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UNESCO, Japan Inaugurate Project to Empower Women In Nigeria States

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The United Nation Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Government of Japan has inaugurated a project to empower women and girls in marginalised communities in three states within one year.

Informavores gathered that the project tagged: “Japan-UNESCO project on Empowerment of Women and Girls in Marginalised Communities for Better Well-being through Education and Advocacy’’ was inaugurated virtually on Tuesday.

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The project would be implemented in three states including Delta, Gombe and Bauchi by UNESCO with funding from the Government of Japan.

Mr Dimitri Sanga, officer-in-charge of UNESCO, Abuja Regional Office, said that the collaboration between UNESCO and Japan was necessary to fast-track growth and improve the lives of women and girls in the three states. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Sanga said that the project would help create a healthy society to actualize the 2030 agenda as the intervention targeted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) one, three, four and 16.

He said that the project was aimed at creating awareness and strategies on addressing the impact of COVID-19 and providing training on preventive measures to women and girls through second chance education and advocacy.

He added that the project would also increase awareness on gender-based violence amongst young women facing marginalization.

He said that it would also provide psycho-social rehabilitation in support of long term recovery of women and girls survivors of Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

According to him, the project would also build the capacity of community media and balance gender-based violence reportage, development of COVID-19 preventive messages and advocate for the rights of women and girls.

He noted that the partnership between UNESCO and Japan in this regard would help alleviate poverty and improve the lives of citizens which ultimately would contribute to peace, stability and inclusive growth.

Sanga urged the Gombe State Government to key into the project by providing the necessary support to ensure proper implementation for the benefits of women and girls in the state.

Mr Shinozawa Takayuki, Chargé d’ Affaires of the Embassy of Japan in Nigeria said the collaboration was to promote gender equality and socio-economic empowerment of women and girls in the three states.

Takayuki said that the large number of out-of-school children which had mostly affected women and girls compounded by the lockdown due to COVID-19 had contributed to the increase of SGBV, hence the intervention.

“Unfortunately, reported cases of gender-based violence in marginalised communities have increased.

“It is in recognition of this that the Government of Japan is partnering with UNESCO to empower women and girls in Bauchi, Delta and Gombe states,” he said.

Takayuki said that the intervention would provide psychological support and rehabilitation for women and girls, SGBV survivors and second chance education for women and girls.

“The project will raise awareness on SGBV among the public and protect women and girls from such violence,” Takayuki said.

He added that the project would alleviate the increasing social tension worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his remarks, the Gombe State Commissioner for Information and Culture, Mr Julius Ishaya, expressed the appreciation to UNESCO and Japan.

Ishaya stated that the choice of Gombe State for the implementation of the project was apt in view of the decade-long impact of insurgency on the state being geographically-centered in the North east.

According to him, the Gombe State Government had been doing a lot to promote girl-child education and welfare of women in the state and would welcome and support any partnership to strengthen those achievements.

NAN also reports that in the three states, 690 women and girls including SGBV survivors, 300 learners for second chance education would benefit, while 150 survivors per state would be given psycho-social rehabilitation services.

Also, 45 facilitators would be trained on COVID-19 prevention, while 45 media persons would be given training on SBGV reportage amongst other trainings for Non-Governmental Organisations and community groups. 

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Breaking: EFCC Chairman, Bawa, Slumps While Speaking In Aso Rock

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Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, Thursday slumped at a programme at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Bawa was speaking on the importance of digital identification in commemoration of the National Identity Day when he suddenly became emotional, attributing his demeanour to the death of a staff of the commission. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

He, however, did not give details of the identity of the staff.

Shortly after he said he couldn’t continue his speech and then walked off the stage, sat in his chair and slumped.

The EFCC boss was then immediately rushed out of the hall, accompanied by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr Isa Pantami.

Later, Mr Pantami returned to the hall and said he was now in a stable condition.

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Buni Mourns Victims Of Unfortunate Air Strike, Assures lnvestigation of lncident

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The Yobe state Governor Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has, directed his Special Adviser on Security Affairs, to liaise with the Nigeria Air-force and the  Multi National Joint Task Force, to look into the unfortunate Air strike.

Buni given the directive when he Send the commiserated with families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate Air strike  on Buhari village in Yunusari local government area of the state.

In a statement signed and issue by Mamman Mohammed,DG, Press and Media Affairs.which was made available to Aljazirahnews in Damaturu the yobe state capital, said although it could have been an accident or mistaken target, but government will join hands with the security agencies to unravel the root cause of the incident.

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According to the statement “Government will work closely with the security forces especially the Nigeria Airforce to establish what actually happened” Governor Buni assured.

“This is very important and necessary for us to guard against future occurance and to safeguard the lives of our people.”

Governor Buni also assured the preparedness of his administration to work with all security forces to ensure the safety of the state.

Meanwhile, the governor has directed government hospitals in Geidam and Damaturu to offer free medical services to those who sustained injuries from the air strike.

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Similarly, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has been directed to provide relief materials to cater for the immediate needs of the families of the deceased persons and other members of the community.

Recall that at least Ten people were killed and more then 20 seriously injured as a result of aerial bombardment by yet to be ascertained jet on market day.

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Governor Bala Suspends Executive Secretary Pilgrim Board Over Alleged Corruption

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The Bauchi state Governor,  Senator Bala Mohammed, has approved the suspension of the Executive Secretary of the Bauchi state Muslim pilgrims welfare Board, Alhaji Abubakar Babangida Tafida.

This is contained in a statement signed and issued by the special adviser media and publicity Muktari Gidado.

The statement further said that the suspension which was communicated to the executive Secretary in a latter signed by the Secretary to the state government Dated the 14 of September was with immediate effect.

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The suspended executive Secretary was directed to handover the affairs of the Board to the most senior office in the Board pending the outcome of an investigation that has been instituted by government into the affairs of the Board.

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