IWD 2019: Women in the media missing at the top

Gender audit of major newspapers in Nigeria by Journalists for Christ (JFC) International Outreach in commemoration of the 2019 International Women’s Day confirms that only very few women occupy top editorial positions in the country. JFC calls for conscious efforts to redress the imbalance and give more women the opportunity to be involved in major editorial making process in media organisations. The crucial role of women in any human endeavour cannot be overemphasized. Women, like men, have requisite skills and the capacity to perform most, if not all tasks. However,…

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AU lauded on prioritising travails of immigrants, IDPS

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has commended the African Union (AU) for recognising the peculiar travails of immigrants, returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) across the continent. He said in a statement that there was a need to give priority to the issues. The governor was reacting to the declaration of 2019 as the Year of Immigrants, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) by the AU, in recognition of the difficulty faced by many fleeing conflicts, disease and harsh socio-economic realities prevalent in a number of African countries. He…

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Over 2,000 IDPs Have Returned Home-Nigerian Army

About 2,043 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have left the Bakassi Camp for their various  homes in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State, the Nigerian Army announced on Tuesday. IDPs comprising of 378 households were the first batch of people who willingly expressed desire to return to their communities and resume farming, fishing and other social cultural activities. The resettlement exercise according to a statement issued by the spokesman, Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, was flagged on in Maiduguri, the state capital. Nwachukwu revealed that modalities for return of…

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Council Chair Requests Security As IDPs Return To Farms, Homes

While some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) prepare to return to their various homes in Taraba State, Chairman of Ussa Local Government Area of the north eastern state, Mr. Rimansikwe Karma, has pleaded with the Federal Government to urgently deploy additional security to ensure a safe return of the IDPs to their homes. Karma made the request in Ussa today while addressing journalists. He stated that most IDPs from the communities in the Local Government Area were afraid to return to their homes over fear of another possible attack alleging that…

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We Celebrated Eid-el-Fitr Festival In Hunger-IDPs Lament

As Muslims in Nigeria joined their counterparts across the world to mark the Eid-el-Fitr festival, some Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) at Fariya camp in Maiduguri, Borno State have revealed how they marked the fasting period and subsequent festival in hunger. Bemoaning the poor condition of the camp housing them on Friday, leader of the camp, Malam Jiddah Ambari said, the IDPs in the camp celebrated Sallah with little joy. Meanwhile, a spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that the camp in question is illegal and would never…

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How Journalism help beat human traffickers in IDP camps

Nigerian journalist and campaigner, Philip Obaji Jr. in this article published in www.newsdeeply.com/refugees  describes what working with children displaced by Boko Haram has taught him both about the power of storytelling and the importance of education – and access to clean water – to protect children at risk of trafficking. MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA – After the Boko Haram insurgency began in northeast Nigeria in 2009, thousands of people started fleeing the region to other parts of the country, including to my home city of Calabar in southern Nigeria. Many of these survivors were children…

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