Sexual violence is a serious public health and human rights challenge with both short and long-term consequences on victim’s physical, mental and sexual reproductive health. Isa Best Omoregbeji writes on the role of rights awareness campaigns and reporting towards winning the war against sexual violence in Nigeria. Sexual violence is a serious public health and human rights challenge with both short and long-term consequences on victim’s physical, mental and sexual reproductive health. Isa Best Omoregbeji writes on the role of rights awareness campaigns and reporting towards winning the war against sexual violence in Nigeria. In whatever context sexual violence occurs, it leaves a deep trauma and pain on the victim. In Nigeria, not only is there limited knowledge of rights on the part of victims of sexual violence; a few who are aware of these rights do nothing towards addressing the violations, either due to fear of stigmatisation from the society,...

It Is A Season Of Strikes

As the country prepares for its 57th Independence Anniversary celebrations on October 1, 2017, nationwide strike actions by workers across many sectors are set to grind the system to a halt. TAIWO OGUNMOLA-OMILANI looks at the underlying issues behind the strike actions. Recently, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on an indefinite nationwide industrial action, asking the government to fully implement the 2009 agreement and the memorandum of understanding (MoU) the government reached with them. This has since made students to proceed on compulsory holiday, praying and fasting for both sides to reach an agreement that would end the strike. Other issues ASUU demanded for are the payment of fractions/non-payment of earned academic allowances, non-release of operational license of Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company (NUPEMCO) amongst numerous demands. As the federal government, through its Ministry of Labour and Productivity commenced dialogue with the striking dons which is still ongoing,...

Sokoto Man Quelea Birds Obey

ANKELI EMMANUEL writes that after all measures failed Goronyo Dam rice farmers in Sokoto State, they seem to have found a better solution to the challenge from quelea birds in the hands of an Islamic mystic, who tells the devourer birds to leave and they obey. Hence, men have learnt to shoot without missing, Iweke the bird has equally learnt to fly without perching. This is an instructive line from Chinua Achebe’s popular novel, ‘Things Fall Apart.’ It somehow aptly captures the solution seeking module of beneficiaries of federal government anchor borrowers scheme in Sokoto. The scheme, as designed by federal government was amongst other benefits aimed at encouraging farmers via provision of farm imputes and finance to boost investment in the apicultural sector. However, rather than coasting home with joy from the outcome of of the federal government’s initiative, a large proportion of beneficiaries of the anchor borrowers scheme in Sokoto...
BY BUKOLA OGUNSINA, CHINA China and Nigeria presently share amiable relations that has been further strengthened through China’s infrastructural projects in Nigeria, funding, high level visits, and media exchanges among others. Nigeria’s new Ambassador to China, H.E Baba Ahmad Jidda, in this interview with BUKOLA OGUNSINA, gives more insight on the bilateral cooperation both countries enjoy. What is your mandate as the new Nigerian Ambassador to China? As Nigerian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), I have what we call a station charter given to me by Mr President. A kind of schedule of duty that I am expected to accomplish while serving as Ambassador in the PRC. I am expected to take effective measures to defend and promote Nigeria’s national interest in China and to promote and project a positive image of Nigeria consistent with its size, rich cultural heritage, international status and strategic geopolitical importance in Africa. As...
stories By Chika Okeke,  Abuja The President/Chairman of Council, Association of Housing Corporations of Nigeria (AHCN), QS Mohammed Baba Adamu has stated that despite the commitment of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) to housing development that Nigeria’s housing needs are still high. Adamu who stated this in Abuja when he led members of the association on a courtesy visit to the headquarters of FMBN, said the commitment was manifested in the bank’s recent reforms which provided effective avenue for housing finance. According to him, “we are aware of the diverse housing problems in the country and the enormous challenges of government in tackling these problems over the years despite all efforts of successive governments.” He noted that the activities of the association over the decades gave birth to the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI), the 1990 National Housing Policy (NHP), National Housing Fund (NHF) and FMBN. He...
In this report, KUNLE OLASANMI looks at the effort of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to reduce unemployment in the country with the training of youths on MobileApps development and entrepreneurship. Unemployment among the youths in the coountry, no doubt,  is growing at an alarming rate. Majority of the youths in the country, after graduating from school or learning a trade still find it extremely difficult to be gainfully employed. The fact remains that there is little the government can do in terms of job creation for the youths. Though, the country is out of economic recession, experts believed it will take a while before the economy can get back to proper shape. The programme is an initiative of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the training of 400 youths on Mobile Application Development and Entrepreneurship. Speaking at the launch of the Project in Abuja,...
By OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos - Dangote Group’s investment in oil and gas will transform the economy from a single commodity market to a sustainable diversified economy as Nigeria moved from import-dependency to self-sufficiency in commodities. During last week, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released Nigeria’s second quarter, 2017 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report which confirmed consensus view that macroeconomic fundamentals are improving and growth would turn positive after five consecutive quarters of contraction. The report showed GDP expanded by 0.55 per cent year-on-year in Q2, 2017 compared to a contraction of 0.9 per cent year-on-year in Q1, 2017 and decline of 1.5 per cent year-on-year in second quarter, 2016. The NBS confirmation that the economy is out of recession was largely in line with expectations already formed by analysts from leading macroeconomic and market indicators such as Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data, oil production volumes, foreign exchange liquidity and company earnings...
In this interview with DONATUS NADI, the Senior Special Assistant on Development Control to Nasarawa state governor, Arc. Stanley Buba, speaks on Umaru Tanko Almakura’s smart city initiative and how it stands to impact on the economy of the state Governor UmaruTankoAlmakura recently appointed you as his Senior Special Assistant on Development Control, what Is Your Schedule Like? Governor Almakura is ensuring that Nasarawa Sate’s development is in compliance with global standards. Thus, my duty requires me to provide impetus to the state’s urban development priorities and renewal, building regulations, environmental sanitation and slum upgrade, by interfacing with relevant ministries and agencies, Karu development committee and as the Executive Governor directs. How will you describe Governor Almakura’s urban development policy and priorities? It is not in doubt that the TAAL administration is a government that ascended power in Nasarawa state from an opposition platform. It polled a lot of votes from...

GHANA MUST GO,10 SEPTEMBER,2017

GHANA MUST GO,10 SEPTEMBER,2017

Hell Comes To Rivers Community

Mini-Ewa, a Port Harcourt ghetto community was few days ago set alight and razed to the ground by an inferno that is blamed on carelessness of one man. Anayo Onukwugha writes that none of the residents salvaged a thing. Mini-Ewais a popular ghetto community named after Ewa, a creek that crisscrosses communities in Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State. The peace of this slum, located in the heart of Rumuobiakani community, the host of the industrial area of oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) was shattered recently following a fire incident that razed over 80 houses and rendered over 200 persons homeless. According to a resident of the community, who gave his name as Mike, the blaze which started at about 1:00 p.m. was caused by an electric iron that had been left unattended to on apparel that as being ironed. Mike disclosed that power supply had been interrupted in the...