Minister Explains Ten Pillars Of Nigerian Education Reform

Nigeria, Education, Adamu Adamu,In a bid to change the fortunes of about 50 million illiterates in Nigeria, the Nigerian government has reiterated its commitment to the ten pillars of reform of the education sector.

The Education Minister, Adamu Adamu, shared his vision with Channels Television correspondent, Gbenga Ashiru, on an edition of Question Time.

He explained that the mandate of the ‘ten pillars of the education’ road-map involves returning about 11.5 million out-of-school children to the classrooms.

“The road-map for education, which we placed before the National Council of Education is based on ten pillars and these pillars are the most important areas.

“The first is out-of-school children. You know Nigeria leads the world in having the highest number of children who are out of school – 11.5 million.

“After it we look at basic education, which is an area that has fallen on bad times and needs to be revamped.

“We also have vocation education and training. If Nigeria wishes to develop and compete with the rest of the world, we need to do something about our technical education.

“We have put activities in place that would make Nigeria compete fully with the rest of the world.

“Then there is development in ICT, the world is going computer and Nigeria cannot afford to lag behind. We intend to introduce computer technology in our classes.

“There is also the question of teacher education, this is the most important to me. “We need to develop teachers, we need to make them qualify, even in our tertiary institutions there are a dearth of teachers and we need to develop more”.

JAMB Needs To Sit Up

The Education Minister also commented on the cancellation of the post-UTME examination. He maintained that it is the statutory responsibility of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board.

According to the Minister, “JAMB was set up to do the test that would determine the admission and I am not defending JAMB, I think there are so many problems. What we need is not to create another examination but to make JAMB to sit up.

There have been complaints from candidates on being listed for a different course from the one registered for, and our correspondent sought to know how the Minister intends to fix these irregularities.

He argued that this particular issue had stopped: “I think that is something that is probably a thing of the past. A lot of restructuring is currently going on in JAMB.”

He added that “both the test that they (JAMB) administer and the result that they give and which university will determine the admission of students will be different from now on”.

Watch the full interview with the Minister of Education on Channels Television current affairs programme, Question Time.

FG Intensifies Surveillance To Prevent Lassa Fever Spread

lassa feverThe Federal Government has promised to intensify surveillance to prevent the spread of Lassa Fever.

Part of the strategy is a free treatment for persons infected with the disease.

In an interview with Channels Television’s correspondent, Gbenga Ashiru, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, said authorities had been mandated to give the treatment.

Last week, the Minister confirmed that at least 40 deaths have been recorded in 10 states of the federation.

While speaking on the 221.7 billion Naira allocated to the health sector in the 2016 budget, Professor Adewole noted that the ministry would focus on providing quality public healthcare delivery while reducing infant and maternal mortalities.

“The first thing we have done is to say, look we have recurrent upsurge in the episode and unusual high case fatality, but we are engaging in massive public education campaign, staying in touch with Local State and Federal Government officials and dispatching of surveillance officers to the affected areas and surrounding states.

“We are in fact re-activating some of the laboratories, making sure that cases are properly diagnosed, we have dispatched drugs to affected states and we are also sending them protective gears so that health workers can manage well,” he explained.

According to him, the government had advised health workers to refer persons with malaria that are not responding well to treatment to appropriate hospitals where they could be taking care of.

He, however, expressed hopes that there would not be a hospital acquired infection, which would lead to the a lock-down of the health facility.

Meanwhile, Medical practitioners at the Lassa Fever Research Centre in Irua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State attributed the Lassa fever spread to the poor attention given to it by authorities over the years.

The officials, who conducted Channels Television round the foremost and only Lassa Fever Research Institute in Nigeria, called on the government to set up more diagnostic centres across the country.

INEC Assures Of Credible Elections In Kogi, Bayelsa

INEC Chairmanm, Amina ZakariThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is giving assurances that the governorship elections holding in Kogi and Bayelsa States about three months from now would be free and fair.

The Acting Chairman of INEC, Amina Zakari, told Channels Television’s correspondent, Gbenga Ashiru in Abuja that everything has been put in place to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

“We do a by-election within a month with the time we get information from the National Assembly if there’s a vacancy, but this is about three months/four months.

“I think we’ve been adequately prepared and remember, we just came out of the national election and we have already met some purchases of some non-sensitive materials. What is remaining for us is to put our acts together,” she said.

The Acting Chairman also commented on the controversy surrounding her appointment.

She said, “I think we should not distract ourselves from the issues at hand. I have been in the commission, I’m a National Commissioner.

“I passed through the Senate screening to become a National Commissioner and by virtue of that, I am appointed Acting Chairman in the commission, so there shouldn’t have been much controversy. But be it as it may, I have a job to do and I am set out to do that job,” she added.

Amosun Describes Late Ashiru’s Death As Great Loss To Ogun State

AmosunThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has described the death of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ayodeji Ashiru as a very painful and personal loss.

In a  press statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Olufunmilayo Wakama, Amosun described the death of Ambassador Ashiru as a great loss to him, Ogun State, where he hailed from and the nation as a whole.

Amosun expressed sadness that his death occurred at a time when his wealth of experience in international diplomacy would have been most needed in shoring up Nigeria’s image  in the face of the insurgency that confronting the nation.

“He was a career diplomat, who served the nation meritoriously in several capacities. He was our pride in the diplomatic circles. A proud and illustrious son of Ogun State. He would be surely missed,” the governor said.

He prayed almighty God to grant his soul rest and give his family and relatives the fortitude to bear the great loss.

Olugbenga Ashiru Dies At 66

Olugbenga AshiruA former Foreign Affairs Minister, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, has died in South Africa at the age of 66, after a protracted illness.

He was Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister from 2011 to 2013.

During his tenure, he was known to have highlighted the need to increase awareness about Nigeria’s economic potential but more importantly he championed what is termed citizen diplomacy where he placed emphasis on the treatment of Nigerians abroad.

In 2013, he ordered the repatriation of some South African citizens in retaliation of the ill treatment meted out on some Nigerians on account of not possessing the yellow fever vaccine card before arriving in South Africa.

Before his appointment as Foreign Affairs Minister, the late Olugbenga Ashiru was Nigeria’s envoy to the United Kingdom, Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea, South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho and Swaziland.

Kano Emirate: Mohammed Sanusi Promises To Reform Institutions

Emir SanusiAs the fourteenth Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi, the second, finally settles into the palace, he is already taking stock of how he intends to make his impact felt positively.

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television correspondent, Gbenga Ashiru, at his residence in Kano, the Emir discussed the challenge of threat to peace and stability in the North.

Alhaji Sanusi said that his focus would be on institutional reforms, including the promotion of girl child education, adult literacy, primary health care, and reducing unemployment.

He said, “You know the ambition of every prince is to succeed to the throne of their forefathers and we are grateful to Allah that he has chosen us for the role at this point in time and we pray that we are given the wisdom to carry out the responsibilities that the burden placed on our shoulders entail.”

On the challenges he envisages as he steps into the shoes of his ancestors, the Emir noted that first among these was the challenge of stepping into the shoes of the late Emir, Ado Bayero, whom he referred to as a great man who had led the city for 51 years, having been the Emir of Kano since 3 years after Nigeria’s independence.

The new Emir also noted that stepping unto the throne at a time when there were security challenges in the North, there was need to reform the institution and improve its role and focus on major areas of the economy as these were the foundation for peace and security.

He expressed hope that his experience as a banker and economist would help in this direction.

“It’s always about improving the level of engagement with Government at the state, local and federal levels, ensuring that the benefits that should accrue to the people come, giving advice and encouraging the people to embrace initiatives that would help improve their lot”, he said.

Insurgency: Nigeria Calls For International Partnership

Aminu-WaliNigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, has described the challenge of northern insurgency as a global phenomenon which requires international partnership.

In an interview with Channels Television’s correspondent, Gbenga Ashiru, at the United Nations headquarter in New York, Ambassador Wali, said that the Federal Government was doing its best to fight insurgency.

Several villages have been attacked in Nigeria’s north east, with some schools and churches burnt down by the members of the Boko Haram sect.

The Nigerian government had ordered military operations to counter the insurgency but there seems to be limits to what the military can do, as they have to ensure there are no civilian casualties in the cause of their operations.

On Monday, a former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, warned Nigeria over the use of military in an attempt to end the insurgency being perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect in an attempt to.

The former Ghanaian leader told the BBC in an interview that the military alone could not combat the insurgency.

Mr Rawlings also expressed regrets at the security situation in Nigeria and advised that Nigeria must not succumb to the temptation of seeking the assistance of foreign powers in solving its problems.

But the Mr Wali told the UN Assembly in New York on Monday that the Nigerian government was certainly not leaving anything to chance in its fight against terror.

“We have requested for assistance from those countries that have had experience in this matter to assist us in the efforts  we are making to contain the situation. I believe that in the very near future we will see a change in our security situation,” the Minister said.

He also stressed that steps were being taken in collaboration with neighbouring countries to stop the killings in the north east region.


World Bank Country Director Explains Fascination With Nigeria’s FADAMA Project

World Bank Country Director, Marie Francoise Marie Nelly, in this exclusive interview with Channels TV Gbenga Ashiru, narrates how the bank is helping to develop the nation’s FADAMA project across all the states and the potential of the project.

She expressed satisfaction with the performance of some states where it is assisting to nurture some initiatives especially in agriculture.

Commonwealth Proposes Visa-Free Regime For Citizens Of Member Nations

Citizens of Commonwealth countries may soon enjoy a significant ease in travel restrictions to fellow Commonwealth nations.

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nation, Kamalesh Sharma

During an official visit to Nigeria, the Secretary-General of the organisation, Kamalesh Sharma announced a proposal for visa-free regime for commonwealth citizens at the next Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka.

Channels Television’s correspondent Gloria Ume-Ezeoke completes the report in the video below:

Femi Ashiru and Tanwa Thomas tie the knot

Femi Ashiru, an IT consultant and son of Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, recently tied the knot with his bride Tanwa Thomas, an advertising consultant at an elaborate engagement and wedding ceremony in Lagos.

The wedding had in attendance, the creme de la creme of Nigeria’s political and social circle.

Nigeria is not helpless in fighting Boko Haram-Suleiman Yerima

The founder of the group, ‘Northern Friends of the South-South’ Suleiman Yerima, has claimed that the nation is not helpless with the growing insecurity plaguing the northern part of the country with fears that it might spread to the other regions. 

Yerima, a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), noted that fighting insecurity is not totally a government issue, as he argued that every Nigerian has to play a vital role in the issue of security.

He made this known on our breakfast show Sunrise Daily, where he discussed issues affecting the nation.

When asked the reason for naming the group as ‘Northern Friends of South-South’ and not ‘Northern Friends of Nigeria’ , Mr Yerima explained that it was during the regime of late Sani Abacha that the group was created.

According to him, there was a lot of problem between both regions, and he deemed it necessary to bring the parties together, hence the birth of the group.

He also traced the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno state, saying it came in gradually in stages as the initial phase was with local politicians and it graduated to the level of kidnapping and the third phase is what is now being experienced.

Enjoy the rest of the interview.


State police already exist in the North – Former NBA Vice President

Former first National Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeazor Akaraiwe on Wednesday said that the call for state police is in order and that the structure of security in some Northern states is decentralized.

Mr Akaraiwe, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said that the Hisbah security structure in some Northern states is an example of a state police structure.