The Federal Government is partnering the Society for Family Health (SFH) to combat the scourge of HIV/AIDS in schools across the country.
Presenting the combined reports at the official Dissemination of Report of the Impact Evaluation of Family Life HIV/ AIDS Education in Abuja, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu said the initiative was borne out of the need to equip the in-school youths to abstain from premarital sex. He noted that the report would be beneficial to the development of the country as well as free the country from the scourge of the HIV/AIDS.
The minister, who was represented by the Director, Education Support Services in the ministry, Mrs. Justina Ibe, noted that the dissemination of the draft report was a scientific declaration that uses the curricular and co-curricular strategies to communicate sexuality information to adolescents by the education sector.
According to him, the awaited dissemination exercise was delayed after the exit of the Global Fund Round 9 Phase 2 interventions on HIV/AIDS in schools.
“To fill the gaps and sustain this good initiative, Family Life HIV/AIDS Education (FLHE) embodies the new vision and effort to combat the HIV/AIDS scourge in the education sector.
“The exercise is a holistic effort to move the country forward and create a better HIV free society for young people. I implore that as partners we should all contribute our quota to the success of the exercise,” he said.
Managing Director of SFH, Mr. Bright Ekweremadu, stressed that the implementation of Family Life and HIV Education in both the senior secondary and junior secondary schools was paramount to the eradication of the scourge in the country.
According to him, the impact of the FLHE on young persons was beclouded by the lack of empirical evidence to show the efficiency and effectiveness of this approach at reaching young persons within schools.
He said that students and young adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 years old account for 54 million of the population, hence the need to educate them on the danger of the epidemic.
He further explained: “The Global Fund Round 9 Phase 2 HIV grant in Nigeria (January 2013 – June 2015) conducted a quasi-experimental study to evaluate the Impact of the FLHE programme among inschool students in Nigeria.
“The overall objective of the impact evaluation study was to identify proven intervention approaches to promoting sexual and reproductive health of in-school youths for better programming among them. Unfortunately, this is yet to be implemented by the country, leaving a huge gap which is capable of eroding the gains made over the years.
“If Nigeria would curb the spread of HIV infections, reduce teenage pregnancies to change the trajectory of the AIDS epidemic, we cannot ignore the continuation of the implementation of the programme.
“FLHE programme is as a veritable strategy in the fight against HIV and other reproductive challenges facing young adolescents in the country.”
Ipokia Youth holds symposium on ICT entrepreneurship
The annual Ipokia Youth symposium is set to hold this Saturday with issues about youth entrepreneurship in the Information Technology expected to dominate the discourse.
According to a statement issued by the Chairman of the Central Organising Committee of the symposium, Mr. Ola Agbetokun, the theme of the event is “Reconciling Ipokia Youth with Global Youth Initiative and Techno-Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century”.
Agbetokun said the symposium, which will take place at Ipokia Town Hall, will also be used to present a certificate of recognition to eminent sons and daughters of the town.
“The underlining objective of the symposium is to increase the knowledge base of youths in the dynamic ICT sector; expose them to the opportunities in the sector and how to tap into it.
“The Ipokia Youth Development Council (IPYDC) is concerned with the growing numbers of unemployed youths in our local government and we believe that access to information on how to tap into the opportunities in the ICT sector will make some of our youths to become entrepreneurs in their own way.”
Other expected high points of the annual event include launching of N12million Appeal Funds for the construction of Youth Development Centre, quiz competition and debates amongst Secondary School students, business mentoring sessions.
Notable dignitaries expected to grace the occasion include Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; the Chairman, Ipokia Oba-in-Council, Ambassador Adesola Abolurin; Otunba Akeem Adigun (Socopao); Alhaji Segun Adeosun, Alhaji Taiwo Elegbede¸and Asst. Comptroller of Customs, Bola Adegbite, among others.
JUST IN: Student killed during protest at Plateau College of Education
The Management of the College of Education Gindiri, Mangu Local Government of Plateau state has close down academic activities in the School indefinitely, following students protest, which claimed the life of a student and properties worth millions of naira also destroyed.
Investigation revealed that the students had embarked on a protest demanding for the released of the identification card and also cancellation of a National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS Policy which they claimed to have paid to the school, but whenever the approach the school clinic the management still as them to pay another money.
New Telegraph gathered that during the protest, the students on rampage burnt down the school Clinic and also damage several cars belonging to staffs as well as destroyed doors and windows of the Administrative buildings of the institution before the arrival of the security.
Public Relationship officer of the School Mrs Elizabeth Aboreng who spoke New Telegraph on a Telephone call disclose that the students from NCE Two class had protested the released of their ID card by the school management and later took laws into their hands by burning down properties in the institution including the school clinic and Ambulance.
“The Management of the institution has close down the school indefinitely, Because the students of NCE two had issues of Identification Card which was not released to them, but the made the Acting Provost Mr Cornelius Ka-ankuka and he resolved that the ID Card was to be made available today, but surprisingly today the students went on rampage without waiting to collect the ID cards and burn down two ambulances belonging to the school, burn down the clinic and also destroy staffs cars” she said.
However, New Telegraph gathered that in the midst of the protests, one student was alleged to have been hit by a stray bullet and died on the spot.
When contacted, the Plateau State Police command, Public Relations officer, DSP Mathias Tyopev, confirmed the incident and said he is expecting details from the Divisional Police officer of Gindiri, Mangu LGC of the state.
2018 UTME: Candidates protest exam date, seek postponement
Human and vehicular movements along Bariga-Akoka road, Lagos, were, this afternoon, impeded when hundreds of candidates, who have registered to sit the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) staged a protest over what they described as the inconsiderate stance of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) by fixing the examination for March.
The candidates carried placards with various inscriptions such as; “Admissions are yet to close, why conducting another UTME now?”; “JAMB isn’t for revenue generation, stop milking our parents,” “2017 UTME held in May, why March in 2018?” “2018 admissions not transparent,” among others.
They said many of them who had hoped to be admitted by various institutions during the 2017/2018 academic calendar year just found out this week that they were not admitted and that less than one month cannot be enough to prepare for another examination.
But JAMB has justified the decision to hold the examination between March 9 and 17, noting that it was a decision jointly taken by other examination bodies to avoid clash of timetables and to ensure that all admissions are concluded by August every year for smooth academic system.
The examination body, however, advised the 245,000 candidates billed to take part in its Monday Mock test to visit the website to reprint their slips and prepare adequately for the examination.
Addressing the press during the protest, the National President of the Association of Tutorial School Operators (ATSO), Mr. Dotun Sodunke, who led the candidates to the streets, said if allowed to hold as scheduled Nigeria would experience another round of mass failure.
He said if JAMB was not only concerned about generating revenue for the government it would consider the candidates in fixing the date for the examination, saying it is obvious that there was no way the candidates would complete the UTME syllabus under one month.
Sodunke added that institutions like the University of Benin, Yaba College of Technology, among others, still released admission list on Wednesday, and that the students who had applied to such institutions but are yet to be admitted would not concentrate on preparation for another examination.
He said; “The new head of JAMB needs to be called to order. He should not be carried away by the euphoria of revenue generation. The future of this country depends on these children. JAMB is sure that if you conduct the exam early, many candidates would fail, and they would come back to register again next year. This is so because their children don’t school here.
“Admissions are yet to be concluded, yet you are fixing date for another one. Who does that? The introduction of the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) is also a fraud. You would be admitted on JAMB portal and on CAPS page it would deny you admission. Everything is done in secrecy as we don’t even know which schools are organizing post-UTME and which ones are not. Every institution is doing what it wants. Things must not go on like this.”
However, the Head of the Press and Public Relations Unit of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, explained that there was yet no basis for the postponement being sought by the candidates, saying the date had been fixed as early as December, 2017, and that it was made public.
Benjamin said; “We need to place the interest of this country above selfish interest. The candidates are not the ones staging protest but the tutorial centres operators, and parents must intervene to rein them in. They are doing this because they want to keep the candidates at their centres till May so that they can get more money from them. Things are not done that way.
“JAMB is not alone in this business. All stakeholders in Nigeria’s education sector have realised that our calendar must be organised and firm as we experience abroad, and it must start somewhere. Even if heaven will fall, the new government wants to ensure that academic calendar starts every August, and that is why all admissions will be concluded by August this year. So if these candidates are affected, we apologise to them, it is for their good and the good of the nation.”
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