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The Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) says it has commenced nationwide indefinite strike in earnest.
Obisesan Oluwatuyi, General Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP) disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.
Mr Oluwatuyi said that they would not call off the strike until government meets their demands.
He said: "The soldiers have been let loose, no retreat, no surrender until government does the needful."
Members of the JOHESU had earlier threatened to embark on a nationwide indefinite strike beginning on Tuesday midnight, due to alleged federal government's failure to meet their demands.
Josiah Biobelemoye, president of the union, who issued the strike notice on Monday, attributed the industrial action to what he described as the "insensitivity and lackadaisical attitude of drivers of the health sector."
He directed all JOHESU members in federal health institutions across the country to commence the strike at midnight of April 17.
Mr Biobelemoye listed their demands to include upward adjustment of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) Salary Scale, arrears of skipping of CONHESS 10 and employment of additional health professionals.
Other demands are implementation of court judgments and upward review of retirement age from 60 to 65 years.
Mr Biobelemoye said that the union suspended its last nationwide strike on September 30, last year, after signing a Memorandum of Terms of Settlement (MOTS), with the federal government.
According to him, the MOTS was supposed to be implemented within five weeks after the date of suspension of the strike.
He, however, noted that six months after the suspension of the nationwide strike, the government was yet to do anything tangible over the pending issues.
According to him, the union had on February 5 given a fresh 21 days ultimatum to enable government meet the agreement reached.
The JOHESU president stated that the union gave an additional 30 working days effective from March 5, after the expiration of the earlier 21 days ultimatum.
Mr Biobelemoye, who described the union members as peace lovers, emphasised that the 45 days was given simply because the union had the interest of the masses at heart.
"It is disheartening to note that after six months of suspension of our last strike and still counting, the Federal Government has not done anything tangible over pending issues, especially on the flagship issue of CONHESS adjustment and payment of arrears of CONHESS 10 skipping.
"JOHESU as a mature and responsible organisation gave 21 days notice on Feb. 5, this year, in the first instance to enable the Federal Government to do the needful.
"At the expiration of the 21 days notice, the leadership of JOHESU reconvened to re-appraise the situation on ground and noted the lackadaisical attitude of the government toward the implementation of the Memorandum of Terms of Settlement signed on Sept. 30.
"On April 5, 2018, the Minister of Labour and Employment invited the leadership of JOHESU for a meeting wherein we were told that our issues were still being looked into. This shows that government is taking JOHESU for a ride," he said.
He urged members at the states and local government health institutions on continuous sensitisation and mobilisation for possible solidarity strike, if government failed to attend to their demands.
He also called on well-meaning Nigerians including traditional leaders, elder statesmen, opinion leaders and the general public to prevail on government to implement MOTS entered into with JOHESU on Sept. 30, 2017.
Mr Biobelemoye said JOHESU members were not clamouring for equality with doctors but equity and justice, advising medical doctors and the Federal Ministry of Health to change their perception of the demands.
NAN reports that JOHESU draws its membership from the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Medical and Health Workers Union (MHWUN), and Senior Staff Association of University Teaching Hospitals.
Others include Research Institutes and Associated Institutions, Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals and Non-academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutes.
The residents of Kotu and environ, have complained of the terrible odour that emanates from the Sanitary field in the swamps near the hotel area.
Residents indicate to this reporter that the past few months saw them breathing the disgusting smell from the site. Many people lament that they don't know why the smell continues to escalate day by day.
One Marie Jallow Faye, said the smell has not only made it uncomfortable to live their lives, but that they find it difficult to enjoy their meals because of the stench; that she made several calls to the Ministry of Health regarding the issue, but to no avail.
Ndey Jatta of the same community, also voices her frustration regarding the foul odour and said the smell comes from the site; that the situation is gradually getting out of hand as the smell spreads to other environments.
Lamin Sanneh, another resident of the area said the Sanitary Company is not coming out plain to the people; that the Company is not applying the required chemicals at the site.
When contacted by the reporter, the Human Resources Officer at the Aqua Sanitary Field Amadou Camara, spoke differently.
Camara said the reason for the smell is because of the unwanted chemicals thrown in the field; that trucks from Tanji and Kartong, empty their solid waste at the site which is basically meant for industrial waste disposal but not waste that comes from fish processing factories.
Camara said the site has been in existence for more than half a decade, and has never smell like this; that when the smell started, they notified the authorities that something was wrong somewhere before they knew it was coming from the fish industry; that the problem will soon be resolved as their heads have met with the authorities from the National Environment Agency and the Minister, regarding the issue.
However, it was put to this reporter that the Minister had earlier visited the area amid complaints from the public.
Blantyre — Population Services International (PSI) Malawi intends to scale up its HIV Self Testing Africa (STAR) project in Blantyre District by among others increasing the number of HIV self-testing kits.
The STAR project promotes self-testing of people with limited access to current HIV testing services and accords the individuals with privacy. It also encourages re-testing among those at high risk.
Speaking with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Monday, Ian Khruza STAR Project Coordinator said the distribution of HIVST kits will be done in the informal sectors as well as urban slums of Blantyre.
Khruza said Blantyre urban has HIV prevalence rate of 18.5 percent which therefore calls for combined efforts if this is to be improved.
"In the project, we will be targeting the youth (15-24years) and adult men and other highly vulnerable groups in the urban slums and informal workplaces.
"We will also target partners of women who frequently test at the clinics and that way reduce transmission of HIV," explained Krauza.
He said PSI will use the peers of the targeted groups to distribute the kits.
"We have no specific number of people to target but we would like to reach out to as many people as possible," he revealed.
Penjani Chunda, District Health and Environmental Officer (DEHO) for Blantyre said the distribution of the self-testing kits will enable many people in the district to know their HIV status and seek relevant medical attention.
Chunda said many Malawians are reluctant to go to HIV testing centers because they are afraid of knowing the results of their status and also because of shame.
He then described the self-testing kits as the appropriate approach as it will give everyone an opportunity to conduct the test on his or her own.
"This is the best approach and through the project, we expect to reach out to as many people as possible and at the same time improve on the HIV prevalence," explained Chunda.
As of February 2018, PSI has managed to distribute 2,264 test kits.
Apart from the informal sector, the project will also target uniformed professionals and truck drivers.
The Self Testing Africa initiative project was launched on November 30th, 2015 at the 18th International Conference on Aids and STIs in Africa (ICASA).
It is believed that, if well implemented, the project would greatly contribute to the global effort of achieving UNAIDS's 90/90/90 treatment targets set for 2020.
Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia are the three countries in Africa benefiting from the project.
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Nigerian pop artiste, Davido, won big at the just concluded Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs).
The DMW boss edged out his Nigerian/African counterparts including Wizkid, Too Fan, Cassper Nyovest, Nasty C, Olamide and Tiwa Savage to take home the prestigious "African artiste of the Year" award.
Nigerian singer, Runtown, won the same award in 2017.
The new win adds to Davido's inventory of awards.
At home, the superstar singer leads this year's Headies Awards nominees list with the highest number of nods - six (6), with two of his hit singles (IF and FIA) competing in the same category "Best pop single".
Prolific Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie, took home "Hiplife/Hip-hop Artiste of the Year" and "Best rapper of the year" respectively while veteran Ghanaian singer, Naa Amanua Dodoo, was honoured with the "Lifetime achievement Award"
The event was held at the International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana.
See full list of winners below:
Highlife Song Of the Year
Dream - Kumi Guitar
Bronya - Wutah
Odo - KiDi - WINNER
Angela - Kuami Eugene
Over - R2bees
Hustle - Ebony
Gospel Song Of The Year
Bo Noo Ni - Joe Mettle ft Loigi Maclean - WINNER
Boot 4 Boot- Joyce Blessing
Obi Nyanime - Patience Nyarko
Efatawo - Nacee
Adom - Gifty Osei
Jehovah - Ceccy Twum
Hiplife Song of the Year
Total Cheat - Fancy Gadam ft Sarkodie - WINNER
Boys Boys - Nacee F. Guru
Obi Agyi Obi Girl - Captain Planet ft Kofi Kinataa
Ayoo - Shatta Wale
One Corner - Patapaa
Hip-Hop Song Of The Year
State Of The Art - Teephlow
Light It Up - Sarkodie
Grind Day (Remix) - Kwesi Arthur ft Sarkodie & Medikal - WINNER
Pen and Paper - Kojo-Cue & Shaker
Dear God - B4Bonah
Reggae/Dancehall Song Of The Year
Until The Dawn - Efya
My Own - Samini - WINNER
My Name - Stonebwoy
Faya Burn Dem - Article Wan
Rewind - Mzvee
Dem Confuse - Shatta Wale
Afro Pop Song Of The Year
Makoma - Adina
Oh Yeah - King Promise
Say You Love Me -KiDi
Sing My Name -MzVee
Jennifer Lomotey - Kurl Songz
Sponsor - Ebony - WINNER
My Baby - Magnom
Come From Afar - Stonebwoy
Gospel Artiste Of The Year
Joe Mettle - WINNER
HighLife Artiste Of The Year
Kuami Eugene - WINNER
Reggae/Dancehall Artiste Of The Year
Stonebwoy - WINNER
Songwriter Of The Year
Kumi Guitar: Dream - Kumi Guitar
Joe Mettle: Bo Noo Ni - Joe Mettle
Bullet: Maame Hw3 - Ebony - WINNER
Kofi Kinaata: Last Show - Willis Beatz
Samini: My Own - Samini
Stonebwoy: My Name - Stonebwoy
Best Music Video Of The Year
Dream - Kumi Guitar - Abass
Selfish - King Promise - Vertex
My Girl - B4Bonah - David Nicol Sey
Wedding Car - Opanka - Bra Shizzle
Obi Agyi Obi Girl - Captain Planet - Gyo-Phamous Filmz - WINNER
Pen & Paper - Kojo Cue & Shaker - E Kumodzi
Record Of The Year
Dream - Kumi Guitar
My Own - Samini
Glory - Sarkodie
State Of The Art - Teephlow - WINNER
Hiplife/Hip-hop Artiste of the Year
Sarkodie - WINNER
Best Male Vocal Performance
Joe Mettle - Bo No Nii - WINNER
King Promise - Selfish
Kidi - Odo
Kuami Eugene - Angela
Mugeez - Over
Samini - My Own
Best Female Vocal Performance
Adina - Makoma - WINNER
Nana Yaa - Don't Leave Me Alone
Efya - Love
Mzvee - Bright Lights
Becca - Summuy3
Best Group of the Year
Wutah - WINNER
Best Rapper of the Year
Eno Barony - Fear No Man
Teflon - Phlowducation
Sarkodie - Light It Up - WINNER
Shaker - Pen and Paper
Ko-jo Cue - Pen and Paper
Strongman - Transformer
Best Collaboration of the Year
Bo Noo Ni - Joe Mettle Ft Luigi Maclean
Sing My Name Remix-- Mzvee Ft Patoranking
Jennifer Lomotey-- Kurl Songs ft Sarkodie
Pain Killer-- Sarkodie ft Runtown
Taking Over-- Shatta Wale Ft S.M Militants - WINNER
Obi Agye Obi Girl-- Captain Planet ft Kofi Kinata
Na Wash-- Becca ft Patoranking
African Artiste of the Year
Davido - WINNER
Best New Artiste of the Year
Kuami Eugene - WINNER
Album of the Year
Epistles Of Mama - Stonebwoy
Highest - Sarkodie
Daavi - Mzvee
Bonyfied - Ebony - WINNER
Song of the Year
Joe Mettle - Bo No Nii
Shatta Wale - Ayoo
King Promise - Oh Yeah
Sarkodie ft Runtown -Painkiller
Patapaa - One Corner
Ebony - Sponsor
Kuami Eugene- Angela
KiDi - Odo
Shatta Wale ft S.M Militants - Taking Over
Fancy Gandam ft Sarkodie - Total Cheat - WINNER
Captain Planet ft Kofi Kinaata - Obi Agi Obi Girl
Wutah - Bronya
Artiste of the Year For VGMAs 2018
Ebony - WINNER
UNSUNG Artiste Of The Year 2018
Kelvyn Boy - WINNER
Lifetime Achievement Award
Naa Amanua Dodoo - WINNER
Celebration Of Cameroon And Her Cultural Riches" is to be presented to the public by June this year.
"Celebration of Cameroon and Her Cultural Riches," released in 2017, is the fruit of a desire to see Cameroonians love and celebrate their God-given riches. The album "visits" all of Cameroon's 10 regions in 7 tracks, with emphasis on "Cameroon Praise Song," which brings out the virtues of "Africa in miniature," explains Nnah Faith Um, leader of "Jubilee Praise Team." "We portray Cameroon, rich in different languages, dialects, soils, climates and costumes for people to know, love and appreciate the riches of our land," she adds.
The album is produced by JPT Productions. The tracks are "Cameroon Praise Song" - perhaps the most popular song - "Yahweh dieu du Cameroun," "Sesa dina la Sango," "Cameroun loue l'Eternel," "Tu es l'Eternel," "Mandem Ariacha" and "Comba." The group plans to organise and participate in more prayer moments and carry out evangelism in orphanages and hospitals to share the love of God to Cameroonians.
They will visit South Region this August and hold "Hymns Hour" next June. "Jubilee Praise Team encourages Cameroonians to love, pray and invest in the country. We will not stop building spiritual altars until we see righteousness and peace flood our streets, market places, offices, etc," says Faith.
Founded in May 2010 during Cameroon's 50th anniversary, "Jubilee Praise Team" is an inter-denominational, non-lucrative worship team that "seeks to build an altar of worship unto the Most High God and to pray for peace and unity in Cameroon." Its first recorded effort was in 2013 with the track, "Cameroon Praise Song."
According to Nnah Faith Um, 43, president of the group of 25 artistes from 14 denominations, their vision is to "lift praise unto God under an inter- denominational umbrella. This is because the peace and serenity Cameroonians have enjoyed was the handiwork of God. So, we praise Him for the many years of peace and protection He offered us."
Omuthiya — Some students who graduated from the University of Namibia (Unam) last week were furious over their incorrect and missing certificates.
Some graduates who spoke to New Era said they were surprised to learn their certificates were not available when they went to collect them prior to graduation day. They further alleged that some who received their certificates had spelling mistakes in their names and some details omitted, while others claim that some certificates were blank and only contained names.
"I went to collect my degree, but to my surprise when they handed the envelope to me, they did so together with a form telling me that I should fill in what was missing. So I proceeded to open the envelope but there was no degree inside. All along they knew things were not right but they are not informing us," fumed one graduate from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, who declined to be named.
"What kind of graduation is this when you do not have your hard-earned qualification, just to go there, to sit and pretend all is okay? This is a joke," lamented another graduate.
"They are not telling us how long the correction will take or when one can come back to collect the certificate - we are being kept in the dark. Next time they should put their house in order and not disappoint us like this at the last minute," stressed a science graduate.
Meanwhile, Unam spokesperson Simon Namesho urged the graduates to remain calm and rather approach their respective faculties in order for the mistakes to be rectified and reprinted by the university at no cost to the students.
"Once a graduate's degree has been conferred at a graduation ceremony either in person or in absentia, they will automatically receive a qualification certificate. Qualification certificates are either presented to graduates at a graduation venue of their choice on the days before, during or after the graduation ceremony. Alternatively, they can be collected by a confirmed proxy in a manner advised by the university," explained Namesho.
In addition, Namesho said in some instances the qualification certificate can be withheld by the university especially in cases where the graduate has an unsettled account or unreturned library book, until such dues are settled.
"Thus, not yet receiving one's qualification certificate on a day of a graduation ceremony does not imply incorrect certificates," he stressed.
Offices set alight, tyres slashed, eight students injured according to SRC
Police used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse students from Msunduzi Tvet College in Pietermaritzburg who marched to the administrative offices on Tuesday. Two students were taken to hospital. They were shot with rubber bullets.
Eight students were injured said SRC president Cleo Ntombela. Students have been protesting since last week, demanding their accommodation fees from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).
On Tuesday students marched to the central office. They forced themselves into the administrative office where a fire was set. Workers locked themselves in the offices. The tyres of the principal's car were damaged.
One student said they wanted to "send a strong signal" to university management which had been "ignoring" the students.
"Since last week there has been no solution from the management. They locked themselves inside their offices. They don't come out. What are we supposed to do? "
Ntombela said students would force their way into the boarding house from which they have been evicted. "Students have no place to stay. They are carrying their blankets and their luggage. They have nowhere to go."
"We were not armed," said Nomfundo Shezi. "They came with their big guns and started shooting. What we want is a solution. Many of us are from a poor background. We are not doing this for entertainment. We need accommodation. I'm from Nquthu [over 200km away]. I cannot sleep under the trees. They must tell us what we should do," said Shezi.
Police spokesperson Nqobile Gwala said no incident of shooting had been reported to the police.
The principal, Ntombi Ntshangase, could not be reached for comment.
Makerere University has suspended Mr Edward Kisuze, a senior administrative assistant in the Academic Registrar's Department for allegedly harassing a female student in his office.
In a letter dated April 17, 2018, the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor William Bazeyo said Kisuze had been suspended from university service on half pay with immediate effect to allow a smooth investigation into allegations that he harassed the student on Tuesday from his office at Senate Building.
"I hereby suspend you from university service on half pay with immediate effect to allow a smooth investigation into the matter. You are strongly advised to desist from any access to the senate building premises and interactions with students of Makerere University until investigations are completed," reads part of Professor Bazeyo's photo.
The student is said to have told police that Kisuze forcefully kissed her thighs and later licked her private parts against her will.
Puntland security forces were reported to have seized UAE officials with luggage and boxes at Bosaso airport on Saturday morning.
Sources at the airport told Radio Shabelle that the security forces blocked UAE team to load military equipment on to the plane after refusing to have their luggage and boxes scanned.
The move has sparked standoff at the airport between UAE military trainers and Puntland security officials, according to a local official who spoke to Radio Shabelle by phone.
UAE trains and pays salaries for Puntland maritime police forces [PMPF] and has a military base in Bosaso city, the commercial hub of Puntland, located in northeastern Somalia.
This came days after Somali Federal government has seized last Sunday $9.6 million cash from UAE plane at Mogadishu's Aden Abdulle International Airport.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has reiterated that Lagos State has the potential to become Africa's tourism hub.
According to the minister, the Federal Government will support it in developing the sector.
The minister said this on Monday in Lagos, at the Lagos Tourism Summit with the theme; "Destination Lagos: Towards a Sustainable Tourism Drive".
Mohammed commended Gov. Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos for his interest in the tourism and creative sectors of the economy; both at the state and national level.
The minister said the Federal Government had identified the tourism and creative sectors as alternative to oil, adding that his ministry was working toward developing the industry.
Mohammed recalled that upon assumption of office, his ministry organised a national tourism summit to provide the platform for harnessing the potential in the sector.
He said the ministry had revived the national tourism master plan to catalyse the development of the sector and also hosted a round-table on financing tourism.
The minister also disclosed that Nigeria would host the 61st edition of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)/Commission for Africa (CAF) Meeting, scheduled for June 4 to June 6, 2018 in Abuja.
He also disclosed that the ministry would partner with relevant stakeholders, particularly, the people of Ile-Ife in Osun State in hosting the 2018 "Olojo" festival.
"Olojo is not just only Yoruba new festival, but the oldest known festival in the world started by Ooni Ogun with the wearing of the world's oldest monarchical crown, the sacred Aare Crown.
"The festival will bring 35 of the top Africa-American travel writers, group travel agents, travel bloggers and travel film crews to the Olojo 2018 festival," he said.
Former President of Ghana, John Mahama commended Ambode for his contributions toward developing Lagos to a mega city and a potential tourism hub.
Mahama, who was the keynote speaker at the event, underscored the need for Africa to develop tourism sector in order to solving the challenge of unemployment.
He also suggested a development of integrated tour packages between Nigeria and Ghana that would attract international tourists from Lagos to Accra and vice versa.
Earlier, Gov. Ambode said that his administration was committed to funding alternative platforms, particularly the tourism sector to enrich the state.
The governor said that the tourism sector contributed N800 million to the state's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017.
He said as parts of efforts to transforming Lagos to tourism hub, the Lagos government was reclaiming a 50 hectares of land at the Oworonshoki end of the lagoon, for aquatic tourism purposes.
He stated that the summit would help the state to develop its tourism master-plan that would be implemented within a specified number of years to turn Lagos to continental tourism hub. (NAN)
Geneva — Sudan Permanent Envoy to Geneva , Dr Mustafa Osman Ismail , met in his capacity of coordinator of African group for UNCTAD Affairs with the African Union Commissioner for Infrastructures, Information Technology , Energy and Tourism , Amani Abu Zaid who is taking part in E- Trade Week which began on Monday and will last until April 20th.
The meeting sought ways of participation of African countries in electronic trade system , especially development of INTERNET infrastructures , total coverage and transfer of technology and it had agreed to maintain cooperation between Geneva and Addis Ababa to implement joint projects in fields of capacity building and development of African free trade area.
Envoy of South Africa to World Trade Organization(WTO) , Coordinator of African Group for WTO and Central African Republic and Coordinator of the least developed countries (LDCs) took part in the meeting.
Dr Daniel Nyamwasa and Dr Jean Damascene Gasanabo, the moderator (left).
Commissioner of Police Dr Daniel Nyamwasa released his second book on Saturday in which he interrogates what pushed one section of Rwandans to kill fellow citizens with whom they lived together in peace and harmony for at least 856 years before colonialism.
Organised by the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), the book launch, which took place during Café Littéraire -- a reading session -- at Kigali Convention Centre, was attended by First Lady Jeannette Kagame, among other senior officials.
Nyamwasa, who has previously headed Kigali Forensic Laboratory under Rwanda National Police, was born in 1957 in Rwanda, and two years later, his parents briefly flew the country and returned in 1961 but went back to exile the same year following persistent persecution against the Tutsi.
He joined the RPF-Inkotanyi after 31 years in exile to offer his contribution toward the struggle to liberate the country.
Titled "Le mal rwandais", which literally translates as "the Rwandan Evil", the book, written in French, narrates how Rwandans were neither considered as nationals in exile, nor recognised as Rwandans back home.
"We had no identity and that thing pushed me to narrate our situation at the time. I would ask myself why my neighbour and I were in exile. Before the colonial era, Rwandans had lived in harmony for centuries, without conflict, they intermarried, shared the same religion; so I kept on asking myself what pushed them to hate each other," Nyamwasa said during an interview.
The author says that he also wanted to know why the international community crossed arms as the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi claimed over a million people, wondering if this would have been the case had it happened elsewhere.
"That is the reason why I wrote this book for the future generations for them to know the truth, whether they are in Rwanda or overseas," he added, saying that he has been working on the book for several years.
"I don't understand why they (international community) failed to intervene. Only the RPF, with a small and ill-equipped force, managed to stop the Genocide. Of course, it was a matter of life and death for us (RPF) but the only necessary thing was to save lives," he added.
Nyamwasa says nothing will help the country grow faster than the unity of its people.
Costing Rwf17,000 (17 euros), the book is available at Caritas and Ikirezi bookshops in Kigali, and online.
It is also on the shelves of Kigali Genocide Memorial in Gisozi and at the National Liberation Museum at Parliament in Kimihurura.
The book will be translated into English in a few months, according to the author.
Abuja — The federal government has ordered the purchase of 140 books titled 'Overcoming Security Challenges' for distribution to unity schools across the country to boost the fight against terrorism which of recent has beamed its light on schools.
The author of the book is erstwhile Inspector General of Police and Chairman, Board of Trustees, Security Awareness and Justice Foundation, Mr. Mike Okiro.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who disclosed this in Abuja, during the inauguration of the central committee on security education and awareness campaign for principals and teachers of federal government colleges, said school security is vital to effective teaching and learning.
He said kidnapping and other vices have resulted to poor attendance in schools thereby leading to the production of half baked individuals and the rejection of transfers of teachers to crisis prone areas.
"Over the past decade, Nigeria has grown insecure largely to ethno-religious crisis and Boko Haram, two of which are in the north, kidnapping, cultism and ritual killings mostly in the south and our educational institutions have become targets now. Today, parents and guardians are worried about their children.
"School security is vital to effective teaching and learning and presently the safety of the Nigerian child is of primary concern to us as stakeholders in the education sector. It is still fresh in our memory how the 276 Chibok girls were abducted in Borno State in 2014 and 110 girls in Dapchi, Yobe State and subsequent bombings in schools of which have drawn condemnation by international community," he added.
On his part, Okiro reiterated that the foundation will collaborate with the government to raise the quality of life of every child regardless of ethnic and religious creed to achieve their full potential without the fear of security perversivenes in their schools or recruited by terrorists.
"Our focus in this project shall be our children to whom we remain committed. According to schools global terrorism index, the insurgents and terrorists regularly feast to a large extent on the recruitment and contribution of children who are trained to carry out acts that are detrimental to our moral, social and economic value as a nation.
"Chibok and Dapchi girls are Nigerian examples where school children have been abducted by terrorists for clandestine reasons. The story would have been averted if the children had been given adequate safety awareness education."
The committee is expected to give and work according to the stipulated time line given.
The Oromia Education Bureau has started developing content for textbooks and teachers' guide to replace disposed books. The books had errors in language and vague descriptions of words used in the books.
A group of 12 experts, selected from zones and colleges, started the preparation of the content for the Oromifa language textbooks mid last week. The books are expected to teach the Oromifa language to more than eight million elementary students whose mother tongue is Afan Oromo.
For the content preparation and validation sessions, that will be held with representatives from 20 zones and 19 city administrations, the Bureau allocates 1.5 million Br. The content preparation and validation sessions are expected to be finalised in a months time.
It also plans to print 10 million textbooks for the coming academic year. With a cost flexibility of 50 million Br, considering the contingency.
"We are adopting the national syllabus which was one of the shortcomings of the defected textbooks," said Efrem Tessema, deputy head of the Bureau. "Close supervision of the process and all the precautionary methods are going to be taken to avoid similar mistakes," he added.
The defected books which were printed with 27 million Br were meant to be used for the current academic year. Along with the errors in language and vague descriptions, the cover of the books was also another reason for the discharge of the books.
"The logo of the regional state education bureau was not printed on the cover, the books instead had the federal one, the Ministry of Education (MoE)," said Efrem. "It raised constitutional questions, as the regional state is entitled to prepare books for elementary schools."
The MoE printed the former books with the financial assistance from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The then Research Triangle Institute (RTI), founded in the 1970's and assists developing countries, researched eight regions and recommended the amendment of teaching guides and procedures at elementary levels.
The RTI was founded by the United States government to alleviate the nations lowest education status. After calling around 300 professors from the globe, the Institute found out that the reading, writing and calculating skills of the students in the researched seven states, were the base of the problem.
Basing the recommendation of the RTI, the Ministry gathered experts from the regional state which developed the content. However, the response from the localities was not as expected, as they claimed that the content does not represent them, according to Efrem.
The discontent led to the removal of the books and the reprint of 3.2 million textbooks this year. About 15,729 schools located in the 333 weredas and 19 towns were obliged to use the previous textbook for two years.
For Seyoum Kebede, dean of Jimma Teaching College, the previous mistakes were critical, and the disposition was choiceless.
"The defected book changed the alphabet structure from A-Z to start with the letter L," he said. "You start to teach from the easiest word to writing, but you don't have to change the natural alphabetic structure."
The Bureau will announce a tender in a months time, to hire a company which will print the books, according to Efrem.
Lilongwe — One of the country's renowned nongovernmental organizations, Girls Empowerment Network (GENET) is on a rare mission of empowering girls in schools in order for them to achieve their goals.
Speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Friday, GENET Programs Officer, Twambilile Kayuni said many girls in schools in the country face various challenges which interrupt them to go further with their education.
"In schools girls are the most vulnerable that face more problems which leads them to drop out; these problems include but are not limited to sexual abuses and lack of learning materials," said Kayuni.
She added that GENET has established clubs known as 'Ant Sexual Gender Based Violence' in 35 primary schools in the areas of Traditional Authority Kayembe and Chakhaza in Dowa district aimed at protecting girls against sexual gender based violence.
She said GENET has managed to drill 55 male and female teachers from Traditional Authorities Chakhaza and Kayembe as matrons and patrons of the ant sexual gender based violence clubs.
Kayuni said the teachers have been imparted with ant sexual gender based violence, child protection and case management strategies in order to assist in solving issues of sexual gender based violence and other related cases in schools.
She said the teachers have also been equipped with roles and policies of safeguarding rights of girls and their education.
According to Kayuni their organization believes in working with teachers saying that teachers spend more time with students.
"As GENET we believe in involving teachers in our various projects as teachers spend over 80 percent of their everyday time with pupils," the GENET Programs Officer explained.
Kayuni also said as GENET in conjunction with OXFAM Malawi they are also working with chiefs, parents and community mother groups in order to eradicate early marriages in communities and promote girls' education.
She said the main focus of GENET is to amplify the voice of the girls in order to claim and defend their rights by forming girl's networks which she said promote girls rights in schools and communities.
Currently the organization has introduced different projects in Dowa, Phalombe and Nkhata Bay which include; Improved girls access to Sexual reproductive health information, Girls not brides, Marriage not child's play and The enabling girls to challenge gender based violence project.
GENET projects are being fully funded by COMIC Relief through OXFAM Malawi as a lead partner, according to Kayuni.
"We must confess we allowed patriarchy to oppress you," president of the ANC Women's League Bathabile Dlamini said at the state funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
"We allowed the media and apartheid imperialism to define who you are," she said during her speech at the service at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
"Today women don't have their own history and struggle credentials," said Dlamini.
She said women are either referred to as someone's wife or as someone's ex-wife.
In the run-up to last year's ANC elective conference, Dlamini campaigned for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and the Women's League decried the descriptions of Dlamini-Zuma in terms of being former president Jacob Zuma's ex-wife.
"uMama Winnie did not set herself apart from the people," Dlamini said.
"uMama Winnie was a true icon."
She said young women must aspire to be president of this country.
"We will never stop calling for a woman president until we have a woman president!" she said.
President Cyril Ramaphosa with Zenani Mandela-Dlamini and Zindzi Mandela at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral in Orlando Stadium on Saturday. (GCIS)
After her Sipho Hotstix Mabuse performed, and then ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe took to the podium, even though he wasn't on the initial programme released on Friday.
He said the ANC leaders were told not to use funerals for political statements.
"It's for mourning," he said.
He said the funeral was a "celebratory send-off of a great leader of the ANC".
"We are sending off a leader of the people," Mantashe said.
"We are sending off a friend of the working class.
"The spirit of Mama Winnie must unite the ANC," he said.
He added that with the "new dawn" - a phrase associated with President Cyril Ramaphosa's presidency - the ANC will be united.
"Comrade Winnie's spirit must continue to be omnipresent."
Mantashe was followed by British supermodel Naomi Campbell, who said she first met Madikizela-Mandela and Nelson Mandela in New York in 1990.
She said she was "rightly the mother of this nation", but she was much more than that.
"She was a heroine, of a whole continent, a courageous symbol of resistance for all of us. She was the eyes and ears of the world during those dark days," she said.
"Without her, we wouldn't know anything of grandpa's [Nelson Mandela] struggles, and what he was going through.
"She was always striving for equality, and to keep South Africa at the forefront of people's thoughts."
Denis Sassou Nguesso, president of the Republic of Congo, said his country had lost a model and source of inspiration.
"The unforgettable image of her fighting for freedom and human dignity will remain in our hearts," he said.
Namibian president Hage Geingob greeted the mourners with a cry of "Amandla!".
"What distinguished her from her peers [is] that Comrade Winnie never elevated her[self] above the people," he said.
"She remained rooted to the people of South Africa."
Khartoum — The Secretary-General of the Council of African Political Parties (CAPP), DR Nafie Ali Nafie has underscored that CAPP is assured of capabilities and creation of women in Africa as well as in their effective roles in achievement of development of the continent and well-being of its people.
He called , while he was addressing meeting of Executive Office of CAPP' Women Wing at Communication Tower in Khartoum, Saturday, the Office to work for attaining major achievements in Africa , saying it falls on your shoulder task of empowerment of African women politically and economically.
Dr Nafie pointed out that the CAPP has given concern to political development inside the member parties by calling for boosting values of freedom, democracy, integrity and transparency in addition to building f independent partisan institutions.
He unveiled that the CAPP has decided to form a coordinating body in each region of the five African regions to be an effective instruments in achievement of the Council through boosting the joint work between the African political parties , and directing efforts towards attainment of the continent's major goals propounded by AU.
Deputy Chairperson of CAPP's Women Wing , for her part, said the CAPP Women Wing represents voice of African women , calling for taking steps for assisting women to carry out their roles towards the continent.