nigeria, we are still talking about 90 girls still missing, ten years after.
Explaining further he said the Nigerian government bungled fresh negotiation to free Chibok girls
He said he led a high-level negotiations between the Nigerian government team and Boko Haram insurgents, to secure the release of 220 Chibok girls saying that it crumbled

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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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