98% of teachers in Kaduna do not know about ‘dyslexia’ – Centre



A centre, has expressed concern over the low awareness of dyslexia among teachers in Kaduna, pointing out that about 98 per cent of them do not know about the disorder, which makes it difficult for children to read and spell.

Ms Anita Kevin, the Director of Compliance, Amina Dyslexia Centre, Kaduna, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.

Kevin explained that the condition makes it difficult for the brain to process information, adding that a key sign of dyslexia was difficulty in matching letters to their sounds.

Kevin explained that it involves how the brain processes information and the sounds of words, thereby, affecting word recognition, spelling, and the ability to match letters to sounds.

She said that while dyslexia was a neurological condition, it has no relation to intelligence, but could, however, affect learning outcomes as well as social interactions.

Kevin said, the condition, if not properly addressed with the right teaching methods and training on social skills, could result in low self-esteem, anxiety, anger, and depression.

The director said that dyslexia was responsible for 85 per cent of global adult illiteracy rate, while one in every five children risk dropping out of either primary or secondary school due to dyslexia.

She said that a recent survey conducted by the centre shows that 98 percent of teachers in Kaduna metropolis has never heard of the word nor its implication on learning outcomes.

She added that the level of ignorance of the condition extends beyond teachers to school owners, including parents and other education stakeholders.

“It is common belief among educators that poor learning outcomes among some students and pupils is a result of lack of intelligence or laziness.

“Others even attribute the condition to spiritual attacks and generational curses, particularly if the student or pupil is smart but underperforms in school.

“As a result, a lot of teachers, school owners, including parents resolved to extra hours of tutoring, punishment, while others ignore such children,” she said.

The director said that the assumption that all human brains function alike was another indication of the high level of ignorance of dyslexia among critical stakeholders.

She said that the neurological nature of the condition made dyslexia unseen and, therefore, very difficult to understand.

According to her, lack of awareness was responsible for the misinterpretation and wrong assessment of the condition, leading to ineffective intervention in addressing the problem.

She therefore called on the Kaduna State Government, private school owners and relevant stakeholders to train and equip teachers with the needed skill to enable them identify learners with dyslexia.

Kevine said that the training should focus on dyslexia identification, assessment, and remediation, stressing that the teachers equally need to know how to improve the dyslexics social skills.

This, according to her, will enable the teachers to appropriately respond to the leaning needs of students and pupils with the condition.

She explained that Amina Dyslexia Center, was a social enterprise that caters for the education needs of people, especially children with specific learning disabilities.

The director disclosed that the centre had trained more than 686 private school teachers in the state from 2019 to date as part of awareness creation and capacity building about the condition.

“Our vision is to help dyslexics unravel their creativity and achieve their personal best, by using innovative technologies in providing high quality, holistic and personalised learning for dyslexics,” Kevin said.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN


NCDC records 97 new COVID-19 infections, total cases now 57, 242



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded  97 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the country, bringing the total confirmed cases to 57, 242 nationwide.

The NCDC disclosed this on its official twitter handle on Sunday .

It added that three persons died of COVID-19 complications while 138 patients, who recovered at various isolation centres across the country the same day, were discharged.

Based on the figures released, Lagos state recorded the highest number of infections with 46 new cases.

The data released also indicated that Kwara recorded 12 new infections, Rivers 11, and Adamawa 4.

Others were Niger – 4, Ogun – 4, Osun – 4, Ekiti – 3, Imo – 3, Kaduna – 3, Plateau – 2, and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) – 1.

According to the NCDC, the 36 states and FCT have now recorded at least one confirmed case of the virus.

“Till date, 57, 242 cases have been confirmed, 48, 569 cases have been discharged, and 1,098 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT,” the centre said.

NCDC stated that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, has continued  to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Emmanuel Yashim
Source: NAN
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Gov. Matawalle eulogises late Emirs of Biu, Zazzau



Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has described as “commendable” the roles played by the late Emir of Biu, Borno state and Emir of Zazzau in Kaduna state.

This is contained in a statement by Yusuf Idris, the Director-General of Media, Public Enlightenment and Communication to the governor in Gusau on Sunday.

News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Emir of Biu, Mai Umar Mustapha the 28th emir, died at the age of 80 years at the Federal Medical Centre, Gombe on the 15th of September, after serving on the throne for 31 years.

The Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who was emir for 45 years as the 18th emir, also died at the age of 84 years at the 44 Hospital, Kaduna on Sunday, the 20th of September after a brief illness.

According to Matawalle’s media aide, the governor, particularly commended the significant roles played by the two mornarchs in ensuring the indivisibility of Nigeria, and their great contributions in finding lasting solutions to acts of terrorism and banditry during their historic reigns.

Matawalle said the duo would be remembered for their patience, honesty, sincerity and preaching of peace and unity in Nigeria.

He said, “Allah, Who is the All Knowing, knows best why He chose these trying times to take away the royal fathers from our sinful world.”

The governor prayed that Allah in His endless mercies hosts the departed souls of the two great rulers in Jannatul Firdaus, grant the people and governments of the two states the fortitude to bear the loss and continue to bless members of the families left by the natural rulers.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
Source: NAN
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Gov. Bello mourns Emir of Zazzau



The Kogi State Governor,  Yahaya Bello has commiserated with the people and government of Kaduna State over the death of Alhaji Shehu Idris, the Chairman of Kaduna State Emirate Council.

Bello in statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Onogwu Muhammed, said late Emir Idris would be missed for his peace initiatives and bridge-building efforts in the country.

Bello said that the loss of the revered father of the state, who died on Sunday at the Military Hospital in Kaduna  after a brief illness at the age of 84, was a shock to him.

He described the late Emir of Zazzau, as a man of peace and vast knowledge, who was reputed for his peace initiatives and bridge-building efforts in the country.


“Although, the royal father who was a thoroughbred School teacher with vast religious knowledge had relatively lived up to a good old age but his counsels and guidance would be greatly missed as he left at a very crucial time.”

Bello commiserated with Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, saying the prime traditional ruler died when his wise counsel and peace initiatives were still required, not only in ancient Emirate Council but across Nigeria.

He said the late chairman of Zazzau Emirates carried himself with dignity and grace commensurate with the magnificence of the traditional stool he occupied.

Bello said that the deceased would no doubt, be greatly missed by family members, as well as his numerous friends and admirers.

He prayed that the Almighty God grant the emirate council and the people of Kaduna State the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
Source: NAN
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Uni-Abuja mourns its chancellor, Emir of Zazzau



The Vice-Chancellor of University of Abuja, Gwagwalada, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, has commiserated with the family of Alhaji  Shehu Idris CFR, Chancellor of the University, who died on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020 at the age of 84.

The Vice-Chancellor in a statement by the Head Information and University Relations, Dr Habib Yakoob, on Sunday in Abuja said: “We are indeed proud of his great and superb achievements as the first-rate Emir of modern Zaria.

Na’Allah said, “On behalf of the Governing Council, Senate, Staff and Students of the University of Abuja, we condole with the Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, the Zazzau Emirate Council, the entire people of Kaduna State, and Nigerians, on this terrible loss.”

He described the death of the Chancellor, who was also the Emir of Zazzau, as a rude shock, especially at the moment that the institution needs his counsel most.

“The late Emir will always be remembered as a dutiful, very resourceful and committed individual, who believed in the development of education, particularly of our dear University, the University for National Unity.

“During his years of service as our Chancellor, he worked incredibly hard to draw federal and private supports to the University.

“His total support and contributions, quality advice and superior leadership as our Chancellor of many years will remain indelible.

“His demonstration of unequal forthrightness, commitment and accountability, transparency and enthusiasm for the growth and development of the country should be emulated by our leaders and well-meaning Nigerians.

“We are glad that he remained a worthy and accomplished leader till his death.

“I pray that Allah in his infinite mercies, reward him abundantly and give the family the fortitude to bear this great loss,” he said.

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