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A Kogi-based socio-cultural association, ‘Diamond Ladies Association’ has urged the womenfolk to strive to acquire entrepreneurial skills towards attaining economic empowerment to address issues of gender inequality, vulnerability and poverty.

Chairperson of the association Mrs Susan Timah, made the call at the “End of year 2020 Get Together and Beginning of a New Year Programme” organised for members of the association on Saturday in Lokoja.

Timah said that the association duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and the state Women Affairs Ministry was out to ensure women economic emancipation and legitimate empowerment.

The chairperson said that while it would not be out of place to seek and pursue political empowerment and emancipation, economic empowerment would guarantee a formidable leverage for women agitations and attainment of political power.

She therefore urged wome to organise themselves into groups and cooperatives to acquire entrepreneurial skills and bring the skills to bear on their business activities with the hope of making profits for economic freedom.

Timah urged parents to inculcate in their children values, discipline and Morales to enable turn out as responsible citizens and enjoined the youth to learn skills and trades available to develop and empower themselves.

Also speaking at the occasion, Mr Williams Aliwo, a Legal Practitioner and former chairman Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lokoja branch said his passion was provoked when the Diamond Ladies approached him for incorporation of the body to serve the interest of the society.

He stressed there were serious cases of women and children abandoned upon the death of their husbands and fathers saying that it was high time women organised themselves into associations to lend support to each other.

The Legal Practitioner described the 35 per cent Affirmative Action as political language coined by politicians from the Beijin Conference.

“You don’t need Affirmative Action to empower women. If you want women empowerment, give them intellectual empowerment, give them economic empowerment, a kind of entrepreneurial empowerment.

Deputy Director PRS, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development Mr Inah Isaac, in his paper titled: “Promoting Entrepreneurship, A Sinequanon for Achieving Legitimate Female Empowerment and Economic Development” encouraged women to do away with fear and launch into businesses.

He said female enterpreneurship was quite critical and should be a very serious matter especially in the Third World Countries “Where there are continuous complaints of female vulnerability, poverty and lack of every basic thing.

“And as it is, the women are crying for 30 per cent and 35 per cent Affirmation and we discovered that in the all the cries, the greatest empowerment that can be done to the female folk is developing their entrepreneurial skills and developing their creative abilities”, he said.

Inah said that the major hindrance to entrepreneurial development in women was “fear” and urged women to dispell fear saying, “entrepreneurship has to do with the courage to face uncertainty to make profit. So, when people are afraid of taking decisions even on their own areas of passion, it limits them”, he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the occasion was witnessed by the Onu-Igala of Lokoja, Chief Joseph Akpa; Mr Umar Ogbo, National Secretary, ICDA; Ibtahim Adamu, former Secretary, Judicial Service Commission (JSC) among many others. (NAN)

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Pantami: Coalition of Civil Society Groups suspend mass rally

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The Coalition of Civil Society Groups have announced suspension of a mass rally to demand for the sack of embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami.
A statement by Ibrahim Ahmadu and Osakwe Chigozie Michael, National Convener and Co-Convener, respectively said the rally expected to hold on Tuesday (today) was shelved due to security reasons and the fear that it could be hijacked by hoodlums.
The statement further disclosed that a new date will be announced for the shelved mass rally.
” The proposed rally against Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami is hereby postponed till further notice after due consultations and consideration with adequate advice in line with security tips.
“While we regret the unfortunate call off, we avail ourselves this opportunity to inform our members to exercise patience and keep the spirit alive upon a viable and visible date for it.
” We regret all inconveniences.”

Checks revealed that the Minister of Communications has been accused of alleged link with the extremist group, Al-Queda and having sympathy for Taliban.

Audio recordings of Mr Pantami’s past teachings where he declared support for Al-Qaeda and Taliban resurfaced last week, with many Nigerians calling for his removal.

Mr Pantami, an Islamic cleric, denied any links with the groups. He, however, admitted making the controversial statements supporting the groups but said that his views on such extremist groups have changed.

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12 persons die in tanker explosion accident in Benue

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Twelve persons have lost their lives in a tanker explosion accident that occured at Oshigbudu, Agatu Local Government Area of Benue on Sunday evening
Apart of the death of the 12 persons properties were also said to have been lost to the explosion.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Public Education Officer, Benue Sector Command, Mr Oladele Meshach, issued a statement in Makurdi on Monday indicating that the explosion occured on Sunday evening.
Meshach said 12 persons lost their lives during the explosion, while property were also destroyed.
He quoted the Sector Commander, Mr Yakubu Mohammad, to have warned all petroleum tanker owners against non-use of
“Safety Valves” to guard against spillage of petroleum products, when involved in a crash. Mohammad called on all petroleum tanker owners to ensure immediate installation of Safety Valves on their tankers to ensure safety of lives, properties and the products they are transporting.
He said the “tanker lost its control, spilled fuel and bursted in flames”.
“Henceforth, any driver caught disobeying the road regulations will risk going to jail,” Mohammad warned.
According to him, it is disheartening to see petroleum tankers still plying the roads without safety valves fixed on them despite the February 2021 deadline earlier issued.
He assured members of the public that FRSC would ensure strict enforcement of road regulations and discipline.
Mohammad also advised tanker drivers to avoid giving their vehicles to their ‘motor boys’ to drive on the highways.

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The Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial didtrin Isah Jibrin(Echocho) on Saturday in Abuja, condoled with the family of late Professor Aaron Baba, who passed on to glory on Friday in Lokoja, Kogi state capital.

In a condolence message issued through his Special Adviser on media, Prosper Elijah Salifu, the Lawmaker described the death of the late Professor as sudden and saddening.

According to him, ” I am deeply saddened to hear your sudden exit. I am however comforted by the fact that you have contributed your quota to the development of Kogi state and Nigeria at large” he said.

“On  behalf of the good and supportive people of Kogi East, I sincerely sympathize with your family at this critical time. May God in his infinite mercy, forgive your shortcomings, grant you Paradise and relieve the family of this great pain”

Professor Aaron Baba, until his death was a Special Adviser on Technological Development, later appointed as Commissioner for Special Duties, Science and Information in Kogi State.

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