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Through its Country Representatives in Nigeria, United Nations (UN) yesterday warned the Federal Government of the consequences of the attacks on schools by Boko Haram/ISWAP insurgents and abductions of pupils by gunmen.

The UN officials were joined by major stakeholders in the education sector and civil society organisations, who also condemned the attacks that have affected hundreds of children in a number of states.

They described the attacks as threat to Nigeria’s future and urged the government halt the trend.

The stakeholders, who lauded the efforts of the government, especially in the Safe School declaration and other areas, called on the federal and state governments to do more to protect schools and ensure an uninterrupted teaching and learning in safe and conducive environment.

These were the highlights of messages at the anniversary of the United Nations International Day to Protect Education from Attack.

The day was celebrated with a virtual roundtable discussion organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund and Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA).

Those who spoke at the event, included National Universities Commission (NUC) Executive Secretary Prof Peter Okebukola, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria Peter Hawkins, NIIA Director-General, Prof. Eghosa Osaghae, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Sunday Echono; Vice-Chancellor, Army University, Biu, Borno State Prof Kyari Mohammed among others panelists.

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Prof Okebukola, who was chairman of the event, said participants noted that it was a disgrace at the ease with which insurgents gain access to our schools, calling for mobilisation of government and the citizenry to stem the tide.

He said: “We have to equip our military even as we cut supply and logistics to the insurgents attacking our schools. We must use education to prevent education from attack.

“We must take extreme counter-measures to mobilise everything that we have to take the battle to them. Funding of our schools and support for traumatised schools are also key. We must train school personnel on intelligence gathering.”

Attacks on schools threaten Nigeria’s future – UN

NIIA Director-General Prof. Eghosa Osaghae said it is very obvious that education in the past, present and the future holds the key to unlocking the destinies and potentialities of all societies.

He said: “The investment in education, expectations, perceptions and all of the things that education draws to itself will make it an object of not only contestation but also an object of interest.

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“Even as formidable as it is, it remains one of the most vulnerable on the values of our societies. Societies have always identified and recognised the dangers in educational institutions.

“Safety first is very key to the establishment, to the institutionalisation but most of all, the physical manifestations of the places of learning.

“So, all over the world, these are supposed to be places of safety. The school environment is guarded with even specialised arms of police in manageable environments. In most recent past, we have come under enemy attack, which has been targeted at our schools.”

The NUC boss said in a personal speech: “My desire is that we raise public awareness. It is not that the public is not aware but we want to raise it from where it is today to higher heights so that all stakeholders in education which includes everyone in Nigeria for everyone across the globe to be more alert to the fact that education is the key to unlock natural resources.”

“It is also the antidote to poverty and ignorance. It is at the heart of development of countries. So, we are not going to sit here today to bemoan our situation but we are going to raise awareness as we indicate roles the government will play because it’s quite easy for people to carry a basket of blames and shift it on the government.”

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Hawkins said: “The world is going through crisis with constant attacks on schools and learning for young people, which is the basis for future of any country and society. We estimate that 1, 436 children have been kidnapped, 17 teachers and in the process of that kidnapping 16 children have lost their lives. Last academic year, about 1.3 million children had their learning interrupted due to insecurity. The cost of the disruption to the country is $3.4 billion.”

Mohammed said: “Insecurity remains Nigeria’s number one problem as at today. This is manifested in the Boko Haram insurgency, the ravaging crime and criminality in the Northwest and throughout Nigeria. Agitations in every region have stressed the Nigerian state, particularly the security apparatus deployed.”

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria Mr. Edward Kallon, noted that attacks on schools are a direct attack on the future generation.

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PUNCH News Headlines For 16th September, 2021

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PUNCH News Headlines For 16th September, 2021 As Listed By Chrysora Media

We will welcome Jonathan if he defects – APC

We will welcome Jonathan if he defects – APC

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THE All Progressives Congress on Wednesday said it would welcome former President Goodluck Jonathan should he decide to join the party.
It also said he, like every other new entrant, would enjoy the rights and privileges extended to all members of the party irrespective of date of joining.
National Secretary of the party, Senator John Akpanudoedehe said this while answering questions on a Channels Television Political Programme, Politics Today.
In response to a question whether there was any truth in speculations that the party was wooing Jonathan to join….
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Pay death benefits, salary arrears, NARD tells FG
Pay death benefits, salary arrears, NARD tells FG
STRIKING members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors have said that they may shift ground on their ongoing strike that started on August 2 if they see signs that the Federal Government will honour agreements and clear some outstanding payments.
The outstanding payments the association is expecting the government to settle before they can consider ending the strike include death benefits of members who died during COVID-19 pandemic and salary arrears among others.
It was further learnt that the leadership of NARD and that of the Nigerian Medical Association would be meeting the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Friday in continuation of efforts to end the strike.
Our correspondent gathered that the issue of review of hazard allowance will feature prominently in the Friday meeting…..
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Twitter ban is not just about losing billions of naira
Twitter ban is not just about losing billions of naira
The Twitter ban in Nigeria by the Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) regime has stretched for more than 100 days, and the issue still comes up mostly as a matter of economic loss. When we focus on how much money Nigeria has lost due to the ban, we risk overlooking the crucial aspect of the regime’s persistence in maintaining an ill-advised policy. This is not to say the economic angle is insignificant; it is. According to NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool, an agency that tracks the economic impact of the disruption of internet activities, Nigeria loses an estimated $60m daily due to the Twitter ban. That is no mean sum. Even if Nigeria were to reverse the ban, we would never recoup that loss….
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Cult threat: Missing student, sister planned disappearance, says Caleb varsity
Cult threat: Missing student, sister planned disappearance, says Caleb varsity
Caleb University, Imota, Lagos State, has said its internal investigation and information obtained from chats between a missing student, Oluwanifemi Olajide, and his sister, Stella, showed that the student’s disappearance was planned.
PUNCH Metro on Wednesday reported that the student’s father, Oni Olajide, lamented that his son went missing while in the school.
He claimed that Oluwanifemi, a student of Computer Science at the institution, sent disturbing messages to his sister on WhatsApp suggesting that cultists were after his life.
Oni said the 21-year-old disappeared shortly afterwards, as he accused the varsity of not taking any action….
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Assembly okays Ganduje’s N4bn power, others’ loan request
Assembly okays Ganduje’s N4bn power, others’ loan request
THE Kano State House of Assembly has approved a request by the state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, to secure a N4bn loan facility for the completion of Tiga and Challawa electrification projects.
The House approved the request during its plenary on Wednesday.
Ganduje forwarded the request to the House via a letter which was earlier read on the floor by the Speaker, Hamisu Chidari.
The Majority Leader of the House, Labaran Madari, had moved a motion calling on his colleagues to take a critical look at the request and approve the same because of the enormous benefit it would bring to the populace…
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Second Edition Kaduna Schools Sports Festival Begins Next Week

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The Kaduna State Ministry of Sports Development has hinted that the second edition of the state’s Schools Sports Festival is expected to begin next weekend.

This was disclosed by the Director of Sports, Alhaji Yakubu Ibrahim during a meeting with zonal sports directors and top ministry staff to fine tune preparations for the sports festival.

Representing the Permanent Secretary, he said that already, they have prepared fixtures for the sports, which is expected to feature over 500 schools in the state.

“We have been given directives to start the competition immediately schools resumes.

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“By next week Saturday, we will start the second edition of the schools sports festival,” he assured.

According to him, they intended to have six events this time, against the four held in the first edition.

Second Edition Kaduna Schools Sports Festival Begins Next Week

He said the events to be held are however, limited to four, which are; football, volleyball, handball and athletics.

“We limited the events because we have so many activities coming up within this period, including the National Youth Games (NYG) and the Kaduna State Sports Festival,” he said.

He explained that school sports revitalisation is one of the core mandates of the ministry given by the Kaduna State Government.

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“This is one of the mandates given by his Excellency, the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai to the ministry. We would have done second edition last year, but COVID-19 prevented it,” he informed.

He was optimistic that this year, more schools are expected to feature.

“We have 12 educational zones. Last time we had 500 secondary schools that participated in 2019. This time, we will have more than that,” he said.

“The 2019 schools sports united so many of the participants, who at the end when they were seperating, were even shedding tears as a result of bonding they had during the games,” he said.

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The meeting had in attendance representatives from all the 12 educational zones in the state.

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University of Benin, Shut Down Over New N20,000 Charge

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Students have been asked to vacate hostels and the university premises not later then 12 noon on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

Authorities of the University of Benin (Uniben) have closed the institution with immediate effect.

On Tuesday, September 14, students of the university emptied into streets to protest the imposition of a N20,000 late registration fee by the institution.

The students also mounted road blocks at the entrance of the university’s main campus in Ugbowo, a course of action that affected free flow of traffic in and around the Benin metropolis.

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University of Benin, Shut Down Over New N20,000 Charge

A terse statement from the university reads as follows:

“The Vice Chancellor has reviewed the agitation by a section of the students’ body.

“After due consultation, and in the overall interest of the general students’ body, the vice chancellor has, on behalf of the senate, approved the closure of the university with immediate effect.

“This is based on security reports to avoid the students’ action being hijacked by hoodlums; and thereby prevent any form of breakdown of law and order within and outside the campuses of the university.

“Accordingly, all students are to vacate the hostels and the university premises not later than 12 noon on Wednesday 15th, September 2021.”

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Benjamin Egwu, President of the Student Union Government (SUG), had said that the decision to charge students N20,000 for late registration was in bad faith.

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