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EkitI Election: NSCDC Launches toll-free numbers to rescue electoral violence victims 

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EkitI Election: NSCDC Launches toll-free numbers to rescue electoral violence victims 

By: Michael Mike

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has set up a situation room at the Ekiti State Command Headquarters with support from USAID, UKaid, Balm in Gilead Foundation for Sustainable Development and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) as 

part of deliberate strategies to ensure effective monitoring of security in Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Ekiti State,

A statement by the spokesman of the NSCDC, Olusola Odumosu on Friday said: “The situation room is a proactive measure to swiftly respond to emergencies especially as it relates to security breaches and rescue probable electoral violence victims. It will also help to update Ekiti people and the general public on the conduct of the election.

The Corps’ Acting Deputy Commandant-General (DCG), Operations, Haruna Muhammed, in charge of EkitI election operations, said that although the state was adequately secured, it was important to ensure the rights of women and other vulnerable individuals are protected before, during and after the election.

According to him, NSCDC will continue to partner all relevant organisations ready to ensure that the security and rights of citizens are not violated. To this effect, the Ekiti Election Monitoring Situation Room and Rapid Response Centre will be deploying the N-Alert security platform from the Ministry of Interior with three alert categories: See Something Say Something, Records and Election Monitoring.

In doing so, members of the public are provided with a Toll-Free line, which is 080046837467, to enable the public to link up with the Situation Room and furnish them with details from any part of the State to protect women and persons with disabilities who are more vulnerable ahead of Saturday’s gubernatorial election.

Haruna, disclosed that, NSCDC launched her Gender policy in 2021 and in recognition of the competence and capability of women, 160 armed Special Female Squad were drafted to ensure resistance of any form of violence, intimidation and abuse especially, against women involved in the political exercise in the state.

The Executive Director, Balm in Gilead Foundation, Tumininu Adedeji said that, the organisation has a mandate with the National Democratic Institute to have a survival center for stopping Violence Against Women in Politics (VAWIP). This is because women are more at risk before, during and after elections.

Adedeji advised citizens who are in the habit of attacking women during election to desist from such acts.

Country Director, NDI, Mr Stephen Snook, thanked the Corps for establishing a mandate that promotes the rights of women in politics, reiterating that, NDI has prioritized this so that women can enjoy a free voting and political process.

[6/18, 1:09 PM] Olugbode: Poverty Alleviation: Nigeria, China Strengthen Film Industry

Nigeria and China have mapped out ways to strengthen the movie industries of both countries as a collaborative effort at alleviating poverty in the West African country.

This was the focus of the launching of the Doc-China Festival, co-organised by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and China Global Television Network (CGTN) in Abuja during the week.

Cultural Affairs Counselor of the Chinese Embassy and the Director of the China Cultural Centre in Nigeria, Mr Li Xuda, in his remarks said the effort is to boost Nigerian Nollywood with some assistance to help use the platform to fight poverty in Nigeria.

Xuda said: “For many years, the Nigerian government has been working hard to lift more ordinary people out of poverty. From what I know, in 2021, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Inaugurated the Steering   Committee of the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS) to achieve his mission of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within a decade.”

At the event a documentary entitled “voices from the frontline: China’s War on Poverty” jointly produced by CGTN and the Kuhn Foundation of the United States, was presented. The documentary provided an intimate portrayal of China’s historic anti-poverty campaign, which in the last 40 years has removed over 800 million people out of extreme poverty and the lessons for Nigeria.

The collaboration was also aimed to promote the cultural exchange between China and other countries, and to provide  the world a better understand China, people as well as its culture. Over 50 of the CGTN’s best video production including award-winning documentaries will be screened at selected television channels from around the world during the Doc-China Festival, which will kick off with a grand ceremony in Beijing in June and go on till the end of this year.

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Those video productions will explore themes including food, travel, people’s lives, social development etc.

Xuda said: “As we know, both China and Nigeria are large countries with developed film and television industries. There are not only many film studios, productions companies in the two countries, but also numerous excellent professional talents including screenwriters, directors and movie stars. In 2021, China’s movie industry produced over 700 movies.

“Thanks to the rising living standard and entertainment demand in China, there were over 10, 000 cinemas in China. From this you can imagine how many moviegoers there are in China. The Box Office revenue was growing as well. In the same year, China reported the highest box office revenue worldwide, at over $7 billion.”

The Director, International Cultural Relations of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture,  Memunat Ladi Idu-Lah, in her remarks praised the efforts of China in the movie industry.

She said: “China and Nigeria have huge potential for cooperation in the film industry.  Nigeria film production ranks among the best in the world and China is the world’s film industry market and so we can see the collaboration.”

She noted that the Nigeria-China collaboration in the industry has a brighter future.

EkitI Election: NSCDC Launches toll-free numbers to rescue electoral violence victims 

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