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More than 1m out-of-school children in N/East get UN education support

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UNICEF said  on Tuesday that more than one million out-of-school children in insurgency-ravaged North East Nigeria had in the past one year been empowered to access quality education in a safe environment.


Dr Judith Giwa-Amu, UNICEF’s Education Officer responsible for Education in Emergencies (EIE) Coordination at National level disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

Giwa-Amu said UNICEF and partners had developed several programmes to ensure quality and safe environment for children in conflict zones, taking cognizance that “education is protection and lifesaving”, and could prevent children from being recruited into armed groups.

She said that UNICEF had initially targeted 1.5 million children to benefit from the programme but was able to effectively reach only one million children.

She disclosed that in conflict-affected Benue in the North Central zone, 11,000 children out of the earlier targeted 12,000 children have also been supported to access quality education in a safe environment.

“We are very aware of the fact that education is protection.

“It is actually life-saving because when children are engaged in education, they are not on the road to be recruited, to be abducted, to be kidnapped.

“We recognise that when you talk of humanitarian response, there is the need to capture the most severe area.

“Sometimes it looks like it is only the North East but the cases in the Northeast are very severe, the numbers are very high.

“You have over 1.5 million children that are out of school and that is before COVID-19 and there are so many programmes aside UNICEF.

“So we have brought in so many programmes not only in the North East and in the North Central zones, specifically Benue, where we have issues of communal clashes between herders and farmers as a result of climate-change-related competition for natural resources.

UNICEF is one of the key responders. Out of a target of 12,000, we were able to reach about 11,000.

“That is to say about 99 per cent was reached in that particular intervention and  looking at restoration of educational opportunities to children that have been affected by conflicts in the North Central zones.

“But in the North East, with a target of over 1.5, we have reached over 1 million children with support to access quality education in a safe environment and also sustainability towards continuation beyond the end of the programme,” Giwa-Amu said.

Giwa-Amu said that the Federal Ministry of Education and key stakeholders had identified access to quality education and safe environment as a crucial issue requiring attention.

According to her, access includes every kind of activity that can inform the child’s return and retention in school.

“In the Education in Emergency Working Group under the education sector, we have international NGOs, Civil Society Organisations, and government organisations.

“The Ministry of Defence is part of us.

“We have humanitarian response programs that we come together and implement and for us to implement these programs, we have what we call a needs assessment.

“It identifies what the key issues are, what the numbers are, and what will be the best strategies to adopt to address these issues.,” she added.

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Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
Source: NAN

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Nsukka residents urge FG to prevent NLC strike

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Some residents of Nsukka in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State have urged the Federal Government to revert to the old prices of petrol and electricity in the country.


 

They said that such reversal would help to avert Nigeria Labour Congress’ (NLC), Sept. 28, proposed nationwide strike and also reduce the hardships caused by the increment on the masses.

The residents in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Nsukka on Wednesday described the Federal Government’s decision to increase the pump price of petrol and electricity tariff as ill-timed.

Dr Dom Anyadike a Senior Lecturer in the department of General Studies, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), decried the increase in prices.

 

He said it was unfortunate that government did not consider the hardship Nigerians were going through as a result of many months of lock-down caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

“To me government has no reason whatsoever to increase the pump price of petrol from N145 to N151.56 when many families cannot afford two square meals in a day.

“Government should as matter of urgency rescind its decision by returning to the old pump price of petrol and electricity tariff,” he said.

Mrs Chinwe Odimegwu, a banker said even if government wanted to increase the petrol pump price and electricity tariff it could have done that by 2021.

Odimegwu said this was to enable Nigerians to slightly recover from the pains and hardship caused by many months of lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As a result of many months of lockdown many people in the private sector lost their jobs while others have their monthly salary cut.

“Many parents now find it difficult to feed their families as prices of food stuffs in the market have increased astronomically.

“As schools in the country are getting set to reopen, many parents will find it difficult to get money to pay their children’s school fees while government is busy increasing the price of petrol and electricity,’’ she said.

Mr Richard Ozioko, a trader, urged government to consider the interest of Nigerians and cancel the increase in petrol pump price and electricity tariff.

“As a trader I know how much money I lost in about four months markets in Nsukka were closed as a result of COVID-19; I used half of my business capital to feed my family.

“Government should consider the interests of Nigerians as well the negative effects the NLC nationwide strike will have on the economy and rescind its decision on petrol price increase and electricity tariff.

“Many Nigerians are suffering as the increase on petrol pump price has resulted in increase in prices of goods and services, especially food items,” he said.

It would be recalled that the Federal Government had through its agency Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), announced that from Sept. 2, pump price of petrol would increase from N145 to N151.56.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Nsukka residents urge FG to prevent NLC strike

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Some residents of Nsukka in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State have urged the Federal Government to revert to the old prices of petrol and electricity in the country.


 

They said that such reversal would help to avert Nigeria Labour Congress’ (NLC), Sept. 28, proposed nationwide strike and also reduce the hardships caused by the increment on the masses.

The residents in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Nsukka on Wednesday described the Federal Government’s decision to increase the pump price of petrol and electricity tariff as ill-timed.

Dr Dom Anyadike a Senior Lecturer in the department of General Studies, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), decried the increase in prices.

 

He said it was unfortunate that government did not consider the hardship Nigerians were going through as a result of many months of lock-down caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

“To me government has no reason whatsoever to increase the pump price of petrol from N145 to N151.56 when many families cannot afford two square meals in a day.

“Government should as matter of urgency rescind its decision by returning to the old pump price of petrol and electricity tariff,” he said.

Mrs Chinwe Odimegwu, a banker said even if government wanted to increase the petrol pump price and electricity tariff it could have done that by 2021.

Odimegwu said this was to enable Nigerians to slightly recover from the pains and hardship caused by many months of lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As a result of many months of lockdown many people in the private sector lost their jobs while others have their monthly salary cut.

“Many parents now find it difficult to feed their families as prices of food stuffs in the market have increased astronomically.

“As schools in the country are getting set to reopen, many parents will find it difficult to get money to pay their children’s school fees while government is busy increasing the price of petrol and electricity,’’ she said.

Mr Richard Ozioko, a trader, urged government to consider the interest of Nigerians and cancel the increase in petrol pump price and electricity tariff.

“As a trader I know how much money I lost in about four months markets in Nsukka were closed as a result of COVID-19; I used half of my business capital to feed my family.

“Government should consider the interests of Nigerians as well the negative effects the NLC nationwide strike will have on the economy and rescind its decision on petrol price increase and electricity tariff.

“Many Nigerians are suffering as the increase on petrol pump price has resulted in increase in prices of goods and services, especially food items,” he said.

It would be recalled that the Federal Government had through its agency Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), announced that from Sept. 2, pump price of petrol would increase from N145 to N151.56.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Nigeria will take full advantage of AfCTA – Awolowo

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Mr Segun Awolowo, the Chief Executive of Nigerian Export Promotion Council ((NEPC), says Nigeria has huge potential to increase its exports to other African countries with the implementation of African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCTA).


Awolowo made the observation at the just concluded Ecobank Digital Series Virtual Africa Conference 2020.

He said that in Africa with a market of 1.2 billion people and combined GDP of $3 trillion, there would be huge potential for Nigeria to increase its export to Africa with the implementation of AfCTA.

According to him, most of Nigeria’s exports had been informal exports, but with platforms like Ecobank, it is going to be formal and add real value to the economy.

He said the export value of Nigeria to Africa totaled around $6.99 billon in 2018, but its export to the rest of the world totaled $45.92 billion.

Awolowo said that using the international trade center export’s tool, NEPC had identified areas of untapped potential for Nigeria in Africa such as fertilizer, ginger and sesame as these were what other African countries were buying.

“Nigeria must, and can, live in a world where it no longer sells oil.

“Nigeria is working on key game changers in infrastructure in order to achieve this, especially in the area of ease of transportation and also in the area of incentives, export expansion grant like pre-shipment incentives and export development fund, which serve to prepare, facilitate and support exporters to the global market,” he said.

Tei Konzi, the Commissioner for Trade, Customs and Free Movement in ECOWAS, said that 85 per cent of our products were going outside the continent and this must be changed.

Konzi, who was represented by Mr Kolawole Sofola, an Acting Director in ECOWAS, said: “We can bring these trade back to Africa and increase activity in the continent in agriculture, mining, amongst others.”

“We are yet to conclude our tariffs, but at the moment, ECOWAS trade more with outside countries than it does with African countries and this is why we are bent on making sure the AfCFTA succeeds”.

Konzi described AfCFTA as a comprehensive trade agreement that seek to create a single market for goods and services and free movement of persons through the progressive liberation of the market for goods and services.

He said that AfCFTA would also contribute to the movement of capital to facilitate investment and the foundation of continental customs union at a later stage.

Ade Adeyemi, the Chief Executive Officer, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), reiterated that African countries must adopt a continent-wide approach to business and also focus on wealth creation to be relevant in the global value chain.

According to Ayeyemi for AfCFTA to become a reality there must be commitment and readiness for trade facilitation by the individual nations.

He advised that African governments must be unequivocally committed to the agreement and their preparedness as individual nations with their implementation strategies, commitment to free movement-signing and ratification of protocol on free movement of people.

Ayeyemi said that Ecobank was fully committed to Africa as the foremost Pan-African Bank to unequivocally support the implementation of AfCFTA, its readiness to use its unique pan-African platform to facilitate trade, payment and business and deployment of its strong Africa knowledge to support governments and businesses.

The Ecobank boss said: “no country is so poor that it has nothing to give and no country is so rich that it has nothing to receive. All of us must come together to become better.”

The Ecobank virtual Nigeria ‘Africa Trade Conference 2020’ was part of the Ecobank Digital Series efforts to showcase Ecobank’s unique intra-Africa trade solutions that enable settlements of international transactions and mitigation of payment risk, while providing regional solutions to exporters.

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Edited By: Tajudeen Atitebi
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Sokoto: Centre supports NABTEB candidates with N300,000

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The Development Research and Projects Center (DRPC), has presented N300,000 to Government Technical Collage Farfaru in Sokoto State, to run extra lessons for students sitting for the National Business and Technical Board (NABTEB) examinations.


The DPRC representative, Alhaji Sani Umar-Jabbi made the presentation on Wednesday in Sokoto.

Umar-Jabbi, who is the District Head of Gagi noted that the grant was part of support given to selected technical and vocational schools nationwide to mitigate the effects of Coronavirus pandemic.

He described the gesture as part of the organisation’s contribution to the development of education in Nigeria, in view of the challenges posed by COVID-19 to the sector.

He further described DRPC as a social sector development focused group, with particular interest in the development of the education sector.

He added that the project was funded by Open Society Foundations.

According to him, DRPC partnered with organizations in the implementation of the intervention in the country.

He said: “The grant is targeted at helping the benefitting schools to organise extra lessons, procure past question papers and textbooks to aid the students in their preparations ahead of the examination.

“Also, the funds will be targeted at getting resources for the practical sessions of the examination.

“Furthermore, the funds will be channelled toward ensuring that Personal Protective Equipment, such as face masks and sanitizers, are purchased for distribution to the students during the examination.

Umar-Jabbi also said that the grant would be disbursed in three installments to the schools during the period of the examination.

Responding, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr Kulu Haruna, thanked DRPC for the grant, saying that, “it came at a time it is mostly needed’’.

“I really want to appreciate the effort of DRPC in the improvement of the quality of education and welfare of students during the upcoming examination.

“I will personally assure you that the grant would be judiciously utilised,’’ Haruna said.

The presentation of the grant was witnessed by officials of the school, Ministry of Education, the school’s Parents Teachers’ Association (PTA), among others.

Edited By: Josephine Obute/ Maharazu Ahmed
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