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COVID-19 Has Deepened Pre-Existing Gender-Based Violence, Inequalities

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At the Hacey Health Initiative Women in Leadership one-day webinar held in commemoration of the International Women’s Day (IWD) celebration, experts that spoke at the webinar revealed that COVID-19 has not only deepened the pre-existing gender-based violence and inequality in the country but likewise exposed vulnerabilities in Nigeria’s economic system.

These statements were made at the webinar with the theme: “Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID World”, where they likewise harped for more women to take up leadership roles in the country.

In the welcome address of Rhoda Robinson, the Executive Director, Hacey Health Initiative, she explained that the IWD was a time to reflect on progress made by women, “to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

“COVID-19 has amplified the inequalities women face every day and it’s very important to have a national and global recovery plan to address this across all sectors.

“Lockdowns implemented to curb the spread of the virus increased instances of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), curbed access to essential Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services, and seriously affected women’s livelihoods and economic opportunities.

“The pandemic-induced poverty surge increased the likelihood of widening the gender poverty gap; meaning, more women will be pushed into extreme poverty than men.

“The pandemic also affected intervention activities of developmental organisations and reduced access to much needed funding for the sustenance of progress to gender equality.

“With all this more women need to be in decision-making spaces and processes where responses to the impact of the pandemic are formed,” she said.

Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, Head of Sustainability, Access Bank Plc, delivered the keynote address. She noted that women have proven to produce phenomenal outcomes in challenging situations and effectively utilising their higher capacities to balance risk, and their resilience to bounce back from disasters.

“More girls are going to school, fewer girls are forced into early marriage, more women are serving in parliament and positions of leadership and laws are being reformed to advance gender equality.

“Indeed, over the past quarter-century, women’s influence over many facets of public life has increased significantly.

“Women are entering politics in greater numbers than ever before, and their influence over high-level decision-making has been growing.

“Women’s full and equal participation has also been recognized as essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” she said.

She, however, reiterated that inequality of access was still a key concern.

“Globally, nearly 40 percent of women in wage employment are estimated to lack access to social protection.

“Women are less likely than men to have access to financial institutions or to have a bank account. one in five women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 report experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner within a 12-month period.

“A new study suggests the COVID-19 pandemic will have a disproportionate negative effect on women and their employment opportunities. The effects of this shock are likely to outlast the actual epidemic.

“It is therefore no longer news that COVID-19 has deepened pre-existing inequalities and exposed vulnerabilities in economic systems with more women than men at the receiving end.

“Nevertheless, as the fight against COVID-19 continues, an increasing number of women around the world are on the front lines bravely taking the lead and helping to promote health and wellness for everyone despite facing a large amount of unpaid care work in caring for children and their families,” she added.

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Petrol Company Owner Arraigned Over Alleged N38.2m Fraud, Tax Evasion – EFCC

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The Kaduna State chapter of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has accused the owner of Najaatu Petroleum Limited, Wasila Musa Ibrahim of money laundering and tax evasion.

In 2020, Ibrahim had reportedly defrauded a company known as Lee Group of a total sum of Thirty-Eight Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N38,200,000). According to the EFCC, the suspect had approached the Lee Group owner with a business proposal to supply the company Diesel and Premium Motor Spirit (petrol).

Using the name of her company, Ibrahim collected the money from the victim and his family members, diverting it for her personal use.

According to the victims, after learning of the fraud, Wasila Ibrahim lied that she had paid the money with one Alhaji Lawan who allegedly absconded and could not be reached.

The suspect was then reported to the antigraft agency, after which investigations revealed that she never did pay the N38.2 million meant to supply petrol. The investigations also led to the discovery that Ibrahim’s company, Najaatu Petroleum Limited had evaded tax payment from January 2013 to 2020.

The suspect arraigned on Thursday before Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa of the Federal High Court, Kano was accused of money laundering and tax evasion.

One of the twelve counts charges against the defendant reads: “That you, Wasila Musa Ibrahim “F”, sometime in October 2020, in Kano within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did make a cash payment of the sum of N38,200,000.00 (Thirty-Eight Million and Two Hundred Thousand Naira) only to one Alhaji Lawan for the purchase of five (5) trucks of Diesel without passing through a financial institution and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended) and punishable under Section 16(2) (b) of the same Act.”

The second charge against her by the EFCC also read: “That you, Wasila Musa Ibrahim “F”, Managing Director of Najaatu Petroleum Limited and Najaatu Petroleum Limited sometime in January, 2013 in Kano, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did fail to pay your company income tax for the year 2013 to the Federal Inland Revenue Service and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 9 (1) (a) of the Companies Income Tax Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 82 of the same Act”.

The case was however adjourned after the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges read before the court.

Leading the prosecution counsel, Y. J. Matiyak prayed the court to set a date for the hearing and remand of Ibrahim, while she remained in EFCC custody. However, Ibrahim’s legal counsel, Suleiman Abdulrahim informed the court of a pending application for bail of the defendant, requesting that she be admitted to bail. The prosecution swiftly moved against the request.

The judge, Justice Yunusa, in his ruling adjourned the case and ordered that the defendant remained in EFCC custody until the hearing of her bail application, holding on February 8, 2022.

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NYSC Trust Fund Bill Passes 2nd Reading

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A bill sponsored by Hon. Akinfolarin Mayowa for an act to establish a trust fund for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has passed the second reading stage in the House of Representatives.

Mayowa, the representative of Ileoluji-Okeigbo/Odigbo federal constituency, on Thursday at the plenary, stated that the bill seeks to provide a sustainable source of funds for Corp members.

The National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund (NYSCTF) aims at equipping corps members with skills acquisition, training and empowerment. Training and retraining of NYSC staff is inclusive

The bill sponsor mentioned that the funds would also be used for the development of NYSC camps and maintenance of its facilities.

He added that it would have a long-lasting impact on job creation and the empowerment of youths.

Hon. Mayowa stated that the NYSCTF Bill would further complement the purpose of the scheme and enhance entrepreneurship among corps members.

He said, “in the early years of the establishment of NYSC, the scheme was able to carry out its objectives under the National Youth Service Corps Act.

“The management of the scheme had not only trained, equipped and empowered corps members enrolled under the scheme, but had instilled patriotism and the spirit of nationalism in corps members.

“My colleagues and I have sincerely considered the significant role this NYSCTF Bill will play if passed by this honourable house and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Corps members and supporting staff will be trained and introduced to various skills which will make them establish a self-sustained business after the mandatory service year.”

Calling for its reading to continue and moved to the relevant committee of the house for further legislative actions, Mayowa pointed that the bill will reduce the adverse effect of COVID-19 on the nation’s economy and create employment opportunities for the youths.

“The call had become imperative in view of the effort currently being made by the government to diversify the economy, and considering the passion and willingness of the house in reducing poverty,” he said

In turn, the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, referred the bill to the relevant committees of the house for further legislative actions following the consent of the house.

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Npower News: Latest Update On Npower Payment

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About 80% beneficiaries of the Federal Government of Nigeria-organised Npower scheme have received their September and October stipend.

Those who are yet to receive theirs are encouraged to exercise patience and also verify their details.

However, the November and December stipends are still pending. There are reports that the stipends will be paid to all beneficiaries in the first week of February.

Investors King had earlier reported that the stipend has been approved by the Federal Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs but there might be a delay in payment due to Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Scheme (NIBSS) validation, as this validation takes quite a while.

In view of this, graduate beneficiaries who are yet to resume are at their Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) on Wednesday, January 17, 2022 are advised to do so. This is to avoid being dismissed from the scheme.

The NPower scheme, set up by the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on 8 June 2016 to address the issues of youth unemployment and help increase social development is currently undergoing backlash on social media for its failure to meet up with expectations.

The NPower scheme is categorized into Graduate Programmes and Non-Graduate Programmes and is targeted towards providing solutions to the nation’s under-developed public services like education, healthcare, and civic engagement.

The scheme recently included the resignation option on its portal, a development which has generated criticisms from the beneficiaries of the scheme, especially on social media.

Despite the scheme’s inability to meet up with payment of stipends, it still plans to enlist additional 400,000 Nigerian youths into the programme.

Meanwhile, all N-Power batch-c applicants are expected to update their profile and take test for possible shortlisting to the next stage of the N-Power application process. According to the National Social Investment Management System (NASIMS), all successful candidates will be sent a mail and given directions on the next stage while unsuccessful candidates can re-apply for the next batch of the programme as soon as it opens for application.

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