Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
The Centre for Women Studies and Intervention (CWSI), has restated its resolve to continue to fight for the actualization of involvement of Women in Governance.
This was contained in a Communique issued at the end of the Strategic Women Summit organized by the Centre in Kogi, with the Theme: Leveraging Mass Grassroot Support for Sustainability of women inclusion in Governance.
According to the Communique, the Centre for Women Studies and Intervention is none profit organisation. The Organisation is centred on the empowering women and girl-child: educating them on their dignity and fundamental rights as human beings.
CWSI with support from its funding partners has implemented and continues to implement series of projects aimed at promoting gender equality, inclusion of women in governance and decision making processes.
The Communique noted that CWSI has implemented and is currently implementing projects in Delta, Ebonyi and Cross river States, Nigeria.
In furtherance of implementation of the Strategic Women Advancement in Governance (SWAG) project in Kogi State, a 2 days women summit was organized by the Centre for Women Studies and Intervention in collaboration with the office of the Special Adviser to the Kogi State Governor On Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with support from the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) in three senatorial districts of Kogi State.
“The participants were drawn from three communities of three local government areas selected from three (3) senatorial districts in Kogi State, Nigeria.
The summit aimed at achieving the building political consciousness in women and mobilize public awareness on the need to support women participation in Governance.
It also target to Build the capacity of women in grass root mobilization strategies and obstacles, understanding party politics in Nigeria, Public opinion influencing and Advocacy strategies.
“After extensive discussions and deliberations on the active participation of women in party representation and governance, the following resolutions were reached: The participants should adopt practical measures which would aid fostering support for women to be elected into the parliament and executive positions and other positions such as traditional, religious and town union executive.
“The participants should continuously engage religious leaders who are key influential stakeholders and Traditional Leaders who act as community gatekeepers of traditions and social values on women inclusion in politics and governance.
“That the participants should form advocacy groups for the sustainability of the goals of the project which is increased active participation of women in governance.
“The Summit participants made specific action plans to encourage and foster support networks for active participation of women in politics and governance that will be monitored by the Centre after the due date for the agreed implementation of the work plans adopted by each of the women groups represented at the summit”
“Blessing Okoro CEO Claims She Surged Into Marriage Thinking Will Be The Shortcut To End Her Sufferings”.
Nigerian relationship counselor, Blessing Okoro Nkiruka also known as CEO has says that she got married at the age of 19 to a man who was 10 years older than her. This may have been possible, citing where she came from, that is, coming from a poor background who struggled to make ends meet.
Therefore, she may have been married off to reduce the family’s cost and gain financial support from the groom’s family as practiced in many African and especially Nigerian middle-class homes.
She disclosed that her love life started at the age of 14, and the marriage didn’t work out as they separated in less than two years.
Marriage is one of the Unions that has being instrumental in making some people showcase their best and applaudable versions, and to some people, it has only brought back some challenging memories.
There are diverse reasons why some people venture into marriage, some later reap their positive and reasonable intents, while some regret rushing into marriage, and that is the sad story of a Relationship therapist, Blessing CEO as she shared on her Instagram account.
The Relationship expert in her words gotten from Instagram said, “I remember when my mum used to struggle while I was a young girl, and at some point, all that she had got burnt and vanished away and I vowed as a young girl that I won’t struggle like my mom, which made me rush into marriage because I thought it was the only short cut I had to end the sufferings I have gone through.”
Blessing CEO (born on 23 May 1989) as Blessing Okoro Nkiruka is a 32 years old Nigerian relationship counsellor, social media personality and influencer.
She is prominently known for advising young Nigerians on relationships, dating, sex, and divorce.
She achieves this through various platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and her blog Break or make-up relationship.
FCT Teachers Strike: Senator Aduda Meets FCT NUT Executives.
By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.
Following ongoing strike by the primary school teachers if the Local Education Authority (LEA) over non payment of their promotion arrears and other entitlements, Senator Philip Aduda, on Saturday, met with the state executives of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Abuja.
Aduda, while addressing the NUT executives, described the warning strike as unfortunate, in which he assured the union that he will meet with the relevant stakeholders in order to find a common ground for the benefit of the parents and pupils.
“And it was on this premise that I want to assure the union that I shall meet with the stakeholders across the area councils level in order to ensure that your demands are met so that our children can go back to school,”he said.
Responding, the chairman of the NUT in FCT, Comrade Stephen Knabayi, appreciated Senator Aduda for his intervention, saying the union will be eager to get positive response from the stakeholders so that primary school teachers can return to their classes.
Our correspondent had reported that, the NUT FCT had embarked on a five days warning strike, which elapsed last Wednesday, but the union had asked the secondary school teachers to return to classes and directed the primary school teachers to continue with the strike until their promotion arrears are paid by the council chairmen.
Alleged N19.3bn Bailout: Northern youths demand independent investigation, chide EFCC over media trial
The Northern Youths Movement (NYM) has demanded for an independent probe of the controversies over the N19. 33 billion Kogi salary bailout funds the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, claimed it recovered to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
Rising from its meeting in Abuja on Saturday, the NYM also chided the EFCC over what they called unending regime of media trial and unconstitutional actions.
It said it was imperative for a panel comprising representatives of the CBN, Sterling Bank, Federal Ministry of Finance, Accountant General of the Federation, Kogi State Government, EFCC, Police Special Fraud Unit, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and Civil Society Organizations to be set up to investigate the matter.
EFCC had said that it returned the N19. 33 billion Kogi State Government kept N19.33 billion bailout fund meant to pay salaries in Sterling Bank meant to yield interest and that the money was recovered to the CBN.
However, the Kogi State Government, which insisted that it did not open or create the said account with Sterling Bank, demanded from the EFCC, an apology and retraction of the commission’s statement.
In a release issued in Abuja on Saturday, which was signed by its Chairman, Mallam Ishaya Jato, the NYM also carpeted the EFCC for placing Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State under watchlist, saying that the commission’s action constitutes a clear affront on the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The youths said it was time the EFCC begins to act within the ambit of the laws of Nigeria and stop jumping to the media space, acting like a political tool.
The NYM wondered why no one has been put on trial if truly the EFCC claim on the alleged N19.33 billion fund was true.
They asked if in saner climes, a whooping sum of N19.33 billion bailout fund meant to pay workers salaries will be discovered to have been kept in a commercial bank account meant to yield interest and no one will be prosecuted.
The youths said questions as to where is the mandate letter from the Kogi State Government to open account number 0073572696 with Sterling Bank and who operated the account need to be answered.
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