Pastor Remanded For Allegedly Defiling Five-Year-Old Girl In Ekiti

Judge's Absence Stalls Commencement Of Ogunlewe's TrailAn Ado-Ekiti Magistrate Court has remanded a pastor presiding over one of the Anglican Churches in Ekiti State, Gabriel Asateru, in prison over alleged defilement of a five-year-old girl.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Bayo Ajiboye, told the court that the accused committed the offence on December 23 at Ifisin-Ekiti.

He alleged that the Reverend Asateru, 53, on the said date, unlawfully had canal knowledge of the victim, (names withheld) by petting her to sit on his laps.

According to him, the offence contravened Section 31 of the Child Right Laws of Ekiti State.

He added that he had duplicated his case file and sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

The plea of the accused was not taken as his counsel, Mr Tunde Olayemi, sought for a date of adjournment pending the outcome from DPP.

Magistrate Modupe Afeniforo, who frowned on the incessant case rape in the state, consequently ordered that the accused be remanded in prison.

She adjourned the case to February 15, 2017 for further hearing.

Youth Unemployment: Osun Youth Parliament Members Ask FG To Act Fast

Osun-State-representative-in-Nigerian Youth Parliament on Youth unemploymentOsun State Representatives at the Nigerian Youth Parliament want the Nigerian government to declare a state of emergency on the high rate of youth unemployment.

‎Members of the parliament representing the three senatorial districts in Osun State made the demand on Wednesday while addressing a press conference in Osogbo, the capital of the state ahead of the 2016 “International Youth Day”.

‎One of the youth representatives from Osun West, Maruf Adewole, who commended the Federal Government for its intervention scheme, emphasised the need to stimulate the economy and create an enabling environment for national growth.

‎Embrace Agriculture

He also pointed out that Green Economy for Nigeria was achievable.

“Sustainable consumption, which entails the use of products and services that meet the basic needs of our communities while safeguarding the needs of the future generations has to be coupled with sustainable production using our locally available resources,” he stated.

The young Parliamentarians also urged the youths to take the future in their hands by embracing agriculture and entrepreneurship.

On the ongoing war against corruption in Nigeria, the youths lauded President Muhammed Buhari’s efforts at combating the menace, but warned against lopsided prosecution.

They also voiced their support for the passage of the “Not Too Young to Run Bill, the Yes We Can Bill And The Child Rights Act (Amendment) Bill”.

According to them, the bills would go a long way in making governance more inclusive and ensure that the dividends of democracy get to all citizens.

The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day is “The Road to 2030; Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Production and Consumption”.

Critics have warned that the increasing rate of youth unemployment posed a huge risk for the oil-rich nation if not addressed.

Niger Govt. Restates Commitment To Child Rights Protection

Child Rights The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has reiterated the commitment of his administration to the promotion and protection of the rights of every citizen especially the children.

Governor Bello gave the assurance at the 1 2 3 parade ground in Minna to mark the 2016 Children’s Day celebration.

He said that it was the primary responsibility as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of Nigeria and Child Right Act 2007 to protect and promote the rights of the children.

He warned parents and wards against violence against children which comes in many forms and usually causes physical and emotional harm to the growth and development of the child.

The Governor, represented by his deputy, Ahmed Ketso, directed the state’s Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to liaise with other relevant agencies to work out modalities so as to fight the scourge of child abuse, abduction and child labour in the state.

The Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Rose Sani, reminded the parents of their responsibilities towards the protection of the rights of the children.

She said that it is the duty of the parents to ensure that children are cared for, protected, free from fear so as to grow in peace.

Mrs Abara urged the children to rededicate themselves to be responsible citizens by respecting their parents, teachers, elders and constituted authorities.

She advised children to shun acts of violence, drugs and other forms of social vices just as they imbibe the spirit of hard work, honesty, patriotism and patience at all times.

6 million Nigerian school age girls are not in school-Report

As the world marks the International Day of the Girl Child with the theme ‘Ending Child Marriage’, the Action Aid Group in Nigeria is advocating the ratification and full implementation of the Child Right Act in all 36 states of the federation.

Deputy Country Director, of the Action Aid Group, Mrs Ifeoma Charles-Monwuba said the weak implementation of the Child Right Act which was enacted in 2003 has encouraged the continued practice of child marriages in Nigeria.

Only 23 states of the federation have ratified the Act while 12 states especially in the northern region are yet to.

A recent report by Action Aid says that 36 million girls of school age are not in school globally and Nigeria accounts for 6 million of this number.

Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike had confirmed the figure at a one-day interactive meeting with stakeholders on girl-child education in Gusau, Zamfara State on the 17th of June 2012.

Wike said the figure represented 62 per cent of school age girls nationwide.

According to him, recent imbalance in enrolment figures of girls, when compared to those of boys, is about 10 per cent in the south and 40 percent in the north of the country.

The Minister said an estimated 10 million Nigerian children of primary school age were not enrolled in primary schools because of some challenges.

Such challenges include the lack of political commitment, poor planning and management as well as gender blind curriculum, he said.

Others are skewed female-male teacher ratio, sexual harassment of girls, poverty and erroneous interpretation of religious teachings.