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APC CHAIRMANSHIP RACE: PSF ENDORSES CHIEF IBRAHIM EMOKPAIRE

With the All Progressives Congress (APC) State Congresses and national Convention fast approaching and several gladiators flexing their muscles as regards the position of the National Chairmanship of the ruling party, a group, Progressive Solidarity Forum (PSF) as thrown its weight behind the former Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) United Kingdom chairman, Dr. Ibrahim Emokpaire for the exalted position. The group described Dr. Emokpaire as a “through-bred, disciplined, and meticulous politician whose wealth of experience in the public and private sectors are just too glaring to be ignored.” The group made this known in a statement signed by the group’s National Deputy Director for Media, Publicity and Information, Mr Olalekan Adigun in Lagos today.

Mr. Adigun recalled that while the Edo-born grass root politician was serving as the Chairman of the CAN in the UK, he displayed an unusual devotion to duty, loyalty, and excellence towards the building of the party despite the availability of lean resources. The statement also notes that his sense of thoroughness “ensure that APC garnered much support at infancy, especially in the UK and in Edo state where he hails from.’’

Dr. Emokpaire also wishes to thank all those who have supported the party since its formation four years ago. “We wish specifically to thank President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief Bisi Akande, founding chairman of our party;Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of our great party; Chief Odigie Oyegun, the outgoing chairman of our great party and other leaders who have helped build the party.”

The statement further added “Dr. Emokpaire is someone that is tested and trusted. If he’s elected to lead a party like the APC, he will bring his global wealth of managerial and political experience especially in the areas of conflict management and resolutions which our great party needs at this critical point going into the 2019 elections.”

Signed:
Olalekan Adigun
National Deputy Director for Media, Publicity, and Information.
@thisispsfng

GROUP ADVOCATE FOR THE PROMOTION OF NIGERIA'S WOMEN PARTICIPATION IN DECISION - MAKING PROCESS

As part of activities to mark this year's International Women's Day, a civic group, Progressive Solidarity Forum (PSF) has advocated the need for more women to show interest in the democratic process in Nigeria. This was contained in a statement issued by the group's National Director, Media, Publicity and  Information, Mrs Rekiya O. Sanni who described as "unfortunate" the low rate of women engagement in decision-making process.
 
She added that "the statistics of women's participation in decision making process both in elective and appointive positions are highly underrepresented." "The average index of women's political participation in Nigeria average has remained 6.7% in elective and appointive positions. This is far below the global average of 22.5% and West African 15%.", she added. 
 
Nigerian women have been marginalised in country's democratic processes despite high literacy level and interest. We are relegated to positions of women leadership roles. 
 
This calls for intervention to ensure that these gaps are closed if not totally eliminated. In Nigeria, we look forward to having the first ever Woman Vice President, President and Governor.
 
The statement further added that "It will be recalled that the UN Charter on Gender Equality, signed in 1945, was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men. So women need to show more interest by playing active roles in the political process in this country"
 
"On our part in the PSF, we are advocating the implementation of the 35%  gender affirmations. Interestingly, women constitutes the greater number of registered voters in any election held in Nigeria." -Says Mrs Sanni.
 
We know for sure that African countries like post-conflict Rwanda have over 60 percent women elected into parliamentary positions. Why can't this happen in Nigeria?" she queried.
 
The statement further urged women to vote for politicians that have demonstrable programmes for empowering women and encourage active political participation in the 2019 elections. 
 
While congratulating women on the international women's day,  She further urge the women to keep the virtues of positivity as she classified an average Nigerian women as hardworking, disciplined, thorough, creative, enterprising and productive. 
 
Signed:
 
Mr. Olalekan Adigun
National Deputy Director
Media, Publicity, and Information
@thisispsfng

PSF Felicitates With Nigerians On Christmas

The Progressives Solidarity Forum (PSF) globally, Felicitates with Nigerians on this day by wishing all and sundry a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year in advance.

As we know, Nigeria is a secular State.It is on this ground that i enjoin all Nigerians irrespective of their religious beliefs/ denominations, or orientations to show love, kindness, and compassion to one another in the spirit of the season. The greatest gift of Christmas is love. This is what Nigerians owe each other.

As we transit to 2018, PSF want all Nigerians to work together in the spirit of unity, peace and love as these are the only qualities that can ensure the way forward for our dear nations-state.

Taking an audit of governance, PSF commend the Federal government on the diversification of empowerment programs and the exit from the economic recession.

Now that we have overcome the colossal wastage associated with fuel subsidy, we urge the Buhari led government to make scarcity of fuel a thing of the past.

We commend the Federal Government of Nigeria on her efforts to deliver Nigeria to a stage where all citizens shall be proud of.

We have experienced a show-down in terms of the 2017 budget implementation in a bench mark of 80% as at the end . Looking at 2018, we expect a good impact of governance through budget implementation.

Government should work hard to forestall the untold hardship of fuel scarcity experienced by Nigerians across the country.

We are very conscious of the fact that detractors of good governance are using this opportunity to heat up the polity by ensuring massive hoarding of fuel.
Once again PSF wish you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year in advance.
In all, as we celebrate Christmas and usher in 2018,there is need to reflect on the less privileged like the widows,orphans, the sick, the disabled the prisoned and the poverty stricken who rely on our show of love and compassion to make a living.It is in this areas we need to strive harder on.

Chief (Dr.) Ibrahim Emokpaire

Founder/Grand Patron

PSF SEEKS END TO BLOODLETTING IN NIGERIA

At a time most Nigerians were in festive mood and eagerly waiting to usher in the year 2018, some men (and women) of the underworld had other plans. Wanton destructions of lives and properties, looting, rape, cold-blooded murder, and other forms of needless bloodletting greeted some innocent Nigerians as they welcome the New Year in two states- Benue and Rivers.

A civic group, Progressive Solidarity Forum (PSF) has condemned the spate of killings that greeted the New Year in these states and other places as “shocking, grotesque, and unbelievable.” This was contained in a statement signed today in Abuja by the group’s director of publicity, Mrs Rekiya Onaivo Sanni.

The statement reads, in part, “Our attention has been drawn to the unfortunate and needless killings that took place a few days ago in Rivers and Benue. We are deeply disturbed, like most well-meaning Nigerians about the growing murderous elements amongst us. These elements must identify and flushed out from our midst for disturbing our peace in this country.” She said.

She added that “We are aware that some arrests have been made in connection with the killings. We applaud this bold move. We also want the government to demonstrate the political will to bring those arrested to justice.” She said.

“The news of the President’s directive for the Inspector General of Police to relocate to Benue came to us as a big relief. We want all the security agencies to up their games to make sure these recent needless killings are the very last of such in Nigeria.

“We are also excited with the effort of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in the raiding of the Don Waney enclave in Rivers state. We welcome such bravery and encourage the soldiers to continue to display a high degree of professionalism in the course of their duties.” The statement said.

She urged the government not to relent on her effort to root out terrorists, criminals and other murderous groups in Nigeria.

 
Signed:
Mrs Rekiya Onaivo Sanni,
National Director (Media, Publicity, and Information),

Progressive Solidarity Forum (PSF)
@thisispsfng

INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY

Joint statement for International Migrants Day, 18 December, by the Chair of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, the Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, and UN Women

On International Migrants Day, we call for the development of a gender-responsive global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration that promotes and protects the human rights of all migrants, and especially women and girls.

Date: Friday, December 15, 2017

For too long, the gender dimensions of migration have been overlooked in policies and programmes that govern international migration. This means that the specific needs, experiences, vulnerabilities and priorities of women and girls in migration have not been adequately addressed. Nor have the voices of migrant women and girls been really heard, and their leadership and participation in decision-making processes promoted to their full extent. 

Gender-based discrimination in migration policies continues to limit women's access to safe and orderly migration pathways, and limits their job opportunities in transit and host countries. Hence, many migrant women end up in informal employment, particularly in the care and domestic sectors. These jobs not only perpetuate traditional gender stereotypes about what constitutes 'women's work' but also offer no or few labour protections. This heightens the exposure of migrant women to severe forms of human rights violations which often occur inside homes where victims are unseen and unprotected. Along the migration trajectory and particularly if using irregular migratory channels, migrant women and girls also face increased risks of sexual and gender-based violence. This includes harmful practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and cutting, sexual exploitation and trafficking, child, early and forced marriage, intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence.

We must end this situation. The global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, which will be finalized in 2018, represents an unprecedented opportunity to ensure that migration policies respond to and reflect the particular needs of migrant women and girls. As the first ever blueprint for international migration, the global compact will shape migration governance for generations to come—and women's human rights need to feature prominently in this blueprint.

We, the Chair of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, Mr. Jose Brillantes, the Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Ms. Dalia Leinarte, and UN Women call upon States to ensure that the global compact for migration will promote and protect the human rights of all migrants, and in particular women and girls. The global compact needs to be aligned with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (ICRMW), and the other relevant international human rights instruments. The global compact should also contribute to achieving commitments made and targets set for migrant women and girls in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

We call on Member States to ensure that the global compact for migration contributes to:

  1. Eliminating of all forms of violence against migrant women and girls including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation throughout all stages of migration. This requires putting in place access to services (both prevention and response) and means of redress for victims/survivors of violence, and holding perpetrators accountable.
  2. Promoting women's and girls' leadership and full, equal and effective participation in all migration-related decision-making processes at all levels.
  3. Guaranteeing equal access for migrant women and girls to human rights-based and gender-responsive services, including education, health care, including sexual and reproductive health care services, social services, and access to justice. Access to decent work and social protection needs be provided to all migrant women.
  4. Recognizing and supporting migrant women's economic rights, roles and contributions to the well-being of their families, communities, and countries of origin and destination.
  5. Advancing international cooperation and migration governance that responds to the rights, needs and priorities of migrant women and girls. Root causes of migration such as deeply entrenched gender inequalities, conflict and poverty which are also often drivers of irregular migration should be addressed to ensure that migration is a choice.
  6. Strengthening the collection and analysis of sex-disaggregated data and gender statistics in migration.

Together with other experts from treaty bodies, UN agencies and civil society partners, we developed expert recommendations on addressing women's human rights in the global compact for migration which provide specific and concrete guidance on how to develop a gender-responsive global compact. We reiterate the importance of these recommendations in developing a global compact that works for all migrants.

We are confident that the global compact can put an end to gender-blind migration policies and facilitate a world where migration is a choice for everyone and an expression of agency and empowerment: A world in which the human and labour rights of all migrants are realized, a world where no migrant is discriminated against on the basis of their gender, race or migratory status, a world where no migrant woman and girl needs to fear or experience any form of sexual and gender-based violence, a world that appreciates the myriad contributions of migrant women to sustainable development.

Today, on International Migrants Day, we stand together with all migrants: women, men, boys and girls, and count on all Member States and stakeholders to continue to promote and protect the human rights of all migrants, ensuring that no-one is left behind.

Sources: http://www.unwomen.org

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