Uwaila, Barakat: NANS Threatens Mass Protest, Demands Justice
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), said it will embark on a mass protest to seek justice for Uwaila Omozuwa and Bello Barakat, who were both reported to have been raped and killed by their rapists.
It reported that Uwaila, a student of the University of Benin was murdered by her rapists inside a Redeemed Christian Church of God in Benin while she was reading. A few days after, Bello Barakat, a student of the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Oyo State was also reportedly killed in similar circumstance. In a statement made available to DAILY POST in Abeokuta on Wednesday, NANS South West Coordinator, Kowe Odunayo Amos, said the association found it disturbing that the girl child is no longer safe in the society. “We find it disturbing to read of the rape and murder of Bello Barakat of the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology yesterday while she was at the comfort of her room. It is distressing that the rape and murder is coming just two days after Uwaila of the University of Benin was raped and murdered inside a Church in Benin while she was reading. “As an association, we feel that this is a dangerous omen and there is a need for it to be curbed. The protection and safeguard of our women is paramount in making the country conducive for everyone to live without fear of being raped or maimed,” he said. Amos stressed that rape has no moral or legal justification and “we owe humanity a duty to flush the country of evil-doers so that the girl child can be safe.” According to him, all indices have proven that Nigeria is gradually descending into a “full-blown anarchy and Hobessian State where life is brutish and short.” He stressed that “we condemn in strong terms the evil act which is already eating deep in today’s society. NANS charged “the authority of the Nigerian Police Force not to ever compromise in ensuring that the rapists are arrested and made to face the full-wrath of the law” so as to serve as deterrence to others. “We maintain that sex must be strictly consensual between two consenting adults. In fact, on no condition must people be forced to do things that they would not have done. There is the right to self-determination, the right to dignity of human person and these are internationally recognised rights. Unfortunately, these rights are being trampled upon without restriction,” the student body lamented. Speaking further, NANS called “on all persons to join us as we commence a mass physical action to campaign against rape. This decision is informed by the need to tame this cancerous act and we shall roll out the notification for the protest very soon. “We also call on the Ministry of Women Affairs and the National Orientation Agency to wake up to its responsibility because this issue is getting out of hand.”
Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Micro Small and Medium and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs), says 100,000 small businesses will get N50,000 each.
NAN reports that the gesture is part of COVID-19 economic stimulus.
The presidential aide made the announcement at the inauguration of the Implementation of Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off-Take Stimulus Schemes for MSMEs on Thursday in Abuja.
Johnson, the Project Coordinator, said that the schemes were part of the Economic Sustainability Plan drafted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The Payroll Support targets 100,000 businesses. However, the number of individuals who will benefit from this is 500,000. What the government has done is to say that there a lot of MSMEs that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
“Afterward, there is a CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) free registration; it is free for the MSMEs but the government is paying the CAC for this. What the government has done is to say to the CAC, you do this regularly to the MSMEs at about N12,000 or thereabout; give it to us at half price, we will give it to the MSMEs free.’’
Johnson added that under the National MSMEs Clinic, Osinbajo and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment went to no fewer than 26 states.
He said it was discovered that very creative businesses were not registered.
“They will tell you they don’t have N10,000 to N12,000 to register their businesses. The government had promised that at some point, we will do and I think the opportunity has come now; the opportunity cannot be better than now.’’
The official also announced that under the Survival Fund, the last strap would be the Transport and Artisans Support.
At least 333,000 beneficiaries will get a one-off N30,000 grant, Johnson said.
He added that the government will work with associations, individuals and the Ministry of Transportation to implement the scheme.