14m Nigerians single parents – Expert

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By Moh Bello Habib Zaria

It has been estimated that about 14million Nigerians are single parents who cater for 28 million children educationally and other aspect of life. A University Academic, Dr Sylvester Momoh Onoja, said in his lecture titled “Th e role of the Nigerian Youth in National Integration” at speech and prize-giving of Nigerian Military School (NMS), Zaria, as part of the activities lined up for 59th passing out parade of the school to hold on August 5.

“A recent evaluation report on economic performance of some Countries in Africa, Asia and Middle East by Fitch International indicates that level of poverty measured interns of productivity index in Nigeria has maintained a constant rise, reaching an all time high 72 per cent in August, last year. “A explanation to this that the productivity scale, used in assessing the GDP and other developing indexes of countries was said to have maintained a constant decline in the past fi ve years in most Countries under reference with Nigeria recording its worst moving up from 60 per cent in 2015 to 72 per cent in second quarter of 2016.

Th e results are obvious as poverty has been succinctly linked to truncated or impaired learning and societal problems linked behavioural patterns,” he said. Also speaking, a former Senate President who doubled as special guest of honour and ex-Boy of the school, David Mark, urged the graduating students to be good ambassadors of the school.

“Th e suspension of military training in NMS did not only defeat the intent and purpose of the founding fathers but was also counterproductive,” he said. Earlier, Commandant of the School, Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Muktar Bunza, in his welcome address, called on the school’s ex-Boys for continued support, adding that the school was contending with problems especially that of offi ce accommodation.

“Th e few structures available are weak and dilapidated due to aging and lack of renovation I so sincerely wish that all hands must be deck in complementing the eff ort of COAS. We are, indeed, grateful to him for immense and untiring support and good

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