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23:25

VP Osinbajo credits success of Flutterwave, PiggyVest, others to good govt policies





Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has attributed the success of payment processing, saving and investment platforms such as Flutterwave and PiggyVest to providence and good government policies.


Speaking at a graduation ceremony at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies in Jos on Saturday, Osinbajo said the recently approved 2021 – 2025 National Development Plan would usher a new season of accelerated growth in Nigeria due to its focus on value addition as a major pivot to boost productivity in all sectors.


According to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said if the country was to inaugurate a new age of accelerated growth, it must adopt a new strategic direction and policy orientation.


He said, “This is precisely what the Federal Government seeks to do through the National Development Plan 2021-2025, which was recently approved by the Federal Executive Council.”


The Vice President cited the emergence of Unicorns from Nigeria, stating that “six of those companies started in 2016 in the middle of two recessions and the global health crisis.”


A Unicorn is a company that is worth over $1bn.


He affirmed that some of the successes recorded by those Unicorn-Nigerian start-ups owned by young men and women could be attributed to providence and good policies.


According to him, such companies, named Unicorns in Nigeria, emerged between 2016 and 2021. They include Opay, Paystack, Flutterwave, Andela, Piggyvest and Jumia.


He said, “What is responsible for some of these successes? Providence and good policies. Providence because COVID-19 was a boom period for online payment systems.


“Policy, because Mr President approved the establishment of a Technology and Creativity Advisory Group that helped to formulate new banking policies to accommodate new tech-enabled payment systems, such that these tech companies could process payments without being full-scale banks.”


The Vice President then disclosed that, in terms of strategic direction, the cornerstone of the country’s strategy was boosting productivity by focusing on value addition as the guiding principle for all sectors, especially agriculture, manufacturing, solid minerals, digital services, tourism, hospitality and entertainment.


He noted how the plan aimed to boost productivity in some key sectors such as agriculture and mining, saying, “In agriculture, for example, just as we seek to increase the production of rice, we are paying equal attention to other parts of the value chain such as storage, transportation, processing and marketing.”


“Similarly, in the mining sector, we recognise that exploitation and extraction will not create jobs. We aim to focus on resource beneficiation, local industries, thereby creating wealth along the mineral value chain.” Punchng

22:51

How Nigeria can overcome its present challenges – VP Osinbajo




Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the only way Nigeria can overcome its present challenges is when Nigerians unite as one people.


Osinbajo said citizens at home and in the diaspora should promote the message of one country, noting that “anybody who looks at how Nigeria operates will recognize that we are better off in this system, and that is the truth.”


The Vice President stated this on Saturday during an interactive session with top officials of Nigeria’s High Commission in the United Kingdom, held at the Abuja House residence of the High Commissioner in London.


According to the VP, “Yorubas are not better off on their own, Igbos are not better off on their own, the North is not better off on its own. We are better off as one nation, that is why we are strong and that is why we can face the world.”

Still emphasizing the point about unity, Osinbajo noted that “everywhere in the world today, people are coming together to form stronger units, they are not breaking up, this is not the time to break up.


“If you read the economics of smaller nations, they are looking for ways of how they can become stronger by aligning with other nations. How does a country with all the potentials and everything that we have, think that the best way is to break up?”


Speaking further, the VP explained that “we are at a point in time in our history where we have security challenges, we have economic challenges, and if you talk about security, there are so many dimensions to it.


“If you look carefully, all of these could happen to any government and I think we are in the very best position to solve the problems that face us today.”

“Security challenges that we have didn’t show up in one day, but it is the government, the people, the men and women that will handle them.


“We happen to be that government, and I am very convinced that we are entirely capable of handling it. I think we are in the best possible position to solve these problems,” Osinbajo added.


In addition, the Vice President spoke about the popularity and credibility of President Muhammadu Buhari, identifying it as a crucial factor in galvanizing the entire system in resolving the challenges.


Osinbajo said: “the President is possibly the most popular Nigerian politician that we have ever had in generations. He is possibly the only person who can go into a place or somewhere without bossing people to gather and they will come and listen to him speak.


“We need that level of credibility to be able to solve problems in our country. And I think because of his level of credibility, despite everything, he is still the only one that can call everyone, and even people who do not necessarily agree with him know that he is a man of his words.” Dailypost

23:47

President Buhari Names VP Osinbajo Health Sector Reform Committee Chair




President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the setting up of a Health Sector Reform Committee to commence the development and implementation of a Health Sector Reform programme for Nigeria in collaboration with the State Governments and the FCT administration.

According to a statement issued on Monday by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the setting up of the Committee is sequel to a Health Sector Diagnostic Review Report developed by a consultant, Vesta Healthcare Partners and the Federal Ministry of Health.

The committee will undertake a review of all healthcare reforms adopted in the past two decades and lessons learnt and factor them into the development of the new Health Sector Reform Programme.

The committee which is set up for a period of six months under the Chairmanship of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has members drawn from private and public sector health care management professionals, development partners, representatives from the National Assembly as well as the Nigeria Governors Forum among others.

Other members are: His Excellency Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State ; Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Honourable Minister of Health; Mr. Alex Okoh, Director General BPE; Prof Ibrahim Abubakar, a Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at University College London and Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health; Mr Babatunde Irukera, Director General, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Council; Senator( Dr) Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe; Dr. Adedamola Dada; Dr. Sani Aliyu; Dr. Mairo Mandara; Dr. Haliru Yahaya, Emir of Shonga; Professor Uche Amazigbo ; Director Hospital Services, Federal Ministry of Health; Dr Faisal Shuaib; Prof Nasiru Sambo; Dr Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa; Dr Gambo Aliyu.

Others in the committee are: Dr Betta Edu (Chairman, Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum representing National Council on Health); President Nigeria Medical Association; President Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria; President National Association of Nigeria Nurses & Midwives; President Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria ; Mrs Temi Marcella Awogboro ; Dr. Muhammad Sadiq; Dr. Azubike Tagbo and World Health Organization, Nigeria.

Vesta Healthcare Partners and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are to serve as resource persons and have observer roles in the committee.

Meanwhile, President Buhari has also approved the appointment of Dr Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa as the new Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The President has named him as a member of this important committee. Thisdaylive
03:11

VP Osinbajo inaugurates shared facility for MSMEs, new power station in Anambra



Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has affirmed that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration considers the South-East Zone a strategic industrial trade hub, and a major player in Nigeria’s economic growth.


According to a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity (Office of the Vice President), Laolu Akande, Osinbajo stated this, yesterday, at the inauguration of the MSMEs Shared Facility at the Ogbunike Leather Trading Cluster and the Awka 120MVA 132/33KV Sub-Station.


The consideration and the projects, according to him, would also help in lifting people out of poverty. The VP stated that the Second Niger Bridge Project, which connects Asaba in Delta State and Onitsha in Anambra State, has now achieved 65 per cent completion and will be completed by October 2022.



Besides, he noted that the concession of the Onitsha Inland River Port is in its final stages, while both the draft Concession Agreement and the Full Business Case (FBC) have been transmitted to the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) for necessary action.


He said: “Let me also assure you of this administration’s commitment to seeing through the major infrastructural projects that will have a transformative impact on this zone. The Second Niger Bridge Project, which connects Asaba in Delta State and Onitsha in Anambra State, has now achieved 65 per cent completion.


“By the time it is completed in October 2022, the project will offer significant socio-economic benefits for the contiguous states and indeed the entire nation by easing traffic flow, improving road safety, and creating greater opportunities for residents and neighbouring states, thereby regenerating economic life.


“The cumulative effects of all these measures are to open up the Southeast and our resolve to pursue these projects to their completion is an indication that the administration sees the zone as a strategic industrial and trade hub. 


They also demonstrate the conviction that Anambra State and the Southeast at large have a huge role to play in the drive to foster economic growth and lift people out of poverty. The commissioning of this facility here today is a milestone in our nation’s economic adventure.”


The Vice President said the initiative would transform businesses within and around the cluster, hugely increasing their production capacity, adding: “The commitment of the Buhari administration to ensuring the completion of this Awka NIPP 132kV Grid Substation now provides a hitherto unavailable 70MW additional power capacity for driving industrial growth and boosting the economy of the state, with positive knock-on effects on employment and socio-economic upliftment for residents of the state.” Theguardianng 

00:10

VP Osinbajo flags off N5,000 cash transfer to low-income earners in urban areas




Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has flagged off the cash transfer of N5,000 to low-income earners in urban areas, as part of efforts to ease the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.

The federal government is giving the low-income earners the money under the Rapid Response Register (RRR) and beneficiaries will receive the stipend for six months.

The target beneficiaries are “self-employed”, “wage employed” and “urban poor.”

The ministry of humanitarian affairs, using “cutting-edge” technology, had undertaken a pilot scheme where over 100,000 beneficiaries in Lagos and the federal capital territory (FCT) were captured.

Over 300,000 beneficiaries are said to have received the aforementioned sum the moment the scheme was launched.

Speaking at the virtual flag off of the RRR in Abuja on Tuesday, Osinbajo said this set of vulnerable people were not captured in the National Social Register (NSR).

“This category of people, who were not previously captured in the social register, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, working with the National Social Safety-Nets Programme (NASSP), designed an intervention to rapidly identify, register and provide them with succour. Hence, the Rapid Response Register (RRR) was born,” the vice-president said.

“The RRR is designed to focus mainly on the urban poor wards selected using scientifically validated methods of satellite remote sensing technology, machine learning algorithm and big data analysis.

“This social protection method of targeting is the first strategy to be developed and tested in the Sub-Saharan Africa region and Nigeria will be the first country for its implementation.

“With the RRR, which uses a wholly technology-based approach, we are primed to achieve an end-to-end digital foot-print in cash transfers for the urban poor; which also helps us achieve our financial inclusion policy under the Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access programme (EFInA).

“The groundbreaking success of the RRR, now emboldens us to achieve our aspiration of a social security programme for a minimum of twenty million Nigerians in the next two years.”

Earlier, Sadiya Farouq, minister of humanitarian affairs, said there is a need for the government to ameliorate hardship of low-income earners in urban areas.

“One of my first charge to the National Social Safety-Nets Programme (NASSP) on assumption of office in 2019 was the digitization of Cash Transfer Programme to reduce fiduciary risks, while improving financial inclusion where feasible for the unbanked people on the National Social Register, most of whom are women,” Farouq said.

“Our experience during the COVID-19 pandemic reinforced this position, especially given the requirement of the COVID-19 protocols, as well as our inability to immediately reach the urban poor impacted by the pandemic.

“It became obvious very early into the pandemic crisis that we needed to establish a shock responsive system beyond just responding to the pandemic.

“We needed to develop the capacity for rapid response to any emergency, whether natural or man-made – such as the crisis of banditry, insurgencies, communal crisis and the emerging food crisis it sprouts, or the displacement arising thereof, and not least, future emergencies arising from climatic changes or similar pandemics.”

Apart from the federal government, the World Bank is expected to provide funding for the RRR. TheCableng

20:33

Buhari govt feeds 9m school children daily, 1.2m Nigerians benefitted from cash transfer programme – VP Osinbajo



The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has disclosed the number of children benefitting from the Federal Government’s school feeding programme daily.

Osinbajo said nine million children across the federation are currently served a meal per-day under the Home-Ground School Feeding programme.


He disclosed this while stating that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was making progress in tackling the problem of malnutrition in the country through the implementation of various intervention programmes and increased funding.

Osinbajo spoke Tuesday at the 2020 Virtual Conference on Nutrition in Nigeria, organized by the Aisha Buhari Foundation in collaboration with development partners and was contained in a statement forwarded to Dailypost by his spokesman, Laolu Akande.

He also disclosed that about 1.2 million Nigerians have benefitted from the federal government’s Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme.


According to Osinbajo: “The Social Investment Programmes (SIPs has also been helpful), “particularly the Home-Ground School Feeding Programme for public schools currently feeds over 9 million children across 34 states and the FCT, serving one nutritious meal every day.

“And our Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme that has provided cash transfers to about 1.2 million beneficiaries so far, to boost income.” Dailypost
23:36

VP Osinbajo: We are looking beyond cash transfer to solve poverty



Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the federal government is looking beyond conditional cash transfer in solving the nation’s poverty challenge.



According to Laolu Akande, spokesman of the vice-president, Osinbajo made the comment during a virtual conference titled: “How Africa’s Informal Sector Reacts to COVID-19”, organized by Africa.com.

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COVID19 Lockdown: 65 arrested in Lagos hotel at birthday party  Akande quoted the vice-president as saying the federal system practised in the country allows for a better response against the coronavirus pandemic.

Osinbajo reportedly said support to the informal sector would be considered a priority, adding that the federal government is working towards expanding its social investment policies.


“Perhaps we have the advantage of being able to manage our problems in smaller measure, or by dividing them, of course we run a federation, which means that Gov. Nasir could do some very excellent work there in Kaduna, Lagos could do some excellent work, Ogun state and others could also do some excellent work,” he said.

“But of course, by the very nature of this pandemic, it also means that you run the risk of everything going south if some state isn’t doing as well as it ought to.


“I think, in the end, we have that advantage that we are able to almost isolate responses, and even look at best practices across the various states and try and ramp up wherever we find that there are deficiencies

“We have done a lot on conditional transfers especially within the context of our social investment policies, but we are now looking at how to possibly enlarge the scope of that and do more.


“We are looking beyond using cash transfers as if it were some incentive for staying at home. We are trying to see whether this can address some of the increasing problems of poverty that we are likely to find now given the disruptions in the economy.


Other dignitaries who spoke at the webinar include President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana; Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna; Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, professor of economics, Yale University; and Amandla Ooko-Ombaka, senior engagement manager, McKinsey & Co.

The sessions were moderated by Hakeem Bello-Osagie, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, and Teresa Clarke, chief executive officer of Africa.com. TheCable
04:42

VP Osinbajo blames absence on developments in Sowore’s case, Abu Dhabi Trip


The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has revealed why he did not attend the Anti-corruption Defender Award of 2019.

   


   
In a letter released by Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Osinbajo gave two reasons why he didn’t attend the event which was held in Abuja on Monday.

According to the Vice President, he was absent first because he was a keynote speaker at an international meeting in Abu Dhabi, where he was invited by the government of the United Arab Emirates.

“First is that I am currently in Abu Dhabi for an international meeting under the auspices of the government of the UAE where I am the keynote speaker,” he said.

   


   
He further stated that the second reason for his absence is owing to the drama which played out on Friday when operatives of the DSS attempted to arrest Mr. Omoyele Sowore in a High Court in Abuja.

“Second, in view of the developments on Friday in the Sowore case, I think it would be insensitive and inappropriate to attend the ceremony.”

The Vice President appealed to members of the organizing team to accept his heartfelt apologies for not making it to the event.    

   

Professor Osinbajo said he was extremely grateful for the recognition and award of the ‘Integrity Specialty of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Anti-corruption Defender Award of 2019’ to him.

The Vice President noted that he had accepted the award with pride on behalf of the excellent Justice Sector team. ChannelsTV

03:01

Ministers confirms takeover of Social Investment Programme from VP Osinbajo

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has confirmed taking control of the federal government’s Social Investment Programmes (SIP).

The Minister, who made this known via Twitter on Monday, said she met with Maryam Uwais, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment for crucial briefing on the programme.

Dailypost reports that until October 1, the SIP was being coordinated by the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

But, in his Independence Day broadcast, President Buhari had announced that the newly-created ministry would be in charge of the scheme.

The minister tweeted: “It is a busy week. Moving forward, I met with the SSA to President Buhari on NSIP.

“She briefed me on the activities, programmes, achievements and challenges of the establishment.

“NSIP manages Social Investment Programmes in Nigeria and it is presently under the purview of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development,” she tweeted.(Dailypost)
04:51

VP Osinbajo begs labour leaders on Minimum Wage


Vice President Yemi Osinabjo is asking the leadership of the Trade Union Congress to give his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, the benefit of the doubt regarding the ongoing negotiation of the new minimum wage.

Osinbajo said Buhari‘s administration would resolve labour’s request for a salary increase to other levels of workers in a transparent and honest manner.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Thursday said the vice-president passed the message at a meeting with the TUC leadership.

Osinbajo said, “Your coming today indicates your willingness to work with the government; you should consider the president as someone committed to the welfare of workers.

“One of the first things he did when we came in was to give states a series of bailouts to help repay backlog of salaries in several States.”

He added, “Let us give ourselves room to negotiate properly; the president wants an honest, open process, we will be transparent and honest about it. labour leaders should give us the benefit of the
doubt.”(Saharareporters)
00:08

N90bn allegation: I will waive my immunity says VP Osinbajo



Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has personally reacted to an allegation that he took N90billion from the Federal Inland Revenue Service to fund the 2019 general elections.

The allegation was made by a former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Timi Frank.

The VP said he would waive his constitutional immunity to pave the way for the “most robust adjudication” over the matter.

His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, said on Wednesday that Osinbajo made the declaration in a tweet.

It reads, “In the past few days, a spate of reckless and malicious falsehoods have been peddled in the media against me by a group of malicious individuals.

“The defamatory and misleading assertions invented by this clique had mostly been making the social media rounds anonymously.

“I have today instructed the commencement of legal action against two individuals, one Timi Frank and another Katch Ononuju, who have put their names to these odious falsehoods.

“I will waive my constitutional immunity to enable the most robust adjudication of these claims of libel and malicious falsehood.”

Recall that the Federal Inland Revenue Service had on Monday said it was not true that it provided N90bn to finance the election campaign of the All Progressives Congress during the last presidential election.

The service said this in a statement by the Director, Communications, Mr Wahab Gbadamosi, in reaction to claims by a former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Timi Frank, that it supported the APC, through  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, with N90bn.

The FRIS had stated, “The FIRS said in the last four years since the Executive Chairman of FIRS, Mr Tunde Fowler, supervised operations at the FIRS, the agency had not received up to N90bn per annum as cost of collection from the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee.

The service said it was from the remittances from FAAC which had never grossed up to N100bn per annum that it paid salaries and emoluments and trained its over 8,000 members of staff, and managed over 150 offices.

“The FIRS operates on behalf of Nigerians. Taxpayers’ money, including the operational funds of the service, is sacred and we exercise extra care and diligence in expenditures, even after such funds must have been appropriated by the National Assembly.”

The FIRS in the statement had asked members of the public to ignore the claims of the former national publicity secretary of the APC. (Punch)
04:12

VP Osinbajo exposes huge sum Buhari govt spent on power in 2 years

The Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo has revealed that the federal government has spent N1.5 trillion on the power sector in the past two years.

Osinbajo, who was represented by the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman stated this on Tuesday at the Kainji hydropower plant in Niger State.

He stated that the government was putting in place policy reforms that will guarantee access to affordable electricity for Nigerians.

“The federal executive council recently approved the third round of intervention funding for the (power) sector, with a total of about N1.5tn in the last two years.

“However, if the country is to achieve its aim of channelling funding to other critical sectors of the economy, it is pertinent that structural reforms be put in place to enable the power sector to fund itself sustainably.

“These policy reforms must however take into consideration the need for under-privileged Nigerians to gain access to affordable electricity to power their homes and small businesses, as the government seeks to move Nigeria further up the World Bank’s doing business rankings,” he said.(Dailypost)
04:08

Nigerians better together, division no option - VP Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Saturday that it was very important for Nigeria to remain as a nation than to  split into parts.

Speaking in Osogbo while delivering the eighth convocation lecture of the Osun State University, he said, “Rather than promoting division, Nigerians should continue to promote unity and togetherness.”

He emphasized the need for Nigeria to embrace merit over quota in appointments, and also invest in human development capital.

The Vice President said that President Muhammadu Buhari was doing everything possible to lift Nigerians out of poverty.

Osinbajo also said that the Buhari led-administration would continue to fight against corruption to move Nigeria forward.

He said that the menace was fighting back, but declared that its kicks would not deter government’s resolve to flush it.

In his remarks, Gov. Gboyega Oyetola urged the graduating students to be good ambassadors of the university wherever they found themselves.

Prof. Labode Popoola, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, in his speech, said that 49 students made First Class, while 670 had Second Class Upper.

He said that 892 students made Second Class Lower, 194 Third Class, while nine graduated with Pass degrees.

Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola, Mr Jim Ovia, CEO Zenith Bank, Mr Wale Babalakin, Chairman, University of Lagos Governing Council, and Mrs. Nike Okundaye, CEO Nike Gallery, bagged honorary degrees at the ceremony.(Thenation)
06:50

VP Osinbajo, Oshiomhole, govs, attend Oyegun’s 80th birthday

The Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, and some state governors on Saturday in Abuja attended the 80th birthday celebration of former APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha represented President Muhammadu Buhari, while Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, was the guest speaker.

Governors Godwin Obaseki of Edo; Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti; Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi; Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna; Simon Lalong of Plateau; Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano and Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa State also attended the event.

Oyegun was born Aug. 12, 1939 and some former governors who served same period when Oyegun was the Governor of Edo State were also present.



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Osinbajo, who was the special guest of honour, said he had always admired Oyegun, for two reasons.

He said, “First is that somehow he has always been his own man charting his own course, sometimes making some real trouble. For example, when as a federal permanent secretary, he risked contempt proceedings when he refused to testify on principle.

The Vice-President said people like Oyegun had shown that politicians could be loyal faithful men and women.

Gambari had said in his lecture said Nigeria was at a time in its history where the forces of unity and those of fragmentation were in very stiff competition.

(Punch)




01:59

VP Osinbajo explains why NAPTIP established rapist watch list



Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the establishment of sexual offenders register to collate names of persons convicted for rape and assaults by the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) is not aimed at stigmatising people unnecessarily.

He explained that on the contrary, it was set up to help keep track of those convicted of sexual offences in the country.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja at a public lecture to mark 2019 world day against human trafficking, Osinbajo said the register would also assist the government to develop preventive measures to curb reoccurrence of such acts while safeguarding victims of sexual offenses.

Osinbajo commended NAPTIP for producing the first country report on human trafficking, adding: ”For too long, we have left other countries and institutions to tell our own story for us.

This NAPTIP’s effort, is, therefore, a welcome development, because it puts before the world, the aggregate of programmes, policies and actions of government at all levels and Nigeria in combating human trafficking, child labour and abuse.”

Osinbajo, who reiterated government’s resolve to fight human trafficking, added that combating the menace required the participation of all Nigerians, insisting that human trafficking was a clear and present danger, which confronts all nations of the world, either as a source, transit or destination country.

Director-General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli, said it was instructive to continually remind all stakeholders that human trafficking was a horrible menace.

Besides, to curtail spate of child trafficking, labour and violence in Nigeria, stakeholders have canvassed stiffer penalties for perpetrators, so as to serve as a deterrent for others.

They made the call at the 2019 annual stakeholders conference on Action Against Child Trafficking, Labour and Violence in commemoration of the World Day Against Child Labour and Trafficking in Persons with the theme: Children Should Not Work In Fields But On Dreams, in Ibadan.

Speaking, Reverend Father Ezekiel Owoeye charged parents and guardians to be alive to their responsibility, as the end to human trafficking requires collective action.

Also speaking, Head of Programme, Women and Child’s Rights Programme, Mrs. Omotayo Adebayo, advised parents against shouting down their children’s curiosity.

Meanwhile, founder of Live Abundantly, a non-governmental organisation, Dr Ama Onyerinma, has urged the Federal Government and relevant agencies to promote and enforce human rights, which are essential for creating an inclusive and equitable society.

She made the appeal in separate presentations at a Stakeholders’ Conference organised by Justice, Development and Peace Commission, Ibadan and NAPTIP office in Lagos on the sidelines of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

Ama also advocated education and skills acquisition for girls and youths, noting that there was an urgent need to address poverty by emphasising education, jobs creation, training, internships and entrepreneurship.

Theguardian
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