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Appreciating EU/UNICEF intervention in improving Birth registration in Adamawa



Appreciating EU/UNICEF Intervention in Improving Birth Registration in Adamawa

By Yakubu Uba

The National Population Commission (NPoC) with support from EU/UNICEF had in 2016 conducted a mass birth registration campaign to address the problem of low birth registration in Adamawa state and since then things are improving for the better.

A total of 2,136 sub registrars were engaged during the exercise to assist the only 79 registrars in Adamawa in the massive birth registration campaign that involved going from house to house in the 226 wards of the state, while the state government was advised to address the problem of shortage of staff by seconding local government staff to NPoC to serve as sub-registrars on a permanent basis.

Also with funding support from EU through UNICEF, more than 300 health workers were trained on birth registration services in the various health facilities in the state.

Similarly, UNICEF, in collaboration with NPoC and Adamawa Primary Healthcare Agency, further trained 300 Community Resource Persons (CORP) on birth registration in insurgency affected local government areas of the state such as Madagali, Michika, Mubi North, Mubi South and Maiha to ensure all unregistered children in Adamawa were registered and obtained the birth registration certificate issued by NPoC that gave them the proper identity as Nigerians.

It took that significant intervention to enlightened many parents to understand that the series of birth certificates issued to their children by hospitals that were not from NPoC are not recognized by law.

The birth registration certificate issued by NPoC is the only recognized certificate that provides legal, documentary evidence of the child’s existence; age, parentage, birth place and nationality. As stakeholders rightly observed, the NPoC certificate enable the government plan for children and implement basic social services such as health, education, infrastructure and employments for the future well-being of these children.

Before the success story, the National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) indicated that birth registration in Adamawa was the lowest in the north-eastern part of the country, with only 17 percent of under one and four percent of under five years registered in the state in 2015.

Expressing concern about the low rate of birth attendance generally in the country, observers say there must be pragmatic measures aimed at improving birth registration.

They noted that birth registration is one of the four major sources of demographic data for planning process which should be on a continuous, permanent and compulsory recording.

Mr Innocent Mishikir, the Head of Vital Registration in the National Population Commission office in Yola, said lack of public awareness on the importance of the registration had been one of the major challenges in Adamawa which the campaign helped to address.

Mishikir said other challenges include inadequate registration centres and workforce; Adamawa then has only 79 registration centres.

For a state undergoing recovering from Boko Haram insurgency and undergoing resettlement and rehabilitation, the role of birth registration for the needed data for effective planning cannot be underestimated.

The role of Adamawa Ministry of Health and the Primary Healthcare Development Agency in the success story cannot be overemphasized particularly in area of sustained sensitization on the importance of birth registration which is described as a right.

“Civic registration is a continuous and compulsory recording of the occurrence and characteristic of vital events, such as birth, death, stillbirth and marriages, among others.

“It is therefore the right of every child to be registered without any discrimination as specified in Article 7 of the convention on the Right of children,’’ Mr David Garnvwa, an NPoC official said.

Sharon Oladeji, a child protection specialist, who spoke on the importance of addressing gaps in birth registration in Adamawa state, noted that tackling the problem would play a vital role in the state’s development by providing the state the ability to plan, implement, monitor, evaluate and report on the impact of its social and economic policies and ensure that resources are allocated to where they are really needed.

Speaking on the success story, Aishatu Abubakar Girei, the Adamawa Director of NPoC said tremendous improvement has so far been recorded in Birth Registration in Adamawa and that the state is now leading in North East.

While urging parents to ensure registration of their children which is free, Girei said without birth certificate one is not existing.

“It’s free, it gives access to schools, hospitals, jobs and other social services. Without it is like you are not existing,” Girei said

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa while speaking at the recent NPoC launched of 2018 National Demographic and Health Survey report in Yola reiterated the commitment of his administration always study data from reliable sources to identify priority action areas for effective results.

He said such relying on such data in planning and policy making  remain vital for good governance, transparency and accountability.

The challenge now for Adamawa is to sustain the tempo and build on the gains recorded by working towards 100 percent success that will ensure that all children in Adamawa are given their right to existence and identity.

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Maiha Doesn’t Sale life @ N1M to N100 Killer Policeman, Accomplices – Groups React



Maiha doesn’t sale life at N1m to N100 killer policeman, accomplices – Groups react

By Adamu Mohammed Yola

The elders, the women and the youth in the entire Maiha local government area have reacted to a cultist like transaction in mortgaging a case against N100 killer police corporal for N1,000,000

It was on Monday, 1st June, 2020 when a promising 20 years old commercial tricyclist by name Arabo Dauda Tambajam was killed by a seeming drunk on duty police corporal Richard Japheth for refusing to pay N100 the alleged criminal mounted at a checkpoint in Maiha LGA of Adamawa state.

Tambajam was the breadwinner of the family. He cartered for his parents who are medically unfit and paid for his school fees, before a criminal could put a bullet for N100 to end his life as was alleged.

Maiha as a community, demanded for justice lest the aggrieved youth, translating the Old Testament, resort to jungle justice for “an eye for an eye”.

It is a taboo hence unforgiving, for a criminal, especially one who is paid to keep peace and ensure security, to kill innocent person(s) in the entire Maiha local government area.

The youth lamented that the rapists and murderers are used to deploy the rather seeming inhuman services of some heartless, good for nothing, bourgeois modernist escapists from the bereaved family or pseudo representatives in the community, to frustrate justice from taking its course for a miserable amount.

“We reject this transaction. N1m isn’t the recommended amount to compensate for life. The amount currently stands at about N50m.

“If N1m is paid, the family of the deceased innocent shouldn’t be N49m shortchanged. There must be the balance to be settled,” a youth group said.

Some of the humiliated, embarrassed and aggrieved members of the late Arabo family who were technically not consulted and/or invited to the negotiation that arrived at paltry N1m as compensation for life, are considering returning the money to the parents of the N100 killer police corporal and allow justice to take its course.

“We’re considering returning the money – if at all is was given – to let the parents of the murderer be courageous to allow their son tried for culpable homicide offence before the law.

“We reject, if at all there is, the move to obtain a court affidavit, withdrawing the case of culpable homicide as it does not reflect the collective position of the community standing for our dear Arabo.

“We’re surprised and embarrassed to hear the Executive Chairman of our local government, who stands by, with and for us in the case, saying that he was not consulted on the transaction as much as other stakeholders like the Human Rights groups.

“Our lawyer wasn’t also invited and the transaction didn’t even take place in either of our family houses or the LGA Secretariat. What a go between! So, you see, the family wasn’t adequately represented, hence null and void,” they said.

Recall the New Zealand mass shooting in a Mosque on Friday March 15, 2019, when a 28-year old trigger happy Brenton Tarrant decided to end the lives of the worshippers. He was eventually arrested. His parents did not only condemn his action, they also demanded that law should take its course rather than appealing for clemency.

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Adamawa; Parents Withdraw Murder Case Agains The 100 Killer Police For N1M Ransom



ADAMAWA: Parents withdraw murder case against the N100 killer police for N1m ransom

By Adamu Mohammed Yola

* I’m not aware of N1m paid as compensation for life, I’m not aware of any negotiation for ransom – Maiha LG Chair

* Maiha citizenry reacts to N1m ransom for life, says it is unbelievable as the case is unbearably unforgivable

* Killer cop paying N1m as ransom for murder to be spared before the law! – Youth group

The killer police, Corporal Richard Japheth who murdered a 20-year old commercial tricyclist, Arabo Dauda Tambajam for allegedly refusing to pay N100 at a checkpoint in Maiha local government area, northern senatorial district of Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria, has been forgiven by the deceased parents.

Japheth who is dismissed from police service and is currently under police custody, is said to be forgiven last week when his parents paid the sum of one million naira for late Dauda’s parents to obtain a court affidavit withdrawing the murder case, the Periscope investigation can reveal.

The negotiation aimed at shielding the alleged criminal and that which late Arabo could hardly forgive the betrayers of justice as negotiators, was done in utmost cult like secrecy, an eavesdropper reported for the Periscope investigation.

The local government chairman who has been trying tirelessly to ensure justice has taken its course and other stakeholders in the community along with the Human Rights group engaged in the case were not even informed, not to talk of being invited to the humiliating negotiation.

“I’m not aware of the paltry one million paid as compensation for life. I’m not aware of any negotiation even though I’m the chief accounting and the chief security officer,” Maiha LG Chairman, Dr Idi Ali Amin said.

The people of Maiha who would not want to believe that such an embarrassingly brothel like negotiation taken place, because, as they said, Arabo was a respected and responsible human being not a dog to be estimated humiliatingly low.

“It is unbelievable as the case in unbearably unforgeable. It is, to say the least unfortunate but intolerable that the parents of a killer for N100 police officer paid N1m as ransom for murder to be spared their criminal son who betrayed the state before law.”

“It is also surprising that the parents will humiliated their son posthumously, when they should join in supporting the community, the security and the law to ensure justice.

“Compensation for life is now N50m not N1m. The negotiators are conspirators against justice. They have also embarrassingly shortchanged the entire family,” the youth group said.

One who was a witness to the negotiation, on condition of anonymity, confirmed to the Periscope that N1m was paid as ransom for the deceased whose life was wasted simply for refusing to pay N100 as demanded by a drunk on duty, trigger happy police corporal.

The source revealed that the parents of the corporal killer started a fish type of negotiation; they would pay N25,000, then upgraded to N250,000 but when one of the negotiators who felt humiliated with the pricing “spoke words into their heads”, they raised the price to N1,000,000, enough they conceived to facilitate the family to have a court affidavit obtained, withdrawing the case from the court of law to be able to provide for their criminal son, a court cushion for soft landing.

However, as the Periscope has earlier explained, there are three sides of Japheth’s offence; the first is to God who forbids any killing without reason. The second is to the state that entrusts responsibility to maintain peace and ensure security by protecting lives and property. The third is to the deceased and family subjected to mourning.

The deceased can not be heard; so he cannot forgive, the state can hardly forgive culpable homicide.

The ugly incident, which occurred on Monday, 1st June, 2020 at about 2pm has instigated community outcry for justice. It was loudly and widely echoed by the media.

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Adamawa; The need to open Law court to salvage the state from sinking into state of Anarchy – Yapak



ADAMAWA: The need to open law courts to salvage the state from sinking into state of anarchy – Yapak

By Adamu Mohammed Yola

* Judiciary has been considered to be the last hope of the common man. However, the common man is being malnourished of his considered last hope in Adamawa state, with the lockdown of the law courts for over 4 months

The Periscope reporter

The lawmaker representing Verre Constituency in the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Abdullahi Umar Yapak Monday, presented a bill, he considered as “a matter of urgent public importance,” seeking for the reopening of the law courts to salvage the state from sinking into stinking state of anarchy.

“Mr Speaker, Hon Members, I move that Order 40 sub-rules 1 and 2 of the Rules of this Hon. House be suspended to enable me present a matter of urgent public importance.

“The matter of urgent public importance I am addressing the Honourable Members of the House on this morning is on THE NEED TO OPEN OUR COURT TO DISPENSE JUSTICE TO THE COMMON MAN,” the lawmaker requested.

Yapak, in more of persuasive presentation, referred the House to the directives of the National Judicial Council by means of circular, giving the head of courts the leverage to open court under strict observance of the NCDC and WHO regulations on Covid 19.

While the federal and some states judiciary have opened their law courts, under the said regulations, the law courts in Adamawa state are still closed down.

“Mr. Speaker it could be recalled that sometime in March the Chief Justice of Nigeria in order to curb the spread of Covid-19 within the judiciary, issued a circular directing all courts to suspend seating, except for matters of emergency and time bound.

“The courts in this state adhered strictly with the said directive and all the courts remain closed up to this time.

“Mr. Speaker, my dear colleagues, the National Judicial Council has since issued another circular giving the head of courts the leverage to open court under strict observance of the regulation issued by the presidential task force on Covid-19, this includes; observing social distance, limiting the number of cases to reduce overcrowding of court rooms, use of face marks, washing of hands with soap under running water or use of hand sanitizers.

“The federal and some states courts have opened their judicial system under the said regulations but in this state, our judicial system remains closed,” the lawmaker lamented.

Yapak articulated that the law courts are now substituted with soaring crime rates and souring consequences that have subjected the citizenry into savagery in the name of justice with jungle justice.

“The citizens have begun to revolt by taking laws into their hands; enforcing jungle justice on any slightest breach. The society is becoming lawless; the state is drifting into anarchy,” the lawmaker remarked.

Yapak said that the police cells are saturated “with suspects who are detained more than the constitutionally allowed period because of the absent of court, peoples fundamental right are being violated with impunity without any avenue for redress, the state is been denied the huge revenue coming from the activities of our judicial process thereby affecting the economy of the State”.

Yapak said Judiciary has been considered to be the last hope of the common man. However, the common man is being malnourished of his considered last hope in Adamawa state with the lockdown of the law courts for over 4 months.

Yapak said that if markets and motor parks could be reopened, law courts should not be placed as exception.

“There is nowhere rules and regulations are observed meticulously than in courts. This is because courts are mostly attended by enlightened people. Therefore, they will not find it difficult to observe the regulations against Covid-19,” Yapak said.

Yapak moved that the Hon. House should “call on the leadership of the State Judiciary to open the law courts to dispense justice to the people of the state.

“Mandate the House Standing Committee on Judiciary and Justice to liaise with the leadership of the Judiciary and Attorney General of the State to work out the modalities for the reopening of the law courts.

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