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2022: ONLY JOINT EFFORT BUILD NATIONS

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.. Sarki Overall, Preaches Unity of purpose at new year..

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..Cites Lagos as model of unity, progress

By Ibrahim A. Jagaba

The Sarki overall and chairman of the assembly of Serikis under the aegis of the chieftaincy council of Arewa community Alimosho local government Lagos, HRH Alhaji Ahmed Haruna Kuraja, has, while, delivering his year 2022 projections, called on the generality of Nigerians to concentrate efforts on building the country together, maintaining that, the surest recipe to a virile and sustainable nation, remained, joint efforts.

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Entertaining posers from a select media practitioners on security and socio economic challenges that fatigued the country in 2021 and his candid view on the way to go in 2022, the royal father, posited that, he believed strongly, in the mantra of change begins with me, insisting that, for things to change for anyone or any nation, the individual or nation has to also change.

Reminiscing his emergence and assumption of the leadership of the assembly of Serikis in the great Alimosho local government, he relayed how in less than five years of his stewardship, inter ethnic trust and peace has improved tremendously, ascribing it to the joint efforts of member Serikis and the commendable efforts and cooperation of the Alimosho local government chapter of the Lagos state council of Obas and Chiefs, who he affirmed have continued to demonstrate the spirit of oneness, through respective Baale’s and Obas across the local government.

Continuing, he said, it will amaze you how the host custodians of tradition continue to accommodate and integrate the northern community heads into their folds by way of always counting them worthy of inclusion in their activities, all geared towards, unity, peace and overall progress.

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The Lagos state government deserve commendation for setting and leading the pace in demonstrating what a truly, united and prosperous society should look like in the manner the state is run; no wonder, unrivalled socio cultural and socio economic indices tick in favour of the state far ahead of others, thus, I seize this new year period to call on member states to borrow the Lagos model, where, diversity is been maximized for the good of all as against the reverse, the royal symbol, chorused.

I commend the support and sacrifices of all member Serikis for peace and use this medium to beseech the Arewa community Lagos state, to continue to live by the rules and to galvanize genuine support for the policies of government, especially in line with the Governor Babajide Olushola Sanwo-Olu’s THEMES agenda and the greater Lagos vision.

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Ijaws Diaspora: Queen Josephine Diete-Spiff of Twon Brass Kingdom Seeks Collaboration to Tackle Poverty, Trafficking, Violence Against Ijaw Women

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Queen of Twon Brass Kingdom and President of the Queens of the Niger Delta Initiative, Her Majesty, Dr Josephine Diete-Spiff, Esq JP called on the Ijaws in Diaspora on the need for an effective and efficient collaboration to meet the yearning and aspirations of Ijaw women in order for them to be empowered to achieve their fullest abilities and potential in every sphere of their life.

The Royal Queen made the call during her paper presentation on the occasion of the Ijaw Diaspora Convention held recently in New Jersey, United States of America.

Speaking on the theme: “Effective Collaboration with the Ijaw Diaspora: Hope for the Ijaw Women”, Queen Josephine noted that the Ijaw woman is majestic, full of strength, beautiful, hardworking, long-suffering, compassionate and caring for her children and loved ones.

She said that the description which depicted a typical Ijaw woman as with a pan on her head, a baby wrapped on her back and her work implements in her hands, ready to provide for the family under the hot African sun and Niger Delta rain, unperturbed by the harsh experiences of life shows she is tenacious and hardworking.

She said, “Unfortunately, today, the evil of industrialization in the name of oil and gas extraction and the attendant land grab/pollution have put a lot of our women out of the traditional livelihood occupation of fishing and farming which gave them prosperity in the past thus pushing them into poverty and loss of control of the children-a basis for the numerous vices among our youths today.

According to her, Ijaw women are mostly breadwinners and the nurturers of their families, adding that their livelihood was greatly impeded by the challenging environment of the Niger Delta, which though rich in oil and income generating opportunities, same are out of the reach of the Ijaw woman.

The wife of the former Rivers State Military Governor further emphasized that Ijaw women are agents of social change, if given the opportunity, adding that a collaboration with the Ijaw Diaspora will be a welcome development in changing the narrative of Ijaw Women in the livelihood scheme of survival.

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“The Ijaw woman’s means of survival are also threatened by a growing trend of farm produce theft and flooding. Added to her woes are kidnapping, herder invasion, and early widowhood, leading to loss of socio-economic subsistence. She also suffers from the attendant factors of poverty increased by lack of education, susceptibility to violence, cultism, health challenges, underage motherhood, in addition to some harmful traditional practices. The list is endless.”

Proposing avenues which require effective partnership, Queen Josephine called on the Ijaw Diaspora to collaborate with Ijaw women in homeland in areas of Interventions in Violence and Ill-Treatment Against Ijaw Women, Ijaw Women/Girl Child Education, Ijaw Women Empowerment, Encouraging Ijaw Women to Participate in Politics and take up Leadership Positions.

“It’s undeniable that the Ijaw Diaspora has assets for collaboration due to their international exposure, international contacts, financial resources, human and mental resources that override the economic capabilities of their counterparts in the homeland. Therefore, they can offer training, assist in primary healthcare, provide resources and partner with the Ijaw women in their homeland.

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“Collaboration with the Ijaw diaspora will be impossible without a formidable platform for operational collaboration and communication. One, therefore, recommends the creation of a most needed platform for efficient synergy between Ijaw diaspora and Ijaw women at home.

“So that the local Ijaw women can be empowered to achieve their fullest abilities and potential in every sphere of their life. For every Ijaw woman to fulfil the requirements of her heart and be free from any form of oppression, she needs to be liberated and confident in herself. Her desired accomplishment in life is a sine qua non for the benefit of the Ijaw ethnic nationality”, she stressed.

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