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FCT minister advocates compulsory education for girls


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FCT minister Muhammad Bello has advocated free and compulsory quality secondary education for girls as part of efforts to enhance societal development.

Bello, represented by the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, made the call in Abuja, at a ceremony to mark the 2019 International Day of the Girl-Child.

He described this year’s theme, “Girl First -Unscripted and Unstoppable”, as not only timely but apt, adding that education of the girl child was very critical for the advancement of any nation.

The minister disclosed that the FCT administration had made the education of the girl-child a priority and carried out advocacy campaigns to all parts of the territory to encourage the enrollment of the girl-child in schools.

According to him, there is little difference in the enrollment figures of boys and girls in the territory.

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He said that girls deserved to be celebrated, considering the important roles women play in the society as mothers, primary caregivers, managers of home finances and businesses.

He said that the United Nations General Assembly had set aside Oct. 11 to celebrate and promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

The minister said that women had often been the difference between success and failure of homes, organisations and even the national affairs of great and small nations.

“I have the strong belief that all of us here must have witnessed situations at one time or another when your mothers, sisters, aunts and even grand-mothers, often made great personal sacrifices.

“We must have all witnessed situations where mothers made massive concessions to solve knotty problems which otherwise would have spelt disaster for all around,” he said.

He, however, regretted that despite the role played by women both at the home front and national level, women and girls had often been handed the short end of the stick and placed at a disadvantage in so many ways.

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Bello identified cultural factors as responsible for the denial of girls basic rights such as the right to education, while being forced into early marriage.

“Our girls should be given the opportunities to be creative and innovative; this is only possible if they are educated.

“The importance of the education of the girl-child has been proven to be critical to the advancement of any society.

“There is a saying that when you educate a man, you educate an individual, but when you educate a woman, you educate a nation. This is a solid fact,” Bello said.

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UN Women Representative for Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms Comfort Lamptey, affirmed that the UN women would continue to advocate and insist that the girl-child was not relegated to the background in the development agenda of any nation.

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Lamptey said that active participation of the girl-child in the affairs of any country could ultimately make the difference between success and failure.




JUST IN:Nigeria records 553 new COVID-19 cases, total now 9,855



COVID-19 cases in Nigeria increased further on Saturday with 553 cases reported by the country, even as authorities intensify efforts to flatten the curve of the pandemic.

The new cases were confirmed by the specialist agency, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Twitter.

This takes the country’s total infections to 9,855, out of which 2856 have been discharged with 273 losing their lives.

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Data from the NCDC showed that the cases were spread across 14 states and the FCT, with Lagos accounting for the highest number of infections for the day with 378 cases.

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Discharged: 2856
Deaths: 273

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COVID-19: Enugu govt. decontaminates Ogbete Main Market



The Enugu State Fire Service has commenced the decontamination and fumigation of Ogbete Main Market, Enugu, against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing newsmen during the exercise on Saturday, the state’s Chief Fire Officer, Mr. Okwudiri Ohaa, said that the exercise would last until Sunday.

It would be recalled that the state fire service carried out the first phase of the exercise in the market on April 1, shortly after the market was shut down by the state government to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

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During the first phase of the decontamination of the market, the exercise was monitored by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and heads of security agencies in the state.

Ohaa said that the state government had been consistent with the exercise to ensure that “the fight against COVID-19 is won in Enugu State”.

He maintained that the decontamination would be a continuous one, saying that “when the market reopens, it will be a weekly event’’.

He advised residents to continue to adhere strictly to all precautionary measures for containment of COVID-19.

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Ohaa said the guidelines on personal hygiene protocol by World Health Organisation (WHO) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), among others, should be adhered to.

Reacting on behalf of the traders in the market, the Chief Security Officer, Mr. Justus Ezebinagu, commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for the initiative to decontaminate the market for the second time.

Ezebinagu gave an assurance that the traders would comply strictly with the government’s precautionary measures as well as the laid-down protocols by WHO and NCDC.

“When we were told that the governor directed the fire service to come and fumigate the market, the traders were happy because this is the second time they are coming to fumigate the market since this pandemic started.

“We thank our amiable governor for coming to our aid. We are happy.

“Even though the market is partially open for now, we believe that our governor is going to do more in our collective interest,’’ he said.

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Buhari‘s nephew, Ibrahim Dauda, dies in Daura



Ibrahim Dauda, a nephew to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is dead.

Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Dauda died on Saturday in Daura, Katsina State, following a prolonged illness.

In a condolence message, Buhari was quoted as saying the death had robbed the family and the Daura community of one of its finest gentlemen.

“I am deeply touched and devastated by the passing of yet another family member, a man who had demonstrated amazing kindness and honesty in all his dealings.

“The deceased is survived by a number of children, including Dauda Ibrahim, a Chief Administrative Officer in State House, Abuja,” the President said.

He prayed to God to forgive the soul of the deceased and reward his deeds.

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