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    Kaduna declares state of emergency on water, sanitation

Kaduna declares state of emergency on water, sanitation

The Kaduna government has declared a state of emergency on the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector to enable the state attain open defecation free (ODF) status. Muyiwa Adekeye, spokesman to the governor, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, and said the decision will enable the state to build on the success of the sanitation, hygiene and water in Nigeria [...]

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    Cobhams Asuquo named UNICEF national ambassador — first in last 15 years

Cobhams Asuquo named UNICEF national ambassador — first in last 15 years

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    El-Rufai: Parents who enroll children into almajiri system may be jailed

El-Rufai: Parents who enroll children into almajiri system may be jailed

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, says has warned parents who enroll their children into the almajiri system that they may end in jail. He gave the warning on Monday when he visited some almajiri children repatriated from Nasarawa state, and undergoing rehabilitation and optical screening at Government College, Kurmin Mashi, Kaduna. The governor said any Islamic cleric who enrolls any child into [...]

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    An open letter to Nigeria’s children

An open letter to Nigeria’s children

BY PETER HAWKINS Dear Naija children, thirty years ago – long before many of you were born – the world came together to write a document that would help to defend and protect your rights.  They did this because they recognised that childhood is a very precious time – a time when you must be able to grow as healthily as possible, learn [...]

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    UNICEF: 440,000 children suffering from acute malnutrition in north-east

UNICEF: 440,000 children suffering from acute malnutrition in north-east

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) says at least 400,000 children below five years are suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the north-eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. Speaking at a meeting in Maiduguri on Thursday, Aminu Usman, UNICEF nutrition specialist, said at least N4.4 billion is needed to cater to the food needs of the children. Every year, an estimated [...]

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    Femi Adesina: Nigerians won’t be second-class citizens abroad if we have the country we want

Femi Adesina: Nigerians won’t be second-class citizens abroad if we have the country we want

Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, says Nigerians will not become second-class citizens elsewhere if the country is what it ought to be. Speaking at the "Naija Youth Talk" programme organised by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Abuja on Monday, Adesina said while it is the right of citizens to demand for the kind of country they want, it is pertinent to [...]

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    UNICEF, EU provide water for thousands in Plateau community

UNICEF, EU provide water for thousands in Plateau community

The European Union in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has inaugurated a solar-driven motorised water facility in Riyom local government area of Plateau state. The organisations said the project will benefit about 4,500 people in the community, provide improved access to safe water and sanitation facilities with gender-segregated latrines and a hand pump. Quoting data from the WASH National [...]

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    Children’s Day: UNICEF launches campaign on child rights

Children’s Day: UNICEF launches campaign on child rights

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has inaugurated a campaign to create awareness about the rights of children in Nigeria. In a statement on Monday, Peter Hawkins, UNICEF’s country representative in Nigeria, said the "For every child, every right" campaign is to commemorate the Children’s Day celebration. Hawkins lamented that while there have been recent many innovations, Nigerian children were still not accessing [...]

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    Inside the world of Almajiri children with big dreams but harsh reality

Inside the world of Almajiri children with big dreams but harsh reality

Along Sugune road in Kawo, Kano state, Walae Bashir (not real name) stood with some of his peers with bowls clutched under their arms. The time was past 11 am and, while their age mates were attending classes in schools across the metropolis, they have been out in the scorching sun, running after every moving thing/being in search for pennies. [...]

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    UNICEF: Armed groups recruited over 3,500 children in north-east

UNICEF: Armed groups recruited over 3,500 children in north-east

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says between 2013 and 2017, more than 3,500 children were recruited and used by non-state armed groups in the north-east. The agency said most of children have been used in the ongoing armed conflict in north-east. It noted that "these numbers are only those that have been verified, while the true figures are likely to be [...]

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    UNICEF promises to assist over 500,000 out-of-school children in Nigeria

UNICEF promises to assist over 500,000 out-of-school children in Nigeria

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says 501,749 out-of-school children are being targeted in its Educate a child (EAC) programme in four northern states. The organisation disclosed on Monday this during a media dialogue in Kebbi state. The EAC programme was introduced as "a funding window" to reduce the number of out-of-school children in Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara states by 2020. Part [...]

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    UNICEF: 67% of schools in eight northern states have no female teacher

UNICEF: 67% of schools in eight northern states have no female teacher

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says 67 percent of schools in eight northern states in Nigeria have no female teacher. The UNICEF made this known in a research report it tagged “What is the effect of female teachers on girls enrollment and retention in Northern Nigeria” and presented in Abuja on Wednesday. It said the research was conducted in eight northern states [...]

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    UNICEF calls for passage of bill seeking to regulate social work

UNICEF calls for passage of bill seeking to regulate social work

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and stakeholders in the social works sector have called on the national assembly to ensure speedy passage of a bill to professionalise social work. The bill for an act to establish the Nigerian council for social work seeks to regulate the practice of social work in the country. The lawmakers had passed it but it was [...]

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    UPDATED: Number of out-of-school children in Nigeria rises to 13.2 million

UPDATED: Number of out-of-school children in Nigeria rises to 13.2 million

A rise in the number of internally displaced children and a corresponding increase in birth rates have led to a surge in the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria. The number of out-of-school children rose from 10.5 million in 2010 to 13.2 million in 2015, a Demographic Health Survey (DHS) conducted by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the Nigerian [...]

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    83 percent of schools in Nigeria ‘lack water supply, improved sanitation’

83 percent of schools in Nigeria ‘lack water supply, improved sanitation’

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    UNICEF: More Nigerians have access to phones than toilets

UNICEF: More Nigerians have access to phones than toilets

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says more Nigerians have access to mobile phones than those with access to toilets. Zaid Jurji, chief of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), UNICEF, said this on Monday, while speaking at a workshop on European Union Niger Delta water project, in Rivers state. He said while 140 million Nigerians have mobile phones, only 97million [...]

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