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Human trafficking outreach: NAPTIP, ICMPD target 100 victims in Kano

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National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP), on Wednesday, organised a free medical outreach for 100 victims of human trafficking in Kano.

The one-day medical outreach, organised in collaboration with International Centre for Migration on Policy Development (ICMPD), was under the framework of “Strengthening Niger-Nigeria Cooperation on Countering Trafficking in Human Beings.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project was funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Director-General of NAPTIP, Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, said that the outreach had become necessary in order to address issues of trauma and sexual exploitation on victims of human trafficking (VoTs).

Waziri-Azi, represented by the Director, Counselling and Rehabilitation, NAPTIP, Mrs Angela Agbayekhai, said the victims always had medical issues which might not even known.

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“The programme will enable them get medical attention and drugs so that they can fit properly into the society.

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“We hope to extend the outreach to some other states,” she said.

The director-general commended ICMPD for supporting the project and advised parents and guardians not to allow their children and wards to leave Nigeria to seek for greener pasture.

“There is no place like Nigeria; it is not greener out there at all,” Waziri-Azi said.

Also speaking, the Head of Region, ICMPD, Dr Mojisola Sodeinde, said that the project was aimed at ensuring that victims of trafficking have access to medical needs while undergoing rehabilitation at the shelter for proper health care services.

“Victims of human trafficking (VoTs) are exposed to various health risks and abuses, such as sexually transmitted infection, HIV/AIDS, pelvic inflammatory disease, skin infection, psychosocial health problems, drug abuse and insomnia, among others,’’ the ICMPD chief said.

Sodeinde, represented by the Programme Assistant, ICMPD, Mr Adeniyi Bakre, said that the outreach was also targeted at creating awareness on the ills and dangers of trafficking in persons (TIP) and other transitional-organised crimes.

Earlier, the Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Medical Association of Women Doctors, Dr Hajara Maizare-Ibrahim, said that to support and advise the victims on their health problems.

Maizare-Ibrahim, who is also a member of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kano branch, said “since health is wealth, we don’t need to be seriously ill before we seek medical advice.

“It is good to identify health issues early and seek medical advice.”

NAN reports that the victims were given welcome packs, which included bags, perfumes, slippers, towels, soap and cream, among others.

Mrs Hafsat Muhammad, who spoke on behalf of the victims, commended NAPTIP and ICMPD for their kind gestures.

“I am married and a nurse by profession. I travelled to United Arab Emirates (Dubai) to work as a nurse because I was in need of money to cater for my family.

“After arriving Dubai, I was told I had to work as a housemaid, which I rejected and as a result, they refused to give me accommodation. The experience was so traumatic but I thank God that I came back safely.”

Muhammad called on government and kind-hearted individuals to assist women with empowerment to enable them become self-reliant. (NAN)

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Reports: Danagundi receives petition on misappropriation by former NPC DG

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The Director General of the National Productivity Centre Dr Baffa Babba Danagundi has received a petition of misappropriation by the former Director General of the centre Dr Nasir Olaitan Raji Mustapha

The content of the petition sighted by this paper centred on the misappropriation of 2.5% administrative charges on the staff of the agency in which the staff were given a token of 100,000 each after a bitter complaint.

The petition alleged that the DG was not alone in this gross misconduct but with the support of the agency’s head of account as well as the Director of procurement.

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The former DG also purchased old vehicles for the agency while approval was given for new ones.

It further alleged the compromising of an audit report which was recently conducted in the agency during his tenure as Director General.

A staff of the agency who pleaded for anonymity confirmed to this paper that the Director General of the centre has received the petition but hasn’t spoken about it.

“Let’s wait for next week to hear from the DG but he has received the petition a day after his assumption to office, it is on his table”. The source said.

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NUJ Inaugurates Oasis Magazine Chapel

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By Daniel Dafe

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has inaugurated a new chapel in Delta State, Oasis Magazine Chapel.

The brief ceremony took place at the DELSU Staff Club, Site 1, Abraka on Friday.

Speaking during the event, Chairman, Delta NUJ, Comrade Churchill Oyovwe, said: “It is with immense pleasure and a deep sense of responsibility that I stand before you today on this momentous occasion. Today marks a significant milestone in the history of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Delta State Council, as we officially recognize and celebrate the approval of the Oasis Magazine Chapel by our esteemed national secretariat.”

According to him, “the establishment of the Oasis Magazine Chapel is not just a testament to the growth and dynamism of journalism in Delta State, but also a reflection of our collective commitment to upholding the highest standards of journalistic integrity, professionalism, and ethical reporting,” adding: “It is a beacon of hope and a symbol of our unwavering dedication to the principles of truth, accountability, and the public good.”

He continued: “As we gather here today, we are reminded of the critical role that journalism plays in our society. In an era where information is both a powerful tool and a potential weapon, the responsibility that rests on our shoulders as journalists is immense. We are the watchdogs of democracy, the voice of the voiceless, and the defenders of truth. The establishment of the Oasis Magazine Chapel is a reaffirmation of our pledge to these noble ideals.”

While commending Oasis Magazine Chapel for their perseverance, dedication and hard work that have culminated in this remarkable achievement, he said: “Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, and today, we celebrate your success and the bright future that lies ahead.”

Speaking further, Oyowe, said: “In line with our commitment to ensuring a smooth and effective transition, a caretaker committee will be set up to midwife the executive of the chapel. This committee will be tasked with the responsibility of laying a solid foundation for the chapel, ensuring that it operates by the guidelines and principles of the NUJ. I have full confidence in the abilities of the members of this committee to steer the chapel toward a path of excellence and distinction.

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“As we embark on this new journey, I urge all members of the Oasis Magazine Chapel to remain steadfast in their commitment to the core values of our profession. Let us continue to strive for accuracy, fairness, and impartiality in our reporting. Let us be guided by the principles of ethical journalism and remain vigilant in our duty to serve the public interest.”

Furthermore, he appreciated the national secretariat for their unwavering support and for granting the approval of the Oasis Magazine Chapel.

“Together, let us continue to work towards a brighter and more prosperous future for journalism in Delta State and beyond. Let us uphold the legacy of excellence that the NUJ represents and remain committed to the pursuit of truth and justice,” he said.

Meanwhile, in his remarks, Secretary of the union in the state, Comrade Victor Sorokwu, described the event as “a very historic, remarkable milestone not just in NUJ Delta Council but in the life of the new administration.”

In his words, “this will be the first chapel that will be created in the past fifteen years outside Asaba, if not twenty years outside of Asaba.”

He humorously added: “If e dey easy, some of us for don create chapel finish.”
Adding that this is “a bold and courageous disposition of the administration led by Comrade Churchill to undertake this development and expansionist policy of NUJ Delta State Council.”

“We use to be sixteen. Today the council will become eighteen chapels. That is what we have come to do today so for us it is very important, it is a milestone, It is historic and very remarkable.

Speaking on behalf of the caretaker committee, Daniel Umukoro, said with the chapel coming on board, history has been made in the university town and the Delta Central senatorial district, being the first chapel that is an offshoot of a media house in the area.

He said that since the news of the chapel got to town, many graduates of Mass Communication have since indicated interest to work with Oasis Magazine and also be part of the NUJ.

He continued: “This chapel will revolutionise journalism in the area and beyond. We already have the backing of several stakeholders in the area and others will be visited soon to seek their support and backing.

While thanking God for making the project come to reality, he applauded the Vice-Chancellor of Delta State University, DELSU, Abraka, Professor Andy Egwunyenga, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Festus Ahon and the immediate past Chairman of Ethiope East Local Government Area, Hon. (Pharm.) Victor Ofobrukueta for their support while Oasis Magazine sought approval for the new chapel.

“We will not let those looking up to us and those that believe in Oasis Magazine down,” he said.

Speaking further, he said Oasis Magazine has been doing its bit in contributing to the field of journalism and nation building, but added that with this chapel coming to light, another feather has been added to the cap of Oasis Magazine, saying this will motivate the team to do even more and set the pace for others to follow.

“It’s a great day for the media business and the practice of journalism,” he averred.

Also present during the occasion was the Auditor, Delta NUJ, Celestine Afokobah.

Members of the new chapel that graced the event include Daniel Umukoro, Chairman, Caretaker Committee, Felix Okotie, Secretary, Caretaker Committee, Joy Enamuotor, Member, Caretaker Committee, Ambrose Ologide, Vivian Erivwode, Franklin Ogude, Endurance Akpomiemie and Oseji Rufus.

The inaugurations of Oasis Magazine and Fresh Angle chapels bring the total number of chapels in the state to 18.

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PDP Chieftain Lauds Governors’ Forum Decision on Adherence to Electoral Guidelines

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ibrahim Ali Amin “Little,” has lauded the decision of the party’s governors’ forum to ensure that the constitution and laid-down guidelines on the election of party executives are followed strictly in the forthcoming state, local government, and ward congresses.

The Kano PDP chieftain explained that the governors’ position taken at their just-concluded meeting in Enugu has established the fact that the party is committed to reclaiming Nigeria come the 2027 general election.

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Ali-Amin, a grassroots mobilizer and former gubernatorial candidate in Kano, said staging free, fair, and transparent congresses will also attract more Nigerians to join the party, pointing out that Nigerians have more hope in PDP than in any other political party.

While urging all party members in Kano to join hands in moving PDP forward, the chieftain expressed hope that the party leadership will adhere strictly to the provisions of the party’s congresses and electoral guidelines in the forthcoming congress and election of the Kano executives.

He also reiterated his resolve to continue to work for the PDP at all levels for ultimate victory, noting that Nigerians need to be salvaged from the current hardship through sincere and committed leadership, which the PDP is set to provide.

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