The aides to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, have enrolled 100 pupils into various primary schools in the Daura Emirate of Katsina State.
The Speaker’s aides, under the umbrella of Gbaja Professionals Volunteer Network, carried out the gesture as part of efforts in imbibing their principal’s virtue of giving back to the society.
The network, formed in September 2019, had organized similar interventions in Surulere, Lagos State, where thousands of students benefitted and did the same recently in commemoration of the Speaker’s 59th birthday where 38 out-of-school children among people with disabilities were enrolled into school at Karmajiji area of Abuja, among other outreach programmes.
Speaking at the occasion, which took place in Daura, the Chief of Staff to the Speaker, Alhaji Sanusi Garba Rikiji, said the enrollment was in line with Gbajabiamila’s vision of empowering the people in the area of education.
He said: “This is timely at this critical time of our nationhood where the challenge of insecurity is sending children out of school. The Speaker is a strong believer in one Nigeria. The Speaker is a highly patriotic man. The Gbaja Professionals have touched Nigerians at different locations.
“Today’s event is one of the laudable projects of the group, and it will not be the last in Daura as we shall continue. I urge the pupils to pay attention to their studies. Their parents should also pay attention,” he said, adding that a mechanism has been put in place to monitor their studies for possible rewards.
In a remark, the Katsina State Commissioner of Women Affairs, Hajiya Rabiat Muhammad Daura, who represented the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, said Government alone could not take care of all the needs of the people as she called on other Nigerians to follow the steps of the Speaker.
She said a gesture such as the enrollment of 100 pupils into schools is a welcome development as she urged both the parents and the pupils to justify the selection by the Speaker’s aides.
Member representing Daura/Mai-Adua/Sandamu Federal Constituency, Rep. Fatuhu Mohammed, who was represented by one of his aides, Alhaji Aliyu Haruna, thanked the Speaker for the love he has been showing the people of Daura.
He noted with delight how the Speaker visited Daura last year to commission some projects attracted by the lawmaker, expressing appreciation to the Speaker for creating the enabling environment for his aides to organize such a laudable programme in Daura Emirate.
On his part, the National Coordinator of Gbaja Professionals, Alhaji Lukman Lawal, who is the Special Assistant on Budget and Finance to the Speaker, emphasized the importance of education in the lives of children, whom he described as leaders of tomorrow.
He said the Speaker attaches high premium to education, as such, his aides have keyed into his vision and decided to organize the programme in Daura Emirate to ensure that out-of-school children have adequate access to education.
In a goodwill message, the Emir of Daura, Alhaji (Dr) Umar Farouk Umar, expressed appreciation to the Speaker for the gesture, which he said would go a long way in addressing the issue of out-of-school children in the emirate.
Represented by the Sardaunan Daura, Alhaji Awwal Farouk Umar, the Emir described the Speaker as ‘Bajabaja’ (a Hausa word for giving or having something in excess), adding that Gbajabiamila has proved himself to be a nationalist and patriot.
“We thank the Speaker for this gesture. All our representatives have been doing their best for our people. We thank you for this, Mr Speaker. We won’t hesitate to ask for more so that more of our children will be in school. We need more of your assistance in the area of education.”
There were goodwill messages from different personalities at the event including the director of finance and administration in Daura Local Government, Alhaji Lawal Samaila Doro, who said the people of Daura would never forget the gesture.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of school bags, books and other writing materials to the pupils, all of whom were adorned with their new school uniforms, sandals and white socks to match.
The delegation later paid homage to the Emir of Daura, Alhaji (Dr) Farouk Umar Farouk at his palace. The emir thanked and blessed the Speaker for the gesture, saying he would personally tell President Muhammadu Buhari about it.
FPI expels 3 students, withdraws 26 others
The authorities of the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State have expelled three students and withdrawn twenty-six others.
The expulsion and withdrawal according to the Public Relations Officer of the Institution, Omale Sule Sunday is in line with the Academic Regulations of the Federal Polytechnic Idah.
According to Sunday the three expelled students were found guilty of various acts of Examination Misconducts during the 2019/2020 2nd Semester Examinations.
He said the Academic Board approval for the withdrawal of the students follows the approvals of the 2019/2020 Second Semester Main/Carryover Examination Result and the Poor Performance of the affected students in the results.
Sunday explained that the withdrawn students cut across seven departments both at the National Diploma and Higher National Diploma levels.
The breakdown of theist list according to departments indicated that, Marketing Department had 7, Architectural Technology Department 1, Public Administration 1, Food Science and Technology 6, while Business Administration and Management Studies has 4.
SCI honors 23 Girl-Child Right Advocacy Club Members after a Farewell Debate
By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse
The Save the Children International (SCI) through INSPIRING project supported by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has honored 23 members of Girl-Child Right Advocacy Club of Kude Model Junior and Primary school in Dutse local government in Jigawa state.
The students were honored after a farewell debate organized by the SCI among the members at the school premises.
The participants and student spectators were awarded with different gift items
The debate with the topic: “who’s responsible for protecting the girl child right? Government or Parents? Saw the supporting class side defeating the opposing side by only 2.3 marks.
Speaking shortly after the debate Chief Party INSPIRING project represented by the child health specialist of SCI, Hajiya Mairo Y. Musa said, the debate was targeted at creating boldness for them to raise their voice during any attempt or case of girl-child abuse or molestation.
“This will make them advocates of child right especially girl-child and for more awareness on how to protect themselves against any attempt by who ever the person indiscriminately of the relationship.
She maintained that, the debate will also create awareness for the participants on antenatal and postnatal care, pneumonia, Malaria and cholera diseases.
According to her, it will give more enlightenment to the general public on how important girl child education is in the society as according to her ‘educating the girl-child is educating the entire family ‘.
Hajiya Mairo explained that, 23 girls whom are members of the club have graduated and were being honoured by the Save the Children with some gift items to encourage the younger ones.
The debate also highlighted on the importance of attending antenatal as well as how to avoid any Child molestation from bad people.
She urged parents to report any Child Abuse case to the relevant agencies for appropriate action.
While making his remarks, the Director quality assurance from the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB, Alhaji Hamisu Ilya assured that Jigawa state government will continue to provide free education for the girl-child in the state.
Alternate School’s program: National Steering Committee adopts report on work plan
The National Steering Committee on Alternate School Program (ASP) after a strategic work plan to ensure a hitch free take off and efficient administration of the Program has adopted the report.
The special adviser to the minister on media Nneka Nkem Anibeze in a statement issued on Tuesday said the presentation, consideration and adoption of the report took place on Tuesday during the 4th meeting of the committee held at the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation in Abuja.
She quoted the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq to have thanked the Technical Working Group for a detailed report which is expected to help reduce illiteracy as well as the number of Out-Of-School Children in the country.
Umar Farouq stated that the provision of operationalization modalities will go a long way in starting off the ASP.
“I want to appreciate the TWG team for a job well-done up to this point and we look forward to considering their output as a team for implementation.
“I feel it is appropriate to remind us all of what this programme seeks to achieve and why it is of such importance to Mr President. The partnership between the core MDAs at targeting the problem of Out-Of-School Children (OOSC) is brought about by the recognition that while Education is a pathway out of poverty, it remains elusive and inaccessible for some segments of vulnerable populations.
“Leveraging on the Ministry’s Social Investment Programmes, a platform is provided for those groups of the vulnerable poor to be able to take advantage of educational opportunities through the ASP and take a first step out of poverty in the long-term.
“While the programme in itself is well-intentioned, it is also ambitious. The very nature of OOSC populations, their size and rising numbers in Nigeria and the objectives of the ASP have determined that traditional approaches to educational programmes are challenged.
“I also thank members of the NSC for their continued patience and spirit of collaborative partnership that has encouraged dialogue and sharing of ideas. All members were invited for their unique value-add, and in considering the TWG presentation, I ask that we provide constructive comments to ensure the optimum implementation of the programme across the nation”.
Earlier while presenting the report, the Chairman of the Technical Working Group Dr Umar Bindir commended members of the group for their contributions in ensuring that the TWG presents a strategic document for the Alternate School Program.
“We have made our research and consultations and this report we have come up with will ensure that the crisis of Out-of -school-Children in the country will be become a thing of the past”.
Part of the report revealed that after the Alternate School Programme elapses, the children will be
on-boarded to traditional schools for further vocational skills acquisition, on-boarded to relevant National Social Investment Programmes, relevant vocational skills and continued social studies sensitization among others.
Also in attendance was the Minister of State, Education, Mr Emeka Nwajiuba who co-chaired the meeting on behalf of the Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu.
The ASP is designed to bridge the gap of access to quality education for Out-Of-School-Children in the country.
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