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  •  Ahead of the 2023 general elections Yiaga Africa says it has partnered UKAid to train no fewer than 40 young women in Lagos State as agents of change in their respective communities The Director of Programme Yiaga Africa Ms Cynthia Mbamalu made this known during the 2022 Community Organising Training COT in Lagos on Wednesday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Yiaga Africa is a non profit civic hub of change makers committed to the promotion of democratic governance human rights and civic engagement The programme is also a four day for 40 female community organisers and civic activists to build their capacity on how to effectively lead advocacy campaigns in their communities Mbamalu noted that the training was the second edition in the year to empower young women in the state between the age of 18 to 30 on the need to increase young women participation towards the 2023 election She noted that for them to achieve this young leadership there was need to build leadership capacity among the younger women and prepare them to take charge and ownership of the process Mbamalu said this was because young women play a vital role in the development of democracy in the country The community organising training is under the Turn Up Project and the idea is to give life for this democracy The programme is to also make this democracy a bit more efficient through participation of young women We cannot talk about politics in the country without talking about Lagos because the state plays an important role in a lot of political space in the country However Lagos is still the state where we still have low voter s turnout low turnout of youths which serve as a heart of every civil protest and human right activism This is why we should also begin to harness this potentials to increase participation of young people especially young women as voters in the next election This is the second we are having in Lagos We have one some months ago where we have some young men and women This one is design for women because we believe at Yiaga Africa that it is time for women leadership she said According to Mbamalu among things that will be discussed are stories of past inspiring women such as Late Mrs Funmilayo Ransome Kuti Kajara Sawaba Margret Ekpo just to mention She said the selected participants were the young women who cared about change in their communities who are young women and already in the political parties We also have members of the political parities here young women of civil societies organisation she said Mbamalu noted that the participants were drawn from 100 applications across the 20 local government areas in the state The Programme Manager for Governance and Development Yiaga Mr Ibrahim Farouk said the programme intend to build community of young women who would be used to organise social change especially toward the 2023 general elections Farouk said they were members of community organisations civil society organisations political parities and some of them were students drawn across the 20 local government in the state He noted that the members of the organisation just arrived from Sokoto where they also trained 40 women on how to become agents of change and community organisers Giving an instance Farouk said that in Lagos State there was huge voting population but the voters population was not proportionate to the numbers of registered voters that the state had hence the need for the training So one of the things that we want to change is to see how this young women that have gone through this training are able to engage their peers within their local government to bring about change They will be trained on how to sensitise the youths in the collection of voter cards and the change in the turnout of young women toward the 2023 general elections he said Farouk said the organisation was coming up with a sensitisation programme on how to build the capacity of young candidates toward the 2023 election One of the participants Ms Mary Okeje said she felt happy to be part of the training adding that it would empower her and others to train other young women in her communities According to her she looks forward to being trained so she can go back to her community to train other people concerning political issues and how to turn up democracy Also Miss Ify Rohama said she was part of the programme as young women to get involved on how to acquire the knowledge needed for a community organising training Just as the 2023 election draws nearer there is need for the participation of youths to be involved This is to get their voter cards and ensure that they show up on all the election days she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 Election: Yiaga Africa trains young women on active participation
     Ahead of the 2023 general elections Yiaga Africa says it has partnered UKAid to train no fewer than 40 young women in Lagos State as agents of change in their respective communities The Director of Programme Yiaga Africa Ms Cynthia Mbamalu made this known during the 2022 Community Organising Training COT in Lagos on Wednesday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Yiaga Africa is a non profit civic hub of change makers committed to the promotion of democratic governance human rights and civic engagement The programme is also a four day for 40 female community organisers and civic activists to build their capacity on how to effectively lead advocacy campaigns in their communities Mbamalu noted that the training was the second edition in the year to empower young women in the state between the age of 18 to 30 on the need to increase young women participation towards the 2023 election She noted that for them to achieve this young leadership there was need to build leadership capacity among the younger women and prepare them to take charge and ownership of the process Mbamalu said this was because young women play a vital role in the development of democracy in the country The community organising training is under the Turn Up Project and the idea is to give life for this democracy The programme is to also make this democracy a bit more efficient through participation of young women We cannot talk about politics in the country without talking about Lagos because the state plays an important role in a lot of political space in the country However Lagos is still the state where we still have low voter s turnout low turnout of youths which serve as a heart of every civil protest and human right activism This is why we should also begin to harness this potentials to increase participation of young people especially young women as voters in the next election This is the second we are having in Lagos We have one some months ago where we have some young men and women This one is design for women because we believe at Yiaga Africa that it is time for women leadership she said According to Mbamalu among things that will be discussed are stories of past inspiring women such as Late Mrs Funmilayo Ransome Kuti Kajara Sawaba Margret Ekpo just to mention She said the selected participants were the young women who cared about change in their communities who are young women and already in the political parties We also have members of the political parities here young women of civil societies organisation she said Mbamalu noted that the participants were drawn from 100 applications across the 20 local government areas in the state The Programme Manager for Governance and Development Yiaga Mr Ibrahim Farouk said the programme intend to build community of young women who would be used to organise social change especially toward the 2023 general elections Farouk said they were members of community organisations civil society organisations political parities and some of them were students drawn across the 20 local government in the state He noted that the members of the organisation just arrived from Sokoto where they also trained 40 women on how to become agents of change and community organisers Giving an instance Farouk said that in Lagos State there was huge voting population but the voters population was not proportionate to the numbers of registered voters that the state had hence the need for the training So one of the things that we want to change is to see how this young women that have gone through this training are able to engage their peers within their local government to bring about change They will be trained on how to sensitise the youths in the collection of voter cards and the change in the turnout of young women toward the 2023 general elections he said Farouk said the organisation was coming up with a sensitisation programme on how to build the capacity of young candidates toward the 2023 election One of the participants Ms Mary Okeje said she felt happy to be part of the training adding that it would empower her and others to train other young women in her communities According to her she looks forward to being trained so she can go back to her community to train other people concerning political issues and how to turn up democracy Also Miss Ify Rohama said she was part of the programme as young women to get involved on how to acquire the knowledge needed for a community organising training Just as the 2023 election draws nearer there is need for the participation of youths to be involved This is to get their voter cards and ensure that they show up on all the election days she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 Election: Yiaga Africa trains young women on active participation
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    2023 Election: Yiaga Africa trains young women on active participation

    Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Yiaga Africa says it has partnered UKAid to train no fewer than 40 young women in Lagos State as agents of change in their respective communities.  

    The Director of Programme, Yiaga Africa, Ms Cynthia Mbamalu, made this known during the 2022 Community Organising Training (COT) in Lagos on Wednesday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Yiaga Africa is a non-profit civic hub of change makers committed to the promotion of democratic governance, human rights and civic engagement.

    The programme is also a four-day for 40 female community organisers and civic activists to build their capacity on how to effectively lead advocacy campaigns in their communities.

    Mbamalu noted that the training was the second edition in the year to empower young women in the state, between the age of 18 to 30, on the need to increase young women participation towards the 2023 election.

    She noted that for them to achieve this young leadership, there was need to build leadership capacity among the younger women and prepare them to take charge and ownership of the process.

    Mbamalu said this was because young women play a vital role in the development of democracy in the country .

    “The community organising training is under the Turn Up Project and the idea is to give life for this democracy.

    The programme is to also make this democracy a bit more efficient through participation of young women.

    “We cannot talk about politics in the country without talking about Lagos because the state plays an important role in a lot of political space in the country.

    “However, Lagos is still the state where we still have low voter’s turnout, low turnout of youths which serve as a heart of every civil protest and human right activism.

    “This is why we should also begin to harness this potentials to increase participation of young people, especially young women as voters in the next election.

    “This is the second we are having in Lagos.

    We have one some months ago, where we have some young men and women. 

    This one is design for women because we believe at Yiaga Africa that it is time for women leadership,” she said.

    According to Mbamalu, among things that will be discussed are stories of past inspiring women, such as Late Mrs Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, Kajara Sawaba, Margret Ekpo, just to mention.

    She said the selected participants were the young women who cared about change in their communities, who are young women and already in the political parties.

    “We also have members of the political parities here, young women of civil societies organisation,” she said.

    Mbamalu noted that the participants were drawn from 100 applications across the 20 local government areas in the state.

    The Programme Manager for Governance and Development, Yiaga, Mr Ibrahim Farouk, said the programme intend to build community of young women who would be used to organise social change, especially toward the 2023 general elections.

    Farouk said they were members of community organisations, civil society organisations, political parities and some of them were students drawn across the 20 local government in the state.

    He noted that the members  of the organisation just arrived from Sokoto where they also trained 40 women on how to become agents of change and community organisers.

    Giving an instance, Farouk said that in Lagos State, there was huge voting population, but the voters population was not proportionate to the numbers of registered voters that the state had, hence the need for the training.

    “So, one of the things that we want to change is to see how this young women that have gone through this training are able to engage their peers within their local government to bring about change.

    “They will be trained on how to sensitise the youths in the collection of voter cards and the change in the turnout of young women toward the 2023 general elections,” he said.

    Farouk said the organisation was coming up with a sensitisation programme on how to build the capacity of young candidates toward the 2023 election.

    One of the participants, Ms Mary Okeje, said she felt happy to be part of the training, adding that it would empower her and others to train other young women in her communities.

    According to her,  she looks forward to being trained, so she can go back to her community to train other people concerning political issues and how to turn up democracy.

    Also, Miss Ify Rohama, said she was part of the programme as young women to get involved on how to acquire the knowledge needed for a community organising training.

    “Just as the 2023 election draws nearer, there is need for the participation of youths to be involved.

    This is to get their voter cards and ensure that they show up on all the election days,” she said. 


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  •  Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms Ann Linde says Sweden is committed to promoting women peace and security agenda and showcasing gender responsive leadership to the best of its ability Linde made this known on Wednesday in her remarks during a symposium jointly organised by the International Peace Institute IPI the Government of Sweden and Sasakawa Peace Foundation The hybrid symposium themed Achieving Sustainable Peace and Security through Gender Responsive Leadership focused on good practices challenges and opportunities around gender responsive leadership It also focused on how leaders have incorporated the concept into their daily work to advance gender equal peace and security According to Linde all leaders have a responsibility to be gender responsive in their leadership She said this meant that those in executive or management positions should work towards gender equality both internally and within workplaces when carrying out their organisations external work In my view one of the main reasons why the implementation of the women peace and security agenda remains inconsistent and underfunded is the lack of leadership This involves leading by example setting priorities and targets communicating clearly and convincingly managing staff resources and operations and holding yourself and others to account of being gender responsive she said She added that in all situations of conflict and humanitarian crises women and girls are among those affected the most This she said is why the women peace and security agenda is important and more relevant than ever Ms Y ko Kamikawa Member Japan s House of Representatives said it was more important for all leaders women and men to take action for gender equality As leaders we can change organisations we find ourselves in to become more gender perspective organizations By leading by example more women may aspire to become the next generation of leaders and what I have learned over 22 years of my political career is that whether it is in a global or domestic context it is most important to listen to the people When we try to reach multiple stakeholders including grassroots women s group though it requires efforts the outcome will have a sustainable impact she said On her part Ms Kaavya Asoka Executive Director NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security said women s human rights is often undermined and sidelined in conflicts and crises around the world in favor of political considerations According to her the main obstacle to furthering the WPS agenda is the lack of political will She noted that feminist leadership meant being outspoken advocates on issues affecting women especially when there is a political cost to doing so The goal should not only be to have processes resources and institutions in place but to have a meaningful impact on the lives of women girls and marginalised groups on the ground she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sweden committed to promoting women, security agenda — Minister
     Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms Ann Linde says Sweden is committed to promoting women peace and security agenda and showcasing gender responsive leadership to the best of its ability Linde made this known on Wednesday in her remarks during a symposium jointly organised by the International Peace Institute IPI the Government of Sweden and Sasakawa Peace Foundation The hybrid symposium themed Achieving Sustainable Peace and Security through Gender Responsive Leadership focused on good practices challenges and opportunities around gender responsive leadership It also focused on how leaders have incorporated the concept into their daily work to advance gender equal peace and security According to Linde all leaders have a responsibility to be gender responsive in their leadership She said this meant that those in executive or management positions should work towards gender equality both internally and within workplaces when carrying out their organisations external work In my view one of the main reasons why the implementation of the women peace and security agenda remains inconsistent and underfunded is the lack of leadership This involves leading by example setting priorities and targets communicating clearly and convincingly managing staff resources and operations and holding yourself and others to account of being gender responsive she said She added that in all situations of conflict and humanitarian crises women and girls are among those affected the most This she said is why the women peace and security agenda is important and more relevant than ever Ms Y ko Kamikawa Member Japan s House of Representatives said it was more important for all leaders women and men to take action for gender equality As leaders we can change organisations we find ourselves in to become more gender perspective organizations By leading by example more women may aspire to become the next generation of leaders and what I have learned over 22 years of my political career is that whether it is in a global or domestic context it is most important to listen to the people When we try to reach multiple stakeholders including grassroots women s group though it requires efforts the outcome will have a sustainable impact she said On her part Ms Kaavya Asoka Executive Director NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security said women s human rights is often undermined and sidelined in conflicts and crises around the world in favor of political considerations According to her the main obstacle to furthering the WPS agenda is the lack of political will She noted that feminist leadership meant being outspoken advocates on issues affecting women especially when there is a political cost to doing so The goal should not only be to have processes resources and institutions in place but to have a meaningful impact on the lives of women girls and marginalised groups on the ground she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sweden committed to promoting women, security agenda — Minister
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    Sweden committed to promoting women, security agenda — Minister

    Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs,  Ms Ann Linde,  says Sweden is committed to promoting  women, peace and security agenda and showcasing gender responsive leadership to the best of its ability.

    Linde made this known on Wednesday in her remarks during a symposium jointly organised by the International Peace Institute (IPI), the Government of Sweden, and Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

    The hybrid symposium, themed: “Achieving Sustainable Peace and Security through Gender Responsive Leadership” focused on good practices, challenges, and opportunities around gender-responsive leadership.

    It also focused on how leaders have incorporated the concept into their daily work to advance gender-equal peace and security.

    According to Linde, all leaders have a responsibility to be gender responsive in their leadership.

    She said this meant that those in executive or management positions should work towards gender equality, both internally and within workplaces when carrying out their organisations’ external work.

    “In my view, one of the main reasons why the implementation of the women peace and security agenda remains inconsistent and underfunded is the lack of leadership.

    “This involves leading by example, setting priorities and targets, communicating clearly and convincingly managing staff resources and operations and holding yourself and others to account of being gender responsive,” she said.

    She added that in all situations of conflict and humanitarian crises, women and girls are among those affected the most.

    This, she said is why the women, peace and security agenda is important and more relevant than ever.

    Ms Yōko Kamikawa, Member, Japan’s House of Representatives, said it was more important for all leaders, women and men to take action for gender equality.

    “As leaders, we can change organisations we find ourselves in to become more gender perspective organizations.

    “By leading by example, more women may aspire to become the next generation of leaders and what I have learned over 22 years of my political career is that whether it is in a global or domestic context, it is most important to listen to the people.

    “When we try to reach multiple stakeholders, including grassroots women’s group, though it requires efforts, the outcome will have a sustainable impact,” she said.

    On her part, Ms Kaavya Asoka, Executive Director, NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security said women’s human rights is often undermined and sidelined in conflicts and crises around the world in favor of political considerations.

    According to her, the main obstacle to furthering the WPS agenda is the lack of political will.

    She noted that feminist leadership meant being outspoken advocates on issues affecting women, especially when there is a political cost to doing so.

    “The goal should not only be to have processes, resources and institutions in place, but to have a meaningful impact on the lives of women girls and marginalised groups on the ground,” she said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Lagos office of the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday celebrated the African culture with members of staff exhibiting traditional attire peculiar to different ethnic groups in the country The cultural day celebration was part of activities to mark the 2022 Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ NAN Chapel Media Week held at the agency s premises in Lagos This was meant to appreciate and enliven various aspects of the nation s culture The members of staff wore colourful traditional outfits dancing while experiences of inter tribal marriages were discussed as well as how marriages were consumated in each ethnic group Cuisines from different tribal groups across the country were on display as the staff took turns to take cuisines different from their ethnic group Mr Ephraim Sheyin Head of Lagos Operations NAN advised Nigerians to focus more on imbibing African culture of respect hardwork and obedience Sheyin said these were virtues capable of distinguishing individuals in the society This is highly commendable I appreciate the NUJ for making the celebration of our culture part of activities for this programme it is a good idea This is a way of reviving our culture African culture is so rich every tribe has their culture which reminds people that they must comport themselves as responsible citizens I advise Nigerians to imbibe those aspects of our culture that preaches hardwork respect and obedience these are virtues that are gradually weaning off and must be revived African culture does not entail stealing or corruption we must all desist from these bad habits he said Also Alhaji Babatunde Abdulfatah a Deputy Editor in Chief NAN urged parents to ensure children were taught their indigenous languages and every aspect of African culture at early age Abdulfatah said this would guide against most aspects of the nation s culture going into extinction He said culture serves as an individual s means of identity and must be guided This is an avenue to relieve ourselves of the stress associated with our work thanks to the NUJ Our culture is our identity our root We as parents must ensure that we do everything to ensure that our childen are guided through our culture I frown at parents who insist that their children should speak English language instead of the mother tongue we must teach our children our local languages so that they can be properly internalised into the African setting he said Mrs Vivian Ihechu Chairman Local Organising Committee of NAN NUJ media week emphasised the need for Nigerians to constantly connect with their culture and their root NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAN celebrates African culture, showcases nation’s colourful traditional attire
     The Lagos office of the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday celebrated the African culture with members of staff exhibiting traditional attire peculiar to different ethnic groups in the country The cultural day celebration was part of activities to mark the 2022 Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ NAN Chapel Media Week held at the agency s premises in Lagos This was meant to appreciate and enliven various aspects of the nation s culture The members of staff wore colourful traditional outfits dancing while experiences of inter tribal marriages were discussed as well as how marriages were consumated in each ethnic group Cuisines from different tribal groups across the country were on display as the staff took turns to take cuisines different from their ethnic group Mr Ephraim Sheyin Head of Lagos Operations NAN advised Nigerians to focus more on imbibing African culture of respect hardwork and obedience Sheyin said these were virtues capable of distinguishing individuals in the society This is highly commendable I appreciate the NUJ for making the celebration of our culture part of activities for this programme it is a good idea This is a way of reviving our culture African culture is so rich every tribe has their culture which reminds people that they must comport themselves as responsible citizens I advise Nigerians to imbibe those aspects of our culture that preaches hardwork respect and obedience these are virtues that are gradually weaning off and must be revived African culture does not entail stealing or corruption we must all desist from these bad habits he said Also Alhaji Babatunde Abdulfatah a Deputy Editor in Chief NAN urged parents to ensure children were taught their indigenous languages and every aspect of African culture at early age Abdulfatah said this would guide against most aspects of the nation s culture going into extinction He said culture serves as an individual s means of identity and must be guided This is an avenue to relieve ourselves of the stress associated with our work thanks to the NUJ Our culture is our identity our root We as parents must ensure that we do everything to ensure that our childen are guided through our culture I frown at parents who insist that their children should speak English language instead of the mother tongue we must teach our children our local languages so that they can be properly internalised into the African setting he said Mrs Vivian Ihechu Chairman Local Organising Committee of NAN NUJ media week emphasised the need for Nigerians to constantly connect with their culture and their root NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAN celebrates African culture, showcases nation’s colourful traditional attire
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    NAN celebrates African culture, showcases nation’s colourful traditional attire

    The Lagos office of the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday celebrated the African culture, with members of staff exhibiting traditional attire peculiar to different ethnic groups in the country.

    The cultural day celebration was part of activities to mark the 2022 Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), NAN Chapel Media Week, held at the agency’s premises in Lagos.

    This was meant to appreciate and enliven various aspects of the nation’s culture.

    The members of staff wore colourful traditional outfits dancing while experiences of inter-tribal marriages were discussed as well as how marriages were consumated in each ethnic group.

    Cuisines from different tribal groups across the country were on display as the staff took turns to take cuisines different from their ethnic group.

    Mr Ephraim Sheyin, Head of Lagos Operations, NAN, advised Nigerians to focus more on imbibing African culture of respect, hardwork and obedience.

    Sheyin said these were virtues capable of distinguishing individuals in the society.

    “This is highly commendable, I appreciate the NUJ for making the celebration of our culture part of activities for this programme, it is a good idea.

    “This is a way of reviving our culture, African culture is so rich, every tribe has  their culture which reminds people that they must comport themselves as responsible citizens.

    “I advise Nigerians to imbibe those aspects of our culture that preaches hardwork, respect and obedience, these are virtues that are gradually weaning off and must be revived.

    “African culture does not entail stealing or corruption, we must all desist from these bad habits,” he said.

    Also, Alhaji Babatunde Abdulfatah, a Deputy Editor-in-Chief, NAN, urged parents to ensure children were taught their indigenous languages and every aspect of African culture at early age.

    Abdulfatah said this would guide against most aspects of the nation’s culture going into extinction.

    He said culture serves as an individual’s means of identity and must be guided.

    “This is an avenue to relieve ourselves of the stress associated with our work, thanks to the NUJ.

    “Our culture is our identity, our root.

    We as parents must ensure that we do everything to ensure that our childen are guided through our culture.

    “I frown at parents who insist that their children should speak English language instead of the mother tongue, we must teach our children our local languages so that they can be properly internalised into the African setting,” he said.

    Mrs Vivian Ihechu, Chairman, Local Organising Committee of NAN, NUJ media week, emphasised the need for Nigerians to constantly connect with their culture and their root.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Police Officers Wife Association of Nigeria POWA is to benefit from the European Union United Nations Spotlight education initiative The President Non governmental Association for Literacy Support Services NOGALSS Mr Noah Emmanuel disclosed this when members of the organisation paid advocacy visit to the President POWA Hajara Baba Alkali in Abuja on Wednesday The programme tagged Accelerated Second Chance Education is funded by the EU and UN with focus on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls The programme which is implemented in pilot states of Adamawa Ebonyi and the Federal Capital Territory FCT is to provide livelihood skills for out of school girls and young women facing intersecting marginalisation Emmanuel appealed to the association to inaugurate POWA NOGALSS Joint Technical Committee on mass literacy livelihood skills and empowerment programmes for police officers families in the 36 states and the FCT NOGALSS is engaged to implement the Non Formal Education component of the project We shall be working in collaboration with the State Agencies for Mass Education SAMEs and other relevant stakeholders in all the implementing states The NOGALSS National Executive Council has approved that Police Officers Families in the implementing States and FCT be a beneficiary of the Spotlight Project As a major stakeholder in education we have come to intimate you of this laudable project and to seek your support in the following areas To support in the monitoring and evaluation of the centres to be allotted to POWA To support the visibility of the Second Chance Education as a means to ending violence against women and girls This will bring about positive changes in the norm attitude and behaviours where all women and girls live a life free from all forms of Gender Based Violence he said He commended POWA for its collective efforts and commitment at empowering women to achieve success in literacy Responding Baba Alkali said non formal education among women and girl child remained the network for any nation to end violence against women and girl child Baba Alkali said this would be done through remodelling of attitudes and behaviours where all would live a life free from all Gender Based Violence GBV In POWA we have adult and non formal adult education programme targeting women and girls taken up by NOGALSS with support from UN and EU respectively The project is timely as educating the women and youths forms part of our three points agenda aimed at uplifting the intellectual capacity of POWA women and youths as a way of alleviating illiteracy Secondly helping in ending the countless carnage of unrest bedeviling our dear nation as an uneducated mind can yield destruction It further enhance maximum efficiency when it bring about economy prosperity she said She further reaffirmed the commitment of the government by allowing non formal centres to be replicated in all literacy institutions I have entrenched non formal education in all POWA chapters across the country through skill acquisition centres All is to ensure renovation and equipping of POWA schools nationwide as a way of complimenting government s efforts both at the state and local government areas I will ensure POWA women enrol in this programme as this is a sure way to improving their lives she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    POWA to benefit from EU-UN spotlight education programme
     The Police Officers Wife Association of Nigeria POWA is to benefit from the European Union United Nations Spotlight education initiative The President Non governmental Association for Literacy Support Services NOGALSS Mr Noah Emmanuel disclosed this when members of the organisation paid advocacy visit to the President POWA Hajara Baba Alkali in Abuja on Wednesday The programme tagged Accelerated Second Chance Education is funded by the EU and UN with focus on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls The programme which is implemented in pilot states of Adamawa Ebonyi and the Federal Capital Territory FCT is to provide livelihood skills for out of school girls and young women facing intersecting marginalisation Emmanuel appealed to the association to inaugurate POWA NOGALSS Joint Technical Committee on mass literacy livelihood skills and empowerment programmes for police officers families in the 36 states and the FCT NOGALSS is engaged to implement the Non Formal Education component of the project We shall be working in collaboration with the State Agencies for Mass Education SAMEs and other relevant stakeholders in all the implementing states The NOGALSS National Executive Council has approved that Police Officers Families in the implementing States and FCT be a beneficiary of the Spotlight Project As a major stakeholder in education we have come to intimate you of this laudable project and to seek your support in the following areas To support in the monitoring and evaluation of the centres to be allotted to POWA To support the visibility of the Second Chance Education as a means to ending violence against women and girls This will bring about positive changes in the norm attitude and behaviours where all women and girls live a life free from all forms of Gender Based Violence he said He commended POWA for its collective efforts and commitment at empowering women to achieve success in literacy Responding Baba Alkali said non formal education among women and girl child remained the network for any nation to end violence against women and girl child Baba Alkali said this would be done through remodelling of attitudes and behaviours where all would live a life free from all Gender Based Violence GBV In POWA we have adult and non formal adult education programme targeting women and girls taken up by NOGALSS with support from UN and EU respectively The project is timely as educating the women and youths forms part of our three points agenda aimed at uplifting the intellectual capacity of POWA women and youths as a way of alleviating illiteracy Secondly helping in ending the countless carnage of unrest bedeviling our dear nation as an uneducated mind can yield destruction It further enhance maximum efficiency when it bring about economy prosperity she said She further reaffirmed the commitment of the government by allowing non formal centres to be replicated in all literacy institutions I have entrenched non formal education in all POWA chapters across the country through skill acquisition centres All is to ensure renovation and equipping of POWA schools nationwide as a way of complimenting government s efforts both at the state and local government areas I will ensure POWA women enrol in this programme as this is a sure way to improving their lives she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    POWA to benefit from EU-UN spotlight education programme
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    POWA to benefit from EU-UN spotlight education programme

    The Police Officers Wife Association of Nigeria (POWA) is to benefit from the European Union, United Nations Spotlight education initiative.

    The President, Non-governmental Association for Literacy Support Services (NOGALSS), Mr Noah Emmanuel disclosed this when members of the organisation paid advocacy visit to the President, POWA, Hajara Baba-Alkali, in Abuja on Wednesday.

    The programme tagged: ”Accelerated Second Chance Education” is funded by the EU and UN with focus on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.

    The programme, which is implemented in pilot states of Adamawa, Ebonyi and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), is to provide livelihood skills for out-of-school girls and young women facing intersecting marginalisation.

    Emmanuel appealed to the association to inaugurate POWA-NOGALSS Joint Technical Committee on mass literacy, livelihood skills and empowerment programmes for police officers families in the 36 states and the FCT“NOGALSS is engaged to implement the Non-Formal Education component of the project.

    We shall be working in collaboration with the State Agencies for Mass Education (SAMEs) and other relevant stakeholders in all the implementing states“The NOGALSS National Executive Council has approved that Police Officers Families in the implementing States and FCT be a beneficiary of the Spotlight Project.

    “As a major stakeholder in education, we have come to intimate you of this laudable project and to seek your support in the following areas:” To support in the monitoring and evaluation of the centres to be allotted to POWA To support the visibility of the Second Chance Education as a means to ending violence against women and girls.

    ” This will bring about positive changes in the norm, attitude and behaviours where all women and girls live a life free from all forms of Gender Based Violence,” he said.

    He commended POWA for its collective efforts and commitment at empowering women to achieve success in literacy.

    Responding, Baba-Alkali, said non-formal education among women and girl-child remained the network for any nation to end violence against women and girl-child.

    Baba-Alkali said this would be done through remodelling of attitudes and behaviours where all would live a life free from all Gender Based Violence (GBV).

    ” In POWA, we have adult and non-formal adult education programme targeting women and girls taken up by NOGALSS, with support from UN and EU respectively.

    ” The project is timely as educating the women and youths forms part of our three-points agenda aimed at uplifting the intellectual capacity of POWA women and youths as a way of alleviating illiteracy.

    ” Secondly, helping in ending the countless carnage of unrest bedeviling our dear nation as an uneducated mind can yield destruction.

    ” It further enhance maximum efficiency when it bring about economy prosperity,” she said.

    She further reaffirmed the commitment of the government by allowing non- formal centres to be replicated in all literacy institutions.

    ” I have entrenched non-formal education in all POWA chapters across the country through skill acquisition centres.

    ” All is to ensure renovation and equipping of POWA schools nationwide as a way of complimenting government’s efforts both at the state and local government areas.

    “I will ensure POWA women enrol in this programme as this is a sure way to improving their lives,’: she said.


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  •  The Lagos State Ministry of Education says the state government will continue to foster essential partnerships to upscale implementation of its third pillar Themes agenda on Education and Technology Mrs Folashade Adefisayo the State Commissioner for Education said this in her keynote address at the formal launch of Nigeria Learning Passport NLP It was done in collaboration with United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF in Ikeja on Wednesday The present government is driven by Gov Sanwo Olu s uncommon political will he is passionate about huge investment and partnership which will enhance socio economic growth as an intervention to bridge the knowledge gap she said The idea according to her is to bridge the gap and reach out creating chance for every child in the state to do well It will be a leading factor if we are able to ensure that our children are well educated able to hold themselves globally and work anywhere Adefisayo said The Commissioner expressed delight over the initiative thanking UNICEF for NLP She said that she was more particular about sustainability of the project According to her the state is willing to take ownership of the project as there is no better time to launch it than now Earlier Celine Lafoucriere Chief of Lagos Office UNICEF and Generation Unlimited Nigeria Lead said that Learning Passport is an effective tool that can be deployed to accelerate state education reform Lafoucriere said it was fundamental for young people to be equiped with skills and opportunities which would transform Nigeria We need governments like Lagos State to take ownership whilst UNICEF commits to engaging young people on GenU 9JA to leverage innovation widen models of cooperation and ensure private sector collaboration With platforms such as Generation Unlimited Nigeria GenU 9JA and public private youth partnership supporting young Nigerians transition from learning to earning will be achieved UNICEF is delighted to support the NLP she added Speaking the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Mr Abayomi Abolaji commended UNICEF for complementing what the state had already started He said that out of school children could also learn Abolaji however appealed to school administrators teachers and students to take advantage of the NLP initiative He said that learning should not be confined to the four walls of a school alone We commend the sterling contributions of our frontline partner UNICEF in ensuring that learning continues even when children are not within a school structure he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Learning Passport is a digital learning platform developed in partnership with UNICEF and Microsoft It is an education model designed to close learning poverty gap with a focus on equitable quality and flexible learning This which enables continuous access to education for children youth and teachers across Nigeria NAN reports that a cross section of selected students presented an enlightening dance drama It was on the steps to register and participate in the digital platform for learning outlining its core benefits NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASG commits to partnerships to upscale education, technology
     The Lagos State Ministry of Education says the state government will continue to foster essential partnerships to upscale implementation of its third pillar Themes agenda on Education and Technology Mrs Folashade Adefisayo the State Commissioner for Education said this in her keynote address at the formal launch of Nigeria Learning Passport NLP It was done in collaboration with United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF in Ikeja on Wednesday The present government is driven by Gov Sanwo Olu s uncommon political will he is passionate about huge investment and partnership which will enhance socio economic growth as an intervention to bridge the knowledge gap she said The idea according to her is to bridge the gap and reach out creating chance for every child in the state to do well It will be a leading factor if we are able to ensure that our children are well educated able to hold themselves globally and work anywhere Adefisayo said The Commissioner expressed delight over the initiative thanking UNICEF for NLP She said that she was more particular about sustainability of the project According to her the state is willing to take ownership of the project as there is no better time to launch it than now Earlier Celine Lafoucriere Chief of Lagos Office UNICEF and Generation Unlimited Nigeria Lead said that Learning Passport is an effective tool that can be deployed to accelerate state education reform Lafoucriere said it was fundamental for young people to be equiped with skills and opportunities which would transform Nigeria We need governments like Lagos State to take ownership whilst UNICEF commits to engaging young people on GenU 9JA to leverage innovation widen models of cooperation and ensure private sector collaboration With platforms such as Generation Unlimited Nigeria GenU 9JA and public private youth partnership supporting young Nigerians transition from learning to earning will be achieved UNICEF is delighted to support the NLP she added Speaking the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Mr Abayomi Abolaji commended UNICEF for complementing what the state had already started He said that out of school children could also learn Abolaji however appealed to school administrators teachers and students to take advantage of the NLP initiative He said that learning should not be confined to the four walls of a school alone We commend the sterling contributions of our frontline partner UNICEF in ensuring that learning continues even when children are not within a school structure he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Learning Passport is a digital learning platform developed in partnership with UNICEF and Microsoft It is an education model designed to close learning poverty gap with a focus on equitable quality and flexible learning This which enables continuous access to education for children youth and teachers across Nigeria NAN reports that a cross section of selected students presented an enlightening dance drama It was on the steps to register and participate in the digital platform for learning outlining its core benefits NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASG commits to partnerships to upscale education, technology
    Education7 days ago

    LASG commits to partnerships to upscale education, technology

    The Lagos State Ministry of Education says the state government will continue to foster essential partnerships to upscale implementation of its third pillar ‘Themes’ agenda, on ‘Education and Technology’.

    Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, the State Commissioner for Education, said this in her keynote address at the formal launch of Nigeria Learning Passport (NLP).

    It was done in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF) in Ikeja on Wednesday.

    “The present government is driven by Gov. Sanwo-Olu’s uncommon political will, he is passionate about huge investment and partnership which will enhance socio-economic growth as an intervention to bridge the knowledge gap,” she said.

    .

    The idea, according to her, is to bridge the gap and reach out, creating chance for every child in the state to do well.

    “It will be a leading factor if we are able to ensure that our children are well educated, able to hold themselves globally and work anywhere,” Adefisayo said.

    The Commissioner expressed delight over the initiative, thanking UNICEF for NLP.

    She said that she was more particular about sustainability of the project.

    According to her, the state is willing to take ownership of the project, as there is no better time to launch it than now’.

    Earlier, Celine Lafoucriere, Chief of Lagos Office, UNICEF.

    and Generation Unlimited Nigeria Lead, said that Learning Passport is an effective tool that can be deployed to accelerate state education reform.

    Lafoucriere said it was fundamental for young people to be equiped with skills and opportunities which would transform Nigeria.

    “We need governments like Lagos State to take ownership whilst UNICEF commits to engaging young people on GenU 9JA to leverage innovation, widen models of cooperation and ensure private sector collaboration.

    “With platforms such as Generation Unlimited Nigeria (GenU 9JA), and public-private-youth partnership supporting young Nigerians, transition from learning to earning will be achieved, UNICEF is delighted to support the NLP,” she added.

    Speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Abayomi Abolaji commended UNICEF for complementing what the state had already started.

    He said that out-of-school children could also learn.

    Abolaji, however, appealed to school administrators, teachers and students to take advantage of the NLP initiativeHe said that learning should not be confined to the four walls of a school alone.

    “We commend the sterling contributions of our frontline partner, UNICEF in ensuring that learning continues even when children are not within a school structure,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Learning Passport is a digital learning platform developed in partnership with UNICEF and Microsoft.

    It is an education model designed to close learning poverty gap with a focus on equitable quality and flexible learning.

    This which enables continuous access to education for children, youth and teachers across Nigeria.

    NAN reports that a cross-section of selected students presented an enlightening dance-drama.

    It was on the steps to register and participate in the digital platform for learning, outlining its core benefits.


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  •  The Chief of Staff to the President Ibrahim Gambari has assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari will deliver on his pledge to the world leaders by delivering credible free and fair elections in 2023 Gambari gave the assurance on Wednesday while reacting to President Buhari s statement at the ongoing 77th session of the General Assembly in New York The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari had conveyed his final reflection as Nigerian president to the world leaders and pledged to deliver credible elections in the 2023 polls Gambari told newsmen in an interview that the message of the Nigerian leader was clear on credible elections and he would not want to elongate his tenure Well I think it s clear because the president has been saying the voice and vote of Nigerians must be respected He said let Nigerians choose among the candidates for elections so that they will also take responsibility for the consequences I think that s the point that they should note And therefore the electorate have unique opportunity under this president to exercise their vote in a wise manner because there are consequences said Gambari Earlier Buhari had told the world leaders that he would leave a legacy by allowing the votes of the electorate to count As President I have set the goal that one of the enduring legacies I would like to leave is to entrench a process of free fair and transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians elect leaders of their choice he said Buhari told the gathering that the Nigerian government believed in the sanctity of constitutional term limits and would steadfastly adhere to it in the country We have seen the corrosive impact on values when leaders elsewhere seek to change the rules to stay on in power Indeed we now are preparing for general elections in Nigeria next February he said The Nigeria leader said At the 78th UNGA there will be a new face at this podium speaking for Nigeria In addition he said Nigeria a vast country was strengthened by its diversity and its common values of hard work enduring faith and a sense of community We have invested heavily to strengthen our framework for free and fair elections I thank our partners for all the support that they have provided our election institutions said Buhari Speaking on the theme of the session A watershed moment transformative solutions to interlocking challenges he said the theme was apt considering the multiple challenges facing Nigeria The multiple challenges that face us are truly interconnected and urgent and your choice of this Session s theme was apt in keeping with our obligations as Member States of this noble Organisation We all must do our utmost to work with you toward resolving them In this regard I reiterate my delegation s full and resolute cooperation he said Conveying his final reflection Buhari said we live in extraordinary times with interdependent challenges but enormous opportunities He noted that the pace of change sometimes seemed bewildering with sometimes a palpable and unsettling sense of uncertainty about the future But if my years in public service have taught me anything it is that we must keep faith with those values that endure These include but are not limited to justice honour integrity ceaseless endeavour and partnership within and between nations Our strongest moments have always been when we remain true to the basic principles of tolerance community and abiding commitment to peace and goodwill towards all he said www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Buhari will deliver credible elections in 2023 – Gambari
     The Chief of Staff to the President Ibrahim Gambari has assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari will deliver on his pledge to the world leaders by delivering credible free and fair elections in 2023 Gambari gave the assurance on Wednesday while reacting to President Buhari s statement at the ongoing 77th session of the General Assembly in New York The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari had conveyed his final reflection as Nigerian president to the world leaders and pledged to deliver credible elections in the 2023 polls Gambari told newsmen in an interview that the message of the Nigerian leader was clear on credible elections and he would not want to elongate his tenure Well I think it s clear because the president has been saying the voice and vote of Nigerians must be respected He said let Nigerians choose among the candidates for elections so that they will also take responsibility for the consequences I think that s the point that they should note And therefore the electorate have unique opportunity under this president to exercise their vote in a wise manner because there are consequences said Gambari Earlier Buhari had told the world leaders that he would leave a legacy by allowing the votes of the electorate to count As President I have set the goal that one of the enduring legacies I would like to leave is to entrench a process of free fair and transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians elect leaders of their choice he said Buhari told the gathering that the Nigerian government believed in the sanctity of constitutional term limits and would steadfastly adhere to it in the country We have seen the corrosive impact on values when leaders elsewhere seek to change the rules to stay on in power Indeed we now are preparing for general elections in Nigeria next February he said The Nigeria leader said At the 78th UNGA there will be a new face at this podium speaking for Nigeria In addition he said Nigeria a vast country was strengthened by its diversity and its common values of hard work enduring faith and a sense of community We have invested heavily to strengthen our framework for free and fair elections I thank our partners for all the support that they have provided our election institutions said Buhari Speaking on the theme of the session A watershed moment transformative solutions to interlocking challenges he said the theme was apt considering the multiple challenges facing Nigeria The multiple challenges that face us are truly interconnected and urgent and your choice of this Session s theme was apt in keeping with our obligations as Member States of this noble Organisation We all must do our utmost to work with you toward resolving them In this regard I reiterate my delegation s full and resolute cooperation he said Conveying his final reflection Buhari said we live in extraordinary times with interdependent challenges but enormous opportunities He noted that the pace of change sometimes seemed bewildering with sometimes a palpable and unsettling sense of uncertainty about the future But if my years in public service have taught me anything it is that we must keep faith with those values that endure These include but are not limited to justice honour integrity ceaseless endeavour and partnership within and between nations Our strongest moments have always been when we remain true to the basic principles of tolerance community and abiding commitment to peace and goodwill towards all he said www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Buhari will deliver credible elections in 2023 – Gambari
    Foreign7 days ago

    UNGA77: Buhari will deliver credible elections in 2023 – Gambari

    The Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, has assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari will deliver on his pledge to the world leaders by delivering credible, free and fair elections in 2023. Gambari gave the assurance on Wednesday while reacting to President Buhari’s statement at the ongoing 77th session of the General Assembly in New York. The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari had conveyed his final reflection as Nigerian president to the world leaders and pledged to deliver credible elections in the 2023 polls.

    Gambari told newsmen in an interview that the message of the Nigerian leader was clear on credible elections, and he would not want to elongate his tenure.

    “Well, I think it’s clear because the president has been saying the voice and vote of Nigerians must be respected.

    “He said let Nigerians choose among the candidates for elections, so that they will also take responsibility for the consequences.

    I think that’s the point that they should note.

    “And, therefore, the electorate have unique opportunity under this president to exercise their vote in a wise manner, because there are consequences,” said Gambari.

    Earlier, Buhari had told the world leaders that he would leave a legacy by allowing the votes of the electorate to count.

    “As President, I have set the goal that one of the enduring legacies I would like to leave is to entrench a process of free, fair and transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians elect leaders of their choice,’’ he said.

    Buhari told the gathering that the Nigerian government believed in the sanctity of constitutional term limits and would steadfastly adhere to it in the country.

    “We have seen the corrosive impact on values when leaders elsewhere seek to change the rules to stay on in power.

    Indeed, we now are preparing for general elections in Nigeria next February,” he said.

    The Nigeria leader said: “At the 78th UNGA, there will be a new face at this podium speaking for Nigeria.

    ” In addition, he said Nigeria, a vast country was strengthened by its diversity and its common values of hard work, enduring faith and a sense of community.

    “We have invested heavily to strengthen our framework for free and fair elections.

    I thank our partners for all the support that they have provided our election institutions,” said Buhari.

    Speaking on the theme of the session, “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges,” he said the theme was apt considering the multiple challenges facing Nigeria.

    “The multiple challenges that face us are truly interconnected and urgent, and your choice of this Session’s theme was apt in keeping with our obligations as Member States of this noble Organisation.

    “We all must do our utmost to work with you toward resolving them.

    In this regard, I reiterate my delegation’s full and resolute cooperation,” he said.

    Conveying his final reflection, Buhari said, “we live in extraordinary times with interdependent challenges but enormous opportunities.

    ” He noted that the pace of change sometimes seemed bewildering, with sometimes a palpable and unsettling sense of uncertainty about the future.

    “But if my years in public service have taught me anything, it is that we must keep faith with those values that endure.

    “These include, but are not limited to justice, honour, integrity, ceaseless endeavour, and partnership within and between nations.

    “Our strongest moments have always been when we remain true to the basic principles of tolerance, community, and abiding commitment to peace and goodwill towards all,” he said. 

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  •  The Vice Chancellor Trinity University Yaba Lagos Prof Charles Ayo has called on the Federal Government to improve access to quality education in the country Ayo made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ota Ogun He noted that this had become necessary because tertiary education was the bedrock of social economic political technological and economic transformation of any country Ayo a former VC of Covenant University Ota was reacting to the directive of the National Industrial Court that the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU should suspend its ongoing strike He noted that the nation was losing a lot of money with many students going abroad to study as a result of poor quality and access to education in the country He said an improved education system was the panacea to insecurity and the economic situation of the country What should be paramount to the federal government should be how to improve access and quality of our education system The access and quality of the education system is poor the nation has the capacity to absorb between 400 000 to 500 000 of the students yearning for admission annually he said The vice chancellor said a small county like Ghana had been able to accommodate over 75 000 Nigerian students noting that the country had improved access and quality of education He appealed to the federal government to be more responsive to the demands of the ASUU so as to end the incessant strikes This he said would improve the state of education adding that the quality of the nation s education system was going down Ayo said asking ASUU to end the strike was postponing the evil days not an attempt to solve the problems for which ASUU called the strike Ayo emphasised that the totality of the conditions of ASUU needed to be met by the federal government before asking them to end their strike NAN reports that the National Industrial Court on Wednesday in Abuja ordered ASUU to end their seven months old strike NAN also reports that ASUU had embarked on strike on Feb 14 after the federal government failed to meet its demands wwe NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU strike: Trinity varsity VC urges FG to improve access to quality education
     The Vice Chancellor Trinity University Yaba Lagos Prof Charles Ayo has called on the Federal Government to improve access to quality education in the country Ayo made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ota Ogun He noted that this had become necessary because tertiary education was the bedrock of social economic political technological and economic transformation of any country Ayo a former VC of Covenant University Ota was reacting to the directive of the National Industrial Court that the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU should suspend its ongoing strike He noted that the nation was losing a lot of money with many students going abroad to study as a result of poor quality and access to education in the country He said an improved education system was the panacea to insecurity and the economic situation of the country What should be paramount to the federal government should be how to improve access and quality of our education system The access and quality of the education system is poor the nation has the capacity to absorb between 400 000 to 500 000 of the students yearning for admission annually he said The vice chancellor said a small county like Ghana had been able to accommodate over 75 000 Nigerian students noting that the country had improved access and quality of education He appealed to the federal government to be more responsive to the demands of the ASUU so as to end the incessant strikes This he said would improve the state of education adding that the quality of the nation s education system was going down Ayo said asking ASUU to end the strike was postponing the evil days not an attempt to solve the problems for which ASUU called the strike Ayo emphasised that the totality of the conditions of ASUU needed to be met by the federal government before asking them to end their strike NAN reports that the National Industrial Court on Wednesday in Abuja ordered ASUU to end their seven months old strike NAN also reports that ASUU had embarked on strike on Feb 14 after the federal government failed to meet its demands wwe NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU strike: Trinity varsity VC urges FG to improve access to quality education
    General news7 days ago

    ASUU strike: Trinity varsity VC urges FG to improve access to quality education

    The Vice-Chancellor, Trinity University, Yaba, Lagos, Prof. Charles Ayo, has called on the Federal Government to improve access to quality education in the country.

    Ayo made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ota, Ogun. He noted that this had become necessary because tertiary education was the bedrock of social-economic, political, technological and economic transformation of any country.

    Ayo, a former VC of Covenant University, Ota, was reacting to the directive of the National Industrial Court that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) should suspend its ongoing strike.

    He noted that the nation was losing a lot of money with many students going abroad to study, as a result of poor quality and access to education in the country.

    He said an improved education system was the panacea to insecurity and the economic situation of the country.

    “What should be paramount to the federal government should be how to improve access and quality of our education system.

    “The access and quality of the education system is poor; the nation has the capacity to absorb between 400,000 to 500,000 of the students yearning for admission annually,” he said.

    The vice-chancellor said a small county like Ghana had been able to accommodate over 75,000 Nigerian students, noting that the country had improved access and quality of education.

    He appealed to the federal government to be more responsive to the demands of the ASUU so as to end the incessant strikes.

    This, he said, would improve the state of education, adding that the quality of the nation’s education system was going down.

    Ayo said asking ASUU to end the strike was postponing the evil days, not an attempt to solve the problems for which ASUU called the strike.

    Ayo emphasised that the totality of the conditions of ASUU needed to be met by the federal government before asking them to end their strike.

    NAN reports that the National Industrial Court on Wednesday in Abuja, ordered ASUU to end their seven months old strike.

    NAN also reports that ASUU had embarked on strike on Feb. 14, after the federal government failed to meet its demands.

    (wwe.


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  •  The Federal Government says it will continue to negotiate with ASUU in spite of Wednesday s court ruling restraining the union from continuing with its seventh month strike The National Industrial Court of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja ordered the striking lecturers to return to the classroom following a suit filed by the Federal Government Minister of Labour and Employment Sen Chris Ngige made Federal Government s position known when he hosted visiting members of the Nigerian Association of Medical and Dental Academics The court ruling does not preclude us from going on with further negotiation and consultations he said ASUU began its strike to demand that the Federal Government revisits some agreements signed between them in 2009 and also to improve on varsity funding and payment of earned allowances The lecturers also want the Federal Government to shelve its Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System IPPIS in paying lecturers salaries The Federal Government uses the IPPIS platform to pay its employees They demanded that rather than its IPPIS government should adopt the University Transparency and Accountability Solution the payment platform designed by the universities themselves to pay lecturers The minister told his visitors that the Industrial Court s ruling was in the best interest of Nigeria and its people According to him the ruling is a win win for government for students for lecturers and for all Nigerians It is a no victor no vanquished You doctors in academics are for now members of ASUU but you are here even though you have dissociated yourselves and you are working We want to thank you for working and teaching your students the minister said He noted that pro chancellors of universities had met with President Muhammadu Buhari and made some demands that included topping up government s offer and seeing whether there could be some bailout Ngige added that the president had assured that he would consult with stakeholders on the request The minister also commended the House of Representatives for intervening in the ASUU imbroglio Ngige said that he was happy that the Speaker Mr Femi Gbajabiamila also assured that principal officers of the House would meet with President Buhari over the strike He explained that whatever money that would be approved to meet some of the demands would go into the 2023 budget Since the House has showed interest now it is good and wonderful When they bring that proposal the Executive will not have any problem ASUU should also know that this is a step in the right direction All these things have been promised them by the Minister of Education at their last meeting For me they should do the needful and go back to the classroom the minister said Ngige said government would soon direct vice chancellors to reopen the universities in compliance with the order of court NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG still prepared to negotiate with ASUU in spite of court victory – Minister
     The Federal Government says it will continue to negotiate with ASUU in spite of Wednesday s court ruling restraining the union from continuing with its seventh month strike The National Industrial Court of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja ordered the striking lecturers to return to the classroom following a suit filed by the Federal Government Minister of Labour and Employment Sen Chris Ngige made Federal Government s position known when he hosted visiting members of the Nigerian Association of Medical and Dental Academics The court ruling does not preclude us from going on with further negotiation and consultations he said ASUU began its strike to demand that the Federal Government revisits some agreements signed between them in 2009 and also to improve on varsity funding and payment of earned allowances The lecturers also want the Federal Government to shelve its Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System IPPIS in paying lecturers salaries The Federal Government uses the IPPIS platform to pay its employees They demanded that rather than its IPPIS government should adopt the University Transparency and Accountability Solution the payment platform designed by the universities themselves to pay lecturers The minister told his visitors that the Industrial Court s ruling was in the best interest of Nigeria and its people According to him the ruling is a win win for government for students for lecturers and for all Nigerians It is a no victor no vanquished You doctors in academics are for now members of ASUU but you are here even though you have dissociated yourselves and you are working We want to thank you for working and teaching your students the minister said He noted that pro chancellors of universities had met with President Muhammadu Buhari and made some demands that included topping up government s offer and seeing whether there could be some bailout Ngige added that the president had assured that he would consult with stakeholders on the request The minister also commended the House of Representatives for intervening in the ASUU imbroglio Ngige said that he was happy that the Speaker Mr Femi Gbajabiamila also assured that principal officers of the House would meet with President Buhari over the strike He explained that whatever money that would be approved to meet some of the demands would go into the 2023 budget Since the House has showed interest now it is good and wonderful When they bring that proposal the Executive will not have any problem ASUU should also know that this is a step in the right direction All these things have been promised them by the Minister of Education at their last meeting For me they should do the needful and go back to the classroom the minister said Ngige said government would soon direct vice chancellors to reopen the universities in compliance with the order of court NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG still prepared to negotiate with ASUU in spite of court victory – Minister
    General news7 days ago

    FG still prepared to negotiate with ASUU in spite of court victory – Minister

    The Federal Government says it will continue to negotiate with ASUU in spite of Wednesday’s court ruling restraining the union from continuing with its seventh month strike.

    The National Industrial Court of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja ordered the striking lecturers to return to the classroom following a suit filed by the Federal Government.

    Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, made Federal Government’s position known when he hosted visiting members of the Nigerian Association of Medical and Dental Academics.

    “The court ruling does not preclude us from going on with further negotiation and consultations,’’ he said.

    ASUU began its strike to demand that the Federal Government revisits some agreements signed between them in 2009 and also to improve on varsity funding and payment of earned allowances.

    The lecturers also want the Federal Government to shelve its Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) in paying lecturers’ salaries.

    The Federal Government uses the IPPIS platform to pay its employees.

    They demanded that rather than its IPPIS, government should adopt the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, the payment platform designed by the universities themselves to pay lecturers.

    The minister told his visitors that the Industrial Court’s ruling was in the best interest of Nigeria and its people.

    According to him, the ruling is a win-win for government, for students, for lecturers and for all Nigerians.

    “It is a no victor, no vanquished.

    “You doctors in academics are for now members of ASUU, but you are here; even though you have dissociated yourselves and you are working.

    “We want to thank you for working and teaching your students,’’ the minister said.

    He noted that pro-chancellors of universities had met with President Muhammadu Buhari and made some demands that included topping up government’s offer and seeing whether there could be some bailout.

    Ngige added that the president had assured that he would consult with stakeholders on the request.

    The minister also commended the House of Representatives for intervening in the ASUU imbroglio.

    Ngige said that he was happy that the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila also assured that principal officers of the House would meet with President Buhari over the strike.

    He explained that whatever money that would be approved to meet some of the demands would go into the 2023 budget.

    “Since the House has showed interest now, it is good and wonderful.

    When they bring that proposal, the Executive will not have any problem.

    “ASUU should also know that this is a step in the right direction.

    All these things have been promised them by the Minister of Education at their last meeting.

    “For me, they should do the needful and go back to the classroom,’’ the minister said.

    Ngige said government would soon direct vice-chancellors to reopen the universities in compliance with the order of court.


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  •  The Sultan of Sokoto Sa ad Abubakar III has advised Nigerian students and youths to avoid acts of violence by embracing peace for progress Abubakar made the call at the National Secondary Schools Security Awareness Programme organised by the Alumni Association of the National Defence College AANDEC on Wednesday in Abuja The programme was in collaboration with Office of the National Security Adviser NDC and Ufuk Dialogue to commemorate the 2022 International Day of Peace The Sultan said that Nigerian society like any other society had both good and bad people adding that good people were more than the bad ones He said that mentoring young ones who are future leaders remained an important component of peace in the home and the society at large He urged parents to start the mentoring from home saying that if there is peace in the home then there will be peace outside So you must have peace at home first because everything starts from home Your first teacher is your mother from the day you were born when you came out They bring you out cut all the umbilical cord and whatever wash you clean and dress you up The mother is the one handling you from the time until you start running and working and maybe even until they die Your mother is your first teacher and is the most important part of the home If you have a good home look for who is the mother if you have a bad home look for who is the mother and that is why the mothers are so important in our lives If you have bad children running all over the place carrying guns killing people kidnapping ransom or whatever look at the background he said The Sultan commended the alumni association and its partners for putting the programme together with a view to addressing the future He urged all Nigerians to continue to work towards restoring peace saying peace is not the absence of war I believe peace is the presence of justice If there is no justice you can not have peace he added The Chairperson of Access Bank Plc Dr Ajoditsedere Awosika said the youths must understand that the unity of the country would affect its peace and ultimately result in progress Awosika urged the youths to insist on doing the right thing to ensure that peace and unity prevailed in the nation President of AANDEC retired Air Cdre Darlington Abdullahi said the programme was put together to create awareness for various for children and students in all levels of educational system Abdullahi said the target of the programme was to reclaim the children from the hands of criminal groups trying to induct them into criminality He said the programme was also designed to inculcate discipline loyalty patriotic tradition in the students as well as and show them the need to do the right thing at all times Fevzullah Bilgin Managing Director Nigerian Tulip International Colleges one of the partners in the programme said youths remained the future of any nation Bilgin said that peace had become a significant topic in public discourse in recent time adding that the position of the youth was also significant He said it was important to engage the youths in discussing peace and nation building saying that conflicts could be prevented if the youths were engaged and their minds purified The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 15 secondary schools comprising nine public and six private schools in FCT were selected for the programme A student each from the schools made presentation on peace during the event NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Int’l Day of Peace: Sultan urges students to work for peace
     The Sultan of Sokoto Sa ad Abubakar III has advised Nigerian students and youths to avoid acts of violence by embracing peace for progress Abubakar made the call at the National Secondary Schools Security Awareness Programme organised by the Alumni Association of the National Defence College AANDEC on Wednesday in Abuja The programme was in collaboration with Office of the National Security Adviser NDC and Ufuk Dialogue to commemorate the 2022 International Day of Peace The Sultan said that Nigerian society like any other society had both good and bad people adding that good people were more than the bad ones He said that mentoring young ones who are future leaders remained an important component of peace in the home and the society at large He urged parents to start the mentoring from home saying that if there is peace in the home then there will be peace outside So you must have peace at home first because everything starts from home Your first teacher is your mother from the day you were born when you came out They bring you out cut all the umbilical cord and whatever wash you clean and dress you up The mother is the one handling you from the time until you start running and working and maybe even until they die Your mother is your first teacher and is the most important part of the home If you have a good home look for who is the mother if you have a bad home look for who is the mother and that is why the mothers are so important in our lives If you have bad children running all over the place carrying guns killing people kidnapping ransom or whatever look at the background he said The Sultan commended the alumni association and its partners for putting the programme together with a view to addressing the future He urged all Nigerians to continue to work towards restoring peace saying peace is not the absence of war I believe peace is the presence of justice If there is no justice you can not have peace he added The Chairperson of Access Bank Plc Dr Ajoditsedere Awosika said the youths must understand that the unity of the country would affect its peace and ultimately result in progress Awosika urged the youths to insist on doing the right thing to ensure that peace and unity prevailed in the nation President of AANDEC retired Air Cdre Darlington Abdullahi said the programme was put together to create awareness for various for children and students in all levels of educational system Abdullahi said the target of the programme was to reclaim the children from the hands of criminal groups trying to induct them into criminality He said the programme was also designed to inculcate discipline loyalty patriotic tradition in the students as well as and show them the need to do the right thing at all times Fevzullah Bilgin Managing Director Nigerian Tulip International Colleges one of the partners in the programme said youths remained the future of any nation Bilgin said that peace had become a significant topic in public discourse in recent time adding that the position of the youth was also significant He said it was important to engage the youths in discussing peace and nation building saying that conflicts could be prevented if the youths were engaged and their minds purified The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 15 secondary schools comprising nine public and six private schools in FCT were selected for the programme A student each from the schools made presentation on peace during the event NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Int’l Day of Peace: Sultan urges students to work for peace
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    Int’l Day of Peace: Sultan urges students to work for peace

    The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has advised Nigerian students and youths to avoid acts of violence by embracing peace for progress.

    Abubakar made the call at the National Secondary Schools Security Awareness Programme organised by the Alumni Association of the National Defence College (AANDEC) on Wednesday in Abuja.

    The programme was in collaboration with Office of the National Security Adviser, NDC and Ufuk Dialogue to commemorate the 2022 International Day of Peace.

    The Sultan said that Nigerian society like any other society, had both good and bad people, adding that good people were more than the bad ones.

    He said that mentoring young ones who are future leaders remained an important component of peace in the home and the society at large.

    He urged parents to start the mentoring from home, saying that if there is peace in the home, then there will be peace outside.

    “So you must have peace at home first, because everything starts from home.

    “Your first teacher is your mother from the day you were born, when you came out.

    They bring you out, cut all the umbilical cord and whatever, wash you clean and dress you up.

    “The mother is the one handling you from the time until you start running and working, and maybe even until they die.

    “Your mother is your first teacher and is the most important part of the home.

    “If you have a good home, look for who is the mother; if you have a bad home, look for who is the mother and that is why the mothers are so important in our lives.

    “If you have bad children running all over the place, carrying guns, killing people, kidnapping, ransom, or whatever, look at the background,” he said.

    The Sultan commended the alumni association and its partners for putting the programme together with a view to addressing the future.

    He urged all Nigerians to continue to work towards restoring peace, saying “peace is not the absence of war”.

    “I believe peace is the presence of justice.

    If there is no justice, you can not have peace,” he added.

    The Chairperson of Access Bank Plc, Dr Ajoditsedere Awosika, said the youths must understand that the unity of the country would affect its peace and ultimately result in progress.

    Awosika urged the youths to insist on doing the right thing to ensure that peace and unity prevailed in the nation.

    President of AANDEC, retired Air Cdre. Darlington Abdullahi, said the programme was put together to create awareness for various for children and students in all levels of educational system.

    Abdullahi said the target of the programme was to reclaim the children from the hands of criminal groups trying to induct them into criminality.

    He said the programme was also designed to inculcate discipline, loyalty, patriotic tradition in the students as well as and show them the need to do the right thing at all times.

    Fevzullah Bilgin, Managing Director, Nigerian Tulip International Colleges, one of the partners in the programme, said youths remained the future of any nation.

    Bilgin said that peace had become a significant topic in public discourse in recent time, adding that the position of the youth was also significant.

    He said it was important to engage the youths in discussing peace and nation building, saying that conflicts could be prevented if the youths were engaged and their minds purified.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 15 secondary schools comprising nine public and six private schools in FCT were selected for the programme.

    A student each from the schools made presentation on peace during the event.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN