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Minister Pledges Support To Trafficking Victims

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Blessing Bature-Akpakpan, Abuja

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has pledged to support victims of human trafficking and violence in their endeavour to make a livelihood.

SA media Nneka Ikem Anibeze said in a statement that the minister made the pledge on Thursday when she visited one of NAPTIP’s Shelters in Abuja while marking the Children’s day celebration with rescued children.

Farouq also assured the women and children in the shelter, of government’s continued efforts to rehabilitate and provide succor to them, adding that today is a very special day for children and even the parents. “I want to wish you all a happy Children’s Day and assure you of government’s commitment and support to your education and protection against all sorts of abuse in this country.

“We will support this Centre for rescued trafficked persons and see how we can rehabilitate this shelter to make it more homely for the children and other victims. Government will support you in any way possible to ensure that your stay here is purposeful”.

In her welcome address, the Director- General of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim thanked the Minister for her thoughtfulness and for celebrating the Children’s day with the victims.

The DG described Nigerian children as smart, intelligent and creative while thanking partners and friends for their joint support to NAPTIP in the fight against Human Trafficking and Violence Against Persons.

“Every Nigerian child is smart, sharp, resourceful, intelligent, resilient and visionary, despite the challenges they face in the society. It is my prayer that you continue to survive and thrive, and identify a positive aspect of live that you will use as a pedestal to greatness, for your benefit and the benefit of our beloved country Nigeria.

“I also want to use this opportunity to thank all our partners and friends in the fight against Human Trafficking and Violence Against Persons. Together, we have been able to engineer the processes and mechanisms that provide support and care for the vulnerable, especially children. We will continue to collaborate towards ensuring that we provide a safe haven for our children to thrive, for the benefit of posterity. Once again, I wish all Nigerian Children a happy children’s day”.

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Sceptre Leadership Lauds NSCDC As New Boss Marks 100 Days Office

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Sceptre Leadership Lauds NSCDC As The New Boss Marks 100 Days In Office…… Isaac Michael.

A group under the auspices of Sceptre Leadership International lauds the national security and civil defense corps (NSCDC) as the new boss Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi mni, marks 100days in office

Speaking during the courtesy call visit to the NSCDC command headquarters, the president of the group Wealth Chukwuka commended the NSCDC for the new innovation and initiative introduced by the new CG and appealed to him to continue with the good works. The group honours the new CG with the Sceptre Achievers Awards.

Also speaking at the event, the NSCDC command thanked the Sceptre Leadership international for the visit and for working towards chatting a new course for leadership in Nigeria.

The meeting which held at the headquarters of the Organization was well attended by major NSCDC heads and the top leaders of Sceptre leadership international.

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Niger Gov Sani Bello Launches Special Vigilante Corps And Operational Vehicles

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Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has launched the Niger Special Vigilante Corps (NSVC) aimed at checking the activities of youth gangs, especially in Minna. 
Governor Sani Bello launched the Special vigilante Corps who were drawn from nine different local security outfits at the Police Headquarters, Minna. 
He said that the special vigilante corps is to compliment the manpower deficit in the conventional security agencies , pointing out that their area of responsibility is within Minna and its environs particularly to tackle the violent activities of youth gangs in the state capital. 
According to the Governor, “while the security agencies were battling with bandits in the rural areas, a new dimension came in Minna which is unacceptable. We have situation were we have youths gangs fighting themselves, creating injuries on travellers, that is totally unacceptable”. 
The Governor said the state government and the Police Commissioner came up with the idea to integrate all the nine different local security outfits in the state into one special corps. 
He urged parents to live up to their responsibility through good parenting. 
The Governor appreciated the volunteers and assured them of all necessary support while enjoining them to take caution while discharging their duties and as well protect their lives within the purview of law against the youth gangs. 
He also commended the security agencies for their fight against banditry, adding that the bandits must not force people to change their style of living. 
“Bandits have forced us to change our way of life in Niger state, they stopped our choldren from going to school, stopped us from travelling on our roads, stopped farmers from going to farm and now they are trying to stop our children from going to islamic school, but we will not be intimidated,we will not allow that to happen we will continue to live our normal lives.” He said. 
The state Commissioner of Police (CP), Adamu Usman said that the special vigilantes corps were trained in the last two weeks to curb youth restiveness in Minna the state capital. 
CP Usman commended the Niger State approach by empowering the police to train and supervise the activities of the Vigilante Corps. 
The nine vigilante groups that formed the special force are; Chinaka, ADC, Abidoka, WAI BRIGADE, Hunters Group, AOG, Vigilantes, Maito Maitumbi Security Organisation. 
Ten Hilux vans, 20 motorcycles with 161 members of the corps were launched as part of phase 1 as the second phase will soon commence and will be replicated in other parts of the state. 
Mary Noel-BerjeChief Press Secretaryto the Governor of Niger State.

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Minister Charges NSIP Independent Monitors To Be Diligent

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Reporter: Blessing Bature, Abuja

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has charged Independent Monitors in Bauchi state to be diligent in the discharged of their duties while monitoring the various National Social Investment Programmes in the state.

The Minister gave the charge at the Command Guest House in Bauchi during the distribution of Engagement Letters and Tablets to over 300 Independent Monitors in the state.

Farouq said in a statement issued by the SA Media, Nneka Anibeze, that the Independent Monitors were picked from the thousands trained nationwide including Bauchi State from February to April 2021.

She said “Using this Application, the Ministry sees real time report of activities of the Independent Monitors on the Field. We can view reports submitted and see the NSIP performance indicators by state and detect areas of challenges. This will provide greater visibility to the Ministry and equip us with information to follow up with implementation happening at the state level”.

The Independent Monitors are expected to report to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs on all its National Social Investment Programmes including the monitoring of Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP, N-Power, Conditional Cash Transfer CCT and the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme NHGSFP in their immediate communities.

Each Independent Monitor will earn N30,000 monthly for a period of one year and must meet up to 80% of their deliverables monthly to be eligible for their stipend.

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