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    Sudan: FG closes situation room on students evacuation

    Some of the returnees at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, on Saturday in Abuja

    By Ahmed Ubandoma

    The Federal Government has announced the closure of its situation room on the evacuation of stranded Nigerian students in the war-torned Sudan.

    It, however, said that attention would now shift to repatrating other Nigerians resident in Sudan.

    Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Chairman of the Situation Room, disclosed this on Monday while briefing newsmen in Abuja.

    Gwarzo said that government has set up committee for a rescue operations to assist in repatriating other Nigerians residence in Sudan that wish to return home.

    We recognise the presence of other Nigerians in Sudan, such as recent travellers and long-established families who desire to return home.

    The ministry has established a dedicated committee to facilitate their repatriation, replicating the successful efforts made for the students.

    As the evacuation operation concludes, the Situation Room responsible for its oversight is officially close today.

    Although a standby team will remain prepared for any future emergencies, he said.

    The Permanent Secretary encouraged students to report any of their colleagues who may have been missed during the evacuation.

    An inspiring example of the operations effectiveness lies in the story of a young girl with chronic asthma, unintentionally left behind due to hospitalisation.

    Through diligent efforts, she was located and successfully brought back to Nigeria in one of the final evacuation flights, underscoring the operations efficacy.

    Majority of Nigerians in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia have already been repatriated from Sudan with only 13 individuals remaining, and prompt efforts are underway to bring them home.

    In Ndjamena, Chad and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, all Nigerians have returned, except for Nine and seven individuals respectively, who will soon reunite with their families.

    Notably, all 800 travelers who transited through Egypt have successfully returned home, he said.

    Gwarzo said that the Nigerian Embassy in Sudan has actively profiled these individuals and has established a committee dedicated to facilitating their safe passage to Nigeria.

    While the exact number of those awaiting repatriation remains undisclosed, the committee has already begun assessing logistics and examining necessary paperwork.

    To streamline the process, Port Sudan has been designated as the official collection center, and we advise all evacuees to relocate there, he said.

    He said that the successful evacuation exercise of 2,518 stranded Nigerians from Sudan was a testament to the governments commitment to the welfare and well-being of Nigerian citizens abroad.(NAN)(

    Edited by Ismail AbdulAziz

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    Coalition urges FG to increase sugar tax from N10 to N30


    By Perpetua Onuegbu

    A non-governmental organisations, National Action on Sugar Reduction (NASR) has urged the Federal Government to increase the taxation on sugar beverages from N10 to N30.

    A representative of the coalition, Mr Edozie Chukwuma, made the call on Monday during a sit-out in Abuja to discourage consumption.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the federal government in 2021 introduced a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB) tax.

    NAN reports that is is embedded in the Finance Act of 2021, which levies a 10 tax on each litre of all non-alcoholic and sugar sweetened carbonated drinks.

    We are basically asking the government, Ministries of Finance and Health to protect the lives of Nigerians. Sugary drinks are very cheap and accessible, but the health implications of consuming these drinks are very deep.

    They actually cannot be taken on by the ordinary man, so our ask is basically that soft drinks are taxed, currently there is a N10 per liter tax on sugary drinks and we are asking that this tax is sustained in the Finance Act of 2023.

    We are asking that it should be increased to N30 per liter. It is recommended by the World Health Organisation that above 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks would see behavioural changes and reduction in the consumption.

    We are also saying that funds generated from taxing sugary drinks should be ploughed back into public health, Chukwuma said.

    The coalition representative said treatment of non-communicable diseases were high and ordinary Nigerians find it difficult to make out of pocket payments for medical bills and medications.

    He said that if the proceeds of the taxation is ploughed back into the health sector the average man would be able to access proper

    There is more value in using the revenue generated from the SSB tax than letting people consume soft drinks that basically provides no nutritional value to them.

    We believe that they would be able to utilise these funds and also appropriate them properly, we believe that if these taxes are first earmarked for health it will help better lives.

    Chukwuma said the coalition had been able to reach ten million people via social media outlets but hoped to reach more people especially the young who are energetic.

    He added that the coalition believed that the message would definitely resonate with them and in extension the larger society.

    Also speaking at the event, Glory Okwu, Programme Coordinator, Project Pink Blue said the coalition is pro-health and looked forward to a situation where Nigeria would be free from NCDs.

    We know that increasing taxes in sugar based beverages is going to reduce consumption and also reduce non communicable diseases at the long run.

    We are just seeking for a way to better the health of Nigerians especially the poor people who cannot afford to cushion the effect of living with NCDs in Nigeria.

    10 per liter is just about 6.8 per cent meanwhile WHO recommends 20 per cent increase.

    So we have not even gotten to the point where we should be where we can begin to see a lot of changes with this tax.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NASR is a coalition of non-governmental organisations advocating for policy measures to curb health challenges in consuming sugar-sweetened beverages..

    NAN also reports that Nigeria ranks the fourth highest soft drink consuming nation with over 38 million litres of soft drinks sold yearly. (NAN)(

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    Mo Ibrahim Foundation: Osinbajo and quest for Africas interest on global arena

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

    A news analysis by Chijioke Okoronkwo, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

    Africas place in economic relations and global politics has continued to attract attention beyond the shores of the continent.

    Recently, in Nairobi, Kenya, prominent Africas political and business leaders, civil society organisations, multilateral and regional institutions and Africas international partners gathered to brainstorm on issues vital to Africas interest on the global scene.

    The event tagged, Ibrahim Governance Weekend (IGW), came under the aegis of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

    During the three-day event, in which Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, and President William Ruto of Kenya featured conspicuously, discussions focused on: Global Africa.

    At the forum, Africas potential and deliverables in a world confronted by multifaceted challenges such as climate change, pandemics, conflicts, under stress global financial architecture were put in the front burner.

    Speaking at the event on the theme Africa in the World: Multiple Assets, Osinbajo said it was imperative for Africa to develop an education curriculum that is relevant to the dynamics of a changing world.

    The vice-president participated in the session alongside Donald Kaberuka, AU Special Envoy and former President of African Development Bank and Hafou Toure, Deputy Director of Cabinet for the Minister in charge of promoting Small and Medium Enterprises in Cte dIvoire.

    Osinbajo said the creative industry remained one area that African countries can tap into to boost job and wealth creation without much intervention from government.

    The creative industry in Africa was a phenomenon that many would say happen without government.

    I think that in many ways what is important is to see how the creative industry can be supported.

    It is evident that there is a huge amount of talents and its evident also that the regulatory environment favours it because there are no impediments.

    One would say that, as much as possible, what we should seek to do is to see how we can expand that space and to support with credit where that is possible and infrastructure that will be helpful, he said.

    He said that in Nigeria the National Theatre as an entertainment hub had shown great promise in supporting the industry.

    He said there was the need to strike a balance between governments intervention in the industry and the desire to allow it to function on its own without governments meddling.

    I would say that we should be cautious in not interfering too much; at the same time, we need to provide infrastructure, we need to provide credit with such an exposure that they may need, he said.

    According to him, there is need to have a clarity of vision on where Africa is headed in terms of education.

    So understanding what such of educational programmes we need to put in place and even the vision for that programme you have to understand that we are dealing with several demographics.

    We are in a new place where the world has changed so dramatically and particularly in the past 10 years; where we have robotic, artificial intelligence; what sort of education makes sense to create job opportunities today?

    This is the time to think through the educational curriculum.

    It is the time to decide how this curriculum will be relevant and would deliver the sort of persons that we want and create the sort of opportunities that we require, he said.

    Earlier, Mo Ibrahim, who is also the founder, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said it had become urgent for Africa to adjust to the fast-paced world.

    The world is changing; I think everybody knows that; all the previous assumptions are being broken; we see different powers rising; tensions, camps being formed, where exactly is Africas place.

    Things are really changing around us and where are we? What is our relationship with these people?

    We need to understand and define our relationship with rest of the world; what does Africa offer the world and what does the world offer Africa? he asked.

    As part of activities lined up for event, the Osinbajo also participated in the Africa Europe Foundation (AEF) themed Earthshot 2023 Milestone.

    At the event he posited that Africa had the potential to change the narrative and become the solution to the net zero ambitions of the world.

    I think that agenda is importantthe Climate Positive Growth Agenda

    For me, the next steps are crucial; first, we need to get African governments and Heads of State around this agenda and that is crucial because it is one climate positive that is a win-win situation for Africa and the rest of the world, he said.

    The Osinbajo said there was need to present to each government, where the benefits and trade-offs might lie so that consensus could be reached quickly and effectively.

    He said Africa should be clear about what it wants from the rest of the world, adding that African leaders needed to take a common stance on climate change.

    In his submission at a session with Ibrahim and Ruto, he argued that the global financial system was struggling to respond the challenges of the time.

    The whole system was focused on prescriptions from the World Bank, IMF and other institutions and most times, the prescriptions went the wrong way.

    There wasnt room for emerging frontier, new ideas on how to finance development; and as a result, you find out that the system has not responded to frontier economies, emerging economies, he said.

    While it is true that you can get overseas development assistance at 0.5 per cent; concessional facilities at 0.5; but when you need real development resources, you want to run your own development the way know how, you end up with 10 per cent 15 per cent, 20 per cent.

    Which means that the current financial architecture, to put it bluntly, is rigged against those of us in the global South.

    This is because we cannot meaningfully address our development need using the financial resources from this architecture, he said.

    Stakeholders are of the view that Africas common interest can only gain traction in international discourse if there is a concerted pursuit of the continents interest by African governments. (NANFeatures)

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    10th National Assembly: Averting rancorous legislature through inclusive leadership

    NASS Complex

    By Femi Ogunshola, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

    On May 8 the National Working Committee of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) came up with a list of its preferred candidates for the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives, the two chambers of the National Assembly.

    The anointed candidates are Sen. Goodwill Akpabio from Akwa-Ibom and Sen. Barau Jubril from Kano for the post of Senate President and Deputy Senate President

    In the House of Reps, the party picked Rep. Tajudeen Abbas from Kaduna State and Rep. Benjamin Kalu from Abia for Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

    The move for consensus candidates for the leadership of the 10 National Assembly has raised dust among many lawmakers with the members-elect joining the fray.

    The result is alignments and re-alignments as ambitions swell among ranking APC national lawmakers and the civil society organisations canvass a leadership that will emerge through a democratic process, not one imposed on the nation by any interest group or party.

    Many have faulted the move by APC. Some critics say it is against the principle of natural justice for the South East to be edged in race for Senate President while others say it would be insensitive for the North West to produce both the Deputy Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Reps, leaving out the North Central in the leadership equation.

    Since the APC defied dissenting voices and announced the list of chosen ones, some lawmakers have upped their agitation for a more liberal and democratic process to be used in determining those who will pilot the affairs of the legislature in the next four years.

    Among them are the aggrieved aspirants from the Senate including Abdullaziz Yari (Zamfara), Orji Kalu (Abia), Sani Musa (Niger) and Osita Izunaso (Imo).

    At the lower chamber, some of the aspirants for Speaker have formed a pressure group known as G-7 and recently took their protest to the APC National Secretariat to warn the party of the consequences posed by imposing a leadership on the Green Chamber.

    The aspirants are: Rep Ahmed Wase, the Deputy Speaker, Rep Aliyu Betara, Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Yusuf Gagdi, Chairman, Navy, Rep. Miriam Onuoha (Imo), Sada Soli (Katsina) and Sani Jaji (Zamfara).

    The arrangement has also received reactions from party heavyweights.

    It is trite to aver that it stands logic on the head that one geo-political zone, North-west, in this regard, will be favoured with two presiding officers positions out of four while North-central suffers the consequences for its innocence and shrewd loyalty by having none, Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State governor said in a recent statement.

    Akeredolu is also the chairman

    Senators-elect across the North-Central geopolitical zone cutting across different political parties.

    In an open letter to APC National Chairman, Adamu Abdullahi, they rejected the arrangement which they say did not recognise the regions contribution to the current political dispensation.

    The North Central as a geopolitical zone in Nigeria has paid its dues in the political stability of the country and shall continue to do so.

    But, where we see an open denial of our rights and privileges, we will have no option than to voice out in the interest of the zone and its people we represent, they said.

    If the issue of zoning has been done democratically the APC would have carried other contenders along said Abubakar Chika, a lawmaker in the 8 Assembly speaking about zoning,

    He said the legislature is an independent body therefore should be allowed to elect its own leaders.

    I have been speaking about the injustice we have been having within the APC and it is not because I have an interest in Aliyu Betara but because I am speaking as a former legislature who dont want to see that arm of government being bastardised.

    You can see that in terms of sharing the seat of legislature how APC exclude the North Central, he said.

    Worried by the looming crisis and need have a united Legislature that will have a good working relationship with the Executive, Vice President-elect, Sen. Kashim Shettima on May 12 held a meeting with a group of lawmakers named Joint Task.

    He told the group that: given the very circumstances that we found ourselves, the stability of the nation is much more important than all other considerations.

    He noted that a rancorous National Assembly would not augur well for the executive.

    Going down memory lane Shettima alleged that: When former President Olusegu Obasanjo lost grip of the National Assembly, his first tenure of was a failure, again, President Muhammadu Buhari could do little in his first tenure because of rancorous relationship between the executive and the legislature.

    What was accomplished in the last four years was because of the harmonious relationship between the executive and legislature.

    When former President Goodluck Jonathan lost grip of the National Assembly when Aminu Tambuwal emerged as the Speaker, that rancorous relationship culminate into his defeat in 2015 general election, he further alleged.

    A member of the 8 House of Representatives from Anambra, Rep. Emeka Anohu called on the 10 Assemblys members-elect to prioritse the interest of the nation as they align with interest groups in the run-up to the election of the Speaker.

    Anohu said the office of the Speaker should occupied by a patriot, adding that such a person should be trustworthy, confident, firm, fair, just and must be generally accepted by his colleagues.

    APC has moved to douse the tension generated by its action and assured that it would not be an acrimonious National Assembly as witnessed in 2015.

    The National Vice-Chairman (Southwest) of the party, Mr Duerimini Isaacs Kekemeke, said the party leadership would bring all aggrieved members together to pacify them.

    Kekemeke spoke at a lecture organised in honour of Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti to mark his 97 birthday where he represented President-elect, Bola Tinubu.

    He urged all angry members to suppress their ambition and work with the leadership of the party as family.

    While APC tries to put its house in order observers of developments in the nations political scene urge the party to expedite action on the matter before it is too late.

    They argue that an inclusive and democratically elected leadership would give all lawmakers a sense of belonging and create a harmonious atmosphere which is crucial for the effective discharge of their responsibilities to Nigerians.

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    EFCC officer dies after scuffle with colleagues over suspects items

    EFCC operatives

    By Isaac Aregbesola

    The EFCC has confirmed the death of its operative, Inspector Abel Dickson, after a scuffle with his colleagues over the custody of items belonging to a suspect in detention.

    Spokesman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the death during a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja.

    Uwujaren said that the deceased and two other colleagues, Assistant Superintendent Apata Odunayo and Inspector Ogbuji Tochukwu, were attached to the Sokoto State Command of the commission.

    The spokesman said the two suspects had been arrested and handed over to the police for proper investigation and prosecution.

    Uwujaren said the incident happened on May 5, 2023, while the victim died on May 7 at Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital in Sokoto, where he was receiving treatment.

    There was nothing like shootout among the officers, it was just a scuffle among the three officers who disagreed over discrepancies in the items deposited in the suspects locker and the items include medication and some cash, he said.

    He said that the incident was the first of its kind and the commission would ensure that the erring officers were brought to justice.

    They had disagreed over procedures for the custody of items belonging to a suspect in detention, leading to a fight, a conduct which the commission frowns at.

    The two officers with whom he had a disagreement have been suspended by the commission and handed over to the Nigeria Police for further investigation and possible prosecution.

    The latest information, is that a two-count holding charge bordering on criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide has been filed against them at a Chief Magistrate Court, Gwiwa in Sokoto.

    According to him, both offences are punishable under Sections 60 and 191 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law, 2019.

    Without prejudice to the Police investigation, they will in addition, face further disciplinary measures in line with the Commissions staff regulation, he said.

    Uwujaren said the Executive Chairman of EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, was saddened by the incident, and had extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

    He has, in addition, assured that the commission will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that those implicated in the death of the officer are brought to justice.

    He equally warned staff of the commission to ensure that their conduct at all times is moderated by the established code of behaviour as no act of indiscipline would be tolerated.

    Meanwhile, the remains of the late officer were interred on Saturday May 13 in Jos, Plateau, he said. (NAN)

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    Plateau PPP agency calls for upgrade of Jos airport to Intl cargo

    Jos PPP Agency boss, Rwang-Dung receiving appointment letter from DG ICRC and Co president of AP3N, Michael Ohiani - Rwang-Dung is appointed as Chairman of the Partnership and Resource Mobilisation Committee of the Africa Public Private Partnership Network (AP3N)

    By Okeoghene Akubuike

    The Plateau State Infrastructure Promotion and Regulatory Agency has called for upgrading of the Yakubu Gowon Airport, Jos, to an International Cargo and Agro-allied Airport.

    The Director-General of the agency, Felix Rwang-Dung, made the call when he visited the Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Michael Ohiani in Abuja on Monday.

    Rwang -Dung said the purpose of the visit was to intimate Ohiani of the progress recorded so far in the Plateau State Public Private Partnership (PPP) Agency.

    He said the visit was an opportunity to work with the ICRC and take advantage of resources that could be provided to establish an effective PPP agency covering various sectors.

    The support of the ICRC will be required to advance the upgrade of Jos airport so that it can become attractive for private investment participation.

    We are confident that with your distinguished leadership and the ICRC teams guidance and support, we can establish a model sub-National PPP agency.

    This will attract private sector investments for developmental growth in Plateau.

    We believe that the following areas of support from the ICRC will be vital for ensuring that we get the optimum results for the state PPP project, he said.

    Rwang-Dung listed areas of support to include technical assistance, capacity building, stakeholders mapping and introduction to investment communities.

    On technical assistance, Rwang-Dung said the ICRC could help the agency to establish and develop its regulatory policy, contract and risk templates, and frameworks.

    He appealed to the commission to sponsor capacity building programmes for members of the team and key civil servants on site.

    These programmes will help enhance the knowledge and skills of our staff members and key government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, he said.

    Rwang-Dung solicited the guidance of ICRC to provide support on stakeholder engagement strategies, which he said was a critical element towards ensuring the success of any future PPP projects.

    He said it was optimistic that the ICRC would accede to its requests.

    The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that Rwang-Dung was officially presented with his letter of appointment as the Chairman of the Partnership and Resource Mobilisation Committee of Africa Public Private Partnership Network (AP3N) by Ohiani.

    NAN also reports that Ohiani was the Co-President of the AP3N.

    Ohiani, while presenting the letter, assured Rwang -Dung of the support of the ICRC.

    Present at the event included AP3N Regional Coordinator for Central Africa, Femi Pat-Natson, and Regional Coordinator for West Africa, Mrs Ijeoma Ogoke. (NAN)(

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    Passport shortage: Nigerians in Russia laud Aregbesolas intervention

    Prof. Maurice Okoli, President Nigerian community in Russia

    By Muhyideen Jimoh

    The Nigerian community in Russia has commended the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbosola for his intervention at ensuring Nigerians abroad get their international passports in real time.

    Prof. Maurice Okoli, President Nigerian community in Russia gave the commendation in a statement issued on Monday and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

    Okoli stated that Aregbesola dismantled all obstacles in passport procurement, noting that the minister had blamed enemies of the country as undermining the effort of the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS).

    He described Aregbesola as very knowledgeable about the problems facing so many Nigerians in obtaining passports and visas at various Nigerian missions abroad.

    Your innovative management approach and styles intrigue the Nigerian community in Russia.

    The honorable minister in his own words has said what is in the minds of many Nigerians, that corrupt officials are undermining the effort of the Nigerian immigration services at sanitising the passport application process.

    The minister went further to say that the excuse of passport shortage is a lie being circulated by a few corrupt officials of the service to extort the applicants.

    He went even further to describe them as unscrupulous people who are making the situation difficult by the day.

    He told Nigerians not to tolerate them and said that they will not exist if Nigerians fiercely resist them, Okoli quoted Aregbesola as saying.

    Okoli urged the immigration department of the Nigerian Embassy in Russia to take note of the ministers opinion in serving Nigerians in Russia.

    This, he said would go a long way in complementing the effort of His Excellency, Amb. Shehu Abdullai Yibaikwal in tackling the problems facing Nigerians in Russia due to the Russian Special operation in Ukraine.

    Okoli said it would also tackle the problems facing Nigerians in Russia due to sanction slammed on Moscow. (NAN)(

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    UN, EU, others decry electoral gender-based violence against women

    Post-elections conference in Abuja on Electoral Gender-Based Violence

    By Taiye Agbaje

    The United Nations and the European Union (EU) on Monday condemned gender-based violence against women during elections.

    Ms Beatrice Eyong, the UN Women Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said violence against women in elections had been recognised as one of the key obstacles to advancing womens participation in public life.

    Violent acts committed towards women are gender-based and they tend to discourage women from being politically active.

    It is often used to intimidate women from practising their political rights in the first place, she said.

    Eyong spoke during a post-elections conference in Abuja that was titled: Where Do We Stand Regarding Electoral Gender-Based Violence?

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was organised by the Spotlight Initiative, UN Women and EU in partnership with Canadian government.

    According to Eyong, some women have had to quit their positions after receiving death threats.

    Some women have also often withdrawn from public life citing abuse including online abuse and cyberbullying.

    Women candidates have faced various forms of targeted, gender-based violence, she said.

    Eyong said lack of data on violence against women in politics (VAWP) had negatively affected evidence-based advocacy for influencing changes in laws and policies and for establishing comprehensive protection systems for women in politics.

    Mrs Samuela Isopi, the Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said it was a well-known fact that women are underrepresented in Nigerias political environment.

    Unfortunately, the 2023 elections show a trend in the wrong direction, she said.

    Isopi, represented by Esme Stuart, Project Manager, Human Rights and Gender Section, said concerted efforts must be made to break the barriers to meaningful participation of women in leadership positions.

    According to her, the full and equitable participation of women in public life is essential to building and sustaining strong, vibrant democracies.

    Mrs Djifa Ahado, Head of Cooperation, Government of Canada, corroborated that the 2023 elections saw another decrease in the overall number of women candidates, while the overall number of women elected to office at the national and state levels remained relatively unchanged.

    Ahado, who said that the country now ranks as one of the lowest in womens representation in African Parliaments, said: Together, we need to sustain the efforts and the advocacy to see a real change happening.

    Ms Aishatu Abubakar, who is the AIG, Gender Advisor, Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, said during the 2023 general elections, the Nigerian police ensured that the vulnerable groups like the pregnant women, nursing mothers, people living with disabilities, the ageing population, were given priority to cast their votes.

    We are gender sensitive and gender responsive. The Nigerian police is mindful of issues of gender-based violence in Nigeria, she said.

    Also speaking, the National Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Yabagi Sani admitted that violence and stigmatisation contributed to low women participation in politics.

    He said women are the biggest player in the art of growing a stable society, hence, the need to encourage them.

    A university professor, Mrs Joy Ezeilo, hinted that out of about 1, 533 women candidates in the 2023 general elections across the country, only 72 candidates won their elections.

    She said in the Senate, three women won the seats as against eight women currently in the upper house while 14 women were elected in the House of Representatives.

    She described the trend as disturbing. (NAN)(

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    Nasarawa traditional ruler inaugurates 30 cabinet members
    By Blessing Ibegbu

    The Luvu Madaki community in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State has inaugurated 30 cabinet members to oversee the progress and development of the community.

    The village head of the community, Madaki Musa, during the coronation at his palace in Luvu, urged the new cabinet members to ensure peace in their various domains.

    According to him, the cabinet members are expected to facilitate easy and speedy development of the community.

    The 30 cabinet members, who now hold different titles, will be assisting the king in making key decisions and executing them.

    Just like most communities in the country, the cabinet will help in ensuring peace, growth, security and coexistence of the people and others who settle here, he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the cabinet members were given titles like Santali, Galadima, Aminiya, DanIya, DanMaliki, Sarkin Yaki, Dalatu, Gimbiya, Madaki, Kuyabmana, Abananya and Pakachi.

    Others are Magaji, Sarkin Noma, Aboki Sarki, Danmasani, Shamaki, Awodo-maijinda, Jidoniya, Magajiya Luvu, Ajiya, Tafida, Jakadiya, Makama, DanGaladima, Giko, Wakili, Machi, Secretary and Dogari.

    Mr Afami Habila, the Padaki of Luvu, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) expressed gratitude to the community for the honour.

    He promised to ensure that the community got the best of their services within and after the period they would serve.

    Habila said that the community would achieve its dreams as they new leaders would project it positively far above its current status in the state.

    Also speaking, the Jidoniya of Luvu Madaki, Mrs Grace NaAllah, pledged her unreserved commitment to the growth and progress of the community.

    Mr Tanko Todayi, the Aboki Sarki of Luvu community, whose task involves serving as The Kings friend, said his duty was to serve the community.

    My commitment to the community will be unquestionable, he said.

    He said that aside helping to grow and develop the community, another special duty was to ensure the safety of the king.

    NAN reports that other traditional leaders from other neighbouring communities, who graced the occasion, pledged their support to the community.

    Among them are Silas Musa of Aso Pada, Micah Rabo of Jankawa, Gaiya Shifilo of Apiawoyi, among others. (NAN)(


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    Boys Brigade helmsman solicits partnership on infrastructure development
    By Bridget Ikyado

    The newly elected National President of Boys Brigade Nigeria, Prof. Samson Duna, has called for partnership to train the boy-child for future leadership responsibilities.

    Duna who made the call at his investiture on sunday in Abuja, said that the brigade was designed to discipline the boy-child and train him in the fear of God.

    He said that the brigade had existed in Nigeria for 120 years and all its efforts were geared towards installing in the boy-child, responsible leadership and fatherly skills.

    As an organisation, we have a lot of challenges, we need to have basic facilities needed in training, we do not have a standard headquarters.

    We are constructing nine two-bedroom residential flats and we want all well meaning Nigerians to partner with us, join hands with us to complete the project.

    We intend to rent each of them at N800,000 for a year and use the funds generated to address the needs of boys in the country, he said.

    The Minister of Science and Technology, Sen. Adeleke Mamora, expresses worry at the rate of moral decadence among young people especially the LGBT community.

    According to him, medically when a baby is born, the gender is determined but there is a movement that wants the child to become of age and to decide to be a male or female.

    Making reference to the Bible, the minister said that we are the salt of the earth and the metaphor of salt is significant as it is the greatest preservative.

    As Christians we are called to protect societal values and we must protect it; the force of morality is greater than the force of law as demonstrated in the story of the Good Samaritan.

    That is what we are called upon to do, he said, he said.

    Mamora prayed God to grant strength to Duna to manage the Herculean tasks and urged the boys bridgade not to rest or their oars.

    In a sermon, the Senior Pastor of Evagenliical Church Winning All (ECWA) Rev. Ogidi Dickson, called on faithful to be ministry minded in all the days of their lives in their dealing with one another.

    Dickson explained that being ministry minded was to make life better for other persons, irrespective of title, tribe or race.

    He said that whatever privilege God gave, it should be used to benefit people in the community, especially the poor and the weak.

    The cleric said that God-given privileges did not last forever, charging Christians to make maximum use of it while available.

    He called on public officials to be mindful of their roles and play them in accordance with the rules and regulations and not for personal interest.

    The Executive Secretary of Boys Brigade Ghana, Rev David Aglo, said that the Ghanaian delegation had come to show solidarity.

    According to him, the visit is to strengthen the relationship between Nigeria and Ghana because there has been a long relationship and should be strengthened.

    He presented gift items, including symbol of authority and friendship to the newly elected national president. (NAN)(

    Edited by Idris Abdulrahman

    Source: NAN News

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