According to her, the loan is a great develooment as Nigeria currently has a high number of out-of-school children, many of whom are girls.
“The loan will go a long way in responding to the situation and seeing that the education inequality gap is bridged.
“The inclusion of provision of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools in the agenda is also exciting, as poverty and lack of easy access to water and hygiene sources are one of the major but less-spoken-about factors keeping girls away from school in Nigeria.
“The inclusion of information and communication technology education is also well-thought-out, relevant and commendable,” she said.
Abah, who noted that many girls out of school were concentrated in northern Northern, however, advocated that more of non northern states be included as beneficiaries of the grant.
She noted that poverty, the leading factor of girls staying out of school, was widespread.
She said that Ebonyi in the South East for instance, was one of the poorest states.
According to her, Ebonyi is one of the states from which girls are being trafficked.
NAN reports that World Bank Directors had on July 29 approved $500 million credit from the International Development Association for the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment and to improve secondary education opportunities among girls in target areas.
That World Bank said the project would support access to secondary education and empowerment for adolescent girls in seven states – Kano, Kebbi, Kaduna, Katsina, Borno, Plateau and Ekiti.
Abah hoped that every kobo from the fund would be accounted for, to make maximum impacts.
“What mechanisms has the World Bank Office in Nigeria put on ground to ensure that the projects are well monitored, carried out in transparent ways and that the money indeed works for the intended targets?
“Will part of the fund be used to fund direct school materials for girls outside erecting facilities in schools?” she asked.
Abah said that she had discovered in her line of work that millions of children even in states where education was free, could not go to school or stay in school due to their parents’ or guardians’ inability to buy exercise books, school uniforms and other school materials.
She urged that the fund be used for maximum impacts and not for seminars and activities which would not have impacts on the intended beneficiaries.
Abah said that this period of economic challenges caused by COVID-19 pandemic was the right time to render help to needy schoolgirls since many families were struggling to survive.
“Also, due to the widespread patriarchal tendencies, girls are the sacrificial lambs when it comes to families’ choices/priorities in term of school sponsorship and empowerment programme,” she said.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Ijeoma (NAN)https://nnn.ng/ngo-hails-500m-world-bank-loan-to-improve-girl-child-education-in-nigeria/
Gov. Umahi congratulates Obaseki; lauds electoral process
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on his re-election following the release of the result by INEC of the just concluded governorship election.
Mr Francis Nwaze, the Special Assistant to Ebonyi Governor on Media and Publicity, released the congratulatory message to newsmen on Sunday in a statement from Abakaliki.
According to Umahi, though it was a keenly contested election, Obaseki’s re-election has again rekindled hope in the nation’s democracy.
He added that the re-election had also rekindled hope in the electoral process which allowed unhindered, the wishes and aspirations of the people to prevail.
The governor said that Obaseki’s electoral value and his capacity to deliver democratic dividends were fully acknowledged and accepted by Edo people.
Umahi urged the re-elected governor to remember not the former things, but propound approaches for greater Edo which unarguably underlie his re-election.
“I congratulate you on your well-deserved victory. Your re-election has confirmed your electoral appeal in Edo state.
“Remember not the former things, get to work and take Edo State to another greater heights.
“I am happy because your re-election has rekindled faith in the electoral process and our democracy,” he stated.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Peter Dada
More troops, police deployed to Kaduna Airport Road, other strategic locations
At the instance of Governor Nasir El-Rufai, troops of the Nigerian Army and police operatives have been deployed to Kaduna Airport Road on Sunday in Kaduna.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the deployment also covers some strategic locations, where aggressive operations by troops and police are in progress.
The deployment was aimed at beefing up security around the Kaduna Airport Road, Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road Roundabout and the Nigerian Defence Academy Road.
The Nigerian Air Force will retain the duty of securing the immediate premises of the Kaduna Airport, its staff quarters and other critical aviation assets in the airport.
A meeting was held between the state government, the Army, Police, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and community leaders at Kutungare village, Igabi Local Government Area of the state.
At the meeting, Gov. El-Rufai, represented by Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, challenged the community leaders to cooperate with the newly deployed troops and operatives.
“We are here to see for ourselves the ongoing aggressive fighting patrols by the newly deployed troops and police operatives in these locations.
“This will complement the Nigerian Air Force, who are working in the immediate airport environment, while the troops and operatives cover the general area,” the governor said.
In his remarks, the Garrison Commander, 1 Division Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen Olusegun Abai, said communities have roles to play in enhancing security through information sharing and working harmoniously with security agencies.
He added that the army will be open to the communities in line with the principles of civil-military relations.
El-Rufia commended the Army for deploying troops to Juji village in Chikun LGA, following security challenges in the village and adjoining communities on the Kaduna Eastern Bypass.
The governor also praised the community leaders for their support to security agencies and the government.
He charged them to sustain the security information sharing mechanism in place, and also urged recourse to the law by aggrieved individuals and groups.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/ Maharazu Ahmed
Emir of Zazzau: We’ve lost a father – Tijjani Ramalan
Dr Tijjani Ramalan, Executive Chairman of Liberty TV and Radio has described the death of Dr Shehu Idris, Emir of Zazzau, as a great loss not only to the people of Zazzau Emirate and Kaduna State, but Nigeria as a whole.
In a condolences massage he issued on Sunday in Kaduna, Ramalan also described the late Emir as a father, leader and a nationalist.
He said , “I and the Liberty Family received with a heavy heart but total submission to the Will of Almighty Allah the passing on to the glory of our dear King and father, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris
“The history of Kaduna State, Northern Nigeria and indeed our great nation Nigeria cannot be written without a mention of the valuable contributions of His Royal Highness to peace and security,”. he said
Ramalan prayed Almighty Allah to forgive the shortcomings of the late Emir and grant him Aljanah Firdaus, and give the people of Kaduna state the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Thunder strikes in Ekiti, kills 15 cows
Thunder struck on Saturday evening and reportedly killed 15 cows in Ikogosi community in Ekiti West Local Government area of Ekiti State.
The Asaoye of Ikogosi-Ekiti, Chief Ayo Ademilua, described the incident as a natural occurrence, which he said was strange in the town.
Narrating the incident to journalists via telephone on Sunday, Ademilua said that the incident happened at the Ikogosi Warm Spring site along Ipole – Ekiti road.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ikogosi Warm Spring is a notable tourism and recreational centre where warm and cold streams met in Ekiti.
The Ikogosi high chief said that the thunder struck during a torrential downpour between 4:00p.m. and 6:02p.m. on Saturday.
“The whole town shook when the thunder struck. Later, some commuters coming into town and those returning home from their farms saw the Fulani herders lamenting that it was the thunder that killed their cattle,” he said.
Also speaking on the incident, the Onikogosi of Ikogosi Ekiti, Oba Abiodun Olorunnisola, said that the herders were making spirited efforts to sell the dead cows to residents, saying that this portends health risk to his people.
The monarch said he already reached out to his colleague at Ipole Ekiti, Oba Oladele Babatola, on the need to warn their subjects against consuming such a desecrated meat.
“The two of us have alerted our subjects that there was an attempt to commence the sale of the cows and we are making concerted efforts to prevent the intending buyers,” he said.
The monarch, however, called on government to evacuate the carcasses of the cows to prevent spread of communicable diseases in the area.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr Sunday Abutu, said the incident was yet to be reported to the police because it was a natural occurrence.
“We have not been told, but if the owner of the cattle later realises that someone was responsible, he will report at the police station and we will surely rise to the occasion, if such happens,”the PPRO said.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi