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Enforce Laws Prohibiting Child Marriage, Group Tells FG



Stakeholders in the education sector have called on state governments to make laws to prevent child marriage and make it compulsory for parents to enroll their children in school.

They made the call at a Public Policy Dialogue on challenges of education in Nigeria with the theme: Education and Contemporary Emergencies: A sustainable approach organised by the Jigawa Human Capital Development Initiative (JG-HCD) supported by Partnership to engage, reform and learn (PERL), held at Manpower Development Institute, Dutse, the Jigawa State capital.

They stated that education in Nigeria, especially the northern part of the country, suffers neglect from both the parents, government and society in general due to some cultural beliefs and lack of political will.

During the dialogue, some of the key challenges affecting the girls’ education were identified to include poverty, illiteracy, insecurity and marginalization of women in government activities.

They however urged the government to critically look into the problems and provide workable solutions that will help in addressing the problems.

“Provision of law that will enforce parents to enroll their girl children into schools and stopped them marrying off their daughters at a tender age would only be a solution the increasing numbers of out of school children especially girls child in Nigeria,” they said.

Permanent Secretary, Jigawa State Ministry of Education Science and Technology represented by Director, Schools, Abdullahi Dangwanki said developing education is a responsibility of all to achieve the set objectives.

He also urged development partners, parents and wealthy individuals to support the government’s efforts in addressing the menace of out-of-school children especially girls in the country.

PERL Team leader Kano/Jigawa office Isah Surajo said the dialogue is aimed at discussing with relevant stakeholders the effects of the contemporary emergencies on the educational system towards ensuring a safe and protective learning environment that would increase access, attendance, reduce truancy, enhance retention and completions.

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Fuel Subsidy: NLC Suspends Thursday’s Nationwide Protest



The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called off the planned nationwide protest against the proposed removal of fuel subsidy.

Addressing journalists on Tuesday at the Labour House in Abuja, NLC president, Ayuba Wabba said that: ” Following the reversal and reapproach by government, the national Executive Council of NLC met this morning virtually to consider the new position of the government.

“The NEC after vigorous debates took a decision to suspend the planned nationwide protest scheduled for January 27 and the national protest scheduled for February 2nd”.

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How Sammy Okposo Impregnated Me And Wanted Me To Abort My Child, African Doll Opens Up On Secret Affairs With Nigerian Gospel Singer



An American lady, based in Texas, identified as African Doll, has accused Nigerian gospel music minister, Sammie Okposo, of impregnating and abandoning her.

The lady in question made the accusation in a discussion with a YouTuber, Obodo Naija TV.

She disclosed that she met Sammie in Texas when he was on a tour of the US and he invited her to his hotel where she spent the night and messed around with him.

Alongside screenshots of a conversation with the gospel artiste, Doll claimed she had a relationship for months and spent time together until she found out she was pregnant in January.

She disclosed that Sammie told her to abort the baby when she informed him of the pregnancy.

“Sammie okposo got me pregnant and does not want to take responsibility and blocked me on all social media platforms.

“We met at a concert in one church close to my home and we started following each other on Instagram. He asked for my number from Instagram and we started conversing regularly.

“He invited me to his show in Houston Texas in November 2021, he invited me to his hotel and we hung out. I spent the night with him until the next morning.

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Insecurity: IPOB Fires Back At Army, Says ESN Not Militants



The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Tuesday, accused the Nigerian security forces of lying against its members.

IPOB said contrary to claims by security agencies, that Eastern Security Network, ESN, is not a militant group and are not cannibals.

A statement by IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, reiterated that the group has no camps in Lilu, Orsumoghu in Anambra State and Mbaise, Obowo in Imo State.

Powerful in a statement said, “The global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the command and leadership of our great leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU wish to once again, debunk the falsehood and propaganda by the Nigeria army and police against innocent Biafran youths especially Eastern Security Network ESN operatives.

“The Nigeria Army Commander, as well as the Police Commissioner in Imo State, derive pleasure in dishing out fake information and falsehood to disrepute IPOB and ESN operatives.

“We, therefore, want to once again, declare that contrary to fabricated lies by the security agencies, ESN has no camp in Lilu, Orsumoghu in Anambra State and Mbaise, Obowo in Imo State. The claims by the Nigerian security agencies that they discovered IPOB/ESN camps in the affected communities are all lies concocted to blackmail us and justify further destruction of more Igbo communities by security agents.

“IPOB and ESN have no camps in these communities. We are not militants nor cannibals. Criminals can never be said to be IPOB/ESN members. We are not cultists. Our mission is the restoration of Biafra, and that has nothing to do with cannibalism and abominable things allegedly going on in such camps.

“Nigerian security agencies and government of Imo State created these criminals thinking they can demonize IPOB and ESN members but unfortunately they turned against innocent members of the society.”

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