As the Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) monitors the third quarter of the cash transfer to beneficiaries in Anambra State as Third Party Monitor (TPM), it has recorded success stories from some beneficiaries who appreciated the federal government for the program.
A success story of a young girl of about 18 years shows that many of the beneficiaries of the conditional cash transfer are transforming their financial status already. Ms. Esther Eziechina, who serves as an alternate for her mentally unbalanced mother narrated how she continued saving every kobo from the conditional cash transfer through her father, she was able to save one hundred and fifteen thousand naira (N115,000), because she had the burden to buy a cassava processing machine to help her community members who go very far to other community to grind cassava. She wanted a processing machine close to her people, her father hearing her plans decided to support her with the balance to get the machine. From that cassava machine, she was also able to buy more machines for extracting oil from palm fruits. Through these machines, she recovered the borrowed money from her father but her father asked her to keep the loan as part of his support to the good thing she was doing. She also mentioned that the other loans she took to set up her processing business, she has been able to repay them all. She appreciates the federal government for bringing “better don come” her way and she prays it extends to others.
Another beneficiary in Umunze ward III, name Helen Ofor narrated how she started her poultry business with the external support of the federal government and makes extra profit.
Another beneficiaries in Iyiafor in Okpoghota ward told the TPM that she built a kitchen, bought a large acre of land where she planted maize and cassava for commercial purposes. She commended the federal government for the support and urged it not to stop. The videos have uploaded to the CSOs/ZTLs platform. Some beneficiaries were not doing anything before the external support started but narrated how their individual businesses have improved by sole reason of the external support. They are grateful to the federal government.
Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has joined the world to celebrate the world population day, while calling on stakeholders to increase people’s awareness on various population issues such as the importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights
CCIDESOR noted that women disproportionately work in insecure labour markets and are harder hit by the economic impacts of COVID-19. Nearly 60 percent of women worldwide work in the informal economy, at greater risk of falling into poverty. Women’s unpaid care work has increased as a result of school closures and the increased needs of older people.
The pandemic is hitting marginalized communities particularly hard, deepening inequalities and threatening to set us back in our efforts to leave no one behind. Our response to COVID-19 in every country is critical and will determine how fast the world recovers and whether we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals or not.
The Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has joined the rest of the world to mark the World Environment Day.
CCIDESOR has called for increased preservation and protection of nature, especially that they are calling continued engagement with the governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue.
‘The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. For instance, each year, marine plants produce more than a half of our atmosphere’s oxygen, and a mature tree cleans our air, absorbing 22 kilos of carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen in exchange. Despite all the benefits that our nature give us, we still mistreat it. That is why we need to work on that. That is why we need this Observance’.
This year, the theme is biodiversity – a concern that is both urgent and existential. Recent events, from bushfires in Brazil, the United States, and Australia to locust infestations across East Africa – and now, a global disease pandemic – demonstrate the interdependence of humans and the webs of life, in which they exist.
Biodiversity is the foundation that supports all life on land and below water. It affects every aspect of human health, providing clean air and water, nutritious foods, scientific understanding and medicine sources, natural disease resistance, and climate change mitigation. Changing, or removing one element of this web affects the entire life system and can produce negative consequences.
Human actions, including deforestation, encroachment on wildlife habitats, intensified agriculture, and acceleration of climate change, have pushed nature beyond its limit. It would take 1.6 Earths to meet the demands that humans make of nature each year. If we continue on this path, biodiversity loss will have severe implications for humanity, including the collapse of food and health systems.
The emergence of COVID-19 has underscored the fact that, when we destroy biodiversity, we destroy the system that supports human life. Today, it is estimated that, globally, about one billion cases of illness and millions of deaths occur every year from diseases caused by coronaviruses; and about 75 per cent of all emerging infectious diseases in humans are zoonotic, meaning that they are transmitted to people by animals.
Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has extolled the police led by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, for their measures to curtail the scourge of rape in the country.
The police has unveiled a new Operational Guidelines for the Police and other Law Enforcement Agencies on COVID-19 prevention enforcement duties, today, 8th June, 2020 at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. This is part of measures to foster a more harmonious relationship between the Police and members of the public, deepen respect for the rights of citizens, provide a new set of policing tools for tackling emerging crimes such as domestic violence, rape, child molestation and other incidents of Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
The IGP notes with concern, increase in reported cases of domestic violence, rape, defilement, cybercrimes etc linked with the COVID-19 restrictions. These unfortunate incidents have prompted the introduction of this Operational Guidelines which will help to adequately coordinate and reshape the conducts of personnel of the Force and other law enforcement agencies on the frontline of operations in the enforcement of the COVID-19 prevention orders. It will also serve as a standard code of conduct for Police officers in similar operations in the future.
Consequently, the IGP has also ordered the strengthening of the Gender-Desk Units and the Juvenile Welfare Centres (JWCs) across the country and the deployment of investigative assets to deal with gender related offences. In addition, the Cybercrime Unit of the Force has also been strengthened to deal with cybercrimes connected with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stakeholders in the country have flayed the lingering cases of high profile hibernating corruption cases in the country, while calling for their urgent resolution.
In his remarks, the Executive Director of Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) Ogechi Ikeh who spoke on ‘Resolving the Unresolved High Profile Corruption Cases in Nigeria, their Impact on Current Anti corruption Efforts’, said that corruption has eaten deep into the system so much so that the third tier of government has been merged with the second tier of government.
She posited that fraud, waste and abuse of public resources are the tripod on which corruption thrives, adding that because of corruption, Nigerians have been made to be weak, unsafe, defenceless as all known human and social rights are being violated with impunity. He revealed that since 1999, over $400bn of public money has been stolen by past leaders and public officers. She hinted that it is difficult to absolve past Nigeria leaders from the mundane governance style of stealing, cheating and lying.
She noted that sometimes, the failure of institutions has also been a major problem in fighting corruption. “poverty is not a natural disaster nor tsunami, it is man-made and systemic problem’.
In his contribution, Chigozie Uzosike however called on the media to continue to raise in its reportage previous issues of unresolved corruption cases for prosecution, so that present fight against corruption can be complete and hence deterring potential offenders. He urged the media to be non-partisan to enable it do good reportage on the cases, stressing that once corruption stops in the country, the resources of the country will be well used.
He charged the media and CSOs to form collusion in fighting the menace so that the country can get better, adding that once the corruption cases are uncovered, the resources of the country will be judiciously utilized. He frowned at the fatalistic resignation that has enveloped some sectors of the society.
Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) is set to hit the field running for the third quarter monitoring of the beneficiaries in Anambra State where it is monitoring the National Social Safety Nets Project (NASSP).
It would be recalled that in Anambra, CCIDESOR is monitoring the project in six local governments of Ihiala, Orumba South, Anambra West, Ayamelum, Dunukofia and Awka North. The National Social Safety Net Project (NASSP) under the Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government has been helpful to the beneficiaries of the projects.
In the course of the monitoring, it is expected that the monitors will find out from the beneficiaries what they doing with fund and how it has supported their lives and livelihood.
The program uses a combination of targeting methods including geographic targeting, Community-Based Targeting (CBT), and the application of a Proxy Means Test (PMT) for identifying and screening poor and vulnerable households for its interventions. The database of identified poor households, families or individual called State Social Register of Poor and Vulnerable Households (SRPVH) or Social Register of Poor (SRP) or simply Social Register (SR), can be used for selecting beneficiaries for NASSP and other targeted social safety net programs in the future as part of a social protection system.
CCIDESOR monitoring has continued to capture the feelings of the beneficiaries which tend towards asking the federal government to increase the space for more persons to benefit. It would be recalled that President announced that the register will be increased by one million.
Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has condemned in totality the rape and gruesome murder of Ms Vera Omozuwa and Miss Bello Barakat respectively.
Miss Vera Uwaila Omosuwa a 100 level Microbiology student of the University of Benin, was assaulted inside a hall in the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Ikpoba Hill, Benin City, where she went to study and the rapists hit her to death with a fire extinguisher in the hall.
In another development, an 18-year-old girl, identified as Bello Barakat, was reportedly gang raped and murdered by unknown men in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.
The incident was said to have occurred at Akinyele area of Ibadan, Oyo state. It was gathered that her father found her dead body around their home, after her body was examined, they discovered that she was raped, then she got murdered.
Bello Barakat, aged 18, was a year one student of Federal College of Animal Health and Production in Ibadan.
There deaths have continued to attract outrage nationwide as Nigerians have taken to social media to express their displeasure over the rising cases of Rape in Nigeria.
CCIDESOR is therefore joining its voice to the condemnation of the barbaric act by calling for action on rape as a crime, adding that states should domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law and that Federal Government should treat rape as a crime and put out severe punitive measures to end it.
CCIDESOR insists that the federal government should declare emergency on rape, where severe punitive measures are put in place to serve as deterrent to potential offenders.
CCIDESOR charges the CSOs to sustain their awareness an advocacy towards ending the menace and continue to engage stakeholders at all levels and fora to bring an end to the barbaric act. CCIDESOR urges Imo State government to pass the VAPP law and ensure that measures are put in place to implement it
CCIDESOR however condoles with the affected families on the death of their daughters, while calling on the security personnel to bring the perpetrators to book.
To curb the scourge of rape in the country, the Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has set motion in place to partner the State Government to domesticate the Act in the state.
This is coming at the heels of the incessant rape cases in the country in the last weeks, especially that domesticating the Violence Against Persons Prohibition law in the state will help to check the occurrence of the incident.
The law which was passed into law in 2013 and 2015 by House of Reps and Senate respectively and signed in 2015 will check the excesses of potential offenders and preserve the sanctity of the vulnerable and check gender based violence in the country.
CCIDESOR will partner the State Government, the Ministry Gender and Vulnerable Groups, Ministry of Health and other agencies to ensure that the law becomes effective in the state.
When history is asleep, it is memory that wakes it up, when memory itself falls into stupor, we invoke remembrance to kick it into active consciousness. To forget is human, it also falls within the province of man to remember. That is why we need to draw a line between those who forget to remember and those who remember to forget.
As the federal government and various state governments release phases of easing the lockdown in the wake of the global pandemic called coronavirus otherwise called COVID-19, there is therefore need for increased personal and collective hygienic measures bearing in mind the guideline protocols.
The citizens have to maintain utmost personal hygiene by washing their hands regularly with running water, sanitize their hands with alcoholic-based sanitizer, maintain social distancing and keep to all guideline protocols which are needed to combat the virus.
In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic a lot of conversations have been brought around past pandemics. Four of them are being talked about. The most is 2009 Swine Flu, 1968 Hong Kong Flu, 1957-58 Asian Flu and 1918-20 Spanish Flu. The MERS of 2012-13 was not a pandemic. All these historical pandemics being talked about right now have been some kind of influenza or similar diseases.
Covid-19, which is caused by the novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2, is the least fatal of them all. Spanish Flu was the most fatal and is also the most-talked about historical flu right now. It killed about 4-5 crore people worldwide. Crore describes ten million, one hundred lakhs especially….of people
Every tragedy leaves behind a lesson that helps us prevent or better deal with future catastrophes as long as it is not forgotten. Spanish Flu and Covid-19 have uncanny similarities in the lesson the two pandemics offer to human kind.
Just like in the case of Covid-19, there was no known medicine available to treat Spanish Flu. The world of medical science was in a nascent stage back then. Developing a vaccine against Spanish Flu was out of question. The first flu vaccine came on the scene only in 1940. The first antibiotic medicine came in 1928, years after Spanish Flu had ravaged the human population.
It was lockdown, social distancing and masks that saved the world, particularly the developed one, back then. Health professionals in America and Europe wore face masks to reduce chances of contracting Spanish Flu while treating patients, who were coming in huge numbers every day.
According to www. Indiatoday, it is worthy of note that when the lockdown was ease down, the real death came that increased the toll. Some American cities enforced lockdowns, not exactly like the ones today, but they cancelled public events and asked people to keep distance. Two American cities are particularly worth looking at Philadelphia and St Luis. Both the cities were impacted by Spanish Flu.
While Philadelphia went about its business as usual, St Luis imposed restrictions. One month later, the number of those dying of Spanish Flu in Philadelphia was around 10,000. On the other hand, the death toll in St Luis was only around 700. Many other cities that had closed their churches, schools, theatres and other public places reported fewer Spanish Flu deaths than cities that had not enforced lockdowns or asked people to practice social distancing.
In the treatment of Spanish Flu, the doctors accidentally discovered that those forced to spend their recuperating time under direct sun and in open air recovered faster than those kept in cooler places, inside the hospital rooms or under the shades.
Now, research also shows that open or well-ventillated places are better in reducing the chances of coronavirus infection. Researchers have found that using air-conditioners in a room where a Covid-19 patient is being kept can increase the chances of spread of infection. The Indian government has issued an advisory on how to use air-conditioners during coronavirus.
The Covid-19 pandemic may end up reshaping the world just like Spanish Flu along similar or different contours. Lessons from both the pandemics are, however, almost the same – masks, lockdown, social distancing, cleaner air and sunrays are tools to fight next pandemic because that too will not have a vaccine or a known medical protocol for treatment.
There is need to be careful and understand that the temporary ease down by the governments is not a time to live unmindful of the fact that the COVID-19 is real. Those who say it is not real are simply expressing the fact that they have not been hit or that anybody closer to them is not infested.
We must avoid crowded places, carry our sanitizers along with us and ensure that we keep our environment clean, wear face masks, regularly wash our hands and maintain social distancing to be alive. Remember COVID-19 does not spread, it is people that spread it. Be mindful of your movement. We must increase safety measures now that there is ease of lockdown. I see some persons jumping into the streets with joy, we must reassess that joy for a more reflective moment of living and staying safe healthy by increasing the level of careful.\
Written By Chigozie Uzosike
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) has announced the guidelines for the ease of COVID-19 lockdown which will come into effect on May 4.
While briefing the media on Wednesday, Boss Mustapha, PTF Chairman and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, noted that banks and offices will reopen next week.
The SGF, however, insisted that educational institutions will still remain shut nationwide as precautionary steps to prevent the spread of the virus in the country.
Mustapha said; “In line with Mr President’s directives in paragraphs 34 to 41 of his broadcast, the Presidential Task Force has developed guidelines. The gradual reopening of the economy will stand a total of six weeks broken into three tranches of two weeks each.
“To the avoidance of doubt, the following clarifications are provided – The overnight curfew is applicable nationwide. The inter-state travels are banned except for the movement of goods, agro products, petroleum products, essential services as directed by Mr President,” he added.
Ahead of the reopening of offices, Mustapha warned corporate organisations to take some precautionary measures before resuming.
Some of these include maintaining social distancing, making available hand sanitisers, and fumigation of their environment among others.
The SGF further stipulated guidelines on the gradual resumption of official businesses saying; “The management of various offices, premises and businesses that will be gradually reopened are mandated to ensure that the following preparatory steps are taken.
Listing the steps, the PTF Chairman said; “Fumigation and decontamination, an arrangement made for physical distancing, provision of hand sanitisers and handwashing facilities, application of the policy of mandatory use of face masks, provision of thermometers for temperature checks.”
He further directed business managers to increase communication with their staff on COVID-19 and appealed for organisations to give special consideration to be given to persons living with disabilities.