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NGO decries low enrollment of girls in school


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A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Girls Education Mission International (GEMI) has decried the low enrollment of girls in primary and secondary schools in northern Nigeria.

“Education opens windows of opportunities for girls to break the shackles of poverty. It is key to improving living standards; unfortunately, many girls in the north hardly get the opportunity to go to school,” Mrs Keturah Shammah, Executive Director of GEMI, said on Wednesday.

Shammah in Jos said that 60 percent of girls in the north were out of school.

“More than half of the girls of school age are not enrolled; concerted efforts must be made to change the tide otherwise their economic situation would only worsen,” she said.

She said that the NGO had awarded scholarships to 50 girls since inception in 2007, and expressed happiness that five beneficiaries had since graduated and were working.

The official said that the Jos-based NGO would mark the annual International Day of the Girl-Child in a rural community in Lere Local Government in Kaduna State, to sensitise and create awareness to stakeholders on the need to empower girls through education.

She said that this year’s theme for the international day of the girl child, “Empower Girls: Before, During and after Conflict”, was a challenge to the world to stop discriminating against girls.

“Girls must be enrolled into schools; it is the only way to prepare them to build a better society,” she said.

Shammah said that the NGO would hold a town hall meeting with key stakeholders on ways to promote enrollment of girls in schools.

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EPL: Lampard to replace Sarri as Chelsea manager after Europa League final

Chelsea are preparing to fire Maurizio Sarri, regardless of whether he wins the Europa League and want to bring in Frank Lampard as his replacement, Sky Sport Italia reports.

Sarri has struggled to win over fans despite a solid first season in charge at Stamford Bridge, in which he reached the final of two Cups and finished third in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, the Blues are looking to change their manager after the Europa League final and want Lampard to usher in a new era.

The former Chelsea midfielder is currently preparing to face Aston Villa in Derby County’s promotion play-off decider at Wembley next week.

Stamford Bridge bosses have been impressed with the way Lampard has carried himself and are believed to be keen to bring him back along with Petr Cech.

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‘Yahoo Yahoo’: Zlatan Ibile chides fans in new single titled 4nights in Ekohtiebo

Nigerian artist, Omoniyi Temidayo, popularly known as Zlatan Ibile, has dropped new single few days after he was released by the EFCC.

Recall that Zlatan and Naira Marley were arrested by the EFCC over their alleged support of internet fraud also known as ‘yahoo yahoo’.

While Zlatan was released, Afeez Fashola aka Naira Marley has remained in custody of the graft agency.

But Zlatan has now taken to the studio to release a single entitled ”4nights in Ekohtiebo”

In the single, Zlatan chided those he tagged ‘fake friends’ who turned their back on him while he was in detention.

The song composed in Yoruba is translated thus: “Pretend you were dead, see who will shed tears over your death. Pretend to be broke and see who’ll ignore you.

“We eat and drink together. Just four days and you can’t hide your hatred for me. You guys didn’t expect me to return. Nobody is holy and don’t be quick to judge”.

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‘Yahoo Yahoo’ – Naira Marley remanded in prison pending ruling on bail application

Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley was, on Monday, arraigned at the Federal High Court in Lagos over an alleged credit card fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged him with 11-counts of the offence before Justice Nicolas Oweibo.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges when read to him.

The judge then adjourned the case until May 30 for the hearing of his bail application.

Justice Oweibo ordered that the musician be remanded in prison until his bail application is determined.

Marley risks seven years in jail if found guilty in accordance with Section 33 (2) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015.

EFCC had arrested Naira Marley in connection with an alleged advance fee fraud known as ‘yahoo yahoo’ in the Nigerian parlance.

Following his arrest, the anti-graft agency filed an 11-count charge against him.

The charges with suit number FHC/L/178C/19 were filed before a Lagos High Court.

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