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3m Children Denied Access To Education In North East – NGO

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The Chief Executive Officer of Save The Children, Norway, an International non-governmental organization, Mrs. Tove Wang has revealed that over 3 million children in the North Eastern states of Adamawa, Maiduguri and Yobe are currently denied access to education, adding that Nigeria is faced with an emergency rooted in opposition to western education.

his is even as she noted that 80 percent of displaced children in the region living in host communities have little or no access to education, saying that Nigeria need $1bn to resolve humanitarian crisis as highlighted in the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for Nigeria.

Wang who stated this in Abuja yesterday while briefing newsmen on Humanitarian Crisis in North East stressed that the forthcoming humanitarian conference on the crisis in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region billed to take place in Oslo, Norway on February 23rd and 24th 2017 would focus on three key issues in Nigeria such as food security and nutrition; protection and access to education.

According to her, “The donor conference will bring together civil society organizations, the United Nations, donors and affected countries’ governments with the aim of drawing attention to the crisis and increasing financial support.

She said that before the insurgency started in 2009 73 percent of children aged between 5-16 never attended school in Borno state adding that literacy rate were as low as 28 percent across the North eastern states compared to 52 percent for the entire Nigeria.

Wang further disclosed that about 450,000 children would suffer acute malnutrition in North East while 300,000 of such children would come from Borno state stressing that United Nations crisis response plan is targeted about 7million people.

“We are teaching numeracy, literacy and life skills as part of our Early Childhood Care and Development program for younger children in five locations across both camps and host communities, though we plan to enroll 1000 children between 3 to 5 years old but almost 2000 have come.”

She noted that federal government and international community must ensure that children’s future are not ruined even as she expressed optimism that the Minister of Education would have the political will to send children back to school.

Also speaking, the Country Director of Save the Children, Mr. Ben Foot said his organization has a global agreement with UNICEF to coach the sector group educationally, noting that federal government led the process of developing the 2017 humanitarian response plan.

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Tinubu Visits Sanwo-Olu, Says “I’m Still The Jagaban”

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Tinubu Visits Sanwo-Olu, Says “I’m Still The Jagaban”

 

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State and National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress on Saturday paid a courtesy visit to the governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Tinubu, in his visit to the governor, stated that contrary to false news making the rounds, he did not travel to France, adding that he is still the Jagaban.

He also denied rumours that his son Seyi was kidnapped or chased out of his residence outside the country, emphasizing that nobody can chase him or his family out of Lagos.

The former governor’s visit comes after the infamous shooting of unarmed protesters in Lekki area of the state.

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Air Force Intervenes, Slams Policemen For Shooting At A Crowd (Video)

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Air Force Intervenes, Slams Policemen For Shooting At A Crowd (Video)

A viral video has captured moment soldiers of the Nigeria Air Force intervened and slammed some policemen for shooting at a crowd.

Air Force slammed Policemen

The incident which occurred at a yet to be identified venue showed some men of the Nigeria Air Force calling on officers of the Nigeria police to cease fire.

In the videos also, residents were seen running helter-skelter while soldiers used a megaphone to call for calm. “Stop shooting, the Air Force are here”, the soldiers could be heard screaming.

However, the policemen appeared reluctant in taking orders from the soldiers until one of them showed proof of his rank by pointing to the stars on his shoulder.

The soldier also warned that if they refuse to ceasefire, he would charge them and their headquarters for inciting violence.

The officer who spoke on behalf of the Air Force then commanded the policemen to move their van behind theirs so the Army would serve as a buffer between them and the crowd.

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#EndSARS: Hoodlums vandalize Senator Gershom Bassey’s family house in Calabar

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#EndSARS: Hoodlums vandalize Senator Gershom Bassey’s family house in Calabar

Senator Gershom Bassey’s resident has been vandalized and looted by hoodlums rampaging the streets of Calabar.

Information Nigeria gathered that the hoodlums overpowered the security men attached to the property.

 

This is in spite of the  24 hours curfew declared in Cross River state.

Some of the buildings already vandalised include the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office along Marian Road, Cross River State Transport Regulatory Agency (CRTRA) office and banks along Mayne Avenue and 8-Miles Calabar.

Federal institutions like the Ministry of Agriculture, Cross River Basin Authourity, and Federal Psychiatric Hospital were also vandalized.

Houses belonging to some politicians were not spared. Some of those affected include Senators Gershom Bassey and Victor Ndoma Egba. Bassey’s houses located at Mayne Avenue by White and the one at Asari Iso were looted and burnt.

Egba’s house located within the same Asari Iso axis was also vandalized.

To restore normalcy, military personnel have reportedly taken over major streets.

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