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Consortium for combating GBV Sensitizes Participants On GBV In Kano




By Ozumi Abdul

A Consortium for combating GBV such as
Adolescent Health and Information Projects (AHIP) Women and Children Advocacy Network (WOCAN) Coalition Against Rape and Violence (CARAV) and Isa Wali (IWEI) on Tuesday organized a one-day sensitization workshop to educate participants on the dangers of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Kano state.

The projects which had its theme as “Pathways To Combating GBV In Kano State : Integrated Approaches To Strengthening Communities’ Resilience had in attendance participants drawn from various strata of the state , such as secondary school students, teachers, principals, civil society organizations, the media and other key relevant stakeholders.

While speaking, the Executive Director of Women and Children Advocacy Worker (WCAW), Hajiya Suwaiba Adamu Salihu stated that the major purpose for organizing the workshop is to enlighten the people of Kano state on the menace of GBV, and to break the culture of violence on GBV related issues,adding that it is imperative for victims of GBV to report to the relevant authorities so that justice can be administered.

She expressed satisfaction that the six month project of her organization that is marking its end today has impacted much on several participants, noting that several students have been giving testimonies of how the training has given them the capacities and self-esteem, as well as the community members.

She regretted that the participants were hitherto bereft of culture of reporting GBV cases because of fairs of stigmatization and stereotypes.

“Previously we don’t have the culture of reporting GBV cases, we have culture of covering cases to ourselves, because we don’t want our images to be tarnished, we don’t want this, we don’t want that, and the perpetrators will continue”.

She added that in most cases the perpetrators escape justice, which usually gives rooms to the increase of the GBV case.

Hajiya Suwaiba was upbeat that the training has now given the participants the capacity to report the cases and ensure justice is done to whoever is found guilty.

She also added that domestic violence in most cases are always left aside in the GBV issues, while the major concentration is usually on rape.

” When we say GBV, we don’t mean rape alone, no. We don’t mean drug abuse alone, we mean domestic violence, stigmatization, harassment, threats, stigmatizing between your children, such as male and female,so much social vices”.

She noted that domestic violence is unislamic, but cultural even though Islam enjoins women to be subservient to their husbands.

She said the unislamic culture of domestic violence has plunged many women into depression, frustration and ended up psychiatric homes, promising that culture of domestic violence will be broken.


Just In: Tinubu Meets Kwankwaso At Aso Rock




President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is currently holding a meeting with one of his key challengers in the February 25, 2023, Presidential Election, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso

Kwankwaso, who came fourth in the election, was the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).

He is the first presidential candidate in the keenly contested election to make a visit to the Aso Rock Villa having held an earlier meeting with the president in Paris before his inauguration on May 29.
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Daily Trust

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Dr.Y.Z Ya’u Elected as Convener of Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room



Dr YZ Yau

In a highly contested election held at the Abuja Continental Hotel, Dr. Y.Z Ya’u, the Executive Director of the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), has emerged as the new Convener of the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room.

The announcement was made in a statement released to the press by Ali Sabo, CITAD’s Digital Rights Officer.

The Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room is a coalition of more than 70 civil society organizations dedicated to monitoring Nigeria’s electoral process and elections across the nation.

Established in 2010 before the 2011 general elections, the Situation Room undertakes regular analysis and disseminates information on significant developments and events related to electoral conduct in Nigeria.

With a primary focus on improving the quality of Nigeria’s electoral system, the Situation Room aims to enhance the capacity of civil society organizations to engage and monitor the electoral process effectively. It supports coordination and synergy among various election stakeholders, promoting collaboration, proactive advocacy, and prompt action in response to incidents during elections.

The Situation Room’s secretariat is hosted by the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), a civil society organization founded by Clement Nwankwo. It serves as a platform for advanced planning, scenario building, evidence-based analysis, constructive engagement with stakeholders, and election observation.

During elections, the Situation Room sets up a physical Election Situation Room comprising an Analysts’ Room and a Technical Room. The Analysts’ Room consists of experts in democracy and governance issues, while the Technical Room houses a Call Centre and a Social Media desk. Field observers deployed nationwide for general elections and off-cycle governorship elections send reports to the Communication Room, where they are verified and published on the Situation Room’s social media platforms.

Incidents reported by field observers are escalated to relevant election stakeholders, such as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies, for prompt resolution. The Situation Room issues statements based on these reports, drawing attention to issues such as logistics challenges, security concerns, voter intimidation, and inducement. It calls upon the appropriate authorities to take immediate action in curbing such challenges.

One of the areas of particular focus for the Situation Room is the collation and transmission of election data, which it often identifies as the “weak link” in the Nigerian electoral system. By closely monitoring this stage of the electoral process, the Situation Room aims to ensure transparency and credibility in the declaration of winners.

With Dr. Y.Z Ya’u as its new Convener, the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room is poised to strengthen its efforts in promoting free, fair, and transparent elections in Nigeria, thereby contributing to the growth and consolidation of democracy in the nation.

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Passage of Police Pension and Training Bills Receives Commendation from Inspector-General of Police



IGP Usman Baba Alkali


In a momentous development, the National Assembly of Nigeria has passed the Police Pension Board Bill and the Nigeria Police Force College, Training School and Institution (Establishment) Bill.


The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has hailed this historic achievement and commended the National Assembly and well-meaning Nigerians for their support.


The passage of these bills is expected to bring about significant changes in the country’s policing system, standardize training procedures, improve police productivity, and alleviate pension-related hardships. The IGP expressed gratitude to all stakeholders involved and assured retirees that efforts are underway to implement the bills and address their long-standing pension concerns.

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