Information About Continuous Voter Registration Exercise in Lagos State

The Centre for 21st Century Issues (C21st) has issued a detailed information pamphlet on how people in Lagos state can get their Permanent voter’s Card and get registered to vote during the next general elections in Nigeria
The production of the pamphlet is one of the activities of C21st under its register to vote for change project (RV4C) designed to mobilize the Lagos state populace to take part in the 2015 general elections

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C21st enjoins all to read and follow the instructions contained in the pamphlet.

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PRESS RELEASE BY CENTRE FOR 21ST CENTURY ISSUES (C21st) ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF PERMANENT VOTER CARDS AND CONTINUOUS VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE IN LAGOS STATE

The centre for 21st century is concerned about the various logistics challenges that have characterized the commencement of the distribution of the Permanent Voter card (PVC) in Lagos state.

On ground reports and reports monitored on various news media indicates that all is not smooth with the PVC distribution. Some pooling units where distribution is supposed to have commenced are still empty. In some other places many are yet to obtain their PVC because it is not yet available, while some others are unable to locate their names on the voters register.

This disturbing lack of preparedness by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) could lead to loss of confidence in the electoral process and ability of INEC to conduct the 2015 general elections in a free and fair manner.

As of now, it is confirmed that INEC is able to commence distribution of the PVC in the following 11 Local Governments in Lagos state; Agege, Ajeromi –Ifelodun, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikeja, Mushin, Lagos Island , Lagos mainland, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu, Kosofe and Ojo. This distribution in this LGs is expected to conclude by 9th of November 2014

The second stage of the distribution exercise is now scheduled to hold from November 28 to November 30, 2014 in the following 9 Local government areas; Alimosho, Amuwo- Odofin, Apapa, Badagry, Oshodi-Isolo, Epe, shomolu, Surulere and Eti-Osa.

The continuous voter registration (CVR) is expected to hold from 12-17 of November, 2014. During the CVR, any person who has attained the voting age of 18 years and those who registered in the last exercise but could not find their name in the register will be eligible to register.

C21st hereby calls on INEC to;
• Ensure that PVCs are available for collection by the electorates at the designated collection points before the end of the distribution exercise.
• Resolve all logistics problems and ensure that the CVR that will commence on November 12 and the second state of the PVC collection is not marred by logistical challenges that characterized the PVC collection in the last few days.

C21st also call on the general public, residents and all citizens of Lagos state not to be deterred by the perennial challenges of non- supply of materials and other logistics challenges from coming out en mass to collect their PVC and or register to vote as the case may be on the stated dates.

reminded that the PVC your ticket to making your voice heard and voting for change in the 2015 general elections in Nigeria. Sacrifice your time; make efforts to collect your PVC and register! Don’t allow any inconveniences to deny you of your inalienable right to vote!

Signed
Ms Titilope Akosa
Executive Director,
Centre For 21st Century Issues

Advocacy Visits to key stakeholders on Domestic Violence

During the weeks leading to the week of action against domestic violence in Lagos state, the Executive Director of centre for 21st Century Issues led the the members of Lagos State Gender Advocacy Team (LASGAT) to raise awareness and enlist their support of key stakeholders for the week of action against domestic violence.
The LASGAT team visited the office of the public Defender, the Attorney General of Lagos state and the honorablele justice Idowu of the family court

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Media Appearance on Domestic violence

On Monday 3rd of November, the executive Director of Centre for 21st Century Issues, Ms Titilope Akosa was one of the discussant at a television program, on Television Continental, discussing the issue of Domestic violence .
Ms Akosa dwelt extensively on the Domestic Violence Law of Lagos state, 2007 and urge viewers not to treat domestic violence as a family affair. Perpetrators should be reported at the special police unit and the Model police stations established under Adeniji Adele, Ilupeju, Isokoko, Alakara and Panti Police stations in Lagos state.
The designated police stations have trained police officers who will attend to victims in a cordial manner that will ensure that their identity is protected and the perpetrators are accordingly prosecuted in accordance with the Law.

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Earlier, on Tuesday 7th October Ms Akosa was on Traffick Radio to raise awareness about domestic violence and the week of action against domestic violence.
Many listeners were skeptical about the response of police and the willingness of victims to report cases of violence.
Many of the listeners who called in on the program were mainly men who wanted to have more information about domestic violence . This is a big irony as majority of perpetrators of domestic violence are men
However this is a good development as it appears that our advocacy is reaching out to men who are important in combating Domestic Violence

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THE THRILLS, FRILLS AND THE CHILLS OF THE WEEK OF ACTION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN LAGOS STATE

October 13-17, 2014 , Lagos, Nigeria
The week of action Against Domestic Violence in. Lagos state, a project of Lagos State Gender Advocacy Team (LASGAT) has come and gone but some unforgettable experiences that has made indelible imprints on mind will continue to linger.

Coordinating the week of action against domestic violence in Lagos state is really a momentous and intriguing experience that was full of thrills and admixture of frills and chills. Moving from one local government to the other, interacting with different groups of men, women, girls and boys, listening to their stories and concerns and encouraging or empathising with them made me feel like a gypsy on a voyage of discovery.

The thrills started from the media forum to flag off the week on the first day. The launching of the stickers and directory of institutions and organizations providing support services on domestic violence was the high point of the media forum. The awareness raising forum with over 600 traders in Lagos state gathered at the Iyaoloja of Nigeria‘s place the second day was a resounding activity which set the tone for the other activities throughout the week.

The third day was at Kosofe Local Government, Anthony stadium. A highly emotive discussion and experience sharing session was sparked off with artisans, hairdressers, community leaders and politicians. The participants bared their minds on domestic violence and offered fresh insights into combating the menace. On the same day, about 300 primary school pupils on Lagos Island celebrating the Global Hand washing day had the opportunity to understand what domestic violence means and how they can identify and report cases of violations when it occurs around them. Their enthusiasm in collecting the anti – domestic violence stickers for their parents at home was so intense that I was almost felled in the rush for the stickers.

The fourth day, was the climax of the actions, it was the turn of women at Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA) and Lagos Mainland Local Government. Over 500 women who gathered for skills acquisition had the opportunity to receive information about support services available to victims of domestic violence in Lagos state. It was exciting to see many women breaking the silence and recounting their ordeals in the hands of their husbands, mother in laws and neighbours. They were encouraged to take measures to protect themselves through accessing available support services in the directory.

The traders at Oshodi market were not left out of the campaign on the fourth day. The Iyaoloja (The female leader of traders in the Market) of Cairo, Ajewole and Folashade Ojo markets with the Babaoja (the male leader of traders in the market) were on ground to raise awareness with their fellow traders. They moved with us from stall to stall distributing stickers and directory and giving information about helplines to call when domestic violence occurs.

On the Fifth day, the Community Development Committees (CDCs) and Community Development Associations (CDAs) on Lagos Island had their day. Over 200 men and women gathered at the Ahmed Bola Tinubu Hall for a speaker’s corner where the community leader, representatives of the Nigerian police and coordinator of the Lagos state Gender Advocacy Team took turns to speak on provisions of the Law against domestic violence in Lagos state and available support services.

The crowning activity which brought the week of action to a close was the action of the Empowering women of the Future (EWOF) Girls at Ajegunle. The EWOF girls displayed rare courage in their community by naming acts of domestic violence such as the use of slippers, iron and turning Gari ( wooden spoon) to beat children, dousing the private part of girl children with grounded pepper, inserting broom sticks into boy children’s penis and using razor blade to cut children in the name of punishment. The EWOF girls called on the Ajegunle community members to stop these acts of violence.

Of course the frills and the chills littered the different activities of the week. We had a bad experience when some men actually told us to mind our business and desist from telling them to stop beating their wives. In Kosofe, some women and men felt that women deserved to be beaten by their husbands because they are not submissive enough.

The most chilling experience of the week that almost knocked me off was the orgy of blue films being shown in communities to young girls and boys to initiate them into the practice of the act of obscene sex for money and the dousing of girls private part with pepper by their mothers.

From one local government to another, it was loads of gruelling stories of men beating their wives to death, 70 year old man raping a 5 year old girl, a woman mal treating her house help or a mother maiming her child in the name of punishment.

The incidence of domestic violence is staggering; the enormity of the problem is unimaginable. We need to address it fast and now ! or else our family and community life stands the risk of being irreparably disrupted.

Domestic violence is a threat to healthy family relationship and so we need to stand and act together to quench its fire! We owe it to our family, our community and our nation!!!
Ms Titilope Akosa,

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