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45 Million Women Lack Access To Family Planning In Nigeria

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The Country Director of an international non-governmental organisation, Marie Stopes Nigeria, has expressed concerns that about 45 million active women of childbearing age lack access to family planning and sexual reproductive health services in the country.

Effiom  Effiom, made the revelation in Abuja Monday during a two-day sexual reproductive health workshop his organization, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, organised for traditional and religious leaders.

He said lack of access to facilities for family planning and sexual reproductive health services, lack of commodities at health facilities, coupled with other traditional and religious barriers has contributed to the high maternal mortality rates in the country.

Effiom said the workshop was organised to engage traditional and religious leaders to appreciate critical issues affecting provision and uptake of quality reproductive health services.

Mamman Mahmuda, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, believed that traditional and religious leaders have a role to play towards promoting advocacy and supporting demand generation for sexual reproductive health services and rights to reduce maternal and infant mortalities in Nigeria.

 

 

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Army Dismisses Report Of Attacks On Igbo Communities In South-East

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The Nigerian Army (NA) has dismissed report by a group called Inter-Society, alleging attacks on Igbo communities in the South-East region.

A statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, who accused the group of endorsing the activities of the  Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network(ESN), said the allegation was an attempt to incite the public against the Army.

“The organisation has tacitly encouraged anarchy in the region through spurious allegations,” he said.

He said the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, otherwise known as InterSociety, has an antecedent of making bogus and unsubstantiated claims, aimed at supporting the activities of outlawed groups in Southern Nigeria.

The group had in its report alleged that in 14 months, troops razed not less than 100 Igbo communities, attacked not less than 1,000 dwelling houses belonging to unarmed civilians and destroyed property valued at not less than N40billion.

The report also alleged that security operatives killed 1,150 innocent and defenceless Ndigbos within the said period.

“While the NA would not like to join issues with such organisations, which sympathise with the bloodletting and other heinous crimes going on in the region, it is instructive to state that the NA remains a cherished national institution that has fought at different fronts for the defence of the sovereignty and unity of Nigeria and would therefore not permit dissidents and their cohorts to undermine national security.

“It is sacrosanct to reaffirm that the NA is a professional force that conducts its operations in line with global best practices and would not under any guise be involved in the suggestive extra judicial killings and such wanton abuse of the fundamental human rights of the citizenry, as alleged by InterSociety. More worrisome is the fact that organizations such as InterSociety turn their eyes the other way, when outlawed groups like IPOB/ESN forcefully deny law abiding citizens their inalienable rights to freedom of movement through their illegal sit-at-home order.

“These organisations and their likes are advised to re-channel their concerns to the crimes committed by these criminals, who abduct, torture, maim kill and cannibalize their traditional rulers, fellow ndigbos and other innocent Nigerians under the guise of struggle for ’emancipation,’” the Army spokesman said.

He restated that the Nigerian Army remains a professional force that adheres to extant rules of engagement and code of conduct for operations.

He, therefore, called on members of the general public to disregard the “unfounded allegations emanating from the propaganda arm of dissident groups in the toga of Civil Society organization.”

Culled from the Leadership News Nigeria

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National Economic Council (NEC) Will Take Position On Fuel Subsidy In June

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The National Economic Council (NEC) has dismissed insinuations that it have taken a position on fuel subsidy, saying a decision will be taken in June.

Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Thursday after a meeting of NEC presided over by vice president Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He also clarified that the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021 has already taken care of some of the contending issues.

He said, “I think in addition to that, what you have to understand, we didn’t make any presentation on this (fuel subsidy) because there has not been a decision.

“But in reality, all of us Nigerians know that there is now the Petroleum Industry Act. And NNPC has now become, you know, a limited liability company. So NNPC will run differently.

“So if the Minister of Finance, you know, provides for six months, you probably can understand part of the reason for the provision of six months before NNPC fully takes off, and at that moment, that’s when decisions will be made.

“But I want to make the correction that it is not governors who are making recommendations. It is actually a NEC committee, you know, which comprises all the other people that are looking at this and no decision has been made, and probably by the time, a decision will be made.

Culled from the Leadership News Nigeria

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Sit-At-Home: 3days Complete Compliance, APC Youth Leader Shot Dead In Enugu

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Residents in Enugu have heaved a sigh of relief as the earlier warned 4 days sit-at-home order was shortened to three days given the Federal High Court adjournment of court proceedings on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to Wednesday 16th February 2022.

Like cats crawling out of holes, many were still afraid of stepping out of their homes out of fear at the early hours of Thursday. But by mid-day, more vehicles were seen on the roads and shops gathered courage to open up for business; nobody wants to be a scapegoat.

For three consecutive days, Monday 17th–Wednesday 19th January, 2022, all forms of economic activities were shut down completely in Enugu and the other South-Eastern states.

Schools, petrol stations, banks, markets, street shops, and even motor parks; no economic activity whatsoever transpired in the East in solidarity for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is facing terrorism charges sued against him by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Compliance with the sit-at-home order is not disassociated to fear for one’s life as many have been killed and properties destroyed for flaunting the order.

Sadly, on Tuesday evening, gunmen invaded the Enugu South local government office of the All Progressive Congress party, APC, during their meeting and shot dead the APC State Youth Leader, Mr. Kelvin Ezeoha, and one other member.

A Chieftain of the party in the state said, “Some gunmen invaded the Enugu South LGA APC meeting and opened fire on the party members,”

“They killed the immediate past Enugu South LG Chairman of the party, now the incumbent state youth leader, Mr. Kelvin Ezeoha, and one other person, while other party members were kidnapped.”

It is not clear if the attack has political undertone or hoodlums unleashing terror on innocent citizens.

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