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Child Trafficking: Bauchi Governor Warns Parents After Receiving Seven Rescued Children

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The rescued children with Gov. Mohammed and others

 

Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has received seven abducted children from the State and advised parents to take their children’s upbringing and welfare seriously.

During the official reception of the rescued abducted and trafficked children in Bauchi, Bala Mohammed gave a speech at the EXCO Chambers of the Government House.
He expressed concern about the unscrupulous business practices of some people, claiming that some parents and guardians are failing in their parental duties and putting their wards in danger.

The Governor stated that kidnapping and child trafficking are crimes committed by criminals who ought to be kept out of the public eye and behind bars, not religious issues.

“We must convey to parents that this is unachievable, that they must assume responsibility, and that they must be able to do so in a way that is morally upright and respected by society.
“If guardians fail to provide for their offspring, then others will.We are exposing our kids to criminals in the community who are waiting for such opportunities to prey on helpless kids when we, as parents, shirk our responsibilities.

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“I have heard that the Kano State government provided you with incentives. Since you did not fulfil your parental responsibilities well, which is what led to the kidnapping and trafficking of the children, I will not do that. I am not content with you. You are deserving of nothing but rebuke.”

“I will order all the Mai Unguwa residing in your area to observe you and report back to me regarding you. Despite what you told me, you may not always know how to properly report such incidents because of your poverty.

The State Committee on GBV was tasked with making sure the funds were used wisely.To prevent fathers in particular from using the money to marry more wives and have children they are unable to care for, every effort must be made to ensure that the money did not reach them.”

“However, I am ordering that a special bank account be opened in their names with the amount of N1 million each for their maintenance for the sake of the defenceless children,” he declared.

Declaring, “This is worse than banditry, we must stop it now,” he urged the security personnel to get ready to meet the challenge and stop it before it got out of control.

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The act of trafficking is the mutilation of a person’s history and ancestry; it is a grave crime that needs to be prosecuted. In order to properly track the children’s development and professional advancement, I will see to it that the Ministry of Women Affairs and Child Development gathered all relevant data about them.”

“My spouse and I will make sure to visit the parents; they need to accept responsibility and these kids need to have a decent life. We have to be able to prove that they are well-cared for.” Since blood is more volatile than water, the parents will not want their children to stay at BASOVCA, so if they can not handle it, they should come clean now and allow us to take them there.” The governor declared

The governor urged religious leaders to urgently use their places of worship to preach on the duties parents have when raising their children.

He gave the go-ahead for CAN, JNI, and other religious organisations to step up and utilise their pulpits to inform parents about the value of effective parenting.

Auwal Musa Mohammed, the Commissioner of State Police, had earlier explained how his Command worked with the Kano State Command to make sure the kids were saved and returned to their parents.

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The Commissioner emphasised that while the suspects have so far admitted to the crime, more inquiries are still being conducted to identify the underlying cause of the problem.

In his words, “It is a syndicate, a cartel, whose network of activities needs to be disrupted to reduce its influence in the state.

Nonetheless, he requested government assistance so that his agents could travel the nation and meet everyone who was somehow connected to the syndicate.

After formally receiving the kids, the governor gave them over to their parents, instructing the government organisations in charge of child welfare to make sure the kids are doing well.

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West African Traditional, Faith Leaders, Others Gather In Abuja To Combat SGBV

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First class and respected traditional rulers in attendance

Traditional and faith leaders from across West Africa, government officials, and international organisation representatives have gathered in Abuja for the first Annual High-Level GBV Prevention Summit.

Many forms of gender-based violence in Africa are justified by culture and tradition. Violence against women and girls is perpetuated by harmful gender norms and practices that stem from traditional customs and religious misconceptions.

Traditional and religious leaders’ authority and platforms are thought to be useful in addressing the root causes of GBV, such as patriarchy and gender stereotypes, by mobilising communities to effect change. Recognising this, UN Women, with support from the Ford Foundation, organised a GBV prevention summit to assess the accomplishments of leaders in their respective jurisdictions and provide a forum for sharing critical and inspirational insights.

Ms. Beatrice Eyong, UN Women Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the Ford Foundation for their unwavering support for the Traditional and Cultural Leaders for Ending GBV by Advancing Advocacy, Policy, and Social Norms Change in Nigeria and West Africa (LEAP) programme.

She emphasised that this initiative recognises the critical role of traditional and religious leaders in challenging harmful social norms that perpetuate GBV, particularly violence against women and girls.

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She emphasised the importance of challenging societal norms that condone violence, pointing to Africa’s rich cultural heritage while acknowledging the need to confront practices that violate human rights and dignity. Ms. Eyong also emphasised the pervasive nature of GBV, stating that “GBV is not just against our women and girls; it is also against our economic growth, stability, and emergence to become a continent that has everything it needs to be great and prosperous.”

His eminence, Alhaji (Dr) Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, also spoke at the event and urged traditional and religious rulers to work together to end all harmful practices against women and girls, saying, “We are 100% behind you in this fight.

His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, reiterated his commitment, urging traditional rulers to ensure that the summit is outcomes are implemented in their respective communities.

Mr. Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, who was also present at the summit, emphasised the importance of continuing to invest in GBV prevention in order to create a more equitable society for Nigerian women and girls. Mr. Walker was also recognised as a He4She for his efforts to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nigeria and West Africa.

Despite some progress, disparities persist, with West Africa experiencing high rates of child marriage and female genital mutilation. To put an end to violence against women and girls, radical shifts in mindset are required, which can be accomplished through dialogue and knowledge sharing among distinguished leaders from Nigeria, Niger, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ghana.

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The summit is an important milestone in the ongoing fight against GBV in Nigeria and throughout West Africa. It builds on the momentum of previous initiatives such as the Spotlight Initiative and the LEAP project, focusing on improving traditional leaders’ skills and partnerships to prevent and shift harmful social norms and practices.

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Emir Of Kano Prays For Peace, Stability In Nigeria, West Africa

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Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, the Emir of Kano, has prayed for peace and stability in Nigeria and throughout the West African region.

The Emir offered the prayer when Senator Barau Jibrin, the Deputy President of the Senate and Acting Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, led the delegation from the regional legislative arm to his Palace as a courtesy.

The Emir thanked the parliamentarians for their visit and prayed for a successful extraordinary session of the parliament.

The Emir, while thanking the Senate’s Deputy President for arranging for the session to be held in Kano, urged parliamentarians to explore business opportunities in the state.

Senator Jibrin stated during the visit that Kano was chosen for the second extraordinary session to bring the ECOWAS Parliament closer to the people.

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He stated: “This will bring the ECOWAS Parliament closer to the people on the ground. It will also provide a platform for interactions and business relationships. Our founding fathers envisioned ECOWAS as a way to bring us together.

“The emir is the guardian of our traditions and religion. We are here to seek his blessings and express our admiration for the emirate and the emir. “Your Royal Highness, we also ask for your prayers for the event’s success,” he said.

The extraordinary session has been called to consider and approve the rule of procedure and strategic plan for the sixth legislature, as well as the 2024 work programme.

Parliamentarians from 12 countries, including Nigeria, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and the Republic of Togo, are attending the parliament’s second extraordinary session.

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Innovation Interventions To Be Adopted At NESREA, Says Barikor

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Dr. Innocent Bariate Barikor, the Director General of NESREA, has stated that he will implement innovative interventions to address the country’s environmental problems.

Dr. Barikor made the promise on Monday while speaking to the agency’s management and staff on his first day in office in Abuja.

He stated, “We will deepen the mandate of this Agency, explore the full potentials of the NESREA Establishment Act 2007 (as amended), and ensure we provide more innovative approaches, so that we use the opportunity given to us to do the right thing, not just for ourselves, but for the nation and posterity.”

“We will increase our capacity for public orientation, increase revenue generation for the government, and collaborate with our external partners to achieve the Agency’s mandate,” he stated.

Barikor thanked the President and Commander – in- Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCFR) for the confidence reposed in him, and assured that under his administration, the Agency, will exceed expectations of Nigerians in terms of safeguarding the environment.

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The NESREA boss also urged the Agency’s management and staff to collaborate with him in realising the vision of a clean and healthy environment for all Nigerians, which is consistent with President Ahmed Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

While handing over to Dr. Barikor, the Director, Inspection and Enforcement, Mr. Abdusalam Isa pledged the support of the Management and Staff for the new Director General.

Dr. Innocent Bariate Barikor was appointed the 4th Director General of NESREA by the President. Barikor thanked the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCFR), for his trust in him and promised that under his administration, the Agency would exceed Nigerians’ expectations in terms of environmental protection.

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