9-year-old girl ad­vo­cates ter­ror­ism ed­u­ca­tion in schools

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Mau­reen Onochie

A 9-year old girl, Splen­dour Joe-King has called for the in­tro­duc­tion of ter­ror­ism ed­u­ca­tion in schools as well as en­light­en­ment pro­grammes against ter­ror­ism in the coun­try.

She made the call yes­ter­day in Abuja when she vis­ited the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Na­tional Youth Ser­vice Corps (NYSC), Bri­gadier Gen­eral John­son Olawumi to in­tro­duce her book ti­tled “ef­fect of ter­ror­ism on chil­dren.”

Ac­cord­ing to her, it was im­por­tant for chil­dren to be ed­u­cated on the dan­gers of ter­ror­ism.

Joe-King said ter­ror­ism has killed more peo­ple than the dreaded HIV/AIDS and most time, chil­dren have al­ways suf­fered the ef­fect.

The NYSC boss said it was im­por­tant that the is­sue of ex­trem­ism be tack­led ur­gently for ter­ror­ism to come to an end while con­cur­ring that chil­dren al­ways bore the con­se­quences of any ter­ror­ist at­tack.

Pen­sion­ers give First Bank 21 days ultimatum By Mustapha Suleiman The Nige­ria Union of Pen­sion­ers (NUP) has served out a 21-day ultimatum to the man­age­ment of First Bank Plc within which to at­tend to the needs of their pen­sion­ers or face the wrath of the union.

The ultimatum came in the wake of breakdown in ne­go­ti­a­tions over the last one year on the im­proved wel­fare pack­age of their pen­sion­ers.

The bank’s man­age­ment has been in­dicted by the pen­sion­ers over the poor wel­fare pack­age of the bank and the non­chal­lant at­ti­tude of the bank to­wards their plight.

Chair­man of the Union, Al­haji Mo­hammed Bu­gundu said it is on record that the pen­sion­ers get as low as N10, 000 only per month while their coun­ter­part in other banks get much higher.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the union is also de­mand­ing for im­proved med­i­cal al­lowance, re­fund of il­le­gal tax de­duc­tion as well as re­fund of con­tri­bu­tions to the Na­tional Hous­ing Scheme and Jakande build­ing de­duc­tions. About 2000 women in Kebbi State yes­ter­day ben­e­fit­ted from a breast and cer­vi­cal screen­ing pro­gramme or­ga­nized by the Med­i­caid Can­cer Foundation in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the state gov­ern­ment

Wife of Kebbi State gover­nor and founder of the Foundation, Dr Zainab Atiku Bagudu, led an aware­ness walk to kick-start the screen­ing pro­gramme, a state­ment from the foundation said.

The foundation has been car­ry­ing out can­cer ad­vo­cacy for seven years across the North.

Dr Bagudu who is also a con­sul­tant Pae­di­a­tri­cian as­sured women of the state that the foundation would con­tinue the screen­ing pro­gramme through­out the state.

She urged ra­di­ol­o­gists and ra­dio­g­ra­phers to take up em­ploy­ment with the state as it cur­rently has none in its ser­vice de­spite hav­ing good equip­ments.

The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the state’s min­istry of health, Al­haji Atiku Kende said all those who tested pos­i­tive dur­ing the can­cer screen­ing ex­er­cise will be treated free by the state gov­ern­ment.

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