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UNESCO and partners in education launch global campaign to keep girls in the picture

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the largest school closures and education disruption in history, with more than 1.5 billion students affected at the height of the crisis. Over 767 million of these students were girls.

Now, another major challenge is looming. Over 11 million girls — from pre-primary to tertiary education – may not return to school in 2020. This alarming number not only threatens decades of progress made towards gender equality, but also puts girls around the world at risk of adolescent pregnancy, early and forced marriage, and violence. For many girls, school is more than just a key to a better future. It’s a lifeline.

This is why UNESCO and members of the Global Education Coalition‘s Gender Flagship are launching a new #LearningNeverStops campaign focusing on ‘keeping girls in the picture.’

The campaign calls for efforts to safeguard progress made on girls’ education, ensure girls’ learning continuity during school closures, and promote girls’ safe return to school once these reopen. It also sheds light on the 130 million girls who were already out of school before the pandemic, and calls on the international community to urgently work together to guarantee their right to education.

It’s time to turn the crisis into an opportunity to build back equal.

The new #LearningNeverStops multilingual campaign features a signature launch video, engaging social media assets, practical toolkits for radio and youth-led organizations as well as a Girls back to school guide for partners to engage audiences and stakeholders everywhere.

Youth activists and community radios are being mobilized at the local level to access hard to reach communities to reach. Local and regional influencers, experts, education professionals and champions for girls’ and women’s rights have also committed to amplifying campaign messages and spread knowledge through their respective networks.

Powerful human-interest stories from girls around the world will also be featured throughout this extended campaign. A wealth of knowledge and resources on girls’ and women’s education are also available on the campaign landing page.

Join the campaign now and use your voice to ensure that #LearningNeverStops for girls everywhere.

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ABIODUN COMMISSIONS FOUR PROJECTS IN ODEDA LGA

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The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has commissioned four projects in Odeda Local Government Area, Ogun State, in order to improve socio-economic growth of the people, especially those at the grassroots level.

He said the projects were aimed at boosting the economy and security around Odeda, as it shares boundary with Oyo State, noting that the 40 Open Stalls at Gbonnagun market, Obantoko; 16 Lock-Up shops at the Osiele market and 20 Open Stalls at Kila market were built to complement the existing stalls and also to assist the traders reduce stress and risks associated with selling by the road-side.

The governor, represented by the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, stated  that the re-constructed Police Post at Bakatari would help reduce security threats around the area.

He maintained that Local Governments are to complement the efforts of the State government in delivery of dividends of democracy to the people; expressing optimism that all the 20 LGAs would have more projects to showcase by the time his administration would be rounding-off.

“You entrusted your votes to us, I assure you that we will not disappoint you as we will continue to work for the success of everyone, most especially those at the grassroots, likewise the urban inhabitants will also benefits maximally from our government,” governor saidI

In his remarks, the Transition Chairman, Hon. Semiu Lawal implored the market leaders, traders and the people of Odeda to judiciously use the facilities and ensure peaceful co-existence especially in the Bakatari axis of the Local Government Area.

   He promised the State Governor that the support given to them would be put to effective use in developing their areas.

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NIGER STATE GOVERNMENT SAYS NO GOING BACK ON ROADS CLOSURE TO ARTICULATED VEHICLES

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Niger State Government says it will not go back on the restriction order of heavy trucks plying the state-owned roads which took effect on the 15th September, 2020.
This is coming after the State government had assured that it’s  position will be reviewed as event concerning the closure unfolds.
The state government maintained that it’s decision to close down all state government roads was done within the confines of law stressing that adequate consultations and sensitization with relevant stakeholders were made and two weeks notice was also served to general public as well as relevant road transport organizations before the roads were barricaded.
As such, the state government will not relent on it oars to ensure that the State owned roads are not access by articulated vehicles, the heavy trucks are however free to use all the Federal roads that transverse the State.
The State government said beyond the current closure to fast track the reconstruction of the Minna-Bida Road, measures would be evolved such as weigh-bridges to ensure that the movements of articulated vehicles on the State owned roads are regulated to avoid heavy flow of traffic beyond the capacity of the roads.
He enjoined the Federal government to raise up to the occasion and do the needful on if not all, some of the Federal Roads in the State.
Chairman of the Infrastructure, Project Monitoring and Implementation Committee who is also the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Ibrahim Balarabe brief Journalists on behalf of the State government, reaffirming it’s position.
“There is no going back on Niger state government’s decision on the ban on articulated trucks from plying the state-owned roads. We still stand on our position and will not relent on that. Our roads still remain closed to articulated trucks”. He stated.
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SGF urges Nigerians to embrace 60th Anniversary Logo

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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, has urged Nigerians to embrace the 60th Anniversary Logo of “Together Shall We Be”.

Mustapha made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), in Abuja,  on Wednesday.

“Nigeria’s 60th anniversary logo is a symbol of the our journey to nationhood that should be embraced by all.

“The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), on Nigeria’s 60th Anniversary celebration had a very robust input and finally settled on the one that  recognises Nigeria’s sojourn to nationhood.

“The IMC identified the challenges faced and what is required to move Nigeria to its enviable stage among the comity of nations.

“To arrive at a logo, the IMC reviewed 15 entries by patriotic Nigerians.

“We appreciate all efforts made.

“Out of these 15 logos, the IMC chose the best four that were then subjected to a Diamond/Change/Innovation challenge on a website specifically designed for that purpose,”the SGF explained.

According to him, Nigerians from all walks of life participated in the whole process that required selection of a logo, best fit slogan, appropriate poetry and accompanying photographs.

The SGF noted that the outcome of the above processes as it relates to the logo was what President Mohammadu Buhari unveiled as well as the theme agreed by the IMC. 

“On the other hand, the IMC would conclude the winning entries for the slogan, poetry and photography after which winners would be given prize money at a separate event,” he said.

NAN reports that President Buhari unveiled the anniversary logo and pledged that his administration will continue to work towards greater inclusiveness.

NAN reports that the unveiling was held at the 15th virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the State House, Abuja.

Buhari described the logo as a product of choice from Nigerians who participated in the selection process.

He noted that 60 years of independence calls for pomp and pageantry. (NAN) 

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