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Nationwide there is an astonishing amount of girls that are not a formal education.

On Thursday, February 1, 2018, the Director-General of the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) Prof. Lilian Salami has stated that over 5.5 million school-age girls are out of school in Nigeria.

Salami said this during the opening ceremony of a 5-day 2018 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) training for head teachers and policymakers on girl education at the headquarters of the institute in Ondo State.

“The education sector is bedeviled with a lot of challenges, revealing that “one-third of all girls are out of school in Nigeria, amounting to over 5.5 million school-age girls, not in school.”

Salami also said that “Net enrolment rates for girls at primary level are 5% lower than for boys; gross enrolments at junior secondary school level follow this trend. Both figures hover around 50%. This falls far short of the targets SDGs.”

She added that data reveals very little progress in universal access to primary schooling in the last decade.

Salami listed series of factors militating against the achievements of the continental and global goals to include, “Gender disparities in access to basic education are compounded by interrelated regional, wealth and residence inequalities in access and completion.”

Salami noted that the stakeholders are being trained on the SDG agenda to ensure quality education and opportunities for lifelong education for all.

She said that the agenda lays particular emphasis on the need to ensure that all girls and boys enjoy a full, free and quality primary and secondary education.

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In a release signed by Okorocha’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo on Monday, the Southeast leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress has endorsed Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State as the leader of the Southeast Zonal Campaign Council of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid.

The APC South eastern leaders agreed to set up Buhari’s campaign organisation in the zone, with Okorocha as the leader, while similar structures would be set up in the other four south eastern states.

The release partly read, “The Southeast APC leaders have resolved that they would not allow the fate that had befallen APC in the zone in 2015 to repeat itself in 2019.”


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Funke Lasisi, a Dental Therapist with Federal Dental Technology, Enugu, has cautioned against the use of hard toothbrush, saying it can cause gum recession and damage the teeth. Lasisi told newsmen in Enugu on Thursday that hard toothbrush caused abrasion on the teeth due to pressure applied while brushing.

According to her, hard toothbrush causes mechanical wearing away of the teeth due to method of brushing. “It causes gum recession, thereby making the gum to go above normal level and exposes part of the tooth that ordinarily should not be exposed. “In the long run, you have shocking sensation on your teeth when you drink liquid or expose your teeth to breeze,” she said. Lasisi recommended toothbrush with soft texture for children and the aged and medium texture for adults. She explained that many people were ignorant of their oral health, pointing out that the mouth was the gateway to the body. The therapist stressed the need for people to visit a dentist twice a year or every six months to take care of their oral health. She added that “taking sweet things in excess like chocolates, sweets and carbohydrate damage the teeth unless you brush your teeth immediately after consumption to prevent decay. She also warned against using the teeth to open bottles, “Which some people do occasionally, as it cracks the teeth and makes them sensitive.”

Lasisi said dental therapy was a branch of dentistry that prevented tooth decay from occurring through scaling and polishing to remove biofilms and deposits from oral cavity. She noted that dental therapists should educate people on how to cater for their teeth and maintain oral hygiene.


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Do you remember a post on 26th of December, about a commercial bus cutting off the leg of a little girl following brake failure in Abakpa market Enugu? The young girl, who was crossing the road with her mum, got hit by a reckless driver, rendering much damage to one of her legs.

One of our writers Ebere Ngwu and some of her friends visited the little girl at the hospital with this update;


Hello everybody. At this moment @ammyflawless and I would love to use this opportunity to thank everybody who has contributed to the well fair of this little girl. Either by giving, reposting, broadcasting, calling, visiting etc. We say a Big Thank you. 
This is a rundown of the recent developments, I feel you all need to know since you've shown an act of care. You are entitled to every information.
Yesterday we visited the girl, I and a group of students from UNEC, thanks to @rachy_fidel. The little girl is doing very fine. Like I said in my previous post she's a very brave and Lively girl. After a chit chat with her father, according to him the doctors wanted to amputate the leg close to her thighs but they refused which led the doctors to cut from the part the leg broke, after some days it started affecting her, they went back and cut from below her knee, which was a dangerous act, after few days again they went back and finally heeded to the doctor's advice. For disobeying the doctor and going somewhere else to do the first operation the doctor had to charge them double before doing the last operation. A charge of N242, 000. Note, this payment is not the final hospital charge, it's like a deposit, thus after her treatment they will give them the final bill. Only God knows how much that one will cost. Please let's keep giving. Nothing is too small. Let's help this old man. 
Her dad's phone number: 08038779292

 Account number: 3085400028

Account name: Augustine Anymalu

Bank: First bank

 Hospital: Mother of Christ hospital Holy Ghost. 

This post is to solicit for funds on their behalf. Nothing is too big or too small. Even after the treatment they need money to sustain themselves. Even if you don’t have funds, visit them. Repost. If you have friends you think can help, reach out to them.

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Last night, the presidency released what it tagged a fact sheet of the various herdsmen attack and how the Federal government has responded to all the attacks. The presidency stated that it is incorrect and unkind to allege that the attacks by the herdsmen happen because President Buhari is Fulani. Read the fact sheet below

"Insinuations and allegations that the attacks and killings are happening because President Buhari is Fulani are both unkind and incorrect. These attacks long predated the Buhari Government. In 2013 no fewer than nine cases of herdsmen attacks were recorded in Benue State alone, with more than 190 people killed. In 2014 there were no fewer than 16 recorded attacks, in Benue, which claimed more than 230 victims. Between January and May 2015, six attacks left more than 300 people dead, again in Benue State alone: See here and here for examples.

This historical context is important for a proper understanding of the issue, and to avoid unnecessarily politicizing what should be regarded and dealt with as acts of criminality. These attacks have been a longstanding issue, and successive governments have struggled to contain the situation.

The Buhari Administration is more than fully committed to bringing the cycle of violence to an end, prosecuting the attackers, and preventing further killings and attacks. The security agencies have standing instructions to arrest and prosecute any and all persons found with illegal arms.

Federal Interventions

The recent killings in Benue and Taraba States have elicited the following Federal responses:

1. President Buhari has met with the Governor of Benue State on the matter, to assure him of the Federal Government’s commitment to protecting farmers and communities.

2. President Buhari has directed the Inspector General of Police to relocate to Benue State.

3. On Monday January 8, 2018, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, convened a security meeting on the issue, bringing together Federal and State government officials: Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Heads of security agencies, and the Governors of the most affected States: Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa, and Taraba.

4. On Wednesday January 10, 2018, the IG held a Stakeholders engagement with the Benue State Government, elders, community, religious and traditional leaders etc

5. Since the first week of January, immediately following the January 1 attacks, the Inspector General of Police has deployed the following to the affected areas:

· Ten (10) Units of PMF
· Police Special Forces
· Counter Terrorism Units
· Conventional Policemen.
· Police Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD)
· Special Police Joint Intelligence and Investigation Teams
· Police Aerial Surveillance Teams (Police Helicopters)

6. The Nigerian Army has deployed Special Forces to Benue, Taraba, and Nasarawa States.

7. In Benue State, eight (8) suspected herdsmen are in Police custody over the recent killings, and are currently being prosecuted.

8. The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is working to establish cattle colonies across the country, in 2018. These colonies will provide grass and water for the cattle and education and healthcare facilities for herders. They will also have Agro-Rangers deployed to secure the facilities.



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The North West Zone of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has dispensed over 2,000 litres of petrol free to motorists in Kaduna.

The fuel was found hoarded at SUL Nigeria Limited filling station at Rigachikun.

According to Ibrahim Chiroma, Chairman of the DPR joint task force the marketer engages in selling the product to black market operators late at night and has been warned several times to no avail.

Chiroma said the joint task force with members drawn from all security agencies had no option than to confiscate the commodity and dispense it free to motorists.

He said the task force may dismantle the station’s service pumps as a stiffer sanction to serve as deterrent to other petroleum  marketers.

Chiroma stressed that the measure was part of efforts to end the worsening fuel crises in the country. The DPR had earlier sold off 17,700 litres of petrol to motorists in Zaria and Kaduna found hoarded in three filling stations.

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The Nigerian Government had on Friday announced that it had commenced a review of the pricing template for petrol and insisted that the commodity would sell at N145 per litre. The marketers, however, said on Saturday that the Federal Government could retain the cost of petrol at N145/litre after reviewing the pricing template, but listed the conditions that will make this feasible for importers.

Speaking with Punch newspaper, the National Vice President, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Abubakar Maigandi, said that it was possible to review the pricing template for PMS and retain the cost of the commodity at N145/litre.

He said, “Yes, anything government says it wants to do on this issue can be considered possible because the minister had already outlined three conditions.

“The first condition has to do with regulation and the next is for the NNPC to sell at a given rate to marketers who will now add their margins, while the third is through forex (foreign exchange).

“So if the government can give forex to marketers, then automatically marketers can be able to sell at the rate of N145/ litre.

“So whether the template is reviewed or not, one major factor is the issue of forex. Currently, the dollar is about N365 and if the government can make it available to marketers at a rate of about N250, then marketers will be able to sell the product at the rate of N145/litre when they import.

“We hope that in the next 18 months our refineries will be in order, because that is what the minister said recently and he (Kachikwu) also said we are expecting other refineries to come on stream , like the Dangote refinery, as well as other modular refineries.

“But the truth is that as it is now , marketers cannot import petrol because of the cost of the commodity in the international market and the high forex rate.

“So we are expecting government to tell which of the listed conditions it will adopt so that this fuel crisis will end once and for all.”


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Christians in Ethiopia and Egypt are celebrating Christmas today. The birth of Jesus is a big deal for Coptic faithful around the world.

Most Egyptian Christians belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church and they have some very unique traditions for Christmas. Christmas Day isn't celebrated on the 25th December but on 7th January (like in Ethiopia and by some Orthodox Christians in Russia and Serbia). The Coptic month leading to Christmas is called Kiahk.

In Ethiopia, the celebration is referred to as Gena, and is usually a time Christians unite to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

‘‘It is a family-oriented holiday, but in some areas it is marked by traditional dancing or a hockey-like game called Yegenna Chewata, supposedly played by the local shepherds on the night Jesus was born. It is traditional to eat the national dish doro wot (chicken stew) over Gena.’‘

A town at the heart of the festivity is Lalibela – located in the northern Amhara State. The faithful gather around the rock-hewn churches amid the flood of foreign tourists who visit the country at this time.

Lalibela is famous for its monolithic rock-cut churches. It is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and a center of pilgrimage.

Many Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7. Among others, those in Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, neighbouring Egypt, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia and Maldova.

Coptic Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on January 7 according to the Julian calendar that pre-dates the commonly observed Gregorian calendar


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The Egyptian parliament has commenced processes to criminalize atheism in the predominantly Muslim north African country.

According to AfricaNews, a legislation proposed on the eve of 2017 Christmas was given consideration by the parliament on the eve of New Year’s Day. Under existing Egyptian laws, it is illegal to insult or defame any religion. Blasphemy arrests carry a conviction of up to five years. The new development if approved means just refusing to believe in God could be punishable by law.

The proposal was championed by head of the parliament’s committee on religion, Amro Hamroush who stated that lack of belief in God was an insult to the Abrahamic religions – Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

“It must be criminalized and categorized as contempt of religion because atheists have no doctrine and try to insult the Abrahamic religions,” Hamroush said on Decemebr 24 when announcing the proposed law.

Reports indicate that the move has the backing of the country’s highest Islamic religious institution, the Al Azhar. In defense of the law, an Azhar official said it was necessary ‘to punish those who have been seduced into atheism.’

Egypt along with Mauritania, Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia were African nations listed in a 2017 report as being places were blasphemy and apostasy laws carry the death penalty.

Completing the list are: Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

But founder and leader of an U.S. based rights group challenges the proposed law. Ani Zonneveld says even Islam in an of itself did not criminalize atheism quoting a Quranic verse to back her position.

“This criminalization of atheism contradicts the very essence of the Quran, verse 2:256, ‘There is no compulsion in faith,‘” she further describing the legislation as “anti-Islam.”


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A Cairo criminal court sentenced former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and 19 others to three years in prison and fined him 2 million Egyptian pounds ($112,700) on charges of insulting the judiciary.

Others tried by the court in the same case including leading Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah and lawmaker and television presenter Tawfik Okasha were instead given fines ranging from 30,000 to 1 million Egyptian pounds.

The verdicts can still be appealed.

Mursi, democratically elected after Egypt’s 2011 revolution, was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, now the president, following mass protests against his rule.

He was immediately arrested and is now serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted of inciting the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012 and a 25-year sentence for spying for Qatar.

SOURCE: Africa News 


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