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NGO Decries The Rise of Online Gender Based Violence

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The center for information technology and development CITAD has lamented the increasing rate of gender based violence in Kano.

Zainab Aminu the gender program officer stated this while addressing newsmen at the Headquarters of the centre on the reported cases of Gender based violence in the month of December 2021.

According to Zainab Aminu said data shows that GBV is been perpetrated against both male and female gender with a higher number of female victims within all age ranges in both rural, urban and suburban communities with prevalence in Urban communities.

The Gender Program officer said the cases highly reported is Sexual Harassment and perpetrators are mostly male.

She pointed out that observation have shown that the most of the perpetrators have no relation to the victims. Although in some cases reported, the perpetrators are either family members, teachers/lecturers, student peers of the victims.

In comparison with the data obtained in previous months, there was an increase in the reported cases from that of previous months.

Zainab Aminu further itemized the following issues on GBV

• Rape cases reported in December neither decline nor increased in percentage.

• Online harassment in December has an increase of 25% from the previous month.

• Sexual blackmail case still remains 1 reported case.

• In the case of Sexual Harassment, 18 cases were reported in December which depicts a 25% increase.

• For sexual abuse, we had 6 cases in December with a 25% increase.

• We observed 6 reported cases of wife battering in the month of December which also depicts a 25% increase in reported cases compared to the previous month.

This shows that there is still need for actions to be taken in term of Gender Based Violence in the state in order to eliminate/curb GBV noted Zainab.

Zainab Aminu called on government to implement the following.

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➢ We reiterate our previous call to the Kano State Government and House of Assembly to domesticate the Child Rights Act and VAPP Act at the state level if implemented, will contribute in curbing this menace. The state government should not only adopt laws to protect women and girls, but also establish Referral Centers and Forensic Centers for victims.

➢ Religious and Traditional leaders both at state and local levels should continue to intensify efforts in creating awareness against GBV and encouraging individuals to voice out when they observe any such violence. Media houses should also continue to use their platforms in creating awareness against GBV and be reporting punishments given to perpetrators.

➢ Recommendation for media: to contribution in enlightening people and giving space to people to report cases of abuse.

CITAD further made the following appeal.

A major observation is that communities are still reluctant to report cases of GBV. While we continue to monitor, we can only reach a small part of the state. We are not able to reach and cover the whole state. For this reason, we will like to appeal to parents, relatives and others to always report cases to the various to either directly to us or to other sister NGOs as well as to government agencies such as NOA, NAPTIP or Hisbah. GBV strives when we all keep quiet. We cannot win the battle against it unless every perpetrator is brought to the books. Keeping salient is not protecting the victims who suffer while the perpetrators take this silence as a stamp of acceptability.

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Breaking News On Dollar Sale

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced plans to offer foreign exchange worth $20,000 to any eligible Bureau De Change operator across the country.

This comes more than two years after suspended former CBN governor Godwin Emefiele prohibited the sale of foreign exchange to BDC operators in that area of the FX market.

The apex bank revealed this in a new circular published and signed by the Director, Trade and Exchange Department, Hassan Mahmud on Tuesday.

The circular titled, “Sale of Foreign Exchange to Bureau de Change Operators to meet retail demand for eligible invisible transactions” said the move aimed at rectifying the persisting distortions in the retail segment of Nigeria’s foreign exchange market and bridging the widening gap in the exchange rate.

It said the allocation will be sold at a rate of N1,301/$, reflecting the lower band rate of executed spot transactions at the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market as of the previous trading day, dated February 27, 2024.

The circular read, “Following the ongoing reforms in the foreign exchange market, aimed at achieving an appropriate market-determined exchange rate for the Naira, the Central Bank of Nigeria has observed the continued price distortions at the retail end of the market, which is feeding into the parallel market and further widening the exchange rate premium.

To this end, the CBN has approved the sale of foreign exchange to eligible Bureau De Change to meet the demand for invisible transactions. The sum of $20,000 is to be sold to each BDC at the rate of N1,301/$- (representing the lower band rate of executed spot transactions at NAFEM for the previous trading day, as of today, 27th February 2024.

All BDCs are allowed to sell to end-users at a margin NOT MORE THAN one per cent (1 per cent) above the purchase rate from CBN.”

It further directed eligible BDCs to make Naira payments to the designated CBN Foreign Currency Deposit Naira Accounts and submit confirmation of payment, with other necessary documentation.

“All eligible BDCs are directed to make the Naira payment to the designated CBN Foreign Currency Deposit Naira Accounts and submit confirmation of payment, with other necessary documentation, for disbursement at the appropriate CBN Branches ABUJA, AWKA, LAGOS and KANO,” it added.

The CBN in frantic efforts to save the free fall of the naira has made a number of significant reforms towards addressing Naira depreciation, such as probing and clearing FX backlog, limiting forex for foreign education and medical tourism, increasing BDCs’ minimum share capital, and curbing FX speculators, among others.

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Northern Senators Commends ECOWAS Leaders For Lifting Sanctions On Niger Republic

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Abuja. – Today, the Northern Senators Forum expresses it’s heartfelt appreciation and commendation to the exceptional leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their decisive action in lifting sanctions imposed on Niger Republic as a result of military takeover on 26th July, 2023. We are pleased to see that ECOWAS has responded to the progressive requests made by us individually and collectively on the subject matter, and we commend their prudent and compassionate approach in addressing these critical issues.

The Northern Senators Forum believes that the principled and empathetic decision made by ECOWAS to lift the sanctions on Niger Republic is a testament to the organization’s commitment to regional solidarity, cooperation, and respect for human rights. We understand that this action will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of Niger Republic, as well as ensuring the restoration of stability and economic prosperity in our region.

We are particularly grateful that ECOWAS leaders have considered our pleas to restore electricity, open borders, and lift the sanctions on Niger Republic. These measures will not only have crucial humanitarian implications, but will also foster regional integration, trade, and cooperation. We firmly believe that this step taken by ECOWAS will positively impact the lives of the people of Niger Republic and Nigeria and facilitate the restoration of trust and harmony among all member states.

As representatives of the people and advocates for justice and democracy, we commend ECOWAS for their responsiveness and understanding of the immense challenges faced by our fellow West African nation. The Northern Senators Forum stands in solidarity with ECOWAS IN restoring democracy and rule of law in Niger Republic and other west African countries, and we are committed to working to promote stability, peace, and socio-economic development throughout the region.

The Northern Senators Forum urges the government of Niger Republic and its people to seize this opportunity to hasten the process of returning to democratic governance to build a stronger and more prosperous nation, harnessing their resilient spirit and unwavering determination. Furthermore, we urge all regional stakeholders to continue engaging in dialogue and pursuing peaceful solutions to address any remaining concern, fostering a harmonious environment for progress and development.

Finally, the Northern Senators Forum would like to reiterate its deep appreciation to ECOWAS leaders especially President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria for their proactive and benevolent intervention in lifting the sanctions imposed on Niger Republic. We are confident that this decision will leave an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of all West African nations and serve as a shining example for resolving differences through dialogue and diplomacy.

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BREAKING: ECOWAS lifts sanctions against Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso

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President Bola Ahmad Tinubu addressing the Extraordinary meeting of ECOWAS heads of state in Abuja,Photo:Channels TV

 

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted sanctions imposed on Niger Republic, Mali, Burkina Faso, member nations that are ruled by military.

The authorities of ECOWAS on Saturday said the decision was based on humanitarian considerations, especially because of the Lenten period and the approaching month of Ramadan.

The regional bloc also lifted sanctions on Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

To invite all four countries to a meeting.

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