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IDPs narrate ordeal that led to death of 30 pregnant women in Wasa Camp

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IDPs narrate ordeal that led to death of 30 pregnant women in Wasa Camp

Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Wasa Camp, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have expressed sadness over the death of over 30 Pregnant women in in 6 years due to their vulnerability to life threatening conditions on account of non availability of basic healthcare.
Speaking to the NationaUpdate at the one year anniverssary of the creation of the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, one of the IDPs, Hamsetu Hamman lamented that in the Camp the only clinic is just an empty cabin that is infested by termites.
She said, they have no medical facility hence the danger the women are subjected to during child birth adding that they lack the wherewithal to access the National Hospital.
She said, they have long been abandoned to their own plight saying that women and children are the worse affected.

Between 2014 and 2015 the Bokoharam insurgents in the North Eastern Part of Borno and Adamawa left displaced persons seeking refuge in other States including the Federal Capital Territory.
Overwhelming number of the IDPs are women and Children.
Hamman said, at the Wasa camp, most of the IDPs are helpless as they don’t have money to go to any hospital so they pleaded with the minister who has been good to them to come to their aid.
Chairman of IDP camp Wasa, Geoffrey Bitrus called on the Inspector General of Police to consider them in the IDP camps when recruiting into the Nigerian police.
He said many of their people are educated up to degree level adding that if they are recruited into the police force they would be opportune to go back to their villages to fight Bokoharam.
He said they also want to join the Army to help flush out the insurgents.
Another chairman in the Wasa camp Usman Alhaji Ibrahim from Gwoche ward, Gwoza Local Government in Borno State commended the minister who treats them like human beings
“What she gives to us is always much especially when she was in the refuge commission”
He said their major Challenge is the lack of medical facility saying the only Clinic has not been functional.
On their temporary settlement for which they are being harassed to vacate the uncompleted housing estate in Wasa he called on the federal Government to build another makeshift settlement for them because the FCDA agents used to come to disturb them.
He said they are always being harassed on daily bases to leave the estate.
“My call to Government is to come and do a makeshift shelter for us so that FCDA will stop harassing us.
The representative of the minister who is the director overseeing the office of the permanent secretary, Grema Ali Alhaji said, the minister decided to celebrate the one year anniverssary of the ministry with the IDPs at Wasa to give them a sense of belonging
The gift items distributed to the IDPs include,160 pieces of 6 yards wrapper, 22 cartons of peak milk, five bags of sugar, 25 gallons of 25 liter vegetable oil, 60 bags of rice and 15 bags of beans 

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Rumour mill fails to grind as CAN debunks fire outbreak at its Ecumenical Center

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Rumour mill fails to grind as CAN debunks fire outbreak at its Ecumenical Center

The rumour that Chritajn Association of Nigeria, (CAN) National Secretariat and National Ecumenical Centre had been set on fire by hoodlums who have hijacked the #EndSARS protests against police brutality could not help yesterday as it was immediately debunked by CAN.

The Christian Association of Nigeria described as fake reports that it’s the Ecumenical center was on fire.
The General Secretary of CAN, Joseph Daramola, responded swiftly to clear every doubt.
He said, “Nothing happened. It’s not true, I’m just coming out of the office. The time now is 08:27pm. I’m just in my car driving back to my house. They said it came from AIT.”

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, Cornelius Omonokhua, also clarified that the report was “a false alarm.”

“It’s not true, it’s a false alarm. As I speak, the General Secretary of CAN is in the office; there’s nothing like that. It’s a false alarm, there’s nothing like that,” he stated.
The rumour mills have been grinding in FCT giving false indication that all is still not well after the #ENDSARS protests.

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Association reiterates commitment to providing affordable houses for the poor

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Association reiterates commitment to providing affordable houses for the poor

An association that has history of support for the poor in Urban areas has reiterated its commitment to providing affordable housing for people that subscribe.

Secretary of the association Mr. Yusuf Edego said they are working hard to build confidence in their clients after the mismanagement of N200m that affected them gravely recently

He stated this yesterday in Abuja during a press briefing to intimate the public on the association’s effort in giving the group a new image.

He said the association in Support of Urban Poor is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission with the aim to providing affordable houses for subscribed members of the Association and the general public.
According to him the former management headed by Mr. James Ugah allegedly defrauded the Association of millions of Naira adding that the matter is pending in court
He explained that those involved were arrested, charged to court and
remanded in Kuje prison for several months for fraud and mismanagement of the association’s funds and the case is ongoing at FCT High Court 11 Jabi.
As part of the repositioning process for the associatio he said it now has a Nine member Registered Board of Trustees (BOT) who were elected at a general meeting chaired by His Royal Highness Emmanuel Kyauta Yepwi.
He said the Board of Trustees (BOT) is the highest administrative body that makes decision to be implemented by the Executive arm headed by the Secretary Barrister Yusuf Zakari Ukpo-Edego who oversees the day to day of administration of the Association.

On how he thinks people will have confidence in the association after the dent on its integrity he said it is the reason for the press conference. “Before we came we have one or two projects on ground that are verifiable that has been executed by the new executive.
“We have acquired twelve hectares at Kurudu that you can verify which you can buy and build your own house.
“Also the public can go to FCDA at the SDD department and meet the director that FEDUP claim they are in partnership with them to build about 167 housing units at Kuje.
“They are verifiable. Then the issue of 30 hectares we just acquired is still in process.
“We have the Family homes Fund which is an agency established by the Federal Government for provision of Social Houses for Nigerians so we are partnering with them by the grace of God they have agreed to sponsor the 30 hectares for the general Public”

PRESS RELEASE BY FEDUP ASSOCIATION FOR THE SUPPORT OF URBAN POOR (FEDUP) ON THE STATE OF AFFAIRS AND THE WAY FORWARD

INTRODUCTION Fedup is the Association for the Support of Urban Poor (FEDUP) is Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that is registered wlth the Corporate Affairs
Commission (CAC) with the sole objective to provide social affordable houses for subscribed members of the Association and the general public 

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#ENDSARS: Women Affairs minister begs mothers to call their children off the streets

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#ENDSARS: Women Affairs minister begs mothers to call their children off the streets

By Doris Ferdinand

The Minister of women affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen has appealed to mothers to call their children off the streets as she urged the youths to sheath their swords and give government a chance to address their demands.

This was contained in a press statement she personally signed.
In the statement, she expressed concern over the hijack of #Endsars protest by hoodlums with different intents.

She said: “As a mother, I am heart broken and I weep bitterly at the way innocent and young souls whose dream is to bring about justice in our land are sent to their early graves.

“I want to appeal to our teeming youths, men and women, to please sheath their swords and give Government time to address the issues.
“When things are not right, the citizens take to the streets. When the Citizens take to the Streets, the Government is bound to listen. This Government has listened and has heard your voices.”

She also appealed for calmness as she called for prayers for the nation.

“Mothers of the Nation, cradle nurturers, life givers, pain soothers, this period calls for calm, caution and prayers. Let us jointly arise to pray for our children and our great country Nigeria.

“As women, let us call our children off the streets as the situation is no longer safe. The pain and tears  of a mother no one knows nor feels the gravity, but only a Mother who has given life to that child.”

Tallen thanked the youths, for their statements and noted that it is a rebirth of a new order in Nigeria with the them at the front burner of affairs.
She however appealed for restraint to enable the government take appropriate decisions that could be used collectively or selectively in resolving the issues raised.

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