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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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Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov

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Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.

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LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN

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Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.

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Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities

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The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.

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