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  •  Ahead of the 2023 general elections stakeholders in Bauchi State have cautioned citizens against wanton destruction of public assets and facilities during elections The stakeholders particularly expressed concern over the spate of violence by youths and supporters of political parties and candidates in parts of the country This is contained in the resolutions of the stakeholders at the end of a one day dialogue meeting on conflict prevention mitigation on Wednesday in Bauchi Mr Mathias Yake Conflict Specialist of USAID State2State who read the recommendations said there is no justification for destroying public facilities as economic sabotage Yake said the damage on facilities and destructions of Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH basic education and primary healthcare service delivery economic losses and waste of public resources was undesirable and self destructive He said the recommendation also focused on preventing the impact of electoral violence on service delivery in the state According to him the stakeholders call on the state Ministry of Education and State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB to signed accord with political parties through Independent National Electoral Commission INEC before using school facilities for elections He said the accord would commit the political parties to pay for any damages of facilities caused during elections as well conduct elections without violence The stakeholders also stressed the need for penalties for political parties that vandalised WASH facilities and the need for sensitisation on the dangers of violence Yake said the stakeholders also advocated for sensitisation of citizens and politicians on their roles during and after elections The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the dialogue was organised by USAID State2State with participants drawn from government civil society organisations and the media NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Stakeholders caution against destruction of public facilities
     Ahead of the 2023 general elections stakeholders in Bauchi State have cautioned citizens against wanton destruction of public assets and facilities during elections The stakeholders particularly expressed concern over the spate of violence by youths and supporters of political parties and candidates in parts of the country This is contained in the resolutions of the stakeholders at the end of a one day dialogue meeting on conflict prevention mitigation on Wednesday in Bauchi Mr Mathias Yake Conflict Specialist of USAID State2State who read the recommendations said there is no justification for destroying public facilities as economic sabotage Yake said the damage on facilities and destructions of Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH basic education and primary healthcare service delivery economic losses and waste of public resources was undesirable and self destructive He said the recommendation also focused on preventing the impact of electoral violence on service delivery in the state According to him the stakeholders call on the state Ministry of Education and State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB to signed accord with political parties through Independent National Electoral Commission INEC before using school facilities for elections He said the accord would commit the political parties to pay for any damages of facilities caused during elections as well conduct elections without violence The stakeholders also stressed the need for penalties for political parties that vandalised WASH facilities and the need for sensitisation on the dangers of violence Yake said the stakeholders also advocated for sensitisation of citizens and politicians on their roles during and after elections The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the dialogue was organised by USAID State2State with participants drawn from government civil society organisations and the media NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Stakeholders caution against destruction of public facilities
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    2023: Stakeholders caution against destruction of public facilities

    Ahead of the 2023 general elections, stakeholders in Bauchi State have cautioned citizens against wanton  destruction of public assets and facilities during elections.

    The stakeholders particularly expressed concern over the spate of violence by youths and supporters of political parties and candidates in parts of the country.

    This is contained in the resolutions of the stakeholders at the end of a one-day dialogue meeting on conflict prevention mitigation on Wednesday in Bauchi.

    Mr Mathias Yake, Conflict Specialist of USAID State2State, who read the recommendations, said there is no justification for destroying public facilities as economic sabotage.

    Yake said the damage on facilities and destructions of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), basic education and primary healthcare service delivery, economic losses and waste of public resources was undesirable and self destructive.

    He said the recommendation also focused on preventing the impact of electoral violence on service delivery in the state.

    According to him, the stakeholders call on the state Ministry of Education and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to signed accord with political parties through Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before using school facilities for elections.

    He said the accord would commit the political parties to pay for any damages of facilities caused during elections as well conduct elections without violence.

    The stakeholders also stressed the need for penalties for political parties that vandalised WASH facilities and the need for sensitisation on the dangers of violence.

    Yake said the stakeholders also advocated for sensitisation of citizens and politicians on their roles during and after elections.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the dialogue was organised by USAID State2State with participants drawn from government, civil society organisations and the media.  


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    Smith resigns as PSC Chairman on health ground
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    Smith resigns as PSC Chairman on health ground

  •  The Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn PERL has urged critical stakeholders to sustain the gains being recorded by the World Bank supported States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability SFTAS Programme Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuoke National Programme Manager PERL Accountable Responsive and Capable pillar made the call in Kano on Wednesday at a two day dissemination of a Guide to enhance citizens understanding of SFTAS related publications Ugwuoke said that PERL a governance programme of the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO in collaboration with Open Government Partnership OGP would continue to support transparency in governance He said that the government and development partners have invested huge resources and efforts on reforms to strengthen the governance process and citizens engagement According to him citizens and government need to work together towards sustaining the programme beyond its lifespan following the gains so far recorded He said that PERL in collaboration with OGP Nigeria Secretariat and other critical stakeholders has developed a Guide to enhance citizens understanding of SFTAS related publications by the state governments The SFTAS programme for results is coming to an end and the critical question is how the laudable progress being recorded can be sustained beyond the lifespan of the programme Several efforts are being made by the various SFTAS implementing agencies to ensure that the government continues to supply citizens with the requisite information as prescribed by the programme A crucial part of the sustainability of the SFTAS reforms is the ability of the citizens to understand analyse and use such information to hold the government accountable This is because who are the primary recipients of the information provided by the government We therefore expect critical stakeholders to use the guide to increase citizens understanding of the documents so that they will continue to engage the governance process he said Also speaking Mr Abayomi Akinbo Civil Society Specialist explained that the SFTAS programme was a four year World Bank supported programme Akinbo said that programme which implementation began in 2018 was a loan to the Federal Government being disbursed to the participating states as grant based on nine Disbursement Linked Indicators DLIs The Civil Society Specialist said that the state governments were expected to publish some of the documents in accordance with the DLIs online for citizens to access and engage He identified some of the DLIs as improved financial reporting and budget reliability increased openness and citizens engagement in the budget process and improved cash management and reduced revenue leakages Earlier the National Coordinator OGP Dr Gloria Ahmed described the SFTAS programme as one of the most laudable and enduring reforms in the public finance management in the country Ahmed who was represented by Ms Ramatu Bello Sub National Adviser OGP Nigeria pointed out that the state governments have demonstrated high levels of ownership active peer learning and peer competition This she said has culminated in very strong performance in fiscal transparency and accountability strengthening of domestic revenue mobilisation increased efficiency in public expenditure and strengthening debt transparency and sustainability According to her the success story of SFTAS is made possible by the collaboration of OGP Secretariat and FCDO PERL in their continuous effort to improve good governance The dissemination of the Citizens Guide will improve citizens capacity to hold informed engagements with the government and demand further transparency and accountability Earlier Mr Umaru Abu Federal Lead FCDO PERL said that the objective of the dissemination workshop was to engage and guide citizens using the SFTAS citizens guidance document This will enable the citizens to understand the technicalities in the expected public financial management publications from state governments in line with the SFTAS programme The workshop is also to strengthen the capacity of the citizens and citizen groups to hold informed engagements with the government and demand further transparency and accountability he said www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    PERL urges stakeholders to sustain fiscal transparency, accountability programme
     The Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn PERL has urged critical stakeholders to sustain the gains being recorded by the World Bank supported States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability SFTAS Programme Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuoke National Programme Manager PERL Accountable Responsive and Capable pillar made the call in Kano on Wednesday at a two day dissemination of a Guide to enhance citizens understanding of SFTAS related publications Ugwuoke said that PERL a governance programme of the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO in collaboration with Open Government Partnership OGP would continue to support transparency in governance He said that the government and development partners have invested huge resources and efforts on reforms to strengthen the governance process and citizens engagement According to him citizens and government need to work together towards sustaining the programme beyond its lifespan following the gains so far recorded He said that PERL in collaboration with OGP Nigeria Secretariat and other critical stakeholders has developed a Guide to enhance citizens understanding of SFTAS related publications by the state governments The SFTAS programme for results is coming to an end and the critical question is how the laudable progress being recorded can be sustained beyond the lifespan of the programme Several efforts are being made by the various SFTAS implementing agencies to ensure that the government continues to supply citizens with the requisite information as prescribed by the programme A crucial part of the sustainability of the SFTAS reforms is the ability of the citizens to understand analyse and use such information to hold the government accountable This is because who are the primary recipients of the information provided by the government We therefore expect critical stakeholders to use the guide to increase citizens understanding of the documents so that they will continue to engage the governance process he said Also speaking Mr Abayomi Akinbo Civil Society Specialist explained that the SFTAS programme was a four year World Bank supported programme Akinbo said that programme which implementation began in 2018 was a loan to the Federal Government being disbursed to the participating states as grant based on nine Disbursement Linked Indicators DLIs The Civil Society Specialist said that the state governments were expected to publish some of the documents in accordance with the DLIs online for citizens to access and engage He identified some of the DLIs as improved financial reporting and budget reliability increased openness and citizens engagement in the budget process and improved cash management and reduced revenue leakages Earlier the National Coordinator OGP Dr Gloria Ahmed described the SFTAS programme as one of the most laudable and enduring reforms in the public finance management in the country Ahmed who was represented by Ms Ramatu Bello Sub National Adviser OGP Nigeria pointed out that the state governments have demonstrated high levels of ownership active peer learning and peer competition This she said has culminated in very strong performance in fiscal transparency and accountability strengthening of domestic revenue mobilisation increased efficiency in public expenditure and strengthening debt transparency and sustainability According to her the success story of SFTAS is made possible by the collaboration of OGP Secretariat and FCDO PERL in their continuous effort to improve good governance The dissemination of the Citizens Guide will improve citizens capacity to hold informed engagements with the government and demand further transparency and accountability Earlier Mr Umaru Abu Federal Lead FCDO PERL said that the objective of the dissemination workshop was to engage and guide citizens using the SFTAS citizens guidance document This will enable the citizens to understand the technicalities in the expected public financial management publications from state governments in line with the SFTAS programme The workshop is also to strengthen the capacity of the citizens and citizen groups to hold informed engagements with the government and demand further transparency and accountability he said www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    PERL urges stakeholders to sustain fiscal transparency, accountability programme
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    PERL urges stakeholders to sustain fiscal transparency, accountability programme

    The Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) has urged critical stakeholders to sustain the gains being recorded by the World Bank-supported States’ Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme.

    Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuoke, National Programme Manager, PERL- Accountable, Responsive and Capable pillar, made the call in Kano on Wednesday, at a two-day dissemination of a Guide to enhance citizens’ understanding of SFTAS-related publications.

    Ugwuoke said that PERL, a governance programme of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in collaboration with Open Government Partnership (OGP) would continue to support transparency in governance.

    He said that the government and development partners have invested huge resources and efforts on reforms to strengthen the governance process and citizens’ engagement.

    According to him, citizens and government need to work together towards sustaining the programme beyond its lifespan following the gains, so far recorded.

    He said that PERL, in collaboration with OGP Nigeria Secretariat and other critical stakeholders, has developed a Guide to enhance citizens’ understanding of SFTAS-related publications by the state governments.

    “The SFTAS programme for results is coming to an end and the critical question is how the laudable progress being recorded can be sustained beyond the lifespan of the programme.

    “Several efforts are being made by the various SFTAS implementing agencies to ensure that the government continues to supply citizens with the requisite information as prescribed by the programme.

    “A crucial part of the sustainability of the SFTAS reforms is the ability of the citizens to understand, analyse and use such information to hold the government accountable.

    “This is because who are the primary recipients of the information provided by the government.

    “We, therefore, expect critical stakeholders to use the guide to increase citizens’ understanding of the documents so that they will continue to engage the governance process,” he said.

    Also speaking, Mr Abayomi Akinbo, Civil Society Specialist, , explained that the SFTAS programme was a four-year World Bank-supported programme.

    Akinbo said that programme which implementation began in 2018, was a loan to the Federal Government being disbursed to the participating states as grant based on nine Disbursement-Linked Indicators (DLIs).

    The Civil Society Specialist said that the state governments were expected to publish some of the documents in accordance with the DLIs online for citizens to access and engage.

    He identified some of the DLIs as improved financial reporting and budget reliability, increased openness and citizens’ engagement in the budget process and improved cash management and reduced revenue leakages.

    Earlier, the National Coordinator, OGP, Dr Gloria Ahmed, described the SFTAS programme as one of the “most laudable and enduring reforms” in the public finance management in the country.

    Ahmed, who was represented by Ms Ramatu Bello, Sub-National Adviser, OGP Nigeria, pointed out that the state governments have demonstrated high levels of ownership, active peer learning and peer competition.

    This, she said, has culminated in very strong performance in fiscal transparency and accountability, strengthening of domestic revenue mobilisation, increased efficiency in public expenditure and strengthening debt transparency and sustainability.

    According to her, the success story of SFTAS is made possible by the collaboration of OGP Secretariat and FCDO-PERL in their continuous effort to improve good governance.

    “The dissemination of the Citizens Guide will improve citizens’ capacity to hold informed engagements with the government and demand further transparency and accountability.

    ” Earlier, Mr Umaru Abu, Federal Lead, FCDO-PERL, said that the objective of the dissemination workshop was to engage and guide citizens using the SFTAS citizens guidance document.

    “This will enable the citizens to understand the technicalities in the expected public financial management publications from state governments in line with the SFTAS programme.

    “The workshop is also to strengthen the capacity of the citizens and citizen groups to hold informed engagements with the government and demand further transparency and accountability,” he said.

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  •  Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria Ben Llewellyn Jones says King Charles III will strengthen the relationship between the UK and Nigeria Llewellyn Jones made this known on Tuesday during a news conference following the death of Queen Elizabeth II who passed on Sept 8 and the ascension of the new King Charles III He said that King Charles III was vested in Nigeria personally noting that he shared the common interest and passion the Queen had for the country The king had visited Nigeria four times since 1990 with his recent visit coming in 2018 and this showed that he has a strong relationship with Nigeria personally During his last visit he personally enjoyed the visit as he met with different people from the youths to traditional rulers It is important to note that the relationship between the UK and Nigeria has been great and the King Charles III will further strengthen the bilateral relationship between both countries There are Africans in the cabinet of the UK noticeably a Nigerian is the secretary of state for International trade so this will further expand our relationship in terms of economy and volume of trade he said Llewellyn Jones said the King would bring something different and new adding every monarch has his own ways of operating King Charles waited for a long time and during that time he understudied the queen and I m sure he learnt a lot from her and he would continue with that Every monarch brings something fresh to the role and he would make fresh light to the commonwealth he said Llewellyn Jones noted that the commission in Lagos would not attend the burial in the UK saying that it would follow it closely He added that the funeral would be televised across West Africa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    King Charles will strengthen relations with Nigeria – Envoy
     Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria Ben Llewellyn Jones says King Charles III will strengthen the relationship between the UK and Nigeria Llewellyn Jones made this known on Tuesday during a news conference following the death of Queen Elizabeth II who passed on Sept 8 and the ascension of the new King Charles III He said that King Charles III was vested in Nigeria personally noting that he shared the common interest and passion the Queen had for the country The king had visited Nigeria four times since 1990 with his recent visit coming in 2018 and this showed that he has a strong relationship with Nigeria personally During his last visit he personally enjoyed the visit as he met with different people from the youths to traditional rulers It is important to note that the relationship between the UK and Nigeria has been great and the King Charles III will further strengthen the bilateral relationship between both countries There are Africans in the cabinet of the UK noticeably a Nigerian is the secretary of state for International trade so this will further expand our relationship in terms of economy and volume of trade he said Llewellyn Jones said the King would bring something different and new adding every monarch has his own ways of operating King Charles waited for a long time and during that time he understudied the queen and I m sure he learnt a lot from her and he would continue with that Every monarch brings something fresh to the role and he would make fresh light to the commonwealth he said Llewellyn Jones noted that the commission in Lagos would not attend the burial in the UK saying that it would follow it closely He added that the funeral would be televised across West Africa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    King Charles will strengthen relations with Nigeria – Envoy
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    King Charles will strengthen relations with Nigeria – Envoy

    Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, says King Charles III will strengthen the relationship between the UK and Nigeria.  

    Llewellyn-Jones made this known on Tuesday during a news conference following the death of Queen Elizabeth II who passed on Sept. 8, and the ascension of the new King, Charles III.  

    He said that King Charles III was vested in Nigeria personally, noting that he shared the common interest and passion the Queen had for the country.  

    “The king had visited Nigeria four times since 1990 with his recent visit coming in 2018 and this showed that he has a strong relationship with Nigeria personally.  

    “During his last visit, he personally enjoyed the visit as he met with different people from the youths to traditional rulers.  

    “It is important to note that the relationship between the UK and Nigeria has been great and the King Charles III will further strengthen the bilateral relationship between both countries.  

    “There are Africans in the cabinet of the UK noticeably, a Nigerian is the secretary of state for International trade, so this will further expand our relationship in terms of economy and volume of trade,” he said.  

    Llewellyn-Jones said, ” the King would bring something different and new”, adding, ”every monarch has his own ways of operating.  

    “King Charles waited for a long time and during that time, he understudied the queen and I’m sure he learnt a lot from her and he would continue with that.  

    “Every monarch brings something fresh to the role and he would make fresh light to the commonwealth,” he said.  

    Llewellyn-Jones noted that the commission in Lagos would not attend the burial in the UK, saying that it would follow it closely.  

    He added that the funeral would be televised across West Africa.


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  •  Bishops of the Catholic Church in Nigeria have offered to continually beseech God for peace to reign in Imo President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria His Grace Most Rev Lucius Ugorji said this at a lunch organised by the Imo Government in honour of the College of Catholic Bishops in Owerri on Wednesday Ugorji who is also the Catholic Archbishop of the Owerri Metropolitan Province said that the prayers were necessary to enable Gov Hope Uzodimma continue with his efforts in renewal of road infrastructure The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the bishops were currently holding their 2022 Second Plenary at Holy Trinity Catholic Cathedral Orlu in Orlu council area of Imo Ugorji thanked the governor for the solid job done on the 35km Owerri Orlu dual carriage way and the first phase of the Owerri Okigwe road which were inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday He said the dualised Owerri Orlu road was a beautiful sight to behold adding their journey from Orlu to Owerri through the newly reconstructed road was as smooth as never before He further thanked the governor for hosting the bishops and assured him of their unalloyed spiritual interventions Gov Uzodimma s government deserves all the peace it needs to continue to serve the people better and we will continue to uphold him in our prayers he said Responding Uzodimma thanked the bishops for their spiritual intercessions and promised that his administration would continue to support the activities of the church Your prayers are working Continue to pray and own up to your own because charity begins at home he said Among the bishops who were present at the luncheon were Their Eminences Peter Cardinal Okpaleke and John Cardinal Onaiyekan Others were His Grace Augustine Ukwuoma His Grace Archbishop Anthony Obinna His Grace Olawale Martins and His Grace Matthew Hassan Kukah among others Also Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo Agege Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt Hon Ahmed Wase and former Military Governor of Imo retired Gen Ike Nwachukwu as well as top officials of the Imo Government joined the luncheon NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Catholic bishops commit to prayers for peace in Imo
     Bishops of the Catholic Church in Nigeria have offered to continually beseech God for peace to reign in Imo President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria His Grace Most Rev Lucius Ugorji said this at a lunch organised by the Imo Government in honour of the College of Catholic Bishops in Owerri on Wednesday Ugorji who is also the Catholic Archbishop of the Owerri Metropolitan Province said that the prayers were necessary to enable Gov Hope Uzodimma continue with his efforts in renewal of road infrastructure The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the bishops were currently holding their 2022 Second Plenary at Holy Trinity Catholic Cathedral Orlu in Orlu council area of Imo Ugorji thanked the governor for the solid job done on the 35km Owerri Orlu dual carriage way and the first phase of the Owerri Okigwe road which were inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday He said the dualised Owerri Orlu road was a beautiful sight to behold adding their journey from Orlu to Owerri through the newly reconstructed road was as smooth as never before He further thanked the governor for hosting the bishops and assured him of their unalloyed spiritual interventions Gov Uzodimma s government deserves all the peace it needs to continue to serve the people better and we will continue to uphold him in our prayers he said Responding Uzodimma thanked the bishops for their spiritual intercessions and promised that his administration would continue to support the activities of the church Your prayers are working Continue to pray and own up to your own because charity begins at home he said Among the bishops who were present at the luncheon were Their Eminences Peter Cardinal Okpaleke and John Cardinal Onaiyekan Others were His Grace Augustine Ukwuoma His Grace Archbishop Anthony Obinna His Grace Olawale Martins and His Grace Matthew Hassan Kukah among others Also Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo Agege Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt Hon Ahmed Wase and former Military Governor of Imo retired Gen Ike Nwachukwu as well as top officials of the Imo Government joined the luncheon NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Catholic bishops commit to prayers for peace in Imo
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    Catholic bishops commit to prayers for peace in Imo

    Bishops of the Catholic Church in Nigeria have offered to continually beseech God for peace to reign in Imo.President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, His Grace, Most Rev.  Lucius Ugorji, said this at a lunch organised by the Imo Government in honour of the College of Catholic Bishops in Owerri, on Wednesday.

    Ugorji, who is also the Catholic Archbishop of the Owerri Metropolitan Province, said that the prayers were necessary to enable Gov. Hope Uzodimma continue with his efforts in renewal of road infrastructure.

    The News Agency of Nigeria   reports that the bishops were currently holding their 2022 Second Plenary at Holy Trinity Catholic Cathedral, Orlu, in Orlu council area of Imo. Ugorji thanked the governor for the ‘solid job’ done on the 35km  Owerri-Orlu dual carriage way and the first phase of the Owerri-Okigwe road which were inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.

    He said, ”the dualised Owerri-Orlu road was a beautiful sight to behold,” adding, ”their journey from Orlu to Owerri through the newly reconstructed road was as smooth as never before.

    ”He further thanked the governor for hosting the bishops and assured him of their unalloyed spiritual interventions. 

    ” Gov.  Uzodimma’s government deserves all the peace it needs to continue to serve the people better, and we will continue to uphold him in our prayers,” he said.

    Responding, Uzodimma thanked the bishops for their spiritual intercessions and promised that his administration would continue to support the activities of the church.

    “Your prayers are working.

    Continue to pray and own up to your own because charity begins at home,” he said.

    Among the bishops who were present at the luncheon were Their Eminences Peter Cardinal Okpaleke and John Cardinal Onaiyekan.

    Others were His Grace, Augustine Ukwuoma; His Grace  Archbishop Anthony  Obinna; His Grace Olawale Martins; and  His Grace Matthew Hassan Kukah, among others. 

    Also, Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege; Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Wase, and former Military Governor of Imo, retired Gen.  Ike Nwachukwu, as well as top officials of the Imo Government joined the luncheon.


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  •  Girls worldwide are lagging behind boys in mathematics with sexism and gender stereotypes among the root causes according to a new report published by UN Children s Fund UNICEF Solving the equation Helping girls and boys learn mathematics a new report published on Wednesday by UNICEF revealed a growing worldwide disparity in maths skills between girls and boys The report raises the alarm on how issues of sexism and gender stereotypes have undercut the potential of girls in the classroom The report features new data analyses covering more than 100 countries and territories which reveal in headline terms that boys are up to 1 3 times likely to get the maths skills they need compared to girls Negative gender norms and stereotypes often held by teachers parents and peers regarding girls innate inability to understand mathematics are contributing to this disparity These stereotypes are projected onto young girls and often undermine their self confidence setting them up for failure UNICEF said in a statement The report further recognises the long term effects of sustained gender disparities specifically noting how boys are more likely to step up and apply for jobs in mathematics The finding represents a stark gender gap depriving the entire world of talent in the science technology engineering and mathematics STEM fields Girls have an equal ability to learn mathematics as boys what they lack is an equal opportunity to acquire these critical skills UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell said We need to dispel the gender stereotypes and norms that hold girls back and do more to help every child learn the foundational skills they need to succeed in school and in life Learning maths at a young age strengthens memory comprehension and analysis in turn improving children s ability to create the report notes Ahead of crucial Transforming Education Summit on Monday UNICEF warns that children who do not master basic maths and other foundational learning may struggle to perform critical tasks in the future An analysis of data from 34 low and middle income countries featured in the report shows that while girls lag behind boys three quarters of schoolchildren in grade 4 elementary classes are not obtaining foundational numeracy skills Data from 79 middle and high income countries show more than a third of 15 year olds have yet to achieve minimum proficiency in mathematics These statistics reveal the depth of educational issues plaguing all genders Household wealth is also a determining factor The report notes that schoolchildren from the richest households have 1 8 times the odds of acquiring numeracy skills by the time they reach fourth grade than children from the poorest households Children who attend early childhood education and care programmes have up to 2 8 times the odds of achieving minimum proficiency in mathematics by the age of 15 than those who do not The report further also notes the impact the COVID 19 pandemic has had on further entrenching gender disparities Similarly mass disruptions to education systems worldwide have delayed progress for all students In countries where girls are more likely to be out of school than boys the overall disparities in mathematics proficiency have been growing since the COVID 19 pandemic UNICEF is however calling on governments to commit to reaching all children with quality education and arguing for renewed effort and investment to re enroll and retain all children in school The UN agency also called on governments to increase access to remedial and catchup learning support teachers and give them the tools they need and make sure that schools provide a safe and supportive environment so all children are ready to learn With the learning of an entire generation of children at risk this is not the time for empty promises To transform education for every child we need action and we need it now Russell said nannnews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Girls fail by discrimination, stereotyping in maths class – UNICEF report
     Girls worldwide are lagging behind boys in mathematics with sexism and gender stereotypes among the root causes according to a new report published by UN Children s Fund UNICEF Solving the equation Helping girls and boys learn mathematics a new report published on Wednesday by UNICEF revealed a growing worldwide disparity in maths skills between girls and boys The report raises the alarm on how issues of sexism and gender stereotypes have undercut the potential of girls in the classroom The report features new data analyses covering more than 100 countries and territories which reveal in headline terms that boys are up to 1 3 times likely to get the maths skills they need compared to girls Negative gender norms and stereotypes often held by teachers parents and peers regarding girls innate inability to understand mathematics are contributing to this disparity These stereotypes are projected onto young girls and often undermine their self confidence setting them up for failure UNICEF said in a statement The report further recognises the long term effects of sustained gender disparities specifically noting how boys are more likely to step up and apply for jobs in mathematics The finding represents a stark gender gap depriving the entire world of talent in the science technology engineering and mathematics STEM fields Girls have an equal ability to learn mathematics as boys what they lack is an equal opportunity to acquire these critical skills UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell said We need to dispel the gender stereotypes and norms that hold girls back and do more to help every child learn the foundational skills they need to succeed in school and in life Learning maths at a young age strengthens memory comprehension and analysis in turn improving children s ability to create the report notes Ahead of crucial Transforming Education Summit on Monday UNICEF warns that children who do not master basic maths and other foundational learning may struggle to perform critical tasks in the future An analysis of data from 34 low and middle income countries featured in the report shows that while girls lag behind boys three quarters of schoolchildren in grade 4 elementary classes are not obtaining foundational numeracy skills Data from 79 middle and high income countries show more than a third of 15 year olds have yet to achieve minimum proficiency in mathematics These statistics reveal the depth of educational issues plaguing all genders Household wealth is also a determining factor The report notes that schoolchildren from the richest households have 1 8 times the odds of acquiring numeracy skills by the time they reach fourth grade than children from the poorest households Children who attend early childhood education and care programmes have up to 2 8 times the odds of achieving minimum proficiency in mathematics by the age of 15 than those who do not The report further also notes the impact the COVID 19 pandemic has had on further entrenching gender disparities Similarly mass disruptions to education systems worldwide have delayed progress for all students In countries where girls are more likely to be out of school than boys the overall disparities in mathematics proficiency have been growing since the COVID 19 pandemic UNICEF is however calling on governments to commit to reaching all children with quality education and arguing for renewed effort and investment to re enroll and retain all children in school The UN agency also called on governments to increase access to remedial and catchup learning support teachers and give them the tools they need and make sure that schools provide a safe and supportive environment so all children are ready to learn With the learning of an entire generation of children at risk this is not the time for empty promises To transform education for every child we need action and we need it now Russell said nannnews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Girls fail by discrimination, stereotyping in maths class – UNICEF report
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    Girls fail by discrimination, stereotyping in maths class – UNICEF report

    Girls worldwide are lagging behind boys in mathematics, with sexism and gender stereotypes among the root causes, according to a new report published by UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Solving the equation: Helping girls and boys learn mathematics, a new report published on Wednesday by UNICEF revealed a growing worldwide disparity in maths skills between girls and boys.

    The report raises the alarm on how issues of sexism and gender stereotypes have undercut the potential of girls in the classroom.

    The report features new data analyses covering more than 100 countries and territories, which reveal in headline terms, that boys are up to 1.3 times likely to get the maths skills they need, compared to girls.

    “Negative gender norms and stereotypes often held by teachers, parents, and peers regarding girls’ innate inability to understand mathematics, are contributing to this disparity.

    “These stereotypes are projected onto young girls and often undermine their self-confidence, setting them up for failure,” UNICEF said in a statement.

    The report further recognises the long-term effects of sustained gender disparities, specifically noting how boys are more likely to step up and apply for jobs in mathematics.

    The finding represents a stark gender gap, depriving the entire world of talent in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

    “Girls have an equal ability to learn mathematics as boys – what they lack is an equal opportunity to acquire these critical skills,” UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell, said “We need to dispel the gender stereotypes and norms that hold girls back – and do more to help every child learn the foundational skills they need to succeed in school and in life.

    ” Learning maths at a young age strengthens memory, comprehension, and analysis, in turn improving children’s ability to create, the report notes.

    Ahead of crucial Transforming Education Summit on Monday, UNICEF warns that children who do not master basic maths and other foundational learning, may struggle to perform critical tasks in the future.

    An analysis of data from 34 low and middle-income countries featured in the report, shows that while girls lag behind boys, three-quarters of schoolchildren in grade 4 elementary classes, are not obtaining foundational numeracy skills.

    Data from 79 middle and high-income countries show more than a third of 15-year-olds have yet to achieve minimum proficiency in mathematics.

    These statistics reveal the depth of educational issues plaguing all genders.

    Household wealth is also a determining factor.

    The report notes that schoolchildren from the richest households have 1.8 times the odds of acquiring numeracy skills by the time they reach fourth grade, than children from the poorest households.

    Children who attend early childhood education and care programmes have up to 2.8 times the odds of achieving minimum proficiency in mathematics by the age of 15 than those who do not.

    The report further also notes the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on further entrenching gender disparities.

    Similarly, mass disruptions to education systems worldwide have delayed progress for all students.

    In countries where girls are more likely to be out of school than boys, the overall disparities in mathematics proficiency have been growing since the COVID-19 pandemic.

    UNICEF is, however, calling on governments to commit to reaching all children with quality education, and arguing for renewed effort and investment to re-enroll and retain all children in school.

    The UN agency also called on governments to increase access to remedial and catchup learning; support teachers and give them the tools they need; and make sure that schools provide a safe and supportive environment so all children are ready to learn.

    “With the learning of an entire generation of children at risk, this is not the time for empty promises.

    To transform education for every child, we need action and we need it now,” Russell said.

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  •  The D 8 Countries on Wednesday pledged their support for the power sector reforms in Nigeria Ms Herietta Ighomorore Head Corporate Communication Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc NBET said this in a statement in Abuja Ighomorore quoted Amb Isiaka Imam the Secretary General of the D 8 Countries Organisation for Economic Cooperation as making the pledge when he visited the management of NBET She said that the D 8 also known as Developing 8 is an organisation for development cooperation The D 8 countries are Bangladesh Egypt Indonesia Iran Malaysia Nigeria Pakistan and Turkey According to her some member states of the D 8 have successfully implemented reforms in their respective electricity and energy sectors Turkey Egypt and Iran have a combined total installed electricity capacity of over 240 000 MWs Imam assured NBET management of the commitment of the D 8 Organisation Secretariat to provide support and all necessary assistance toward facilitating collaboration among the D 8 countries for sustainable development and growth He commended the managing director of NBET for his commitment and resilience in managing the financial transactions and contract administration in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry NESI According to him both parties are optimistic of the immense opportunities in the Nigerian Power Sector and pledged to collaborate for sustainable development of the sector Nigeria can leverage on the learning experience from these countries to develop its electricity market he said Earlier the Managing Director of NBET Mr Nnaemeka Ewelukwa acknowledged the mutual relation and cooperation between both organisations He also acknowledged the organisation s support in facilitating collaboration among the D 8 member countries especially in the area of energy development and economic growth Ewelukwa said that leveraging on NBET recent Memorandum of Understanding MOU with the Energy Exchange of Instanbul EXIST it was set to implement series of actions toward a quick turnaround of improvements in NESI He reiterated the Federal Government of Nigeria s commitment and support in improving electricity generation and distribution in the country According to him the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated strong political will and commitment in ensuring steady progress and development of the power sector This is evident by the implementation of the Power Sector Recovery Programme and other interventions being implemented in the sector With a sense of urgency NBET is poised to collaborate with other D 8 countries in areas of technical and knowledge exchange toward enabling sustainable development in the NESI he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    D-8 Countries pledge support for Nigeria’s power sector reforms
     The D 8 Countries on Wednesday pledged their support for the power sector reforms in Nigeria Ms Herietta Ighomorore Head Corporate Communication Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc NBET said this in a statement in Abuja Ighomorore quoted Amb Isiaka Imam the Secretary General of the D 8 Countries Organisation for Economic Cooperation as making the pledge when he visited the management of NBET She said that the D 8 also known as Developing 8 is an organisation for development cooperation The D 8 countries are Bangladesh Egypt Indonesia Iran Malaysia Nigeria Pakistan and Turkey According to her some member states of the D 8 have successfully implemented reforms in their respective electricity and energy sectors Turkey Egypt and Iran have a combined total installed electricity capacity of over 240 000 MWs Imam assured NBET management of the commitment of the D 8 Organisation Secretariat to provide support and all necessary assistance toward facilitating collaboration among the D 8 countries for sustainable development and growth He commended the managing director of NBET for his commitment and resilience in managing the financial transactions and contract administration in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry NESI According to him both parties are optimistic of the immense opportunities in the Nigerian Power Sector and pledged to collaborate for sustainable development of the sector Nigeria can leverage on the learning experience from these countries to develop its electricity market he said Earlier the Managing Director of NBET Mr Nnaemeka Ewelukwa acknowledged the mutual relation and cooperation between both organisations He also acknowledged the organisation s support in facilitating collaboration among the D 8 member countries especially in the area of energy development and economic growth Ewelukwa said that leveraging on NBET recent Memorandum of Understanding MOU with the Energy Exchange of Instanbul EXIST it was set to implement series of actions toward a quick turnaround of improvements in NESI He reiterated the Federal Government of Nigeria s commitment and support in improving electricity generation and distribution in the country According to him the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated strong political will and commitment in ensuring steady progress and development of the power sector This is evident by the implementation of the Power Sector Recovery Programme and other interventions being implemented in the sector With a sense of urgency NBET is poised to collaborate with other D 8 countries in areas of technical and knowledge exchange toward enabling sustainable development in the NESI he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    D-8 Countries pledge support for Nigeria’s power sector reforms
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    D-8 Countries pledge support for Nigeria’s power sector reforms

    The D-8 Countries on Wednesday pledged their support for the power sector reforms in Nigeria.

    Ms Herietta Ighomorore, Head Corporate Communication, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc. (NBET), said this in a statement in Abuja. 

    Ighomorore quoted Amb. Isiaka Imam, the Secretary-General of the D-8 Countries Organisation for Economic Cooperation, as making the pledge when he  visited the management of NBET.

    She said that the D-8, also known as Developing-8, is an organisation for development cooperation.

    The D-8 countries are : Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

    According to her, some member states of the D-8 have successfully implemented reforms in their respective electricity and energy sectors, Turkey, Egypt and Iran have a combined total installed electricity capacity of over 240,000 MWs. Imam assured NBET management of the commitment of the D-8 Organisation Secretariat to provide support and all necessary assistance toward facilitating collaboration among the D-8 countries for sustainable development and growth.

    He commended the managing director of NBET for his commitment and resilience in managing the financial transactions and contract administration in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).

    According to him, both parties are optimistic of the immense opportunities in the Nigerian Power Sector and pledged to collaborate for sustainable development of the sector.

    ”Nigeria can leverage on the learning experience from these countries to develop its electricity market,” he said.

    Earlier, the Managing Director of NBET, Mr Nnaemeka Ewelukwa, acknowledged the mutual relation and cooperation between both organisations.

    He also acknowledged the organisation’s support in facilitating collaboration among the D-8 member countries, especially in the area of energy development and economic growth.

    Ewelukwa said that leveraging on NBET recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Energy Exchange of Instanbul (EXIST), it was set to implement series of actions toward a quick turnaround of improvements in NESI.

    He reiterated the Federal Government of Nigeria’s commitment and support in improving electricity generation and distribution in the country.

    According to him, the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated strong political will and commitment in ensuring steady progress and development of the power sector.

    ”This is evident by the implementation of the Power Sector Recovery Programme and other interventions being implemented in the sector.

    ”With a sense of urgency, NBET is poised to collaborate with other D-8 countries in areas of technical and knowledge exchange toward enabling sustainable development in the NESI,” he said.


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