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Ebonyi to launch bring back out-of-school children campaign

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The Ebonyi Government will on Monday, Aug. 19, launch an enrollment drive aimed at bringing out-of-school children back  to school.

Chief Hyacinth Ikpo, the Ebonyi Universal Basic Education Board (EBSUBEB), chairman, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abakaliki, in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency .

Ikpo said that the enrollment campaign was  in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Abuja and the World Bank.

He said that Ebonyi Government was making every effort to ensure that all children of school age living in the state, but are not in school were taken back to school.

According to him, an uneducated child is a potential danger to the society, stressing that all efforts must be made to ensure that education was made not only accessible but also affordable to every citizen of the state.

EBSUBEB boss said that there was no accurate statistical data of the number of school age children, who are out-of-school, but noted that government had set machinery in motion to come up with reliable statistics .

“We don’t have for now any reliable data of the number of out-of-school children in Ebonyi, but government has mapped out programmes and strategies to know the  number who are out-of-school and get them back to school.

“Part of the strategy is the setting up of committees at the 171 wards, local government and state levels.

“And part of the assignment of the committees especially at the ward level is to go from house to house, conduct census of number of children in a particular household, how many are of school age, who are not in school.

“At the end of the exercise, we will be able to know how many children who are of school age, that are not in school and how to get them back to school.

“By Monday, Aug. 19, the state will officially launch the campaign against out-of-school syndrome in collaboration with UBEC and World Bank.

“As a responsible government, we will not spare any effort to ensure that we provide functional and qualitative education to all the citizens of the state”, Ikpo said.

He added that out-of-school children taken back to school would enjoy scholarships, free school feeding, uniforms and other incentives.

“Government on its own part, has promised scholarships  to all the out of school children who are taken back to school to complement the free and compulsory basic education policy in the state.

“Under the programme, government will provide school uniforms, exercise books, text books as well as free school meals to the children ,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that recent survey carried out by some educational institutions in the country, indicate that there are more pre-school children out of school than those attending classes in Ebonyi.

This index was arrived at by the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS 2011) in collaboration with UNICEF and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), National Household Demographic Survey (NHDS 2013).

The Education Management Information System (EMIS) (2011) of the Ebonyi  Ministry of Education also contributed to the survey.

According to the survey, only 43 per cent of Ebonyi pre-school children are currently  attending any form of organised school system, while 57 per cent are out of school, following some existing negative factors impeding learning in the state.

Meanwhile, UNICEF’s 2018 reports, indicated that 10.5 million children are out-of-school in Nigeria, while one child in every five out-of-school children globally is from Nigeria.

Edited by Obike Ukoh

 

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Former Niger governor extols IBB at 78

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The immediate past governor of Niger, Dr Babangida Aliyu, on Saturday extolled the virtues of former military leader, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd) of contributing positively to Nation building.

Aliyu made the remark in Minna, while congratulating IBB who turned 78 years on Aug. 17.

“Many people will be interested to know about IBB’s birthday because he is an elder statesman who has contributed positively to the development of our country.

“I am happy that he is still alive and healthy, I wish him well at 78.

“We hope he will still live longer because we need him around to continue to contribute to national development,” he said.

He assured he would continue to encourage and support Babangida towards contributing to the development of Nigeria.

“I think IBB is a statesman that we will continue to pray for,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that IBB, who was born Aug. 17, 1941 was the military President of Nigeria between Aug. 27, 1985 and Aug. 26, 1993.

He previously served as the Chief of Army Staff from January 1984 to August 1985.

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First Lady celebrate APC ex-chair at 80

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First Lady Aisha Buhari has described the former national chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, as a complete gentleman and a peace maker.

She made this known in her Instagram handle on Saturday in a message to celebrate the former APC chairman on his 80th birthday anniversary.

The first lady also described the celebrant as a unifying factor who worked tirelessly for the development of his fatherland.

She therefore wished him long life in good health and prosperity.

The message reads: ”Happy Birthday, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, former National Chairman of APC.

”A complete gentleman, a peace maker and a unifying factor of our time.

”Wishing you many years ahead in good health and prosperity.”

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Chairman, Organising Committee of the event, Mr Ray Morphy, said the committee plans to mark Odigie-Oyegun’s birthday in Abuja on Aug. 17.

Morphy said that eminent Nigerians, including top APC chieftains, are expected at the event.

He urged young Nigerians to emulate the leadership qualities and values demonstrated by Odigie-Oyegun when he served as a Permanent Secretary, governor of Edo and National Chairman of APC.

“Chief Odigie-Oyegun has kept his name clean right and fair over the years.

”Even as he left office as National Chairman of the APC, you noticed that he has never engaged in any battle with anybody in the party.”

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Road crash claims 1 on Lagos-Ibadan highway

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The Ogun State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says one person lost his life in a road crash at Danco, near Sagamu, on the LagosIbadan highway.

The Sector Commander, Mr Clement Oladele, told Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Ota that the accident happened at about 8.00 p.m on Friday.

Oladele explained that a Toyota SUV with registration number GGE 30 DF, was coming from Lagos when the driver lost control due to speeding.

He said that the driver veered off the road, somersaulted and crashed into a parked bus.

“The corpse of the victim has been deposited at the mortuary of Idera Hospital in Sagamu, Ogun State,’’ he said.

The FRSC boss advised motorists to obey traffic rules and regulations to avoid avoidable road crashes and its attendant fatalities.

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FG flag-off agric. inputs distribution in Adamawa

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The Federal Government, through its North East Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project, has flagged off the distribution of agricultural inputs in Adamawa.

The over 20,000 beneficiaries would be given inputs and non food item kits from seven local government areas affected by insurgency in the state.

Maj.-Gen. Paul Tarfa, Chairman, North East Development Commission (NEDC) flagged off the distribution in Michika Local Government Area.

Tarfa, who was represented by Alhaji Muhammed Danjuma, federal project coordinator of the Programme, said the intervention included rehabilitation of infrastructure affected by insurgency in the areas.

“The North East Multi Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP) is being implemented by the Federal Government in partnership with the World Bank in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

“The core objective of the project is to support Government of Nigeria in rehabilitation and improving critical infrastructural service delivery to improve and sustain the livelihood of conflict and displacement in affected communities in North East,” Tarfa said.

Mr Maurice Vonubolki, Adamawa project coordinator of the programme, listed the benefiting councils to include Madagali, Michika, Mubi North, Mubi South, Maiha, Song and Gombi.

He said the distribution was a continuation of several interventions made by the programme in the benefiting communities.

“Apart from the distribution of agricultural inputs and non food item kits witnessed today, the project under component one had reached out to thousands of beneficiaries with improved small animal inputs, non agricultural livelihood and soft skills training for small entrepreneurship.

“Under component two, the project has commenced rehabilitation of critical physical infrastructure that include water provision, transport sector, education, health and public buildings in the affected areas,” Vonubolki said.

He noted that already about 295 hand pumps and 59 solar boreholes had been provided across the affected communities in the seven councils.

Responding on behalf of the state government and the benefiting communities, Mr Haruna Ali, Deputy Transition Caretaker Chairman of Michika, thanked the federal government for the intervention.

Ali tasked the beneficiaries to use the items to improve their living condition for sustainable economic development of their areas.

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Gov. Matawalle of Zamfara appoints new HOS

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Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has approved the appointment of Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe as the new Head of Service for the state’s Civil Service.

Until his appointment, Balarabe was the Permanent Secretary, Government House.

A statement signed by Yusuf Idris, the Director-General of Press Affairs to the governor and made available to newsmen in Gusau on Saturday, said the appointment takes immediate effect.

The appointment followed the retirement of Alhaji Mujtaba Isa, the former Head of Service.

Matawalle charged the new Head of Service to live up to the administration’s expectations by restructuring the service in the state and making it a role model.

Born in March, 1966, Balarabe, a graduate of the University of Sokoto, joined the civil service as a Research Officer in the old Sokoto Military Administrator’s office in August, 1991.

He had served in various capacities including as Private Secretary to late President Shehu Shagari between 1993 and 1996.

Balarabe was also a Principal Private Secretary to the Zamfara State first civilian governor, Sen. Ahmed Sani and a former Local Government Sole Administrator of the old Kasuwar Daji Local Government.

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