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27 overseas boarding schools for 2-day Education Fair in Nigeria

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27 overseas boarding schools for 2-day Education Fair in Nigeria


27 overseas boarding schools for education fair in Nigeria

A total of 27 secondary schools from the U.K, U.S, Canada, Switzerland and the UAE would participate in a two-day education fair aimed at providing first-hand information for parents wishing to send their children to schools abroad. The ENAA Boarding School Fair, slated for Oct. 9 and Oct. 12 in Abuja and Lagos, respectively, would feature short and impactful seminars for parents, teacher and students.

A statement issued by Mrs Anthonia Sawyerr, Managing Partner, ALTS Consulting, an education advisory firm and organiser of the fair, said that the event would offer guidance and focus to Nigerian parents seeking education abroad for their children.

“The fair is free and parents should seize this opportunity and attend to ensure that the big investment they are about to make is based on facts and not hearsay.

 “Investing in our children and the future of Nigeria through global education has become pertinent,” Sawyerr said on the fair with the theme: ‘Playing to the strengths and talents of Nigeria students’.

She said that the visiting schools would also get the opportunity to connect with local schools and share best practices in education. (NAN)

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Edited by Wale Ojetimi

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Expert says COVID-19 provides Nigeria opportunity to invest, improve health sector financing

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A Development Finance Specialist, Mr Princewill Eziukwu, on Tuesday said Coronavirus (COVID-19) was an opportunity for Nigeria to invest and improve its health sector financing.


Eziukwu told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the pandemic had exposed countries that failed to critically invest in their respective health sectors.

He said that for over a decade Nigeria had invested less than five per cent of its annual budget to the health sector.

The financial expert said that with improved health sector financing, strengthening accountability mechanisms and public-private partnerships, Nigeria would be better prepared for future emergencies.

“Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided us with an avenue to evaluate the way we have been doing things.

”It has also provided us with an opportunity to re-assess the government’s preparedness to address future pandemics,” he said.

Eziukwu said it was imperative that health policymakers took advantage of the pandemic to improve health financing mechanisms, correlation between health and economic growth and increased attention to disease prevention.

He said  larger impact of the pandemic could be broadly grouped a national health emergency.

He said that this was because of its rate of spread and the diversion of human and financial resources from other critical health challenges such as Ebola, Malaria and .

Eziukwu said that coronavirus could overwhelm the health system in little time as was currently the case in Nigeria and other affected countries.

He further said that the neglect of other health challenges could  lead to  loss of already gained grounds in the fight against them.

He said that the economic challenge presented by the pandemic could be quite devastating particularly for emerging economies in Africa.

“As at June 2, Africa had about 108,121 confirmed cases with a death rate lower than the rest of the world.

“However, the continent can be said to be worst hit considering other factors.

“One key factor is the mono-primary commodity export in most African countries, of which price falls will lead to a great loss of income in these countries.

“Another factor is the dominant informal sector in the economies.

“Contrary to what is obtainable in Western economies, African economies are still very nascent with the majority of its citizens operating in the informal sectors,” he said.

Eziukwu, said that the approach of locking down the economy had  caused hardship to many citizens, adding that the limited fiscal policy had also contributed to the hardship the citizens were experiencing.

“Many African countries have high debt to revenue ratios, of which a reduction in commodity prices will be unable to meet the basic operating and administrative costs.

“Also, there is limited health insurance in emerging economies which leads to high out-of-pocket health expenditure and these have further increased poverty rates,” he said.

Eziukwu said that some of the most hit areas of the economy during this pandemic were foreign reserves and currency values.

“Many emerging countries’ 12 months forward price is trading at approximately 50 per cent reduction when compared with the United States dollars and other currencies.

“It is reported that the Naira is currently trading at over N500 to a dollar in the foreign  exchange market.

“This is an over 42 per cent reduction when compared with the currency’s trading average of N360 before the pandemic,” he said.

Eziukwu said that the epidemic preparedness and health sector funding models had also been seriously tested at this time.

He said that African countries that religiously followed the 2001 Abuja Accord  were better positioned to withstand the economic impact of the pandemic.

The financial expert said that the  countries that failed to meet the Abuja Accord target were more vulnerable as a result of the pandemic which was already over stretching frail health systems.

“This pandemic has provided a critical juncture for policymakers to review all possible approaches to better health financing.

”There is no better time to understand and agree that health is indeed wealth and should take precedence in all budgetary and financing decisions of the government.

“It is expected that going forward, there must be a convergence between the private sector, donor agencies and the government.

”This convergence will be important in addressing the weaknesses the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified,” he said.

Eziukwu said that in April, Nigeria’s Finance Minister had rolled out several interventions to address the pandemic.

He said that the interventions among other things included N500 billion intervention fund to build and maintain various primary health care facilities across the country.

“While this is a welcome development, an enabling environment should be created and sustained.

”This enabling environment is necessary to assist the private sector to further invest in the revamp and management of primary healthcare facilities across the country.

“Doing such will bring Nigeria closer to achieving universal health coverage (UHC),” he said.

Eziukwu said that investing in infrastructure only would not be sufficient to address the weaknesses in Nigeria’s health sector.

He said that there was a need to reduce the burden of care for basic ailments on secondary and tertiary health facilities by improving and sustaining PHCs.

The expert said that during a pandemic, improving micro and medium scale enterprise investments would have to be another approach for all Central Bank’s development finance investments.

He said that on March 27, CBN rolled out several interventions aimed at assisting businesses facing challenges as a result of the lockdown, which was welcome. 

Eziukwu, however, othebserved that review of the requirements from the CBN revealed certain requirements that small-scale businesses would not be able to meet to access the funds.

To address this, he said, the CBN  should lower the requirements for accessing the funds and target high-impact job-generating sectors during the lockdown and after.

Eziukwu,  however, said that while this might have short term positive impact as a considerable amount of the funds would go into food purchases, in the long run, it might lead to inflation.

He said that targeted interventions should be critically encouraged at this point.

 

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Late Sen. Osinowo displayed unwavering commitment to better Nigeria- Folarin

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Sen. Teslim Folarin (APC-Oyo Central) has described the death of Sen. Adebayo Osinowo (APC-Lagos East) as a loss of a patriot, who displayed unwavering commitment to a better Nigeria.


This is contained in a tribute he signed and made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the late Sen. Osinowo died on Monday.

“Distinguished Sen. Osinowo was unwavering in his commitment to a better Nigeria. He made a huge difference in the lives of millions of people in Lagos East Senatorial district and Nigeria at large,” he said.

Folarin, a former Senate leader, recalled late Osinowo’s great impressions on him as regards religious tolerance, efficacy of prayers and service to humanity during the 2019 Hajj they performed together.

He said that Osinowo’s demise was a bitter pill for members of the 9th National Assembly, the people of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria and All Progressives Congress (APC).

“The sudden demise of my colleague and brother, Sen. Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo is, undoubtedly, a bitter pill for members of the 9th Assembly, the people of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria and APC,” he said.

Folarin expressed his condolences to Osinowo’s family, the Nigerian Senate, APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the good people of Lagos and Ogun States.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and associates worldwide as we grieve over the loss of such an extraordinary individual.

“I pray that in this difficult time, God give us the strength and courage to bear the irreplaceable loss.

“The wonderful memories of Sen. Osinowo’s unique personality will be celebrated by all for a very long time. May Allah grant him Al-Jannah Fridauz,” he said.

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African Child Day: CBAAC canvasses for implementation of child-friendly justice system 

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The Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC) has called for the implementation of child-friendly justice system in Africa as cases of child-rape,labour and sexual violence increased across the continent.


The Director overseeing the office of the Director-General of CBAAC, Mrs. Osaro Osayande made the call in a statement, in commemoration of the Day of African Child (DAC) on Tuesday.

The theme for the 2020 edition of DAC is: “Access to a Child Friendly Justice System in Africa”.

Osayande also appealed to stakeholders at all levels to put effective measures in place to curb the rising cases of sexual violence in the country.

She said it was time for African leaders to work unanimously in implementing a child-friendly justice system to restore hope and confidence in every African child.

” CBAAC lends its voice against all forms of sexual violence, including rape, the centre is in support of the implementation of a Child-friendly justice system across the continent.

” Rape is a traumatic experience which causes psychological, emotional and physical pains to its victims, together with its adverse effect.

” We appeal to stakeholders at all levels to put in place effective measures to curb the rising cases of sexual violence in Nigeria,” she said.

Osayande said that as a cultural agency, CBAAC had in the past raised its voice against societal ills that negate the good tenets of African cultural values, through its numerous children programmes.

She urged parents and stakeholders to provide children with appropriate education as education was a human right and children deserved good education to be successful in life.

” We say No to Rape for a Better Africa!

” Indeed, this year’s DAC celebration calls for serious introspection and commitment towards addressing the numerous challenges facing children across the continent.

” We felicitate with African children on a special day like this,” she said.

The Director said that regrettably, due to COVID-19 pandemic, the centre would not be able to mark the 2020 event with its usual activities.

She said that the centre will participate in the webinar meeting organised by the African Union Commission seeking to examine the elements of a child-friendly justice system in Africa.

Thousands of black school children took to the streets in Soweto, South Africa on June 16, 1976, to protest discriminatory educational policies by the South African government and to demand their right to be taught in their own language.

Hundreds of them were shot down in what became known as the “Sharpeville Massacre”, and in the two weeks of protests that followed, more than a hundred people were killed and more than a thousand injured.

Hence, the DAC is aimed at remembering these children and the brave action they took to claim their right as well as celebrate the entire Children of Africa who have endured one form of challenge or the other in the course of their growth.

Osayande said three decades down the line, children across Africa were still faced with varied forms of societal challenge that have hampered their safe growth and development.

She said among other societal ills, was the uncontrollable spate of sexual violence, manifesting in the form of rape, inflicted on the African child, including women and girls.

” These are sad realities particularly in Nigeria and some parts of the continent and this is the reason African leaders must unanimously implement a child-friendly justice system for the African children,” she said.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Nigeria records 573 new COVID-19 cases, infections hits 16,658

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Nigeria recorded 573 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of Infections to 16,658.


The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC)  announced this official Twitter handle.

It said that as at June 15, Nigeria recorded four deaths while no new state reported any case in the last 24 hours.

The NCDC said that Lagos reported the highest number of cases with 216 new cases and Rivers was second with 103 new infections.

“The 573 new cases are reported from 20 states, Lagos (216), Rivers (103), Oyo (68), Edo (40), Kano (21), Gombe (20),FCT (17), Delta (13), Plateau (12), Bauchi (12), Niger (10), Kebbi ((9) Ogun (8), Ondo (8), Abia (7), Nasarawa (5), Borno (1), Kwara (1), Benue (1), Anambra (1)

The NCDC said that till date, Nigeria has 10,885  active cases while  5,349, patients have been treated and discharged.

It added that Nigeria recorded 424 deaths in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The agency said that the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases across states, calls for Nigerians to TakeResponsibility, especially with the use of masks, avoiving mass gatherings and hand Washing.

“The health of each of us depends on our collective action,“ it said.

The health agency disclosed that it got samples with fictitious names and fictitious addresses.

“We can only vouch for the results of the samples.

“There’s no reason whatsoever to doubt the reality of COVID-19 in Nigeria. In fact we believe there are more cases out there than we’ve found.

“Behind each of those numbers we announce daily are people. Four Governors have themselves announced they’ve been infected.

“We have to make it socially unacceptable to be seen outside the home without face masks.

“We must also discourage unnecessary mass gatherings,”NDDC said.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/ Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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