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Human rights commission makes case for the rights of the elderly people

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Human rights commission makes case for the rights  of  the elderly people

The Executive Secretary National Human Rights Commission, Mr Anthony Ojukwu has said that the Commission is committed to mainstreaming the rights of older persons into its policies and programmes.

He made this known when he receive  members of the Journalists network for ageing in Nigeria (JONAN), led by FCT NUJ secretary of council, Ochiaka Agwu.

According to Ojukwu: “The commission has rightly identified that older persons have rights just like any other person, so it does make sense that as younger persons, we should prepare for our old age by protecting the rights of older persons, it is enlightened self interest”.

He said National human rights commission is committed to mainstreaming the rights of older persons into programs and policies of government at all levels. According to him, “this means bringing to the consciousness of people at the helm of affairs and other people that these rights are not privileges but mandatory”.

He pledged the support of the commission in the achievement of JONAN’s plan of action.

The secretary of  the council, thanked the Executive secretary for the role he had played so far in setting the tone for the advocacy for the rights of older persons and appealed for the commission to support JONAN morally and financially to achieve its aim of bringing the rights of older persons to the fore.

According to Agwu: ” Journalists come together to advance the rights of older persons because every body is growing older and when we grow old, we pray that our rights and privileges would be respected “.

The Chairman of JONAN,Maxwell Esiegbe  appealed to the National human rights commission to partner with the network to advance the cause of older persons. He said the network is poised to commence work immediately.

The Network of Journalist for aging was inaugurated after a training for journalist on aging organized by the NUJ FCT Council in collaboration with the Dave Omokaro foundation with a mandate to give a voice to the elderly.

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Zamfara NUJ State Council announces change of baton in its leadership

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Zamfara NUJ State Council announces change of baton in its leadership

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Zamfara State chaper has announced a change of Baton in the leadership of the State council of the union.
By the announcement the vice chairman Comrade Bello Muhammad Boko will serve as acting chairman pending a by-election that will bring in a new and substantive chairman.
The announcement was contained in a statement that was signed by the chapter’s Assistant secretary Nasiru Shehu Aula Dabbakal which was made available to the NationalUpdate in Abuja on Monday.
The statement indicated that
following the recent transfer of the council chairman, Comrade Abdulrazak Bello Kaura from Pride FM, Gusau, Zamfara state to Royal FM, Sokoto in Sokoto state, it became necessary to effect constitutional adjustments to avoid any vacuum.

The union assured the good people of Zamfara of a cordial working relationship .

The union also expressed its appreciation to the Governor of the State, Bello Matawallen, the Maradun Shatiman Sokoto for his support to members of the union.
The statement stressed that the union will continue to support the Matawalle-led administration especially in the fight against armed banditry through his peace accord and dialogue initiative.

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Commissioner advocates media practitioners’ involvement in farming

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Commissioner advocates media practitioners’ involvement in farming

By Friday Idachaba

Akwa-Ibom State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Glory Edet, has appealed to Solidaridad West Africa, an international solution-oriented Civil Society Organisation (CSO), to train Media practitioners in the art of farming and investment in agriculture.

Edet made the call at a wrap-up workshop for CSOs and Media practitioners from Akwa-Ibom, Cross-Rivers, Enugu and Kogi States working on Oil Palm production interventions of Solidaridad West Africa on Thursday in Uyo.

The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Mary Bassey, implored Solidaridad to involve media practitioners not only as participants but stakeholders in the Agriculture sector.

“Please, take the media people as stakeholders and also train them to become farmers. Make them go into agriculture and make millionaires out of them. Agriculture is the fastest way to become millionaires.

“Farming, aside producing the food we eat and guaranteeing food security, is now a highly lucrative business which everyone must embrace to break the shackles of poverty,’’ she said.

Edet explained that Akwa-Ibom had taken Agriculture production very seriously and was producing pepper, tomatoes and onions from its greenhouse adding, that “very soon, we would begin to export our onions”.

Speaking earlier, Dr Sam Ogallah, Senior Climate Specialist, Africa and County Technical Lead, Solidaridad Network, West Africa said the media were drawn in as participants as part and parcel of the Solidaridad interventions.

“They are stakeholders in our work and if we want to transform the Agriculture sector in Nigeria, all hands must be on deck and the media have a very crucial role to play in transforming the Agriculture sector.

“We have seen the enormous task ahead and Solidaridad alone cannot do it.

“So,we need every person on board from the CSOs, the government, the media, the Private Sector and the likes for us to bring the change that really matters in the agricultural sector in Nigeria,” Ogallah stated. (NAN)

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Bello Ambassadors Network (BAN) Launches Support Website, claims 5m Nigerians will join network

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Bello Ambassadors Network (BAN) Launches Support Website, claims 5m Nigerians will join network

Bello Ambassadors Network (BAN) has claimed it has launched website with not less than five million Nigerians as target to become Ambassadors as members if the network as it releases its network today.
This was contained in a statement that was signed by the national coordinator Mr. Anthony Edogbo and issued in Abuja

In a statement by the National Coordinator of the movement, Mr. Anthony Edogbo, the organisation is a network of young Nigerians from across the six (6) geopolitical zones and thirty-six (36) states of the Federation.

He said, BAN is non-governmental Organisation with a common agenda of emulating the leadership and charitable character of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

Edogbo stated that the movement is borne out of the urgent need to support the giant strides of Governor Yahaya Bello and promote quality leadership.

“As the youngest Governor in Nigeria, Yahaya Bello has over the years built a cabinet of young Nigerians irrespective of tribe, gender and religion.

He indicated that the giant strides of Governor Yahaya Bello in the areas of Education, Healthcare, Agriculture, Security and Infrastructure are laudable and deserve national recognition.

“In him, we have seen courage, intelligence and love for every Nigerian.
We strongly believe that a new Nigeria is possible”, he mentioned.

He stated that BAN is for every gender, tribe and religion. BAN is for every Nigerian.

“To become an Ambassador and member of the organization, you can visit  www.ban2023.org to register.”

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