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Combating banditry through Public Relations



Hassan A. Karofi

By Hassan A. Karofi

The Public Relations (PR) community should rise up to provide a panacea for the increasing insecurity in Nigeria through providing and leading the drive to design, and advocate for adoption of a national strategy on tackling banditry through public relations.

Using a behavior change communication strategy, the PR community can advocate to and convince state governments and the federal government to adopt its proposal to combat these menaces through a saturated media campaign using traditional, cultural and religious sentiments to quench banditry.

The Fulanis, more than any group listens to the radio. Lets us use the radio, social media, outdoor advertising, community spaces, and drama in our stations to appeal to the sensitivities of our brothers to stop the killings.

Using the Fulfude language and Hausa language in a saturated media campaign will reach the bandits, using our respected scholars in these languages to appeal to cultural and religious sensitivities can reduce the negative and destructive impact of insecurity.

The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) should design a discursive communication strategy as a national.intervention programme and use its influence   through deliberate advocacies to get governments to adopt its proposal.

NIPR can make a significant impact by talking directly to the  perpetrators of these heniuos crimes through cultural communication.

I hope NIPR will embrace this call and come up with a national strategy to combat banditry through PR

Karofi is a veteran journalist and communication specialist.

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Refugee commission partners Islamic Forum on education, empowerment



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The Federal Commissioner of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Hajiya Imaan Ibrahim has visited headquarters of Islamic Forum of Nigeria, Farm Centre, Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mrs Ibrahim said the visit was to establish a relationship between the Commission and the Forum in order to address migration related issues.

She said that the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) has increased by one million in the last one year.

She disclosed that the increase was due to the current unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Nigeria and the alarming growth rate of displacement of persons in the country.

She emphasized that with over 500,000 Nigerians awaiting repatriation from Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Mali, Libya and other countries, the joint efforts and synergy will help the Commission in providing the Persons of Concern (PoC) with the most durable solutions in areas of empowerment, education and psychosocial support whilst offering solutions to ensure their total reintegration, rehabilitation and resettlement.

The commissioner alluded for support for the PoC through the Project Zero Hunger initiative which focuses on provision of food materials and support the mobilisation of relief materials to positively impact the lives of vulnerable persons especially, our internally displaced persons.

Earlier, the National Chairman, Ahmad Muhammad Daku, represented by the Vice Chairman, MT Bello congratulated the Federal Commissioner for her well deserved appointment.

He applauded the commission in the quest for the attainment of the federal government’s coordinated approach towards Social Inclusion as well as the Commission’s Strategic Intent in the provision of necessary assistance and support to the PoCs through the most sustainable solutions.

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Childhood killer diseases: NGO gets $29m grants to reach 1m caregivers



An International Non-Governmental Organization, New Incentive, said it has received a grant of $29 million under it project – All Babies Are Equal targeted to reach over one million caregivers and immunize their infants against childhood killer diseases in four Northwest States .

Kano Focus reports that the four Northern states are Katsina, Jigawa, Zamfara and Sokoto.

These childhood killer diseases include, tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type B, pneumococcal disease and measles.

The Stakeholder Relations Director, of the NGO Nura Muhammad disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting with the benefiting states held in Kano.

Muhammad said the grant would be disbursed as conditional cash transfer to support the caregivers to ensure they avail their infants for the Immunization.

He said, “New Incentive – All Babies Are Equal, NI-ABAE has received commitments of over $29 million of funding over the next 3 years to reach over 1 million caregivers and their infants in Jigawa, Katsina, Zamfara, and Sokoto States.

This covers expansion to 35 LGAs with continued operations through Dec 2023.

“The organization aims to reduce child mortality through cost-effective and evidence-based health interventions.

In Nigeria, the organization operates as the All Babies Are Equal Initiative and implements the conditional cash transfers (CCT) for routine immunization (CCTs for RI) program.

“The flagship CCTs for RI program operated by ABAE disburses cash incentives to caregivers conditional on infants receiving four vaccines: BCG (against tuberculosis), PENTA (against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type b), PCV (against pneumococcal disease), and MCV (against measles).

These vaccinations are part of the routine schedule for infant immunizations in Nigeria and are provided at no cost to the caregiver through government-supported clinics.

Upon confirmation of their infant receiving a vaccine, the caregiver receives ₦500 for the first four routine immunization visits and ₦2,000 for the fifth visit.

“The cash transfers compensate for transport, lost trading income, and waiting time while creating behavioural change through awareness of routine immunizations.

“The CCTs for RI Program has been implemented in the states of Katsina, Zamfara, 2017 while Jigawa in 2018.

To date, the program has enrolled over 390,000 infants whose caregivers have received over 1 billion naira in conditional cash transfers.

An independent impact assessment of NI-ABAE’s CCTs for RI program (2017 – 2020) found that the program increases the likelihood that children would be fully immunized by 27 percentage points, and increases rates of individual vaccinations by 14 to 21 percentage points.

Beyond vaccination, the assessment found that the program contributed to improved knowledge about vaccination among caregivers in the catchment areas served by the program.

“Immunization is one of the most effective public health interventions, saving 2 to 3 million lives yearly (WHO) and there is evidence that suggests a 27 percentage points increase in the likelihood that children would be fully immunized by a conditional cash transfers for routine immunization program (NI-ABAE RCT Impact Assessment 2017-2020),” the Stakeholder Relations Director, Nura Muhammad however said.

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Meet Abdul: The most talented Dabo Babies player of all time



Picking out the footballing stars of the future is a tricky task.

There are so many factors which could hinder the progression of even the most professional of teenagers.

But some do seem destined to reach the top, while others display a work ethic that’s even greater than the natural talent at their disposal.

The second paragraph could be the case with Dabo Babies talented, 19-year-old forward Abdul Attacker.

He burst onto the scene when he was playing for a local club, Golden Bullet and was snapped up by famous Dabo Babes FC after the departure of former Nigeria U-20 star, Nazifi Yahaya.

And has since caught the attention of football enthusiast across the country with his brilliant display for Dabo Babes.

Abdul tormented four-time Nigeria Professional Football League Champions, Kano Pillars FC after he scored twice against the Sai Masu Gida in a friendly match before the kickoff of the second stanza of the just concluded 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League season (NPFL).

He was the catalyst to Dabo Babes good run to the Kano state Tofa Premier League title driving the famous academy from game to game until they reach the final.

The dazzling forward produces mouthwatering display to earn himself accolades from the Pen Profession who could not hide their love for the next Super Star during the Tofa Premier League final.

He likes his game to that of Real Madrid forward, Karim Benzema and Bayern Munich deadly striker, Robert Lewandowski.

The 19-year-old’s talent and versatility has some people wondering whether he could be a bolster for the Nigeria National U-20 team, the Flying Eagles for their upcoming assignments.

As preparations for the 2020/21 Nigeria Professional Football League season gearing towards climax, many top clubs are interested in snapping him to bolster their squad as well as few other European top teams.

He has scored 55 goals and provided further 22 assists for Dabo Babes in less than three and a half years.

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