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IWD 2021: MAMA Demands Policy Re-alignment, Private Sector Involvement in Gender Equality.

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The Mothers And Marginalised Advocacy Centre (MAMA Centre) commemorates the International Women’s Day 2021 with theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”.

According to the statement by
Chioma Kanu Executive Director, MAMA Centre pointed out that the Center on this Day commended the recent political actions and multilateral decisions setting a pace for increased priority for women in leadership positions across the world.

It acknowledge the tremendous impacts these have resonated with renewed policy focus affirming Beijing Declaration.

“In the spirit of commendations, we are perturbed by various normalised factors militating against women participation in leadership positions at various levels in Nigeria, most especially the deliberately imposed deep-rooted historic, cultural, and socio-economic barriers that prevent them from competing favourably at decision-making tables”

“We reiterate our disappointment and condemn in totality the deliberate moves to backpedal effort at achieving gender equality in all spheres such as the unwelcome development breathed by Covid-19 Pandemic with massive extortions, terminations and demotions targeted majorly at women population through varied secretive moves by some businesses in guise of unfair measures to ease financial impacts of Covid-19.”

“We recall that prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown measures, women including the Rights-holders were marginalised in all spheres of the economy. This included various inequalities that featured in under-paid or poorly paid employment rewards and other benefits. As a result, rights-holders constitute the vulnerable and socio-economic deprived group whose families live below the poverty line, estimated at $1.90 per person per day in 2019 World Bank Report” The statement added.

The statement noted that it is evident women possess the right, adequate capacity, potential, wisdom, talents and skill required to develop the country, while displeased by the widening gender gaps in political structures and processes in Nigeria, as manifested in low numbers of women in political party decision making structures; limited involvement of women in household, community and political spheres; unclear rules and procedures on recruitment and conduct of primaries.

MAMA Center also re-affirmed its stand that gender equality is an imperative for progress on socio-economic emancipation and development in Nigeria, while calling for adequate political decision and policy realignment that recognise Beijing Declaration in addressing inequalities militating against gender equality in leadership position, cultural representation, political inclusion, socio-economic capacity, education attainment and domestic burdens.

Centre demanded adequate and holistic support by both the public and private sector to the women and other vulnerable groups at all levels to alleviate socio-economic deprivation and reinforce self-sufficiency and self-determination among women.

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Anti Daba Unit: NBA petitions Kano police commissioner over alleged torture to death of 21 year old boy

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Barrister Aminu Sani Gadanya,Chairman Kano Bar

The Nigerian Bar Association has petitioned the Kano Commissioner of Police over activities of the Anti Daba Unit of the command that allegedly led to the death of one Abdulgafar Nasiru (deceased) 21yrs old.

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Solacebase reports that the deceased a tailor/Keke Napep Rider with KAROTA No. 0862KMC (A Daidaita Sahu) was a resident of Bakin Zuwo Quarters, Kano Municipal L.GA. Kano.

In the petition signed by Nigerian Bar Association, Kano Branch, Human Rights Committee, Chairman, Abbas Haladu, demanded the establishment of an independent and unbiased committee for Inquiry/investigation into the act of alleged torture by men at the Anti-Daba Unit resulting in the death of the deceased.

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The petition also asked for suspension during the period of the committee sitting/investigation of all men suspected to be involved directly or indirectly in the loss of life of the innocent and promising young man

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It similarly requested for the immediate release of the corpse of the deceased to the family of the slain innocent boy by signing a release letter for the conduct of an independent forensic analysis/autopsy as to cause of death (with finality).

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Judiciary/Legislature autonomy: Governors meet Wednesday on implementation

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Members of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) have scheduled a meeting for Wednesday to among others, strategise on ways to ensure the actual implementation of financial autonomy for state Judiciary and Legislature.

The Head, Media and Public Affairs, NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo said, in a statement on Monday, that the issue would form a major item on the agenda of virtual meeting, scheduled to commence at 2pm.

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Bello-Barkindo said the governors would also deliberate on the Memorandum of Action (MoA) endorsed by representatives of the NGF, the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) and other stakeholders before the over two-month old strike by judicial and parliamentary workers was suspended.

He noted that efforts were already under way in all states to either constitute the States Accounts Allocation Committees (SAAC) or to inaugurate them, preparatory to the granting of full autonomy to Legislature and Judiciary at the state level.

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Part of the statement reads: “The return to work by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) which begins Tuesday after the democracy day holiday, will top the agenda of the 31st NGF meeting which takes place, virtually, on Wednesday 16th June 2021.

“Efforts are already under way in all states of the federation, to either constitute the States Accounts Allocation Committees (SAAC) or inaugurate them, preparatory to the granting of full autonomy to the two arms of government, namely, the legislature and the judiciary at the sub-national level.

“JUSUN and PASAN have been on a nationwide strike for more than two months, while governors of the 36 states worked day-and-night to establish modalities for their autonomy in conformity with the constitutional provisions that stipulated thus.

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“The Governors’ meeting will be briefed before deliberating on the Memorandum of Action (MoA) of this main item on the agenda.

“According to the invitation to all the 36 governors as issued by the Director-General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru, the governors will be updated on the activities of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid 19, a regular feature of the governors’ meetings, by the Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa who heads the governors’ interface with the PTF.

“The meeting will also review the agenda of the NEC which takes place a day after. Other items on the agenda include the regular update on the States’ Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability for results (SFTAS) to provide states’ status on their DLI’s and upcoming deadlines.

“The meeting will also receive two presentations: Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), will make a presentation regarding unlocking liquidity through sale/optimization of state-owned redundant/sub-optimal assets, while the Policy Development Facility (PDF) bridge programme will discuss diversification and non-oil export opportunities for states post-Covid-19.

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“The meeting will commence at 2pm but governors are expected to start logging in from 1pm”.

 

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Humanitarian Services Vs Covid-19 Pandemic

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Assalamu Alaikum,
Today 8th May, 2021 being the Birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of the RC/RC Movement is been set a side across the World to celebrate it with some humanitarian activities.

We thanked almighty Allah for making it possible to witness this year 2021.

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However, it comes during the best period of time for the Holy month of Ramadan, while also facing some challenges of Security, Economic, Health Etc.

In veiw of this, I wish to use this opportunity to express my personal and official position to thank all our NRCS Kano Volunteers and Staff for their usual team work and Support in helping the Vulnerable people in Kano State.

 

During the year 2020 which was dominated by COVID-19 Corona Virus and affected the general lives across the World.

May I please request everyone to continue to Pray for Peace and good health in our Country Nigeria and the entire World at Large.

I wish you Happy Sallah in advanced which insha Allah come up next week.

May Allah SWT accept our ibadat and answers our prayers Ameen.
Jazakallahu khairan Ramadan Kareem.

_Alh Musa D Abdullahi is the Secretary General
Red Cross Society, Kano State Branch_

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