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Groups identify barriers to rights of women with disability

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Groups identify barriers to rights of women with disability

**Strategise to safeguard sexual health rights of women/girls with disability

Network of Disabled  Women (NDW) in collaboration with Foundation for Resilience  Empowerment and Development (FRED) have identified some of the barriers to the rights of women and Girls with disabilities in pandemics.

Speaking at a one daystrategic meeting with stakeholders on safeguarding the rights of women and girls with disability the president of Network of Disabled Women (NDW) Lois Auta-Udonkanta said they are also mapping out functional strategies for safeguarding the sexual reproductive health rights for women and girls with disabilities.
She recommended that the Federal ministry of health, women Affairs and security agencies consider the need to create a position for female disability desk officers.
According to her, organisations of women with disabilities should be supported with funding and employment opportunities adding that communication method should be accessible and inclusive formats.
This she said is because poor financial background and poverty situation of WWDs make it discouraging for them to seek medical attention even when they know they have the need for such health services.
She said the challenges and barriers of sexual reproductive rights of WWDs are multi – layered and multi – dimensional hence they require multi – dimensional approach in negotiating solutions.

“Capacity building, skills acquisition training and employment should be provided for victims or survivors of GBV who are women with disabilities
“Our national policies on sexual reproductive health rights of women and girls with disabilities should be simplified in different local languages and we call for the speedy implementation of these policies and laws.
“Health services, facilities, environments, security agencies facilities and courtrooms should be affordable and accessible to women and girls with disabilities.
“Health professionals should be frequently trained on issues of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights of women and girls with disabilities.
“All GBV centers, safe spaces, responses and prevention activities should be inclusive and accessible.
The president said the womenfolk are supposed to be the apple of the eyes of the entire society.

She said WWDs are tired of being treated as second fiddle adding that the challenges of ‘gender’ and ‘disability’ are two major social stigmas too much for the average individual to grapple with especially women and girls with disabilities.

She expressed the optimism that after the meeting, positive consideration would be given to women and girls with disabilities in Nigeria and beyond.

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How Govt’s House Lafia runs on almost 24hrs generator, by Gov Sule

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How Govt’s House Lafia runs on almost 24hrs generator, by Gov Sule

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, has expressed dismay over the epileptic power in the State that has even forced the Govetnment House, Lafia to be on 24hour generator.

This he said is occasioned by avoidable delays in the completion of the 330 KV power sub station in Akurba.
In his words,
“The Government House is on generator for almost 24 hours. It does not make sense, especially at a period like this when people should be saving.

The Governor expressed the displeasure shortly after inspecting progress of work at the site of the project, on Wednesday.

Engineer Sule was particular about the poor handling of the project by contractors, as he vowed to intervene by meeting with all parties concerned to achieve speedy completion of the project.

In a chat with journalists at the site of the project, the Governor lamented over the power situation, especially in Lafia, the state capital, where residents enjoy only 1-2 hours of electricity daily, with residents left to depend on generators for power.

“A state like Nasarawa should be saving money, not wasting money on diesel and then generating power from a source that is even unhealthy even to the human body,” he stated.

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Zamfara government debunks reports that abducted students have regained freedom

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Zamfara State Government has indicated that the over 300 Students kidnapped by Bandits are still in the den of their abductors.

Press Secretary to the Governor, Jamilu Magaji, debunked some online media reports that claimed the female students of Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe have regained freedom.
He stated: “Governor Bello Matawalle and his aides have been been having sleepless nights since Friday when the girls were abducted by gunmen.

He said they have been working round the clock, making frantic efforts that will lead to the safe release of the victims.
He expressed dismay that that some persons, who do not know the details of the situation, will try to further hurt the victims’ parents, government and security by ridiculing the effort with falsehood.
“The state government will come immediately and happily inform the world as soon as the girls are released.”

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Marketers allay fears over fuel scarcity, ask Nigerians to stop panic buying

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Marketers allay fears over fuel scarcity, ask Nigerians to stop panic buying

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has allayed apprehension among Nigerians who may be planning to hoard the Premium Motor Spirit.

The Public Relations Officer, Suleiman Yakubu
on Sunday spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as long fuel queues were noticed at filling stations in many states and Abuja.

It was observed that some filling stations are reluctant dispense the PMS they have in stock to motorists while some have run out of supply.

Yakubu said the price of crude oil has gone up and affected the price of products.

The spokesman assured that PMS would soon be available in excess as loading had already commenced at depots.

“The government and marketers are doing everything possible to ensure that the products are available in every filling station within a few days starting from today,” he said

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