Ed­u­ca­tion cri­sis dead­lier than Boko Haram - NGO

Weekly Trust - - News - Balarabe Alka­s­sim, Bauchi Eyo Charles, Cal­abar Hope Abah, Makurdi

A Bauchi-based Non­Govern­men­tal Or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO) Bet­ter Life Restora­tion Ini­tia­tive (BERI) has de­scribed ed­u­ca­tion cri­sis in North­ern Nige­ria as a men­ace dead­lier than the Boko Haram in­sur­gency.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion made the ob­ser­va­tion yes­ter­day in Bauchi dur­ing the World Lit­er­acy Day.

BERI Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Mr Nkem Ogad­inma Og­bonna who quoted World De­vel­op­ment In­di­ca­tors re­gret­ted that seven out of 10 adults in North­ern Nige­ria can­not read or write.

He said that the NGO was ready to erad­i­cate il­lit­er­acy in North­ern Nige­ria adding that they were dis­turbed by what was be­dev­il­ing the coun­try’s ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

Og­bonna how­ever commended the United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (USAID) for ex­pand­ing lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy among Out-ofS­chool-Children The Act­ing chair­man of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, John Ochala has be­rated at­tempts by mem­bers of the party from the state who oc­cupy fed­eral po­si­tions but med­dle with, and want to con­trol the party.

Ochala spoke when he hon­oured an in­vi­ta­tion from the state Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Hafiz Inuwa who said he had in­tel­li­gence re­ports about a planned at­tack on the state sec­re­tar­iat of the party to dis­rupt a pur­ported meet­ing.

The party chair­man told the po­lice boss that he alone has the power to con­vene any meet­ing in the name of the party in the state.”The con­sti­tu­tion of the APC em­pow­ers me alone as the sit­ting chair­man. It is not a min­is­ter or such high-rank­ing fed­eral gov­ern­ment staff res­i­dent in Abuja. I am the leader of the party not any min­is­ter. Chief John Oye­gun is the na­tional leader of the APC, not Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari,” he ex­plained.

He urged the com­mis­sioner to ar­rest any­one who con­vened any meet­ing with­out his knowl­edge at the party sec­re­tar­iat, in­sist­ing that such meet­ing would be il­le­gal.

The state sec­re­tary of the party, Bishop Vic­tor Ebong, who was sim­i­larly in­vited by the CP, dis­agreed that there were fac­tions in the party but that there were dif­fer­ences in ap­proach and views. in Bauchi and Sokoto through the North­ern Ed­u­ca­tion Ini­tia­tive Plus (NEI+).

The di­rec­tor also commended USAID and Cre­ative In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­ates for in­tro­duc­ing dig­i­tal plat­forms such as Voice SMS, In­ter­ac­tive Voice Re­sponse and other So­cial me­dia strate­gies aimed at de­ploy­ing mes­sages that would im­prove so­cial be­hav­ior to­wards ba­sic lit­er­acy in North­ern Nige­ria.

Min­is­ter, aides have no power to con­trol C’River APC, says chair­man PDP do­nates to flood vic­tims

The na­tional lead­er­ship of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) yes­ter­day do­nated relief items worth mil­lions of naira to vic­tims of re­cent flood­ing in Benue State. The party also commended Gover­nor Sa­muel Or­tom for swiftly re­spond­ing to the flood cri­sis.

The Chair­man of PDP Na­tional Care­taker Com­mit­tee, Se­na­tor Ahmed Makarfi, who led a team on a visit to Or­tom at the Gov­ern­ment House in Makurdi said, “We have been very much en­cour­aged by your re­sponse, by the way you han­dled the cri­sis, that is how a re­spon­sive leader should do, should be­have in times of cri­sis.”

Rep­re­sented by the Na­tional Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary of the party, Prince Dayo Adey­eye, the PDP called on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to de­ploy part of the funds from the Pres­i­den­tial Com­mit­tee on Flood Relief and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion to al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of vic­tims in the state.

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