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51% of Adamawa children not in school – Report

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The report of a research conducted by a non-governmental organisation, African Centre for leadership Strategy & Development (Centre LSD), has established that 51% of school-age children in Adamawa State are not in school.

The acting Executive Director of the Centre, Mr Monday Osasah, who elucidated some contents of the report in Yola on Tuesday said girl-child enrolment is particularly low in Adamawa State, that in Maiha LGA for example, only about 3 or 4 out of every 10 school-age girls are in school at both primary and secondary levels.

Explaining that the Malala Fund-supported research was conducted in three LGAs: Maiha (Adamawa North Senatorial Zone), Numan (Adamawa South), and Song (Adamawa Central) to achieve statewide representation, Mr Osasah said information establishing statistical facts for all the other LGAs were obtained from relevant ministries and departments to draw statewide conclusions.

The Baseline Study Report on the Community-led Collective Action for Girls’ Education (C-CAGE) in Adamawa State, which Mr Osasah handed to newsmen at the workshop venue, shows that while total population of persons of school age in the state in 2018 was 1,736,546; only 849,912 (49%) were enrolled in primary and secondary schools.

It further shows that while the total population of school-age females across the state was 843,024; only 383,380 (45.5%) were in school.

It identified a view by many parents that girl-child education ‘is a waste because the girl would be married out soon enough’, as a predominant cause for poor girl-child enrolment in school.

The research report also mentioned fear of being kidnapped by Boko Haram, early marriage and unwanted pregnancy as being among other barriers to girl-child enrolment.

It recommended critical evaluation of the barriers by communities and political leaders as the way forward.

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Katsina: Bandits free 30 more captives after deal with govt

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Repentant bandits in Katsina have released additional 30 kidnapped victims, following the dialogue initiated by the state government with their leaders.

The victims were presented to Gov. Aminu Masari at the Government House on Sunday in Katsina.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the victims were kidnapped by the bandits from Kankara and Shimfida, both in Jibia Local Government area of the state.

They were thereafter taken to their hideout in Damsadau forest, Zamfara State, where they spent some weeks.

Addressing the victims, Masari said that government would continue to persuade the bandits to release more kidnapped people until all of them were freed.

He directed that the released victims be taken to hospital for medical check up before reuniting them with their respective families.

One of the victims, Zinatu Sani from Kankara, while narrating her ordeal in the hands of the bandits, said that she was kidnapped from her matrimonial home, with two of her children.

She said that the bandits demanded for a N20 million ransom before they could release her and the children.

Sani explained that the ransom was later reduced to N6 million which, she said, her family could still not afford to pay.

She said that the suspected bandits used to give them rice to cook, with only water and salt.

“For 55 days, we slept in an open place without a roof, not minding the rainfall or heat,” she lamented.

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Police rescue kidnapped lecturer, four still missing as kidnappers storm Abuja

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The police in the Federal Capital Territory has said that it rescued one Abubakar Alkali, a lecturer at Baze University, who was kidnapped on September 8 in Abuja.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, on Sunday in Abuja.

The statement reads, “It is pertinent to inform the public that the police has successfully rescued the Baze University lecturer, who was kidnapped on September 8, 2019.

“The command wants to also inform the public that it has commenced discreet investigation into an unfortunate kidnap case that took place at Asokoro on September 14, 2019.

“The police are currently making concerted efforts to rescue the victim.

“Contrary to speculations on the social media about an upsurge in this crime, the command wishes to correct the notion and inform the public that the aforementioned were the only cases reported and efforts are ongoing to arrest the suspects behind the crime.”

Among of those allegedly kidnapped in the city on Saturday were two teenagers returning from Quran lessons at Wuse Zone 6.

Also, one Hannah Azubuike was said to have been abducted near Habiba Plaza in Maitama while another victim, Ummi Ardo, was kidnapped outside Blickers Supermarket in Asokoro.

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National Assembly warns ministers, heads of agencies

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The National Assembly has issued a stern warning to all the revenue generating federal ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) engaging in diversion of revenues to desist from the act.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, Sen. Solomon Adeola, gave the warning after a meeting with the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Finance.

Adeola, in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by his Media Adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro, said that the era of diversion of revenues generated by MDAs was over.

According to him, the National Assembly will ensure that the Federal Government generates enough revenue to implement people-oriented policies and programmes.

“It has been observed that year in year out, the Federal Government has not been able to meet its targets on independent revenue sources.

“Findings indicate that the major culprit in this shortcoming is the inadequacies of MDAs, coupled with their penchant for diversion of revenue on recurrent expenditure under frivolous excuses,” he said.

Adeola said that the National Assembly would not tolerate unauthorised expenditure by the ministry of finance or agencies of government not backed by law or relevant acts of the National Assembly guiding such expenditure.

He said that every expenditure must henceforth be in compliance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act and other applicable laws in Nigeria.

“Reports show that over the years, the Federal Government has not been able to surpass 30 per cent of its revenue targets.

“This has resulted in low level of budget implementation for critical capital projects.

“We need to reverse this trend. Indeed, we intend to introduce quarterly review of targets so that needed revenue can come to the federal purse” he stated.

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