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Sports Minister urges NYSC members to embrace entrepreneurial training

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The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, on Friday urged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members participating in the National Youth Service Coprs Batch ‘C’ Stream 1 in Lagos State to embrace entrepreneurial training.

The minister said this during a visit to the NYSC camp in Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos, where no fewer than 2,444 corps members are participating in a three-week orientation camp.

Dare, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Olusade Adesola, advised the corps members to take active part in the entrepreneurial trainings during the orientation.

He said that NYSC had various Skills Acquisition Programmes to properly empower and position them as entrepreneurs.

The minister commended the management of the camp for the peaceful environment.

Dare advised the corps members to work tenaciously above their qualifications and explore their intellect and give their best to their fatherland during the one year mandatory service.

He also encouraged them to be of good conduct and obey all rules that were stipulated by the camp Coordinator and ensure they do not fall below the standard.

“’Discipline is a very important aspect of the orientation, corps members are advised not to travel outside the place of their primary assignment,” Dare said.

He said the orientation period could be used to acquire skills outside their area of study and make a better future for themselves.

“In our current age, entrepreneurship is key to the development of our society because it is a process where one can learn, design, launch and run business,” Dare said.

He said the corps members could also use the platform to launch their sporting careers as they participate in the sporting activities while in camp.

“’Sports is an important aspect of developing youths, while the corps members participate in sporting activities they should ensure they put in their best.

“We have a channel where we can discover any talented individual in any sport and can be called upon if they are good enough,” Dare said.

The minister added that at the end of the one year service, an online portal had been created where the corps members could access for jobs.

(Edited by Tayo Ikujuni/Peter Ejiofor)

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Sokoto govt. solicits support on child protection laws

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Sokoto state government has called for public support towards the enactment of the children protection law aimed at making them better adults.

Nigeria News Agency reports that state’s Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and UnUnited Nations Children’s FundNICEF) are working with community groups and other stakeholders toward domesticating the law to suit the state.

At the 2-day engagement which ended on Saturday, participants discussed various issues relating to religion and cultural beliefs of some sections of the child rights law.

Three Islamic scholars, Dr Aminu Sufi, Dr Jabir Maihula and Uztaz Umar Bagarawa, presented resolutions reached on the use of DNA on child paternity issues outside statue laws provided by Islamic Shari’ah laws.

The scholars along with other participants also agreed on punishments of a child which should not harm the child as well as deter his progress.

Scholars said it is permissible in Islamic history to look at prevailing societal ills and suggest modern and relevant measures to tackle them.

The Director Shari’a in Sokoto State Ministry of Religious Affairs, Imam Muhammad Maigero, said the effort would ensure suitable legislation to protect the children and encourage its implementation.

Maigero said the state’s by-laws on children education and parental supports designed according to beliefs and cultural practices were incorporated into the draft.

He exlained that in the proposed draft, Shari’ah court judges were accorded windows on issues of DNA in parternity cases and others.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who was represented by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, said resources and efforts have being expended to ensure domesticated law were in line with Islamic and cultural beliefs of Sokoto people.

He explained that the draft would benefit Sokoto people in recognition that it is closer to what Allah has ordained as Islam is religious of past, present and future.

Hajia A’isha Dantsoho, the Permanent Secretary, Sokoto state Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, said the meeting was part of preparation to compile draft for onward transmission to State House of Assembly.

Dantsoho said state contingents have attended different national conferences on the child right act, adding that traditional, religious and other groups were involved to ensure seamless draft suitable to protect children in the state.

She said the state considered 18 year and below as a child age bracket, stressing that all parts of the draft were in conformity with religious and cultural practices of the people.

According to her, 66 district heads, 50 religious’ scholars were involved in the exercise at the state level.

She added that committees were establised in 23 local government areas and contacts were established with the office of the Attorney General, State Assembly and media organisations.

The facilitator, Dr Umar Alkali, said children are individual human beings totally dependent on adults, therefore adults must be responsible for how they are treated.

Alkali said healthy development of a child was crucial to the future and well being of any nation, noting that society cannot treat them anyhow.

He said the views of children are rarely heard, but adults should continue to make efforts to change their lives to a better one.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz

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Kashim Ibrahim Fellows construct classrooms in Kaduna community

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The Second Cohort of Kashim Ibrahim Fellows (KIF), has begun the construction of a two block of classrooms at Local Government Education Primary School Danhonu I, to improve the learning environment.

Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i had in August 2018 inaugurated the KIF, a one-year programme for 16 fellows from all over Nigeria to develop and nurture their leadership abilities for public service.

The school located around Millennium City, Chikun Local Government Area of the state, had 1,660 pupils and 250 adults, predominantly women undergoing adult education.

The primary school has only a block of two classrooms built by the state government and additional uncompleted single classroom being built by members of the community.

Dr Maiwuya Abubakar, one of the fellows in-charge of supervising the project, said at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction on Friday in Kaduna, that the school was experiencing shortage of classrooms.

Abubakar, with a PhD in Construction Management from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, disclosed that at the moment, nursery and primary one pupils, about 542 of them use a single class.

He also said that primary two, three and four were also congested in one class; primary five and six were equally stuffed in a single class, while adult education holds in the open.

He added that the school has no fence, no source of water and no toilet facility, while the roofs of the existing classrooms were leaking.

According to him, the construction of the classrooms, which would be concluded within 50 days, was part of the KIF community service to help decongest the school and improve teaching and learning.

“Education is in the heart of the current administration and we decided to contribute our quota by supporting the government to improve school’s infrastructure to ensure conducive learning environment.

Also speaking, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, described the project as a “lasting legacy” that the fellows would be remembered for by the community and the state.

“This is very touchy, very commendable and worthy of emulation. Thank you for making a difference.

“This will go a long way in supporting the state in developing the needed human capital with requisite education, skills and talent for the overall development of the state,” Balarabe said.

The Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi, equally thanked KIF for the support and urged the community members to take ownership of the projects to ensure sustainability.

Makarfi said that the state government would take necessary steps to address the challenges of the school in line with ongoing transformation of the education sector.

Sen. Uba Sani, representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly also promised to construct and furnished additional block of two classrooms for the school.

Sani, who was represented by the Executive Director, Uba Sani Foundation, Alhaji Ibrahim Dan’Halilu, called for more support to the school to improve access to quality education in the state.

Similarly, the Caretaker Committee Chairperson of Chikun Local Government, Hajiya Hadiza Yahuza, said that provisions have been made in council’s 2020 budget to improve the infrastructure of the school.

The Head Teacher of the school, Mrs Hanatu Kadafo, thanked the Kashim Ibrahim Fellows for coming to the aid of the school and appealed for more support to provide quality teaching and improve learning outcome.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the activity was part of the KIF week-long community services to give back to the society.

The community service began with employability workshop on Monday and Tuesday that exposed 331 graduates to what was required to gain employment in the labour market and how to be self-employed.

Edited by: Yakubu Uba/Tukur Muntari.

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Makinde approves N300m for Ibadan Poly for accreditation, capital projects

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says he has approved the sum of N200 million for The Polytechnic, Ibadan to secure accreditation for some of its courses and another N100 million for capital projects in the 2020 budget.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Makinde disclosed this at the 34th convocation ceremony of the institution on Friday in Ibadan.

The governor, who was represented by Prof. Daud Shangodoyin, the state Commissioner for Education, said that his administration appreciated quality academic culture and would not do anything to hinder its development.

“My administration is determined to salvage the education sector from its doldrums.

“The problem facing education is multifaceted, but we are prepared, more than ever before, to confront the problem and make the state a model educational state to be emulated by others in terms of quality personnel engaged in academic activities at all levels.

“The budget recently presented to the state House of Assembly has given education the highest allocation of 22 percent, hence we hope that Oyo State will bounce back as the leading educational state and fountain of knowledge setting the pace for others.

“To ensure the accreditation of all your courses, the sum of N200 million was approved and released to your institution with the hope that the money would be spent judiciously and accreditation of all listed courses secured.

“We have also approved a sum of N100 million in the 2020 budget for the execution of capital projects in the institution. All these, from the records available to me, have not happened in the institution in the last 10 years,” he said.

The governor noted that the major challenge in tertiary institutions in the country was electricity, saying this had hampered learning and researches.

He, however, said it was imperative to end the parity between university and polytechnic education in Nigeria as was done in the United Kingdom.

Shangodoyin, who spoke in his capacity as the commissioner for education, said government would do its best to take the institution to an enviable position.

“This institution should be repositioned, not to maintain a fourth position among its peers, but to be the foremost polytechnic nationally and globally, taking the lead role in technological education,” he said.

The commissioner alluded to the cordial working relationship with the unions and the staff, expressing the hope that it would translate into improved level of performance in promoting the status of the institution.

He, however, charged the graduands to think of survival strategies in view of the challenges in the labour market and come up with solution with the training and education acquired from the institution.

In his address, the institution’s Rector, Prof Kazeem Adebiyi, stated that the support received from the governor had helped in making appreciable progress.

He noted that the institution’s management had given priority to the welfare of members of staff and students and had promoted peace among students, especially in the area of unionism.

“The world has become a global village and this institution cannot afford to be left out in terms of upgrade of its teaching facilities, both human and physical, as well as the by-products of teaching, which are the students,” he said.

The rector said that all hands must be on deck to ensure quality education at the tertiary level.

He charged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the institution.

“The institution has trained you, not only to use your brains, but more importantly, your hands. Due to the nature of your training, you are job creators, not job seekers,” Adebiyi said.

In his valedictory speech, Abdulganeey Olayiwola, the overall best graduating student of the institution from the Department of Applied Chemistry, urged his colleagues to continue to work hard and pray to achieve their goals in life.

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Sandamu LEA records 85 % increase in school enrollment–Official

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Sandamu (Katsina state) Dec 13  2019 Sandamu Local Education Authority (LEA) in Katsina State  said that it had jerked up pupils’enrollment into primary and JSS schools by 85  per cent, from the initial 65 per cent recorded in 2018.

Malam Aliyu Tukur, the council’s Education Secretary, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Sandamu on Friday.

He said the “dramatic increase“ in enrollment cut across all the existing 55 primary schools and JSS schools in the area.

“Even the Girl-child enrollment has moved to 80 per cent from the previous 50 per cent,” he said.

Tukur attributed the development to the recently introduced home grown school feeding programme under which 7,500 pupils were registered for the free feeding programme.

He also attributed the feat to the efforts of the School Based Management Committee (SBMC), parent teachers association (PTA), traditional, religious and community  leaders in the area.

The education secretary commended the state government for renovating 20 primary schools and constructing additional classrooms across the eleven existing electoral wards.

He also lauded the efforts of the state government and UNICEF for drilling 45 boreholes and construction of toilets across some of the primary and JSS schools, stressing.

“This positive initiative has seriously improved water supply in our schools.“

He said out of the 580 teachers deployed to the area, no fewer than 400 of them had been promoted to the next grade levels while 45 of them released for further studies.

According to him, the move would motivate the teachers to performed effectively.

“We also commend the National Primary Education Commission (NPEC) for constructing a six-classroom school at Keru village to increase access to education.”

Nigeria News Agency reports that Sandamu LEA had recently received delivery of 6,300 units of pupils books from the world bank under its better education for all programme called (BESDA)

Edited by: Dada Ahmed

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Don tasks Nigerian graduates on human capital devt.

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Prof. Ayobami Ojebode, a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, on Thursday urged Nigerian graduates to invest in themselves through human capital development and creativity for a better life.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Ojebode stated this at the 34th edition of the convocation lecture of The Polytechnic, Ibadan.

Ojebode, who spoke on the topic, ‘The Dream, Challenges and Reality of the Contemporary Nigeria for Fresh graduates,’ said graduates must be well informed and harness technology to their advantage.

He highlighted the challenges and reality of the economic situation in the country, adding that the present administration’s policy if well implemented will bring succour in the long run.

The Economic Recovery Plan of President Muhammadu Buhari administrati, on is envisioned to have the potential of leading to better economic performance under certain conditions, with emphasis on industrialisation and agricultural development.

The Economic Recovery Growth Plan may on the long run impact and protect the economy from the shocks it experiences as the prices of crude oil undulate. There is hope, but then there are also apprehensions,” he said.

Ojebode enumerated effectsn of unemployment on some of who are personality

He urged employers in the country to stop complaining about the poor quality of the Nigerian graduates but to invest in graduate training.

Employers and potential employers must come out that exploitative illusion and begin to invest in graduate training.

Expecting graduates to serve your organisation without an in-house training is like trying to reap where you did not sow.

Graduates are like hardware computers; sound and strong as a computer may be, it does not begin to run  your staff salary programmes or your results computation the moment you buy it,” Ojebode said.

The don however charged graduates to fully prepare and develop themselves so that the labour market would become a true market, where people of equal status meet.

He said “We should work towards a labour market that empowers job seekers to negotiate and make choices, that is what a true market is and that is what our national labour dream should be, not just about fighting for minimum wage.”

Ojebode said graduates should maximize the use of their smartphones to create opportunities for themselves.

“To survive this reality of contemporary Nigeria, the graduate must be well informed: what do you do with your phone beyond idle chat and online gossip about politicians and popstars? What newspaper are you reading?

“Despite all I have said about our politicians, how many people here know that the Federal Government of Nigeria has a business support project reputed to be among the most transparent in recent times?

I am referring to the GEM project which has transferred millions in Grant’s to over 950 businesses. How many know of the Tony Elumelu Foundation giving out millions of naira to young people who can demonstrate creativity and serious mindedness.

“Right this week, that Foundation awarded about 1.7 million naira each to 2,100 young people as grants to start their own businesses. “And, this is just one of the several foundations in Nigeria doing such things,” Ojebode said.

(Edited by: Mufutau Ojo)
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