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Northern States Working On Reviving Almajiri Schools To Reduce Out Of School Children

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After being abandoned for years, Almajiri schools and those to cater for out-of-school children, OSC, are being revived in Oyo and Osun states, checks by our correspondents have revealed.
The Almajiri education has been part of the culture of the people in Northern part of the country, and the influx of people from that part of the country to other areas necessitated the setting up of the schools across the country.
The Almajiri schools were part of the education policy of the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
Oyo State government has decided to key in into the system to improve on the standard set by the National Policy on Education and subsequently attain education for all.
In Oyo State, the hope of the Almajiris and street hawkers has been rekindled, as the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA), implemented in the state, would soon see them attracted to schooling, while over 5,000 out-of-school children have been added to the enrolment number in the state’s public primary schools.
The Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Nureni Adeniran, further said in an interview that the state had identified centres across 21 local government areas in the state where Almajiris and hawkers would be trained, pointing out that the centres would become operational as soon as training of teachers to man the centres is concluded.
He expressed the readiness to put into use BESDA take-off grant towards educating the out-of-school children in identified local government areas and ensure their retention in schools.
He said: “Despite all the hiccups, I strongly believe that the essence of BESDA, which is to effectively take all the out-of-school children off the streets and draw them back to schools, will be accomplished in Oyo State.”
Expressing displeasure with the outrageous number of out-of-school children in the state, Adeniran stated that the government would ensure that a total of 62, 733 hawkers were taken back to school, while 107, 803 Almajiris would be taken off the streets in the Oke-Ogun region of the state.
Also in an interview, Head, Coordination Support Team, BESDA, Mallam Iro Umar, said, “Oyo State has a good team to implement BESDA project. BESDA has what it takes to drive the programme to a fruitful end.”
He disclosed that the state government would receive an initial BESDA grant of $3 million to kick off the programme in Ona-ara, Kajola, Surulere, Saki West, Akinyele, Olorunsogo, Iseyin, Saki East, Oyo West, Ogbomosho South, Ogbomosho North and Iwajowa, Ogo-Oluwa, Ibadan South East, Oriire, Oluyole, Afijio, Oyo West, Ibadan South East, Egbeda, Oreloope, Ibarapa Central and Ibadan North East.
In Osun State, the structure put in place by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration in the state capital has been taken over by an Islamic school.
The school, after commissioning has never been put to use.
However, when Vanguard visited the Akede Iyaloja area, where it was sited, it has been converted to an Islamic school.
The sign post on the school read Zumratul-mumeen school, while the dress adorned by the children is different from those used by other public schools in the state.
When contacted, the Executive Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Board, Adeoye Bakare, said the Almajiri education was up and running across the state.
According to him, “the system is under the Universal Basic Education Board and is majorly for the Fulani children but the regular pupil can also join the classes.
“The Almajiri education system has not been abandoned, it will be difficult to access school at this time due to the ravaging coronavirus pandemic. You should also know that it is under the supervision of the Universal Basic Education. But I am very sure it is functional.”
SOURCE: vanguardngr.com

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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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