ActionAid tasks stakeholders, security agencies on safety of women journalists

November 3, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

ActionAid Nigeria has called on all relevant stakeholders and security agencies to take action in ending impunity and ensuring the safety and protection of journalists, especially women. The Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria, Ene Obi, stated this at the just concluded National Media Virtual Roundtable on Actioning Safety and Protection of Women Journalists in Nigeria: Reflections and Recommendations organised by ActionAid Read More

ASUP faults establishment of new polytechnics in Nigeria

October 27, 2021 Moses John 0

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) Tuesday faulted the establishment of new polytechnics in the country while the existing ones are regarded  as the last option. ASUP president, Comrade Anderson Ezeibe, who said this at a workshop tagged: “Advocacy Roundtable on the Future of Nigerian Polytechnics” organised by his union, lamented government’s neglect for technological development in Nigeria. “We Read More

Independence: NSCDC boss calls for renewed mindset, intelligence against insecurity

October 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Commandant General, NSCDC, Ahmed Audi, has emphasized on the need for continued tolerance of each other’s differences and mutual co-existence as a people who are united in diversity and reselient in the face of daunting challenges to our continued survival as one unified entity.  He advocated for a renewed mindset and provision of actionable intelligence to keep Nigeria safe Read More

Pass GEO, electoral bills into law- Women group tasks NASS

July 15, 2021 Ene Oshaba 0

Women under the auspices of the 100 Women Lobby Group has called on the National Assembly (NASS) to pass the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill (GEO bill) the Electoral Bill and other bills that will increase women’s participation in politics into law. Its president Felicia Onibon, made the call in Abuja while briefing journalists during a national strategic advocacy on Read More

NGO trains security agents, stakeholders on combating SGBV, others

April 19, 2021 Paul Okah 0

A non governmental organisation (NGO), Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), in collaboration with Spotlight Initiative, has held a two-day capacity building workshop for justice sector and stakeholders on standard operating procedures for handling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Harmful Traditional Practices (HTP), Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), among others. Participants at the workshop Read More

Still on HND/BSc dichotomy

March 29, 2021 Blueprint 0

Lots have been said on the above subject matter, but still I’ll like to put my input as a victim of this long neglected issue. Let me briefly narrate an instance during my NYSC orientation in Edo state. One evening, me and my platoon members were having fun. Suddenly a lady looked into my school identity card with keen interest. Read More

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Alleged diversion: Group gives SPDC quit notice

March 23, 2021 Kehinde Osasona 0

…Calls for inclusion of qualified indigenous coys The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) Monday gave Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and its subsidiaries quit notice from operating in Nigeria. According to the group, their action was borne out of the need to protect Nigeria’s oil economy. CESJET has therefore urged the Federal Government to as a matter Read More

KWARA HIJAB CONTROVERSY: Tension as Muslim, Christian leaders lock horns, Parents throw stones at one another

·           The raging brouhaha generated by the use of Hijab (veil for Muslim women) in schools in Kwara state, appears to have taken a dangerous turn as both proponents and opponents of the matter were in near-fisticuff Wednesday in Ilorin, the state capital. At the height of the crisis, the state government directed the closure of 10  secondary schools February 19 to avert Read More

U.S Mission, exchange alumni advocate more inclusion for women in leadership, governance

March 16, 2021 Chizoba Ogbeche 0

The U.S. Embassy Counsellor for Public Affairs, Mr. Aruna Amirthanayagam, has joined the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Professor Stephen Okodudu, and the Rivers State Chapter of the U.S. Government Exchange Alumni Association to commemorate the 2021 Women’s History Month in Port Harcourt. A press statement by the embassy said Amirthanayagam in his opening remarks noted Read More

Anambra: Legal Aid Council to offer free services to PWDs

March 15, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

The Anambra state branch of the Legal Aid Council has expressed its readiness to provide free legal services to People With Disabilities (PWDs) in the state in line with the provisions of Anambra Disability Rights Law, 2018. The state coordinator, Mrs Amaka Maduabuchi, stated this at a one-day programme jointly organised in Awka by the state chapter of Joint National Read More

Equity, justice, fairness crucial to Nigeria’s unity – Osinbajo

March 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo has said equity, justice and fairness for all segments of society were imperative in the pursuit of unity in the county. Osinbajo said this on Friday in Sokoto while delivering the Convocation Lecture of the Sokoto State University. The vice-president, who was received at Sokoto airport by Governor Aminu Tambuwal, also paid a courtesy call on the Read More

International Women’s Day: Plights of the Nigerian woman

March 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

Women have often been the victims wherever there are conflicts. This is because of the disadvantage of women and vulnerability of children as a high-risk group. Religion and traditional beliefs have often denied their freedom of expression and access to affairs that promote their well being in society. Most women are of inferior status, most especially in Nigeria. They marry Read More

NDDC leadership: Ondo indigines demand justice, urge Buhari to stop ‘illegality’

March 7, 2021 Editorial II 0

A socio-cultural pressure group, Ilaje/Ese Odo Progressive Union has faulted succession arrangement of the position of the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) which has denied Ondo State the occupation of the highest seat of the intervention agency since it’s inception.  The group described the development as unacceptable and at variance with the extant laws establishing the Read More

South-east, south-west and north ‘ll be biggest losers if Nigeria breaks up, by Fredrick Nwabufo

February 16, 2021 Fredrick Nwabufo 0

The idea of having a near-perfect country out of a ruptured Nigeria is illusory. The composite parts of the country each contribute to the miasma of confusion that Nigeria is. No single entity is responsible for Nigeria’s problems. All the ethnic nationalities are equal shareholders in the failing of the Nigerian enterprise. There is enough blame to go around. Splintering Read More

IFA seeks partnership with NCPWD on Disability Prohibition Act, others

January 27, 2021 Blueprint 0

Inclusive Friends Association (IFA) is seeking collaboration with the National Commission for Person With Disability (NCPWD) in the area of training and advocacy. The Executive Director, Grace Jerry said this during an advocacy visit to the National Commission for Person with Disability (NCPWD) recently in Abuja. Jerry, urged the commission to ensure to see how it can address some of Read More

Stop criminalising fulanis, Miyetti Allah appeals to media

January 3, 2021 Najib Sani 0

A fulani socio-political group ‘Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore’ has condemned the alleged use of derogatory statements and names by some media organizations against the fulanis. The group while addressing journalists in Bauchi alleged that some media houses criminalise the fulani race in their reportage of crises involving the fulanis which it decried is uncalled for. Bauchi state chairman of the Read More

After all, humanity is required

December 28, 2020 Usman Abdullahi Koli 0

Who knows how much and how far a simple kind gesture can go in making a difference? This question is often what I ask myself whenever I see people in need of a shoulder to cry on. Civilisation has perhaps switched us into ‘mind your business’, ‘me and my family’ and individualistic lifestyle. This has dealt negatively with our norm Read More

Assessing people living with disabilities act in Anambra

December 17, 2020 Blueprint 0

The law which gives legal teeth to the protection of persons in that capacity has come to stay in Anambra state. OKECHUKWU ONUEGBU examines the law and its impact in the state. To persons living with disabilities in Anambra state, every year ushers in new opportunities.On September 13 2018, the Anambra State House of Assembly passed into law the Anambra Read More

Educating the African girl-child

October 14, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Over the past few decades, there has been a clarion call to recognize, promote, and protect the right and development of the girl child globally and with special attention on Africa. The status of the girl child in Africa is getting worse by the day. In Africa, the needs of men are elevated above those of women are elevated thereby Read More

ActionAid harps on gender responsive investment in education, end to injustice

June 15, 2020 Adeola Tukuru 0

ActionAid Nigeria has emphasized the need for gender responsive investment in education, employment schemes, equitable health care services and end to all forms of discrimination and corruption. The Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria, Ene Obi at the “No to Racism, Black Lives Matter & Nigerian Lives Matter” rally on Monday in Abuja said  that corruption bedeviling the country is choking Read More

Defence Ministry goes tough on Bandits, set to launch ‘Operation Accord’ in Niger, Sokoto, Katsina, other North West, North Central states

May 20, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Ministry of Defence has concluded plans for the commencement of “Operation Accord,” a major military exercise aimed at flushing out insurgents from the contiguous states of Kaduna, Niger, Katsina,Zamfara, Sokoto and parts of Kebbi state.A Presidency source said Tuesday that while Tuesday’s Senate resolution is perfectly in order, “it is important to state that in his duty as Commander-in-Chief, Read More

Plateau probes leaked reports of COVID-19 index case

April 27, 2020 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

The Plateau state government said it is investigating the leaked confidential laboratory result of some suspected COVID-19 cases carried out at the National Veterinary Research Institute Testing Centre (NVRITC) in Vom, which has been circulating on the social media. A press release issued, Sunday by the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, described the act as “unprofessional.” The Read More

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OSU caste, violation of human rights- NHRC

March 15, 2020 Editorial III 0

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on some part of the Eastern Nigeria to stop the practice of the ‘Osu Caste system’, saying it is a violation of human rights. The Executive Secretary NHRC, Tony Ojukwu Esq. stated this during a scene on a movie series ‘Silent Prejudice’ by Pillars of Hope Africa Initiative (POHAI) at the weekend Read More