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NGO trains 3000 girls on sex education, menstrual hygiene in Kogi

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An NGO, Heal For Africa Initiative (HFAI), on Monday said it had concluded plans to educate 3000 girls cut across 10 schools in Kogi on sexual health and good menstrual hygiene.

Dr Kelechi Okoro, Founder of the NGO, disclosed this at a sensitisation and empowerment program organised for teenage girls of Muslim Community Secondary School, Lokongoma, Lokoja.

She said that the project was officially inaugurated in May this year, tagged: “Pay Attention To Her (PATH)”, aimed at promoting healthy menstrual hygiene among schoolgirls and educating them on sexual health.

According to her, the PATH School tour is a project of HFAI, to empower the school girls on sex education and sensitise the public that menstruation is everybody’s business, and not just for females alone.

Okoro said that the PATH targeted at empowering 3000 girls in 10 selected schools across three Kogi senatorial zones, had impacted over 300 hundred girls of Al-Anshal Secondary School New Layout, Lokoja.

“We are here today to educate another 300 schoolgirls of Muslim Community Secondary School, on good menstrual hygiene which is the second school tour of the PATH project.

“We are educating young girls, ladies in particular and the public, about Menstrual Hygiene as well as breaking the stigma, clarifing myths and misconceptions around Menstruation.

“There will also be a lecture on Girl child empowerment, self esteem & confidence as a tool for nation building and donation of free sanitary pads and other hygiene products.

“Period is a thing of pride; you don’t have to be ashamed of it. It is everybody’s business. We must demystify menstrual period because ‘period is period, period!,” Okoro said.

The Commissioner for Education, Science & Technology, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, represented by Mrs Ahman Animoku, Director Education Support Services, commended the NGO for the initiative and urged other relevant stakeholders to emulate the gesture.

Mrs Petra Onyegbule, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Yahaya Bello, advised the girls not to allow anybody to make them feel inferior, saying “confidence is actually one way to depict your mental strength.”

The CPS, who doubles as the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the NGO, adopted one of the school girls, Godiya Matthew, for her impressive write-up in the program

Onyegbule told our reporter that: “I decided to adopt Godiya Matthew due to her impressive contribution and boldness; she understands who she is, so, she needs all inclusive grooming and mentorship to develop her confidence”.

In her contribution, Godiyah said: “As a girl, you should be proud of yourself because you are the mother of nations. God created you as a helper to the man from the beginning.

“So, there is no need for you to be ashamed of yourself because God has created you beautifully and wonderfully.”

Mrs Esther Omodara, the Vice Principal, Academic of the School, thanked the NGO for coming to educate their girls on sexual health education and good menstrual higiene.

One of the girls, Halimat Abdullahi, expressed her delight on the sensitisation and empowerment programme, saying she was now better informed about menstrual hygiene than before.

Items distributed include; sanitary pads, soaps and detergents, antiseptics, deodorants, tissue paper, beverages, among others.

Other dignitaries present at the event included: the SSA to Kogi Governor on NGOs, CSOs and NBOs, Mrs Nana Aisha Abu-Ali, and Miss Eunice Emmanuel, State Coordinator of Young Africa Intiative, who delivered a lecture on “Girl Child Empowerment: A Tool for Nation Building”.

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Kogi earmarks N3bn for Nigeria-CARES implementation

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Kogi earmarks N3bn for Nigeria-CARES implementation

By Friday Idachaba

Kogi State Government has set aside over N3 billion to expand access to livelihood support and food security for the poor and the vulnerable under the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus – Program for Results (Nigeria CARES).

Gov. Yahaya Bello disclosed this while declaring open a one-day Key Stakeholders Sensitisation and Training programme on Kogi State Government version of NG CARES Programme for Results at Government House, Lokoja on Thursday.

Bello who was represented by Dr Folashade Ayoad-Arike, Secretary to State Government (SSG), said the programme was divided into three areas including Basic Social Cash Transfer under Social Safety Network Program; FADAMA and SMEs.

Bello assured that the release of the earmarked N3 billion for the programme was been captured in the 2021 budget adding, “In Kogi, we do not believe in bureaucratic bottlenecks. We will make sure releases are made without undue bureaucracy.”

Also speaking, the state Commissioner of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning Asiwaju Asiru Idris (Mukadam), said KG CARES Programme for Results was aimed at mitigating the global effects of COVID-19 on the people and businesses in the State.

“As we know, Kogi State has no evidence of COVID-19. However, COVID-19 induced effects are very much with us, which have reduced our revenues and escalated inflation, thereby putting needless pressures on our people.

“In early 2020, the world started to witness huge disruptions over COVID-19 related issues. COVID forced lockdowns and restrictions across the globe and across sectors, which almost sniffed life out of humanity.

“Expectedly, this led to inability of businesses to cover their recurrent costs, leading to upsurge in unemployment, inflation, poverty and other disturbing social and economic indices” the Commissioner said.

In his keynote address, National Coordinator, Federal Project Suport Unit (FPSU) of Community and Social Development Project CSDP of the World Bank Dr Abdulkarim Obaje, commenced the Federal, State and the World Bank for rising to the challenge.

Obaje who represented by Mr Niyi Oduneye said that the second wave of the pandemic was more virulent and more dangerous than the first one adding that the rate at which it “operates and devastates” is far more than the first.

The state Head of Service (HOS) Mrs Deborah Ogunmola said COVID-19 had affected over 200 countries, territories and areas in the world destroying their economy, food security and livelihoods.

She said that the Pandemic also negatively impacted on livelihoods resulting in loss of wage/income, non-wage income in form of diaspora remittances from abroad, food insecurity as well as impact on household/micro enterprises.

General Manager Kogi State Community And Social Development Agency (KGCSDA), Mallam Momoh O. Dauda, the implementing agency of the programme said that programme was an initiative of the World Bank to assuage the effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on livelihoods.

“The world Bank is trying to assist in Nigeria and is giving a loan of about 170 million Dollars to all the states each state will be entitled to 20 million dollars while FCT will have 50 million dollars to quelch the effects of the covid-19”, Dauda added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the key stakeholders invited for the meeting include top State Government officials, all the 21 Local Government Chairmen and their DLGs.

Others are the 21 Chairmen of Local Government Traditional Councils, Representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), people living with disability, the media, the academics, among others. (NAN)

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Former military administrator of Benue and Kano States, Aminu Isa Kontagora has died of Coronavirus related complications on Sunday night, January 10, after a brief illness at an Abuja medical facility.
It was gathered that a close family member of the former military administrator announced his demise adding that Kontagora died of COVID-19 related complications.

The family source it was learned, said the former Nigerian governor will be buried today, Monday, January 11, in line with the Islamic injunction.
The late Colonel Aminu Isa Kontagora was born in 1956.
He was Administrator of Benue State, from August 1996 to August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha.
Late Kontagora was also the Administrator of Kano State from September 1998 to May 1999, under the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar.
The former Nigerian governor handed over power to the then elected executive governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on 29 May 1999.

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COVID-19 Vaccination: Atiku takes the lead

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COVID-19 Vaccination: Atiku takes the lead

Former Nigeria’s Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday took the lead as one of the first Nigerians to have taken the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine in the United Arab Emirates.

This was confirmed in a retweet by a member of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Media Team, Abdulrasheed Uba Sharada.

Bulama@Bulama8976His Excellency Atiku Abubakar GCON has become the first Nigerian to be given the Pfizer Covid-19 jab as part of a mass vaccination programme. Not even any member of PTF A True leader.. #AtikuKawai7:28 PM · Jan 6, 202152

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