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Elrufai to establish children’s parliament as Lagos checks school drop-out

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Governor Nasiru Elrufai has asked the state Commissioners for Human Services and Social Development and that of Justice to draft a Legal and Administrative framework for the establishment of the Children’s parliament.

He stated this when he received a delegation of pupils from Kaduna State public Schools in commemoration of this year’s Children’s Day Celebration held at government House.

Governor Elrufai said the legal framework will define who should be a member of the parliament, and its duration, among others.

Governor Elrufai expressed hope that the parliament will be inaugurated before he leaves office and to enshrine it in the state laws to become part of the Kaduna State legal system.

“Because we love to have your input as we debate policy”

The Governor also revealed that Kaduna State is one of the few states in Nigeria that consistently Budget at least forty percent of its total budget every year to improve the lives of children.

He said the government spent 540 naira per percent of students in a day on feeding in boarding Secondary Schools, stressing that when he came as a governor it was 21 naira per day.

The Child Protection Specialist of UNICEF, Kaduna Field office Dr Wilfred Mamah said Kaduna State has achieved a lot in terms of law, implementation and education.

Earlier, The Advocacy and Communication Coordinator, Save the Children International, Hajiya Murjanatu Kabir appreciated the governor for his efforts at improving the lives of children.

For the Children here” We have heard all the presentations you have made and we heard the most interesting part requesting the government to support you to amplify your voices by engaging you in decision makings.

She also commended the Ministry of Human Services and Social Development for ensuring that all children are supported, learning, protected and they are surviving.

During the visit, the students made several requests to the Kaduna State government aimed at improving the lives of children in every aspect.

Lagos Adopts Comprehensive School Model To Check Drop-Out Syndrome

In a bid to empower students with requisite skills for a self-reliant future, the Lagos State government says it has commenced a comprehensive school programme for secondary school students in twelve Schools.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who made this known in Ikeja at a parade and rally to mark this year’s Children’s Day explained that the  Comprehensive School model aims to provide an opportunity for students to learn a range of vocational skills alongside the normal school curriculum as the students are selected based on vocation and skills interest.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folasade Jaji, Governor Sanwo-Olu announced that his administration intends to increase the schools to 50 before the end of the year and urged children not to toy with their education, but to strive hard to make their parents and the entire State proud.

“Our administration is desirous of empowering students with requisite skills for a self-reliant future by providing a suitable path for them based on their skill competence.

We recognize the role education plays in ensuring a better future for our children. We have also intensified efforts through the Project Zero Programme to curb the rate of out-of-school children and bring them back to school as our administration has zero tolerance for Out of School Children.

The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo who noted that students in the State have continued to distinguish themselves in national and international competitions winning several laurels and trophies for the State acknowledges the role of teachers in mentoring these children and commended parents and guardians for being good role models.

Buhari reaffirms commitment to prioritize welfare of Nigerian child

President Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed the commitment of his Administration to continue to prioritize the welfare and protection of the Nigerian Child.

President Buhari gave this assurance at a ceremony to mark the 2022 children’s day celebration with the school children at the Old Parade Ground in Abuja.

Addressing the children on the occasion, President Buhari represented by the FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Musa Bello said his Administration had initiated and implemented a series of Programmes to enhance the welfare of children across the country.

President Buhari highlighted part of these Programmes to include the inauguration of a campaign to end child marriage, as well as school feeding programmes to encourage more enrollment of out of school children.

President Buhari who also used the medium to task State Governments and other stakeholders on the domestication of the child right act of 2003, stressed the need for all out of school children to be off the streets.

“I call on all States to domesticate and effectively implement the Child Rights Act, 2003 and the VAPP Act, 2015; remove our children from the streets and enroll them in schools both formal and informal…put a framework in place to ensure children access justice…I urge all Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Civil Society Organizations, non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, international partners, religious leaders, traditional leaders, the media, the private sectors, the teachers and most importantly parents to collectively renew our commitment to protect our children from all forms of violence in our homes. Buhari said.

President Buhari who further assured that the Government would not relent at ensuring the containment of violence against children commended the Nigerian teachers for their tenacity and zeal in imparting the children.

The Minister of State for FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijani Aliyu Represented by the Secretary Social Development Secretariat, Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed Kabir called on parents and teachers to always give the right counsel and guidance to their children to enable them to develop good morals.

On her part, the Minister of Education represented by the Director, Education Support Service, Dr Lydia Giginna who stressed the need for issues affecting children to be on the front burner, called for more technological support for the Nigerian Child to position them for global competitiveness.

Some Nigerian students who spoke with Radio Nigeria unanimously identified epileptic power supply, inadequate water, and insufficient bathrooms and toilets in most boarding schools as some major challenges facing most students, appealed to the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency address the water and electricity challenges across public schools nationwide.

For Mercy Pepple, teachers’ welfare should be prioritized and well trained to avoid transferring their aggression to innocent students.

She also advocated for the provision of updated textbooks on all subjects in school bookshops at affordable prices across the federation.

The Programme organized by FCTA in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs featured special songs on Unity and the presentation of trophies to schools that emerged winners in the march past competition from Primary, Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary school categories.

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PVC: Gov. Matawalle declares one-week public holiday

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The Governor of Zamfara State, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle has declared next week Monday to Friday, (June 20th to 24th, 2022) as work free week to enable the State’s public and civil servants to go to their respective localities and obtain their Permanent Voter Cards, (PVC).
The Governor directed all the commissioners, Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries, other public office holders, party officials and traditional rulers to monitor and supervise the ongoing Voter Registration exercise.

This was contained in a press statement signed and issued to newsmen in Gusau, the State capital by the State’s commissioner for information, Hon. Ibrahim Magaji Dosara.
According to the statement, every person above the age of 18 is expected to be part of the exercise, saying that it was their constitutional right to elect their leaders.

Governor Matawalle appealed to the general public to participate in the exercise so that they would not complain later.

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Taraba retirees protest against non-payment of gratuity

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The Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) Taraba State Council has called on the state government to ensure prompt payment of all entitlements of its members as well as enrollment of all local government retirees in the state.
The state Chairman of the Union, Comrade Kefas Katan stated this at a World Press Conference held on Friday at the NUP Headquarters in Jalingo, the state capital.
He explained that the backlogs of gratuity for retired civil servants in the state are estimated at over N30billion.
The Chairman said the briefing was a replication of the one conducted on the 1st June 2022 in Abuja by the National President of the Union, Mazi Godwin.
Comrade Kefas Katan said retirees in Taraba State are facing numerous challenges due to the non-enrollment of many of its members into the scheme.
Reporting by Sani Suleiman; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare

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Buhari inaugurates council on e-Governance

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President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will continue to take advantage of digital technologies to transform every sector of the economy.

He stated this in Abuja while inaugurating the Presidential Council on Digital Economy and E-government.

The President tasked members of the council to work towards strengthening the capacity of government to develop, adopt and deploy digital technologies to make government more efficient and transparent, thereby improving Nigeria’s global standing in the ease of doing business index.

He noted that the council would provide the oversight needed to bring about a veritable structure for accelerating achievements in digital economy and in the implementation of e-government.

The President enjoined members of the Council to consider the task as a national assignment and justify the trust reposed in their ability to support and significantly enhance the digital transformation in the country.

He said the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, NDEPS, in 2019, and expansion of the mandate of the Ministry of Communications to include Digital Economy had brought significant progress and a number of unprecedented achievements.

President Buhari expressed delight that the approval of the National Policy on Virtual Engagements for Federal Public Institutions had helped to formalize government online meetings.

He said Nigeria’s progress in e-governance had been noted by the international community, eliciting recognition from international stakeholders, including the appointment of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy as the Chairman of the 2022 Forum of the highly regarded World Summit of the Information Society.

While congratulating the Minister, the President acknowledged that the Ministry had partnered with the Korea International Co-operation Agency to develop a National E-government Master Plan, approved by FEC in August 2019.

He listed benefits from the partnership to include training of over 1,400 Nigerian public servants in both Nigeria and South Korea on e-governance, the launch of an e-Government Training Centre, handed over to the Federal Government in 2019, and the signing-off of Phase II of the E-government Project for Building Foundations Towards Digital Governance in Nigeria, 2020-2026.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami, had noted that the launch of NDEPS made provision for the establishment of the Presidential Council to co-ordinate the development of an indigenous digital economy.

He said the recent auction of spectrums by the Ministry, generated over 400 percent revenue to the Federal Government coffers, while two virtual institutions established by government had trained some 500,000 Nigerians on digital and emerging technologies.

The 27-man committee, chaired by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami, on behalf of President Buhari, has Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Governors of Gombe, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Edo, Lagos, and Imo, as members.

Others are the Ministers of Finance, Industry, Trade and Investment, Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone Limited.

Others are Managing Director, Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited, and the Director General, National Identity Management Commission.

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