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‘Save A Future Initiative’ brings educational support for children in IDP camp in Abuja

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‘Save A Future Initiative’ (SAFI) a  brainchild of 16 year old Ofure Venise Eigbe, an SS2 student of Aduvie International School, Jahi District, Abuja has brought succor for some less privileged children at the Dagba, Area 1, Abuja Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp.
On Saturday, 5th,June 2021, Ofure, other school prefects, and teachers of the school visited the camp to donate educational materials and food items to the children there.

Miss Eigbe who is also the Library prefect had conceptualised the initiative whereby she and other students of the school will periodically collect used and new educational materials for donation to the poor, vulnerable, less privileged and most marginalised groups in the society.
The major target of the philanthropic gesture she had projected in her concept to be the children in the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in order to curb the out of school menace.
The management of the school led by Mrs Aima Lott. J who saw the wisdom in the gesture keyed into the initiative in collaboration with the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) who provided food items to add to the educational materials.
In her speech while making the donation, Miss Eigbe  expressed her fulfilment to see the initiative turn into reality as it is already putting smiles on the faces of indigent children.
She thanked God for making everything possible even as she commended her parents, Mr and Mrs Augustine Eigbe for their motivation

Mallam Haruna who received the educational materials and food items on behalf of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), spoke in Hausa language but interpreted by Mr Terry as he thanked the initiator, Ofure and her colleagues for having children in the camp on their mind as it relates to a better and brighter future for them.

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Lawan decries backward trend in education over insecurity

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has decried the current trend of insecurity in the country that is taking its toll on the education of the younger generation.
He therefore challenged every stakeholder in the Nigerian project to come together to reverse the ugly situation before education becomes an anatherma especially in the north.
Lawan spoke to newsmen at the First Solo Exhibition of Paintings and Photographs by Stephen Binos at the weekend in Adamawa State.
This was contained in a statement issued by his media office.
He said the current trend of insecurity in the country is a very sad development whereby education is suffering especially with so much kidnapping of school children especially the girl child.

“In northern Nigeria, education has always been a problem and it is making it worse with this kind of abduction of students either in Islamiya school or normal secondary school or even in tertiary institutions like it happened in Afaka in Kaduna State.
“I believe we should continue to fight this kind of insurgency, the banditry for us to restore normalcy in our country for our country to make progress.”

Lawan said that school children in the north are deprived of education, particularly the girl child, as a result of persistent abductions and kidnappings by armed bandits.

He however, expressed the confidence that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would continue to do all in its power with the support of the National Assembly to reverse the spate of insecurity across Nigeria.

The Senate President added that the issue of insecurity plaguing the country is a challenge that must be prioritised and tackled jointly by all tiers of government for results to be realised.

He said: “I want to assure everyone that this administration, the Muhammadu Bihari APC administration, will continue to work hard to bring back security to this country.

“It is a challenge, but I believe that it is for all of us – the Federal, States and, the Local Government and all the communities and ethnic groups across the country.

“This is a situation that needs all hands on deck regardless of what you believe in. We all need to survive first before we achieve any excellence and I believe we can do so well.
On the First Solo Exhibition of Paintings and Photographs by Stephen Binos he said Nigerian leaders must make tangible effort to encourage the youths to be productive and contribute meaningfully to national development

Binos is the son of Senator Binos Dauda Yaroe who is representing Adamawa South in the Senate who exhibited the artworks to shiwcase the culture of the people of Adamawa State.

The Senate President, used the occasion to challenge the Nigerian youths on the necessity to preserve the country’s diverse cultural heritage through expressive means.
He explained that doing so would in turn preserve its traditional values against extinction from the overwhelming external influence of technology.

“I have gone round to see the art exhibition, display of various artworks by Stephen Binos and I’m really very impressed by what I have seen and I want to congratulate the man of the moment, Stephen Binos, our artist.

“What this gentleman has done is to document history, document very important moment and these artworks will remain historical.

“Art is a language that everybody speaks and you can see from the attendance here. There are diverse people here. Some came from Europe, America and what have you and everybody understands his Language.

“The situation today, across the world really demands that we are able to document some of these very historical and very important artworks because technology, while it is a blessing to all of us, has its own way of undermining our culture.

“I believe in keeping to my culture because it doesn’t in anyway stop me from being modern and contemporary but it enriches my thinking, my orientation and my behaviour and attitude.

“I believe we can take example from the Japanese. They still eat sitting and probably using hands.

“The Chinese still use sticks to eat and they stick to their culture and they are making it and we can do the same – keep our culture, value them.

“Really, that does not stop us from being modern. Adopting the technology developed elsewhere and modifying them to fit our purpose here in the country.

“There is a popular saying that a picture speaks more than a thousand words. I’m impressed to see the various communities in Adamawa reflected here.

“This is the kind of thing we need to encourage our youths. If someone choses to go this path, he should be encouraged to continue to excel and do well.
He said whichever way leaders can encourage the youths in this country, to be productive, to be focused and contribute to national development would be welcome.

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Isa Mustapha Agwai 1 Polytechnic, calls of suspension of academic activities, resumes 17th June

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From Abel Daniel, Lafia

Isa Mustapha Agwai I Polytechnic Lafia on Thursday called off its three months old suspension of academic activities following students protest that led to destruction and vandalization of the school properties

The Academic Board of the Polytechnic at its emergency meeting of Thursday 17th June, 2021 approved the immediate reopening of the institution with effect from Thursday 17th June, 2021.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Registrar Mr. Zamani Habu Ibrahim which was made available to journalists in Lafia, the state capital.

According to the statement, all returning students are required to come with Letter of undertaking to be of good behaviour to be endorsed by a top civil servant of not below the rank of a Director in the Public Service, Clergyman or Traditional ruler.

It also directed all students to complete all registration processes including payment of school fees on or before Friday 25th June, 2021.

It directed that a fine of N5,000.00 be paid for damages of the Polytechnic properties.
“Students are to note that the second semester Examinations for 2019 /2020 Academic Session commences on Monday 28th June, 2021.
“Accordingly, students are to make all payments remotely through the school portal(https://portal.imap.edu.ng..ed.ng/imap). Students must present all payment printouts using their passwords.”

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College expels staff over alleged child molestation in Nasarawa

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From Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

Shepherds International College, Nursery and Primary School, Akwanga, of Nasarawa state has expelled one of its staff over alleged child molestation in the primary section of the school.

A statement signed by the principal of the college, Mr. Peter Adoga-Adoga and was made available to the NationalUpdate in Lafia, on Thursday, said a case of rape that was reported in one of the national dailies did not happened in the college, but Government Secondary School Ube in Akwanga local government area close to Mopol barrack, Akwanga.

He admitted that the incident of child molestation happened in the primary section of the college.

According to him, “The staff in question was expelled on May 14, 2021 and the matter is before the Criminal Investigation Department, Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital.
He added that the incident occurred in one of the secondary schools in Akwanga local government area of the state.

The statement reads, “Our attention has been drawn to report being circulated in the media about a rape case in shepherd’s International College, Akwanga.

“We wish to use this medium to set the record straight. First, the case referred involving one Mr Ndam Atiku, where the school is mentioned was not a case of rape, but a case of molestation as captured on the headline and the body of the story.”

According to the statement, the incident did not happen at the College, but at the Primary school section, where the staff had since been relieved of his duties immediately.

“The case is already before the State Criminal Investigation Department and being investigated.

The statement further added that the minor mentioned in the story was not the person involved in the incident neither were her parents those that reported to the NGO.

“She heard the story, informed her parents, who brought it to the notice of the school, which prompted the investigation by the school and subsequent disciplinary action on the staff.

“We would like the general public to know that Shepherd’s International College and Shepherd’s Nursery and Primary School do not tolerate any acts of indiscipline or child molestation,” he added.

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