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Illusions Of Care For Nigerian Child

What would stun most Nigerians was the comprehensive nature of the judgement. The court noted the evidence of embezzlement of UBEC funds based on the reports of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC.”

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The June 1 letter from the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, asking President Goodluck Jonathan to obey the ECOWAS  Court of Justice ruling that makes education of the Nigerian child a right, it is the latest effort in the new direction the quest for social justice is taking.

A November 2010 ruling of the ECOWAS Court ordered the Nigerian government to make adequate provisions for the compulsory and free education of every child immediately and ensure that corruption did not undermine the right to education. The court further ruled that the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, had responsibility to ensure funds appropriated for basic education were properly used for the purpose.

What would stun most Nigerians was the comprehensive nature of the judgement. The court noted the evidence of embezzlement of UBEC funds based on the reports of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC.

In order to dissuade the government from using inadequate funds as excuse for not implementing the judgment, the court asked the Nigerian government to provide the funds necessary to cover the shortfall theft in UBEC could have caused, in order to avoid denying any of its people the right to education.

Neither the Federal Government, with its passions about the importance of the Nigerian child, nor UBEC, has reacted to the judgment, which under ECOWAS protocols is final and not subject to appeal.

On 4 March 2011, SERAP wrote to the ECOWAS Court asking it to enforce the judgement, pursuant to Article 24 (2) (3) of the Supplementary Protocol of the ECOWAS Court.

According to the article, “Execution of any judgment of the Court shall be in the form of a writ of execution, which shall be submitted by the Registrar of the Court to the relevant Member State for execution according to the rules of civil procedure of that Member State. Upon the verification by the appointed authority of recipient Member State that the writ is from the Court, the writ shall be enforced.”

SERAP has concerns, as should anyone who cares for the future of the country. According to SERAP in its letter to the ECOWAS Court, “five million Nigerian children of school age have no access to primary education, 115 million adults are illiterate.”

Article 15(4) of the ECOWAS Treaty makes the judgment of the court binding on member states, institutions of the community and individuals and corporate bodies and Article 76 (2) provides for the finality of the decision of the court.

How would Nigeria wriggle out of this judgement?

President Jonathan is current Chair of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS. Will he disobey a decision of the court? “By the judgment, your government is required to review the effectiveness of the existing domestic legal and constitutional remedies for the enforcement of the human right to education, and to take steps to address structural or general deficiencies in national law or practice,” SERAP said.

The ECOWAS Court judgement is a final confirmation of the failure of Nigeria’s Child Rights Act that was passed in 2003. If eight years on, compulsory and free education for the Nigerian child, as the Act provides is an illusion, we probably need ECOWAS to nudge us into action.

Culled from Vanguard Newspaper

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FG trains unemployed graduates in Delta under GIS

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Mrs Tolu Falaiye presenting Certificate of Participation to an intern after the training

Mrs Tolu Falaiye presenting Certificate of Participation to an intern after the training

The Federal Ministry of Finance, through its Graduate Internship Scheme has trained about 50 Graduates inDelta State at a training titled “Orientation and Employability Skills Training”.

Mr Dennis Chukwu, Director Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), Federal Ministry Finance, on Monday said that the ministry would train over 50 unemployed graduates under the scheme in Delta State.

Mr. Chukwu said the GIS was developed to enhance the employability of up to 50,000 (by 2015) unemployed graduates in the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT through internship programs in pre-selected institutions; reduce the vulnerability of unemployed graduates; build manpower base towards attaining national development operations and provide income supplement and a social safety net for unemployed graduates.

 

Mrs Ifejieko presenting the Director GIS speech at the opening ceremony

Mrs Ifejieko presenting the Director GIS speech at the opening ceremony

Mrs Ifejiako representing the Director GIS, while addressing the participants in Asaba during the opening ceremony, said that the programme was to train universities and polytechnics graduates on skills acquisition.

 

She said that the Federal Government was committed to empowering the youth in the area with skills acquisition for job creation in the country as he decried the current unemployment rate in the country, describing it as unacceptable.

Saying that in view of its prospect for skills building and job creation, the scheme has developed special programmes for non-oil sector. GIS has entered into special partnerships with government and non-governmental organisations to have graduates trained, mentored and supported in areas such as non-oil export trade, ICT, agriculture, community health, construction, financial inclusion, amongst others.

She reiterated that many of the interns are currently part of these partnerships and the Directorate is happy with the positive feedbacks it is receiving from some of the employers, as she maintained  that the only key to solve unemployment problem could only be through concerted effort by all the stakeholders.

Basically, the internship programme is to prepare the graduates for the job market, in the quest for job search. “The interns had been placed in reputable private and public organisations for the period of 12 months where they were trained on various skills and paid monthly stipend of N30,000 and above.”

She said many graduates have used the GIS platofrom to distinguish themselves in their places of work. in the face of obvious challenges they have defied the odds against them to be true representatives of their families, their communities, the organization where they worked and the country at large.

She also said the objective of the Prepare interns exiting from scheme on opportunities for wealth creation in different sectors of the Nigerian economy; Guide them on strategies for enhanced job creation or employment; Expose interns to opportunities in cooperative system in mobilizing funds for business start-ups and sources of funding.

The programme is also designed to help interns in the place of networking and partnership; Enterprise establishment and development of business plans and Financial literacy and management.

Fundamentally, the training seeks to economically empower the unemployed graduates through conscious engagement and development of entrepreneurial capacities. In an attempt to rightly position the interns to take full advantage of the intervention, the Exit Training was held at the Conference Hall of Southgate Hotel, Asaba, Delta State.

The Lead Facilitator, Olusiji Balogun speaking with journalists at the event

The Lead Facilitator, Olusiji Balogun speaking with journalists at the event

The Lead Facilitator, Aremo Olusiji Balogun of Successory Nigeria Limited therefore, admonished participants to take the training very serious by following the instruction and the basic rules with a view to getting the best.

He said that nobody would give them what they wanted unless they worked towards their own set agenda and goals as he urged the participants to use the knowledge gained to be self-reliant and contribute their quota to national development.

A representative of one of the partnering firm Barr. Jude Itedjere also urged the Federal Government not to relent in its efforts towards making our graduates employable especially through the GIS Scheme as most employers are reluctant to employing green horns but those with qualities and skills. He praised the FG for the initiative and pray that the programme will be expanded to cater for more graduates.

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FG trains unemployed graduates in Osun under GIS

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Participants at the training

Participants at the training

The Federal Ministry of Finance, through its Graduate Internship Scheme has trained about 50 Graduates in Osun State at a training titled “Orientation and Employability Skills Training”.

Mr Dennis Chukwu, Director Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), Federal Ministry Finance, on Monday said that the ministry would train over 50 unemployed graduates under the scheme in Osun State.

Mr. Chukwu said the GIS was developed to enhance the employability of up to 50,000 (by 2015) unemployed graduates in the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT through internship programs in pre-selected institutions; reduce the vulnerability of unemployed graduates; build manpower base towards attaining national development operations and provide income supplement and a social safety net for unemployed graduates.

Mrs Okorie Oyidiya representing the Director GIS, while addressing the participants in Osogbo during the opening ceremony, said that the programme was to train universities and polytechnics graduates on skills acquisition.

She said that the Federal Government was committed to empowering the youth in the area with skills acquisition for job creation in the country as he decried the current unemployment rate in the country, describing it as unacceptable.

Saying that in view of its prospect for skills building and job creation, the scheme has developed special programmes for non-oil sector. GIS has entered into special partnerships with government and non-governmental organisations to have graduates trained, mentored and supported in areas such as non-oil export trade, ICT, agriculture, community health, construction, financial inclusion, amongst others.

She reiterated that many of the interns are currently part of these partnerships and the Directorate is happy with the positive feedbacks it is receiving from some of the employers, as she maintained  that the only key to solve unemployment problem could only be through concerted effort by all the stakeholders.

Basically, the internship programme is to prepare the graduates for the job market, in the quest for job search. “The interns had been placed in reputable private and public organisations for the period of 12 months where they were trained on various skills and paid monthly stipend of N30,000 and above.”

She said many graduates have used the GIS platofrom to distinguish themselves in their places of work. in the face of obvious challenges they have defied the odds against them to be true representatives of their families, their communities, the organization where they worked and the country at large.

She also said the objective of the Prepare interns exiting from scheme on opportunities for wealth creation in different sectors of the Nigerian economy; Guide them on strategies for enhanced job creation or employment; Expose interns to opportunities in cooperative system in mobilizing funds for business start-ups and sources of funding.

The programme is also designed to help interns in the place of networking and partnership; Enterprise establishment and development of business plans and Financial literacy and management.

Fundamentally, the training seeks to economically empower the unemployed graduates through conscious engagement and development of entrepreneurial capacities. In an attempt to rightly position the interns to take full advantage of the intervention, the training was held at the Conference Hall of Regina Suites, along East-West Ring Road, Osogbo, Osun State.

The Lead Facilitator Mr. Victor Femi of Global Knowledge Consulting admonished participants to take the training very serious by following the instruction and the basic rules with a view to getting the best.

He said that nobody would give them what they wanted unless they worked towards their own set agenda and goals as he urged the participants to use the knowledge gained to be self-reliant and contribute their quota to national development.

Two interns shared their success stories at the opening ceremony. Kikelomo Rihannat Olawale, of the Peace Corp, was full of praises for the Federal Government regarding the programme. She said apart from the fact that she had improved her capacities and skills, out of her monthly stipends, she was able to buy a sewing machine for herself after learning some tailoring skills. Not just that, she was also able to assist her mother in starting petty trading as a way to help the entire family.

Fayemi M. Oluwagbemiga, also from the Peace Corps of Nigeria, has become an employer through his agro-allied scheme, which he has over 30 pigs and piglets.

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FG trains 100 Interns in Benue State

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The Federal Ministry of Finance, through its Graduate Internship Scheme has trained about 100 Graduates in Benue State at a training titled “Career Development and Entrepreneurship Skills Training”.

Mr Peter Pakpa, Director Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), Federal Ministry Finance, on Monday said that the ministry would train over 100 unemployed graduates under the scheme in Benue State.

Mr Papka said the GIS was developed to enhance the employability of up to 50,000 (by 2015) unemployed graduates in the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT through internship programs in pre-selected institutions; reduce the vulnerability of unemployed graduates; build manpower base towards attaining national development operations and provide income supplement and a social safety net for unemployed graduates.

Mr Salisu Yakubu representing the Director GIS, while addressing the participants in Makurdi, said that the programme was to train universities and polytechnics graduates on skills acquisition.

Lead Facilitator

Lead Facilitator

He said that the Federal Government was committed to empowering the youth in the area with skills acquisition for job creation in the country as he decried the current unemployment rate in the country, describing it as unacceptable.

He said the only key to solve it was a concerted effort by all the stakeholders.

Basically, the internship programme is to prepare the graduates for the job market, in the quest for job search.

“The interns had been placed in reputable private and public organisations for the period of 12 months where they were trained on various skills and paid monthly stipend of N30,000 and above.”

He said the objective of the Prepare interns exiting from scheme on opportunities for wealth creation in 
different sectors of the Nigerian economy; Guide them on strategies for enhanced job creation or employment; Expose interns to opportunities in cooperative system in mobilizing funds for business start-ups and sources of funding.

The programme is also designed to help interns in the place of networking and partnership; Enterprise establishment and development of business plans and Financial literacy and management.

Fundamentally, the training seeks to economically empower the unemployed graduates through conscious engagement and development of entrepreneurial capacities. In an attempt to rightly position the interns to take full advantage of the intervention, the Exit Training was held at the Conference Hall of Greenbelt Hotel, Makurdi, Benue State.

The Lead Facilitator Mrs Victoria Daaor admonished participants to take the training very serious by following the instruction and the basic rules with a view to getting the best.

She said that nobody would give them what they wanted unless they worked towards their own set agenda and goals.

She urged the participants to use the knowledge gained to be self-reliant and contribute their quota to national development.

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