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UN wants Nigerian states to domesticate policy on safe school

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The United Nations has called on Nigerian States to fast track the domestication of the policies on safe schools in line with the safe school declaration which Nigeria endorsed.


The News Agency of Nigeria on March 20, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari, ratified the the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD) during the weekly FEC meeting.

NAN reports that the SSD is an intergovernmental political commitment that provides countries with the opportunity to express support for protecting students, teachers, schools, and universities from attack during times of armed conflict.

NAN reports that it highlights the importance of the continuation of education during armed conflict and the implementation of concrete measures to deter the military use of schools.

Dr Judith Giwa-Amu, Education Officer, UNICEF told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview on Wednesday, that Nigeria’s President had already given an approval for its domestication in states.

Giwa-Amu, who is also the Nigerian Coordinator, Education in Emergencies Working Group, said that the policy would ensure the protection of schools even during crisis.

“The Safe School Declaration is also looking at a plan of action which has eight key actions that need to be undertaken.

“One of the major one is to ensure that even at the state level we have a policy which is like a single reference document that spells out how schools should be protected from issues that constitute insecurity like natural hazards, violence, conflicts, everyday hazards and even school infrastructure.

“Sometimes, these constitute reasons for schools not to be safe and secured. So, that policy is a key instrument which came out from the ratification,” she said.

The Declaration provides countries the opportunity to express political support for the protection of students, teachers, and schools during times of armed conflict.

Speaking further the coordinator of the UN Working Group commended Nigeria for being one of the first countries to have endorsed the declaration and shown commitment to ensuring it kept to its dictates.

She said that Nigeria was one of the first 37 countries to endorse the declaration out of 104 countries that were currently signatories.

“Nigeria is very, very high. You know that endorsement began on  May 29, 2015 in Oslo and Nigeria was one of the first 37 countries to endorse and now we have 104 countries that have endorsed it,” she said.

She noted that since the endorsement, Nigeria had shown commitment to ensuring schools were kept safe and protected for children to be able to receive education in them.

“That commitments mean that even in terms of our military, there is an engagement with the Ministry that understand the children related issues.

“In countries like Nigeria where without the military in some parts of the North-east, nothing can happen in education, we are saying, we appreciate the military as our partners.

“In fact they are actually our members, the Ministry of Defence is our member and in view of recognition  of the role they play, one in maintaining the peace and integrity, some of them also provide teaching services.

“But we are saying that we want a situation that even with the military the schools do not become a target.

“Because with the military, there are sometimes it affects the civilian nature of the school and we want to be very confident that even after the military goes that school will not be looked at as a target,” she added.

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Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

https://nnn.ng/un-wants-nigerian-states-to-domesticate-policy-on-safe-school/

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Nigerian traders decry Ghanaian authorities’ refusal to open locked shops

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The Nigeria Union of Traders Association in Ghana (NUTAG), on Monday decried Ghanaian authorities’ refusal to open shops owned by Nigerians, even after several meetings between top officials of both governments.


The President of NUTAG, Mr Chukwuemeka Nnaji disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

According to him, it is unfortunate that Nigerian traders’ shops have remained locked even after visits by Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of House of Representatives and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to Ghana.

“The locking of shops belonging to Nigerians by Ghanaian authorities hinders our doing business lawfully.

“The Ghanaian government should have as a matter of bilateral relations paid attention to us by being open in its decision to tackle our trade difficulties in the host country.

“I think every plea from the Nigerian government has fallen on deaf ears of the Ghanaian authorities, which is ready to destabilise and destroy our businesses to favour their citizens.

“Our shops are still shut down; most shops shut down since Dec. 2, 2019 were only opened to give tax assessment for the current year by Ghana revenue authorities.

“I am aware most of our members complied; all the documents on Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) presented are original not fake,’’ he said.

Nnaji said it was not true that Nigerian traders did not have genuine documents for the shops.

“I think the Ghanaian government is working on an agenda aimed at discouraging the influx of Nigerians to Ghana and the growth of Nigerian businesses in their country.

“I wish that our government would take this Ghanaian agenda very serious to stop Nigerians from losing all their life earnings in Ghana,” he added.

Nnaji said that many Nigerian traders had already returned home with their families following the closure of their shops.

He also said that those who could not relocate to Nigeria before their shops were shut down “are now stuck in Ghana with little or no money to be able to survive.”

Nnaji said that the association had begun the compilation of names of people severely affected by the action of the Ghanaian authorities for evacuation by the Federal Government.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Emmanuel Yashim
Source: NAN

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Nsukka residents laud INEC on credible election in Edo

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Some residents of Nsukka town in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State have commended INEC for conducting a credible, free and fair governorship election in Edo, on Saturday.


The residents spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Nsukka on Monday.

They attributed what they described as violence-free election to the fact that INEC operated as a neutral umpire and gave all the political parties that fielded candidates level-playing playing field during the exercise.

Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, said that INEC deserved commendation for presiding over a credible, free, fair and violence-free governorship election in Edo.

Abada, the immediate past head of the department, said that what INEC did in Edo had restored the confidence of many Nigerians in the commission, urging it to do same in the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State.

“I commend INEC for conducting a credible, free and fair governorship election in Edo. I urge the commission to do same in Ondo State during the October 10 governorship election.

“The result of Saturday’s election in Edo has shown that power indeed belongs to the people and that the era of godfatherism in that state is over.

“I urge the APC governorship candidate to show maturity and spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the outcome of the election, as the people of the state have spoken,” he said.

Mr Fabian Onah, the chairman of People Democratic Party (PDP) in Nsukka Local Government area, commended the people of Edo for trooping out in their numbers to vote for the candidates of their choice.

“The victory of Gov. Godwin Obaseki in the governorship election on Saturday reflected the voice of Edo people.

“I commend INEC and security agencies for providing a conducive environment that ensure the success of the election. I want to urge them to keep it up.

“I also urge Obaseki to be magnanimous in victory and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate, to show a spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the outcome of the election,’’ he said.

“The Edo election should be a lesson to politicians in the country, especially those who see themselves as political godfathers, that only God crowns a king,” he said.

Mr Anthony Ozioko, an APC chieftain in Nsukka, hailed the exercise, saying that the electorate came out to vote without any molestation or intimidation.

Ozioko attributed the loss of the governorship election by APC to what he called the misunderstanding between Obaseki and a former APC National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, which resulted in the former leaving APC to join PDP.

“With the victory of PDP Edo, the number of states being controlled by APC has reduced and if care is not taken, this may affect the party’s performance in the 2023 general elections,’’ he said.

Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye and
Source: NAN‘Wale Sadeeq

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Ekiti PDP congratulates Obaseki

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The Ekiti State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on his victory at the polls.


The party, in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Sanya Adesua, in Ado-Ekiti, described Obaseki’s victory as well deserved.

According to the statement, the State Working Committee, under the leadership of Mr Kehinde Odebunmi, expresses the joy of Ekiti PDP and its members for the outstanding victory.

The party commended voters in Edo, PDP members in particular, for their doggedness and fighting spirit in ensuring the desired victory.

It encouraged its members to take a cue from the ruggedness, determination and sincerity of Obaseki, PDP members and Edo people across political divides, for not allowing politics of money bags to thrive in the state.

The party charged its members to maintain the tempo and fighting spirit in order to ensure the party’s victory in subsequent elections, especially those of Ondo and Ekiti states.

“This is a timely warning to those still acting God in our democracy to have a rethink and respect the power of the people.

“Obaseki neither compromised the victory of the party nor was he involved in underhand tricks against the party.

“They were transparent and sincere to the party; and here is the reward today.

“Ekiti State PDP also commends our courageous leaders led by Governor(s) Nyesom Wike of River; Seyi Makinde of Oyo state; Okowa of Delta and other leaders for ensuring the desired victory.

“As we continue to celebrate the victory of Godwin Obaseki, we must be on guard that it is not yet Uhuru until PDP removes all the anti-people rickety structures from the North to the South.

“That is the only hope of restoration for the Nigerian people; the next victory being Ondo state governorship election of Eyitayo Jegede, on Oct. 10, 2020,” the statement added.

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Emir of llorin mourns Zazzau’s counterpart, Shehu ldris

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The Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has commiserated with people of Zazzau Emirate and Kaduna State Government over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.


In a condolence message signed by his media aide. AbdulAzeez Arowona in llorin on Monday, Sulu-Gambari described the demise of the frontline monarch as a colossal loss to the entire people of Zazzau Emirate, Kaduna State and Nigerians in general.

The monarch said late Shehu Idris was a compassionate personality whose contributions to nation building would not be forgotten in a hurry.

He condoled with Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State as well as the entire traditional rulers in the state over the irreparable loss.

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Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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