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Health Association Calls For Legislation Against Child Marriage

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The Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) has called for legislation against child marriage in Nigeria to end teenage pregnancy.

arfhIn a statement to mark this year’s World Population Day, ARFH President, Professor Oladapo Ladipo, noted that teenage pregnancy is associated with high maternal mortality and morbidity – anemia, induced abortion, pregnancy induced hypertension and obstructed labour resulting in vesicovaginal fistula (VVF).

The theme for this year’s celebration is adolescent pregnancy.

The non-governmental organization said adolescents and youths in the country must be provided with age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education to help them develop the knowledge and skills they need to protect their health.

Apart from education and information, ARFH stated that good quality reproductive health services must also be readily available for adolescents to make informed choices and be healthy.

“Adolescent pregnancy is not just a health issue, it is a development issue. It is deeply rooted in poverty, gender inequality, violence, child and forced marriage, power imbalances between adolescent girls and their male partners, lack of education, and the failure of systems and institutions to protect their right.”

Through The Universal Access to Reproductive Health (Y-ACCESS Project), funded by DFID, ARFH said it has engaged in capacity strengthening and reproductive health improvement intervention including access to reproductive health information and services by adolescents and young people (aged 10 – 24 years) in four northern states (Benue, Jigawa, Katsina and Niger) of Nigeria.

As a principal recipient of Global Fund, the organization added that it has provided oversight functions to the Federal Ministry of Education to enhance the capacity of teachers to be able to deliver factual Family Life and Reproductive Health and HIV Education information to in-school adolescents using the curricular based approach.

ARFH maintained that young people including adolescents in Nigeria constitute a significant proportion of the population and face unique challenges which should be addressed if their health and developmental potentials are not to be compromised.

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I Submitted My Resignation To Delta State SSG And Refunded N100K Paid Allowance -Harrison Gwamnishu

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Nigerian social justice advocate, Harrison Gwamnishu said he just submitted his resignation letter to the Delta State Government.

The advocate a.ka as The Director-General Behind Bars who was appointed to be part of the panel of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality.

He tendered his resignation following the massacre of the lives of innocent protest at Lekki-Toll Gate area in Lagos.

Also, he refunded the allowance paid to him by the government.

Read his tweet below;

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Part of Oriental hotel destroyed by mob (video)

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A section of Oriental hotel in Lekki, Lagos state has been destroyed by a mob, in the aftermath of the Lekki massacre.

There have been ongoing protests in Nigeria over two weeks with citizens agitating for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, over flagrant disregard of their human right.

However, that took a grief-stricken turn in Lekki, Lagos state on Tuesday night as defenseless protesters were gunned down by soldiers, following an alleged order by the Lagos state government to security forces to crackdown on defaulters of a hastily imposed restriction.

The shooting led to the death of several people as many were also injured.

Security operatives had stormed the scene of the protest after the Lagos Government announced a 24-hour curfew and opened fire, with the intent to kill many people.

As many turned up to social media to share the Live video clips of the tragic incident, many people could be seen with various degrees of injuries. The scale of the damage could not be ascertained.

In the aftermath, more violent protests emerged across the country, leading to mass destructions of properties.

 

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Hoodlums attack palace of the Oba of Lagos, cart away staff of office

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Viral reports say the palace of the Oba of Lagos, His Highness Oba Rilwan Akiolu, has been looted by hoodlums and his staff of office stolen

Hoodlums invaded the Palace of Oba of Lagos located at Iga Idugaran, Lagos Island, where they vandalized and carted away several artefacts.

A viral video on social media shows the moment the hoodlums made away with the staff of office, popularly referred to as “Opa Ase”.

A resident around the area who spoke with Punchng.com noted that that the thungs who invaded the palace were also the same set who set ablaze the family home of Governor Sanwo-olu.

“When the thugs went to attack Sanwo-Olu’s father’s home, some of them were shot by the police. This infuriated them and they were able to engage the police in a gun duel and overpower them. The policemen, who are attached to the Adeniji Adele Police Station, quickly made a retreat.

“The angry youths made their way to the Palace of the Oba of Lagos. They claim the king is part of the government. The thugs have only been attacking government institutions,” he said.

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