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SFCG decries frequency, intensity of electoral violence, calls for tolerance

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SFCG decries frequency, intensity of electoral violence, calls for tolerance

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By Friday Idachaba
Lokoja, Nov. 23,be2019 (NAN) Search for Common Ground, an international Non-Profit Organization, has decried the increased frequency and intensity of electoral violence observed during and after the just concluded Kogi off-cycle gubernatorial elections.

Mr Sher Ali Nawaz, Country Director of Search disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lokoja.

He called on aggrieved parties in he election to eschew violence and embrace tolerance and as he urged them to embrace peace and peaceful resolution of the disagreements.

Search, he said, expressed deep concern over the killing of a 60-Year-old woman activist who was an active participant in various capacity-building initiatives implemented by Search, aimed at violence prevention.

He said that Search, an Organization with a mandate for promotion of peaceful resolution of conflicts in the 43 countries where it is operating, had its fair share of violence during the election as one of its staff was attacked.

“Search for Common Ground has also been a victim of the recent trend of violence, particularly, on 16th November 2019 while voting was ongoing in Kogi State.

“One of Search for Common Ground’s staff members who was on her routine field visit to Ganaja community was attacked along with other observers from the Civil Society Situation room.

“The objective of the visit for Search staff was to verify and validate the reports from community-based early warning networks established by Search for Common Ground for prevention and mitigation of electoral violence.

“These networks are established by Search for Common Ground in the 21 LGAs of Kogi State with trained community focal points linked to an SMS based online reporting platform”, he said.

The country Director said Search duly recognised the risk of possible outbreak of electoral violence before, during and after the off-cycle gubernatorial elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

Accordingly, he said, Search in partnership with National Democratic Institute (NDI) through funding from US Government (USAID), undertook and implemented activities to increase participation of marginalised groups in the elections.

“These interventions are part of the Electoral Empowerment of Civil Society Project (EECSP), which includes focus on strengthening community-based early warning systems for prevention and mitigation of electoral violence.

Search, therefore, called on all “responsible” stakeholders particularly the security agencies to ensure peace and security in post-election contexts.

It also encouraged the people of Kogi to maintain peaceful coexistence irrespective of their Political affiliation and embrace post-election unity in a bid to foster collective welfare.

NAN reports that Search was founded in 1982 with offices in 43 countries around the world with focus on transforming the way the world responds to conflicts from adversarial approaches towards more cooperative solutions.

The organisation has been working in Nigeria since 2004, with projects across 12 States including Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Sokoto, and national level activities in FCT, Abuja. (NAN)

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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has made a strong case for the law that makes it mandatory for public buildings to be made accessible to People living with disability is complied with.

The minister spoke on Tuesday during a press briefing at the Nigerian Army Resource center in Abuja while commemorating this years International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDs) in the country. 

She said, “The issue of accessibility for people living with disability has now become a law. It is in the act itself that public and private buildings take into cognisance the issue of accessibility for the People living with Disability (PLWD) 
“For us in the ministry we are doing everything possible to ensure that this law is adhered to. We have written to the Federal ministry of works and Housing to that effect and we are to hold a meeting with the Honorable minister on this issue. “We have also written to the ministry of Labour and Employment, Civil service commission, all these efforts geared towards ensuring that the issues concerning accessibility, concerning their rights employment and other issues are adhered to. 

“So it is work in progress, we are working on it. The Good thing is that It has now become a law and we will try as much as possible that the law comes into effect going forward.”
She said the theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Building Back better: Toward a disability- Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable post covid-19 world”. 
“This theme is focused on ensuring that Persons with Disabilities are equipped and empowered for inclusive, accessible and sustainable development as is envisaged in the Covid-19 world.”
She said the 3rd of December every year has been proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, following the United Nation General Assembly Resolution 47/3 of 1992. 
“The day is intended to prompt member States and other disability stakeholders to focus on issues relating to total inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), raise awareness on them and awakening the consciousness of all member States toward encouraging and promoting activities that will bring issues of disability in the front burner in both national and international circles, as well as celebrating Persons with Disabilities.”

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2020 IDPWDs: Humanitarian Ministry also donates items to vulnerable In the Church

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The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has donated items to the vulnerable in the church to mark the 2020 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDS).
This was coming just as similar gesture was to the vulnerables in the Mosque earlier to mark the same celebration by the ministry.
The items were presented to the Church by the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, at the St Mathew Anglican Church, Gwarimpa Abuja.
The Minister through her Representative, Director Special Needs of the Ministry, Mrs. Onwukwue Nkechi Florence said IDPWDs is marked December 3rd every year and the Federal Government, stakeholders and the church are doing so much to remember Persons with Disabilities.
Continuing, the Minister said the church service was organised to pray for the vulnerable in the society and the Ministry and it’s Agencies for God’s grace to achieve the mandate of the Ministry.
The items include: 5 bags of 50kg of rice, 5 cartons of peak milk, clothes and 20 pieces of wrappers.
Earlier, the Vicar of Saint Mathew Anglican Church, Ven. Andrus Ukaejiofo, appreciated the Ministry for the items given to the vulnerable in the Church. He offered prayers for the vulnerable as well as the Management and staff of the Ministry.
The IDPWDs is an annual global event marked every December 3rd, to promote the rights and well-being of the Persons with Disabilities.
To commemorate the 2020 IDPWDs, the activities earmarked to celebrate the Day include Jumat Prayers and Sunday Service, Press Briefing by the Honourable Minister and the Grand Finale.
 
 

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#ENDSARS: Association appeals to FG, states to compensate affected traders

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#ENDSARS: Association appeals to FG, states to compensate affected traders

By Mustapha Sumaila

The Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) has appealed to Federal and State Governments to compensate traders whose businesses were affected during the EndSARS protest across the country.

The newly elected president of the association, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas made the appeal at the inauguration ceremony of the new executive in Abuja on Sunday.

Abbas said it was a tough time for his members over the unfortunate incident of EndSARS protest that was hijacked by hoodlums which caused destruction of properties of many traders.

He noted that paying them adequate compensation for the loss would help their businesses bounce back and in turn boost the economy of the country.

“I will like to reflect on the unfortunate incident which led to the loss of lives and properties of our members especially those in the southern part of the country.

“It is sad and so unfortunate for this kind of barbaric act to happen in this country for whatever reason. We do hope both Federal and State Governments will pay adequate compensation to the affected individuals.

“We also need to commend the effort of the Northern leaders and youth for their peaceful disposition as their conduct prevented reprisal attack in the region” he said.

Abbas commended the effort of President Muhammadu Buhar’s led administration for initiating various social economic intervention programmes.

He however decried that only few of his members could benefit and then appealed to Federal Government to provide more intervention for his members.

The president reiterated his commitment and determination to work with government agencies concern to ensure that more of his members benefit from intervention programmes.

He pledged to run an open door policy and work to justify the confidence reposed on him by members of the association across the country.

Abbas said in ensuring to make the association a data based, MATAN had commenced biometric registration of all its members.

The new executive officers inaugurated were, Alhaji Muhammad-Sani Kari as Deputy President North while Mrs Ebele Okafor would serve as Deputy President South and Mr Olakunle Johnson as National Secretary.

Others are Muhammad Labaran Abdulrahman as National Tresurer, Dr Sadiq Umar Awwal National Publicity Secretary  and  Alhaji Abubakar Sokoto was also inaugurated as Assistant National Secretary among others. NAN

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