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Association seeks support for women in leadership positions



Association seeks support for women in leadership positions
The Abuja and North chapter of the Queen’s College Old Girls Association (QCOGA) has called for more support for women vying for leadership position politically and in private organisations.

The association’s President, Mrs Ifeuko Omoigui-Okauru made the call during a 10km walk, in Abuja on Sunday as part of activities to celebrate its 94th Founder’s Day.

Omoigui-Okauru emphasised the need for such support to also be extended to women vying for political positions ahead of the 2023 general election.

She stressed on the need to support the Girl-Child education.

According to her, women if given the opportunity will excel above expectations and record successes in anything they venture into due to their hardwork, diligence, empathy and commitment.

” We are here to support our members and celebrate our members who are doing various things in the society; leaders in the advancement of women, leaders in education, banking, law, consultancy and government.

“And also to propagate the spirit of having women in position, in politics.

“We should be shooting for a woman president, a woman vice president.

“All these should be on the table and that is why we walk to celebrate that day to honour that day and to put on the table that girl child education is critical for the society,”she said.

The president also said investing in the Girl-Child education from the formative years brought out their potentials and prepared them for leadership positions.

She noted that access to education for the Girl-Child empowered and made them less vulnerable to Gender Based Violence and other harmful traditional practices affecting the girl child.

“Invest in Girl-Child education because the beginning of leadership of a woman begins with how she starts in primary school, secondary school.

” It doesn’t start when you are in the University or when you are working. The seeds are planted when you are young, in the home,”she said.

Omoigui-Okauru further said that the association was also gathering funds to support some earmarked projects in the school as well as assist members in need.

Dr Salamatu Hussaini-Sulaiman, member, Board of Trustees, QCOGA said that the essence of creating the school and many others was to enhance unity amongst the diverse cultures in the country.

Hussaini-Sulaiman attributed the lack of unity and poor standard of education in the country to inadequate funding, insecurity, corruption and poor leadership.

” At the time we went to school, there was security, our parents were comfortable leaving us to travel to Queens College in Lagos from Kebbi where I come from.

” But now you can hardly find a parent agreeing to send his child unsupervised as everybody wants to keep their child near them because of insecurity, “she said.

The board member said there was urgent need to adopt strategies to end security challenges affecting the nation due to its devastating effects on the education sector.

” The issue of security is a general one and it is not only in schools but the entire country.

“Unless insecurity situation is addressed, it is going to deter the progress of this country, education , industry and even the Federal Government civil service,” she said.

However, Ms Ginika Ezeoke, Assistant Secretary of the association said the 10km walk was an opportunity for the old students to bond, interact and exchange ideas that would enhance the development of the school.

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Nnamdi Kanu: Imo residents observe sit-at-home for IPOB leader’s trial



Residents of Imo State, especially Orlu town and Owerri municipal, on Tuesday, stayed indoors to observe the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in solidarity with its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who appeared in court today.

It was gathered that the state secretariat, motor parks, schools, banks, shops and markets across the major cities were all shut down.

Even the Imo State University junction, Government House Roundabout, Control Post Roundabout, Warehouse junction Roundabout, Ikenegbu, Mbari, Douglas, Okigwe Road, and Wethedral Roads, were scanty.

In Orlu, the ever-busy Banana junction and Okwudo junction were more like ghost towns.

A journalist, Mr Martin Nwoke, in Owerri North Local Government Area of the state, made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu.

He said Imolites and the people of southeast states were the ones suffering the heat of the order.

Nwoke said, “In this part of the world, everything we do here involves money. I am begging President Buhari to pity us and free Nnamdi Kanu.”

A lawyer, Barr. Emeka Obi, told our correspondent that he could not go to file a court process due to non-availability of transport, while children, who could not go to school, resorted to playing football on the streets at Akwakuma.

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Plateau monarch abducted



Barely three weeks after the kidnap of a paramount ruler in Plateau State, the military task force responsible for the maintenance of peace in the state, code-named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), has confirmed that gunmen have abducted HRH. Da Gyang Balak Gut, the Da Gwom Rwei of Vwang District of Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

The traditional ruler was kidnapped on Sunday night on his way home to Vom, a few metres from the gate of the National Institute For Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos South LGA.

Recalls that following the abduction of the Sum Pyem, Da Charles Mato Dakat, on the 26th December, 2021, before he was released five days later, the United Mwaghavul Lawyers Association (UMLA) had described the incident as not an attack on an individual, but on the entire traditional institution in Plateau State.

The lawyers equally had said it views the kidnapping of the royal father as not an isolated incident, “but the beginning of a well-orchestrated plan to intimidate and decapitate our treasured leaders in the state and the Middle Belt at large”.

While condemning the dastardly act, on behalf of UMLA, Barr. Philemon Daffi reminded the federal, state and local governments of their shared responsibility under the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Spokesman of OPSH, Major Ishaku Takwa, who confirmed the incident, said, “Troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in conjunction with other security agencies are on trail of the kidnappers.

“God’s willing, the security agencies will soon close-up on the criminals”, he maintained.

Vwang District is where the famous National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom is situated in Plateau State.

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Suspected cultists arrested with female pant, charms in Delta



Police operatives attached to the Delta state police command raiders unit, have arrested twenty suspected cultists at a black spot in Ogarafe,  Oghara in Ethiope west LGA of the state.

Confirming the arrest to newsmen, the spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Edafe Bright, said during the raid of the hot spot, a fabricated wooden gun, six hundred and forty-eight wraps of weed suspected to be Indian hemp, one used female pant, various charms, one Knife, Sixteen bottles of codeine, ten packs of razlers, one Grinder used in grinding weeds and the sum of sixty-nine thousand (#69,000) were recovered from the suspect.

He said the suspect will be arraigned in court soon.

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