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FAME Foundation, AFD, Sensitise Girls on Rights to Education and Equality



A non-governmental organization in Abuja, FAME Foundation in collaboration with the Agence Française de Development (AFD) is sensitising girls on their rights to education and equality through the Play it Dream it Initiative, a project using sports for development in Nigeria.

Ms Aderonke Ogunleye- Bello, Executive Director, FAME Foundation, said this at a workshop in Abuja on Thursday.

Bello said the campaign would educate girls across schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to emphasise on their rights.

She called on the government to review the Child Rights Act to accommodate more points that would help the girl child become more appreciated.

”This is an initiative of FAME Foundation called, ‘play it dream it’. We want to teach girls the importance of education and also combat girl child marriage, domestic violence amongst others.

”It is also for them to know how to set the right goals for themselves.

”I hope that the government can update and review the child rights act of 2003 and make it to accommodate more points that will help the girl child,” Bello said.

Ms Elise Blaizot, the Project Officer, AFD Nigeria, in her speech said that the two organisations had been discussing the possibilities of the project and crucial actions to reach other regions.

Blaizot said that the essence of the discussion was to achieve the objective of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by making education a fundamental right for everyone.

”Together, we do believe that education is indispensable for the exercise of other human rights.

”We do believe that the gender gap will not be narrowed in the world if the challenges around girls’ education do not find any answer.

”Together, we do believe that all forces should be joined if we want to find solutions,” she said.

Also, Camille Oren, Project Officer, French Embassy in Nigeria, said that gender stereotype was a wrong idea about men and women.

According to Oren, girls are always told to be nice, look good and play safe, instead of building cars, engaging in politics and being CEOs .

“As girls, we should do whatever we want to do and be confident about who we are and what we are doing, ” Oren said.

In the same vein, Tonto Dikeh, a politician, humanitarian and mentor advised the children to plan their lives for success in life.

”I urge you kids not to take what you have learnt here lightly because it will build you to the woman you will become in future.

“There is no dream and no goal that is too small, dream big and you will achieve great things,” she said.

Dikeh also urged the people to desist from the opinion that government’s insensitivity and poverty lead to lack of education.

Dr Sarah Hilyer, founder of Center for Sports, Peace and Society at the University of Tennessee urged the girls to get involved in sports and take their education seriously.

“The combination of sports and education will make Nigeria a better place and the world a better place.”

The 2 days workshop for girls on rights to education and equality, organized by FAME Foundation, took place in Abuja on September 15th and 16th, 2022.

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Maku Emerges DG Of Nasarawa PDP Gubernatorial Candidate Campaign Council, Others



By David Christopher, Lafia

As preparation for the 2023 General Elections is in top gear, Nasarawa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met at the level of the State Caucus Meeting and officially unveiled her State Campaigning Management Committee with the former Commissioner, Deputy Governor and Information/Defence Minister, Mr. Labaran Maku appointed Director General (DG) of the Campaign Council.

This was contained in a press release signed by the head of the party’s media/Publicity team in the state Comrade Adeka Stephen and made available to our correspondent in Lafia on Friday.

while other party gladiators; Senator (Dr) Walid Jibrin (OON), Distinguished Senator Solomon Aku Ewuga, Distinguished Senator Suleiman Asonya Adokwe, His Excellency Dr John Mike Abdul, Alhaji Usman Danlami Bagudu, Major General Nuhu Bala Angbazo (Rtd), Dr. Mike Omeri Agbo, Prof. Abdullahi Jibrin were enlisted as Deputy Directors of various committees.

The statement read In part,”it’s not gonna be business as usual for the failed APC led government, but one man one vote… PDP is more organized/prepared to take over power in the state and the country come 2023″ The party’s chairman in the state Hon. Francis Orogu stressed.

On his part the Gubernatorial Candidate in the state, Rt. Hon/Dr. David Emmanuel Ombugadu (PhD) who spoke through his Deputy, Hon. Usman Yahaya Ohinoyi said,”The suffering and dying Nasarawa electorates will surely decide between the bad APC candidate and the best PDP candidate in 2023.

“If elected into power, I shall move straight to the project ground breaking site from the swearing-in ceremony ground to deliver peoples oriented governance to the People of Nasarawa State”.

Expressing his readiness to lead the state campaign to a successful victory, the former Deputy Governor, Nasarawa State and Information/Defence Minister, Hon. Labaran Maku said, “We will adequately mobilize people to vote/protect the PDP votes to install OMBUGADU (PDP Governor) and Atiku Abubakar (PDP President) in the state and the country at large…our resolution to remain united as one indivisible entity before, during and after the elections is sacrosanct to give Nasarawa State of our dreams a new home and destiny “.

Our correspondent observed that the news of the season orator, political guru and an ardent grassroot mobilizer and a two terms All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Gubernatorial Candidate in Nasarawa State, Hon. Labaran Maku to sphare head the said campaign and other Politicians of note has prompted PDP supporters to embarked on jubilation across the entire state.

In an exclusive interview with Comrade Adeka Stephen the party’s image maker in the state he said,” With this formidable campaign structure you will agree with me that it is already a defeating threat to the unproductive APC government in the state. Recalled that APC group passed a vote of no confidence on Engr. A.A Sule over porous conduct of party primaries. Surely, the end and judgement day of the APC led government in Nasarawa State is here in 2023.

“PDP landslide victory in 2023 General Elections in Nasarawa State is Clary and crystal clear because, APC votes will be shared to Social Democratic Party (SDP), New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Action Democratic Congress (ADC) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) as most of the key APC players left the party for another after primaries, but the umbrella party PDP house is intact and united combat ready to halt APC Leadership in the state and nation.

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