Women Must Unite To Speak With One Voice — Rt Hon Ativie

Benin city – Former Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Elizabeth Ativie, has reiterated calls on the need for women in the country to unite and speak with one voice.
Rt. Hon Ativie who made the call recently during an event organized by the National Coalition On Affirmative Action (NCAA) to commemorate 2018 Women’s Day in Benin city, asserted that, the era of “pull her down syndrome” is past.
The theme of the event which is “Rural and Urban Activists, Transforming Women’s Lives”, the member representing Uhunmwode Constituency at the Edo assembly said, was apt, genuine, and timely considering the role of women in moulding society.
The female lawmaker charged women in leadership positions to use their influence to push for the implementation of 35 percent affirmative action, which she noted, is being championed by the forum of Female Parliamentarians comprising all female legislators in the 36-States Houses of assembly.
Earlier, the coordinator, NCAA, Hon Florence Gbinigie, commended the wife of Edo state governor, Betsy Obaseki, for reaching out to the legislators to pass the Gender And Equal Opportunities and the Violence Against Women Bills.

Hon. Gbinigie said that, as a civil society group working in the area of gender, NCAA have decided to work together with relevant stakeholders to work together to affect the lives of women and girls in the country.
Also speaking, Chief Judge of the state, Justice Esohe Ikpomwen, urged government at all levels to empower women by partnering with financial institutions and private sector to provide funding to female business owners.
The Edo CJ, represented by Caroline Nwoha, called on Edo state government to emulate Lagos state in establishing Domestic Violence Response Team, to encourage victims of all forms of abuse to report their experiences without fear of being stigmatized or reprimanded.
“The most important thing is the creation of awareness especially amongst the rural women. Most rural women do not know their rights, when such rights are abused or violated and what steps to take when these rights are violated”, She noted.
Present at the event, were Egor Local government council chairman, Hon Eghe Ogbemudia, representatives from the office of Edo state first lady, ministry of Health, Education, youth groups, market women, traditional rulers, amongst others.

FA/Aiteo Cup: Bendel Insurance Pip Eagles Wings

BENIN CITY – Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin began the defence of Edo FA Cup on a winning note as they pipped Eagles Wings FC yesterday at the Uniben Sports Complex, Benin.
A late strike from new signing Junior Osaghae gave the Edo giants a 1-0 Victory over their resilient visitors, thus sending the defending champions into the round of 16 of the 2018 Aiteo Cup.
Insurance face Alhaji FC in the round of 16 on Monday, May 14 in the FA cup.
The new look insurance at the weekend recorded a convincing 3-0 victory against Spartans FC of Lagos to start the new Nigeria National league, NNL campaign in Benin as they began their quest for promotion to the nations elite division.

NYSC Lists Requirements For 2018 Batch ‘A’ Camp Registration

ABUJA – The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) says all necessary documents required from prospective corps members both foreign and local graduates must be presented before camp registration for the 2018 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Course.
According to the NYSC official twitter handle @nysc_ng, the corps members must therefore take note of all required documents and make adequate preparation ahead of the commencement of orientation course.
It said those who studied in the country should bring to their respective camps their degree or HND certificates or statement of results and a personal Identity Card (ID) from the institution of graduation.
It said foreign graduates should endeavour to bring for verification, original copies of all their uploaded credentials and travel documents including international passport

According to the NYSC twitter handle, foreign graduates must ensure that academic papers in languages other than English must be translated into English accordingly and both versions presented for verification at the camp.
“ Medical and Veterinary Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists, Optometrists, Physiotherapists, Nurses and Public Environmental Health Graduates should come along with their professional licenses or certificates of full registration issued by their professional bodies,’’ it said.
Mr Bello Ballama, NYSC FCT Coordinator, in an earlier interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the scheme had set a tentative date to commence orientation for the 2018 Batch ‘A’ Stream I.
“The tentative date set by the scheme is April 19,” he said.
NAN reports that the NYSC on Monday April 16, commenced issuance of call-up letters to prospective corps members.

Herdsmen Attack: Farmers Take Protest To House Of Assembly, Demand Justice

BENIN CITY – Farmers in Egor, Ova and Useh communities yesterday protested to the Edo state House of Assembly to seek an end to the endless destruction of crops and lives of farmers in their communities by the rampaging Fulani herdsmen.
The protesting farmers complained that their lives are no more safe as they are daily threatened by the activities of these herders who invade their farms with their cattle.
According to the protesters, their coming to the House of Assembly was occasioned by the fact that their earlier complaint to the Police, Enogie and Odionweres of their communities yielded no result.
They said the leaders of the Fulani herdsmen refused to answer the summon served on them by the leaders of the affected communities.
Speaking on behalf of the protesting farmers, Madam Stella Enoghayin Osagie said that the incessant attacks on farmers in their communities has taken another dimension as the farmers can no longer go to their farmlands.
She said that it became imperative for the farming communities to approach the legislature in other to seek effective and proactive measures to address the wanton killings by the herdsmen.
In her words: “we are here this morning at the state House of Assembly to inform you that our lives are no longer safe in our respective communities. Herdsmen have taken over our farmlands, destroying crops, raping our women and killing our farmers.
“Our security agencies in the state are incapacitated in the fight against herdsmen attacks thereby leaving the people to resort to other means defending ourselves.
“We don’t want to resort to taking up arms to defend our lives as this could lead to a breakdown of law and order invariably plunging the state into anarchy.
“We appeal to you to use your good office to come to our rescue before the herdsmen completely eliminate each and everyone of us in the farming communities”, Madam Stella noted.
In the same vein, another member of the protesting farmers, who simply identified himself as Mr. Amadin, said their lives are no longer safe as their means of livelihood are being destroyed by the Fulani herdsmen.
He said their complaint to the various authorities have yielded no result.
“We decided to come and meet with our representative in the House of Assembly to tell them the problem we are facing in our communities since our earlier complaint to the Police, Enogie and Odionweres yielded no result,” he said, adding that “the leaders of the Fulani herdsmen have refused to answer the summon served on them by the leaders of our communities.”
In his response, the speaker of the house, Rt. Hon. Kabiru Adjoto said that government was deeply concerned about the worrisome nature of the attack on farmers by herdsmen in the state. He said that as a House it will reach out to the state governor with a view to amicably resolving the problems.
The speaker who thanked the protesting farmers for organizing themselves peacefully and not resorting to picking up arms said that as a government it was bothered about the security of lives and property hence it will seek effective measures to address the farmers and herdsmen crisis in the state.

Obaseki places 90-day total ban on grazing in Odighi, Odiguetue communities, environs

As an interim measure to forestall further killings and destruction of property, Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has placed a 90- day total ban on grazing in Odighi, Odiguetue communities and environs.
Obaseki announced the ban during a meeting with members of Odighi, Owan and Odigwuetue communities at the palace of the Enogie of Odighi Community in Ovia North East Local Government Council of the state.
The governor said the ban became necessary to stop further killings as the duty of his administration is to protect lives and property of the people of the state.
“We have set up a special taskforce made up of the Army, Police, State Security Service, hunters and vigilante groups to comb the bushes and dislodge squatter camps of killer herdsmen and ensure no grazing takes place in Odighi, Odiguetue communities and environs”.
He added that within two weeks, the taskforce will go round the affected communities to get information that will help dislodge the criminals who pose as herdsmen in the forest.
Obaseki noted that “before now fulani herdsmen were known for carrying sticks around to control their cattle” and lamented that “today some of them have become criminals.”
He said there is need to separate herdsmen from cattle rustlers who steal cattle, invade farms, rape and kill people, and assured that efforts are being made to identify the real herdsmen in the state.
Obaseki said his administration is set to scale up agricultural activities in Odighi Community which was once known as the food basket of the state, and pledged to fix the water system in the area and re-construct the old roads in the community to open up the area for development.
“We have taken the designs of the old roads in these areas and in two weeks’ time we will start the re-construction of the roads. Tomorrow, government officials will be here to check the water system in the communities and fix it so that the people will have access to potable water.
A resident of Odighi Community, Uyiosa Okundia, said the people lived together peacefully with herdsmen until they started invading their farms with their cattle and eating their crops, killing their men and raping their women.
Ebohon Pius from Odigwuetue community said the only source of water in the community has been taken over by herdsmen as they now buy water and food to feed their family because they cannot farm anymore.
“We now have kidnappers, robbers and criminals in our community who operate under the cover of herdsmen”.
Earlier, the governor worshiped at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church Odighi, where he assured the vicar of the church Rev. Canon David Obakozuwa-Edokpolor, the members and people of the community of the readiness of his administration to restore order and peace in the communities.

253 teachers to teach Benin language, history – Obaseki

Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said the state government has completed the training of 253 teachers, who will be deployed to teach Benin culture, language and history in secondary schools and selected primary schools across the state.
Obaseki disclosed this at the weekend during the presentation of a book titled: “Ogiamien And The Illusion of Kingship,” written by the Esogban of Benin, Chief David Edebiri, in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
He said the deployment of the teachers to the schools is in line with the state government’s policy to preserve Benin’s rich history and culture, noting, “We are emphasising the study of Benin language, culture and history to preserve it for the present and the future generations. This is to ensure that we preserve our identity.”
The governor said a major focus of his administration is to reform basic education in the state, adding, “In few years to come, children who complete basic education in the state would have obtained quality education, similar to the quality of education obtained by the author of the book.”
According to him, “During the last book presentation by Chief Edebiri, I made a commitment to restore the teaching of history in our school curriculum. We have not only achieved the promise but happy that the Federal Government is following suit by reintroducing the teaching of history in the national curriculum.”

He commended the author of the book, whose generation, he said, has helped build local communities, the state and country.
The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, also commended Chief Edebiri, noting that the book has revealed more historical facts about the Benin monarchy by dispelling the wrong perception relating to the defeat of Ogiamien by the Oba of Benin in the 13th Century.
The Benin monarch, who was represented by the Oliha of Benin, Chief Edionwe Oliha, noted that the book is significant in presenting the real issue about Ogiamien, adding, “I commend the author in going the extra mile to present such a book. I have confidence that the book will serve as valuable research material for researchers and all those interested in Benin history.”
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonaya Onu, said the heritage of Benin Kingdom is significant to the social development of Nigeria, noting, “When I visited the Benin Museum and Igun Street, where the great Benin art works are made, I was marvelled by the resourcefulness put into creating such works. The Federal Government will review how such resources can be used in deepening the development of science and technology in the country.”
The author of the book, Chief David Edebiri, expressed appreciation to dignitaries who were at the event, noting, “The book is the 8th in the Benin historical essay series. I realised that if I fail to document these aspects of our history, it would mean denying the present and future generations the knowledge of these facts in our historical development.”

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