PRESS RELEASE:PARADIGM INITIATIVE ASK COURT TO STOP NCC FROM DISCONNECTING OVER 100 MILLION NIGERIANS

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PIN Asks Court to Stop NCC from Disconnecting Over 100 Million Nigerians

Paradigm Initiative has asked the court to restrain the Nigerian government and telecommunications service provider from carrying out a recent order requiring that all SIM cards not linked to the National Identity Numbers be disconnected by the telecoms service provider by December 30, 2021. The organisation decries the Nigerian government order requiring all telecommunication service providers to ask their subscribers to link their National Identification Numbers (NIN) to the SIM cards within two weeks. PIN says it is seeking a perpetual injunction restraining the government and the service providers from carrying out the draconian order as it believes it is a violation of fundamental rights to freedom of expression of Nigerian Citizens as guaranteed by Section 39 of the Nigerian 1999 constitution (As amended).

The proposed blocking of SIM cards not linked with the National Identity Number is unlawful and unconstitutional says Adeboye Adegoke, Senior Program Manager at Paradigm Initiative. “Many young people and others, using their mobile phones for expression or to do business online will be affected by the poorly thought-out policy. No reasonable Nigerian will support such a policy that is geared to make life unbearable for Nigerian citizens.

In June 2020, the Director-General of the NIMC, Aliyu Aziz said only 38% of Nigerians have any form of identification. According to him: “over 100 million Nigerians have no identity (ID). These include the poorest and the most vulnerable groups, such as the marginalised – women and girls, the less-educated people, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, people with disabilities and people living in rural and remote areas.”

The said policy has created panic in the polity since it was announced. Nigeria at the moment is experiencing a 2nd wave of the COVID-19 pandemic according to the daily numbers from the Nigeria Centre for Defence Control (NCDC) in the past one week. “This is a time when we need to discourage public gatherings, crowding, and the likes, but it appears that the government is not sensitive enough to see those nuances and has asked that 100 million Nigerians should go and register for the National Identification Number within 2 weeks, so we are left with no choice but to seek the intervention of the court.”

“Requiring over 100 million Nigerian citizens to register for NIN in two weeks is not only unrealistic but a fire brigade approach to governance that will not bring any value to the people,” says Valery Nijaba, Communications officer at Paradigm Initiative. “Whatever the government is trying to achieve by the strange directive is ignoble. When the same government tried to compel students writing UTME examinations to register for the NIN as a pre-requisite to sitting for the examinations last year, many students couldn’t register, with documented cases of government officials and law enforcement officials weaponising the desperation of the students to register for NIN to extort them and their parents. The government was forced to walk back on the policy at that instance. These are the type of effects the fire-brigade approach to policymaking leads to. Valery concluded

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Hult Prize Cross River University of Technology Engages competitors on a Hybrid Bootcamp for the $1Million social Entrepreneurship Competition.

Hultprize CRUTECH in partnership with the Bridge leadership foundation will work at providing professional skills, personal and Business management skills trainings to the Top 9 teams that emerged among other 22 teams to the Semi finals.

The competition which comprises of 3 or 4 members making up a team helps in building collaboration and team work among competitors.

The hybrid bootcamp which will incorporate the virtual and physical training will begin December 8th through 14th while 15th of December 2020 becomes the grand finale /Award night.

Do you wish to join the competition? There’s an opportunity window to register which is the wildcard round as top 5 teams with the best idea gets an automatic entry to pitch during the grand finale.

Apply now at;

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Ubani Vivian
Campus Director

CELEBRATING WORLD HIV/AIDS DAY 2020! THE IMPACT OF LIFE PLANNING (AN INTERVIEW WITH A YOUTH ADVOCATE)

At the middle on mic Vivian Ubani

Few questions from Youth perspective with respect to Life Planning as we celebrate World HIV/AIDS Day!

Q1. Can we know abit about you?

Miss. Ubani Vivian is a Young Leader, Childcare professional, a passionate educator, an advocate of UN SDGs, a Volunteer, member international youth council, ambassador of the EU UN spotlight initiative on the prevention of Campus gender-based violence and Zahara dreams mentor.  She is a social entrepreneur, founder Education Sustainability Volunteers (ESV) a youth led community based organisation providing!

Inclusion, equal access to quality education through the services of volunteers and Campus Director of Hultprize Prize Foundation.

Q2. Have you heard of Life Planning?

 Yes, I have.

Q3. As a young person and an Advocate that promotes SDG3,4 and 5 which are core Sustainable Development Goals that supports Life Planning, what is your perspective about Life Planning or Child Birth Spacing?

3. These three SDGs 3 (good health and wellbeing) 4 (Quality Education and 5 (Gender Equality). Play a very important role in life planning especially as a young woman. Life planning helps you transition from dreaming about what you want to making it a reality. Everyone wants financial freedom but beyond the dream, what effort has been made to achieve that? “The result for success is more work ” Young women dream about having beautiful family, healthy babies and happily ever after etc.

In life planning which can also be referred to as family planning in the medical terms. Young must take their health plan seriously,  provide a clear part for your life, prioritize what’s important to you, make decisions based on your priorities and move toward the life you want which may shouldn’t be limited to health but also in personal development, professional development, finance etc

In choosing a marriage partners it is important to have a discussion on the family planning methods most suitable for you. Individuals have different body types and what may work for one may not work for another.

There are different Life planning/family planning practices outlined for people who intend to start a family;

*long-acting reversible contraception, such as the implant or intra uterine device (IUD)

*hormonal contraception, such the pill or the Depo Provera injection.

*Barrier methods, such as condoms.

*emergency contraception.

*fertility awareness.

*permanent contraception, such as vasectomy and tubal ligation.

It is important to contact a medical professional/doctor advice.

Also, considering child Spacing in a family, this is essential for maternal and child health. It is the period between two consecutive live births or birth to birth intervals. Unintended and short birth intervals can pose a serious health risk for mothers and child resulting in pregnancy complications, maternal and child mortality rate which will remain a problem if child spacing is ignored. It is adviced to wait atleast 18 months before getting pregnant again especially for young women of birthing age. Some survive it to tell the story, some don’t! Check your genotype and that of your partner whom you intend to marry for compatibility.

Q4. Do you think there is a Correlation between HIV/AIDS and Life Planning?

4. Yes. Consequences is an outcome of a misstep especially when you prioritize on unimportant things. “For young

men and women, adolescence is a time filled with excitement, new feelings, many

unanswered questions, changes, and difficult choices. You must know the facts about your own sexuality, and learn skills to help you prepare for a happy future and

healthy life.

During teenage years young people will have relationships with peers of the same and

opposite sex. At the same time, will need to have respectful, loving relationships with them.

The Challenges that young people face includes:

 teenage pregnancies

! School dropouts

! Drug use

! Social, sexual, and reproductive health problems like date rape, sexually

transmitted infections (STIs), and HIV and AIDS.

All these and many more make it really hard for young people to cope. So, it will be really important to inculcate Life Planning skill into the school curriculum to help them in good decision making, discovering who they are, knowing their personal, family and community values.

A well planned life/ a well informed youths will create an HIV/AIDS free generation.

Q5. Will you like to advocate more to Young people to embrace Life Planning also, as we reflect on HIV/AIDS?

5. As someone who’s passionate about good health and wellbeing, It will be fulfilling to help other young people embrace life planning. ABSTINENCE IS STILL IN PRACTICE!!

Q6. Any Word for World HIV/AIDS Day?

In global solidarity and shared responsibility, we can contain the spread of HIV/AIDS. Let’s help to raise awareness in our schools, colleges, churches etc on the need to embrace life planning for a sustainable future.

Thank you

IMPACT STORY FROM AFRICAN COMMUNITY STRATEGY AND EMPOWERMENT FOUNDATION (ACSEF) ON CIVIC EDUCATION

The Organizers and some Participants

Across communities in Bonny Local Government Area and nationwide there has been a high decrease in the rates of adult citizen’s participation in activities such as voting and elections and demand for good governance. Rates of civic engagement are declining across all communities, but the downward trend appears to be particularly steep in local communities. Adult citizens are less likely than previous generations to vote, become a member of a political party or a trade union and/or to engage in democratic processes

Concerns about these trends paved way for the emergence of the UNDEF project on “Strengthening Good Governance and Democratic Processes at The Local Level in Nigeria”

This project which is funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) in partnership with Women United for Economic Empowerment (WUEE) and implemented by African Community Strategy and Empowerment Foundation (ACSEF) is strategically aimed at strengthening good governance and democratic processes at the local level in Nigeria and to increase citizen participation. The project also aimed at increasing the capacities of 20 civil CSOs/CBOs and Local Government Chairmen in order to help them fulfil their roles and responsibilities more effectively in a democratic system.

This community-based initiative has not only increased citizen’s opportunities for learning about civic engagement through a well-structured module and lesson outlines, but it has also increased opportunities for citizens and community stakeholders at the local levels to learn about citizenship participation, citizen education and democratic processes through experiential and informal learning activities and interactive sessions.

Furthermore, it is also hoped that these experiential learning activities and community-based project will have a lasting impact on citizen’s attitudes and behaviours and that they will encourage community stakeholders to participate in civic activities and democratic processes.

Cross section of Participants

The five (5) Project communities and beneficiaries of this project in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State includes:

  1. Akiama Community
  2. Aganya Community
  3. Ayambo Community
  4. Orosikiri Community
  5. Park Community

At the conclusion of this project in four (4) out of the five (5) project communities in Bonny Local Government Area we have seen the awakening of the interest of the people and community stakeholders in promoting good governance and democratic processes which includes voting in all elections.

5 women have already declared publicly their interest in contesting for Councillorship in their various wards and 10 others are vying for 

3 youth bodies in 3 communities in Bonny Local Government are actively following up and monitoring closely the activities of their elected representatives including revenues, allocations and expenditures.

A number of Citizens are eagerly awaiting the commencement of the INEC voter registration exercise so as to obtain their permanent voters cards (PVCs).

MEDIA ADVOCACY ON FAMILY PLANNING FOR MEDIA PERSONNEL, SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS AND MDAs OFFICIALS IN PORT HARCOURT, RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA.

Mr. Onche Odeh Facilitating

Published by Smith Nwokocha

It was a power-packed three days solid training on Family Planning, held at LandMark Hotel, Port Harcourt on the 23rd, 24th and 25th November, 2020.

The Challenge Initiatives aims to increased capability of Governments to implement effective Family Planning Programmes, especially among the Urban poor. TCI is a platform not a project. TCI is State-led. Finally, TCI provide technical support, drives ownership and participation, promotes resource sustainability and facilitate sharing and learning for scale up among others. Mrs. Uduak Ananaba

Some Experts shared insights on Family Planning or Child-Birth Spacing as the case maybe; Terminologies in Maternal Health, Family Planning and Adolescent Reproductive Health, also Myths and Misconceptions about Family Planning.. This session was anchored by the Family Planning State Coordinator- Igbanibo Doris (RSMOH) and Theresa Timothy (RSPHCMB).

At the end of the day, we discovered, that; Family Planning or Child-Birth Spacing (For the married) or Life Planning (For Singles) could solve the problem of “Domestic Violence in Nigeria”. In fact, “Low absence of Family Planning is responsible for high mortality rate in pregnant women and FP (Family Planning) can actually help Nigeria reduce this high mortality rate.

FP starts with counselling. We need to consistently engage Religious/Traditional rulers and Policy makers on issues related to FP. We also need to know, that Family Planning is different from Infertility.

A typical African Family talks about WAR CANOE HOUSE (Large family size), but the interesting thing is this; WHAT IS FAMILY PLANNING? According to Dr. Doris N:  Family Planning is simply; “having the number of children you can cater for. It includes making decision about birth control, reproduction and about deciding how to care for the child and emotional well-being of everyone in the family”. The implication/consequences on the Family/Society, include but not limited to the following; Unplanned/Unintended Pregnancy, Increase dependency, Insecurity, School drop-outs, Unemployment, High Maternal Mortality, Unsafe Abortion among others. Part of the solutions are; improved Healthcare and Environmental Hygiene, Abolish obnoxious practices in the communities and organize regular Family Planning education and promotes its benefits.

Mrs. Uduak Anababa sharing some insights on TCI

Family Planning in Nigeria, Trends, Practices, Attitudes and Barriers ; a session facilitated by Mr. Onche Odeh of Development Communications Network; He also mentioned “Demographic Dividend”, which refers to the growth in an economy due to a change in the age structure of a country’s population. Thailand was sighted an example. He emphasized; Family Planning as a Tool for Sustainable Development. FP is tied to SDG 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11 and 17. For SDG 1; “if we do more Family Planning, we will have less hands to feed with quality populace”. For SDG 6 and 8; FP mitigates population growth’s effects on access to Water and Sanitation.

For Media Practitioners, Mr. Onche, he advised that; “Writing a Compelling Human Angle Stories on Family Planning”, they should ensure that their stories are people/issue based, make the story simple and keep the story to one idea. Life experiences are key and introduce innovative angles to family planning. Social Media Strategic Approach in Promoting Family Planning among other relevant topic of discuss.

From left-FP Focal Person-Rumueme Health Centre- at the middle, Miss Favour FP Client and some Media Personnel during an interview session

On the Day Two; participants alongside the organizers embarked on a field trip, visited some of the Health Facilities, including TCI Supported Facility in the city of Port Harcourt. At one of the Health Facility (Rumueme Health Centre), we met some newly mothers, women that came for family planning, with the consent of a young girl named Miss Favour, aged 20, in her interaction with some of the Media personnel’s, she said, her senior sister told her of how Life Planning will help her avoid early pregnancy, so she came for enquiry, before adopting FP. In her words; “Family Planning will help her stay away from unwanted pregnancy; she wants a great future”.  The Focal Person at Rumueme Health Centre (Tonagbari Gokana), mentioned that married men visit the facility with their wives and all the equipments for all Family Planning methods are available at the facility. Dr. Chisa Nweke, a medical doctor at the facility, said, “though Society is judgmental and filled with stigmatization with issues concerning family planning, but there has been some level of progress”. At the Orogbum Health Centre, which is a TCI supported facility; a grandmother, Women Community leader (Mrs. Onyemachi Grace Ogoloma), a Family Planning client, said, she has introduced my House help, her daughters, they all enjoy the benefits of Family Planning.

Orogbum Health Centre (TCI Health Facility)

On the Day Three: Introduction To Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) and Get It Together (Life Planning For Adolescent and Youths-LPAY-) facilitated by Oluchi Bassey: She emphasized that, LPAY focuses on increased demand for reproductive health knowledge and services. It equally helps young people understand how their bodies work and equip them with information and skills to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.

Media Involvement in Reducing Maternal Mortality and Family Planning, this session was facilitated by Onche Odeh; he said, “The Media is very critical to the success of Family Planning Initiatives”. Major concerns; there is a dangerous link between overpopulation and poverty. Research has linked high maternal mortality rate to lack of Family Planning in many cases. Pressing needs; The Policy makers need to be educated on the stack realities on ground. Some of the benefits of FP; FP services can avert high risk pregnancies, it can reduce maternal mortality rate, ‘When the woman is well, the family is well”, the nation can grow population in a controlled pace.

Group presentation during training session

Finally, the session on Policy Environment For Family Planning in Nigeria was facilitated by Uduak Ananaba.

SOME FACTS ABOUTS FP:

Family Planning is an advisory service that aids Birth-Control.

FP plays a huge role in reducing Child and maternal mortality.

Abstinence is also and the best method of Family Planning. It was a mind-blowing session and certificates of participation were awarded to attendees!

Dr. Chisa Nweke at Rumueme Health Centre
Award of Certificate of Participation

CIVIC EDUCATION A TOOL FOR STRENGTHENING GOOD GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES AT LOCAL LEVEL IN RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA

A Cross-Section of Members of UNDEF, WUEE and COLIDEIN Staff with participating Communities

Collaborative Living and Development Initiative (COLIDEIN), a non-profit organisation implemented a project titled ‘’ strengthening good governance and democratic processes at local level’ funded by Women United for Economic Empowerment (WUEE) with support from UNDEF. The program which included community visit, advocacies and capacity building training was targeted at training 1000 participants across 5 communities in Port Harcourt City LGA (PHALGA). The communities were Abuloma, Orochiri, Orogbum, Oromeruezimgbu, Oromineke, Abam-Ama.

Highlights of the training:

Ms. Chidinma Mbaegbu, the Executive Director of COLIDEIN, started off the sensitization training by defining Civic Education as ‘the provision of information and learning experiences to equip and empower citizens to participate in democratic processes (WUEE 2020). In order words, knowledge about citizens’ rights and responsibility in democratic governance. She mentioned that good governance and development comes only when people are aware of their rights and roles and take strategic actions in pursuing it. Ms. Mbaegbu pointed out that participatory governance does not mean a call for fights and conflicts rather calls for engagement and negotiation for better life. She listed some practical steps open for community’s civic engagement such as; participation in voting exercise; development of Community Charter of Demands to extract commitments from political aspirants; participation in Budget processes; and the use of Score-Cards to evaluate public officers and hold them accountable.

The community leadership thanked the organisers of the event COLIDEIN and their funders Women United for Economic Empowerment (WUEE) / UNDEF for coming and making their community beneficiary of the program. They reiterated the importance of civic education and urged the community members to empower their minds and actively participate in bringing about sustainable development in the community. Further, he urged the COLIDEIN team to not abandon the community rather it should adopt the community and find other means of empowering the women and youths with livelihood support schemes.

INTERACTIVE SESSION

During the interactive questions and answer session the major issue from the community was on how the COLIDEIN team can help them to engage their political office holders and also give micro-credit assistance to those who want to start off business ventures. In response, the Executive Director;COLIDEIN, promised to support any community that calls for assistance and highlighted that the main aim of this civic education training is to awaken people up to their rights and responsibility. Also take actions to engage with their public officers for accountable and transparent democratic governance.

In Oromineke Community – The Royal Highness Eze Christopher Wonodi said; the community leadership thanked the organisers of the event COLIDEIN and their funders Women United for Economic Empowerment (WUEE) / UNDEF for coming and making their community beneficiary of the program. They reiterated the importance of civic education and urged the community members to empower their minds and actively participate in bringing about sustainable development in the community. Further, he urged the COLIDEIN team to not abandon the community rather it should adopt the community and find other means of empowering the women and youths with livelihood support schemes.

Communities Involved are: Abuloma, Orochiri, Orogbum, Oromeruezimgbu, Oromineke, Abam-Ama, all in Port Harcourt City (Phalga), Local Government Area.

From Left , Ms. Chidinma Mbaegbu (ED, COLIDEIN) with Students

UNITED NATIONS PRESS CONFERENCE (25TH JUNE, 2020) WITH UN SEC. GEN. (HIS EXCELLENCY ANTONIO GUTERRES).

UN SEC GEN emphasized that “we need shared progress, we need Solidarity and Unity to move forward.

Diplomacy needs presence and patience. Nothing replaces Personal Diplomacy with Human Contact, yes there is Virtual Platform in this era, but face to face meeting is essential.

We live in tough times and we can only face such Challenges with #Solidarity.

Independently, we need to come together to defeat the pandemic in a more economic and Inclusive Society.

To avoid future #Conflict , we should invest more in making #Relationships work in the present.

We have not yet look at #Governance mechanism and #IntetnationalCooperation and effective #MultilateralPartnership.

“Dialogue is the only way out of the present situation”.

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Press statement For Immediate Release

Source: Nigerian Ministry of Mining

June 22, 2020

The Arrest Of Foreign Illegal Miners: A Call For Stronger Regulation Of The Solid Mineral Sector

The Federation of Nigerian Mining Host Communities, Miners Association of Nigeria and the Civil Society Coalition on Nigeria’s Mining   Sector, are pleased to note and commend the political will of the Honourable Minister for Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite, in sanitizing the mining industry in Nigeria. This willingness was particularly demonstrated when in the month of May 2020, 3 separate sets of arrests were made of illegal aliens (particularly Chinese and Ghanaian miners) who have been mining without due authorization in Nigeria. We also note and applaud the improved cooperation between the Ministry and security forces across the country.

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Public support for international cooperation surges amid global upheaval

Data from 186 countries indicates overwhelming public support for international cooperation – with a significant increase since COVID-19 began spreading around the world. Collected through hundreds of conversations and an online survey, the data is part of the United Nations’ 75th anniversary initiative (UN75). Launched in January 2020, UN75 is the largest exercise mounted by the Organization to gather public opinion and crowdsource solutions to global challenges.

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15th June 2020

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NIGERIAN CITIZENS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO MAKE OUR HOSPITALS WORK

A group of Nigerian citizens has organised themselves to lead a community-based campaign to improve the functionality of hospitals and primary health care centres across the country. Consequently, they have launched the “MakeOurHospitalWork Campaign”. 

The #MakeOurHospitalWork Campaign has decried the fact that several billions of naira invested in Nigerian health sector over the years have unfortunately not translated to a significant improvement in the quality healthcare delivery at the various Primary Health Centers and hospitals across the country.

In a statement issued in Abuja and signed by the 354 campaigners from the 36 states across the country, they traced the unfortunate situation to corruption, minimal involvement of the people in the governance of health care and a lack of ownership by benefiting communities. They urged citizens to organize themselves, adopt health facilities in their communities, identify their needs, mobilize local resources and ensure active participation in order to be able to provide those health needs.

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