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NAPTIP Vows to Stamp out Human Trafficking in Nigeria

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From Tayese Mike, Yenagoa

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has promised that the agency will do everything within its power to kick trafficking out of the country.

Bayelsa State Commander, Mrs Abieyuwa Ikhidero, made the pledge in Yenagoa last weekend after a roadwork to commemorate the 2021 World Day against Trafficking in Persons, annually marked on July 30.

DAILY ASSET recalls that NAPTIP is a federal government agency established to the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Acts 2003 as re-enacted in 2015.

She said it would no longer be business as usual for human traffickers in Bayelsa and Nigeria in general.

The Bayelsa Commander urged young people and those molested in one form or the other, to as a matter of urgent to come out and speak without being silence.

Ikhidero commended all those that partners against human trafficking at the roadwork and urged them to continue with the good job of campaign to drive the scourge out of the country.

In her remarks, the wife of the Governor, Mrs Gloria Diri commended NAPTIP for marking the day against trafficking.

Represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Gender Development, in Bayelsa Mrs Faith Opuene, said human being are not for sale as they are not slaves, they are created by God.

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Mrs Diri urges all to stand against all manner of child labour and trafficking of human being.

“You see many people dying as they want to travel abroad by all means, when you go to the Sahara desert you will marvel of what some people are passing through.

“If they come that they want to help you resist and ask them to go help their children and their relatives.

“Let’s protest our girls children, and the young boys too. Nobody should move our children for illegal jobs abroad.

“All children are special before God and man, so, let’s say no to child trafficking, which has eaten deep in our country Nigeria,” she said.

A teacher from Saint Mathias Primary School Amarata, Mrs. Happiness Avalon commended NAPTIP for the sentitisation, which she said will change the narrative of young people.

She encouraged students and young people to always speak up never to hide anything from their parents and teachers at school.

DAILY ASSET reports that the roadwork which kicked off from Ekeki Motor Park Yenagoa, through Government House, ended at Peace Park, Yenagoa all in Bayelsa State.

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Yobe Enrols 17,000 Destitute for Free Medical Programme

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Dr Babagana Tijjani, Executive Secretary, Yobe State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency (YSCHMA) says the agency has so far enrolled over 17,000 poor people under its Social Equity Programme (SEP).

In a statement by the Agency’s Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Suleiman Bakoro, in Damaturu, on Friday, Tijjani  stated this at a workshop on utilization of Basic Healthcare Provision Funds (BHPF).

He said that Gov. Mai Mala Buni recently approved N200 million for the implementation of the programme, would fast track the attainment of Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC).

Tijjani noted that the SEP was one of the numerous programmes initiated by the governor to enhance access to free and qualitative healthcare services by the people.

On the BHCPF, the executive secretary said, the programme, jointly funded by the state and the Federal Government, also targeted the poor and vulnerable.

He said as at Aug. 25, the agency had paid capitations of 22,024 beneficiaries, adding that the figure represented “97.9% of BHCPF coverage target based on available funds disbursed through the NHIS gateway”.

Tijjani thanked the NHIS for organizing the workshop meant to build the capacity of the management and staff of the agency to perform their duties more effectively.

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In his remarks, the state NHIS Co-ordinator, Mr Abubakar Dabo, said that the objective of the workshop was to bring all stakeholders together to discuss implementation and utilization of the BHCPF.

He charged YSCHMA to ensure that operational guidelines were strictly adhered to in the utilisation of the funds.(NAN)

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ActionAid Secure £1.3m to Mobilise Youths, Women for Governance

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From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

ActionAid Nigeria has secured a £1.3 million grant from the United Kingdom through the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to increase women and youths’ participation in politics and governance in 2023 general elections.

The Women-Youth Project (We-You) is aimed at campaigning for women and young people in governance across Rivers, Kaduna, and Kano states.

The project will, among others, mobilise a critical mass of young people and women leading issue-based campaigns towards translating citizens’ demands into policy action in the benefiting states.

While Nigeria currently ranked 146th out of 152 countries in the global gap index on political empowerment, in the legislature, only 4.5 per cent are women.

The ActionAid County Director, Ene Obi, at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the British High Commission, noted that the overall goal of the project was to contribute to the all-inclusive democratic process and enhance citizen-led action towards the improvement of good governance in the country.

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We’ll Complete Sagbama-Ekeremor Road in First Tenure – Diri

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has expressed satisfaction with work on the second phase of the Sagbama-Ekeremor road project in the Bayelsa West Senatorial District.

Governor Diri, who defied the rains on Wednesday to inspect the 42-kilometre road from Toru-Orua to Ekeremor, told newsmen at Aleibiri that the project would be completed in his first tenure.

The road, which was started by his predecessor, is one of several ongoing similar projects embarked upon by Governor Diri’s Prosperity Administration.

He said if the contractor kept to the terms of the contract, all sections of the road would be completed as scheduled.

Diri assured the people of Bayelsa West of his commitment to fulfill his promises to them.

“I can actually see value for money. I am satisfied and I believe that the terms of the contract would be kept. The contractor promised to deliver the project on time as scheduled.

“We also told Bayelsans that in this first tenure we shall hit Ekeremor. The terms of the contract are such that it is tailored towards the end of our first tenure. Hopefully and by God’s grace we expect that this road and this stretch would be completed in no distant time,” he said.

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Also speaking, the Project Manager for Sectraco Construction Company, Engr. I. Julian, said the road is divided into two sections – Toru-Orua to Aleibiri (28km) and Aleibiri to Ekeremor (14km).

The project manager said at the moment, more work was being done on section one while some level of progress had being achieved on section two.

Julian commended the governor for consistently inspecting project sites, which he said contributed to the progress recorded so far.

He promised that the company would give its best to the state by delivering quality projects and on time too.

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