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  •  Dr Chukwunazor Okafor a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps NYSC on Wednesday organised free medical treatment and eye screening for pensioners and other senior citizens in the nation s capital Okafor while delivering her remark in a brief ceremony to begin the medical treatment explained that the measure was aimed at promoting their eye sight and to help the pensioners perform optimally in their day to day activities even after retirement She stressed that eye sight was among most sensitive senses in the human body as approximately 80 per cent of what the body perceives come through the sense of sight hence the importance of protecting the eyes Okafor said that the free medical treatment was part of her humanitarian service to the country and to show care to the less privileged and the pensioners She emphasised the need for more people to get involved in providing eye care to the pensioners and also see more people giving importance in seeking care to their eye so as to avoid blindness among people This medical outreach is to bring sensitisation to your door step for all of you to adopt habit of preventing measures and observe regular checks of the eyes There is already growing concerns on not detecting age related pathologies for the elderly when this lingers for long could lead to visual impairment later in life I recommend regular checks of the eye as an important habit of paying attention to the eye considering the fact that vision and insight are not same vision has to do with the eyes both working together with the brain while sight is just seeing without making exact detail of what is seen Earlier Mrs Elisha Dia the Zonal Inspector Zonal Office NYSC FCT Secretariat said the outreach attested to one of the cardinal aspects of the NYSC where Corps members are encouraged to give back to the society for national development Represented by an Assistant Chief Inspector at the Secretariat Mrs Mary Magani Dia Okafor while alluding to a verse of the National anthem said the labour of our heroes past does not go in vain Also the General Secretary Nigerian Union of Pensioners NUP Mr Actor Zal who stood in for the president of the Union described the initiative as historic as such gesture had been extended to the old citizens in through the NUP since its establishment Zal encouraged other corps member and other well meaning Nigerians to impact on the lives of senior citizens who had worked and served the country meritoriously Similarly the President of Helpline Foundation for the Needy Abuja an NGO Dr Jumai Ahmadu applauded Okafor and her team of medical practitioner for the courage and service to humanity Ahmadu who was represented by Damaris Yakubu Assistant Programme Officer of the NGO called on the beneficiaries to prioritise their health particularly their eyes It is important to know the role of vision and sights in the performance throughout life even after retirement Hence all persons present here are urged to take home the message that they should endeavour to make themselves available in a health facility within their reach to undergo periodic eye This is one of the sure ways to retain functioning and good eye sight throughout life The outreach with theme Perfect vision and sights for efficient performance throughout life include the provision of free vision screening blood sugar screening general health talk distribution of food items toiletries cloths and more nannew NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Corps member provides free medical services to over 50 retirees in Abuja
     Dr Chukwunazor Okafor a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps NYSC on Wednesday organised free medical treatment and eye screening for pensioners and other senior citizens in the nation s capital Okafor while delivering her remark in a brief ceremony to begin the medical treatment explained that the measure was aimed at promoting their eye sight and to help the pensioners perform optimally in their day to day activities even after retirement She stressed that eye sight was among most sensitive senses in the human body as approximately 80 per cent of what the body perceives come through the sense of sight hence the importance of protecting the eyes Okafor said that the free medical treatment was part of her humanitarian service to the country and to show care to the less privileged and the pensioners She emphasised the need for more people to get involved in providing eye care to the pensioners and also see more people giving importance in seeking care to their eye so as to avoid blindness among people This medical outreach is to bring sensitisation to your door step for all of you to adopt habit of preventing measures and observe regular checks of the eyes There is already growing concerns on not detecting age related pathologies for the elderly when this lingers for long could lead to visual impairment later in life I recommend regular checks of the eye as an important habit of paying attention to the eye considering the fact that vision and insight are not same vision has to do with the eyes both working together with the brain while sight is just seeing without making exact detail of what is seen Earlier Mrs Elisha Dia the Zonal Inspector Zonal Office NYSC FCT Secretariat said the outreach attested to one of the cardinal aspects of the NYSC where Corps members are encouraged to give back to the society for national development Represented by an Assistant Chief Inspector at the Secretariat Mrs Mary Magani Dia Okafor while alluding to a verse of the National anthem said the labour of our heroes past does not go in vain Also the General Secretary Nigerian Union of Pensioners NUP Mr Actor Zal who stood in for the president of the Union described the initiative as historic as such gesture had been extended to the old citizens in through the NUP since its establishment Zal encouraged other corps member and other well meaning Nigerians to impact on the lives of senior citizens who had worked and served the country meritoriously Similarly the President of Helpline Foundation for the Needy Abuja an NGO Dr Jumai Ahmadu applauded Okafor and her team of medical practitioner for the courage and service to humanity Ahmadu who was represented by Damaris Yakubu Assistant Programme Officer of the NGO called on the beneficiaries to prioritise their health particularly their eyes It is important to know the role of vision and sights in the performance throughout life even after retirement Hence all persons present here are urged to take home the message that they should endeavour to make themselves available in a health facility within their reach to undergo periodic eye This is one of the sure ways to retain functioning and good eye sight throughout life The outreach with theme Perfect vision and sights for efficient performance throughout life include the provision of free vision screening blood sugar screening general health talk distribution of food items toiletries cloths and more nannew NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Corps member provides free medical services to over 50 retirees in Abuja
    General news4 months ago

    Corps member provides free medical services to over 50 retirees in Abuja

    Dr Chukwunazor Okafor, a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC), on Wednesday organised free medical treatment and eye screening for pensioners and other senior citizens in the nation’s capital.

    Okafor, while delivering her remark in a brief ceremony to  begin the medical treatment, explained that the measure was aimed at promoting their eye sight and to help the pensioners perform optimally in their day to day activities even after retirement.

    She stressed that eye sight was among most sensitive senses in the human body as approximately 80 per cent of what the body perceives come through the sense of sight, hence the importance of protecting the eyes.

    Okafor said that the free medical treatment was part of her humanitarian service to the country and to show care to the less privileged and the pensioners.

    She emphasised the need for more people to get involved in providing eye care to the pensioners and also see more people giving importance in seeking care to their eye so as to avoid blindness among people.

    “This medical outreach is to bring sensitisation to your door step for all of you to adopt habit of preventing measures and observe regular checks of the eyes.

    “There is already growing concerns on not detecting age related pathologies for the elderly, when this lingers for long, could lead to visual impairment later in life.

    ” I recommend regular checks of the eye as an important habit of paying attention to the eye considering the fact that vision and insight are not same, vision has to do with the eyes both working together with the brain while sight is just seeing without making exact detail of what is seen.

    ” Earlier, Mrs Elisha Dia, the Zonal Inspector, Zonal Office, NYSC FCT Secretariat, said the outreach attested to one of the cardinal aspects of the NYSC where Corps members “are encouraged to give back to the society for national development’’.

    Represented by an Assistant Chief Inspector at the Secretariat, Mrs Mary Magani, Dia, Okafor, while alluding to a verse of the National anthem, said “the labour of our heroes past does not go in vain’’.

    Also, the General-Secretary, Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) Mr Actor Zal, who stood in for the president of the Union, described the initiative as historic as such gesture had been extended to the old citizens in through the NUP since its establishment.

    Zal encouraged other corps member and other well-meaning Nigerians to impact on the lives of senior citizens who had worked and served the country meritoriously.

    Similarly, the President of Helpline Foundation for the Needy Abuja, an NGO, Dr Jumai Ahmadu, applauded Okafor and her team of medical practitioner for the courage and service to humanity.

    Ahmadu, who was represented by Damaris Yakubu, Assistant Programme Officer of the NGO, called on the beneficiaries to prioritise their health particularly their eyes.

    “It is important to know the role of vision and sights in the performance throughout life even after retirement.

    “Hence all persons present here are urged to take home the message that they should endeavour to make themselves available in a health facility within their reach to undergo periodic eye .

    “This is one of the sure ways to retain functioning and good eye sight throughout life.

    ” The outreach with theme, “Perfect vision and sights for efficient performance throughout life” include the provision of free vision screening, blood sugar screening, general health talk, distribution of food items, toiletries, cloths and more.

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  •  A 74 year old man Alhaji Abdulrahman Kwamande on Tuesday prayed a Makurdi Court to dissolve the marriage between his daughter Halima and Aminu Sulaiman In his application Kwamande averred that he was the biological father of Halima and consequently her Waliyi guardian whose consent must be sought and obtained before any marriage can be contracted with her I am not aware of any such marriage between my daughter and the respondent I do not approve of this neither did I mandate anybody to act as a Waliyi to Halima I insist that any marriage purportedly entered into between the respondent and my daughter is unlawful under Islamic law The respondent abducted my daughter he alleged He said that Halima was sponsored study Nursing at the Maryam Abacha University in Maradi Niger Republic by her Uncle so that upon her graduation she will manage the Health Centre established for the well being of the family The petitioner further stated that in December 2020 Sulaiman delegated four persons to seek for permission to court Halima and same was granted pending a background check on the personality of the respondent Sometime in 2021 I discovered that the respondent took his children from his divorced wife and moved Halima into his house in Vandeikya LGA of Benue I protested asking the respondent to take his children away and allow my daughter to concentrate on her studies After carrying out a background check on the respondent I and my family were not comfortable with his personality because we discovered that his first marriage collapsed due to domestic violence The conduct of Sulaiman made it impossible for my daughter to undergo the mandatory training in any approved nursing Institution as well as the mandatory NYSC programme That to my shock one of his sons informed me that he saw an invitation letter which trended online showing that the respondent had gotten married to Halima on July 30 he said He also argued that the action of the respondent to abduct his daughter cohabit with her and purportedly declare her as his wife without his consent as her biological father was against Shariah However when the case came up for mention Sulaiman denied all the allegations The Magistrate s Abdullahi Ibrahim adjourned the case until Oct 18 for hearing www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Man prays court for dissolution of daughter’s marriage
     A 74 year old man Alhaji Abdulrahman Kwamande on Tuesday prayed a Makurdi Court to dissolve the marriage between his daughter Halima and Aminu Sulaiman In his application Kwamande averred that he was the biological father of Halima and consequently her Waliyi guardian whose consent must be sought and obtained before any marriage can be contracted with her I am not aware of any such marriage between my daughter and the respondent I do not approve of this neither did I mandate anybody to act as a Waliyi to Halima I insist that any marriage purportedly entered into between the respondent and my daughter is unlawful under Islamic law The respondent abducted my daughter he alleged He said that Halima was sponsored study Nursing at the Maryam Abacha University in Maradi Niger Republic by her Uncle so that upon her graduation she will manage the Health Centre established for the well being of the family The petitioner further stated that in December 2020 Sulaiman delegated four persons to seek for permission to court Halima and same was granted pending a background check on the personality of the respondent Sometime in 2021 I discovered that the respondent took his children from his divorced wife and moved Halima into his house in Vandeikya LGA of Benue I protested asking the respondent to take his children away and allow my daughter to concentrate on her studies After carrying out a background check on the respondent I and my family were not comfortable with his personality because we discovered that his first marriage collapsed due to domestic violence The conduct of Sulaiman made it impossible for my daughter to undergo the mandatory training in any approved nursing Institution as well as the mandatory NYSC programme That to my shock one of his sons informed me that he saw an invitation letter which trended online showing that the respondent had gotten married to Halima on July 30 he said He also argued that the action of the respondent to abduct his daughter cohabit with her and purportedly declare her as his wife without his consent as her biological father was against Shariah However when the case came up for mention Sulaiman denied all the allegations The Magistrate s Abdullahi Ibrahim adjourned the case until Oct 18 for hearing www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Man prays court for dissolution of daughter’s marriage
    General news4 months ago

    Man prays court for dissolution of daughter’s marriage

    A 74-year-old man, Alhaji Abdulrahman Kwamande, on Tuesday prayed a Makurdi Court to dissolve the marriage between his daughter Halima and Aminu Sulaiman.

    In his application, Kwamande averred that he was the biological father of Halima and consequently her ‘Waliyi, (guardian), whose consent must be sought and obtained before any marriage can be contracted with her.

    ”I am not aware of any such marriage between my daughter and the respondent.

    I do not approve of this neither did I mandate anybody to act as a ‘Waliyi’ to Halima.

    ”I insist that any marriage purportedly entered into between the respondent and my  daughter  is unlawful under Islamic law.

    ”The respondent abducted my daughter,” he alleged.

    He said that Halima was sponsored study Nursing at the Maryam Abacha University in Maradi, Niger Republic, by her Uncle, so that upon her graduation, she will manage the Health Centre established for the well-being of the family.

    The petitioner further stated that in December, 2020, Sulaiman  delegated four persons, to  seek for permission to court Halima and same was granted pending a background check on the personality of the respondent.

    “Sometime in 2021, I discovered that the respondent took his children from his divorced wife and moved Halima into his house in Vandeikya LGA of Benue.

    ”I protested, asking the respondent to take his children away and allow my daughter to concentrate on her studies.

    “After carrying out a background check on the respondent, I and my family were not comfortable with his personality because we discovered that his first marriage collapsed due to domestic violence.

    ”The conduct of Sulaiman made it impossible for my daughter to undergo the mandatory training in any approved nursing Institution as well as the mandatory NYSC programme.

    “That to my shock, one of his sons informed me that he saw an invitation letter which trended online, showing that the respondent had gotten married to Halima on July 30,” he said.

    He also argued that the action of the respondent to abduct his daughter, cohabit with her and purportedly declare her as his wife without his consent as her biological father, was against Shariah.

    However, when the case came up for mention, Sulaiman denied all the allegations.

    The Magistrate’s Abdullahi Ibrahim adjourned the case  until Oct. 18 for hearing.

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  •  The Director General National Youth Service Corps NYSC Brig Gen Muhammad Fadah says the scheme will not relent efforts in preventing unqualified persons from participating in the national service Fadah gave the assurance on Thursday in Abuja at the opening of the 2022 Batch C Pre Mobilisation Workshop The workshop with the theme Stemming Fraudulent Enlistment in the Mobilisation Process Time for Drastic Action to Arrest the Menace Fadah said he was concerned about the declining quality of graduates being presented for mobilisation for national service During the 2022 Batch B Streams One and Two Orientation programmes field officers detected some Prospective Corps Members PCM especially those claiming to be foreign trained with shocking inability to defend their supposed educational qualifications Series of confessions were extracted from them and these will hopefully assist us in carrying out further investigations You will agree with me that there is the compelling need for school managers and other stakeholders in education to rise to the occasion and nip this problem in the bud he said This he said informed the choice of the theme of the workshop According to the director general at the maiden meeting with Registrars of Corps Producing Institutions in Nigeria held in April they made commitments to strengthen their institution s data security We expect that amongst other steps the institutions will always ensure that only credible officers are entrusted with the task of handling the data of their graduates being processed for mobilisation he added The Registrar Joint Admissions Matriculation Board Prof Ishaq Oloyede called on corps producing institutions to ensure that they followed laid down procedures to reduce mistakes in the mobilisation process He added that JAMB had also employed various measures to sanitise admission processes as some claimed that mistakes were made at that stage which affects them during mobilisation for NYSC Such measures is the Central Admission Processing System CAPS an automated vehicle used for all admissions since its introduction during the 20172018 admissions exercise he said Oloyede said that the system had restored autonomy to the institutions with regards to admission process ensured transparency and involvement of candidates in the admission process He however said that the current challenges experienced by the board includes menace of fraudsters defrauding candidates with illegal admissions and delay by institutions in processing genuine applications for service leading to desperation by candidates Oloyede added that there were also attempts by students to compromise staff of the board and of institutions to be mobilised for national service He however said that JAMB had also diligently prosecuted officers forging or aiding and abetting forgery and other illegal activities The Director Corps Mobilisation Mrs Victoria Ango said that previous pre mobilisation workshops had provided avenue for review of previous performances and in the process brought new ideas to overcome observable challenges in the mobilisation process She also said that this had led to reduction in mobilisation of unqualified persons The success should largely be attributed numerous innovations through enhanced level of collaboration with all stakeholders A lot however needs to be done as we observe gaps in uploads faking of academic credentials and many other acts of academic dishonesty These little acts of deviance nonetheless cannot vitiate the appreciable gains we have made in improving the mobilisation process That justifies continued engagements with the hope that we shall surely attain desired level of excellence Ango said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Unqualified persons don’t participate in NYSC scheme, says D-G
     The Director General National Youth Service Corps NYSC Brig Gen Muhammad Fadah says the scheme will not relent efforts in preventing unqualified persons from participating in the national service Fadah gave the assurance on Thursday in Abuja at the opening of the 2022 Batch C Pre Mobilisation Workshop The workshop with the theme Stemming Fraudulent Enlistment in the Mobilisation Process Time for Drastic Action to Arrest the Menace Fadah said he was concerned about the declining quality of graduates being presented for mobilisation for national service During the 2022 Batch B Streams One and Two Orientation programmes field officers detected some Prospective Corps Members PCM especially those claiming to be foreign trained with shocking inability to defend their supposed educational qualifications Series of confessions were extracted from them and these will hopefully assist us in carrying out further investigations You will agree with me that there is the compelling need for school managers and other stakeholders in education to rise to the occasion and nip this problem in the bud he said This he said informed the choice of the theme of the workshop According to the director general at the maiden meeting with Registrars of Corps Producing Institutions in Nigeria held in April they made commitments to strengthen their institution s data security We expect that amongst other steps the institutions will always ensure that only credible officers are entrusted with the task of handling the data of their graduates being processed for mobilisation he added The Registrar Joint Admissions Matriculation Board Prof Ishaq Oloyede called on corps producing institutions to ensure that they followed laid down procedures to reduce mistakes in the mobilisation process He added that JAMB had also employed various measures to sanitise admission processes as some claimed that mistakes were made at that stage which affects them during mobilisation for NYSC Such measures is the Central Admission Processing System CAPS an automated vehicle used for all admissions since its introduction during the 20172018 admissions exercise he said Oloyede said that the system had restored autonomy to the institutions with regards to admission process ensured transparency and involvement of candidates in the admission process He however said that the current challenges experienced by the board includes menace of fraudsters defrauding candidates with illegal admissions and delay by institutions in processing genuine applications for service leading to desperation by candidates Oloyede added that there were also attempts by students to compromise staff of the board and of institutions to be mobilised for national service He however said that JAMB had also diligently prosecuted officers forging or aiding and abetting forgery and other illegal activities The Director Corps Mobilisation Mrs Victoria Ango said that previous pre mobilisation workshops had provided avenue for review of previous performances and in the process brought new ideas to overcome observable challenges in the mobilisation process She also said that this had led to reduction in mobilisation of unqualified persons The success should largely be attributed numerous innovations through enhanced level of collaboration with all stakeholders A lot however needs to be done as we observe gaps in uploads faking of academic credentials and many other acts of academic dishonesty These little acts of deviance nonetheless cannot vitiate the appreciable gains we have made in improving the mobilisation process That justifies continued engagements with the hope that we shall surely attain desired level of excellence Ango said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Unqualified persons don’t participate in NYSC scheme, says D-G
    General news5 months ago

    Unqualified persons don’t participate in NYSC scheme, says D-G

    The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Fadah, says the scheme will not relent efforts in preventing unqualified persons from participating in the national service.

    Fadah gave the assurance on Thursday in Abuja, at the opening of the 2022 Batch C Pre-Mobilisation Workshop.

    The workshop with the theme: “Stemming Fraudulent Enlistment in the Mobilisation Process: Time for Drastic Action to Arrest the Menace”.

    Fadah said he was concerned about the declining quality of graduates being presented for mobilisation for national service.

    “During the 2022 Batch ‘B’ Streams One and Two Orientation programmes, field officers detected some Prospective Corps Members (PCM), especially those claiming to be foreign trained, with shocking inability to defend their supposed educational qualifications.

    “Series of confessions were extracted from them, and these will hopefully assist us in carrying out further investigations.

    “You will agree with me that there is the compelling need for school managers and other stakeholders in education to rise to the occasion and nip this problem in the bud,’’ he said.

    This, he said, informed the choice of the theme of the workshop.

    According to the director-general, at the maiden meeting with Registrars of Corps Producing Institutions in Nigeria held in April, they made commitments to strengthen their institution’s data security.

    “We expect that, amongst other steps, the institutions will always ensure that only credible officers are entrusted with the task of handling the data of their graduates being processed for mobilisation,” he added.

    The Registrar, Joint Admissions Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, called on corps producing institutions to ensure that they followed laid down procedures to reduce mistakes in the mobilisation process.

    He added that JAMB had also employed various measures to sanitise admission processes as some claimed that mistakes were made at that stage which affects them during mobilisation for NYSC.

    “Such measures is the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS), an automated vehicle used for all admissions since its introduction during the 20172018 admissions exercise,’’ he said.

    Oloyede said that the system had restored autonomy to the institutions with regards to admission process, ensured transparency and involvement of candidates in the admission process.

    He, however, said that the current challenges experienced by the board includes menace of fraudsters defrauding candidates with illegal admissions and delay by institutions in processing genuine applications for service, leading to desperation by candidates.

    Oloyede added that there were also attempts by students to compromise staff of the board and of institutions to be mobilised for national service.

    He, however, said that JAMB had also diligently prosecuted officers forging or aiding and abetting forgery and other illegal activities.

    The Director, Corps Mobilisation, Mrs Victoria Ango, said that previous pre-mobilisation workshops, had provided avenue for review of previous performances and in the process, brought new ideas to overcome observable challenges in the mobilisation process.

    She also said that this had led to reduction in mobilisation of unqualified persons.

    “The success should largely be attributed numerous innovations through enhanced level of collaboration with all stakeholders.

    “A lot however needs to be done as we observe gaps in uploads, faking of academic credentials and many other acts of academic dishonesty.

    “These little acts of deviance nonetheless, cannot vitiate the appreciable gains we have made in improving the mobilisation process.

    “That justifies continued engagements with the hope that we shall surely attain desired level of excellence,” Ango said.


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  •  The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU on Thursday advised the Committee of Pro chancellors of State Owned Universities in Nigeria COPSON to stop playing to the gallery ASUU said the committee should learn from their counterparts in the Federal universities who were impressing on the government to do the needful for public universities This is contained in a statement on Thursday by the Convener ASUU Rapid Response Prof Ade Adejumo entitled COPSON Stoking the Blaze of Discord Adejumo said that no amount of threats would make the union stop fighting for quality education and welfare of its members ASUU was reacting to the communique issued at the end of the meeting of COPSON where they said the government should enforce No Work No Pay and that the centrally agreed negotiations would not be binding on them Adejumo said that COPSON needs to understand that the principle of collective bargaining was sanctioned by the law He asked COPSON to explain why have they not insisted that policies and directives of central regulatory bodies like JAMB NUC and NYSC are not binding on them Adejumo said ASUU is one a thousand communique and threats from COPSON cannot break our ranks and iron resolve to see this struggle and any other one in the future to its successful end He asked the pro chancellors to provide evidence where they have improved the salaries and welfare of their schools Adejumo said that the pro chancellors of state universities are always eager to run to Abuja to collect money from TETFUND which was brought into existence by ASUU But only wonder whether some people s consciences go on holiday when they sit down to make certain pronouncements These indeed are grave moments Ominous signs on the horizon for our education system The latest assault on the university system in Nigeria is captured by the communique released by the committee of pro chancellors of state universities The fatuwah declared on the principle of collective bargaining by a duly registered union like ASUU for its members is quite worrisome If we may ask what is the function of a union if not to see to the welfare of its members Why is COPSON fixated on the curious idea that centrally negotiated salaries by ASUU with the government will not be binding on them when they have always been represented in such negotiations Why have they not insisted that policies and directives of central regulatory bodies like JAMB NUC and NYSC are not binding on them Why is COPSON behaving like Chichidudu of Ayi Kwei Armah s tale he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU knocks COPSON over comments on collective bargaining
     The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU on Thursday advised the Committee of Pro chancellors of State Owned Universities in Nigeria COPSON to stop playing to the gallery ASUU said the committee should learn from their counterparts in the Federal universities who were impressing on the government to do the needful for public universities This is contained in a statement on Thursday by the Convener ASUU Rapid Response Prof Ade Adejumo entitled COPSON Stoking the Blaze of Discord Adejumo said that no amount of threats would make the union stop fighting for quality education and welfare of its members ASUU was reacting to the communique issued at the end of the meeting of COPSON where they said the government should enforce No Work No Pay and that the centrally agreed negotiations would not be binding on them Adejumo said that COPSON needs to understand that the principle of collective bargaining was sanctioned by the law He asked COPSON to explain why have they not insisted that policies and directives of central regulatory bodies like JAMB NUC and NYSC are not binding on them Adejumo said ASUU is one a thousand communique and threats from COPSON cannot break our ranks and iron resolve to see this struggle and any other one in the future to its successful end He asked the pro chancellors to provide evidence where they have improved the salaries and welfare of their schools Adejumo said that the pro chancellors of state universities are always eager to run to Abuja to collect money from TETFUND which was brought into existence by ASUU But only wonder whether some people s consciences go on holiday when they sit down to make certain pronouncements These indeed are grave moments Ominous signs on the horizon for our education system The latest assault on the university system in Nigeria is captured by the communique released by the committee of pro chancellors of state universities The fatuwah declared on the principle of collective bargaining by a duly registered union like ASUU for its members is quite worrisome If we may ask what is the function of a union if not to see to the welfare of its members Why is COPSON fixated on the curious idea that centrally negotiated salaries by ASUU with the government will not be binding on them when they have always been represented in such negotiations Why have they not insisted that policies and directives of central regulatory bodies like JAMB NUC and NYSC are not binding on them Why is COPSON behaving like Chichidudu of Ayi Kwei Armah s tale he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU knocks COPSON over comments on collective bargaining
    Education5 months ago

    ASUU knocks COPSON over comments on collective bargaining

    The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday advised the Committee of Pro-chancellors of State Owned Universities in Nigeria (COPSON) to stop playing to the gallery.

    ASUU said the committee should learn from their counterparts in the Federal universities who were impressing on the government to do the needful for public universities.

    This is contained in a statement on Thursday by the Convener, ASUU Rapid Response, Prof. Ade Adejumo, entitled: “COPSON: Stoking the Blaze of Discord”.

    Adejumo said that no amount of threats would make the union stop fighting for quality education and welfare of its members.

    ASUU was reacting to the communique issued at the end of the meeting of COPSON where they said the government should enforce “No Work No Pay” and that the centrally agreed negotiations would not be binding on them.

    Adejumo said that COPSON needs to understand that the principle of collective bargaining was sanctioned by the law.

    He asked COPSON to explain “why have they not insisted that policies and directives of central regulatory bodies like JAMB, NUC and NYSC are not binding on them?

    ” Adejumo said, “ASUU is one, a thousand communique and threats from COPSON cannot break our ranks and iron resolve to see this struggle and any other one in the future to its successful end.

    ” He asked the pro-chancellors to provide evidence where they have improved the salaries and welfare of their schools.

    Adejumo said that the pro-chancellors of state universities “are always eager to run to Abuja to collect money from TETFUND which was brought into existence by ASUU.

    “But, only wonder whether some people’s consciences go on holiday when they sit down to make certain pronouncements.

    “These indeed are grave moments. 

    Ominous signs on the horizon for our education system.

    “The latest assault on the university system in Nigeria is captured by the communique released by the committee of pro-chancellors of state universities.

    “The ‘ fatuwah’ declared on the principle of collective bargaining by a duly registered union like ASUU for its members is quite worrisome.

    “If we may ask, what is the function of a union if not to see to the welfare of its members?

    “Why is COPSON fixated on the curious idea that centrally negotiated salaries by ASUU with the government will not be binding on them when they have always been represented in such negotiations?

    “Why have they not insisted that policies and directives of central regulatory bodies like JAMB, NUC and NYSC are not binding on them?

    Why is COPSON behaving like Chichidudu of Ayi Kwei Armah’s tale?

    ,” he said.


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  •  The National Youth Service Corps NYSC on Wednesday began a three day medical outreach at the Kwara community in Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State NYSC State Coordinator Alhaji Namadi Abubakar said this at the inauguration of the exercise in Bogoro He said the exercise is being implemented under the scheme s Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers HIRD targeting about 1 000 persons He said the exercise was designed to treat patients who presented ailments such as malaria typhoid hypertension diarrhoea cholera and diabetes among others According to him COVID 19 vaccination is being integrated into the exercise adding that patients with complications would be referred to hospital for medical attention He said the scheme had deployed medical volunteers comprising doctors pharmacists nurses and laboratory scientists to facilitate smooth conduct of the exercise We have touched some nooks and crannies of the state Last year we were at Duguri village in Alkaleri Giade Toro and now in Bogoro LGA for the same programme which focused on rural settlements Our team which comprises of medical personnel are here to comfort the people with their expertise and provide free drugs he said Also speaking Mr Iliya Habila Chairman Bogoro Local Government Council lauded the gesture adding that the council had donated drugs and medical consumables for the exercise He reiterated readiness to partner with development organisations towards improving healthcare service delivery and overall wellbeing of the people The council he said conducted sensitisation activities to mobilise participation in the exercise RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NYSC offers free medical services to 1,000 persons in Bauchi community
     The National Youth Service Corps NYSC on Wednesday began a three day medical outreach at the Kwara community in Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State NYSC State Coordinator Alhaji Namadi Abubakar said this at the inauguration of the exercise in Bogoro He said the exercise is being implemented under the scheme s Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers HIRD targeting about 1 000 persons He said the exercise was designed to treat patients who presented ailments such as malaria typhoid hypertension diarrhoea cholera and diabetes among others According to him COVID 19 vaccination is being integrated into the exercise adding that patients with complications would be referred to hospital for medical attention He said the scheme had deployed medical volunteers comprising doctors pharmacists nurses and laboratory scientists to facilitate smooth conduct of the exercise We have touched some nooks and crannies of the state Last year we were at Duguri village in Alkaleri Giade Toro and now in Bogoro LGA for the same programme which focused on rural settlements Our team which comprises of medical personnel are here to comfort the people with their expertise and provide free drugs he said Also speaking Mr Iliya Habila Chairman Bogoro Local Government Council lauded the gesture adding that the council had donated drugs and medical consumables for the exercise He reiterated readiness to partner with development organisations towards improving healthcare service delivery and overall wellbeing of the people The council he said conducted sensitisation activities to mobilise participation in the exercise RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NYSC offers free medical services to 1,000 persons in Bauchi community
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    NYSC offers free medical services to 1,000 persons in Bauchi community

    The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Wednesday began a three-day medical outreach at the Kwara community in Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

    NYSC State Coordinator, Alhaji Namadi Abubakar said this at the inauguration of the exercise in Bogoro.

    He said the exercise is being implemented under the scheme’s Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD), targeting about 1,000 persons. 

    He said the exercise was designed to treat patients who presented ailments such as malaria; typhoid, hypertension, diarrhoea, cholera and diabetes, among others.

    According to him, COVID-19 vaccination is being integrated into the exercise, adding that patients with complications would be referred to hospital for medical attention.

    He said the scheme had deployed medical volunteers comprising doctors, pharmacists, nurses and laboratory scientists, to facilitate smooth conduct of the exercise. 

    “We have touched some nooks and crannies of the state.

    “Last year, we were at Duguri village in Alkaleri, Giade, Toro and now in Bogoro LGA for the same programme which focused on rural settlements.

    “Our team which comprises of medical personnel are here to comfort the people with their expertise and provide free drugs,” he said.

    Also speaking, Mr Iliya Habila, Chairman, Bogoro Local Government Council, lauded the gesture, adding that the council had donated drugs and medical consumables for the exercise.

    He reiterated readiness to partner with development organisations towards improving healthcare service delivery and overall wellbeing of the people.

    The council, he said, conducted sensitisation activities to mobilise participation in the exercise. 

    RSA 
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  •  The National Youth Service Corps NYSC on Tuesday began the second quarter 2022 free medical treatment for rural dwellers in Farin Ruwa community of Shanono Local Government Area of Kano State The State NYSC Coordinator Mrs Aisha Tata Muhammad while opening the exercise explained that the programme was captured under the NYSC s Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers HIRD programme She said the free medical outreach was aimed at promoting the well being of indigent persons at the grassroots by granting them easy access to free and quality health care Muhammad added that corps members on HIRD platform carried out diagnosis treatment including minor medical procedures referral of patients provision of drugs eye glasses and other medical consumables According to her since the inception of the programme more than two million people benefitted from it across the country She explained that the scheme had donated 300 wheelchairs with the support of partners In a remark the member representing Federal Constituency Alhaji Yusuf Badau represented by Alhaji Sunusi Umar applauded the commitment of the corps members He assured of his support for the well being of the people of his constituency Adamu Buba a beneficiary said that he was grateful to the NYSC for the free medical outreach Another beneficiary Zainab Musa also commended NYSC for the scheme The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the the programme was initiated in 2014 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NYSC begins free medical outreach in Kano
     The National Youth Service Corps NYSC on Tuesday began the second quarter 2022 free medical treatment for rural dwellers in Farin Ruwa community of Shanono Local Government Area of Kano State The State NYSC Coordinator Mrs Aisha Tata Muhammad while opening the exercise explained that the programme was captured under the NYSC s Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers HIRD programme She said the free medical outreach was aimed at promoting the well being of indigent persons at the grassroots by granting them easy access to free and quality health care Muhammad added that corps members on HIRD platform carried out diagnosis treatment including minor medical procedures referral of patients provision of drugs eye glasses and other medical consumables According to her since the inception of the programme more than two million people benefitted from it across the country She explained that the scheme had donated 300 wheelchairs with the support of partners In a remark the member representing Federal Constituency Alhaji Yusuf Badau represented by Alhaji Sunusi Umar applauded the commitment of the corps members He assured of his support for the well being of the people of his constituency Adamu Buba a beneficiary said that he was grateful to the NYSC for the free medical outreach Another beneficiary Zainab Musa also commended NYSC for the scheme The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the the programme was initiated in 2014 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NYSC begins free medical outreach in Kano
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    NYSC begins free medical outreach in Kano

    The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Tuesday began the second quarter, 2022 free medical treatment for rural dwellers in Farin-Ruwa community of Shanono Local Government Area of Kano State.

    The State NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Aisha Tata -Muhammad, while opening the exercise, explained that the programme was captured under the NYSC’s Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) programme.

    She said the free medical outreach was aimed at promoting the well-being of indigent persons at the grassroots by granting them easy access to free and quality health care.

    Muhammad added that corps members, on HIRD platform, carried out diagnosis, treatment, including minor medical procedures, referral of patients, provision of drugs, eye glasses and other medical consumables.

    According to her, since the inception of the programme, more than two million people benefitted from it across the country.

    She explained that the scheme had donated 300 wheelchairs with the support of partners.

    In a remark, the member representing Federal Constituency, Alhaji Yusuf Badau, represented by Alhaji Sunusi Umar, applauded the commitment of the corps members.

    He assured of his support for the well-being of the people of his constituency.

    Adamu Buba, a beneficiary, said that he was grateful to the NYSC for the free medical outreach.

    Another beneficiary, Zainab Musa, also commended NYSC for the scheme.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the the programme was initiated in 2014.
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  •  Lagos State Examination Board has urged Principals of Public Junior Secondary Schools to visit Education District Headquarters for their Basic Education Certificate Examination BECE results Mr Adebayo Orunsolu Director Lagos State Examinations Board gave the directive on Tuesday in a statement signed by Mr Fatai Bakare Deputy Director Public Affairs of the Board Orunsolu disclosed that the Lagos State Government had released the 2022 Basic Education Certificate BECE results with immediate effect He implored Principals of approved Private Junior Secondary Schools that participated in the examination to visit the Board s Head Office at 254 Ipaja Road Agege near NYSC Orientation Camp for collection of their results The director said that the re sit examination for candidates who failed English Mathematics or both would hold on a tentative date of Wednesday Sept 28 He added that the re sit examination was also expected to hold in various designated centres across the six Education Districts of the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASG releases BECE results
     Lagos State Examination Board has urged Principals of Public Junior Secondary Schools to visit Education District Headquarters for their Basic Education Certificate Examination BECE results Mr Adebayo Orunsolu Director Lagos State Examinations Board gave the directive on Tuesday in a statement signed by Mr Fatai Bakare Deputy Director Public Affairs of the Board Orunsolu disclosed that the Lagos State Government had released the 2022 Basic Education Certificate BECE results with immediate effect He implored Principals of approved Private Junior Secondary Schools that participated in the examination to visit the Board s Head Office at 254 Ipaja Road Agege near NYSC Orientation Camp for collection of their results The director said that the re sit examination for candidates who failed English Mathematics or both would hold on a tentative date of Wednesday Sept 28 He added that the re sit examination was also expected to hold in various designated centres across the six Education Districts of the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASG releases BECE results
    Education5 months ago

    LASG releases BECE results

    Lagos State Examination Board has urged Principals of Public Junior Secondary Schools to visit Education District Headquarters for their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results.

    Mr Adebayo Orunsolu, Director, Lagos State Examinations Board, gave the directive on Tuesday in a statement signed by Mr Fatai Bakare, Deputy Director, Public Affairs of the Board.

    Orunsolu disclosed that the Lagos State Government had released the 2022 Basic Education Certificate BECE results with immediate effect.

    He implored Principals of approved Private Junior Secondary Schools that participated in the examination to visit the Board’s Head Office at 254, Ipaja Road, Agege, near NYSC Orientation Camp, for collection of their results.

    The director said that the re-sit examination for candidates who failed English, Mathematics, or both, would hold on a tentative date of Wednesday, Sept. 28. He added that the re-sit examination was also expected to hold in various designated centres across the six Education Districts of the state.


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  •  The Ahmadu Bello University ABU Zaria Kaduna State has urged the National Youth Service Corps NYSC to key into its entrepreneurship programme to enhance the scheme s Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development SAED programme Prof Kabiru Bala the Vice Chancellor of the university made the call when Kaduna state Coordinator of the NYSC in Zaria Mr Odoba Oche visited him on Tuesday in zaria Bala was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration Prof Ahmed Doko Ibrahim He said the collaboration would enhance vital job creation skills and strengthen the competence required for job creation to the corps members among others The Vice Chancellor also assured the NYSC of the University s readiness to continue to work in synergy to enhance national development Earlier Oche NYSC Coordinator in Kaduna described ABU as a good team player in the cardinal programmes of the NYSC since the inception of the scheme in 1973 The coordinator explained that ABU had always contributed towards the success of the national youth service programme in Oche described the University as a great institution which had continued to live above board in its core mandate of teaching research and community service NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ABU seeks collaboration with NYSC on entrepreneurship
     The Ahmadu Bello University ABU Zaria Kaduna State has urged the National Youth Service Corps NYSC to key into its entrepreneurship programme to enhance the scheme s Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development SAED programme Prof Kabiru Bala the Vice Chancellor of the university made the call when Kaduna state Coordinator of the NYSC in Zaria Mr Odoba Oche visited him on Tuesday in zaria Bala was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration Prof Ahmed Doko Ibrahim He said the collaboration would enhance vital job creation skills and strengthen the competence required for job creation to the corps members among others The Vice Chancellor also assured the NYSC of the University s readiness to continue to work in synergy to enhance national development Earlier Oche NYSC Coordinator in Kaduna described ABU as a good team player in the cardinal programmes of the NYSC since the inception of the scheme in 1973 The coordinator explained that ABU had always contributed towards the success of the national youth service programme in Oche described the University as a great institution which had continued to live above board in its core mandate of teaching research and community service NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ABU seeks collaboration with NYSC on entrepreneurship
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    ABU seeks collaboration with NYSC on entrepreneurship

    The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Kaduna  State, has urged the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to key into its entrepreneurship programme to  enhance the scheme’s Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme.

    Prof. Kabiru Bala, the Vice-Chancellor of the university made the call when Kaduna state Coordinator of the NYSC in Zaria, Mr Odoba Oche visited him on Tuesday in zaria.

    Bala was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration, Prof. Ahmed-Doko Ibrahim.

    He  said the collaboration would enhance vital job creation skills and strengthen the competence required for job creation to the corps members among others.

    The Vice-Chancellor also assured the NYSC of the University’s readiness to continue to work in synergy to enhance national development.

    Earlier, Oche, NYSC Coordinator in Kaduna described ABU as a good team player in the cardinal programmes of the NYSC since the inception of the scheme in 1973. The coordinator explained that ABU had always contributed towards the success of the national youth service programme in.

    Oche described the University as a great institution which had continued to live above board in its core mandate of teaching, research and community service.


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  •   eNaira and global digital currency revolution eNaira and global digital currency revolution By Kadiri Abdulrahman News Agency of Nigeria When the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN introduced its digital currency the eNaira in October 2021 the idea was to create an alternative to the fast growing cryptocurrencies being patronised by Nigerians According to European Central Bank e money broadly speaking is an electronic store of monetary value on a technical device that may be widely used for making payments to entities other than the e money issuer The bank said e money products can be hardware based or software based depending on the technology used to store the monetary value Central banks across the world including CBN have the mandate to control the circulation and supply of currencies However the phenomenal rise in acceptance of all forms of digital currencies poses a threat to that authority In recent years bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have become attractive to young people globally mainly due to their high returns over a short period of investment However experts say cryptocurrencies are susceptible to certain financial vulnerabilities and abuse To counter this the CBN in February 2021 announced a ban on cryprocurrency transaction within the Nigerian banking system In their place the apex bank unveiled plans to float eNaira At the unveiling ceremony President Muhammadu Buhari said that the initiative would help increase remittances foster cross border trade improve financial inclusion make monetary policy more effective among others Mr Godwin Emefiele the CBN Governor in a recent media report assured that eNaira will open up a whole new market of digital currency users for financial institutions to increase their customer base and add value to their account owners The framework of eNaira is such that it entrenches many pipelines of collaboration and further strengthens financial institutions core service delivery By its very nature with regards to its mandates eNaira enhances the structures of these institutions instead of replacing same Emefiele said at a recent eNaira Hackathon event At the event a collaborative initiative between the CBN and the African Fintec Foundry AFF Emefiele announced that the digital currency had recorded 200 000 volumes and four billion Naira value of transactions since its inauguration The CBN governor also said that the eNaira had reached 840 000 downloads with about 270 000 active wallets comprising more than 252 000 consumer wallets and 17 000 merchant wallets I am pleased to inform you that Nigerians both banked and unbanked will be able to open an eNaira wallet and conduct transactions by simply dialling 997 from their phones he said on the ease of operating eNaira According to Mr kingsley Obiora Deputy Governor Economic Policy CBN Nigerians should embrace eNaira because of it is convenient to use Citing the case of South Korea he said In south Korea 77 per cent no longer use cash to do payment while in the Philippines it is 30 per cent In Nigeria we are also seeing the same decline in the use of cash the minting of currencies in the CBN has been reducing in the last couple of years An Economist Dr Tope Fasua and Chief Executive Officer of Global Analytics Consulting Limited described the idea of eNaira as a welcome development Fasua said that the idea of eNaira was commendable projecting that in the future digital currencies will be dominant other currencies However Brookings Institution in a report advised that electronic currencies should be approached with caution They could undermine the business models of conventional banks and their role in the financial system making it hard for central banks which operate largely through the banking system to maintain financial stability the organisation warns Similarly European Union in a report warns that widespread use of digital currencies would reduce the demand for central bank money and thus reduce the size of the balance sheets of central banks or profits of central banks will shrink but not disappear Against this background a financial analyst and Senior Lecturer at the Pan Atlantic University Dr Olalekan Aworinde said there was the need to further sensitise the public on the risks of electronic currencies I think that the CBN should be aware of the fact that there is the risk of cyber attacks with the introduction of the eNaira As a result the CBN needs to properly educate the masses on how to use the eNaira in a way that would not put their safety and the safety of their funds at risk he said This sentiment is shared by the past President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria CIBN Mr Okechukwu Unegbu who advised the CBN to involve relevant stakeholders to ensure that the financial sector is not negatively affected as a result of the introduction of the eNaira The eNaira is another form of cryptocurrency which the CBN has banned and it seems that the apex bank is trying to imitate what it banned There is the need to do a thorough research and robust stakeholder engagement with the CIBN ICAN and other relevant professional bodies and also create adequate sensitisation on the eNaira he said As the CBN continues to make efforts to popularise the eNaira among Nigerians adequate sensitisation is required to improve the acceptance level of the digital currency locally before it is internationalised Some experts suggested that government should show the way by using eNaira to for existing welfare programmes Others urged the government to shift social welfare programmes and NYSC payments to eNaira platforms to increase its acceptability among Nigerians NANFeatures If used please credit the author and News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    eNaira and global digital currency revolution
      eNaira and global digital currency revolution eNaira and global digital currency revolution By Kadiri Abdulrahman News Agency of Nigeria When the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN introduced its digital currency the eNaira in October 2021 the idea was to create an alternative to the fast growing cryptocurrencies being patronised by Nigerians According to European Central Bank e money broadly speaking is an electronic store of monetary value on a technical device that may be widely used for making payments to entities other than the e money issuer The bank said e money products can be hardware based or software based depending on the technology used to store the monetary value Central banks across the world including CBN have the mandate to control the circulation and supply of currencies However the phenomenal rise in acceptance of all forms of digital currencies poses a threat to that authority In recent years bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have become attractive to young people globally mainly due to their high returns over a short period of investment However experts say cryptocurrencies are susceptible to certain financial vulnerabilities and abuse To counter this the CBN in February 2021 announced a ban on cryprocurrency transaction within the Nigerian banking system In their place the apex bank unveiled plans to float eNaira At the unveiling ceremony President Muhammadu Buhari said that the initiative would help increase remittances foster cross border trade improve financial inclusion make monetary policy more effective among others Mr Godwin Emefiele the CBN Governor in a recent media report assured that eNaira will open up a whole new market of digital currency users for financial institutions to increase their customer base and add value to their account owners The framework of eNaira is such that it entrenches many pipelines of collaboration and further strengthens financial institutions core service delivery By its very nature with regards to its mandates eNaira enhances the structures of these institutions instead of replacing same Emefiele said at a recent eNaira Hackathon event At the event a collaborative initiative between the CBN and the African Fintec Foundry AFF Emefiele announced that the digital currency had recorded 200 000 volumes and four billion Naira value of transactions since its inauguration The CBN governor also said that the eNaira had reached 840 000 downloads with about 270 000 active wallets comprising more than 252 000 consumer wallets and 17 000 merchant wallets I am pleased to inform you that Nigerians both banked and unbanked will be able to open an eNaira wallet and conduct transactions by simply dialling 997 from their phones he said on the ease of operating eNaira According to Mr kingsley Obiora Deputy Governor Economic Policy CBN Nigerians should embrace eNaira because of it is convenient to use Citing the case of South Korea he said In south Korea 77 per cent no longer use cash to do payment while in the Philippines it is 30 per cent In Nigeria we are also seeing the same decline in the use of cash the minting of currencies in the CBN has been reducing in the last couple of years An Economist Dr Tope Fasua and Chief Executive Officer of Global Analytics Consulting Limited described the idea of eNaira as a welcome development Fasua said that the idea of eNaira was commendable projecting that in the future digital currencies will be dominant other currencies However Brookings Institution in a report advised that electronic currencies should be approached with caution They could undermine the business models of conventional banks and their role in the financial system making it hard for central banks which operate largely through the banking system to maintain financial stability the organisation warns Similarly European Union in a report warns that widespread use of digital currencies would reduce the demand for central bank money and thus reduce the size of the balance sheets of central banks or profits of central banks will shrink but not disappear Against this background a financial analyst and Senior Lecturer at the Pan Atlantic University Dr Olalekan Aworinde said there was the need to further sensitise the public on the risks of electronic currencies I think that the CBN should be aware of the fact that there is the risk of cyber attacks with the introduction of the eNaira As a result the CBN needs to properly educate the masses on how to use the eNaira in a way that would not put their safety and the safety of their funds at risk he said This sentiment is shared by the past President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria CIBN Mr Okechukwu Unegbu who advised the CBN to involve relevant stakeholders to ensure that the financial sector is not negatively affected as a result of the introduction of the eNaira The eNaira is another form of cryptocurrency which the CBN has banned and it seems that the apex bank is trying to imitate what it banned There is the need to do a thorough research and robust stakeholder engagement with the CIBN ICAN and other relevant professional bodies and also create adequate sensitisation on the eNaira he said As the CBN continues to make efforts to popularise the eNaira among Nigerians adequate sensitisation is required to improve the acceptance level of the digital currency locally before it is internationalised Some experts suggested that government should show the way by using eNaira to for existing welfare programmes Others urged the government to shift social welfare programmes and NYSC payments to eNaira platforms to increase its acceptability among Nigerians NANFeatures If used please credit the author and News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    eNaira and global digital currency revolution
    Features5 months ago

    eNaira and global digital currency revolution

    eNaira and global digital currency revolution eNaira and global digital currency revolution By Kadiri Abdulrahman, News Agency of Nigeria When the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) introduced its digital currency, the eNaira in October 2021, the idea was to create an alternative to the fast growing cryptocurrencies being patronised by Nigerians.

    According to European Central Bank, e-money, broadly speaking, is an electronic store of monetary value on a technical device that may be widely used for making payments to entities other than the e-money issuer.

    The bank said e-money products can be hardware-based or software-based, depending on the technology used to store the monetary value.

    Central banks across the world, including CBN, have the mandate to control the circulation and supply of currencies.

    However, the phenomenal rise in acceptance of all forms of digital currencies poses a threat to that authority.

    In recent years, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have become attractive to young people globally mainly due to their high returns over a short period of investment.

    However, experts say cryptocurrencies are susceptible to certain financial vulnerabilities and abuse.

    To counter this, the CBN in February 2021 announced a ban on cryprocurrency transaction within the Nigerian banking system.

    In their place, the apex bank unveiled plans to float eNaira.

    At the unveiling ceremony President Muhammadu Buhari said that the initiative would help increase remittances, foster cross border trade, improve financial inclusion, make monetary policy more effective”, among others.

    Mr Godwin Emefiele, the CBN Governor, in a recent media report assured that eNaira will open up a whole new market of digital currency users for financial institutions to increase their customer base and add value to their account owners.

    “The framework of eNaira is such that it entrenches many pipelines of collaboration and further strengthens financial institutions core service delivery.

    “By its very nature with regards to its mandates, eNaira enhances the structures of these institutions instead of replacing same”, Emefiele said at a recent “eNaira Hackathon” event.  

    At the event, a collaborative initiative between the CBN and the African Fintec Foundry (AFF), Emefiele announced that the digital currency had recorded 200,000 volumes and four billion Naira value of transactions since its inauguration.

    The CBN governor also said that the eNaira had reached 840,000 downloads, with about 270,000 active wallets comprising more than 252,000 consumer wallets and 17,000 merchant wallets.

    “ I am pleased to inform you that Nigerians, both banked and unbanked, will be able to open an eNaira wallet and conduct transactions by simply dialling *997 from their phones,” he said on the ease of operating eNaira.

    According to Mr kingsley Obiora, Deputy Governor, Economic Policy, CBN, Nigerians should embrace eNaira because of it is convenient to use.

    Citing the case of South Korea, he said: “In south Korea, 77 per cent no longer use cash to do payment, while in the Philippines it is 30 per cent.

    “In Nigeria, we are also seeing the same decline in the use of cash, the minting of currencies in the CBN has been reducing in the last couple of years”.

    An Economist, Dr Tope Fasua, and Chief Executive Officer of Global Analytics Consulting Limited described the idea of eNaira as a welcome development.

    Fasua said that the idea of eNaira was commendable, projecting that in the future, digital currencies will be dominant other currencies.

    However, Brookings Institution in a report advised that electronic currencies should be approached with caution.

    “They could undermine the business models of conventional banks and their role in the financial system, making it hard for central banks—which operate largely through the banking system—to maintain financial stability”, the organisation warns.

    Similarly, European Union in a report warns that widespread use of digital currencies would reduce the demand for central bank money and thus reduce the size of the balance sheets of central banks or profits of central banks will shrink, but not disappear.

    Against this background, a financial analyst and Senior Lecturer at the Pan Atlantic University, Dr Olalekan Aworinde, said there was the need to further sensitise the public on the risks of electronic currencies.

    “I think that the CBN should be aware of the fact that there is the risk of cyber-attacks with the introduction of the eNaira.

    “As a result, the CBN needs to properly educate the masses on how to use the eNaira in a way that would not put their safety and the safety of their funds at risk,” he said.

    This sentiment is shared by the past President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) Mr Okechukwu Unegbu, who advised the CBN to involve relevant stakeholders to ensure that the financial sector is not negatively affected as a result of the introduction of the eNaira.

    The eNaira is another form of cryptocurrency which the CBN has banned, and it seems that the apex bank is trying to imitate what it banned.

    “There is the need to do a thorough research and robust stakeholder engagement, with the CIBN, ICAN, and other relevant professional bodies, and also create adequate sensitisation on the eNaira”, he said.

    As the CBN continues to make efforts to popularise the eNaira among Nigerians, adequate sensitisation is required to improve the acceptance level of the digital currency locally before it is internationalised.

    Some experts suggested that government should show the way by using eNaira to for existing welfare programmes.

    Others urged the government to shift social welfare programmes and NYSC payments to eNaira platforms to increase its acceptability among Nigerians.

    (NANFeatures) *****If used please credit the author and News Agency of Nigeria
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  •  The Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency BASEPA says it will train no fewer than 200 National Youth Service Corps NYSC members in the state on green businesses The Director General of the agency Mr Ibrahim Kabir disclosed this in Bauchi on Friday when the Director NYSC North East Area Office Bauchi Mr Omotade Folorunso paid him a courtesy visit The D G explained that a green business uses sustainable materials to make its products According to him green businesses use little water energy and raw materials and cut carbon emissions while utilising these materials in renewable and eco friendly manner He listed some of the businesses to include Eco friendly landscaping and gardening Nursery Development Waste Regulation Environmental Impact Assessment Fumigation and Eco friendly cleaning among others Kabir further revealed that in 2021 the agency trained 100 corps members on the same businesses and most of them had settled down and established themselves in the state Mr Omotade Folorunso said the visit was to familiarise and strengthen the cordial relationship between the NYSC and BASEPA He said that NYSC had observed there were a lot it could do together with BASEPA to add value to what the agency is doing in the state especially in Bauchi metropolis Folorunso stated that NYSC had been involved in all manners of intervention across the 774 area councils in the country He however proposed that corps members should be used as vanguard for sensitisation of the citizens towards ensuring active and effective participation of the people of the state in the monthly environmental exercises We can partner BASEPA in Bauchi state to add value to the activities and functions of the agency towards ridding our environment especially Bauchi metropolis of heaps of refuse The actual participation by citizens in environmental science we can look at it and add value in that respect The corps members can also be used as vanguard for sensitisation of our citizens towards improving personal hygiene and the way we dispose our refuse he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bauchi agency to train 200 corps members on green business
     The Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency BASEPA says it will train no fewer than 200 National Youth Service Corps NYSC members in the state on green businesses The Director General of the agency Mr Ibrahim Kabir disclosed this in Bauchi on Friday when the Director NYSC North East Area Office Bauchi Mr Omotade Folorunso paid him a courtesy visit The D G explained that a green business uses sustainable materials to make its products According to him green businesses use little water energy and raw materials and cut carbon emissions while utilising these materials in renewable and eco friendly manner He listed some of the businesses to include Eco friendly landscaping and gardening Nursery Development Waste Regulation Environmental Impact Assessment Fumigation and Eco friendly cleaning among others Kabir further revealed that in 2021 the agency trained 100 corps members on the same businesses and most of them had settled down and established themselves in the state Mr Omotade Folorunso said the visit was to familiarise and strengthen the cordial relationship between the NYSC and BASEPA He said that NYSC had observed there were a lot it could do together with BASEPA to add value to what the agency is doing in the state especially in Bauchi metropolis Folorunso stated that NYSC had been involved in all manners of intervention across the 774 area councils in the country He however proposed that corps members should be used as vanguard for sensitisation of the citizens towards ensuring active and effective participation of the people of the state in the monthly environmental exercises We can partner BASEPA in Bauchi state to add value to the activities and functions of the agency towards ridding our environment especially Bauchi metropolis of heaps of refuse The actual participation by citizens in environmental science we can look at it and add value in that respect The corps members can also be used as vanguard for sensitisation of our citizens towards improving personal hygiene and the way we dispose our refuse he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bauchi agency to train 200 corps members on green business
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    Bauchi agency to train 200 corps members on green business

    The Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA) says it will train no fewer than 200 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in the state on green businesses.

    The Director-General of the agency, Mr Ibrahim Kabir, disclosed this in Bauchi on Friday when the Director, NYSC, North-East Area Office, Bauchi, Mr Omotade Folorunso, paid him a courtesy visit.

    The D-G explained that a green business uses sustainable materials to make its products.

    According to him, green businesses use little water, energy and raw materials and cut carbon emissions while utilising these materials in renewable and eco-friendly manner.

    He listed some of the businesses to include: Eco-friendly landscaping and gardening, Nursery Development, Waste Regulation, Environmental Impact Assessment, Fumigation and Eco-friendly cleaning, among others.

    Kabir further revealed that in 2021, the agency trained 100 corps members on the same businesses and most of them had settled down and established themselves in the state.

    Mr Omotade Folorunso, said the visit was to familiarise and strengthen the cordial relationship between the NYSC and BASEPA.

    He said that NYSC had observed there were a lot it could do together with BASEPA to add value to what the agency is doing in the state, especially in Bauchi metropolis.

    Folorunso stated that NYSC had been involved in all manners of intervention across the 774 area councils in the country.

    He, however, proposed that corps members should be used as vanguard for sensitisation of the citizens towards ensuring active and effective participation of the people of the state in the monthly environmental exercises.

    “We can partner BASEPA in Bauchi state to add value to the activities and functions of the agency towards ridding our environment, especially Bauchi metropolis of heaps of refuse.

    “The actual participation by citizens in environmental science, we can look at it and add value in that respect.

    “The corps members can also be used as vanguard for sensitisation of our citizens towards improving personal hygiene and the way we dispose our refuse,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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