Nigeria has largest caseload of missing people in Africa – ICRC 

January 25, 2023 John Oba 0

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has raised concern over the plight of the families of missing people in Nigeria, saying the number of missing people in Nigeria is the largest caseload in Africa and one of the largest in the world. Speaking at the meeting for stakeholders involved in the file of missing persons in Nigeria, the head of Read More

Support us to cater for special needs children, Foundation beckons Bayelsa government, others

January 21, 2023 Joy Emmanuel 0

Pastor Kemi Ogiemudia of Larger than I Developmental Foundation has called on Nigerians to be more involved in efforts to carter for children with special needs in the society. She made the call during the inauguration of foundation’s new site. Ogiemudia, a pastor at Shepherds Vine Christian center said there are areas that needs more focus in other to bring out the Read More

Negligence by parents: Children as endangered species?

November 18, 2022 Blueprint 0

News of avoidable deaths of children in different parts of the country abound these days, especially as parents appear to neglect their duties of protecting their children from harm’s way. PAUL OKAH asks a cross-section of Nigerians if children are now endangered species. Yes, they are Children are an endangered species. They don’t have a mind of their own and Read More

World Pharmacists Day: 2,000 children for de-worming in Osun

September 25, 2022 Lateef Ibrahim, Osogbo 0

The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Sunday said 2,000 children will be dewormed in Osun state to mark this year’s World Pharmacists Day which climaxed with the 30th anniversary of the association in the state. Chairman of PSN, Professor Moses Akanmu, stated this in Osogbo at a press conference commemorating the 2022 Pharmacists Day and the 30th anniversary of the Read More

Disturbing forced kid labour trend

December 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent disclosure by the United Nations International Labour Organisation (ILO) that more than 152m children or nearly one in 10 children globally are victims of forced labour is not only heart rendering but also inhuman. Though the ILO research conducted in conjunction with the Walk Free Foundation showed some progressive decline by 94m in the statistics of child labour Read More

Mitigating impact of violent crimes on women, children

December 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

As the country continues to battle rising crime rate ENE OSHABA examines the impact of violent crimes on women and girls amidst proliferation of small arms and light weapons. Amnesty International (AI) studies indicate that intimate partner violence and gun violence are inextricably linked, just as it impacts negatively millions of women, families, and communities across the US and other Read More

300,000 children infected with HIV in 2020 – UNICEF

November 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

At least, 300,000 children were infected with HIV in 2020, UNICEF has said in a report released Tuesday. The release by the UNICEF communication officer in Borno state, Mra. A Folashade, made available to newsmen in Maiduguri ahead of World AIDS Day, said another120,000 children died from AIDS-related causes during the same period. In Nigeria, 20,695 children aged 0-9 years Read More

‘Good parenting key to GBV elimination’

November 26, 2021 Blueprint 0

Dr. Vivian Okoye is an optometrist, a psychologist and professional parents’ coach. In this interview with ENE OSHABA she speaks on Gender Based Violence (GBV), giving an insight into causes as well as proffers solutions for total elimination. What inspired you to mental health and was that your childhood dream? My childhood dream was to study Guardians and Counselling but Read More

Curbing sexual abuse via educating children on proper names of genitals

November 10, 2021 Blueprint 0

Some parents are in the habit of not teaching their children the proper names of sensitive body parts instead, they teach their children to say words like `pee pee,’ `tom tom,’ `jolo jolo,’ ruler, among others, for the male children. Instead of teaching them names of female body parts, some parents would teach their children to say `bom bom’ `aso rock,’ `T-junction,’ pawpaw,’ among Read More

Keren: HURIWA to mobilise youths against Ministers over inaction on rape victim

November 4, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has berated the Minster of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen and her counterpart in the ministry of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, over their alleged inaction with regards to the rape of a – 14 year old boarding student of Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Keren-Happuch Akpagher, which eventually led to her death. Mother of Keren-Happuch, Vivien Read More

Parents urged to commit more time to children’s upbringing

November 3, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

A Controller of Nigeria Correctional Centre, Alhaji Ahmed Habu Gumel, has charged parents to always commit more time to their children’s upbringing for better citizenship. He gave the charge in Keffi Nasarawa state during the wedding fatiha of his two daughters, Saturday. He expressed dismay over the rate of child abuse which is becoming rampant in the society. He, however, Read More

SMC: Yobe targeting 1m under 5 children in 2021- Umar

November 3, 2021 Yusuf A Yusuf 0

Yobe state primary Health Care Management Board (YSPHC) in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday organised 2021 Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) state debriefing meeting in Damaturu, Yobe state. Briefing Journalists at the meeting, the Director Immunisation and Disease Control YSPHC, Dr Umar Chiroma, said the meeting was to share feedback on implementation of the seasonal malaria chemoprevention which Read More

Mosquito and malaria

Malaria ‘in tears’ over vaccine breakthrough

October 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

After decades of clinical trials, the world has potentially found a new silver bullet against malaria, one of the oldest and deadliest infectious diseases. BENJAMIN SAMSON in this report examines how the vaccine will contribute to the fight against malaria. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), malaria kills about half a million people yearly, nearly all of them in Read More

Sanwo-Olu, Uduaghan, Kyari, others for The Witness Newspaper foundation launch

October 18, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Witness, a credible Nigerian newspaper in digital and print formats, is set to launch a non-governmental organization, ‘The Witness Newspaper Foundation’, in commemoration of its fourth year anniversary. The event is billed to hold on Sunday, October 24th, 2021, at the prestigious Lagos Continental Hotel (formerly Intercontinental Hotel), Victoria Island, Lagos. A statement on Monday by the managing director of the newspaper, Read More

BASEPA begins fumigation of Bauchi towns against malaria

October 17, 2021 Najib Sani 0

Following the outbreak of malaria in Bauchi state in recent time, the Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA) has begun fumigation of six local governments in the state against mosquitos. The Director General of the agency Dr Ibrahim Kabir who flagged off the exercise Saturday at government house Bauchi explained that the fumigation was part of efforts to kill mosquitos Read More

Ochanya’s death: CSOs call for special court for rape cases

October 17, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Two frontline Civil Society Organisations fighting against rape in Nigeria have demanded for a special court to handle cases of rape in the country. The groups under the aegis of Men Against Rape Foundation (MARF) and its parent organisation, Make A Difference Initiative (MAD) made the demand to mark the third year memorial of Ochanya Elizabeth Ogbanje, who died three Read More

9 out of 10 schools in Nigeria’ve no children’s hand-washing facility – UNICEF

October 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has stated that nine out of 10 schools in Nigeria have no place for children to wash their hands. This, according to the international organisation, indicates a downward trend in the fight against infectious diseases. UNICEF said this in a statement released on Friday in Abuja to mark the 2021 “Global Hand-washing Day“ celebrated annually Read More

Mosquito and malaria

Malaria vaccine: Ned Nwoko foundation plans massive roll out in Nigeria

October 12, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Prince Ned Nwoko Foundation Malaria Eradication Project is to lead other partners in the nationwide promotion and roll out of the new malaria vaccine which the World Health Organization (WHO) recently approved for wide-use in countries.  The Federal Ministry of Health gave the approval following the foundation’s earlier offer to avail its malaria eradication platform for coordination of the Read More

18 years stipulation for SIM acquisition to protect minors

October 8, 2021 Ayoni M. Agbabiaka 0

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has stated that the 18 years requirement as part of regulations for SIM acquisition is only to protect minors and not disqualify a section of the polity from enjoying the benefits of information technology. The telecommunication regulatory body in a statement signed by NCC director, Public Affairs Dr Ikechukwu Adinde . Tuesday, stated that the publication Read More

Osun warns herdsmen agaisnt violating anti-open grazing law

September 22, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Osun state government Wednesday met with leaders of Fulani and warmed them against violating the new anti-open grazing law. Speaking at a stakeholders meeting with Fulani leaders and herdsmen in the 30 local government including the area office, in Osogbo, the Special Adviser to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on Civic Engagement, Hon. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, advised the herders to obey the law Read More

Ogun: Man arrested for impregnating, aborting for a 16-year-old niece

September 22, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

A 52-year-old man, Jimoh Mutaliu has been arrested by men of Ogun state police command for impregnating and procuring abortion for his 16-years-old niece. The suspect was arrested following a report lodged at Adatan divisional headquarters by the victim’s father. A statement by the command’s spokeperson, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi stated that the victim’s father discovered that his 16 years old Read More