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Deceased Nigerians cremated in India as citizens knock govt’s evacuation plan

India may have stopped accepting dead bodies in their morgues following the panic and high death rate caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Instead of accepting and keeping dead bodies in morgues, the Asian country, it was gathered has resorted to cremating them apparently as part of measures to check the spread.

A Nigerian, of Imo State origin who died there in the early hours of Tuesday was said to have been cremated (see video). The deceased’s case is said to be one of  many of such cases since the coronavirus challenge began.

As his remains were being taken to where they would be cremated, his kinsmen who followed those carrying him in a stretcher prayed for the repose of his soul.

“Rest in peace brother,” some of them said while some who believed that his death was not natural prayed that whoever was responsible for his demise would also not be spared.

The plight of the citizens have been blamed on the sluggishness of the Nigerian government in carrying out its plan to evacuate the citizens from different parts of the world, especially, countries that are badly hit by the Covid-19.

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The patron of the All India Nigerian Students and Community Association(AINSCA) Engineer James, while condemning the evacuation arrangement described the challenge posed by the pandemic as massive.

“The conditions given by the government are not good for  the beleaguered citizens. Many of the citizens planning to come home are drained financially. Many people have not earned a dime since this problem started because of the lockdown.

“One of our people died early Tuesday morning. His remains were rejected in all the mortuaries we  took him to. They cremated his remains the way they did to some others who died  earlier.

“We are grateful to the India Prime Minister for his efforts in containing the spread. We are also very grateful to the Nigerian  Ambassador here, Major General Chris Eze (Rtd)  and the president of our association for their efforts in making sure that Nigerians don’t lack food.”

President of Ohaneze Youth Council , Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, who is currently in India berated the government for compounding the woes of the citizens living abroad.

“The federal government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NIDCOM as a matter of urgency should review the conditions given to Nigerians willing to come back home and save the citizens from dying like fowls and their remains burnt like bush meat by the India authorities. The government’s position does not show any willingness to evacuate the citizens. They have been on this matter for the past four weeks and nothing tangible has been done not even in China where the citizens are daily exposed to all manner of brutality and inhuman treatment.  This is time for action and not talk show.

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“The government is asking the citizens to  pay for where they will be isolated but did they ask the Chinese doctors they imported into the country to pay for where they were isolated? It is unfortunate that they honour and respect foreigners more than they do for the citizens.”

Concerned by what the government has done with the donations it has received, Isiguzoro asked: “What exactly have they done with all the donations they have received from individuals, corporate bodies and international organisations when they cannot provide isolation centres that are critical to the management of the virus?
“The government’s action speaks volumes. It sends and dangerous signals to the citizens both at home and abroad that Nigeria is not a country that can be relied upon in times of crisis. Let the government wake up to its responsibilities before it’s too late.  They should bear in mind that Nigerians are watching and would ask them to account for every penny that they have received   to combat the pandemic.”

 

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Displaced Yemen children at risk of the deadly impacts of severe food insecurity  

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The latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Acute Malnutrition analysis released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and other partners is extremely concerning. With limited access to food, humanitarian services and health care, displaced children in Yemen are at risk of the deadly impacts of severe food insecurity.

Around 26 per cent of the more than 156,000 people newly displaced this year, in the areas where the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has access, cited food as their main need. This is the second most cited need after shelter and housing, which 65 per cent of people reported as their main need. In areas where there are higher levels of displacement, like Al Hudaydah, Taizz, Al Dhale’e and Marib, higher levels of food needs have also been reported.

“Displaced Yemenis leave their homes with nothing and often find themselves seeking safety in locations where there are no job opportunities and barely enough services, including health care,” said Christa Rottensteiner, IOM Chief of Mission for Yemen.

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“This can leave vulnerable people without enough food to feed their families. Given that UN partners are reporting that acute malnutrition rates among children under five are the highest ever recorded in parts of Yemen, we are extremely worried about children in displaced families.”

The situation in Marib is particularly concerning given that an escalation in hostilities has displaced over 90,000 people to the city and caused a drastic shortage of services. Displaced people in Marib report food to be one of their most urgent needs. Of the displacement sites assessed by IOM in October, some reported that food shortages were a major concern for approximately 50 per cent of their residents.

In response to food insecurity, the emergency aid kits distributed under the Rapid Response Mechanism by IOM to newly displaced families include emergency food rations. IOM also carries out livelihood support activities for displaced communities to help them generate income. Most recently the Organization supported displaced women in making face masks which help their community combat the spread of COVID-19.

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IOM also operates a health centre in Al Jufainah Camp, Yemen’s largest displacement site, and multiple mobile health clinics. In addition to providing primary health care services to over 55 per cent of displaced people in Marib, IOM’s mobile health clinics provide community level access to malnutrition screening for children under the age of five and referral for treatment, in coordination with UNICEF. Given the high demand for such nutritional support, early intervention is vital to reducing avoidable morbidity and mortality among displaced children.

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Nigerians in Spain say no to genocide

Nigerians resident in Spain have kicked against bad governance and brutalitalisation of innocent citizens by security operatives in Nigeria.

They are in solidarity with the #Endsars protesters.

The #Endsars protest  started by young Nigerians to say no to brutality, impunity and gruesome killings in the hands of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the government in the country saw security operatives using live bullets on the protesters last week, October 21, 2020.

In a statement signed by Afolabi Oloko, the Nigerians in Spain said: “In every part  of the world, including Nigeria, we believe protesting is a fundamental right of all citizenry that we can exercise whenever we deem it fit as long as it is civil and devoid of violence but such is not the case in Nigeria where the young future of the country are murdered by their very own government just because they made demands that there must be a reform to the notorious Police department and that the country be reformed in general. Have they asked for too much from a responsible and responsive government?

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“It is so disheartening that after Ten days that the youth refused to back down they resorted to killing, maiming of their own future generations just because they asked and begged for good governance and good policing. It’s a shame that young people are being killed all around the cities of Nigeria from Lagos, Abeokuta, Ibadan, Abuja, Ondo , Benin, Porthacort just to mention a few. It was horrendous seeing over seventy people being murdered at night while still protesting unarmed peacefully in Lekki area of Lagos state. They organised by switching off the street light while they carried out their evil deed against defenceless young people of the country and also took away the CCTV. The commander-in-chief of the Armed forces in person of President Muhamodu Buhari must be tried at the International court for genocide against it’s own people.

“We the compatriots far away in Spain are with our young brothers and sister on the streets saying no to bad governance as you’re in our hearts and prayers. We support you in the just cause you’re are fighting. Fighting for one’s future should not be seen as an affront to the authorities, rather they should look inward and realise that the system is rotten and should be cleansed but not killing innocent young men on the streets with Army being deployed to take lives of vibrant and resourceful, frustrated and change hungry citizens.
“Today, we came out in multitude in solidarity with our compatriots back home to say #ENDSARS! #ENDBADGOVERNANCE #ENDPOLICEBRUTALITY #ENDCORUPTION #ENDTHEGENOCIDE”

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ILO, IOM sign agreement to strengthen collaboration on migration governance

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) today signed an Agreement to create a framework for cooperation and collaboration to enhance the benefits of migration for all.

The framework includes joint support for improved migration governance, capacity building and policy coherence at national, regional and global levels. Other areas of work may also be developed.

The Agreement was signed by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, and António Vitorino, the IOM Director-General, on Friday at the ILO Headquarters in Geneva.

Speaking after the signing ceremony, Ryder said, “this Agreement seals an important alliance between our two organizations. Together, we will be stronger and more effective in both fulfilling our individual mandates and in collaborating on areas that are crucial for reshaping the world of work so that it is more inclusive, equitable and sustainable.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic is having a brutal impact on economies and societies. Vulnerable groups, particularly migrant workers and their families, are being disproportionately hit. There could be no better time to reinforce our partnership and combine our strengths, so that we can help countries and our constituents build back for a better future.”

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DG Vitorino said, “the agreement that we are signing today will help us further solidify our collaboration at the time when joint solutions are so much needed, with a pandemic that is hitting the most vulnerable the hardest. As we move towards post-pandemic recovery, we fully embrace the call to build a better world together, tapping into the added value of each partner. With ILO, we have much to co-create and we look forward to future cooperation within the broader UN family, with our partner governments, private sector and civil society.”

The new ILO-IOM Agreement builds on the agencies’ comparative advantages, expertise, and respective constituencies. By encouraging joint initiatives, the Agreement aims to strengthen international migration governance and boost cooperation, capacity building and joint advocacy to promote migrants’ rights and decent work opportunities.

By encouraging social dialogue, it will allow workers` and employers` organizations – who sit equally with governments in the ILO’s tripartite membership structure – to contribute to policy discussions.

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A workplan will be developed in the next six months to push forward the collaboration at global, regional and country levels and, more importantly, facilitate the implementation of the Agreement in the field, where both agencies are working directly with affected populations.

It will seek to enhance the agencies joint contribution to their member states, UN country teams, and societies to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Agreement will also allow the ILO and IOM to strengthen support for their respective constituencies in implementing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM), and contribute to other global and regional migration policy fora and debates.

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