Friday, August 18, 2017

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The Policy Radar Initiative (PRIN) is a project of the Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF) supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Its purpose is to “support investigative journalism in Nigeria and to educate the public and other important audiences about issues related to corruption, with a focus on the electricity and education sectors”. The three-year grant runs from January 2017 to December 2019. Under the US law, the MacArthur Foundation is prohibited from directly supporting (a) any activity that seeks to influence the outcome of any domestic or foreign election for public office; or (b) any lobbying or other attempts to influence legislation. Therefore, content is editorially independent. Published materials are not the views of the MacArthur Foundation.

    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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    Taiwo Obe: Nigerian politicians never exact on figures — journalists must dig deeper

Taiwo Obe: Nigerian politicians never exact on figures — journalists must dig deeper

Taiwo Obe, founder and director of the Journalism Clinic, says Nigerian politicians are never exact in the use of figures and it is the job of journalists to dig deeper.Obe spoke on Friday while facilitating a workshop on data journalism organised by the Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF), a not-for-profit organisation and partner of TheCable newspaper.CNJF is one of the [...]

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    Untold stories of Vivian, Bithia and Praise — the QC girls who died with their dreams

Untold stories of Vivian, Bithia and Praise — the QC girls who died with their dreams

Vivian wanted to be celibate. Bithia scored A with ease. Praise aspired to be like her dad. The three girls who died at Queen's College, Lagos, had their worlds well laid-out before them, but their dreams have gone to the grave with them. In the final part of the CRY FOR JUSTICE series, O'FEMI KOLAWOLE speaks to their families and friends [...]

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    EXCLUSIVE: FG begins probe of ex-Queen College’s principal over students’ deaths

EXCLUSIVE: FG begins probe of ex-Queen College’s principal over students’ deaths

Adamu Adamu, minister of education, says his ministry has launched a fresh investigation into the deaths of students of Queen's College, Lagos, in order to identify "those responsible" for the tragedy.Lami Amodu, the principal of the school at the time of the deaths, will now come under investigation.Speaking with TheCable on Thursday, Adamu said the first phase of the investigation [...]

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