International Day of the Girl Child: CAMAC calls for end to all forms of Discrimination Against Girls 

The Center for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC), has called on all stakeholders join hands together in ensuring all forms of discrimination against girls are totally eliminated in Nigeria.

The Executive Director of CAMAC, Alex Uangbaoje in a statement to commemorate the 2020 “International Day of the Girl Child”, with the theme: “My voice, our equal future”, noted that treating the girls like second class in the society is no longer accepted and that the time has come for their voice to heard.

He urged the general public to work together in order to eliminate all forms of discrimination against girls, eliminate negative cultural attitudes and practices against girls.  

Mr Uangbaoje further reiterated the need to promote and protect the rights of girls and increase awareness of their needs and potential in the society.

“Eliminate discrimination against girls in education, skills development and training. Eliminate discrimination against girls in health and nutrition.

“Eliminate the economic exploitation of child labour and protect young girls at work.  Eradicate violence against girls.  

Promote girls’ awareness of and participation in social, economic and political life.  Strengthen the role of the family in improving the status of girls.” He said.

CAMAC, further called on governments at all levels to fulfill the promises made to the girls 25 years ago in Beijing, China, where the world made a  promise to girls all around the globe that they would “take all necessary steps to safeguard their equal rights and ensure that girls achieve their full potential. 

“World leaders promised to eliminate all forms of discrimination and violence against girls, to provide them opportunities on an equal basis with boys, to promote and protect their rights, to eliminate the economic exploitation and to empower them to participate in social, economic, political and cultural life. They were promised an enabling environment, where their spiritual, intellectual and material needs for survival, protection and development are met.”

The International Day of the Girl, is commemorated every year on 11 October, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face all over the world. It is meant to promote the empowerment of young girls everywhere, while also advocating for the attainment of their basic human rights, like education and bodily autonomy.

This year’s International Day of the Girl focuses on their demands to: “Live free from gender-based violence, harmful practices, and HIV and AIDS, Learn new skills towards the futures they choose, Lead as a generation of activists accelerating social change”

CAMAC, therefore called on the Nigerian girls to participate in a youth-led digital activation being launched globally and come with a digital activism campaign, aims at raising the diversity of their voices and their vision for a reimagined future.

CAMAC is a media advocacy group that focus on advocating for policies and programmes that favour vulnerable women, adolescent girls and children in areas of education, health, child’s rights, protection, development and survival, while also drawing the attention of government and other stakeholders to their plight, with the view to finding lasting solutions to their problem. As well as creating awareness and sensitizing the public on the above areas.

FG stops salaries of varsity workers not enrolled on IPPIS

The Federal Government has ordered the stoppage of salaries of any university employee who is not enrolled on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System with effect from November 2020.

It gave the directive in its latest memo from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation with reference number OAGF /IPPIS / 446 / 1/ 159 , dated October 8 , 2020 , and signed by the Director , IPPIS , Nsikak Ben , for the AGF .

The memo , which was sighted by our correspondent in Abuja on Saturday, was issued to all university vice chancellors through the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigeria , Federal Universities .

The order read in part, “I am directed to inform you that any staff of your institution who has not enrolled on the IPPIS , either as a result of study leave ( with pay ) , maternity leave or on medical ground , will no longer appear on the IPPIS payroll .

“This is with effect from November 2020 , except such staff presents himself / herself for the biometric data capture at the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation , Abuja .”

The government said such worker would have to appear with an introductory letter / IPPIS enrolment forms duly endorsed by the principal authorities of the institution .

It added that all supporting documents should include evidence of six months’ salary , according to bank statements .

“In view of the above , kindly inform your staff in this category to urgently avail themselves for the biometric data capture at the OAGF ,” the government stated in its memo to the vice chancellors .

It, however , noted that exemption might only be given where institutions provided evidence of study leave .

The government explained that in such an instance , the institution must state the duration to justify why such persons should be retained on the payroll .

When contacted for his reaction to the latest memo , the spokesperson for the OAGF , Henshaw Ogubike, confirmed the directive .

“The letter is from our office , ” he said .