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Federal Government Vows to Prosecute Attackers On Schools

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Federal Government Vows to Prosecute Attackers On Schools

The federal government says it is working with relevant stakeholders and partners to arrest and prosecute attackers on schools across the country.

Permanent secretary, ministry of education, architect sonny ECHONO disclosed this while briefing newsman on activities lined up for the forthcoming 4th international conference on safe schools declaration.

He noted that the federal government is also poised to making sure that victims of these attacks are adequately compensated.

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According to the permanent secretary, the safe schools declaration is a biennial event that gives stakeholders the opportunity to review progress and brainstorming on the way forward.

He added that the conference will build on previous conferences and galvanize support for the safe school declaration while noting that the Abuja safe schools declaration conference which is the first to be hosted in Africa will run from 25th to 27th October 2021 at the ECOWAS secretariat in Abuja,

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UNICEF Says Over 300,000 Children Are Out of School in Borno State

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UNICEF Says Over 300,000 Children Are Out of School in Borno State

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has lamented that 330,389 students are out of school in troubled Borno State due to the Boko Haram’s crisis.

The United Nations agency, however, called on the State House of Assembly to expedite the passage of the Child Rights Act in order to protect the rights of the out-of-school conflict-affected children and others in the state.

The UNICEF Chief of Maiduguri Field Office, Ms. Phuong Nguyen, said this Wednesday during a public hearing on the Borno State Child Rights Domestication Act that was organized by the Ad-hoc Special Committee on Violence Against Persons, Justice and Judiciary on Domestication of Child Rights Act 2015.

Nguyen commended the lawmakers and the state government on the public hearing and expressed optimism that more states in the North-east would expedite processes to domesticate the Child Rights Acts (CRA).

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She added that when passed into law, UNICEF would work with stakeholders to make the law active for the protection of children in the state.

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Over 45,000 Children Released from Detention During COVID-19 Pandemic Says UNICEF

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Over 45,000 Children Released from Detention During COVID-19 Pandemic Says UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund has revealed that over 45,000 children were released from detention during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was made known on Sunday in its report titled, ‘More than 45,000 children released from detention during COVID-19 pandemic; evidence that child-friendly justice solutions are possible – UNICEF’.

According to the report, which was released ahead of the World Congress on Justice with Children, over 261,000 children are held in detention globally.

UNICEF also noted that after it drew attention to the increased risk of contracting COVID-19 due to the overcrowding in prisons, at least 84 countries agreed to release thousands of detained children since April 2020.

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UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, said That justice systems are ill-equipped to handle the specific needs of children, a situation she said was further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

She went further to commend the countries which heeded the call and released children from detention.

In its latest report, UNICEF is calling on governments and civil society to expand free legal aid, representation, and services for all children in detention.

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JAMB Defends Remittance of Operating Surplus, Vows to Continue Practice

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JAMB Defends Remittance of Operating Surplus, Vows to Continue Practice

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has vowed to continue its practice of remitting its operating surpluses to government, saying that the remittances were in line with global best practice.

In a statement to newsmen in Abuja, on Monday, dr. fabian benjamin, head, public affairs of jamb said that the board would continue its practice of remitting the constitutionally-mandated proportion of its operational surpluses, in line with extant government’s directive on the remittances.

According to Benjamin, it is a known fact that all unutilized funds by ministries, departments and agencies should be returned to the public treasury.

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He explained that the decision to reduce the price of application documents was contingent upon the observation that even if the price were to be slashed, the board would be able to conduct its examination unhindered.

The public affairs manager said that the present management of the board was determined to continue on the path of giving value for money, even as it continued to seek ways of further pruning down the cost of conducting the board’s flagship examination.

He further added that once these innovative measures which had led to these surpluses are institutionalised, the board would further look at how to enhance the registration process to benefit the candidates and the general public.

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