PERL Lauds Media Efforts in Promoting Girls Education

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn (PERL), on Tuesday lauded journalists in Kaduna State  for the efforts in promoting girls education in the state.

State Team Lead of PERL, in Kaduna, Abel Adejo, gave the commendation at a meeting to review the implementation of strategies towards addressing barriers to girls education.

He said no program can pay media practitioners for the kind of work they do in making sure issues around girls education addressed.

Adejo, noted that the meeting was key following the commitments make by the media few months ago to ensure all barriers to girls education are brought to the fore and effectively addressed.

He urged the media not to relent in bringing forward issues affecting girls education and also ensure they remain at the forefront of projecting programs initiated by development partners so as to help sustain them when  the programs end.

Enumerating the barriers to girls education, Martin Dangwa, in his presentation, said insecurity, socia-cultural, economic, infrastructure, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and access to school are the major barriers impeding girls education in Kaduna state.

“The persistent security challenge in the State, especially banditry and kidnapping remain a potential threat to children especially girls. Engagement of non-professional security personnel as school security increases vulnerability of learners to all kinds of harassment and harmful abuses, and the lack of parameter fences in rural and semi-urban schools makes learners and school infrastructure vulnerable to local criminals and vandals.

“Girls who are forced into marriage prematurely are likely to drop out of school. Child pregnancy: Girls who get pregnant are most likely to drop out of school because parents marry them off to avoid being shamed and stigmatised.

“High burden of domestic chores and the role of caring for siblings affects girls’ attendance in school poorly, heavy workload on girls at home also leads to failure and poor performance in school. While poor understanding of the benefits derived from investing in the girl-child due to parents’ exposure results in non-prioritisation of girl education.”

He added that toilet facilities in some schools are insufficient with only a few schools having separate toilets for girls and lack of portable water and essential learning and teaching materials and safe spaces for girls is also a major contributor to girls dropping out of school.

“Walking long distance to schools has been identified as a barrier. Children have to walk long and unsafe distances to get to schools.

“The practice of sexual harassment especially of the girl-child has continued to thrive without sanctions for violators. No continues teacher development and training on inclusive education practices and child protection policies in schools.” Dangwa said.

Lab Scientists Decries Low Blood Donation in Nigeria……..appreciate donors for maintaining adequate supplies

Members of Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN), Kaduna State Branch have decried the low blood donation in Nigeria.

The Scientists, said the importance of regular blood donation to health of people cannot not be overemphasized, thus the resolve to carry the campaigns to the streets and hospitals for increased blood donation.

Chairman of AMLSN, Comrade Taofeeq Babsalam, explained that “every June 14, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) and the event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.”

He, commended all members of the Association in  the State and urged regular donors and others to keep the world by regularly donating blood as it is  therapeutic for both the donors and the recipients.

“Today, the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists, Kaduna State Branch is sincerely thanking all
voluntary donors for their selfless act of saving lives thereby keeping the world Beating.” He added .

Speaking further on the importance of blood donation to health, Babsalam said, “Some of the associated benefits of blood donation include: anti cancer benefits as it reduces iron
deposition, prevents haemochromatosis, healthy liver, stimulates blood cell production, a free blood Screening for infectious diseases, happier life as a result of saving lives etc.

“Today we are at St Gerald Hospital Kakuri Kaduna for our blood drive to support the emergency services
of the hospital for the good people of Kaduna State and the country at large, the choice of St Gerald Hospital is because of it strategic location and accessibility to victims of Road Traffic Accident and Disaster.

“Specific objectives of this year’s campaign are to: thank blood donors in the world and create wider public awareness of the need for regular blood donation; highlight the need for committed, year-round blood donation; Maintain adequate supplies and achieve universal and timely access to safe blood transfusion.

“Recognize and promote the values of voluntary blood donation in enhancing community solidarity and social cohesion, raise  awareness of the need for increased investment from governments to build a sustainable and resilient national blood system and increase collection from voluntary non-remunerated blood donors.”

Meanwhile, he said the COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on blood donation and availability with the  curve  flattening.

He therefore called on relevant government agencies to synergize with the association to ensure availability of safe blood for Nigerians.

Zulum approves 500 resettlement houses for Logumani community

Borno state governor, Professor Banagana Umara Zulum, Sunday, approved the construction of 500 resettlement houses to accommodate returnees.

The governor did the approval when he visited Logumani, a community in Ngala local government area of Borno state.

Logumani residents were displaced following the activities of Boko Haram insurgents over the last seven years.

The governor also announced support for residents of Logumani to enable them rebuild their homes destroyed by the insurgents and further directed the State Rural Water Supply Agency (RUWASA) to construct a new deep aquifer borehole that would address water needs of the returning IDPs.

Also during the visit, the governor interacted with residents some of whom are taking refuge in Dikwa town and discussed modalities of returning them back to their ancestral homes.

Before Sunday’s trip, Zulum had undertaken a similar one to Kirawa town in Gwoza local government area on Saturday where he supervised the resettlement of over 2,500 households.

Before Kirawa, Zulum had paid similar visits to dozens of communities in northern, central and the southern parts of the state.

The visits have mostly focused on building, supervising or allocating newly built resettlement houses, distributing cash and food aid and supplying agricultural packs to farmers.

It also included former Commissioner of Agriculture and APC’s candidate for the House Representatives seat, Engr. Bukar Talba and heads of relevant establishments of government involved in the construction and reconstruction, provision of water, livelihoods and general human empowerment.


Provost seeks degree awarding status for Gidan Waya COE

Provost Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, Professor Alexander Kure, has renewed call for the upgrade of the college to a degree awarding institution for improved productivity.

The provost made the call during an interactive session with newsmen in his office in Gidan Waya during the week.

Professor Kure explained that since the state government has placed emphasis on employing degree holders in its primary and secondary schools, it was necessary to upgrade the institution to reap from the pool of qualified teachers being produced.

He noted with dismay how federal and state lawmakers from Southern Kaduna extraction have abandoned the school which has been suffering from paucity of funds to improve the standard of learning, challenging them to rally round the college by lobbying for the upgrade of the institution as well as for more projects to be cited in the school.

He pointed out that the college is over 40 years without being upgraded, adding that similar colleges in other states had become degree awarding institutions after just 20 years of existence.

Speaking on intake of students in the college, Professor Kure lamented that the number had reduced considerably, not because the people do not desire to study in the college, but because of the increase in school fees.

He appealed to the state government to consider a review of the cost of school fees, considering that most parents find it difficult to pay because of their financial status.