Group launches men agaisnt rape movement in Abuja
A good governance advocacy group, Make A Difference Initiative (MAD) has launched a movement – Men Against Rape in Abuja to curtail the rising incidences of sexual and gender based violence in Nigeria.
The Executive Director of MAD, Lemmy Ughegbe in his opening remarks at the launch of the group decried the yawning gap between government reactionary rhetoric on the alarming rise in sex crimes within the country and concrete action.
“While there has been a general outcry over the rising cases, there is still a yawning gap between government reactionary rhetoric and concrete action. “Several advocacy and interventions undertaken by our team have given insight to the fact that a lot more work needs to be done if we are to curb the menace of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in our society”, Ughegbe stated.
According to him, it is the bridge the yawning gap through concrete action that the movement has been born as women cannot win this fight without men, insisting that “real men protect children and women”.
He said “the tyranny of patriarchal culture and tradition have encourage crude discriminatory and abusive practices against women to fester in such a way that men sexualize women and command an uncanny sense of entitlement to their (women’s) bodies.”
He explained that the movement will continually engage the praxis of Participatory Communication and Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) in helping to change nuances, prejudices and mind-sets that make men embrace SGBV.
He said the movement – Men Against Rape shall be a strategic mass movement of men of diverse background and career – journalists, lawyers, business men, traders, governors, lawmakers, labourers who are committed to work towards curbing Sexual and Gender Based Violence in their communities and the nation at large.
In her good will message, Founder of Wanda Adu Foundation (WAF), Wanda Ebe said she was excited that a movement of Men Against Rape has been midwifed by the Make A Difference Initiative.
“This is exciting news. Women cannot win the fight against Sexual and Gender Based Violence without the men. This movement is led by a feminist male champion, who has been committing his life to the course of children and women. On behalf of all women, I thank you for this movement and urge men of goodwill to sign up to it and help us win.
In the remark of the chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abuja Council, Mr, Emmanuel Ogbeche, he said this movement against sex crimes is a first of its kind in the country and called on all persons and organisations of goodwill to support the movement to succeed.
In his own remark, an American and founder of Black Panther and White Lion, John Henderson commended the initiative for the Men Against Rape Movement, saying there is no better time for it.
IGP rolls out new NPF Manpower Development policy
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has announced the new Nigeria Police Manpower Development Policy.
The IGP made the announcement during the decoration of twenty-four (24) newly promoted Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The decoration of the AIGs is the first phase in the decoration exercise of a total of One Hundred and Sixty-Seven (167) Senior Police Officers recently approved by the Police Service Commission following their recommendation by the IGP.
The IGP noted that the Manpower Development Policy of the Force is a deliberate protocol to identify, elevate, and position professionally competent officers who will act as the Strategic Police Managers that will drive the new policing vision and give effect to strategies at responding to current and emerging security threats in the country.
The Policy also he said prioritizes human capacity development and welfare of Police Officers for better police service delivery.
The IGP, while congratulating the newly promoted officers, charged them to deploy their wealth of experience to support his leadership mission of positively changing the policing and internal security narratives in the country. He also encouraged the officers to discharge the schedules of their new rank within the dictates of the law and the policing expectations of the citizens.
The IGP expressed appreciation to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR for consistently committing to the Nigeria Police reform Agenda. He thanked the Police Service Commission for supporting and aiding the new human capacity development of the Force and equally appreciated the Honourable Minister of Police Affairs, the Senate and House Committees on Police Affairs, for their support to the police modernization, re-orientation and re-equipment drive.
Dignitaries at the Decoration Ceremony were the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammed Maigari Dingyadi, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Musa Bello, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya, Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, MFR, mni, NPOM, Members of the Force Management Team, Traditional Leaders, amongst other dignitaries.
Humanitarian Minister preaches peace at Eid-El-Kabir
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has urged Nigerians to reflect on the reason for the season as Muslims celebrate this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.
The Special adviser on Media to the Minister Nneka Ikem Anibeze in a statement said, Umar Farouq called for prayers to unite the country and reduce humanitarian crises including internal displacement, refugees, hunger, killings and terrorism.
While felicitating with Muslim faithfuls, she preached love for one another, sacrifice for the nation, peace, love and kindness as advocated by the Prophet Muhammed.
“Let us continue to pray for the unity of the country especially the vulnerable among us. May Allah grant us peace as we celebrate Eid and may we witness more celebrations as a united nation”, Umar Farouq said.
The Minister said a peaceful Nigeria will reduce the number of displaced and vulnerable people in the country.
“If we spend less on IDPs and victims of communal clashes, cattle rustlings or banditry, government can channel such funds to other capital projects.”
She promised that the government will continue to do everything within its power to ensure a country that all Nigerians will be proud of.
Turbaning of Alhaji Zakari Dangana as Shugaban Afemai holds wednesday
All is now set for the Turbanning Ceremony of Alhaji Zakari Ahmadu Dangana(ONOGIE) as the Shugaban Afemai Lokoja by the Mandarin of LokojaHis Royal Highness, Muhammed Kabir Maikarfi 111, OON, FKSP.
A statement signed by the Chairman of Afemai Progressives Union Lokoja, said the Turbanning Ceremony will hold tommorow, 21st July, 2021 by 9:00am at the Maigarin of Lokoja Palace.
According to the statement, reception follows immediately after the Turbanning at the residence of Alhaji Zakari Dangana, beside Abiodun Ojo Filling Station Lokongama.
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