What a remarkable moment it has been for Nigerians in the last few weeks. What used to be a social media uproar against the highhandedness of ‘Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force coupled with the pain of far too many cases of police brutality has spilled over to the streets of cities across Nigeria; a situation that hitherto seemed impossible.  Like author and social activist, Bura-Bari Nwilo, puts it, ‘The generation that’s known for pressing phone also knows how to register its displeasure.’ This is what demonstrators, mostly youths, have attested to as they demand an end to the infamous SARS and also for the total reform of the police.

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End Poverty Now – CCIDESOR

Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Right (CCIDESOR)  has insisted that poverty must end now if the country is to connect to the comity of developed countries.

CCIDESOR noted that the only way to address poverty is by ensuring that good governance tripoded on accountability, transparency and citizens engagement are seriously addressed, adding that any government that does not revolve around these governance issues may be running the leitmotif without having to address the plights, aspiration and expectation of the citizens.

‘In a world characterized by an unprecedented level of economic development, technological means and financial resources, that millions of persons are living in extreme poverty is a moral outrage. Poverty is not solely an economic issue, but rather a multidimensional phenomenon that encompasses a lack of both income and the basic capabilities to live in dignity’.

Persons living in poverty experience many interrelated and mutually reinforcing deprivations that prevent them from realizing their rights and perpetuate their poverty, including, dangerous work conditions, unsafe housing, lack of nutritious food, unequal access to justice, lack of political power and limited access to health care.

The federal and state governments should deploy their governance pattern towards the realization of these, in so doing, the spate of poverty would have been addressed which is in line with SDG 2020.

According to Mahatma Gandhi, poverty is a form of violence. In the light of the above, Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Right (CCIDESOR) has called on the governments at all levels to address the spate of poverty in the land by improving the economy.

Speaking to newsmen, the Executive Director of CCIDESOR, Ogechi Ikeh noted that as the world celebrates International Non-Violence Day, the federal and state governments should begin to look at those sectors that enhance the economy, like the educational sector, health, roads, market system to check the high cost of food items, hospitals by making sure that citizens can access avoidable health services among other indices that grow the economy.

The Executive Director used the day to call on state and non-actors to reaffirm “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.

It would be recalled that  “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man”.

As the world marks the International Day for Girl-Child, a pro-women’s rights organization has called for more voices to be given to the girl-child through breaking of silence on societal stereotypes attached to the female gender.

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The Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has urged state and non-state actors to ensure the protection of the girl child especially in the face of COVID-19.

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As Nigeria marks her 60 years old as a Nation, there has been  remarkable milestone which is worthy to be celebrated.

Our dear country Nigeria  has been faced with many challenges starting with leadership and insecurity which Nigeria is plagued with even as we advance in age has worsened and people live in fear  of the unknown from herdsmen attack to terrorists and kidnappers scare etc.                                                         According to statistics recently by the Nigeria security tracker, 25,794 were killed between 2015 and 2019 and more than 100,000 persons have been killed by Boko Haram while 1.9 million people have been displaced because of conflict and violence ; more than half of these people are children. Three quarter of those internally displaced found shelter with host communities who are among the World’s poorest people.

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In ensuring that the Okigwe Senate Re-Run Election becomes free and fair, the Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has continued to partner with Independent National Electoral commission (INEC), Imo State towards making sure the election goes according to the tenets of democracy.

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As the international Day is being celebrated every year, Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has called on leaders of the country to celebrate the event with transparency, accountability and citizens’ inclusiveness in mind.

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As the World Humanitarian Day is being celebrated, Citizens Centre For Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has provided life saving information like posting issues on social media platforms, newspapers among others of how to stay safe, various means through which the COVID-19 could be contacted.

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As the Federal Government increases the prices of fuel and electricity consumption, Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has noted that the hike is not for the interest of the citizens, especially that the effect of COVID-19 is still biting hard.

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