WAGLA laments young girls, adolescents’ low participation in developmental issues

October 14, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

The executives-director of the Women Africa Girls Leadership and Mentoring Academy (WAGLA), Chinwe Onyeukwu, has expressed concern over lack the commitment by young girls to advocate for development issues that concerns them in the society. Onyeukwu raised the concern during its leadership and mentoring skills capacity development program for adolescent girls and young women which is specifically targeting adolescent girls Read More

Time to revitalise teacher education

October 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

Today, Nigeria joins the rest of the globe in celebrating this year’s World Teachers’ Day (WTD). The commemoration came into existence on October 5, 1994. By 1996, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) endorsed a recommendation concerning the status of teachers. The recommendation outlined the standards relating to education personnel policy Read More

What you won’t hear in Nigeria…

October 3, 2021 Prince Charles Dickson 0

…So, what you won’t hear in Nigeria does not exist For a nation that has completely lost its sense of rage, the norm has long become abnormal, the abnormal, so very normal and a way of life. What holds sway are deviant attitudes supported by an elite leadership well disconnected from the people they govern, and a docile populace. Despite Read More

Out-of-school-children and kidnappings: Matters arising

September 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

Boarding schools have become a hunting ground for kidnappers according to The New York Times.Following this, observers have noted that kidnapping and abduction of pupils and students in various schools, especially in some parts of the northern part of the country, have amplified the roles of gender discrimination, disaster, conflict, poverty, language barrier, child labour and forced marriage in forcing Read More

Out-of-school-children and kidnappings: Matters arisis

September 20, 2021 Blueprint 0

Of late, oservers have noted that kidnappings and abductions of pupils and students in various schools, especially in some parts of the northern part of the country, have amplified the roles of gender discrimination, disasters, conflict, poverty, language barrier, child labour and forced marriage in forcing more children out of school. They note that no fewer than 1,000 children have Read More

75 abducted Zamfara school children regain freedom

September 14, 2021 Blueprint 0

The 75 students kidnapped from the Government Day Secondary School, Kaya, in Maradun local government area of Zamfara state have regained freedom, 12 days after their abduction. Following their release in undisclosed circumstances, the students and a teacher were received by Governor Bello Matawalle at the Government House in Gusau, Sunday evening, the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) reported. “The seventy-five Read More

Basic Education in Nigeria: North, profusely hemorrhagic

September 7, 2021 Professor M .K. Othman 0

Northern Nigeria, the region with the highest turnover of political and military leaders, is profusely bleeding and desperately needing a saviour. The region is educationally bleeding, economically emaciating, and demographically expanding in geometric proportion. There is a looming dangerous situation in the region akin to sitting on a keg of gunpowder. Save for the empty promises on how to address Read More

Updated: Relief as 130 Tegina Islamiyya school children regain freedom after 3 months in captivity

August 27, 2021 Aideloje Ojo 0

Over 130 pupils abducted from Tegina Islamiyya School in Rafi Local government area of Niger state have been released by after almost three months in captivity. The head teacher of the school, Alhassan Ahmed, confirmed this on Thursday night, adding that all the children kidnapped on May 30, 2022, have been released. He said all the children were however sick Read More

Ranching: PDP condemns Umahi for secretly collecting N6bn

August 26, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Ebonyi state chapter Thursday lambasted governor David Umahi for secretly collecting the sum of 6 billion naira for ranching programme in the state. Special Assistant to President Buhari, Gabar Shehu had on Wednesday night in program on channels television revealed that Ebonyi among three other state in the federation accessed 24 billion naira for ranching. Read More

Kudos to Governor Bala Mohammed

August 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

Recently, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state said the state is ranked eighth poorest state in Nigeria in terms of poor social amenities, lack of job opportunities, high number of out of school children, among others. It’s obvious given how Bauchi state is being affected by the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents and the consequential high number of Internally Read More

Secession: Africa ‘ll lose respect if Nigeria breaks – Ganduje

August 5, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has warned that the continent of Africa will lose it respect to the world if the Nigeria cease to exist as a Nation. Ganduje, however, called on seccessionits agitators to stop immediately and give dialogue a chance. Speaking Thursday in Abuja at the second public lecture series organised by the APC Press Corps Read More

Call for renewed efforts on child labour

July 7, 2021 Timi Olubiyi 0

It is a common sight in Nigeria and indeed many developing nations to use kids as labourers or expose them to indecent activities such as traffic hawking, street trading, housemaids, domestic services, okada- riding and in several nano, micros and small businesses as casual workers including agriculture. These nano businesses include kiosk and corner shops, vulcanizers, street vendors, shoemakers, apprentice Read More

Experts to FG: Modernise curriculum to improve children’s creative skills

June 18, 2021 Suleiman Idris 0

Experts in early childhood education and development have called for the overhaul and improvement of the country’s education curriculum to ensure children’s creative thinking skills at an early age in order to prepare them for the challenges of a modern society. According to the experts, early childhood development is essential for growth and development of any nation as it ensures Read More

Infertility: When menstrual hygiene becomes a concern

June 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

Biologically, menstruation is a particular time of the month women of child-bearing age always look forward to as it is a sign of fertility. However, over the years, menstrual hygiene has attracted the attention of health experts as many women have brought infections and fertility concerns upon themselves majorly for neglecting their menstrual health. PAUL OKAH reports. Menstruation or menstrual Read More

Women can help one another to overcome challenges – Stella

June 4, 2021 PAUL OKAH, 0

Miss Stella Ogeri Dike is a model, humanitarian, entrepreneur, Law student and founder of the Stella Dike Foundation. She is also the immediate past Miss Diaspora Nigeria Universe. In this interview with PAUL OKAH, she speaks on the achievements and challenges of the Foundation, her reign as Miss Diaspora Nigeria Universe, menstrual hygiene, among others.  What should people know about Read More

The danger of child hawking

June 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

Child street hawking is one of the main forms of child labour. Others include children working at building sites or on farms. Nigeria’s population is estimated at 183 million with about 50% below the age of 18. Children are regarded as sources of joy, blessings and prosperity to their family. In some parts of Nigeria, couples who do not have Read More

Strengthening girl-child education; How so far?

May 23, 2021 Blueprint 0

Education is one of the basic human rights recognised since 1948 when the Universal Declaration on Human Rights was adopted. It was also given legal force in Nigeria by the Child’s Rights Act of 2003.Section 15 of the act states inter alia that, “Every child has the right to free, compulsory and universal basic education and it shall be the Read More

NSCDC commissions female squad to promote safe school initiative

May 21, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has commissioned its female squad as part of strategies to address the present security challenges confronting the nation. Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, while commissioning the squad commended the leadership of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for taking the lead in establishing a gemale squad. A statement released Friday in Read More

Maladministration in NMEC responsible for upsurge in adult illiteracy, out of school children

May 16, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Few months to the end of the tenure of the Executive Secretary of National Commission For Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education (NMEC), Prof. Abba Haladu, a group, Concerned Literacy Vanguard (CLV) has demanded for his removal, raising the issue of accountability. The group further expressed concern that the neglect of the agency core vision has led to an upsurge Read More

Double speaking Nigerians

If there is a trophy for a country where citizens indulge the most in criticism, Nigeria would have clinched it, for, Nigerians appear to love criticising. We delight in it and it seems like a tonic for most Nigerians as we criticise just about anything even before we have thought them out. Nigerian critics cut across board. We have arm Read More

UNESCO urges govt to engage graduants of second chance education

March 31, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha, 0

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Monday called on government to engage the graduants of second chance education. The UNESCO South-east coordinator, spotlight Initiative, Dr Stephen Onyekwere stated this during the graduation of 26,000 participants in Spotlight second chance education program at Tehilar Center, International market, Abakaliki. He noted that while the first phase of the programme was Read More