NO DTS 0607: FG COMMENCES EMPOWERMENT OF RURAL WOMEN IN DELTA CENTRAL, SOUTH SENATORIAL DISTRICTS
NO DTS 0608: GOV OKOWA GETS COMMENDATIONS FOR INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT, YOUTH EMPOWERMENT IN OKPANAM
NO DTS 0609: MOTORISTS CALL FOR REINSTALLATION OF TRAFFIC CONTROL LIGHT IN EFFURUN
NO DTS 0610: GROUP ADVOCATES GENDER PARITY IN DELTA
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NO DTS 0607: ASABA, NIGERIA SATURDAY MARCH 27, 2021
FG COMMENCES EMPOWERMENT OF RURAL WOMEN IN DELTA CENTRAL, SOUTH SENATORIAL DISTRICTS
By Obojobo Davis
As part of efforts to alleviate poverty among rural women, the Federal Government (FG), through its National Social Investment Programme, has started the disbursement of #20,000 each to vulnerable rural women in the Delta Central and South Senatorial districts of the state.
The focal person for the National Social Investment Programme, Mrs Bridget Anyafulu, while speaking with news men, said that the programme was aimed at cushioning the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic among vulnerable rural women, adding that the rural empowerment grant was being coordinated by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, just as she disclosed that the beneficiaries were captured and verified before receiving the #20,000 grant.
Some beneficiaries of the empowerment grant, who spoke to newsmen, thanked God for using the Federal Government to cushion their suffering, even as they yearned for more of such grants for rural women from other levels of government in the country.
NO DTS 0608: ASABA, NIGERIA SATURDAY MARCH 27, 2021
GOV OKOWA GETS COMMENDATIONS FOR INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT, YOUTH EMPOWERMENT IN OKPANAM
By Magnus Emuji
A renowned entrepreneur and front line indigene of Okpanam Community, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, Comrade Sam -Jibunor Emeifeogwu, has applauded Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the construction of several roads and empowering many youths in the community.
Comrade Emeifeogwu gave the commendation at Okpanam while speaking with newsmen after the recent inauguration of some roads in the area by the governor of Zamfara State in the company of his Sokoto State counterpart, RT. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on the invitation of the state governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa.
Comrade Emeifeogwu , who is the CEO of Inter Concept Microfinance Bank in Asaba and other parts of the state, noted that apart from the network of roads built by the state government, it had also delivered the dividends of democracy to Deltans in various ways, which he said had positively transformed the living standard of the populace.
He said that the roads in the Okpanam Community would facilitate socioeconomic growth and development of the area, adding that Governor Okowa had continued to display the needed commitment towards transforming the state capital and other parts of the state.
While describing the community as strategic to the state, especially Asaba, the state capital, Comrade Jibunor urged the community to remain peaceful, sustain the support for the Okowa Administration and embrace ideas that could impact positively on the development of the community.
Comrade Jibunor also lauded the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, an indigene of the community, for the key roles he had been playing in the development of the area, saying that the history of the community would not be complete without mentioning the name of the commissioner.
He called on youths in the area to always identify with things that could add values to their lives , emphasising that youths in any society were agents of positive change, just as he advised them to always have the right creative mindsets towards the development of not only themselves, but the community and beyond.
Comrade Jibunor said that the job creation and empowerment initiative of the state government was commendable, adding that the Okowa Administration had taken away several youths from the street by making them self reliant through the acquisition of relevant skills.
NO DTS 0609: ASABA, NIGERIA SATURDAY MARCH 27, 2021
MOTORISTS CALL FOR REINSTALLATION OF TRAFFIC CONTROL LIGHT IN EFFURUN
By Ambrose Ologide
Motorists in Effurun , Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State, have called for the reinstallation of the traffic control light at the Jakpa axis of Effurun-Sapele Road, by the Refinery Junction.
The removal of the installed traffic control light has adversely affected smooth vehicular movements with the attendant traffic gridlocks, mostly during the rush hours in the morning and evening.
A staff of one of the nearby high court in the area complained that the removal of the traffic control light often caused her lateness to the office, just as another staff of a commercial bank in the area lamented that it had not been easy for her to get to the office early everyday owing to the ever existing traffic logjams in the said area.
They appealed to the authorities concerned to reinstall the removed traffic pole on which was hoisted the control light and also ensure that the three traffic lights at the Refinery Junction were functional at all times to avoid traffic gridlocks.
NO DTS 0610: ASABA, NIGERIA SATURDAY MARCH 27, 2021
GROUP ADVOCATES GENDER PARITY IN DELTA
A Non Governmental Organization (NGO), under the aegis of Women Aid Collective (WACOL), has called on government at all levels, traditional institutions and stakeholders on gender based issues to initiate legislations that would encourage gender balancing while criminalising offenders against women and girls parity in the country.
This advocacy was one of the solutions proffered by resource persons during a one-day Consultative Meeting with Gatekeepers and Duty Bearers in Delta State on Ensuring the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls and the Operationalization of the State of Emergency on SGBV Declared by the Governors’ Forum, held at Larema Int’l Hotel, Asaba, Delta State.
In her remarks as the Chairman of the discussion session, Her Royal Majesty, Obi Martha Dunkwu, the Omu Anioma and Nneoha, posited that except the girl child was given adequate education in the formal and informal education, the problem of relegation and violence against women and girls would continue.
Omu Dunkwu said that leaders must reenact the values and morals of the past, which she said were lacking in present day Nigeria as a result of lack of proper mentoring.
She urged various NGOs in the country to, as a matter of urgency, begin to convoke fora where highly placed leaders and individuals were brought together to tell their stories to the younger ones.
According to her, “we must talk to the young ones. We must let them know that those who have achieved success in life that they view as their problems never became successful accidentally, they started from somewhere. These are how societies are modeled and built in advanced world, where successful individuals are engaged by NGOs to speak to younger generations by telling their life stories.”
“I challenge the youths, in particular girl youths, to stop being deceived that the future belongs to them. In today’s world, you must take the future by yourself and for yourself by tenaciously acquiring education. Then you must be incisive, daring, helping where help is needed, bold, confident and understanding your rights and purpose in creation.”
“Until the boy children are given moral trainings as the girls from their formative stages of life, I am afraid, we will continue to talk about gender based violence and all the assaults on women and girls. This is where the women have also failed in being proper mothers. When we talk about men misbehaving, they were children of women, brought up by women and most of them equally encouraged by women to keep misbehaving.”
” We must look at the issue at hand holistically, if we must achieve mileage in this discourse. We must equally have programmes and fora to talk to the men to be more accommodating and be friendly to allow women as wives, children, staff, colleagues to achieve their purpose in life.”
“We have all failed humanity as leaders. We have failed the girl child and even the boy child who does not understand how to behave and be nice from childhood. We must correct these anomalies by going back to the drawing board,” Omu Anioma insisted.
Meanwhile, various speakers looked at the challenges of women in the areas of unfair traditional practices, the use of women themselves to promote unfriendly cultural practices against women, illiteracy, not getting them involved in decision making and as a result women are denied rights of inheritance from their fathers’ properties.
However, the following solutions were proffered to encourage gender parity in the state and beyond.
First, that Government should enact laws to criminalise the denial of rights of women to inheritance.
Second, that Government should engage traditional rulers on the need to include women in critical decision making organs of their communities.
There should also be the need for constant advocacy to sensitise women and men to change their negative mindset orchestrated by encouraging negative implications of cultural practices against women.
Moreover, that the Legal Aid Council should set up legal units to fight for indigent women, while lawyers at all levels should be encouraged to give free legal services to women facing gender based violence.