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Kogi set up task force on child rights

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Kogi State government has inaugurated task forces in each of the 21 local government areas of the state for enforcement and implementation of child rights. Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Bilkisu Momoh, disclosed this when children of Osara and Osaragada communities paid her a courtesy visit in Lokoja. The visit was facilitated by the European Union, EU, project on promoting rights of children in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria.

Momoh said the task forces to function alongside the Child Rights Implementation Committees, CRIC, and Child Protection Network, CPN, were on ground in the council areas to enhance prompt report of violation and rights’ abuses.

The commissioner who was represented by Mr Stephen Ojo, Director of Administration in the ministry, stated that the ministry was also in the business of prosecuting violators of children’s rights.

Masters Wahab Audu and Miracle Sheigaba, representing the children of Osara and Osaragada communities respectively, had earlier presented a sevenpoint charter of demand to the commissioner. Among the demands were; enforcement of their rights to “free, qualitative, conducive, standard and compulsory universal basic education; right to health and health services and prohibition of child marriage.

Responding, the EU and ActionAid Nigeria team lead by Mrs Gift Owonipa, Acting Project Manager of ActionAid in the state, commended the ministry for its efforts at ensuring protection of children’s rights.

She called on the children themselves, parents, teachers and all relevant stakeholders to be actively involved in the cause as she promised continued collaboration with the ministry to ensure protection of the most vulnerable

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BREAKING: ASUU meeting with FG end in deadlock, strike to continue

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The meeting between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday ended without an agreement.

As a result of this, the six-month-old strike embarked on by public university lecturers is set to continue.

The lecturers met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee at the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja with high hopes of resolving the impasse.

A senior member of ASUU said that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee didn’t come with any new offer on the table.

According to him, the committee pleaded with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 budget.

The meeting started at about 12pm and lasted for about three hours.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14.

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Suspected thugs destroy Tinubu’s Emilokan billboard in Lagos (PHOTO)

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Some persons suspected to be political thugs have vandalized a billboard of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos.

The billboard located on the close to the third mainland bridge was destroyed on Tuesday morning.

The action sparked tension online as some APC members have accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

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EFCC recovers another 1.4bn naira for NHIS

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EFCC writes INEC, demands APC, PDP, other aspirants’ bank details

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered an additional sum of one billion, four hundred million naira (N1.4 Billion) for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

In a statement via its official Twitter handle, the money, according to the commission, was part of the funds which some commercial banks ‘fraudulently’ refused to transmit to the Treasury Single Account, TSA, since 2015.

The statement further said the money had been released to the NHIS since August 5, 2022.

It also revealed that the Commission had in similar fashion on February 10, 2022, released a sum of N1.5bn to the scheme.

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