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ActionAid raises violence response teams in 4 communities in Kogi

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ActionAid raises violence response teams in 4 communities in Kogi

By John Akubo,
In its bid to stop radicalization and respond to violent extremism among youths and the vulnerable in communities in Kogi State the ActionAid Nigeria has inaugurated Community Action and Response Teams (CARTs) in four communities.

Other teams for Ofuloko and Okpapata and and Aku/ Osaragada in Igalalamela and Adavi Local Governments respectively took place earlier in the course of the programme which started on May 24.

Gbenro Olajuyigbe, Actionaid Manager for Human Security in Conflict and Emergency Management said the project was in pursuance of ActionAid program in System and Structure Strengthening Approach against Radicalization to Violent Extremism in Kogi state.

Olajuyigbe who Disclosed this at the inauguration of the nine-member CART during a Townhall Meeting at Osara on Saturday pointed out that effective community-led initiatives in countering radicalization to violent extremism required investment from a wide network of stakeholders committed to building relationships of trust.

He noted that a community-led initiative is instructive for promoting social cohesion and public safety, with a core focus on preventing violent extremism through engagement, education, building connections and targeted interventions.

Olajuyigbe said the inaugurated teams would be trained on vulnerability analysis, early warning system and emergency response to help ensure that government policies and practices are responsive to local realities.

It will be recalled that ActionAid Nigeria in partnership with Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change in Development (PIBCID) in November, 2016 launched the project in Kogi.

Mr Anicetus Atakpu, ActionAid Program Officer said the CARTs members were expected to avail the communities with capacity and sustainable structures.

They are to use available resources to prevent radicalization, respond to, withstand, and overcome impact of adverse effect of violent extremism, where it happens.

He said one of their mandates is identifying issues of vulnerability and establishing strategies and resources to reduce vulnerabilty; develop and send alerts to appropriate responding agencies.

They are also to work with other relevant critical actors, mobilise external assistance, develop activities and promote initiatives that mitigate youth restivesness, gangersterism and anti-social behaviours.

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ICDA disagrees with IPOB, says Igalas can never be part of Biafra

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The Chairman of the incorporated trustees of Igala Cultural Development Association (ICDA) working committee, Comrade Enemona Emmanuel Omattah has distanced the Igala race from the secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
He demanded that the group should immediately re-draft their map.

Speaking with newsmen in Lokoja on Monday, Omattah said it was an error to include Igala nation in the Biafran map

The former State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) stated that the age-long trade relations and intermarriage between Igbos and Igalas is not enough reason to deny his people their true ethnic identity.

“We are not part of their agitation. IPOB and Biafra cannot annex Igala nation.

“We are calling on Igbo people to stop including Igala land in their map.

“During the Nigerian Civil War, Emeka Ojukwu-led team bombed Igala land. Our land was actually attacked. The people that attacked us years ago cannot come around now and claim we are part of them.

“We are not part of Biafra. We will never be part of Biafra. Though we do business with them and even intermarry, that does not mean we are part of them.

“We believe in the Nigeria Project. We believe in the leadership of Nigeria nation. We have our issues with the Nigeria nation but we are not antagonistic.
“We will address our issues at the appropriate time, not by carrying guns and fighting. We believe in the corporate existence of Nigeria.This is the position of Igala nation,” he said.

Speaking on the alleged leadership crisis in ICDA, Omattah said the sociocultural group is being repositioned to fulfil its mandate.

“The incorporated trustees of ICDA constituted a working committee and made me the leader of the group. The working committee was mandated to reposition ICDA, interface, consult and dialogue with other stakeholders of Igala nation, review the constitution and work modalities for election.

“We are working to get the 21 old Igala native districts involved in Igala business. ICDA is an umbrella covering all 21 Igala native districts he said the nine local government areas as well the Development associations of the district should be involved in ICDA activities.

“Former president, Sadiq Amodu Abubakar and his exco abandoned the aims and objectives of ICDA. Sadiq and his team failed to unite Igala people because of inexperience, greed and failure to accord recognition to the 21 native districts of Igala land. He abandoned his mandate.”

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Over 20 persons living with disabilities register for JAMB in Nasarawa

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From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

No less than 20 persons living with disabilities as well as vulnerable persons have been registered for the forthcoming Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), in Obi local government area of Nasarawa state.

This was disclosed by a Group under the ages of the Organizer Foundation in Nasarawa State during the unveiling of billboard in Lafia, the state capital on Sunday.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with the NationalUpdate shortly after the unveiling of the billnoard, the chairman of the group, Mallam Mohammed Ja’afar-Adi, said the gesture was as the result of COVID-19 effect and also to assist the needy for what he described as adding value to the less privilege in the society who have been neglected.
He said: “20 Physically challenged as well as vulnerable persons have been registered for the forthcoming Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and some applicants were also given money to register WAEC who could not afford to pay their fees.”

The group, however, called on Dr. Musa Adamu, who holds a traditional tittle as Sarkin Matasan Obi to run for the seat of the House of Representatives Lafia/Obi federal constituency come 2023.

According to the leader of the group the community has been lacking potable water to drink, saying that it was Dr. Adamu who sank eight boreholes across Obi and Lafia local government areas of the state.
He explained further that Dr. Aadmu distributed bags of rice, cartons of supergeheti, sugar and some cash as a palliative to cushion the effect COVID-19 pandemic, saying that school fees were also given to some students who could not afford it.

The foundation which cut across all the 23 wards of Lafia /Obi federal constituency promised to support him for the 2023 elections by coming out en masse to ensure his success at the polls for effective representation and accountability.

He, however, disclosed that scholarships have already been disbursed to undergraduate students.

He assured the House of Representatives aspirant that the organization will do everything within their power to ensure that victory is assured.

Earlier, Barr. Mohammed UmarZanwa who is the chairman of the central working committee on behalf of Dr. Musa Adamu, thanked the organizer foundation for the love and support adding that he has accepted to contest for the house of representative to represent the good people of Lafia/Obi federal constituency.

He thanked the Organizer foundation for the honour bestowed on him as he assured them of quality representation, just as he promised to carry everyone along if given the mandate come 2023.

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Disability commission boss decries high rate of out of school children living with disabilities

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The Executive Secretary National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) Mr James David Lalu has expressed concern over the high level of out if school Children living with Disabilities.

The Head Media and Publicity of the commission Mbanefo John Michaels in a statement issued in Abuja quoted the Executive Secretary to have indicated that the commission is leveraging on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) support for the Commission to take the children back to school.
Lalu spoke recently in his office during a meeting with representatives of the UNESCO Abuja Regional Office.
He said that the Commission is quite interested in collaborating with as many pertinent organisations as possible to ensure the achievements of its statutory mandate.
The Executive secretary explained further that the Commission’s zonal Rehabilitation Centres will be established in each State to enhance easy access and connection to various localities.
He however, indicated that some States like Kaduna, Gombe, Kwara and Kogi have been visited by the Commission adding that they were prevailed upon to kick-start the process at that level.
Lalu reiterated the commission’s commitment to carrying out its mandate of collation and proper follow up of bills to ensure creation of State offices is achieved

While commending the ES for his efforts towards putting the Commission on the cause of progress, the Officer-In-Charge of Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO Regional Office, Abuja, Mrs Nneka Okafor pointed out that UNESCO is in support of the creation of State offices which will improve the lives of Persons with Disabilities.

She prayed that the commission will attain greater heights to positively advance the wellbeing of Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria.

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