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Plan International laments rising cases of girls trafficking in Nigeria as it inaugurates report

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Plan International laments rising cases of girls trafficking in Nigeria as it inaugurates report

Non-profit organisation, Plan International has expressed worry over the rising human trafficking in Nigeria especially among adolescent girls.

Speaking at the launch of a report titled “The Trafficking of Girls and Young Women in Nigeria,” the acting Country Director of the organisation, Dr Orji Ogbureke said “Nigeria remains a source, transit and destination country” for human trafficking.

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery involving the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gains. Estimates released by Global Slavery Index in July 2018 indicates there are 40.3 million victims of modern slavery worldwide 71% of whom are women and girls and 25% of which are children.

Dr Ogbureke said “the images in the news on lives lost on the Mediterranean seas, horrendous stories of crime against humanity in Libya, horrific details of experiences and deaths of young people crossing the deserts and most dehumanising stories of sex slaves across Europe, Asia and the Americas are evidences of the need to act now.”

He also noted that some 98 per cent of trafficked persons in Nigeria were within the country while only two percent is trafficked outside of the country.

According to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) of 2016. Thus, he said: “Apart from the trans Saharan trafficking to Europe, most of trafficking are done within Nigeria.

He said “Moving young girls from village to cities with mouth-watering offers of job only to be used as sex slave is nothing but trafficking.

“About 99 per cent of girls trafficked is for sexual exploitation. Others are for trade and labour.”

The Plan International Nigeria’s acting Country Director called for more effort from the government and all stakeholders to tackle the evil of illegal migration and trafficking to the barest minimum.

The launch report was extracted from a research report “The trafficking of girls and young women: evidence for prevention and assistance.”

The overall research presents original data collected by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) on the trafficking of girls and young women up to the age of 24 in Nigeria, Nepal and Uganda.

Giving further insight into the report, the Policy, Research and Influencing Manager, Tunde Aremu said the launch of the Nigeria part of the report was with a view to having a conversation that will contribute to the elimination of human trafficking especially girls.

“A little over a week ago, we launched our Girls Get Equal campaign and a new five-year strategy paper in Abuja. Today’s launch is a follow up on that as part of our commitment to transform power relations in favour of girls in Nigeria.

The report reveals that 51 percent of girls trafficked in Nigeria are younger than 24 years and 84 per cent are trafficked for purpose of sexual exploitation.

“The figures are rising which is quite worrisome. Boys and girls are trafficked and 94 percent of trafficked persons are girls,” Aremu said.

He said addressing inequality in the country will drastically reduce vulnerability to trafficking adding that “more than anyone else, the government plays a central role in addressing these challenges.”

He said apart from the fact that crisis leads to vulnerability of young people especially girls e.g. north east crisis, it also provides an excuse by individuals who ordinarily are not directly affected by such crisis. Example is a case of an individual in say Edo state blaming the insurgency in the north east as the reason of wanting to migrate and subsequently trafficked.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was attended by government officials, adolescent girls, civil society organisations.

The occasion also featured a panel discussion while the panellists called for more public awareness, more funding for relevant agencies by government and extra effort by non-governmental organisations for effective tracking of human trafficking including rehabilitation of survivors.

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Finally Biden arrives at the White House

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Finally Biden arrives at the White House

By AFP

US President Joe Biden arrived at the White House on Wednesday, walking the last block with members of his family through streets that were eerily empty because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under tight security, military bands and an escort of police motorcycles led the presidential motorcade to the White House down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Biden was riding in a limousine with the license plate “46” — he is the 46th US president — flanked by six mask-wearing Secret Service agents before emerging to walk the final steps to the White House.

“It feels like I’m going home,” he told a reporter from NBC News along the route.

Biden’s arrival was followed shortly afterward by that of Kamala Harris, the first woman vice president of the United States.

The 78-year-old Biden was sworn in at the Capitol about four hours earlier, calling for “unity” in his inauguration speech.

Instead of going straight to the White House, Biden and Harris visited Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects to US military war dead at a ceremony attended by former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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FG to provide Solar home systems for 5m households

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FG to provide Solar home systems for 5m households 

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power Jedy-Agba has disclosed that the country is set for a ‘bounce back’ programme in its green recovery initiative that will provide solar home systems to 5 million households

He spoke at a UK hosted Climate Change Conference Roundtable on Clean Power Transition on 11 January during a virtual visit to the UK on 10–12 January by United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres which he attended. 

The Minister added that off-grid power sources have become more competitive since the removal of fuel subsidies.

He stressed that Nigeria was taking steps to merge its energy access and energy transition plan. 
He acknowledged that the largest population without electricity globally resides within its borders, and identified financing as a major constraint to Nigeria’s clean and renewable energy transition plans. 
According to him, 

“With the help of the international community, we can improve the decentralized renewable energy market to create jobs, provide energy more quickly to those without access, and ensure that we maintain and eventually reduce our emission levels to achieve our net-zero objectives.

“As the COP26 Presidency, the UK Government is committed to supporting the Nigerian government to develop ambitious evidence-based plans to deliver on Nigeria’s own commitments ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November 2021. 
“The UK supported the solar sector in Nigeria with a £66m programme between 2014 and 2020 which  helped provide energy access to   5.5 million Nigerians since 2015.
He said the UK is delivering ongoing programmes to develop quality standards, financing and manufacturing arrangements for solar home systems.
“Many UK companies are also active in the solar home system market in Nigeria.
“The UK considers the licensing of mobile money to facilitate Pay As You Go arrangements for solar home systems a positive development.”

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres at the event challenged developed nations to fulfil their pledges to provide $100 billion annually for developing countries’ clean energy transition.
During the roundtable, the Foreign Secretary announced that the UK will pledge up to £38 million to the Climate Compatible Growth programme, supporting developing countries to accelerate their transition to clean energy while growing their economies.
“The UK is already moving to clean power faster than any major economy, and last year committed to protect at least 30 per cent of its land and ocean by 2030.
“Together these announcements address the two leading sources of global emissions – electricity generation and land use – and demonstrate the UK’s leadership in fighting climate change ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.”

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

By Aliyu Abubakar

As part of the activities to Mark the just concluded Nigeria Army Day celebration, Kogi State Security Trust Fund, has donated consumable items to families of the fallen heroes at Command Army Record, Lokoja.
Presenting the food items, the Executive Chairman Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Hon Samari Teina Abdulmalik, who was represented by the Acting Board Secretary, Mrs Ajayi Grace, said, the gesture was to put smiles on the faces of widows of the fallen heroes as their husbands colleagues celebrate the Nigeria Army Day.
Samari, urged the fallen heroes’ wives to be strong and courageous, “I want to urge you wives of our fallen heroes to be courageous and engage in positive ventures that will create better life for you and your children in future.”
” Please accept the token presentation of various items and use them judiciously as we hope to come up with more programmes of mutual benefits.” He said.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Commander, Command Army Record, Maj- Gen. O. O Sholaye, who was represented by the Personal Assistant to the Commander, Staff Sergeant, Konto Ibrahim, thanked the State Government, for the gesture.
He prayed for the Governor, the families of fallen heroes and the fallen heroes, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for peace and unity of our dear country Nigeria.

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