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Declare Rape A National Crises – Amnesty International Charges Buhari

A global human rights organisation , Amnesty International , has urged on the PresidentMuhammadu Buhari, to declare rape a national crisis in the country.

Amnesty International Nigeria said on Wednesday that it joined its voice to other civil societies demanding justice for Uwaila and Barakat .

The AI Nigeria , in a series of tweets , noted that a “ toxic culture that encourages men to see women as passive sex objects” must be discouraged.

The organisation tweeted:

“The government ’ s response to rape continues to be woefully inadequate . Frequent reports of rape across Nigeria are a gruesome reminder of the violence women and girls face. Violence against women and girls is often not properly registered or investigated.

“ The rape and murder of 18 – year- old student , Barakat Bello , in Ibadan is shocking . Amnesty International is calling on the Nigerian authorities to declare a national crisis on rape.

Women and girls ’ safety must be paramount across Nigeria .

“ Dear President Buhari , declare rape a national crisis . Rape is a crime . If there is no consent , it is rape , even if the victim stays quiet and does not resist . The ‘ boys will be boys ’ mentality warps sex into something for men, done by men to women , without regard for the woman ’ s well – being. This toxic culture that encourages men to view women as passive sex objects needs to be addressed .

We are joining people in Nigeria to demand justice for Omozuwa ( Uwaila) , who was raped and murdered in a Nigerian church. Violence against women must stop. Authorities have to ensure justice for her and other women . ”

Omozuwa’s Murder: Buhari Condoles Family, Orders IGP To Speed Up Investigation

Cry of justice for the killing of University of Benin Student, Uwaila Omozuwa has reached President Muhammadu Buhari’s hearing and he has charged the Inspector General of police to speed up the investigation.

Buhari , who condemned the act via
Twitter on Tuesday , condoled with the family of the deceased .

He tweeted:

“I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Uwaila Omozuwa .

I expect the Nigeria Police Force to speedily and diligently investigate this case and ensure that all the culprits responsible for this barbaric act are brought to justice, ”.

Omozuwa was raped and murdered by hoodlums when she went to read at the RCCG, Miracle Sanctuary Mega Parish , Edo Province 10 , in Benin City on May 27 .

‘Praise Buhari For Taking Nigeria To Next Level of Better Change’ Lai Muhammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said Nigerians should give kudos to the leadership provided by President Muhammadu Buhari which is bringing the country closer to same level with league of great nations.

The minister who spoke at a press conference in Abuja yesterday to mark the first anniversary of the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari, noted that “Change is never easy, and the birth of a new nation comes with pains.”

He said the federal government thanked Nigerians for their support and perseverance, reassuring of its unrelenting commitment to make life more meaningful.

On the achievements of the present administration, he said the president is taking Nigeria to the “next level of irreversible change for the better”.

He said though the COVID-19 pandemic might have briefly slowed down activities in infrastructure, work was set to resume in over 50 major projects across 26 states.
He listed the projects as the Second Niger Bridge, the Abuja-Kano Expressway, the Owerri Interchange, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the Port Harcourt-Enugu Expressway.

He said similarly, all was set for the commencement of road repairs in 92 locations across 24 states by the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency.

Lai Muhammed said the government is unhappy about the increase in numbers of Covid-19 infected persons in the country. He however stated that the case would have been worse than this, thanks to proactive measures put in place by President Buhari.

He as well briefly talked about Mr. President’s fight against corruption. He said in the last one year alone, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission had recovered assets worth N81.23bn and secured 25 convictions and EFCC on its part had secured 1,270 convictions and recovered huge amounts of money within the period under review.

Covid-19: Private School Owners Beg FG for Grants

Private school owners, under the auspices of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), have called for provision of educational grants by the federal government to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic and to bail out the sub-sector from imminent collapse.

The NAPPS President, Chief Yomi Otubela, who gave an analysis of the impact of the pandemic on private education emphasised that the financial palliatives from the federal government will enable private schools to meet monthly obligations to their staff and remain afloat.

Making a case for the sub-sector, Otubela pointed out that the number of private schools in the country stands at 83,524 with 34,614,169 learners and 1.143 million teaching and non-teaching staff.

The over one million teaching and non-teaching staff, he said, work assiduously towards transforming the lives of the Nigerian children, pay taxes to the government and undertake other civic responsibilities in the country.

He also called on the federal and state governments to take over the payment of staff of private schools’ salaries within the period covered by the COVID-19 lockdown.

“The reason for this suggestion is that, in many schools, March 2020 salaries have not been paid in full or not paid at all.
“Again, second term school fees had not been completely collected before the lockdown,” he noted.

He further requested for a non-interest loan for private school owners to ensure that private schools keep running during post-lockdown era, as parents may find it challenging to meet up with their financial responsibilities as soon as schools are reopened.

NAPPS also suggested that the re-opening of schools should be in batches, starting with the terminal classes including primary 6, JSS3 and SSS3 to enable them adequately prepare for their external examinations.

‘Nigeria’s GDP Might Shrink’ Minister Warns

Finance, Budget and National Planning Minister, Hajia Zainab Ahmed has warned that Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP), might shrink this year to -8.94 per cent unless there is economic stimulus.

Speaking with State House Correspondents after the FEC meeting, Mrs Ahmed, said with 40 per cent of Nigeria’s population classified as poor, the looming economic crisis would worsen their misery.

According to her, the global economy would also be dealing with the sharpest reversal since the Great Depression, as a result of the health crisis.

She added that the projected oil and gas revenue for the country, in the first quarter of 2020 suffered a 31% shortfall, representing about N125.52 billion.

“It is not news any more that these are very difficult and challenging times. We are facing a very significant economic downturn; a time that we have not seen in the history of our country.

“On the economy, COVID-19 has resulted in the collapse in oil prices. This will impact negatively, and the impact has already started showing on the federation’s revenues and on the foreign exchange earnings.

“Net oil and gas revenue and influx to the federation account in the first quarter of 2020 amounted to N940.91billion. This represented a shortfall of N125. 52billion or 31% of the prorated amount that is supposed to have been realized by the end of that first quarter.

“The economic growth in Nigeria, that is the GDP, could in the worst case scenario, contract by as much as –8.94% in 2020.

“But, in the best case, which is the case we are working on, it could be a contraction of –4.4%, if there is no fiscal stimulus. But with the fiscal stimulus plan that we are working on, this contraction can be mitigated and we might end up with a negative –0.59%”, she said.

“The Federal Government is committed to supporting the financial viability of states, including the suspension of payments in respect of commitments, debts that have been secured with ISPOs by the states at the federal levels.

“So, we have already implemented suspension of deductions of a number of loans that have been taken by the states from April and also in May.

“The Economic Sustainability Committee is responsible for providing overall strategic vision, policy direction and general oversight of the implementation amongst others”, she said.

Mrs. Ahmed assorted that the World Bank view is that the impact of the COVID-19 on Nigeria will lead to severe amplified human and economic cost, which will move the country into a recession.

“The World Bank planned a proposed package for immediate fiscal relief for the federal government. This will also involve policy-based policy budget support for the FG, focusing on measures to maintain macro financial stability and create fiscal space for proposed stimulus.

“The World Bank package has also got a proposal of $1.5billion for the states and this package will be dedicated to the states. And it will be a programme for results which the states are already used to implementing.

“So, the immediate fiscal relief for the states, as stated in the presentation, will include the acceleration of an existing programme to enable disbursement by end of September.

“So, the proposed $1.5billion plan will by end of September it would have been disbursed to the states. We are looking at an average of between N150billion to N200billion based on the plan to the 36 states. These are states that have already made some particular commitments and achievements so that they will be able to get immediate disbursements of parts of these funds”, she said.

Giving details of the balances in the various national accounts, the Minister disclosed “in the Excess Crude Account, as at 21 of May, 2020, we reported a balance $72.04 million.

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