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  •  A group Coalition of Social Protection Civil Society Organisations CSOs and Partners has unveiled a Social Protection Advocacy to fast track poverty eradication campaign in Kaduna State The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the group is a national coalition of CSOs advocating for increased media coverage of social protection programme in the country The campaign tagged Social Protection to End Poverty SP2EP2023 is being implemented in collaboration with the Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition KADSPAC Chairperson of KADSPAC Jessica Bartholomew said the exercise was an initiative of the National Social Protection Forum NSPF being implemented in Jigawa Kaduna Kano Zamfara among others She said the group was an umbrella body of CSOs media and development organisations working towards promoting transparency and accountability in Social Protection SP programmes She noted that social protection programme has been a critical development instrument in the country in the past 10 years noting that it had potentials to lift individuals and households from extreme poverty build resilience against shocks stress and disasters such as flood drought and pandemics She however identified lack of adequate funding legislation and fragmentation of interventions as some of the obstacles militating against effective implementation of the programme towards improving the social and economic status of the poor and vulnerable According to her the campaign is designed to secure continued commitment of governments and political candidates to facilitate sustainable investment in the social protection programmes to raise the living standard of the vulnerable population She said the SP2EP2023 campaign will ensure functional and coordinated system for health education and employment for all The campaign will address issues of poverty gender and social inclusion for children persons with disability senior citizens and other marginalised groups in the society It aim to create awareness among Nigerians on benefits of social protection and encourage them to demand for it to ensure a resilient society through inclusive governance and efficient interventions It is also to strengthen the capacity of the electorates to demand for social protection services as a right in the 2023 general elections as well as support CSOs and citizens to hold winners of the elections accountable to their campaign promises on social protection Also speaking Mr Philip Yatai Co chair Open Government Partnership OGP Technical Working Group TWG said Gov Nasir El Rrufai s administration accorded pririoty to social protection programme adding that the government was working through the OGP TWG to enhance access to intervention at the grassroots He said the campaign was critical towards reducing the number of people living below poverty line through increased access to intervention According to him only 3 7 per cent of the population of the state has been covered under the programme while unemployment rate stands at 43 3 per cent One of the participants Malam Muhammad Sabo called for measures to compel wealthy individuals to give out Zakkat Alms in accordance with Islamic teachings He also advocated skill acquisition programmes for youth and women adding that the measure would enhance implementation of the social protection programme NAN reports that the event was attended by representatives of development organisations CSOs gubernatorial candidates community leaders People Living with Disabilities among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Coalition unveils social protection campaign to end poverty in Kaduna State
     A group Coalition of Social Protection Civil Society Organisations CSOs and Partners has unveiled a Social Protection Advocacy to fast track poverty eradication campaign in Kaduna State The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the group is a national coalition of CSOs advocating for increased media coverage of social protection programme in the country The campaign tagged Social Protection to End Poverty SP2EP2023 is being implemented in collaboration with the Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition KADSPAC Chairperson of KADSPAC Jessica Bartholomew said the exercise was an initiative of the National Social Protection Forum NSPF being implemented in Jigawa Kaduna Kano Zamfara among others She said the group was an umbrella body of CSOs media and development organisations working towards promoting transparency and accountability in Social Protection SP programmes She noted that social protection programme has been a critical development instrument in the country in the past 10 years noting that it had potentials to lift individuals and households from extreme poverty build resilience against shocks stress and disasters such as flood drought and pandemics She however identified lack of adequate funding legislation and fragmentation of interventions as some of the obstacles militating against effective implementation of the programme towards improving the social and economic status of the poor and vulnerable According to her the campaign is designed to secure continued commitment of governments and political candidates to facilitate sustainable investment in the social protection programmes to raise the living standard of the vulnerable population She said the SP2EP2023 campaign will ensure functional and coordinated system for health education and employment for all The campaign will address issues of poverty gender and social inclusion for children persons with disability senior citizens and other marginalised groups in the society It aim to create awareness among Nigerians on benefits of social protection and encourage them to demand for it to ensure a resilient society through inclusive governance and efficient interventions It is also to strengthen the capacity of the electorates to demand for social protection services as a right in the 2023 general elections as well as support CSOs and citizens to hold winners of the elections accountable to their campaign promises on social protection Also speaking Mr Philip Yatai Co chair Open Government Partnership OGP Technical Working Group TWG said Gov Nasir El Rrufai s administration accorded pririoty to social protection programme adding that the government was working through the OGP TWG to enhance access to intervention at the grassroots He said the campaign was critical towards reducing the number of people living below poverty line through increased access to intervention According to him only 3 7 per cent of the population of the state has been covered under the programme while unemployment rate stands at 43 3 per cent One of the participants Malam Muhammad Sabo called for measures to compel wealthy individuals to give out Zakkat Alms in accordance with Islamic teachings He also advocated skill acquisition programmes for youth and women adding that the measure would enhance implementation of the social protection programme NAN reports that the event was attended by representatives of development organisations CSOs gubernatorial candidates community leaders People Living with Disabilities among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Coalition unveils social protection campaign to end poverty in Kaduna State
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    Coalition unveils social protection campaign to end poverty in Kaduna State

    A group, Coalition of Social Protection Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Partners has unveiled a Social Protection Advocacy to fast track poverty eradication campaign in Kaduna State.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the group is a national coalition of CSOs advocating for increased media coverage of social protection programme in the country.

    The campaign tagged: ‘Social Protection to End Poverty (#SP2EP2023) is being implemented in collaboration with the Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition (KADSPAC).

    Chairperson of KADSPAC, Jessica Bartholomew said the exercise was an initiative of the National Social Protection Forum (NSPF) being implemented in Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Zamfara, among others.

    She said the group was an umbrella body of CSOs, media and development organisations working towards promoting transparency and accountability in Social Protection (SP) programmes.

    She noted that social protection programme has been a critical development instrument in the country in the past 10 years, noting that it had potentials to lift individuals and households from extreme poverty, build resilience against shocks, stress and disasters such as flood, drought and pandemics.

    She, however, identified lack of adequate funding, legislation and fragmentation of interventions as some of the obstacles militating against effective implementation of the programme towards improving the social and economic status of the poor and vulnerable.

    According to her, the campaign is designed to secure continued commitment of governments and political candidates to facilitate sustainable investment in the social protection programmes to raise the living standard of the vulnerable population.

    She said, “the #SP2EP2023 campaign will ensure functional and coordinated system for health, education and employment for all.

    “The campaign will address issues of poverty, gender and social inclusion for children, persons with disability, senior citizens and other marginalised groups in the society.

    “It aim to create awareness among Nigerians on benefits of social protection, and encourage them to demand for it to ensure a resilient society through inclusive governance and efficient interventions.

    “It is also to strengthen the capacity of the electorates to demand for social protection services as a right in the 2023 general elections as well as support CSOs and citizens to hold winners of the elections accountable to their campaign promises on social protection”.

    Also speaking, Mr Philip Yatai, Co-chair, Open Government Partnership (OGP) Technical Working Group (TWG), said Gov. Nasir El-Rrufai’s administration accorded pririoty to social protection programme, adding that the government was working through the OGP-TWG to enhance access to intervention at the grassroots.

    He said the campaign was critical towards reducing the number of people living below poverty line through increased access to intervention.

    According to him, only 3.7 per cent of the population of the state has been covered under the programme, while unemployment rate stands at 43.3 per cent.

    One of the participants,  Malam Muhammad Sabo called for measures to compel wealthy individuals to give out  Zakkat (Alms) in accordance with Islamic teachings.

    He also advocated skill acquisition programmes for youth and women, adding that the measure would enhance implementation of the social protection programme.

    NAN reports that the event was attended by representatives of development organisations, CSOs, gubernatorial candidates, community leaders, People Living with Disabilities, among others.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Presidential candidate of Labour Party LP Mr Peter Obi and his running mate Dr Yusuf Baba Ahmed have expressed sadness over the gruesome killing of Mr Daniel Yatai 86 by gunmen Yatai the father of Mr Philip Yatai a Principal Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria was killed by gunmen around 11 15 p m on Aug 2 at his home in Manchok Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State Obi and Baba Ahmed in a telephone call with the eldest son of the deceased Mr Patrick Yatai on Saturday consoled the family and urged them to accept the sad incident as the will of God Yatai who made this known in an interview with NAN in Manchok said that the Labour party presidential flag bearer urged the family to give thanks to God in all circumstances They grieved with our family and encouraged us to stay strong and strengthen our belief that God is in control Obi particularly said that God allowed our father to die for a reason On his part Baba Ahmed pointed out that everyone has a time to die and encouraged us to accept our father s demise as a call from God the son said He added that the labour party candidate and his running mate also asked the family to continue to pray for the country for things to get better He said that his father who had been buried on Friday was a retiree of the Nigeria Railway Corporation who had lived a fulfilled life Our father was blessed with 13 children 32 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren He was a jovial fellow with a big heart full of love We will uphold his legacy and keep his memories alive Yatai said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Obi, Baba-Ahmed mourn death of NAN correspondent’s father
     The Presidential candidate of Labour Party LP Mr Peter Obi and his running mate Dr Yusuf Baba Ahmed have expressed sadness over the gruesome killing of Mr Daniel Yatai 86 by gunmen Yatai the father of Mr Philip Yatai a Principal Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria was killed by gunmen around 11 15 p m on Aug 2 at his home in Manchok Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State Obi and Baba Ahmed in a telephone call with the eldest son of the deceased Mr Patrick Yatai on Saturday consoled the family and urged them to accept the sad incident as the will of God Yatai who made this known in an interview with NAN in Manchok said that the Labour party presidential flag bearer urged the family to give thanks to God in all circumstances They grieved with our family and encouraged us to stay strong and strengthen our belief that God is in control Obi particularly said that God allowed our father to die for a reason On his part Baba Ahmed pointed out that everyone has a time to die and encouraged us to accept our father s demise as a call from God the son said He added that the labour party candidate and his running mate also asked the family to continue to pray for the country for things to get better He said that his father who had been buried on Friday was a retiree of the Nigeria Railway Corporation who had lived a fulfilled life Our father was blessed with 13 children 32 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren He was a jovial fellow with a big heart full of love We will uphold his legacy and keep his memories alive Yatai said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Obi, Baba-Ahmed mourn death of NAN correspondent’s father
    General news2 months ago

    Obi, Baba-Ahmed mourn death of NAN correspondent’s father

    The Presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi and his running mate, Dr Yusuf Baba-Ahmed have expressed sadness over the gruesome killing of Mr Daniel Yatai, 86, by gunmen.

    Yatai, the father of Mr Philip Yatai, a Principal Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria was killed by gunmen around 11:15 p.

    m. on Aug. 2, at his home in Manchok, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

    Obi and Baba-Ahmed in a telephone call with the eldest son of the deceased, Mr Patrick Yatai on Saturday, consoled the family and urged them to accept the sad incident as the will of God. Yatai, who made this known in an interview with NAN in Manchok, said that the Labour party presidential flag bearer urged the family to give thanks to God in all circumstances.

    “They grieved with our family and encouraged us to stay strong and strengthen our belief that God is in control.

    “Obi particularly said that God allowed our father to die for a reason.

    “On his part, Baba-Ahmed pointed out that everyone has a time to die and encouraged us to accept our father’s demise as a call from God,” the son said.

    He added that the labour party candidate and his running mate also asked the family to continue to pray for the country for things to get better.

    He said that his father, who had been buried on Friday, was a retiree of the Nigeria Railway Corporation who had lived a fulfilled life.

    “Our father was blessed with 13 children, 32 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

    “He was a jovial fellow with a big heart full of love.

    We will uphold his legacy and keep his memories alive,” Yatai said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Kaduna State Government has inaugurated a committee to develop a policy that will guide the operations of private schools in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the development of the policy is being supported by Partnership for Learning for All in Nigeria PLANE programme a seven year Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office education programme Inaugurating the committee in Kaduna on Wednesday acting Director General Kaduna State Schools Quality Assurance Authority KSSQAA Hajiya Adama Wada said that the move was to sanitise the operations of private schools in the state She said that the committee would act on behalf of KSSQAA in developing a policy that would ensure adequate regulation and minimum standard in all private schools across the state NAN reports that the committee will be co chaired by representatives of the state government and the citizens in line with the Open Government Partnership principle of co creation and co implementation While the Deputy Director Private School Department KSSQAA Hajiya Fatima Oneminute was nominated government s co chair Chairman National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools Kaduna State Chapter Mr Ja afaru Riyoji will represent the citizens Also Mr Ibrahim Nabayi representing Parent Teachers Association and Mrs Mercy Kude Deputy Director Public Schools Ministry of Education were nominated as co secretaries Similarly Mr Mohammed Ismaila of Bureau of Interfaith and Mr Philip Yatai of NAN were nominated as Public Relation Officers Presenting the terms of reference Mr Mohammed Bello Director Private School Department KSSQAA said that the committee was expected to produce a draft policy that would be acceptable to all stakeholders He said that part of the committee s responsibilities was also complete the draft policy between July and August and process it for approval between October and November Bello added that the committee would work with PLANE to carry out stakeholder consultations to generate relevant information and data for the drafting of the policy document The committee will establish sub committees to work on sections of the agreed policy framework structure and template and incorporate gender equality and social inclusion concepts into the policy The committee is also expected to develop a work plan to produce the draft policy document and present it to KSSQAA and PLANE for review and inputs It is also the responsibility of the committee to organise stakeholders review and validation of the draft policy in collaboration with KSSQAA and PLANE he said Speaking on behalf of the committee members Oneminute thanked the state government and PLANE for the opportunity given to them to serve pledged that the assignment would be delivered within the stipulated period Earlier Mr Mubarak Siraj State Reform Facilitator PLANE said that the programme was designed to invest in a more inclusive and effective education system in Nigeria Siraj said that the programme would be implemented in 734 schools across six local government areas of the state Kaduna South LGA 37 schools and Kaduna North LGA 63 schools Others according to her are 100 schools in Jaba LGA 189 schools in Sanga 281 in Soba and 64 schools in Sabon Gari LGA He said that PLANE was aimed at supporting more inclusive and effective education system to deliver foundational skills where state and non state basic education providers would ensure better learning outcomes for school children including the marginalized ones NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna govt. inaugurates committee for policy on private school operations
     Kaduna State Government has inaugurated a committee to develop a policy that will guide the operations of private schools in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the development of the policy is being supported by Partnership for Learning for All in Nigeria PLANE programme a seven year Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office education programme Inaugurating the committee in Kaduna on Wednesday acting Director General Kaduna State Schools Quality Assurance Authority KSSQAA Hajiya Adama Wada said that the move was to sanitise the operations of private schools in the state She said that the committee would act on behalf of KSSQAA in developing a policy that would ensure adequate regulation and minimum standard in all private schools across the state NAN reports that the committee will be co chaired by representatives of the state government and the citizens in line with the Open Government Partnership principle of co creation and co implementation While the Deputy Director Private School Department KSSQAA Hajiya Fatima Oneminute was nominated government s co chair Chairman National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools Kaduna State Chapter Mr Ja afaru Riyoji will represent the citizens Also Mr Ibrahim Nabayi representing Parent Teachers Association and Mrs Mercy Kude Deputy Director Public Schools Ministry of Education were nominated as co secretaries Similarly Mr Mohammed Ismaila of Bureau of Interfaith and Mr Philip Yatai of NAN were nominated as Public Relation Officers Presenting the terms of reference Mr Mohammed Bello Director Private School Department KSSQAA said that the committee was expected to produce a draft policy that would be acceptable to all stakeholders He said that part of the committee s responsibilities was also complete the draft policy between July and August and process it for approval between October and November Bello added that the committee would work with PLANE to carry out stakeholder consultations to generate relevant information and data for the drafting of the policy document The committee will establish sub committees to work on sections of the agreed policy framework structure and template and incorporate gender equality and social inclusion concepts into the policy The committee is also expected to develop a work plan to produce the draft policy document and present it to KSSQAA and PLANE for review and inputs It is also the responsibility of the committee to organise stakeholders review and validation of the draft policy in collaboration with KSSQAA and PLANE he said Speaking on behalf of the committee members Oneminute thanked the state government and PLANE for the opportunity given to them to serve pledged that the assignment would be delivered within the stipulated period Earlier Mr Mubarak Siraj State Reform Facilitator PLANE said that the programme was designed to invest in a more inclusive and effective education system in Nigeria Siraj said that the programme would be implemented in 734 schools across six local government areas of the state Kaduna South LGA 37 schools and Kaduna North LGA 63 schools Others according to her are 100 schools in Jaba LGA 189 schools in Sanga 281 in Soba and 64 schools in Sabon Gari LGA He said that PLANE was aimed at supporting more inclusive and effective education system to deliver foundational skills where state and non state basic education providers would ensure better learning outcomes for school children including the marginalized ones NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna govt. inaugurates committee for policy on private school operations
    Education3 months ago

    Kaduna govt. inaugurates committee for policy on private school operations

    Kaduna State Government has inaugurated a committee to develop a policy that will guide the operations of private schools in the state.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the development of the policy is being supported by Partnership for Learning for All in Nigeria (PLANE) programme, a seven-year Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office education programme.Inaugurating the committee in Kaduna on Wednesday, acting Director-General, Kaduna State Schools Quality Assurance Authority (KSSQAA), Hajiya Adama Wada, said that the move was to sanitise the operations of private schools in the state.She said that the committee would act on behalf of KSSQAA in developing a policy that would ensure adequate regulation and minimum standard in all private schools across the state.NAN reports that the committee will be co-chaired by representatives of the state government and the citizens, in line with the ‘Open Government Partnership’ principle of co-creation and co-implementation.While the Deputy Director, Private School Department, KSSQAA, Hajiya Fatima Oneminute, was nominated government’s co-chair, Chairman, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Kaduna State Chapter, Mr Ja’afaru Riyoji, will represent the citizens.Also, Mr Ibrahim Nabayi, representing Parent-Teachers’ Association and Mrs Mercy Kude, Deputy Director, Public Schools, Ministry of Education, were nominated as co-secretaries.Similarly, Mr Mohammed Ismaila of Bureau of Interfaith and Mr Philip Yatai of NAN were nominated as Public Relation Officers.Presenting the terms of reference, Mr Mohammed Bello, Director, Private School Department, KSSQAA, said that the committee was expected to produce a draft policy that would be acceptable to all stakeholders.He said that part of the committee’s responsibilities was also complete the draft policy between July and August and process it for approval between October and November.Bello added that the committee would work with PLANE to carry out stakeholder consultations to generate relevant information and data for the drafting of the policy document.“The committee will establish sub-committees to work on sections of the agreed policy framework, structure and template, and incorporate gender equality and social inclusion concepts into the policy.“The committee is also expected to develop a work plan to produce the draft policy document and present it to KSSQAA and PLANE for review and inputs.“It is also the responsibility of the committee to organise stakeholders’ review and validation of the draft policy, in collaboration with KSSQAA and PLANE,” he said.Speaking on behalf of the committee members, Oneminute thanked the state government and PLANE for the opportunity given to them to serve, pledged that the assignment would be delivered within the stipulated period.Earlier, Mr Mubarak Siraj, State Reform Facilitator, PLANE, said that the programme was designed to invest in a more inclusive and effective education system in Nigeria.Siraj said that the programme would be implemented in 734 schools across six local government areas of the state — Kaduna South LGA, 37 schools and Kaduna North LGA, 63 schools.Others, according to her, are 100 schools in Jaba LGA, 189 schools in Sanga, 281 in Soba and 64 schools in Sabon Gari LGA.He said that PLANE was aimed at supporting more inclusive and effective education system to deliver foundational skills, where state and non-state basic education providers would ensure better learning outcomes for school children, including the marginalized ones.NewsSourceCredit: NAN