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School to unveil 45,000 capacity stadium in Lekki

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Mr Abiodun Agbaje, the Director of New Hall International School, Lekki, Lagos on Monday restated the school’s commitment to promoting both education and sports.

Agbaje made the assertion at a news conference to herald the unveiling of the school’s 45,000-capacity ultra-modern stadium on March 16 and its 6th Inter-House sports competition.

He said that the newly built stadium was constructed inside the school premises to further develop young talents through the New Hall Football Academy which was an offshoot of the school.

“We have done so well in education as far as New Hall International School is concerned and that is why we also feel children who have talents in sports should also be encouraged.

“This is also aimed at combining academics, arts and sports because we know full well that education is a blend of the three aspects.

“Apart from the stadium, we also have a multipurpose hall to engage our student in other sports.

“My willingness to leave something behind as a legacy, having been very successful in education and in the banking industry.

“I think it will be a good thing not to just pass this world without having my own input to what is happening in Nigeria in terms of education and sports,” the school’s director said.

He added that the stadium would be inaugurated by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, while Peter Rufai, a former goalkeeper of the Super Eagles would be the sports personality of the day.

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Agbaje said that other sports ambassador of the academy, such as Segun Odegbami, Chioma Ajunwa, Eniefiok Obong and Friday Ekpo would also be on the ground to grace the occasion.

The director said that the stadium would be open to schools and other academies, noting that the facility would be well maintained for sustainability.

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Also, Henry Iwunyanwu, the manager of the academy, said the academy which was founded in 2018 by the school had helped to discover and groom budding talents in football.

Iwunyanwu, who is a UEFA licensed coach, said the construction of the stadium would attract more youngsters to the academy.

“The construction of the ultra-modern sporting facility is a major plus for the academy and we intend to leverage on it to groom more talents in football.

“We have hostels, gymnasium, a physiotherapy centre and dressing rooms that are all attached to the stadium and that is what is obtainable outside the country,” he said.

The coach added that the academy was currently in partnership with Manchester City FC of England to further enlarge its scope.

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Kaduna govt. will jail parents who enroll children into Almajiri system – El-Rufai

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Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State has warned that parents who enroll their children in the Almajiri education system stand the risk of prosecution and up to two years jail.

El-Rufa’i stated this in Kaduna on Monday when he visited some 200 Almajiri children repatriated from Nasarawa State and undergoing rehabilitation and optical screening at Government College, Kurmin Mashi, Kaduna.

Almajiri are children enrolled to be taught Islamic knowledge under Islamic Clerics, but who loiter on the streets with bowls begging for alms and food.

The governor also said that any Islamic cleric who enrolls any child into the Almajiri system would also be prosecuted and jailed as well as fined N100,000 or N200,000 per child.

He said that all the Almajiri pupils repatriated from other states of the country were indigenes of the state adding that the government would give them all the opportunity they deserved to grow and develop.

El-Rufai expressed satisfaction with the ongoing transformation of the Almajiri pupils from hopelessness to hope and confidence.

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According to him, the state has a responsibility to do whatever it can to give them hope and a better future.

“We will, therefore, continue to take delivery of every Almajiri pupil indigenous to Kaduna state for rehabilitation, treatment and enrollment into formal school nearest to where their parents live.

“We will continue to do this until we clear Kaduna state of the menace of Almajiri system, which is not education but the abuse of the privilege and future of a child.

“Our ultimate goal is for them to acquire formal education without depriving them of the opportunity to acquire Quranic education.

“They will continue their Quranic education but under the care of their parents and not under someone who does not know them or paid to look after them.”

He explained that the Ministry of Human Services and Social Development (MHSSD), along with UNICEF would closely monitor them and ensure that no child would leave his locality until he finished primary and junior secondary school.

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The governor stressed that every child in Kaduna state must get 12-year free and compulsory primary and secondary school education.

“Those that cannot proceed to senior secondary school will have the opportunity to go to vocational school, also free.

“As such, no parent has any excuse for his child not to go to school,” El-Rufa’i said.

He thanked MHSSD and other state agencies for the commitment and passion for the welfare of the children.

He equally thanked AMA foundation and other NGOs and civil societies for supporting the government to provide the Almajiri pupils with the needed medical care, food, and clothing, among others.

The governor particularly appreciated UNICEF for supporting the state government in ensuring that all the repatriated children were well documented.

El-Rufa’i said that the care and support provided had restored the sense of dignity of the children.

Also speaking, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, Commissioner, MHSSD, said that the state had so far received more than 900 Almajiri pupils from Kano, Bauchi, Plateau and Nasarawa states.

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Baba said that no fewer than 500 of them were rehabilitated, treated (those who tested positive to COVID-19), and reunited with their families.

She added some 400 others were still undergoing rehabilitation and would soon be reunited with their families.

On his part, Dr. Zakari Adam, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Kaduna, commended Kaduna state government for the efforts to ensure that all children go to school as against begging in the streets.

Adam reiterated UNICEF’s continued support to the state in all children-related issues such as child protection, education, and health among other areas, for uninterrupted growth and development of every child.

He stressed the need for all stakeholders, the government, civil society, parents, communities, religious and traditional leaders and the media to work together in ensuring that children acquired quality education.

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Nigerian, 24, bags PhD in Law from George Washington University

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A Nigerian, Dr Damilola Arowolaju, has bagged a PhD in Law from The George Washington University, Washington DC, United States of America.

Damilola, who hails from Omuo Ekiti, in Ekiti East Local Government area of Ekiti State is the son of a former Special Adviser to Governor Segun Oni on Due Process, Dr Bayo Arowolaju

He was decorated with the honour at the university’s virtual convocation ceremonies held on Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Damilola was also the President of the 2020 PhD graduating students, which further made his honour more grandiose.

The former Special Adviser who confirmed this to journalists in Ado Ekiti on Saturday was elated that his son could be decorated with such a high academic honour at the age he secured admission to the University of Lagos, where he studied Sociology.

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He said:

“My baby, Dr. Damilola Arowolaju, with the grace of God just graduated with a PhD in Law from The George Washington University School of Law, Washington DC, USA.

“He gave an address to the fellow graduands as the President of the GW Bar Association. Graciously, he did this at 24 years of age, when I was just entering the University in Nigeria for my first degree. May our children be higher and be more successful than us all. Amen

“I am overwhelmed, speechless and flabbergasted by this outstanding feat. I am excited and more motivated to do more to uplift humanity”.

Arowolaju appealed to the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to rejig and expand the scope of the State’s scholarship board to be able to benefit the children of the poor, who are outstanding in their academics.

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In a video clip containing his speech to the graduand, Damilola said he shall continue to promote justice for all manners of men, irrespective of creed, race and class.

The young academic added that no sacrifice is too much to make to protect human rights and promote self-respect among humanity, describing these as the best way to entrench equality in the system.

“Justice means making huge sacrifices that would guarantee all constitutional freedoms for all and sundry.

“When I say justice, I mean for both innocent and guilts. The one that brings equality, stability and raise the hope for a better society. That is what we should all pursue using morality and the instrumentality of Law.

“My graduation today was a result of the sacrifices made by my parents to ensure that I excel in my academic pursuit”, he said.

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Gov Okowa appoints Imide as Provost

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has approved the appointment of Dr Israel Imide as the Provost, College of Education, Mosogar, for a single tenure of five years with effect from May 21.

The State Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Patrick Muohoghare, made this known in a statement in Asaba on Friday.

Until his appointment, Imide was a Chief Lecturer at the College of Education, Agbor.

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While congratulating Imide, the commissioner urged him to use his wealth of experience to bring development to the institution.

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