The Bauchi State Government has said that it will conduct a headcount of commercial sex workers in the State with a view to having accurate data on them.
The Permanent Commissioner in charge of Hisbah and Sharia implementation, Malam Aminu Balarabe-Isah, disclosed this in Bauchi during a sensitization workshop organised for commercial sex workers on Monday, NAN reports.
Balarabe-Isah explained that the information generated from the exercise would help the commission in taking measures aimed at discouraging the sex workers from continuing with their dangerous trade.
He disclosed plans by the State government to organize empowerment programmes for them and to provide them with a fund to start small-scale businesses.
According to him, investigations conducted by his agency indicated that most of the sex workers took to prostitution as a result of poverty, illiteracy, or maltreatment meted on them by their step-mothers.
The commissioner said minor family squabbles also contributed to their decision to take to prostitution, assuring that government would make efforts to reunite them with their parents.
He, however, expressed the readiness of the State government to organize mass marriages for those of them who were lucky to get serious suitors.
Hafsatu Azare, who spoke on behalf of the sex workers, promised that they were willing to leave the trade if the government would empower them economically, describing their condition as pathetic.
Senator Mrs Uche Ekwunife Fulfils her promise of giving Business Grant to 1000 beneficiaries (See benefactors)
EKWUNIFE FACILITATES BUSINESS GRANTS FOR 1000 BENEFICIARIES
Over 1000 beneficiaries have been credited in another batch of intervention funds cash transfers facilitated by the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Uche Ekwunife as part of her continuous efforts to empower the people of the constituency and assist them in their businesses.
The cash transfers began to drop on the bank accounts of the beneficiaries who had applied at the constituency office on Friday, June 18, 2021. We therefore use this opportunity to urge constituents who had applied for intervention funds from the office to always check their phones regularly for acceptance messages, and subsequently expect the receipt of funds. Those who have taken delivery of the funds should report to the office for documentation and further assistance.
Constituents are at liberty to visit the Intervention Funds and Benefits Department of the Liaison Office, located at Senator Uche Ekwunife Centre, Opposite Udoka Housing Estate Awka to provide details which would assist the office in facilitating the various Federal Government’s intervention funds/benefits for them.
Senator Ekwunife’s resolve to ameliorate the sufferings of the people by offering a representation that is visible, impactful and purposeful remains unflinching. More beneficiaries are expected to be captured in the ongoing programme in the coming weeks.
Director, Intervention Funds and Benefits Department Anambra Central Liaison Office.
Boko Haram Gets New Commanders
Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadist group has confirmed the death of its chief Abubakar Shekau, who sources say died during infighting with a rival Islamic State-allied faction, according to a video message from its presumed new commander.
In the short video in Arabic, top Boko Haram commander Bakura Modu, also known as Sahaba, urged his faction’s commanders to remain loyal despite the loss of their historic commander.
Shekau’s death was seen a major shift in Nigeria’s conflict, though Islamic State in West Africa Province or ISWAP has recently emerged as the dominant force in the more than decade-long Islamist insurgency in the country’s northeast.
The video, provided to AFP by a source close to Boko Haram and confirmed to be Bakura Modu by another local source, illustrates that jihadist infighting is far from over in Africa’s most populous nation.
Shekau, who gained notoriety after kidnapping nearly 300 schoolgirls in 2014, killed himself last month rather than surrender after IS-allied rivals attacked his base camp in Nigeria’s northeast Borno state, security sources said.
President Buhari Gives Mikel Obi Juicy Appointment
President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration has appointed former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, as Youth Ambassador.
This was confirmed on Friday, at an event held at the National Stadium, Lagos, which was attended by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.
According to the Special Adviser to Dare on Media, John Joshua-Akanji, Mikel Obi was described by the Minister as a “role model whose lasting legacies in football development has continued to have a positive impact on youths in the country.”
Mikel Obi was assured of Federal Government support whenever he chooses to invest in the country.
“Time will not permit me to say much about Mikel’s success as a footballer. He is our legend and a role model who has continued to impact the lives of youth positively.
“It is it my pleasure to appoint you as Nigeria Youth Ambassador. It’s a new portfolio and your role as youth ambassador will be made known to Nigerians,” Dare said.
In his response, Mikel Obi said: “I feel highly honoured to be appointed as Youth Ambassador of this country, it is a great feeling.
“I am happy with this partnership and I promise to do my best to encourage and inspire the youths towards national development, not just in football but in other sports like Basketball, Boxing among others.”
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