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We ’ll Eradicate Illiteracy By 2015- FG

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The Federal Government has intensified moves to eradicate mass illiteracy in Nigeria by 2015, saying the target is a task that must be accomplished.
Director, National Mass Education Commission (NMEC), South-South Zone, Ambassador Lolo Scharlastica Nkememena, gave the hint in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, during the formal opening of the state-level training of literacy facilitators under the Federal Government Revitalising Adult Youth Literacy Programme.
The director stated that the training, which is ongoing in the 36 states of the federation, is intended to build the capacity of adult literacy facilitators to impact maximally in the teaching of adult illiterates at their respective centres.
He assured the Federal Government’s commitment to work with stakeholders, and donor agencies such as UNESCO, to ensure that adult illiteartes in Nigeria were able to read and write as well as compute figures to meet up with modern trends of development and effectively manage their environment.
She called on the participants to take the training seriously so as to achieve the desired objectives.
Declaring the event open, Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi, commended the efforts of the Federal Government and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in the move to eradicate mass illiteracy.
Dame Lawrence-Nemi, who was represented by the Permanent  Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Education, Richard Ofuru, said that the Federal Government initiative was being domesticated in the state to ensure that Rivers State takes the lead in the eradication of mass illiteracy.
The commissioner added that the Rivers State Government was fully committed to the development of the non-formal, technical and vocational education to replicate the giant strides already recorded in the formal education sector.
In his remarks, Executive Director, Rivers State Agency for Adult and Non-formal Education, Port Harcourt, Mr Paul Paschal Nwanikpo, said that the training, which involved 111 participants would be pilot-tested in the three local government areas of Khana, Gokana and Degema before its deployment to the other 20 local government areas of the state.
The director hinted that the agency was fully prepared with the support of the Rivers State Government to anchor the pilot programme to successful implementation.
He thanked UNESCO, NMEC, and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for sponsorship of the training.

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Northern Senators’ Forum Seeks Lasting Solutions To Insecurity

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Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, (APC-Sokoto) has called for lasting solutions to tackle the menace of insecurity in the country.
Wamakko made the call while briefing newsmen after the caucus’ closed-door session, held in Abuja, last Wednesday.
He said: “We must continue to find more solutions that can be applied to the security challenges.
“Of course, there are many ways of finding a solution. I know we are using the security outfit very well, but there are other ways of finding lasting solutions to the challenges, facing our country today.
“We are concerned as Nigerians and as northerners.
“This country has to be as free as possible, so that every Nigerian can move freely to do their normal businesses without any fear or security challenge, “he said.
He noted that at resumption on June 22, the forum would hold another meeting which would be aimed at strengthening the decisions taken so far.

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Reps Seek End To Abuses In Orphanages

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The House of Representatives has appealed to the Federal Government to end incessant abuses in orphanages across the country by the operators.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. James Owolabi (APC-Lagos) at yesterday’s plenary in Abuja
Speaking on the motion, Owolabi said that many orphanages were not registered, making it impossible for the authorities to ascertain the actual number of children in their custody.
He said that the unregistered orphanages were also involved in illegal operations such as child trafficking and nocturnal abuse of children.
He said it was the responsibility of government to protect the lives and property of citizens including orphans.
The House therefore, urged the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to collaborate with relevant agencies of government towards ending the abuse.
It mandated the committee on Women Affairs to ensure compliance.

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Ganduje Restates Commitment To Community Policing In Kano

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reiterated his commitment to continue partnering with stakeholders in the security sector to ensure the state is safe and peaceful.
Ganduje made this known when the Nigeria Police Force Community Policing Agenda, appointed him as its National Patron.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Abba Anwar in Kano, Ganduje said:”we have community policing at the village, ward , local government, emirates levels.
“We chose 16 young people from each of the 44 local governments areas of the state for constabulary training,” he said.
Responding, the National Secretary of the association, Amb. Ibrahim Aboki said that the governor was nominated for his efforts in strengthening community policing.
“This is a man of honesty, integrity and philanthropy, the able and amiable dynamic leader and a ”Goal Getter:
“The security champion, we are presenting to you, an award and a letter as a National Patron.
“We duly acknowledge your role in pioneering, promoting and consolidating all security formations, security agencies and special constabularies,” he said.

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