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  •  Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition KADSPAC an NGO has appealed to Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs in Kaduna to improve the outcomes and performance for Social Protection SP through budgetry allocations KADSPAC a coalition of civil society and media works in strengthening transparency and accountability in the delivery of inclusive SP The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the Kaduna Government had in 2021 launched the SP policy to address the vulnerability of the poorest residents by mitigating their social and economic shocks The Chairperson of KADSPAC Jessica Bartholomew made the appeal at a one day event on dissemination of budget performance for 20212022 through the Open Government Partnership OGP on Thursday in Kaduna The theme of the event was Expanding investments in the SP sector to address multidimensional poverty among residents of Kaduna state She said a systematic approach to the delivery of SP intervention were social assistance social insurance labour market intervention social care and legislation regulations and institutional framework She explained that if the MDAs improve on their budgetry allocations on SP it would accelerate steps towards fulfilling government commitment to give the poor and vulnerable in the state a life of dignity Bartholomew said lack of MDAs improvement on their budgetry allocations for SP constituted serious challenges in achieving the dream of supporting the poor and vulnerable to live productive fulfilling and dignifying lives She appealed to the MDAs to oblige and timely release requested information to aid tracking of funds meant for SP Mr Yusuf Goje KADSPAC s Assistant Secretary said in line with their mandate of championing transparency and accountability in the delivery of SP interventions they embarked on budget tracking activities across the relevant MDAs in Kaduna state He explained that the budget tracking was to identify blockage and gaps in the financing of SP interventions and engage in advocacy activities to strengthen it Goje said the population of Kaduna State which was about 10 million where 49 9 per cent lived below 1 9 dollar per day and 44 3 per cent of unemployment rate was disturbing He further said 43 per cent poverty rate and 654 990 out of school children in the state clearly showed redirection where resources were needed He noted that for 2021 percentage of cash backed budget allocation was low and that some MDAs SP budget line items were not allocated any budget He said it was a setback and needed revisiting to ensure the citizens felt the impacts of SP for overall well being of the state Also Saudat Atoyebi the Kaduna State Focal Person on Social Investment Programmes lamented that 89 9 per cent of households in Kaduna lived below poverty level in a survey conducted in 2017 Atoyebi represented by Rebecca Pandonu Special Assistant to Gov Nasir El Rufai on Social Investment said the state implemented SP interventions such as free and compulsory education for the first 12 years of a child s education She said other interventions were the State Contributory Health Scheme to reduce out of pocket expenditure and ensure access of poor and vulnerable citizens to quality and affordable healthcare services She further said other interventions for SP implemented in the state were access to free healthcare services for children under five and also coordinated many Federal Government SP programmes She mentioned some of the successes of the SP programme in Kaduna to include comprehensive state wide mapping of the programmes and constitution of multi sectoral state steering committee on SP she said others were establishment of the state Social Investment Office for effective coordination and development of state policy on SP and provision of one per cent of the state budget for its funding which now reflected in the state budge Atoyebi however lamented challenges such as inadequate social workers and trained personnel on SP and inadequate funding to expand its coverage she added some challenges to include low level of digital literacy amongst the vulnerable insecurity in some parts of the state and insufficient awareness of SP programmes in hard to reach areas and urban slums Atoyebi recommended additional training for personnel working in the SP space and increased funding to expand its coverage and improved digital literacy amongst the poor and vulnerable She also recommended adequate security for personnel working in high risk areas and increased sensitisation on SP programmes in hard to reach areas and urban slums Also Mr Adejor Abel State Lead Facilitator Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn PERL a governance programme called for the audit of the State Social Register to ensure data quality Abel also called on the MDAs to engage community structures like the Local Government Accountability Mechanism Community Development Charter Champions and other groups to deepen citizens engagement at grassroots NAN reports that the event was supported by Safe the Children International under the FCDO funded Expanding SP for Inclusive Development ESPID NAN also reports that participants at the meeting included representatives of social protection implementing MDAs civil society organisations and development partners NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Coalition appeals to Kaduna MDAs to improve budget allocation for Social Protection
     Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition KADSPAC an NGO has appealed to Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs in Kaduna to improve the outcomes and performance for Social Protection SP through budgetry allocations KADSPAC a coalition of civil society and media works in strengthening transparency and accountability in the delivery of inclusive SP The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the Kaduna Government had in 2021 launched the SP policy to address the vulnerability of the poorest residents by mitigating their social and economic shocks The Chairperson of KADSPAC Jessica Bartholomew made the appeal at a one day event on dissemination of budget performance for 20212022 through the Open Government Partnership OGP on Thursday in Kaduna The theme of the event was Expanding investments in the SP sector to address multidimensional poverty among residents of Kaduna state She said a systematic approach to the delivery of SP intervention were social assistance social insurance labour market intervention social care and legislation regulations and institutional framework She explained that if the MDAs improve on their budgetry allocations on SP it would accelerate steps towards fulfilling government commitment to give the poor and vulnerable in the state a life of dignity Bartholomew said lack of MDAs improvement on their budgetry allocations for SP constituted serious challenges in achieving the dream of supporting the poor and vulnerable to live productive fulfilling and dignifying lives She appealed to the MDAs to oblige and timely release requested information to aid tracking of funds meant for SP Mr Yusuf Goje KADSPAC s Assistant Secretary said in line with their mandate of championing transparency and accountability in the delivery of SP interventions they embarked on budget tracking activities across the relevant MDAs in Kaduna state He explained that the budget tracking was to identify blockage and gaps in the financing of SP interventions and engage in advocacy activities to strengthen it Goje said the population of Kaduna State which was about 10 million where 49 9 per cent lived below 1 9 dollar per day and 44 3 per cent of unemployment rate was disturbing He further said 43 per cent poverty rate and 654 990 out of school children in the state clearly showed redirection where resources were needed He noted that for 2021 percentage of cash backed budget allocation was low and that some MDAs SP budget line items were not allocated any budget He said it was a setback and needed revisiting to ensure the citizens felt the impacts of SP for overall well being of the state Also Saudat Atoyebi the Kaduna State Focal Person on Social Investment Programmes lamented that 89 9 per cent of households in Kaduna lived below poverty level in a survey conducted in 2017 Atoyebi represented by Rebecca Pandonu Special Assistant to Gov Nasir El Rufai on Social Investment said the state implemented SP interventions such as free and compulsory education for the first 12 years of a child s education She said other interventions were the State Contributory Health Scheme to reduce out of pocket expenditure and ensure access of poor and vulnerable citizens to quality and affordable healthcare services She further said other interventions for SP implemented in the state were access to free healthcare services for children under five and also coordinated many Federal Government SP programmes She mentioned some of the successes of the SP programme in Kaduna to include comprehensive state wide mapping of the programmes and constitution of multi sectoral state steering committee on SP she said others were establishment of the state Social Investment Office for effective coordination and development of state policy on SP and provision of one per cent of the state budget for its funding which now reflected in the state budge Atoyebi however lamented challenges such as inadequate social workers and trained personnel on SP and inadequate funding to expand its coverage she added some challenges to include low level of digital literacy amongst the vulnerable insecurity in some parts of the state and insufficient awareness of SP programmes in hard to reach areas and urban slums Atoyebi recommended additional training for personnel working in the SP space and increased funding to expand its coverage and improved digital literacy amongst the poor and vulnerable She also recommended adequate security for personnel working in high risk areas and increased sensitisation on SP programmes in hard to reach areas and urban slums Also Mr Adejor Abel State Lead Facilitator Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn PERL a governance programme called for the audit of the State Social Register to ensure data quality Abel also called on the MDAs to engage community structures like the Local Government Accountability Mechanism Community Development Charter Champions and other groups to deepen citizens engagement at grassroots NAN reports that the event was supported by Safe the Children International under the FCDO funded Expanding SP for Inclusive Development ESPID NAN also reports that participants at the meeting included representatives of social protection implementing MDAs civil society organisations and development partners NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Coalition appeals to Kaduna MDAs to improve budget allocation for Social Protection
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    Coalition appeals to Kaduna MDAs to improve budget allocation for Social Protection

    Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition (KADSPAC), an NGO, has appealed to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Kaduna to improve the outcomes and performance for Social Protection (SP) through budgetry allocations.  

    KADSPAC, a coalition of civil society and media, works in strengthening transparency and accountability in the delivery of inclusive SP.

    The News Agency of Nigeria NAN, reports that the Kaduna Government had in 2021, launched the SP policy to address the vulnerability of the poorest residents by mitigating their social and economic shocks.  

    The Chairperson of KADSPAC, Jessica Bartholomew, made the appeal at a one-day event on dissemination of budget performance for 20212022 through the Open Government Partnership (OGP), on Thursday in Kaduna.  

    The theme of the event was ‘Expanding investments in the SP sector to address multidimensional poverty among residents of Kaduna state’.

    She said a systematic approach to the delivery of SP intervention were social assistance, social insurance, labour market intervention, social care and legislation, regulations, and institutional framework.

    She explained that if the MDAs improve on their budgetry allocations on SP, it would accelerate steps towards fulfilling government commitment to give the poor and vulnerable in the state a life of dignity.  

    Bartholomew said lack of MDAs improvement on their budgetry allocations for SP constituted serious challenges in achieving the dream of supporting the poor and vulnerable to live productive, fulfilling, and dignifying lives.

    She appealed to the MDAs to oblige and timely release requested  information, to aid tracking of funds meant for SP.

    Mr.Yusuf Goje, KADSPAC’s Assistant Secretary, said in line with their mandate of championing transparency and accountability in the delivery of SP interventions, they embarked on budget tracking activities across the relevant MDAs in Kaduna state.

    He explained that the budget tracking was to identify blockage and gaps in the financing of SP interventions and engage in advocacy activities to strengthen it.

    Goje said the population of Kaduna State which was about 10 million, where 49.9 per cent lived below 1.9 dollar per day and 44.3 per cent of unemployment rate was disturbing.

    He further said 43 per cent poverty rate and 654, 990 out-of-school children in the state clearly showed redirection where resources were needed.

    He noted that for 2021, percentage of cash backed budget allocation was low and that some MDAs SP budget line items were not allocated any budget.

    He said it was a setback and needed revisiting to ensure the citizens felt the impacts of SP for overall well being of the state.

    Also, Saudat Atoyebi, the Kaduna State Focal Person on Social Investment Programmes, lamented that 89.9 per cent of households in Kaduna lived below poverty level in a survey conducted in 2017. Atoyebi, represented by Rebecca Pandonu, Special Assistant to Gov. Nasir El-Rufai on Social Investment, said the state implemented SP interventions such as free and compulsory education for the first 12 years of a child’s education .

    She said other interventions were the State Contributory Health Scheme to reduce out-of-pocket expenditure and ensure access of poor and vulnerable citizens to quality and affordable healthcare services.

    She further said other interventions for SP implemented in the state were access to free healthcare services for children under five, and also coordinated many Federal Government SP programmes.  

    She mentioned some of the successes of the SP programme in Kaduna to include comprehensive state-wide mapping of the programmes and constitution of multi-sectoral state steering committee on SP.

    she said others were establishment of the state Social Investment Office for effective coordination and development of state policy on SP and provision of one per cent of the state budget for its funding which now reflected in the state budge.

    Atoyebi, however, lamented challenges such as inadequate social workers and trained personnel on SP and inadequate funding to expand its coverage.  

    she added some challenges to include low level of digital literacy amongst the vulnerable, insecurity in some parts of the state and insufficient awareness of SP programmes in hard-to-reach areas and urban slums.

    Atoyebi recommended additional training for personnel working in the SP space and increased funding to expand its coverage and improved digital literacy amongst the poor and vulnerable.

    She also recommended adequate security for personnel working in high risk areas and increased sensitisation on SP programmes in hard-to-reach areas and urban slums.

    Also, Mr Adejor Abel, State Lead Facilitator, Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), a governance programme, called for the audit of the State Social Register to ensure data quality.

    Abel also called on the MDAs to engage community structures like the Local Government Accountability Mechanism, Community Development Charter Champions, and other groups, to deepen citizens’ engagement at grassroots.

    NAN reports that the event was supported by Safe the Children International under the FCDO-funded Expanding SP for Inclusive Development (ESPID).  

    NAN also reports that participants at the meeting included representatives of social protection implementing MDAs, civil society organisations and development partners.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  DigiGirls an initiative of CyberSafe Foundation funded through the UK government s Digital Access Programme on Wednesday graduated over four thousand women empowered with digital skills The British Deputy High Commission s Office in Lagos made this known in a statement The commission said the programme also indirectly benefited over 10 000 additional women through the train the trainer programme It said the employable digital skills would drive positive livelihood outcomes for beneficiaries improve their employment prospects and prepare them for digital entrepreneurship The commission said the DigiGirls programme aimed at lowering the digital gender imbalance against women in Nigeria by empowering more women and girls with employable digital skills through intensive training mentorship internship and placements It said learning paths for the programme included digital marketing User Interface User Experience graphics design e commerce and data analysis Alessandra Lustrati Head of Digital Development and Global Lead of the Digital Access Programme in the UK government s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO commended the trainees on their achievements Lustrati said Building digital capacity at a local level and testing digital skills development models that work well with specific target groups like in the DigiGirls approach is central to FCDO overall effort The digital economy can thrive much more and generate opportunities and skilled job only if we make an effort to close the digital gender gap which in Nigeria is currently estimated at about 25 per cent The DigiGirls project with our partner CyberSafe Foundation which is a wider UK Digital Access Programme is a great example of how we can help close that gender gap and drive digital inclusion she said The Founder and Executive Director of Cybersafe Foundation Confidence Staveley commended the UK government for the continuous support in making the programme a success and improving the lives of the beneficiaries Staveley said Thanks to the UK government through the FCDO the DigiGirls programme from inception has now directly empowered over six thousand women with digital skills The founder urged the beneficiaries to make use of their newfound skills NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UK, Cybersafe empower over 4,000 women with digital skills
     DigiGirls an initiative of CyberSafe Foundation funded through the UK government s Digital Access Programme on Wednesday graduated over four thousand women empowered with digital skills The British Deputy High Commission s Office in Lagos made this known in a statement The commission said the programme also indirectly benefited over 10 000 additional women through the train the trainer programme It said the employable digital skills would drive positive livelihood outcomes for beneficiaries improve their employment prospects and prepare them for digital entrepreneurship The commission said the DigiGirls programme aimed at lowering the digital gender imbalance against women in Nigeria by empowering more women and girls with employable digital skills through intensive training mentorship internship and placements It said learning paths for the programme included digital marketing User Interface User Experience graphics design e commerce and data analysis Alessandra Lustrati Head of Digital Development and Global Lead of the Digital Access Programme in the UK government s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO commended the trainees on their achievements Lustrati said Building digital capacity at a local level and testing digital skills development models that work well with specific target groups like in the DigiGirls approach is central to FCDO overall effort The digital economy can thrive much more and generate opportunities and skilled job only if we make an effort to close the digital gender gap which in Nigeria is currently estimated at about 25 per cent The DigiGirls project with our partner CyberSafe Foundation which is a wider UK Digital Access Programme is a great example of how we can help close that gender gap and drive digital inclusion she said The Founder and Executive Director of Cybersafe Foundation Confidence Staveley commended the UK government for the continuous support in making the programme a success and improving the lives of the beneficiaries Staveley said Thanks to the UK government through the FCDO the DigiGirls programme from inception has now directly empowered over six thousand women with digital skills The founder urged the beneficiaries to make use of their newfound skills NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UK, Cybersafe empower over 4,000 women with digital skills
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    UK, Cybersafe empower over 4,000 women with digital skills

    DigiGirls, an initiative of CyberSafe Foundation, funded through the UK government’s Digital Access Programme, on Wednesday graduated over four thousand women empowered with digital skills.

    The British Deputy High Commission’s Office in Lagos made this known in a statement.

    The commission said the programme also indirectly benefited over 10,000 additional women through the train-the-trainer programme.

    It said the employable digital skills would drive positive livelihood outcomes for beneficiaries, improve their employment prospects and prepare them for digital entrepreneurship.

    The commission said the DigiGirls programme aimed at lowering the digital gender imbalance against women in Nigeria by empowering more women and girls with employable digital skills through intensive training mentorship, internship and placements.

    It said learning paths for the programme included digital marketing, User Interface, User Experience, graphics design, e-commerce, and data analysis.

    Alessandra Lustrati, Head of Digital Development and Global Lead of the Digital Access Programme in the UK government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), commended the trainees on their achievements.

    Lustrati said: “Building digital capacity at a local level and testing digital skills development models that work well with specific target groups, like in the DigiGirls approach is central to FCDO overall effort.

    “The digital economy can thrive much more and generate opportunities and skilled job only if we make an effort to close the digital gender gap, which in Nigeria is currently estimated at about 25 per cent.

    “The DigiGirls project with our partner CyberSafe Foundation, which is a wider UK Digital Access Programme is a great example of how we can help close that gender gap and drive digital inclusion,” she said.

    The Founder and Executive Director of Cybersafe Foundation, Confidence Staveley, commended the UK government for the continuous support in making the programme a success and improving the lives of the beneficiaries.

    Staveley said: “Thanks to the UK government through the FCDO, the DigiGirls programme from inception has now directly empowered over six thousand women with digital skills.

    The founder urged the beneficiaries to make use of their newfound skills.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Prof Isa Pantami has emphasised the need for government private sector and individuals to prioritise digital access for economic benefits and development globally Pantami said this at the one day workshop organised by the International Telecommunications Union ITU in collaboration with the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO and the Nigerian Communications Commission NCC on Tuesday in Abuja The workshop had the theme Building Capabilities for Sustainable and Inclusive Digital Transformation in Nigeria He urged governments and individuals to take the issue of prioritising digital access and skills seriously adding that they were no longer luxury but necessities Digital access and connectivity have become a necessity as they play an increasingly vital role in our everyday lives and have become key drivers of the Fourth Industrial Revolution This reiterates the fact that digital connectivity access and skills are no longer a luxury but have become a necessity for human and economic development in both developed and developing countries It is therefore important that governments individuals and communities prioritise affordable access digital technologies he said The minister said that there was the need to promote universal access to digital infrastructure enhanced digital skills and address affordability in order to achieve this Pantami said the Nigerian government had developed 18 policies that were implemented to drive the country s digital economy which was in the bid to close the digital access gap For Nigeria this is what we have done as part of our efforts to adequately position Nigerians as major participants in the growing global digital economy We developed the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy NDEPS for a Digital Nigeria One of the implementation strategies of the Solid Infrastructure Pillar is the development of a Nigerian National Broadband Plan NNBP He however assured that implementation of the plan would accelerate the penetration of affordable and quality broadband connectivity thereby increasing digital access in Nigeria He also said that government recognises the enormity of the task of closing the digital access gaps The Nigerian Government understands that enormous private sector support as well as support from International Organisations are essential to enable us realise our lofty goals for Nigeria s digital economy This has informed our decision to partner with key international organisations like the ITU and FCDO Lack of access is as a result of challenges such as the cost of connectivity lack of digitally skilled citizens and inadequate infrastructure amongst others Pantami said In supporting the innovation ecosystem in Nigeria he said the country had developed a Nigeria Startup Bill NSB which had been passed at the National Assembly for reading The Executive Vice Chairman EVC of the NCC Prof Umar Danbatta said that the commission had programmes and policies in place which had positively impacted on the sector Danbatta said that the commission had reduced 200 clusters where there were digital access gaps down to 114 He said that it led to the attendant reduction of more than 40 million Nigerians without access to telecommunications services to about 10 million He said These initiatives include the Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institutions ADAPTI that solely aims to bridge the digital divide existing in the academia This is with the provision of computers and other ICT facilities to equip the lecturers and other experts in order to improve ICT skills and also to enrich the students The EVC said the Digital Awareness Programme DAP was a special intervention programme to address the digital information knowledge gap in the country especially among the teeming youthful population He said DAP Project had supported 229 Secondary Schools across the Six Geopolitical Zones of Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory He enjoined all stakeholders to contribute positively to improve the sector and recommended measures that would further support Nigeria in meeting its connectivity target and develop a robust digital economy We look forward to the outcome of your deliberations and expect feedbacks that will deepen the conversations on policies and initiatives for digital access and connectivity in Nigeria he said The Regional Director for Africa and Liaison Officer to United Nations Economic Commission for Africa ITU Ms Anne Rachel Inne said The event was organised to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to reflect on Nigeria s digital transformation Inne said that the initiative was aimed at contributing towards the country s digital inclusion goals like the ITU FCDO DAP partnership in the country She also said that the workshop would allow stakeholders to share their plans for future work to scale the impact in a joint effort NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Digital access must be prioritised for economic growth-Pantami
     The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Prof Isa Pantami has emphasised the need for government private sector and individuals to prioritise digital access for economic benefits and development globally Pantami said this at the one day workshop organised by the International Telecommunications Union ITU in collaboration with the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO and the Nigerian Communications Commission NCC on Tuesday in Abuja The workshop had the theme Building Capabilities for Sustainable and Inclusive Digital Transformation in Nigeria He urged governments and individuals to take the issue of prioritising digital access and skills seriously adding that they were no longer luxury but necessities Digital access and connectivity have become a necessity as they play an increasingly vital role in our everyday lives and have become key drivers of the Fourth Industrial Revolution This reiterates the fact that digital connectivity access and skills are no longer a luxury but have become a necessity for human and economic development in both developed and developing countries It is therefore important that governments individuals and communities prioritise affordable access digital technologies he said The minister said that there was the need to promote universal access to digital infrastructure enhanced digital skills and address affordability in order to achieve this Pantami said the Nigerian government had developed 18 policies that were implemented to drive the country s digital economy which was in the bid to close the digital access gap For Nigeria this is what we have done as part of our efforts to adequately position Nigerians as major participants in the growing global digital economy We developed the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy NDEPS for a Digital Nigeria One of the implementation strategies of the Solid Infrastructure Pillar is the development of a Nigerian National Broadband Plan NNBP He however assured that implementation of the plan would accelerate the penetration of affordable and quality broadband connectivity thereby increasing digital access in Nigeria He also said that government recognises the enormity of the task of closing the digital access gaps The Nigerian Government understands that enormous private sector support as well as support from International Organisations are essential to enable us realise our lofty goals for Nigeria s digital economy This has informed our decision to partner with key international organisations like the ITU and FCDO Lack of access is as a result of challenges such as the cost of connectivity lack of digitally skilled citizens and inadequate infrastructure amongst others Pantami said In supporting the innovation ecosystem in Nigeria he said the country had developed a Nigeria Startup Bill NSB which had been passed at the National Assembly for reading The Executive Vice Chairman EVC of the NCC Prof Umar Danbatta said that the commission had programmes and policies in place which had positively impacted on the sector Danbatta said that the commission had reduced 200 clusters where there were digital access gaps down to 114 He said that it led to the attendant reduction of more than 40 million Nigerians without access to telecommunications services to about 10 million He said These initiatives include the Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institutions ADAPTI that solely aims to bridge the digital divide existing in the academia This is with the provision of computers and other ICT facilities to equip the lecturers and other experts in order to improve ICT skills and also to enrich the students The EVC said the Digital Awareness Programme DAP was a special intervention programme to address the digital information knowledge gap in the country especially among the teeming youthful population He said DAP Project had supported 229 Secondary Schools across the Six Geopolitical Zones of Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory He enjoined all stakeholders to contribute positively to improve the sector and recommended measures that would further support Nigeria in meeting its connectivity target and develop a robust digital economy We look forward to the outcome of your deliberations and expect feedbacks that will deepen the conversations on policies and initiatives for digital access and connectivity in Nigeria he said The Regional Director for Africa and Liaison Officer to United Nations Economic Commission for Africa ITU Ms Anne Rachel Inne said The event was organised to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to reflect on Nigeria s digital transformation Inne said that the initiative was aimed at contributing towards the country s digital inclusion goals like the ITU FCDO DAP partnership in the country She also said that the workshop would allow stakeholders to share their plans for future work to scale the impact in a joint effort NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Digital access must be prioritised for economic growth-Pantami
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    Digital access must be prioritised for economic growth-Pantami

    The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, has emphasised the need for government, private sector and individuals to prioritise digital access for economic benefits and development globally.  

    Pantami said this at the one-day workshop organised by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), in collaboration with the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Tuesday in Abuja.  

    The workshop had the theme: ‘‘Building Capabilities for Sustainable and Inclusive Digital Transformation in Nigeria’’.  

    He urged governments and individuals to take the issue of prioritising digital access and skills seriously, adding that they were no longer luxury but necessities.  

    “Digital access and connectivity have become a necessity, as they play an increasingly vital role in our everyday lives and have become key drivers of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  

    “This reiterates the fact that digital connectivity, access, and skills are no longer a luxury, but have become a necessity for human and economic development in both developed and developing countries.  

    “It is therefore important that governments, individuals and communities prioritise affordable access digital technologies,” he said.  

    The minister said that there was the need to promote universal access to digital infrastructure, enhanced digital skills and address affordability in order to achieve this.  

    Pantami said, ” the Nigerian government had developed 18 policies that were implemented to drive the country’s digital economy, which was in the bid to close the digital access gap.  

    “For Nigeria, this is what we have done as part of our efforts to adequately position Nigerians as major participants in the growing global digital economy.  

    “We developed the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria.  

    “One of the implementation strategies of the Solid Infrastructure Pillar is the development of a Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP).

    ”   He, however, assured that implementation of the plan would accelerate the penetration of affordable and quality broadband connectivity, thereby increasing digital access in Nigeria.  

    He also said that government recognises the enormity of the task of closing the digital access gaps.  

    “The Nigerian Government understands that enormous private sector support, as well as support from International Organisations, are essential to enable us realise our lofty goals for Nigeria’s digital economy.  

    “This has informed our decision to partner with key international organisations like the ITU and FCDO.  

    “Lack of access is as a result of challenges such as the cost of connectivity, lack of digitally skilled citizens and inadequate infrastructure, amongst others,” Pantami said.  

    In supporting the innovation ecosystem in Nigeria, he said, the country had developed a ‘Nigeria Startup Bill (NSB),’ which had been passed at the National Assembly for reading.  

    The Executive Vice-Chairman (EVC), of the NCC, Prof.  Umar Danbatta, said that the commission had programmes and policies in place, which had positively impacted on the sector.  

    Danbatta said that the commission had reduced 200 clusters, where there were digital access gaps down to 114.   He said that it led to the attendant reduction of more than 40 million Nigerians without access to telecommunications services to about 10 million.  

    He said: “These initiatives include the Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI), that solely aims to bridge the digital divide existing in the academia.  

    “This is with the provision of computers and other ICT facilities to equip the lecturers and other experts in order to improve ICT skills and also to enrich the students.

    ”   The EVC said the Digital Awareness Programme (DAP), was a special intervention programme to address the digital information knowledge gap in the country, especially among the teeming youthful population.  

    He said DAP Project had supported 229 Secondary Schools across the Six Geopolitical Zones of Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory.  

    He enjoined all stakeholders to contribute positively to improve the sector and recommended measures that would further support Nigeria in meeting its connectivity target and develop a robust digital economy.  

    ”We look forward to the outcome of your deliberations and expect feedbacks that will deepen the conversations on policies and initiatives for digital access and connectivity in Nigeria, ” he said.  

    The Regional Director for Africa, and Liaison Officer to United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, ITU, Ms Anne-Rachel Inne  said: “The event was organised to provide stakeholders with  an opportunity to reflect on Nigeria’s digital transformation.  

    Inne said that the initiative was aimed at contributing towards the country’s digital inclusion goals like the ITU-FCDO DAP partnership in the country.  

    She also said that the workshop would allow stakeholders to share their plans for future work to scale the impact in a joint effort.  


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Dr Salma Ibrahim Anas the Director Family Health Services Federal Ministry of Health says family planning and fertility education are critical towards achieving sustainable development and secured environment Ibrahim Anas made this known on Wednesday at the National Inception meeting of the Women s Integrated Services for Health WISH project in Abuja She said that lack of family planning and poor access to fertility education contributed to the current security challenges affecting the nation She said that proper planning and spacing of children would enable parents instill morals provide quality education nutrition as well as improve chances of survival and reduce illnesses and burden on health facilities Lack of family planning is a great contributor to insecurity in the country because the use is to space the number of children you want the time you plan to have them and the family size you can take care of This is in terms of nutrition moral upbringing education and quality care so that we have children that are raised productive well mentored and contribute to national development If you have so many you might not be able to carter for them So this is where family planning comes in to regulate fertility When you regulate fertility you have children that contribute to national development because they are well guided If we are not able to do this we might end in catastrophe because you have children that are not educated and no access to quality education both formal and spiritual This makes them think irrational and without work and they have to carter for themselves So they begin to look for various means of survival and this can lead to insecurity that we are witnessing in Nigeria she said While reiterating governments commitments towards improving access to family planning and other sexual reproductive health services she encouraged families to support the programmes She added that the WISH project had improved universal sexual and reproductive health and rights of the people Dr Ebere Anyachukwu Health Adviser Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO said the project was extended to record more successes in sexual and reproductive health services SRHR Anyachukwu however stressed the need for improvement in domestic finances and ownership of family planning and reproductive health services And this extension will support the federal and state governments to take forward the sustainability of reproductive health interventions in Nigeria WISH extension is here to support federal and state governments to ensure that Nigerian women and families are able to access reproductive health services where they need it when they need it for the betterment of their health and families So I encourage the women to access it as much as possible and we will be building mechanisms to ensure it is sustained over a long time he added Also Mr Emmanuel Ajah Country Director Marie Stopes International organisation Nigeria MSION said WISH was a three year Project supported by FCDO to support universal SRHR in Nigeria Ajah explained that the project was implemented by MSION Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria PPFN IPas Options and ThinkPlace in 13 states for three years He added that one year was extended to sustain the gains of the WISH project in Bauchi Sokoto Adamawa Borno Kano and Jigawa States He said the extension of the WISH project seeks to enhance government ownership of quality SRH services provision supervision and leadership to strengthen health system Ajah added that it also seeks to ensure support implementation of SRHR policies laws and regulations www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Family planning, fertility education key to sustainable development—FG
      Dr Salma Ibrahim Anas the Director Family Health Services Federal Ministry of Health says family planning and fertility education are critical towards achieving sustainable development and secured environment Ibrahim Anas made this known on Wednesday at the National Inception meeting of the Women s Integrated Services for Health WISH project in Abuja She said that lack of family planning and poor access to fertility education contributed to the current security challenges affecting the nation She said that proper planning and spacing of children would enable parents instill morals provide quality education nutrition as well as improve chances of survival and reduce illnesses and burden on health facilities Lack of family planning is a great contributor to insecurity in the country because the use is to space the number of children you want the time you plan to have them and the family size you can take care of This is in terms of nutrition moral upbringing education and quality care so that we have children that are raised productive well mentored and contribute to national development If you have so many you might not be able to carter for them So this is where family planning comes in to regulate fertility When you regulate fertility you have children that contribute to national development because they are well guided If we are not able to do this we might end in catastrophe because you have children that are not educated and no access to quality education both formal and spiritual This makes them think irrational and without work and they have to carter for themselves So they begin to look for various means of survival and this can lead to insecurity that we are witnessing in Nigeria she said While reiterating governments commitments towards improving access to family planning and other sexual reproductive health services she encouraged families to support the programmes She added that the WISH project had improved universal sexual and reproductive health and rights of the people Dr Ebere Anyachukwu Health Adviser Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO said the project was extended to record more successes in sexual and reproductive health services SRHR Anyachukwu however stressed the need for improvement in domestic finances and ownership of family planning and reproductive health services And this extension will support the federal and state governments to take forward the sustainability of reproductive health interventions in Nigeria WISH extension is here to support federal and state governments to ensure that Nigerian women and families are able to access reproductive health services where they need it when they need it for the betterment of their health and families So I encourage the women to access it as much as possible and we will be building mechanisms to ensure it is sustained over a long time he added Also Mr Emmanuel Ajah Country Director Marie Stopes International organisation Nigeria MSION said WISH was a three year Project supported by FCDO to support universal SRHR in Nigeria Ajah explained that the project was implemented by MSION Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria PPFN IPas Options and ThinkPlace in 13 states for three years He added that one year was extended to sustain the gains of the WISH project in Bauchi Sokoto Adamawa Borno Kano and Jigawa States He said the extension of the WISH project seeks to enhance government ownership of quality SRH services provision supervision and leadership to strengthen health system Ajah added that it also seeks to ensure support implementation of SRHR policies laws and regulations www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Family planning, fertility education key to sustainable development—FG
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    Family planning, fertility education key to sustainable development—FG

    Dr Salma Ibrahim-Anas, the Director, Family Health Services, Federal Ministry of Health, says family planning and fertility education are critical towards achieving sustainable development and secured environment.

    Ibrahim-Anas made this known on Wednesday at the National Inception meeting of the Women’s Integrated Services for Health (WISH) project in Abuja.

    She said that lack of family planning and poor access to fertility education contributed to the current security challenges affecting the nation.

    She said that proper planning and spacing of children would enable parents instill morals, provide quality education, nutrition, as well as improve chances of survival and reduce illnesses and burden on health facilities.

    ” Lack of family planning is a great contributor to insecurity in the country because the use is to space the number of children you want, the time you plan to have them and the family size you can take care of.

    “This is in terms of nutrition, moral upbringing, education and quality care so that we have children that are raised productive, well mentored and contribute to national development.

    “If you have so many you might not be able to carter for them.

    So this is where family planning comes in to regulate fertility.

    ” When you regulate fertility you have children that contribute to national development because they are well guided.

    ” If we are not able to do this, we might end in catastrophe because you have children that are not educated and no access to quality education both formal and spiritual.

    “This makes them think irrational and without work and they have to carter for themselves.

    So they begin to look for various means of survival and this can lead to insecurity that we are witnessing in Nigeria,”she said.

    While, reiterating governments’ commitments towards improving access to family planning and other sexual reproductive health services, she encouraged families to support the programmes.

    She added that the WISH project had improved universal sexual and reproductive health and rights of the people.

    Dr Ebere Anyachukwu, Health Adviser Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), said the project was extended to record more successes in sexual and reproductive health services (SRHR).

    Anyachukwu, however, stressed the need for improvement in domestic finances and ownership of family planning and reproductive health services.

    ” And this extension will support the federal and state governments to take forward the sustainability of reproductive health interventions in Nigeria.

    ” WISH extension is here to support federal and state governments to ensure that Nigerian women and families are able to access reproductive health services where they need it, when they need it for the betterment of their health and families.

    “So, I encourage the women to access it as much as possible and we will be building mechanisms to ensure it is sustained over a long time,” he added.

    Also, Mr Emmanuel Ajah, Country Director, Marie Stopes International organisation Nigeria (MSION) said WISH was a three-year Project supported by FCDO to support universal SRHR in Nigeria.

    Ajah, explained that the project was implemented by MSION, Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN), IPas,Options and ThinkPlace in 13 states for three years.

    He added that one-year was extended to sustain the gains of the WISH project in Bauchi, Sokoto, Adamawa, Borno, Kano and Jigawa States.

    He said the extension of the WISH project seeks to enhance government ownership of quality (SRH) services provision, supervision and leadership to strengthen health system.

    Ajah, added that it also seeks to ensure support implementation of SRHR policies, laws and regulations.

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  •   On August 11 2022 UN Women Uganda Action Aid and the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development MGLSD convened the National Symposium on the Impact and Sustainability of Gender Based Violence Shelters in Uganda Shelters are a critical part of a holistic approach to violence against women and girls providing shelter medical legal economic and psychosocial services to victims There are 20 shelters in total in Uganda supported in partnership with the Government of Uganda and MGLSD These shelters are managed by partners supported by UN Women including Action Aid and UGANET MIFUMI and UWONET among other organizations Speaking at the opening session of the Symposium UN Women Country Representative in Uganda Paulina Chiwangu shared UN Women is aware of the ongoing efforts supported by the Government of Uganda and Development Partners such as Sweden and Norway but the reality is that some of the shelters are not operational due to lack of funding and others are about to close Her Excellency the Ambassador of Sweden Maria Hakansson stressed that violence generates significant economic costs for society and gender violence is the most evident expression of this inequality Gender based violence is often used to silence women who speak out HE Hakannson made a call to action that now is the time to lead by example She challenged women and men in all spheres of society to step up to prevent and respond to gender based violence A short documentary on the subject was screened during the symposium before a presentation by the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development on the state of GBV shelters in Uganda The Symposium highlighted the importance of the links between violence against women and girls and women s economic empowerment MGLSD s strategic direction is to incorporate GBV Shelter programming but due to the economic downturn this has not been easy There is a need for additional financial support for GBV shelters to ensure continuity of critical services for GBV survivors Much has been done in terms of legal policy framework changing social norms coordination and a multisectoral approach but all of this requires financial support During the COVID 19 pandemic when shelters faced closure UN Women Uganda stepped in to provide emergency funds to maintain shelters Sustainability was at the heart of the discussions with presentations and discussions on financing options for shelters A presentation on The Financing Ecosystem presented by Jean Kemitare Program Director at Urgent Action Fund who highlighted the fact that the system is co dependent as all the actors and factors constitute a whole and that system is made up of governments local and national private sector bilateral agencies such as FCDO and SIDA women s funds among others This presentation sparked a conversation about being strategic innovative and partnering with sustainable institutions as well as other partners such as high net worth individuals District Local Government DLG officials District Community Development Officers DCDO civil society organizations UN agencies and other stakeholders participated in a plenary discussion in which participants shared concerns about inadequate funding in this area the influx of survivors the functionality of the referral system as well as a call to the Ministry of Gender to support GBV shelters Participants representing the UN spoke about their commitments and saw this funding challenge as a good opportunity to expand our thinking on funding and tap into other donors in the areas of refugee response for example Dr Katja Kerschbaumer representing the Austrian Development Cooperation spoke about the support that Austria is providing to end the violence by developing the investigative capacity of the police the prosecution service and having more staff in these agencies as well as in the courts in districts where gender violence is higher predominant The overall conclusion of the Symposium was the need to take seriously the needs of women and girls as a global and national emergency The participants shared conclusions during the interactive sessions Angella Akoth National Coordinator of the GBV Shelters Project Action Aid spoke about the shadow of the pandemic of violence against women and called for support and commitment and the need to prioritize these services We have had an increase in cases of violence against women in Uganda due to economic constraints related to the COVID 19 pandemic and other global crises Right now facing the threat of closure leaves us with many questions what How do women get How can women be reached with these services when they face the threat of closure Women are the backbone of Uganda we must prioritize them If we allocate funds for water hygiene environment why don t we allocate funds for the safety of women Funding WASH for example and neglecting the person who will benefit from WASH is pointless Commissioner Angella Nakafeero Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development emphasized the importance of women s economic empowerment and the interrelationships with violence prevention When women have a source of income they can access justice satisfy their own needs and decide to leave abusive relationships behind Through the support of UN Women These shelters have helped 665 women in 5 districts to benefit from entrepreneurial skills in agricultural and non agricultural businesses
    National Symposium on Gender-Based Violence Shelters Sparks Discussion on Sustainability of Lifesaving Services in Uganda
      On August 11 2022 UN Women Uganda Action Aid and the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development MGLSD convened the National Symposium on the Impact and Sustainability of Gender Based Violence Shelters in Uganda Shelters are a critical part of a holistic approach to violence against women and girls providing shelter medical legal economic and psychosocial services to victims There are 20 shelters in total in Uganda supported in partnership with the Government of Uganda and MGLSD These shelters are managed by partners supported by UN Women including Action Aid and UGANET MIFUMI and UWONET among other organizations Speaking at the opening session of the Symposium UN Women Country Representative in Uganda Paulina Chiwangu shared UN Women is aware of the ongoing efforts supported by the Government of Uganda and Development Partners such as Sweden and Norway but the reality is that some of the shelters are not operational due to lack of funding and others are about to close Her Excellency the Ambassador of Sweden Maria Hakansson stressed that violence generates significant economic costs for society and gender violence is the most evident expression of this inequality Gender based violence is often used to silence women who speak out HE Hakannson made a call to action that now is the time to lead by example She challenged women and men in all spheres of society to step up to prevent and respond to gender based violence A short documentary on the subject was screened during the symposium before a presentation by the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development on the state of GBV shelters in Uganda The Symposium highlighted the importance of the links between violence against women and girls and women s economic empowerment MGLSD s strategic direction is to incorporate GBV Shelter programming but due to the economic downturn this has not been easy There is a need for additional financial support for GBV shelters to ensure continuity of critical services for GBV survivors Much has been done in terms of legal policy framework changing social norms coordination and a multisectoral approach but all of this requires financial support During the COVID 19 pandemic when shelters faced closure UN Women Uganda stepped in to provide emergency funds to maintain shelters Sustainability was at the heart of the discussions with presentations and discussions on financing options for shelters A presentation on The Financing Ecosystem presented by Jean Kemitare Program Director at Urgent Action Fund who highlighted the fact that the system is co dependent as all the actors and factors constitute a whole and that system is made up of governments local and national private sector bilateral agencies such as FCDO and SIDA women s funds among others This presentation sparked a conversation about being strategic innovative and partnering with sustainable institutions as well as other partners such as high net worth individuals District Local Government DLG officials District Community Development Officers DCDO civil society organizations UN agencies and other stakeholders participated in a plenary discussion in which participants shared concerns about inadequate funding in this area the influx of survivors the functionality of the referral system as well as a call to the Ministry of Gender to support GBV shelters Participants representing the UN spoke about their commitments and saw this funding challenge as a good opportunity to expand our thinking on funding and tap into other donors in the areas of refugee response for example Dr Katja Kerschbaumer representing the Austrian Development Cooperation spoke about the support that Austria is providing to end the violence by developing the investigative capacity of the police the prosecution service and having more staff in these agencies as well as in the courts in districts where gender violence is higher predominant The overall conclusion of the Symposium was the need to take seriously the needs of women and girls as a global and national emergency The participants shared conclusions during the interactive sessions Angella Akoth National Coordinator of the GBV Shelters Project Action Aid spoke about the shadow of the pandemic of violence against women and called for support and commitment and the need to prioritize these services We have had an increase in cases of violence against women in Uganda due to economic constraints related to the COVID 19 pandemic and other global crises Right now facing the threat of closure leaves us with many questions what How do women get How can women be reached with these services when they face the threat of closure Women are the backbone of Uganda we must prioritize them If we allocate funds for water hygiene environment why don t we allocate funds for the safety of women Funding WASH for example and neglecting the person who will benefit from WASH is pointless Commissioner Angella Nakafeero Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development emphasized the importance of women s economic empowerment and the interrelationships with violence prevention When women have a source of income they can access justice satisfy their own needs and decide to leave abusive relationships behind Through the support of UN Women These shelters have helped 665 women in 5 districts to benefit from entrepreneurial skills in agricultural and non agricultural businesses
    National Symposium on Gender-Based Violence Shelters Sparks Discussion on Sustainability of Lifesaving Services in Uganda
    Africa1 month ago

    National Symposium on Gender-Based Violence Shelters Sparks Discussion on Sustainability of Lifesaving Services in Uganda

    On August 11, 2022, UN Women Uganda, Action Aid and the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development (MGLSD) convened the National Symposium on the Impact and Sustainability of Gender-Based Violence Shelters in Uganda.

    Shelters are a critical part of a holistic approach to violence against women and girls, providing shelter, medical, legal, economic and psychosocial services to victims.

    There are 20 shelters in total in Uganda, supported in partnership with the Government of Uganda and MGLSD.

    These shelters are managed by partners supported by UN Women, including Action Aid and UGANET, MIFUMI and UWONET, among other organizations.

    Speaking at the opening session of the Symposium, UN Women Country Representative in Uganda, Paulina Chiwangu, shared: "UN Women is aware of the ongoing efforts supported by the Government of Uganda and Development Partners such as Sweden and Norway, but the reality is that some of the shelters are not operational due to lack of funding and others are about to close."

    Her Excellency the Ambassador of Sweden Maria Hakansson stressed that violence generates significant economic costs for society, and gender violence is the most evident expression of this inequality.

    Gender-based violence is often used to silence women who speak out.

    HE Hakannson made a call to action that now is the time to lead by example.

    She challenged women and men in all spheres of society to step up to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

    A short documentary on the subject was screened during the symposium before a presentation by the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development on the state of GBV shelters in Uganda.

    The Symposium highlighted the importance of the links between violence against women and girls and women's economic empowerment.

    MGLSD's strategic direction is to incorporate GBV Shelter programming, but due to the economic downturn this has not been easy.

    There is a need for additional financial support for GBV shelters to ensure continuity of critical services for GBV survivors.

    Much has been done in terms of legal policy framework, changing social norms, coordination and a multisectoral approach, but all of this requires financial support.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, when shelters faced closure, UN Women Uganda stepped in to provide emergency funds to maintain shelters.

    Sustainability was at the heart of the discussions with presentations and discussions on financing options for shelters.

    A presentation on "The Financing Ecosystem" presented by Jean Kemitare (Program Director at Urgent Action Fund), who highlighted the fact that the system is co-dependent as all the actors and factors constitute a whole and that system is made up of governments local and national, private sector, bilateral agencies such as FCDO and SIDA, women's funds among others.

    This presentation sparked a conversation about being strategic, innovative, and partnering with sustainable institutions as well as other partners, such as high net worth individuals.

    District Local Government (DLG) officials, District Community Development Officers (DCDO), civil society organizations, UN agencies and other stakeholders participated in a plenary discussion in which participants shared concerns about inadequate funding in this area, the influx of survivors, the functionality of the referral system, as well as a call to the Ministry of Gender to support GBV shelters.

    Participants representing the UN spoke about their commitments and saw this funding challenge as a good opportunity to expand our thinking on funding and tap into other donors in the areas of refugee response, for example.

    Dr. Katja Kerschbaumer, representing the Austrian Development Cooperation, spoke about the support that Austria is providing to end the violence by developing the investigative capacity of the police, the prosecution service and having more staff in these agencies, as well as in the courts in districts where gender violence is higher.

    predominant.

    The overall conclusion of the Symposium was the need to take seriously the needs of women and girls as a global and national emergency.

    The participants shared conclusions during the interactive sessions.

    Angella Akoth, National Coordinator of the GBV Shelters Project, Action Aid, spoke about the shadow of the pandemic of violence against women and called for support and commitment, and the need to prioritize these services.

    “We have had an increase in cases of violence against women in Uganda due to economic constraints related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other global crises.

    Right now, facing the threat of closure leaves us with many questions: what How do women get How can women be reached with these services when they face the threat of closure?

    Women are the backbone of Uganda, we must prioritize them.

    If we allocate funds for water, hygiene, environment, why don't we allocate funds for the safety of women?

    Funding WASH (for example) and neglecting the person who will benefit from WASH is pointless."

    Commissioner Angella Nakafeero, Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, emphasized the importance of women's economic empowerment and the interrelationships with violence prevention: "When women have a source of income they can access justice, satisfy their own needs and decide to leave abusive relationships behind.

    [Through the support of UN Women] These shelters have helped 665 women in 5 districts to benefit from entrepreneurial skills in agricultural and non-agricultural businesses."

  •  The Kaduna State Government has spent a total of N158 1 billion out of the N225 1 billion budgeted for the education sector between 2017 and 2021 the sector budget trend analysis has shown The analysis indicating a 70 2 per cent performance was conducted by the Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism KADBEAM in Kaduna on Thursday to determine the level of investment in the sector The event was supported by Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn PERL a governance programme of the United Kingdom s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO The analysis showed that N64 8 billion was allocated to the education sector in 2017 of which N14 6 billion was spent representing 22 4 per cent It also showed that N51 7 billion was budgeted in 2018 with actual spending standing at N23 5 billion representing 45 5 per cent N42 4 billion was budgeted in 2019 with eventual expenditure of N32 7 billion representing 77 2 per cent In 2020 a total of N66 1 billion was allocated to the sector of which N32 billion was spent representing 48 5 per cent while in 2021 the sector got N62 1 billion of which N55 2 billion was spent representing 88 9 per cent Mr Martins Dangwa Chairman Evidence Technical Working Group KADBEAM said that despite the 70 per cent budget performance in the list five years the sector was still faced with infrastructural decay Dangwa identified other challenges as noted by the state education policy to include limited qualified teachers in core science subjects and inefficiency in education data management system PERL s State Partnership Facilitator Mr Istifanus Akau explained that the trend analysis was conducted to assess the state government commitment in providing quality education services The objective is to understand the budget trend of public sector investment in the education sector look at the provisions the sector was able to access and implement education programmes This will enable us to identify priority areas of investment in the sector and gain insight on alignment of policy and fiscal performance in the last five years he said The Citizens Co Chair KADBEAM Mr Tijjani Aliyu commended that level of partnership and collaboration among critical education stakeholders in the state working to improve the quality of education serviced delivery Aliyu said that the budget trend analysis would reveal interventions that were starved of funds for the organised civil society to advocate for improved funding and timely release of allocated funds State Lead Facilitator PERL Mr Adejor Abel said that the governance programme would continue to support conversation between the government and citizens on service delivery Abel commended the state government for providing a space for citizens to make inputs into the State Education Policy Quality Assurance Policy and other strategic documents to improve the quality of education services Also Mubarak Siraj State Reform Facilitator Partnership for Learning for All in Nigeria PLANE programme a seven year FCDO education programme lauded stakeholders support to the education sector Siraj said that was supporting the state government and the private sector to ensure effective and inclusive education by getting the foundation for improved learning outcomes Mr Joshua James Secretary Civil Society Steering Committee Open Government Partnership said it was very important for citizens to keep tap with government to ensure that resources were expended in areas of needs James said that the trend analysis would determine if the government was making the right investment in the education sector or not The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other issues identified include poor investment on Information and Communication technology reduced budgetary allocation for overhead cost and poor teacher recruitment and deployment processes NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna State Govt spends N158.1bn on education in 5 years
     The Kaduna State Government has spent a total of N158 1 billion out of the N225 1 billion budgeted for the education sector between 2017 and 2021 the sector budget trend analysis has shown The analysis indicating a 70 2 per cent performance was conducted by the Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism KADBEAM in Kaduna on Thursday to determine the level of investment in the sector The event was supported by Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn PERL a governance programme of the United Kingdom s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO The analysis showed that N64 8 billion was allocated to the education sector in 2017 of which N14 6 billion was spent representing 22 4 per cent It also showed that N51 7 billion was budgeted in 2018 with actual spending standing at N23 5 billion representing 45 5 per cent N42 4 billion was budgeted in 2019 with eventual expenditure of N32 7 billion representing 77 2 per cent In 2020 a total of N66 1 billion was allocated to the sector of which N32 billion was spent representing 48 5 per cent while in 2021 the sector got N62 1 billion of which N55 2 billion was spent representing 88 9 per cent Mr Martins Dangwa Chairman Evidence Technical Working Group KADBEAM said that despite the 70 per cent budget performance in the list five years the sector was still faced with infrastructural decay Dangwa identified other challenges as noted by the state education policy to include limited qualified teachers in core science subjects and inefficiency in education data management system PERL s State Partnership Facilitator Mr Istifanus Akau explained that the trend analysis was conducted to assess the state government commitment in providing quality education services The objective is to understand the budget trend of public sector investment in the education sector look at the provisions the sector was able to access and implement education programmes This will enable us to identify priority areas of investment in the sector and gain insight on alignment of policy and fiscal performance in the last five years he said The Citizens Co Chair KADBEAM Mr Tijjani Aliyu commended that level of partnership and collaboration among critical education stakeholders in the state working to improve the quality of education serviced delivery Aliyu said that the budget trend analysis would reveal interventions that were starved of funds for the organised civil society to advocate for improved funding and timely release of allocated funds State Lead Facilitator PERL Mr Adejor Abel said that the governance programme would continue to support conversation between the government and citizens on service delivery Abel commended the state government for providing a space for citizens to make inputs into the State Education Policy Quality Assurance Policy and other strategic documents to improve the quality of education services Also Mubarak Siraj State Reform Facilitator Partnership for Learning for All in Nigeria PLANE programme a seven year FCDO education programme lauded stakeholders support to the education sector Siraj said that was supporting the state government and the private sector to ensure effective and inclusive education by getting the foundation for improved learning outcomes Mr Joshua James Secretary Civil Society Steering Committee Open Government Partnership said it was very important for citizens to keep tap with government to ensure that resources were expended in areas of needs James said that the trend analysis would determine if the government was making the right investment in the education sector or not The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other issues identified include poor investment on Information and Communication technology reduced budgetary allocation for overhead cost and poor teacher recruitment and deployment processes NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna State Govt spends N158.1bn on education in 5 years
    Education2 months ago

    Kaduna State Govt spends N158.1bn on education in 5 years

    The Kaduna State Government has spent a total of N158.1 billion out of the N225.1 billion budgeted for the education sector between 2017 and 2021, the sector budget trend analysis has shown.

    The analysis, indicating a 70.2 per cent performance, was conducted by the Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism (KADBEAM) in Kaduna on Thursday, to determine the level of investment in the sector.

    The event was supported by Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), a governance programme of the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

    The analysis showed that N64.8 billion was allocated to the education sector in 2017 of which N14.6 billion was spent, representing 22.4 per cent.

    It also showed that N51.7 billion was budgeted in 2018, with actual spending standing at N23.5 billion, representing 45.5 per cent; N42.4 billion was budgeted in 2019 with eventual expenditure of N32.7 billion representing 77.2 per cent.

    In 2020, a total of N66.1 billion was allocated to the sector of which N32 billion was spent, representing 48.5 per cent while in 2021 the sector got N62.1 billion of which N55.2 billion was spent, representing 88.9 per cent.

    Mr Martins Dangwa, Chairman, Evidence Technical Working Group, KADBEAM, said that despite the 70 per cent budget performance in the list five years, the sector was still faced with infrastructural decay.

    Dangwa identified other challenges as noted by the state education policy to include limited qualified teachers in core science subjects, and inefficiency in education data management system.

    PERL’s State Partnership Facilitator, Mr Istifanus Akau explained that the trend analysis was conducted to assess the state government commitment in providing quality education services.

    “The objective is to understand the budget trend of public sector investment in the education sector, look at the provisions the sector was able to access and implement education programmes.

    “This will enable us to identify priority areas of investment in the sector and gain insight on alignment of policy and fiscal performance in the last five years,” he said.

    The Citizens’ Co-Chair, KADBEAM Mr Tijjani Aliyu, commended that level of partnership and collaboration among critical education stakeholders in the state working to improve the quality of education serviced delivery.

    Aliyu said that the budget trend analysis would reveal interventions that were starved of funds for the organised civil society to advocate for improved funding and timely release of allocated funds.

    State Lead Facilitator, PERL, Mr Adejor Abel, said that the governance programme would continue to support conversation between the government and citizens on service delivery.

    Abel commended the state government for providing a space for citizens to make inputs into the State Education Policy, Quality Assurance Policy, and other strategic documents to improve the quality of education services.

    Also, Mubarak Siraj, State Reform Facilitator, Partnership for Learning for All in Nigeria (PLANE) programme, a seven-year FCDO education programme lauded stakeholders’ support to the education sector.

    Siraj said that was supporting the state government and the private sector to ensure effective and inclusive education by getting the foundation for improved learning outcomes.

    Mr Joshua James, Secretary, Civil Society Steering Committee, Open Government Partnership said it was very important for citizens to keep tap with government to ensure that resources were expended in areas of needs.

    James said that the trend analysis would determine if the government was making the right investment in the education sector or not.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other issues identified include poor investment on Information and Communication technology, reduced budgetary allocation for overhead cost and poor teacher recruitment and deployment processes. (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  No fewer than 220 farmers from Kano and Jigawa States were trained on Regenerative and Climate Smart Agriculture to boost production of organic foods for healthy societies The training was organised by Silvex International a Nigerian Agribusiness and commodity trading company in partnership with Kingston Organic Plc U S and RegenFarm UK The Vice President Kingston Organic Plc Nigeria Operations Mr Sunusi Bature disclosed this in a statement on Wenesday in Kano Bature said that 30 field coordinators were also trained together with the farmers on the new farming concept He said that the training was conducted in Ajingi Local Government area of Kano state Bature revealed that the participants were expected to step down similar training to other farmers in the two states According to him the farmers are educated on the techniques of producing organic foods with a priority given to hibiscus sesame seeds and groundnut He said that the Managing Director Silvex International Alhaji Abubakar Usman Karfi told the farmers during a meeting that the training was part of the preparedness for the implementation of the innovation Bature reported Usman Karfi as saying that Silvex International with the support from the British FCDO LINKS Project enrolled many farmers in its digital platform for the regenerative and climate smart agriculture in Kano and Jigawa states And it is expected to onboard up to 100 000 farmers by the end of 2022 The digital platform gives access to real time and verifiable data on the farmers and their activities at farm which include farm size socio economic profile weather condition date of planting projected date of harvest and expected yield he said Regenerative agriculture is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems It is an alternative means of producing foods that may have lower environmental or social impacts on human health Regenerative agriculture does no harm to land but actually improves it using technologies that regenerate and revitalise the soil and the environment That assists to give healthy soil capable of producing high quality and nutrient dense food for healthy communities While Climate smart Agriculture is an integrated approach to managing landscapes to help adapt agricultural methods livestock and crops to the effects of climate change NAN
    Agribusiness firm trains 220 farmers on regenerative, climate-smart agric in Kano, Jigawa — Official
     No fewer than 220 farmers from Kano and Jigawa States were trained on Regenerative and Climate Smart Agriculture to boost production of organic foods for healthy societies The training was organised by Silvex International a Nigerian Agribusiness and commodity trading company in partnership with Kingston Organic Plc U S and RegenFarm UK The Vice President Kingston Organic Plc Nigeria Operations Mr Sunusi Bature disclosed this in a statement on Wenesday in Kano Bature said that 30 field coordinators were also trained together with the farmers on the new farming concept He said that the training was conducted in Ajingi Local Government area of Kano state Bature revealed that the participants were expected to step down similar training to other farmers in the two states According to him the farmers are educated on the techniques of producing organic foods with a priority given to hibiscus sesame seeds and groundnut He said that the Managing Director Silvex International Alhaji Abubakar Usman Karfi told the farmers during a meeting that the training was part of the preparedness for the implementation of the innovation Bature reported Usman Karfi as saying that Silvex International with the support from the British FCDO LINKS Project enrolled many farmers in its digital platform for the regenerative and climate smart agriculture in Kano and Jigawa states And it is expected to onboard up to 100 000 farmers by the end of 2022 The digital platform gives access to real time and verifiable data on the farmers and their activities at farm which include farm size socio economic profile weather condition date of planting projected date of harvest and expected yield he said Regenerative agriculture is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems It is an alternative means of producing foods that may have lower environmental or social impacts on human health Regenerative agriculture does no harm to land but actually improves it using technologies that regenerate and revitalise the soil and the environment That assists to give healthy soil capable of producing high quality and nutrient dense food for healthy communities While Climate smart Agriculture is an integrated approach to managing landscapes to help adapt agricultural methods livestock and crops to the effects of climate change NAN
    Agribusiness firm trains 220 farmers on regenerative, climate-smart agric in Kano, Jigawa — Official
    General news4 months ago

    Agribusiness firm trains 220 farmers on regenerative, climate-smart agric in Kano, Jigawa — Official

    No fewer than 220 farmers from Kano and Jigawa States were trained on Regenerative and Climate-Smart Agriculture to boost production of organic foods for healthy societies.The training was organised by Silvex International, a Nigerian Agribusiness and commodity trading company, in partnership with Kingston Organic Plc. U.S. and RegenFarm UK.The Vice President, Kingston Organic Plc., Nigeria Operations, Mr Sunusi Bature, disclosed this in a statement on Wenesday in Kano.Bature said that 30 field coordinators were also trained together with the farmers on the new farming concept.He said that the training was conducted in Ajingi Local Government area of Kano state.Bature revealed that the participants were expected to step down similar training to other farmers in the two states.According to him, the farmers are educated on the techniques of producing organic foods with a priority given to hibiscus, sesame seeds and groundnut.He said that the Managing Director, Silvex International, Alhaji Abubakar Usman-Karfi, told the farmers during a meeting that the training was part of the preparedness for the implementation of the innovation.Bature reported Usman-Karfi, as saying that, “Silvex International, with the support from the British FCDO LINKS Project, enrolled many farmers in its digital platform for the regenerative and climate-smart agriculture in Kano and Jigawa states”.“And it is expected to onboard up to 100,000 farmers by the end of 2022.”“The digital platform gives access to real time and verifiable data on the farmers and their activities at farm which include farm size, socio-economic profile, weather condition, date of planting, projected date of harvest and expected yield,” he said.Regenerative agriculture is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems.It is an alternative means of producing foods that may have lower environmental or social impacts on human health.Regenerative agriculture does no harm to land, but actually improves it, using technologies that regenerate and revitalise the soil and the environment.That assists to give healthy soil capable of producing high quality and nutrient dense food for healthy communities.While Climate-smart Agriculture is an integrated approach to managing landscapes, to help adapt agricultural methods- livestock and crops to the effects of climate change. (

    (NAN)

  •  By Carl Umegboro The profound role of the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO of the United Kingdom on girls education in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized As a big brother to Nigeria the United Kingdom has continued to show exemplary leadership by funding the Girls Education Project GEP considering that poverty in any society cannot be utterly eradicated without paying critical attention to child education particularly girls Understandably the concern is borne out of the commitment that education is a fundamental human right that every child should enjoy and no child should be left behind The attention to girls education is premium and synchronizes an adage when you educate a girl you educate a nation Unfortunately common gender norms continue to put girls at a disadvantage lead them to drop out of school at higher rates as well as engage in harmful practices such as child marriage Every day girls face barriers to education caused by poverty cultural norms and practices poor infrastructure violence and fragility and many others In developing nations including Nigeria tradition pushes parents to prioritize the education of their sons over their daughters and reduce them to mere child bearing and housekeeping These are misnomers Educated girls are emphatical healthier citizens who raise healthier families to contribute to the economic growth of the countries Globally women play critical roles in the economic growth of nations when properly educated Examples are Ms Amina Mohammed and Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala the Deputy UN Secretary General and the Director General of the World Trade Organization WTO respectively among other high profile women in key positions around the world From records there are 18 5 million out of school children currently in Nigeria 60 percent of these out of school children are girls that is over 10 million girls are out of school It is also held that 1 in 5 of the world s out of school children is in Nigeria Data also shows complex and multidimensional constraints in accessing and completing secondary education for adolescent girls in northern Nigeria Meanwhile education remains the most impactful way to empower girls and eradicate inequality It must be noted that educating a girl changes many things her destiny as well as those of her future children and ensures that she can contribute meaningfully to the economic life of her community According to a World Bank report in 2012 Girls education especially at the secondary level is consistently found to not only positively influence girls lives but also drive other positive development outcomes including a reduction in child and maternal mortality rates improvements in educational outcomes of offspring and reducing poverty and promoting equitable growth Malala Yousafzai a renowned Girls Education Rights activist and Nobel laureate underscored this position Girls have the power to boost economies create jobs make communities safer and drive change If leaders are serious about building a better world they need to start with serious investments in girls secondary education When 130 million girls are unable to become engineers or journalists or CEOs because education is out of their reach our world misses out on trillions of money that could strengthen the global economy public health and stability Yousafzai stated nbsp However through the FCDO funded interventions access to education for girls is gradually being expanded resulting in no fewer than 1 4 million girls currently having access to education in northern Nigeria The interventions on girls education in Nigeria termed GEP Girls Education Project which is present in the third phase is comparatively yielding positive results In Kano State for example through GEP 3 funded by FCDO 300 SBMC members have been trained and selected schools have developed School Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans to mitigate the impact of potential and actual threats on schools At Ja en Special Primary School in Gwale LGA precisely the school which used to record low school attendance in classrooms is now in dire demand of more teachers and classrooms to cope with the upsurge as a classroom and teacher now cater for as many as 180 pupils and even leading to morning and afternoon class sections The PDM professional development meeting for upgrading and retraining teachers is pertinent The encounters from a field trip recently are reassuring Nonetheless a lot still needs to be done to ensure that every girl in Nigeria is enrolled attends school and completes her education The female enrolment ratio according to NPA UBEC Survey by grades 2017 18 shows that girls enrolment and sustenance in schools are gradually picking up through the interventions UNICEF with funding from FCDO collaborates with the government in building the capacity of School Based Management Committees SBMCs and Community Based Management Committees CBMCs on enrollment drives school safety and security and to make communities more resilient Also the unique integrated approaches involving mothers as well as girls for girls are creditable Now the unpleasant part is that the GEP 3 which started in 2012 will round off on September 22 2022 The project currently covers the five states in northern Nigeria viz Bauchi Niger Katsina Sokoto and Zamfara and later Kano from 2018 have the highest proportion of out of school girls It is therefore dangerous and ill timed for FCDO to pull out at this point By the said figures of out of school children mainly girls a lot still needs to be done for a desirable future Instructively education is a pow erful agent of change which im proves health and livelihoods contributes to social stability alongside drives long term economic growth On the other hand the costs of not educating children particularly girls are titanic Let s not go there It literally affects the entire society in the long run The uneducated populace often manifests through public nuisances banditry kidnapping religious extremism and other social vices as prevalent in Nigeria presently Thus FCDO and other stakeholders should considerably do a review towards sustaining the momentum It should be seen further than Nigeria s internal affair considering that the beneficiaries could migrate to other countries including the UK the USA and others when they grow up Thus the investments in children will certainly produce good harvests wherever they may find themselves as adults So teamwork remains the way forward Umegboro is an Associate of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators United Kingdom public affairs analyst and social advocate
    FCDO: Sustaining interventions on Girls’ Education in Nigeria
     By Carl Umegboro The profound role of the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO of the United Kingdom on girls education in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized As a big brother to Nigeria the United Kingdom has continued to show exemplary leadership by funding the Girls Education Project GEP considering that poverty in any society cannot be utterly eradicated without paying critical attention to child education particularly girls Understandably the concern is borne out of the commitment that education is a fundamental human right that every child should enjoy and no child should be left behind The attention to girls education is premium and synchronizes an adage when you educate a girl you educate a nation Unfortunately common gender norms continue to put girls at a disadvantage lead them to drop out of school at higher rates as well as engage in harmful practices such as child marriage Every day girls face barriers to education caused by poverty cultural norms and practices poor infrastructure violence and fragility and many others In developing nations including Nigeria tradition pushes parents to prioritize the education of their sons over their daughters and reduce them to mere child bearing and housekeeping These are misnomers Educated girls are emphatical healthier citizens who raise healthier families to contribute to the economic growth of the countries Globally women play critical roles in the economic growth of nations when properly educated Examples are Ms Amina Mohammed and Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala the Deputy UN Secretary General and the Director General of the World Trade Organization WTO respectively among other high profile women in key positions around the world From records there are 18 5 million out of school children currently in Nigeria 60 percent of these out of school children are girls that is over 10 million girls are out of school It is also held that 1 in 5 of the world s out of school children is in Nigeria Data also shows complex and multidimensional constraints in accessing and completing secondary education for adolescent girls in northern Nigeria Meanwhile education remains the most impactful way to empower girls and eradicate inequality It must be noted that educating a girl changes many things her destiny as well as those of her future children and ensures that she can contribute meaningfully to the economic life of her community According to a World Bank report in 2012 Girls education especially at the secondary level is consistently found to not only positively influence girls lives but also drive other positive development outcomes including a reduction in child and maternal mortality rates improvements in educational outcomes of offspring and reducing poverty and promoting equitable growth Malala Yousafzai a renowned Girls Education Rights activist and Nobel laureate underscored this position Girls have the power to boost economies create jobs make communities safer and drive change If leaders are serious about building a better world they need to start with serious investments in girls secondary education When 130 million girls are unable to become engineers or journalists or CEOs because education is out of their reach our world misses out on trillions of money that could strengthen the global economy public health and stability Yousafzai stated nbsp However through the FCDO funded interventions access to education for girls is gradually being expanded resulting in no fewer than 1 4 million girls currently having access to education in northern Nigeria The interventions on girls education in Nigeria termed GEP Girls Education Project which is present in the third phase is comparatively yielding positive results In Kano State for example through GEP 3 funded by FCDO 300 SBMC members have been trained and selected schools have developed School Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans to mitigate the impact of potential and actual threats on schools At Ja en Special Primary School in Gwale LGA precisely the school which used to record low school attendance in classrooms is now in dire demand of more teachers and classrooms to cope with the upsurge as a classroom and teacher now cater for as many as 180 pupils and even leading to morning and afternoon class sections The PDM professional development meeting for upgrading and retraining teachers is pertinent The encounters from a field trip recently are reassuring Nonetheless a lot still needs to be done to ensure that every girl in Nigeria is enrolled attends school and completes her education The female enrolment ratio according to NPA UBEC Survey by grades 2017 18 shows that girls enrolment and sustenance in schools are gradually picking up through the interventions UNICEF with funding from FCDO collaborates with the government in building the capacity of School Based Management Committees SBMCs and Community Based Management Committees CBMCs on enrollment drives school safety and security and to make communities more resilient Also the unique integrated approaches involving mothers as well as girls for girls are creditable Now the unpleasant part is that the GEP 3 which started in 2012 will round off on September 22 2022 The project currently covers the five states in northern Nigeria viz Bauchi Niger Katsina Sokoto and Zamfara and later Kano from 2018 have the highest proportion of out of school girls It is therefore dangerous and ill timed for FCDO to pull out at this point By the said figures of out of school children mainly girls a lot still needs to be done for a desirable future Instructively education is a pow erful agent of change which im proves health and livelihoods contributes to social stability alongside drives long term economic growth On the other hand the costs of not educating children particularly girls are titanic Let s not go there It literally affects the entire society in the long run The uneducated populace often manifests through public nuisances banditry kidnapping religious extremism and other social vices as prevalent in Nigeria presently Thus FCDO and other stakeholders should considerably do a review towards sustaining the momentum It should be seen further than Nigeria s internal affair considering that the beneficiaries could migrate to other countries including the UK the USA and others when they grow up Thus the investments in children will certainly produce good harvests wherever they may find themselves as adults So teamwork remains the way forward Umegboro is an Associate of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators United Kingdom public affairs analyst and social advocate
    FCDO: Sustaining interventions on Girls’ Education in Nigeria
    Opinion4 months ago

    FCDO: Sustaining interventions on Girls’ Education in Nigeria

    By Carl UmegboroThe profound role of the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom on girls’ education in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized. As a big brother to Nigeria, the United Kingdom has continued to show exemplary leadership by funding the Girls’ Education Project (GEP) considering that poverty in any society cannot be utterly eradicated without paying critical attention to child education, particularly girls.Understandably, the concern is borne out of the commitment that education is a fundamental human right that every child should enjoy, and no child should be left behind. The attention to girls’ education is premium and synchronizes an adage; when you educate a girl, you educate a nation!Unfortunately, common gender norms continue to put girls at a disadvantage, lead them to drop out of school at higher rates as well as engage in harmful practices such as child marriage. Every day, girls face barriers to education caused by poverty, cultural norms and practices, poor infrastructure, violence and fragility, and many others. In developing nations including Nigeria, tradition pushes parents to prioritize the education of their sons over their daughters and reduce them to mere child-bearing and housekeeping.These are misnomers. Educated girls are emphatical, healthier citizens who raise healthier families to contribute to the economic growth of the countries. Globally, women play critical roles in the economic growth of nations when properly educated. Examples are Ms. Amina Mohammed and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; the Deputy UN Secretary-General and the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) respectively, among other high-profile women in key positions around the world.From records, there are 18.5 million out-of-school children currently in Nigeria, 60 percent of these out-of-school children are girls – that is over 10 million girls are out of school. It is also held that 1 in 5 of the world’s out-of-school children is in Nigeria.Data also shows complex and multidimensional constraints in accessing and completing secondary education for adolescent girls in northern Nigeria. Meanwhile, education remains the most impactful way to empower girls and eradicate inequality. It must be noted that educating a girl changes many things - her destiny, as well as those of her future children, and ensures that she can contribute meaningfully to the economic life of her community.According to a World Bank report in 2012, “Girls’ education, especially at the secondary level, is consistently found to not only positively influence girls’ lives, but also drive other positive development outcomes, including a reduction in child and maternal mortality rates, improvements in educational outcomes of offspring, and reducing poverty and promoting equitable growth”. Malala Yousafzai, a renowned Girls’ Education Rights activist and Nobel laureate underscored this position.“Girls have the power to boost economies, create jobs, make communities safer, and drive change… If leaders are serious about building a better world, they need to start with serious investments in girls' secondary education. When 130 million girls are unable to become engineers or journalists or CEOs because education is out of their reach, our world misses out on trillions of money that could strengthen the global economy, public health, and stability”, Yousafzai stated. However, through the FCDO-funded interventions, access to education for girls is gradually being expanded, resulting in no fewer than 1.4 million girls currently having access to education in northern Nigeria. The interventions on girls’ education in Nigeria termed GEP (Girls’ Education Project) which is present in the third phase is comparatively yielding positive results.In Kano State, for example, through GEP-3 funded by FCDO, 300 SBMC members have been trained, and selected schools have developed School Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans to mitigate the impact of potential and actual threats on schools.At Ja’en Special Primary School in Gwale LGA precisely, the school which used to record low school attendance in classrooms is now in dire demand of more teachers and classrooms to cope with the upsurge as a classroom and teacher now cater for as many as 180 pupils and even leading to morning and afternoon class sections. The PDM (professional development meeting) for upgrading and retraining teachers is pertinent. The encounters from a field trip recently are reassuring.Nonetheless, a lot still needs to be done to ensure that every girl in Nigeria is enrolled, attends school, and completes her education. The female enrolment ratio according to NPA/UBEC Survey by grades (2017/18) shows that girls' enrolment and sustenance in schools are gradually picking up through the interventions.UNICEF, with funding from FCDO, collaborates with the government in building the capacity of School-Based Management Committees (SBMCs) and Community-Based Management Committees (CBMCs) on enrollment drives, school safety, and security, and to make communities more resilient. Also, the unique integrated approaches - involving mothers as well as girls-for-girls are creditable.Now, the unpleasant part is that the GEP-3 which started in 2012 will round off on September 22, 2022. The project currently covers the five states in northern Nigeria viz. Bauchi, Niger, Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara, (and later Kano from 2018) have the highest proportion of out-of-school girls. It is therefore dangerous, and ill-timed for FCDO to pull out at this point. By the said figures of out-of-school children mainly girls, a lot still needs to be done for a desirable future.Instructively, education is a pow­erful agent of change which im­proves health and livelihoods, contributes to social stability alongside drives long-term economic growth. On the other hand, the costs of not educating children, particularly girls, are titanic. Let’s not go there. It literally affects the entire society in the long run. The uneducated populace often manifests through public nuisances, banditry, kidnapping, religious extremism, and other social vices as prevalent in Nigeria presently.Thus, FCDO and other stakeholders should considerably do a review towards sustaining the momentum. It should be seen further than ‘Nigeria’s internal affair’ considering that the beneficiaries could migrate to other countries including the UK, the USA, and others when they grow up. Thus, the investments in children will certainly produce good harvests wherever they may find themselves as adults. So, teamwork remains the way forward.

    Umegboro is an Associate of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom), public affairs analyst and social advocate.

  •  No fewer than 1 4 million girls are now having access to education in the Northern parts of the country Mr Rahama Farah the Chief United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF Kano field Office has said Farah disclosed this at the opening of a three day Media Dialogue on Girls Education under the Girls Education Project 3 GEP3 on Wednesday in Kano The dialogue was organised for journalists from Abuja Kano and Katsina by the Kano State Qur anic and Islamiyya Schools Management Board KSQISMB in collaboration with UNICEF and funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO According to the UNICEF chief there are a number of barriers that affect girls education especially in Nigeria He said The media must also be at the forefront of advocating for the action directed at removing these barriers that hinder girls education such as child marriage I would like to express UNICEF s appreciation to the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO of the UK for funding the Girls Education Project 3 which started in 2012 This support has expanded access to education for girls resulting in no fewer than 1 4 million girls having access to education in northern Nigeria With more of similar support and working together with government and development partners parents communities traditional and religious leaders we can achieve more by enrolling more girls in schools and ensuring they complete their full education He explained that currently in Nigeria there were 18 5 million out of school children out of which 60 per cent of were girls translating to over 10 million out of school girls Most importantly you will need to know that the majority of these out of school children are actually from northern Nigeria This situation heightens gender inequity where only one in four girls from poor rural families complete Junior Secondary school education While the education crisis in Nigeria is affecting children across the country some children are more likely to be affected than others especially girls The situation with girls education in Nigeria has been further affected by attacks on schools he said Farah said that these attacks had created an insecure learning environment discouraging parents and caregivers from sending their children to schools He added that it had also contributed to students becoming fearful of going to school and this in particular affected girls He therefore commended FCDO for support in mitigating the impact of the threat by ensuring that girls in northern Nigeria completed basic education NAN
    1.4 m girls now have access to education in Northern Nigeria – UNICEF
     No fewer than 1 4 million girls are now having access to education in the Northern parts of the country Mr Rahama Farah the Chief United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF Kano field Office has said Farah disclosed this at the opening of a three day Media Dialogue on Girls Education under the Girls Education Project 3 GEP3 on Wednesday in Kano The dialogue was organised for journalists from Abuja Kano and Katsina by the Kano State Qur anic and Islamiyya Schools Management Board KSQISMB in collaboration with UNICEF and funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO According to the UNICEF chief there are a number of barriers that affect girls education especially in Nigeria He said The media must also be at the forefront of advocating for the action directed at removing these barriers that hinder girls education such as child marriage I would like to express UNICEF s appreciation to the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO of the UK for funding the Girls Education Project 3 which started in 2012 This support has expanded access to education for girls resulting in no fewer than 1 4 million girls having access to education in northern Nigeria With more of similar support and working together with government and development partners parents communities traditional and religious leaders we can achieve more by enrolling more girls in schools and ensuring they complete their full education He explained that currently in Nigeria there were 18 5 million out of school children out of which 60 per cent of were girls translating to over 10 million out of school girls Most importantly you will need to know that the majority of these out of school children are actually from northern Nigeria This situation heightens gender inequity where only one in four girls from poor rural families complete Junior Secondary school education While the education crisis in Nigeria is affecting children across the country some children are more likely to be affected than others especially girls The situation with girls education in Nigeria has been further affected by attacks on schools he said Farah said that these attacks had created an insecure learning environment discouraging parents and caregivers from sending their children to schools He added that it had also contributed to students becoming fearful of going to school and this in particular affected girls He therefore commended FCDO for support in mitigating the impact of the threat by ensuring that girls in northern Nigeria completed basic education NAN
    1.4 m girls now have access to education in Northern Nigeria – UNICEF
    Education5 months ago

    1.4 m girls now have access to education in Northern Nigeria – UNICEF

    No fewer than 1.4 million girls are now having access to education in the Northern parts of the country,  Mr Rahama Farah, the Chief, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Kano field Office, has said.

    Farah disclosed this at the opening of a three-day Media Dialogue on Girls’ Education under the Girls’ Education Project-3 (GEP3) on Wednesday in Kano.

    The dialogue was organised for journalists from Abuja, Kano and Katsina by the Kano State Qur’anic and Islamiyya Schools Management Board (KSQISMB), in collaboration with UNICEF and funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

    According to the UNICEF chief, there are a number of barriers that affect girls’ education, especially in Nigeria.

    He said, “The media must also be at the forefront of advocating for the action directed at removing these barriers that hinder girls’ education such as child marriage.

    “I would like to express UNICEF’s appreciation to the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the UK for funding the Girls’ Education Project-3 which started in 2012.

    “This support has expanded access to education for girls, resulting in no fewer than 1.4 million girls having access to education in northern Nigeria.

    “With more of similar support and working together with government and development partners, parents, communities, traditional and religious leaders, we can achieve more by  enrolling more girls in schools and ensuring they complete their full education.”

    He explained that currently in Nigeria, there were 18.5 million out-of-school children, out of which 60 per cent of were girls, translating to over 10 million out-of-school girls.

    “Most importantly, you will need to know that the majority of these out-of-school children are actually from northern Nigeria.

    “This situation heightens gender inequity, where only one in four girls from poor, rural families complete Junior Secondary school education.

    “While the education crisis in Nigeria is affecting children across the country, some children are more likely to be affected than others, especially girls.

    “The situation with girls’ education in Nigeria has been further affected by attacks on schools,” he said.

    Farah said that these attacks had created an insecure learning environment, discouraging parents and caregivers from sending their children to schools.

    He added that it had also contributed to students becoming fearful of going to school and this in particular affected girls.

    He, therefore, commended FCDO for support in mitigating the impact of the threat by ensuring that girls in northern Nigeria completed basic education.

    (NAN)

  •   The UK launches a program of up to 35 million to support the negotiations and implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA The AfCTFA is expected to lift 30 million people out of extreme poverty create jobs and provide new business opportunities for companies in Africa and the UK It comes as Wamkele Mene Secretary General of the AfCFTA Secretariat visits London to discuss how the UK can continue its work as a strategic partner to the trading bloc International Trade Secretary Anne Marie Trevelyan has announced a new UK program to support the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA trading bloc Through the AfCFTA Support Programme the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO will provide up to 35 million to facilitate trade and support trade policy to the AfCFTA Secretariat and member states through TradeMark East Africa TMEA Overseas Development Institute ODI and other regional partners The announcement of the program comes as the Secretary General of the AfCFTA Secretariat Wamkele Mene visits London to discuss how the UK can continue its work as a strategic partner of the AfCFTA As the world s largest free trade area the AfCFTA has the potential to drive Africa s economic growth by driving industrialization creating jobs and bringing prosperity across the continent For UK businesses the trading bloc will remove barriers to market access by creating a single continental market making it easier and more profitable for UK businesses to export goods and services to all 54 member states of AfCFTA International Trade Secretary Anne Marie Trevelyan said As an independent free trade nation the UK is a strong supporter of the AfCFTA the world s largest free trade area We look forward to seeing continued momentum in the pending negotiations and practical implementation of the agreement on the ground This new aid program shows that trade is a positive force and will lead to increased trade investment and prosperity for both Africa and the UK Minister for Africa Vicky Ford said Closer integration among African economies drives growth across the continent creates opportunity and helps lift people out of poverty The UK is a committed partner in this mission This UK funding will promote long term partnerships between African countries and support a greener and more prosperous continent I am delighted to support the AfCFTA Secretariat and its member states in delivering freer and fairer trading systems in Africa Secretary General of the AfCFTA Secretariat Wamkele Mene said We are pleased to receive this support from the UK Government as it brings us into a partnership to strengthen cooperation related to customs and trade facilitation and trade policy across the African continent In the last five years we have seen the re engineering of our Regional Economic Communities to take into account the aspirations that are embedded in the AfCFTA instruments We have also witnessed during this period the enthusiasm and energy of our private sector to rise to the occasion and begin to exploit the provisions of the Agreement Our ambition now is to see commercially significant trade in Made in the AfCFTA products across our continent to create jobs and economic opportunity for Africans especially women and youth We want to make trade easier for Africans in particular for our African women and youth who trade across our borders This new AfCFTA support program is therefore timely to facilitate the implementation of the AfCFTA by supporting national implementation committees and regional economic communities The program builds on the existing work of the Trade for Development unit of FCDO and DIT to strengthen partnerships and resilience in Africa Under the UK s G7 presidency last year the new British Investment International BII group committed to working with other G7 development finance institutions DFIs to invest at least 80 billion in the African private sector to 2027 Support for projects in Africa from UK Export Finance is also at its highest point in decades backing a range of infrastructure projects in countries from C te d Ivoire to Uganda with more than 2 3bn of financial support a year past The AfCFTA Support Program also complements the UK s broader partnership with the African Union as a multilateral institution to promote global values Along with the Secretary of State for International Trade and Minister for Africa Secretary General Mene will meet members of the UK business and investment community during his stay in London
    UK backs Africa’s ambitious continental free trade initiative
      The UK launches a program of up to 35 million to support the negotiations and implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA The AfCTFA is expected to lift 30 million people out of extreme poverty create jobs and provide new business opportunities for companies in Africa and the UK It comes as Wamkele Mene Secretary General of the AfCFTA Secretariat visits London to discuss how the UK can continue its work as a strategic partner to the trading bloc International Trade Secretary Anne Marie Trevelyan has announced a new UK program to support the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA trading bloc Through the AfCFTA Support Programme the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO will provide up to 35 million to facilitate trade and support trade policy to the AfCFTA Secretariat and member states through TradeMark East Africa TMEA Overseas Development Institute ODI and other regional partners The announcement of the program comes as the Secretary General of the AfCFTA Secretariat Wamkele Mene visits London to discuss how the UK can continue its work as a strategic partner of the AfCFTA As the world s largest free trade area the AfCFTA has the potential to drive Africa s economic growth by driving industrialization creating jobs and bringing prosperity across the continent For UK businesses the trading bloc will remove barriers to market access by creating a single continental market making it easier and more profitable for UK businesses to export goods and services to all 54 member states of AfCFTA International Trade Secretary Anne Marie Trevelyan said As an independent free trade nation the UK is a strong supporter of the AfCFTA the world s largest free trade area We look forward to seeing continued momentum in the pending negotiations and practical implementation of the agreement on the ground This new aid program shows that trade is a positive force and will lead to increased trade investment and prosperity for both Africa and the UK Minister for Africa Vicky Ford said Closer integration among African economies drives growth across the continent creates opportunity and helps lift people out of poverty The UK is a committed partner in this mission This UK funding will promote long term partnerships between African countries and support a greener and more prosperous continent I am delighted to support the AfCFTA Secretariat and its member states in delivering freer and fairer trading systems in Africa Secretary General of the AfCFTA Secretariat Wamkele Mene said We are pleased to receive this support from the UK Government as it brings us into a partnership to strengthen cooperation related to customs and trade facilitation and trade policy across the African continent In the last five years we have seen the re engineering of our Regional Economic Communities to take into account the aspirations that are embedded in the AfCFTA instruments We have also witnessed during this period the enthusiasm and energy of our private sector to rise to the occasion and begin to exploit the provisions of the Agreement Our ambition now is to see commercially significant trade in Made in the AfCFTA products across our continent to create jobs and economic opportunity for Africans especially women and youth We want to make trade easier for Africans in particular for our African women and youth who trade across our borders This new AfCFTA support program is therefore timely to facilitate the implementation of the AfCFTA by supporting national implementation committees and regional economic communities The program builds on the existing work of the Trade for Development unit of FCDO and DIT to strengthen partnerships and resilience in Africa Under the UK s G7 presidency last year the new British Investment International BII group committed to working with other G7 development finance institutions DFIs to invest at least 80 billion in the African private sector to 2027 Support for projects in Africa from UK Export Finance is also at its highest point in decades backing a range of infrastructure projects in countries from C te d Ivoire to Uganda with more than 2 3bn of financial support a year past The AfCFTA Support Program also complements the UK s broader partnership with the African Union as a multilateral institution to promote global values Along with the Secretary of State for International Trade and Minister for Africa Secretary General Mene will meet members of the UK business and investment community during his stay in London
    UK backs Africa’s ambitious continental free trade initiative
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    UK backs Africa’s ambitious continental free trade initiative

    The UK launches a program of up to £35 million to support the negotiations and implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The AfCTFA is expected to lift 30 million people out of extreme poverty, create jobs and provide new business opportunities for companies in Africa and the UK. It comes as Wamkele Mene, Secretary General of the AfCFTA Secretariat, visits London to discuss how the UK can continue its work as a strategic partner to the trading bloc.

    International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has announced a new UK program to support the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) trading bloc.

    Through the AfCFTA Support Programme, the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) will provide up to £35 million to facilitate trade and support trade policy to the AfCFTA Secretariat and member states through TradeMark East Africa ( TMEA), Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and other regional partners.

    The announcement of the program comes as the Secretary General of the AfCFTA Secretariat, Wamkele Mene, visits London to discuss how the UK can continue its work as a strategic partner of the AfCFTA.

    As the world's largest free trade area, the AfCFTA has the potential to drive Africa's economic growth by driving industrialization, creating jobs and bringing prosperity across the continent.

    For UK businesses, the trading bloc will remove barriers to market access by creating a single continental market, making it easier and more profitable for UK businesses to export goods and services to all 54 member states. of AfCFTA.

    International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:

    As an independent free trade nation, the UK is a strong supporter of the AfCFTA, the world's largest free trade area.

    We look forward to seeing continued momentum in the pending negotiations and practical implementation of the agreement on the ground.

    This new aid program shows that trade is a positive force and will lead to increased trade, investment and prosperity for both Africa and the UK.

    Minister for Africa Vicky Ford said:

    Closer integration among African economies drives growth across the continent, creates opportunity and helps lift people out of poverty.

    The UK is a committed partner in this mission. This UK funding will promote long-term partnerships between African countries and support a greener and more prosperous continent.

    I am delighted to support the AfCFTA Secretariat and its member states in delivering freer and fairer trading systems in Africa.

    Secretary General of the AfCFTA Secretariat Wamkele Mene said:

    We are pleased to receive this support from the UK Government as it brings us into a partnership to strengthen cooperation related to customs and trade facilitation and trade policy across the African continent.

    In the last five years, we have seen the re-engineering of our Regional Economic Communities, to take into account the aspirations that are embedded in the AfCFTA instruments. We have also witnessed during this period the enthusiasm and energy of our private sector to rise to the occasion and begin to exploit the provisions of the Agreement.

    Our ambition now is to see commercially significant trade in 'Made in the AfCFTA' products across our continent, to create jobs and economic opportunity for Africans, especially women and youth. We want to make trade easier for Africans, in particular for our African women and youth who trade across our borders.

    This new AfCFTA support program is therefore timely to facilitate the implementation of the AfCFTA, by supporting national implementation committees and regional economic communities.

    The program builds on the existing work of the Trade for Development unit of FCDO and DIT to strengthen partnerships and resilience in Africa.

    Under the UK's G7 presidency last year, the new British Investment International (BII) group committed to working with other G7 development finance institutions (DFIs) to invest at least $80 billion in the African private sector to 2027.

    Support for projects in Africa from UK Export Finance is also at its highest point in decades, backing a range of infrastructure projects in countries from Côte d'Ivoire to Uganda, with more than £2.3bn of financial support a year. past.

    The AfCFTA Support Program also complements the UK's broader partnership with the African Union as a multilateral institution to promote global values.

    Along with the Secretary of State for International Trade and Minister for Africa, Secretary General Mene will meet members of the UK business and investment community during his stay in London.