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Free, Compulsory Education: Gov Ganduje Receives Roadmap For Implementation

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To further strengthen the policy of free and compulsory primary and secondary schools education, as one of the main thrusts of his administration, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state received Roadmap for the policy implementation.

The event took place at Ante-Chamber, Government House, Kano, Monday, with Dr Kabiru Shehu, Special Adviser to the Governor on Free and Compulsory Education, leading the team.

It is a team of 54 members partitioned into 14 sub-committees for effective and efficient deliberations. The committee’s membership was drawn from experts in education sector, development partners and other stakeholders that are also specialists in the area.

It was designed in such a way that technical contributions could be accessed from those who understand the concept of education very well.

Parts of the fundamental objectives of the technical committee was to seek a way for drastically reducing the number of out-of-school children, to integrate Islamiyyah and Tsangaya system into conventional system of education, to see to the overall development of the state, by way of improved education system, among others.

The document suggests some phases for the implementation. Each phase with its peculiar contents. Phase I consists of initiation, planning and reviewing of all relevant education policies. So also other Phases with their focus, each.

Receiving the roadmap, governor Ganduje said “There are 3 variables that are behind the policy statement of free and compulsory primary and post-primary schools education, right from the onset. We are dealing with problems of accessibility, affordability and sustainability.”

Explaining that the idea of roadmap was a kind of framework to be used in order to go about implementing the policy very well, emphasising that, “It is more like a fine tuning process.

“All Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) should critically have a look at this document and see what can be added or adjusted. As we are laying the foundation, we believe it must be solid.

So that the incoming administrations can have a platform for forging ahead. We need commitment and coordination to work with this effectively,” he said.

After acknowledging that, financing education is a herculean task, he listed some of the ways the state is using in seeing that education in the state is financed effectively.

He reveals that, “Apart from the budgetary allocation of over 26 percent in our fiscal document, we have Education Trust Fund, we have avenues for some levies,

we have community participation, there is in place, Corporate Social Responsibility from corporate organisations and development partners are also there among others.”

He argued that, when there is well articulate programme at hand, with transparent posture, development partners would respond positively.

“You must make sure that the issue of data is being handled very well. We must always strive to have accurate data. Data is very critical in governance. Development partners also need to work and partner with accurate data all the time,” he directed.

In a statement by Abba Anwar the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary said All development partners and other experts who were at the meeting, exhibited their unflinching support and cooperation for the the policy implementation.

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Breaking:Emir of Dutse Nuhu Muhammad Sunusi Passes On

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Late Emir Of Dutse Nuhu Muhammad Sunusi

 

The Emir of Dutse  in Jigawa state North West Nigeria Alhaji Nuhu Muhammadu Sunusi is Dead.

In his verified Facebook handle a traditional title holder Santurakin Dutse  and PDP Gubernatorial Candidate of Jigawa state Mustafa Sule Lamido made the statement.

 

Another credible source from the Capital of Jigawa state told NIGERIAN TRACKER that Emir Nuhu Sunusi died today in Abuja but did not disclose the place where he died.

NIGERIAN TRACKER recalls that Alhaji Nuhu Muhammadu Sunusi was appointed Emir of Dutse by the military administration of Late Colonel Ibrahim Aliyu in 1995 after the passing away of his father Muhammadu Sunusi.

 

He reigned as the Emir for 28 years

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Naira Controversy: Emefiele Appears Before Reps. Committee

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Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) Godwin Emefiele on Tuesday appeared before the ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives on the cashless policy and deadline for the replacement of old currency notes.

Emefiele, who was supposed to appear before the Committee last week, failed to do stating he was out of the country with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The House threatenedto invoke the provisions of section 89(1)(d) of the Constitution by issuing a warrant of arrest today to compel him to appear.

The CBN Governor, who appeared with some of his assistants, went into a brief Executive session with members of the committee.

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Cashless system helps in tracking election financing — Osinbajo

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By Chijioke Okoronkwo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says a cashless policy, when effectively operated in Nigeria, can help stem the surge of illicit election financing by making it possible to track funds.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the vice president received a delegation of the EU Election Observation Mission led by Mr Barry Andrews.

The EU Chief Observer is also a member of the European Parliament.

“I think that what we should be looking at is to provide more infrastructures.

“ The cashless thing has been really advantageous and helps with tracking.

“That sort of infrastructure is useful for more financial inclusion and the more financial inclusion you have, the easier it is to track.

“So much money can be spent without it being tracked under the current election financing practices in the country.’’

Osinbajo acknowledged the serious difficulty in controlling election financing because of cash transactions.

According to him, there are still infrastructure issues required to be in place to ensure an efficient cashless system in the country.

“With cash transactions, it is still difficult to seriously control election financing.’’

On electoral offences, the vice president said the Electoral Offences Commission Bill was at the National Assembly.

He said he hoped that it would begin a new regime of dealing with electoral offences which would be helpful.

“By and large, one shouldn’t expect INEC to be the investigator of electoral offences.

“I think that law enforcement agencies should be responsible for arresting and prosecuting offenders, state by state.

“Electoral offences are always seen through a political prism; people will always feel that they are being prosecuted because they belong to a certain party.

“What is more important is that we have to find a system where the police could have a special unit for offences during the course of elections.

“The Federal High Courts could also have a special jurisdiction to deal with offences and not extend beyond the Federal High Courts.”

On the role of the judicial system, Osinbajo said that more attention should be paid to the monitoring of tribunals and their outcomes, calling for more scrutiny from the National Judicial Council.

He disclosed that discussions had been had in the past concerning malfeasance on the part of some judges and those found guilty should be brought to the fore.

“There should be sanctions and that way, we would be able to clean up and correct some of the problems,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Andrews said that the mission would be monitoring the elections coming up next month and hope for a peaceful and fair electoral process.

According to him, it is the 7th time the INEC is inviting the EU Mission to monitor the elections, adding that the team had been in the country since Jan 11 and will be around until the end of March, 2023.

Other members of the delegation include Ms Samuela Isopi, Ambassador, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS and Mr Thomas Boserup, Deputy Chief Observer, EU Election Observation Mission. (NAN)

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