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1451 drop out of school returned to Academic field–MrMonday Ossasah

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Observing the focus on girl childs’ education and the African Center for Leadership, Strategy and Development in partnership with the Malala Fund, they have successfully enrolled 1451 children in school.

The 1451 children are from 3 Local Government Areas of Southern Adamawa State, which includes Numan 577, Song 360 and Maiha 514.

Mr Monday Ossasah said Centre LSD is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established under Nigerian laws to build strategic leadership for sustainable development in Africa.

“The vision of Centre LSD is an African society with strategic leadership and sustainable development. The Centre’s mission is to work with forces of positive change to empower citizens to transform society. The Centre is guided by the values of transparency and accountability; integrity; feminism; diversity; the dignity of the human person and Pan-Africanism.

“C-CAGE, therefore, was a special purpose vehicle for addressing the inhibiting factors of early marriages, poverty, insecurity, religious beliefs, cultural norms, and general apathy to girl child education in the State. The project also challenged systems and structures that over time exacerbated the challenge including patriarchy, mode of socialization, gender injustice, etc.” Osasah said

Monday assured that Centre LSD’s target in its proposal to Malala fund in terms of the number of out-of-schoolgirls it would work with to return to school within the life span of the project was 1,000.

“We are glad that today, 3 years down the line, the inhibiting factors are not only shifting, with the change in the narrative in the focal Local Government Areas of Numan, Song, and Maiha, but we are pleased to report that a lot of successes have come with the project including;

“Enrolment of 1,451 out of schoolgirls into secondary school from the 3 focal Local Government Areas of Numan (577), Song (360), and Maiha (514).

” Establishment of 25 safe spaces across the LGAs with 1072 Girls (in and out of schoolgirls) for the learning of basic numeracy and vocational skills

” Existence of functional registers of out-of-school children in the palac­es of our traditional rulers for regular and onward forwarding to schools.

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“The revitalization of the only girls’ school, Pare Girls in Numan LGA. The school sometime back had only 17 girls but all that is history because of this project – 111 students.

“Functional Malala-Centre LSD Education Committee in the 3 LGAs – campaigning and mobilizing for girl education.

” Improved economy of the young girls and their families due to skills training at the safe spaces.

“Seven of our girls in the safe spaces have written the West African Examination Council Examination and proceeded to write JAMB, giving them access to tertiary institutions of their choice (2 are currently enrolled in the Tertiary institution – Sa’adatu College of Health Technology and State Polytechnic Yola),” Monday said

Some traditional rulers and even class activists from the three local government supported the initiative of the organization in there remarks

 

 

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Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria (MAAUN) Kano plans to establish research centre  

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The Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria (MAAUN), Kano, is to establish a research centre as part of an effort to promote Research and Development

Already, the Founder of the University, Prof. Adamu Abubakar Gwarzo has started working towards securing a research grant of about $54 million.

The Vice President, Administration/ Registrar of MAAUN, Dr. Habib Awais Abubakar made the disclosure at a joint meeting with the representatives of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) held at MAAUN Kano conference Hall on Friday, 01 July, 2022.

The meeting was convened to discuss the scope of possible collaboration between MAAUN Kano and UTP.

Dr. Uwais said establishing the research centre is necessary so as to promote research development in the university as well as facilitate collaboration in research with other universities across the globe.

“Even though MAAUN Kano has its sister institution in Niger Republic established about nine years ago, the focus is here because we want to sustain the brand name of the university,” he said.

In his remarks, the President of MAAUN, Prof. (Dr.) Mohammad Israr said the collaboration, when established, would promote students exchange, faculty exchange as well as facilitate the promotion of Masters and PhD programs.

He stressed the importance of collaboration between universities and called on the representatives of UTP and to bring out the scope of the areas for possible collaboration between UTP and MAAUN during the next meeting scheduled for Monday, 4th July 2022.

Earlier in his presentation, Dr. Zakariyya Uba Zango, said the Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS which was established 23 years ago, runs programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

He explained that currently, the institution has over 6,000 undergraduates, 1,200

postgraduates and 1,200 students enrolled for remedial studies.

Dr. Zango added that the university had so far produced over 15,000 students since it was established in 1997.

According to him, UTP is one of the best universities in Malaysia and is ranked 361 and offers scholarships for undergraduates and postgraduates studies while students go to the university from across the world.

Dr. Zango, who took time to highlight the possible benefits the collaboration would offer when signed, said the institution has a research and development building which accommodates researchers adding that UTP had since 2010 secured a grant amounting to 588 million Malaysian ringgit.

The Meeting was attended by Engr. Bashir Garba who also stressed the importance of collaboration between universities across the world.

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Flooding: FCTA To Demolish Over 100 buildings Along Waterways , Commences Removal from Dutse Makaranta

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Flooding: FCTA To Demolish Over 100 buildings Along Waterways , Commences Removal from Dutse Makaranta

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has started demolishing more than 100 buildings built on waterways at Dutse Makaranta, a populated suburb in Bwari Area Council if the nation’s capital.

This is as a result of residents’ failure to heed all legal warnings regarding the valid devastating forecast on flooding disaster in Abuja.

The Administration said it could no longer wait for unwilling residents to comply with early warnings to save lives, after the destructive flooding that occurred in the community four days ago.

Comrade Ikharo Attah, Senior Special Assistant to FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, who led the demolition team to the community on Wednesday, stated that it would be extremely irresponsible for any administration to carry out the demolition.

He, however, expressed utmost disgust that occupiers and owners of the buildings on waterways in the community have deliberately refused to heed warnings, said the administration was welding the big stick to save lives, properties and environment.

He stated that it was an act of God that the heavy flooding that swept through the area four days did not leave any record of death, sparing the government of any careless social media backlash.

Attah explained that the owners and occupiers of the buildings on the waterways have been warned and asked to leave the area from the onset, but refused to comply, hence the forceful ejection.

He was particularly bittered that some  of the doomed buildings were a private school, churches where innocent children,  wards and worshipers would have been swept away, had the flooding occurred on working days or even during religious feast.

According to him: ” Today we are commencing a citywide operation against buildings sitting on water plains and riverbeds.Here in Dutse Makaranta, you could see heavy flooding, we thank God the rain fail on Sunday afternoon at about 1 and 2pm  when many had left the church and school was closed.  The water got to the window levels and members had fled.  The casualties here would have been extremely massive.

” Most persons in this area where out, only two men who where on their beds . When the water came onebof the walls to one of the buildings fell on the bed of one man and the man fled his house and packed everything quickly.

” We hope that this will send a strong message to all those who have been on water plains and corridors.

” We thank God that we did not loose any life here. But we wonder how people will put their buildings without a building plan approval and now they are telling us to try and understand.

” FCTA has marked the buildings from Foundation level, they have been warned to leave that this is a disaster zone. They kept marking at window and roofing levels, warning them to leave that flooding was coming, but they never believed”, he added.

A resident of the Community, Ibrahim  Shaibu confirmed that those affected by the demolition actually were aware that the area was prone to flooding, but ignored all warnings.

Shaibu who claimed he has lived in the community for about 20 years acknowledged that the flooding that occurred three days ago was unprecedented, but thanked God that no life was lost.

He claimed that the indigenous people should be blamed for whatever destruction the flooding has caused, as they have continued to resell the place after each demolition exercise.

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IPC kicks as police detain, arraign Wikki Times publisher, reporter

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PUBLISHER of online newspaper, Wikki Times, Haruna Mohammed, was detained after honouring an invitation by officials of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) of the Bauchi State Police Command on Monday.

He was detained alongside a reporter, Idris Kamal, over a report on the death of a politician in Bauchi State.

The ICIR gathered that after writing their statements at the SCIID, Mohammed was placed in a cell along with Kamal. It was learnt that the journalists were brutalised by other inmates in the cell.

Despite the presence of their lawyers, Mohammed and Kamal were detained for at least 10 hours before they were released.

The Investigating Police Officer (IPO) in charge of the case, Bilyaminu, however, told The ICIR that Mohammed is being investigated for publishing defamatory report concerning a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi.

The IPO denied reports that the journalists were beaten up in detention.

“Yes we are investigating the issue. They published something defamatory about the late APC chieftain here in Bauchi. They came in today, we are still trying to investigate the matter, I don’t know what you mean by rough-handled,” he said on Monday.

The ICIR also reached out to Ahmed Wakil, spokesman of the Bauchi State Police Command, on Monday. He promised to look into the matter and effect the immediate release of the journalists.

“I am presently not in the office, but I am heading back now. If this is true I will do everything possible to see that he is released. I will take up the matter,” he said.

Wakil reached out to The ICIR about an hour later saying that Mohammed would be released in a matter of minutes and the journalists regained freedom shortly after. They were, however, asked to return on Tuesday for further interrogation.

Following their return on Tuesday, June 28, the journalists were arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Bauchi where they were charged with criminal conspiracy, defamation of character and cyber stalking.

The court remanded them in custody till Wednesday, June 29.

The case is connected to a report published by Wikki Times on the sudden death of the APC chairman in the Bauchi Local Government Area of the state on May 18.

According to the report, the late APC Chairman, Hussaini Musa Gwaba, received series of threats before his death.

Wikki Times reported that Gwaba was considered as a threat by an APC member of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi, representing Bauchi Federal Constituency.

Abdullahi eventually filed a petition which led to the arrest and detention of the journalists.

Meanwhile, the International Press Centre (IPC) condemned the harassment and detention of the journalists in a statement released on Tuesday.

The IPC expressed concern over the incident and urged the police to desist from being used as objects of oppression.

“Since the petitioner alleged defamation, the Police should have in the first instance advised him to seek legal redress instead of illegally detaining the journalists for 10 hours on Monday, June 27, 2022 and subjecting them to physical and mental harassment in the process”, IPC Executive Director, Lanre Arogundade, said in the statement.

Heurged the police to ensure the safety of the journalists, adding that the rule of law regarding petitions should also apply with media professionals as with other citizens.

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