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  •   As vulnerable developing countries in Africa face the multiple threats of food insecurity skyrocketing inflation and climate change with the specter of global stagflation calls are growing louder for collective action and close cooperation to make global development more inclusive and resilient for the benefit of all everybody Driven by the strong Belt and Road cooperation and the China Africa cooperation mechanism the ever growing economic and trade as well as cultural ties between China and Africa shed light on the spirit of inclusive development benefiting both both Africans and Chinese in a tangible way BEST CONNECTIVITY IN AFRICA In Ethiopia an East African nation residents of the Oromia region hope for a better future thanks to a highway built by China The 56 5 km long paved road recently completed by China Communications Construction Company is expected to facilitate the transportation of cereal products such as wheat barley and fruits produced in Oromia to the market in Addis Ababa capital of Ethiopia according to the Ethiopian state Broadcasting Corporation affiliated with Fana The local government also hopes that the highway will unlock the tourism potential of the area as better road conditions will attract more tourists In the bustling city of Viana in Angola s Luanda province in southern Africa the 1 344km long Benguela Railway built by China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corporation CR20 functioned as a lifeline during the coronavirus pandemic COVID 19 by transporting much needed supplies to inland areas of the country Multiple certificates of honor awarded by the Angolan government to recognize the company s work and contribution were displayed on a wall in a showroom at the CR20 Angola International Company headquarters Zhu Qihui chairman of the board of directors of the group s subsidiary in Angola said that through Belt and Road cooperation Chinese companies have brought technology expertise and standards to Africa while local employees have acquired jobs training and higher income By the end of 2021 52 African countries together with the African Union Commission have signed cooperation documents on the Belt and Road Initiative BRI with China Ronie Bertrand Nguenkwe an economist and researcher at Yaounde II University in Cameroon said the contributions made by the BRI have shown that the initiative is based on cooperation mutual benefits and common interests SHARE OPPORTUNITIES At the 5th China International Import Expo CIIE held in Shanghai a large number of African agricultural products including Ethiopian coffee Rwandan chili Kenyan avocado and Zambian honey were exhibited in the hope of take advantage of the vast Chinese market In its third year of participation in the CIIE Rwanda Farmers Coffee has brought a new type of its product developed in line with the demand of Chinese consumers By striving to share the Chinese market with its competitors the company was able to show what it has to offer to Chinese customers through the CIIE platform said Aaron Rutayisire the company s sales and marketing manager China has become the second largest destination for African agricultural exports with an average annual growth of 11 4 percent in exports from Africa to China according to Chinese government data In addition China has been Africa s largest trading partner for 13 consecutive years while the total bilateral trade volume reached 254 billion US dollars in 2021 with a year on year growth of 35 percent statistics from the Ministry of Commerce showed China Sheriff Ghali a professor of political science at the University of Abuja in Nigeria said the CIIE shows China s determination and willingness to promote globalization and allows companies from developing countries to interact with Chinese and international companies thereby that facilitates their integration into world trade system Through the import expo nations can exhibit what they have as well as see what they don t have and learn This will economically consolidate friendship and relations between states and bring a more cooperative spirit among them he said FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY Over the past decade China has succeeded in eradicating absolute poverty in the country A model and pioneer in poverty alleviation the country also actively advocates and participates in the global campaign for poverty reduction The World Bank projected that the Belt and Road partnership will lift 7 6 million people out of extreme poverty and 32 million people out of moderate poverty worldwide by 2030 To share experiences and promote international anti poverty cooperation China has launched the Global Development Initiative and has made efforts to establish international networks and alliances Through a Chinese assisted project last month villagers in rural areas of Zambia s Lusaka province received small scale knowledge and technologies to improve their productivity in the chicken farming business Simushi Liswaniso coordinator of the project said the China funded program namely the China Africa Agricultural Development and Poverty Reduction Demonstration Village which runs from this year to 2025 will strengthen the friendship between Both countries Earlier this month Power Construction Corporation of China PowerChina donated more than 500 sets of solar lighting systems to the village of Lauteye in the Bunkure Local Government Area of Kano State in northern Nigeria Expressing his gratitude for the kind gift Shuaib Ibrahim a 48 year old villager said his house did not have any form of energy before the donation Solar power systems provide more than 300 families in the village with a cleaner more sustainable source of energy ending their history of using coal fires or kerosene lamps for lighting Constantinos Bt Costantinos professor of public policy at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia said China s development has inspired the world in particular it propelled the developing world towards socio economic progress and inclusive development Ghali said China s successful fight against poverty has created a path forward for developing nations seeking to lift their large populations out of the shackles of poverty within a stipulated time adding that China s success in The fight against poverty has shown that poverty is not irresolvable Xinhua
    China-Africa cooperation sheds light on inclusive development
      As vulnerable developing countries in Africa face the multiple threats of food insecurity skyrocketing inflation and climate change with the specter of global stagflation calls are growing louder for collective action and close cooperation to make global development more inclusive and resilient for the benefit of all everybody Driven by the strong Belt and Road cooperation and the China Africa cooperation mechanism the ever growing economic and trade as well as cultural ties between China and Africa shed light on the spirit of inclusive development benefiting both both Africans and Chinese in a tangible way BEST CONNECTIVITY IN AFRICA In Ethiopia an East African nation residents of the Oromia region hope for a better future thanks to a highway built by China The 56 5 km long paved road recently completed by China Communications Construction Company is expected to facilitate the transportation of cereal products such as wheat barley and fruits produced in Oromia to the market in Addis Ababa capital of Ethiopia according to the Ethiopian state Broadcasting Corporation affiliated with Fana The local government also hopes that the highway will unlock the tourism potential of the area as better road conditions will attract more tourists In the bustling city of Viana in Angola s Luanda province in southern Africa the 1 344km long Benguela Railway built by China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corporation CR20 functioned as a lifeline during the coronavirus pandemic COVID 19 by transporting much needed supplies to inland areas of the country Multiple certificates of honor awarded by the Angolan government to recognize the company s work and contribution were displayed on a wall in a showroom at the CR20 Angola International Company headquarters Zhu Qihui chairman of the board of directors of the group s subsidiary in Angola said that through Belt and Road cooperation Chinese companies have brought technology expertise and standards to Africa while local employees have acquired jobs training and higher income By the end of 2021 52 African countries together with the African Union Commission have signed cooperation documents on the Belt and Road Initiative BRI with China Ronie Bertrand Nguenkwe an economist and researcher at Yaounde II University in Cameroon said the contributions made by the BRI have shown that the initiative is based on cooperation mutual benefits and common interests SHARE OPPORTUNITIES At the 5th China International Import Expo CIIE held in Shanghai a large number of African agricultural products including Ethiopian coffee Rwandan chili Kenyan avocado and Zambian honey were exhibited in the hope of take advantage of the vast Chinese market In its third year of participation in the CIIE Rwanda Farmers Coffee has brought a new type of its product developed in line with the demand of Chinese consumers By striving to share the Chinese market with its competitors the company was able to show what it has to offer to Chinese customers through the CIIE platform said Aaron Rutayisire the company s sales and marketing manager China has become the second largest destination for African agricultural exports with an average annual growth of 11 4 percent in exports from Africa to China according to Chinese government data In addition China has been Africa s largest trading partner for 13 consecutive years while the total bilateral trade volume reached 254 billion US dollars in 2021 with a year on year growth of 35 percent statistics from the Ministry of Commerce showed China Sheriff Ghali a professor of political science at the University of Abuja in Nigeria said the CIIE shows China s determination and willingness to promote globalization and allows companies from developing countries to interact with Chinese and international companies thereby that facilitates their integration into world trade system Through the import expo nations can exhibit what they have as well as see what they don t have and learn This will economically consolidate friendship and relations between states and bring a more cooperative spirit among them he said FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY Over the past decade China has succeeded in eradicating absolute poverty in the country A model and pioneer in poverty alleviation the country also actively advocates and participates in the global campaign for poverty reduction The World Bank projected that the Belt and Road partnership will lift 7 6 million people out of extreme poverty and 32 million people out of moderate poverty worldwide by 2030 To share experiences and promote international anti poverty cooperation China has launched the Global Development Initiative and has made efforts to establish international networks and alliances Through a Chinese assisted project last month villagers in rural areas of Zambia s Lusaka province received small scale knowledge and technologies to improve their productivity in the chicken farming business Simushi Liswaniso coordinator of the project said the China funded program namely the China Africa Agricultural Development and Poverty Reduction Demonstration Village which runs from this year to 2025 will strengthen the friendship between Both countries Earlier this month Power Construction Corporation of China PowerChina donated more than 500 sets of solar lighting systems to the village of Lauteye in the Bunkure Local Government Area of Kano State in northern Nigeria Expressing his gratitude for the kind gift Shuaib Ibrahim a 48 year old villager said his house did not have any form of energy before the donation Solar power systems provide more than 300 families in the village with a cleaner more sustainable source of energy ending their history of using coal fires or kerosene lamps for lighting Constantinos Bt Costantinos professor of public policy at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia said China s development has inspired the world in particular it propelled the developing world towards socio economic progress and inclusive development Ghali said China s successful fight against poverty has created a path forward for developing nations seeking to lift their large populations out of the shackles of poverty within a stipulated time adding that China s success in The fight against poverty has shown that poverty is not irresolvable Xinhua
    China-Africa cooperation sheds light on inclusive development
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    China-Africa cooperation sheds light on inclusive development

    - As vulnerable developing countries in Africa face the multiple threats of food insecurity, skyrocketing inflation and climate change with the specter of global stagflation, calls are growing louder for collective action and close cooperation to make global development more inclusive and resilient for the benefit of all. everybody.

    Driven by the strong Belt and Road cooperation and the China-Africa cooperation mechanism, the ever-growing economic and trade, as well as cultural, ties between China and Africa shed light on the spirit of inclusive development, benefiting both both Africans and Chinese in a tangible way.

    BEST CONNECTIVITY IN AFRICA

    In Ethiopia, an East African nation, residents of the Oromia region hope for a better future thanks to a highway built by China.

    The 56.5 km long paved road, recently completed by China Communications Construction Company, is expected to facilitate the transportation of cereal products such as wheat, barley and fruits produced in Oromia to the market in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, according to the Ethiopian state. Broadcasting Corporation affiliated with Fana.

    The local government also hopes that the highway will unlock the tourism potential of the area, as better road conditions will attract more tourists.

    In the bustling city of Viana in Angola's Luanda province in southern Africa, the 1,344km-long Benguela Railway, built by China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corporation (CR20), functioned as a "lifeline" during the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 by transporting much-needed supplies to inland areas of the country.

    Multiple certificates of honor, awarded by the Angolan government to recognize the company's work and contribution, were displayed on a wall in a showroom at the CR20 Angola International Company headquarters.

    Zhu Qihui, chairman of the board of directors of the group's subsidiary in Angola, said that through Belt and Road cooperation, Chinese companies have brought technology, expertise and standards to Africa, while local employees have acquired jobs. , training and higher income.

    By the end of 2021, 52 African countries, together with the African Union Commission, have signed cooperation documents on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with China.

    Ronie Bertrand Nguenkwe, an economist and researcher at Yaounde II University in Cameroon, said the contributions made by the BRI have shown that the initiative is based on cooperation, mutual benefits and common interests.

    SHARE OPPORTUNITIES

    At the 5th China International Import Expo (CIIE) held in Shanghai, a large number of African agricultural products, including Ethiopian coffee, Rwandan chili, Kenyan avocado and Zambian honey, were exhibited in the hope of take advantage of the vast Chinese market.

    In its third year of participation in the CIIE, Rwanda Farmers Coffee has brought a new type of its product developed in line with the demand of Chinese consumers.

    By striving to share the Chinese market with its competitors, the company was able to show "what it has to offer" to Chinese customers through the CIIE platform, said Aaron Rutayisire, the company's sales and marketing manager.

    China has become the second largest destination for African agricultural exports, with an average annual growth of 11.4 percent in exports from Africa to China, according to Chinese government data.

    In addition, China has been Africa's largest trading partner for 13 consecutive years, while the total bilateral trade volume reached 254 billion US dollars in 2021 with a year-on-year growth of 35 percent, statistics from the Ministry of Commerce showed. China. .

    Sheriff Ghali, a professor of political science at the University of Abuja in Nigeria, said the CIIE shows China's determination and willingness to promote globalization and allows companies from developing countries to interact with Chinese and international companies, thereby that facilitates their integration into world trade. system.

    Through the import expo, "nations can exhibit what they have, as well as see what they don't have and learn. This will economically consolidate friendship and relations between states, and bring a more cooperative spirit among them," he said .

    FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY

    Over the past decade, China has succeeded in eradicating absolute poverty in the country. A model and pioneer in poverty alleviation, the country also actively advocates and participates in the global campaign for poverty reduction.

    The World Bank projected that the Belt and Road partnership will lift 7.6 million people out of extreme poverty and 32 million people out of moderate poverty worldwide by 2030.

    To share experiences and promote international anti-poverty cooperation, China has launched the Global Development Initiative and has made efforts to establish international networks and alliances.

    Through a Chinese-assisted project last month, villagers in rural areas of Zambia's Lusaka province received small-scale knowledge and technologies to improve their productivity in the chicken farming business.

    Simushi Liswaniso, coordinator of the project, said the China-funded program, namely the China-Africa Agricultural Development and Poverty Reduction Demonstration Village, which runs from this year to 2025, will strengthen the friendship between Both countries.

    Earlier this month, Power Construction Corporation of China (PowerChina) donated more than 500 sets of solar lighting systems to the village of Lauteye in the Bunkure Local Government Area of ​​Kano State in northern Nigeria.

    Expressing his gratitude for the kind gift, Shuaib Ibrahim, a 48-year-old villager, said his house did not have "any form of energy" before the donation.

    Solar power systems provide more than 300 families in the village with a cleaner, more sustainable source of energy, ending their history of using coal fires or kerosene lamps for lighting.

    Constantinos Bt. Costantinos, professor of public policy at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, said China's development has inspired the world; in particular, it propelled the developing world towards socio-economic progress and inclusive development.

    Ghali said China's successful fight against poverty has created a path forward for developing nations seeking to lift their large populations out of the shackles of poverty within a stipulated time, adding that China's success in The fight against poverty has shown that poverty is not irresolvable. ■



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  •   No less than 10 students from the University of Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory will receive research scholarships of N3 772 000 naira only The Director of the University s Undergraduate Research Center Dr Taibat Atoyebi made this known during the third Day of Undergraduate Research on Wednesday in Abuja The event was organized with the theme Promoting National Development through Research According to Atoyebi the research covers topic areas such as economic prosperity food security educational opportunity quality of health climate change environmental protection and other innovative solutions to social problems While ten research proposals are expanded and submitted today some have been returned for corrections and updates to be considered in preparation for the next event However we are currently taking applications and proposals from interested student groups for the next batch of grants Three students who presented their research proposals during the first Degree Research Conference also present their final results research findings today the highlight of the center s achievements so far Atoyebi said The vice rector of the institution Prof Abdul Rasheed Na Allah also spoke saying that the idea was aimed at attracting young people for the development of the country Na Allah who was represented by Abuja University Research Council Prof Abubakar Yusuf praised the initiative describing it as memorable The program is important because research and development is fundamental to national development and what you are seeing today are presentations from students who are mentored by their supervisors The idea is to cultivate their interest in research and development because any university that doesn t have the research and development component won t be highly rated So when I arrived in 2019 I saw the need to strengthen the research components of the university I wanted the institution to be research intensive and the way to do that was to look at the higher level of research that involves the faculty and also the students Na Allah said Meanwhile the guest speaker at the event Prof Ukertor Moti Dean of the School of Graduate Studies said the research could advance student knowledge and academic practice Moti added that there was a broader perspective of the impact of the research which brings development to the nation beyond the academic Edited Vincent Obi Source Credit NAN
    10 students of UniAbuja get N3.7m Research Grants
      No less than 10 students from the University of Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory will receive research scholarships of N3 772 000 naira only The Director of the University s Undergraduate Research Center Dr Taibat Atoyebi made this known during the third Day of Undergraduate Research on Wednesday in Abuja The event was organized with the theme Promoting National Development through Research According to Atoyebi the research covers topic areas such as economic prosperity food security educational opportunity quality of health climate change environmental protection and other innovative solutions to social problems While ten research proposals are expanded and submitted today some have been returned for corrections and updates to be considered in preparation for the next event However we are currently taking applications and proposals from interested student groups for the next batch of grants Three students who presented their research proposals during the first Degree Research Conference also present their final results research findings today the highlight of the center s achievements so far Atoyebi said The vice rector of the institution Prof Abdul Rasheed Na Allah also spoke saying that the idea was aimed at attracting young people for the development of the country Na Allah who was represented by Abuja University Research Council Prof Abubakar Yusuf praised the initiative describing it as memorable The program is important because research and development is fundamental to national development and what you are seeing today are presentations from students who are mentored by their supervisors The idea is to cultivate their interest in research and development because any university that doesn t have the research and development component won t be highly rated So when I arrived in 2019 I saw the need to strengthen the research components of the university I wanted the institution to be research intensive and the way to do that was to look at the higher level of research that involves the faculty and also the students Na Allah said Meanwhile the guest speaker at the event Prof Ukertor Moti Dean of the School of Graduate Studies said the research could advance student knowledge and academic practice Moti added that there was a broader perspective of the impact of the research which brings development to the nation beyond the academic Edited Vincent Obi Source Credit NAN
    10 students of UniAbuja get N3.7m Research Grants
    Education2 weeks ago

    10 students of UniAbuja get N3.7m Research Grants

    No less than 10 students from the University of Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory will receive research scholarships of N3,772,000 naira only.

    The Director of the University's Undergraduate Research Center, Dr. Taibat Atoyebi, made this known during the third Day of Undergraduate Research on Wednesday in Abuja.

    The event was organized, with the theme "Promoting National Development through Research".

    According to Atoyebi, the research covers topic areas such as economic prosperity, food security, educational opportunity, quality of health, climate change, environmental protection and other innovative solutions to social problems.

    “While ten research proposals are expanded and submitted today, some have been returned for corrections and updates, to be considered in preparation for the next event.

    “However, we are currently taking applications and proposals from interested student groups for the next batch of grants.

    “Three students who presented their research proposals during the first Degree Research Conference also present their final results/research findings today; the highlight of the center's achievements so far,” Atoyebi said.

    The vice-rector of the institution, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah, also spoke, saying that the idea was aimed at attracting young people for the development of the country.

    Na'Allah, who was represented by Abuja University Research Council Prof. Abubakar Yusuf, praised the initiative, describing it as memorable.

    “The program is important because research and development is fundamental to national development and what you are seeing today are presentations from students who are mentored by their supervisors.

    “The idea is to cultivate their interest in research and development because any university that doesn't have the research and development component won't be highly rated.

    “So when I arrived in 2019, I saw the need to strengthen the research components of the university.

    “I wanted the institution to be research intensive and the way to do that was to look at the higher level of research that involves the faculty and also the students,” Na'Allah said.

    Meanwhile, the guest speaker at the event, Prof. Ukertor Moti, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, said the research could advance student knowledge and academic practice. Moti added that there was a broader perspective of the impact of the research, which brings development to the nation beyond the academic.

    Edited / Vincent Obi

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   The Federal Ministry of Education has organized a review meeting on the harmonization of the Basic Education Certificate Examination BECE to eliminate the disparity in its quality and standard at the national level The Nigerian News Agency reports that the fifth edition of the two day meeting which started on Wednesday in Ilorin is for Registrars and Chief Executive Officers of state examination bodies and FCTs The Director of the Department of Basic Education at the Federal Ministry of Education Ms Folake Olatunji David said the meeting would provide another opportunity to take stock of progress and weak areas in the education sector Olatunji David Represented Director of Basic Secondary Education Ms Edith Osanyinpeju said the meeting was to harmonize BECE procedures aligning with education policy guidelines in all states This is to advance the course of integrated national development We want to make sure that the test instrument at the Basic Education level is generally of the same standard and that the Basic Education Certificate obtained is universally acceptable for admission to any upper secondary school nationwide Therefore I commend all State Registrars Directors and FCT examination bodies to refocus develop and establish a realistic tradition that will help achieve effective and lasting BECE harmonization and standardization across the country said In his remarks the Executive Secretary of the Commission for Universal Basic Education Mr Hamid Bobboyi said that the commission attaches great importance to achieving better learning outcomes of secondary school students in BECE Bobboyi Represented Director Quality Assurance Federal Ministry of Education Alhaji Abdulquadr Ibrahim said that the quality of learning outcomes at this level can affect student performance at the higher education level which has a major impact throughout the educational system The Permanent Secretary of the Kwara Ministry of Education Ms Kemi Adeosun said that as the BECE is the minimum compulsory certificate in Nigeria it is important to give the examination full attention to standardize its results This is the base in Nigeria today and we must strive to get it right from the start The meeting is a necessity to expedite the conduct of the exam and discuss best practices and encourage all states including the FCT to adopt the same modality to improve the activities of the Basic Exam he said In addition Kwara Ministry of Education Director of Curriculum and Assessment Hajia Risiqat Raji said the meeting will foster proper synergy and cooperation among insiders in planning organizing and standardizing BECE conduct on an annual basis She said that the state as one of the states with experience in conducting BECE was ready to partner with other relevant stakeholders through relevant procedures information sharing aimed at ensuring quality education and learning Presenting a paper at the meeting Dr Ayodele Asebiomo of the University of Abuja charged the government to invest more in basic education to tackle the scourge of social vices He said that investment in education would save the government and society more than could be imagined Others at the meeting were Ms Hamdalat Shagaya Deputy Director Curriculum and Assessment Kwara Ministry of Education and Alhaji Abdullateef Idiagbon who represented the President Kwara SUBEB Prof Shehu Adaramaja reports that the meeting was organized by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Kwara Ministry of Education and the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB edited Source Credit NAN
    FG moves to harmonise standard of BECE
      The Federal Ministry of Education has organized a review meeting on the harmonization of the Basic Education Certificate Examination BECE to eliminate the disparity in its quality and standard at the national level The Nigerian News Agency reports that the fifth edition of the two day meeting which started on Wednesday in Ilorin is for Registrars and Chief Executive Officers of state examination bodies and FCTs The Director of the Department of Basic Education at the Federal Ministry of Education Ms Folake Olatunji David said the meeting would provide another opportunity to take stock of progress and weak areas in the education sector Olatunji David Represented Director of Basic Secondary Education Ms Edith Osanyinpeju said the meeting was to harmonize BECE procedures aligning with education policy guidelines in all states This is to advance the course of integrated national development We want to make sure that the test instrument at the Basic Education level is generally of the same standard and that the Basic Education Certificate obtained is universally acceptable for admission to any upper secondary school nationwide Therefore I commend all State Registrars Directors and FCT examination bodies to refocus develop and establish a realistic tradition that will help achieve effective and lasting BECE harmonization and standardization across the country said In his remarks the Executive Secretary of the Commission for Universal Basic Education Mr Hamid Bobboyi said that the commission attaches great importance to achieving better learning outcomes of secondary school students in BECE Bobboyi Represented Director Quality Assurance Federal Ministry of Education Alhaji Abdulquadr Ibrahim said that the quality of learning outcomes at this level can affect student performance at the higher education level which has a major impact throughout the educational system The Permanent Secretary of the Kwara Ministry of Education Ms Kemi Adeosun said that as the BECE is the minimum compulsory certificate in Nigeria it is important to give the examination full attention to standardize its results This is the base in Nigeria today and we must strive to get it right from the start The meeting is a necessity to expedite the conduct of the exam and discuss best practices and encourage all states including the FCT to adopt the same modality to improve the activities of the Basic Exam he said In addition Kwara Ministry of Education Director of Curriculum and Assessment Hajia Risiqat Raji said the meeting will foster proper synergy and cooperation among insiders in planning organizing and standardizing BECE conduct on an annual basis She said that the state as one of the states with experience in conducting BECE was ready to partner with other relevant stakeholders through relevant procedures information sharing aimed at ensuring quality education and learning Presenting a paper at the meeting Dr Ayodele Asebiomo of the University of Abuja charged the government to invest more in basic education to tackle the scourge of social vices He said that investment in education would save the government and society more than could be imagined Others at the meeting were Ms Hamdalat Shagaya Deputy Director Curriculum and Assessment Kwara Ministry of Education and Alhaji Abdullateef Idiagbon who represented the President Kwara SUBEB Prof Shehu Adaramaja reports that the meeting was organized by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Kwara Ministry of Education and the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB edited Source Credit NAN
    FG moves to harmonise standard of BECE
    Education2 weeks ago

    FG moves to harmonise standard of BECE

    The Federal Ministry of Education has organized a review meeting on the harmonization of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to eliminate the disparity in its quality and standard at the national level.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the fifth edition of the two-day meeting which started on Wednesday in Ilorin is for Registrars and Chief Executive Officers of state examination bodies and FCTs.

    The Director of the Department of Basic Education at the Federal Ministry of Education, Ms. Folake Olatunji-David, said the meeting would provide another opportunity to take stock of progress and weak areas in the education sector.

    Olatunji-David, Represented Director of Basic Secondary Education, Ms. Edith Osanyinpeju, said the meeting was to harmonize BECE procedures aligning with education policy guidelines in all states.

    ”This is to advance the course of integrated national development.

    “We want to make sure that the test instrument at the Basic Education level is generally of the same standard and that the Basic Education Certificate obtained is universally acceptable for admission to any upper secondary school nationwide.

    “Therefore, I commend all State Registrars/Directors and FCT examination bodies to refocus, develop and establish a realistic tradition that will help achieve effective and lasting BECE harmonization and standardization across the country.” said.

    In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of the Commission for Universal Basic Education, Mr. Hamid Bobboyi, said that the commission attaches great importance to achieving better learning outcomes of secondary school students in BECE.

    Bobboyi, Represented Director, Quality Assurance, Federal Ministry of Education, Alhaji Abdulquadr Ibrahim, said that the quality of learning outcomes at this level can affect student performance at the higher education level, which has a major impact. throughout the educational system.

    The Permanent Secretary of the Kwara Ministry of Education, Ms. Kemi Adeosun, said that as the BECE is the minimum compulsory certificate in Nigeria, it is important to give the examination full attention to standardize its results.

    ”This is the base in Nigeria today and we must strive to get it right from the start.

    "The meeting is a necessity to expedite the conduct of the exam and discuss best practices and encourage all states, including the FCT, to adopt the same modality to improve the activities of the Basic Exam," he said.

    In addition, Kwara Ministry of Education Director of Curriculum and Assessment Hajia Risiqat Raji said the meeting will foster proper synergy and cooperation among insiders in planning, organizing and standardizing BECE conduct on an annual basis.

    She said that the state, as one of the states with experience in conducting BECE, was ready to partner with other relevant stakeholders through relevant procedures, information sharing aimed at ensuring quality education and learning.

    Presenting a paper at the meeting, Dr Ayodele Asebiomo of the University of Abuja charged the government to invest more in basic education to tackle the scourge of social vices.

    He said that investment in education would save the government and society more than could be imagined.

    Others at the meeting were Ms. Hamdalat Shagaya, Deputy Director, Curriculum and Assessment, Kwara Ministry of Education, and Alhaji Abdullateef Idiagbon, who represented the President, Kwara SUBEB, Prof. Shehu Adaramaja.

    reports that the meeting was organized by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Kwara Ministry of Education and the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

    edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   One coalition the 100 Women Lobby Group has called on the Nigerian University Commission NUC to enforce the development and implementation of gender policies in institutions The group made the call on the sidelines of a workshop on Engaging Young Women Leaders in Gender Politics for students and staff at the University of Abuja He said such a step would help curb all forms of violence against women and girls VAWG Ms Felicia Onibon the group s National Coordinator denounced rampant incidents of violence sexual harassment and intimidation of female students He added that developing and implementing a gender policy would curb the threat Onibon said that some universities already had gender policies in place while some were still working on it Others are not thinking about developing it or implementing it in their institutions We are asking the National University Commission to make it a duty for every university to have a gender policy And they should be the watchdogs from the outside while the university itself watches what s going on from the inside It is a document that will be very useful for both public and private institutions he said Onibon added that the workshop participants were carefully selected to contribute to the development of a document for the implementation of the gender policy in the school We believe that the result of this workshop will influence the documents that will come out There is no point in developing a policy document without the students It is always better to let the students do their input and observations she added He urged the school leadership to make sure the policy document came out in a timely manner followed closely to address the incessant cases of VAWG Prof Abdul Rasheed Na Allah Vice Chancellor of the university highlighted the need for a document for the implementation of the gender policy in the institution NA Allah represented by Professor Mabel Evwierhoma director of the university s Center for Gender and Security Studies and Youth Advancement said the workshop was part of the move to develop a document on gender policy He said that the policy sought to guide instruct and visualize the various actors within university campuses on how to respond to cases of GBV and support survivors We can gain more if we finally have a proactive document and one that mitigates problems when they occur It is also in line with world practice in terms of having a balanced gender equitable structure within the university he said For his part Prof Rafatu Abdulhamid Coordinator of the Center for Gender and Security Studies and Youth Promotion thanked the school management for the initiative to address GBV Abdulhamid said that the compromise would allow the participants to make their contributions that would form part of the document for the full implementation of the gender policy in the school One participant Ms Chiedera Chidozie a 400Level Public Administration student said that developing and implementing the gender policy would address issues related to violence harassment and other vices in the institution There must be certain regulations to guarantee that this policy is complied with because one thing is to create a policy or law and another thing is to carry it out to the end Certain strategies must be put in place to ensure implementation he said edited tola About the author Continue reading Source Credit NAN
    Group urges NUC to mandate institutions on implementation of gender policies
      One coalition the 100 Women Lobby Group has called on the Nigerian University Commission NUC to enforce the development and implementation of gender policies in institutions The group made the call on the sidelines of a workshop on Engaging Young Women Leaders in Gender Politics for students and staff at the University of Abuja He said such a step would help curb all forms of violence against women and girls VAWG Ms Felicia Onibon the group s National Coordinator denounced rampant incidents of violence sexual harassment and intimidation of female students He added that developing and implementing a gender policy would curb the threat Onibon said that some universities already had gender policies in place while some were still working on it Others are not thinking about developing it or implementing it in their institutions We are asking the National University Commission to make it a duty for every university to have a gender policy And they should be the watchdogs from the outside while the university itself watches what s going on from the inside It is a document that will be very useful for both public and private institutions he said Onibon added that the workshop participants were carefully selected to contribute to the development of a document for the implementation of the gender policy in the school We believe that the result of this workshop will influence the documents that will come out There is no point in developing a policy document without the students It is always better to let the students do their input and observations she added He urged the school leadership to make sure the policy document came out in a timely manner followed closely to address the incessant cases of VAWG Prof Abdul Rasheed Na Allah Vice Chancellor of the university highlighted the need for a document for the implementation of the gender policy in the institution NA Allah represented by Professor Mabel Evwierhoma director of the university s Center for Gender and Security Studies and Youth Advancement said the workshop was part of the move to develop a document on gender policy He said that the policy sought to guide instruct and visualize the various actors within university campuses on how to respond to cases of GBV and support survivors We can gain more if we finally have a proactive document and one that mitigates problems when they occur It is also in line with world practice in terms of having a balanced gender equitable structure within the university he said For his part Prof Rafatu Abdulhamid Coordinator of the Center for Gender and Security Studies and Youth Promotion thanked the school management for the initiative to address GBV Abdulhamid said that the compromise would allow the participants to make their contributions that would form part of the document for the full implementation of the gender policy in the school One participant Ms Chiedera Chidozie a 400Level Public Administration student said that developing and implementing the gender policy would address issues related to violence harassment and other vices in the institution There must be certain regulations to guarantee that this policy is complied with because one thing is to create a policy or law and another thing is to carry it out to the end Certain strategies must be put in place to ensure implementation he said edited tola About the author Continue reading Source Credit NAN
    Group urges NUC to mandate institutions on implementation of gender policies
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    Group urges NUC to mandate institutions on implementation of gender policies

    One coalition, the 100 Women Lobby Group, has called on the Nigerian University Commission (NUC) to enforce the development and implementation of gender policies in institutions.

    The group made the call on the sidelines of a workshop on "Engaging Young Women Leaders in Gender Politics" for students and staff at the University of Abuja.

    He said such a step would help curb all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG).

    Ms. Felicia Onibon, the group's National Coordinator, denounced rampant incidents of violence, sexual harassment and intimidation of female students.

    He added that developing and implementing a gender policy would curb the threat.

    Onibon said that some universities already had gender policies in place, while some were still working on it.

    “Others are not thinking about developing it or implementing it in their institutions.

    “We are asking the National University Commission to make it a duty for every university to have a gender policy.

    “And they should be the watchdogs from the outside, while the university itself watches what's going on from the inside.

    "It is a document that will be very useful for both public and private institutions," he said.

    Onibon added that the workshop participants were carefully selected to contribute to the development of a document for the implementation of the gender policy in the school.

    “We believe that the result of this workshop will influence the documents that will come out.

    “There is no point in developing a policy document without the students. It is always better to let the students do their input and observations,” she added.

    He urged the school leadership to make sure the policy document came out in a timely manner, followed closely to address the incessant cases of VAWG.

    Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na-Allah, Vice Chancellor of the university, highlighted the need for a document for the implementation of the gender policy in the institution.

    NA-Allah, represented by Professor Mabel Evwierhoma, director of the university's Center for Gender and Security Studies and Youth Advancement, said the workshop was part of the move to develop a document on gender policy.

    He said that the policy sought to guide, instruct and visualize the various actors within university campuses on how to respond to cases of GBV and support survivors.

    “We can gain more if we finally have a proactive document and one that mitigates problems when they occur.

    “It is also in line with world practice in terms of having a balanced gender equitable structure within the university,” he said.

    For his part, Prof. Rafatu Abdulhamid, Coordinator of the Center for Gender and Security Studies and Youth Promotion, thanked the school management for the initiative to address GBV.

    Abdulhamid said that the compromise would allow the participants to make their contributions that would form part of the document for the full implementation of the gender policy in the school.

    One participant, Ms. Chiedera Chidozie, a 400Level Public Administration student, said that developing and implementing the gender policy would address issues related to violence, harassment and other vices in the institution.

    “There must be certain regulations to guarantee that this policy is complied with because one thing is to create a policy or law, and another thing is to carry it out to the end.

    “Certain strategies must be put in place to ensure implementation,” he said.

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  •  A Federal High Court Abuja will on Nov 18 deliver judgment in a suit filed by Abdulrasheed Maina against the Minister of Interior Mr Rauf Aregbesola and Haliru Nababa Controller General C G Nigeria Correctional Service NCoS Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date on Friday after counsel for Maina Ibrahim Idris and lawyer to the respondents Abdulmumin Muhammad adopted their processes and argued their case for and against the matter The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Maina the former Chairman defunct Pension Reform Task Team PRTT had on Oct 17 filed a motion ex parte marked 17292022 Maina the applicant listed the minister and the C G of NCoS as 1st and 2nd respondents respectively in a motion dated and filed on Sept 27 Maina who is currently serving an eight year jail term at Kuje Prison for pension fraud to the tune of N2 billion had told the court that he is suffering from a life threatening disease in the prison and he needs urgent medical attention The ex pension reformed boss prayed court for an interim order directing the minister and the C G via their staff or agents to immediately take him to a reputable and recognised hospital for treatment of his life threatening diseases pending the hearing and determination of his originating motion Giving 10 grounds why the motion should be granted Maina said the failure to treat the he is suffering had led to his incapacitation and deterioration of his health According to him there is already a likelihood of contravention or infringement of the applicant s rights to life dignity of human person and freedom from cruel inhuman or degrading treatment among others He said it was in the interest of justice to grant his application But in their joint counter affidavit in opposition to Maina s originating motion the minister and the C G said it has become glare from intelligence report at their disposal that the applicant Maina only feigns the ailments for him to be taken out of the custodial facility to aid his escape from lawful custody In their application marked 171922 dated and filed Oct 31 the duo said contrary to Maina s claim he was never refused access to medical services but that Maina would not be allowed to hide under medical services to escape from lawful custody They described the medical reports he produced as self induced The exhibits attached to the affidavit in support of the applicant Maina s originating motion only goes to shows that contrary to the claims of the applicant that he was denied access to medical facilities the applicant had access to medical attentions at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital where he has severally been attended to and the exhibits amply bore out these facts Contrary to paragraph 13 of the affidavit in support of the applicant s originating motion there was no time the applicant collapsed in Kuje Medium Security Custodial facility The applicant on several occasions made self induced complaint about his health and he was taken not rushed to a specialised and reputable hospital for medical services He was kept in the hospital for several hours without any sign of readiness on the part of the hospital management to attend to him While in the hospital he was visited by several friends and relatives who sat with him chat with him and he was engulfed in conversation with them laughing occasionally without any sign of any ailment pain When after several hours of waiting and effort by the operatives of the 2nd respondent NCoS C G to the management of the hospital to come forward and attend to him failed it became obvious that the referral to the hospital was a mere gimmick to take the applicant out of lawful custody It was at that point the operatives of the 2nd respondent received a confidential top secret intelligence report that the applicant must as a matter of expediency quickly removed from the hospital and return to the custodial centre otherwise armed gunmen suspected to be loyal to the applicant will strike and take the applicant away to unknown destination It was on the face of this high power spy intelligence report bothering on possible plan to snatch the applicant away from the few operatives of the 2nd respondent on ground at the hospital and in order to avoid this imminent danger that the applicant was returned to the yard to forestall the danger of attack they alleged They said that Maina who was arraigned on Oct 25 2019 on a 12 count charge though pleaded not guilty he however jumped bail after being granted the bail on health grounds They said that Sen Ali Ndume who stood as Maina s surety was remanded in Kuje prison until Maina was rearrested The minister and the C G told the court that Maina was only raising false health alarms NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ill-health: Court adjourns Maina’s suit against Interior Minister, NCoS CG for judgment 
     A Federal High Court Abuja will on Nov 18 deliver judgment in a suit filed by Abdulrasheed Maina against the Minister of Interior Mr Rauf Aregbesola and Haliru Nababa Controller General C G Nigeria Correctional Service NCoS Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date on Friday after counsel for Maina Ibrahim Idris and lawyer to the respondents Abdulmumin Muhammad adopted their processes and argued their case for and against the matter The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Maina the former Chairman defunct Pension Reform Task Team PRTT had on Oct 17 filed a motion ex parte marked 17292022 Maina the applicant listed the minister and the C G of NCoS as 1st and 2nd respondents respectively in a motion dated and filed on Sept 27 Maina who is currently serving an eight year jail term at Kuje Prison for pension fraud to the tune of N2 billion had told the court that he is suffering from a life threatening disease in the prison and he needs urgent medical attention The ex pension reformed boss prayed court for an interim order directing the minister and the C G via their staff or agents to immediately take him to a reputable and recognised hospital for treatment of his life threatening diseases pending the hearing and determination of his originating motion Giving 10 grounds why the motion should be granted Maina said the failure to treat the he is suffering had led to his incapacitation and deterioration of his health According to him there is already a likelihood of contravention or infringement of the applicant s rights to life dignity of human person and freedom from cruel inhuman or degrading treatment among others He said it was in the interest of justice to grant his application But in their joint counter affidavit in opposition to Maina s originating motion the minister and the C G said it has become glare from intelligence report at their disposal that the applicant Maina only feigns the ailments for him to be taken out of the custodial facility to aid his escape from lawful custody In their application marked 171922 dated and filed Oct 31 the duo said contrary to Maina s claim he was never refused access to medical services but that Maina would not be allowed to hide under medical services to escape from lawful custody They described the medical reports he produced as self induced The exhibits attached to the affidavit in support of the applicant Maina s originating motion only goes to shows that contrary to the claims of the applicant that he was denied access to medical facilities the applicant had access to medical attentions at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital where he has severally been attended to and the exhibits amply bore out these facts Contrary to paragraph 13 of the affidavit in support of the applicant s originating motion there was no time the applicant collapsed in Kuje Medium Security Custodial facility The applicant on several occasions made self induced complaint about his health and he was taken not rushed to a specialised and reputable hospital for medical services He was kept in the hospital for several hours without any sign of readiness on the part of the hospital management to attend to him While in the hospital he was visited by several friends and relatives who sat with him chat with him and he was engulfed in conversation with them laughing occasionally without any sign of any ailment pain When after several hours of waiting and effort by the operatives of the 2nd respondent NCoS C G to the management of the hospital to come forward and attend to him failed it became obvious that the referral to the hospital was a mere gimmick to take the applicant out of lawful custody It was at that point the operatives of the 2nd respondent received a confidential top secret intelligence report that the applicant must as a matter of expediency quickly removed from the hospital and return to the custodial centre otherwise armed gunmen suspected to be loyal to the applicant will strike and take the applicant away to unknown destination It was on the face of this high power spy intelligence report bothering on possible plan to snatch the applicant away from the few operatives of the 2nd respondent on ground at the hospital and in order to avoid this imminent danger that the applicant was returned to the yard to forestall the danger of attack they alleged They said that Maina who was arraigned on Oct 25 2019 on a 12 count charge though pleaded not guilty he however jumped bail after being granted the bail on health grounds They said that Sen Ali Ndume who stood as Maina s surety was remanded in Kuje prison until Maina was rearrested The minister and the C G told the court that Maina was only raising false health alarms NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ill-health: Court adjourns Maina’s suit against Interior Minister, NCoS CG for judgment 
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    Ill-health: Court adjourns Maina’s suit against Interior Minister, NCoS CG for judgment 

    A Federal High Court, Abuja, will, on Nov. 18, deliver judgment in a suit filed by Abdulrasheed Maina against the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, and Haliru Nababa, Controller General (C-G), Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS).

    Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date on Friday after counsel for Maina, Ibrahim Idris, and lawyer to the respondents, Abdulmumin Muhammad, adopted their processes and argued their case for and against the matter.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Maina, the former Chairman, defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), had, on Oct. 17, filed a motion ex-parte marked: 17292022.Maina (the applicant) listed the minister and the C-G of NCoS as 1st and 2nd respondents respectively, in a motion dated and filed on Sept. 27.Maina, who is currently serving an eight-year jail term at Kuje Prison for pension fraud to the tune of N2 billion, had told the court that he is suffering from a life-threatening disease in the prison and he needs urgent medical attention.

    The ex-pension reformed boss prayed court for an interim order directing the minister and the C-G, via their staff or agents, to immediately take him to a reputable and recognised hospital for treatment of his life-threatening diseases pending the hearing and determination of his originating motion.

    Giving 10 grounds why the motion should be granted, Maina said the failure to treat the he is suffering had led to his incapacitation and deterioration of his health.

    According to him, there is already a likelihood of contravention or infringement of the applicant’s rights to life, dignity of human person and freedom from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, among others.

    He said it was in the interest of justice to grant his application.

    But in their joint counter affidavit in opposition to Maina’s originating motion the minister and the C-G said “it has become glare from intelligence report at their disposal that the applicant (Maina) only feigns the ailments for him to be taken out of the custodial facility to aid his escape from lawful custody.

    ”In their application marked: 171922, dated and filed Oct. 31, the duo said contrary to Maina’s claim, he was never refused access to medical services, but that Maina would not be allowed to hide under medical services to escape from lawful custody.

    They described the medical reports he produced as “self-induced.

    ”“The exhibits attached to the affidavit in support of the applicant (Maina)’s originating motion only goes to shows that, contrary to the claims of the applicant that he was denied access to medical facilities, the applicant had access to medical attentions at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, where he has severally been attended to; and the exhibits amply bore out these facts.

    “Contrary to paragraph 13 of the affidavit in support of the applicant’s originating motion, there was no time the applicant collapsed in Kuje Medium Security Custodial facility;“The applicant, on several occasions, made self-induced complaint about his health and he was taken (not rushed) to a specialised and reputable hospital for medical services.

    “He was kept in the hospital for several hours without any sign of readiness on the part of the hospital management to attend to him.

    “While in the hospital, he was visited by several friends and relatives who sat with him, chat with him and he was engulfed in conversation with them, laughing occasionally, without any sign of any ailment pain.

    “When after several hours of waiting and effort by the operatives of the 2nd respondent (NCoS’ C-G) to the management of the hospital to come forward and attend to him failed, it became obvious that the referral to the hospital was a mere gimmick to take the applicant out of lawful custody.

    “It was at that point the operatives of the 2nd respondent received a confidential, top secret intelligence report that the applicant must as a matter of expediency quickly removed from the hospital and return to the custodial centre, otherwise, armed gunmen suspected to be loyal to the applicant will strike and take the applicant away to unknown destination.

    “It was on the face of this high power spy, intelligence report bothering on possible plan to snatch the applicant away from the few operatives of the 2nd respondent on ground at the hospital, and in order to avoid this imminent danger that the applicant was returned to the yard to forestall the danger of attack,” they alleged.

    They said that Maina, who was arraigned on Oct. 25, 2019, on a 12-count charge though pleaded not guilty, he, however, jumped bail after being granted the bail on health grounds.

    They said that Sen. Ali Ndume, who stood as Maina’s surety, was remanded in Kuje prison until Maina was rearrested.

    The minister and the C-G told the court that Maina was only raising false health alarms.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  A coalition 100 Women Lobby Group has blamed low number of female candidates in 2023 general election on lack of internal democracy in political parties saying that most parties are not gender sensitive Mrs Felicia Onibon the National Coordinator of the Group stated this at a meeting tagged Dissemination on the of the 2022 Party Primaries and its Implication on Women Political Participation in 2023 in Abuja on Thursday The Centre for Democracy and Development CDD had released a report indicating that only 10 1 per cent of the candidates for the 2023 general election were females We all know that political parties have been having alot of issues around party democratic system particularly in the area of primary election Alot of things happened that actually helped in pushing down women in the governance system and structures of Nigeria I will like to say that the primaries in the Nigerian political system is the foundation of women not been given adequate space in the development of the political space in Nigeria she said While reviewing the dissemination report Prof Mabel Evwierhoma the Director Center for Gender and Security Studies and Youth Advancement at the University of Abuja said the survey involved six states The states included Rivers Ondo Adamawa Delta Imo and the FCT Ewierhoma said over 60 per cent of the respondents were youths and they blamed women low representation on money politics inadequate awareness gender based violence lack of women s visibility amongst others as the bane of women s progress She said most of the women were not happy with what transpired at the 2022 party primaries saying that there was need for more political sensitisation on the 2022 electoral act especially at the grassroots The lack of visibility within the political party structure is responsible for some of the negation they felt on the field of active politics Monetisation of politics was another finding from the research and many women were not happy that political violence left them at the receiving end at political processes A lot want violence to be curbed and the implication would mean family should support women realise their political dream she said The University Don harped on the need for women to have more political sensitisation and education She added that a politically conscientised woman would not be easily asked to renage from the block of vote she has enjoyed within the community state and the party when it concerns party primaries Another solution would be that women should recognize that their pursuit of political equity means their engagement early enough within the political process and familiariszation with political hierarchy So that no one would ask them to step aside for lack of confidence in their candidacy she said She however expressed optimism that women would be actively involved in governance in spite of the low percentage of female candidates contesting in various positions in the 2023 election After 2023 we are going to have more elections and the gains achieved by women in 2023 would further propel more of them to be stakeholders as delegates as candidates as party flagbearers and even as card carrying members of political parties I am confident that more women are going to vote and more women being politically audible would mean them displaying the stake they have in the system It would mean them wanting to know about the processes of governance and what it brings to the table for women she added Earlier the National President of the Women in Politics Forum WiPF Mrs Ebere Ifendu said that women were no longer on the pull her down syndrome as alleged by men and other political rivals Ufendu added that women have shown continued support for Sen Aishatu Dahiru Binani of Adamawa and were more enlightened than before on politics Meanwhile a Gender Advocate Asmau Benzies Leo encouraged women politicians to run for election tasking them to be prepared physically mentally and financially before running for any position This is what the men do and no body will give you space just for quota system you have to fight for it The Electoral Act does not allow any person to form exclusive party but women have the groups to pressurize the political parties so having our own party will be an indictment on the women We want to be with the men compete and conquer with the men she said www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group blames few female candidates for 2023 on lack of internal democracy 
     A coalition 100 Women Lobby Group has blamed low number of female candidates in 2023 general election on lack of internal democracy in political parties saying that most parties are not gender sensitive Mrs Felicia Onibon the National Coordinator of the Group stated this at a meeting tagged Dissemination on the of the 2022 Party Primaries and its Implication on Women Political Participation in 2023 in Abuja on Thursday The Centre for Democracy and Development CDD had released a report indicating that only 10 1 per cent of the candidates for the 2023 general election were females We all know that political parties have been having alot of issues around party democratic system particularly in the area of primary election Alot of things happened that actually helped in pushing down women in the governance system and structures of Nigeria I will like to say that the primaries in the Nigerian political system is the foundation of women not been given adequate space in the development of the political space in Nigeria she said While reviewing the dissemination report Prof Mabel Evwierhoma the Director Center for Gender and Security Studies and Youth Advancement at the University of Abuja said the survey involved six states The states included Rivers Ondo Adamawa Delta Imo and the FCT Ewierhoma said over 60 per cent of the respondents were youths and they blamed women low representation on money politics inadequate awareness gender based violence lack of women s visibility amongst others as the bane of women s progress She said most of the women were not happy with what transpired at the 2022 party primaries saying that there was need for more political sensitisation on the 2022 electoral act especially at the grassroots The lack of visibility within the political party structure is responsible for some of the negation they felt on the field of active politics Monetisation of politics was another finding from the research and many women were not happy that political violence left them at the receiving end at political processes A lot want violence to be curbed and the implication would mean family should support women realise their political dream she said The University Don harped on the need for women to have more political sensitisation and education She added that a politically conscientised woman would not be easily asked to renage from the block of vote she has enjoyed within the community state and the party when it concerns party primaries Another solution would be that women should recognize that their pursuit of political equity means their engagement early enough within the political process and familiariszation with political hierarchy So that no one would ask them to step aside for lack of confidence in their candidacy she said She however expressed optimism that women would be actively involved in governance in spite of the low percentage of female candidates contesting in various positions in the 2023 election After 2023 we are going to have more elections and the gains achieved by women in 2023 would further propel more of them to be stakeholders as delegates as candidates as party flagbearers and even as card carrying members of political parties I am confident that more women are going to vote and more women being politically audible would mean them displaying the stake they have in the system It would mean them wanting to know about the processes of governance and what it brings to the table for women she added Earlier the National President of the Women in Politics Forum WiPF Mrs Ebere Ifendu said that women were no longer on the pull her down syndrome as alleged by men and other political rivals Ufendu added that women have shown continued support for Sen Aishatu Dahiru Binani of Adamawa and were more enlightened than before on politics Meanwhile a Gender Advocate Asmau Benzies Leo encouraged women politicians to run for election tasking them to be prepared physically mentally and financially before running for any position This is what the men do and no body will give you space just for quota system you have to fight for it The Electoral Act does not allow any person to form exclusive party but women have the groups to pressurize the political parties so having our own party will be an indictment on the women We want to be with the men compete and conquer with the men she said www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group blames few female candidates for 2023 on lack of internal democracy 
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    Group blames few female candidates for 2023 on lack of internal democracy 

    A coalition, 100 Women Lobby Group, has blamed low number of female candidates in 2023 general election on lack of internal democracy in political parties, saying that most parties are not gender sensitive.

    Mrs Felicia Onibon, the National Coordinator of the Group stated this at a meeting tagged, “Dissemination on the of the 2022 Party Primaries and its Implication on Women Political Participation in 2023” in Abuja on Thursday.

    The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) had released a report indicating that only 10.1 per cent of the candidates for the 2023 general election were females.

    “We all know that political parties have been having alot of issues around party democratic system particularly in the area of primary election.

    “Alot of things happened that actually helped in pushing down women in the governance system and structures of Nigeria.

    ” I will like to say that the primaries in the Nigerian political system is the foundation of women not been given adequate space in the development of the political space in Nigeria,” she said.

    While reviewing the dissemination report, Prof. Mabel Evwierhoma, the Director, Center for Gender and Security Studies and Youth Advancement at the University of Abuja, said the survey involved six states.

    The states included: Rivers, Ondo, Adamawa, Delta, Imo and the FCT.

    Ewierhoma said over 60 per cent of the respondents were youths and they blamed women low representation on money politics, inadequate awareness, gender based violence, lack of women’s visibility amongst others as the bane of women’s progress.

    She said most of the women were not happy with what transpired at the 2022 party primaries, saying that there was need for more political sensitisation on the 2022 electoral act, especially at the grassroots.

    “The lack of visibility within the political party structure is responsible for some of the negation they felt on the field of active politics.

    “Monetisation of politics was another finding from the research and many women were not happy that political violence left them at the receiving end at political processes.

    ” A lot want violence to be curbed and the implication would mean family should support women realise their political dream,” she said.

    The University Don, harped on the need for women to have more political sensitisation and education.

    She added that a politically conscientised woman would not be easily asked to renage from the block of vote she has enjoyed within the community, state and the party when it concerns party primaries.

    “Another solution would be that women should recognize that their pursuit of political equity means their engagement early enough within the political process and familiariszation with political hierarchy.

    ” So that no one would ask them to step aside for lack of confidence in their candidacy,” she said.

    She, however, expressed optimism that women would be actively involved in governance, in spite of the low percentage of female candidates contesting in various positions in the 2023 election.

    “After 2023 we are going to have more elections and the gains achieved by women in 2023 would further propel more of them to be stakeholders as delegates, as candidates as party flagbearers and even as card carrying members of political parties.

    “I am confident that more women are going to vote and more women being politically audible would mean them displaying the stake they have in the system.

    “It would mean them wanting to know about the processes of governance and what it brings to the table for women,” she added.

    Earlier, the National President of the Women in Politics Forum (WiPF) Mrs Ebere Ifendu, said that women were no longer on the pull her down syndrome as alleged by men and other political rivals.

    Ufendu added that women have shown continued support for Sen. Aishatu Dahiru -Binani of Adamawa and were more enlightened than before on politics.

    Meanwhile, a Gender Advocate, Asmau Benzies-Leo, encouraged women politicians to run for election, tasking them to be prepared physically, mentally and financially before running for any position.

    “This is what the men do and no body will give you space just for quota system, you have to fight for it.

    ” The Electoral Act does not allow any person to form exclusive party but women have the groups to pressurize the political parties so having our own party will be an indictment on the women.

    ” We want to be with the men, compete and conquer with the men,” she said.

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  •  The Minister of Interior Mr Rauf Aregbesola and Haliru Nababa Controller General C G Nigeria Correctional Service NCoS say Abdulrasheed Maina is feigning ailments to aid his escape from lawful custody The minister and the C G made the allegation in their joint counter affidavit in opposition to Maina s originating motion filed before Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court Abuja In the application marked 171922 dated and filed Oct 31 the duo said it has become glare from intelligence report at their disposal that the applicant Maina only feigns the ailments for him to be taken out of the custodial facility to aid his escape from lawful custody The application was deposed to by Chief Superintendent of Correction Diamond Bako who was an officer in charge of clinic at Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Maina the former Chairman defunct Pension Reform Task Team PRTT had on Oct 17 filed a motion ex parte marked 17292022 Maina the applicant listed the minister and the C G of NCoS as 1st and 2nd respondents respectively in a motion dated and filed on Sept 27 Maina who is currently serving an eight year jail term at Kuje Prison for pension fraud to the tune of N2 billion had told the court that he is suffering from a life threatening disease in the prison and he needs urgent medical attention The ex pension reformed boss prayed court for an interim order directing the minister and the C G via their staff or agents to immediately take him to a reputable and recognised hospital for treatment of his life threatening diseases pending the hearing and determination of his originating motion Reacting the respondents in the counter affidavit said contrary to Maina s claim he was never refused access to medical services but that Maina would not be allowed to hide under medical services to escape from lawful custody They described the medical reports he produced as self induced The exhibits attached to the affidavit in support of the applicant Maina s originating motion only goes to shows that contrary to the claims of the applicant that he was denied access to medical facilities the applicant had access to medical attentions at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital where he has severally been attended to and the exhibits amply bore out these facts Contrary to paragraph 13 of the affidavit in support of the applicant s originating motion there was no time the applicant collapsed in Kuje Medium Security Custodial facility The applicant on several occasions made self induced complaint about his health and he was taken not rushed to a specialised and reputable hospital for medical services He was kept in the hospital for several hours without any sign of readiness on the part of the hospital management to attend to him While in the hospital he was visited by several friends and relatives who sat with him chat with him and he was engulfed in conversation with them laughing occasionally without any sign of any ailment pain When after several hours of waiting and effort by the operatives of the 2nd respondent NCoS C G to the management of the hospital to come forward and attend to him failed it became obvious that the referral to the hospital was a mere gimmick to take the applicant out of lawful custody It was at that point the operatives of the 2nd respondent received a confidential top secret intelligence report that the applicant must as a matter of expediency quickly removed from the hospital and return to the custodial centre otherwise armed gunmen suspected to be loyal to the applicant will strike and take the applicant away to unknown destination they alleged It was on the face of this high power spy intelligence report bothering on possible plan to snatch the applicant away from the few operatives of the 2nd respondent on ground at the hospital and in order to avoid this imminent danger that the applicant was returned to the yard to forestall the danger of attack they alleged They said that Maina who was arraigned on Oct 25 2019 on a 12 count charge though pleaded not guilty he however jumped bail after being granted the bail on health grounds They said that Sen Ali Ndume who stood as Maina s surety was remanded in Kuje prison until Maina was rearrested The minister and the C G told the court that Maina was only raising false health alarms Upon resumed hearing on Wednesday Maina s lawyer Ibrahim Idris SAN informed that the respondents lawyer Abdulmumin Muhammad had just served him with his application Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until Nov Friday for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Maina is feigning ailments to escape from custody, minister, NCoS tell court
     The Minister of Interior Mr Rauf Aregbesola and Haliru Nababa Controller General C G Nigeria Correctional Service NCoS say Abdulrasheed Maina is feigning ailments to aid his escape from lawful custody The minister and the C G made the allegation in their joint counter affidavit in opposition to Maina s originating motion filed before Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court Abuja In the application marked 171922 dated and filed Oct 31 the duo said it has become glare from intelligence report at their disposal that the applicant Maina only feigns the ailments for him to be taken out of the custodial facility to aid his escape from lawful custody The application was deposed to by Chief Superintendent of Correction Diamond Bako who was an officer in charge of clinic at Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Maina the former Chairman defunct Pension Reform Task Team PRTT had on Oct 17 filed a motion ex parte marked 17292022 Maina the applicant listed the minister and the C G of NCoS as 1st and 2nd respondents respectively in a motion dated and filed on Sept 27 Maina who is currently serving an eight year jail term at Kuje Prison for pension fraud to the tune of N2 billion had told the court that he is suffering from a life threatening disease in the prison and he needs urgent medical attention The ex pension reformed boss prayed court for an interim order directing the minister and the C G via their staff or agents to immediately take him to a reputable and recognised hospital for treatment of his life threatening diseases pending the hearing and determination of his originating motion Reacting the respondents in the counter affidavit said contrary to Maina s claim he was never refused access to medical services but that Maina would not be allowed to hide under medical services to escape from lawful custody They described the medical reports he produced as self induced The exhibits attached to the affidavit in support of the applicant Maina s originating motion only goes to shows that contrary to the claims of the applicant that he was denied access to medical facilities the applicant had access to medical attentions at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital where he has severally been attended to and the exhibits amply bore out these facts Contrary to paragraph 13 of the affidavit in support of the applicant s originating motion there was no time the applicant collapsed in Kuje Medium Security Custodial facility The applicant on several occasions made self induced complaint about his health and he was taken not rushed to a specialised and reputable hospital for medical services He was kept in the hospital for several hours without any sign of readiness on the part of the hospital management to attend to him While in the hospital he was visited by several friends and relatives who sat with him chat with him and he was engulfed in conversation with them laughing occasionally without any sign of any ailment pain When after several hours of waiting and effort by the operatives of the 2nd respondent NCoS C G to the management of the hospital to come forward and attend to him failed it became obvious that the referral to the hospital was a mere gimmick to take the applicant out of lawful custody It was at that point the operatives of the 2nd respondent received a confidential top secret intelligence report that the applicant must as a matter of expediency quickly removed from the hospital and return to the custodial centre otherwise armed gunmen suspected to be loyal to the applicant will strike and take the applicant away to unknown destination they alleged It was on the face of this high power spy intelligence report bothering on possible plan to snatch the applicant away from the few operatives of the 2nd respondent on ground at the hospital and in order to avoid this imminent danger that the applicant was returned to the yard to forestall the danger of attack they alleged They said that Maina who was arraigned on Oct 25 2019 on a 12 count charge though pleaded not guilty he however jumped bail after being granted the bail on health grounds They said that Sen Ali Ndume who stood as Maina s surety was remanded in Kuje prison until Maina was rearrested The minister and the C G told the court that Maina was only raising false health alarms Upon resumed hearing on Wednesday Maina s lawyer Ibrahim Idris SAN informed that the respondents lawyer Abdulmumin Muhammad had just served him with his application Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until Nov Friday for hearing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Maina is feigning ailments to escape from custody, minister, NCoS tell court
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    Maina is feigning ailments to escape from custody, minister, NCoS tell court

    The Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, and Haliru Nababa, Controller General (C-G), Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), say Abdulrasheed Maina is feigning ailments to aid his escape from lawful custody.

    The minister and the C-G made the allegation in their joint counter affidavit in opposition to Maina’s originating motion filed before Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja.

    In the application marked: 171922, dated and filed Oct. 31, the duo said “it has become glare from intelligence report at their disposal that the applicant (Maina) only feigns the ailments for him to be taken out of the custodial facility to aid his escape from lawful custody.

    ”The application was deposed to by Chief Superintendent of Correction, Diamond Bako, who was an officer in charge of clinic at Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Maina, the former Chairman, defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), had, on Oct. 17, filed a motion ex-parte marked: 17292022.Maina (the applicant) listed the minister and the C-G of NCoS as 1st and 2nd respondents respectively, in a motion dated and filed on Sept. 27.Maina, who is currently serving an eight-year jail term at Kuje Prison for pension fraud to the tune of N2 billion, had told the court that he is suffering from a life-threatening disease in the prison and he needs urgent medical attention.

    The ex-pension reformed boss prayed court for an interim order directing the minister and the C-G, via their staff or agents, to immediately take him to a reputable and recognised hospital for treatment of his life-threatening diseases pending the hearing and determination of his originating motion.

    Reacting, the respondents, in the counter affidavit, said contrary to Maina’s claim, he was never refused access to medical services, but that Maina would not be allowed to hide under medical services to escape from lawful custody.

    They described the medical reports he produced as “self-induced.

    ”“The exhibits attached to the affidavit in support of the applicant (Maina)’s originating motion only goes to shows that, contrary to the claims of the applicant that he was denied access to medical facilities, the applicant had access to medical attentions at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, where he has severally been attended to; and the exhibits amply bore out these facts.

    “Contrary to paragraph 13 of the affidavit in support of the applicant’s originating motion, there was no time the applicant collapsed in Kuje Medium Security Custodial facility;“The applicant, on several occasions, made self-induced complaint about his health and he was taken (not rushed) to a specialised and reputable hospital for medical services.

    “He was kept in the hospital for several hours without any sign of readiness on the part of the hospital management to attend to him.

    “While in the hospital, he was visited by several friends and relatives who sat with him, chat with him and he was engulfed in conversation with them, laughing occasionally, without any sign of any ailment pain.

    “When after several hours of waiting and effort by the operatives of the 2nd respondent (NCoS’ C-G) to the management of the hospital to come forward and attend to him failed, it became obvious that the referral to the hospital was a mere gimmick to take the applicant out of lawful custody.

    “It was at that point the operatives of the 2nd respondent received a confidential, top secret intelligence report that the applicant must as a matter of expediency quickly removed from the hospital and return to the custodial centre, otherwise, armed gunmen suspected to be loyal to the applicant will strike and take the applicant away to unknown destination,” they alleged.

    “It was on the face of this high power spy, intelligence report bothering on possible plan to snatch the applicant away from the few operatives of the 2nd respondent on ground at the hospital, and in order to avoid this imminent danger that the applicant was returned to the yard to forestall the danger of attack,” they alleged.

    They said that Maina, who was arraigned on Oct. 25, 2019, on a 12-count charge though pleaded not guilty, he, however, jumped bail after being granted the bail on health grounds.

    They said that Sen. Ali Ndume, who stood as Maina’s surety, was remanded in Kuje prison until Maina was rearrested.

    The minister and the C-G told the court that Maina was only raising false health alarms.

    Upon resumed hearing on Wednesday, Maina’s lawyer, Ibrahim Idris, SAN, informed that the respondents’ lawyer, Abdulmumin Muhammad, had just served him with his application.

    Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until  Nov. Friday for hearing.


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  •  A Public Administration and Social Development Consult a non governmental organization has called for equal rights and responsibilities devoid of any form of discrimination among Nigeria s citizens The Convener of the organisation Mrs Margaret Ibeku made the call at the Convener of Social Justice Conference and Awards 2022 on Friday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference with the theme Social Justice the Bedrock for National Development was organised in collaboration with the Public Complaints Commission PCC Ibeku said that the weaker or less privileged in the society must be well protected if the nation must witness meaningful development She advocated that all segment of the society must embrace social justice as its moral compass in line with the theme for the conference As a country we are currently going through very challenging times ranging from insecurity unemployment to natural disasters Rather than stand and continue to bemoan our circumstances we saw the need for us to gather and brainstorm on the way forward hence the need for organising the conference she said Ibeku said that all citizens had common yearning adding that all citizens want to be treated equally want equal access equal opportunity fair distribution of resources which is what social justice means and stands for Prof Chidi Odinkalu former Chairman Governing Council National Human Rights Commission said it was high time citizens started asking questions of the wrong happening in the country Odinkalu who was represented by Ms Gloria Ballasan said that citizens should start asking questions on released fund including those of ecological funds and security votes We need to question governors to account for security vote released to them monthly Currently 33 out of 36 states are either flooded or in danger of being flooded As of the last count over 600 Nigerians have died The question we should be asking now is where is the ecological fund We know there are ecological fund that was set aside because there was prediction of flooding in the country he said NAN reports that ecological funds are intervention fund by the Federal Government to mitigate the damage done by the floods to sufficiently ameliorate the sufferings of affected people Odinkalu said it was the duty of the Public Complaints Commission PCC to trace the money saying a lot of Nigerian were affected by the recent flood which according to him people should be called to account for money spent On his part Mr Chile Igbawua a former Chief Commissioner of PCC while discussing as a panelist said that while PCC had the mandate to investigate and conduct research in MDAs private companies and officials it lacked the power to question security votes Igbawua said that security vote was not accountable saying it might sound odd but it was the fact According to him PCC is given power but there are some power it does not have which is the power to delve into the administrative activities of the military but it can be corrected Before I was elected to National Assembly I served as Permanent Secretary Finance and Economic Planning in Benue state for eight years I know that technically if you say they should give account for money spent on security they can open up on what army is doing Whether security vote is being managed judiciously is a different thing but officially and statutorily nobody give account of security vote Once the budget is released and confirmed as released that is end of the story It s in the law that no agency can ask somebody let me see how you spend your security vote It s not done because that is the practice Igbawua said Security vote is a monthly allowance that is allocated to the 36 states within the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the sole purpose of funding security services within such states Another panelist Mr Mike Ejiofor a Security Expert said that it was not true that security votes were not accounted for adding that it could make security of the country to be compromised According to him there is this general impression that they don t account for security vote but I want to use this medium to correct something There is nothing like that That it is not subject to public scrutiny not that you cannot account for it People mistake security vote to budgetary allocation for security You account for budgetary allocation for the military and all the security services Except if given out will compromise national security then such information won t be in public domain he said Adeniji Adeyinka Associate Professor Department of Political Science University of Abuja said security vote should be accounted for but not for public consumption Adeyinka who was also a panelist at the event said that there should be nothing hidden about security vote Every kobo that comes to any parastatal should be accounted for at different quarters he added Exited by Isaac Aregbesola NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Organisation calls for equal rights, opportunities for citizens
     A Public Administration and Social Development Consult a non governmental organization has called for equal rights and responsibilities devoid of any form of discrimination among Nigeria s citizens The Convener of the organisation Mrs Margaret Ibeku made the call at the Convener of Social Justice Conference and Awards 2022 on Friday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference with the theme Social Justice the Bedrock for National Development was organised in collaboration with the Public Complaints Commission PCC Ibeku said that the weaker or less privileged in the society must be well protected if the nation must witness meaningful development She advocated that all segment of the society must embrace social justice as its moral compass in line with the theme for the conference As a country we are currently going through very challenging times ranging from insecurity unemployment to natural disasters Rather than stand and continue to bemoan our circumstances we saw the need for us to gather and brainstorm on the way forward hence the need for organising the conference she said Ibeku said that all citizens had common yearning adding that all citizens want to be treated equally want equal access equal opportunity fair distribution of resources which is what social justice means and stands for Prof Chidi Odinkalu former Chairman Governing Council National Human Rights Commission said it was high time citizens started asking questions of the wrong happening in the country Odinkalu who was represented by Ms Gloria Ballasan said that citizens should start asking questions on released fund including those of ecological funds and security votes We need to question governors to account for security vote released to them monthly Currently 33 out of 36 states are either flooded or in danger of being flooded As of the last count over 600 Nigerians have died The question we should be asking now is where is the ecological fund We know there are ecological fund that was set aside because there was prediction of flooding in the country he said NAN reports that ecological funds are intervention fund by the Federal Government to mitigate the damage done by the floods to sufficiently ameliorate the sufferings of affected people Odinkalu said it was the duty of the Public Complaints Commission PCC to trace the money saying a lot of Nigerian were affected by the recent flood which according to him people should be called to account for money spent On his part Mr Chile Igbawua a former Chief Commissioner of PCC while discussing as a panelist said that while PCC had the mandate to investigate and conduct research in MDAs private companies and officials it lacked the power to question security votes Igbawua said that security vote was not accountable saying it might sound odd but it was the fact According to him PCC is given power but there are some power it does not have which is the power to delve into the administrative activities of the military but it can be corrected Before I was elected to National Assembly I served as Permanent Secretary Finance and Economic Planning in Benue state for eight years I know that technically if you say they should give account for money spent on security they can open up on what army is doing Whether security vote is being managed judiciously is a different thing but officially and statutorily nobody give account of security vote Once the budget is released and confirmed as released that is end of the story It s in the law that no agency can ask somebody let me see how you spend your security vote It s not done because that is the practice Igbawua said Security vote is a monthly allowance that is allocated to the 36 states within the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the sole purpose of funding security services within such states Another panelist Mr Mike Ejiofor a Security Expert said that it was not true that security votes were not accounted for adding that it could make security of the country to be compromised According to him there is this general impression that they don t account for security vote but I want to use this medium to correct something There is nothing like that That it is not subject to public scrutiny not that you cannot account for it People mistake security vote to budgetary allocation for security You account for budgetary allocation for the military and all the security services Except if given out will compromise national security then such information won t be in public domain he said Adeniji Adeyinka Associate Professor Department of Political Science University of Abuja said security vote should be accounted for but not for public consumption Adeyinka who was also a panelist at the event said that there should be nothing hidden about security vote Every kobo that comes to any parastatal should be accounted for at different quarters he added Exited by Isaac Aregbesola NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Organisation calls for equal rights, opportunities for citizens
    General news1 month ago

    Organisation calls for equal rights, opportunities for citizens

    A Public Administration and Social Development Consult, a non governmental organization, has called for equal rights and responsibilities devoid of any form of discrimination among Nigeria’s citizens.

    The Convener of the organisation, Mrs Margaret Ibeku, made the call at the Convener of Social Justice Conference and Awards 2022 on Friday in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference with the theme, “Social Justice; the Bedrock for National Development” was organised in collaboration with the Public Complaints Commission (PCC).

    Ibeku said that the weaker or less privileged in the society must be well protected if the nation must witness meaningful development.

    She advocated that all segment of the society must embrace social justice as its moral compass in line with the theme for the conference.

    “As a country, we are currently going through very challenging times ranging from insecurity, unemployment to natural disasters.

    “Rather than stand and continue to bemoan our circumstances, we saw the need for us to gather and brainstorm on the way forward, hence the need for organising the conference,” she said.

    Ibeku said that all citizens had common yearning, adding that all citizens want to be treated equally, want equal access, equal opportunity, fair distribution of resources which is what social justice means and stands for.

    Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, former Chairman, Governing Council, National Human Rights Commission, said it was high time citizens started asking questions of the wrong happening in the country.

    Odinkalu, who was represented by Ms Gloria Ballasan, said that citizens should start asking questions on released fund including those of ecological funds and security votes.

    “We need to question governors to account for security vote released to them monthly.

    “Currently, 33 out of 36 states are either flooded or in danger of being flooded.

    As of the last count, over 600 Nigerians have died.

    “The question we should be asking now is, where is the ecological fund?

    We know there are ecological fund that was set aside because there was prediction of flooding in the country,” he said.

    NAN reports that ecological funds are intervention fund by the Federal Government to mitigate the damage done by the floods, to sufficiently ameliorate the sufferings of affected people.

    Odinkalu said it was the duty of the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) to trace the money, saying a lot of Nigerian were affected by the recent flood which according to him, people should be called to account for money spent.

    On his part, Mr Chile Igbawua, a former Chief Commissioner of PCC, while discussing as a panelist said that while PCC had the mandate to investigate and conduct research in MDAs, private companies and officials, it lacked the power to question security votes.

    Igbawua said that security vote was not accountable, saying it might sound odd but it was the fact.

    According to him, PCC is given power but there are some power it does not have which is the power to delve into the administrative activities of the military but it can be corrected.

    “Before I was elected to National Assembly, I served as Permanent Secretary, Finance and Economic Planning in Benue state for eight years.

    “I know that technically, if you say they should give account for money spent on security they can open up on what army is doing.

    “Whether security vote is being managed judiciously is a different thing but officially and statutorily, nobody give account of security vote.

    “Once the budget is released and confirmed as released that is end of the story.

    “It’s in the law that no agency can ask somebody let me see how you spend your security vote.

    It’s not done because that is the practice, “ Igbawua said Security vote is a monthly allowance that is allocated to the 36 states within the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the sole purpose of funding security services within such states.

    Another panelist, Mr Mike Ejiofor, a Security Expert said that it was not true that security votes were not accounted for, adding that it could make security of the country to be compromised.

    According to him, there is this general impression that they don’t account for security vote but I want to use this medium to correct something.

    “There is nothing like that.

    That it is not subject to public scrutiny, not that you cannot account for it.

    “People mistake security vote to budgetary allocation for security.

    You account for budgetary allocation for the military and all the security services.

    “Except if given out will compromise national security then such information won’t be in public domain,” he said.

    Adeniji Adeyinka, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Abuja said security vote should be accounted for but not for public consumption.

    Adeyinka, who was also a panelist at the event, said that there should be nothing hidden about security vote.

    “Every kobo that comes to any parastatal should be accounted for at different quarters,” he added.

    Exited by Isaac Aregbesola
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  •  Prof Barth Oshionebo Senior Lecturer Department of Theatre Arts University of Abuja has called for the strengthening of unity and peaceful coexistence among the Nigerian populace Oshionebo said this in Abuja on Wednesday at the 2022 Children s Cultural Fiesta organised by the National Institute for Cultural Orientation NICO The fiesta which has its theme as Culture Creativity and the Future of the Nigerian Child had children from FCT secondary schools in attendance to showcase the various cultures of the country According to him the Nigerian children deserve the best in terms of preparation for the future Oshionebo who spoke on the topic Culture and Creativity for Unity and Peaceful Coexistence in Nigeria said the needs of every part of the country must be a collective responsibility to achieve We have to prepare these children in such a way that when it gets to their turn they will lead us to the right path There is need for unity and peaceful coexistence in Nigeria When there is unity the children are the beneficiaries This is because the home is a microscopic of the entire society If there is no peace at home the home will definitely be divided There is no place now where there is no child trafficking kidnapping and banditry activities he said The don therefore expressed optimism that in spite of the various challenges there is hope for the country He advised students to intensify in praying for the country as well as hold on to the culture of the country Meanwhile the Executive Secretary of NICO Ado Yahuza said there was the need to stimulate culture consciousness among students Yahuza stressed the need to establish NICO cultural clubs in all secondary schools in the FCT and nationwide The Children s Cultural Fiesta which is an off shoot of the Institute s Cultural Club in Secondary Schools is designed to stimulate culture consciousness among students It is also to create a platform to discover young talents in culture and creative arts as well as encourage cooperation and healthy competition among the students While the Culture Club serves as a platform for the promotion of culture consciousness creativity national pride and identity on a weekly basis the Cultural Fiesta on the other hand provides an opportunity annually for members of the Cultural Club to display what they have learnt through competitive and non competitive events he said The executive secretary added that the sure way to make children good leaders of tomorrow is by laying a solid socio cultural and economic foundation for them Highlights of the event was the cultural display quiz competition traditional dress parade traditional music and dance among others Participating schools include Government Model Secondary School Jikwoyi Senior Secondary School Wuse Zone 3 Junior Secondary School Iddo Sarki Model Secondary School Maitama and Government Science Secondary School Piakasa Maitama Others are Government Senior Secondary School Garki Government Secondary School Tudun Wada Government Day secondary School Wuse 2 Government Secondary School Karu and Government Secondary School Apo Resettlement NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Cultural Fiesta: Don calls for unity, peaceful coexistence among Nigerians
     Prof Barth Oshionebo Senior Lecturer Department of Theatre Arts University of Abuja has called for the strengthening of unity and peaceful coexistence among the Nigerian populace Oshionebo said this in Abuja on Wednesday at the 2022 Children s Cultural Fiesta organised by the National Institute for Cultural Orientation NICO The fiesta which has its theme as Culture Creativity and the Future of the Nigerian Child had children from FCT secondary schools in attendance to showcase the various cultures of the country According to him the Nigerian children deserve the best in terms of preparation for the future Oshionebo who spoke on the topic Culture and Creativity for Unity and Peaceful Coexistence in Nigeria said the needs of every part of the country must be a collective responsibility to achieve We have to prepare these children in such a way that when it gets to their turn they will lead us to the right path There is need for unity and peaceful coexistence in Nigeria When there is unity the children are the beneficiaries This is because the home is a microscopic of the entire society If there is no peace at home the home will definitely be divided There is no place now where there is no child trafficking kidnapping and banditry activities he said The don therefore expressed optimism that in spite of the various challenges there is hope for the country He advised students to intensify in praying for the country as well as hold on to the culture of the country Meanwhile the Executive Secretary of NICO Ado Yahuza said there was the need to stimulate culture consciousness among students Yahuza stressed the need to establish NICO cultural clubs in all secondary schools in the FCT and nationwide The Children s Cultural Fiesta which is an off shoot of the Institute s Cultural Club in Secondary Schools is designed to stimulate culture consciousness among students It is also to create a platform to discover young talents in culture and creative arts as well as encourage cooperation and healthy competition among the students While the Culture Club serves as a platform for the promotion of culture consciousness creativity national pride and identity on a weekly basis the Cultural Fiesta on the other hand provides an opportunity annually for members of the Cultural Club to display what they have learnt through competitive and non competitive events he said The executive secretary added that the sure way to make children good leaders of tomorrow is by laying a solid socio cultural and economic foundation for them Highlights of the event was the cultural display quiz competition traditional dress parade traditional music and dance among others Participating schools include Government Model Secondary School Jikwoyi Senior Secondary School Wuse Zone 3 Junior Secondary School Iddo Sarki Model Secondary School Maitama and Government Science Secondary School Piakasa Maitama Others are Government Senior Secondary School Garki Government Secondary School Tudun Wada Government Day secondary School Wuse 2 Government Secondary School Karu and Government Secondary School Apo Resettlement NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Cultural Fiesta: Don calls for unity, peaceful coexistence among Nigerians
    General news1 month ago

    Cultural Fiesta: Don calls for unity, peaceful coexistence among Nigerians

    Prof. Barth Oshionebo, Senior Lecturer, Department of Theatre Arts, University of Abuja, has called for the strengthening of unity and peaceful coexistence among the Nigerian populace.

    Oshionebo said this in Abuja on Wednesday at the 2022 Children’s Cultural Fiesta, organised by the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO).

    The fiesta which has its theme as: “Culture, Creativity and the Future of the Nigerian Child”, had children from FCT secondary schools in attendance to showcase the various cultures of the country.

    According to him, the Nigerian children deserve the best in terms of preparation for the future.

    Oshionebo, who spoke on the topic ‘Culture and Creativity for Unity and Peaceful Coexistence in Nigeria’, said the needs of every part of the country must be a collective responsibility to achieve.

    “We have to prepare these children in such a way that when it gets to their turn, they will lead us to the right path.

    “There is need for unity and peaceful coexistence in Nigeria.

    When there is unity, the children are the beneficiaries.

    “This is because the home is a microscopic of the entire society.

    If there is no peace at home, the home will definitely be divided.

    “There is no place now where there is no child trafficking, kidnapping, and banditry activities,” he said.

    The don therefore expressed optimism that in spite of the various challenges, there is hope for the country.

    He advised students to intensify in praying for the country as well as hold on to the culture of the country.

    Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of NICO, Ado Yahuza, said there was the need to stimulate culture consciousness among students.

    Yahuza stressed the need to establish NICO cultural clubs in all secondary schools in the FCT and nationwide.

    “The Children’s Cultural Fiesta which is an off shoot of the Institute’s Cultural Club in Secondary Schools is designed to stimulate culture consciousness among students.

    “It is also to create a platform to discover young talents in culture and creative arts as well as encourage cooperation and healthy competition among the students.

    “While the Culture Club serves as a platform for the promotion of culture consciousness, creativity, national pride and identity on a weekly basis, the Cultural Fiesta on the other hand provides an opportunity annually for members of the Cultural Club to display what they have learnt through competitive and non-competitive events,” he said.

    The executive secretary added that the sure way to make children good leaders of tomorrow is by laying a solid socio-cultural and economic foundation for them.

    Highlights of the event was the cultural display, quiz competition, traditional dress parade, traditional music and dance, among others.

    Participating schools include Government Model Secondary School, Jikwoyi, Senior Secondary School, Wuse Zone 3, Junior Secondary School Iddo Sarki, Model Secondary School, Maitama and Government Science Secondary School, Piakasa, Maitama.

    Others are Government Senior Secondary School, Garki, Government Secondary School, Tudun Wada, Government Day secondary School, Wuse 2, Government Secondary School, Karu and Government Secondary School, Apo Resettlement.


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  •  More cases of snakebites have been reported across the country as humans and the reptiles clash in dry lands while scurrying away from devastating floods Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria who visited areas prone to snakebites and the treatment centres found a sharp rise in the cases with more deaths recorded as the floods had equally blocked access to treatment centres Among those killed is the wife of the village head of Magama in Langtang South Local Government of Plateau Yes I can confirm that there is a huge rise in snakebite cases one of the victims is the wife of the village head of Magama It is a scary situation Snakes and humans are all running away from the floods and would usually clash in the dry lands in the struggle for space Dr Nandul Durfa told NAN Durfa Managing Director Echitap Group producers of Anti Snake Venom ASV regretted that many lives were being lost to the menace The former Chief Medical Director of University of Abuja Teaching Hospital also decried the shortage of ASV in the treatment centres Dr Abubakar Saidu Balla Research Officer Snakebite Research Hospital Kaltungo in Gombe State who also spoke with NAN described the situation further Because of the devastating floods farmlands are wet and the snakes go to higher grounds where they mix with people The situation is worse in Riverine areas around Borno Adamawa Kogi Gombe and Bauchi The floods force snakes to migrate or carry them along and deposit at the forests homes or over river banks The situation is worsened by the fact that victims cannot go to medical centres to get attention because the roads and bridges are either washed away or flooded In the rural areas the motorcycles usually help but they cannot ride through the water now Very often victims reach treatment centres dead Balla said that it had become dangerous to go to the farms especially in Gombe It is time to harvest groundnuts and maize but going to the farm is very dangerous now because the snakebites are rampant Farmers cannot leave their crops in the bush so the contact with the snakes is often inevitable he said Meanwhile statistics from the hospital indicate that 1 900 victims of snake bites had been admitted since January According to Dr Suleiman Mohammed its Chief Medical Officer 34 of the victims died He said that most of the victims were herders and farmers that were mostly in the bush and usually at risk When the rains get to the peak we tend to have more patients because most of the snakes are dislodged from their holes and hiding places by the waters So when there is flood it is linked to incidents of snakebites because the flood tends to move the snakes away from their usual habitat and they often go to areas where humans live He said that six deaths had been recorded in October with the rest spread across January to September Reports from Lokoja in Kogi also indicated that snake attacks had become common with people living in fear We live in fear of snakes but we thank God that we have not recorded an incident of snakebite Usman Agbaje a resident told NAN He said that travellers plying the Ganaja Lokoja flooded road had often encountered big snakes while in the boats Another resident Joseph Benjamin said that snakes had been sighted at the Army Barracks A big one was seen in a room recently we were lucky that it was killed before it could harm anyone Not long ago a little girl sighted a snake under a chair and quickly notified her parents who later killed it he said nannewsngr con All NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Floods: Spike in snakebites, village head’s wife killed in Plateau
     More cases of snakebites have been reported across the country as humans and the reptiles clash in dry lands while scurrying away from devastating floods Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria who visited areas prone to snakebites and the treatment centres found a sharp rise in the cases with more deaths recorded as the floods had equally blocked access to treatment centres Among those killed is the wife of the village head of Magama in Langtang South Local Government of Plateau Yes I can confirm that there is a huge rise in snakebite cases one of the victims is the wife of the village head of Magama It is a scary situation Snakes and humans are all running away from the floods and would usually clash in the dry lands in the struggle for space Dr Nandul Durfa told NAN Durfa Managing Director Echitap Group producers of Anti Snake Venom ASV regretted that many lives were being lost to the menace The former Chief Medical Director of University of Abuja Teaching Hospital also decried the shortage of ASV in the treatment centres Dr Abubakar Saidu Balla Research Officer Snakebite Research Hospital Kaltungo in Gombe State who also spoke with NAN described the situation further Because of the devastating floods farmlands are wet and the snakes go to higher grounds where they mix with people The situation is worse in Riverine areas around Borno Adamawa Kogi Gombe and Bauchi The floods force snakes to migrate or carry them along and deposit at the forests homes or over river banks The situation is worsened by the fact that victims cannot go to medical centres to get attention because the roads and bridges are either washed away or flooded In the rural areas the motorcycles usually help but they cannot ride through the water now Very often victims reach treatment centres dead Balla said that it had become dangerous to go to the farms especially in Gombe It is time to harvest groundnuts and maize but going to the farm is very dangerous now because the snakebites are rampant Farmers cannot leave their crops in the bush so the contact with the snakes is often inevitable he said Meanwhile statistics from the hospital indicate that 1 900 victims of snake bites had been admitted since January According to Dr Suleiman Mohammed its Chief Medical Officer 34 of the victims died He said that most of the victims were herders and farmers that were mostly in the bush and usually at risk When the rains get to the peak we tend to have more patients because most of the snakes are dislodged from their holes and hiding places by the waters So when there is flood it is linked to incidents of snakebites because the flood tends to move the snakes away from their usual habitat and they often go to areas where humans live He said that six deaths had been recorded in October with the rest spread across January to September Reports from Lokoja in Kogi also indicated that snake attacks had become common with people living in fear We live in fear of snakes but we thank God that we have not recorded an incident of snakebite Usman Agbaje a resident told NAN He said that travellers plying the Ganaja Lokoja flooded road had often encountered big snakes while in the boats Another resident Joseph Benjamin said that snakes had been sighted at the Army Barracks A big one was seen in a room recently we were lucky that it was killed before it could harm anyone Not long ago a little girl sighted a snake under a chair and quickly notified her parents who later killed it he said nannewsngr con All NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Floods: Spike in snakebites, village head’s wife killed in Plateau
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    Floods: Spike in snakebites, village head’s wife killed in Plateau

    More cases of snakebites have been reported across the country as humans and the reptiles clash in dry lands while scurrying away from devastating floods.

    Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria , who visited areas prone to snakebites and the treatment centres, found a sharp rise in the cases with more deaths recorded as the floods had equally blocked access to treatment centres.

    Among those killed is the wife of the village head of Magama in Langtang South Local Government of Plateau.

    “Yes, I can confirm that there is a huge rise in snakebite cases; one of the victims is the wife of the village head of Magama.

    “It is a scary situation.

    Snakes and humans are all running away from the floods and would usually clash in the dry lands in the struggle for space,” Dr Nandul Durfa told NAN.

    Durfa, Managing Director, Echitap Group, producers of Anti-Snake Venom (ASV), regretted that many lives were being lost to the menace.

    The former Chief Medical Director of University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, also decried the shortage of ASV in the treatment centres.

    Dr Abubakar Saidu Balla, Research Officer, Snakebite Research Hospital, Kaltungo in Gombe State, who also spoke with NAN, described the situation further.

    “Because of the devastating floods, farmlands are wet and the snakes go to higher grounds where they mix with people.

    “The situation is worse in Riverine areas around Borno, Adamawa, Kogi, Gombe and Bauchi.

    “The floods force snakes to migrate or carry them along and deposit at the forests, homes or over river banks.

    “The situation is worsened by the fact that victims cannot go to medical centres to get attention because the roads and bridges are either washed away or flooded.

    “In the rural areas, the motorcycles usually help, but they cannot ride through the water now.

    Very often, victims reach treatment centres dead.

    ” Balla said that it had become dangerous to go to the farms, especially in Gombe.

    “It is time to harvest groundnuts and maize, but going to the farm is very dangerous now because the snakebites are rampant.

    “Farmers cannot leave their crops in the bush, so the contact with the snakes is often inevitable,” he said.

    Meanwhile, statistics from the hospital indicate that 1,900 victims of snake bites had been admitted since January.

    According to Dr Suleiman Mohammed, its Chief Medical Officer, 34 of the victims died.

    He said that most of the victims were herders and farmers that were mostly in the bush and usually at risk.

    “When the rains get to the peak, we tend to have more patients because most of the snakes are dislodged from their holes and hiding places by the waters.

    “So, when there is flood, it is linked to incidents of snakebites because the flood tends to move the snakes away from their usual habitat and they often go to areas where humans live.

    ” He said that six deaths had been recorded in October with the rest spread across January to September.

    Reports from Lokoja in Kogi also indicated that snake attacks had become common with people living in fear.

    “We live in fear of snakes, but we thank God that we have not recorded an incident of snakebite,” Usman Agbaje, a resident, told NAN.

    He said that travellers plying the Ganaja-Lokoja flooded road had often encountered big snakes while in the boats.

    Another resident, Joseph Benjamin, said that snakes had been sighted at the Army Barracks.

    “A big one was seen in a room recently; we were lucky that it was killed before it could harm anyone.

    “Not long ago, a little girl sighted a snake under a chair and quickly notified her parents who later killed it,” he said.

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