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Foundation urges PWDs to beware of human traffickers   



Nigeria National Association of Deaf (NNAD).
Nigeria National Association of Deaf (NNAD).

The International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) has urged Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to beware of human traffickers.

The call was made  in Abuja at the opening session of a two-day training workshop/capacity building organised by FIIAPP for executive members of Nigeria National Association of Deaf (NNAD).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that FIIAPP is a Spanish public foundation working on a project in Nigeria tagged “Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM), a project funded by the European Union (EU).

Mr Jose-Antonio Andeme, FIIAPP Institutional Coordinator, stated that the essence of the workshop was to intimate NNAD on how to identify human traffickers and the key issues in trafficking.

He said that the programme was also to let them know how to prevent the menace, policies put together and being developed by government and how government and law enforcement agencies are working against trafficking.

Andeme called on the association to join hands in the fight against the menace, adding that the trap of traffickers was not limited to anyone and that everyone is at risk of trafficking in Nigeria.

He said that the outcome of the two-day workshop would determine the foundation’s further collaboration and assistance with the deaf people.

The Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Mrs Fatima Waziri-Azi, noted that traffickers would always take the advantage of vulnerability in people to perpetrate their evil work.

The director general who was represented by Mr Josiah Emerole, the Director of Public Enlightenment, NAPTIP, called on PWDs to beware of tactics adopted by traffickers to get their victims.

“Traffickers will always look for such vulnerability like that of the PWDs to exploit, this is why it is necessary to disclosed the the menace of trafficking and to let you know how traffickers play their tactics.

“They will always come to promise better deal far better than what you are doing presently, these are all lies, they can even tell you that you will begin to hear when they take you out of your comfort zone.

“From your interrogation with these traffickers, you will be able to know whether what they are telling you is the truth or not, that is why a workshop like this is organised.

“NAPTIP as the focal government agency against human trafficking has been doing its best to create awareness in the local communities,” Waziri-Azi said.

Mr James Lalu, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for People With Disabilities (NCPWD), expressed his happiness over the workshop, adding that disability is not an immunity to commit crimes.

He said that the organiser of the workshop had taken the right steps and that NCPWD would continue to capitalise on the provisions of Section 16 of the Discrimination of Persons with Disability Prohibition Act.

Lalu said that persons with disability were working hard to partner with relevant agencies to ensure they are uplifted in the society.

“We are working with expert from the deaf communities to harmonise different languages present in Nigeria for us to come up with unique sign language.

“Sign language is our only means of communication, we must all come together to see how we can fight the discrimination against disability persons, we are open for further and more robust partnership,” he said.


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Senate Blocks First-time Senators from Contesting Senate President, Deputy Senate President Offices



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Senate in Session


**Approves nine other standing committees

The Senate has amended its standing rules to prevent first-time senators from contesting for the office of the President of the Senate and that of the Deputy President of the Senate.

The amendment was carried out at the plenary yesterday after the Leader of the Senate, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele moved a motion for the amendment of standing rules to accommodate new standing committees. 

The motion, which was seconded by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Simon Mwadkwon, overwhelmingly received support of all the senators across all political affiliations when the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio put on voice vote.

At the plenary, also, the Senate carried out nine other amendments aimed at accommodating new standing committees.

As shown in its motion, the Senate created the Committee on Atomic and Nuclear Energy, which would oversee the Nigeria Nuclear Energy Regulatory Commission, Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission and their annual budget estimates.

The Senate also bifurcated the Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT) into two different standing committees namely the Committee on FCT and Committee on FCT Area Councils.

The Senate resolved that the Committee on FCT would oversee matters affecting the FCT, Planning and Development of the new Federal Capital Territory and control of development within the Federal Capital Territory and its annual budget

The upper chamber further resolved that the Committee on FCT Area Councils would oversee Area Council Mandate, Area Council Service Commission, Area Council Staff Pension Board, Auditor- General for the Area Council and other agency or department under FCT.

The Senate similarly divided the Committee on Sports into two standing committees to now reflect the Committee on Sports Development as well as Committee on Youth and Community Engagements.

According to the Senate, the jurisdiction of the Committee on Sports Development shall include Federal Ministry of Sport Development, National Lottery Commission, National Institute for Sports, Nigeria Football Federation, Sport Arena Development, national and international sporting activities, sports administration and annual budget estimates.

The Senate further said the jurisdiction of the Committee on Youth and Community engagements should include Federal Ministry of Youth Development, National Youth Service Corps, Citizens and Leadership Training Centre, Offices of the Senior Assistant to the President on Community Engagement in the six geo-political zones, youths movements activities and associations and its annual budget estimates.

The Senate also divided the Committee on Solid Minerals, Steel Development and Metallurgy into the Committee on Solid Mineral Development and the Committee on Mines and Steel Development.

The Senate said the Committee on Solid Mineral Development “shall oversee Federal Ministry of Solid Mineral Development, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, Mining Cadastre Office and Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientist, Nigerian Metallurgical Training Institute, Solid Minerals Development Fund, Nigeria Institute of Mining and Geoscience, National Metallurgical Development Centre, exploration of minerals extraction and quarry, geological survey and minerals investigation as well as explosives.

“The Committee on Mines and Steel Development shall oversee Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Aluminum Smelting Company of Nigeria, Ajaokuta Steel Development Company, National Iron Ore Mining Company, National Steel Raw Material Exploration Agency and their budgets.”


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NLC,TUC Make U-Turn Suspend Planned Strike, FG To Pay Workers N35,000



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Organised labour have suspended its planned nationwide indefinite strike action for the next month.

This was contained in a memorandum of understanding signed Monday by the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, and General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja; as well as the TUC President, Festus Osifo, and Secretary General, Nuhu Toro.

The three-page document was also signed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong; Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Dr Nkeiruka Onyejeocha; and Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris.

“The NLC and TUC accept to suspend for 30 days the planned Indefinite Nationwide strike scheduled to begin, Tuesday, the 3rd of October, 2023,” the MoU reads in part.

“The Federal Government grants a wage award of N35,000 (thirty-five thousand
Naira) only to all Federal Government workers beginning from the month of
September pending when a new national minimum wage is expected to have
been signed into law.”

The decisions come at the end of an hours-long meeting between the Federal Government, NLC, and the TUC on Monday.

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Nigeria@63: God Will Heal Our Nation – Pastor Adeboye



Pastor E.A.Adeboye

Pastor Enoch Adeboye has prayed to God to heal Nigeria, asking citizens to also pray for the betterment of the nation.

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) said this on Sunday during the church’s October Thanksgiving Service and Nigeria’s 63rd Independent Day celebration.

Pastor Adeboye spoke on the topic ‘Freedom Indeed’ during the service.

“I pray in the name that is above every other name that God will heal our nation,” the preacher said.

“Independence is talking about freedom, that is why we would be talking about freedom indeed. You may be enjoying independence from the colonial master and still be a slave to sickness, poverty, terror, and forces of darkness,” he added.

“I am wishing you a very good celebration but more than anything else, I wish all of you who are in Christ freedom and freedom indeed.”

In many churches across the nation, the Christians marked Independence Day with praises and prayers for the country.

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