Anambra has banned the wearing of miniskirts as school uniform in all schools in the state.
Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, stated in Awka on Sunday that the announcement of the ban became necessary as schools resume on Monday.
She said the ban had been communicated to Education Secretaries of public and private schools in the state.
The commissioner condemned the growing trend of wearing miniskirts as school uniform and said it was morally wrong and unacceptable in children of school age.
“A student should look smart, well groomed, project positive vibes and not be indecently dressed for school.
“The acceptable length for uniforms in the state remains knee length and not above the knee, which is fast becoming the fashion trend in schools,’’ she noted.
The commissioner said Education Secretaries had been charged to ensure that schools complied with the directive to salvage the future of students in the state.
Chuma-Udeh also urged the secretaries to instil the right morals and discipline in students so that they would be well-behaved and grow to become responsible adults.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State on Sunday frowned at the visit by the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Olajide Adediran, to traffic law breakers.
The state government on Thursday auctioned 134 vehicles impounded for several traffic offences on the ground that their owners ran away and failed to turn up for “court process’’.
The exercise generated a lot of reactions, especially on the social media after viral videos showed wailing vehicle owners who considered the auction as a harsh move.
The PDP 2023 governorship candidate and his running mate, Ms Funke Akindele, subsequently visited owners of two of the vehicles in their homes to placate them.
The candidate’s media aide, Mr Gbenga Ogunleye, stated on Saturday that Adediran and his running mate visited the homes of Mr Lateef Kolapo and Mr Osinachi Ndukwe, both drivers whose vehicles were auctioned.
He stated that Adediran discovered during the visit that Ndukwe, who drove against traffic, was arrested and imprisoned for three months after his car was impounded.
Adediran said during Ndukwe’s jail term, he lost his three-year-old daughter owing to lack of funds to cater to her health.
The PDP candidate also said after the visit that Kolapo claimed that his vehicle was driven by his mechanic while he was ill and hospitalised.
The media aide also stated that Adediran, who frowned at violation of traffic, sympathised with the victims over their losses.
He assured them that if voted into office in 2023, such harsh punishment for violation of traffic rules would be reviewed.
Reacting to the visit, APC’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Seye Oladejo, described Adediran as being desperate and promoting lawlessness and playing politics with human lives.
According to him, good governance only thrives where law and order prevails.
“Our attention has been drawn to the recent characteristic charade of the PDP governorship candidate in Lagos State, Jide Adediran.
“It’s saddening that the candidate and his deputy, Funke Akindele, have graduated from playing politics with human lives to blatantly encouraging the breakdown of law and order in our dear state.
“The visit to citizens who paid the price for violating state traffic laws, compensating, inducing and encouraging them is an act that is totally unacceptable in any decent society.
“The move amounts to turning compassion and charity on its head,’’ Oladejo stated.
He described as pathetic Adediran’s interpretation that the loss of one of his hosts, whose child died recently, resulted from the taking away of the family’s means of livelihood.
Oladejo stressed that in actual fact, people had lost their lives to accidents as a result of driving against traffic.
“We are not surprised by the promotion of lawlessness by the opposition party as it remains consistent with their desperation as we count down to the next elections.
“The PDP may wish to note that Lagos residents are not fooled by their constantly playing to the gallery because they have nothing to offer.
“Our government has the political will and duty to uphold the state’s laws at all times without succumbing to needless blackmail in the name of irresponsible politicking,’’ Oladejo stressed.
The Presidency says Nigeria, in collaboration with the Africa Business Roundtable, will be organising the second edition of the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum (NIEPF) in New York, United States.
NIEPF is a global economic investment platform, and is scheduled for Sept. 22, on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly taking place in the American city.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s spokesman, the investment platform is being organised as part of continued efforts to further open up the country’s economy to international capital and attract foreign investment.
”Holding alongside the annual global gathering, the NIEPF is expected to draw the presence of world leaders in politics, economy, media as well as Civil Society Oganisations and international media to focus on the vast economic potentials of Nigeria and Africa’s leading economy,” he said.
Shehu discosed that President Muhammadu Buhari would deliver the keynote address at the event.
He said the president would also host a High-Level Presidential Session with fellow Presidents and Heads of delegations on Issues That Need Joint Action for African Countries on the Development Drive such as the Post COVID-19 recovery and financing priorities.
It will also discuss Africa’s Investment Climate and Market as well as De-risking the Continent.
According to him, NIEPF will bring together top Nigerian government functionaries as well as renowned and highly respected global public and private sector players rubbing minds on Nigeria’s Economic Outlook.
He said they would also focuse on Nigeria in The Global Economy; and International Partnership for Nigeria on The Development Drive.
”In view of the wide spectrum of personalities attending the forum, there will be cluster thematic sessions on: (i) Growing Nigeria’s Agriculture for Food Security & Access to Export Market with special focus on Impact of the Russia-Ukraine War which presents opportunities for G720-Nigeria Partnerships in Agriculture.
(ii) Scaling Up International Resources for Financing Education in Africa with emphasis on Making facilities to Link Government, Deal Sponsors and International Pools of Capital in Education.
(iii) Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Sector: Reforms, Results and the Road focusing on Scaling Up Investment into the Gas Market—Plants, Parks, Cylinders, Reinjection.
”Other issues slated for discussion include: Scaling Up International Resources for Healthcare in Africa bordering on: ”Upgrading and expanding Nigeria’s Healthcare Infrastructure towards making Nigeria the “healthcare hub” for Africa.
”Climate Change and Paths to Clean Environment with emphasis on Paths to Clean Economy, Clean Energy and Clean Development.
”Financing Nigeria’s Infrastructure with emphasis on Developing infrastructures such as Farm to market corridor, Farm to ports corridor, Export transport corridor, Railway network, Road network upgrade and expansion, Airport upgrade, including dedicated airports for exports, Power generation, transmission and distribution.
Speakers and panelists at the event include Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group; Bill Gates, Co-Founder of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Satya Nadella, Chairman Business Council of the United States and Chief Executive Officer Microsoft Corp. Others are Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States, Florie Liser, President of the Corporate Council on Africa, and Members of the Business Council of International Understanding and Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate; and Abdul-Samad Rabiu, Executive Chairman of BUA Group, Rabiu is also the President of the France-Nigeria Business Council.
Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank and Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations will also speak at the event.
Kano State Government says it has concluded arrangements to inaugurate the newly constructed Muhammdu Buhari Cancer Treatment Centre in October 2022.The Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa made this known at a news conference on Sunday in Kano.The event part of activities to signal commencement of the maiden Kano Health Week.Tsanyawa said the Centre which had been completed and fully equipped would attract health tourists across the African region and beyond.
He said the Kano Health week was designed to showcase the feat achieved by Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s administration in the health sector.
“The health sector under this administration went through a lot of transformation as Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje gave priority to the sector,” he said.
The Commissioner further explained that the Health week will provide opportunity for medical outreach services in addition to other activities.
He urged residents of the state to avail themselves the opportunity to access free healthcare services during the exercise billed to hold between Sept. 19 and Sept. 23.
The Police Command in Cross River has confirmed killing of two out of the three suspected kidnappers involved in the abduction of four clerics sometime in August.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Aminu Alhassan, gave the confirmation in Calabar on Sunday.
He said that the two suspects were naturalised by SP Awodi Abdulhameed led Anti Cultism and Kidnapping Squad that carried out a covert operation based on credible intelligence.
According to him, “It is true that we neutralised two kidnap kingpins involved in the kidnap of some pastors who went to Church planting at Creek Town, Odukpani Local Government Area of the state.
” The two couldn’t make it alive, while the third who is now at large, was severely injured during a gun duel.
” The Commissioner appealed to the locals to be on the look out for anyone with gun wounds in their community.
“Remember we had earlier warned that we will no longer wait for them (criminals) to commit crime, we shall keep smoking them out from their various camps, hideouts.
“Especially as we have entered Ember months, we want to urge law abiding citizens to be more vigilant and shouldn’t take security for granted because it’s everybody’s business.
“But as a command we will keep pressing for the mark, we will keep giving our best,” he stated.
He said that the trio had been terrorising inhabitants of the area for long until they were bursted by the anti Cultism and Kidnapping Unit. The four abducted clerics of the Apostolic Church and three others, who had gone for Church planting when they were abducted.
They were released by their abductors after payment of N10 million ransom.
Nineteen persons have been confirmed killed while eight others were injured in a Sunday auto crash at Yangoji-Gwagwalada Road in the FCT.
Mr Dauda Biu, Acting Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, confirmed the figures to the News Agency of Nigeria when he visited the accident scene.
Biu said the crash which occurred minutes into Sunday involved three vehicles – two Toyota Hiace buses with registration numbers MUB- 30 LG and DWR-985 XJ and an articulated vehicle.
Biu said 31 persons were involved in the accident comprising 11 males, one female and 19 others who were charred beyond recognition.
“Out of the 31 victims, eight persons comprising of seven males and one female sustained various degrees of injuries, while 19 others were burnt beyond recognition.
“Investigation showed that the main causes of the crash were speed limit violation and wrongful overtaking which eventually resulted in loss of control,’’ he said.
According to him, the Toyota Hiace bus with Registration Number MUB- 30 LG, crashed into the Citroen articulated vehicle and burst into flames, killing everyone on board.
“The second bus hit the first bus from behind and also caught fire.
Fire melted the second bus with Bauchi State number plate.
“It was coming from Takai, Kano State while heading to Benin.
The Citroen vehicle loaded chicken feeds from Zaria in Kaduna State and was heading to Akwa Ibom. “The nineteen corpses were trapped but extricated by rescue operatives,’’ Biu said.
He added that police had taken over the investigation and met with relevant authorities for the mass burial of 18 of the mutilated corpses.
The bodies could not be preserved for identification as they were burnt beyond recognition, he said.
“Clearing of obstructions for free flow of traffic is still on-going as you can see and we will do our best to ensure we have a crash-free society,’’ Biu told NAN.
“Injured victims were taken to a nearby hospital in Kwali in the FCT and one identified male corpse was deposited at the mortuary at Kwali General Hospital,’’ he said.
Biu cautioned road users to always avoid excessive speeding, wrongful overtaking and other bad driving behaviours.
He also admonished commuters to always plan their trips to fall within day time and avoid night trips because of hazards associated with dark hours.
He also re-emphasised that the Corps would step up both sensitisation of the motoring public and enhance its patrol activities to deter traffic violators.
He admonished the public to always call the FRSC toll free line 122 and the National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM which were always available for all road users to report emergencies at any given time.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Acting Corps Marshal was accompanied by the management team and other rescue operatives.
Mr Sunday Dare, the Minister of Sports, Youth and Social Development, has urged tertiary institutions to review and update the curriculum for the training of physical health educators towards harnessing the entrepreneurial opportunities in sports.
The minister made the appeal during the 50th National Conference of National Association for Physical, Health Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (NAPHER-SD) in Zaria.
The conference was titled “Business potentials and tapping in the profession of physical, health education recreation, sports and dance’’.
The minister said the draft National Sports Industry Policy developed by the ministry in collaboration with Nigeria Economic Summit Group has re-classified sports from recreation to business.
Dare, represented by Prof. Olawale Moronkola, the Director-General, National Institute for Sports, said the intent of the policy was to turn sport into a vehicle for empowerment, development and growth through sports industrialisation agenda.
He, therefore, described sports as a big-time business with many entrepreneurial opportunities to explore in the areas of selling and marketing of (products, rights and services) and running centres.
Other areas include sports media, sports equipment manufacturing, sport clubs and consultancy services, among others.
The minister, who restated the commitment of the government to provide an enabling environment, urged tertiary institutions to tailor their curriculum in line with new trends in the sector.
Earlier in his welcome address, Prof. Rafiu Okuneye, the President NAPHER-SD, said the theme of the conference was a wake-up call; the association believed in and keyed into.
“Through this forum, the association would enhance the propagation further that sports is business, recreation is business and dance is business.
The time to identify and explore all business potentials in our profession is now,’’ he said.
The Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Prof. Kabiru Bala, said physical education was one of the disciplines with numerous job opportunities such as teaching, sports coaching, sports management and exercise science, among others.
Bala, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics, Prof. Danladi Ameh, said there was a need for a transparent and credible manner to engage the private sector to collaborate, ensure deliverables to the practitioners in the sector.
On his part, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, the Chairman of National Institute for Sports, also urged the association to redouble effort and work closely with state governments toward reviving sports in primary and secondary schools.
“We used to have Physical Education and later physical health education, but this component of education is almost gone in schools.
“Go to our primary and secondary schools you will not see facilities for physical education or physical health education classes.
“I think this association has a role to play in bringing this lost glory back in schools,’’ Galadima said.
He also tasked the association to have strong and vibrant state chapters with a view to promote sports and education to enable the younger generation come up with sound education and sports together.
He said the association in collaboration with its key stakeholders need to do more in promoting sports and education towards harnessing the business potentials in sports.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has hinted that Nigeria’s continued reliance on surface water sources may lead to acute shortage, impacting negatively on livelihoods and wellbeing of the population.
Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, said this when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum, a special interview programme, in Abuja.
He said due to population growth, Nigeria made slow progress in improving access to potable water for the citizens, with access only at 10 per cent, calling for more investments in the sector.
According to him, there is need for the country to seek water storage alternatives through harvesting and sustainable conservation.
“In terms of provision of clean water, there are two levels.
“The actual increase has been, I think it was, about 10 per cent or 11 per cent increase about access to clean water.
“But when you look at the population growth and where the population has moved to, I am afraid Nigeria is going backwards on access to clean water.
“Nigeria relies a lot on the water table and on surface water.
“The water table with climate change and the massive population, Nigeria potentially has a crisis looming in the future.
“I am talking about 10, 20, 30 years and its reliance on surface water, without the infrastructure to meet it, is always going to be a burden on the country.
“So, it has to look at different ways of capturing water, making water available, especially in the urban areas; piping water and making it better available, that will require a considerable investment.
” The UNICEF representative noted that the biggest progress in the sector was the declaration of a state of emergency in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018. He said this had led to more local governments becoming open defecation-free and communities taking ownership of their sanitation and hygiene needs.
Hawkins said UNICEF had introduced the annual Water, Sanitation and Hygiene National Outcome Routine Mapping (WASHNORM) Report for all stakeholders to monitor progress made in water and sanitation at the state level.
According to him, Nigeria needs N3 billion annually to make reasonable change.
“So the data now is there and that is owned by and produced by the Ministry of Water Resources for State level entities.
“So you can see where your State is going and what is required, but then it requires massive investment.
“The level of investment I think, if I remember correctly, is between the region of N3 billion a year if Nigeria were to catch up with any sort of reasonable level of access to clean water and good sanitation.
“That level of investment, it needs to take place and if it doesn’t take place I am afraid, over the next 20, 30 years, that Nigeria will be faced with serious consequences.
“I will give you one statistic that I know from water in primary healthcare centres, it has dropped from 7 to 6 per cent year on year.
“So only 6 per cent of primary healthcare centres across the country have access to clean water.
” According to the 2021 WASHNORM Report, 23 per cent of Nigerians lack access to basic water supply services and only 10 per cent of the population have access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene services combined.
Rev. Fr. Gabriel Dung, Assistant Parish Priest of St Finberrs’ Catholic Church, Rayfield, Jos, has advised leaders in the country to be fair and just at all times.
Dung, who gave the advice in his sermon on Sunday in Jos, maintained that Nigeria was passing through difficult times owing to injustice in social stratification.
He charges Christians, especially those occupying public positions to be exemplary in the discharge of their duties.
The cleric, who decried the spate of injustice at work places, homes, schools and other places in the society, cautioned that God hates such practices.
”Part of the challenges affecting the growth of this nation is the lack of justice and fairness, especially on the part of our leaders ”One of the reason God was angry with the people of Israel was because there was injustice among the people and this is exactly what we are seeing in our generation.
”So, I am calling on us all to shun injustice and embrace justice and fairness in our dealings with God and fellow humans.
”We must put selfishness aside and support each other, particularly the less privileged ones and that make our society better,” he advised.
Dung also called on leaders at all levels to be accountable to God and the people they are serving, stressing that such move attracts the people’s trust on the leader.
The cleric, however, advised Christians to pray for leaders, adding that leadership comes with a lot of challenges.
The priest also advised Christians to desist from cheating others just to maximise profit.
All members of the current Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) must step aside and not seek re-election, a former Director of Sports, Aliyu Kofar-Soro, has said.
Kofar-Soro told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja that the present NFF Executive Committee members “have just wasted eight precious years of Nigerian football”.
He stated that they did not need to continue in power because they have only succeeded in destroying Nigerian football in order to fester their own individual interests.
“Maybe we need to urge the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, as well as the Chairmen of the Senate and House of Representatives’ Committees on Sports, to help us in this regard.
”They need to save Nigerian football from further deteriorating, by ensuring credible candidates are elected whenever the elections are held.
“All those present NFF Executive Committee members must step down, and should not get re-elected, for wasting eight years of Nigerian football.
”They have only succeeded in destroying the game for their selfish interests.
They don’t have to wait until Nigerians chase them out,” Kofar-Soro who retired as a Director of Sports in Katsina State said.
The retired football referee said the Minister of Youth and Sports Development has the duty of ensuring justice prevails in Nigerian football.
“This is by ensuring no single member of the present NFF Executive Committee contests and tries to return.
They must all step aside.
” The former board member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) said there was also the need to amend the NFF Statutes, insisting that anything short of this is fraudulent.
“The Federal Government should intervene and discuss with world governing body FIFA and find a way out since we believe FIFA will sanction Nigeria simply because steps are being taken to clean the Federation of rot and ensure the sector did not collapse.
“The Minister must therefore muster the political will to implement the most crucial aspects of the 10-Year Football Development Master Plan,” he said.