In order to reduce the spate of sexual violence against girls in the society, Humanity Family Foundation for Peace and Development (HUFFPED) has trained adolescent girls on ways to defend themselves from such.
The training which took place at Ikorodu area of Lagos State had in attendance, 30 adolescents. The programme was with support from Canada, Women’s Rights and Health Project, and Actionaid.
Speaking at the programme, the facilitator, Mrs. Elizabeth Samuel declared that self defense is the act of defending oneself from getting harm which include fighting back, boxing and karate. Or anything we do, say or believe that keeps one safe.
In keeping safe, she enjoined the participants to report to elderly person or authority that someome.is bothering them.
“You can say or yell leave me alone; tell a teacher or report to an elderly or authority when someone is bothering you,” she said.
She identified five person weapons that every individual possesses which include the spirit, mind, eyes, voice and body (SMEVG).
While explaining the types of assault to include verbal, intimidation and physical assault; she however informed that to defend themselves, the girls must know the stages of fighting stance.
“When you stand normally, being pushed is inevitable but to defend oneself, you must stand in the fighting stance which prevents you from falling and getting hurt,” she stressed.
While demonstrating the fighting stance, she urged the participants in the use of their voice. “Finally, you are going to yell ‘No’ in a real life situation and when you say ‘No’ it should be firm and not squeaky from the throat,” she advised.
The University of Lagos Mass Communication Alumni Association (UMCAA) will hold its annual Dinner and Awards night on December 3, 2022
The venue of the event is De Rembrandt Hotel, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Opebi, Ikeja, Lagos.
This year, new categories of awards have been introduced to appreciate illustrious members – individuals and sets – who have contributed immensely to the development of the department and the growth of the association.
The new categories include Grand Star Award, for that individual who has stood out over time in contributing to the development of the department.
Close Knit Award is for the set or class that has a close-knit association. Members look out for each other, building a family bond and connection, donating to support our Alma Mater.
There will also be special recognition awards for 10 veterans.
Regular categories of award include: Broadcast Journalist of the year, Public Relations Professional of the year, Advertising Professional of the year, Print Journalist of the year, Online Professional of the year, Lecturer of the year, UMCAAite of the year and Most Participatory set of the year.
According to Pastor Eniola Mayowa, Chairman, Award Sub-Committee, the 2021 dinner and awards was big and loud but this year’s would be bigger and better.
Addressing the alumni, she said: “You have seen the sights and sounds of 2021 dinner and awards, 2022 edition promises to be bigger and better. You will have to do the nominations. And it is more awards and recognitions. It is a beautiful way to end the year.”
Elder Tunde Awobiyi, Chairman of the Dinner and Awards Committee stated that the 2022 dinner and awards will be bigger and colourful, an unforgettable event that reunites old folks. “This year dinner will be different and special because it will be 3-in-1 event: the dinner proper, swearing in of the new exco and awards for deserving UMCAAites,” he said.
Established in 1966, the Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos is one of the oldest in the country. It boasts of many of Nigeria’s finest journalists, educators, administrators and leading media professionals who dot the nation’s communication and media industry.
Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has called on governments at all levels to fulfill their obligations to ensure the safety of journalists by investigating all attacks against media practitioners as well as prosecuting and punishing the perpetrators of such attacks.
The organisation said this would send a strong signal to those who attack journalists that they can no longer do so with impunity while also giving the media the confidence to carry out their functions without fear.
MRA made the call at a press conference organised to commemorate the 2022 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists and the 10-year anniversary of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, which was endorsed by the UN Chief Executives Board, the highest-level coordination mechanism in the UN system.
In his address, MRA’s Programme Director, Mr. Ayode Longe, reminded the government that the security of citizens is one of its primary functions and urged the Federal Government to develop and adopt robust mechanisms to protect journalists and ensure their safety and security.
Attacks against Journalists
Noting that 10 years after the UN came out with the Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists, Nigeria has not taken any concrete action to stem the spate of attacks against journalists and the media in the country, he said “the increasing level of attacks against media practitioners and organisations in the country was shocking and ought to be a source of concern for everyone.
” MRA has recorded and documented dozens, even hundreds, of attacks against journalists over the years and is yet to hear of any instance where a journalist has been killed in Nigeria and a serious investigation was conducted and the perpetrators arrested and prosecuted.”
He challenged the government to cite any attack on journalists or the media that it has seriously investigated and share with the public the outcome of any such investigation, including details of those arrested and prosecuted for the offence.
Since the beginning of the current democratic dispensation on May 29, 1999 to date, MRA has collated and documented cases of 19 journalists killed and in none of these killings has the Federal Government investigated, arrested, prosecuted or brought any of the perpetrators to justice.
“In the last one year alone, MRA collated and documented over 47 incidents of attacks against journalists, media workers and media houses, and in the course of their work, journalists are arrested and detained, assaulted and beaten, abducted, have their equipment and gadgets confiscated and, in some cases, destroyed, have their operations disrupted among other form of attacks,” he said.
Police brutality against Journalists
Longe noted that MRA’s records showed that men of the Nigerian Police are the major perpetrators of the attacks against journalists as the organisation had documented over 15 of such incidents in which they were the perpetrators, with armed hoodlums and political thugs coming a close second.
He said it was ironic that the Nigerian Police and other law enforcement and security agents that Nigerians should be relying on to protect journalists and the media from attacks by political thugs and other bad actors are themselves the worst culprits.
He expressed concern that the Police are also being frequently used to harass and intimidate journalists and other media workers by the rich and powerful who are uncomfortable with the media beaming the searchlight on them and their activities.
He noted that in the last six months, MRA has recorded at least six such incidents where journalists were accused of criminal defamation, cyberstalking or such other offence by the law enforcement agencies acting on the biddings of politicians.
Reminding the government that the world is moving away from criminalising expression and as such journalists should not be arrested, detained or charged to court over stories and reports that they have published, he noted that the Police continue to use the provisions of Section 24 of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015 to charge journalists and other Nigerians with cyberstalking despite the fact that the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has declared the provision to be a violation of the right to freedom of expression.
Longe described the continued use of the provision of the Cybercrimes Act to harass journalists and other citizens as a brazen disregard for the decision of the ECOWAS Court, a violation of Nigeria’s treaty obligations and an unjustifiable disrespect for the court.
He therefore called on members of the public to take an interest in the safety of journalists and do everything within their power to help protect them and take action to ensure that those who attack them are brought to justice.
University of Lagos Mass Communication Alumni Association (UMCAA) has elected new executives to steer the affairs of the association.
The elections which took place on September 12 was conducted through electronic voting system for 10 vacant positions. However, only the office of the Welfare Secretary had more than one candidates as contestants for some of the other positions who had earlier showed interest or accepted nominations to contest stepped down or declined, giving way for unopposed positions.
The new executive members are: Adewale Williams, President; Kehinde Oyesomi, Vice President; John Sonayon, Secretary General; Bukola Munonye, Assistant Secretary General; and Funmi Falobi, Welfare Secretary.
Others include: Nkem Mojume, Secretary – Social/Special Project; Dayo Ajiteru, Financial Secretary; Adeyinka Adeosun, Public Relations Officer; and Oluwatayo Alofun, Digital Media Secretary.
Announcing the results, Chairman, Electoral Committee, Major General Rtd, Bola Koleoso revealed that there were only 10 sets of nominations and a total of 26 people were nominated for the posts.
“During the candidate verification exercise, some nominees declined the offer to serve for various reasons. In the end, 14 names made it to the ballot paper. Two of these eventually withdrew in the course of the hotly contested campaign. One person had failed to engage at all, while another candidate withdrew from the contest. Still the association has recorded some gains. The enthusiasm must be built upon for the future,” he said.
While commending the electoral committee for the yeoman’s job in delivering a free and fair electoral process, he stated that, ” the Electoral Committee came up with an electronic voting system that should make INEC Green with envy. It’s a standard that beats whatever had been in use before now. This template also sets a standard for future Electoral Committee to build on.”
While congratulating the winners, he wished them the best in their new offices
Gale of appreciation/congratulatory messages
Immediately the results were announced, the winners used the association”s platforms to appreciate members for their support and also pledge their allegiance to moving the association forward to greater heights. Similarly,.members also congratulated the winners, wishing them well in their new offices.
In his thank you message on behalf of the newly-elected UMCAA executives, the Incoming President, Adewale Williams stated, ” I say, thank you for your votes! Collectively we shall make Nigeria great, our department greater and UMCAA the greatest it can ever be.”
“Hearty congratulations to the Electoral Committee and all the winners. May God help you to succeed in your various offices.” Prof. Idowu Sobowale remarked.
“Dear President Adewale Williams, Vice President Kehinde Oyesomi, Secretary General John Sonayon Oni, Assistant Secretary General Bukola Munonye, Welfare Officer Funmi Falobi, Secretary (Social & Special Projects) Nkem Mojume, Financial Secretary Dayo Ajiteru, Public Relations Officer Yinka Adeosun, and Digital Media Secretary Oluwatayo Alofun, I felicitate you on your election to these highly coveted offices. May God grant you the wisdom and energy to take our beloved UMCAA to greater heights. Kudos to the Electoral Committee! ” Prof. Victor Ayedun-Aluma said.
Men have been advised to live a holistic lifestyle germane for their mental, physical, and social well-being.
Experts in legal, insurance, and health field, who spoke at the Nigeria pre-event session of the International Men’s Day (IMD) 2022, noted that the many expectations, which are being placed on men, subjects them to depression and social vices when they cannot meet up with such suppositions.
Founder, International Men’s Day, Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh of Trinidad & Tobago, while speaking on the theme: ‘Men living by example: Examining the expectations from gender perspectives’ noted that the pre-event is a build-up to the main event later in the year, focuses on men being positive role models in the society.
According to him, societal expectations like being the breadwinner of the family can create mental health issues for men who, due to one reason or the other, may not be able to meet up with others, thereby leading to depression, with some engaging in social vices like drug addiction and over-indulgence in alcohol.
“There are expectations from men by the society like being the breadwinners in their families, which sometimes create mental health issues. It means they must be the best and excel in all areas of life. This makes men suffer from depression and engage in social vices like drug addiction and drinking alcohol.,” Teelucksingh said.
Legal pitfalls to prevent
Speaking on legal pitfalls to prevent, Legal Practitioner, Mrs. Nihinlola Aluko-Olokun, in her submission, urged men not to overburden themselves with societal expectations.
She stated that irrespective of status, there are legal issues like marriage, divorce, Will, and family that men should know about.
“Men should know about these legal issues. When a man writes his Will, it doesn’t mean he’s going to die but the Will dictates how his estate will be governed. Men should go for legal advice based on their circumstances,” she said.
Your health, your wealth
On her part, while acknowledging the roles played by men in families and society at large, Mrs. Funmi Agbesusi who is a medical practitioner, counseled that men should prioritise their health for effective and efficient performance.
She also opined that healthy living should be a continuous routine for men.
“Men should embrace healthy eating habits, water therapy to stay hydrated, and fruit intake at all times. Eating healthy is important as it plays a major role in their health.
“Men should engage in regular exercise as well as medical check-ups. Also, ensure you have adequate sleep and harmony at home,” she said.
Agbesusi maintained that stress management is important for men in order to live healthily. She, therefore, advised them to empower their wives, so that they can be financially responsible in the family.
Securing the future
Speaking on the importance of having insurance policies Mrs. Julien Osamezu-Enogieru, an insurance specialist, reiterated that so much pressure is being put on men on a daily basis, which is why they must not only think of the future but have a retirement plan in place to secure it.
She said: “There is so much pressure on men. Everybody thinks about the future but nobody asked what are you doing for the future.
“There must be a plan for retirement to make life easier. When you have insurance policies, you secure your life, your family, and future,” she said.
IMD Nigeria Coordinator, Sanmi Falobi explained that the session was organised with the focus of raising public awareness and garnering upping support ahead of the International Men’s Day main event on November 19.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has declared illegal a video circulating on the social media which displayed a vehicle with rotational number plates.
The vehicle number plates on display were KUJ-304BV, while the other side which was automatically flipped carries a number tagged presidency with the following details, 01B-266FG.
The FRSC Ag.Corps Marshal, Dauda Ali Biu, has ordered full investigation into the trend as FRSC does not produce a number plate with such double features, only one number can be assigned to one vehicle and its owner at the same time
A statement by the commission said: The attention of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has been drawn to a video circulating on the social media which displayed a vehicle with rotational number plates.
“FRSC recently placed a public notice on the mainstream media dissuading Nigerians and the Motoring Public from according regards to vehicles with unauthorised number plates as the users are not duly registered and are often with sinister motives.”
The Ag . Corps Marshal also warned Nigerians from replicating same as it is considered a criminal act which has its place in law
Media Rights Agenda (MRA) and International Press Centre (IPC) have condemned the revocation and withdrawal of the broadcast licenses of 52 broadcast stations across Nigeria by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) describing the action as ill-advised, insensitive and antithetical to the interests of the Nigerian public.
MRA said by the revocation of the broadcast licenses of so many stations for alleged non-payment of their licence fees, The NBC was prioritising its desire to make money off the broadcasters over the interest of citizens as the ultimate effect of its action is to deprive millions of Nigerians access to information as well as their rights and ability to freely express themselves through these stations.
IPC on the other hand expressed that in this particular instance NBC has not only ordered the revocation of licenses of many television and radio stations, it has gone further to usurp the authority of the President and Commander-In-Chief and the National Assembly by directing security agents to move in and effect its order.
In a statement by Ms Obioma Okonkwo, Head of Legal Department, MRA said: “We are shocked by this naked display by the NBC of a lack of appreciation of its principal role which is to contribute to the emergence of a knowledge society. Rather, it has chosen to create an environment in which millions of Nigerians will wallow in ignorance, deprived of access to crucial information that they need to make critical decisions in their lives or to enhance their livelihoods.”
She argued that “the action of the NBC has only worsened the prevailing lopsidedness in the broadcasting landscape in Nigeria which was already dominated by government-owned broadcasting stations but is now under the monopolistic control of Federal Government-owned stations, which will be almost unchallenged, with the result that citizens will now be fed unmitigated propaganda by these remaining stations.”
Okonkwo accused the NBC of being insensitive to the harsh economic environment under which the broadcast stations have operated over the last two and a half years as the national economy has been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic itself and the measures taken by the government in response to the pandemic.
She noted that the broadcasting stations are also negatively impacted by the inability of the government to create a conducive environment for them to operate, such as providing appropriate infrastructure like electricity supply, adding that with the stations having to find alternative sources of power supply even as the price of diesel continues to skyrocket daily, they are simply struggling to survive.
“The fact that so many broadcasting stations have been unable to pay the license fees raises serious questions about the fairness and appropriateness of the fees being imposed on broadcasters by the BBC in such a challenging economic environment. As the NBC, which imposes the fees and collects them for its own use, there needs to be an independent inquiry into this apparent conflict of interest where the motivation of the commission is apparently to make as much money for itself as possible,” she said.
In a statement by IPC Press Freedom Officer, Melody Lawal, the organisation called on NBC to exercise caution and ensure that it exhausts engagement channels before wielding a stick that may not only lead to thousands of job losses but also shrink the information dissemination space.
“NBC should stop acting as a revenue generating agency that is unconcerned about the business environment of broadcast stations.
“Nothing in it’s mandate says that it cannot contribute to the sustainability of broadcast stations who are having their own share of the economic crisis plaguing the nation, ” she said.
MRA called on the NBC to reverse its decision in the public interest to avoid creating a society of predominantly ignorant citizens, advising that the need to ensure that Nigerians are adequately informed through the media should supersede any other consideration by the NBC.
The organisations advised the commission to liaise with the broadcasting stations to identify the challenges facing the industry and come up with realistic solutions to the identified challenges.
Karis & Eleos Hand of Hope, a Non-governmental organisation, has trained women on entrepreneurship in order to reduce poverty in the society.
The empowerment initiative tagged, “Catalyst for Change 2.0” was carried out in five local government areas of Lagos which include Surulere, Ijora, Agidingbi, Onigbongbo and Alimosho with support from Coca-Cola Foundation. The beneficiaries were trained in textile designing – adire, tie & dye, baking, make up, wig making, gele, shoe and bag making, household items – izal, liquid soap and bleach.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Executive Director, Karis & Eleos Hand of Hope, Bukola Bamiduro said the initiative was to empower women and girls and to create equal opportunity for them.
“Catalyst for Change is a post Covid intervention to bring women out of poverty and reduce violence so that they can cater for themselves. 200 “At this ceremony, 200 women are benefiting today making the total of 5,133 beneficiaries so far. We will follow them up. I encourage you to be the catalyst and also encourage others to be empowered,” she said.
She said the beneficiaries are expected to train 10 women each in order to see that women move from $1 a day to $10.
While encouraging the trainees to believe in themselves and conquer the world, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, Director, Public Affairs, Communication and Sustainability, Coca-Cola Nigeria said the essence of the programme was to build sustainable community and reduce rural-urban migration.
“There shall be seed tool kits for the selected beneficiaries to complement their work. The oday marks 10,000 women have received life skill training and we understand they have impacted other women.
“For us at Coca-cola, the essence is to build sustainable community and reduce rural-urban migration. We need to actually be our change makers and be the change you want. Be at your best, believe in yourself and conquer the world,” she advised.
Oluwakemi Ogunsakin, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Specialist, Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd charged the trainees to start small, but think big.
Admonishing the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity, Head of Department, Women and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) Alimosho Local Government Area, Mrs. Oluwakemi Omisore enjoined them to “be determined to stand out” in their work.
Baale of Oke Ijora, Chief Tajudeen Igbalaiye also encouraged the beneficiaries to maximize the opportunity.
There was exhibition by the beneficiaries to showcase what they had done.