The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in collaboration with a Bauchi based NGO, Ikra Foundation for Women, Youth Development (IFWYD), says it has trained 68 women on production of reusable sanitary pads.
The beneficiaries were also exposed to shampoo, liquid soaps, sanitiser and disinfectant productions among others.
Mrs Amina Garuba, Founder of the organisation, disclosed this during the European Union/UN Monitoring Visit to UNFPA Intervention Site and Dialogue session with beneficiaries of the programme.
Garuba said the beneficiaries were trained in Ningi Local Government Area of the state, adding that 20 of them had set up pads production trade as a source of livelihood.
According to her, the reusable sanitary pads are disinfectable, washable and could be put back to use.
In her remarks, Mrs Deborah Tabara, UNFPA Programme Officer in Bauchi, commended the EU for its support to the programme.
Tabara said that the intervention was hinged on three transformative agenda of meeting needs for family planning, prevent maternal deaths and end Sexual, Gender Based Violence (SGBV).
“In UNFPA, we believe that investing in gender equality, sexual, reproductive health, rights protection as well as empowerment of women and girls is not only just the right thing to do.
“It is a prudent investment because it has multiple effects in the future. It has an effect on social and economic life. It also leads to overall progress of the community and the state as a whole,” she said.
Also speaking, Mrs Chioma Osuji, EU representative, said that UNFPA had done tremendously well in women training in production of reusable pads and other trades.
Osuji stressed the need to sustain the programme to empower more women, adding that the EU would adopt proactive measures to motivate them.
Nabila Yusuf, one of the beneficiaries, said that she had produced and sold about 450 pieces of pads, and called for more support to enable her to expand her business.
Another beneficiary, Jemima Waziri, a mother of three, said that she enjoyed high patronage and made good saving from the sales of the reusable pads.
On her part, Nasiba Ismael, urged the UNFPA and EU to support them with funds to enable them to scale up their bbusinesses.
EndSARS: No Peace Without Justice, Eedris Abdulkareem To Sanwo-Olu
Nigerian Music legend, Eedris Abdulkareem has condemned Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu over his invitation for a peace walk in Lagos State.
Sanwo-Olu, in a speech on Tuesday on the Lekki shootings of October 20, 2020, said he will be leading a Walk for Peace in December to herald the “healing of our land”.
“Let me use this occasion to extend an open invitation to our youths, members of the diplomatic corps, civil society groups, students, and the media as well as other stakeholders to join me,” he said.
He specifically extended invitations to Falana, Adebayo, Dele Farotimi, Temitope Majekodunmi, Segun Awosanya (Segalink), Adedotun (Just Detoun), Seun Kuti; Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu; and Commander of Rapid Response Squad CSP Yinka Egbeyemi and others to join him in the “historic march for our dear Lagos.”
Falz and Mr Macaroni have since rejected the invitation as they demanded justice of those allegedly killed during the EndSARS protest before peace can be restored.
Eedris, taking to his Instagram page described the invitation for the walk of peace as being dead on arrival.
According to him, no amount of walking can get Nigeria to the destination of peace without the route of justice.
His post read, “Dead On Arrival; No amount of walking can get us to the destination of peace without taking the honourable route of justice.
“Sanwo-Olu your walk of peace is dead on arrival.”
BREAKING: Court Dismisses Suit Seeking Soludo’s Disqualification As Anambra Governor-elect
A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit seeking the disqualification of Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo as the governor-elect of Anambra State.
Justice Taiwo Oladipupo Taiwo, in a judgment, described the suit as frivolous, irritating, and lacking in merit.
The judge awarded a punitive cost of N2 million against the two plaintiffs to be paid to Soludo and his deputy, Ibezim.
‘Why We Will Allow ‘Repentant’ Boko Haram Terrorists To Go Scot-free’—Borno Gov
Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum has said the state government will not prosecute ‘repentant’ Boko Haram insurgents.
While presenting the 2022 budget at the State House Of Assembly on Tuesday, Zulum said terrorists will not be encouraged to eschew violence if they see ‘repentant’ ones being prosecuted.
Addressing the House of Assembly, the governor said, “Mr. Speaker, honourable members, we need Allah’s guidance and the utmost wisdom to work for an end to the crisis facing our dear state.
“Prosecuting all the criminals (insurgents) would have been most appropriate but if we insist on it, we would discourage others out there that are willing to lay down their arms.
“The terrorists’ ranks could swell and our innocent fellow citizens, particularly those in local government areas, could become more vulnerable to attacks and abductions.”
Noting that the exercise to de-radicalise terrorists is being handled by security forces, Zulum said the initiative does not give terrorists the freedom to kill and immediately seek pardon.
He said none of the ‘repentant’ terrorists had been reintegrated into society yet, adding that terrorists willing to surrender must immediately “stop further attacks on civilians, security agents and facilities”.
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