President Muhammadu Buhari will address the 71st regular session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York, a Nigerian minister has confirmed. The event will take place from September 13-20, 2016. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this at a news conference on Friday in Abuja, where he shared some of the President’s itinerary for the trip. Onyeama explained that the President would use the opportunity to build on his excellent relationship with other world leaders and demand the recovery of illicit and looted funds.
The Minister said the Nigerian Government would also canvass for the election of an Afro-centric UN Secretary-General, who would be pro-developing countries. The President will also discuss Peace and Security, Governance and Anti-corruption fight.
According to the Minister, President Buhari will use the opportunity to brief the world and put the records straight on Nigeria’s position concerning the promotion of human rights, also stating that, “we shall prove that Nigeria has an independent judicial system and there are no interferences in the adjudication of justice.”
Kwara Govt. warns proprietors against re-opening shut schools
The Kwara Government has warned proprietors of schools that were shut down against re-opening them without meeting set standard. Hajiya Maryam Garba, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, gave the warning while speaking with newsmen on Saturday in Ilorin.
Garba recalled that 10 schools in Baboko, Adebata and Isale Aluko in Ilorin were closed down three months ago for not meeting statutory requirements of the ministry. “Most of the schools (closed schools) were being run in decrepit structures and unhealthy environment. “The assessment team from the ministry, who conducted checks round the schools in Ilorin, said there is little to differentiate between some classrooms, living rooms and kitchen.
“Cooking utensils and mattresses were sighted in classrooms during the visit,’’ she said. Garba reiterated that the state would not tolerate proprietors, who failed to comply with statutory requirements of the ministry in setting up schools. She said that the ministry was determined to rid the state of schools which do not meet standard. “As soon as we return from Eid el-kabir holiday, our officials will return to those schools to confirm their level of compliance and any erring proprietor would be sanctioned,’’ she said. Garba added that it was unlawful for anyone to re-open shut down schools without approval from the appropriate authority and warned parents against enrolling their children in unaccredited schools. The permanent secretary said that there would be promotion examination in some schools in the state where the exercise could not hold after the Sallah break.
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More Nigerians becoming mad – Enugu Psychiatric Hospital
Management of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, FNH, Enugu, has raised alarm over the increasing level of mental challenges across different classes of people in the country. Sequel to the worrisome situation, the hospital, yesterday, announced plans to hold a one-week certificate course on Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry. The course coordinator, Mr. Afam Ndu, who disclosed this in a press briefing ahead of the programme, equally announced that the hospital would be inducting two former Governors, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo into its hall of fame. According to him, “the one-week course, with the theme ‘Expanding Awareness of Mental Health Challenges in Adults and Geriatrics’, will focus on current trends in psychiatric and mental health, drug and offenders, clinical assessment in adult and geriatric disorder, current management of geriatric mental disorders, treatment and rehabilitation of adult and geriatric mental disorders among others. “The hospital will hold the course in collaboration with the West African College of Nursing and we are hopeful that it will help various stakeholders to easily manage mental disorder when it comes around them.
“Cases of all forms of mental challenges are on the increase in the society; so many people may not even be aware that they have one form of mental issue or the other. So, we hope to get participants equipped on the best ways to manage such cases around them.” Ndu stated that as part of activities to kick-off the course, former Governor of old Abia State and Minister of Science and technology, Dr. Onu, and former Governor of Enugu State, Nwodo, would be inducted into the hall of fame “based on their track record of achievements in and out of office. “They have contributed so much towards the development of the Nigerian society, especially in the area of human health management”, he noted. Former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Osita Chidoka, is expected to deliver a lecture.