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Men Against Rape movement wants girl-child to be given breathing space

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As the world marks the International day of the Girl-child, an – anti Sexual and Gender Based Violence Movement – Men Against Rape (MAR) has advocated for the girl-child in Nigeria to be given a breathing space for her to realise her God given potentials.

The group who described the Nigerian Girl-child as fearsomely talented personality said she is held back from attaining her potential by the limitations placed on her by societal norms and stereotypes.

In an electronic statement issued by the convener of the Movement (MAR), Lemmy Ughegbe and Communication Director, Ben Ubiri, they observed that despite the many societal impediments, the Nigerian Girl-child has demonstrated a genuine ambition to find her voice.

“The Nigerian society has used norms and societal stereotypes to restrict the aspirations of the girl-child. Imagine that in the 21st century, women are still told that certain jobs and professions are not for them”, Ughegbe and Ubiri lamented.

“While we note with pride the determination of the girl child to shatter those societal barriers and stereotypes, we must raise our voices to seek an end to the laws and societal norms which seek to subdue her and make it difficult for her to breathe”, they stated.

The duo noted that “the knee of oppression has been on the neck of the Nigerian Girl-child for too long, shocking her and wanting to take her breathe away. But she has continued to struggle under that shocking knee hold to her neck.”

“We must all rise to remove that knee from her neck, allow her catch her breath and pursue her purpose in any field of interest unfettered. Men Against Rape Movement is determined to see to the end of oppression of the girl-child and will continue to lead the way”, they added.

They called for the urgent need to amend the penal code to properly take care of the interest of the girl child, stating that at present it exposes the girl-child to being deprived of education as she can be removed from school at age 14 or even less for the purpose of marriage.

They also urged states Houses of Assembly to domesticate the Violence Against Peoples Prohibition Act and the Child Rights Act in order to protect the girl child.

The Movement, which was founded by Make A Difference Initiative, said it was working out modalities for a nationwide trip to address State Houses of Assembly on laws and reforms needed to empower the girl-child and protect her also from Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

“Our movement is committed to safe spaces for children and will continue to seek fair and equitable opportunities for the girl child because we know if given the right atmosphere can achieve great feat like her male counterpart”, they stated..

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

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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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