ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) continues to stand in solidarity with the families, friends and the entire community of the kidnapped Chibok girls, who in the last four years have endured the agony of missing their loved ones.
According to the Country Director of AAN, Ene Obi : ‘‘while we commend the efforts of the Federal Government and the Nigeria military for securing the release of some of these kidnapped girls. However, today we remember the 113 girls that are yet to be rescued and we join our voice with their families, friends in Nigeria and the international community to call on the Nigerian government to intensify effort to bring back the girls.’’
“The abduction of the Dapchi girls’ although now released has further heightened the vulnerability of the Nigerian girl-child, both in conflict and non-conflict zones. Hence, government at all levels must prioritise safe cities, provision of security and safe spaces in our schools in order to encourage girls’ enrolment and retention as well as protect them from all forms of violence”, she added.
Ene, however concluded that ‘‘the Federal Government and the Nigeria military should adopt its intelligence, power and negotiation as deployed for the release of the Dapchi girls, to bring back the remaining 113 missing Chibok girls and 1 Dapchi girl, Leah Shuaibu.’’
Lawmakers order CBN to suspend new charges on transaction
The House of Representatives on has directed the apex bank- the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to suspend the new charges placed on Nigerians under its new cashless policy, with immediate effect.
CBN had earlier announced an increase in charges on withdrawals and deposits exceeding N500,000.
But in a plenary session, the Lower House ordered the apex bank to suspend the policy until appropriate consultations have been concluded.
This was, also affirmed via a series of tweets on the official Twitter handle of the House of Representatives.
FBN boss, Awosika blames Nigeria’s security challenges on rural-urban migration
The Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika has blamed the nation’s security challenges on the increasing cases of rural-urban migration with limited opportunities.
Awosika , who delivered a lecture at the induction of Course 28 participants of the National Defence College in Abuja, also stressed on the need for the Federal Government to ensure inclusive and widespread development of the country.
“Most of the challenges you can have with security emanates from young people. 65 percent of our population is under 35.
“That is a national asset because it is abled-bodied working-class people, but it is also a national problem if we don’t engage them,” she added.
The FBN boss further noted that for the country to effectively tackle the menace of insecurity, the Federal Government should work hard in educating many youths and also engaging them upon graduation.
Averring that Nigeria has “an effective national education plan that ensures that every single child that is born in this country has access to education,” Awosika stated the importance of education, adding that “an educated, enlightened mind is an asset in nation-building.”
While commending the Armed Forces for their role to national development, she noted that securing Nigeria or any country is “beyond the guns and the battles.”
“It is more strategic, it is clearly proactive. And in being proactive in handling the issues that can lead to war, you need to have taken care of many factors from the onset”,she explained.
Awosika who believes that the nation’s economy has a great impact on the state of security concluded that people will avoid conflict and war when they are well fed.
On the issue of inclusiveness in the military, the First Bank Chief called for more enrolment of women in the nation’s Armed Forces.
Fayemi reacts to xenophobic attacks, says South African leaders must take convincing actions
The Chairman Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has called on South African authorities to do more to pacify keen observers of the Xenophobic developments in the country.
Fayemi recalled the roles played by Nigerians and Africans towards liberating South Africans in their days of struggle asking that such should be reciprocated.
“The South African struggle was a Pan African project. I recall what many parents did in Nigeria , everybody contributed. As a Young University student I was a volunteer in the ANC Chief representative office in Lagos, spending greater part of my youth involved in the struggle to free South Africa”, Fayemi recalled.
He continued : “Leaders in South Africa need to really demonstrate that they actually understand what Africans are saying to them. South Africa is not an Island.”
Fayemi stated that showing aggression and putting a uniform tag of criminality on all foreigners in South Africa is an error of judgement which smacks of ignorance and ingratitude.
But he calls for caution in the clamour by some protesters that Nigeria should sever ties with the Country as he highlights the peculiarity of international relations.
“Foreign relations is not handled in a precipitate manner, countries go through processes, I believe we haven’t got to the stage yet where we cut off relationship with South Africa”, the Ekiti state governor noted.
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