HILARIOUS: Children gatecrashed their dad’s very serious BBC interview [Video]

This viral video might be the best lesson in “how to keep a straight face” in the most hilarious situation ever.

A very serious expert on South Korea appears on BBC World News via webcam to discuss the impeachment of South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye.

But just when he’s deep into a convoluted analysis on the meaning of democracy in the face of scandals, the impossible happens.

First, his daughter bursts in and starts dancing.

“I think one of your children just walked in,” says the presenter in studio, visibly amused:

The expert in question, political scientist Robert E. Kelly, attempts to send his daughter away, without success:

Then, another, smaller child in the walker steps in.

At that point, a shouting woman dashes into the room at high velocity, grabs both children, opens the door and exits the room (not without some troubles):

Then closes the door.

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Zimbabwe government bans the beating of children

Zimbabwe’s High Court has outlawed corporal punishment for children both at school and in the home.

The ruling comes after a parent complained that her child in grade one, a class for six-year-olds, had deep bruises after a beating by a teacher.

Linah Pfungwa said her daughter had been punished for failing to have her reading book signed by guardians as proof she had done her homework.

The constitutional court will have to confirm the judgement.

The BBC’s Shingai Nyoka in the capital, Harare, says if upheld, it would transform the way parents have disciplined their children for centuries in the southern African country.

Some parents are criticising the ruling, while rights groups says it is long overdue, she says.

Ms Pfungwa, who filed her application with support from the Justice for Children’s Trust, said her child was severely assaulted with a rubber pipe.

“My child suffered major bruises and I took photographs and pictures of the same,” the state-run Chronicle newspaper quotes her as saying.

“She had deep bruises on her back and she could hardly sleep properly. I posted the pictures of my daughter on our WhatsApp group for other parents to observe and it turned out that other children had also been assaulted.”

In her application, Ms Pfungwa said that children should not be subjected to any form of violence and such corporal punishment breached their rights under Zimbabwe’s Constitution.

She argued that other forms of discipline should be used for children.

“If my child misbehaves, I ground her by denying her access to television as well as denying her pocket money or other goodies like sweets and presents,” she said.

“If she does well, I reward her by presents or extra hours of watching television.

“My child is well-behaved and well-brought up simply as a result of the dialogue that I use as a means of discipline.”

Justice David Mangota agreed that corporal punishment for children was unconstitutional and said that parents and teachers should not lay their hands on children even if they misbehave.

Mother, three children murdered in Lagos – Police

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, on Wednesday confirmed the killing of three children and their mother in an uncompleted church building at Agbowa, near Ikorodu.

Mr. Owoseni said that the police was called to the murder scene at about 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
“The incident happened at about 3 a.m. this morning at Agbowa in Ikorodu.

“The three murdered children were aged four, five and nine.

“The mother of the children was also wounded and later died in the hospital,” Mr. Owoseni said.

He said the police was yet to identify the motive behind the murder, adding that the command had swung into to bring the hoodlums to book.

“We want to seize this opportunity to assure the public that we will continue to increase our visibility.

Cameroon repatriates 517 Nigerians

Cameroon has forcibly repatriated more than 500 Nigerians who had fled into the country due to the Boko Haram insurgency, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

A total of 517 Nigerians were sent back to their home country, including 313 who had applied for asylum, according to a UNHCR statement.

UNHCR Cameroon tweeted that it was “very concerned by these repatriations and continues to advocate for access to asylum and the principle of non-refoulement.”

Non-refoulement refers to the practice of not returning refugees to a country where they could face persecution.

UNHCR said it planned to sign an agreement with Nigeria and Cameroon on March 2 that would see 85,000 Nigerian refugees voluntarily resettled in their home country.

More than 61,000 refugees are currently living at the Minawao camp and a further 20,000 at the Logone-et-Chari camp in Cameroon’s far north region.

Nigeria and its neighbours have cooperated closely in fighting Boko Haram, which split into a faction aligned with the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and another loyal to long time leader Abubakar Shekau in 2016.

Five countries—Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin—contribute troops to a regional taskforce aimed at routing the militants.

Cameroonian troops have also conducted cross-border operations against Boko Haram.

The military has succeeded in preventing the sect from carrying out organised attacks, but it still retains the capacity to carry out suicide and car bombings.

Seven suicide bombers blew themselves up last week on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital in north-east Nigeria.


United Nations: Boko Haram recruited nearly 2,000 children in 2016.

In Nigeria and neighbouring countries, data verified by the United Nations and its partners show that nearly 2,000 children were recruited by Boko Haram in 2016 alone.

The children were recruited to fight in a war that has lasted over seven years in the north east states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe,  Doune Porter, the spokesperson of the UN body for children, UNICEF, said.

Since 2009, Boko Haram insurgents have waged a war against western education in the region leading to the death of several thousands of people and according to the Kano state government, nearly 100,000 people.

On February 13, Kashim Shettima, governor of Borno state, in what has been the highest casualty figure of the crisis presented by the government, said “the Boko Haram insurgency has led to the deaths of almost 100,000 persons going by the estimates of our community leaders over the years”.

“Two million, one hundred and fourteen thousand (2,114,000) persons have become internally displaced as at December of 2016, with five hundred and thirty seven thousand, eight hundred and fifteen (537,815) in separate camps; 158,201 are at official camps that consists of six centres with two transit camps at Muna and Customs House, both in Maiduguri.”

UNICEF said it has released some of the child soldiers from the hold of armed groups like Boko Haram in several war torn countries including Yemen, Syria and South Sudan.

“At least 65,000 children have been released from armed forces and armed groups in the past 10 years,” the organisation said as it marks the 10th year anniversary of the Paris commitments to end the use of children in conflict.

“Ten years ago the world made a commitment to the children of war and matched it with action – action that has helped give 65,000 children a new chance for a better life,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF executive director.

“But today’s meeting is not only about looking back at what has been accomplished — but looking forward to the work that remains to be done to support the children of war.”

Exact data on the number of children used and recruited in armed conflict are difficult to confirm because of the unlawful nature of child recruitment.

However, UNICEF estimates that tens of thousands of boys and girls under the age of 18 are used in conflicts worldwide.

“The Paris International Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Children in Armed Conflicts will look at ways to build on this momentum.

“These include calling for the unconditional release of all children, without exception, and putting an end to child recruitment; increased resources to help reintegrate and educate children who have been released; and urgent action to protect internally displaced children, child refugees and migrants.”


Source: The Cable

“Accommodate children on March 5”, Lai Mohammed tells broadcast organisations.

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, has asked broadcast organisations to give children the opportunity to work with them on March 5, the international Children’s day of broadcasting.

Mohammed said this in a statement issued on Tuesday.

He called on the media to work with children on this day for national development.

“In this era of change, children’s voices can bring in a refreshing perspective to the issues of national development. Let us give every Nigerian child irrespective of status, location or disability a chance to contribute to our national development efforts,” he said.

Enshrined in articles 12 and 14 of the UN convention on the rights of the child, is the right of children to form their own views and to express their views freely through the media on matters affecting them.

The theme for this year is ‘Early childhood development, key to every child’s full development and future prosperity’.

It seeks to espouse the principles of the convention on the rights of the child irrespective of their status and situation –  the enjoyment of their right development as enshrined in the convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Child Rights Act 2003.

The international children’s day of broadcasting is a day set aside to promote the rights of the child, especially their right to participation. It serves as a platform for a synergy of effort by the media and the children themselves.

The broadcast media in Nigeria has participated in commemorating the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting since 1992.

Over one million Nigerian school children fed by government daily – Osinbajo

The Federal Government has now released enough funds to start the delivery of one hot meal a day to more than one million primary school pupils across seven states in the country, under the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said.

Mr. Osinbajo, speaking through his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, said on Monday in a statement that a total sum of N844, 360, 550 has so far been released for the commencement of the programme in Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun and Zamfara as at the end of last week.

While funds have been released to the seven states to kick off the programme, not all of them have actually started the implementation as at press time, the statement said.

In the States of Anambra, Enugu, Osun, Ogun, and Oyo, the feeding has actually started, while it is expected to start this week in the two other states of Ebonyi and Zamfara, that have been funded already.

That means, the Buhari Presidency’s Homegrown School Feeding Programme would be feeding this week a total of 1, 043, 205 pupils in those seven states.

Equally a total number of 11,775 cooks have now been employed to prepare the meals in those states already, while local farmers in the states are also the one producing the food prepared and served.

Of all the States, Anambra, which was the first state to receive funding late last year has now received three full funding tranches covering 30 school days, totaling N188, 769,000. The state has a total of 937 cooks and feeding 96,489 pupils.

In Ebonyi, FG has also released a total of N115, 218, 600, while 1466 cooks have been engaged and 164, 598 pupils are to be fed.

Also in Enugu State, the government released N67,244, 800 to feed 96, 064 pupils and 1128 cooks engaged.

In Ogun State, it released N119, 648, 900 to feed 170, 927 pupils and engaged 1381 cooks, while in Osun a total of N92, 425, 400 have been released to feed 142, 193 pupils with 2688 cooks engaged.

For Oyo State, a total of N72, 288, 300 has been released by the FG to feed 103, 269 pupils, engaging 1437 cooks, while Zamfara received a total sum of N188, 765, 500 to feed 269, 665 pupils and engaged 2, 738 cooks, the statement said.

VIDEO: 43-Year-Old Father Faces Prosecution For Allegedly Abusing Children

A 43-year-old father of three, Christopher Sule, is to face the wrath of law under the Child’s Right Act for physically assaulting two of his children, resulting in bodily injuries and scars on the bodies of the minors.

The case has been reported at the Jos South Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State and the authorities have promised to prosecute the accused.

The Management Committee Chairman of the LGA, Mr Augustine Pwakim, told Channels Television that Mr Sule would be prosecuted for violating the Child’s Right Act.

The Coordinator of the Child Rights Protection Network in the state, Mr Tony Obemeasor, noted that with the domestication of the act in Plateau State, the accused would face the wrath of the law for violating the rights and responsibilities of the minors.

The Chief Welfare Officer at the LGA, Ancha Jonathan Adik, also disclosed that the children have been subjected to such maltreatment for three years before a teacher in the school where they attend reported the case to the local government authority.

Mr Sule was said to have subjected the minors who are eight and six years old respectively to sever beating and punishment for various offences which he accused them of and inflicted serious injuries on their backs and faces.

He said that he was trying to correct the bad behavioural attitude of the abused children.

However, the mother of the children who was under the bondage of silence until the matter was reported, also explained what she has been going through with the molestation of the children by their father.

Authorities said the accused would be charged for violating the ‘right to dignity of the child’ which states that “every child is entitled to respect for the dignity of his person and accordingly, no child shall be subjected to physical, mental or emotional injury, abuse, neglect or maltreatment”.


REPORT: Homosexuals ‘rampantly molesting’ children in Maiduguri.

Several residents of Maiduguri, in Borno state, have lamented the increasing rate of children being molested by homosexuals.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday reported that homosexuality had become rampant in Maiduguri.


Bashir Shuwa, a resident of 707 quarters in Maiduguri, said that anal sex had taken centre stage in the town.


“Recent events in Maiduguri have brought to the fore some disturbing trends that is afflicting several neighbourhoods, who helplessly watch their wards being lured into anal sex.


“This unpleasant tendency should not be allowed to remain unchecked if we want to live in a decent and tolerable society, where standard ethical norms are being obeyed by all.”


Mubarak Pate, another resident, said it was embarrassing that highly respected members of the society were engaging the young male children in sexual intercourse.


“Even in countries where Sodomy has been legalised, they descend heavily against those who do it to minors or under aged children. We should ensure that all those with such dirty habits are punished for their crimes.


“Accordingly, they should not be placed in positions of responsibility so as not to make their criminal activities look attractive to innocent people.”


Similarly, Salamatu Abdulkadir, a politician, said there were many unreported cases of homosexuals abusing children.


“The victims of the abuse are being subjected to mockery, while the perpetrators walk with pride and haughtiness as they continue with their unimpeded misdemeanour,” Abdulkadir said.


Abdullahi Ibrahim, the Borno commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), said the trend was true and very disturbing.


According to Ibrahim, only two weeks ago, the command arrested a man who used an electric heater to burn his son’s anus because he was engaging in a homosexual act.


“The command discovered that the youth between eight years and 13 years old were being lured by their partners. We, therefore, urged parents to ensure proper upbringing of their children and wards to checking the trend of homosexuality in our society,” Ibrahim said.


Source: The Cable

Save the Children pledges to help educate child victims displaced by Boko Haram

A non-governmental organisation, Save the Children, has disclosed its plans to partner with the federal government in a bid to make education a priority in Nigeria.

Tove Wang, CEO of Save the Children Norway, made this known during a media briefing on the preparations for the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on the crisis in Nigeria.

The conference which is scheduled for February 23 and 24 in Norway, will focus on nutrition, protection, food security and also on the access to education.

The Save the Children organisation is an NGO that has been working in Nigeria since 2001, helping to improve health systems in northern Nigeria to deliver maternal, newborn, and child health services, including the revival of routine immunisation.

Ms. Wang noted that “there is a desperate need to prioritise education for children whose chances of fulfilling their potential are slipping away with each further day out of school.”

From Right:  CEO of save the children  Norway Tove R. Wang and Ben foot, Country Director , Save the Children Nigeria
From Right: CEO of save the children Norway Tove R. Wang and Ben foot, Country Director , Save the Children Nigeria

She, however, urged the Nigerian government and international community to ensure that the children’s future is not destroyed.

Ms. Wang, who recently visited the north-east, said that the crisis in such areas has greatly affected the education of most children.

“80per cent of displaced children live in host communities and have little or no access to education.

“Over 1,200 schools have been destroyed while more than 500 teachers killed and 19,000 displaced” she said.

Speaking on the efforts of her organisation, Ms. Wang said the organisation has enrolled a lot of children in its centres, and aims to establish more temporary learning spaces in camps and host communities.

This she said will serve as support to children’s access to formal education.

“We will also provide training to teachers and will work in communities hosting high numbers of displaced children, providing tuition fees, materials and school uniforms”.

Meanwhile, the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for Nigeria seeks more than $1 billion to address the needs of those in crisis in the three most affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, with 75 partners ready to respond to those needs where areas area accessible.

This Humanitarian Response Plan will address the needs of almost 7 million people, in dire need of nutrition, food, shelter, health, education, protection and the water and sanitation needs of a very vulnerable population.

UNICEF to vaccinate 4.7m children in the North-East

The federal government in partnership with UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has commenced the vaccination of 4.7 million children in response to an outbreak of measles in the north-east.

In a statement on Thursday, UNICEF said Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, which have been hard to access since the emergence of Boko Haram, will be covered in the campaign.

“Security has improved in some areas so we have acted quickly to access places we could not previously reach and protect children from the spread of a very dangerous disease”, said Mohamed Fall, UNICEF representative in Nigeria.

“We are still extremely concerned about children living in large areas of Borno state that are not yet accessible.”

“In 2016, there were approximately 25,000 cases of measles among children in Nigeria; 97 percent of the cases were in children under the age of 10 and at least a hundred children died.”

Explaining the outbreak, UNICEF said “measles infections tend to increase during the first half of the year because of higher temperatures”.

It lamented the low coverage of measles vaccination across Nigeria, saying only a little over 50 percent of children were being reached.

“Worse, children are particularly vulnerable in areas affected by conflict as the risks for malnourished children who have weakened immunity are further heightened,” UNICEF said.

“The conflict and resulting displacement have left more than 4.4 million children in Nigeria in need of humanitarian assistance, with an estimated 450,000 children likely to suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition in 2017.”

The vaccination will also include vitamin A supplement for children under five to boost their immunity as well as de-worming tablets, according to the agency.

“The campaign is part of UNICEF’s wider emergency health response in the three northeast Nigerian states. In partnership with Nigerian authorities, UNICEF has provided primary health care services for both internally displaced persons and the vulnerable host communities within which they have sought shelter,” the statement read.


Source: The Cable

Why eldest children are unhealthier than siblings – New Research

First born children may have a head start in life, but they are heir to a host of other ailments. They are prey to unhealthy conditions, which may curtail their longevity.

From obesity to raised dietary fat and high blood pressure, being the eldest child is not always an advantage, a new study has found. While firstborn have the bonus of their parents’ undivided attention and resources, it can become a burden.

The stress of having to succeed at school, and meet career expectations, may be behind some of their health issues too, it is suggested.

The study was published in the journal Economics and Human Biology.

The research – one of the largest of its type – was based on the health records of almost 400,000 Norwegians over nearly a quarter of a century.

Lead author Professor Sandra Black of the University of Texas at Austin said: “Overall, we find that first-borns are less healthy in terms of physical markers such as blood pressure, triglycerides, and indicators of overweight and obesity.

“For example, compared to fifth-borns, first-borns are about five per cent points more likely to be obese and seven per cent more likely to have high blood pressure. So, unlike education or earnings, there is no clear first-born advantage in health.

“However, first-borns are about 13 per cent less likely to smoke daily than fifth-borns and are more likely to report good physical and mental health. Later-borns also score lower on well-being with fifth-borns being about nine per cent less likely than first-borns to report that they are happy. When we explore possible mechanisms, we find that early maternal investment may play a role in birth order effects on health.”

The study found that the probability of having high blood pressure declined with birth order and the largest gap is between first- and second-borns.

Second-borns are about three per cent less likely to have high blood pressure than first-borns; fifth-borns are about seven per cent less likely to have high blood pressure than first-borns.

They also found higher levels of high triglycerides – a form of dietary fat made by the liver – for first-borns than for second- or third-borns.

While first-borns are still taller – by just 1/8th of an inch over each succeeding child – they are also more likely to be overweight and obese. Compared to second-borns, first-borns are four per cent more likely to be overweight, and two per cent more likely to be obese. This may be down to their being breastfed for an extra two weeks , on average, it was suggested. Even being breastfed for two extra weeks, on average, has its drawbacks. However, the eldest child is more likely to be happy and consider themselves to be in good health Mental health generally declines with birth order.

Meanwhile, the gender of a woman’s future child may be linked to her blood pressure six months before she becomes pregnant, a preliminary study suggests.

A team of Canadian and Chinese researchers found that a higher pre-pregnancy blood pressure reading might be associated with a greater likelihood for delivering a baby boy. Conversely, lower blood pressure may favor the odds of giving birth to a girl.

But the researchers only found an association between pre-pregnancy blood pressure and a baby’s gender. They did not prove a cause-and-effect connection.

How might a mom-to-be’s blood pressure predict her baby’s gender? That’s not completely clear. The researchers suspect blood pressure may be related to the gender of those babies carried to term, not lost to miscarriage.

The study was published in the January 12 issue of the American Journal of Hypertension.

“When a woman becomes pregnant, the sex of a fetus is determined by whether the father’s sperm provides an X or Y chromosome, and there is no evidence that this probability varies in humans,” said study lead author Dr. Ravi Retnakaran.

He is an endocrinologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, both in Toronto. “But what is believed to vary is the proportion of male or female fetuses lost during pregnancy,” he said, referring to the risk for miscarriage or other pregnancy loss. In other words, the findings suggest either that lower maternal blood pressure shortly before pregnancy boosts the likelihood of carrying a female fetus to term, or higher blood pressure before pregnancy boosts the likelihood for carrying a male fetus to term, Retnakaran said.

But, he added, “This is an association — not cause and effect — between a woman’s blood pressure before pregnancy and her likelihood of delivering a boy or girl when she becomes pregnant.”

Retnakaran said researchers have previously observed that large “societal events” — such as natural disasters or an economic depression — appear linked to shifts in the boy-girl birth ratio. “We hypothesized that there are likely to be physiologic factors in a woman that relate to her likelihood of carrying a boy or a girl when she becomes pregnant,” he said.

The new study included just over 1,400 newly married women in Liuyang, China, and began in 2009. All the women indicated an intention to become pregnant within six months. All of them underwent full lab tests to record their blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and glucose levels. These measurements were taken at an average of six months before pregnancy.

Once the women became pregnant, their health was tracked. All received routine obstetric care, including continual monitoring of blood pressure shifts, as well as the diagnosis of any complications throughout their pregnancies.

Ultimately, the study participants gave birth to 739 boys and 672 girls.

The study authors found that women who gave birth to boys had registered a higher pre-pregnancy systolic blood pressure (the upper number in a blood pressure reading) than women who gave birth to girls. Mothers of boys averaged about 113 mm Hg, versus mothers of girls who had an average near 110 mm Hg.

The researchers adjusted the data for maternal age, educational background, smoking history, obesity, and cholesterol, triglyceride and blood sugar levels. They found the blood pressure gap held.
Meanwhile, the study in the journal Economics and Human Biology, said that the sex of the first born did not play a part: “While there are some differences by gender, there is no strong systematic pattern and, in general, the coefficient sizes are similar across gender.”

Adding: “First-borns have higher average education and earnings than later-borns – so this is a plausible explanation for poorer health outcomes of later-borns. However, it cannot explain the fact that later-borns have better health along some dimensions such as having lower risk of high blood pressure and obesity. First-borns are, on average, lighter at birth than their siblings. Lower nutrient flow to first-borns in utero may affect their regulation of fat and cause them to store more fats in adulthood. This may partly explain the greater propensity of first-borns to be obese.

“The resulting catch-up growth of first-borns also leads to a greater tendency towards high blood pressure. Thus, the greater likelihood of high blood pressure and obesity for first-borns may be largely biologically determined.

“Another potential mechanism is personality. While the empirical evidence is not particularly strong, there is an established set of theories about birth order and personality.

First-borns are often perceived to be intense and career-orientated while later-borns are considered to be more laid back and creative .
“This provides a possible set of explanations for our findings about blood pressure. High blood pressure and triglycerides may be caused by the stress that results from this driven, competitive personality type.”


Source: Guardian

REPORT: 200 Jigawa children suffering from Tuberculosis

At least 200 children have been confirmed to have tuberculosis disease in Gwaram local government area of Jigawa state.


Muhammad Maisamari, head of department (HOD) of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the state, confirmed this on Monday through Malam Nasiru Yusif, the information officer of the affected local government council.


Maisamari said the council had already quarantined the affected children.


He added that drugs and other logistics had been provided for the treatment of victims.


The HOD said the department was able to bring the situation under control and was taking necessary measures to avoid spread of the disease.


Maisamari also appealed to residents of the council to report the outbreak of any disease to the appropriate authorities for quick response.

Beyoncé & Mariah Carey’s Children Pose for a Cute Photo After Christmas Concert

When Beyoncé paid a visit to Mariah Carey‘s Christmas show at New York City’s Beacon Theater on Sunday, they weren’t the only ones getting in the holiday spirit. Both famous moms brought along their little ones.

While the internet was still collectively losing its mind over the selfie Carey, 46, posted with Beyoncé, 35, the “All I Want for Christmas Is You” singer shared a big group photo backstage with their mini-mes.

“Backstage at Christmas time with our beautiful children,” Carey captioned the shot featuring her 5-year-old twins with ex-husband Nick Cannon, Monroe and Moroccan, as well as Beyoncé’s 4-year-old daughter and a friend.

All four kids were dressed to impress, with Monroe and Moroccan donning festive red ensembles and Blue rocking a pink headband and shimmering silver skirt. The daughter of Jay Z also appeared to be taking notes from her diva mom, posing for the photo by peeking out behind a red fan.

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Lagos Government to embark on ‘arming’ children against abuse.

The Lagos state government says it will be embarking on a series of event to educate the public, including children, on sexual and gender based violence in the country.

The series of event will hold in commemoration of the 16 days of activism to end all forms of violence against women and children.

The implementer of the event, the Lagos state Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), will partner with Access Bank to hold a workshop and a symposium on preventing violence against women and children.

In a statement on Sunday, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, DSVRT coordinator, said the workshop is themed: ‘Safeguarding The Rights For A Child’, and the symposium tagged ‘It’s On You And I To End Violence Against Women  And Children’.

She said the workshop would “focus on children within the region of primary 3 and 6, saying this became imperative in view of the recent statistics which revealed that children within this age range were most vulnerable as regards falling prey to sex predators”.

“Over 1,500 children drawn from both public and private schools in the mainland, Eti- Osa and Apapa axis of the state would receive age appropriate sex education, tips on being sensitive about their body parts, and also a critical education on how to detect and avoid the process of grooming which is a process most predators adopt,” Vivour-Adeniyi said.

“It is our utmost desire that after the program, children would be better informed on their rights, red flags to look out for, and relevant self defence tips. They would also receive relevant materials and contact numbers to call to report any child abuse case.”

She said the symposium, tagged ‘It’s On You And I To End Violence Against Women  And Children’, would hold at Access Bank head office, Victoria Island, Lagos.

“We are confident that after these events, there would be an increased level of awareness on how to prevent the occurrence of these crimes, steps to take to report and renewed commitment from members of the society on their role in ridding this menace out of our society,” Vivour-Adeniyi said.

Philippines to jail nine-year-old children for crimes.

Children as young as nine could be jailed in the Philippines for certain crimes under a proposed law backed by the president, sparking concern Monday from the United Nations and rights groups.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies have been pushing to pass laws by December that would restore the death penalty and lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 9.

Duterte won May elections largely because of a vow to kill tens of thousands of drug dealers, also promising on the campaign trail to close a loophole in the juvenile justice system that he said allowed traffickers to use minors as narcotic couriers.

“Adult criminals knowingly and purposely make use of youth below 15 years of age to commit crimes, such as drug trafficking,” Pantaleon Alvarez, one of the proposed law’s main backers, said in an explanatory note.

While Duterte wanted the age threshold dropped to 12, his allies went one step further by calling for it to be lowered to nine.

The UN children’s agency UNICEF reminded the Philippines of its international obligations.

Manila is a state party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which says criminal responsibility below the age of 12 is not acceptable.

“Jail is no place for a child. It is alarming for children to be institutionalised (sent to a penal institution),” UNICEF said in a position paper sent to AFP Monday. “It will be retrogression on the part of the Philippine Government.”

Rights organisations launched a campaign called #ChildrenNotCriminals to urge lawmakers to reconsider their support for the law.

One of the groups, Plan International, told AFP that children on the wrong side of the law were often victims of criminal gangs.

“It is unfair that it’s always the children who are blamed. This will result in children becoming hardened criminals,” said Ernesto Almocera of Plan International Philippines.

The advocates appealed to Duterte to explore factors that led children to commit crimes, such as poverty and lack of parental guidance and education.

“We cannot hold children to the same standard as we hold adult offenders,” Melanie Llana of the Philippine Action for Youth Offenders told AFP. “Are we really going to jail 9-year-olds who we know are not fully mature?”

Duterte’s hardline approach to criminals has drawn criticism from its ally the United States, the UN and human rights groups.

Nearly 2,000 people have been killed in police operations and 2,800 have died in unexplained circumstances since Duterte took office on June 30, according to official figures.

Critics allege some of these deaths amount to state-sponsored extrajudicial killings, a charge Duterte has rejected.

Donald Trump denies trying to get security clearance for his children

Republican President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was not trying to get security clearance for his children, which would allow them access to classified government information.


“I am not trying to get ‘top level security clearance’ for my children. This was a typically false news story,” the New York real estate magnate said in a Twitter post.


Trump was referring to media reports that he was seeking security clearance for his three oldest children – Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka – as well as Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner. Trump spokesman Jason Miller said Trump also was not trying to get clearance for Kushner.


“No paperwork has been completed or sent,” he said.


Clearances for the family members would allow Trump to discuss matters of national security with them. Federal law prohibits him from hiring family members to serve in his administration, but all four played important advisory roles through the campaign.


Trump has insisted that to avoid conflicts of interest, his children would run his sprawling business operations once he assumed the presidency.

Angelina Jolie Wins Sole Custody Of Her Children

Angelina Jolie Pitt will continue to have sole custody of her six children with Brad Pitt in a joint agreement reached by the actors, a representative for the actress said Monday.

The voluntary agreement calls for the former couple’s six children, who range in ages from 8 to 15, to continue to have “therapeutic visits” with Pitt for the time being.

Jolie Pitt filed for divorce in September, days after Pitt was involved in a disturbance during a private flight with his family. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the breakup and an attorney said at the time she filed for divorce “for the health of the family.”

Monday’s statement said the agreement was reached more than a week ago, although Pitt has told a court he is seeking joint custody. The statement said no further details could be provided and it makes no mention of an investigation by child welfare workers into the plane incident.

The agreement has not been filed in the couple’s divorce and may not be the final custody arrangement governing the actors’ children.

Pitt and Jolie Pitt reached a temporary custody agreement in late September that included at least some of the same terms – visitation with his children and both sides agreeing to meetings with therapists.

“We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time,” Monday’s statement said.

A representative for Pitt declined comment.

The actor filed a legal response to the divorce Friday and sought joint custody of the children. Formal custody arrangements are included a couple’s divorce judgment, although they are rarely made public in celebrity divorce cases.

Pitt’s filing did not include any new details about the couple’s breakup. Pitt cited irreconcilable differences and makes no mention of a prenuptial agreement that will govern how the pair divides their assets. He also cites Sept. 15 as the day of their separation, one day after the alleged plane altercation between Pitt and his 15-year-old son, Maddox.

Pitt was accused of being abusive toward the teenager, sources told the Associated Press, but authorities were not notified when the plane landed in Minnesota. Several sources said the incident was being investigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, but the agency said it could not confirm whether it was involved.

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NSCDC rescues 3 children from Kidnappers in Abia.

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abia State command, has rescued three children (two female and one male of ages between 10 and 11), from the hands of kidnappers and ritualists in Abia state.

The victims whose names were not disclosed were rescued around Aba and Obingwa area of the state following a tip off

According to the command, the suspects were believed to have entered the state through neighbouring states of Rivers, Akwa-Ibom and Cross River with their collaborators in Abia State, disguising as scavengers.

The State Commandant, Walter Akubiro Chika, who spoke through the Corps’ Public Relations Officer, Uchenwa Oliver, disclosed that the criminals often disguised as scavengers at refuse dump sites at Aba and Obi-Ngwa areas of the state to execute their criminal act.

“They mesmerized teenagers coming to dump refuse in the areas, tie them with iron binders in an uncompleted building within the areas in anticipation of ransoms from their would-be buyers”, he? said.

The state commandant lamenting the rate of such cases in the state and appealed to the general public, particularly parents, to be watchful of their children, especially when they send them on errands.

Bauchi decries high number of out-of-school children.

Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has decried the large number of out of school children in the state, describing the situation as worrisome.

Abubakar made the remarks on Tuesday when a Non-Governmental Organisation, JACCO’S Charity International, led by its Founder/President, Jodie Frank, visited him at the Governor’s Lodge in Abuja.

He, however, said that his administration was passionate about redressing the plight of the affected children, especially the girl-child.

The governor explained that the government was working hard to ensure that school-aged children were fully enrolled in schools.

The United Nations Children’s Fund recently announced that out of 1.2 million school-age children in Bauchi State, 777,000 were out of school.

This prompted the state government to launch a state-wide school enrolment campaign in November, 2015.

Abubakar said that an NGO, floated by his wife, was also working hard to see more children enrolled in schools.

He said that government would leave no stone unturned to reversing the situation.

He thanked the NGO for choosing Bauchi as one of the beneficiaries of its proposed back-to-school programme.

Abubakar said that the state government would collaborate with the team for the success of the programme.

He, however, asked the organisation to formalise its request for assistance in this regard through a letter to his office.

Earlier, Frank told the governor that her organisation was committed to catering for less privileged children in local communities across the country.

She said that the NGO was planning an out-of-school programme in selected states including Bauchi.

According to her, the programme will be launched in April, 2017 and call for the governor’s assistance to make it a success.

She lauded the achievements of the governor’s administration, which included roads and borehole projects, especially in rural communities.

Buhari Launches Campaign To End Violence Against Children By 2030

President Muhammadu Buhari, has launched a campaign to End Violence against Children by 2030.

Buhari who was represented by Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal, at the launch of the campaign, which took place at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja on Tuesday, said, “We commit to protecting each and every one of you from violence.”

“I say to children in Nigeria – on this historic day, we make a pledge.”


Buhari Launches Campaign To End Violence Against Children By 2030


Millions of children suffer some form of physical, emotional or sexual violence every year in Nigeria. A survey carried out last year by the National Population Commission, with support from UNICEF and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that approximately 6 out of 10 Nigerian children experience one of these forms of violence before they reach 18.

The 2030 End Violence Against Children Campaign, supported by UNICEF and USAID, builds and expands on the success of just-ended Year of Action to End Violence Against Children, launched by the President in September 2015.

During the Year of Action, Lagos, Cross River, Benue and Plateau States all heeded the President’s call to launch their own State campaigns; Bayelsa became the 23rd State in Nigeria to domesticate the Child’s Rights Act and nine States joined hands to develop a model child protection system to put the Child’s Rights Act into practice.

The Sustainable Development Goals, agreed last month by all members of the United Nations,  including Nigeria , include a call on every country in the world to end all forms of violence against children by 2030.

“The Year of Action has created a wonderful momentum to end violence against children. We have a clear moral, legal and economic imperative and a global obligation to take action to end the suffering of children who live under the shadow of violence.” the President added.

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goal to end violence against children, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development announced that it will convene representatives from key Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, as well as Civil Society and Faith Based Organisations to develop a National Plan of Action.

“Ending violence against children is everybody’s business,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF’s West and Central Africa Regional Director. “With this campaign, Nigeria has shown it is determined to mobilize political will and resources to tackle all forms of violence against children wherever it happens”.

#IDG2016: AYAHAY Foundation Providing Education To Girls And Children Displaced By Boko Haram

In line with the theme of this year’s International day for Girl child, “Girls Progress = Goal Progress”,
at AYAHAY Foundation, educating the girl child has been our priority. To celebrate this day however, AYAHAY Foundation announce the establishment of education centers in Abuja and Adamawa, educating internally displaced persons, and the foundation hopes to establish 8 more centres in a bid to educate more girls especially from Northern Nigeria.
As the world marks the International day for the Girl Child, “we are proud to also state that empowering girls through our scholarship programs over the years has been rewarding, the girls opportuned to have been part of the scheme from Kebbi, Adamawa, Yobe, Sokoto and Borno have continued to perform creditably well” , says Mrs Maryam Augie Abdulmumin, founder of the foundation.

Mrs Augie-Abdulmumin also announce that AYAHAY Foundation, through its Empowerment through Education program, has constructed Early Childhood Education Centers (ECEC) in FCT Abuja and Malkohi, Adamawa State to educate vulnerable kids displaced by Boko Haram.

“For us it is about how much we can do for the 10 million plus out of school children in Northern Nigeria, add that number to those displaced, we had to get them in school even as they’re in the various IDP camps. We have a target of 500 women and 500 children before the end of year.” says Maryam Augie Jibrin, Executive Director of the Foundation.

Mrs Jibrin stated, “The Centres offer the space, materials, and activities organized to promote active exploration and learning for children between the ages of 3-6, and also psychosocial therapy for the kids.

The Education program is under the AYAHAY Foundation’s Gift Basket Initiative, which was started in 2014 with the sole purpose of providing relief materials to the men, women and children who have become internally displaced as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency in North-Eastern Nigeria.

Hajara Tafida-Isa, Program officer of the Foundation says “we know that providing relief materials is a short-term solution to a long term problem. This led to the birth of our Empowerment through Education Program.”

“Statistically, it can be seen that between 2014-2016, there was 89% increase in the number of IDPs, also 95% increase in the number of IDPs that were out of school. Similarly, 90% of schools were destroyed in the affected areas.” Ms Tafida – Isa Maintained.

“The Early Childhood Education Centers are 2 out of 10 centers that the Foundation plans to set up in IDP camps and host communities in Northern Nigeria.” Program officer of the Foundation added. “We have 92% of IDPs living in host communities, but only 8% in IDP camp.”

Ms. Hajara further explained with details that the Abuja Center is at the Durumi IDP Camp which has a population of two thousand, seven hundred and seventy-four (2774).

“There are currently 50 children at the Abuja center and we are targeting 500 children in all the 10 centers. The center in Adamawa State is located at Malkohi, a community with a population of about eight thousand (8000). The center will cater to the educational needs of the IDP and the host community.” She maintained.

To make it conducive, the centers are built using mud blocks, thatch and have bamboo in the walls for ventilation. The items according to the facility manager, Mr Onyedikachi Izuegbu. “Will help keep the class cool even in the hottest days. “Handmade light bulbs made of chlorine and water which reflect the rays of the sun into the classroom were inserted through the roof because of the lack of electricity.”

“We have also initiated a second branch of the program which is the Adult Learning Program” He added.
“To ensure that our pupils get the right amount of help with their schoolwork while at home, their mothers have also been enrolled into our adult literacy classes where they will learn literacy and numeracy. All our teachers and instructors are Internally Displaced Persons.” He concluded.

AYAHAY Foundation in its efforts as part of its nationwide education outreach program in the country set up a scholarship program for bright children from Northern Nigeria. There are currently 12 students in the program who attend well-recognised schools in Northern Nigeria such as El-Amin International School, Minna, Niger State.
AYAHAY Foundation was established after two of Ms Augie’s close friends, Fatima and Aisha Yahaya, died in a car accident (AYAHAY is Yahaya spelled backwards.) The foundation, which is now made up of Maryam and about 20 other young individuals in different fields, has since 2013 been helping women and children especially, by equipping them with relevant entrepreneurial skills and providing them with relief materials.

AYAHAY Foundation before now, provided relief materials for the three northeastern states, Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa, which have for a very long time been afflicted by attacks from terrorist group, Boko Haram.

UNICEF Commends Plateau For Working To End Violence Against Children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has commended the Plateau Government for inaugurating an action plan to end violence against children in the state.

The UNICEF Communication Officer in Bauchi, Mr Samuel Kaalu, announced this in a statement issued in Jos on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Plateau became the fourth state in Nigeria to inaugurate such campaign on Sept. 29.Inaugurations of similar action plan across the country are responses to a report of a survey conducted in 2014 by the National Population Commission (NPC) with support from UNICEF and other agencies.

The survey revealed high prevalence of violence against children in Nigeria, which necessitated the inauguration of the National Action Plan on violence against children in September 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kaalu said the UNICEF would also render all the needed support to the Plateau government to reduce violence against children both in the state and the entire country.

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75,000 Children Could Die In Nigeria In 2017 – UNICEF

U.N. Children’s Fund warns that about 75,000 children will die next year in Nigeria. The horrible prediction is based on famine-like conditions created by Boko Haram if donors don’t respond quickly. The Fund stresses that’s far more than the 20,000 people killed in the seven-year Islamic uprising.

Arjan de Wagt, nutrition chief for UNICEF in Nigeria, notes that the severity of malnutrition levels and high number of children facing death make the humanitarian crisis confronting northeastern Nigeria perhaps the worst in the world.

De Wagt explains that most severely malnourished children die of secondary illnesses like diarrhea and respiratory infections.

The expert says: “But with famine, you actually die of hunger. Globally, you just don’t see this. You have to go back to places like Somalia five years ago to see these kinds of levels. Nearly 260,000 people died in Somalia between 2010 and 2012 from severe drought aggravated by war.”

On Thursday UNICEF doubled the amount of its appeal for Nigeria, saying $115 million is needed to save children. However, only $24 million has been raised so far.

Speaking about the whole society De Wagt stressed: “Of 4 million people in desperate need of food are about 2.2 million people trapped in areas where Boko Haram is operating or in newly liberated areas that still are too dangerous to reach by road. Among them, 65,000 are living in famine-like conditions.”

In their turn aid group Doctors Without Borders states: “The crisis has reached catastrophic levels for people who have sought refuge in towns controlled by the military but who are entirely reliant on outside aid that does not reach them”.

However, de Wagt admits that the agency continues to deliver some therapeutic food by helicopter and to train local health workers to treat malnourished children living in dangerous areas.

Doctors Without Borders state that the highest levels of starving children are in camps in Maiduguri, the northeastern city free of conflict where aid workers have been active for two years: “The mortality rate is five times higher than what is considered an emergency, with the main cause being hunger”.

Pray for me to have children – Funke Akindele begs fans

Popular Nollywood comic actress, Funke Akindele, has made a passionate appeal to her fans over her childlessness, urging them to pray for her.

The actress cum producer recently got married to Nigerian rapper, Abdul Rasheed Bello also known as JJC Skillz in London, after her failed marriage to her first husband, Kehinde Almaro of Oloyede.

While JJC Skillz has four children from different women, Funke is yet to have her own child.

Funke who is the producer of, Jenifa’s Diary, in a statement on her Facebook page, urged fans to pray she conceived and delivered safely in her new home.

Imploring them to share her prayer around, Funke wrote: “I’m not shy to say this,” she wrote.


“You all know I, Funke Akindele Jenifa has been married for a while now without any issue.

“Some have even laughed at me, insulted me, judged me without knowing the pains I go through. I put up every effort in entertaining my fans and Nigerians at large, I made you laugh and some would even say I’ve inspired them in one way or the other.

“Now I’m in another man’s house.

“Pls always put me in your prayers. I pray this year 2016 will not pass me by. I will not only give birth, but I will give birth safe and sound. As you write AMEN to this prayer, may God answer all your hidden prayers.

“Pls why not write Amen?

“Why not share this posts for others to say amen?

“Your AMEN is so powerful. Type Amen on my behalf.

“Even when I’m not happy, I still put up a smile face. Just for you my lovers, my fans. I love you all.”

22% Of Children Under Five In South West Suffer Stunted Growth- UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) raised fresh concerns in Monday over the prevalence and effect of malnutrition in the South-West geo-political zone of the country, stating that 22 per cent of children under five years in the zone have stunted growth.

The UNICEF Communication Specialist, Mr. Geoffrey Njoku, gave the figure in an opening remark at a media dialogue organised by the UNICEF for select journalists in some states of the South- West.

He added that it was erroneous to believe that malnutrition is prevalent only in the Northern states.

Quoting a 2013 survey, Njoku said survey had shown that malnutrition is prevalent among children of the rich people of the South West under the age of five, saying malnutrition is a national problem and harped on the need to share responsibilities in investing in simple cost interventions.

Njoku, who narrated his Owerri hometown experience in the South Eastern part, Imo State, revealed that 13% of children born to rich families also suffer malnutrition in the geo-political zone.

A resource person from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Mrs Ogunbumi Omotayo, noted: “Nigeria has the highest number of stunted children under age five in sub-Saharan Africa and second highest in the world with 37% of all children stunted, 18% wasting and 29% underweight.”

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Infertile Man Accused Of Mutilating His Wife For Not Giving Him Children

A Kenyan man has been accused of cutting off his wife’s hands and mutilating her for not giving him children — even though doctors told him he was the one who was infertile.

Jackline Mwende’s husband is accused of attacking her in their home in Machakos, Kenya with a machete in late July, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday. According to Mwende, 27, her husband, Stephen Ngila, slashed her face, leaving her disfigured, and cut off both of her hands. A neighbor told local media that area residents heard screaming and called the police. She said that upon entering the house, she saw rooms spattered with blood and a severed hand on the floor.

Mwende told The LA Times that the marriage had started out happy, but eventually turned sour over the couple’s fertility issues. She said that after a doctor told them that Ngila was infertile in 2014, her husband started drinking and beating her. Her parents pleaded with her to leave, but her church leaders advised her to stay in the marriage.

“In most cases, every time there was a problem, I would run to our pastor,” she said. “The pastor would always tell me, ‘Jackie, please persevere. That man will come to change one day,’” she said. “I always wanted to protect my marriage so I decided to stay with him.”

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$15bn Arms Deals: Panel Traces Funds To Five Children Of Ex-Army Chief

The Presidential Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement (CADEP) has traced about N2billion, meant for the purchase of vehicles for the Nigerian Army, to the accounts of five children of a former Chief of Army Staff.


The accounts were said to have been frozen as at the time of filing this report.


Also, the panel discovered that about 42 units of Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) rejected by Iraq were resold to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram insurgents.


It said the poor equipment accounted for the loss of lives and soldiers in the North-East.


The panel’s findings are contained in a brief which was  obtained by The Nation.

The outcome of the panel’s investigation suggested that the children of the ex-Chief of Army Staff allegedly used two companies for the deal.


The panel said: “The committee reviewed the procurement carried out by Chok Ventures Ltd and Integrated Equipment Services Ltd, two companies that shared the same registered office, had one name as common controlling shareholder and sole or mandatory signatory to the various banks accounts of the companies.”


The committee further established that between March 2011 and December 2013, the two companies exclusively procured various types of Toyota and Mitsubishi vehicles worth over N2, 000,000,000.00 for the Nigerian Army without any competitive bidding.


Most of the contracts awarded to the companies were also split, awarded on the same date or within a short space of time at costs and mobilization higher than the prescribed thresholds.


For instance, on February 13 and 15, the two companies were awarded contracts worth N260, 000.000.00 and N315, 000,000.00 respectively for supplies of various vehicles. The Nigerian Army could not justify the exclusive selection of these vendors against other renowned distributors of same brands of vehicles procured.


More seriously, the committee found no credible evidence of delivery of the vehicles by the two companies as there were no receipt vouchers, but only unauthenticated delivery notes, invoices and waybills that were purportedly used for the deliveries.


Nevertheless, the vendors were fully paid based on job completion certificate authenticated by the then Chief of Logistics, Maj Gen D.D. Kitchener (rtd). The payments were also made without deduction of Withholding Tax (WHT). Furthermore, analyses of the various bank accounts of the two companies showed transfers to individuals , some of who are believed to be children of the army chief.


Thus, the committee recommends further investigation to determine delivery of the vehicles and relationship of funds beneficiaries with the former COAS and the two companies. Furthermore, the panel said that Lt Gen O. A. Ihejirika (rtd), Maj Gen D. D. Kitchener (rtd), Col A. M. Inuwa and Mr Chinedu Onyekwere should be held accountable for the issues arising out of the contracts.”


The panel observed that the award of contracts in the Nigerian Army was fraught with irregularities.


It said a company was registered on November 17, 2014 and awarded $125,179,299.10 on the same day.


It said: “The Nigerian Army, between April and August 2014, entered into four contract agreements with Societe D’Equipmenteux Internationale  (SEI Nig Ltd)  for procurement of Cobra Armoured Personnel Carriers, Shilka Self-Propelled Artillery Guns, Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) as well as various ammunition and spares funded by the ONSA.”


The contracts for the Cobra APCs and Shilka Guns were not executed as they were not funded. However, the costs for procurement of the AFVs; ammunition and spares were $398,550,000.00 and $484,765,000.00 respectively totalling $883,315,000.00.


In November 2014, the ONSA awarded contract to Conella Services Limited for procurement of 72 various arms and ammunition that included MRAP vehicles, Mi-17 helicopter at the cost of $125,179,299.10.


The committee observed that the company was registered in Nigeria on 17 November, 2014 and awarded the contract on the same date, while the EUC for the procurement was issued a day later on 18 November, 2014. Furthermore, the ONSA paid $36,996,530.00 and N2,209,582,296.00 to the vendor between November 2014 and 15 April, 2015.


However, the Nigerian Army denied receipt of any procurement from Conella Services Ltd.


Similarly, the committee tried in vain to reach officials of the company to confirm execution of the contract. There is, therefore, the need for further investigation of Conella Services Ltd.


The committee observed that SEI and its two associated companies, APC Axial Ltd and HK-Sawki Nig Ltd, were incorporated in May 2014 with two Nigerien brothers, Hima Aboubakar and Ousmane Hima Massy as the only directors.


Between May 2014 and March 2015, the ONSA mandated CBN to release various sums totaling $386,954,000.00 to SEI and the two associated companies for ‘procurement of technical equipment’, without tying the money to particular items of procurement.


Thus, the allotment of the funds was left at the discretion of the vendor without input or consultation with ONSA or the Nigerian Army.


Furthermore, some of the funds transferred preceded the formalization of SEI contracts with the Nigerian Army. There was also no evidence of any contract to justify the payments made by ONSA to the SEI associate companies. Consequently, it had been difficult for the ONSA, the Nigerian Army and SEI to reconcile the accounts vis-a-vis the equipment delivered.”


The panel also uncovered that 42 units of Armoured Personnel Carrier(APC) which were rejected by Iraq were later sold to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram insurgents.


It claimed that some of the APCs were either expired or unsuitable leading to loss of lives.


It added: “The committee observed that one of the new equipment SEI procured for the Nigerian Army from Ukraine was BTR-4E APC.”


However, according to the Ukraine’s state enterprise, Lviv Armour Repair Plant, the designers of the equipment, “some of the products sold to Nigeria in 2014 were actually among 42 units designed for Iraq which subsequently rejected them due to poor performance rating”.


The Nigerian Army did not also undertake the mandatory pre-shipment inspections provided for in the contract agreements. Instead, the NA deployed an infantry officer, who lacked the technical knowledge to assess the capabilities and shortcomings of the equipment, to oversee the shipment of the items for the Nigerian Army from Ukraine.


Additionally, the two-week training availed the technicians and operators was inadequate for them to comprehend the technical workings of the newly introduced equipment.


The committee’s interactions with the field operators revealed that although the platforms and ammunition procured by SEI were deployed for the NE operations, some of them were aged or expired, lacked spares and prone to breakdown without immediate recovery equipment.

Therefore, failure to carry out pre-shipment inspection and inadequate training resulted in procurement of some unreliable equipment that reduced the capacity of the Nigerian Army in the North East operations and resulted in the loss of lives and equipment.”


On some payments to SEI on T-72 Tanks, the panel said the company made about $93,000,000.00 profit without paying the mandatory 5 per cent Withholding Tax(WHT).


It said: “SEI submitted a document to the committee reconciling the items it delivered to the Nigerian Army vis-a-vis the payments made to it by ONSA.”


According to SEI, the total value of the contracts it executed amounted to $909,065,824.00 and not the  $883,315,000.00 reflected in the two contract agreements it signed with Nigerian Army.


Furthermore, SEI claimed that it delivered goods worth $697,718,168.00 whereas only $198,289,672.00 was paid to it by ONSA.


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Lead Poisoning Causes Low Intelligence In Children– Commissioner

Dr Mustapha Jibrin, Niger Commissioner for Heath and Hospital Services, says excessive lead in pregnant women can cause deformity and make children to be dull academically.

Jibrin said on Monday that the acceptable composition of lead in the body should be below 10 microgram. The commissioner added that the presence of 100 microgram of lead would lead to damage of vital body organs which can result in death.

“Lead is a by-product of metals attached to the stones that people mine. When there is illegal mining in an area, the soil in that area is prone to lead contamination.

“Aside from the accident that can occur at the site, there will be inhalation of different kinds of dust particles and it can lead to all kinds of chest diseases especially for those who are unaware of being asthmatic.

“Other ways people can have excessive lead in the body is through the water they drink and the food that is contaminated with lead.

“Lead is difficult to excrete and when it get to a very high level, it affects the brain, heart, kidney, bones, blood and in female it can affect the reproductive system”, he said. Jibrin said the worst condition of lead is found in children as it affects the brain of growing children and causes severe abdominal pain, convulsion, abnormal behavior and irritability.

He said a child born with excessive lead in the body was likely to die after birth. He added that lead poisoning can be treated, but better prevented by steering away from illegal mining.

Similarly, Dr Aliyu Tangwagi, Niger Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals, told NAN that there were plans to harmonise activities of miners in the state. He said the State Government was collaborating with the Federal Government to bring mining under one umbrella in the state.

Tangwagi said that negotiation was on with geologists and geographers to use modern equipment to survey the land. “The company is called Zuma Mineral of Niger state, it has been registered and it is about 75 per cent completed.

“The miners will be engaged as laborers using modern technology. It will be a concession for some period of years and mining will be on after the concession elapses”, he said.

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Malawi Orders Arrest Of Man Paid To Have Sex With Children

Malawian President Peter Mutharika ordered the arrest Tuesday of a man paid to have sex with more than 100 adolescent girls as part of a traditional ritual marking their passage to womanhood.

The order was issued after the man from the southern district of Nsanje gave a media interview confessing to have slept with the girls for a fee of between four and seven dollars paid by each of their families.

“I order police to immediately arrest Mr Eric Aniva, investigate him and take him to court forthwith for defilement cases,” Mutharika said in a statement.

This little-known local practice is performed in southern Malawi by men known as “hyenas” at the behest of a girl’s parents after her first menstruation.

The ritual is believed to train girls to become good wives and to protect them from disease, or misfortune could fall on their families or their village.

But it is blamed for spreading AIDS.

In a BBC interview broadcast last week, Aniva confessed to being infected with HIV and sleeping with virgin girls without using protection.

Aniva said that the girls were as young as 12.

“All these girls find pleasure in having me as their ‘hyena’,’ he said. “They actually are proud.”

Mutharika said Aniva should “be investigated for exposing the young girls to contracting HIV and further be charged accordingly.”

He also ordered an inquiry into the role of parents, saying “harmful cultural and traditional practices cannot be accepted.”

The sexual cleansing ritual by a “hyena” is also performed on bereaved widows in Nsanje district to exorcise villages of evil spirits or to prevent another death occurring.

Aniva said a “hyena” was selected by the community based on good morals and that custom did not allow him to use condoms.

Malawi, which has one of the highest HIV infections in the world, criminalises sex with a person under the age of 16.

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ISIS Targeting Children Through Mobile App, FG Warns

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has developed and launched a new mobile application aimed at recruiting and indoctrinating children for the purpose of furthering its Jihad course.

A statement issued by Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Abuja on Thursday said the mobile application, tagged ‘Huroof’ (Arabic alphabets or letters), is to be used by ISIS to teach children the Arabic alphabets with the aid of guns, military tanks and cannons.

Mohammed said, “The application utilises colourful illustrations that attract and engage the attention of young children.”

The minister urged members of the public and parents in particular to be vigilant and to prevent their children and wards from being indoctrinated

The Federal Government had in 2014 issued a security alert that the ISIS had employed the services of a South African to recruit fighters for it from West Africa.

Shortly after the warning, a son of a prominent former Chief Justice of Nigeria was reported to have travelled to Syria in company with his two wives to fight for ISIS. The man was reportedly killed in Syria recently.

Islamist terror group operating in West Africa and especially in Nigeria, the Boko Haram, had also pledged allegiance to ISIS which also welcomed it to its fold.

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Buhari Assures Children Of Better Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with all Nigerian children on the occasion of this year’s Children’s Day celebration, reassuring them his administration remained fully committed to fulfilling its promise of a better Nigeria.
The president, in his Children’s Day message to the nation yesterday, said it was a thing of joy that on the occasion, the country could also celebrate the safe return of one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, Amina Ali Nkeki and many other abducted women and children freed from the clutches of Boko Haram by the military.

He reassured Nigerians and friends of the country that his administration would not rest until the Boko Haram sect is totally eliminated.
He said as peace gradually returns to the North-east states, the federal government would continue to work diligently to ensure the rapid and full re-integration as well as rehabilitation of all internally displaced persons, including orphaned children in the region.
He said the government would also sustain and strengthen ongoing actions to protect children more effectively from violence, child-labour, child-trafficking, forced marriages and other related offences.
He urged all Nigerians, especially children, to imbibe and exhibit in greater measure, the virtues of hard work, diligence, discipline, honesty, prudence, selflessness and patriotism which he said were essential for the actualisation of the vision for a truly great nation. Buhari wished all children a happy Children’s Day.

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Family Dog Leads Firefighters To Trapped Children In Their Burning Home

Neighbours of an Orlando, Florida deputy saw flames and realized that her house was on fire at about 11pm on Monday, they quickly called 911 and rushed to help her, her husband, their two children. One of the neighbors, Mr Dover, was able to break through all the front windows of the home and rescue the Seminole County sheriff’s deputy.

Fortunately, Firefighters responded to the fire around 11:20 p.m. and were able to pull her husband
from the home but because of the thickness of the smoke,  they couldn’t find the couple’s 4 year old son and 2 year old daughter who were still trapped in the house.

Fortunately, the family dog, a German Shepherd named Maxx, was able to lead the Firefighters to both children and they were rescued as well.

“The little boy was not breathing when they brought him out. They put a mask on him, he came to,” said Dover.

“We ran over next door to see where the sound came from and you could see the flames coming out,” neighbor Chip Dover said.

“We were banging on the windows,”. “I pulled on the front door enough to pull the latch right off of it. Nothing happened.”

His son joined him and the two threw a chair through a window and kept breaking windows.

6px; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px;”> Their hands blackened by smoke and soot, Dover and his son were finally able to locate the wife.

“We didn’t hear anything anymore, so then we went to the next window, smashed that one out and I pulled (the trapped woman) out of that window,” Dover said.

Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma said once she was out of the house, the deputy, tried to go right back in to rescue her children.

“Her primary concern was to get back in there and to rescue her children,” he said. “She’s an absolute trooper. She’s a hero within our organization and her actions tonight demonstrate that behavior.

“We’re very proud of her.”

Emergency personnel at the scene were able to restrain the deputy while firefighters rescued her children.
He commended Dover for his actions, saying it was “a really heroic act on the part of the neighbor.”
All four members of the family are hospitalized and listed in critical, but stable, condition.  The dog is being treated for smoke inhalation and is expected to make a full recovery.
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Troops Rescue 14 Women, Children In Terrorist Camp

Troops of the Nigerian Army yesterday in yet another raid  on  another Boko Haram camp rescued 14 women and children held under captivity in a village in Borno state.

Cache of arms and ammunitions were also recovered as soldiers under the 155 Task Force Battalion conducted a patrol to Nimila village yesterday.

Spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Col Sani Kukasheka Usman, said the troops had “rescued 14 persons from the clutches of Boko Haram terrorists  and recovered weapons. The rescued persons were mostly women and children.

He said the troops also recovered 3 guns; a single barrel and two double barrels, three motor cycles  in addition to two mobile telephone handsets.

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Man Jailed In Kirirkiri Prison For Stealing Baby Food To Feed His Newborn Baby

A 28-year-old man, Nurudeen Sulaimon, has been arrested and jailed for allegedly stealing formula worth N45,000 from a supermarket to feed his newborn baby who was crying for food. It is alleged that Sulaimon went to a supermarket and stole some tins of SMA Gold infant formula but his action was caught on the supermarket’s CCTV. He was apprehended on his way out of the supermarket by the store’s security men and handed to the police.
He was arrested and taken to the police station. At the station, he begged for forgiveness saying that
he had a newborn baby who hadn’t had any food to eat except water.

He said his wife had given birth to the baby last week Saturday, but wasn’t producing enough breast milk to feed the baby, he said they tried giving the baby water on that fateful day but the water didn’t seem to soothe the baby so he went out to get some formula to feed it.
He was charged to court for theft but he pleaded not guilty.
The presiding Magistrate, Mr A. A. Fashola granted Sulamon bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum. He was remanded in prison at Kirikiri until he perfected his bail.
The case was adjourned till April 27.

Tambuwal, Osinbajo’s Wives Move To Improve Children, Woman’s Welfare

In an effort to improve the well-being of Sokoto women and children by ensuring access to education and health opportunities, wife of the Sokoto Governor, Hajiya Maria Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Thursday visited the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa.

The meeting was designed to help Sokoto state become the champions of change on issues like women’s health, girl-child education, improving child mortality, and boosting women’s economic empowerment.

In her remarks, Mrs Tambuwal said the state government is mapping out modalities to increase the number of women entrepreneurs so they can build themselves and help their families and communities at large.

This, according to her, becomes imperative because it will reduce poverty rate across the state.
She said women in Sokoto are receptive to new ideas, and have in the past shown the need to work with the authorities and development agencies to improve their lots and seek a better future for their children.

“We need the support of the Federal Government in that regard,” she added.

Responding, Mrs Osinbajo appreciated the fact that Mrs Tambuwal had come with a clear agenda to tackle the problems of girls education and women empowerment.

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A Million Children Severely Malnourished In Eastern, Southern Africa- UN

Nearly one million children across eastern and southern Africa are suffering from “severe acute malnutrition” after two years of drought and the strongest El Nino in 50 years, UNICEF said Wednesday.

Children in the region face worsening food and water shortages, with rising prices exacerbating the situation as families are forced to skip meals and sell belongings.

“Severe acute malnutrition” is defined as extreme hunger, causing a very low weight-for-height ratio, visible wasting or fluid retention.

“The El Nino weather phenomenon will wane, but the cost to children — many who were already living hand-to-mouth — will be felt for years to come,” said UNICEF regional director Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala.

“Governments are responding with available resources, but this is an unprecedented situation. Children’s survival is dependent on action taken today.”

The agency is running humanitarian appeals calling for $87 million for Ethiopia, $26 million for Angola and $15 million for Somalia.

Lesotho, Zimbabwe, and most of South Africa have declared drought emergencies, while in Ethiopia, the number of people in need of food assistance is expected to increase from 10 million to 18 million this year.

Malawi is facing its worst food crisis in nine years, with 2.8 million people (more than 15 percent of the population) at risk of hunger and “severe acute malnutrition” doubling in only two months.

“The statistics are staggering,” said Megan Gilgan, UNICEF regional emergency advisor. “The situation is expected to worsen throughout this year and into 2017.”

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See This Puzzle That Children Solve Instantly But Adults Find It Hard

A simple logic puzzle can bamboozle a lot of adults – but 80% of children can solve it near-instantly, National Geographic has said.

The puzzle is this – which way is the bus going?

The identical windows at each end of the bus seem to offer no clue as to which direction it’s travelling – but there IS a clue buried in there.

It’s the door – there’s no visible entrance, which means that the bus must be travelling to the right.

If it was travelling left, you would be able to see the entrance door where passengers climb on.

National Geographic showed off the puzzle as part of its Brain Games TV series on YouTube – and claims that 80% of under-10s got it right instantly.

It’s not clear why youngsters seem to find it easier than adults – but some UCL research suggests that youngsters are more willing to guess based on incomplete information, according to Metro.

The puzzle has been shared widely this week on social media – as adults struggle to get to grips with it.

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How Boko Haram Set Children Ablaze, Kill 86 In Borno Attacks

Boko Haram was alleged to have burnt some children to death when the militants overran Dalori, a village four kilometres outside Maiduguri, where about 80 residents of the community were killed on Saturday night.

The Area Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency in Borno State, Mohammed Kanar, said 86 bodies were picked up in the village on Sunday.

Hospital sources added that no fewer than 70 persons were receiving treatment in hospitals around the area.

A resident who managed to escape the attack, claimed that screams of children could be heard from burning houses as the embattled villagers ran in confusion to exit the village as the destruction raged.

Also, a survivor, who said he hid on a tree, stated that he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, AP reports.

On Sunday, while some residents had managed to return to their houses which had been razed, a reporter observed that some burnt bodies and others, riddled with bullets, littered the streets and some burnt houses in the town.

One of those who had returned to the village on Sunday said that insurgents including suicide bombers attacked the town, which also spilled over to the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps around the village.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, he added that the suicide bombers mingled with fleeing villagers and detonated the explosives on them at the neighbouring Gamori village, killing several of the villagers.

The villagers told newsmen on Sunday that troops did not arrive in time to stop the rampaging sect fighters from unleashing maximum havoc on the community.

Military authorities confirmed that one of the places targeted by the insurgents was the Dalori Internally Displaced Persons’ camp housing over 15,000 people, who are mostly women and children from Bama.

A member of the youth vigilance group in the town, who spoke on condition of anonymity on the telephone on Sunday, said not less than 65 persons were killed with over 100 others injured in the attack on Dalori.

One of the residents of the community, who fled to Maiduguri, Yusuf Ibrahim, said that the attack on the village started around 6.50pm and lasted for hours.

He lamented that the insurgents, who operated undeterred, stormed the village in Hilux vans and motorcycles dressed in army camouflage and set the houses in the village ablaze.

He said livestock were not spared as the insurgents set them on fire but looted foodstuffs.

A rescue worker, who participated in the evacuation of the victims, said 50 corpses were taken to the Borno State Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri and 15 others corpses deposited at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

Narrating his ordeal, a resident of the village, Mallam Abba said, “We were helpless as no one came to our aid when the insurgents struck on Saturday night. I am still mourning as I lost 11 persons in the siege. At present, I am still looking for five of my children, who went missing during the attack.”

Another resident of Dalori, Imam Ibrahim, who could not hold back his tears as he spoke , said the insurgents “dressed like military personnel and opened fire on everybody.’’

He added, ‘‘All our wives and children were brutally killed; our livestock were equally consumed in a great inferno that engulfed the village.”

A statement, the spokesman for the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East, Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Mustapha Anka, while confirming the attack, however, failed to give the casualty figure.

The statement added, “In their desperate efforts for attacks on strong, determined and committed members of the Civilian Joint Task Force and innocent citizens yesterday (Saturday), 30 January, 2016, Boko Haram terrorists (insurgents) launched an attack on Dalori through Yale from (rear of Dalori village).

“An eyewitness said that the insurgents who came in two Golf cars, motorcycles, started opening fire and burning houses. Their motive was to cause rancour and penetrate the crowd with suicide bombers.

“Similarly, while people were running for their dear lives to Gomari Kerkeri village, three female suicide bombers attempted to make their way into the crowd but were intercepted and subsequently got blown off.

“During the incident, lives were lost while some people sustained injuries. The insurgents also attempted to penetrate Dalori IDP camp, but the attempt was resisted by troops, which resulted into the detonation of IEDs by suicide bombers.”

Anka added that the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Hassan Umaru, had sent a condolence message to the District Head of Dalori, Alhaji Lawal Bashir, and the residents over the unfortunate incident.

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Woman Buys Entire Toy Store, Donates Toys To Homeless Children

New York City philanthropist Carol Suchman, who recently purchased an entire toy store’s worth of toys as holiday gifts for homeless children in the city. Suchman donates toys regularly, but this year on a much grander scale after noticing a shuttered toy store advertised as for rent in her neighborhood— a toy store still full of toys. She told NY1 she contacted the owner and “negotiated” a deal to buy all the contents in bulk (adding that the owner was “thrilled” with her offer) which she then passed along to NYC’s Department of Homeless Services.

 A DHS spokesperson said that they frequently benefit from “generous sponsors” and “toy drives” regularly, but “this is the first time anybody ever bought out an entire store and donated to the children of shelters.” While telling TODAY.com that she’s thrilled by the positive response to her generosity — the waitress in her local coffee shop gave her a kiss, even — Suchman added simply that “everyone can use a gift around the holidays.”
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FG Urged To Criminalize Failure Of Parent To Enrol Children In Schools

A group has urged the Nigerian government to criminalize the failure of parents to enrol their children in schools.

The charge was given in Abuja by a nongovernmental organization, Paulash Initiative, during its programme to increase awareness of the impact of girl child education.

The founder of the group, Folashade Okomayi, said unless the government makes non-enrollment of school-aged children an offence punishable by law, Nigeria will not be able to rid itself of out- of-school children.

“I think what the government should do is that when children are seen hawking; or doing menial jobs during school hours; government should take them somewhere and trace their parents or wards,” she said.

“If they punish one or two parents under a certain law that should be enacted for the purpose; others will take caution.”

Mrs. Okomayi added that the rally was organised to enlighten Nigerians about the growing challenges facing the girl child in the country.

“A lot of girls are still being subjected to the background in our society. When you talk about growing number of out-of-school children, the greatest number of those affected is girls,” she said.

“In terms of domestic violence, girls are also mostly at the receiving end. The story is the same when you talk about child marriage.”

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Alhassan Ismail Mustapha: Dialectics Of Education In Nigeria?

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X

Some time ago, while having tea with co workers, and discussing socio economic manifestations around the country; usually everyone proffered solution to the numerous problems ravaging our dear nation, with every one posing as some sort of development expert in one sector or the other; and we would all listen to brilliant ideas been exchanged. In one of such conversations; been that ministers were been screened your guess is as good as mine; we began discussing  the ministerial screening and somehow our conversation took an unusual turn we suddenly started discussing government priority in relation of course to the president’s assumption as the minister of petroleum.

Many of my co workers supported the move of the president, However few argued that his ‘’body language’’ gave preference to the sector over similar critical sectors. We suggested that areas like mining and steel, agriculture and education were more crucial than the oil sector and should be given adequate if not more attention; trust our colleagues to rubbish our suggestions stating vehemently that attention should be given primarily to the sector that milks the nation.

Alas they have never heard the Yoruba saying “Ogun agbotele ki I pa aro”. Which translates to  
A long foreseen war does not kill a cripple. In this vein another popular Yoruba saying comes to mind which says “Onimonii, etu-u jinfin olamola, etu-u jinfin; eran miiran o si nigbo ni?” Meaning today, the antelope falls into a ditch; tomorrow, the antelope falls into the ditch; is there no other animal in the forest?

The crisis Nigeria has in her educational sector is beyond compression; Africa largest economy has a large number of out-of-school children and young adults with limited literacy and numeracy skills who have little hope of ever joining the formal workforce

Just recently the United States embassy in Nigeria education fact sheet puts Non-school attendance been highest among states in the Northeast and Northwest zones, with 72% of primary age children never attended school in Borno state. This compares with less than 3% in most southern zones. The almajirai constitute the largest group of out-of school children in Nigeria. The Ministry of Education estimated that there were 9.5 million almajiri children in the northern part of the country in 2010.

The Education Fact Sheet in 2010 also shows that even when children enroll in schools, many do not complete the primary cycle.  According to current data, 30% of pupils drop out of primary school and only 54% transit to Junior Secondary Schools and for the very minute percentage that would make it to the final stage 80% of students failed the SSCE because they had no credit pass in English, Mathematics, and three other subjects.

According to a published report by premium times reporter Abdulrahman Abdulmalik in  June 11, 2013 with the headline ‘’ SHOCKING: Nigeria holds world record in number of children out of school” the report stated that  the UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report (EAGMR) says Nigeria holds the world record of having the highest number of its young people out of school. One in five Nigerian children is out of school, giving it the largest population of out-of-school children in the world at 10.5 million in 2010, a figure that has risen almost three million since 1999.

These figures are scary and the comatose the sector faces is cause for serious alarm, the question to ask becomes what is the value of education in Nigeria?

The challenges in the Nigerian educational sector is multi faceted at the tertiary level alone, the number of students has grown from under 15,000 in 1970 to approximately 1.8 million today. As a result of the huge surge in demand, thousands of aspiring tertiary students are annually missing out from simply obtaining admissions to study in tertiary institutions, The figures of students applying into various institutions and the admitting capacity despite been stretched to its limits is not only alarming but gives serious cause for worry.

Nigeria’s institutions and lecture halls are severely overcrowded, student to teacher ratios have skyrocketed thereby meaning that these learning institutions are currently unstaffed.

According to a 2012 report from the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS) Committee, established by the federal government to look into the problems of universities, just 43 percent of Nigeria’s 37,504 university lecturers have phds. The report also notes that Nigeria has one of the worst lecturers to student ratios in the world, with the National Open University, University of Abuja and Lagos State University having a ratios of 1:363; 1:122; 1:114 respectively.

Little wonder why it would take graduate students four and half years trying to obtain a masters degree that was supposed to take half of the time.  With all this problems how then can our universities be in top 1000 University ratings in either the shanghai ranking or center for world university rankings.

After Morocco, Nigeria sends the most students overseas of any country on the African continent, according to data from the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS). The UIS pegged the total number of Nigerian students abroad in 2010 at 39,000, although anecdotal evidence from education watchers in Nigeria would suggest that the number is considerably higher, According to data from the UIS, the number of Nigerian students at overseas institutions of education grew 71 percent between 2007 and 2010. Thus risking brain drain a recently published Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) research suggests that the emigration of highly skilled workers may in fact prevent poor countries from actualizing long term development due to the mass exodus of required human resources

The United Arab Emirates, education spending makes up 22.5 percent of the country’s annual budget. Morocco spends 26.4 percent of its annual budget on education expenditures. The education of South Africa is 18.5 percent of its budget. On the average NIGERIA budgets less than 50% (i.e. 10%) of the recommended 20% of national budget to education, a cumulative of less than 2% of GDP budgeted since 1999 that the country returned to democracy.

Stakeholders in the nation’s education sector say government’s 15 percent hike in the 2014 budget proposal over that of 2013 shows promise and is capable of bringing some relief to the troubled sector, despite falling short of the UNESCO 26 percent recommendation for significant impact. But is funding really the problem? With the incessant problem of corruption; just recently beer parlor rumor had it that the Kaduna government discovered ghost public schools.  Although there is the money problem, it isn’t necessarily a money problem. Although Our government have a commitment to follow the Dakar framework that recommended at least 20% of national budget.

If indeed education is a tool for instilling moral values in the citizen then making political relevant free education and free meals promises at campaign rallies isn’t the answer.

With the crisis at hand we need proper funding of the sector we then need to assess the situation holistically and make provisions for expansion considering our population would also continue to expand, we would have to also find a mechanism to develop academics to also meet the  gap . Similarly we have to upgrade our curriculums and reviewing what is actually been taught in school.

Most important is a shift to special schools and/or programs; something entire different from the horrible technical schools around; unfortunately skills training are depicted as second-class education. What many don not know is to actualize true development we need Technical and Vocational Higher Education; our polytechnics, monotechnics, vocational institutions and colleges of education, school of midwifery and schools of hygiene and medical laboratory Technology must be given equal if not more attention and a mechanism should be created in upgrading their certification.

With this type of education within vocational schools our young people would be trained for a specific trade, directly developing their expertise in techniques related to technology,  and scientific technique to span all aspects of the trade.

Vocational education would prepare people our young trades, crafts and careers at various levels with a high professional practitioner position in careers such as engineeringaccountancynursingmedicinearchitecture, fashion e.t.c

This would enable us to have professionals who clearly understand the practical aspects as against all the theories students are required to memorize to pass examinations. 

Education is very important for sustaining and developing people. With education, people are able to endure, mature. Acquire experience, wisdom and the capability to fend for themselves as well as serve their communities and nation.

Education is said to be both an instrument of stability and of change: stability in the sense that good traditions are documented, taught, imbibed and practiced, and change because it equips people to meet new challenges.

So its importance is not negotiable nobody sums it better than Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum when he said “Developing individuals is the secret of developing societies, because when you train an individual, you are training a society. The important thing is that we should not despair, but rather start from some point in a well planned manner. This is not an impossible mission because we have already done it here and everybody else can do it.”

In all of this  wealthy Nigerians would rather send their kids overseas than help salvage the mess as  Tolu Ogunlesi puts it in his article A Spending Guide for Wealthy Nigerians; ’’It’s not that Nigerians are not technologically inventive, it’s that there’s no support system around that inventiveness, to hone it from crudeness into sophistication. This is where private individuals ought to come in, funding researchers and research institutes, sponsoring competitions (similar to what the NLNG is doing in Science), endowing University chairs, creating platforms that support mentoring and role-modeling. It’s fascinating that some of the most exciting stuff happening in space technology in America is being funded by private visionaries like Elon Musk, who have not yet figured out how they will make the money back, but realize that every society that takes progress seriously requires healthy doses of ambitious private interventions like theirs’’

Alhassan Ismail Mustapha is a trained archaeologist and a freelance writer.

@The_mustyhassan on twitter

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates 

Iraqi Security Forces Discover 18 Children’s Dolls Filled With Explosives

A plan to target children from Shia community was thankfully foiled by Iraqi security forces as 18 booby-trapped dolls which were part of an ISIS bomb plot against Shia pilgrims were reportedly seized. Security forces discovered the booby-trapped bombs in al-Husseiniya-a predomnantly Shiite suburb in northeastern Baghdad.

18 explosives which were hidden inside the hollow bodies of the doll toys, before dressing them in doll clothes were later dismantled and destroyed. According to Press TV, the terror group ISIS had planed to scatter the doll-bombs on the road between Baghdad and Karbala; the same route which will be used by millions of Shia Muslims during their annual pilgrimage for Arbaeen next month. Arbaeen, a Shia religious observation that occurs forty days after the Day of Ashura to commemorate the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, will be held on December 3.

Kourtney Kardashian Insults Scott Disick For Flaking On Their Children

The Keeping Up With the Kardashian star, 36, doesn’t hold back in a clip from the upcoming episode, calling Scott Disick a “real f**king a**hole,” for flaking on their children.

The video shows Scott getting emotional while sitting down to talk with Kris Jenner about how he couldn’t get into Kourtney’s house, despite the two agreeing on an open door policy.

“I feel like I’m missing a piece of the story,” the Kardashian matriarch explains, and calls her oldest daughter to get the full story.

“Scott seems a little confused because he thought there was an open door policy, that he could come by whenever,” Kris asks Kourtney on the phone.

 “There was, but that has changed,” the mom of three responds. “He was flaking too often, every time I tried to have him sit and have dinner with them, he sits in the other room on his phone. He flaked on going to the kids’ first day of school, he says ‘I can’t go because I hate school s**t, I get anxious,’ when really he went out and partied through the next day, just like a real f**king a**hole.”

“His main concern is himself, not the kids, and that’s what’s important here, is the kids,” she adds.

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Horrifying Needles Found In Halloween Candy Meant For Children

According to the ABC News?police in Philadelphia are investigating reports of “needle-like objects” which were discovered in children’s Halloween candy over the weekend. Additionally,  a woman in Minnesota reported finding a needle in a piece of candy her child received on Halloween.

On Sunday, the Kennett Square Police Department posted a photo of the candy on Facebook. They said police had received reports of needles found inside five wrapped bars of Twix candy. The bars were give “to four different children the evening of October 31, 2015 in the Stenning Hills area of the Borough….The candy and packaging have been submitted for processing and examination,” according to police officials. Police also say a needle was found in a Snickers bar on Halloween. “The child from this incident visited streets from D st south to the area of Center and South Streets,” police said.

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Troops Nab Boko Haram Kingpin, Others; Liberate Women & Children (PHOTOS)

The Nigeria Army, Wednesday, said troops advancing toward the Banki axis of Borno state have arrested 43 suspected Boko Haram terrorists, including its kingpin in the area, Bulama Modu.

The Army said this in a statement issued by its acting spokesman, Sani Usman, that the troops also rescued 241 women and children in the operation.

“Please recall that yesterday advancing troops along Banki axis were making tremendous progress in which they cleared 2 Boko Haram terrorists camps at Jangurori and Bulatori villages.

“In addition to that, the troops have also arrested 43 suspected Boko Haram terrorists including one of the Boko Haram kingpins in the area, Bulama Modu, who is an ‘Amir’ of Bulakuri.

“To further confirm what was said earlier about the terrorists abandoning their commanders and burying weapons, one Mohammed Modu led troops to where he buried his AK-47 rifle at Jangurori village.

“Apart from arms and ammunition, bows and arrows recovered from Bulama Modu, the kingpin, a horse to enhance his deadly pursuits was also recovered.’’
Mr. Usman said troops operating around Wudla village also arrested one suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Aji Gambo.

He said the arrested kingpin revealed that the Boko Haram terrorists that attacked Kirawa and Kolofata in northern Cameroon were from Dara Jamel village in Nigeria.

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Obasanjo Writes Story Book For Children

Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, launched a children’s story book on peace to celebrate the 2015 International Day of Peace.

The former president said he decided to launch the story book entitled, “Peace Story for Children” to ensure the entrenchment of sustainable peace in the country.

Obasanjo, while launching the 14-page booklet illustrated with various cartoons at an event held at the OOPL, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, attended by pupils from different secondary schools in the state, said that it had become imperative to sow the seeds of peace in the minds of children whose minds were more receptive to ideas.

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Children, Others Killed As Islamic School Building Collapses

A one-storey building belonging to Abu Naib Islamic School on Gero Road in the Bukuru area of Jos South Local Government area of Plateau State, last night collapsed on pupils, killing an unconfirmed number of children.

Although the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) no Sunday confirmed four dead and five injured, sources in the community said the death toll was higher and that the figure was likely to rise considering the degree of the injuries sustained by many of the students.

The pupils, believed to be between the ages of six and eight, were said to be receiving Islamic lectures in the evening when the building collapsed.

Alhaji Danlami Muhammad, who lives in the community, said: “I cannot give details of the casualties right now because we are still trying to rescue the children.”

He said about 40 children were inside the building when it collapsed, adding that “the number could have been higher but for the rainfall that prevented some of the children from attending their Koranic class”.

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@Lanre_Olagunju: A Tweet Might Just Save a Newborn’s Life

From all indications the Social Media has definitely come to stay. New media as it is fondly called is not just changing the way we live daily, many of its advantages and success stories live with us today. Social Media is not just changing how we buy and sell, it is redefining the concept of market. Social Media is gradually influencing election processes, and more importantly how elections will be conducted in few years’ time.

In terms of a reaching the world with a message in the shortest time possible, the word “impossible” has totally lost its essence in this regard. Gone are the days when you would have to wait till daybreak or evening to get updates on National Newspapers. We now live in a new era that mocks the jet age and most of what it stood for.

But what we make of the tool – social media-  is practically at the height of our readiness, doggedness and knowledge of what it can provide. Many who prefer to focus on the negatives of social media can remain in the dark as long as they want. There is practically no tool in the world that can’t be used for either good or bad. Is it not the same water wey no get enemy that floods houses, states and communities? Come on! The same fire that purifies gold is what destroys live and property. A rifle or pistol in the hand of a robber or terrorist serves an entirely different purpose in the hand of a police or soldier. That’s how social media is. At the end, a tool is just as good as what you make of it.

The transformative power of social media as it concerns the health sector was well exercised by Nigerians when the people of Bagega in Zamfara State were hit with lead poisoning as a result of wrong mining practices. In January 2013, Nigerians with the hash tag #SaveBagega on Twitter showed that citizens could get the government to act as fast as it should at a particular point in time.

Doctors Without Borders were ready to treat about 1500 children who were affected by lead poisoning; but before the treatment, remediation had to be done so the treatment can be effective. With an intensive and persistent campaign on Twitter and Facebook, young people with the help of social media were able to get the Nigerian government to release funds for remediation, so treatment for 1500 kids in Zamfara could commence. Bagega had been waiting for remediation since 2010 after 400 kids died and thousands were poisoned. Help never came until January 2013 when Nigerians said “enough is enough” not with guns or bullets, just an hashtag. That’s how effective social media can be when we are determined to engage it wisely.

It is surprising to realize that many knowledgeable Nigerians aren’t even aware that Nigeria presently accounts for the second highest number of annual maternal mortality in the world after India. Maternal deaths in Nigeria alone accounts for 14% of maternal mortality globally. India accounts for 17%, though India’s population is more than seven times that of Nigeria.

If we don’t collectively see this as a threat to the wellbeing of women and newborns, then what else would ever bother us as a people? The most frightening part is that we rarely see the deaths of women who die daily as an issue that demands national attention. No, we don’t! We are not concerned enough.

This is probably because we see such deaths as mere statistics. If we were any bothered, maybe we would have forced our politicians to get the right policies and result since that seems to be the language they understand best. Maybe we would have asked them some tough questions that puts a demand on accountability in this regard.

It is easy to point out that during elections, we rarely hear politicians promise to improve on the health of women and children, essentially as it concerns maternal, newborn and child health issues. They would rather promise; to improve power, provide good roads, free WIFI and we watch them say little or absolutely nothing about the shameful reality that of all the women who die globally during pregnancy or childbirth, 14% of them are Nigerian women. We must demand accountability from President Buhari and his team, most especially when he announces the new Minister of Health, regardless of which part of Nigeria he is from.

The World Bank recently approved $500 million dollars to improve maternal and child health in Nigeria, we all have to keep an eye and keep asking questions to ensure accountability. This mustn’t be another case of corruption as usual as this is not the first time funds would be made available by international agencies or donors. Media attention is also crucial to holding policymakers accountable so as to equitably maximize resources allocated for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) cum Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) projects.

In every sense, we need to take issues that concerns Nigerian women seriously; not just the ones who live in cities who aren’t actually immune to avoidable and treatable pregnancy related complications, but also those helpless ones in villages. Those deaths aren’t even recorded, probably because no one cares. Even in a state like Lagos, I get to hear of cases of deaths that are avoidable, some due to lack of resources on the part of the mother, lack of blood in some hospitals, and the most painful part which is gradually becoming rampant… errors caused by medical experts.

Something has to give. No community, country or continent looks away at the agony of women and newborns yet expect to prosper.

It might be difficult to see how each Nigerian would practically solve this huge challenge; but I challenge all advocates across Africa to demand more from government. That was what saved Bagega. We can possibly save more women and children with the same approach. Many of the maternal mortality cases are preventable, yet these deaths comes with high costs in form of income and productivity loss and a whole lot of other social-economic pains attached to such loss. When a mother dies, the child’s health, education, growth and general wellbeing suffers. In fact, the pain gets to the entire community directly or otherwise.

We can also demand more from health agencies. It is very important that they carry Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (MNCH) advocates, journalists and social media influencers along with the policies that must be properly addressed in other to shape public awareness and opinion.
A good strategy to motivate, create and sustain interest among journalists and media influencers is to provide them with data, trainings and seminars which would intelligently aid their reportage. National issues only receive attention when they affect a large number of people or when citizens realize that inactions will lead to nationwide setback.

Across the globe, about 1,500 women die on a daily basis as a result of pregnancy and childbirth related complications. 98% of these deaths occur in developing countries. The giant of Africa is responsible for 14%. Yearly, an average of 15 million women who survive pregnancy and childbirth complications develop physical and mental disabilities thereafter. Bloggers, social media experts and all other media experts have an active role to play in ensuring that we reduce the number of women who lose their lives while giving birth across the continent of Africa. Maternal health advocate should be encouraged to extend their advocacy to radio as this media tool remains a vital source to educate and sensitize women on sexual health related issues. Unfortunately, many advocates get discouraged with the exorbitant cost of airtime. Media houses should bear in mind that sometimes we make money, other times we save and preserve lives with money and available resources.

***Lanre Olagunju is an MNCH advocate, blogs for the African Union on the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality in Africa. He is @Lanre_Olagunju on Twitter.

10.5m Children Out Of School In Nigeria – UNICEF

Jean Gough, Country Director, United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that no fewer than 10.5 million Nigerian children are out of school.

Gough stated this on Tuesday in Bauchi while exchanging views with Gov. Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State at the Government House.
She said that UNICEF was collaborating with some stakeholders to strengthen the newly-introduced Quranic School System to reduce the number of out-of-school children.

She disclosed that the fund had concluded plan to tackle the issue of child malnutrition in the state as it had discovered that 90 per cent of child diseases was as a result of malnutrition.

Gough also announced that UN body would curb public defecation, especially with more than 2,000 communities in the state defecating in open places.
“We intend to ensure that before I leave the country, at least one local government area in Bauchi state is public-defecation free.

“We will also work in collaboration with the state government to boost water and sanitation towards the supply of adequate and portable drinking water.
“I will, therefore, want to appeal to the state government to pay its counterpart fund to enable us execute some of the projects,” she said.

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Pupils In Nigeria Are Intelligent, Therefore Teaching Difficult, Says British Principal

A Briton, Mr. Graham Meredith, says that teaching in Nigerian schools is a difficult task. Meredith, the Principal of Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja, said this during the institution’s sixth graduation ceremony.

He said,

“To be a principal in Nigeria is not an easy job because the kids want to learn. When you have pupils that want to learn and improve themselves, it becomes a big challenge as you have to prepare because they are intelligent.”

According to him, Nigerian educational system is also unique because of many factors, including the desire of the pupils to go for the best.

He added,

“The pupils want to learn and they see it as an opportunity to go to the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe to further their careers. They work and study hard and have good manners. From what I have seen, Nigerian pupils also are very respectful.

“If you do well, you can get admission and meet other best scholars across the world. And if you go to the best universities, you are going to meet the best people. But you have to get the entry ticket.”

To boost the moral of teachers, he stated that motivation should be the primary factor to be taken into consideration.

Meredith added,

“Teachers at Premiere are qualified and are specialists in their own field. While some of them have the minimum degree qualification, others have master’s degrees. Besides, teachers here are motivated.

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India Lifts Ban On Pornography After Public Backlash And Outcry

India is partially lifting their ban on online pornography after public outrage over this past weekend’s clampdown on 857 websites, according to Indian news outlets on Tuesday

Follow the jump to see their arguments and the full story:

The government will however continue to block sites that promote child pornography.

According to the IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, who spoke to India Today TV, he said: “A new notification will be issued shortly. The ban will be partially withdrawn. Sites that do not promote child porn will be unbanned,”

India had ordered Internet service providers to block the 857 websites starting Friday, deeming their
content “immoral and indecent.” The move came after the nation’s supreme court ruled last month that banning pornographic websites is not its job, but the elected government.

The ban drew sharp criticism across the nation, including from Bollywood celebrities. Experts warned the move could merely result in a boom for the adult porn industry.

Mahesh Bhatt, a Bollywood filmmaker, told the Washington Post saying: “Banning porn is an age-old trick that many countries have tried. It will always find many supporters.”

Also, many accused the government of moral policing and infringing on personal freedoms, according India Today.

“Don’t ban porn. Ban men ogling, leering, brushing past, groping, molesting, abusing, humiliating and raping women. Ban non-consent. Not sex,” author Chetan Bhagat said on Twitter. “Porn ban is anti-freedom, impractical, not enforceable. Politically not very smart too. avoidable. Let’s not manage people’s private lives,” he added.

India has the second-largest population of Internet users in the world after China, the Post reported. India is expected to have more than 500 million Internet users by 2017, compared with about 350 million now, according to a report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India, the Post reported.

Dozens Of Women, Children Freed From Boko Haram By Nigerian Army

Nigeria’s army said Tuesday it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country’s northeast.

Army officials said the operation to free the captives took place in the town of Dikwa in Borno State, which had fallen to Boko Haram twice since April, and was recaptured by Nigerian troops last week.

“As a result of ongoing operations under the aegis of Operation Lafiya Dole to clear Dikwa and its environs from Boko Haram… (the) Nigerian Army yesterday rescued 30 persons from the hands of the terrorists,” army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement.

“They include 21 children and a six-day-old infant, seven women including three nursing mothers, and two elderly male adults,” he said.

Dikwa is located around 90 kilometres (56 miles) east of Borno state capital Maiduguri.

Earlier Tuesday, 11 Boko Haram militants were killed in clashes with the military in a village in southern Borno state, a local resident and a member of the militia fighting alongside the army said.


Reality Star Coco Austin Is Expecting Her First Child With Ice T

Glamour model Coco Austin is pregnant and expecting her first child with husband of 15 years, Ice-T. Ice-T already has 2 kids from a previous relationship and a 20-year-old grandson, but Coco always wanted a kid and her prayers have been answered after 12 years of marriage. No word yet on how far along she is or the gender of the baby. Congrats to the couple.

After EIGHT Miscarriages In Just 2 Years, 27-Year-Old Becomes A Mother… of TRIPLETS

Over the course of two years, Andrea Henry suffered eight agonising miscarriages. Heartbroken, she had almost given up all hope of realising her dream to become a mother.

Doctors revealed the cause of her miscarriages, was a debilitating condition where cysts had grown all over her ovaries. Specialists advised she have her reproductive organs removed. And feeling so broken by the failed pregnancies, she took their advice and booked herself in for the operation.
But when it finally came to having the procedure, she ran away from hospital at the last moment,
unable to give up hope of one day having a baby.

Incredibly, eight years on, she has stunned medics after giving birth to three healthy children, Cayden-Lee, seven, Jessica, five, and Thomas, three.

According to DailyMail UK, Ms Henry, 27, from Nottingham, said:

 ‘All I’ve ever wanted is to be a mother, so when I lost my first twin babies my whole world fell apart. But I refused to give up and even through the heartbreak of the next seven miscarriages nearly killed me, I had to keep going.’

In 2006, Ms Henry was just 19 when she lost twins three months into the pregnancy.
Devastated, she attempted to conceive again and two months later became pregnant – only to lose the baby at eight weeks.

‘I couldn’t believe it was happening again and I started to worry that something was seriously wrong with me.’

Doctors at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham were ‘bewildered’, she said.

‘They just kept telling me it was one of those things and what we should keep trying,’ she added.

In the two years following, she lost five more babies. In 2007, at the age of 20, scan results confirmed she had ovarian cysts covering her entire ovaries. Doctors said it was highly improbable she could ever carry a child to full term – and that she should have the organs removed.

‘Doctors told me I had no problem conceiving but I could never be able to carry the children and I would miscarry with future pregnancies. I feel into such a deep depression.

The stress nearly ground me down and although I was distraught when doctors told me to get sterilised, I was also reluctant to admit defeat.’

In 2006, on the day of her sterilisation, she fled the hospital, refusing to believe that she could never be a mother. And in a twist of fate, this decision would end up being the best choice of her life.

 ‘I just couldn’t go through with it. I didn’t want to give up hope.’

Ms Henry then met the man of her dreams, Daniel Ebbern, now 27, and the pair decided to try to have a baby together. She soon became pregnant, but because of other medical conditions she suffered, including lupus, she was not hopeful.

In a bid to increase the unborn child’s chances, she took every precaution to ensure she would become a mother. She cut out fatty foods and caffeine from her diet and ensured her body was well nourished and rested.

She even underwent an agonising five-month stint of daily stomach injections in order to counteract the lupus, and thin her blood – a total 150 injections.

Against the odds in April 2008, she gave birth naturally at 39 weeks to Cayden-Lee, now seven, weighing a healthy 7lbs 4oz.

If you can relate to this, please come in here and share your story with us. Do leave an encouraging word for all the women silently going through as well.

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Lagos State Govt Urges Runaway Dad Of Twins To Return

Lagos State  Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat  Oluranti Adebule, yesterday hosted Mrs. Ruth Uche and her last set of twins, who were abandoned by her husband, Mr. Benjamin Uche. And at the meeting, she advised the run-away husband to come forward and take up the responsibility of caring for his family, admonishing him to be appreciative of the divine blessings that have come his way through the children.

Mrs. Uche’s visit to the deputy governor’s office is a follow-up to the directive of Governor
Akinwunmi Ambode, who directed that the woman and her children be rehabilitated and assisted by all relevant government agencies to ensure they are in good condition.

Speaking while hosting the woman, the deputy governor sympathized with her over the traumatic experience of trying to raise six children following the disappearance of her husband, assuring that the government  will ensure the children’s well-being.

“As a woman and a mother, I can only imagine what you have gone through managing six children, it must have been energy sapping and depressing, but I salute your courage and I want to assure you that this government will not abandon you, we will stand by you and ensure that you are assisted to get back to a normal life,” Adebule said.

She thanked the woman for coming forward to seek help instead of abandoning the children, which some other people would have done, noting that if she had dumped them. It would still have been the lot of government to  see to their well-being but her determination to raise her children further encouraged the government to offer the necessary assistance.

The Deputy Governor added that the governor had approved the release of some amount of money, which will be paid into an account and part of it used to attend to some of the immediate needs of the children and their mother, adding that officials from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation have been directed to provide the necessary logistics support to her.

In her reaction to the government’s gesture, Mrs. Uche thanked the administration for  supporting her, noting that the love shown to her and her children could only have come from a government that truly cares about the well being of its people.

Highlight of the visit was the presentation of the token from the government to Mrs. Uche.

Six Children Drown As Boat Capsize In Lagos

A canoe conveying fourteen school children capsized. Six of them reportedly drowned, while eight of them including the driver were rescued.

The incident occurred after a fibre canoe reportedly ran into the passenger boat at about 9am.

As at time of writing this report, the rescued children , some of whom were said to be primary school pupils and secondary school students who were on their way to school, were responding to treatment at the Igando general hospital, where they were rushed to.

However, three of them said to have swam their way to safety were discharged from the hospital at about 5pm.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority,LASEMA who were contacted , reportedly stormed the scene to commence rescue work. But as at 7pm, bodies of the eight missing children were yet to be found.

The South West spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency , Ibrahim Farinloye confirmed the incident. He said : “The 14 school children were being conveyed across Ojo to Irawe jetty, to school. Six children are yet to be recovered as I speak. Searches will continue tomorrow”


Kim & Kanye Made Sure Their Next Child Was A Boy By Only Choosing Male Embryos

According to reports, a source claimed that Kim and Kanye made sure their new baby was a boy by choosing only male embryos.
From Us Magazine:

Reality star Kim Kardashian, 34, and husband Kanye West underwent an IVF gender-selection process this spring to predetermine baby No. 2’s sex. “She only had boy embryos implanted,” says a source close to Kardashian, who confirmed the gender on Monday June 21, after Us Weekly broke the news. During the procedure — which can start at roughly $17,000 — doctors isolate fertilized embryos of the preferred sex in a lab, then transfer them to a uterus.

“Kanye and Kim are so excited to complete their family,” says another source of the parents of daughter North, 2. “Kanye loves Nori more than anything, but to make his world complete, he wanted a little boy, an heir,” says a source close to West.

Man Arrested For Having Sex With His 14 Year Old Daughter In Lagos

The Lagos state police command has arrested a 49 year old plank seller and father, Adeboye Adesola (pictured right) for allegedly having sex with his 14 year old daughter (pictured left) who is in SS1.

The girl said she moved in with her father and his new wife in a one-room apartment in Ikorodu after she lost her mother. According to Daily Independent, the girl alleged that he first had sex with her in November 2014 and tried it again in March 2015 immediately after he separated from her stepmother. He slept with her claiming he wanted to see if she was still a virgin.

 After the second encounter, she ran away from home and  took refuge in a church where she told a pastor what her father had done to her. The pastor and other church leaders reported the case at the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos on May 20th. Her father was arrested on May 21st.

“My mother died when I was three years old. We were six in number living in the room, my father, his new wife, my younger brother and my two half sisters. My mom died in 2007. She gave birth to me and my brother. It all started in 2014. He used to check my private part to see if I had started menstruating or having sex with men. I was sleeping in the midnight, he removed my wrapper. By then, my step mother had packed out of his house because she was accused of dating other men in the compound. He inserted his finger in my private part and asked me if I had started menstruation, I said no. He asked if I have had sex before and I said no. He said he would use his penis to test it. He climbed on me, I wanted to scream, but he held my mouth. I bled from that night till the following day. I felt very bad but he warned me that nobody must hear what he did to me. He repeated it again on 5th March, 2015. He did it between 9pm and 10pm. He used condom in the first one. This time, he asked me to remove my clothe and lie on the bed. It was a Thursday night, I could not bear it anymore. So the following day, I packed my things and left the house. I dropped a note that he should not look for me. I moved to a nearby church and stayed there. My uncle took me to the church and the members brought me to the police station after I told them what my dad did to me.”the girl said.

When interrogated, her father blamed the devil for his action

“The day I was brought here (police station), I was thoroughly beaten by members of the O’odua People’s Congress (OPC) who forced me to confess that I had canal knowledge of my daughter. But here in the police station, nobody beat me. I told the Oga that it was devil’s work. Oga, I’m sorry, pity me. I’m from poor family. I am the only one taking care of them. Forgive me for whatever happened, I did not know what happened.”

CBN N8bn: Accused Weeps As Children Appear In Court

One of the bankers standing trial for alleged fraudulent activities totalling N8 billion broke down in tears, yesterday, as her three children came into the courtroom of the Federal High Court to greet her.

The suspect, who had been in detention at Agodi Prisons, Ibadan, since the case instituted against them by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, began last week, cried repeatedly even after the children had left.

All the eight suspects in the first batch were led into the court in handcuffs, some minutes before 9a.m., except the woman among them. As soon as they sat down, the handcuffs were removed before the commencement of proceedings.

This came just as relatives of the suspects became hostile to journalists, especially photojournalists who tried to take photographs as they were about boarding a rickety prison bus back to the prisons.

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Orekoya’s Nanny Opens Up, Believed She Abducted Waje’s Children

The nanny, who kidnapped three Orekoya children in the Surulere area of Lagos State, has begged for forgiveness and said her husband, Waheed Kareem, is the mastermind of the kidnap.

While being paraded at the Lagos State Police Command Headquatres in Ikeja, the nanny, who adopted a pseudonym, Mary Akinloye, to deceive the Orekoyas, confessed that her actual name was Funmilayo Adeyemi, a 35-year-old indigene of Osun State. PUNCH Metro reports she said she was contacted for maid jobs through her brother-in-law and his wife, who were always online to track posts.

She said when the police arrested her, she was at a fan repairer’s workshop, adding that her husband saw them taking her away and fled.

Adeyemi said she was a victim of bad marriage, advising parents to always investigate on the kind of man their daughters intended to marry. She appealed to the Orekoya family to forgive her of her wrongs, saying:

“Mummy Damola, don’t be offended at what I have done. This is what bad marriage did to me. I only delivered the message of my husband.”

On how she kidnapped the Orekoya children, she said:

 “On Wednesday, their father and mother went to work. I put the little one on my back, while I held the others by the hands, telling them that I wanted to buy them something. We boarded a vehicle to Ojuelegba and from there; I took another bus to Iyana Ipaja and contacted my husband.

I took them home, where they stayed with me in one of the rooms. I bought cereal for the 11-months-old baby; he was always fed with pap at his mother’s place. I gave the others normal food. They always watch cartoon on the television; they never missed home.

My husband told me that he wanted to collect a token from the parents, but the following day, I found out that the kidnappers demanded N15m. I challenged my husband for asking for such a big sum. He said I should shut up because I had already fulfilled my part and that it was time for them to do theirs. Later, I heard in the news that he had reduced it to N13m.”

The 35-year-old said she did not feel any remorse for her action until she saw the victims’ mother weeping on a national television. She said she begged her husband to release the kids.

“But my husband said he would not release the kids until he collected the money. Later, he told me they had paid the money,” she added.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the kidnap gang consisted of four people– Adeyemi’s brother-in-law, Hakeem Kareem; her husband, Waheed Kareem; her sister-in-law, Ajoke Oseni, and herself.

When the police arrested the suspect, a 16-year-old girl, Henrietta Odili, was equally apprehended.

Odili, an indigene of Delta State was said to be living with an uncle in Benin, when she saw a post on OLX that the gang needed a maid.

Odili, a Senior Secondary School pupil, told Punch that she ran away from home to work with the group and she was overwhelmed by the love they showed her.

She said:

 “I met this woman (Adeyemi) through OLX. I was searching for a job online when I saw that she needed a maid and I decided to work with her. When I got to their place in Lagos, they took my phone and said they would return it after one month. But they never did until after two months. When they returned it, they had removed my SIM card. I observed that all their things were done in secrecy.”

Asked if she saw the Orekoya kids when they were kidnapped, she said Adeyemi told her they were children of a popular artiste, Waje.

She said:

“When she brought the first two kids– Michael and Rapheal – she said they were her family members and were on holiday. She told me that the new boys were Waje’s children and their mother asked her to take care of them. I never suspected I was living with kidnappers.

But yesterday (Wednesday), we went to visit somebody. I just noticed she started running and I ran with her. The police caught up with us and said she was a kidnapper, and I was a suspect.”

The Commissioner of Police said the police got the suspect by tracking her telephone line. He said:

“Upon the rescue of the kids, I gave the directive that she should be arrested. We tracked her down through her phone, using the technological tools at our disposal. We arrested her at Shasha, where the children were rescued.

Initially she denied that she was involved in the kidnap. But eventually she opened up. We are in hot pursuit of others and we will get them soon.”

Aderanti advised parents and guardians not to be in a hurry to employ house helps without doing background checks on them.”

When their correspondent visited the residence of the Orekoyas on Lawanson Road, he met the family in a joyous mood. The children were seen playing around the house.

On their experience, one of the children, Demola, said:

 “Our aunty took us to our new house. She gave us bread, indomie and rice. They put us in a bag, like the one they put rice in, and put us inside the car.”

Their mother, Adebisi, said despite the criticism that had trailed her decision to hire a nanny on OLX, she did not think she was wrong. She said by employing a nanny, she was also creating a job.

Their father, Leke, refused to disclose the amount paid to the kidnappers.

Adeyemi told PUNCH Metro that it was the second time she would be abducting kids in the state. She confessed to have been responsible for the kidnap of two kids– Rapheal and Michael – in the Magodo area of Lagos State.

Adeyemi said her husband, four children and she were formerly living in the Ajah area of Lagos State, but relocated to Shasha to evade arrest after kidnapping the Magodo boys.

Adeyemi claimed that the victims’ parents paid N2m, adding that she was paid N30,000 by her husband.

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Rescued Boko Haram Child Captives Forget Their Names

About 80 children rescued from a Boko Haram camp in Cameroon cannot remember their own names or origins, according to an aid official who visited them.

The children – aged between 5 and 18 – did not speak English, French or any local languages, says Christopher Fomunyoh, a director for the US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI). The children were found at a camp in northern Cameroon in November.

The children were rescued in Cameroon after security forces – acting on a tip-off – raided what was thought to have been a Koranic school.

Mr Fomunyoh told the BBC’s Randy Joe Sa’ah in Yaounde that he had visited an orphanage that was helping rehabilitate the children. He said the children had spent so long with their captors, being indoctrinated in jihadist ideology, that they had lost track of who they were. “They’ve lost touch with their parents,” he said. “They’ve lost touch with people in their villages, they’re not able to articulate, to help trace their relationships, they can’t even tell you what their names are.”


Pastor Chris, Anita Reportedly Share Their Two Children

Months after the separation of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the founder of Christ Embassy Church and his wife Pastor Anita, the estranged couple have reportedly shared their two children.

While Sharon, the eldest, prefers Pastor Chris, Charlene is presently with Anita. Anita had last year April approached a London court, seeking a divorce on the grounds of adultery among several allegations.

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Terrorists in Mali Kill Two Children, Abduct 10

Suspected Islamist fighters kidnapped 10 children and killed two others who tried to escape near two towns in Mali on Saturday, capping a week of violence in the West African country’s desert north, a senior Malian military official said.

Lieutenant Colonel Diaran Kone, an official at Mali’s defence ministry, said Saturday’s incident occurred in the morning at settlements outside the towns of Aguelhoc and Kidal.

“It was a forced recruitment of child soldiers,” he told Reuters. “Twelve were kidnapped. They shot and killed two who tried to escape.”

The raids came the day after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a phosphate mine in the town of Bourem without causing any other casualties, according to a government statement on Friday.

The bodies of two Tuareg separatist militants were found near the village of Takabort, around 40 km (25 miles) outside Kidal on Thursday.

“We found them with their throats slit like sheep,” Algabass Ag Intalla, head of the Tuareg High Council for the Unity of Azawad (HCUA), told Reuters. “They were both HCUA militants. Investigations are under way to find out who did this.”

A third round of peace negotiations began in Algiers on Thursday between the Malian government and a grouping of mostly Tuareg rebel groups, who split with their former Islamist allies ahead of the French offensive.

The talks are meant to decide on the status of the north in the aim of ending decades of uprisings there that have destabilised the entire country.

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Media Reporting: Keeping Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights on the Government Agenda By Lanre Olagunju

To achieve significant progress in improving maternal, newborn and child health, both men and women must realise and come to terms with their sexual and reproductive health rights. The World Health Organization recognises the basic right of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children; to have the information and means to do so; and to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health. This also includes the right of all to make decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence.

At the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, a non-binding programme of action stated that governments have a duty to cater for individuals’ reproductive needs, rather than demographic targets.  The Cairo Programme of Action was the first to assert that reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system.

If developing nations are to achieve some of the United Nation’s Millennium Development goals on reproductive health, the influence of the media needs to be harnessed in mobilizing the private sector and community groups to act. It can also ensure that commitments made by government and non-government organizations are met.  Such goals can be achieved through media promoted discussions, lectures, articles, blogs, and debates for public sensitization.

Maternal mortality rate is highest in Africa, where poor sexual and reproductive health is prevalent. UNFPA reports that illnesses and deaths from poor reproductive health account for one-fifth of the global burden of disease, and that only 20% of married women use modern contraception. Unfortunately, the media reportage and attention given to sexual and reproductive health remains low. This has to do with the inability or lack of motivation to report such issues by media practitioners.

The media plays a vital role in galvanizing governmental and non-governmental support on issues related to SRHR by continually raising public awareness to a targeted audience such as policymakers, program implementers and other key stakeholders. As a result, reproductive health issues become more visible in developmental discussions. By promoting openness and public discussions, the media can help break the culture of silence and level of stigma and discrimination associated with SRHR issues. Also, bringing these issues to the fore will provide information that will positively affect reproductive health policy.

The media drives the news and decide how they are presented. It is also a major key in setting a nation’s policy agenda. Before an issue can capture the attention of policy makers, the media must first report the issue, then present how it affects national development.  Issues receive attention usually because it affects a large number of people or because inactions will lead to nationwide setbacks.

When such an issue receives wide coverage, policy makers are then persuaded by facts and proofs to look into how it can be dealt with. In the same vein, both the mass media and new media have the potential to promote better outcomes for sexual and reproductive health. A good example is the case of the reporter who succeeded in persuading the Tanzanian government to increase funding for contraceptives in 2010, after being trained by Population Reference Bureau to profile shortages in family planning supplies.

To grab the attention of high level policy makers, strategic and informed media coverage should be engaged by SRHR advocates, health personnel, as well as mass media and social media practitioners. It is imperative that they are familiar with the policies and programs needed to be addressed, so as to help shape policies and public opinion. Media attention is also crucial to holding policymakers accountable for spending and equitably maximizing resources allocated for SRHR projects, most especially in countries where corruption is endemic.

Health agencies and organizations should look out for strategic ways to engage journalists and media personnel in the sexual right and reproductive health campaign. A good strategy to motivate, create and sustain interest among journalists is to provide them with data, trainings and seminars which would intelligently aid their reporting on the issue. That aside, organizing journalist awards with cash prizes for good reporting on SRHR can as-well boost the status and prestige associated with reporting on SRHR.

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