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INTERVIEW: We must stamp out child prostitution, trafficking, rape in Anambra – Obinabo




Hon Ifeyinwa Obinabo serves as the Commissioner for Women Affairs in Anambra State. In a recent interview with DAILY POST, she expressed concern about the increasing incidents of rape, illegal child adoption, prostitution, and human trafficking, among other issues. She emphasized that Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s administration is committed to eradicating these illegal activities. Here are some key excerpts from her interview:

Q: You have been involved in arresting rapists, dismantling child prostitution networks, and ensuring justice for widows. Which of these tasks has been the most challenging for you?

A: Each task presents its unique challenges, as these criminal networks are often sophisticated and attempt to evade detection. However, remaining focused, understanding the case’s nuances, and asking the right questions to expose criminals are essential. Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s unwavering support greatly aids our efforts. His readiness to assist us in challenging situations is a significant advantage. When we need police support to address certain matters, he personally intervenes and provides guidance to the police.

Q: Can you share the challenges your ministry faces in addressing these issues in Anambra?

A: One of the primary challenges is that many victims do not come forward and speak about their experiences. Some women endure inhumane treatment, believing it is their fate simply because they are women. Our culture often favors men over women, discouraging women from holding men accountable for their actions. Additionally, the influence of social media has led some individuals to adopt foreign practices, contributing to an increase in issues such as rape. Drug addiction, for instance, is seen as a trend on social media and has become a concern.


Q: Do you receive additional funding from the Governor to support your work in the ministry?

A: No, we do not receive additional funding. We are given a mandate by the Governor and are instructed to carry out our work in alignment with his objectives. The Governor values passion and dedication, and he expects his appointees to be passionate about their work and contribute meaningfully. He assembles his team carefully, ensuring that individuals are well-suited for their roles.

Q: Can you provide an estimate of the number of convictions your ministry has secured, particularly in cases related to rape and other offenses?

A: We have successfully sent about ten individuals to jail, particularly those who committed rape at gunpoint. We have also secured convictions in cases of human trafficking, child abuse, child labor, and injustices against widows. However, due to the slow nature of Nigeria’s judicial system, there are ongoing trials for many more cases.

Q: What are some of the most prevalent issues you’ve encountered during your tenure as commissioner?


A: One recurring issue involves men taking their children away from their wives and sending the wives away. This situation has been occurring frequently in Anambra. Women are now learning to speak up, and we have been able to help them retrieve their children based on child rights laws.

Additionally, there are cases where individuals illegally adopt children, bypassing the necessary legal procedures. These cases require careful investigation to determine the source of the children.

Q: Could you explain the legal adoption process in Anambra State?

A: Legal adoption in Anambra involves several steps. Prospective adoptive parents must apply to the ministry, after which we initiate documentation and conduct investigations. We also inspect the prospective adoptive home to ensure it is suitable for the child and that the reasons for adoption are genuine. The child’s right law is strictly followed, and children are only handed over for adoption at our office. All necessary signatures, including mine, the permanent secretary’s, and a magistrate’s, must be on the adoption documents to make it legal.

In the case of Arrow of God Orphanage, the proprietor bypassed these procedures, and her actions were illegal.


Q: What would help your ministry to further its efforts?

A: While the government provides essential support, we also rely on the public’s assistance. Private individuals can contribute to our mission by providing support, such as the New York resident who started cooking for children in our care. We encourage whistleblowers to report cases of child abuse, women’s mistreatment, and other offenses. Evil acts must not be tolerated, and timely reporting is crucial to address these issues effectively. We value the information provided by the public, which guides our actions and helps us rescue children from illegal activities.


At 59, Ihedioha a Shinning Example – Irona




Former Deputy Governor of Imo State, Engr. Gerald Irona says, former Governor Emeka Ihedioha is a shining example of true leadership.

In a message of felicitation marking Chief Ihedioha’s 59th birthday, Irona eulogised the former governor, describing him as a pillar of hope for Imo State.

“Ogbuagu, your leadership has been a beacon of hope and progress, inspiring countless individuals across Imo State and beyond.” 

“Your unwavering dedication to public service and vision for a better, more prosperous society continue to resonate with us all.”


“On this special occasion, we celebrate not only your remarkable achievements, but also the values you uphold – integrity, compassion, and inclusivity. Your lifestyle serves as a shining example for us all to emulate.”

“I remember the moments of collaboration and shared commitment to the people of Imo State during our tenure together. I acknowledge your tireless efforts in advancing the welfare of the citizens and fostering development across Imo state.”

Continuing, Irona hailed the former Deputy Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, reflecting on his leadership and legacy with profound respect.

“Chief Ihedioha is not only a distinguished statesman but also a charismatic and progressive leader whose lifestyle is worthy of emulation. Throughout our time working together, I witnessed firsthand his unwavering commitment to the betterment of Imo State and the nation.”

“He is not just a leader; he is a visionary whose dedication to public service has left an indelible mark on our state. His inclusive leadership style, coupled with his passion for development and social justice, has inspired many.”


Engr. Irona further emphasized Chief Ihedioha’s role in fostering unity and progress within Imo State, adding that “under Chief Ihedioha’s leadership, we witnessed significant strides in infrastructure development, education, healthcare, and various other sectors. His commitment to fostering unity and inclusivity has laid a solid foundation for continued growth and prosperity in our beloved state.”

He used the occasion to wish the former governor well, as he marks his 59th birthday.

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Director General of the National Identity Management Commission, Engr. Abisoye Coker-Odusote has appealed to Front End Partners handling enrolment for the Commission to be patient over the outstanding arrears of payment owed them, even as she promised to clear the debts within the first quarter of 2024.

Coker-Odusote gave the assurance in a statement issued in Abuja, even as she expressed sympathy with the FEPs who have been burdened with running their businesses for 2 years without payment.


She said: “The National Identity Management Commission, under my leadership has conducted a revalidation exercise to review the outstanding payments which the new management inherited with a view to offsetting the debt after going through due audit process to validate the claims made by the FEPs.”

“In the process, we found out that some of the invoices submitted by the FEPs did not tally with the enrolment figures shown on the database thus prompting the revalidation exercise to confirm the true and accurate enrolment information.”

“Notwithstanding, we are wrapping up the audit process, and the activation of the FEPs will be done according to the outcome of the validation exercise.”

“We sympathise with our partners over the delay and appeal for understanding especially as the new NIMC management is just a few months in the saddle and had been working on resolving all inherited debts.”

“Unfortunately, the previous management could not clear the outstanding dues because of lack of funds but we are working hard to source for the funds to clear the debt.” 


“I therefore use the opportunity to reiterate that the revalidation exercise was aimed at sanitizing the system as well as ensuring efficient and effective enrolment processes in line with international best practices of securing citizens’ data.”

The Commission assured concerned Nigerians that payment will be made to the Front-end Partners in the first quarter of 2024 and added that there are plans to hold a stakeholders engagement summit this month.

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Coker – Odusote:100 Days at the Helm of NIMC




By Walter Duru, Ph.D

It was Albert Einstein that once said that “setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.” That sentiment expressed by Einstein is the primary essence behind the theory of transformational leadership, which requires passion, charisma, and the ability to motivate others. Transformational leaders are usually very authentic, emotionally intelligent, great listeners, results-focused, visionary, and self-aware.

In just 100 days at the helm of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Abisoye Coker-Odusote has ushered in a new era of transformational leadership, leaving an indelible mark on the organization. Her eventual confirmation as substantive Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the Commission did not come to many as a surprise.

She did not waste time to hit the ground running and showed commitment to advancing the NIMC’s mission and mandate.


Coker-Odusote has taken steps to streamline National Identity Number (NIN) registration processes, while addressing the long-standing challenges associated with identity registration in Nigeria. This, she is handling through strategic restructuring and the integration of advanced technologies with a view to significantly reduce waiting time and enhance the overall efficiency of the system.

Today, date of birth and other kinds of modifications at NIMC happen within 48 hours. The several years backlog of date of birth modifications she inherited are almost cleared, as she had given a one-month deadline for the same to relevant staff of the Commission.

Again, responses to issues and complaints, such as those whose National Identity Numbers did not hit the NIN Verification Portal are now resolved within 24 hours.

Recognizing the paramount importance of data security in the digital age, the NIMC CEO has taken steps to enhance data security by introducing robust measures to fortify the protection of citizens’ sensitive information. This includes, but not limited to the adoption of cutting-edge encryption technologies and the establishment of a dedicated cybersecurity team.

Her interest in improving service delivery at NIMC cannot be overemphasized. She has concluded plans to ensure regular training and retraining for staff of the Commission, emphasizing customer-centric approaches, to ensure a more positive experience for citizens seeking identity services.


On partnerships, Coker-Odusote, leveraging her extensive network and expertise, has forged strategic partnerships with governmental agencies, private organizations, and international bodies. These collaborations aim to enhance the NIMC’s capacity, foster innovation, and promote information sharing for the betterment of identity management.

Understanding the pivotal role of technology in modernizing identity management, Engr. Coker-Odusote has spearheaded the integration of biometric advancements and artificial intelligence into the registration and verification processes.

This not only improves accuracy, user experience and ease of enrolment, but also positions NIMC at the forefront of technological innovation in identity management. A typical example is the NIMC Contactless Biometric Solution, which delivers a best-in-class fingerprint and facial capture image output quality, powered by Artificial Intelligence. The new solution was unveiled by the commission at the 2023 Identity Day, held in Abuja on September 16, 2023.

In addition, Engr. Coker-Odusote tackled the existing backlog of unprocessed identity requests head-on. Through a combination of strategic staff deployment and redeployment, process optimization, and digitization initiatives, she has made significant strides in clearing the backlog, demonstrating her commitment to prompt and efficient service delivery.

Recognizing the crucial role played by the NIMC staff in achieving organizational goals, the CEO has developed for implementation, a robust welfare programme aimed at boosting morale and fostering a positive work environment. This includes, but not limited to training opportunities, health benefits, and performance recognition initiatives.


Furthermore, in consultation with in-house experts, elaborate public awareness campaigns are being planned, to ensure that citizens are well-informed about the importance and benefits of identity registration. These campaigns are expected to not only educate the public, but also serve to demystify the registration process, encouraging greater participation.

The NIMC DG has concluded plans to take the ecosystem enrolment forward by taking steps to deepen collaboration with ecosystem implementing partners, supporting to ensure the success and optimal performance of the Nigeria Digital Identification for Development (ID4D) Project, a Nigerian Project jointly funded by The World Bank, The European Investment Bank, and the French Development Agency.

Engr. Coker-Odusote’s strategic vision, commitment to efficiency, and emphasis on technological innovation positions NIMC for a future where identity management is not only secure but also seamlessly integrated into the daily lives of citizens.

On anti-corruption, the NIMC DG has left no one in doubt on her determination to sanitize the system, entrench a culture of transparency and zero tolerance for corruption. Apart from putting systems and structures in place to discourage graft, she is directly involved in ensuring that the cankerworm has no place in the commission.

Just recently, in what one may describe as a sting operation, she paid an unscheduled visit to the Federal Capital Territory office of the commission, where she is reported to have arrested some staff for allegedly extorting money from Nigerians, even as she has maintained that enrolment was free.


Her devotion to supporting the policy direction of the present administration by strengthening the issuance of the NIN for access to service is not in doubt.

Speaking on Coker-Odusote’s first 100 days in office as NIMC CEO, Project Coordinator, Nigeria Digital ID4D Project, Musa Odole Solomon described her as a vibrant, results-focused leader, determined to make a difference in the Commission.

“She has taken steps to build bridges of collaboration between NIMC and partners within the country’s identity ecosystem. These collaborations aim to enhance the NIMC’s capacity, foster innovation, and promote information sharing for the betterment of identity management in Nigeria.”

“The collaboration is also focused on enhancing handshake with institutions involved in the country’s identity ecosystem, with a view to deepening integration with the country’s Identity Management System.”

“In 100 days, she has taken the lead in working with the Nigeria Digital ID4D Project to speed up project implementation process, especially, processes geared towards the extension of NIN enrolment to hard-to-reach areas, women, persons with disabilities, and marginalized groups, thereby fostering inclusion and access to social services.”


“She has introduced some innovations that I consider very progressive, and things are moving very well. The Nigeria Digital ID4D Project is happy to work with her, as she has shown that she has all it takes to assist us succeed.”

Responding to a question on his impression about the NIMC DG’s leadership style and the future of the relationship between NIMC and his organisation, Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), Hon. Nasir Isa Kwarra stressed that the relationship between NIMC and NPC has become more robust under Coker-Odusote’s leadership as NIMC CEO.

“I want to say that the National Population Commission has a long and robust collaborative partnership with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in our efforts to harmonize and integrate biometric databases for planning and development of our country.”

“However, this partnership has become more dynamic and robust with the assumption into office of Engr. Abisoye Coker-Odusote as the Director General of NIMC. She has shown an unparalleled commitment and passion in working with the Commission, not only in registration of births and deaths, but also the upcoming population census. She comes across as a thoroughbred professional and innovator who will give Africa’s greatest nation a deserved identity profile for national unity, security, and development. I am more confident in the future of the Identity Management Commission under her.”

Responding to a question on the new grounds covered at the NIMC ICT, Director, IT/Identity Database of the Commission, Chuks Onyepunuka has this to say:


“Our DG is pragmatic, proactive, result-oriented and visionist. Her achievements in ICT in NIMC in the last 100 days include, but not limited to: “launching of self-modification and enrolments services to ease and simplify the processes for enrolment services; driving the clearing of about 3 million backlog of enrolment records awaiting manual adjudication within 3 weeks; decentralization of operations with objectives of ensuring that we are closer to the enrolees and adequate coverage in the nooks and crannies of the country.”

“Others are improvement in the process of engaging and revalidating our Frontend Enrolment Partners (FEPs); improvement in our ICT policies, processes and procedures; resolution of 95% challenges/issues affecting our window enrolment software (Res-Web) and commenced the integration and harmonization with National Population Commission, Nigeria Immigration Service and Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).”

Adding her voice, NIMC’s Director, Business Development and Commercial Services, Mrs. Carolyn Folami described the DG as a thoroughbred professional, committed to resetting the Commission for the good of the nation.

“It has been only 100 days, but it seems she has been here far longer, as within this period, we have achieved a couple of goals towards resetting the NIMC agenda and resettling the NIMC staff for productivity.”

“Starting with the planning and commencement of training of all staff, to the commitment to all Front-End Partners (FEP) to revalidate the business model for fair play and payment. She is very keen on stakeholder engagement and has secured the buy- in of our harmonisation partners for effectiveness. She is professional, thorough, dedicated, and above all, kind to all.


Adding his voice, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Project Implementation Unit, Nigeria Digital ID4D Project, Dr. Emmanuel Akogun argued that Coker-Odusote’s first 100 days in office were characterised by “dynamic, focused and results – oriented leadership,” adding that there is steady progress in NIN enrolment, with “103,500,000 Nigerians and other legal residents captured in the NIMC Database.”

There is therefore no gainsaying the fact that Engr. Abisoye Coker-Odusote’s first 100 days as CEO of the NIMC have been marked by a series of commendable achievements.

At this point, one can confidently say that with Engr. Bisoye Coker-Odusote as Chief Executive Officer, NIMC is in safe hands.

Her recent confirmation as substantive Director General/CEO of the Commission is clearly an act of patriotism by the Nigerian President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

However, as she commences a full tenure of office, following her recent confirmation, one expects that the standard is not lowered.


As she marks 100 days in office this week, the most challenging part of Abisoye Coker-Odusote’s journey as Chief Executive Officer of the NIMC is the need to sustain the successes recorded, remain focused, deepen stakeholder engagement and public enlightenment, check corruption, strengthen systems and structures, be fair to all, while supporting the policy direction of the present administration.

Deliberate steps must be taken to ensure the sustenance of the war against extortion at NIMC.

Again, a deliberate plan should be in place to ensure a more robust stakeholder collaboration, particularly with those involved in the country’s identity ecosystem.

Elaborate, sustained communication and public enlightenment activities are required, taking advantage of the conventional and unconventional channels of communication to inform, educate and mobilize the citizens on the need for all to register for the NIN. This requires a deliberate strategy and strategic implementation.

Finally, a deliberate inclusion strategy must be in place and vigorously implemented to ensure that no one is left behind.


As the DG continues to lead with passion and purpose, NIMC is poised for even greater accomplishments under her guidance.

Indeed, NIMC is in safe hands!

Dr. Walter Duru (Assistant Professor of Communication and Multimedia Design) is a Communication/Public Relations Strategist, Researcher and Consultant. He could be reached on

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