Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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    Osun school feeding programme going well — but under threat from vendors, teachers

Osun school feeding programme going well — but under threat from vendors, teachers

The national school feeding programme appears to be going well when MANSUR IBRAHIM assessed its implementation in Osun state. But there were ominous signs as vendors complained about catering for more pupils than agreed and teachers expressed unhappiness with "teaching on empty stomachs" as a result of issues with their salaries.STORY HIGHLIGHTSThe feeding programme has increased school enrolment Food [...]

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    From N250,000 monthly electricity bill to N1.2m — shocking stories from the south-east

From N250,000 monthly electricity bill to N1.2m — shocking stories from the south-east

O’FEMI KOLAWOLE travelled hundreds of kilometres on the roads of the five states in Nigeria’s south-east for an on-the-spot investigation of the state of electricity supply in the region. Visiting places such as Enugu, Abakaliki, Aba, Owerri, Nnewi and Onitsha, he interviews scores of residents, small and medium scale entrepreneurs, top business owners and key stakeholders to get their first-hand accounts of [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Oshifala, teacher accused of sexual misconduct, posted out of Queen’s College

EXCLUSIVE: Oshifala, teacher accused of sexual misconduct, posted out of Queen’s College

Olaseni Oshifala, the biology teacher at Queen’s College accused of sexual molestation of students last year, has finally been posted out of the school, TheCable understands.Oshifala was posted to King’s College, an all-boys school and the oldest unity school in the country, by the education ministry in August.The posting of the controversial teacher, pending the conclusion of a fresh investigation, was [...]

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    INVESTIGATION: Teachers, parents reconstructing classrooms in Plateau school ‘abandoned’ by govt

INVESTIGATION: Teachers, parents reconstructing classrooms in Plateau school ‘abandoned’ by govt

Classrooms in RCM primary school, Dawaki, obviously, count among the 8,981 bad classrooms which the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) confirmed in Plateau state in 2010.The school, established in 1945, and standing at the entrance of Dawaki, Kanke local government area, is now, structurally, a shadow of itself.The last time the school benefited from government’s special intervention was in 2003, [...]

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    INVESTIGATION: Eating and learning — school feeding entices pupils to Anambra classrooms

INVESTIGATION: Eating and learning — school feeding entices pupils to Anambra classrooms

If there is a state where the national home grown school feeding (NHGSF) programme is producing encouraging outcomes, Anambra is it. But as CHINEDU ASADU finds out in a tour of primary schools across five local governments, there are still hitches as well as food for thought for the authoritiesSTORY HIGHLIGHTSCaterers were selected from the local community through an open [...]

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    Zamfara awards contracts for rehabilitation of primary schools

Zamfara awards contracts for rehabilitation of primary schools

The Zamfara state government has awarded contracts for the renovation and reconstruction of primary schools across the 14 local government areas of the state.This is coming a week after TheCable published an investigation into how the government snubbed recommendations which Zamfara state primary education assessment committee (ZSPEAC) submitted to it in 2012.Chaired by Tukur Adamu, a professor, the committee found [...]

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    INTERVIEW: With ground work completed, Ogoni clean-up to start soon, says minister

INTERVIEW: With ground work completed, Ogoni clean-up to start soon, says minister

On June 2, 2016, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo -- on behalf 0f President Muhammadu Buhari -- flagged off the Ogoni clean-up in Bodo, one of the most polluted regions of the Niger Delta and the entire world. Twelve months after, TheCable investigated the state of the clean-up, and found that the it is yet to take full force. In this interview with TheCable, [...]

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    INVESTIGATION: Despite perpetually poor results, Zamfara snubs proposed education reforms

INVESTIGATION: Despite perpetually poor results, Zamfara snubs proposed education reforms

Zamfara state government has done little or nothing on the recommendations submitted by a 24-man committee tasked, in 2012, to carry out an extensive assessment of the state’s primary education, TheCable can report.Carved out of Sokoto state in 1996, Nigeria’s north-western state of Zamfara, since creation, has been on the list of educationally less developed states.In a 134-page document obtained [...]

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    OGONI IN AGONY: One year after flag-off, not a drop of spilled oil has been cleaned as residents await ‘due date with death’

OGONI IN AGONY: One year after flag-off, not a drop of spilled oil has been cleaned as residents await ‘due date with death’

"I was with Saro-wiwa in 1992, 1993 when this manifold was shut, following some environmental threats," Christian Lekova Kpandei, tells TheCable as he struggles to keep his motorcycle stable along a slippery marshy road baptised in oil and polluted rain drops.Like many fishermen in Ogoniland, the lanky man in his late fifties had lost his fish farm and major [...]

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    INVESTIGATION: School feeding lasts for only 10 days in Zamfara — and the pupils are begging for more

INVESTIGATION: School feeding lasts for only 10 days in Zamfara — and the pupils are begging for more

The National Homegrown Feeding Programme was launched in 2016 to, among other ideals, improve school enrolment and reduce child labour. What impact has it had so far? Are the goals being met? What are the hindrances? FEMI OWOLABI tours seven local government areas of Zamfara for an on-the-ground assessment of the programme. His findings provoke both cheers and jeersReport HighlightsFeeding [...]

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