Our mission in Uganda is clear: to build a healthy, vibrant and prosperous society in which every Ugandan boy, woman and man has the opportunity to reach their full potential.KAMPALA, Uganda, December 14, 2021 / APO Group / -
The United States Mission in Uganda today released the 2021 Report for the Ugandan people. The report tells the story of America's enduring partnership with the Ugandan people, focusing on the impact of our work to promote economic growth and employability, improve health and education, advance democratic values, and strengthen security.
"Our mission in Uganda is clear: to build a healthy, vibrant and prosperous society in which every Ugandan boy, woman and man has the opportunity to reach their full potential," said US Mission to Uganda Ambassador Natalie E. Brown, on the statement of the fifth annual report of the United States Mission to the people of Uganda.
The United States, through 13 government agencies, invests nearly $ 1 billion a year in Ugandan communities. "While US financial investment in Uganda is significant, we measure success not in dollars spent but in lives impacted," said Ambassador Brown. "We produced this report to explain what the US government does in Uganda, why we do it, and how we do it," he said, adding that the vast majority of US aid goes not to the government but to implementing partners. and local community organizations. “While we implement our assistance programs with great responsibility to American taxpayers,” Ambassador Brown noted, “we want the people of Uganda to know that every dollar the United States invests in Uganda meets the highest standards of oversight. Transparency and accountability in our assistance are essential. "
The report introduces us to some of the millions of Ugandans whose lives have benefited from US programs in Uganda and are now living healthier, learning better, earning more, and participating more fully in their communities thanks to our partnership with the Ugandan people.
Highlights of US assistance include programs on:FIGHTING COVID-19 TOGETHER: Since the first day of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health experts, doctors and technicians from the United States Mission in Uganda have worked hand-in-hand with their Ugandan partners to help fight the spread of COVID. The United States' COVID-19 support to Uganda includes: Providing 9.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine; Financing of 200 emergency posts of the Ministry of Health focused on the surveillance and treatment of COVID-19; Donation of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and vital oxygen for COVID patients; Fund staff and operating expenses at the Uganda Public Health Emergency Operations Center and provide funds to establish regional Emergency Operations Centers in Uganda. EDUCATION: In 2020, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) improved literacy and reading outcomes by training more than 35,000 teachers in reading instruction in more than 3,700 schools. To help minimize the disruption to learning that came from the COVID-19 pandemic, USAID also provided 350,000 textbooks and training for more than 2,500 community study groups, reaching more than 60,000 students. HEALTH: The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) supports 1.4 million Ugandans estimated to be HIV-positive to live long, healthy and productive lives, including through the provision of medications antiretrovirals. The DREAMS, Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS Free, Mentioned and Safe (DREAMS) program in the US reached 575,000 Ugandan girls and young women to reduce the risk of HIV by empowering them with life skills and ensuring the access to health services. Recognizing that about 30% of TB patients are co-infected with HIV, the US efforts also supported nearly 18,000 TB / HIV co-infected patients to access TB treatment. ECONOMIC GROWTH: The United States has invested in building Uganda's coffee sector to increase production and exports and help more women and youth join the coffee sector. For example, the Ankole Coffee Cooperative, founded in 2006 with USAID assistance, now has more than 10,000 members. In 2020, Uganda exported a historic record of more than 6 million bags of coffee, earning more than $ 500 million.
People of Isu Okoma community of Ebonyi living in Enugu, have applauded the Federal Government for establishing College of Education, Isu, in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The community expressed its feeling in a statement issued by its leaders in diaspora after an emergency meeting held in Enugu on Friday.
The statement was signed by Chief Anthony Anoke, the leader of Isu Okoma in Diaspora, Enugu Chapter; Dr Ikechukwu Egbo and Mr Frank Omah.
“The entire people of Isu Okoma kingdom appreciate and thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his wisdom and decision in approving the establishment of the College in Ebonyi State,especially in Isu, Onicha Local Government.
“The community equally expressed its profound gratitude to the Federal Ministry of Education for letting justice, equity and fairness count in the selection of Isu as the host community of the new college.
“We also thank the Ministers of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu; Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu and Gov. Dave Umahi, Sen. Michael Nnachi and Hon. Makwe Livinus, for making this project a reality.
“The community has made available, large expanse of land for immediate take-off and further assured the state and the Federal Government maximum cooperation.
“We, Ebonyi citizens in general, are grateful that out of the five states in the South East, Ebonyi State was chosen to locate this new educational institution,’’ the community said.
They also criticised the petition in the red chamber of the National Assembly seeking to change the present location of the Federal College of Education, Isu.
The group maintained that the action of some individuals seeking relocation of the institution challenged the wisdom of the President.
“We urge the Nigerian Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges to disregard the petition as it amounts to challenging the authority and wise decision of President Buhari, who, after due investigations and consultations, rightly approved Isu as the best site,’’ they added.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu (NAN)
The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday proclaimed Sept. 9 as the International Day to Protect Education from Attack.
President of the Assembly, Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande, said in a statement that the proclamation came through Resolution 74/275 adopted by member states under the “silence procedure”.
In the resolution, the member states reaffirmed the right to education for all and the importance of ensuring safe and enabling learning environments in humanitarian emergencies.
They decried growing attacks on educational institutions, their students and staff, in contravention of international humanitarian law.
The resolution strongly condemned such attacks, which it said impede the “full realisation of the right to education, in particular of women and girls”.
It expressed concern about the use of schools for military purposes in contravention of applicable international law.
According to the resolution, military abuse of schools might also affect the safety of children and teachers and the right of the child to education
The document also conveyed the “deep concerns” of member states about “school-related violence against girls, including sexual violence and harassment on the way to and from, and at school”.
Such act “continues to deter girls’ education and, in many cases, the transition to and completion of secondary education”, it stated
The resolution said those risks might influence parents’ decision to allow girls to attend school.
It urged “all parties to armed conflict to fulfil their applicable obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law”.
These include respect for civilians, including students and educational personnel, and civilian objects such as educational institutions.
The document called for efforts to promote safe and protective school environments in humanitarian emergencies.
It urged all Member States, the UN and other international and regional organisations, civil society and all other stakeholders to observe the day.
The cost of all activities that may arise from the implementation of the resolution should be met from voluntary contributions, the resolution stressed.
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The Osogbo Development Action Group (ODAG) has appealed to the Federal Government to establish the proposed Federal College of Education for Osun in Osogbo, the state capital, to enable the community feel the federal presence.
The Secretary of the Group, Mr Oladejo Shuaib, made this known in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos.
NAN reports that the federal government recently approved the establishment of six Federal Colleges of Education in the six geo-political zones.
The newly approved institutions would be situated in Bauchi, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Osun and Sokoto states.
Shuaib commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for approving the new colleges for immediate take-off, in a bid to increase the number of quality teachers in the country.
He said that the establishment was another landmark achievement of the President’s administration in the education sector.
“On behalf of the Ataoja of Osogboland, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, Larooye II, the good people of Osogbo commend the incorruptible, fearless and objectivity of the President.
“We have no doubt in your efforts toward moving Nigeria to enviable heights in the comity of nations, especially in the Africa continent.
“We pray that the Almighty God, will continue to enrich you with strength and wisdom in your relentless strives to move Nigeria to its next level,’’ the group prayed.
Giving credence to its request to have the institution located in Osogbo, the group said the town was made the capital of Osun, which was created on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1991.
The state was created alongside Abia, Delta, Enugu, Jigawa, Kebbi, Taraba, Kogi and Yobe states, in the same year.
“Among all the state capitals in Nigeria, Osogbo is the most deprived and neglected state capital in all ramifications, especially in term of federal presence.
“Since the president’s approval for the establishment of a Federal College of Education in Osun became known to the public, our hope was rekindled that our dream to host a federal institution has finally become a reality.
“Osogbo people are sincerely thankful to you and we are glad to inform you that Osogbo has reserved a site for immediate take-off of the institution.’’
The group, therefore, appeal to the President to consider locating the college in Osogbo.
It pointed out that six cities – Lafia, Gombe, Gusau, Ado-Ekiti, Yenagoa and Abakaliki that are five years younger than Osogbo as state capitals enjoy the presence of federal institutions located there.
“Bayelsa has its Federal Polytechnic and FMC in Yenogoa, Ebonyi has its Federal Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki while Ado-Ekiti had already been blessed with Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti even before the state came into being in October 1996,’’ the group stated.
It added that the federal intuitions in Nigeria were located in the state capitals, while some state capitals had three or more federal tertiary institutions such as Owerri with FUTO, Federal Polytechnic and Federal College of Education all in Owerri; Ibadan with UI, UCH, Federal office of statistics all in Ibadan.
Other states had at least two tertiary intuitions such as Akure with FUTA and College of Agriculture; Abeokuta hosts the Federal University of Agriculture and a Federal College of Education.
“We, however, pleaded with President Buhari, being an advocate of fairness, equity and justice to allow the natural law of equity and fairness take its cause in his choice of location of the Federal College of Education in Osogbo.
“The people of Osogbo would forever be grateful to Buhari’s administration if their hope is restored as they await the declaration of citing of college in Osogbo.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Prof. Razaq Abubakre, a former Vice-Chancellor, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for establishing a Federal College of Education at Iwo, Osun State.
Abubakre, the immediate past Federal Commissioner of Public Complaints Commission for Osun State, expressed his gratitude in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
The statement was signed by Mr Sulayman El-Mavericky on behalf of Ileri-Oluwa Group in Iwoland, a group led by Abubakre.
The don also thanked the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, and Gov. Isiaka Oyetola of Osun for considering Iwo as the host city of one of the new federal colleges.
He congratulated sons and friends of Iwoland for making the dream of the people come true, noting that the new college will contribute to the educational, economic and social development of the town, state and indeed the nation.
Among those congratulated are the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi; Dr Oluremi Atanda; Mr Gbadegesin Adedeji; Alhaji Liad Tella, Mr Yunusa Amobi; the Executive Secretary, NEITI, Mr Waziri Adio; and Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede.
Others are Prof. Lai Olurode; Sen. Adelere Oriolowo; Dr Amidu Raheem, the state Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy; Mr Adam Adedimeji; Associate Professor Mahfouz Adedimeji, and Alhaji Semiu Okanlawon.
Abubakre also appreciated the contributions of other individuals and organisations for their efforts in extricating Iwo from the grips of non-governmental presence that seems to be greatly challenging the ancient city.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Federal Government on Monday announced the establishment and locations of six new colleges of education in the six geopolitical zones of the country, with Iwo, Osun chosen for the south-west.
Other states where similar institutions had been approved are Edo, Ebonyi, Sokoto, Bauchi and Benue.
At present, there are 152 colleges of education in Nigeria made up of 21 owned by the federal government, 82 by state governments and 49 owned by private individuals or institutions.
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presided over the virtual session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that those participating in the meeting alongside with the president at the Council Chamber include Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
Others at the chamber are the Ministers of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Education, Adamu Adamu; Justice, Abubakar Malami and Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Works and Housing, Babtunde Fashola and Petroleum (State), Timipre Sylva.
NAN reports that the remaining Ministers and the Head of Service, Mrs Folashade Yemi-Esan are participating directly from their various offices.
NAN also reports that the Council observed a minute silence in honour of former Minister of State for Education, Alhaji Mohammed Dogondaji.
The deceased, who served between 1993 and 1994 under the defunct Ibrahim Babangida regime, died on May 15.
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The Federal Ministry of Education says letters regarding locations of the six newly approved Federal Colleges of Education in the country have been sent to governors of the six benefitting states.
This is contained in a statement by the ministry’s Director, Press and Public Relations, Mr Ben Goong, Director, and issued on Monday in Abuja.
According to Goong, the clarification on the locations of the colleges becomes necessary in order to dispel rumours circulating in some sections of the media.
“The attention of the Federal Ministry of Education has been drawn to the mutilation of official correspondence between the ministry and the Government of Osun, over the location of the newly approved Federal College of Education in the state, which has been widely circulated in the social and conventional media.
“To this effect, therefore, the Federal Ministry of Education wishes to clarify the locations of the Colleges as follows: BAUCHI -Location- Jama’are in Jama’are Local Government and BENUE – Location- Odugbo in Apa Local Government.
”Others are Ebonyi- Location- Isu in Onicha Local Government, EDO – Location- Ekiadolor in Ovia North East Local Government, OSUN – Location – Iwo in Iwo Local Government and Sokoto – Location- Gidan Madi in Tangaza Local Government,” he stated.
He added that a technical team from the ministry and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) would be visiting the benefitting states to inspect and assess the sites in the coming weeks.
Goong added that these were all in preparation for the take-off of the colleges in October.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Gombe State Government said on Wednesday it had begun reuniting with their families, Quranic Education pupils (Almajiri) received from other states.
Dr Habu Dahiru, the State Commissioner for Education said in Gombe while giving update on COVID-19 that those being reunited with their families had satisfied the conditions laid down by the State Task Force on COVID-19.
Dahiru said the state had received 150 pupils from Bauchi, Kano, Plateau, Nasarawa and Kaduna States.
He said all the pupils returned to the state were quarantined and their samples taken for test, before being discharged or sent to treatment centre for those who tested positive.
According to him, out of the 150 pupils, 22 have been discharged after testing negative for Coronavirus and are now being reunited with their families in their communities.
He said nine of them who tested positive had been taken to the isolation centre in Kwadom, Yamaltu-Deba Local Government Area of the state.
“ We invited the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and handed them over to him, who in turn handed them over to chairmen of their Local Government Areas for onward transmission to their parents,” he said.
Dahiru stated that the those still being quarantined pending the outcome of the results of their tests, were being taken care of properly.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma (NAN)
The Lagos Business School’s Custom Executive Education has been ranked number one in Africa, and among the top 50 in the world by the Financial Times of London (FT).
The school’s Head, Corporate Communications, Aderayo Bankole, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos on Monday.
Bankole said it was the 14th consecutive year the school was featuring on the list.
“The combined ranking which evaluates the performance of top 50 business schools across the world in the areas of Open Enrolment and Custom Executive Education puts Lagos Business School (LBS) at the 47th position.
“On the Custom ranking table, LBS is the 1st in Africa.
“It holds the 41st spot globally, moving seven places up from its 48th position in 2019,” the statement read.
Commenting on the ranking, Prof. Enase Okonedo, LBS Dean, described it as a laudable achievement.
“We are incredibly proud to be recognised by the Financial Times of London for the 14th year in a row.
“At LBS, we actively seek and remain conscious of the unique needs of organisations and their executives; our Executive Education programmes are designed to address them.
“This ranking comes at a time when the world is witnessing an unprecedented pandemic challenge, and its attendant fallout.
LBS is the graduate business school of Pan-Atlantic University.
It offers academic programmes , executive programmes and short courses (customised to specific company needs, as well as open-enrolment courses) in management.
LBS objective is to develop responsible leaders who are solving Africa’s social and institutional business problems.
Its offerings have been accredited globally and ranked among the best in Africa, as it systematically strives to improve the practice of management on the continent.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Dr Ifeyinwa Osegbo, Provost of Nwafor Orizu College of Education Nsugbe (NOCEN) in Anambra has said that the institution may run without semester breaks when it resumes after COVID-19 lockdown.
Osegbo said this on Thursday in Akwa when she led a team of management of the institution to donate hygiene items to Anambra government.
She reiterated that the outbreak of coronavirus had brought setback to education system, not only in Nigeria, but to global education community.
The provost, who recalled that the institution was writing its examination when it was shutdown, said the institution would double its workload and do without holidays.
“The last few weeks we have witnessed the lockdown of activities in the country, our students are at home, although we go to school to maintain skeletal services but academic activity is down.
“It hasn’t been easy, we were actually writing examination when the lockdown started but we have to key into it to save lives.
“You know it is a global problem, whenever we reopen, we will tackle studies with every sense of responsibility.
“We will double our efforts and I don’t think we will have holidays so that we can recover what we have lost,” she said.
Osegbo said the items being donated to the government included 20 cartons of hand sanitisers and 10 cartons of bar soap.
Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, Secretary to Anambra Government, who received the donation, thanked the provost and her team for the gesture.
Edited By: Joe Idika/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)